Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Where it's at ...!

I'm knee deep into plaster dust and debris! That's where it's at! And ... if that wasn't enough, I'm not feeling so hot. But, I'll get over it!

Due to a clandestine water leak that took way too long for us to notice (like my plywood floor?), we are renovating the main bathroom, which consists of  120+ year old plaster and not as old sheet rock and perhaps as old plumbing and electrical. 


Naked brick wall!


Men at work! My father (left) and favourite brother (on the right) came down to do some important stuff!


And ... with the bathroom walls having been opened, Pumpkin gets a new (much needed) outlet in her room. Don't mind the dusty mess! 


Menning the toilet! Lol It saves us from having to go downstairs in the middle of the night!


My new state of the art bathroom door!


Where it's at! Walls are closed with new electrical wiring, heating registers and plumbing!


My brother and father left on Monday after a long weekend of hard and messy work (So thankful to have them).  I spent a good part of the day cleaning the house. How exciting! 

So, where are you at? 

Thanks for stopping by!  Cheers!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

I'm on a roll baby ...!

For the most part, I have remained focused, with a few squirrel in between the completion of UFO projects. For instance ....

Squirrel number 1 Frivol 5 - Atelier by Friend General


I really like this little quilt. It is one of my favourite. What I like about these tins is that I get to work with the whole fabric line for a small investment. Some Frivols require extra fabrics (background and or borders) and others, like this one, nada! Binding and backing are not included.

This little quilt looks even better as a display at Fibre Junction.


I am such a push-over for those tins! Pretty soon I'll be Tin Queen! Or should that bee Queen Tin?! lol

So what have you been up to?

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you later!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Weather you like it or not ....!

I don't know where you live, but it sure has been a crazy winter weather wise in my part of the way northeast NY.  Yesterday evening we had a combination of snow, sleet pushed around by winds.  The humidity and wind made it much cooler than it actually was.


Brrr! It was a great time to sit with a quilt on my lap and hand stitch the binding while enjoying a warm cuppa, ok glass of hot tea!


Finished machine quilting the above quilt on Monday. I do enjoy hand sewing the binding on. Although it is time consuming, I find it so relaxing!

I am still attempting to remain focused ..... Let me tell you, it ain't easy for me. I am so all over the place. So many projects needing completion and so many needing to be started .... Squirrel! lol Finished Frivol 2.


Faithful by Minick & Simpson. It uses their recent fabric line Polka Dots & Paisley. I just love how it turned out!

On a side note, my new smaller quilt rack is up on the wall.  The new smaller size is perfect for these quilts, don't you think?


Compared to how they looked on the larger rack!


Much better don't you think? Now I need to look for quilts for the larger rack! It will be a pleasure! 

Thank you so much for stopping by. Catch you later! Cheers!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter Mate!

All the way from Australia!


So thankful! Have a wonderful Easter celebration! Cheers!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

MIA .... yet again!

I really am trying to keep up with my blog. I do enjoy it! It's just that sometimes life gets in the way. Like for instance, I just bought a new laptop for Fibre Junction. The old one was so slooooooooow! It was over 6 years old! That in itself has been keeping me busy ... transferring files ... adapting to Windows 10. We're talking moving from XP to windows! It's slowing me down! lol I do like the touch screen! Given that I do not like anyone touching my screen, this should be interesting!

On the quilting front, I continue to keep focused! Yes, I am trying my best to finish some of the projects on my UFO list.  I'm working on Fivrols.  I fell in love with Moda Frivols! What's not to love about a cute tin and ... working with the latest fabric line from a designer?  The projects are so manageable!

Last week I finished Frivol 3 - Heritage by Betsy Chutchian.


It uses Besty's fabric line Eliza's Indigo! The quilt was fun to makes. There's something to be said about crossing a project off your list!

Now onward to Frivol 5!


The cutting is all done, now it's time to sew!

I do have a stack of quilts to machine quilt this weekend including Frivol 2 and Frivol 4. Time for a date with Penelope!

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you later! Cheers!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Baby it's cold outside...2016!

Brrrr!


We're talking -15C and that has not been the coldest this year.

This has been a strange winter. Very little snow and lots of rain. So much so that we had some damming issues with the river down the road from us with possibility of flooding but now ....


It's all iced over with lots of debris from fallen trees! All of the major snow storms have missed us.

Not much is going on in my quilting world. I've been in a stitching mood as of late. Should have something completed in a bit.

In the mean time, I'll share a photo from made up photo essay I'm calling Randomness in my backyard!


Catch you later! Cheers!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Virtue of a fabric stash...!

To stash or not to stash, that is the question?!

