Treading Water But Not Getting Very Far

Not much sewing is getting done around here right now. I did hem two pairs of new pants so does that count? I also sewed a new Beaver tail on my son’s hat for Beaver Scouts and two badges onto his camp blanket. But other than that… no sewing. Here is the quilt I have in progress.

My soldier husband has been away on exercise since basically September 6th. He was home for a week at the end of September which is when I got this work done on the quilt. He was also home for Thanksgiving for four days but I was busy working. So here it sits on my ironing board in the corner of my little dining room. It has to be done by November 11th because it’s a birthday gift for my Grandma who is turning 89. I am getting a bit nervous but usually a great sense of urgency (ie. a deadline) will ensure that a project gets finished quickly. I hope to get some work done this week. This afternoon maybe? With running my son to hockey and Beavers, running my daughter to music lessons, ballet and playschool and running myself to my part time job plus doing housework I am having trouble finding spare time. I wonder why? 😉 I hope I have more to show you soon. I will in November for sure!

Lorax Quilt #2 (Bright Version) is Finally Finished!

Today is a happy day for me because I have finally finished my second Lorax Quilt. This one is for my seven-year-old son’s bed. The first one was for my three-year-old daughter’s bed. So here it is in the bright colour-story.

I started this quilt in June and had meant to have it finished in the summer but as you can clearly see in the photo it is now fall and the leaves are coming down on this warm day at the end of September. I have already put the quilt in the washing machine and when my son comes home from school it will be all fresh and crinkly and up on his bed ready for him to sleep under. He will be so happy as he has waited patiently for a long time for his quilt.

 This is the backing fabric and the binding. All of the fabrics are 100% organic cotton.

Here is a close-up of the star of the quilt: Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax”. I love the message of environmentalism in this story and in the new movie.
I adore how the multi-coloured thread looks on the white as well as on the grey background of this panel. This is “King Tut” 100% Egyptian Cotton thread. The thread colour is “Primary”. I am very pleased with how this thread looks on the quilt. I bought it at a quilt shop in the mountains in Canmore, Alberta near Banff on summer vacation and was pretty sure it would work but didn’t have any fabric swatches with me. It is hard to see in this little photo on the blog but the thread is variegated and goes from red, to green, to blue to yellow in bright primary colours.
Now I am on to the next quilt which will be a lap quilt for my Grandma’s 89th birthday. I better get sewing because her birthday is in November. Thanks for stopping by to see my latest completed project.

My stash is growing along with my “to quilt” list!

I have just been reading all the blog posts on the “Moda Blog Hop” (click here to go on the hop) and enjoying them all so much. This has inspired me to write a post on my own blog even though I do not have a finished project to show. My husband is in the military and is once again “away in the field” so I am super busy taking care of two kids, two dogs and working part time. (I am always busy with these things but when he is not here to help out I am SUPER busy.) I am happy to report that I do actually have a bit more free time now though because the kids are back in school! My daughter goes to playschool three mornings a week and when she was there on Friday morning I finished the blocks for my son’s “Lorax” quilt. (See my daughter’s “Lorax” quilt here.) So I can finally start putting it together. That is what I will be working on today and tomorrow as I have two days off from my part time job. My fabric stash keeps growing but so does my “to quilt” list.

I collected this gorgeous stack of fabrics over a year ago from various shops that I found on Etsy and online. I meant to have them sewn into Christmas quilts last Christmas! The fabric line is “Holiday Happy” by Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie. Click here to go to her blog. I LOVE this fabric and she has a new line coming any day that I also want called “Winterkist”. Anyway, this photo has been my wall paper on my computer since I shot the photo over a year ago so I am reminded that I need to sew this fabric into quilts every time I look at my computer. But I’m not complaining. I love looking at these fabrics. Anyway, you can see my problem. Loads of fabric, not a lot of free time. I don’t think I am alone in this. So, without further ado I better get to my sewing machine. Thanks for stopping by.

Strawberry Fields Block of the Month Blocks

You wouldn’t know it by this blog recently but I have been working on three quilts. I have also been working at two jobs while my husband has been on vacation for a month to make the most of my earning potential without paying for childcare. This means that finding both time and energy to quilt has been a challenge but here are some photos of one of my beloved projects. We just celebrated 12 years of marriage so perhaps the 12 blocks in this quilt can represent each year.

These are six of the 12 blocks from The Fat Quarter Shop’s 2011 Mystery Block of the Month quilt using Strawberry Fields fabric by Joanna Figueroa for Moda. These are the tops of what will be 12 flowers. I have six more to sew and I need to cut and piece the flower stems too. I somehow fell quite far behind on this project as I had intended to have it finished by June or July and now it is August and I am nowhere close. But I am still enjoying the process. I have also sewn two of the 2012 Mystery Block of the Month blocks and am managing to stay on top of that one so far. I did not take photos of those blocks yet as they won’t be a “mystery” to anyone who hasn’t signed up yet if I post them on the Internet. The idea of these projects is that each month’s block is a mystery until you receive it in the mail. Here are some closer shots of my flowers on the grass.

 This one was by far the most difficult so far and it has a mistake in it. I will have to pick out the stitches and fix it at some point before the quilt is pieced together.

 This yellow one was the first block and it’s so sunny and happy.

