Friday, March 3, 2017

More Placemats

I put quilt making on hold for a while and have been making placemats for the guild to give to Meals on Wheels.  Still using up some orphan squares and new pattern.

These were from a panel that I purchased a few years ago,
and just added some borders on the top and bottom.

Some flying geese that I found in a drawer that I forgot
that I had.  After I found these I discovered about 50 more 
they will be made into a quilt.

I found these squares all sewn together so thought
I would make a placemat out of them by adding
borders to the top and bottom.

When you don't read the pattern this is the result.

After I read the pattern this is the result.  
This is what they should look like.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lots of Placemats

I have been busy trying to use up some of my orphan blocks and scraps and placemats are a good way to make good use of them.  


A couple of sets of placemats and a few that are definitely using orphan blocks.


Saturday, January 7, 2017


It has been a while since I posted anything new so today is the day.  For most of November YKW and I were both sick with a nasty cold and cough that is going around and seemed to hang in for a long time.  Then came Christmas and that is a busy time of year spent baking and decorating.

Since my Christmas gifts have been given out I can now post some pictures.  When I was in Southern Ontario last September I bought a pattern at Mary Maxim's for a wine bottle holder.  It was also suggested that it could be used as a slipper holder and Christine decided that she would carry her knitting needles and wool in it.  I am glad that it can be put to good use.

I also bought wine fabric while I was there.

I gave the one with the dogs to Amanda and put a pair of slippers in it for her.

Lynda also wanted some coffee cup holders so that when she goes out walking on a cold day her coffee stays warm and her hands don't burn from the hot coffee.

Colleen wanted some placemats for every day use and I have had these unfinished for about 4 years so I thought that they would be great for every day.

She also wanted a table runner for every day use and I had a panel with birds and bird houses so I added fabric with bees on it.

I wanted to make a narrow table runner for my hall table with a winter theme so I just chose a star block and put sashing between the blocks.  I can use it all winter instead of just at Christmas.

Star table runner

I have made a lot of quilts lately, so I decided that it was time to switch gears and make some placemats.  In September the program gals showed a really cute pattern to make a quilt that looks like you did a lot of work but it is just the way you cut what you have sewn together and come up with triangles around the edge.  I decided to adapt the pattern to placemats and to use up some of my 2 1/2 inch squares.  I had a lot of fun and went a little wild since I made 6 of them.  I made a small dent in my box of 2 1/2 inch squares.

I like the ones that were made from the same colour family rather than the third one down that is more of an assortment of colours.  I will make more I think using the one colour.

I don't know the name of this pattern but if you click on the above picture you will get a larger view and will see how it is done.  I used 48 - 2 1/2 squares in a 6 x 8 grid and made placemats that are 17 1/2 by 11 1/2.

I hope to post sooner than last time when I get some more pictures taken of what I have done over Christmas time.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Time to do Some Blogging

It has been a while since I did some blogging.  So many things have happened since the last time I was on here.  In September I flew to Southern Ontario to visit two of my sisters and my grand daughter.  My older sister was turning 79 this year so I wanted to visit with her close to her birthday if I couldn't be there on the day.  We went out for lunch at a little pub near their home and then went back to the house for a short visit.  

On the way home we drove past the road to Paris so we took a detour and went to Mary Maxim.  This is a shop that is famous for their knitting supplies and patterns and lately they have added fabric.  It was a nice visit since I hadn't been there in over 15 years.

I have been busy making Christmas gifts which I can't post yet but will do so after Christmas but have also been making some quilts.

I have a narrow table in my hall and have always has store bought runners on it so I decided that this was the year to make one.

I used a pattern that I have made before and just added more squares since the table is 6 feet long.

This is the back of that quilt.
This is some of the fabric that my sister in California sent me because she decided
that she wasn't going to do much quilting and instead
concentrate on knitting.

I don't know where I found this pattern.  I flip around the internet so much and when I come 
upon a pattern I like I just save it.  I was really drawn to this one because of all the
small squares.  I save squares in all sizes and this was a great pattern to use
some of them.

Another pinwheel quilt.

I used fabric that was left over from the backing on another quilt and was able to cut enough 5 inch squares to make this quilt.  The border is also fabric that was left over from another quilt backing.  This fabric was extra wide so I was able to use it for the border.

