Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange My Day!

Carol from Just Let Me Quilt has been hosting this fun and sew very taste tempting blog hop for several years now and I think it’s my fifth year joining in. It’s one of my favourites and gets me thinking of the holidays, so I’d like to thank her for such a great way to kick off the holiday season.

I’d like to apologize right off the top for not having been able to get around to visit everyone in the last couple of hops. Real life has just been crazy busy and computer time has suffered.

Every year I try to start planning a project for this hop in September or early October. This year was no different. A pattern was chosen, fabrics were pulled and cut:

That’s as far as I got with this one! 😢

Then in October I was needed by my Guild to rejoin the Board and become the Program Coordinator again so several hours days were spent trying to get November, December and January events and classes sorted and booked.

At our Board Meeting we were reminded that the organization that does the Christmas Hampers for both families and Seniors needed gifts for adults.

Time was short with a bunch of appointments and tests needing to be attended for both my husband and myself necessitating in my getting creative with what I had on hand. It’s also winter and the snow shovelling has become mostly my chore this year.

I checked my stash of quilt tops to see if my idea would work, and came upon the perfect flimsies that had been donated to me in a treasure box by Denise.

There were six of these sweet baby quilts left in my pile.!

I took two coordinating quilts and unstitched them in to four patch blocks. I then cut some leftover fleece from other sewing projects in to the same size as the four patches. Then I matched a four patch with a fleece backing and sewed them together as I do my raggy quilts. Once I snipped the seam allowances I popped it in to the washer and dryer. The quilt is now a perfect, cuddly throw with some fun Christmas print fabric.

Next on the list was to use a pile of blocks I had made from leftover piece of a panel fabric. I trimmed the leftover fabric in to the little blocks and then I did some wonky log cabin borders on the motif blocks. This was a project from my UFO list that I had been put aside for some reason and I had never managed to get back to finishing. Once the blocks were squared up, they went together quickly.

In keeping with trying to donate as much as possible since the demand for Hampers has almost quadrupled since the start of the Pandemic and the resulting inflation, I checked my bin of backing fabric and found a perfect piece of pre-quilted red, fuzzy backing fabric. I pin basted it and did some straight line quilting with my walking foot, squared it up and it’s ready for binding.

Next on my list was another project with leftover pieces from two different panels which had been tucked away.

I loved the cardinal and wanted to include it in a project.

Again I added some wonky borders and trimmed up the blocks to size. I sewed the blocks in to strips and then added them to the same cozy, pre-quilted backing using a quilt as you go method. I squared it up and it’s ready for the binding to be hand stitched. Binding is done, too! 😁

I apologize for the photos. It’s been snowing again for several days and I haven’t been able to get outside to do any photography. Both of these lap quilts will be at my Guild before the deadline of Dec.11th. 😁

My final project for the Christmas Hampers was one of my usual gifts; a covered journal. I made this one a bit different than my last few years by adding a ribbon page marker. Last year the organizers told me they were a hit so I was going to make several, but hadn’t been to the shop where I buy my notebooks so I just had one notebook to cover.

In the meantime while I was trying to put together the blocks for my planned project, Samantha, my inner squirrel decided I needed to be distracted by a DrEAMi project. As most of you know Sandra from MMM Quilts is the best at enabling us and encouraging us to let our squirrels run amok. She did it again when she was releasing her fun new pattern, Rainbow Neighborhood. You can read about it here and the pattern is on sale this week in her Etsy Shop.

The pattern includes twin, throw, cushion and bench pillow patterns.

I knew I didn’t have time to finish a quilt and didn’t have any pillow forms, so I decided to make the Bench cushion and do a slight variation to fit my son and DIL’s dining table. It’s a lovely farm table and table runners need to be a specific size. It’s 4:00 on Wednesday as I’m writing this. I just finished the binding and I will be able to get it in the mail tomorrow and it will be on time for a Christmas delivery.

This is a great pattern that you can customize and really make it your own. I love the various blocks to make the houses from. Wendy from Pieceful Thoughts of my Quilting Life also use Sandra’s pattern to make a cushion and has some intriguing ideas to do this quilt as a BOM or for different seasons. 😉

Here for your enjoyment is a little video of Samantha in her Christmas finery. She takes pride in being the only Christmas decoration in my home since my DH is the world’s biggest Grinch! When she isn’t tempting me to just drop what I’m working on and start something else, she sits by my machine and always makes me smile.

The next thing I have to share is a recipe that came to be created when my brother discovered he has Celiac Disease. My sister in law and I switched making dinners on Saturday evenings and both tried to come up with great menus, making everything gluten free. It was my turn to cook Christmas dinner and my brother has always enjoyed the dressing. He always said it was his favourite part of the meal. Back in those days, gluten free bread wasn’t readily available and any I had baked didn’t taste very good. My solution: mashed potato stuffing! I cooked up 5 lbs of potatoes, mashed them, added almost 1/4 lb of butter, chopped onions, celery and my seasoning (after checking that they were safe for my brother to eat). Since we had 5 children between us, I also made a pan of regular dressing, added some chicken broth and cooked it in the oven beside the turkey. Everyone was happy and the look on my brother’s face when I handed him the serving bowl of dressing was priceless. I have since discovered that mashed potato dressing is common in Prince Edward Island. 🤶🏻

No Cookie Exchange is complete without a cookie recipe. My favourite is a shortbread recipe. It is a traditional favourite that gets made every year. I do change it up a bit. I prefer to make my shortbread lemony or nutty. Just click on the photo for a downloadable copy of my recipe.

