Thursday, June 1, 2017

Opam for May

Can you seriously believe that May is over,  holy smokes , how did that happen . I actually had a busy month and had a few finishes plus I finished another landscape just a couple of days ago . I seem to be into landscapes this month , this is my fourth .
This is a hand applique piece , so relaxing to sit and stitch in the evening , I hadn't done any like this in a very long time . My supplies of Hand-Dyed fabrics are way down now , so need to replenish soon . I did try my hand at some fabric dying this week . I gathered some lichen from trees and boiled those down then added my fabric to the strained water . I had first prepared my fabric a few days before that with alum . Now here is the interesting part,  just for fun when I put my fabric in the pot I threw in two small pieces that had not been treated in the alum , well the results were very surprising,  take a look .

This isn't the best picture as it was at night so the fabric on the right is a little darker than it appears here BUT the fabric on the left is the untreated fabric.  I had washed both at this point and the colour stayed the same . I was happy with my first try 😊   My second attempt was not so successful , I had also gathered a little green moss which didn't produce any colour at all πŸ˜₯ 

 So back to Opam,  I had a total of 8 finishes this month,  four landscapes , my Eh Canada runner plus the Westering Women BOM Quilt.  Oops forgot my curved pieced dragonfly art piece and a postcard I gave my Mom for Mothers Day . I made this in a hurry , she was so disappointed I didn't make one for her birthday I felt I better get busy and make one for her for Mothers Day , I think she was also happy for the hand delivery .

 Oh I have to show you our little feathered visitors , I am thrilled we have a pheasant couple who frequent our feeders although his early arrival in the morning is not great,  I hear him make that curdling sound around 5am each day .

The males were fighting over possession of this lovely female.  The male on the right was injured and is now walking with a limp , sure hope he heals quickly . He is keeping his distance now . Aren't they gorgeous .
 I best get going , lots to do today and our granddaughter is coming into town with her school so we are meeting up with her for a brief visit too .
 Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a fabulous day .
 hugs Sheila 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thistle Quilt Guild show

Just a quick post this morning to tell you the Thistle Quilt Guild is having their annual quilt show this Saturday , all the info is on this poster , sure hope you can attend , we'd love to have you !
I promise you won't be disappointed , we put on a great show .
 Hugs Sheila

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Westering women and landscapes

Good foggy morning to you , it has been damp and chilly here the past couple of days,  typical spring weather .
 This Saturday is the Thistle Quilt Guild quilt show so I have been super busy getting things prepared.  My BOM , a combination of Westering Women by Barbara Brackman and some blocks from Quilters Cache is finished , yes I could add more quilting but for now it is completely bound with label in place . This has been a project since last fall and my first time doing a QAYG handquilted project . I enjoyed every stitch on those blocks each month , the stitching of the rows together , not so much , but it's all a learning experience and I would do it again as I feel quite good about the fact I finished a queen size quilt in record time for me and I think i could work smarter the next time .

On Sunday I attended a party for two sisters , one was having a significant birthday,  the other just moved in her new home so I made each of them a landscape to remember the occasion .

I took the risk of ruining this piece when I chose to FM stitch the tree , I had never done leaves before . 
On this one I did some embroidery in the foreground . I enjoyed creating these and hope the girls will enjoy them . My supply of Hand-Dyed fabrics is really dwindling,  time to learn how to do this myself !  Any tips from anyone who has done this ? 

I am quite excited as on Saturday along with the quilt show is have tickets to Riverdance an amazing show of Irish dancing . When I visited Ireland a couple of years ago we attended a similar show and it was great but I think this will be even more incredible.    I will let you know how it goes πŸ˜‰

Time to run so thanks for taking the time to stop in and have yourself a fantastic quilty day . I am linking up to the Needle and Thread Network today for the first time in a long time , go here to see what others have been up to this week . 
 Hugs Sheila 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Rain , rain go away

It's raining again today , enough already , I am forming web feet . This kind of weather is not so great for the joints infact downright painful so hope it let's up soon .
 However I have been getting a few things accomplished , still working away on my BOM Quilt,  nope it isn't finished yet , did I tell you I am slow πŸ˜‰
At our retreat I had finished the stitching on the curved piecing art work as I showed you in the early post and since then I have completed it and finished the second one which I had just done the piecing on . Both of these projects were from the class I taught last fall . The first one I showed I had it all pieced to share with the class but no quilting done , the second one I am about to share was simply strips of fabric laid out to show how I choose fabrics and the order in which I lay them out before starting to do the curves . I like to know ahead of time what my plan is or sort of as it often changes midway. I wasn't quite sure what to add to this second one but wanted to keep it simple just like me , so this is what I came up with . It doesn't get much simpler, than this.

