And More Knitting Progress…

…but not as much as I’d hoped! Unfortunately, as a result of travel for family visits and work, I just didn’t quite get the knitting project finished in time to share this week – but I’m confident that by next week, I’ll be able to show off the finished results.

In the meantime, here are a few WIPs (or about to be WIPs).


The beginnings of a rag rug for the newly repainted bathroom. I’m not entirely sure how this will turn out, but we can definitely use a new bathmat – the old one was more rag than rug itself and is no longer present.


Also in the works are a Christmas table runner (the red paisley) and a couple of new bags (exact fabric TBD but they will surely include either the blue or brown duck cloth I found on the shopping trip of a few weeks ago).


And more fabric finds from the shopping trip – love the polka dots!


Last, but not least, these fabrics will be a new professional bag for my sister. She knows about this project and selected these fabrics, but the finished product will need to be “opened” Christmas Eve before it’s featured here (a technicality, but still…) so it might be a few weeks before you see it :).

Hope you’re more ready for the holiday season than I am!


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Knitting Progress…

… is the only thing going on around here this week.


Finished project soon to be revealed, but miles of garter stitch still in progress for now.

For the most part this week, we are cuddling new baby, playing blocks with big sister and catching up with their parents.

Hope you’ve had a great week, too!


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Almost “Free” Quilt

This pattern is called the “Free” quilt and it’s one I picked it up a while ago at one of our local quilt stores.


As you can probably tell, I get the whole sensibility behind using up what you have – and I do have denim and scraps! But I definitely paid good money for the material that those scraps came from and I probably paid for most of the jeans that the denim came from, too (although it was nice of my kids to return the denim to me once they were done with the jeans :)).

So, maybe not entirely “free” – but almost! Here’s the back:


This one is for DIL-T and began with the back. She’s a lover of animal prints so I couldn’t resist this cozy and soft arctic fleece at Joann’s when we were shopping a few weeks ago. At 50% off, this was an incredibly affordable $10 for two yards!

And, I’m happy to report, you can teach an old dog new tricks! The original pattern calls for 48 blocks set 6 wide by 8 long. Because I was starting with the back, only had two yards and knew from my experience with the July Shop Hop quilt a while ago that I needed to be careful when putting everything together, I spread out the back on the floor and placed blocks on top of it as I finished them to decide how big to make the top. My version is a comfortable lap size at 5 blocks wide and 6 blocks long, finishing up at a cozy, TV-watching, hot chocolate-drinking, 50 x 58.5 inches.

This one completes the bunch of quilts headed west and will now join the others in the suitcase!


I’ve never really had the need (or desire) to transport an entire suitcase of blankets on trip before, but by the time you read this, I should be winging my way to Saskatchewan to hold a new baby and deliver warm blankets :).

Linking up to Finish-it-up-Friday.

Happy travels!


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C’mon, people!!! What’s with the weather? It’s November – not February!


You would never know it from the amount of snow we had come down this week in Southwestern Ontario – but I suppose I should be grateful that we didn’t get as much snow as poor Buffalo!

One of the benefits of the cold and snow (and really, the only one that I can think of :)) is that I stay in and sew. As a result, finished is the baby boy quilt that will go to another co-worker in the new year (providing one of the two babies expected by co-workers early in 2015 is a boy :)).


As usual, the Stacked Coins Baby Quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts – I know, I know, but it’s my favourite baby quilt pattern and this way everyone gets the same version in different colours/fabrics (fair?). [Believe it or not, I have to go find that link every time I post one of these baby quilts :).]

Here’s the back:


I love the turquoise :). Next – to backfill with another girl version to replace the one that was given away a week ago, just in case more girls arrive. For now, boy version is finished so I’m linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts.

The only other sewing this week began as a result of preparations to visit new grandson CW in Saskatchewan. I suddenly realized that there is a blanket for everyone in the family except for DIL-T – and that just doesn’t seem right! So, I’ve started to put together a quilt using up some denim cut from son J’s old jeans and scraps from a variety of recent projects.


Only time will tell whether I can get this together in time to take with us next week, but it’s pretty easy and the top isn’t huge, so hopefully it will be finished and travelling with us!