Had to borrow an internet photo since I haven’t baked my shortbread yet😉

I’ve included the full list of participants in case you missed visiting anyone’s blog. 😁

December 5

Creatin’ in the Sticks

DesertSky Quilting

Karrin’s Crazy World

Days Filled With Joy

Just Because Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

For The Love Of Geese

Words & Stitches

 

December 6

MooseStashQuilting

Just Sew Quilter

Ms P Designs USA

Beaquilter

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life


Stitchin At Home

 

December 7

Inflorescence

Crazy’boutquilts

Patchouli Moon Studio

Texas Quilt Gal

Pinker n’ Punkin Quilting & Stitching

Needled Mom

Quilted Delights

 

December 8

Just Let Me Quilt

Quiltscapes

Songbird Designs

Patchwork Breeze

Quilt Schmilt

Homespun Hannah’s Blog

Happy Cottage Quilter

Thank you for stopping by to read my contribution to this fun hop. I love reading and responding to any comments and take it as a wonderful compliment! 😉 Carol

Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange Day 3

Carol from Just Let Me Quilt has been hosting this fun and sew very taste tempting blog hop for several years now. It’s one of my favourites!

Several of our favourite creative bloggers are joining in and I’m sharing the list now for the day 3 participants.

 

December 7

Inflorescence

Crazy’boutquilts

Patchouli Moon Studio

Texas Quilt Gal

Pinker n’ Punkin Quilting & Stitching

Needled Mom

Quilted Delights

 

Get ready for some fun and do remember to show the participants some quilty love by posting a comment on their posts! 😉

Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange Day 2

Carol from Just Let Me Quilt has been hosting this fun and sew very taste tempting blog hop for several years now. It’s one of my favourites!

Several of our favourite creative bloggers are joining in and I’m sharing the list for the second day now. 😉

December 6

MooseStashQuilting

Just Sew Quilter

Ms P Designs USA

Beaquilter

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life


Stitchin At Home

 

Get ready for some fun and do remember to show the participants some quilty love by posting a comment on their posts!

Sunday Update and ToDo Tuesday #119

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is being hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal and making sure I go see what everyone else is planning for the upcoming week.

Last goals:

It was another week of meetings and appointments but I did manage to carve out some time to play with fabric.

1. Keep working on my hand quilting, EPP projects and leader/ender projects. Some progress; the hand quilting is done on my little quilt; just needs binding. 😁

2. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to quilt my version of A Roll of the Dice which is on the frame. No studio time yet. 😢

3. Keep working on the commission quilt.

4. Finish my second Heading North quilt, designed by Sandra of MMM Quilts.

Just need to put on the borders once I make the blocks I need to modify Sandra’s pattern since I have a specific sized quilt with these colours required for Christmas. 😉

5. Deal with meetings and appointments as they arise.

6. Finish my projects and write posts for my next blog hops.

7. Do not allow Sam or any of her squirrel friends to distract me any more this week. 🐿💕🐿

This week’s goals:

1. Keep working on my EPP projects and leader/ender projects.

2. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to quilt my version of A Roll of the Dice which is on the frame.

3. Keep working on the commission quilt.

4. Finish my Hop projects and posts.

5. Deal with meetings and appointments.

6. Finish my second Heading North quilt, designed by Sandra of MMM Quilts.

7. Do not allow Sam or any of her squirrel friends to distract me any more this week. 🐿💕🐿

Stitchin’ Time

Kate from Life in Pieces hosts a weekly linky party to help us keep to our goals of stitching every day.

I’m trying for at least 30 minutes a day this year, but also am allowing myself the guiltless days when real life was too busy, emotional or just trying. It’s been a year so far and it doesn’t seem as if life will allow me to get back to my peaceful days of fondling fabric, at least not quite yet.

  • January 31/31
  • February 28/28
  • March 26/31
  • April 6/30
  • May 13/31
  • June 25/30
  • July 28/31
  • August 24/31
  • September 17/30
  • October 11/31
  • November 13/30
  • this week 5/7
  • Previous Total 222/341
  • Total: 227/348
  • Percentage = 65.2 %

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report

I like to link with Donna @ QuiltPaintCreate to keep track of fabric in and out of my stash.

  • Fabric previous balance: 28.75 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 12 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 16.75 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards this year. I haven’t managed to actually figure out how much fabric I really have in my stash so it just seems to be reasonable to set a goal to continue working from my stash.

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

PHD in 2022

Quilting Gail is hosting her PHD in 2022 Challenge again this year.

