Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

Today is a busy day. we are off to church this morning for the celebration! And then home to cook and prepare for Easter dinner and Egg fights... there will be pictures!

Question 5

Do you
a) press your binding in half before you stitch it to the edge of your quilt or
b) do you just fold it in half and sew it to the edge of your quilt.

Hmmmmm, interesting.... Very Interesting. Can't wait to her your responses!

If you are a friend of a follower, just coming on board because your friend told you I said you should come comment on my little quiz, then please "Join this Site" so I know you are here. How fun would it be to have lots of joiners!

And even though I have pre-scheduled this blog for today, because I am really busy (at least I think I will be, since today is only Wednesday and you are reading this Sunday) doing Easter stuff with my family, I hope you will comment, if not today, hopefully tomorrow, so I will have some answers to this very interesting question!

Things I found on the net today...

1.  Neck tie apron.  Picture only, but how interesting is this.

2.  Here is another one.

3.  Went to check out a commenters blog and found this recipe for microwaved Rice Krispie squares. 

4.  I found these great printable fabric tags. I could have used these a few weeks ago. I have a small bit of fabric that I would love to have more of, but I have no idea where I got it or what it is called.  These tags would have helped!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Question Number 4

Heading home today!

Here's Question 4

If you do a straight join (b) in question 3, do you:
a) sew, press open, trim.
b) Sew, trim, press open.
c) Sew, trim, press to the side.

No Sewing today, although I do have my sewing machine in the car. I picked it up from Bernina, and they are promising it will sew like a dream now that they have fixed all the bits and pieces that needed fixing! We will see on Monday becasue it will be a sew day Saturday, only its Monday, Day!

Once again... this email has been pre-scheduled. I wrote it on Wednesday, so you could get it today even though today I am busy driving!

PLEASE COMMENT!  I need to know your answers. And tell your friends to get on here and comment too. This is important stuff!

Things I found on the Internet

1.  Easter basket. 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Here....'s Number three

Happy Good Friday Everybody!

Question Number 3

How do you join your binding pieces?
a) diagonal ends ===\
b) 2  straight ends sewn diagonally  ====|\|=
c) Both, just depends on how I cut it or how I feel.

This question is hard to explain and hard to draw, Hopefully it is clear! Please comment below! I am tallying up these answers and will report on them at the end.

I am spending Good Friday with my Son and his family in Guelph. I will be home tomorrow, so I have pre-scheduled, this blog post!

Things I found on the Internet today...

1.  Here's a last minute Easter gift .

2.  I absolutely love this post from Hunter's Design Studios. There are some great thoughts about how much your quilts are worth.

3.  More excitement.  Today I found another version of my Newfie star quilt. ( my name for it because I bought the pattern in NFLD). And she uses old telephone books to paper piece.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Question Number 2

I am going out of town for a few days so I pre posted the questions for the next few days.

I really want to hear your answers so please take time to comment. Help a Gal Out! Please!!!!

Question 2

How wide do you cut your binding...
a) 2 inches
b) 2 1/4 inches
c) 2 1/2 inches
d) who knows, its different all the time because...

Thanks for participating.

Things I found on the web...

1. Busy as a Bee has a tutorial on how to put an apron on a basket. 

2. How to make your own peanut butter cups from Measured by the Heart

3. One good thing about Jillie is a great resource for those ODD jobs around the house. How to clean the grates on your BQ grill is one of those hints.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I have a question, an update and some Exciting News!

Next year, I am going to be doing some demos and I am going to start with a quiz. Each day for the next 15 days I am going to ask one of the questions from Septembers Quiz and I hope you will comment so I can get a better idea of how to approach each of the questions for the demo's. Will you help? Leave a comment below.

1st question:

When you cut your binding do you cut:
A) bias binding
B) crosswise grain binding
C) lengthwise binding

Can't wait to hear what you have to say!

The Case of the Secret Garden

Sewing Update:Yesterday, I actually got some work done on the InkLingo Mystery Quilt. I was so excited to just have time to download Clue # 1! Then I read through it and decided it would be a breeze. It was all about choosing fabric!

