Archive for the ‘Patterns’ category

Pinwheel Block of the Month

March 18, 2010

I forget if I told you that I am doing a pinwheel block of the month.  Each month the organizer chooses a pinwheel block from quilters cache.  I am using up some of the pinks I was given.  So far we have 3 done.

January was Ribbon Pinwheel:

February was Mrs Morgans Choice (most participants wondered what Mrs. Morgan was thinking when she chose this one 🙂

March was Spinning Four Patch:

Happy Quilting!



March 17, 2010

So, I thought about not mentioning the lack of posts over the last month (sheesh, its actually been almost 2!), in the hopes it would get overlooked, but I didn’t think you were fooled that easily 🙂  Twenty lashes for me with a wet noodle for leaving you all hanging in cyber-land.

I have been quilting, honestly.

One of the things that has kept me away is a seminar I was working on.  I was invited to the Lindsay Quilters Guild to give a seminar on creating paper pieced patterns from a photograph.  This is such a fun topic, as I do love paper piecing!  I was working to great a pattern of the Town Hall in Lindsay, what a nice building…so, how do you think it turned out?

This is the photo I started with:

After creating and sewing the design, I took 3 days to head over that way and give the seminar.  I have relatives about 1/2 way between so I did some visiting along the way.

I’ve also been working on updating the website.  I’ve added a section where you can actually download patterns if you prefer that over paper patterns, plus I’ve added an area where I can have patterns from other quilt designers for sale…have a look

Oh, and look what I whipped up over the weekend 😉

Okay, I didn’t really, the blocks are from a swap I was part of which included fruit & veggie and flower baskets.  I had the blocks all sewn and sewed the rows and the rest together on the weekend.

What would you put in your baskets?

Ella (the kitty) is always very helpful in the sewing room, she is very opinionated 🙂  She took claim over my pile of ribbons when we were doing some cleaning this weekend…

I think the chickens must have been suffering from a bit of cabin fever.  When I opened the door to the coop they almost knocked me down to get outside.  Guess they don’t mind the little bit of snow that is left!

Happy Sewing!

Scarecrows, eggs and the other thing

September 24, 2009

This past weekend was the 4th annual scarecrow festival in Clinton, On.  What a neat event. There are 4 different areas in the town where there is activities and such.  Of course the best part is the scarecrow contest…there was some pretty neat ones made…one even had a fish bowl head!  My overall favorite was the sunflower one…I think it won one of the prizes, but don’t remember what.sunflowerAs for the egg, while I went to gather eggs the other day and there was an egg in there that took up almost half the box! Ok, it wasn’t really that big, but it was pretty huge.  I took a bunch of pictures, maybe its the largest egg laid in Canada…I think the Guiness record was about 200g, mine (my chickens) was only 122g… bet that hurt :-}

egg2Yep, 3″ long


It doesn’t even fit in the egg carton 🙂


There has also been some fabric playing going on.  I was part of a swap, were we each made the same cat pattern block, sent them to our hostess and received one from each of the other members back.  I don’t know what I will do with them, but they are too cute! kitty kitty…


I’ve also been working on my sock blocks. I have 19 of them finished with one in the works.  Thats all the blocks and all the socks I have so it might be time to sew them together.

socksmoreHappy Quilting!

Always So Much Going On…

May 9, 2009

We picked up some plastic fencing to give the chickens more room to roam and eat grass.  I figured if we put them were we would be digging up the garden they could eat up the grass.  The fencing we got was very tall and the stakes I had to hold it up were too short and the fence kept falling over.  So, why not stake it on both sides and create a tunnel for the chickens to follow?


It worked well and the Ladies have figured out how to use it very well.  They don’t seem to mind it at all.

It is a sight to see them wondering through the tunnel…

I’ve just finished the yummiest piece of cake.  Homemade black forest cake. Yummm.  My older brother came up last night to celebrate his birthday so I made him a black forest cake.  It amazes me how easy it is to make and yet it tastes so good!  Fortunately I don’ t celebrate a birthday everyday so when we do have cake it is a real treat.

To ware off the slice of cake we had last night after dinner we went for a walk today.  We went to a conservation area up towards Collingwood that we frequently drive past and every time we do we say – we should stop there to walk – and finally we did.  Now just as a side note, we had a thunderstorm early this morning with some very heavy downpours.   When we got into the bush there were about a dozen large trees tipped over, roots and all.  They all looked pretty fresh so we presumed that they had fallen over during one of the down pours.  Do you think they made a sound?  There was also a number of washed out sections of the trail and boy was it muddy!  Sheesh, I guess I should have had on my rubber boats.

