Thursday, March 27, 2014

Flags on a Stick ......

March 28 , 2014
Day 4

aka Quilts on a Stick 
.... this is what have have been calling it all along in error....... opps !

I am sure hoping that Spring arrives for this hop here in Western Canada. We are sew ready for it. Still pretty cold in my part of the world, hope it is warmer where you are. Back to the hop....
I  am hopping along with these wonderful bloggers in the hop today.  
Stop in and see what they have been up to as well and stop in daily to see what other bloggers are participating in the hop.

I want to Thank Thearica and Madam Samm for putting this wonderful hop together, what a great idea And a big thank you to our sponsors----  Flags on a Stick and

What did I do for the hop ???
Well lets see ...... first I saw door quilt in  a magazine that I thought would work on my garden flag  and a few stitches later   ta da it is. I like the ruffle grass across the quilt.

Next I thought I wanted to design one sew thinking cap on , and I came up with this little guy , any one with tots around should recognize  this little minion ....
A happy little guy no matter what the weather

he will be off to my daughters front yard and with another sew that her friend will have one too.
And lastly here is another of my Spring's  a Flutter garden flags that I had designed for a class that I taught earlier this month. This one is done just a wee bot different from the first test of the pattern, it has some free motion quilting detail in the vines.
This is the third one I have designed for garden flags. 
I do love  making them.,  I have been asked what should one do to treat them for outdoors. I say nothing,just enjoy it and in a couple years make up another to replace it. As we are always working on new projects and with new fabrics are always being added to our stash.
I waited for a nice day to take outside pictures ... but alas.... that was not to be I have fresh fallen snow today. .... spring is coming ....right??? 

If you would like to be in a draw for a Spring's a Flutter pattern leave a comment. I will try to get back to each and everyone of you as long as you are not a -no reply comment-er.
 Thank You sew much for stopping by ....
in stitches

Sorry ladies some how I became a no reply blogger again....... got it fixed  Thanks Sheila sew much for letting me know.
in stitches 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring - post card and a little cleaning

To start my post I would like to share my post card from Lin in France....sure looks like Spring to me, just love how she printed this post card with a daffodils..... thanks Lin

I saw a few of the blocks made by Sheila for the Aurifil BOM and thought why not make a few too. Sew here is the first one I have made.

Next it was time to clean up some left over batting and scrap fabric wee bits and pieces ....... they get stuffed into puppy pillows.....

a friend of mine has a kennel and love to use these as is or stuffed into the pillow cases she has for her Newfie's. That's my little bit of spring cleaning ;0)
Nothing is wasted if I can help it.
I finished up my last flag for the hop.
That's about it for now. Have a great week and check out the hop to see some fun flags .... today's were great fun.
in stitches

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Flags on a Stick line up ..... updated

The next hop is about to start...... Flags on a Stick
Little quilts for the out doors I love them and have been making a some over the last few years and a couple for the hop.
We begin on March 25th and go through April 3rd!  Mark your calendars because you do not want to miss this hop!!
These fabulous bloggers will be sure and delight you every day!

Be sure to check them out everyday to see some great creativity 
In stitches

Monday, March 17, 2014

play time ahead

I can see that I will need to have some play time with these goodies that I received from some friends ... one from Aussie and one that went to Aussie
I was lucky to receive some fabrics and patterns all from Aussie designers.
assorted fabrics from past projects in Aussie 

some  loved patterns

some fun patterns and fabric to do the bag in .........

Thanks sew much ladies I will enjoy the play time 
in stitches

Spring .....

                                                   Happy St. Patties Day!!!!!
Spring is trying really hard to be here and hopefully it will stick.
Sew with spring around the corner and the Flags on a stick .... which I like to call quilts on a stick I have another garden flag ready for the hop that starts next week. Here's just a peek.....

that makes two flags/quilts on a stick done and one more almost done.
I have gathered fabrics and samples for my class tomorrow night, just a couple stitching sample to do up and I think I will be ready.
Enjoy the freshness in the air as the seasons change.
in stitches

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mid week already!!!

Mid week already.......
I do have a few starts and finishes this week
I did a little fmq for a friend
I fmq leaves ....
I did like how it turned out 

make a quilt on a stick for a future  blog hop
sneak peak

and getting ready to quilt on one of my Spring's a Flutter garden flags.
I did receive  a letter from the Quilt guild in Humboldt, about their quilt show next month . I thought I would post it to share with you out there and in the area.
I finished up my pattern for Spring's a Flutter m sew I am ready for my class next week.

here are the last 2 quilts that i have gotten quilted and bound.
a quick and easy quilt to make with striped fabric
Kisses for my Beloved

I will be linking up with  The Needle and Thread Network
in stitches

Saturday, March 8, 2014

projects on the go

Well this week I have been busy making a few samples for a couple of spring classes that I will be teaching for the local college. I just dropped them off and now thought ... pictures ...... oops I forgot.
I made up a couple of simple aprons in a mommy and me size as well as some pillow cases that are finished with french seams so that there are no raw edges. I think they are perfect to go with any quilts that you might be making and a great way to use up a little of the extra fabric you might have gotten.

I have my Spring themed post cards ready to pop into the mail for the swap that Sheila had organized for us once again.   Thanks sew much Sheila for doing this for us. Now if spring would think about coming to the prairies.It's a few days later and they are in the mail.....

I have the giving quilt on my lap binding it sew it is almost done. The Kisses for my Beloved is waiting to be quilted and I want to start on a garden flag for the hop that is just around the corner. A few days later and the binding is done on one and the latter is quilted and wait to have it's binding finished....

Sew I will see where the rest of the day goes as far as getting some sewing done and maybe even a pic to go with it........ Pictures next week ... maybe ...
in stitches

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Let me introduce you to ....

Jodi and I at a past SSC
in front of her Pineapple SnS quilt
Jodi Barrows  the creator of the Square in a Square Ruler and technique.Square in a Square
Jodi is from Texas , USA. She is a  wife/mother and now a grandmother.  She is a quilter, a designer, a author and an inventor....  all in all she is just a creative gal and a friend.
 She was looking for a easier way to build her quilt blocks quicker and more accurate. Sew with her ruler you never cut or sew a triangle. You are working with squares and triangles, using the ruler to trim /cut the units needed for you blocks.  
You can take most quilt block patterns and make them using this technique.
She has a number of pattern books out there as well as a series of novels that feature some of her family history, a story of a strong line of women and their journey across America and the challenges along the way.  I am waiting for the next novel myself......
I have been fortunate to have met her as well as taken classes at the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference hosted by Haus of Stitches in Humboldt SK Canada. She will be teaching there once again this year, I will be looking froward to seeing her and having a little visit.  For a class list please check Saskatchewan Stitches Conference  There you will find Jodi's classes as well as many others.
I hope you check out Jodi's link to find out more about her and the Square in a Square method. It has been a great way to get a few of my quilts done and you may just find you like her methods too.
in stitches