Summer sewing

We had some delightful company from Ireland visiting!  It was a lot of fun to visit with them.  I did get a little bit of sewing done when they went to be tourists in Vancouver!  But, I’ve also spent a LOT of time moving into my new sewing room.   Yes, I’ll show you pictures when I have things where I want them.  I did sort through ALL my fabric … and I have a ton of it ready to go out … I mentioned it on our guild’s FB page and a few people have showed interest in it.  I just need to get organized and get it to them!

I did manage to sew up three little bags. The white fabric is “colouring fabric.”  My daughter gave the plain, uncoloured rectangles to a couple of little girls.  They came for dinner the other night and I had them pick out zippers.  It was lots of fun to watch them pick out the colours they liked, with no regards to the finished project!  They just picked out what they liked!  Perfect!  I stitched their initials on the tabs.  It was a fun way to stitch them!fullsizeoutput_b4c.jpeg

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I finished the bags (above) and am working on a secret project, that I will show you when it’s time!


Nothing being quilted at the moment – but I have 2 quilts ready to sandwich!

Stash Report 

The little bags used up about 1.5 yards.  I’m not going to count the fabric that I’m giving away.  Although, I should weigh it and estimate the yardage.  That would make my numbers look GREAT!  However, it’s not “using” the fabric, so it wouldn’t really fit into my personal method of keeping track of my stash… darn!

  • Fabric Used this week      1.5 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:         115.1  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      57.05
  • Net Fabric used                     58.05
  • Husband’s Purchases           9.5

Stitchin’ Time

  • January – May:  149 out of 170
  • July – 19 out of 21
  • Year-to-date: 168  out of 191 = 88

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

PHD in 2019:  Quilting UFOs and Finishing New Projects

No further UFOs finished … no new starts finished (except for the zipper bags, which I didn’t count – they just happened!)


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PHD in 2019 – June report & 1/2 marathon …

With having to post my QoV on July 1, (see HERE) and then the Island Batik Artsy Fartsy project (see HERE)- I almost forgot about the June report for PHD in 2019.

Here’s the report from Participants:

Kate @  Life in Pieces  talks about her mid-year goals and what she’s accomplished … her biggest challenge will be finishing up all the new starts before the end of the year. Kate: You still have just under 6 months to get them done! 🙂

Tish  @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland started and finished a quilt in June – woohoo! It didn’t get added to the UFO pile!

Emily @ The Darling Dogwood   has been super busy. She’s been making extra Island Batik projects (a drees & a Quilt of Valour) as well as mending a quilt that was around when she was a wee little thing!

Deana @ Dream Worthy Quilts has a goal tracker on the right side bar which hasn’t been updated.

Elizabeth @ Applique and … has goals planned for July … but I’m not sure how she is doing on the UFO front!

Sharon @ Adventures in Fiber has not posted any quilty posts.

My Report is below.

Quilts of Valour

Did you visit all the blogs on the blog hop. Well, if you want to see them, all in one place, and have an opportunity to win the wonderful Island Batik Freedom fabric, visit Dizzy Quilter and see them all!

We are to the half-way mark of the days in this marathon. How are you doing? There is a link-up below if you want to share your progress.

Here’s how I’ve been doing:

  • Day 1 1 hour – pieced batting
  • Day 2 4 hours – finished sewing one quilt together, borders on 3, sandwhiched 3
  • Day 3 1 hour – border on 1 quilt, sandwhiched 1 quilt
  • Day 4 1 hour – Webbed quilt #5 and sewed together
  • Day 5 1 hour – borders and sandwiched #5
  • Day 6 2.5 hours – quilted 3 quilts
  • Day 7 3.5 hours – quilted 2 quilts, trimmed 5 quilts, cut binding
  • TOTAL TIME: 14 hours

YEAH!!! I’m over the half way mark for this marathon … At the moment, I’m guessing that I will have several hours left and will have to find some more baby quilts to finish! Not a problem … I can think of at least 3 that are in progress and that’s not even counting the panels!

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Just adding borders on the baby quilts and soon, I will be piecing the bindings and adding them to the quilts.


I’ve been quilting 5 baby quilts … no picture, but I’ll show you when they are done!

Stash Report

The baby quilts are not finished yet. They are a mixture of my own fabric and fabric from the guild. Once they are done, I’ll figure out how much of my fabric was used!

