Friday, 17 February 2017


The latest quilt off the frame is made from "Compositions" by Basic Grey.  I love everything about this line.  Great background fabrics or put them together to make a quilt similar to the one below.

This design is one of my favourites for showing off fabric.

The quilting is fairly simple with a fern type design in the stars and wavy lines in the background.

The fun never stops with patterns from Funky Friends Factory.  This is Hannah the Hedgehog.

She is out playing in the snow because we are all hoping this is the last chance to do this.  The kit for Hanna will be available at Katja's shortly.

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Friday, 10 February 2017

Hillside Houses

In an effort to finish a few of my quilt tops, I pulled this one out and threw some thread at it.

It is the Hillside Houses quilt from a quilt-along hosted by Pretty Little Quilts.  Click here if you would like more information.

This little house block is on it's way to Montreal.  The Montreal Modern Quilt Guild is asking for donations of house blocks to make quilts for the Canadians who were victimized in the terror attack on the Mosque in Quebec.  For more information check out their blog here.  A good friend told me about the project so if you are reading this, pass it on to your friends.

This week's Northcott block is designed by Red Barn Quilt Shop in Campbell River.  Thanks Geri for picking it up for me.  It is the Kermode Bear which is a rare sub-species of the Black Bear, living in the Central and North Coast of B.C.

I was having a hard time distinguishing the fish from the bear, so I embroidered a jaw line for the bear.  What block should I do next?  So many choices.

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Friday, 3 February 2017


Oreo the Orca is my latest stuffy made from a Funky Friends Factory pattern.

This was a test run before I make the sample for Katja's.  As always the patterns are easy to follow and I love the result.

This weeks quilting included this intricate appliqué. I almost hyperventilated every time I had to go near those tiny little circles with my size 18 needle.  The circles are about 1/4 inch across and so perfect.

This weeks Northcott block is from Cottage Quilting in Kelowna.  I found the pattern a little confusing so I just made up my own method of achieving the result pictured on the pattern.

My Gammill was having an issue with not speeding up immediately upon starting so I ask Doug to check the brushes on the motor.  To say they were a little worn is an understatement.  The one on top is the new brush.  Thanks to Kawatha Quilting System in Ontario for their quick service getting me my parts.  My machine is almost 17 years old and has been so reliable.

This is a proud Grandma picture.  Our youngest Granddaughter was in her first speed skating event.  At four years old she was so very serious.  She was not the fastest skater, but probably the fastest at getting up each time she fell.  Such a cute little girl.  Her older sister also competed and was a great help all day long.

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Friday, 27 January 2017

Moda Be My Neighbour Part 2

 This is my second quilt from the Moda Be My Neighbour quilt along.

This quilt had a scrappier background than the first one I made shown here.  The first one was a Christmas gift, this one is mine.  I love them both and can hardly wait to have a nap under this one.

My latest Northcott block is from Pleasant Valley Quilting in Armstrong.  While Lucy was visiting we went on a road trip and this was our first stop.

Klia has a great little store with one of the nicest classrooms I have ever taught in.  There is a cheese store on the way into Armstrong that has the most delightful specialty cheeses.  Doug is always thrilled when I bring him a little home.  Two stops you must make if you are in Armstrong.

Hot off the machine today was Betty's Sunday Ride.  I've been playing with this idea for a border for some time, and today was the day to try it out.  I was pleased with the way it turned out.

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Friday, 20 January 2017


You heard me, "eh!"  Lol.  I'm loving the latest Northcott block from Heather's.

What is more Canadian than a Toque with "eh!" on it?

The entire staff at Heather's was involved in bringing this block together.  Way to go team!

No finishes of  my own this week, but I did get a couple of quilts finished for friends.

A black and white with red log cabin quilt for Geri.  Geri and her sister completed the top together as a wedding quilt.  I was delighted to quilt it for them.

This scrappy quilt was pieced by Evelyn.  Her piecing was so exact.  I'm a little envious.

That's it for this week, hope you all have a great day.

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Friday, 13 January 2017

Canada's Sesquicentennial Celebration by Northcott

On July 1, 2017 we will be Canada's 150th birthday!  Wooohoooo!  One of the ways for quilters to celebrate is to participate in Northcott's Trans-Canada Block Party.  Each participating quilt shop will have a block design you can collect either as a kit or a free pattern.  You must have someone appear in person at the store to collect.  Click here for the map of participating stores.

My first stoop for the block party was at Katja's right here in Kamloops.

Katja had shown me the design late last year.  As soon as she opened in the New Year, I was at her door to get mine.  I did hand button hole stitch around the leaf, as I'm trying to improve my embroidery skills.

I would like to make a quilt from several blocks, including one from each participating province. If you live in Ontario, Quebec or the Maritimes, and would like to trade for one of my local shop's patterns or kits, please send me a message.  I'll be begging friends who live in various parts of B.C. and Alberta to pick up kits for me as well.

I hope you will be joining in the Block Party.  My goal is to have a quilt top done by July 1 to celebrate Canada day.  We'll see how that goes.

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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Cradle to Cradle

This week's quilt is a quick finish by myself and Monette.  Monette made the top and I quilted it.

Is this not the most adorable quilt?

Monette trusts me to make it up as I go so this was the result on this one.

The pattern is "Rock and Roll" from the book Cradle to Cradle by Barbara Jones.  I had purchased the book back in 2009 when it first came out.  After seeing Monette's version I'm anxious to make one of my own.

I hope you all have had a great start to 2017.  Wishing you nothing but the best as we move forward into the new year!  Happy quilting.