Zipper Bags are done!

I managed to finish the zipper bags … just in time as I was busy today helping a friend set up a booth for a show.  Check out The Steam Trunk Craftworks to see what I played with!  She does mail order as well as several shows.  I absolutely LOVE the hand painted buttons!

Here are my zipper bags and they are already wrapped and ready to head over to Victoria. They finished up at about 9″x 8″.    It was a lot of fun to quilt organic straight lines on the fabric.  I love doing “organic” … it doesn’t always need to be perfectly straight!  Just my style!

They were a lot of fun … no pattern … would you like to do a sew-along to make these sweet bags?  If so, leave me a comment.

To see what other’s have finished on Friday, visit these blogs: Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts

Happy Quilting!


Nursing Reunion and zipper bags

This weekend, I’m going to a nursing reunion!  Hard to believe that it’s been 40 years since we graduated from St. Joes!  It will be fantastic to see everyone that attends!

The gal organizing the reunion contacted me and asked if I had anything small in my quilty box to use as prizes for a game.  I replied, “sure, I have some zipper bags.”  Well, I went to my quilty box, which did not have any zipper bags in it.  So, that means that I need to make some.  They don’t take long and are fun to make.

I pulled out my small tote of fat quarters and chose a couple of prints … I’ll make the one on the right first.

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Some progress

My design wall is a flannel backed tablecloth on my bed.  It’s not ideal, but it works and it’s portable.

I attempted to “web” this and ended up with a confusing mess.  I should know better than to “web” an on-point quilt.   Just have 4 middle rows to piece and add in.  Then hopefully I can get the borders on.  I’m hoping this will happen today at Monday quilting!


Wander over to Patchwork Times and Love, Laugh, Quilt to see what others are working on.

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Grandma’s fabric: another one in progress

Here’s another quilt using Grandma’s fabrics.  This quilt is using 2″ squares … I needed 121 four-patches to make the size of quilt I wanted.    I pieced it when I was in Alberta and had a limited amount of fabric as I under-estimated what I would need.  It has sat rolled up in the flannel-backed tablecloth.  My friend, Cindy, helped me to arrange all of the 4 patches.  It was a lot of fun to have a talented artist to help!  I hope to be able to get the top together today.


Take a wander over to Judy’s Patchwork times and Love, Laugh, Quilt to see what other’s are working on.

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It’s finally completed

The disappearing 4 patch was completed earlier this week.  Just in time for my trunk show at the Vancouver Quilt Guild.

Here’s a picture of it: all quilted and bound!

G'ma 5

I also finished 2 other quilts made with Grandma’s fabrics:  A 4 patch on point made with 3 ½” squares and a Shoo-fly (made with  3 ½” strips and sashing).

And the “Green Elephant” quilt was finally bound and it’s on it’s way to a sweet baby girl.

for Bernard & Bernice's daughter

That’s all the quilting I’ll be doing for awhile as my machine is starting to skip stitches and needs to visit the doctor. (And yes, I changed the needle, re-threaded, cleaned the machine … and it’s still skipping).    However, I will be able to work on piecing for short periods of time.

Happy Quilting Everyone!


Grandma’s fabric: a near finish

When we got home from holidays, I didn’t think I’d be able to sew because of my back.  I could stand, but not sit.  So, my wonderful husband raised up my sewing machine so that could stand and quilt!  Awesome.  It is very stable and works like a charm!

So, there isn’t much on my design wall, but one quilt made from Grandma’s fabric is almost done.  It’s in the process of having binding added.

First, I made the binding. Sewed the binding onto the BACK!  Glued the binding into place and then started sewing the binding on by machine.  Hopefully the binding will be completed today!  Then, I will show you the finished quilt!

Wander over to Patchwork Times and Monday Making to see what others are working on!

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Grandma’s Fabric and holidays

I haven’t posted on the blog for quite awhile because we’ve been on holidays.  I did get the disappearing 4 patch assembled and sandwiched – it’s now ready to quilt.  gma-3_5-in-disappear-4

We took a road trip to Alberta.  Both kids road their motorbikes and we followed in the camper and pulled the trailer with a piano in it.  Fun?  Yes, until it got really cold as we camped in the Rockies at a beautiful spot called Fish Lake.

The first picture is from Kinbasket Lake. It’s a man-made lake that came about when they made the Mica dam, near Revelstoke.  It’s a beautiful colour!  We stayed at the resort – which was pretty, but we did not like the trains on one side and the logging trucks on the other.  The last picture is from Fish lake.

After camping at Fish Lake for 2 nights, we carried on to central Alberta to deliver the piano and then went to Edmonton to visit my sister.

When in Edmonton, I attempted to stand up from a chair and my back said, “Hello – I’m going to cause you pain for the next while.”  So, there will be no sewing in my near future!

This post is linked to Judy’s Patchwork Times.  Take a wander over and see what other quilters have on their design wall.

Happy quilting all!