It’s beginning to look as if my UFO List is going to be expanding with so many incomplete projects this year, but at least I’m closer to my PHD even if I don’t get it done. The way this year has been I’m content with the progress I have and am making.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my post. Your comments make my day and I do reply to each one. 😉 Carol

Linking with:

Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange is Finally Here!

Carol from Just Let Me Quilt has been hosting this fun and sew very taste tempting blog hop for several years now. It’s one of my favourites!

Several of our favourite creative bloggers are joining in and I’m sharing the list of the first day participants now to whet your appetites.

December 5

Creatin’ in the Sticks

DesertSky Quilting

Karrin’s Crazy World

Days Filled With Joy

Just Because Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

For The Love Of Geese

Words & Stitches

Get ready for some fun and do remember to show the participants some quilty love by posting a comment on their posts!

Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange is Coming Soon to a Screen Near you!

Carol from Just Let Me Quilt has been hosting this fun and sew very taste tempting blog hop for several years now. It’s one of my favourites!

Several of our favourite creative bloggers are joining in and I’m sharing the list now to whet your appetites.

December 5

Creatin’ in the Sticks

DesertSky Quilting

Karrin’s Crazy World

Days Filled With Joy

Just Because Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

For The Love Of Geese

Words & Stitches

 

December 6

MooseStashQuilting

Just Sew Quilter

Ms P Designs USA

Beaquilter

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life


Stitchin At Home

 

December 7

Inflorescence

Crazy’boutquilts

Patchouli Moon Studio

Texas Quilt Gal

Pinker n’ Punkin Quilting & Stitching

Needled Mom

Quilted Delights

 

December 8

Just Let Me Quilt

Quiltscapes

Songbird Designs

Patchwork Breeze

Quilt Schmilt

Homespun Hannah’s Blog

Happy Cottage Quilter

Get ready for some fun and do remember to show the participants some quilty love by posting a comment on their posts!

See you all in just over a week! 😉 Carol

ToDo Tuesday #118

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is being hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal and making sure I go see what everyone else is planning for the upcoming week.

Last goals:

It was another week of meetings and appointments but I did manage to carve out some time to play with fabric.

1. Keep working on my hand quilting, EPP projects and leader/ender projects. Some progress.

2. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to quilt my version of A Roll of the Dice which is on the frame. No studio time yet. 😢

3. Finish drafting the commission quilt pattern. Some progress. 😁

4. Finish the pattern draft for my friend. Finished and delivered. 😁

5. Finish my second Heading North quilt, designed by Sandra of MMM Quilts. Still working on my borders and blocks.

6. Attend to more medical and other appointments with my DH and myself this week. Done. Just need to do follow up appointments this week.

7. Start planning projects and pulling fabric for my next blog hop projects.

8. Finish some secret sewing projects for Christmas. Completed and I’ll share soon. 😉

9. Do not allow Sam or any of her squirrel friends to distract me any more this week. 🐿💕🐿

This week’s goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting, EPP projects and leader/ender projects.

2. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to quilt my version of A Roll of the Dice which is on the frame.

3. Keep working on the commission quilt.

4. Finish my second Heading North quilt, designed by Sandra of MMM Quilts.

Just need to put on the borders once I make the blocks I need to modify Sandra’s pattern since I have a specific sized quilt with these colours required for Christmas. 😉

6. Deal with meetings and appointments as they arise.

7. Finish my next blog hop projects and get my posts written.

8. Do not allow Sam or any of her squirrel friends to distract me any more this week. 🐿💕🐿

Stitchin’ Time

Kate from Life in Pieces hosts a weekly linky party to help us keep to our goals of stitching every day.

I’m trying for at least 30 minutes a day this year, but also am allowing myself the guiltless days when real life was too busy, emotional or just trying. It’s been a year so far and it doesn’t seem as if life will allow me to get back to my peaceful days of fondling fabric, at least not quite yet.

  • January 31/31
  • February 28/28
  • March 26/31
  • April 6/30
  • May 13/31
  • June 25/30
  • July 28/31
  • August 24/31
  • September 17/30
  • October 11/31
  • November 13/30
  • this week 3/7
  • Previous Total 219/334
  • Total: 222/341
  • Percentage = 65.57 %.

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report

I like to link with Donna @ QuiltPaintCreate to keep track of fabric in and out of my stash.

  • Fabric previous balance: 33.75 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 5 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 28.75 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards this year. I haven’t managed to actually figure out how much fabric I really have in my stash so it just seems to be reasonable to set a goal to continue working from my stash.

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

PHD in 2022

Quilting Gail is hosting her PHD in 2022 Challenge again this year.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my post. Your comments make my day and I do reply to each one. 😉 Carol

Linking with:

Sunday Stash @ QuiltPaintCreate

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

15 Minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces

Put your Foot Down @ True Blue Quilts

Sew and Tell @ Melva Loves Scraps

Monday This and That @ Days Filled With Joy

Monday Musings @ Songbird Designs

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

ToDo Tuesday #117

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is being hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal and making sure I go see what everyone else is planning for the upcoming week.

