Friday, 18 December 2015


It seems like a long time since I posted an update on my Millefiore project, mainly because it has stalled out!

I have arranged my finished blocks how they will be set in the actual layout and you can see from the next photo where 6 will go. I think my design wall will be just big enough to hold all the completed blocks.

I only have two more units to assemble then I can put 6 together, then I am going to assess where I need to balance out the colours as I move through the final (and smaller!) units

But first I must finish one last Christmas knitting project, hubby's socks!
Have a great final pre-Christmas weekend!

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Sunday, 13 December 2015


At the risk of jinxing myself, I am pretty much ready for Christmas,
what to do, what to do??

Well, I decided it was time to replace the nearly 15 year old Christmas placemats.

So I went through my stash of Christmas bits and found some fat eights left over from a quilt I made for the Festival of Trees a couple of years ago, a couple of half meters from Stamping Up from at least 5 years ago, some batting scraps and a free pattern from Craftsy.

Sliced some varying widths off the fat eights, layered up my backing and batting and started quilting as I go! Don't have enough of any one fabric for the backgrounds so they will be mix and match! 
The middle picture has been quilted and trimmed but not bound as I will decided that once they are all done.
My plan is to have four completed to host our friends for Christmas dinner. Heaven knows there is enough fabric for many more...........................

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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Friday Finishes on Saturday

Always a day late and a dollar short!
But I have actually finished some quilts!
With our daylight being so short it has been hard to find someone to hold my quilts up for outside shots. The day wasn't as bright as I hoped but here they are none the less

This is a kit I bought a few years ago, it has been finished and sandwiched since this time last year.
It does not have a home yet, but the right recipient always comes along at some point

A jelly roll race  quilt I made from the left over strips of another quilt and will be a charity quilt next year from my Thursday quilting group's project.

Now I am off to sew with my guild group for the day!
Hope to get Millefiore block 6 finished today

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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Throwback Thursday

Seeing as I missed Work in Progress Wednesday, I thought I would bring you Throw Back Thursday, featuring my oldest! UFO
Not sure whether I should be proud or ashamed.

This quilt was started in 1986 (ish) in an advanced hand piecing class........yes, hand piecing, that is how I learned to quilt back in the 80s. No rotary cutters, all handmade templates, either box board or plastic, can't really remember, traced around with pencil, cut out with scissors, then hand pieced together. The quilt was supposed to have 12 blocks, but I had some life altering events happen that year and it got put away. It has been moved many times and ultimately a few years ago I was cleaning out bins and found it again. I decided to cut my losses as I was never going to hand piece the remaining blocks and moved all the fabric to my stash. It got put away again until I was making my UFO list back in January. It has now reached the top of the pile and I have started machine quilting it. 
My goal is to add it to the finished pile by the end of the year...........wish me luck!

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

WIP Wednesday

Almost three weeks since I posted! Doesn't mean I haven't been busy tho

Secret Christmas knitting continues

I made this quick jelly roll charity quilt with the leftover strips from this project.

This quilt and the one above just need their binding finished, which I hope to do tomorrow at my Thursday quilting group.

This is the one that has the (many) diagonal quilting lines 

It is a cold dull day here so sorry for the poor photo quality. I will get hubby to hold them up outside for me once they are completely done.

This is a kit I bought in Alaska this summer. I have added the borders and fused down the laser cut image and will now hand it off to my lovely long-armer to "appliquilt" for me once her Christmas deadlines are all met.

This a close up of the border and backing fabrics, love these batiks.

The phone company cancelled my install appointment at the last minute so now the day I had given up for them to be here is mine to sew and work off my frustration with them!

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Friday, 30 October 2015

Friday Finishes

It's done!! Hurray!! 
It has been made by a beginner and has a few issues, but it's warm and soft and I am pretty happy,  wore out to do my errands today. 

And I finished a quilt! Only the second of the year, but it's done, on the couch and being used.
It was a kit I bought when I bought that couch.....about 7 years ago!

I am trying to expand my quilting repertoire so I attempted to quilt consecutive circles around the dots. It is pretty beginnerish looking but I learned and will try it again in the future.
Much as I love my long-armers, having them do all your quilting means your own skills get quite rusty, so I vow to do more of my own quilting this coming year. Anything bigger than a lap/twin they will get but anything smaller I will do myself and rebuild my skill set. 

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday

Hurray for a great mail day!

Finally the yarn to finish my poncho!
Not the same dye lot but I would say it is an exact match
Since I am continually making socks, I decided to treat myself to a set of sock blockers too.

Here she is pre-bath.

Now bathed and blocked and laying glamorously on the basement floor, away from the wood floors and the dogs. Hope it's dry by Finish it Up Friday! May have run a little fan down there to help it along.

One from this year's UFO list finally under the needle, may be finished by Friday, but not likely! I have a library book I have to finish first, that counts as a finish right?

