Moving Right Along…

… but not yet quite finished is the Great Granny Squared quilt. I hope to at least have the top finished in the next week and the first long weekend of summer might help with this goal. In the meantime, here are my two favorite blocks!

This one is just really pretty.


In the center and all around the outside of the block are pieces of a blouse worn by Grandma. As there were two of this particular blouse and a matching skirt, this fabric will definitely be showing up again in other Grandma quilts.

I like this one too.


Hard to believe the centre square and outside edge of this block came from fabric that was a pair of shorts in a previous life.

It’s looking a lot more like summer out there!


Happy first long weekend of the summer!


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Blocks and Babies

The last couple of weeks have been much more productive than I have managed in quite a while. With the start of the Grandma project, I’ve managed to put together almost 14 of the required 20 blocks for the first Grandma quilt. Here’s a sneak peak at what’s been going on.


I’m pleased with the progress and how these blocks are turning out. For me it’s always a challenge to work with clothing, to make sure that things are coordinated and look good but still include a range of fabrics representative of a variety of items. Stay tuned for more next week (hopefully!).

Also underway are baby quilts.


There are no less than 5 babies due at the office this summer (yikes!) so I thought I should start to get some little quilts ready for the arrival of these wee ones. I love the bright, primary colours of the first one in progress – I just have to find something for the back this weekend so that I can finish it up and move on to the next.

Happy Friday!


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Back in Action

Well, you can probably tell that there have been a couple of weeks with little to no action going on around here, and I can’t even blame travel this time. My motivation has hit an all time low, but hopefully, I will be extra motivated in the next few weeks to get the Grandma project going.


These skirts are now washed and waiting for deconstruction. Many of them have matching blouses that have already been taken apart and are just waiting for me to get my act together and start sewing. The plan is to begin with the Great Granny Block, like the cushion covers from last week, to put the first Grandma quilt together.It should be an appropriate block since my MIL was a mother to two, grandmother to six and great-grandmother to four by the time she passed last year.


You can see there are a lot of pretty florals from Grandma’s wardrobe. I was travelling at the time of the final clean-up and had to rely on The Daughter to grab some appropriate garments for the Grandma project – her detailed instructions were to “save the things you remember Grandma wearing.” For a non-quilter, she did a pretty good job! Imagine my surprise when I was deconstructing the blouses and realized that many of the items she chose to keep for me were actually made with Liberty Lawn fabric for Tilley!

And finally for this week, here’s the setting sun in my neighborhood tonight, turning the tree tops golden.


Happy Spring (at last)!


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Granny Square Cushion Covers

A finish this week – and posted on Friday! There was a sneak peak of these Granny Square Cushion Covers here, but now they are covering up the cushions they were intended for.


This was another request from The Sister. It started with her asking The Mother if she could make pillow cases. The answer was – sure, she’d made them before and she thought she could again. When the project arrived, it was actually covers for old cushions to freshen them up. That’s when the project came my way.


I think the first two (of four total) turned out not too bad and I’m considering them a dry run for the first of the Grandma quilts. The pattern is from Lori Holt’s Great Granny Squared book and it’s really easy to follow – I think I read somewhere that she also has an updated book with strip piecing instructions, but I used the original and it wasn’t bad.

And it’s Friday, so linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts.


Happy Spring Friday!


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Little Grey Owl Hat

Finished (at last) is the little grey owl hat!


I actually finished this cute hat, another owl lover item, by last Friday – but in a fit of post-travel laziness, it’s taken all week to sew on the buttons for eyes and tuck in the (two!) yarn ends. I tried for another angle of the hat with a selfie, but between bad hair, bad camera technique and rushing to steal a few moments for a pic while babysitting the Grandchildren, it turns out that this single photo will have to do.

The pattern was a free download from Julie is Coco and Cocoa that Sister #1 was kind enough to point me in the direction of, but I must have gotten lucky on a limited time offer because when I went back to the site for the link, the free download doesn’t seem to be there anymore. The pattern is still available at a very reasonable price if you were interested in this very cute hat and I can tell you it is quick and easy to knit (despite how long it seems to have taken me to finish it!).

Linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts!

Happy Friday!


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More WIPs…

I seem to have gotten away from my cadence of Friday evening posts – alas, with work and travel, it may be one more week before I can get back on track.

I hope to complete the little grey hat while on the road this week, but in the meantime, I share these Great Granny blocks that are in progress for a cushion project (and also a test run for the first Grandma Project quilt).


And here are three little ATQs (which I know you have seen before) now ready for The Husband to deliver while I’m away this week.


And apparently one of the labels is upside down (sigh!). I think it will have to go as is – it’s too late to worry about it now so I’ll have to hope the Alzheimer Society forgives me this time.

Hope you have a great week!


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Back from Travels…

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More on this mess soon….

Happy week!


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