Tuesday, December 16, 2008

3 gorgeous gifts

We had a wonderful weekend visiting family. My older daughter was so well behaved. She made it through late night parties, lunch in a restaurant and a trip to visit her very ill great-grandmother. I am so proud to be her mom. As a stay at home mom (for now) I sometimes feel inferior around my career oriented friends. But watching my 2 year old behave so well reminds me that I couldn't be doing anything else. And the baby was just a doll - slept, ate and didn't want to be put down for a second.
I couldn't ask for anything more.

We received a beautiful gift from one of my husband's co-workers. This pretty little quilt is hand quilted with tiny, perfect stitches that I will never be able to achieve in my quilts. I am so touched by the thought and effort that went into this quilt.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Hi all,
Still haven't had time to get any quilting done. I had another girl, beautiful baby Robyn. My hubby keeps telling us he's so happy to be surounded by us 3 girls. Right now I'm just happy to have a couple of minutes to myself. I'm sure I' ll be back at my machine soon!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Welcoming Baby

I'll be taking a bit of a blogging/quilting break to welcome my new beautiful baby to the world. I went in to labour while shopping for fabric...seriously! Be back when things settle down a bit :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Got a few things done...

Here is my almost finished tree skirt. The design was inspired by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts. It's a bit hard to see in the picture but there's a hole cut in the middle. Now I just need to bind the edges and put the snaps on. I'm not really sure why I decided to make this, a DH has an elaborate train set and village that goes around the bottom of our tree. I may pass this on to my Mom as a gift, a lot of the fabric scraps are from stockings I made for her a long time ago.

Here is my SIL's finished "Canadian Girl Overseas" top. We are all anxious for her to get home. The trick will be for me to get this quilted and bound before my brother leaves for Halifax mid-December. Any suggestions for how to quilt it quickly? I was thinking of doing diagonal lines in the centre area and then something else in the boarders.
I also made a stocking for our new arrival and have been working on a scrap blue jean quilt, just trying to keep myself busy.

Here's the view down my very dark street. It's only about 5pm in this pic and we'd taken my daughter out for a ride in her sled. It's snowing right now and we've just made cinnamon buns. I'm going to town today to finish my Christmas shopping and to enjoy a few hours out of the house. I'm also dropping in to the fabric store to pick up batting and maybe treat myself to a few new FQ's
My quilting plans for this week are to baste my Canadian Girl quilt and maybe start working on quilting it.
The baby is due Monday so I never know when a post may be my last for awhile. Wish me luck:)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Still here....

I just realized I haven't posted in awhile. I haven't had too much time for quilting lately. The baby is due Dec. 1st and it's getting hard for me to get down the stairs to my sewing corner. I have big plans to sew this weekend, but no guarantees. Hope all is well with you!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Rain, Rain Go Away....

I woke up to rain yesterday and did no quilting. I was just not motivated. But Thursday afternoon, we took a trip down to the park and the beach before dinner and it was simply beautiful. The sun was setting and the water actually looked like a rainbow. You can kind of see it in the picture with my daughter, who got into the wet sand right away. We actually had snow here at this time last year, so being outside with t-shirts was incredible.
I might take a trip to the fabric store today. It's still pretty gloomy out and I could use some new stuff to play with.
Hope your quilting is going better than mine these days!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Baby doll diaper bag

I should be working on my UFO's right now, but I had a really nice morning with my daughter and it changed my mind. We went out shopping this morning and she kept telling me she needed things for our baby. It was all funny stuff, like M and M's, Christmas decorations and some hand towels, but it was just so cute that she's thinking of the baby. She's been playing with her baby dolls a lot lately and I've already made her a few doll quilts. So while she napped this afternoon I made her a diaper bag and a little quilted bib. The fabric was left over from a quilt I made for my cousin's son. I love how this turned out. I actually quilted the bag too. Now I've just got to fill it with her toy bottles and some wash cloths and she'll be all set.
I've got a tree shirt waiting to be quilted right now. It's all scraps from stockings and napkins and things I've made over the last few years. And I've got to get cracking on my sister in law's quilt. Oh there's never enough time to quilt is there?

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Couldn't resist!

Posting pics of my little one makes me a bit nervous but I just could not resist! She could have been a princess or a butterfly, but my little girl is in love with cows! So here she is, with Farmer Dad, ready to go trick-or-treating.
As you can see, I just barely finished her costume. The stitching wasn't pretty but who cares right? Oh I just love these 2 to bits!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Labour......or not!