Secret Christmas knitting underway!

Our little modern group started working on blocks from Tula Pink's 100 Modern Blocks last night.

And I managed two blocks in two hours, so it's going to be a Work in Progress for some time to come!

My next shipment of Cotton and Steel arrived yesterday too so it was a great mail day. Decided not to keep hording these bundles and am using them in the above Tula project. I love the lunch box print, brings back great memories (not the bologna sandwiches tho!)

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Friday, 23 October 2015

Friday Finishes

Well it's really just Hurray for finishing anything. Period. It seems like so long!

These mitts are destined for the mitten tree at church. The yarn was a bit scratchy and the guage not dense enough to be warm enough so I felted them and they are now good to go!

This is the third but certainly not the last Tinker Tote I will make, they are so fun and such an
effective way to use up scraps and as you can see, the odd orphan block. 

This one now belongs to a friend and co-worker.

Finished my Jaywalker socks from last spring. In the end I did have enough yarn to do the toes too but why when you can have fun purple ones instead??

Sadly I lost this game of yarn chicken with about two feet of casting off to do. 
I have been waiting almost two weeks now for the yarn to arrive so hopefully by next Friday it will be on the finished list too!

I was home in BC for Thanksgiving and dragged out the old selfie stick...........

My parents always complained that they could not get nice shots of us girls.......because basically this is as good as it gets! 

My friend Carole posted a lovely Thanksgiving shot of her family so I thought I might share
MY lovely Thanksgiving family shot too! LOL

Halloween will be here next weekend! I cannot believe only one week of October left, where the heck did it go???

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday

When I looked at the date I couldn't believe it has been three weeks since I posted last!
And a busy three weeks it has been.

I was out to visit a friend in BC at her amazing new home on the lake and of course we had to go exploring.
I explored myself right into bringing these two new babies home with me, both in need of cleaning but in running order.

While more research is needed I believe this is a 1930ish Domestic

And this is a 1957 Elna, in need of bobbins

I was only home for less than a week and I had to make a quick trip out to Edmonton.

So this little project bag is all I have managed to sew. It is now winging it's way to my yarn swap partner in Australia.

This poncho has been my constant companion through my travels and at home. I hope to finish it this trip as we head back out on the road tomorrow to spend Thanksgiving in BC with family. 

I hope this finds you all finding time to spend with family and friends this weekend, whether it is Thanksgiving in your country or not. 

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday

As usual lots in the works but nothing finished!

Now that my sewing room is back together and organized I have located all the pieces to Arcadia Avenue, I am back to making a bit of progress on Block 3

My third Tinker Tote in progress

All the parts are made, now to add pockets to the lining and get it together for my friend Barb.

I saw this tunic on someone that I follow on Facebook and loved it so here are the two fabrics I have lined up to give it a try.

Rosette 5, yah for me! LOL
Six is prepped and ready to go but I am headed out of town for a week to visit with a friend who I miss dearly. I will just knit and drink wine as we visit on her deck overlooking the lake!

Hopefully finish this second sock and start on a poncho I have all lined up to go.

I have this trip plus two more between now and Thanksgiving so I don't expect much progress on anything but knitting. That's OK our long cold winter will be here soon enough and I will be trapped in the house with lots of time to sew.

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Friday Finish

I needed a quick baby gift for a shower at church so this week I whipped up these cute little hats. Each one takes me a day to knit.

Top left is a Flour Sack hat, right is an Accordion hat and the bottom one is a beret that I can't remember the name of!
The beret turned out more newborn size so it will be donated to the nursery at the hospital, where every baby born receives a hand-knit hat.
All three hats are from the great little book Baby Beanies

Yesterday was my 4 year blog-aversary and with 227 posts and and almost 46,000 page views from all over the world it has been a great ride. Thanks for continuing to visit and comment, I really appreciate it!

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

WIP Wednesday

Making progress!
Two rosettes prepped and ready to sew.
Time has been taken out to quickly knit up a baby gift tho!

Rosette 5

Rosette 6

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Monday, 17 August 2015

Hexie-aholic update

I am so far behind on my Millefiore project!

This is April, Rosette 4, finally done! I do like it a lot more than I thought I would when agonizing over choosing fabrics back in June. 

All four together but not in their final positions on the layout.

I am done painting my sewing room but am awaiting delivery of new shelving, lighting and a second table for my second machine. In the meantime if I can resist casting on another pair of socks I will get the next one or two prepped and ready to sew. I hope that process will go a little faster as I have already chosen piles of fabric for the next three. May just need to add a few here and there from my stash. 

I joined Mad About Patchwork`s Cotton and Steel FQ club, which includes 6 shipments of 10 each of the line from this spring`s market. 
This is delivery one, love those sloths, such cool creatures we had the opportunity to see in Costa Rica last year. 

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