Friday, 8 December 2017

Mug Rug Challenge & Santa Log Cabin Ornaments

Last night was my sewing guild's Christmas Party.  We had lots of good food and played some fun games and had a Mug Rug Challenge with prizes.  Here is my mug rug along with some sewing related mugs which were part of the prize packages.  (I did not win, but had the mugs to put the prize packages together):

The reason all the buttons were dumped out is everyone was given a button and used it to vote by dropping it in a cup beside their preferred mug rug.  I made the wrapped candy mug rug from a free pattern which you can find here (  It is by Jayne from Twiggy and Opal.  The main pattern is for a table runner with bonus coasters.  I would like to make the table runner too.

I also made some Santa Log Cabin Ornaments to go in the prize packages using 1" strips so I believe these were 6" square before two sides were sewn up to make a cone shape.  I forgot to take any photos while I was constructing them and just made them up from a picture I had seen:

Here is a close up of one so you can see the detail:

One mug rug won by quite a large margin and two tied for second place.  Here is a picture of the winning mug rug courtesy of our guild's photographer:

Unfortunately, I do not have pictures of the runners up mug rugs.

One of the games we played involved everyone standing in a circle holding a fat quarter of fabric while someone read a story aloud filled with the words  "left" and "right".  Every time these words were said, you passed the fabric in your hand to the person on either your left or right.  (For example:  Jane still had not found the right piece of fabric in order to finish her quilt and there were only ten days left until Christmas.)  The narrator had to stop a couple of times when too many lefts and rights were said close together to straighten us out and several people ended up with three pieces of fabric and others had none.  It was a lot of fun and you went home with a different piece of fabric than the one you had brought in.

Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts for finish it up Friday (

Monday, 4 December 2017

Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery "On Ringo Lake" Part 2

I got all my strips cut for Part 2 (

I decided to go with the method of making flying geese using Bonnie's Essential Triangle Tool because I like the no waste aspect of it and also if there is less trimming than using the large squares of fabric to make four at once, I'm sold.  Here's a sampling of some of my completed geese and I think I will use this method in the future, I barely trimmed at all, and could probably have gotten by without the trimming I did do:

Just for fun, here are a few of the blocks from Part 1 and 2 together  I do like the turquoise and coral together:

I wonder what blocks we will be making for Step 3?

#quiltvillemystery #onringolakequilt

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Monday, 27 November 2017

Log Cabin Christmas Wreath Wall Hanging

I'm not exactly sure when I started to make this wreath.  The paper that I printed off the Internet that was with it was dated November 2010...... I tried to find the website again, but I couldn't.  It is basically log cabin blocks made using 1.5" strips with some flippy diagonal corners on them so they finish at 1".  I had gotten to this point and was kind of stumped as to how to proceed since I was just going by a picture and didn't want just a plain square like the picture had:

I knew I wanted to have some sort of ribbon border so first thing was to figure out what to add to square up the corners.  Of course, the original background fabric had been used in another project, so I had to use something else and decided to use a pine cone print:

Yeah! All squared up:

I originally wanted a ribbon loop in the corners, but it was too complicated, maybe next time.  I figured out a simpler next row with just the ribbon tips crisscrossing:

I then added a final row of pine cone fabric making it 28" square and bound it with one of the green prints from the wreath:

Here is a close up of the pantograph I used called Wild Cherries made by Patricia Ritter and DIGI-TECH.  Hey, I just noticed that some of the fabric has cherries in it too!  I love details like that.  I chose yellow thread so it blended into the background but the leaves and berries showed up on the wreath:

I even remembered to add two triangular corners before sewing the binding down on the back which double as the label and holding a dowel for hanging it up.  Since I was just making it for myself I kept the label pretty simple.  The other corner has my name and my blog address.

I plan to hang it up on Friday, December 1st which will be my first piece of Christmas decorating this year!

Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts for finish it up Friday 1 Dec 2017 (

Friday, 24 November 2017

Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery "On Ringo Lake" Part 1

I have been reading Bonnie Hunter's Blog ( for awhile now and decided that I would do her next mystery quilt.  Well the instructions for Part 1 came out today.  I cut my strips:

And even made a few more blocks than required. Here is a sampling: (edited to remove numbers)

If you want to check out the Mystery Quilt here's the link (  There was also a previous post which gave colours and amounts of fabrics required (

Do my blocks look like Bonnie's?  You'll have to go check it out to tell...