Well I've had a busy couple of days! I thought I was in labour Tuesday night, spent the night in the hospital and then was told to go home and that it may be another couple of hours, days or weeks. This may sound like a pregnant woman's worst nightmare, but my daughter was born 5 weeks early and spent 15 days in intensive care. So I'm just fine with this baby taking it's sweet time in getting here (and I'm only 35 weeks along now). I picked up this ribbon on Saturday to match the little nursery quilt I made. I have a little rocking horse that I plan on adding this to. (I got the idea from A Cottage Industry)
This is some fabric that I just could not resist buying last week. You can't see it in the picture, but the background is actually pink and pinky-orange stripped. (Like a tie-dye style stripe). I have a few different greens that this would look good with but I've decided to hold off on making it into a quilt or backing. Since I don't know the sex of my baby, there's no point in making a pink quilt just yet. I do love the quilts that Amanda Jean makes over at Crazy Mom Quilts, so I may make something inspired by hers.

And this is a cute Mary Englebreit fabric that I picked up for $2.94 a meter! I have no plans for this, I just couldn't leave it sitting there. It can just sit in my stash for a bit (big smile)
Speaking of my stash, I'm noticing that I've got 2 very different things going on. I have a lot of bright, fun prints and a lot of dark more subdued country prints. I guess it makes sense because I make different quilts for different reasons, it just looks funny to see the fabrics together on the same shelf!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Very Productive Day!

I got a lot done today! The weather here is just terrible; it's cold and windy, we had snow today (it didn't stay on the ground) and we have a snow squall warning tonight. Perfect day to get some sewing done!

I cheated a bit on my list of 5 things to do this week, because I combined two projects. I've decided to turn my pinwheels quilt into the quilt for my sister in law. I'm calling it "Canadian gal overseas" This red fabric is something I'm auditioning to be the boarder. The pic is showing as pinky red, but it's actually a true red. I may add a cream boarder in and then a thick red boarder, to bring it to lap size.

I'm thrilled that this whole top is made from the leftovers of my hubby's quilt top. I found a nice piece for the back. I've also collected a lot of blue jeans from our family. She might like the blue jean backing, especially when I tell her the family connection. Has anyone ever done a jean backing? I'm not sure if they'll be too heavy.

I also made up a little doll quilt for my daughter's baby dolls. She's very interested in the baby coming and has been playing with her dolls a lot lately. I've made this quilt to match the quilt for the nursery, which I finished binding today. I used some crazy school print for the back and whatever binding I had lying around.

And this is the bound nursery quilt. I had plans to use this simple quilt to practice my free motion quilting, but after several attempts, I gave up. I just cannot seem to get the tension right on my machine, no matter what I do! What I wouldn't give for a quilting guild right now. When we moved here I searched for one, but the closest I could find was over 45 minutes away, along a very harsh road. (It's closed half of the winter).
I also finished my daughter's cow costume. It's awfully cute! Now I've just gotta cross my fingers that the snow holds off until Saturday.

What I'm up to this week

I've had a very blahh week this past week. My daughter was born prematurely and we're trying to avoid that this time around. So I've been under 'house arrest' for awhile. I thought I'd get lots of sewing done last week but I was just too tired. I seem to have more energy this week so I've made myself some plans!
1) Finish my daughter's Halloween costume (she wants to be a cow!)
2) Finish the baby quilt I've been working on (just needs binding)
3) Work on the quilt for my SIL, who is due home from her tour in less than 2 months
4) Make another couple of doll quilts
5) Work on my pinwheels quilt

It seems like a lot but the weather here is dreary and I need something to perk me up a bit. I'll post tonight with how far I've gotten.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Out and About...

My machine was acting up this weekend and I just got it running again last night. So I don't have any quilty pics to share. I did get the binding finished on my winter houses quilt. I watched Biggest Loser last night and finished it all...3 UFO's to go. But I've also started a Christmas tree skirt and some napkins so I have a few non quilting projects on the go too.
I can't seem to turn these pics! This is what we did instead of quilting/yard work this weekend. There is a great park, right on the beach. This is my hubby and daughter, who can't wait to get there. We played on the swings, ran around and just enjoyed the weather. And I'm glad we did because it was snowing here yesterday! It's still chilly and I've got the fireplace on. We had snow stay on the ground last year Nov. 1st...I'm hoping it holds out that long this year. I don't want to be out trick-or-treating in the snow!