3 hours later I had come to a decision!!!!!!! 3 hours! Not as easy as I thought. First off, it had to come from my stash because I am on a NBF (no buy fabric) diet! Secondly just when I would choose a fabric, I wouldn't have enough. So that meant starting over. Humph! It was hard work, but I persevered and here are the fabrics I choose.

Here they are all washed... Yes I said washed... And ready to go. That green thing in the middle right is my colour catcher... I guess the dark green bled a little. Good thing I threw in a colour catcher!

I cut out the freezer paper pieces I needed for clue 2 and called it a day! Put my feet up and watched NCIS and NCIS LA. No handwork, no IPad. Just me and TV!

I have been "Join this site" ing for the past few days, at all the blogs I stop at. I was thinking how nice it would be to have a lot of people "Join this Site" at my blog so I would have more than 26 followers. I suspect I have some followers that follow by email, but it's not the same. I don't really know you are there! I can guess, because I can go and find out how many people read my blog, but it is just really exciting to see that someone has "joined". And I figure if I feel that way I bet most everyone feels that way, so I am trying to join as many blogs as I read. Doesn't really change anything, just makes it more fun for the blogger, I think!

<= You can join this site just about here, to the left... You know you want to!  
The EXCITING News... I am going to be in a Blog Hop!
I am so excited. Watch for more information in the very near future!
Here are some things I found on the net today. I follow a lot of quilting blogs... 600+ a month! ... The ones below are mostly non quilting related. I save the Quilting ones for my Blog Hop Reference Guide, for Quilters, which will be available April 15! (Formerly, Quilters Stitches Online... My friends said I needed a new name!)

1. Geta Grama, the feature Blogger from my January's newsletter has a colouring book for children called Swirling Stitches, that will be coming out on April 15th.

2. Sew much 2 love has a tutorial on How to put a zipper in a bag.

3. Samelia's Mom tells us that  Aladdin is 20 years old?

4. 5 tips for an Easter egg hunt from Samelia's Mom.

5. Craftster has a tutorial for  Drop Pull Easter Eggs

Don't forget to comment and come back tomorrow for question 2! I really appreciate it!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Saturday Sewing

Yesterday was a great sewing day!

Only problem was that it was also a great chatting day. Between the chatting, with my friends at our little sewing groups sew day, I did manage to sew three more rows on my Kaffe quilt.

The hardest part of sewing this quilt has been putting the blocks into rows in the right colour sequences. At first I used sticky dots but they kept falling off and, it became very difficult to keep track of which blocks came next. So I took flower head pins in all the same colour and marked them 1 to 40 with a permanent marker. Now I just pin the blocks in order and the pins stay put until I am finished sewing. So far it has worked perfectly.

I bound my two little Easter mug rugs and my granddaughters little Easter wall hanging.


I cut out about 100 small hexi's for my Christmas tablecloth and last but not least I put together a quilt I started 3 years ago.

So I guess it was a successful sew day!

10 interesting things I found on the web today!

1.     Recipe: Samelia's Mom has a great recipe for making popcorn in the microwave in a paper bag.

2.     Free Pattern:   Sweet and Sassie baby quilt pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew.

3.     Ideas: Here's an idea that I found at Ruby Blue Quilting Studio. Instead of a plain back she made extra blocks from the design on the front  and bordered the back with them.

4.    BOW: Road to Round Rock #4 has been posted by Patchwork Times

5.    Free Pattern: A Spoonful of Sugar has a free pattern for a gathered round basket in three sizes.

6.    Free Pattern: Moda Bake Shop posted a new pattern... Spring Rainbows Quilt.

7.    Mystery Quilt: If you want a clue about how the InkLingo Mystery will end, check out Quilt Obsession! It looks like it is going to be beautiful!

8.   Tutorial: Here's an interesting little quilt tutorial from ReannaLilly designs. I love it!

9.   Patterns to buy... A year of Mini Quilts by Amy Heaton.

10. Free pattern: Baby's Travel chair pattern.

All of these and MORE can be found in the April Edition of My Blog Hop Reference Guide which will be available April 15th.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Saturday sew day! Yahoo

Today is my Saturday Sew day and I am very excited.  I am going to work on my Kaffe quilt and have the whole day to do it!

