Slow Stitching Sunday

This past week I have been busy with non-quilting activities, but I still managed to find the time to work away on the last corner block in the border of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”.  And, as usual, I started with the vase.  This just might be my favourite vase!




Slowly, I filled the vase….first with some stems and leaves.   You can see that some of the leaves and flowers cover the seam line and flow from the block onto the border.






So now I have prepped as far as I can.  I am going to stitch everything…well, maybe not everything!… in place this afternoon at my Sunday Afternoon Applique Group.  Once all of the stitching is done,  I will attach this border to the rest of the quilt, and then fill in the missing pieces.  I am linking up to Slow Stitching Sunday.  Check it out and see what some fine quilters are up to today!



My hexies are taking on a life of their own.  I am not exactly sure where this quilt is heading.  I am just making it up as I go!  Have you tried Inklingo yet?  All of these hexies were made using Inklingo.  Inklingo is fast, efficient, super-simple and extremely addictive!  Betcha can’t make just one!!


And, finally, a couple of people asked me if I would show the back of my hexie stitching once it has been pressed.  It’s all about  spiralling the seams!


Til next time….




So Close to a Finish!

I am in the process of finishing  the fourth and final (!) border of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”.  Once the flowers, vines and leaves were finished, I appliqued all of the tiny details, like the red berries, the yellow centers of the roses.  The embroidery is done with just one strand of floss.


Once that was finally finished, I did what I did to all of my blocks and borders once I am finished stitching them….I poured a warm bath, added some suds….and tossed the border in!


Why do I do this?  I do this because I use glue, starch and marking pens on my quilt blocks, so I want all of that to be removed before I stitch the blocks together.  If you want, you can watch my Youtube video on Washing Blocks and you can also check out this post.

After the border was dry, I auditioned it along side the rest of the quilt.  I think Jenny and Bruin are pleased with the results!


As you can see, I am not finished yet!  I still have the remaining 2 corner blocks to do.  Wanting to keep the momentum going, I started with the vase, an easy place to start.




Next, I started to add some leaves to the vase.  I have found this little tip to be very helpful when lining up mulitple pieces.  I prep the piece as usual and then remove the freezer paper template.  I flip the template over and place it on top of the prepped piece.  Then I draw on the remaining seam allowance.



As you start to glue the pieces in place, you can also see the emerging shape that will cover all of those raw edges (in this case, the rose).DSCN6548



And now I can start to fill in the rest of the vase.  Lovely!


Til next time….


My Addiction Continues!

My addiction to Inlingo continues.  When I printed the my first set of hexagon shapes, I thought I might  just stitch a few together and make a small project like a table runner.  Well, my pile of hexies has magically grown and I think a full sized quilt is in the making!  I can’t seem to stop making them!


If you have been reading my blog, you know that I made a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt last year.  I bought some paper hexagon shapes and away I went!  You can read about that here.  I basted the fabric onto the paper templates and then whip-stitched the pieces together.  I even tried glueing the seam allowance in place but found it very messy and the paper templates popped out before they were stitched together and that irritated me.

So, having done both methods of hexagons (English Paper Piecing and Inklingo) I must say I prefer Inklingo.  Why?  It is just so efficient and so easy…no paper templates to buy or cut, no basting or glueing seam allowances and no taking the basting threads out.  Just simply print…





…and stitch.  Easy Peasy!!




I am linking up to Slow Stitching Sunday.  Check it out and see what other quilters are doing on this cold, wintery day!

Til next time…



To Everything There Is A Season…Block 10

Happy New Year!  Here is the 10th block of “To Everything There Is A Season”, a  BOM I launched last April.

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If you haven’t seen the blocks, here they are!  The blocks are available on my website Simple Bird Studio.


I am sooooo close to finishing Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”!  Once the border is finished, I just have to do the two corner blocks.  Then add the sawtooth border.  Then quilt it.  Then bind it.  Remember, one stitch at a time!!



Til next time….





Happy New Year!!

It’s been an awesome year!  I finished 4 quilts this year…..





I was hoping to have the last border of Friends of Baltimore finished, but I am still working on it!





in 2014, I became obsessive about hexies and see them everywhere!  Last night at Home Depot, this caught my eye!

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And this!

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Speaking of hexies, I am all set for New Years Day.  I’ll be stitching the day away!   I have discovered the wonderful world of Inlingo!  If you haven’t heard of it, take some time and check out the website .  Download the free pattern, make some stars and then start dreaming of what else you can hand-piece.  It’s magical!!



I hope you have a wonderful and safe New Year!!  Thanks to everyone who reads my blog….without you, blogging would be pretty boring!!

See you in 2015….


Slow Stitching Sunday

I have discovered the addictive (very addictive!) world of Hand-Piecing!  A couple of weeks ago, I decided to start another hexie quilt.  I needed a little inspiration so I found myself on Pinterest admiring the hundreds and hundreds of hexie quilt images.  Long story short, I clicked on a hexie quilt that was made using Inklingo.  I had heard of Inklingo a couple of years ago, even spent some time on the website, but that is all that became of it.  This time when I checked out the website, I could see the beauty of the Inklingo concept.  First I downloaded the free pattern for the diamond stars, fired up my ink-jet printer, watched a few Inklingo videos on Youtube, threaded up a needle and BAM!!  Before I knew it, I had completed four stars!!


So, then I thought “If I can hand-piece these stars, I can hand-piece anything, including hexies!”  I purchased the 2″ hexie patterns and the rest is history!  So this is what I have been working on today….I am linking up to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday.  Check it out and see what quilters are working on today!


Pressing these hexies are easy when you know how!


Til next time….


Using My Time Wisely!

Yesterday morning I spent a bit of time preparing for our Christmas dinner.  We were expecting about 10 people, which is a smaller group than we are used to.  So, I peeled the carrots and potatoes…..


….made cranberry sauce…


…made lots of dressing….


..and put the turkey in the oven.


I still had an hour or so before our guests were supposed to start arriving.  So I decided to use my time very wisely.  I started putting the finishing touches on the left-hand side of the border.  I added the tiny yellow centers to the roses.  And I added the red berries.


I added the yellow circles to the blue flowers.


Then the guest started to arrive.  So, now I’ll have to find a bit of time to stitch these tiny pieces in place!  Hope you are enjoying this holiday season and you are finding a little time to stitch!

Til next time….