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 everyone, I decided my website needs a new look, same archived content and hopefully some great new stuff coming up. I think you will find it as easy to navigate as it was before but just a little fresher look!
I am so sorry you have not heard from me lately! I have been trying my best to relax my body and mind to heal this new ankle. I hope you can forgive me!
So I am now 9 weeks post surgery and I thought I would share with you what a "craft, sewing and creatively addicted" person does when they have a right leg out of commission! But first a little more about my journey. The first post after my surgery shows a silicone cast and a stirrup and then a week later I got my "fashionably purple" silicon cast and the stirrup again. See below:
5 weeks after my "fashionably purple" cast, I was the proud recipient of a "very sexy air cast". Of course I am trying to have a sense of humour about all of this! See my air cast below:
So as you can tell, it's been 9 loooooong weeks! I cannot use my right leg to sew, drive or go up the stairs to my studio!! So what to do? I will share some of my projects in the next few days.
#1 Project- Crocheted Toe Up Socks
My youngest daughter had a birthday in September and I knew that getting out to shop may be a challenge and so I decided on some hand made gifts.
I took a knitting course from a local knit shop and no offence to the teacher! I would have gotten an "F" for failure if I was marked. I did not succeed at knitted toe up socks.
Hence, I decided to challenge myself to make them in crochet. Although, they are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. I was able to succeed at least at getting a crocheted pair made. So I am good with this and will perfect my sock making skills once I try this pattern again. The free pattern link is here from Patons Kroy Socks, it is a toe up pattern in crochet and if I can make them anyone can!
#2 Project - Hand Embroidered Pillow Cases
The first time I injured my ankle, I embroidered a table runner and really enjoyed it. Hand embroidery for me is enjoyable because 1) it involves using and choosing colour and 2) It's hand stitchery, which for me is a peaceful, happy pursuit!
In case you were wondering where the above design and pillow cases are from, I purchased a pre stamped kit of 2 pillow cases and an embroidery floss kit as well online from marymaxim.ca and the link to purchase them is here
I encourage you to check back often now, I am back
in action and planning on posting more projects and
I am ready, willing and enthusiastic to share where
my "creative addiction" has taken me while I have
Happy Monday and Welcome to October🎃 ☀️😊❤️
So as some of you know I recently (last thursday) underwent an ankle replacement surgery in Toronto at St Michael's Hospital. I am the fortunate recipient of the "Cadence Total Ankle System" Designed and Patented by Dr. T Daniels. The ankle is my right one so sewing on a sewing machine is out of the question.
I have to share a funny story about the hospital first before I ask a question.
My pre-op nurse expressed an interest in quilting when she saw my daughter in the waiting area working on her English Paper Piecing and then she wanted to see my website. So right there while talking with me she had a look at my website and I was surprised at the number of nurses who are very interested in quilting and most of them fairly young (25-35ish). They were actually sharing pictures from their phones and talking about how quilting is re-emerging as an interest these days! I have to say I was so thrilled to see this. We created such a group in pre-op that we had some stern doctors (some of who think they are more special than others) kind of try and break it up. LOL
Now I am recovering and "planning" to crochet, read, hand embroider and english paper piece. I also "plan" to post some pics of what I am working on soon!
My question to my readers is: Any other suggestions of what to do when you cannot put your foot down (must be elevated) and/or use your right foot? Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I need to keep my creative blood cells flowing!!
Have a great Wednesday! ❤️
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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