Saturday, 27 June 2015

My Other Life

My sewing table is calling to me...

But I am too busy to answer...

My life is very full right now.  I have done a few things on my sewing maching:


I made each of our children's teacher one of these and I put a jar of jam inside.

Mostly I have been hard at work with our farm business:




I will get back to my sewing soon enough... here is a glimpse of my life in my other blog:

Glenroy Farm Family Chronicles


Thursday, 18 June 2015

I Need a Design Wall

I used to only love to make small (ish) projects.  Finishing something in a relatively short amount of time gave me a great sense of accomplishment.  I have made many table runners, table toppers, wall hangings and baby quilts.

My feelings are changing.

I have made just a small number of big projects in the years I have been quilting and they gave me great joy!  Recently I completed a beautiful twin-sized quilt and have started another (24 large blocks to complete) and because I really love the fabric and the pattern, I love the making part to.  Even though it will take me a while to complete and the borders and binding will drive me crazy, I am thoroughly enjoying the process.

My biggest challenge, though, is where do I lay out the blocks before I put them together?  How can I see the big picture?

On the floor


This is where you, my quilting friends, come in.  I need advice and ideas.

Do you have a design wall?  How big should a design wall be?  What type of material is it made out of?  If you don't have the space for a design wall, what do you use?  I don't have a spare wall in my home to dedicate to laying out my quilt blocks and materials but maybe I need to think "outside the box".

I welcome all of your suggestions and ideas.  Pictures would be great as well... if possible.  Links to blog posts that you found helpful would be wonderful!  Let the conversation begin.


Sew Fresh Quilts

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

I Need A Design Wall

I used to only love to make small (ish) projects.  Finishing something in a relatively short amount of time gave me a great sense of accomplishment.  I have made many table runners, table toppers, wall hangings and baby quilts.

My feelings are changing.

I have made just a small number of big projects in the years I have been quilting and they gave me great joy!  Recently I completed a beautiful twin-sized quilt and have started another (24 large blocks to complete) and because I really love the fabric and the pattern, I love the making part to.  Even though it will take me a while to complete and the borders and binding will drive me crazy, I am thoroughly enjoying the process.

My biggest challenge, though, is where do I lay out the blocks before I put them together?  How can I see the big picture?

This is where you, my quilting friends, come in.  I need advice and ideas.

Do you have a design wall?  How big should a design wall be?  What type of material is it made out of?  If you don't have the space for a design wall, what do you use?  I don't have a spare wall in my home to dedicate to laying out my quilt blocks and materials but maybe I need to think "outside the box".

I welcome all of your suggestions and ideas.  Pictures would be great as well... if possible.  Links to blog posts that you found helpful would be wonderful!  Let the conversation begin.


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Quilt Show First-Timer

This past weekend I realized just how far I have come as a quilter.  I love my craft and I got to celebrate some of my achievements by having three of my quilts displayed at the Arnprior and District Quilt Show.  I invited my aunt Janie to join me on a tour of the show and she graciously took some photos of me beside my quilts.

"Just Like the Sea - a Baby Quilt for Harvey"


"Framed"... this one brought tears to my eyes because
it was a big project but I loved every minute of it.




"Jean's Butterfly Quilt" (my daughter)




Not only was seeing my own quilts exciting but I LOVE to see what others have made.  I took all sorts of photos especially of quilts that caught my eye for their colour or pattern.






Monday, 1 June 2015

New Quilt Bloggers

I am super-excited to be part of this... it is going to stretch my abilities and I will learn so much.  Already have and it's been a day!


2015 New Quilt Bloggers Group

I am doing a happy dance right now... all for this!  I now know how to insert these cute little buttons (above) into my blog post.  Exciting - right?? 

So my minimal spare time lately has been spent getting into this wonderful blogging opportunity but don't worry, more quilting is coming.

The following is the wording of the instructions I used for blogger (from Sarah Smith of 123 Quilt (thanks Sarah):

While writing your post, there should be a button for HTML in the toolbar that has your font and stuff. Click that button and you will see your post in HTML format. Add the HTML code that you would use to add the button to your sidebar. then click SAVE. Then switch back to COMPOSE (this should be right next to the HTML button you clicked before.) You should now see your original post with the button now inserted in it. This SHOULD work depending on if the html code you used has link info.

It did work!