Saturday, December 1, 2012

Another Christmas Project

A cute litte Christmas wall hanging.  This is a Free Download on the Fons and Porter website, called Stars of Hope.  I had it all pre cut and ready to sew for a Retreat I went to in November.  It took me about a day and a half to complete the top...

......I am making a second one!

Happy Quilting,


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My 2012 Christmas Quilt

I showed you the finished top part of the quilt in the last post.  Here it is all put together, quilted, bound and already hanging up for Christmas 2012.  

Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Little Something I've Been Working On

Top is all finished, now to join the rows and put it all together :)

Happy Stitching


Friday, August 31, 2012

Baskets, Baskets, Baskets

Today I thought I would lay out the baskets blocks that I have completed so far.  I think I counted 45 finished, and 10 basted and ready to stitch.  A very long way from the finish line.  I believe there are 300 baskets in the quilt I am making.  It is from the book, "When the Cold Wind Blows".  I posted about it two or so years ago when I started this quilt.  If I don't pick up my pace a little I will be working on this quilt for many years to come!!  Not that its a bad thing, its always nice to have something to pick up and work on.  

Hope the Sun is Shining in your neck of the woods :)

Happy Stitching,


Monday, August 27, 2012

Fall Table Topper

Fall Table topper from Judy Martins book that I blogged about a short while ago.  I am hoping to take it to the quilters tomorrow, should have it bound and on my table just in time for Fall :)  Its quite long so I had my daughter hold it up for me, try not to look at the background!

Do you have a fall project you are working on?

Happy Stitching,


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Happy Birthday

Today would have been my moms 74th Birthday.  She loved yellow roses, so I went to the local garden centre and bought a yellow rose bush and planted it in one of my flower beds in my back yard.  She also loved Inukshuks, so on our family camping trip to Mt. Kidd this year, my sister and I collected the perfect rocks.

So here is my little tribute to my mom.  I think she would have loved it :)

Not a day passes without her in my thoughts.  


Sunday, July 29, 2012

So Close to Done!!

Here is a sneak peak at my daughters wedding quilt that was supposed to be done over a month ago!!  Better late than never I guess.  She had asked for a Wedding Ring Quilt, but that just didn't happen.  So I asked her what colours her and Jason liked and Blue was it!  A very blue quilt it is.  I was inspired by the quilt in the book called, 
Weekend Quilts and Projects by Barb Adams and Alma Allen.  The Quilt is called Lazy Morning.  I wasn't fond of the plain 14" squares and decided to do sashing and corner stones instead.  

Still not quite finished but I have worked my butt off on it today.  Hopefully in the next couple of days I will have it all finished and off to the quilters!!

Happy Stitching,


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Book Junkie

Hi,  my name is Cindy and I am addicted to Quilting Books!
Seriously I have more books on quilting than the local "Indigo" I'm sure.  They are everywhere in my house, so whenever I sit down, wherever I sit down, I can glance through the glossy pages, even if its just for a moment.   Quilting books are great eye candy!

One of the more recent books I have purchased is Patchwork Among Friends by Judy Martin.  I have a few of her books but have never really sat down to read them, I have however always admired the beautiful quilts though.  This book I decided to read, starting at the beginning.  There is so much useful information, she covers everything from finger pressing to working with bias edges.  Two of my favourite patterns in this book are, Thanksgiving and Rolling Hills Log Cabin.  Maybe one day I will clear my WIP pile enough to make one of these beautiful quilts........a girl can dream :)  Do you have a "quilty" addiction?

Happy Stitching and I hope the sun is shining brightly in your part of the world, wherever it may be :)


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Wedding Bells

On Saturday my oldest daughter Chalsie married her sweetheart.  It was a beautiful day.....the weather was fantastic and everything went so smooth!  Chalsie is the first of my four kids to be married.  The party was a great celebration...I danced like no one was watching, hugged tons of people and just enjoyed the day from start to finish!  Now that the wedding is done I can get back to my quilting.  I haven't seen much of my sewing room these past 3 months, except to sew table runners for the reception tables.....21 in total!
This is my beautiful daughter on her wedding day.

Well off to make supper and then maybe hit the sewing room.

Happy Stitching :)


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Back in the Sewing Room

On January 22nd I lost my mom.  She passed suddenly, and we were all left feeling totally empty.  Mom was an amazing woman who took care of everyone she knew and even those she didn't.  Mom was the reason I learned to knit, crochet, sew and then Quilt.  Together we would travel to yarn shops near and far, in search of the newest, softest wools or the best yarn for a new pair or socks or mittens.  Mom made sure all her grandchildren and great grandchildren, had new baby afghans and sweater sets to come home from the hospital in.  This last Christmas everyone had a new toque, knit by grandma.  Those toques will be cherished forever.  She taught me to knit and crochet at a very young age, and at 12 I was enrolled in 4-H sewing.  My love of sewing only grew as the years passed, and about 5 years ago I opened a quilting store.(I know longer have the store)  Mom was my biggest fan and supporter, I knew she was proud.  Now it was my turn to teach mom...together we picked out fabrics for quilts she wanted to make....she never finished many quilts, but she along with her friends were in my shop every Tuesday with a Latte for me and a visit.  I think she just liked the visit, I know she did :)  
Now as my siblings and I go through her fabric and yarn stash we reminisce, we cry and we laugh.  She left an amazing legacy.....and a ton of projects that need to be finished....I think she is getting me back for my teen years!!  I miss my mom terribly, but I take comfort in knowing that she is with me, stitching along beside me, on every project I tackle.  She will forever be my strength.

I couldn't find it in me to quilt again until this past week.  I have an amazing friend who would gently nudge me with small patterns and tell me to look at new fabrics online.  On a recent trip she took she picked up a cute mini foundation piecing pattern for me..I loved it......and now I am back at my sewing machine.  Thanks goodness for great friends, who are there when needed, I don't know where I would be without mine.

Sew I thought I would show you a sneak peek at what I am working on.  The strips for these little diamonds are cut at 
1 1/4" wide.  So they finish at 3/4".....tiny!!  So far I have 3 of these little diamonds done and two half diamonds.  Maybe next time I will have the whole little quilt finished.

Until Next time,  Happy Quilting,


Friday, January 20, 2012

A Quiet Day at Home

Happy 2012 Everyone!  I can't believe we are already nearing the end of January.  Where does the time go?
We are slowly crawling out of a week long "deep freeze" here in Alberta. Temperatures were in the -33 degrees Celsius range with wind chills around -40...brrrr!  The weather man has assured us that we will be back in the positive in the next few days, hitting a balmy +6 by Wednesday!  I can't wait :)
Since no one is home today I decided it would be a nice day to try to get some uninterrupted stitching done. ( I also made the executive decision to make today a pajama day!)  So instead of working on a current project I dug into my closet of UFOs and pulled out a quilt with 6 completed blocks and only 24 more to go! 
The pattern is from the American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine June 2010, it is called Odds & Ends.  Its a great quilt to use up some of those smaller pieces you might have laying around.  Anyhow I have all the block centers cut and sitting at the machine waiting to be sewn together............but for now I am going to enjoy a little reading time in my quiet house :)

For those of you looking for a couple good books to read.  I just finished Secret Daughter (awesome story) and The Kitchen House ( another great read). Now I have started The Weight of Silence and so far it is very good.

Happy Stitching,


PS - my Amaryllis Bloomed, isn't it beautiful?