Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Our lovely daughter surprised me with this gorgeous calendar for Christmas.  She spent lots of time going through my blog and picking out pictures to reflect the months.  I was blown away.  It is just so lovely and I will be able to re-visit so many quilts and projects each month.  Oh my word.  So darn awesome and clever of her.  She printed one up for my Mum too.  Sweet.  And even better is that I think this may be the start of a trend as she says this is the first edition.

I just love it.  Printed at Vistaprint as an fyi.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tissue covers

Okay,  These were seriously too much fun to make.  And fast!  The most complicated part of this stocking stuffer was buying the little packs of tissue to stuff inside.  And I used up some scraps.  One for Mum, one for daughter and one for daughter in law.  Gifted.  I used this tutorial.  And I will have to make more of these.  Just because.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Autumn runner: Gifted

Well.  I know it is still the Christmas season but what are you going to do when your mother says, "I don't have a table runner in fall colours."  That sounds like a perfect hint for a Christmas make.  I used up a lot of scraps on this one.  Fall colours and linen scraps in random offset strips, 5" wide.  I actually make all the strip sets at a guild sew in on my featherweight and then finished the rest at home on my Janome. I quilted it densely with an Aurifil 40 weight in a lovely linen tone.  I used Aurifil 50 wt in cream in the bobbin.  The slightly heavier Aurifil gives a lovely texture.  The runner is bound in a medium olive green Grunge by Moda.  So much fun.  Gifted.  And she likes it!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas gifted

  Name: Christmas Gifted
Size:  64" by 80"
Fabric: Crazy Eights and Reindeer Games by Sandy Gervais plus stash fabrics
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 in cream 
Binding:   Candy cane strip from Reindeer Games, Sandy Gervais for Moda
Backing:  Light green gingham check sheeting

Pieced, quilted, bound and now gifted!  I made this one for our son and his lovely wife.  I had not given them a Christmas quilt yet and everyone needs a Christmas quilt.  It is a free pattern from Bonnie at Quiltville and she calls it Strip Twist.  I used a jelly roll of Christmas prints from an long ago Christmas line by Sandy Gervais.  Funny thing, is that our son had given it to me for Christmas years ago.  It made sense to make it up for them!  I had some fat quarters and yardage from some of her more recent Christmas lines and it all just worked.  I was waiting and waiting to take a picture but it has been raining so much, it seems on the weekends that I finally just took pictures in the rain.  The quilt was under cover on the barn wall.

I quilted this one along all the diagonals in Aurifil 50 wt in cream.  Nice and simple.  Cuddly and cozy, I backed it in a small light green gingham sheeting that I found at Overseas Fabrics in Abbotsford.  Awesome family shop for those in the area.  I decided to have the colours of the prints in the blocks cascade across the quilt rather than just have it random.  I quite like it.

Oh.  And they did too!  Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

And the winner is!

Thanks so much for entering my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!  The lucky winner is... #225

and that is Alicia and I will send her an email!  Congratulations, Alicia!


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Just a wee Christmas Mini for my buddy

Well.  Each Christmas the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild has a swap for a seasonal decorative item.  We draw names and then get busy.  This year my secret swap partner was my buddy Cynthia.  I had already noticed a picture she pinned so used it as my inspiration for the wonky trees and some button garland.  Just a little bit of wonky fun.  And she liked it!!!  I quilted the trees first with Aurifil 50wt in white and then followed that with some wavy vertical lines on the background in the same thread.  The garland is in a medium green Aurifil 40 wt.  Merry Christmas, Cynthia!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day 2015!

Hello!  Welcome to the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!  This is such a fun event!  I picked a Cotton and Steel cookie book charm square pack, a spool of lovely Aurifil and my favourite Clover stitch ripper.

 All you have to do is...

1)   leave me a comment!
2)   if you are one of my followers, leave an extra comment for a second chance!

 Please make sure you have an email address attached to your comment so that I have a way to contact you.  I will ship internationally and I will pick a winner next Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 5 pm PST!

Edited to say that the winner is Alicia, #225 and comments are now closed!  Thanks everyone!!1