Sunday, 21 January 2018

Do I hoop?

Kathy, at Kathy's Quilts, for the first Photo Challenge of the year, asks if we use hoops.

Yes, I do have hoops.
Do I use them?
Not so much.
Most of the one I use are just oops, (no h) but I do have some with an h. (hehehe)

My favorite way of quilting is on the frame my DH made for me ages ago.
It is an older picture because now a days you can't see the frame for the ton of fabric bins beside it. Only the front is cleared so I can sit and quilt. It is what I will do tonight as I watch "Victoria" on PBS TV.

As for the hoops, I have a wooden oval one, bought at a second hand store a few years back. I do have the hardware to attach it to the stand but no stand. It is a project for DH.
It is very sturdy and heavy, so when I do use it, I need to sit at a table so it can lean on the table. Otherwise, it's awkward.

Plastic hoops: I have tried the square one which has a half-circle that clip to the base. It is nice and easy to manage. A little too big to be a carry-along type of hoop but I like it.

The circle one I use when I have to do embroidery or cross-stitch. I don't think it could handle the three layers of a quilt as it is very petite. In other words, it gets no usage, lol.

Another one that doesn't get used anymore but use to, is my smallest one.

With this hoop, my mother taught me how to cross-stitch when I was 5 years old. It is only 5 inches, perfect for little fingers. It is made of metal and it doesn't have a screw-clap like the plastic one.

It has a little spring. All you have to do is slip the top on to the base of the hoop and pull the fabric tight. You are then ready to stitch. It was much easier to use and very user friendly for the little fingers. It has a lot of beautiful memories.

And that's all for my hoops. Do you hoop? Want to see more hoops? Join us at Kathy's place.

Toodle-do, Kangaroo.


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Blue Saturday

Today, my main man is gone to his friend's place, an hour drive one way, so he won't be back soon. You know what that means, right? It's fabric day at my house, whoohoo!

I want to play with blue.

I need to finish my scrap basket à la Fiona in blue.

I also want to add a medium blue block to this RSC 2017 quilt. These nine blocks aren't enough for a decent size quilt.

I made some more scrap units so the future blocks will go together pretty quickly. Love that. These units will be trim to 4.5 inches.

Last summer, I got this table at Market Place on line. It's only 2 feet wide but it's the 8 feet length that I just love. I drove two hours (one way) to get it and it barely fitted in my van, tucked all the way to the front and the hatch-door closed 1/2 inch from the leg of the table. Phew! I regret nothing! This week, I cut the fabric for the borders on the RSC2016 and it was so easy on this table.  So you will see more of that project soon.

Do you have the blues at your place? I know Angela does. Come and see. Just click here to see a lot of blue beauties.

Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework as the scrap bug. Lots of lovely scrappy projects to see.

See you later, Alligator.
Take care, Polar Bear.


Friday, 12 January 2018

Blue Month

I am so happy! For the Rainbow Scrap Challengers it's the Blue month! YAY! (I love blue, can you tell? )

Here's what I did.

Some 6.5" (unfinished) baskets for Cécile Sew Along in blue

This one is the "Peace Basket". A little bit of Christmas fabric, hehehe!

then, I did some in green.

The itsy bitsy bits used in these fun baskets were provided by The Joyful Quilter and JulieKQuilts. Thank you, girls, for feeding my addiction. :^D

On the 365 Challenge front, I did

July 7 - Road to California - 28 pieces (My choice of fabrics is not the best but it'll do)

July 8 - Coffin Star - 20 pieces  (Such an odd name)

July 9 - Sugar Bowl - 9 pieces

July 10 - Rosebud - 28 pieces

July 11 - Star Flower - 24 pieces (The hairiest block ever!)

July 12 - Mock Log Cabin - 12 pieces

July 13 - Patience Corner - 12 pieces

Total of pieces in this week 3.5" blocks - 133

July's total so far 375 pieces. Phew!

That's all for now.



Sarah for "Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?"

Angela for Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday

Cynthia for "Oh Scrap!" on Sunday

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Testing 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... Testing

4" basket
Test ...

6.5" basket

Testing ...