Updated to add #quiltvillemystery and #onringolakequilt

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Throwback Thursday - My First Baby Quilt

When I was expecting my first baby, I decided I had to make a baby quilt.  I purchased a panel and did a bit of machine quilting on it (on the straight lines) and hand quilting around the figures and alphabet.  Instead of binding, I edged it with a ruffle:

My mother also made me a baby quilt using the same pattern she had used for her first baby.  It had embroidered and appliqued blocks which she hand quilted:

Here is a detail shot of one of the blocks.  I love that she embroidered the flowers on the rabbit's head with the same colours as in the fabric of it's jacket:

When I was looking for these quilts, I also found a hexagonal blanket I had crocheted:

Here is a close up of a couple hexagons so you can see that the middle of the blocks is a brown bear with a bow around his neck:

My "babies" are now 27 and 25!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Monday, 20 November 2017

Weekend Sewing

My friend Marilyn came over from mid morning til mid afternoon so we could sew together on Saturday.  I can't show what I was working on because it is a present, however I had been inspired by Jenny's new Dream Weaver Quilt Tutorial ( to throw this up on the design wall.  I think the strips need to be in a different order and am thinking of grey background fabric where the white of the design wall is showing:

Marilyn was working on this really cute comfort quilt which she is quilting in strips and then joining together after:

I put the ingredients for chili in the slow cooker at breakfast so we wouldn't have to take long for lunch and my husband made garlic bread and dessert for us!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Another Sew Together Bag

I'm continuing with getting some smaller projects completed.  I had three Sew Together Bags cut out and now one is finished, another is almost finished and the third is started. I made an Anchors Aweigh quilt for my father for his birthday in June ( and my friend Marilyn kindly gave me her stash of nautical fabrics which became the setting triangles on the front of the quilt and the majority of the backing of the quilt.  As a thank you to Marilyn for sharing her fabric stash, I have made a Sew Together Bag out of some of the bits and pieces of left over fabric.  Here it is fully zipped up:

Opened, showing the three inner zippered pockets:

All pockets opened, with a different anchor fabric in each:

Here's the previous Sew Together Bag I made as well as a link to that post if you want information on the pattern (

It seems I do like a red binding! I am hoping I will see Marilyn at the guild meeting tonight so I can give her the bag.  If you see her first, don't tell her, it's meant to be a surprise.

Linked to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday 2017-11-17

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Canada 150 Quilt & More Canada Flag Cushions

As previously mentioned, I am a member of the Mayflower Quilters' Guild.  This year I volunteered to be co-chair of Program. Last spring our guild requested members to make blocks related to Canada 150 for a quilt to donate to Camp Hill Veterans Hospital in Halifax.  The blocks were put together by the person who I replaced so it was then my turn to quilt and bind the quilt.  Here it is:

I quilted it with a pantograph from Apricot Moon Designs called Maple Sugar and bound it with a red and white striped fabric.  Here is a close up which shows some of the maple leaf pantograph and the binding:

As mentioned in my previous blog, I am trying to clear up some odds and ends of projects to make way for Christmas sewing.  I had previously blogged about a cushion I made for Canada Day.  I had actually started a few more of them but just hadn't gotten the backs put on or the pillow forms made.  I got them finished this past weekend. The original one ( went to my husband's cousin's family because they hosted a family reunion which we attended on the July 1st long weekend.  I gave one to my father and will keep another one.  Here's several of them together:

And here is the quilt with a couple of the pillows, just because:

I really like that red plaid flannel - it is just so cosy!

Monday, 13 November 2017

Another Chicken Basket

I thought it would be a good idea to finish up a few odds and ends hanging around to clear my sewing space for Christmas sewing.  I made a basket back in January ( and at that time I had cut out a second basket and partially sewed it but just hadn't finished it.  Yesterday I finally finished it.  Here it is with the original basket which I am currently using for a knitted shawl project. 

I chose to quilt the second basket and decided to roll a bit of the lining up as a faux binding effect.  I might even take the first basket apart and quilt it too.  The second basket is more stable.

In the background you can see our dog Raven photobombing!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Fall Maple Leaf Cushion Cover

I really like the fall colours.  I have made more fall coloured quilts, wall hangings and table runners than for any other season, but I don't have any fall cushion covers.  I also just visited the newly opened Ikea in our area and discovered feather 20" x 20" cushion innards for $8 and polyester 20" x 20" cushion innards for $5.  The local quilt store sells the polyester ones for $13, so I have found my new source for cushion forms...

I used a free Autumn Leaf Quilt Block tutorial and pattern from Generations Quilt Patterns:
I used the 5" pattern, there are are also 10" and 15" patterns.

I made nine maple leaves and put them together with 1.5" sashing and corner stones.  Here it is before quilting:

I quilted it on my sewing machine using my walking foot by ditch stitching all the sashing and then quilting 1/4" inside each maple leaf:

I made the cushion back with a flap to cover the zipper for the first time.  It is was very easy. The only thing I would do differently is make sure my bobbin thread was the right colour before I sewed the flap down...  I then bound the cushion just like a quilt with the same fabric as the backing.