I just love these Hand-Dyed fabrics , it makes my job so much more fun and I am determined to learn how to do this myself. 
I think this will be a movie day and some more handquilting so I will let you know how things are progressing and maybe just maybe I will finish this real soon . Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a great day. 
 Hugs Sheila  

Saturday, May 6, 2017

FNWF Report and a flimsy

You won't see much progress here but for me it is significant,  I have now attached the last two pieces of backing to the quilt , I worked on it on Thursday evening as well as Friday evening plus I did some quilting on it . I ran out of the fabric I had used to back my blocks so this back is a mishmash of fabric , a girl has to do what a girl has to do to finish things ,right πŸ˜‰
Since I had never done this before it was completely guess work and a lot of praying too .So far so good , it seems to be right . Here is another look at the front , a more detailed look at my hand quilting which still has a way to go .
The colours are a little off here but it will give you a general idea of what my scrappy BOM looks like. I need someone to light a fire under me to get this quilted before the end of the month , oh my not so sure it will happen but the sky won't fall if I don't so I am really not stressing over it , honest .
 Now today I got to work on my star quilt I had done as a block a week with Darlene of  Needle Pulling Thread quilt shop last year . It just wasn't big enough so I came up with this brilliant plan to do a zigzag border , well in reality it wasn't all that brilliant,  it was a challenge but the results are worth all the times I took it apart , yep , three times lucky lol . My friend Janice helped me last weekend while on the retreat to make the turn so the zigzag would continue around the corner . We thought we had it all figured out but it turns out I needed another full unit to make it fit . This old broad does have a brain that works now and then she just doesn't use it often enough when it comes to math . Taking a picture of my progress really helped keep things in line and eventually the light bulb came on , whew !
There you have it , I am super happy with how it has turned out and so relieved it actually fit together.  
I am off now to have supper,  hope you have enjoyed your day and did something creative . Thanks to Cheryll for hosting FNWF , I really enjoy stitching along with you all . Thanks for stopping by .
 Hugs Sheila 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Say it isn't true

It can't possibly be May , can it? Oh my goodness where did April go , I can't believe it has been a month since I posted here but holy moly it has been a busy month .
  What has kept me so busy , well several things , the first being my BOM Quilt for the guilt guild . I now have it all sewn together and am in the process of quilting the remaining sashing strips I couldn't do until my border was attached . Here  is a peak .

I chose to do a little leafy vine for the sashing strips,  hmm , lovely but why didn't I chose something quicker to stitch haha.  I will of course still need to do the border once those are finished . I was hoping to have this finished for our quilt show coming up the end of this month but unless I do nothing else that won't likely happen.
 Since this year is Canada's 150th birthday I decided to take on the challenge offered in the Quilters Connection magazine to create a mystery runner . The pattern does not include a photo so you really have to be careful when putting it together . Thanks to a little help from my friend Annette I finally got it worked out . It is HUGE , I have never made a runner this large before and I don't have a table this long , infact my table is round . The fabrics I chose have little red anchors in the background fabric and the red fabric has what could look like wheat,  the oceans on each end of this great country and the wheat fields of the prairies in between 😊

It actually fits well at the end of the bed so may be used as a bed runner .
 The other project that has my attention lately is the crazy quilt block from my online class with Kathy Shaw.  I am still amazed she provides this class for free . I need to add a few more beads and I am thinking of trying a ribbon butterfly but for now this is what it looks like.