These are the baskets I will make in January and February for Cécile Sew-Along. They are made with little bits of scraps and I think that the smaller the scraps the better the basket looks. The SAL requires a minimum of 16 baskets. Mine finish at 6 inches. It will be a nice wall-hanging.

More to come.


Thursday, 4 January 2018

Scrap Attack January

I join Sarah at Confession of a Fabric Addict, in an effort to reduce and organize my scraps a little bit better in 2018.

My list of 12 things I want to do to feel in control get the impression that I manage my scraps are in these jars. I shook the bigger jar real good because I didn't want to get the last piece of paper I had put in. (Don't want to start with that one. :^P). The smaller jar is my back up plan, in case  I finish the first challenge before the end of the month (as if ...).

And POP! What did I get?

#4 - Finish the M&M quilt.

In the post of November 2016, I had this to say:

"As I was picking up fabrics tossed all around the sewing room in my frenzy of last week, I found my RSC 2016 project. Got the fabric out and started to look at the possibility of finishing this one. This year? Hmmm... /:^}" 

Obviously it didn't get done. And I still don't know what to do about the borders. Small inner yellow followed by black? Or red with black? No borders? How much is left of the white fabric? 
The block used in this quilt is Peace and Plenty

The hunt is on!  At the end of the month, I will let you know if I have made progress on this challenge or not. 

You can join the Scrap Attack group at any month of the year. See this post from Sarah for more details. Thanks Sarah for the challenge.  

Since this quilt was made with Angela's Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I am linking up with her this morning. I am sure some of her followers, who had seen this quilt grow, would like to see how its journey ends. 

♪♫ Let it sew, let it sew, let it sew ♫♪ ♪


Friday, 29 December 2017

Last but not least

It is the last weekend of 2017 and I intend to make the most of it.

Over the last week, I did some 9 Patch blocks. Oh! Look! They are of the same colors as the 9 Patch blocks for the On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt by Bonnie K. Hunter. What a coincidence!!

While at was making these blocks, (25 units made) I just had to make some traditional 9 Patch too. (I have a few projects that need some.)
Even the French General joined the rank of the 9 Patch.  :^D

These were my leader / ender to my 365 Challenge block but something happened over night (blame the eggnog) because I suddenly found myself surrounded by geese. Yes, geese!!

Forty-five geese to be exact. (Not sure about the one on top at the right over there, it looks pretty heavy.) (It's probably stuffed.)

So, since all the fabric was already out, I did some of the diamonds. (11 units made) and did eventually located the 365 Challenge block (hugging the eggnog) and was able to finish it.

You may look at it but please don't touch. It is in time out. You see it was on such bad behavior, very naughty, it wanted to have its own way, and grrr! Then the seam ripper broke out a sweat trying to fix it, threads were flying everywhere and, stubborn as it was, it got me using some big words. Grrrr!!! I then had to reach for more eggnog to calm down. /8-}

Fiiiiinallllly, all 109 pieces (in a 6.5 inches block) are aligned correctly. I am so relieved to see that the next block is an easier one with less pieces.

Not all geese are the same. 

Bonus triangles

So, for the weekend, since we are still getting the Siberian cold treatment (at one point we had -48 Celsius with the wind factor) I plan to catch up with this Ringo at his lake and sew up a storm. (I hope he has eggnog.) How about you? What's the plan for the last weekend?


Sarah at Confessions of Fabric Addict
Angela at Soscrappy
Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

12 Ways to Reduce My Scraps

Okay, quick show of hands: who has scraps?

Everyone, wow.

Who would like to reduce their pile of scraps by using them up?

Wow! Everyone!

Well, me too. So I am joining Sarah in her Scrap Attack 2018.

Like Sarah, every month I will pull out a goal from the jar and work on it during that month. If it gets done before the month's end, I'll draw another goal from the smaller jar (it has smaller goals). If the main goal doesn't get all accomplished during the month, no big deal! At least it got some progress done on it. And that will make me happy. And then, and then, I get to show my progress on the linky party. Yeeeaaahhh!! 👍👍

So, here are my 12 goals for the year.

