Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone , I hope it was a special day for each of you . This post will be brief as I am typing with my left hand , why because I fell yesterday and broke my wrist so no  sewing for me for a while (sad face ) I have to be thankful that I only broke my wrist and not my hip . So I just wanted to let you all know if you don't hear from me this is the reason . I am so disappointed  but life throws you curves now and then and we just have to deal with it .
 Hugs Sheila

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday

My the weeks go by fast , here it is Wednesday again and time to link up with WIP Wednesday with the Needle and Thread Network  . In my last post I said I was heading to the machine to make some more progress on the Good Night Irene quilt , well I didn't quite make it ,no I went over to my cutting table with every intention of squaring up my little stack of x blocks when I noticed a pattern I had recently printed off and well I just had to start , you know how that happens right  ;-) The pattern is a free spring pattern from Pat Sloan and was so cute I couldn't resist so I started making the background and cutting out the applique pieces and here  is as far as I  have gotten.
Now you have to admit those cute little chicks are hard to resist , and I had all the fabrics so why not ? If you want to make this pattern just go here  .
 I have other things in the works that I can't share just now but I'll keep you posted . This a short post as I have a few pressing jobs to take care of . Thanks for stopping by and be sure to hop on over to the Needle and Thread Network to see what others have been up to this week .
 hugs Sheila

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tisket a Tasket ,Posies in my Basket , A challenge completed :-)

In January 2013 my friend Lynda presented myself and other quilter friends with a challenge which she called Tisket a Tasket , Posies in my Basket and here it is a full year plus several months later and  I am just now getting to work on this challenge . Lynda was generous with her fabrics and her rules were very easy and not restrictive . We were to use some of each of the fabrics she included , here they are ...

 I should have taken this photo before I used them ,I thought I had but you know what thought did  ;-)  So as you can see we had four fabrics to work with and could add as many as we wished . The project could be any shape or size we wished as long as it included at least one basket and one bird , did I succeed , yes I did , it was so simple really and why I procastinated is beyond me .
Here is my little mini that fits so well in my table stand and I think it looks just wonderful.  The only fabrics I included were the background as well as the backing and the blue for the birds . The pattern I used for this project was a free pattern on Bunny Hill Designs , it was part of a larger quilt I believe and I had printed it off sometime ago with the intentions of making it in wool . I still want to make it in wool as well as I think it would be a perfect pattern for that purpose , maybe I can change out the posie for a poinsetta and the bluebirds for cardinals and I will have the  perfect Christmas topper . Thanks Lynda for the fabrics and the challenge , I do love a challenge . If you visit Lynda's blog you will see what she has made from these same fabrics .
 Now it is back to the machine to work on Irene , time to finish off those x blocks that have been sitting there . Enjoy your day and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by , I truly appreciate it .
 hugs Sheila

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tools of the Trade and a finish

As a hand quilter I have certain tools I like to use , one of those tools I mentioned in a previous post but I guess I left you without an explanation so I will try to do that now . This little gadget is what I am talking about ...
 Can you figure out how this works , it is really quite a simple but effective tool , here is how it works.
In this photo you can see that I have taken a few stitches and then I have placed the needle in the hole at the bottom of the tool and at the top you will see a little button with a spring below it , well I am compressing that button which in turn places pressure on the needle preventing it from coming back out of the tool , then it is simply a matter of pulling on the tool to bring the rest of the needle through the quilt . This saves much time but more importantly frustration  ;-)
 The other very valuable tool I love to have on hand when hand quilting or doing any type of hand work is this little caddy .

This is so handy dandy , a place for my thimble , a dowel for my thread and a little pincushion which I normally keep three needles threaded and when they are empty it is time for a break . This caddy was a gift a few years back from my friend Lynda and has had many hours of use and is something I love to use :-) You should stop by and say hello to Lynda , she is fairly new to blogging and has recently shown some of her beautiful work , I know she would love to see you . 
 Now for my finish , I have completed my garden flag , a pattern by my talented friend Annette  who generously sent me her pattern to test for her . It is a great pattern and I can see me making this again sometime .
Thanks Annette for the opportunity to give this pattern a try .I also made my Aurifil block for April , this one was quick and easy .
And here are the first four together 
I am loving this so far , oops I see I have my block upside down , oh well :-)
 That is it for me today , I do hope you are enjoying some creative time today , thanks for stopping by .
 hugs Sheila

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Good morning , it has been a while since I have linked up with WIP Wednesday at the Needle Thread Network so I thought I would share with the rest of the Canadian Bloggers today .
 First up I have been working on this little wool project now and then , I should have this finished but life just happens sometimes .
This little project will eventually be a pincushion and is a free pattern from the wonderful designer Kaaren of the Painted Quilt  . I am looking at this photo and have decided I will remove the brown threads I have used for the rabbit , I must have something that would work better . Lots of embellishments left to do , that orange is a carrot incase you are wondering and I will put a carrot top on there soon ;-)
 I also started a new project , my friend and very talented designer Annette  sent me a pattern to test for her so I went out and bought some very bright and cheerful summer colors and went to work .
These are colors I don't often use so it is fun to work with them , makes me happy :-)  I have the vine and leaves machine appliqued and the purple flower as well as the outside of the purple butterfly , still need to do those little dots I added .Annette's pattern is called Spring a Flutter .  Thanks so much Annette for giving me the chance to try out your pattern , it is wonderful !!
 Oh before I go I got a message from Arlene yesterday and my postcard arrived in Hawaii so I can now share what I sent to her in our Thistle Quilt Guild exchange .
The theme for our exchange was to represent where we live and Nova Scotia is well known for its fishing villages and as a child dories like this were very common , I remember once going out with some friends on  a lake with one just like this , it is a wonder we didn't drown , neither of us had a clue how to row that boat :-)  Thanks so much Arlene for swapping with me , it sure has been fun and maybe we can do it again sometime .
 Thanks for stopping by today and hope you have a great day and be sure to stop by the Needle and Thread Network to see what others are up to this week.
 hugs Sheila