Sunday, March 4, 2018

Rabbits and Spiderwebs

I've had good progress on Down the Rabbit Hole this week. Some other projects are being put on the back-burner nowadays so I can focus on my hand-quilting. 

I know....lots of pictures. I've been taking a daily picture and "journal-ing" my progress on Instagram. I'm doing this as a tool to stay motivated and on-track. So, I apologize to my friends on Instagram for DTRH overload but I think it's helping me to achieve my goal!

Yesterday I searched through my old stencils hoping to find an idea of what to quilt inside the rabbits. They are quite large and need some quilting, for sure. 

I didn't find what I wanted but I did come across a spiderweb stencil. There are four blank 4" blocks on the quilt that have had me stumped and I thought I'd see how this stencil would work.

This was part of this morning's stitching... it!!!

The picture is of the back of the quilt since my air-erasable marker hasn't disappeared yet on the front of the quilt and I thought this would show the effect in a nicer way.

Well, gotta run....literally! Have a lovely day!

I am linking up with Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Have a look and see what others are slowly stitching today :)

Friday, March 2, 2018

One Monthly Goal- Sow's Ear / Silk Purse?

It's that time again....time to figure out what my monthly goal shall be.

I had a couple in mind but have decided on an unlikely one.

Last week I attended a workshop and was not happy with my fabric choices. The quilt pattern was interesting, I just didn't think my choices were working. You can read about it HERE.

I had pretty well decided to chalk this one up to experience, but not finish the quilt.

Then, a few days ago I thought to at least hang the two blocks I had completed up on the design wall and live with them for a bit.

They started looking not-so-bad, but I still wasn't convinced.

On Wednesday my husband was in the sewing room and said, "ooh, I like the blocks on the design wall!"....go figure!!! lol

So, my goal is to finish the top by the end of March. I  am just doing the lap size, a total of twelve blocks, so not a lot of work to do on this one. 

I've been quilting away during my morning coffee-time every morning, still hoping to have Down the Rabbit Hole completed in time for our upcoming quilt show. 

I was about to say I'm not sure that I'll be successful....but, no, this will be done!!! (I hope)

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilt for One Monthly Goal, Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop, and with Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Before I write about quilty stuff I am going to share something going on in my neighbourhood today.

For many years in Nanticoke, Ontario there has been a coal-fired generating plant. For most of my years living here, until just a couple of years ago, I could count on looking out my window and seeing the stream of brown pollution drifting across the sky.

Today the two tall stacks were slated for demolition by imploding them. Evidently this process has taken a year and a half of careful work. 

From my house, I can see one of the stacks...

I'm sure you can't see it in the picture, but it is sitting just left of the windmill way down the road. The plant is about a 15 minute drive from here.

As I was taking the "before" picture I heard a helicopter headed that way....maybe a news station?

After watching a television programme describing this type of procedure sometime this year, I find the story somewhat thrilling...I don't know why :S


So, I'm back moments after the big event. I was ready to take a picture of the moment. anti-climactic! I could see the stack tip out of site, but I couldn't hear anything and there was no big plume of dust that I was expecting! What a letdown. I'll have to watch the local news later to see it for myself.


So, back to quilting!

I'm taking part in the Postcard From Sweden Quiltalong hosted by Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon, and today is the day to show our progress.

I have done the cutting and labeling of the pieces...

This is going to be a fun and colourful quilt! Part of the fun was in the labelling, as I think it's the first time in my life that I've actually written the words, "kumquat, chartreuse, leprechaun", even though I do know the words.

Now, after all the distractions of the day, I'd better get back to working at the longarm! I have a big quilt on today that should just take a couple more hours to finish.

I am linking up today with Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon, Susan at Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers and with Esther's Blog for WOW - WIPs on Wednesdays.

And, because this quilt is a new start for 2018, I am linking up with Pomegranate and Chintz for 6and6in2018!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Rainbow Scrap Challenge AND One Monthly Goal - Complete!

Just a quick post today as we have house-guests for the weekend.

I wanted to show my blocks for February's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Here are my purple blocks for Squared Away, I am making the 7.5" size...

......and here are my purple birds for my Rainbow Birds....

The cutting of all the background fabric for Rainbow Birds, as well as the leg/background piecing, was my February goal for OMG-One Monthly Goal.

Even though it's been a crazy busy month, I was able to sneak my goal in and got it completed...

Not the best picture, but I am glad this got will make the piecing of my Rainbow Birds much quicker every month.

That's all for now! My step-son and his baby are here for the weekend from Alberta. He has just finished his 7-month deployment in Latvia and has a bit of down-time now that he's back. 

This means a big family dinner tonight and a couple of outings before they go home on Monday.

Wow, this has been such a busy week!

I am linking up with So Scrappy for Scraphappy Saturday. I'm looking forward to what the colour for March will be. 

And I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts for OMG- One Monthly Goal.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Busy times!

I hadn't thought I'd do a post today, but it's been such a hectic four or five days I'm just going to take a few extra minutes of down-time this morning.

I attended a guild workshop yesterday....lots of fun and food and great people. It was "VP day"....the vice-presidents of the guild present a fairly easy project to work on for a fun sew-day each year.

The pattern was interesting to work on....we all were to cut our fabrics ahead of time so we could get right to it. I decided to try my hand at some mostly Kaffe Fassett fabrics...

We sewed the 6" squares into large nine-patches and chopped them up and moved them around...

Then some more moving around and more sewing...

....and in the end I'm not sure I like how mine is looking :(

The pattern makes a wonderful looking quilt, but I just don't think mine is working.

So here's the question. In this case, do you just plod on to get it done....or see the day as learning experience and not worry so much about actually finishing???