  • Fabric Used this week      0 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:         101.6  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      57.05
  • Net Fabric used                     44.65
  • Husband’s Purchases           9.5

Stitchin’ Time

  • January – May:  149 out of 170
  • July – 7 out of 7
  • Year-to-date: 156  out of 177 = 91%

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

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PHD in 2019 – May Report

Oh – I almost forgot to write the PHD in 2019 report.

Here’s the January Report for Participants

Kate @  Life in Pieces  has started 2 projects that she plans to complete by year’s end!  One is a Storm at Sea (something I’ve never made) and the other is her Daisy Chain Mystery quilt – sew pretty!!!  I really like the pattern!

Tish  @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland doesn’t seem to have any UFOs finished, but she has a lovely heart quilt …. it’s worth going to take a look!

Emily @ The Darling Dogwood   has made a pretty awesome I spy quilt for a new baby!  She made a similar one for the baby’s sibling – so that should be fun!!!  Make sure you check out her cool I spy quilts!

Deana @ Dream Worthy Quilts has a goal tracker on the right side bar. According to the tracker (which may not be up to date), there hasn’t been any recent UFO finishes.  However, she has made a pretty neat bag. Check it out HERE.  I love how she didn’t purchase the hardware, but re-purposed it from other bags.  I’ll have to keep that in mind!

Elizabeth @ Applique and … has a lot going on in her life and sewing is happening in little bits.

Sharon @ Adventures in Fiber has not posted any quilty posts lately … but she has been busy with lambs!  Soooo cute!

A FUN Youtube video

I know that I often use quilting acronyms and I hopefully explain them.  This video explains a LOT of different ones!  SEW Fun.  It’s well worth the time to watch it.

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Fractured Paint Brush.

I made the label and I just have the borders to quilt … and the binding to do … then you’ll see it in all it’s glory!



Stash Report

I did finish my June Island Batik project and used 1/2 yard of my own fabric on the back … I need to take pictures and write that post – sew you’ll see the project pretty soon!

  • Fabric Used this week         0.5 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:         84.9  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      57.05
  • Net Fabric used                     27.85
  • Husband’s Purchases           9.5

Stitchin’ Time

  • January – May:  122 out of 140
  • June – 8  out of  9
  • Year-to-date: 130  out of 149 = 87%

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

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Slowly getting through things …

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Last week, I told you I was piecing 3 other projects …

One is finished, finished, finished!  … (yeah) but I can’t show you until July.

One is ready to sandwich … but I can’t show you until July!

The Fractured Paint brush is ready to be sandwiched.  I will be opening a new roll of Hobbs 80/20 for this quilt!

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May 20 – Monday’s Update

image  The last block for the Daisy Chain Mystery is up.  The clues had me guessing until the very last minute!!!  It’s a great mystery!  Thank you, Little Bunny Quilts!!!

So, I pieced the last blocks together and I was so excited to see this quilt put together, I didn’t take any pictures of the block until the quilt was sandwiched! fullsizeoutput_b2d T


These “cross” blocks pieced together very quickly!  All the units were previously put together, so it was very easy to do!

Once I had the blocks done, I was eager to see how my quilt would look.  SEW … I put it all together.  The instructions tell you to pay attention to the orientation of the “star” blocks and the “cross” blocks. Amazingly, I did pay attention and I didn’t have to reach for my seam ripper!!!!  Perhaps, I’m learning to follow directions? Continue reading

Boundary Bay Quilt Show … May 2019

Our guild’s quilt show was this weekend.  I know I’m biased, but I think it was an excellent show!

I know that I missed taking pictures of some of the quilts!  And, even on the last day, I saw quilts I had not seen before!

The video below shows many of the quilts in the show.  When I downloaded the video to Youtube, it was blocked because I used copywrited songs by the Beatles.  One of the challenges was “Quilts inspired by a Beatles’ Song” … live and learn …You can’t use copywrited songs!  dang!  But, I found some other music …

The beginning of the video contains all sorts of a variety of quilts.  Then, they are sorted into various categories:

  • Baby Quilts for Donation
  • Baby Quilt Challenge: Welcome to the Zoo
  • Challenge: Quilts inspired by a Beatles Song
  • Comfort Quilts (donated to a local hospital for patients with cancer)
  • Quilts of Valour (for x-military)
  • Round Robin Quilts: Each person in the group made a centre block. This block was given to the next person who then added a border and then another person added a border, and on and on …
  • Featured Quilter: Doreen Douglas: Oh my what a wonderful variety of quilts … when you see the heron that is thread painted, it is reversible … amazing!

Grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and enjoy the show!

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PHD in 2019 – April Update

PHD in 2019:  Quilting UFOs and Finishing New Projects

I have 5 UFO finishes for 2019!

The first picture shows, Ivan’s Diamonds, Carpenter’s Wheel and a Star Table runner

My 2 April finishes are Good Fortune and a Retreat Bag.

I have an Inlinks party for PHD in 2019 participants to link up to.  However, you you want to link up, feel free!  Just be sure to mention this blog in your blog post, Instagram or Pinterest picture!

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I did Promise you

Close up pictures of a couple of quilts:  This first one was the Island Batik Accuquilt Challenge.  Free Motion quilting did not call to me and it’s totally stitched in the ditch. (And yes, I used my ruler foot and a ruler for most of the quilting.)  I used Aurifil Thread and Hobbs batting.  The fabrics are Island Batik and mostly came from the Stash Builder Rolls or my yardage.


This is a Close up of Good Fortune and the quilting.  I just did an all-over pattern that was inspired by Roseanne of Home Sewn by US, but then it morphed into my own design.

Christmas RAPPing BLOG HOP

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This awesome blog hop is continuing.  If you haven’t checked out the great projects – be sure to do so.  And, there is a chance for YOU to win!  Check it out!

April 29  Joan @  MooseStash Quilting

April 30 Linda @ One Quilting Circle

May 1 Kathy @ Kathy’s Kwilts

May 2 Bea @ Beaquilter

May 3 Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

May 4 Jennifer @ Dizzy Quilter

May 5 Barbara Gaddy @ Bejeweledquilts by Barb

May 6 Nancy Myers @ Patchwork Breeze

May 7 Vicki @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

May 8 Gail @ Quilting Gail  THIS IS ME come back and see what I made!

May 9  Michelle @ Creative Blonde

May 10 Maryellen @ Mary Mack’s Blog

May 11 Denise @ For the Love of Geese

May 12 Maria @


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Fun Times

It’s a lot of fun when we have company come.  Especially a family with 4 kids that we LOVE!!!  The youngest son was asking me about my quilts and we scrolled through the pictures on my computer and he said, “that’s my quilt!”  As soon as they got home his younger sister and he had their pictures taken with their quilts … I made these several years ago – before I started blogging.  I LOVE that they are still LOVED~

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PHD in 2019 – March Report

Island Batik

If you want to see the newest fabric and patterns from Island Batik … go to the Spring and Summer 2019 Catalog.  Be prepared for an online magazine full of the most beautiful  fabric and tons of patterns for wonderful quilts and tuffets, clothing and other projects.

Version 2

I received these Aurifil threads in the mail today!  The dark purple is 40 wt, blue is 12 wt and the pink is 28 wt.  Very pretty!!!  I need to use all 3 weights in an upcoming Island Batik Challenge.

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Beginning of April!


I know I often see other’s writing on their blogs and saying “Where did the month go to?”   And, I’ve often thought, “really? It went by one day at a time!”  YUP – one day at a time and each day FLEW by this month.  So fast!  So very fast, I’m wondering, “Where did the month go to?”

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This is Week 4: Unit C of the Daisy Chain Mystery. The blocks on the lower left are all trimmed, I still need to trim about half of them.  This step is a little time consuming, but not too bad!  And easy to do.  The directions are very clear and easy to follow.  It’s still not too late to join in the mystery. Continue reading

A first quilt!

IMG_3339Quilting Tangent wrote to me and told me that she had used the same block as my “Stars on Ice Quilt” (see more HERE. )

An amazing Quilter!

When I was astounded that was a block she used for her FIRST quilt – she sent me pictures and this is what she said, “Yes, my first quilt was hand pieced, queen size and reversible.  I got a machine, figured out how to use it and did the quilting with a vine stitch the machine had.  Took forever!  Now I’m trying to learn to piece on the machine, a lot different then hand sewing..” Continue reading

Travelling to a quilt show and quilting at home

We had a fun bus trip to Monroe Washington to see all the quilts on display.  Wow oh, WOW!!!  There were over 500 quilts … tons of eye candy … I took a picture of only a fraction of them.  Click on the slideshow below to see what I took pictures of.  Of course, I took pictures of every single Bonnie Hunter design I could find!  🙂   I also included the description of each quilt … usually following the quilt, but some of them came before the quilt …  I’m sure you’ll figure it out!

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