Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine Links!

I met a friend and avid reader of my blog at the supermarket this morning. She misses my daily posts. Thanks for saying that. Well this one is for you, Paula! Happy reading.

Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away. While I'm not into decorating or doing anything special for this day, many of you out there are. If my granddaughter lived near me, then that would probably make a difference. In the meantime enjoy my links:

Monday, February 1, 2016


Thimbles! Well, if you are like me, a thimble on the finger just does not work as I will ignore it and use a non-thimbled finger. Go figure! I have tried on many occasions to use them. The only kind that works sometimes is the stick-on thimble pad.

A bit of history on the thimble can be found  HERE


free clip art

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Linky Parties

Back in August, I linked up to a Linky Tuesday at Freemotion By the River. Since then, I've come across several different Linky Parties for different days of the week.
Now for the jackpot link for everyday of the week! Courtney, at A Diamond in the Stuff, has found lots of them. Note - they aren't all quilt / sewing related. I didn't have time to weed them out but you might enjoy visiting them anyway!


Friday, January 22, 2016

Joan's Latest Quilt

This gorgeous 'scrappy' quilt, is the latest made by my sister, Joan, in Tennessee. She said it would have fitted in quite well with my previous post. This one is 78" x 90".

On Wednesday, I also linked up with The Needle and Thread Network. Please drop by to see what our Canadian quilters are doing.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Scrappy Quilting Projects

I have been noticing lately that a lot of the quilts people are blogging about are Scrappy Quilts. It would seem that using up fabric on hand or using up leftover pieces from other projects is the key. If this is your thing, check out the links below:
The quilt below was featured in a previous post HERE

Monday, January 18, 2016

Pattern Writing Blog Series from Meadow Mists Designs

I subscribe to a number of blogs (actually a lot of them). Meadow Mists Designs just sent out an email about a new series, starting sometime today, called How To Write A Quilt Pattern. I realize that most of you aren't about to start writing your own quilt patterns however, you probably modify an existing one or combine several to use in the one quilt. I searched through the email and could find no mention of a fee so I'm assuming this series is free. Someone please correct me if that information is incorrect. In any event and if you're interested, drop by Meadow Mist Designs and meet Cheryl, a chemical engineer / patent agent by day and a quilter / family person the rest of the time. You might find this series interesting.

Also, check out Cheryl's Best of 2015 Linky Party. Lots to see!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Christmas Gift!

Since the new year came in, I have taken some down time from most studio related activities. I have managed to get some Shimmer Ornaments ready for the Wholesale Show in March but not much else.

Before Christmas, I had every intention of sewing up another Sewing Wallet for my sister using my glitzy, fantasy fabric. She has spent so much time making stuff for everyone else, that I was feeling guilty by not doing something for her. But time marched on and it didn't get done. So instead, I included the one I had made for myself, with her parcel. It was filled with my newest shimmers.

Here's the piece:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


There is not much going on in the studio this week due to a nasty head cold. I've tried to do a few things but after having to ravel out a few rows in a knitting piece, I gave up. However, I did manage to surf the net and found a few things of interest.



Saturday, January 9, 2016

I Won a Magazine

On December 26 / 15, Monika Kinner Whalen, of My Sweet Prairie, had a giveaway on Face Book. She had 5 extra copies of Noro Magazine, in which she was featured. She used the blended colors of Noro to create intricate details of plant life in her embroidered works of art.

Well, I was one of the 5 winners and just received my copy. This is a new magazine to me and I must say, it has a lot of impressive looking modern style patterns using Noro yarns. Check them out on their web site above.

Drop by My Sweet Prairie too, as you won't be disappointed. 

Thanks, Monika!


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

More Quilts

Here are the last of the quilts that Joan made for Christmas gifts in 2015.

The first one is an original design. For each diagonal row, the center snowflake square gets 1/2" larger while the outer white border strips get 1/4" narrower. The back is very colourful. Matching pillow cases were included. This one was sent to Chicago.

This next one is an Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt by Rita at Red Pepper Quilts. 
I was there when this one was opened. Our sister-in-law was gobsmacked! She loved it!!

Both quilts were quilted by my sister.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Christmas Quilts

Here's a couple more quilts my sister made for family this Christmas. The first is called, Christmas Plus, and the other is Christmas Chevrons. Each quilt also has matching pillow cases and are in Chicago. If you click on the photos, you will see all the Christmas fabrics used.

Back of the Christmas Chevron quilt above

Friday, January 1, 2016

Day 1 of a New Year!