Last goals:

Once again I wasn’t too successful with my ToDo List and I didn’t even manage to write a blog post last week. I seemed to find myself constantly out of my home and running here and there for appointments and meetings.

1. Keep working on my hand quilting, EPP projects and leader/ender projects. Some progress.

2. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to quilt my version of A Roll of the Dice which is on the frame. No studio time yet. 😢

3. Finish drafting the commission quilt pattern. Drafting done, fabrics pulled, and cutting has commenced..

4. Finish the pattern draft for my friend. Finished and delivered. 😁

5. Finish my second Heading North quilt, designed by Sandra of MMM Quilts.

The center of the quilt is finished. I still need to add the border, but Samantha has been telling me I need to add more to it! I really like this version with the blue background. 🐿😉
This version (the throw size) makes me smile when I think of the fun I’ll have quilting it with all that lovely background just calling for some fun custom work. 😁

6. Deal with some medical appointments for both my DH and myself this week. Most appointments and tests are done. 😓

7. Start pulling fabric for my next blog hop project. Project is determined and fabric pulled.

8. Do not allow Sam or any of her squirrel friends to distract me this week. 🐿💕🐿. No luck. Sam was having too much fun sidetracking me.

This week’s goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting, EPP projects and leader/ender projects.

2. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to quilt my version of A Roll of the Dice which is on the frame.

3. Finish drafting the commission quilt pattern.

4. Finish the pattern draft for my friend.

5. Finish my second Heading North quilt, designed by Sandra of MMM Quilts.

6. Attend to more medical and other appointments with my DH and myself this week.

7. Start planning projects and pulling fabric for my next blog hop projects.

8. Finish some secret sewing projects for Christmas.

9. Do not allow Sam or any of her squirrel friends to distract me any more this week. 🐿💕🐿

Stitchin’ Time

Kate from Life in Pieces hosts a weekly linky party to help us keep to our goals of stitching every day.

I’m trying for at least 30 minutes a day this year, but also am allowing myself the guiltless days when real life was too busy, emotional or just trying. It’s been a year so far and it doesn’t seem as if life will allow me to get back to my peaceful days of fondling fabric, at least not quite yet.

  • January 31/31
  • February 28/28
  • March 26/31
  • April 6/30
  • May 13/31
  • June 25/30
  • July 28/31
  • August 24/31
  • September 17/30
  • October 11/31
  • November 10/30
  • this week 1/7
  • Previous Total 209/304
  • Total: 219/334
  • Percentage = 65.57 %.

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report

I like to link with Donna @ QuiltPaintCreate to keep track of fabric in and out of my stash.

  • Fabric previous balance: 42.75 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 9 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 33.75 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards this year. I haven’t managed to actually figure out how much fabric I really have in my stash so it just seems to be reasonable to set a goal to continue working from my stash.

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

PHD in 2022

Quilting Gail is hosting her PHD in 2022 Challenge again this year.

I think I’ve lost track of some projects so I’ll have to check my bins to make sure I haven’t missed anything 😉

Wishing all of my American family and friends a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with fun, family, friends and great food. 🍗🥧

Thank you for stopping by and reading my post. Your comments make my day and I do reply to each one. 😉 Carol

Linking with:

Sunday Stash @ QuiltPaintCreate

Oh Scrap @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

15 Minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces

Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter

Can I get a Whoop Whoop? Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Put your Foot Down @ True Blue Quilts

Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

Sew and Tell Melva Loves Scraps

Design Wall Monday @ Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Monday This and That @ Days Filled With Joy

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

Monday Musings @ Songbird Designs

DrEAMi @ MMM Quilts

ToDo Tuesday #116

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is being hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal and making sure I go see what everyone else is planning for the upcoming week.

Here’s my view; winter has arrived 😉

Last goals:

Once again I wasn’t too successful with my ToDo List. Life seems to be conspiring against me. Last Wednesday had us going for our flu shot and they were able to give us our next Covid booster (#5) at the same time. This resulted in my having a more extreme reaction than usual. I spent a lot of time napping and not doing much of anything.

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects. No progress.

2. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to quilt my version of A Roll of the Dice which is on the frame. No studio time yet. 😢

3. Start working on a new commission with finalizing drafting my design in EQ8. Still not done.

4. Draft another pattern for a friend. Some progress.

5. Finish my DrEAMi project. Not only done and blogged about, but was so much fun I had to start making another quilt top; the baby quilt version.😉 with having such a fraction to the vaccines I didn’t get the second top finished.

6. Do not allow my squirrel Samantha to distract me this week. 🐿😉. Samantha got me again with another hand work project unless I decide to switch to machine piecing instead. 😳

This one will be finished from the scrap bins! 😉

This week’s goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting, EPP projects and leader/ender projects.

2. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to quilt my version of A Roll of the Dice which is on the frame.

