Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Gramercy Plus: A Finish

Oh I am so happy to show you this finish! A new Plus Baby quilt made with Leah Duncan's new line Gramercy.

This quilt is my next class sample for a beginners quilting class at Patch Halifax. How fun will this be to make for some brand new quilters! Using Jeni Baker's  Modern Plus Quilt Tutorial, this quilt comes together quickly but teaches all the fundamentals of quilting.

I also set a personal challenge for myself with this quilt. I have had a VERY busy past couple of months with the day job, MMQG activities, and life in general. All so much fun, but in the end every little time for actual sewing! Boo! So at our monthly MMQG Sew In this past Saturday I showed up at 10 am with these squares of fabric and planned to finish the quilt by the end of the Sew In!

Halfway through the day I had the top pieced and quilting started. And by 4 pm - DONE!

It was so fun to work on this goal at Sew In! What a bunch of cheerleaders I had :) After Sew In I headed home for some yard pictures of this baby...

Well that's me for this week. Big doings! Now if you want some of that delish Gramercy fabric, Patch Halifax is carrying it so pop in and get some!

Have you had a marathon session and done a quilt in a day? Would love to hear about it:)

I am linking up this week with Fabric Tuesday, Needle & Thread Thursday and TGIFF!

TLP October Sponsor

So it would appear that my hectic schedule as of late has finally taken a toll and I mistakenly posted the wrong sponsor for the October Library Project Link Up :(

Fabric Spot generously donated two $25 Gift Cards for the March and August winners.

The October prize, a $25 Gift Card was donated by Pink Chalk Fabrics!

Conni I will be in touch with your Pink Chalk Prize

Thank you to all of the sponsors for TLP! Here is to less confusion next month!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

TLP October Winner!

The winner of this month's Library Project Link up is....

Conni from My Creative Side !

 Conni has won a $25 Gift Card from Fabric Spot

I hope you all have a happy quilting week!

Friday, 24 October 2014

It's Time for Blogger's Quilt Festival!

While I sometimes wish going to Quilt Market was in the cards for me, I am just as excited to be home and have the Blogger's Quilt Festival going on. The inspiration in this event is just amazing!


This year I am going all hog wild and am entering my Volume Quilt into the ROYGBIV Category. getting my Rainbow on!

This quilt was a true labor of love and has been in the works for over six months! Now it lives at home with me on the wall so I can see it (and maybe pet it) every day.

Head on over to the festival to check out all of the other entries and maybe cast some votes!
Are you entering anything this year? Can't wait to see!

Friday, 17 October 2014

The Library Project QAL: October Report

Hello TLPers! October is here and what I have been up to is... not too much! Since my big Volume finish last month I have been busy getting ready for the very first MMQG Quilt Show and teaching and making some pillows (which were not on my TLP list by the way).

But I have been doing this...petting my Anna Maria Horner fabric collection in preparation to start my Herringbone quilt that I talked about last month.

Fabric needs petting. Just to get it warmed up for action.

So how are you doing this month? Tell me all about it and you could win! A...
$25 Gift Card from

Woo Hoo Shopping! So link up below and tell me all about your progress. The Link will be open until next Friday and I will let Mr. Random Number Generator Guy pick a winner.

 Happy Quilting!

Monday, 13 October 2014

I Heart You QAYG

This little ditty comes to you from my sunny October deck amongst the colored leaves and the warm breeze. Seriously, this is my most favorite time of year. Ever. I mean the first snowfall comes pretty close, but I could sit out here forever! OK, enough about the weather, lets talk pillows. This week was all about pillows. Quilt As You Go Pillows to be exact.

First was this little beauty. This is a class sample for a QAYG pillow for winter classes at Patch Halifax. I can't wait to teach this one! People are really excited to learn this technique, and it is so nice to be able to piece and quilt at the same time! A time buster, and scrap buster too!
Completing this pillow is actually my A Lovely Year of Finishes Goal for October. Earliest goal finished ever!

