Snow….No Thanks


Sunday morning we woke up to a winter wonderland.  October 9th is way to early for snow and winter to start…and not great for Thanksgiving.  We were supposed to do a 20km workout in preparation for our upcoming half marathon. After looking at all the snow, we decided to opt for a 10, leave our 20km for today and use it to work off some of the turkey and stuffing we snarfed last night.



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BQF Entry #2


I am entering my Quilts of Valour quilt into the Original Design category of the 2016 Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side.  I designed it using half square triangles.


Click here to learn more about the making of this quilt.


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Bloggers Quilt Festival 2016



I have decided to enter my Leftovers VI quilt into the Modern Quilt category for the 2016 Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side.  This was the final quilt (so far) so far in my Leftovers series that I started to use up the leftover fabric from my Blue Odyssey quilt.  To read more about the making of Leftovers VI click here.


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Family Moment

I love it when we can start our mornings out on the deck enjoying our morning coffee/tea together.





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We are Grandparents!!!

We are so thrilled to announce the arrival of our first grand child.  We travelled to their home town on July 5th, two days before the official due date.   Unfortunately the baby decided that it didn’t want to make an appearance on the scheduled date.  As each day went by we got more and more nervous that it wouldn’t be born before our scheduled departure date of July 15th.  I guess the baby decided that it was worth meeting us after all.  Cameron James was born at 4:45am on Thursday, July 14th.  He was 7lbs 12 ounces and 20.5 inches long.  Mom, Dad and Cameron are all doing well and adjusting to life as a family.

Here is a picture of Cameron before they even weighed/measured him.


And of course proud Grandma and Grandpa with Cameron:


36 hours old after his first home bath.


And a few pictures of the nursery with the quilt, pillow, window treatment and crib skirt that I made.







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Two Sided Window Treatment FAL#4

I apologize for the rash of recent posts.  I couldn’t publish my finishes as they were completed because I wanted them to be a surprise for Erin and Paul.  Unfortunately I have to have them all public before the July 7th close of the 2nd quarter of the 2016 finish-a-long.  My final finish of the 2nd quarter (here is a link to my original list ) is a v-shaped window treatment for the nursery.  I love how it turned out.  It helps to tie everything together.  One side has prairie points like the pillow and it incorporates all the colours from the quilt, bedskirt and pillow.  The other side is a more simple verticle green aqua and white stripe.




Linking to:

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Linky Tuesday @Freemotion by the River

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

WIP Wednesday @The Needle and Thread Network

Lets Bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts

Needle and Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation

Finish it Up Friday @Crazy Mom Quilts

TGIFF @A Quarter Inch from the Edge

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Whomp There it is @A Quilted Passion

Show Off Saturday @Sew Can She



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Two Sided Baby Quilt FAL#3

I have my third finish of the 2nd quarter (here is a link to my original list ). It’s a quilt for our first grandchild.  I was having trouble trying to decide on a design for the quilt so I decided to go with my two favourites and make it a two sided quilt.  Are you noticing a theme here.  All of the items that I made for our grand baby are two sided.   I wanted to give the parents as many options as possible for their nursery. I was asked to make everything gender neutral using any combination of green aqua, navy, yellow and grey.

ribbon-quilt-pinterestI saw this quilt idea on Pinterest and thought it would be perfect for a baby quilt.  Neither too masculine or feminine.  I changed the design a little bit.  Instead of each row alternating the twist I made them all start and twist in unison.  I like it better this way….softer and less distracting. I made 104 of these little blocks and then trimmed them all.  Despite hating all the time it takes to trim the blocks, I do get some satisfaction from looking at the big pile of perfectly sized blocks and the colourful pile of cuttings.


I placed all the blocks on my design wall to help me decide what order to place the colours.


Then came the second quilt top for the back.   I made 108 half square triangles using numerous prints and solids in each colour group.  Once again I used my trusty design wall to lay out the HSTs and came up with this design.  I then added white strips to make the top 5″ bigger on all four sides so I could mount it on my longarm.


I wasn’t able to do any intricate free motion quilting because it would look good on the one side but the design would not match up with the quilt layout on the other side.  I went with an all over design called Arrowhead.


I used two layers of batting, Hobbes 80/20 and a high loft polyester.  It really gives some life to the free motion quilting.



I really wanted to put a label on the quilt for our grand baby.  Unfortunately,  because it was two sided, there was nowhere to put it where it wouldn’t stand out and take away from the quilt.  I found this great post online where a quilter showed how she stitched words into her bindings to replace the traditional label.  It was perfect.  I used off white thread so that it would just disappear into the binding but you could still find it if you were looking for it.  It says “Made with love 2016  Grandma Debbie”


Linking up to:

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Linky Tuesday @Freemotion by the River

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

WIP Wednesday @The Needle and Thread Network

Lets Bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts

Needle and Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation

Finish it Up Friday @Crazy Mom Quilts

TGIFF @A Quarter Inch from the Edge

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Whomp There it is @A Quilted Passion

Show Off Saturday @Sew Can She



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