Thursday, December 17, 2015

DECEMBER 2015 FMQ Challange

I will be linking up with QuiltShopGal
The months instructor was Wendy Sheppard, she has been a instructor in the past and has on line classes as well as being featured in magazines.
I tried doing the Swirly Vines  with my snowflake as that is how the snowflakes fall with the wind swirling them around. It turned out okay and I have a cute pillow just in time for the Christmas season.

On the back I played with trying to stitch a bit of a winter scene, all tone on tone so it does not stand out but the quilting helps to give the pillow nice body.
I changed how I took the picture to give the quilting
 a chance to show up

Thanks for stopping by and remember to check out what the other pillow look like this month.
Thanks to Darlene for hosting this challenge again this year it is always fun to learn along with all of you.
And a little non quilting today...... the fudge my Mom used to make years ago. It is a fudge with some flour in it.
one for home and a little one to gift away.

Have a sweet evening
in stitches

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A little time on my hands

and off my feet. As I let the cortisone settle in my foot and trying to be good, I have bee finishing up a couple of items I had on the go
another cable hat
a little sweater
using up some of my yarn

A few projects I finished up on the weekend
PJ pants for a few little girls I know

a special stocking for a little girl
 Now to watch a video or two ....... happy stitching this week getting those gifts finished for Christmas.
I'm linking up with The Needle and Thread Network
in stitches

Sunday, December 13, 2015

post cards are starting to arrive

I am in the Christmas post card swap hosted by Sheila from Sheila's Quilt World.
My first post card arrived form Jeaneke in The Netherlands,
and then she also enclosed this little guy.... pretty sweet  :0)

I have also received the post card from Ana in Portugal one of her first cards..... I think it turned out
great ( this post was started a week ago and now I have them both :0) and the photos are uploaded )

I have been stitching up a storm over the last week or sew.
I have finished 3 quilts for  Victoria Quilts

Made a Christmas runner for my Prayer Partner

I have made a couple of gifts ( pics to follow I do not want to spoil the surprise)/
I have signed up for a couple more craftsy classes and have started to watch one of them. Shoule keep me busy and finding some play time with my machine.

Oh and another item in the mail was a book on bed runners from the Free Motion Quilt 2015 challenge.more projects on the to do list.... could be very busy in 2016.
And even a little knitting, made one for our daughter and now just knitting up some wool I have here at home and who know maybe even one for me
I changed up the pattern on the left one
I think it turned out just fine..
Sew there has been a lot to keep me  busy. I love time of year.
We try to get sew much done and some of it last minute but we have to keep in mind that if it dose not get done that's okay to as we tend to over book ourselves with items we want to do.
Just have fun at what ever you are working on. Happy stitching in the weeks to come.
in stitches

Friday, November 27, 2015

post cards - Seasons Greetings

Well the weather here in the prairies has a definite feel of winter, and Christmas is less than a month away.
I was impressed with how fast my post cards made it to their different points of new homes.
They all arrived within a day or two of the other and that is something with them going across the country to Nova Scotia and then one to The  Netherlands and one to Portugal.
 opps I see that I took the photos before adding the finishing touches of a little embroidery and a small ribbon

I will post the ones I receive as they arrive.
the little collection of ornaments hanging in the evergreen boughs 
Have a great weekend
in stitches
here is Jeanneke's with the trimmins

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Christmas in my Heart hop

Christmas In My Heart

November 18 that's my day ......
A Christmas Heart

Today is the second last day of the hop. It sure has gone by quickly. I would like to thank Marian from  Seams to be Sew    for hosting the hop and    The Fat Quarter Shop   for the daily give away . Stop by Marian's blog to get entered.

Tis my turn to share what I have enjoyed making in the last little while for the holidays.
And for me it has been stockings .....lots of stockings for gifts , for family. I've even taught a class for making them.
I like to use a mix of Christmas prints and some times to up cycle some denim.

a country Christmas stocking

scrappy stockings

a little love added with a
stitched heart
Thanks for stopping by, please visit the other bloggers on today hop.

Wednesday, November 18
Pink Doxies
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
Morning Glory
In Stitches and Seams
Moose Stash Quilting
There have been a lot of wonderful ideas shared to show you all where are hearts can be found at Christmas.  I think they all lead towards our families and friends . We all have been
 making items for those around us that we love.

