Library Vest Finish

Finally complete, after working on it for most of this year on and off while travelling, is the Library Vest!


I’m super excited to have this project complete – especially with cooler temperatures right around the corner.


The vest is not yet blocked, but I think it looks pretty good already (yikes, I see a lot of dog hair on the back already!). If I can gain the cooperation of spouse or child, I will add a pic wearing it tomorrow so that you can see the length (it’s very long).

The pattern is by Churchmouse Classics, very detailed and easy to follow. Thanks to this project I’ve finally figured out mattress stitch (thanks YouTube!) and how to pick up stitches for a neat finish :). The yarn is Superwash Classic Wool by Patons – a great find back in February when it was on sale for $3 per ball because this is a discontinued colour. But of course, I didn’t buy quite enough so there was a moment of panic until I found a couple of extra balls through the site (sigh of relief!).

And another finish for this week so linking up to Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts. Hoping for a trend!

Happy Friday!


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You wouldn’t think …

… with all of the WIPs around …


… that I could start something else …


… but you would be wrong :).


Finished – but not in time for Finish-it-up-Friday! Someday soon I will have to go back and do a count on these little baby quilts – pattern (as always) on ModaBakeShop.

Happy Sunday!


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At long last…

A finish :).


This little lumberjack-like quilt is for new Grandson E. and was requested specially by mom and dad.


Yes – definitely a love of plaid at work here (more plaid to come soon).


And a pillowcase to match!


Hopefully, everyone enjoys the new blanket – and just in time since it’s getting a little colder out there.

And, it’s been a long time, so I’m happy to be linking up to Finish-it-up-Friday over on CrazyMomQuilts.

Stay warm!


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Summer’s End

It’s been a long time since the last post …


Summer is over.


Baseball season is still in full swing (go Jays!).


Hopefully, construction season will end soon, too.


No guarantees :).

Happy Friday!




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Blocks and Bees

So, naturally there has been a delay in getting more blocks posted, but here are a few more from the 2017 Shop Hop.


The first block this week is from Ye Olde Fabric Shoppe in Stratford, Ontario. For such a simple block, you wouldn’t think that I would have difficulty putting it together, however, I did manage to trim one of the center half square triangle sets a little wonky and the points in the center aren’t “perfect.” I’ve decided not to go back and adjust because I don’t think I’ll have any better luck.


Moving on to a block that finished a little better, this one is from Kalidoscope of Quilts in Exeter, Ontario. The Inuksuk is a well known representation of Canada and since this year is our 150th anniversary since Confederation, it’s definitely a fitting addition to the Shop Hop blocks for this year.


And finally for this week, this block is from the Marsh Store of Ilderton, Ontario. I love this store and we only get there once each year, so it’s always a high point for me. There’s just something about the way everything is organized – I always walk out with so many beautiful fat quarters to add to the stash!


And here’s the bee – the yellow cone flowers seem to be particularly attractive for them this year and there were about four of them buzzing around as I was photographing the blocks. It makes me happy to see since the bee population is declining – I feel like these sunny flowers (donated to my yard by The Sister) are helping out, even if it’s just a little bit.

Bee happy!




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So Last Year

Oh, 2016, I am sooooo over you! Not only were you not my best year ever, but the 2016 blocks have vanished into the chaos that is my sewing room and despite my best efforts to tease them out, they have yet to resurface.

So, while I’m sure I’ll go back and finish up with 2016 eventually, here are the first of the 2017 blocks – posting a little late this week, but hopefully worth the wait.


This year’s theme is grey, black and white and as always, there are as many finish options for the block set as there are participating shops. The first block is from our home store, Creative Sisters.


This one is from Heart N’Home Creations in New Hamburg, Ontario. This shop is very country in theme – I don’t get out to this store very often but I should visit more :).


This block comes from a new store participating in the shop hop for the first time since we’ve been doing it. The shop is called U-Quilt-It and is located in Smithville, Ontario – it’s always fun to discover new shops.


And last for this week and certainly not least, this block is from Kindred Spirits in St. Catherines, Ontario. This shop is one that is a distance to travel for us and we really only get to it once each year during the shop hop, but we always enjoy visiting when we do get there.

And that’s the first four of fifteen 2017 shop hop blocks – more to come next week!

Happy Sunday :)!


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…but not yet complete.



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