Small Plates Finish

It’s taken much longer than it should have, but this cheerful quilt is now complete (with some photographic assistance from The Dog).


On the back, a lot of grey with a splash of colour.


The pattern is called “Small Plates” and it’s from the book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman.


I was pleased to use up a brightly coloured charm pack and some 5″ squares that have been sitting around the sewing room for a long time. I did have to go out and purchase the greys for the back (Joann’s at the top and Fabricland the polka dot at the bottom) and the cute royal blue for the binding (Conservatory by Robert Kaufman for Kona).


It was important to me that this quilt be full of sunshine as it is destined for a friend and co-worker recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I’m hoping it brings warmth, happiness and hugs to her as she goes through her treatment.

And since I’ve finally finished, linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts.


Stay warm!


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Not Yet Complete…


But hopefully by next week!

Happy Friday.


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Hello 2017!

It’s hard to believe that we’re already 3 weeks into January! It’s been a busy start to the year but I’m pleased with this week’s finish.


This is a Way-Back Project from way, way back – the finished quilt top has been sitting around for maybe 10 years, so it’s really great to have it finished and ready to use. Both front and back are flannel so I should be very cozy for the rest of the winter :).


The pattern was a free download from McCall’s Quilting called Country Spirit – and I can hardly believe that I can still find it online after so many years :). I added two sets of borders to make the finished quilt larger than the original lap size since I wanted to use it on my bed.

A perfect finish to start the year so linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts.


While it may be tradition to begin the year with a retrospective of the past year and plans for the coming year, I originally began this blog with one goal – to document progress toward a clean and organized sewing room. Since Son J. and DIL T. have moved back home and currently reside in our extra space, so many odds and ends have shifted into the sewing room for lack of a better place to store them and this goal feels further away than ever.

So for 2017, one goal and one goal only – sewing room perfection!

Bring it on 2017!


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As Promised…

…another baby quilt! The pictures were taken in poor light with my phone at the hotel while travelling for a couple of days this week, but I’m pleased that I managed to finish this little quilt as planned.

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This quilt is for a little one whose mother we have known since she was one year old herself.


The Sister gave me the yellow Princess fabric a while ago – it seemed like a good choice for a new little girl :).


As always, the pattern is the Stacked Coins Baby Quilt – at this point I may need to go back and do a count on how many times I’ve made and gifted this quilt! And since there are now a few more babies due at the office, you will be seeing it at least a couple more times in the New Year.

Another finish (I seem to be on a roll here!) so linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts.

Happy Friday!


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Sheep Heid Hat

Another little finish from my travels (for the knitting purists out there, please ignore the fact that the hat is not yet blocked – apparently the stitches “bloom” during the blocking process).


This cute hat was a kit that the Sister and I bought together at a local yarn store. There was enough Jamieson & Smith yarn in the kit for four hats along with the Sheep Heid pattern by Kate Davies Designs. The Sister made her two hats ages ago and passed along the remaining yarn. I’m not sure if I’ll make another, but I’m happy that at least one is finished.


It doesn’t exactly match the Infinity Scarf from last week, but I’m sure it will keep me warm now that things are getting cold.

And another opportunity to link up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts.

Back to baby quilts next week :).

Happy winter Friday!




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Infinity Scarf Finish

I have to admit that I’ve been back from travel for a week and a half, but between catching up at work and at home and dealing with a little bit of jet lag, a new post has been low on the priority list. Never-the-less, here is a finish that happened over my time away.


This infinity scarf is beautiful, soft alpaca yarn and was a kit I found at our local knitter’s guild show in September. I couldn’t walk past those lovely shades of blue – sadly not quite as lovely in this photo because of the light, but I think you get the idea.


I will be very warm this winter :).

Happy to be back – and this is a finish, so linking up to Finish-it-up-Friday for the first time in many weeks.

Happy Friday!


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Little Birds

A friend took me to one of our local quilting guild’s meetings last month and we saw an excellent presentation by a modern quilter. One of the activities they had going on was creating little bird blocks, so I decided to make a couple.


The pattern is from over at Block Lotto – I have never heard of this site before! Something new to investigate.

I am travelling now for a couple of weeks so the posts may become spottier than they already are but I will try to keep up. Travel also means I will be knitting instead of quilting, so I’m hoping to finish up a couple of outstanding projects!

Happy trails!


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