I had a wonderful time on Monday at Selkirk Heritage Day. This year I had a small quilt on a frame for people to try their hand at quilting. Even though last year was successful, the fact that we had a hands-on booth this year made it that much better.

At the beginning of the day I guessed we'd maybe get three people willing to sit down and give it a try. Well, I was wrong! We had people all through the day wanting to put some stitches in.

I wasn't surprised that a lot of children were curious to try quilting. 

We had from the very young.... an experienced quilter I've known for many years, who will be 91 this year and who spent the better part of the afternoon quilting with us....

I also got to visit with dear friends in my community...

On another note, please send your thoughts today for my sister, Linda. She is in the advanced stages of Multiple Sclerosis and is in the hospital with an awful case of pneumonia and influenza. We will make our way to the city today to visit with her. What a truly horrible makes me cry thinking of what my sister has faced in the last thirty years. She is absolutely the bravest person I know.

Today I am linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social, who is also a very brave woman. And with Susan at Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

More Down the Rabbit Hole

It's nice to sit at my regular routine of morning hand-stitching.

This week has been all about Down the Rabbit Hole (except for a bit of binding that needed doing).

As I quilt along, I enjoy seeing the fussy-cutting in this quilt!

Any hand-quilter knows that once in a while you have to take a peek at the back to see how things are looking. I'm loving how the quilting design is looking on this backing!....

Last week I had a suggestion from Julie at Pink Doxies to try using a compression glove, that maybe it would help with the wrist problems I've been having. I couldn't find one in my neighbourhood so I turned to Amazon....and two days later, voila!!...

I can't explain how, but it does make my quilting more comfortable....thanks for the tip, Julie!

I think I will still be on the hunt for a better one, though. This one has a seam on the inside right near the wrist which I'm not terribly fussy about.

I'm enjoying journalling my progress of the quilting of this quilt on Instagram. I'm thinking it's helping me to do a bit of quilting everyday so that I'll hopefully have this one ready for our quilt show.

The next few days will be so busy. Tomorrow is a holiday here called Family Day. There will be lots of activities around for families to enjoy together. 

One of these takes place in Selkirk, Ontario (not far from me)...they have something they call Heritage Day and it takes place in the community hall. 

We will be showcasing all kinds of old-timey stuff at Heritage day....

.....homemade ice cream served in cones for a dime
.....wonderful live music
.....homemade sausage served on homemade bread with homemade butter and homemade sauerkraut!
....there's a man with an antique rope-making device and the children get to try it out and take home a bit of rope they make themselves
.....lots of crafts, such as spinning, wooden toys, smocking and, of course, quilting! 

Everyone enjoys looking at all there is to see and the children seem to enjoy it.

I will be manning the quilting booth with my friend, Sherill. We will also have a small quilt set up on a frame so if you're in the neighbourhood,  stop in....I'll have a couple of extra thimbles so people can sit and put a few stitches into the quilt!

Today I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching, where we get to see what others are working on today. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day, xo

So far this week has been a week of "fails".

I attempted a bit of paper-piecing. Eventually the inevitable happens... of these things is not like the other! Also, it was the second time I did this within the hour, so I walked away....maybe later today I'll try again.

I haven't worked on my Dutch Treat blocks in a few months, so I prepped one to work on at guild last week and I finished it up over the last couple of days. Why oh why is reverse applique so difficult???!!! I'm not particularly happy with this, but it's the best I can do so it stays...

Enough about that!

On the weekend I threw some fat quarters that are for a new applique project into the washing machine with my regular laundry. Usually all the threads that come loose end up in the lint trap, right? 

Well, who knew that my husband's socks must be some form of Velcro....

I should have thought of taking a picture of the whole week's worth of socks that were exactly the same, but I didn't think of it 'til this last one, haha!!

I lamented the other day about my sore, swollen wrist which I think may be from my hand-quilting this past week.  One nice thing about blogging is that you do get some help from readers.

I had a comment from Julie at Pink Doxies to possibly try a compression glove while I'm quilting. I've ordered one and will look forward to trying this....thanks, Julie!

I suggest visiting Julie for a look at her post on How To Create Quilts With Drama. It's a good read and she offers some valuable tips.

I returned to my Down the Rabbit Hole today after a couple of days off so I could finish binding another quilt. 

I left the thimble in the picture so you could get an idea of the scale of the rabbits. I'm not sure how to quilt the rabbits, they will definitely need something. For now, I'll just SID and return to them later....

Writing this post has brought some thought about my hand-work. I have had many "mature" friends over the years worry that their work is deteriorating due to physical limitations....eyesight, arthritis, etc. I've always commented to this by saying they should just enjoy their craft and not worry about perfection. I think the time is coming for me to practice what I preach. There are definitely some days that my hands waver a bit holding the needle. 

I am going to choose to look at it this way...

My quilting journey is full of many chapters and I want to enjoy them all. My first quilts, like many of us, are obviously "first quilts"! Then they progress and become our best work. Now, in my middle-age, my stitches are changing once again. But I will make the choice to enjoy my craft for what it is on any given day....because I quilt to make me happy....and I choose to be happy because it is good for my health (that last bit is a quote, not actually my words!).

I remember as a hockey mom some parents being so upset at their child's performance. I would say to them to give the child a break, because on any given day that child is doing their best on that day. This philosophy has stuck with my in different ways over the years, and now I will use it in my stitching. at the end of this long (boring?) self-realization I look back at the photo of my Dutch Treat block and think it's's the best I can do today!!!

lol....thanks for sticking with my if you're still reading along!!!, this is not the blog post I started out writing a half hour ago!!

Happy Valentine's Day!

I am linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social, and with Susan at Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers.