The time has come and I am out in beautiful British Columbia assisting my daughter in her transition to motherhood. We have been doing yoga and walking daily to get this labour started and it has not happened yet (her due date is actually March 18).
"Crafty" Prep for Baby
I thought I would share both my daughter and son in laws' crafty preparation for baby. Some of it is quilty, some wood work, some purchased and thoughtful items to make their nursery very special.
Let's start with wood work. My son in law is a talented woodworker and he made a really special piece of wooden wall art for his new baby. He painted, stained and wood burned it to provide a very special message to his little one...... Have I got your curiosity ? Check out his work below:
Another of his painted and wood burned wall art, this one was made for their home and not for the baby but I thought I would share it with you because it is so beautiful. See below:
My daughter Katie shown below, made the lovely hexi quilt below for her baby to be.
Check out the quilting, she is relatively new to machine quilting and English Paper Piecing, she did such a great job!
The rug they purchase is indicative of their life style, it's all about the outdoors, mountains, wildlife, camping, hiking and fishing.
The crib (provided by Chad's Parents) is a mini crib because their home is small and right now it's in their bedroom , so adorable!
The baby supply organization of course will be endless, however they have thought of a clever idea for a tiny home that is moveable. If they are changing baby or bathing baby, they can move products/supplies around. It is a basic utility cart from IKEA but such a great idea. See below:
Some natural watercolour paintings painted as gifts by my husband (and grandpa to be Rick) prior to baby.
These make a great addition to baby's room. See these below:
I gave you a sneak peak of the baby quilt/wallhanging at the top of this blog post and it is currently hanging in the baby's room. Made by myself, I had purchased the pattern at the most recent quilt show in Waterloo. I left out the pattern in my studio purposely quietly to see if my daughter liked it and .......she loved it. I then had to get all of the fabric from the quilt shop and they still had it (lucky us!). The quilt was quilted on my long arm with a leaf free motion pattern. After all Bears are in the woods!
Bringing it all together ! See the picture below:
I hope you are having a great Saturday and Happy St. Patrick's Day!🍀🍀🍀
Hopefully our wee Leprechaun will arrive soon :)
Just "sew " you are in the know......
I have developed a new class and it's shown on the "Teaching Page" of this website.
I am so excited to be teaching Quilting with Rulers for Domestic Machines!
The description is shown below:
"Quilting With Rulers for Domestic Sewing Machines This workshop is designed to teach you to understand how to work with the new and very popular rulers for domestic sewing machines including brands such as Westalee, Handiquilter, Bernina and more. You will be shown how to master setting up your sewing machine and ruler foot . Handouts and tips for success will be shared along with step by step instructions for each ruler, Demonstrations and practise time will be allowed for students to create additional patterns to make the most of using their rulers."
See more pictures of what you will see in this workshop below:
In this class you will make individual blocks to practise with your rulers to be ready to try your hand at a sampler quilt.
If your shop, guild or group is interested in this class, please have a look at my teaching page for more details.
I hope you are having a great week!
I hope everyone is really into enjoying life and hobbies/passions this year!
I am back in the swing of things after some holiday travelling to British Columbia and and a 10 day Cruise in the Southern Caribbean.
My travels were fantastic however, I came home with the nastiest flu I have ever experienced! So if you are on my list for custom long arm quilts to be done, please excuse my tardiness. I promise I will get to them!
I am feeling better and about to get back at it and I felt it is a great time to reflect on last years accomplishments and/ or challenges .
In 2017, I quilted a ton!, taught lots of classes, took some classes, completed lots of long arm quilting work, honed my crochet skills, made a custom memorial quilt, thread painted, tried new recipes, hosted a lovely wedding for my eldest daughter, helped my youngest daughter get settled in Waterloo, held many trunk shows at area guilds, designed 3 new patterns, tried new quilting rulers and tools, got published, completed some hand embroidery, had a fantastic time with friends and family, travelled and had my ankle replaced!
Thank you all for your continued love and support! I could not have gotten through this year without family, friends, students, store owners, editors, blog followers, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, fellow quilters and my wonderful customers.
Phew bring on to 2018, I am finally ready for you!!!!
Below is a photo montage of my journey through 2017
.... and a happy last day of January (yeah!) to you!
Wow I have not been writing on this blog since November! The 9 long arm quilts to be done before Christmas are down to 2! (Even 2 quilts are daunting right now but I will get er' done!!)
So as you can imagine, along with the obligations of work, family and housekeeping and issues with my recent ankle surgery, I have simply not had the time to share some of my recent work.
However, I wanted to share with you some wee projects, 10 to be exact.
Pictures are shown below, they are Santa Pot Holders, the pattern was found here at Quilting Digest. I also added a recipe card for sugar cookies for santa and will share the recipe in this post.
As you can see they are simple blocks, I started by laying down the face right side up on the sandwiched backing and Insul-Bright and flipped and sewed the rest of the fabrics. The beard was then quilted (free motion swirls), a binding and loop was added along with a yoyo for the hat and buttons for the eyes, nose and on top of the yoyo. Easy Peasy!
I have a ladies group I belong to and I wanted to give them all a small token gift to celebrate the Christmas season and spread some joy. These cute pot holders are lined with Insul- Bright a heat resistant batting for crafters and wonderful for lining pot holders, oven mitts, candle mats etc. See the image below, it's a relatively affordable staple item in my stash of supplies on an ongoing basis for items that need a batting that will handle the heat.
I think 4 of them together would make a nice centre piece or candle mat? Maybe next time!
Check out my sugar cookie recipe below, I printed it on card stock and a free printable recipe card on Pinterest .