This is the beach as it looked on Sunday. Still looks nice enough to go for a swim doesn't it? I'm planning on doing some major sewing this week so stay tuned.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Second post today

I thought I'd do a second post and show the things I've been writing about. Here's my wonky winter houses. I'm almost finished the binding and then I can tick this one off my UFO list. I'm thinking of making a pillow case (for my chair, not for the crib) and maybe a wall hanging to go with these. I had a lot of fun trying out this new style of quilting. It really cured the boredom I sometimes have doing piecing (especially if all the blocks are the same). Tonya offers so much help and so many detailed tutorials that this was pretty easy to pull off. Check her out here.
These are those bonus pinwheels I've been working on. I found a second baggie of navy and blue triangles, which are now also becoming pinwheels for this project. I'll admit, I didn't do much to these, not even square them up. I should have enough to make a throw size quilt for my friend's summer wedding. I'm still thinking of sashing and boarders....stay tuned.

Lastly, here is a picture of the quilting frame my Hubby bought me for Christmas last year. He just HAD to put it up on the wall last week before our Thanksgiving guests arrived. I keep meaning to use it, but I get impatient. The cool thing about it is that it rolls the top, batting and backing for you, no basting required. If you despise basting like I do, then this is a very good thing! The only down side to it is that although it can change size (from baby quilt to king), and lay flat, it doesn't fit under any of my basement furniture. Hence the wall display :)

This weekend my in laws are coming up for my father-in-law's birthday dinner. He has a lot of food allergies, so luckily we're going out for dinner (I can't handle the stress of cooking for him, someone is always double and triple checking that I'm not using any of his 'banned' foods). I have some shopping to do at the farm near by and we have to clean up all of our summer stuff and put it away for the winter. When the snow hits here (and it did on November 1st last year), it hits hard. I love the fall, but there's something magical about the first snowfall that I always look forward to.

Cindy's Canadiana Quilt

Here is the beginning of the quilt I'm making for my sister-in-law's return from her tour of duty. She was originally sent to the Mediterranean on a peace keeping mission but her ship got sent to help out with the pirating problems in Somalia. I know things have been tough for her, and my brother misses her terribly, but we are so proud of her. So, since their wedding quilt won't be done in time for Christmas, I thought I'd make her a throw in honour of her tour. I was originally going to do all rail blocks, but now I'm thinking I may throw in some solid reds and solid creams. I have a baby quilt I made a while ago that I embroidered Canadian maple leaves on, so I may do that in the cream squares. I'm almost finished my wonky houses (just binding!) and this quilt is next.
This is the view off our side deck. I missed so many of the beautiful leaves. We're going up to the mountain tomorrow, so hopefully I'll be able to take my fill of beautiful fall pictures.
I've gotta get working on my daughter's cow costume...it's so close to being done.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Day and Night plus my new winter baby quilt

The first pic is of my Day and Night quilt, which I am really happy with. (That round object is my pregnant belly..oops!) I bought this fabric to re-make a quilt that my Grandma made, but I pre-cut some of it wrong and then didn't have enough to do her pattern. Luckily, there was enough of the flower and blue to do something else with. I'm thinking of using the wrongly cut squares and triangles to make a large pieced boarder.
The second pic is from the House, Home and Pantry group. The picture doesn't do my bright happy homes justice! I've got my camera back, so hopefully this is the last of the camera phone pics. I've put the homes with a dark blue background for the sky and made white snow for the ground. I'm thinking of embroidering snowflakes in the sky and doing some swirly free-motion quilting in the snow. This really doesn't go with my nursery at all, but it's fun and I just love it.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with our family this weekend. My Mom's visit last Thursday totally re-energized me. And then my whole family came up for Sunday, which was such a treat.
I had my newly finished quilts out to accommodate all the over night guests and they were very popular. I also started a new throw sized quilt for my sister in law who is deployed right now and will get home right before Christmas. It's red and white scrappy rails.

UFO total: I've had to put my Orange Crush quilt aside because I don't have a backing. I know it's silly but I want to use a pieced back and I can't find the right stuff in my stash.

Still working on my Carolina Crossroads.
2 tops waiting to be quilted (including OC)
4 tops in progress (wonky houses, day and night, pinwheels, red and white rails)
I've also challenged myself to make nicer labels for my quilts, so I'll have to spend some time on this.

Thanks to everyone who's stopped by!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Scraps & Shirttails, and 9 new projects

Yippee! I received my copy of Bonnie's book yesterday and spent the afternoon reading it cover to cover, then picking 2 quilts I'm planning on making in January. I've even put fabric aside in bins for them. Then I worked some more on my wonky houses. I'm still trying to decide if I should make a crib quilt or a wall hanging. Any ideas?

One of my good friends is getting married next summer and I think I'm going to turn all those leftover pinwheels into a quilt for her wedding. I'm thinking of setting the pinwheels with sashing. Once I finish a few more blocks I'll have to audition fabrics (stay tuned, I'll need help!).

I've picked a barns quilt to make for my living room, started a day and night wall hanging for my daughter's room....somehow my new "quilts in progress" total has jumped up to 9! yes, 3 of those are still in the planning process, but yikes...I'd better hope this baby sleeps a lot.

My Mom called early this morning to say she was on her way to my house for a girls day. The only bad part about moving up here is that we're about an hour and a half from my family. This is the girl who had trouble moving out when I got married and actually cried and missed my old bedroom. Anyhow, we really need a girls day. I can't wait to go shopping, have some lunch and just relax with the 2 most important girls in my life. My daughter has actually been waiting at the window for Grandma for the last 20 minutes.

I'm going to edit this post later...I haven't had time to take any pics yet!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Break Day!

I slept in this morning and when I finally woke up (only because DH was leaving for work) I decided to give myself a break day. I was up late (late for me these days is 10 pm) working on my Carolina Crossroads and it's no where near finished. I've been working on my UFO's and only have two left that I'm planning on finishing this year. So today is a play day! I think I'm going to try the Night and Day quilt I saw this weekend on Quilt Hollow. And try a few more wonky Tonya houses. I'll post later about whatever I do.

Here's a pic of my fabric basket. I've seen them on tons of blogs lately. They're loads of fun. Thanks for the pattern Pink Penguin!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

1 finish, 1 almost and a new challenge

I've finished my blue basket weave and I used Finn's tutorial as a guide for the binding. It's not perfect, but I've only ever used double fold biased binding and loved the idea of using straight cut binding. Finn uses 1.5" strips and I used 2" because that's what I had. Anyhow, the binding turned out great and I'm really pleased. Thanks Finn! And if you need help binding, or just want to see a new way to bind your quilts, I'd recommend checking out her post( and the rest of her blog while you're there, it's awesome).

My almost finish is the UFO I found in my closet last week. I used some very soft cotton for the backing, so it was a bit difficult to quilt. But I've got a start on it and in a few more hours it should be ready to bind and give away.

My new challenge comes from joining Tonya's new class "House, Home or Pantry". I've been a fan of Tonya's wonky houses and letters for a long time and when I saw that she was starting a new sew together, I thought I'd give it a try. I had some free time this afternoon and pictured below is my first attempt at a wonky house. I know I said I wouldn't be doing anything new until these UFO's were done (and I do still have one to finish) this one uses scraps. Besides, I'm out of triangles to sew together, so I can keep my houses and letters near the machine.

With our Thanksgiving this coming weekend, I don't think I'll get too much quilting done. You'll know if I do get things done, my housework has fallen by the wayside and my house will be a wreck for the weekend! Since I'm not supposed to travel, my whole family is coming here. I can't wait to show off what I've been up to.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Binding and Pining

I had myself a super sewing day yesterday and finished quilting my blue basket weave! I also made binding and have more than half the quilt bound....yippee! Today I'm hoping to baste a throw for my sister (the UFO I found in the bottom of my sewing cupboard), finish binding the basket weave and maybe, maybe start quilting the throw. I can't believe all the finishes I've had. It's going to be a bit deflating when I finish all these UFO's and go back to piecing tops one at a time. On the bright side, I've got tons of leaders and enders to use :)

I can't wait to recieve Bonnie's book! I know the second it arrives, all other things will be put aside so I can completely devour it.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Will this quilt ever get finished????