And on another note here is a hint of an evergreen, done in stitches, that will be in a future post ........
Here are the blogs for the last day of the hop.....
Thursday, November 19
Tea Time Creations
Selina Quilts
Living My Dream
Seams To Be Sew

Thanks for hopping along with us, and have a Merry Christmas
In Stitches

Saturday, November 14, 2015

other stitching this week

I learned how to knit the cable stitch and knit this hat for my daughter. Boy did it stitch up quick with the chunky yarn.

I can see a few more of these in the future
I have finished a couple more quilts for Victoria Quilts Canada, I was the quilter another lady made the tops

And then I worked on a few samples for some class ideas for after Christmas
Dresden Plate traditional and I also want to do one
that is machine appliqued

a start on a Bargello runner

a twist and turn tote
I have a couple more ideas one is the 3 block runner I did in the past as well as a T Shirt class.
That should keep me busy in the new year I am sure. Now to finish up those and get supply list etc done up for the college.
in stitches


Fall post card swap

 As part of the post card swap I was swapping with Selina at Selina Quilts
lovely fall pumpkins in stitches
from Selina
 Here is the post card I sent ... falling leaves ... football and Charlie Brown
Thanks Sheila for hosting the Fall post card swap, as well as the Christmas swap ..... that's my weekend project ... now off to the sewing machine
Happy stitching everyone
in stitches

Sunday, November 8, 2015

up up and away

Well this past week I have managed to get a bit of sewing in.
I have worked on a stack of capes for the kids in my daughters kindergarten class. Soon they will be flying in P E class
here's one

here's 25
and of course they needed a tote to contain them all
I hope to get a picture of the capes in action .
 I have also made a few mittens for gifts this Christmas ..... recycled denim.

and a neat another little tote bucket.
sew many uses for this little guy
 I will be making more

I was teaching a couple of friends how to stitch up some Christmas Stockings . Sure like how they turned out and I am sure Santa will too.
it was sew much fun showing you how to do these

Sew that has been the last week or sew for me.
 and now I am working on a few ideas for classes for 2016 ..... sew far I have 4 ideas to present to the 
college and sample to make. 
Have a great weekend and play a little with your machines.
in stitches

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Haunts 2015

Halloween Haunts 2015

Wed. October 28 ..... the last day of the hop.....

First off I would like to thank Marian at Seams to be Sew for hosting the blog hop I know that we have missed them. She also has the gadget that you can enter in for the give away from The Fat Quarter Shop. One entry per site that you left a comment at.  ( I see that I am not the only one that is not sure how to get this on my post ) Now for my project ....

What's in your Attic this Halloween
This year I  taught a classes with a Attic window block. It is a quick and easy block done with only one seams and has little flaps for little fingers to play with.

fabric selection
Sew that I can get the samples made
cut and sew the triangles to make the blocks
this little trick sews up into a treat of a block

double checking the borders

the same but a little different
smaller sample for class.
Here is the finished pillow from that sample, I had some fun quilting on the back of the pillow ... some say it now has 2 fronts.

And for the sample worked on in class as well

Sure looks different from the first one I made.
I found the pattern over here at  Look for "Spiders in Your Attic" . Who granted permission to use her pattern in the classroom. Always remember to ask permission...... quilters tend to have generous hearts. Thanks again.
And lastly a little tote for a little sweetie next door for her trick and treating.

Thanks for haunting along with me through the hop.
 Here is the list of blog hops for today ......
The Fat Quarter Shop is giving a $25.00 gift certificate for each day of this hop, You can enter at any of the featured sites of the day. Marian our host from Seams To Be Sew will announce the winner daily, and it will also be featured on any of the blogs that featured the giveaway entry for that featured day.

stay in stitches

Monday, October 26, 2015

October FMQ challenge 2015

This years challenge has been to practice your fmq ing and create a pillow out of it. I have been a little slow but here is my October challenge all done and in the right month ;0)
close up of the center
I chose to use some extra
 color and over quilting

2 piece back with button closures
Now to link up with the QuiltShopGal
featuring Lori Kennedy from The inbox jaunt.
I always love to see what each month brings and
then to try it out.
Thanks for stopping by 
in stitches