Of course I have other pieces I am taking with me. Boredom sets in and I often need a change. Probably why I have so many UFO's on my plate.
I will come back tomorrow with an update.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Book review

Starting today, I would like to do a book review several times a month.  These reviews will always happen right after a newsletter publication date when I have lots of time to play. To see the most recent newsletter go to

Today's review is of Kaffe Fassetts' new book:

Shots and Stripes - 24 New Projects Made with Shot cottons and Striped Fabrics.

by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy
Photographs by Debbie Patterson

First of all I pre-ordered this book, several months ago,  so I had no idea what to expect until I received it. I had read about it on a couple of blogs, but other than the fact that it was a Kaffe book, the inside was a complete surprise to me. 

I dove into the book, in my usual make haste style, and started to make the quilt on Page 144, Overlapping Tiles, using fabrics I have on hand, (I have a lot) because I am on a NBF diet this year. (No Buy fabric... and I am starving!) for the rest of the projects I plan to make, I will wait till I am off the diet! (The shot cottons are beautiful.)

First I have to explain that I had no idea what shot fabric was until I had lunch with my friend Aimee yesterday. If I had bothered to read the introduction to the book prior to meeting with Aimee I would have been able to answer intelligently when she said..."you do know what shot cotton is, don't you?" and no I didn't... She explained what "shot" anything was to me, and I immediately visualized those beautiful silks with their different coloured warps and wefts!

Kaffe explains it... "I then selected one of these solid stripe colors for each of my color moods. This selection was sent back to the weavers for them to make my first shot cotton color range. I had grown up loving the magical shimmer of shot silks - magenta warp with a scarlet weft would have me gasping with excitement. My solid cotton fabrics, with their differently colored warp and weft, have the same sort of shimmer, just more matte so a bit more subtle."

The Fly Leaf on the cover describes the book... "In this bold and colorful collection, Fassett shows us yet again how deep his creative genius runs.  Inspired by worldwide travels and a plethora of ethnic textiles, including the quilts of the Amish and from Gee's Bend in America, Japanese all indigo quilts, suzanis from the Caucuses, and Pakistani kanthas, the projects featured in this book include full sized bed and wall quilts as well as smaller pieces that can be completed more quickly, such as throws, table runners and pillows". 

As I wandered through the pages I was overwhelmed, by the beautiful pictures and of course, in Kaffe style, the colours and exuberance jumped off each page as I passed by.

There are projects in all shapes and sizes in the book as well as beginner to advance techniques. Its a great book if you just want to kick back and ohh and ahh, but for those of you who are like me and can't wait to start a new project, there are any one of 24 quilts that you can get started at, tonight!

I got my book from, and I know it is available at and the book I got is hardcover, it was just released February 26, 2013, so you may want to wait for the soft cover edition which I am sure will be out in the future.

But I kinda like having this beautiful hard covered, sheathed book and it will find a home on my coffee table for browsing!

My quilt from this beautiful book... you will have to wait to see. We have a sew day this Saturday and I am taking it with me. So it may be my Sunday Sewing day show and tell! Stay tuned!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

International Quilt Day

The March Newsletter is available now! Go to to learn how you can get your free copy.

Before you start a sew-a-thon you need to fortify your body! I did that with my Oatmeal Recipe!

3 tbsp oats
3 tbsp apple sauce
1 tsp (or more) of cinnamon
2 tbsp of raisins
2 tbsp of Chia seeds
And 1/2 cup of water

Stir it up and put it in the microwave for 2 - 3 minutes on high. Add coconut milk to cool and eat it up!

Thimbleberries "Safe Haven". Block 1

Making a 20" block takes longer than, 15 minutes, which is how long I planned to spend on this block. Add that to the 30 half square triangles (which are not a favorite of mine) and it was two hours before I was done!

Although I must admit, I was interrupted by a FaceTime call from my granddaughter who wanted to share her families mini vacation with me. We had a little tour of her "amazing" hotel room. It's amusing to me the things that entertain a seven year old.

And In between all the half square triangles, a few friends and I, started an iPhone-A-thon so we could keep in touch with each other while we sewed.

After lunch, I started one of the Easter projects from my March Newsletter,  I wasn't really pleased with my fabric choices so I probably will make it again. But not today.