I am also rearranging the Buttonhole Quilt Design site.  I don’t have a physical window display or store front to rearrange so I’ve got to do it on the website.  Don’t worry, it will *hopefully* be seamless.

And as an update on my foster kitty, Ella, she is getting very comfortable around the dogs and has recently realized that Magnums bed is very soft and warm too.  Especially warm when Mag is there to cuddle with 🙂

Magnum & Ella2

Happy Quilting.

What a Weekend!

April 28, 2009

What a busy, but reasonably enjoyable weekend! I actually took Monday off to make it a long weekend (shhh, don’t tell my boss 🙂 It was just too beautiful of weather to spend it indoors sewing, so I weeded the garden instead. I can’t believe how nice it is to see the daffodils blooming and seeing all the little sprouts popping up.


On Sunday my mom and I took the trip down to Toronto to the Creativ Festival. We had been down to the fall one and were just thrilled with the variety of arts and crafts and products. The spring one however was quite disappointing 😦  There did seem to be a lot of booths for beaders and scrapbookers.  However the quilting and yarns had less booths than the fall.  It seemed reasonably small too.  Oh well, it was a nice outing.

The rest of the weekend was spent doing cleanup and garage saleing!

Happy Quilting.

Easter Surprise

April 14, 2009

I know, I know, its been more then a couple of days.  I was doing so well keeping you updated, but I’ve been slipping lately.  Blog writing seems to be one of those things that if you miss a couple of days it suddenly becomes a week then before you know it its been a month!  Sheesh.

I do have some exciting things to tell you about though…

I’ve finished up a pattern for you.  I soft flannel quilt…

Sleepy Time

Sleepy Time

This particular photo is of a twin size, but the pattern includes a crib and wall hanging directions too.  Who doesn’t love frolicking sheep?

There will be two more designs available soon – they are currently out being tested.

Now, about this Easter surprise.  I had been browsing a classifieds website and came across a listing for free quilting books, and of course contacted the lady regarding them…well I had my first look at them yesterday and all I can say is Wow!  I can’t believe she was just giving these books away.  There must be more than 30 of them, all in great shape and of the most interesting topics.  I’ve so far only made it through 3 of them.  Thank you so much!


Oh, and don’t forget if you are looking to do some paper pieceing,  to check out the different paper pieced dog patterns we have.  We have 7 different dogs and a siamese cat.

Well I think that is all for now.  I best be going to start the day!

Hope you all had a happy quilty easter.

Happy Sewing

Where Did the Week Go?

February 20, 2009

I think I blew it…

My personal goal of adding an update here at least every other day seems to have gotten buried under the snow.  But, no fear, I have brushed the snow off and am ready to give it another try.
I don’t even know where the time went this past week, can you believe it is Friday?  Goodness me.

Well to sum up the last week:

Gracie, my one foster kitty, got adopted on Sunday.  I received an update on her earlier this week and she seems to be settling into her new home wonderfully!
Ella is here and although I think she misses her sister she has become quite the social butterfly.  I can’t hardly seem to go anywhere in the house without her under my feet.

In the sewing department I am working on some spring and summer table runners to help me forget about the snow that is piling up outside my door…again.  There is also about 5 projects floating around in my head that I would like to try soon.  The one, just might involve 3-D monkeys 🙂

I have been working on a number of beeswax candles too, but I’m not happy about the way they have turned out so decided I am going to melt them all down and try again, changing some of my procedures.  Thats the neat thing about wax, no seam ripping involved.

Well, that pretty much sums it up…it doesn’t sound like much, but its amazing how long things really do take. Oh and I received this quilting poem by e-mail and wanted to share it with you.


I’m But A Quilter

I’m but a Quilter
A user of needle and thread
I create designs of color
To lay upon your bed
I know of strips and borders
Of angles, points and stars
Although I make no money
It keeps me out of bars.

I spend my husband’s money
On fabric and supplies
He once thought it was funny
But now he only cries
My stash it just keeps growing
All the colors I must own
My credit card I’m owing
I think I need a loan.

My quilts and table runners
Wall hangings and the rest
Are stored in all the closets
So they always look their best

I bring them out for show and tell
Then put them back just so
I would like to keep this going
But shopping I must go
For I’m just a quilter
And hooked I will always be
As I just live for fabric

And fabric lives for me.
submitted to Fons & Porter by Kay Oyler
written by her husband Roger