1- Take apart the plaid shirts in one drawer ( I have two drawers full of plaid shirts that I can't use because they are still shirts.)

2- Take apart the plaid shirts in second drawer (you knew this was coming, right?)

3- Cut up the scraps in the "Big Pieces" drawer so they are usable.

4- Finish RSC 2016 (with the M&M fabric)

5- Finish the "cord basket" (wherever this one is hiding)

6- Empty tub of fabric in son's bedroom (isn't that shameful? I don't have room anymore in my sewing room, I had to put a huge Rubbermaid bin in my son's bedroom. Bad mother, lol.)

7- Store flannel scraps properly. (I mean look at this mess. Shameful! Scraps deserve more respect than that!)

8- Make a scrap basket à la Fiona. (See this post)

9- Make a second basket à la Fiona. (I'm sure I can find some scraps in a different color to make a second one.)

10- Organize the flimsies and tops. (First, they have to be hunted down. Then I want to store them all at one place so when I feel like quilting one, I'll know where to go to get it. I also want to put my Excel Spreadsheet up to date.) Phew!

11- Make something with the strings. (Yes, pllleeeaaase, make something with them!!)

12- Make something out of the triangles. (Oh! That's a nice challenge. I like it!)

So there you have it. My year of scrap busting is all organised. Awwwhhh! That feels good! How about you? Care to join? It's not too late.  What do you have to lose but scraps?

Thank you Sarah for organizing this challenge and the linky parties.

Let the fun begin.


Sunday, 24 December 2017

"Twas the night before Christmas ...

When all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. ... Well, except for Chantal who is always up, and is silently sewing. :^D

Aaahhhh! It is soooo relaxing to just slowly stitch when all is done. How can one not sit and stitch for a while when the stress level is high?
marked a few blocks in anticipation of some sewing time
I have a few more batches of cookies to bake. They will adorned (for a short time, I'm sure) my in-laws' dinner table later tonight.  The baking will start when the boys finally wake up and they will bring it to their grandparents' place. My in-laws celebrate Christmas and we don't. We have our gift exchange on New Year's Day. The boys always knew the long and short story about the why and how. Anywho!

I had a relapse a while back and I've been off work. I am scheduled to get back to work on December 27th. And that is my biggest stress right now. I'm trying not to think about it while the needle goes up and down on the quilt. Instead, I think of all of you, my readers, and pray you have a safe and joyful holiday season. So get the eggnog out and enjoy some time with family and friends.


Stitching on the Dark Side. :^D 
Joining Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Come see the beautiful stitches made by some very talented quilters. Kathy also have a wonderful giveaway today.

P.S. We had a snow storm last night. It makes everything so bright this morning. Beautiful!
Unfortunately the new landlord didn't cut the weeds last Fall so we have to look at this all winter long.

It looked much better last year with the other landlord.
During a snow storm and at a different angle than above
Oh well! I can always close the kitchen's curtains. :^D

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Little Progress ... little project

I have done little quilting progress lately.

Like a 3.5 inches block for the 365 Challenge,

and a 6.5 inches block. Not much of a scrap buster but it's still mean that two more days are done on the big 365 Challenge quilt.  Yay! :^D

July 4th's block is called Fourth of July with 17 pieces, (left in the picture) and Star and Pinwheels on July 5th is at 32 pieces.

Next block is a 6.5 block and is asking for 109 pieces.  Like I said very little progress. Lol.

My son's girlfriend also love to do little progress.

Boston Cream donuts anyone?

She works with Fimo Clay and makes little charms for bracelets. She did these for her mother over the weekend.

She cut the smallest sliver of white clay to write Tim Horton on the coffee mug. Does she has talent or what?

The biggest piece is barely 3/4 of an inch.

We had fun working with minis.

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone out there, a safe and joyful holiday season, whether you celebrate Christmas or simply the family gathering. Remember, there'll be plenty of time after the festivities for quilting.


Joinin Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Do I hoop?

Kathy, at Kathy's Quilts , for the first Photo Challenge of the year, asks if we use hoops. Yes, I do have hoops. Do I use them? No...