I really enjoyed this class and would highly recommend it if you want detailed instructions on creating a crazy quilt block and a all for free . Kathy offers the class periodically infact she just started a new one so too late to join up now but be on the lookout for an announcement for her next one.  
This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend a retreat , the first for our guild . It was a blast and I am already looking forward to next year's.  We decided to not have scheduled workshops for this retreat but each worked on our own projects which made for some very interesting eye candy . I worked on a couple of different projects , the first was to finish the stitching on my curved piecing sample I had started for the class I taught last year , hmm , pretty sad when the teacher doesn't finish her work huh . Anyway I managed to finish all the stitching and added my applique and since I came home did a little more work on it , want to see ? 
Since I had been doing ribbon embroidery on my crazy quilt block I decided to add some to this block . I had also decided to add a dragonfly so drew one on and have hand embroidered it , that was fun . This photo is rather dark so when I do actually finish this up I will repost a better picture .
 I will share a little more about the retreat later on but for now I must run , I have been up for a while and my tummy is telling me it is time to eat 😊
 Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by .
 Hugs Sheila 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Opam and update on my crazy quilt block

Good evening from sunny Nova Scotia , yes the sun is actually shining and although a bit breezy is a lovely evening and looks a bit more like spring . Maybe just maybe it really is going to happen this year .
 So I am a tad late reporting for March for Opam , sorry Kris.  I had seven finishes all of which I spoke about here .  They included two tea towels , a mug rug , banner , pillow and wall hanging . I have been busy since then but no finishes.
 I just completed task #7 for my crazy quilt block.  My lack of threads makes it a tad challenging to get the look I wish to have.  I have tons of DMC floss but I don't care for the look it creates on this block although I have used some . I am pleased how it is coming along , I even added a few beads today , have to say I am not a bead person , I prefer things plain  but I am here to learn so I will do as the teacher says lol .

. So I am plugging along with this as well as my BOM Quilt,  making progress slowly but surely there .
 That's all my news for now , thanks so much for stopping by today,  sure loved seeing you .
 Hugs Sheila

Monday, March 27, 2017

Update on my crazy quilt block

The weather in our area has been anything but spring like , we even had a blizzard last Thursday,  Mother Nature needs a wake up call and Shubenacdie Sam got it all wrong , we did not have an early spring . Well we may have, but winter returned πŸ˜‰  Oh well look on the bright side it is close to the end of March , my least favorite month and April is just around the corner so surely that means better weather.
  I have lots of things on the go , one project I even completed but I can't share it as it is a mystery and can't be revealed just yet but I promise to share it soon .  I hate to admit this but I am also STILL working on my Round Robin project but it is getting close to a finish too , as long as I have it done by May I am good πŸ˜‰  There is also my BOM Quilt that I am trying to finish up , I am in the process of sewing rows together
and I have had to unpick a couple of times , not quite as easy this way at least for me .

Now for the title of this post , I have also been working now and then on the crazy quilt block I told you about in my earlier post . I have now completed task #6 , yeah . Some of this embroidery was quite quick , the little row of French knot flowers took a little longer to complete but I sure do love them . I don't have a lot of floss in the 12 weight and most of what I do have is darker colours but  I did find enough to do the flowers as it makes a huge difference using this floss compared to dmc for the embroidery , a nicer finish . I have heard a store in Halifax now carries some of this type of floss so my next visit to the city will include a trip to Patch . Here is what it looks like right now. I am going to link up to Super Mom No Cape today , go here to see what others have been stitching .

 Now yesterday I needed a little break from embroidery and well,  I fell off my wagon of not starting anything new,  that didn't last long did it haha.  I seen these 6"blocks on various blogs and couldn't resist joining in.  I guess I miss the SS . This is another SAL , this time with other designers like Carrie Nelson ,Jo Morton and Lisa Bonegan to name a few and is called Moda Blockheads , here is a link to the newest block
Only three blocks have been shared so far so it's not too late to join in the fun . I finished my three blocks since yesterday so obviously pretty quick to make.
 I am digging into the same container I used for  my BOM , there is enough to make a couple of quilts I think .
 So there you have it,  I confess I just can't resist cute blocks , can you ?
 That's it for me today , I am off to put some heat on my knee which is giving me grief . Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day .
 Hugs Sheila

Friday, March 17, 2017


Time to report on FNSI hosted by Wendy
  I have a lot of things on the go and I know i shouldn't have BUT I signed up for the beginners crazy quilt course by Kathy Shaw so last evening I started my embroidery and I am continuing to embroider this evening but that is on a secret project so I can't share that but here is my crazy quilt block.

