Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Another one bites the poussière!

Trying to be humourous here! Poussière is French for dust! Hum ... I wonder how the translator is going to handle that one?!

I'm still going strong on finishing some hand embroidery UFOs. It is such a great feeling when yet another project is crossed off the "LIST"!

This little gem was started January 3, 2016 and the top hand embroidered by January 13, 2016.

There it sat, patiently waiting for me to do something about it! It's a good thing all these projects are patient me! lol

Voila!


The pattern is called Raven Claw Mercantile by Crabapple Hill Studios, which is available here from Fibre Junction.

I just love how it turned out. Pumpkin picked out the border fabric! Yes, not only is she a huge Harry Potter fan (the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! lol) but she belongs to the Ravenclaw house (founded by Rowena Ravenclaw) ... I just had to stitch it for her!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace! Catch you later! Cheers!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Keep on piecing ...!

Time permitting, I've been plugging away at my UFO hand embroidery list. So many blocks stitched, so little time.

I decided it was high time I tackle the Snowmen & Reindeer blue work quilt by Bird Brain Design, a project I started back in July 2012. The twelve (12) block were completed back in January 2013, there they sat, waiting patiently for me to make something out of them!

This is what the original pattern "should" look like.


You know how it is with us quilters, there's always a need to tweak things up a bit here and there. So I decided to changes things up a bit and work with some of the fabrics I own, you know ... use up that stash! Gasp!

Here is my version of the Snowmen and Reindeer quilt.


It is such a great feeling when you've finished a project on that UFO list!

What have you been up too?

Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace! Cheers!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

When Witches Fly ....!

I absolutely love anything having to do with witches. As most of you probably know, my favourite holidays are Halloween and Christmas. Yep, I'm a big Santa fan!

I have a mountain of hand embroidered blocks stitched that are waiting patiently to be pieced into a quilt top. This one was completed on January 3, 2016!!!!!

Last night I decided that it was high time to tackle one of them!

Ta dah!


I just love how this little quit turned out! It's the cutest quilt top!

The pattern is called When Witches Fly by Crabapple Hill Studios. The pattern is available at Fibre Junction's website here.

Now, I'm all motivated to finish another one of  those stitched blocks! Watch out .... unless .... SQUIRREL!

Catch you later! cheers!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Rain, Rain and more rain!

I don't know about where you live, but here in the way northeast, I can see Canada from my shoppe, it's been raining quite a bit. Check out how green everything is.

My irises are in full bloom!
Aren't they pretty?
On the quilting front, I am still plugging away at the flying geese quilt! Would you believe that I have 300 more flying geese to make and I'll be in a position to start piecing the top?

I have decided to keep track of the number of fabrics I am using in the quilt.

They will all be glued in my Scrappy Planner .... as they are part of the quilt's story.

I cannot wait to count the number of different fabrics in that quilt!

So, what are you working on?

Thank you for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace! Catch you later! Cheers!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

My adventures with baby Coons!

It was quite the weekend. I do hope those of you in the US enjoyed a fun day with family and friends. Myself, I became the care taker of cute little baby raccoons.

Early Sunday morning, I noticed one baby coon on the side walk in front of my house. It kept calling for its mother. I left it there for a while hoping the mother would show up ....

By 10:00 a.m. there was still no sign of the mother .... I looked across the street and there's another little coon.

They both looked so tired  .... So I placed them in a bin with some cotton batting. I  mean what else is there to do with batting scraps?

Aren't they cute?


I left them outside for the night in the hopes that their mother would show up. Sadly, by Monday morning, they were still in the bin. Their mother hadn't shown up to claim them.

I found this great website that helped me take proper care of these critter. Please, before you do anything, always do some research. There are lots of valuable information on the web.

I ended up taking them to the Adirondack Wildlife Refugee where Ethan, the coon expert, greeted me.  He will be working to rehabilitate them and they will be released in their natural habitat when old enough.

If you have never visited the Adirondack Wildlife Refugee, I would highly recommend it.  AND if you can, please add them to your annual charity budget list. Their work on rehabilitating wild animals is strictly funded by private donations.

Bye, Bye little raccoons!


Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace! Cheers!

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Buzz Cut ...!

Have you heard of the great new book, 12 - Pack Quilts by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister?


It's one of those books where I want to make lots of quilts from it. Definitely worth the price!

The funny thing about this book is that when I first previewed it from The Patchwork Place auto-ship, I declined shipment. The project just didn't speak to me. The colours were blah!

It wasn't until I attended fall market and saw the actual quilts that I fell in love with the book and its projects. The pictures really do not do justice to the quilts.

Each projects require 12 fat quarters and additional yardage as per pattern requirements. I have since completed the Buzz Cut!


I just love how it turned out! The colours are bright and cheerful .... hum much brighter than the picture.

Oh, and the block was super easy to do! The finished quilt measures 68.5 x 68.5. Word of advice, follow the cutting directions other wise ..... ask me how I know? lol

Thanks for stopping by. Catch you later! Cheers!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Happy Anniversary Fibre Junction!

Wow! Hard to believe that Fibre Junction is eight (8) years old. Time sure flies when you're having fun!


The lovely flower bouquet was sent by my dear friend Gina!


Thank you to everyone who stopped by and helped us celebrate Fibre's eight (8) anniversary! Cheers!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Flying geese quilt .... in flight!

As you know from the prior post, I'm presently working on the 1,700 pieced flying geese quilt and thought I would blog a bit more about how I organized this project.

As you can imagine, having 5,100 pieces to sew together can be quite daunting! By organizing the pieces accordingly (see prior post) it makes this quilt quite manageable.

For this quilt, I decided that it was best to use a bin to organize my bags, this way I am less likely to lose anything.


When the quilting mood hits me (ok, I'm in a perpetual quilting mood) I grab a bag of each and the piecing starts.


For this quilt, I'm using the tool - Sew Straight ... It's perfect for this method of piecing flying geese!


I love that tool!

If you own the Angler 2, it is pretty much the same thing except that you do not have a valuable installation piece that you can lose! The Sew Straight lines up directly on your machine and it comes with great instructions.

Voila! One hundred (100) flying geese pieced!


Time to trim .....


And before you know it, you've just pieced and trimmed 100 flying geese! I now have a mere 1,600 more to go! lol

Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyber space! Happy quilting!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Scrap quilting .... cutting one, two, three quilts at a time!

I am presently working on the flying geese quilt I mentioned back on March 23, 2017. The goal of that quilt was to use up my 1930's scraps.

So, I started by pulling out my bin of 1930's scraps and began cutting.


It took me quite some time to clean that bin out because, as I was cutting for the flying geese project, the thought occurred to me that I could make a bag of one (1) inch squares from the left over scraps for another 1930's project that I'm interested in making ... Isn't this how every quilter's mind works?

Because of the number of pieces I needed for the flying geese quilt, it became apparent that scraps were not going to do it. I needed to cut into my stash .... resulting in more scraps! So much for wanting to reduce my scrap load!

To make this project less daunting to piece, I created 17 bags of 100 rectangles and 17 bags of 200 squares. This way, when I'm ready to stitch out the blocks, I can grab a package of each and voila, I'm on my piecing way!


Once I had cut up the 5,100 pieces of fabric I needed for this quilt ... being in the cutting zone ... why not start cutting for another project?

So, I pulled out my Lori Holt stash .... Such happy fabrics!


And started cutting for a pattern from her Scrappy Project Planner - Happy Trails Quilt


BTW, this is such a great planner! It is so happy and as you know I'm all about happy! lol

So there you have it! A piece of how my mind works .... hum ..... I am all over the place! SQUIRREL!

Catch you later!
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