3. Finish drafting the commission quilt pattern.

4. Finish the pattern draft for my friend.

5. Finish my second Heading North quilt, designed by Sandra of MMM Quilts.

6. Deal with some medical appointments for both my DH and myself this week.

7. Start pulling fabric for my next blog hop project.

This is the December Hop hosted by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt. I think it’s my 5th year participating in this one. 😉 I just happen to have a fq bundle that might work for this if I can find it in the mess I’ve made trying to reorganize things for winter.

8. Do not allow Sam or any of her squirrel friends to distract me this week. 🐿💕🐿

Stitchin’ Time

Kate from Life in Pieces hosts a weekly linky party to help us keep to our goals of stitching every day.

I’m trying for at least 30 minutes a day this year, but also am allowing myself the guiltless days when real life was too busy, emotional or just trying. It’s been a year so far and it doesn’t seem as if life will allow me to get back to my peaceful days of fondling fabric, at least not quite yet.

  • January 31/31
  • February 28/28
  • March 26/31
  • April 6/30
  • May 13/31
  • June 25/30
  • July 28/31
  • August 24/31
  • September 17/30
  • October 11/31
  • this week 1/7
  • Previous Total 209/304
  • Total: 210/311
  • Percentage = 67.52 %. It’s actually better than I thought 😉

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report

I like to link with Donna @ QuiltPaintCreate to keep track of fabric in and out of my stash.

  • Fabric previous balance: 54.75 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 12 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 42.75 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards this year. I haven’t managed to actually figure out how much fabric I really have in my stash so it just seems to be reasonable to set a goal to continue working from my stash.

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

PHD in 2022

Quilting Gail is hosting her PHD in 2022 Challenge again this year.

Thinking of friends and family in America on the Mid Term Election Day.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my post. Your comments make my day and I do reply to each one. 😉 Carol

Linking with:

Sunday Stash @ quiltpaintcreate

Oh Scrap @  Quilting is More Fun than Housework

Frédérique  Quilting Patchwork Applique

15 Minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces

Wednesday Wait Loss @  Inquiring Quilter 

Can I get a Whoop Whoop? @  Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Put your Foot Down @ For the Love of Geese @ True Blue Quilts

Peacock Party @ Wendy’s Quilts and More

Sherry @  Powered by Quilting

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

Sew and Tell Melva Loves Scraps

Design Wall Monday @  Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Monday This and That Days Filled With Joy

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

Another Fun Project

One of my favourite Pattern Designers, Sandra Walker from MMM Quilts allowed a group of quilters to try out her newest pattern, Heading North, which is scheduled for release Nov. 3, 2022.

I do enjoy paper piecing and really needed a project to kick start my sewing mojo so I was only too happy to jump on board.

I didn’t have a problem pulling fabrics since I had a favourite piece of fabric that I wanted for my focal fabric.

I did half of the blocks using traditional paper piecing method and half of them using the freezer paper method. I didn’t see any difference in the block results, but was thrilled with the results of both when I finished my quilt top. I made the throw size and it turned out as well as I’d hoped. After looking at the flimsy and double checking after Wendy noticed a reversal in a block, I discovered that I had flipped my block as well. I’ll get Jack out and fix it before I quilt this one.

Just needs to be quilted and bound and it will be ready to go to a new home…

After finishing the Throw sized quilt, I had enough of some of those fabrics left so I decided I needed to make a Baby Quilt as well, since I enjoyed making these blocks so much.

I managed to get the blocks pieced but didn’t get them assembled. We had morning appointments for both the Flu Shot and the new Covid booster. Once I got home the “normal” reaction (headache, chills, aches and exhaustion) set in and my bed was calling.

This is the link to Sandra’s post with all of the information on this fun project, and this is the direct link to the pattern. From now until Sunday, November 6th, Sandra will be offering the Heading North pattern at 30% off.

Both of these quilts are quick to make with Sandra’s great instructions. I’m sure I’ll be making them again and after seeing the other versions and colorways that were made, I have some ideas percolating.

Thank you Sandra for allowing us to preview your new pattern. Now I’m heading over to check Sandra’s post to see if I missed anything and check for the links to see the pretty quilts made by the other quilters.

So glad you stopped by to check my post! 😉 Carol

ToDo Tuesday #115

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is being hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal and making sure I go see what everyone else is planning for the upcoming week.

Last goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects. No progress.

2. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to quilt my version of A Roll of the Dice which is on the frame. My trip to the studio had a memorial service and getting D and her home ready for winter. No sewing time happened..

3. Finish next Blog Hop project, and get my post written. My post went live on time.

4. Keep working on a special DrEAMi that Samantha told me I had to jump in and do. I’m at the flimsy stage 😉

5. Start working on a new commission with finalizing drafting my design in EQ8. Not finished drafting yet. 😢

6. Give poor Samantha, my inner squirrel to a chance to inspire me with a new project to keep me occupied with something crafty this week.

This week’s goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects.

2. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to quilt my version of A Roll of the Dice which is on the frame.