Color Block
Quilts by Elena

When Lynda and I were in the Maritimes I bought 25 fat quarters of fabric from the area.  There is Anne of Green Gables and potatoes from PEI and shells, sea glass, whales, lobster and crabs from NS and NB,  I had fabric from Newfoundland from when we were there a few years ago so I added it to this quilt. 
 This is my "Memory Quilt"

I found this quilt on Moda and used some of the left over fabric from my memory quilt.  It seems the fat quarters seem to grow over night after you have made a quilt with them.  There is still a lot of fabric left over.  


Thursday, August 25, 2016

More Amish Star Hot Pads

I was with a few friends in July and we learned how to make the Amish Star Hot Pads.  The pattern showed how to make them round but I don't think mine was exactly round and that bugged me so I thought I would try to make it square.  The round one also called for bias binding and since that uses a lot of fabric I didn't like that either.

My first Amish Star Mat.

I don't think it is truly round.

I like the square ones better so I decided to make my older sister two of them for her birthday.  Carole will be 79 in October and I am going to Southern Ontario in September to visit my granddaughter so I will also visit with Carole.  Lynda and I went to Florida in January 2015 when my brother turned 79 and I am so glad that we did because he passed away this past January.  Not that I suspect that there is anything in Carole's near future but as we get older it is good to stay in touch when we all live so far apart.  Jobs and marriage have separated us over the past years.

A blue and gold Amish Star.

A fall Amish Star.

The middle star looks funny because I didn't pay attention to where the green leaves on the fabric were.  The middle would be better if it was all orange.  I certainly am not going to rip it out but I will watch how I fold the pieces next time I make one.  I was thinking that I might make a few for the guild booth at our next quilt show coming in April 2017.
There is a link to the pattern in an earlier post.

I have to finish the two table runners I am working on first.  I want them for my hall table.  It needs to be freshened up.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Two New Comfort Quilts

When Lynda and I were in the Maritime Provences I had two things on my mission to accomplish list.  I wanted more fabric with food on it and I wanted to buy some fabric that was very indicative of the Maritimes.  I was able to fulfill both things.  I haven't done my Maritimes quilt yet but I did finish another quilt with preserves.

I had so much fun choosing the fabrics for this quilt.  I have bananas, mushrooms, onions, french fries, lettuce, corn on the cob and of course chocolate chipits.  Every jar is different.  This quilt is actually a pattern for a Bug Jar Quilt.

Star Flower Block Quilt

One day while I was flipping through the Internet I came across this pattern and really loved it.  It was one that I really had to make.  More half-square triangles just arranged in a beautiful pattern.
I found the pattern HERE.


Monday, August 15, 2016

The Bee Purse

A while ago my youngest sister asked me to make a small purse for the nurse that works in her doctor's office.  When the nurse admired the one that C was wearing she decided that it would make a great retirement gift for the nurse.  I told C that she had to buy the fabric because she was very specific about what she wanted.  I received the parcel on Wednesday and then proceeded to him and haw about making this bag.  I had made up the pattern for the original purse so I needed to refresh my memory and to look up some patterns on the internet to get help putting it together.  The first bag also had seams showing on the inside and I don't like that anymore.  I guess I have grown in my sewing.

I started the bag on Saturday and worked all day on to get it finished.

There is a back open pocket that I secured with Velcro and a small pocket inside for keys or something.  The strap is long enough to wear across the body for security.
I mailed it last Monday to California and she received today which is really something for sure with our mail service.  She loved the bag.

In the parcel with the Bee fabric was also a great deal of fabric that C decided that she didn't want anymore since she wasn't doing much quilting so she sent it on to me.  I pulled out some of the colours that went together and made her a hot mat.

Amish Folded Star Hot Mat.

The original pattern was round but I found another pattern that made the mat into a square.  It is Vicki's Fabric Creations.  You can find it HERE


Monday, August 8, 2016

Voyager Bag

I finished my Voyager Bag a while ago but haven't blog for a while so now is the time.  I took it away with me in June and couldn't believe how much I could put into this bag.  I have had the pattern and the fabric for a while too but just hadn't gotten around to getting it done.  The pattern is from Among Brenda's Quilts.  She has a lot of really great patterns that are easy to follow.  Lots of easy instructions and pictures to follow along as you make your projects.  

Voyager Bag

I bought the fabric last year at the Minnesota Quilt Show and as soon as I saw it I knew that I would use it for this bag.  Brenda also has a pattern for a shoulder support for the bag.  You can see it in the picture.

I am really pleased with this bag.  Check out Brenda's website if you have a spare minute.  It may take more than that though because there is so much to see.