Last Monday of 2018

I’ve been working on Shells from Turnabout Patchwork.  You can see my start HERE.

The picture on the left is the quilt sandwiched – with the spool of thread I plan to use for quilting it … the one on the right has the painter’s tape marking the straight lines.


I do hope I have this done in time for my son to deliver it!

Good Fortune


Parts 1, 2 & 3 are done … all done (left picture).  Part 4: I still debating whether to strip fabric together for the rectangles – or just go with one piece of fabric.    Part 5 has the orange / neutral (grey / neutral for me)  partially sewn (right picture) … the bigger triangles still need to be cut. Part 6 … string piecing neutrals … not too many, but not sure when I’ll start them.  Tomorrow, I will be linking to Monday’s Good Fortune link-up HERE.

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Turnabout Patchwork

Screen Shot 2018-12-08 at 1.45.32 PMDid you know about this new book?  I was (am) lucky enough to recieve an advance copy.  The only thing was … I HAVE to make a quilt using one of the patterns in the book.  YEAH!!  An excuse to make another quilt!!! And, I love the challenge of trying something new!

The author is Teresa Mairal Barreu.  She’s an Australian author and blogs at Sewn Up … which you can link to it HERE.

I love the premise of this book.  You make a specific block, cut it as directed and voilá  – you have a completely different block with a difference!  It’s a little like the disappearing 9 patch and disappearing 4 patch … but with totally different results! Continue reading

A Fun Christmas

We (my husband, 2 kids, one partner and 2 others) went to Harrison Hot Springs for 2 nights.

It was a beautiful drive there.  We took the back road (instead of speeding down the highway).  The sun was shining, there was snow on the mountains … just beautiful.  We ate, walked through the town, sat in the hot springs, swam, ate, sat in the hot springs, ate, took naps, ate, laughed a lot, and had a grand time!


When I got home, I opened my gift from my cousin.  (There are about 25/26 of us and we draw names each year).  Terry, my quilting cousin had my name this year.  She blogs at TLC Quilts – Sew what’s next?  The picture on the left is what she sent me: Isn’t it perfect?

A spool of glide thread … I already know I love this thread!  And it’s a different colour than what I have … perfect!  The snips … so handy … and Angela Walter’s book … so inspiring!  I can’t wait to soak up every word that Angela has written!  Thank you Terry!


And surprise.  She sent my husband a gift.  Said she couldn’t wait until she had his name in the draw (which could be in 25 years or next year … one never knows).  This is what she sent him!  We had a good laugh!

I’ve glanced through the book … can’t wait to have some time to read it!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Happy Quilting!


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I am done the last quilt for my PHD!!! The rain quit coming down for about 10 minutes, so I rushed outside for a quick photo.  Ideally, I like to take pictures in the sun, but who knows how long I’d have to wait before I see the sun again? And there is very little of it in the back yard at this time of year.  You can see details of my start on this quilt HERE

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Christmas Contest

IMG_2432There is a Janome club meeting 4 times a year where I work.  In September, attendees are able to choose one of 2 fabrics (or both).  They can make whatever they choose and may add whatever fabrics they wish.  When they return in November, they hand in the project they made. These projects are placed up on the walls around the store. Customers are encouraged to vote for the one they like best.  The winner will get a prize from the store.  All participants get to keep their projects.  If you live in the area, pop into Langley Vacuum and Sewing and vote for your favourite one! (The ones without numbers were made by employees of the store.)  I hope you enjoy the small slideshow!  Which one would you vote for?

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2 more little finishes


I know I showed you a picture of one of these finished HERE … but When I cut out the fabric for these 4 wine totes, I cut out 4 –  14″ x 15 ½” pieces, plus the 4 purple satin lining pieces for inner lining.  I obviously wasn’t thinking!!!  For some reason, I thought I’d need a front and a back piece of both for one wine bag.  DUH!!!  I did finish up 2 of them … and I had this extra fabric sitting there … SEW … I embroidered 2 more totes.  I much prefered the one with batting in it – so batting was used (along with a stabilizer) for each of the other totes.   My daughter has already claimed one … I have a destination in mind for another … who knows what will happen to the other 2?

IMG_2603I know that I also said that I started this new quilt and hoped to have it done by Saturday (tomorrow) … well … I don’t think that’s going to happen … Visiting with friends took priority. As it should!

I haven’t finished putting the top together … There are 2 more seams, then I need to make the pieced borders … then I can sandwich and quilt it.  But the label is made!

Happy Quilting!


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