Wednesday, July 30, 2008

30s Reproduction Fabrics

I'm sure most of you have a favorite color you like to work with. Have you ever challenged yourself to make a quilt using a color or line of fabric that doesn't appeal to you?
A few years ago, I did just that. At the time the 30s reproduction fabrics were becoming all the rage and it seemed every fabric company had their own line of 30s fabrics., they were everywhere!

A member of the stitch group I belonged to challenged each of us to make a quilt using a color or fabric we wouldn't normally work with. I decided to make something with the 30s.
Big Mistake! I was hooked. I just love the look of quilts made with these fabrics, there is something so cheerful and comforting about them. I don't have a photo of that first quilt I made, a Drunkard's Path, but here is a photo of the next one.

I started this one to use up the scraps from the Drunkard's Path, thinking I would make a small lap size quilt, but I got carried away! It's Queen size. It really made a dent in my 30s stash. I'm hoarding the remainder for a special project as they are much harder to find now.

So challenge yourself, you just might get a pleasant surprise!

Happy Stitching.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Roses In Dresden

I mentioned in a previous post about a quilt top I just finished, using primarily neutrals, and some of you wanted to see a picture. Here it is, before quilting.

I can't make up my mind whether to have it machine quilted or hand quilted. What do you think?

A friend is testing the pattern for me and is using jewel tone colors, a totally different look, and it is just stunning!

Chat with you later.

Change from "No Reply" & Another Winner

The response to my giveaway has been wonderful, more than double the last one. I would love to respond to all your posts, but more than half were sent "no reply."
Chookyblue has another wonderful tutorial on her blog, showing how to change this.
You can see it here

After reading everybody's posts I've come to the realization that having UFOs is all part of the creative process, and comes with the territory! It's okay! I can tell DH that I really don't have a problem, it's perfectly normal. lol

I put everyone's name in a hat and had DH pick one, and the winner of this giveaway is Pieceful Afternoon. Joann please email me your snail mail address.

For the rest of you, thankyou for participating, and I will have another giveaway in the next few weeks, so please visit again. The next giveaway will be for these cute teddybear patterns by Else & Heidi Jeppesen.

Chat with you later.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Time For Another Giveaway

Things are pretty quiet right now, so I thought it might be a good time for another giveaway.

If you are interested in winning this set of patterns, Christmas Throughout The Year by Lynda Howell of The Stitch Connection, just leave a comment on this post telling us how many UFO's you have piled up. I'll start off by admitting to having 9 quilting projects in various stages, waiting for completion. Some are nearer completion than others, but I'm getting there!

This is a photo of the quilt I made from the patterns. I changed the setting a little and added a bit of applique to the borders to make it larger.

Anyone leaving a comment between today and Saturday, July 26/08, will be eligible to win. Like the previous giveaway I'll have my DH draw the number of the winner.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Have a great weekend.

Bye for now.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Binding Tutorial

I don't know about you, but binding quilts is the least favorite part of quilting for me. For some reason I always have a problem with joining the ends.

Stephanie has posted a wonderful binding tutorial on her blog, which I think might solve my problem. Check it out here

Chat with you later.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

I just have time for a quick post today as my BIL arrives in a few hours. I hope he remembered to bring me some Cadbury's! You can't believe the difference in the taste between the Cadbury's from Scotland and the Cadbury's here in Canada. Theirs' is so much creamier. Yum.

Thought you might like to see what I've been working on this week. These blocks are for a new design I am working on, called for now, Vintage Tiles In Neutrals.

What do you think?

I've had a "thing" for neutrals lately. I recently finished a quilt called "Roses In Dresden" which is basically Dresden Plate blocks, all in neutrals, with a centre block of red roses. It's a large quilt, so I haven't been able to get a photo yet, but I will post one as soon as I can get my son to photograph it for me. I collected so many neutrals for that quilt that I didn't need to buy any for this new one. DH was happy about that.

Hope everyone has had a good start to their weekend.

Talk to you later.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I can't believe it's Wednesday already. My BIL is arriving from Scotland on Saturday and I'm supposed to be getting the house in some semblance of order. But, as usual, I got sidetracked and started a new quilt project instead! Like I needed another one! lol What can I say, I'm addicted.

I've also been dogsitting the past few days. My DD's 2year old Chocolate Lab, Daisy, has come down with Kennel Cough, which she picked up from a friend's new pups. On top of that she has another infection in her anal glands and it looks like she's going to need surgery. She's been on antibiotics for a few weeks and it hasn't helped the infection, so as soon as she is clear of the kennel cough they'll book the surgery. Here's a photo of Daisy that my DS took a few months ago. Isn't she lovely!

Well, I guess I'd better get on with my chores. There's a vacuum cleaner in the corner beckoning to me.

Bye for now.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

We Have A Winner!

What a wonderful response to my first giveaway!

Thankyou ladies for all your fabulous suggestions for the name of my pixie quilt. I'm going to wait until I get it back from my quilter, before I decide. I'll be sure to post a photo when it returns.

I had my DH choose a number between 1 and 7(the number of comments received) and the winner is Vicki, who was the 4th post. Vicki would you email me please, as your post had a no-reply return address.

I'll have another giveaway later this month for this set of "Christmas Throughout The Year" patterns by Lynda Howell of The Stitch Connection, so please visit again.

Bye for now.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Leaving Comments

Have you ever wanted to leave a comment on a blog, and not known how? Check out this wonderful tutorial at

I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

Bye for now.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008