Bound and Determined!

Yippeel!  I finally finished hand-quilting Sue Garman’s Bouquet For A New Day!  I took the last stitch on Friday night at approximately 11:15 pm!

I had a relatively free weekend ahead, so I was bound  and determined to bind this quilt.  I noticed that the quilt was a little ruffled around the edges, so I ran a basting stitch  around all four sides about 1/4″ away from the edge.  It helped to keep all 3 layers together.

ruffled edge

Next. I measured 4 1/4″ away from the red inner border and proceeded to trim all the way around.  (Rather stressful.  So much can go wrong at this point!)

trimming 1

All of the marking on this quilt (the cross-hatching and the cable border) were done with a Frixion marker.  At this point I removed all of the markings with a steam iron.  I did not touch the quilt top with the iron, I just held the iron a couple of inches above the quilt and let the steam remove the marks. Here are some before and after pictures.

frixion 3

frixion 4

Oh!  And remember when I marked the top border with 2013 (the year the quilt was supposed to be finished)?  Here it is.


Then, I (we) stitched the binding in place.

stitching 2

I like to stitch my binding on to the front of the quilt and hand stitch it to the back.  I watched 4 episodes of Big Bang Theory while I stitched by hand….so it took about 2 hours!

One of the many things I love about blogging is that I have a permanent record of the quilts I am working on.  I started hand-quilting Bouquet For a New Day in October 2012.  You can look back on that post here.

And…the best part is…I finished it on Sunday, September 29, 2013!


Til next time…



Measure twice, maybe three times!

Our local quilt show  was a great success!  The quilts were awesome and very inspiring!  I volunteered to demonstrate hand-quilting, which meant I had to stop working on “Bouquet for a New Day” for a week or so, just so I would actually have something to  hand-quilt!  I was definitely going through some sort of withdrawal, and so I was happy to begin working on it again.  Here I am at the museum with my friend, Janet.


Since I was not hand-quilting in the evenings, I needed something else to do.  So I finished stitching the first border of “Civil War Bride”.  I started thinking that if I only worked on one quilt at a time, I could accomplish more in a shorter amount of time, but who has that kind of attention span?  (Not me…the more ongoing projects, the happier I am!)



So I did the same thing to the border that I did to all of the blocks.  I filled the sink with hot, soapy water, took a deep breath and threw the block in the water!  I let it soak for an hour or so.


Then I put it flat on a towel to dry.


Once it was dry, it was time to trim the border to the correct size.  Here is what I did.  First I taped the paper pattern together.  DSCN4454

Then I measured the pattern to make sure it was the correct size according to the directions (56″).  The line I measured represents the finished size, and does not include the seam allowance.  So I will trim the border to 56 1/2″ long.


I thought it might be a good idea to measure the quilt, just to make sure that it was the correct size. (56 1/2″)  So far, so good!


Next, using my light box, I pinned the border on the pattern and lined up all the leaves and birds and flowers, to make sure the everything was centred properly.


Then I used a water soluble marker and marked the line.  Remember, the line on the pattern represents the finished size, so I need to cut 1/4″ away from the drawn line.  So now my border measures 56 1/2″.


So after all of that measuring and re-measuring, cutting and stitching, here we go!



Til next time…



I love getting together with my Sunday Afternoon Applique group!  We stitch, we chat, we eat, but most of all, we inspire each other!  This past Sunday was no exception.  Brenda did more than her fair share of inspiring.  She brought her “Aunt Millie’s Garden” in for us to drool over!  Take a close look at the sashing.  Brenda designed a different sashing than what the original pattern had.  Awesome!  This beautiful quilt was machine quilted by Elite Quilting

Brenda Aunt Millie Garden

I have started working away on the border of Civil War Bride.  First I made the bias stems and glued them in place.

bias stems (2)

I had so much fun making fussy-cut butterflies for the blocks, I decided to continue on the borders.  Would you think this fabric would make a pretty cool butterfly?


Check out the butterfly on the left!


Next, I added a pretty blue bird and a purple posy.  It’s a good start!

design wall

Some of you have contacted me asking about the pattern for the tulip quilt in my last blog post.  The pattern is from an old “Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine”.  There is a pattern for the block on my website  that you can download.  The best part is, it is a free download!  Here is what you do…click on the button in the top right hand corner of my blog that says “Check out my new website.”  Then, click on On-Line Store.  Then, click on Part 1 and Part 2 of Circle of Tulips.  Easy peasy!  While you are there, you can also check out the first of my Hand- Applique Tutorials.

Til next time…


Trying hard not to finish!

I am trying very hard not to finish Bouquet for a New Day.  Let me explain.  Our local quilt show, the Simcoe County Quilt, Rug and Craft Fair is on this coming weekend and I have volunteered to demonstrate Hand-Quilting.  If I finish Bouquets, I won’t have anything to work on at the museum.  So…no more hand-quilting until then!

That got me doing some serious thinking.  Once I have finished Bouquets, I will need something to hand-quilt.  I only had to look in my closet for my next project!  I stitched these blocks about 20 years ago. (Yikes!  Time does fly!)

next project

So here is the plan.  I am going to set the blocks 4 across and 5 down with no sashing, just the blocks.  I can picture lots (lots!) of hand-quilting.  Maybe some feathers in between the blocks.  I picture a tiny inner border (maybe pink?) and, to top it all off, a scalloped border!  So here is how I spent the day!  First I washed the blocks.  Once they were dry, I trimmed them all to same size, 11 1/2″ square.


Next, I started to sew all the blocks together in rows.  And then I sewed all the rows together.  Spiffy!  I love how a secondary design appears out of nowhere!



Next, I stitched on a pink inner border, and finally some borders.  I am not sure how wide the borders will end up once they are scalloped, so I cut them extra wide, just for safe measure.  The best part is that every piece of fabric (inner border, borders and backing) will come from my stash!


Til next time….


All that fuss!

Of course I was procrastinating!  Three of the four ferns were prepped and stitched in place. I even distracted myself long enough to make some berries.  I knew what I had to do….make another fern!

needs another fern

For those of you who wondered,  I do remove the freezer paper before it is stitched in place!

freezer paper

So once the last fern was done, everything quickly fell into place!  Some pretty red flowers…

4 ferns

…and a really spiffy vase!

no berries (1)

Next. more berries.  Lots of berries!


And,  finally….. another completed block!  Makes me wonder what all the fuss was about!!


Til next time….


Dishes Fit For A Quilter!

For a while now I have been shopping for a new set of dishes.  I only had one thing in mind…I wanted a white set of dishes.  So whenever I would go shopping, I would always keep my eyes open for a white set of dishes.  Well!  There are a lot of white dishes out there! Nothing really caught my eye….until last week.  Look what I found!  Spiffy!


So, as my family pointed out, not only do we have quilts all around the house, and quilting fabric all over the house, and quilting stuff in almost every room, now we are eating off of quilting dishes!!  Life is good!

I just turned the last corner on Sue Garman’s “Bouquets For a New Day”.  Just one last border to go and I will be finished!


Not sure where Bruin is going to sleep, but he will have to find a new spot!


This block from “Friends of Baltimore” is no more time-consuming that any of the other blocks in the quilt…I am just dragging this one out a little longer that usual!DSCN4370

Til next time…