 This one was the easiest and therefore one of my favourite ones. I also love how it showcases the beautiful fabrics.

 I love this one too and am very pleased with how it turned out even though it has one small mistake in it too.

 I love the strawberry fabric so I was happy that this block features such a big piece of it.

This one is interesting to look at and I like the colours in it. I must keep cutting and sewing and get the rest of the blocks sewn up. This will be a treasured quilt when it is finished. Well, they are all treasured but this one might be the favourite.

Mom’s Birthday Gifts

My Mom and I share a birthday and our birthday for this year just passed recently. I gave her a couple of quilted gifts and I have pictures of them to share here on my blog.

This is a quilt that I made using a pattern by Thimble Blossoms called “Double Dip.” I bought it at my local quilt shop but you can purchase the pattern here at the designer’s shop. This pattern uses one layer cake to make two quilts. I blogged about the other quilt here. It’s a great pattern and the quilts sew up quite quickly.

This is a close-up of the border and some of the fabrics. The fabric collection is called “Maison de Garance” by French General for Moda.
I made this little project the night before our birthday and I had it done in about three hours. This is made using a candy bar of the “Buttercup” fabric collection by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda. I bought a few of these little candy bar treats on a recent trip to Jasper, Alberta (in the rocky mountains here in Canada). These pre-cuts make projects much quicker. They are very handy for last minute gifts. I meant for this project to be a table topper but by the shape of it it might be better as a filing cabinet topper at my Mom’s office. If I had more time and candy bars they could even become a set of placemats. 
Until next time, “keep calm and quilt on.” 🙂


My completed knitting projects are few and far between but here are a couple of things I have completed recently. The ruffle scarf is a year-end gift for my son’s Grade 1 teacher and I just finished it today. That’s a good thing because there is only one week left of school! I used “Starbella” yarn for this project. The sunset coloured blanket was finished in May. It took me a year to get it done because I kept putting it down and working on quilts. It is a basic dish cloth pattern only made gigantic for a blanket.

 My little girl was so kind to model both projects for me.

I have a dish cloth that is near completion and has only been in the works for about a month but I have yarn for several more dish cloths and they are needed in my sink. I must try to knit faster. Two more quilts are on the go too including the second “Lorax” quilt for my son’s room. There are so many fun projects to keep busy with this summer.

The Lorax Would Approve

(I hope)

Today I finished my daughter’s “Lorax Quilt”. This quilt was made from the free pattern called “Speak for the Trees” designed by Rachel Griffith for Robert Kaufman fabrics. You can find this pattern here. This quilt is made with the Earth colourstory. You can find a kit here. I bought my fabrics at a local quilt shop but then ordered the Bright colourstory from the Fat Quarter Shop as my local shop sold out quickly. I am sewing the Bright quilt next for my son’s bed.
It’s stormy around here this afternoon so my photos were taken between thunderstorms which was a bit tricky because the it’s still windy. Plus at 66″ x 79″ this quilt is quite large. I might add it was also kind of brutal to shove it through my little Kenmore sewing machine. Note to self: Start saving up money for a new sewing machine! One with a wide throat!
Ah, there’s a bit of sunshine! I’ve spent most of the day hand sewing the binding down to the backing. Love that Lorax! I believe he would approve of this quilt because all of the fabric he is printed on is 100% organic cotton.
We still haven’t seen the movie. (I don’t think it’s even in theatres anymore. We will have to get the DVD!) But we enjoy reading the book very much.
I can’t wait to curl up under this quilt tonight when it’s fresh and crinkly from the wash and read this book to my kids before bed. Let’s all keep caring “a whole awful lot!”

A Pink Elephant Named Teeny

I took a break from quilting today to sew a little elephant for my daughter.

Isn’t she just too cute?! My daughter decided to name her “Teeny”. I am so pleased with how she turned out. The body fabric is by Kaffe Fassette. The ears and tail I am not sure as the fat quarter was of the side with no information on the selvage. The pattern is by Kim Kruzich and can be found here. I need to make a blue one for my son now. Love these little elephants!

My First Quilt Commission

This is a quilt that my boss at work commissioned me to sew for her. It is custom made to her specifications. I am happy with how it turned out and I hope she is too. I’m pretty sure she will be.

This quilt is made up of traditional log cabin blocks set in a diamond pattern. It’s owner plans to use it as a table cloth so it’s a bit longer. I added the extra borders at the top and bottom before the outer border to get it to the right length. The fabric is Fa la la la la by French General for Moda. The thread is a Sulky blendable 100 per cent cotton. I was so happy with how well the colours in the thread went with the colours of the fabrics.

I am handing it over tomorrow. Fingers crossed that it lives up to expectations.

A Handmade Gift

This is a table topper that I made for my friend, co-worker and fellow hockey mom for Christmas. As you can see by the previous sentence she is many things to me but friend is first. This was made using a pattern called “Coming Home” from Camille Roskelley’s book “Simplify”. It is quick to make up using one charm square pack and quick is good during the Christmas crunch. I used “Fruit Cake” by Basic Grey for Moda.

A close-up shot of some of the fabrics. I love the snowmen! I used a fat quarter from a different line for the border but it co-ordinates well and then another fabric for the binding which was also in my stash. It was fun to make. She tells me she is worried that her cat will sleep on it. But that is what quilts are for right? Sleeping on or under. 🙂