After I was finished piecing my runner, I made two little mug mats using the egg cup pattern. The great thing about the mug rugs is that I get to practice my Domestic machine quilting. I have been a longarm quilter for 10 years, so believe it or not, quilting on my little Bernina is very hard! But I am getting there.

Mug Rugs

Then it was supper time! And after I ate, any thoughts of returning to the sewing room were gone! I had good intentions to go back and do some paper piecing blocks. It didn't happen!

But to end the night off, I went and enjoyed one of my favorite videos.


And the winner is...

Nicole Sender!

I will be sending Nicole's book out in tomorrows mail and I know she will enjoy seeing her copy of Quilters' Stitches Online in her in box for the next year!

Thanks for "hopping" by everyone.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Newsletter week

Sorry. I have been a little busy this week and haven't been here for a few days. The week before I publish my newsletter is hectic to say the least.

If you haven't subscribed to the newsletter yet and would like to see the March issue, which is going to be the biggest and BEST Newsletter yet, please send an email to: with your name in the body of the text and newsletter in the subject line and you will receive the link to the March newsletter on Friday.

For anyone who wants to see the February newsletter, it will be available for free at until March 17th!

Today is my granddaughter, Mya's, birthday. I promised myself that when she turned seven I would teach her how to sew... She is very creative so I expect she will do awesome.

This is the view from my bedroom window today... Glad I don't have to go out!

Yesterday I ordered this great book

Which I saw at  Tula Pink's Blog because I love this quilt!

Now to find the time to sew!

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Spring is in the air!

I found this great spring mug rug tutorial and just had to share!

It is so stinkin' cute.

Makes me want to sew, but no time for that this week. The March newsletter is just about ready and I am so excited about all the fun stuff going on around the web.

Don't forget, March is still free. To subscribe to the March newsletter, you will need to send an email to: If you have received newsletters in the past you will receive the March newsletter automatically.

And don't forget the hop! It is still going on until the 15th. You can join in any time.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

No sewing today!

I am off to Toronto today to do wedding stuff with my Daughter and Daughter-in-law and soon to be Daughter-in-law. We will be looking at bridesmaids dresses and I am so thankful they have included me in this adventure!

Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter.

I am giving away a one year subscription to my newsletter. Read more about this great blog hop, and go meet some other bloggers who have some great giveaways by following the link below!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Friday, March 8, 2013

Quilters blog hop party

Welcome to everyone hopping around in blog land for the Blog Hop Party. A huge thank you to Michelle for organizing this event. It’s sure to be a lot of fun.

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Quilting is my passion and I love to share my projects with everyone. With 9 grandchildren, I am always busy sharing my love through quilting with them. Everyone has a quilt or two and the requests for new  ones continue as they grow older.

My favorite thing to do is to read other quilters' blogs. I glean so much information from the 400+ blogs I read each month that I decided to  compile that information into a newsletter. My initial purpose was to have a resource so I could easily find things I read on the web. After a while I had so much information each month, I decided to share  the information with my friends and so it grew. Now I want to share it with you. I don't copy or give out free patterns. I send all my subscribers right to the blog posts where they can see the projects and read about the bloggers.

 My next edition comes out March 15th, and if you are a blogger you might find yourself linked up.  I would love to share my newsletter with you. Go to to see the latest newsletter. once you do, return here to leave a comment to be eligible for the giveaway.

My Giveaway:

On March 15th I will be giving away a 1 year subscription to Quilters' Stitches Online.

Also I will be sending the winner one of my all time favorite reference books: All-in-one Rotary Cutting magic with Omnigrid. - all you need to know to cut perfectly every time!

The winner will be contacted by email, and announced here on March 16th.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Stranded... Hmmmm

Today I was reading The Cutting Table, Moda's newsletter, one of my favorite blogs and just had to share;

Go read it... I'll wait!

So, what 3 notions would you need to survive being shipwrecked on a dessert island with a ship load of fabric?

Her's my list

1. Clover self threading needles! A must have. My eyes aren't as good as they used to be and theses needles are the best. Once the thread is in the eye it is as secure as any other needle!

