Quilting and working!

I am back to the working world so my days are so full….between working and then running AFTER work, I don’t get home until well into the evening, which leaves me little time to do my creative pursuits.  I think that after I get into a routine I will be able to hit the sewing room.  I intend to do that this week.  I have started to quilt my “House – Tipi” quilt and have it set up to go to during the week.  Have a look-see!

Basted Quilt

So, here is the quilt all basted!  It took me all last Monday to do and then the next day my hands were sore!

Stabilizing Outline started

My first step is to outline all the rectangly blocks with a 1/8 inch seam….time consuming but fun. I am doing it with my walking foot.  I am using the same thread throughout and it looks really cool on the back! I will probably do a meandering design in the house borders and haven’t really decided for the coloured square borders, probably something geometric!

The back:

The back...cool

I’m using a burgundy stitch which doesn’t stand out as much ast it does here…hmmm…

The Front, in progress:

The front

I am far from finished and have ideas for the middle of these rectangles, depending.  I am enjoying this process and it is really the first time that I have quilted something this large.  Since it is for me, I can make mistakes without beating myself up!

I am also starting a BOM for Christmas, from Debbie Mumm….I am doing it with my SIL who lives across the country so we will motivate each other.  It doesn’t look too hard and I love the fact that each block represents a thought. Does anyone care to join in?

And this is what is beckoning on my design wall:

Gift that needs to be finished

It is a gift for my SIL and I found the rust fabric when I got my backing for the house quilt last week.  This will end up to be either a table runner or two placemats, since there are two of those roosters.  Does anyone know where I could get a tablerunner that would cater to the two roosters.  I think that these were supposed to be for cushions but this will be for my SIL’s kitchen which has the rooster theme.

Thanks for stopping by…I will try posting more often!


Ta Da!

From this:

1st try

To this:

First border

to 2nd border:

2nd border

To the finish!

Final outcome

I am happy with it!  Thank you so much Sheila for your border design help!  I find that it is much more muted and more to my liking.  Now I am going to sandwich it and machine quilt it! Yay!  I found an idea that I am going to plan out but I will do it on my machine! Stay tuned!

Borders are added but…

….I didn’t trim anything so I can still change the inner border:

?? inner border quandry

So? I kind of like it but am still bothered with the inner border and NO ONE has weighed in :(….please do.

Today is Monday and it will be my day off from work, just until the beginning of March, so I hope to spend a portion of the day quilting or stitching or being creative! 🙂


Okay Quilting friends and those of you who can match material! I certainly can’t and I am now in a quandry!

Can't decide...can't go on!

So I am at a standstill and I REALLY want to get this lap quilt done!  I think that I may have made a bad decision with the light purple inner border.  Should I keep it and add the larger border.  Should I change it for a darker border and then add the house border or should I simply forget the house border?

Here are other colours that I have pulled out:

Other options

I don’t know what to do! I could really use your opinions! Maybe a gray inner border? I don’t seem to be getting better with my colour choices…no confidence?

Anyhow, I have been working on the above lap quilt but I think that this evening I will sit in my chair and work on my cross stitch!

Cross stitch

I’m still working on the back stitch and it is almost ready to come off the frame! 🙂

Pictures of WIPs to be finished SOON!

Table runner

I so totally forgot about this table runner and the reason why it is unfinished is because I made a mistake and had trouble with correcting it, so now is the time to rectify things.  It is the perfect size for my table :).

Lap quilt

I started this last year and totally loved making it, I just have to cut the points off and put the two borders on….and I have an idea for it :).  I’m calling my “house” quilt because the border has houses in it.

And this is what I stitched during the evenings this week:

Christmas ornament #1 - 2010

So I stitched this ornament but have no idea how to finish it.  I don’t want to finish it with the plastic ring.  I would like to do something quilty with it….any ideas? Fast and simple design.  Or maybe I will just put it in a card?

Radha's draw gift

I sent this out to Radha last week…all the way to Malaysia….hoping that it gets there soon and then I will let you know what it is! 😉

Off to stitch!

A Giveaway!

Hello there, a talented knitter from Norway is having a giveaway to celebrate her two year blog anniversary.

Go and visit Marit to enter for your chance to win a pair of beautiful handknit mittens!

I will be back to post my small cross stitch ornament….it is still early morning!

Quilting courses!

Curb quilt with batiks

I signed up to learn the curve technique.  I think that the quilt is based on stack, slice and sew curves.  It will be in February so I will have to get me some fabric! :).  I also signed up for the applique course, which I have already done but will take it as a refresher.

I haven’t gotten back into any sewing but have been busy with cross stitching and will take a picture of the little Christmas design that I have been working on.  I just don’t know what project to start with for quilting….decisions, decisions!

I will make a conscious effort to post because by posting that will mean I am creating, so stay tuned!