Try to keep warm out there!


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A Slow Week

This week has been a bit slow in terms of sewing/knitting/finishing up projects. However, the good news is that new grandson CW arrived safe and sound on Monday (November 10th) at 10:43pm weighing a healthy 8lbs 2oz :). Mommy is healthy and doing well, too. So, between baby news, work travel/commitments and the shopping trip last week, not too much was done.

But there’s always time for a QAL block!


[I’ll apologize right now for the poor lighting in these photos – it’s getting to that time of year where there’s no light outside at all when I get home from work so it’s really hard to get a good photo :(. And it’s snowing here today, the first of the season thought I’m sure much more is to come!]

I do like the mixture of modern and classic with this month’s block – and I can’t believe the Classic Meets Modern QAL is coming to an end (or that I’ve managed to stick with it and keep up with my blocks each month!). One more block for December and then we’ll get to see what these blocks look like all together at last – I can hardly wait! For now, I’m linking my block up with the others over at Sew at Home Mummy.

The only other thing I have to show for this week is another baby quilt top sewn together, pin basted and ready for machine quilting.


This quilt is the boy version that was just a pile of strips a couple of weeks ago (the girl version has already been taken to the office, ready to go to the recipient next week). Even though I didn’t quite get it finished, as I’d hoped, at least I can say some progress has been made – and I’m sure to finish it by next week.

Keep warm out there!


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Just a Quick Post…

… to show off this little finish.


And the back.


And I am off to Erie, Pa with my sister to shop for the weekend :).

Hope you have a good one, too!


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Babies, Beginnings and Old Projects

Well, there have been no finishes this week, but that seems to be the way it goes around here. I have a few weeks where I’m consistently finishing up project after project and then, I have a few weeks where, for a variety of reasons, it’s harder to get things done. Never-the-less, progress has been made in a number of areas this week starting with…


More baby quilts! This is the girl version – the cute pink/green/blue/red bird print (right by the needle/foot – if you can see it!) was the inspiration for this one and I chose colours from the stash to coordinate. It would definitely be further along were it not for the fact that I ran out of thread last evening (after Fabricland closed, of course). But that just allowed me to make a little progress on the boy version.


The yellow elephant print was the starting point for this one – and again, the stash provided coordinates (and the more stash I use up, the better I can explain/justify the need for more material :)).

I’m starting to feel a little bit like a one-trick pony, but the Stacked Coins Baby Quilt is still my favourite (my apologies if you’re getting tired of seeing the many various versions of it here!).

It does seem like there is something in the water at work, though, since at least three co-workers are expecting/having babies. Word came today that the first of the babies was born yesterday and is a little girl – good thing the pink version is further along :). I thought that I would try to get out ahead of things by making the two versions to have on hand as the babies arrived – that way I can gift as needed and backfill as I go. I will need to begin another pink version right away.

But right away might not be for at least a week as I will be travelling again this coming week for work (for the first half of the week) and shopping (over the weekend :)). In looking for a take-along project, I’ve been making fabric yarn to begin a crocheted rag rug for the bathroom using this tutorial over at Crazy Mom Quilts.


Not that I should be starting even more projects at the moment, but this particular project (once finished) will mark the end of the bathroom redo that has been going on for most of the fall. Before/after photos to come soon – once the rag rug is done :).

And last but not least for this week, this quilt is a Way-Back Project that has been sitting in an almost-finished state over at my mother’s house for more than a year. It’s a convoluted story, but suffice it to say it went there for sewing, plans changed and now that mom is trying to get her kids’ stuff out of her house, it’s come back to me (really – it’s taken more than fifty years and she’s starting to succeed, so there may still be some hope for getting MY kids to take their stuff :)).


This Rail Fence with Star design I found online several years ago – but I will try to find and provide the link for the finish. It’s made of cozy flannel so the timing might be right for finishing it up and putting it to use since the temperature is dropping out there as I type and the local weather girl says snow is possibility for tomorrow (yikes!).

So, those are the works-in-progress for this week – and hopefully, at least a couple will be finishes by next Friday :).

Have a very happy Halloween!


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