This recipe is fool proof. So if you don't want to make Santa's, please enjoy my recipe.
I then attached the recipe card to the loop of all the pot holders with curling ribbon, totally optional, but added a nice little touch to this little santa pot holder. This would make a great take away gift for a party or table placement gift and you could just add names to it.
That's it for now, I must get back to my pre-Christmas long arm quilting.
Enjoy the season and I hope you are all ready for Christmas.
Have a lovely week! ?
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I have not blogged as frequently lately and I am trying to get into a routine to do this more frequently, it's not like I am not doing anything with quilting and sewing because lately I have been working on quite a few projects. 9 Quilts are in the queue (before Christmas completion deadline) for long arm quilting along with a custom t-shirt quilt to be made from start to quilting finish and some of my own UFO's and upcoming Christmas gifts. I am sharing below one of my UFO's that I am currently working on. It will be a wallhanging for my guest room when it is done. Pattern credit to be given to "Tumbling Blocks" from Tomorrow's Heirlooms by Deborah J Beirnes and it is from a workshop I took with Deb Beirnes who taught this to the ladies of the Elmira Needle Sisters in the spring of this year. I am hoping to get it quilted prior to the end of the year! We can all hope.
I have also been working on the long arm quilting completion of 3 of 9 quilts. My sisters quilt was in the queue first post surgery and there are a few photos of this custom quilted wall hanging below:
Another of my customer long arm quilts, Lois's family memory quilt complete with a house quilt pattern, some meandering and lettering on the border:
Lois was able to capture all of her families' hand prints and place it on a quilt. Imagine the coordination in that! Even the newest baby!!
With all of my upcoming projects and long arm work, I am sure I will have lots to share. I am also back to teaching so I will have lots of interesting free motion work to show you!!
So check back with me often and Happy Monday!😊
Hi everyone, my door was going to be bare for halloween this year until I happened upon the above pattern which I purchased at the recent Waterloo County Quilters' Guild Show from a vendor there. The pattern is from babs n' jas designs by Barbara Haworth- Attard 'n' Judy Ann Sadler available here
I whipped this little wallhanging (door hanging in my case) on friday because I wanted to make something easy and fun and this fit the bill perfectly!
As you can see I added some outline stitches around the bats so they would show up on the black border and I added goggly eyes to add to the fun look of the bats.
Quilting does not always have to be large quilts, sometimes the sheer joy of making something pretty, uncomplicated and "finish able" is such a joy!
Have a Happy Halloween!🎃
I'm finally back to quilting but wanted to share one of my more recent convalescent crochet activities. My seasonally appropriate pumpkin "family". I love all holidays and changing my decor up a bit for the time of the year. These little pumpkins worked up very fast. It took me only an afternoon for the large one and another evening for the 2 small ones.
Credit is due! I saw the YouTube video for the large one and then kind of modified the pattern by adding less rows to make the smaller ones. The link for the YouTube video is here from Laura at HappyBerry Crochet, her actual website here with lots of tutorials
Never crocheted before and want to learn? Click on the link below:
FYI, the leaf and tendrils on my pumpkin family are my own creation. If you would like to know how I made them I am happy to share, feel free to contact me.
Happy Thanksgiving! It's time to get back on a healthy cooking and eating track!! I don't know about you, but I definitely over indulged on the weekend.
I know I'm completely out of order and not providing you with a quilting/stitchery related post but cooking is creative too right? Also this salad is just too delicious AND HEALTHY not to share!
I was actually trying to come up with a recipe that used my fresh parsley from the garden, my carrots and kale while still having a lunch salad that incorporates some protein and this is it! So good, it's worth making again and again. The salad dressing spices are subtle and surprising, Also, mmmmm raisins seemed weird at first but they so make this salad wonderful.
This is a great lunch box complete meal salad as well.
This is going to be one of my new family favourites! I hope you like it too!
Hi Everyone, yesterday I spoke about my basic toe up crochet socks I made for my daughter. I was remiss to say that they would not have been possible without taking a refresher class on Crochet!
I also found out recently that my oldest daughter (the one who got married in June) is expecting and so I realized that some crochet projects are needed!
I have not crocheted in years, I was hemmed in at home and not able to go to our local knit shop to gain a lesson, so I took a course by Kim Werker on www.craftsy.com Crochet Basics and Beyond.
It was a fantastic refresher and gave me the confidence to start some projects. The first part of her intro says "get hooked" and I am. I love to sew and quilt but it's refreshing to try something new :)
What I learned:
The basic chain stitch -Yes I needed a refresher!
The Magic Ring & Slip Stitch
Half Double Crochets
How to make a granny square
How to crochet in a circle
Basics of pattern reading and graphic patterns
I need to start a Crochet page on my blog- under more in the menu above!
Most importantly I can Crochet!
I highly recommend this class if you need a refresher and/or want to be confident enough to start crocheting. For $25.93 Canadian$ you cannot pay an instructor to show you what Kim Werker shows you.
You also have access to the class 24/7 once you register and can rewind or stop your class to review at your own pace. Believe me, my own pace is critical!
I will show you some photos of my crocheting practise below and in the next few days, I'll show you some of my projects.
Yes there are errors in my practise, but as they say "practise makes perfect" We shall see what the future brings.
Another resource on Craftsy that might interest you:
A FREE downloadable e guide "The Beginners Guide to Crochet" Click on the image below to download.
I don't think it matters what you stitch. If you like to stitch just do it, knit embroider, quilt, sew, crochet or whatever, you will be happier for it! My motto is "their should be no such thing as boredom, there is always so much you can do with a little bit of creativity"
Have a great Tuesday!🍁
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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