Happy New Year's Day! 


We had snow overnight and it looked like a winter wonderland today.  Here's a few WINTER projects that I found to celebrate the new year (did you think I was celebrating about the snow?) Yikes!! Not me! I'm ready to fly south with the birds except . . .

Anyway, here are the links"

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!!

I would like to extend to everyone, well wishes for the New Year! Thank you for visiting my blog. You are treasured souls and you are much appreciated. I try to respond to all comments. If, however, you did not receive one, check on the blog. I often write a note or two there.

For 2015, my goal was to write a post on my blog every day. Well, I did that. YAH!!!

For 2016, I would like to spend a little more time experimenting in my studio. I won't be writing every day either. There is only so much time in a day and we are in the process of renovating the house. I have become  # 1 gopher, soon to be trim painter, organizer of 'stuff' (which means getting rid of . . ) etc. etc. etc. So on that note, I wish you health, happiness, time with family, and lots of fun in 2016!!

Happy New Year everyone! 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Evening Bag

Several years ago, I designed and created a series of Evening Purses. One of the features of these purses is the Wearable Art Pin that is pinned onto each purse. It can be worn on a jacket or coat or an another one used in its place.

I kept this black and red one. A few evenings ago, I had another occasion to use it. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Self-Healing Rotary Mat

One of the gifts I received for Christmas, was a 12" x 12" OLFA Rotating Self-Healing Rotary Mat. It's perfect for cutting any shape which requires you to turn your project or your body around. The mat is self-healing and has a non-slip back for stability. For the quilter (which I'm not), it makes 15, 30, 45, 60 and 90 degree cut easily.

Years ago, I had one of the rotating mats that had ball bearings in the bottom for turning. It wasn't good for cutting as it flexed in the middle. My husband finally confiscated it and used it when he made my rotating Shimmers holder.

The new one will be quite useful in my studio.
Thanks, Joan. It's perfect!

Don't forget to check out Linky Tuesday HERE

Monday, December 28, 2015

Gale's Quilt

This quilt is called Cub Crawl by John Q. Adams (Quilt Dad) from "Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop".  My sister made this one for my granddaughter in Chicago. Matching pillowcases were also included with the quilt. The lime green backing fabric certainly compliments the fabrics used for the front.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Woven Table Topper

During the Comfort and Joy Member's Exhibit at Devon House (Craft Council of NL) this month, I purchased a woven table runner by Newfoundland weaver, Joy Sceviour. This is a one-of-a-kind reversible runner. I just love the rich Christmas red and green.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Regular Joe

My husband received this quilt, from my sister, for Christmas. Joan finished it here last summer while house sitting for a few weeks. It is called Regular Joe by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle of in American Patchwork Quilting June 2014. Check out some more Modern Quilting on Pinterest.

The view on the stair railing is the true colour. I think the light from the large window (below) washed the colour out a bit.

We both love it. Thanks Joan.

back of quilt

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone had a great day! We had the full turkey supper with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding with sauce for dessert. So everyone is quietly contented.

Thank you to everyone who reads my blog. It's been a fun year. I had decided last January 1st to try and write a daily post. So far, I have accomplished that. One thing to mark off the to-do list!

Time to sit back and relax!

A teaser - 
Wait until you see the new quilts my sister has made for family this year.

I've had this set a long time!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas Eve

A very Merry Christmas to my family in the United States (Chicago, IL; Kingsport, TN; Austin, TX) and family here in Canada as well as all my friends and internet friends near and far!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It's Almost Christmas

It's almost here! 

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. I love the glittery decorations, decorating the tree, making and purchasing gifts, baking and spending time with family and friends. Most of my baking is done and gifts are wrapped and sent away and the others are under the tree.

Do you have all your gifts finished and wrapped? Or do you put things off to the last moment? In any case, you have one day left to get it all done.So why don't you take a few minutes to relax and have a look at some 'stuff' to ponder for your next project.
 A baking tradition at my house are these Melting Moments shortbread cookies. Mmmmmmm!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


My mother made our Christmas stockings from red flannelette and hand embroidered our names with green wool. I still have mine. Santa usually had a special surprise in the toe of the stocking.  It wasn't usually anything expensive. However, I do remember one year, getting a compass in the toe. I was in Girl Guides at the time and it came in handy.

Here's some links for you to check:
I made this years ago!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Trees

There are lots of projects with Christmas trees as the focal point. Here's a few I found:

Kitchen Tree

Shimmers Tree at Some Good Market
Side entrance tree

Trees made about 35 years ago