3. Start working on a new commission with finalizing drafting my design in EQ8.

4. Draft another pattern for a friend.

5. Finish my DrEAMi project.

6. Do not allow my squirrel Samantha to distract me this week. 🐿😉

Stitchin’ Time

Kate from Life in Pieces hosts a weekly linky party to help us keep to our goals of stitching every day.

I’m trying for at least 30 minutes a day this year, but also want to at least spend 30 minutes a week tidying up and dealing with scraps.

  • January 31/31
  • February 28/28
  • March 26/31
  • April 6/30
  • May 13/31
  • June 25/30
  • July 28/31
  • August 24/31
  • September 17/30
  • October 7/31
  • this week 2/7
  • Previous Total 203/287
  • Total: 205/294
  • Percentage = 60.14 %

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report

I like to link with Donna @ QuiltPaintCreate to keep track of fabric in and out of my stash.

  • Fabric previous balance: 59.5 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 4.75 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 54.75 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards this year. I haven’t managed to actually figure out how much fabric I really have in my stash so it just seems to be reasonable to set a goal to continue working from my stash.

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

PHD in 2022

Quilting Gail is hosting her PHD in 2022 Challenge again this year.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my post. Your comments make my day and I do reply to each one. 😉 Carol

Linking with:

Gremlins, Goblins and Ghouls The Last Day

Blog hops really do inspire, with our projects, posts, tutorials and patterns.

This month’s hop started on October 17th and was hosted by Joan from MooseStash Quilting who we all know is enamoured of all things Hallowe’en. 😉

……. and now, here is the full list of the blogs you can tour on the hop to find some creepy (or cute) inspiration:

Monday Oct 17

Just Let Me Quilt

For the Love of Geese

Patchouli Moon Studio

Inflorescence

Scrapdash

 

Tuesday Oct 18

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Quilted Delights

Karrins Crazy World

Quilt Schmilt

Selina Quilts

 

Wednesday Oct 19

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Just Sew Quilter

Homespun Hannah’s Blog

Words & Stitches

 

Thursday Oct 20

Songbird Designs

Ms P Designs USA

Lynns Beauty

Time4stitchn

Crazy’bout Quilts

 

Friday Oct 21

Pinker n’ Punkin Quilting & Stitching

Just Because Quilts

BeaQuilter

Pieceful Thoughts

MooseStashQuilting

I hope you managed to visit everyone, see their fun projects and showed some quilty love by commenting on their posts. 😉 Carol.

 

Gremlins, Goblins and Ghouls Are Coming!

Blog hops really do inspire, with our projects, posts, tutorials and patterns.

This month’s hop started on October 17th and is being hosted by Joan from MooseStash Quilting who we all know is enamoured of all things Hallowe’en. 😉

……. and now, here is the list of the blogs you can tour on the hop to find some creepy (or cute) inspiration:

Monday Oct 17

Just Let Me Quilt

For the Love of Geese

Patchouli Moon Studio

Inflorescence

Scrapdash

 

Tuesday Oct 18

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Quilted Delights

Karrins Crazy World

Quilt Schmilt

Selina Quilts

 

Wednesday Oct 19

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Just Sew Quilter

Homespun Hannah’s Blog

Words & Stitches

 

Thursday Oct 20

Songbird Designs

Ms P Designs USA

Lynns Beauty

Time4stitchn

Crazy’bout Quilts

 

Friday Oct 21

Pinker n’ Punkin Quilting & Stitching

Just Because Quilts

BeaQuilter

Pieceful Thoughts

MooseStashQuilting

 

 

Gremlins, Goblins and Ghouls Have Arrived!

Blog hops really do inspire, with our projects, posts, tutorials and patterns.

This month’s hop started on on October 17th and is being hosted by Joan from MooseStash Quilting who we all know is enamoured of all things Hallowe’en. 😉

……. and now, here is the list of the blogs you can tour on the hop to find some creepy (or cute) inspiration:

Monday Oct 17

Just Let Me Quilt

For the Love of Geese

Patchouli Moon Studio

Inflorescence

Scrapdash

 

Tuesday Oct 18

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Quilted Delights

Karrins Crazy World

Quilt Schmilt

Selina Quilts

 

Wednesday Oct 19

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Just Sew Quilter

Homespun Hannah’s Blog

Words & Stitches

 

Thursday Oct 20

Songbird Designs

Ms P Designs USA

Lynns Beauty

Time4stitchn

Crazy’bout Quilts

 

Friday Oct 21

Pinker n’ Punkin Quilting & Stitching

Just Because Quilts

BeaQuilter

Pieceful Thoughts

MooseStashQuilting

 

 

Gremlins,Goblins and Ghouls!Oh My! Are Here on My Blog! It’s My Day!

Blog hops really do inspire, with our projects, posts, tutorials and patterns.

This month’s hop is being hosted by Joan from MooseStash Quilting who we all know is enamoured of all things Hallowe’en. 😉

My inspiration for the project for this hop came when I had the opportunity to test some block patterns for a designer I enjoy. Sandra Healy Designs had created more of her fun blocks and these are Hallowe’en themes.