Thanks to my friend Marilyn for the backing fabric.  There was an auction while we were at the Pictou Retreat and Marilyn bid on a bundle of mostly neutral fabrics and got it.  She gifted me with the brown leaf fabric as it wasn't to her taste.  Thank you Marilyn!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Pictou Lodge Retreat September 2017

The Mayflower's Quilters' Guild has a three day quilt retreat at Pictou Lodge every second year.  I believe this year was the 30th year, although it was only the 3rd time I have attended.  I decided I wanted to work on a Double Hour Glass Quilt based on a tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew.  She used 2.25" strips she cut herself, but I used 2.5" strips from a Jelly Roll as well as background strips I cut myself.  I was able to get nine triangles from each strip set so was able to make two "matching" blocks and one block with four different sections.

Here is the tutorial:

The Jelly Roll I used was Bright Sun by Sherri & Chelsi by moda. This is my first time using a Jelly Roll.

I tried using up almost every block I had sewn and came up with the following layout:

I didn't really like it so tried rearranging the yellow center blocks but still wasn't satisfied:

Several other people gave me some advice and I was convinced by one person  to try it with the blocks on point and by another to not try and use every block and I came up with this much improved layout:

I was able to get it fully pieced into a top including the triangular background edge pieces before the retreat was over.  It is now in the to be quilted pile and I also have twenty-six leftover Double Hourglass blocks I did not use which are available for another project.  Funny how one project breeds another one!

Monday, 30 October 2017

September Boathouse Sewing on a Singer Treadle at My Friend Marilyn's Cape Breton Family Home

In September my friend Marilyn, who I have previously posted about Skype sewing with, invited me to her Cape Breton family home to sew in her recently re-acquired boathouse.  The boathouse had been built by her Grand Uncle but was sold out of the family.  This summer Marilyn got it back from people who had been using it as a craft shop.  Marilyn did not have electricity hooked up to the boathouse yet, so we decided we would have a few days of treadle sewing.  Here is my Singer Treadle Sewing machine and the tail portion of some fish blocks I was working on:

Here is a picture of both our machines near a back window for light.  We could hear the ocean which was right behind the boathouse.  Marilyn's husband also rigged up some lights on a battery so we could sew longer.  My treadle is younger and the machine will fold down in and the leaf closes over it.  Marilyn's treadle is nearly one hundred years older if memory serves my correctly and her machine does not fold down, but has a wooden cover which you can see on the floor to the right of her machine:

I was working on a School of Fishes Quilt which I designed myself and which I thought was quite appropriate (smile):

Marilyn was working on a charity comfort quilt but in all the excitement I didn't take a picture of it.

Here is a picture of the outside of the boathouse and you can see that the ocean is right behind it.  Actually the strip of land has ocean on both sides of it, so if I were to turn around 180 degrees, you would see ocean there too.  The double screen doors and the deck were installed by the people who were using it as a craft shop:

I managed to get all of the tail sections of the fish blocks sewn together as well as cutting out the large fish triangles.  The bubble blocks are also completely pieced.  I laid the pieces out on my design wall once I got home so they are ready to continue being put together on the treadle machine:

I have decided I will piece this whole quilt on the treadle machine.  I have recently purchased a new belt for the treadle and had it serviced so it is as good as new.  The stitch length lever was seized up and is now operating so I can choose a smaller stitch length when putting the remainder of the quilt together.  My father bought this treadle for $5 from someone in Ottawa who was getting rid of it and who was using it only as a plant stand!!!  It has some water damage on the veneer of the top but that doesn't stop it from being used as intended as a sewing machine.  Who knows, maybe I will even decide to try quilting this quilt on the treadle!  We shall see...

It would not do to go without mentioning that one night for supper we had a delicious deer and rabbit stew made by Marilyn's husband and I made beans and biscuits for another supper.  We went out for lobster dinner another night - although Marilyn had steak because she can have lobster anytime!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Summer (August) Cottage Sewing

This post is long overdue but I preferred to spend my summer away from the blog, plus we don't even have cell phone service, let alone internet or cable television at the cottage.  I believe this is the way it should be so you can totally disconnect and relax.  My father had our cottage built when I was around two so I don't remember summers before the cottage.  As soon as school ended my mother and us kids headed to the cottage until school started again.  Dad joined us on weekends and for his vacation.  I think of the cottage more as home than anywhere we lived as with him being in the military we moved a lot.  On nice sunny days you could find me sewing on the deck my husband added last year.  Here's my view out over the lake:

I was working on an Irish Chain Quilt that I started last summer at the cottage and will continue with next summer as well:

Quite a few years ago, my FIL gave me his mother's Singer sewing machine.  At the time, I did not know it was a coveted Singer Featherweight.  I recently had it serviced and it sews great!  Thank you!