2. 10 clover seam rippers! One to hang from every coconut tree on the beach. I have a terrible time with those things. I set it down and 10 minutes later I go looking for it and it has moved somewhere else! I go get another one and it goes off to find its friend as soon as I set it down. So 10 might not be enough. But it is an awesome ripper. Just wish they would stay put!

3. And if I could only choose one ruler ( its not my most favorite but would be perfect if it was the only one) I would choose the All-in-One Ruler.
You can...
1. Cut strips
2. Cut half- and quarter-square triangles from strips.
3. Use as a bias-square ruler to square up bias units.
4. Trim points easily with the built-in point trimmer.
5. Cut 45° diamonds with ease.
So it would be perfect if you were shipwrecked, off for a sewing weekend or just for those moments when it's the only one you can reach!

And my funny must have... A sun charger for all my Apple products.. Phone, pod, pad, Mac... I would need to be able to access Dropbox for all my stored patterns!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Geta's Quilting Studio: Quilter's Favorites

Geta's Quilting Studio: Quilter's Favorites

Won't this be fun. I will be participating for sure.!

Kaffe Fassett

WOW. Just received my copy of Shots and Stripes. Once again Kaffe has hit the ball out of the ballpark. The only thing I don't like about it is that I don't have time to sew!

I love all the patterns but this one is my favorite. It will be a camp project for sure! I am going to start cutting the pieces... As soon as I have time.

Yesterday was a first! I was working on my Baltimore Christmas and for the first time I was using my Bernina BSR foot, unplugged, because it has an open toe free motion foot. And yes! For the first time ever! I put the needle through my finger! Everyone say OUCH!

I do not recommend this adventure to anyone!

A little Second Skin, and A bandage... And I am on the road to recovery.

Day 1 on my Mac was an adventure. I must have had 50 windows open before I realized the little red, yellow and green buttons weren't just a pretty decoration! Today I plan on learning how to get my email. Actually that looks pretty easy! But of course, so does red, yellow and green!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Yup - no sewing yesterday!

Yesterday was No sew Sunday, as expected! I did manage to cut out a few of the shapes for my Baltimore Christmas block 2 and I did add a few beads to block 1.But that was it. Thursday will be our sew nite for this project and I am way behind!

Today I get my new long awaited Mac computer and although I am excited, I am also a little worried that the learning curve will be high! Well, high enough to stall me somewhat on the newsletter and there will be no time to sew!

My grandson and I were sitting in the nursery at church yesterday, and the speaker was on, and Ethan was confused by where the sound was coming from. He could hardly concentrated on his playing! Finally he came over climbed up in my lap and whispered in my ear( as only a two year old can do) "why is that guy yelling at us?" I laughed and said. "Because, he wants us to hear." Ethan continued to play but repeatedly looked at the monitor and mumbled to himself... "It's rude to yell". I wonder ... who preached the sermon to me yesterday?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday sew day... Not!

Today is always my day to sew, but I don't see it in my future. The newsletter ( has totally eaten up all my free hours this week.

I really have not had a lot of free hours this week. I have been busy with little people, and life and sometimes that is way more important than being busy with work and hobbies.

How can you ignore that!
My 4-5 hours a day reading blogs has created a huge amount of news for the newsletter and yesterday I spent about 4 hours on the initial stages of putting the newsletter for March together...

I did manage to sew a few borders on my embroidered blocks for my ABC quilt. I think I have twenty two blocks embroidered, and 8 blocks bordered... Still a long way to go!

I also cut out a block for the Birdhouse Quilt my girlfriend and I are sewing together, she has hers half done... Mine is still in pieces!

The Beast ( my Bernina 830) is back at the doctor's. Even though I have pretty much given up on it, Bernina has not, which is a good thing! I am glad they are working on it and hopefully this time it will come back working like a charm ( fingers crossed, but not holding my breath).

February most be hump month for most sewing rooms. I have read a lot of blogs where people are trying to clean up their sewing rooms. Probably related to cabin fever! I guess when the weather is nasty, people spend more time in their sewing rooms and get to a point where they just can't stand the mess any more... Hasn't inspired me yet to clean, but maybe I should go there!  LOL.

If I do get to sew today, I will let you know!