This is my second time doing this class , you see my first time I didn't finish it because of my wrist being broken so I decided I would try again as I really love crazy quilting.  If you ever have the opportunity to take one of Kathy's classes I would highly recommend her , she is more than generous with her instructions and information . Here is a link to her blog , her classes are free ! 
Thanks for stopping by and hop on over to see what the other ladies were stitching on . 
Hugs Sheila 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Some ufos have been checked off the list

I have been doing a little catch-up on some UFO's that have been sitting patiently for me to finish them up . A few I finished a short while ago and one I finished just this morning .
 Our guild is having their annual quilt show the end of May so at the moment I am trying my best to finish off a few items for display. This year we are celebrating Canada's 150th birthday so our plan is to have some displays to represent this monumental event . The first challenge set before us was to create a banner , it did have to be a certain width and length and have the Maple leaf and the fact it was 150 years. Here is what I created .

 I really had no plan when I started but the first thing was to make the PP maple leaf , whew that was the worst part of this whole thing , so easy to mess up the pieces . I then decided flying geese would work well so made two sets of those to fit the width of the banner then my final decision was to add the silhouette of the Mountie , let's face it the RCMP is definitely a good representation of Canada and the fact our oldest son is a member nailed that decision for me . It was a little challenging to stitch around all that black . I don't know about you but I find sewing with black thread on black fabric a little hard to see where I have stitched.  
 A few of us also decided we would make a little table topper for the tea room at the quilt show . We all used the same pattern but all are different because so many different red fabrics were used . We will have a lovely red and white display for those enjoying tea .

My next finish was this little mug rug.  I had this almost completed before Christmas so I guess I am  extra early for next year . 

This is part of a panel which has many similar cute images , I still have a few to use . I carefully stitched around the dancer by machine to quilt it . 
This little skinny wall hanging was also started before Christmas and is now hanging in my entry , I was ready to take down the snowman πŸ˜‰

Not sure you can read the lettering but it says "Enter with a Happy Heart " . Not sure why it took me so long to finish this off,  all that I needed to do was add the binding .
 Finally I will share my finish for today , hmm can't remember when I started this one but the pattern  was part of a blog hop a couple of years ago and the sheep is done with wool . I had decided right away I would make a pillow with this and had the pieces all sewn together but didn't have it quilted . I started to quilt it a couple of weeks ago and just did around the sheep etc then the crazy idea of doing pebbles came into my head to fill in the background.  I think my brain was full of pebbles when I decided to do that . I did it in shifts between sewing my sashing strips strips for my BOM.  This is not a big pillow,  only measure 14" but these little pebbles took me forever.  They are far from perfect , I don't do a lot of FM quilting but felt a pillow was more doable for me so even though it took me so long I think it was worth the time and effort and only I know how imperfect those pebbles are,  oops I just told you , oh well , you already know i am not perfect lol . 
 I just remembered I also have two tea towels that I decorated to share with you . I shared these as part of our program last night at the guild so I can now share them with you .
I like to decorate tea towels , a very quick and easy finish that just brightens my day . 
 Well I shall let you go now , I hope I didn't keep you too long . Thanks for taking the time to stop by I love your visits .
 Hugs Sheila 

Sunday, March 5, 2017


It's Sunday already but I am reporting on my FNWF which took place on Friday hosted by Cheryll . Most evenings will find me handquilting my blocks for the BOM for our guild  project , I am on my last block actually then I will need to quilt all the sashing strips so a long way from finishing yet . I had never done a QAYG before so this has been interesting.  Here is my first strip all blocks quilted and one of the sashing strips.