I started with testing the Ghost block in both 6” and 12” sizes:

In our Queen of the Gadgets Blog Hop last month I had shared one of my favourite gadgets; my Accuquilt cutter and dies. My only issue with my cutter is the fact that the cutting mats wear out and I’m always trying to upcycle them. I did share in my post that I would show one of my favoured upcycle uses for the worn out mats.

This little basket is 6” cubed. It’s the perfect size to hold my charm packs and the Accuquilt cutting mat became the centre layer of the bottom of my basket to help it keep it’s shape while it’s filled or folded flat and put away. Little Casper sits on my shelf and makes me smile every time I see him. 😉

Then I tested the Cauldron pattern for Sandra Healy:

That meant I needed to make the Witch block to have enough blocks for my projects.;

Next step was to sew the Witch and Cauldron blocks together, then sandwich and quilt them. I had fun stitching in the ditch and echo quilting these blocks.

Then I took the Ghost block, added some pieced scrap fabrics to make the back panel, then sandwiched and quilted it as well.

My next step was to cut lining pieces and make my straps.

In the end I had two Trick or Treat bags, ready to gift to one of K and D’s neighbour’s two children. These two were such great sources of joy to K. They often visited or sent drawings to K before he passed away. The parents were so wonderful and always had time to take Cody out for a walk when we were tied up at the hospital or Hospice. It’s a small thank you for all of their help and will have a few treasures (colouring books, markers, stickers and perhaps a goodie or two 😉) inside when they are gifted to Maddie and Jimmy.

Sending a huge thank you to Sandra Healy for allowing me to test some of her blocks and for creating the perfect patterns for this Hop! 😁

This is the list for the blogs who are participating today. Don’t forget to check out their posts and be prepared to get your Spooky on! 🎃

Tuesday Oct 18

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Quilted Delights

Karrins Crazy World

Quilt Schmilt

Selina Quilts

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I enjoy taking part in these hops, and enjoy reading and replying to your wonderful comments. 😁 Carol

 

ToDo Tuesday #114

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is being hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal and making sure I go see what everyone else is planning for the upcoming week.

Once again I haven’t been able to post my list for a couple of weeks. Elections and being needed to rejoin my Guild Board and another Non-Profit’s Board of Directors filled my days, interfering with my time to quilt and to write blog posts.

Last goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects. Some progress.

2. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to quilt my version of A Roll of the Dice which is on the frame. Didn’t make it to the studio this week.

3. Finish next Blog Hop project, and get my post written. Just working on my post now! 😉

4. Work the first day of our Municipal Elections. Two days of Advance Polls and Regular Voting Day are done. The 15th (Voting Day) was my birthday so I had a few “special voters” arrive with goodies and gifts! 😓

5. Start working on a new commission by drafting my design in EQ8. Not much progress.

6. Give poor Samantha, my inner squirrel to a chance to inspire me with a new project to keep me occupied with something crafty this week. I was able to let Sam have her way with me. 😉

This week’s goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects.

2. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to quilt my version of A Roll of the Dice which is on the frame.

3. Finish next Blog Hop project, and get my post written.

4. Keep working on a special DrEAMi that Samantha told me I had to jump in and do.

5. Start working on a new commission with finalizing drafting my design in EQ8.

6. Give poor Samantha, my inner squirrel to a chance to inspire me with a new project to keep me occupied with something crafty this week. 😁🐿

Stitchin’ Time

Kate from Life in Pieces hosts a weekly linky party to help us keep to our goals of stitching every day.

I’m trying for at least 30 minutes a day this year, but also want to at least spend 30 minutes a week tidying up and dealing with scraps.

  • January 31/31
  • February 28/28
  • March 26/31
  • April 6/30
  • May 13/31
  • June 25/30
  • July 28/31
  • August 24/31
  • September 17/30
  • October 5/31
  • this week 5/14
  • Previous Total 198/273
  • Total: 203/287
  • Percentage = 64.84 %

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report

I like to link with Donna @ QuiltPaintCreate to keep track of fabric in and out of my stash.

  • Fabric previous balance: 59.5 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 59.5 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards this year. I haven’t managed to actually figure out how much fabric I really have in my stash so it just seems to be reasonable to set a goal to continue working from my stash.

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

PHD in 2022

Quilting Gail is hosting her PHD in 2022 Challenge again this year.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my post. Your comments make my day and I do reply to each one. 😉 Carol

Linking with:

Gremlins, Goblins and Ghouls Are Coming!

Blog hops really do inspire, with our projects, posts, tutorials and patterns.

