Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween everyone!  Well it was a treat for me today - these little beauties were delivered to my door while I was at work.  Aren't they gorgeous?

This is the Northcote Range collection by Cabbages & Roses for Moda.  I love the soft palette and the beautiful roses...  I cannot wait to put these together into a quilt.

Any treats for you today?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

McGuffey Finish!

Another finish to show!  I managed to finish the quilting and put the binding on McGuffey this weekend.

I quilted in the ditch around each square and then along each small square within each square.  I really like how this one turned out.  Such happy colours!

This is the back.  I used the panel that came with the Recipe for Friendship fat quarter bundle for the back.

This one is going to be a Christmas present for my wonderful friends and neighbours in the country:  Vicky and Claudia.

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I got a new toy!

I've been wanting a new sewing machine for months now, but there is simply no way I can afford the one I really want so I had come to terms with the fact that my little machine was going to have to do for a few more years.

And then while I was at WalMart this past week, I saw this cutie on sale:

It's definitely not one of those high end machines, but it's got features I never had on a machine before like the needle-down feature, speed controls and lots and lots of different stitches!

I L.O.V.E. it!  :-)

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Red & White Placemats finished!

I had way too many finished quilt tops on the go and too many projects I wanted to get started on so with Christmas now 9 weeks away, I decided I needed to start actually finishing projects.

So this past weekend, I quilted and put the binding on the set of 4 placemats I started a couple of months ago.  I love how they turned out.

I quilted in the ditch around the white parts and machine stitched the binding - mainly because I hate hand stitching and because I'm guessing these placemats will need to be washed over and over again and I want them to stay together!

I still have to put a label on these little babies, but I think I want to make special Christmas labels for these gifts so I'll have to put them on later.

So one Christmas gift done!  :-)

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Baby Lattice Quilt

I still had quite a few Recipe for Friendship 5" squares left and wanted to try something new after sewing 3 different Schnibbles designed by Carrie Nelson.  So I decided to do a little "research" on the Moda Bakeshop website and found this great little pattern.

The pattern is called Baby Lattice Quilt and it was designed by Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter.  I really, really enjoyed making this little quilt.  It came together really fast, the instructions were clear and easy to follow and the end product looks amazing.

Baby Lattice Quilt designed by Amy Smart

So I'm down to about 40 5" charm squares in Recipe for Friendship and I'm thinking of making another little table topper from the pattern Coming Home.  This is a pattern from the Simplify book written by Camille Roskeley.  I already used this pattern to make small table toppers for my bedroom furniture at the cottage.

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Farmer's Wife... Now I know!

During my bloggy travels lately, I've read numerous posts and looked at lots and lots of pictures of beautiful 6" blocks related to the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt.  At first, I really didn't know what the heck these people were talking about, but I really did enjoy looking at all the pictures.  Finally, I read someone's comment on a blog and this person was saying how she had bought the book and was going to get started on these blocks.

My curiosity finally got the better of me and I logged on to and searched for this book... and ordered it!  :-)  I love reading all the letters; I'm a big history fan, so all of those letters are simply a delight for me.  I might actually try making some of these blocks as a way to use my scraps... who knows - maybe I'll be able to make enough to turn these little blocks into a small lap quilt or even maybe a twin-size quilt.  We'll see!

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It's here!

Another Bite of Schnibbles was finally delivered today!  Yay!

I love all of the designs in this book, but these are my favourites so I'll have to make at least one of them with the Hometown Charm Packs I received a couple of weeks ago:

The photos aren't great, but you get the idea!  I cannot wait to get to the cottage Friday and get going on one of these lovelies!

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

X-Rated... minus the border?

We really got a taste of Autumn this weekend... cold, wet and extremely windy!  So although I had planned on cleaning up the garden this weekend and getting it ready for winter, I really only got to do the bare minimum.  We put all the patio furniture away, emptied the flower boxes and removed all of the "decorations" we had in the garden.

I also spent quite a bit of time in the sewing room this weekend, which was amazing!  I finished the X-Rated top, prepared the backing and basted it so it'll be ready for quilting.

Once the quilt sandwich was finished, I realized that I completely forgot to put the border on it!  I really didn't feel like taking all the pins out so I decided to just leave it as is.  I think it looks okay - it'll just be a little smaller.  :-)

I really like how the quilt looks with the Recipe for Friendship fabric.  The Xs really pop off the white background.  I think this will make a really sweet small table topper.  Perhaps this cutie will find its way under the Christmas Tree this year...

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Another Bite of Schnibbles

So I said I was going to try quilting without buying fabric for a few months, but I never said anything about not purchasing new books!  I visited the Fat Quarter Shop a couple of nights ago and ordered Carrie Nelson's Another Bite of Schnibbles.  I cannot wait for Canada Post to deliver it!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Spin City Top Finish!

The weather was just terrible this weekend so that means... lots of sewing time for me!  I finished my Spin City top and pin basted it so it's ready for quilting.

Spin City by Carrie Nelson from Schnibbles Times Two
I also cut and started piecing X-Rated, another Schnibble from Carrie Nelson's Schnibbles Times Two.  This top will be finished next weekend.

X-Rated - Another Schnibble from Schnibbles Times Two
Oh and the postman finally came on Friday with 6 wonderful Hometown Charm Packs.  I cannot wait to get started sewing with these cuties.  The colours are a perfect match to the colours in our kitchen at the cottage so I'm thinking a couple of curtain panels or maybe placemats and a table runner.

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later!