A Very Slow June

Well, I’ve been neglecting the blog this month for sure – between travel, vacation, work and so many other things capturing my attention, it’s been very difficult to focus on sewing.

Here’s what’s been happening:


This flannel (found at Joann’s at the beginning of the month) is destined for a new little one arriving in our own family – the search is on for coordinating flannels in the woodland theme his parents have chosen for him :).

The second week of June was dedicated to walking:


And walking, and walking, and …. well, you get the idea. That’s me with my pink backpack and still relatively fresh at the beginning of the walk.

Daughter E decided it was a good idea for the two of us to sign up for a 150km trail walk in recognition of Canada’s 150th birthday. Needless to say, it was more challenging that I thought – I probably only managed 75-80km all together, but I did enjoy it and would definitely do it again (although, the blisters on my feet might suggest otherwise :)).

The third week of June included more travel for work – I have nothing to show for week three but I did manage to do some more knitting. The back of the green vest is complete and I’ve started the front – more to come (soon, I hope!).


And this week, I’ve finally managed to get back to the sewing room for a moment. It’s not yet complete, but I’ve made some headway on a Christmas stocking. Of all the things I could have worked on in June, this might not have been a completely logical choice, but I’ve been meaning to make new stockings for a couple of years and it seemed like a small project that would be completed quickly (hopefully by this time next week!).

Happy Canada Day! Or Independence Day if you’re south of the border :).


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The baby quilt is done at last.


I’ve been looking for a home for the little green giraffes for a while (they are hard to see, but they are in there – you can see them close up here.)

Here’s the back.


And not a moment too soon as the little one the quilt is intended for arrived this week as well. The pattern, as always, is here. Someday I will have to count up how many times I’ve made this little quilt. It’s my baby gift standard, always beautiful and I’ve sewn it in about as many colour combinations as you can think of over the last few years.


The peony will be out in bloom soon which means it will soon be time for another July Shop Hop! I just realized I haven’t completed last summer’s blocks – maybe it’s time to get those finished up, too!

For now, I’m happy to have a finish to share after a very long dry spell. Linking up to Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts.

Happy Friday!


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Travel, Knitting and UFOs

There has been much travel over the last few weeks, most recently to Arizona/New Mexico for vacation. And the easiest type of project to take along is knitting.


This lovely green yarn will eventually be a vest (right now it’s just part of a vest back) and hopefully finished sooner rather than later.


As far as the travel, Arizona and New Mexico are areas of the US that The Husband and I have never experience before – and we’re awfully glad we decided to visit :).


The landscape is much more diverse than anywhere else we’ve ever been – from Phoenix to Santa Fe and a few places in between, it seemed like every half hour or so when we looked out the window of the car, there was totally different scenery.


One of the advantages of getting away is being able to take some time to think about what’s going on in life, and I did realize over the last couple of weeks that there are an awful lot of half-started (or half-finished, if you prefer :)) projects hanging around the sewing room right now. I think it’s about time to start doing something about that!


Happy Friday!


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Tiny Block…

It’s been three weeks since the last post and unfortunately, very little activity has been going on here, except for one very tiny block.


The bag is there for perspective as this little guy is supposed to finish at a slim 4.5 inches (5 inches unfinished). I think my seam allowances were a bit off this evening for some reason so it’s even a little smaller. This is one of the Midget Blocks from Sentimental Stitches – it’s called “Friendship” and is Block 51.

Otherwise, baby quilt not yet finished, next Grandma quilt not yet started, work and life interfering with sewing at the moment….

Happy Friday!


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Another Baby…


Coming soon :).

Happy Friday!


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Road Trip!


See you next week!


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First Grandma Finish!

It’s been weeks and weeks longer than I’d hoped, but the first Grandma quilt is finally complete.


Grandma’s favourite colour was purple, although in the spring sunlight it looks oddly pink :). I worried that the variegated thread used for free motion quilting made things a little busy, but I was too far along to change my mind. Overall I don’t think it’s too bad, but in hindsight I might have preferred a solid thread to match the background instead.


It occurred to me as I began this project that I didn’t really tell too much of Grandpa’s story as I completed the Grandpa project, so I thought I would try to correct that oversight and give a small picture of Grandma’s life, along with the meaning of the quilt choices, as the Grandma Project progresses.

This pattern is the bonus quilt from the Great Granny Squared book by Lori Holt, using a block called the Mama block. Since the meaning behind this choice should be somewhat self-evident, I’ll set the stage with a little background information.


Grandma was born in February of 1923 on a farm in rural Southern Ontario. She grew up with four brothers as the only girl in a family of five and was mother to two boys; this lack of female companionship meant that when her first grandchild was a girl, she was delighted beyond words :).

Grandma often told stories about the farm pre-electricity and pre-automobiles, a life that few of us can imagine today. Yet she was a life-long learner and remained current,  even taking courses to learn how to use a computer in her late 80’s and enthusiastically staying in touch with family by email.


I was lucky enough to find some pretty coordinating fabrics for the back in the half-priced bin at a LQS and liked the dot so much, I decided to use it for the binding as well.

So the first of several quilts to come in the Grandma Project – and finally a finish to link up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Happy Spring Friday!


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