Friday, July 26, 2013


Just pulled this little wholecloth quilt out of the dryer...
This print is so cute - I can't remember the name of it but I bought it at Joann's a few months ago!  Love making these little quilts - they come together quickly and they're a great way to practice FMQ!
Linking up with Amanda Jean!

Monday, July 22, 2013


Furniture refinishing! 
This adorable little bench was living in my dad's basement - in fact, he kept the laundry detergent on it! I decided it needed a new home (with me).  It's in pretty rough shape - it looks like it's had at least three or four coats of paint and it's a little banged up, but I love it!  My dad remembers it being in his mother's house as far back as the 1930s, but he's not sure where it came from or who made it. I think it's adorable and it's going to have a new home in my sewing room after it's had a nice coat of robin's egg blue!  In an effort to be environmentally friendly, I purchased non-toxic paint stripper!  It took a lot of time and effort on the part of my husband to get the paint off. We finally got it down to the bare wood and it's ready for a good sanding and a few coats of paint!  Can't wait to see how it looks in my sewing room!

Friday, July 19, 2013


Just pulled this little quilt out of the dryer all nice and crinkly!
I'm crazy about making mini granny square blocks! I love deciding on the colour combinations and surprisingly really enjoy the precision piecing when putting these blocks together. I see many more of these in my quilting future!  Got to start using up some of my scraps!
Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday!

Sunday, July 14, 2013


I'm so excited to show you these little vintage items I found while on our trip to Osoyoos! I have slowly been adding items to my sewing room and I'm always on the lookout for anything vintage-y!

The first is this adorable tablecloth...

The tag says it was made in 1940! It's in beautiful condition with only a tiny very faint stain - it was obviously well taken care of! It measures about three feet square with applique and embroidery in each corner!  I especially love this little cottage and the crocheted trim.

I also found this at the same shop in Osoyoos...

I couldn't resist this turquoise Ball canning jar!  The colour doesn't show well in this photo, but it is beautiful.

I was so inspired by my little finds, we stopped on our way home at Hamel's Fabrics, and I picked out these...

Hamel's is about an hour and a half away from home so I don't get a chance to go there too often.  They have an amazing selection of fabric and notions including TONS of pre-cuts! I'm definitely on a feedsack kick right now! Can't wait to get these washed and ironed so I can cut into them! Want to get back to my EPP and baby scrappy trip quilt!

Friday, July 12, 2013


Hurray! A finished quilt!  Fortunately, it's been a little cooler up here in Osoyoos so I was able to finish up the binding on this quilt!  In an effort to use up some of my scraps, which incidentally are becoming completely out of control, I once again grabbed my Ann Kelle prints and made this little quilt...
I love how this turned out!  I started making blocks with no real plan in mind (as usual)! I ended up putting them together with Kona white for the sashing. I love how the colours pop against the white and how the blocks look like they are floating! Unfortunately, I managed to make only a tiny dent in my scraps!
With cooler temperatures forecasted for today, perhaps I can get another one finished! It's normally way too hot up here to sit with a quilt on my lap.
Nothing to do with quilting...but here's a photo I took a few nights ago!  I'm really pleased with this picture - I think I'm finally getting the hang of my camera!

Pretty, isn't it!
Linking up with Amanda Jean today! Have a great summer weekend!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Hello everyone...I'm back!
I'm posting from beautiful and HOT Osoyoos, BC.  We're back for our annual vacation! 

This week's new thing had to be something easy and portable!  For the longest time I have wanted to own a vintage quilt.  I've come across a few but they were either too damaged, not for sale, or too expensive!  And then I thought...why not make my own!!! On a recent road trip I stumbled upon a fabulous quilt shop in Kamloops.  In the shop was the most beautiful pickle dish quilt made with feedsack fabrics!  Unfortunately, it wasn't for sale. I fell in love with it and it's become an obsession!  The wonderful lady in the shop asked me if I had ever done English paper piecing. I said no, but I wanted to try it!  She gave me a little kit with papers, fabric squares, and instructions.  I pulled it out last night (after it cooled down and before the mosquitoes came out) and made these...

Seven little hexagons to be made into a flower!
I have to say though...I didn't follow the instructions that came in the little kit. Instead, I used the method described in this book which I had ordered a few weeks ago...

This book is wonderful. The author takes you through all the steps of EPP. There many great projects in the book ranging from very simple (a tiny sewing kit or hexagon pillow) to more complicated designs including several quilts!  My first project is going to be a hexagon pillow! I can see why this book is called 'Quilting on the Go.' EPP is definitely a great take-along project!
Also...I wanted to share a picture of the most incredible rainbow I have ever seen!  We had a bit of a rainstorm here a few nights ago.  When the clouds began to clear a double rainbow formed across the lake. I think this is the first time I have ever seen the end of a rainbow!