I am still working on my Carolina Crossroads by Bonnie quilt for my brother and sister in law. This corner looks a bit wonky, but I love how the baptist fans look. It may not have been the best quilting choice for the tiny sqaures, but it's an easy design to hand quilt.
My problem is that I'm working on this quilt somewhere between 3 and 10 hours a week and I'm starting to feel like it will never be finished. I know that whenever it does get done, it'll be a big accomplishment for me.
My husband got me a quilting frame for Christmas last year and I'm planning on using it to do my next hand quilting project.
My plans for today include some baking, quilting and going out for a walk, if it stops raining. I have a boarder to add to my orange crush quilt, a backing to iron and I want to do some more work on my blue basket weave quilt. Not too sure if I can get all 3 done while my daughter naps, but I'm going to try.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Cold and Rainy at the Beach

Since the weather here today is so crummy, I thought I'd post a few pictures from a day trip we took this summer to Midland/Penetang. It turned out to be a beautiful day and we spent it by the water, going into little shops and playgrounds.
I spent this morning organizing my stash to go in my new sewing corner. It's really dwindling, but money's tight right now and I don't think I'll be doing much buying until the new year. At least what I have is neatly folded and on shelves. But going through all of my stuff had me dreaming of new quilts!
I'm so pleased with the number of UFO's I've finished in the last few weeks, but it's making me question why I had so many quilts lying around that were unfinished. Most of them had the majority of the blocks done, some were complete tops and 2 just needed to be bound. I guess when it comes to quilting I'm just easily tempted by starting something new. Which is so funny, because in life, I've always got to see things though until they're finished.
I've got a huge pot of soup bubbling away on the stove. I can't wait to snuggle with my daughter this afternoon, have some soup and watch a movie. I had a doctor's appointment yesterday that gave me a lot to think about and I'm looking forward to just vegging!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Little gift quilt

Boy am I missing my camera! These are the best pictures I could get of this little quilt! It's Smoky Mountain Stars by Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville, and I used up most of my bright small scraps making this puppy. I didn't take any pictures of the back, but I used up some really 'hard to work with' fabric for it. I quilted this one on the machine and just did vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines.
I'm most excited that I'm finished another quilt and another Christmas present. This brings my unfinished total down to just 5, with 2 being Christmas presents. Which is great because I have about another month to finish these. I'd love to squeeze in some sewing for my family or things for my own home....but this may have to wait until next year!
I just got a call from one of the girls, asking me to go out tomorrow night for 'coffee' (I'll have to stick with water). I think I could use a night out, even if it's a quick night!

Hope everyone out there in Quilt Land is doing well!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

One of my first quilts

I'm working on this blue basket weave quilt this weekend. This is from a Debbie Mumm book my mom bought me probably 8-10 years ago. I can't even find the book anymore. The seams don't match in a lot of places, but it's a finished king size quilt top and the quilt currently on my bed desperately needs replacing. It makes me happy to see how far I've come from this quilt, which I found very difficult at the time, to the quilts I make now.

My progress this weekend has been slowed by two things:
#1 I moved some of my sewing stuff down to our rec room. There just isn't room in my dining room for it all anymore. My husband helped me to move a desk and brought in some old shelves for me to store things on. I'm pretty happy about having my own space that I don't have to clean up every night before supper!
#2 I started quilting on the little stretchy stars quilt. I'm about a quarter way through the basket weave, but I just wanted to tick something off my list.

As I've mentioned, I'm pregnant, which is making some things difficult. I'm having trouble 'bellying up" to my machine, and cleaning just doesn't get done. While I was setting up my new sewing corner yesterday, DH cleaned the whole main floor! Dusting, vacuuming, windows - the whole deal. Now that's romantic!!!!
Happy Weekend Everyone!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Orange Crush Boarder Help!

Help! I've finally finished the top for my Orange Crush mystery quilt, designed by Bonnie over at Quiltville, but I am unhappy with my orange boarder. I'm thinking of adding a dark blue one, but I don't have any left in my stash. Any suggestions?
This weekend, my big quilting plans are to finish quilting a blue basket weave quilt for my bed, and basting a fun little quilt for a Christmas gift.
UFO update: I've now got 4 finished quilt tops, one quilt I'm hand quilting and one I'm machine quilting. 3 of these are to be Christmas gifts. It's going to be tight!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hubby's quilt is finally pieced!