Then I really needed to make a mate for this pillow from my couch!

So then there were two!

I am in love with these colors right now. I am calling these my Indian Summer Pillows.

I did make one more thing this week... this wee sunglasses pouch for the October MMQG swap!

Funny story about the little scrap prints in this project... As my students were working on their baby quilts they would be randomly throwing scraps (I mean gigantic pieces people, ok so maybe not gigantic, but definitely useable fabric scraps) into the garbage bins. I started going behind them and rescuing them from certain peril. I am fairy certain they thought that I was crazy, but I pointed out that someday, if their quilting journey continued, they would be as hungry for scraps as I am. Now I am not sure that they believe that, but you do right dear reader? You can't throw away perfectly good scraps!?

But seriously, I could make QAYG things forever. The stitching process never gets old for me, and they always look way harder than they are. Win win! Have you forayed into QAYG? Do you love it, or would you leave it?

Well I hear my parents pulling up the driveway. They are bringing turkey dinner to me! Who has the best parents ever? I do!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I hope you got to do some sewing this glorious weekend:)

Linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday at She Can Quilt and Anything Goes Mondays at Stitch by Stitch

Thursday, 2 October 2014

All Around the World

Anyone else hear Sugar Ray in their head? Anyone? Anyone? No? Ok. I'm fine with being the only one currently obsessed with music from 1997.

Right. So likely you have been doing a lot of travel with all of the Around The World Blog Hop posts going on. It has really been fun to read all of the different perspectives to similar questions. And now it is my turn! I have been tagged by three bloggy friends to play along Julia from Jada's Quilting Adventures, Laura from Waffle Kisses, and Kim from Robot Mom Sews. I have to shout out to Julia and Laura because they both tagged me quite some time ago, and I just got too busy to get a post together. But anyway, let's get to the good stuff... give the kids what they want (as they say).

What am I working on?

Oh about a million things. Here is the current list. And it would appear that it is growing!
There are far too many "must dos" on this list, but I am looking forward to finishing this QAYG pillow

And making this lovely pile into a QAYG pillow sample for a Patch Halifax Workshop.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Um...I... um... nope. I got nothing. really I don't think my work is any different from anyone else. In fact most of my work is reproductions of others work. I mean, I see things I like, I buy the pattern and I make it. I am not a designer, pattern maker, improve doer. I am just a quilter who makes things she sees that are pretty (to her).

My most recent finish. Totally a pattern from Scrap Republic. And that's ok!

Why do I write/create what I do?

You know those great t-shirts from Patchwork Threads...well in their words: "I Quilt So I Don't Kill People". True story. I have a crazy day job and stitching is what I do to relax. It makes me feel good.

When it comes to writing...I am in my second year of blogging and I am still digging it. I am not sure that I am reaching the masses, but I do love to write about and take pictures of my sewing and quilting projects. This is really my creative journal and I invited a bunch of strangers to come read it. But the cool thing is that some of those folks aren't strangers anymore!

My favorite quilt from last year -  Foreign Currency

How does my writing/creative process work?

I really don't think I have a "process" (currently giggling to myself). Like I said, I see something I wanna make and I go ahead and do that. Picking out fabric is probably my biggest process. I like to open every stash bin I have, pull, pull, pull until I get what I am looking for. I usually make piles of different fabric options and they sit on the table for days. I walk in and out, off and on and look at them. Thinking. By day five or so I make my choice... other than that, I make a list of what I want to make, try to find a way to squirrel away money to buy the fabric, and I hit to rotary cutter!

My first little Improv Number
Well that's me, from my little bloggy corner in Porters Lake Nova Scotia. Now I think I will set off on more journey's... I would tag more people, but frankly everyone I know has already done this. I am clearly a slacker.

Happy Quilting!

PS - I hereby name this post my declaration of my A Lovely Year of Finishes Goal for October - namely that I will finish the QYAG Pillow Sample for Patch Halifax!