Being a quilt shop owner, you learn a lot about quilters. For instance, some have a stash and other's do not. For those that do not stash, I've come to learn that their left over fabrics are considered scraps.  Hum ... I wonder if it's not just a question of semantics! lol

And others, would you believe, do not keep any left over fabrics!! I have to admit, sometimes I fall into that category. If it's a novelty or the latest fabric trend, I also do away with it. I only tend to keep fabrics that are "timeless," you know those that can be used in another project without blatantly screaming "I don't belong with this group of fabrics!" I do keep a bag in my sewing studio for fabrics I discard. They are later donated to an organization that make quilts for the less privileged.

I stash anything that looks whole.  For me, a scrap is a piece of fabric that is cut into and is less than a 1/4 yard.

I'm a stasher. I like being able to look in my fabric cabinet and find the perfect colour I need for a quilt. For instance, I needed a binding for this quilt! The perfect green .... and a funky backing .... stash baby!


That green must be at least 15 years old! It's just what I needed! A stash keeps me productive by helping me get things done.

I also look at my stash as a tool for inspiration. Many of the fabrics speak to me, they wait patiently for the perfect project to come along! Sometimes, the perfect project comes along and I just don't want to cut into that fabric ... but that's another story! lol

I've come up with my own formula for stashing. The quantity I purchase is dependent on what I intend to do with it.

Borders - I'll get at least 1.5 to 2 yards (which will include binding also)

When I work with reproductions, the quilts tend to be scrappy, so I usually work with 1/3 of a yard. When I need a piece I cut parallel to the selvage and keep the width of the intact!

Blenders, depending on the colour, I'll usually get a yard. I'm not much of a blender gal, most of the blenders I have in my stash are bright and cheerful.

As for batiks, I always buy minimum 1/2 yard. Most batik quilts work with fat quarters. I can just cut the yardage in half!

Are you a stasher? What's your formula?

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you later! Cheers!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Perfectly imperfect ...!

Last summer, I bought a cute train/road panel just because. You really never know when you'll need to quilt one for myself a child. Who wouldn't want to play with theses road and train tracks?!


Well, last Sunday that kid came to mind. I took the panel out and began pinning it so that I could use my DSM to machine quilt it. I reasoned, "I'm much better at controlling the quilting with my DSM, as opposed to my longarm."

What that really meant was "I'm such a perfectionist chicken, so I better use my DSM". Now don't get me wrong, I do not produce perfect quilts, I try, but I don't succeed. It's really a matter of what I am willing to live with and, as I get older, I seem to be more and more tolerant of my imperfections work.

As I started to safety pin the top, this voice in the back of my head said "Come on Carole, when are you going to be daring and just do it using Penelope?".  Hum ..... so I took the safety pins out and began loading it on my longarm.

First attempt:


I nearly had a cardiac arrest! "Oh no, this isn't good". But, I decided to take this as a learning experience and did not take it out. I continued machine quilting the quilt.

Yes, there are some spots where I'm not following the line but, in the grand scheme of things, it's really not noticeable unless I point it out. Sometimes you just gotta do it, let it go and get it over with!

No roads are perfect, and I'm sure once my the child has the trains, cars and whatever on the panel, it really will not be noticeable!

There you have it, the quilted panel! Notice any mistakes? lol


I learned a lot from this simple panel. Let it go Carole .... and just do it!

"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor" Anne Lammott, from Bird by Bird (p.93)

Thanks for stopping by!  Cheers!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Pillow fight .... in style!

Last night, I decided to make something that's been on my "to do" list for quite some time (we're talking quite a few years now).

Last year, during one of our gatherings, my friend Gina even did a tutorial (it's her go to item for a gift), which was tempting but ....

You see, I have this stash of cute kid fabrics that I've been hording accumulating and .... I just couldn't bare to part with ..... that is .... until last night!

Ta dah!


The top fabric is a favourite of mine - Marvel Avengers, which Fibre carries. Yea, it was an impulse buy!

The other two are from my personal kiddy stash!

I used the "hot dog" method. Below are my fabric measurements:

3/4 yard - main print pillow
1/3 yard - pillow edge
2" strip - accent piece (optional)

Let me tell you, they are addictive! I actually made five (5) pillow cases last night!!!!!

Visuals are always good, so I checked out Randa's (Prairie Quilts) YouTube tutorial video.


What a great stash buster these pillow cases are ... and they make a perfect gift!

The ones in the picture are for three special kids! I do hope they'll like them!

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you later!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Mojo's back ....!

I've been playing with fabric!


Chopping it up into little pieces .........


Sewing the pieces back together into these.


Ohhh, I do like how it's turning out. The colours are so rich!

I started that project December 9, 2014 ... put it aside to take care of other stuff .... then I lost my mojo.

I think I found it!

Catch you later!
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