I didn't get the whole strip in the photo but you get the idea . Here is the block I was working on Friday.
This one is called Prairie Queen and is from Quilters cache , it is one of our extra blocks as I felt it worked well with our theme.  Not too much left to do on this one then I will start on the sashing strips.  The exciting part of doing a quilt this way is when I am finished the quilting it is done , silly thing to say maybe but normally I make a top then quilt it this time I am making blocks then quilting them and then sewing them together . I think i will do this again , I have really enjoyed the hand work .
So that was my Friday night what did you do on Friday ?
 It is a rather nasty day outside,  winter has arrived back just when we were enjoying some spring weather . It is cold and blowing and a little snow is falling , I guess it isn't over yet , that was wishful thinking on my part.
 Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by .
 Hugs Sheila

Friday, March 3, 2017

Did you hear me whooping it up 😊

I am sure you must have heard me clear across the ocean I was so thrilled to finish the flimsy of my Mom's quilt . It was challenging to make a few small blocks into a queen size quilt or as close as I could come . Mom was pretty insistent that she wanted this big , well this is as big as I could go as she had other rules too like no prints only solid colours so this is what she got .

As you can see the side borders are wider than the top and bottom , it would have been much too long had I made them the same . You see these blocks were embroidered many years ago from a pattern my mom ordered from the newspaper I believe and there should have been a large embroidered emblem for the center with these blocks surrounding it in some fashion . Well the emblem didn't get embroidered so  the time came to just go with what we had and this sashing choice by myself was to add inches to the quilt but also to add interest . The gold strip was her idea as the lettering is done in gold and the green was her choice as well as there are so many green leaves.  I think the colours work very well to show off her embroidery,  would you like a close up of the embroidery , sure you would I know i have had requests already . Okay here we go ...
Each province has a provincial flower and for Nova Scotia it is the very pretty Mayflower,  the scent they give off is divine , unfortunately they are not easy to find and obviously only in May . 
I won't show them all but here are a couple of more .

Aberta's wild rose 
Yukon Territories-Fireweed 
 To learn about the other provincial flowers go here.
 Here is a side view of the quilt,  my mom wanted to have the quilt extend over the side of the bed so I took this photo to send to her to show how it looks .

I think it has a nice drop and she seems pleased.  I am just happy to say this job is finished at least for now 😊

I am now working on my BOM for our guild project , I added some sashing strips today and things are looking great . I will share some of that later on but I wanted to stop in and share my flimsy finish . Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by .
 Hugs Sheila

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Where did February go?

I can't believe it is now March , seems like yesterday that I turned the calendar for February.  Today was rather a strange day , March  didn't come in like a lion or a lamb , somewhere in between , we had some strong winds and some drizzle but no storms . We had three major snow storms in the month of February with oodles of snow but guess what it is just about gone , we had a few days last week of spring like weather with warm temperatures and really warm winds which just took away all those banks of snow , yeah !
 So what did I do during that month , well I obviously have been a very bad blogger and I also have been rather slack at even visiting , I try I really do but life seems to get in the way .  I have been sewing but no finishes to share  . I have now finished my Splendid Sampler blocks,  I am super happy about that, of course now the job of sashing them comes next .  Here is a photo of my last few blocks

And lastly the entire collection of 124 blocks in this container . 

I have also been working on a special project for my Mom . My Mom embroidered these blocks  of the provincial flowers of Canada many years ago ,I would say at least 30 years ago . After many years of asking she finally allowed me to take them home with me to finish making them into a quilt top . I did have some challenges as there was not enough fabric in the box she gave me , next problem is these blocks are polyester cotton and after many attempts of finding fabric to match I had to just give in and use fabric that was a close match and in cotton . I wasn't too sure about using cotton with poly but it seems to have worked out alright.  I seen a quilt with a similar sashing so decided to try that to add extra width to the quilt , I only had 24  blocks at 9" so I had to do my best to increase the size . Here is a photo I took today and I still have one more larger border to add . My Mom does incredible embroidery,  the back looks just as good as the front .

 The final border will be dark green by Mom's request  . I hope when I am finished Mom will be pleased . This will eventually be hand quilted at the church .