I started a very brave thing a few years ago. My husband was always complaining that i made quilts for other people and never made one just for him. So I took him fabric shopping and let him pick out the fabric for this one. I was surprised that he was drawn to the country cottage look. I wasn't a huge fan of some of the stuff he picked but I bought just enough to finish the quilt so it wouldn't end up sitting around.
The quilt did sit around though, for several years, as I worked on projects that were more exciting to me. Now that I'm on a finishing streak, I brought it out again and finished it up. The only problem is that I didn't realize how much waste this quilt would have! I decided on these 2 blocks long before I learned about the ez angle ruler. So I have hundreds of triangles in fabric that I'm not crazy about. Luckily I've already matched them into pairs to make pinwheels and have started using them as leaders and enders.
Now I just need to go and press this thing! I got a hand quilting frame for Christmas last year and I'd love to start using it. I think this quilt would really benefit from some pretty hand stitching in all those empty blue spaces.
My husband has tomorrow afternoon off work. I can't wait for us to relax as a family of three this weekend. It may be one of the few times we have left before we become a family of 4! I'd better get working on those UFO's!!!
*I'm still without my camera. These photos are all ones from my phone, so I apologize about the poor quality! Hopefully I'll have my camera back soon.....

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Jeremiah and Cindy's quilt and another UFO!

Here's a picture of the Carolina Crossroads quilt, designed by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville, that I'm working on for my brother. As you may be able see from the picture, the hand quilting is a bit wonky, but I'm really enjoying doing the baptist fans. I'm trying to do at least an hour a night, but things (like sleep!) keep getting in the way. This was a mystery quilt, which I'm so glad I did. If I'd seen the finished product first, I probably wouldn't have made it, thinking there were too many small pieces. I'm really proud of this one and can't wait to send it to Jer and Cindy for Christmas.

I was digging around in my stash today looking for some ugly stuff to use as backings and I found another unfinished quilt top. This one moved with us from the city 3 years ago and is all wrinkled. But it only needs boarders and then it'll be ready to quilt. So my new unfinished total is 6, all in different stages of finish. I'm off to order Scraps and Shirttails and have decided not to start any project from it until I've got these 6 finished.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

2 UFO's down, 5 to go!

Finally!!! I finished binding 2 UFO's this weekend (pictured above), put together a quilt top for my husband, cut some bricks for a new quilt and did 4 hours of hand quilting on my brother's wedding quilt. I haven't had such a productive weekend in a long time...and did I mention that I had company for part of the weekend?
Saturday we took a trip to the Great Northern Exibition, which is a combination of farm animals, midway rides, yummy snacks and a craft show. There were some beautiful and inspiring quilts. I was most impressed by the hand quilting-the stitches were so perfect on some that my dad thought they were machine quilted.
The quilt top I pieced for my husband has been hanging around for almost 2 years. I started it long before I started looking for quilt patterns that didn't include tons of wasted material. Anyhow, I found hundreds of half square triangles in the bottom of the project bag. This morning I took all the wasted triangles matched them to make pinwheels. Now even with my 5 UFO's, I've got the beginnings of 3 new quilts. Yippee!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

My Nights Are Spent.....

These days my nights are spent working on hand quilting baptist fans on my Carolina Crossroads quilt (designed by Bonnie Hunter). My older brother got married this past June and this quilt is to be a wedding gift for him and his beautiful wife Cindy. Normally I would have had the quilt done long before the wedding, but they only gave us a week's notice so I don't feel so bad! I thought the crossroads design was perfect, since we're from Ontario and Cindy is from Halifax.

Looking back, their wedding was so beautiful. Small and very personal, it included family from here and from Halifax and had all the heart-warming moments that a wedding should. Now if I can only get their quilt finished in time for Christmas!!! I'll post a picture of the quilt soon.

The Drive-In

This is the view from my van at the last drive-in we went to this summer. I love the drive-in, and feel so lucky that I can share the experience with my daughter. I love that this drive-in is surrounded by corn fields and that the sun sets behind them. I admit to getting out of the car in the middle of a movie, just so I can stare at the stars, which reach from field to field. This is one of the memories that will inspire me though the cold winter months (which seem to be coming very soon). I'm thinking of starting a quilt inspired by the colours...but I can't decide between the corn fields and the night sky. I'll have to think on this one!

My First Post

I've been spending a lot of time lately reading other quilting blogs and I love reading about what other quilters have been up to. I have a baby due at the end of November and have been trying to finish all of my UFO's before then. My camera is currently busted but I'll post pics of what I've been working on soon.
I'm a huge fan of Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville.com and am currently working on getting my Orange Crush quilt ready to quilt. I was hoping to do it this weekend but we have family visiting, so I'll have to be content with binding a quilt I finished quilting a year ago and never bound.

UFO tally
Current Projects: 7 (plus I'm itching to make a new one for my hallway)