Sunday, October 4, 2015

Wine Time!!

I made a mug mat this morning. Now I'm enjoying a glass of wine while writing this post. I think the wine glass looks great on my new mat!

Why is making a mug mat significant? Well, the pre-cut fusible applique is our own design and cut on our Klic-N-Kut Maxx Air machine. This machine has been sitting around for the last year and we finally got some time to experiment with it. It does an amazing job of cutting the fabric. So far, I've been using batiks with Heat N' Bond Lite on the back. Any shape designed on the computer can be sent to the machine for cutting. I'm thinking silhouettes in the near future!

I will have a few packaged pumpkins and leaves at Some Good Market this coming Saturday. There will be in a limited supply of these! 

Cutting out leaves

Another set of leaves. Lifting the fabric from around the cut-outs

Leaves that were just cut and still on the mat

Close -up view & I just noticed the thread on the pumpkin!! Bummer!

Valdani Threads were used for the pumpkin outline.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Gobble, Gobble!!

Next weekend is the Canadian Thanksgiving! So today's post is dedicated to Thanksgiving related projects. Of course, our American neighbors have a bit of extra time to prepare for their celebrations.

Here goes:
Wall Hangings
Have fun & Enjoy!

The Leaves Falling, A Thanksgiving Is Coming With Many Expectation.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Under The Sea 2

I have another Under The Sea art piece finished. Again, the mat is suppose to be bright white. This time I used hand dyed cheese cloth for the lower right corner. Couched ribbon is used for the tall sea weeds with machine stitching in the background. Valdani threads (pearl 8 and stranded cotton) was used in this one. Please click on the photo for a closer look.

On another note, I have been trying to answer everyone who makes a comment here on the blog under comments. Please check there. I appreciate all your comments.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

$ Shop Find

Happy October 1st!! It was 25C today which certainly isn't the norm for here but I'll take more of them.

I had errands to run, one of which was a visit to the local Dollarama, I found a very simple ice cube tray with a snap on lid. It holds most of my metal bobbins. I will be getting another one tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I Know Why . . .

My sister, Joan, has done it again! Another amazing 'chicken' quilt. It's called, "I Know Why"! Do you know why? Well I had a very big DUH moment, cause I didn't get it!

 "I Know Why"
as in .......

Why did the chicken cross the road?
To rescue the baby chicks tangled up in the binding!!!

I've also linked up to the Needle & Thread Network.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

New Pendant Shapes

I just received my latest order of new pendant trays for my Fibre Art Pendants. These are rather interesting. Of course, I had to reorder several others as my pendants have been very popular with tourists and locals. Thank you for your support. Photos of the finished product using the new shapes, will be posted soon. I have to get busy!!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Apples Galore

It's apple picking time!

My sister-in-law gave me a whole bunch of apples yesterday. She picked about 17 dozen from the one tree. The apples on the other tree aren't quite ready for picking yet. They are still a bit small and not quite ripe.

So to celebrate apples, you will find a few links below with free apple pattern!

My bowl of yellow apples!

Here's a few apple projects to check:

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Under the Sea

My latest art piece, Under the Sea, is a combination of free motion stitching and hand embroidery. Valdani Threads were used for the fly stitch and French knots. The background is Bali Batik. The piece is custom framed 5" x 7" with a black metal frame. The mat is a bright white but I couldn't quite get it right in the photo! An unframed version is also included below.

The hardest thing, is coming up with titles for my pieces.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Chickadees and Berries

Have you ever purchased a pre-printed panel to quilt and then wondered what to do with it? How to quilt it? Well, I was checking out some blogs on one of the Happy Friday Posts from yesterday and came across Karen's Quilts, Crows and Cardinals - Redbird Quilt Company.

Karen has been working on a Chickadees and Berries Panel by Jackie Robinson from Benartex. This is a beautiful panel (as you can see below) and Karen has shared her tutorial on making the wall hanging, table topper and coasters. The step by step tutorial is on the Bear Creek Quilting Company Blog. It is quite detailed and well worth a look.

I have no affiliation with these companies. I thought the information might be of interest to you.

There's also a great giveaway which I entered! Someone has to win . . .


Friday, September 25, 2015

Happy Friday!

In August, I blogged about Crazy Mom Quilts. Since it's Friday, I thought I'd mention it again so that you can check out the Finish it up Friday projects. Lots of places to visit. This Friday, 95 quilters have signed up with lots of interesting projects to see. I'm # 95!

Another Friday Finishes is called Link A Finish Friday or LAFF.  Interesting place too! I'm # 19!

New additions:
Fabric Frenzy Friday at Forth Worth Fabric Studio.
Creative Goodness Linky Party from Quilt Shop Gal
Can I get A Whoop Whoop from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Stained Glass . . .

We had summer weather here in St. John's today! It was just beautiful in my garden. I'm not looking forward to the cold weather in the not too distant future. However, my Fibre Lace Scarves will certainly ward off the cold wind this winter.

Here's another one completed! I particularly like the black side as it reminds me of stained glass. I think I will be creating another one similar to this one with more intense colours.
Enjoy . . .

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

More Fibre Art Pendants

What a gorgeous sunny day we had. I was working in the morning but just had to go outside after lunch. I finished a few more Fibre Art Pendants, stitched up some snowmen shimmers and got more scarves ready to photo. Here are the pendants, ready for the next market!

I'll post more scarves next time.

Monday, September 21, 2015

New Reversible Fibre Lace Scarve

I think the scarf I photographed today is one of my favorites. That's probably because I like the colour combinations on both sides. What do you think!

side one

side two

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Crazy Quilting

Today is devoted to Crazy Quilting. Why? Well, the Eastern Edge Quilt Guild's program for part of this year is about Crazy Quilting. We were given a block pattern, which we can use or make up one of our own, and asked to make a block. Then for the next few months, one of our members (a good friend of mine) will be demonstrating a different stitch to use for the different seams in the block.

I found this interesting quilt on Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting. Scroll down through a bunch of lovely quilts from the 2013 International Quilt Festival, Chicago, to see it.

Crazy Quilting Canada

I have a list of blogs to check about crazy quilting but first a couple about the history of this quilting technique:
Blogs to check:

Saturday, September 19, 2015

September Fruit

September 19th. and it was 25C and sunny in my back garden! YAH!!!! Of course I was outside and took a few photos too.  Here's the fruit in the backyard. Just love the colours, The cluster of Dog Berries would translate nicely into an embroidery piece. I must have a look at my threads . . .

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Crab apples 
Red Currants
Dog Berries

Friday, September 18, 2015

Halloween Stuff!

I was going to keep the Halloween projects until October but figured the sooner the better if you want to make any of them. As my friends and family know, I'm not into Halloweenl! In any case, here's a few things for you to check:

Halloween stuff