 So in a nut shell that has been my month , not much accomplished really,  maybe March will be better .  By the way as I am writing this the Lion has arrived , it is raining heavily and the winds are howling !
 Thanks for stopping by , I always love to have you visit .
 Hugs Sheila

Monday, February 6, 2017

FNWF Report

Oh I know I am a little slow getting this report posted for FNWF hosted by Cheryll but as the saying goes better late than never.  My Friday night stitching consisted of a few hours of handstitching down the binding on my Craftsy BOM Quilt for 2016 . This quilt was a year long journey for me , a lot of work but so enjoyable to do . After the top was complete I took it to the church where we hand quilted it , that takes a couple of months since we only quilt on Tuesdays.  We finished the quilting last Tuesday and I immediately went to work and got the binding sewn on . It took several evenings to finish sewing down the binding so I stitched along with my Aussie friends then along with my American friends . Here is the finished project .j
I love how the hand quilting adds dimension to the quilt . Thanks to the ladies of Holy Name Quilters for helping me quilt my quilt , great job ladies ! 
 I have been playing catch up on my Splendid Sampler blocks so I will share a few here now .

So that is about all for now , I must run but thanks for stopping by , I really appreciate your visits .
 Hugs Sheila

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Starry progress and a finish

A year ago Darlene from A Needle Pulling Thread quilt shop gave a challenge to make a 6"star block each week for the year.  I decided I would join in , sounded like fun and it really was , I loved making these tiny stars .

Here are my 52 stars plus I made the larger stars for the center to make this a little larger , still not that big so a border is probably in the future but not right now,  I have to ponder on that for a little . These stars were all made from a FQ bundle I won a few years back and are called Lined Dried , they have an old fashion quality to them and remind of the dresses my grandmother wore or her aprons as well . Darlene has another challenge this year but I think i will pass , just too many other things on my plate .
Now for my little finish , you must all remember that I also have a love of all things wool, well last fall I started this sewing roll but didn't complete it until this week . I only had a small amount left to do so not sure why I put it off .

The black wool was once a scarf that I felted , so yummy and soft , almost felt guilty cutting,  almost lol . Here is the inside ....

It has a place for everything so will be extra handy to take along for handwork.  This is a pattern by Lynne Hagmeirer of Kansas Trouble fame. I found the pattern in a book by Lynne called Seeds of Time.

I am on the run tonight so thanks for stopping by and hope the world is treating you well .
Hugs Sheila

Thursday, January 12, 2017

My first finish for 2017

Here we are well into the New Year and I am only now getting around to posting . Life can be busy at times . I trust you all had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New year,  we enjoyed a wonderful visit from our son and family which makes any holiday that much more special .
 I have been busy sewing , some I can't share as it is secret and some I simply haven't taken photos of but I can share this finish with you . In 2015 Kaaren Johnston of the Painted Quilt challenged us to QAL with her in a mystery quilt . The first set of blocks was all I needed to see , they were house blocks and I love house blocks so I decided to take on this challenge and I am so glad I did . My plan was to only use what I had on hand and I did manage to do that quite nicely,  you see I own a lot of scraps and I figured this was a great way to use some of those up . Well I can't honestly say it made much of a dent but every little bit helps and I have a nice quilt as a result.
I finished sewing on the binding on Sunday during a snow storm . I prepared it on Saturday incase we lost power I would have some handwork to do . Well we didn't loose power thankfully but I enjoyed being wrapped up in this quilt as I stitched away . Lynda Campbell in Mabou machine quilted this for me in the fall but I never got around to sewing the binding on until now . Thanks Kaaren for a great pattern , I really enjoyed making it .
 I have so many projects on the go right now,  I am not sure if I am coming or going.  Our guild is doing a BOM which I have been coordinating so I have to stay on top of the blocks each month.  Well this week I decided I would finish off all 20 blocks so I can concentrate on getting them hand quilted . You see I am doing a quilt as you go method I have never tried before . I hate using a hoop so am basting then quilting each one . We shall see how this all turns out.  Here is a block I just prepped , pinned and basted for extra security πŸ˜‰
This is Martha Washington Star from Quilters Cache,  a lovely block.  Sorry the photo is not the best , it is dark here right now.
I am also finishing off a challenge I undertook with Darlene of Needle Pulling Thread quilt shop in Digby , this was a star a week for 52 weeks . I loved making these little 6"blocks , I usually hate repeating things but for some reason this was never a problem with the Stars.  So now that I have 52 stars the biggest challenge came with how to make the best use of them . I have a plan and I started working on that plan today but won't be showing you until I get a little further along .
 I will let you go for now and I thank you for taking the time to stop by , I promise it won't be as long before I post again . Let's make 2017 the best most creative year ever!
Hugs Sheila