This month’s hop is starting on October 17th and is being hosted by Joan from MooseStash Quilting who we all know is enamoured of all things Hallowe’en. 😉

I will see you on Tuesday October 18th which is when it’s my turn to share my ghostly project! 🎃

……. and now, here is the list of the blogs you can tour on the hop to find some creepy (or cute) inspiration:

Monday Oct 17

Just Let Me Quilt

For the Love of Geese

Patchouli Moon Studio

Inflorescence

Scrapdash

 

Tuesday Oct 18

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Quilted Delights

Karrins Crazy World

Quilt Schmilt

Selina Quilts

 

Wednesday Oct 19

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Just Sew Quilter

Homespun Hannah’s Blog

Words & Stitches

 

Thursday Oct 20

Songbird Designs

Ms P Designs USA

Lynns Beauty

Time4stitchn

Crazy’bout Quilts

 

Friday Oct 21

Pinker n’ Punkin Quilting & Stitching

Just Because Quilts

BeaQuilter

Pieceful Thoughts

MooseStashQuilting

 

 

ToDo Tuesday #113

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is being hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal and making sure I go see what everyone else is planning for the upcoming week.

Once again it has been a while since I managed to link up with Linda, but life out of my sewing space has been busy. I’ve been back to the studio twice to help K and D, and then had to help my friends with K’s trip to hospice and his final days. It was a blessing to see him finally at peace and free from pain. Another two days were spent making and receiving phone calls and the last decisions. I will be attending my friend’s service on the 22nd.

RIP my dear friend.

A trip home had me receiving a phone call to work the Municipal Elections (3 x 12+ hour days) in the upcoming weeks, and of course this week involved some training days.

Last goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects. No progress.

2. Keep working on my pattern test since everything is cut now. Finished and so much fun.

3. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to finish quilting my version of Sandra Walker’s, A Roll of the Dice. Once again I didn’t manage any time with the longarm.

4. Finish next Blog Hop projects, and get my posts written. The first hop is done and published. The next is now a works in progress and I need to write my post.

5. Do not allow Samantha to sidetrack me this week. 😁🐿. This past weeks my inner squirrel, Samantha, stayed quiet and allowed me the time to deal with life and start grieving for my dear friend.

This week’s goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects.

2. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to quilt my version of A Roll of the Dice which is on the frame.

3. Finish next Blog Hop project, and get my post written.

4. Work the first day of our Municipal Elections.

5. Start working on a new commission by drafting my design in EQ8.

6. Give poor Samantha, my inner squirrel to a chance to inspire me with a new project to keep me occupied with something crafty this week. 😁🐿

Stitchin’ Time

Kate from Life in Pieces hosts a weekly linky party to help us keep to our goals of stitching every day.

I’m trying for at least 30 minutes a day this year, but also want to at least spend 30 minutes a week tidying up and dealing with scraps.

  • January 31/31
  • February 28/28
  • March 26/31
  • April 6/30
  • May 13/31
  • June 25/30
  • July 28/31
  • August 24/31
  • September 17/30
  • this week 2/7
  • Previous Total 177/232
  • Total: 198/273
  • Percentage = 64.84 %

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report

I like to link with Donna @ QuiltPaintCreate to keep track of fabric in and out of my stash.

  • Fabric previous balance: 59.5 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 59.5 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards this year. I haven’t managed to actually figure out how much fabric I really have in my stash so it just seems to be reasonable to set a goal to continue working from my stash.

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

PHD in 2022

Quilting Gail is hosting her PHD in 2022 Challenge again this year.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my post. Your comments make my day and I do reply to each one. 😉 Carol

Linking with:

Gremlins, Goblins and Ghouls Are Coming!

Blog hops really do inspire, with our projects, posts, tutorials and patterns.

This month’s hop is starting on October 17th and is being hosted by Joan from MooseStash Quilting who we all know is enamoured of all things Hallowe’en. 😉

I will see you on Tuesday October 18th which is when it’s my turn to share my ghostly project! 🎃

……. and now, here is the list of the blogs you can tour on the hop to find some creepy (or cute) inspiration:

Monday Oct 17

Just Let Me Quilt

For the Love of Geese

Patchouli Moon Studio

Inflorescence

Scrapdash

 

Tuesday Oct 18

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Quilted Delights

Karrins Crazy World

Quilt Schmilt

Selina Quilts

 

Wednesday Oct 19

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Just Sew Quilter

Homespun Hannah’s Blog

Words & Stitches

 

Thursday Oct 20

Songbird Designs

Ms P Designs USA

Lynns Beauty

Time4stitchn

Crazy’bout Quilts

 

Friday Oct 21

Pinker n’ Punkin Quilting & Stitching

Just Because Quilts

BeaQuilter

Pieceful Thoughts

MooseStashQuilting

 

 

October OMG

October is normally a quiet month here at home. The golf course is usually closed and we often have snow on the ground before month end. So far this month the weather has been glorious and golfers abound on the course.

I’m going to be a bit busier than usual, with helping D, attending K’s Memorial Service and working 3 – 12 + hour days for our Municipal Elections.

I’m also planning on cutting some fabrics for a project I’ve had on the ToDo List for a long time if I can get it drawn up in EQ8 and I’d like to get a couple of tops quilted to work toward my PHD 2022.

I’m hoping you are all safe after the horrific weather we have had in various locations around the world and that you get to spend some quality time with your fabric and machines. 😁 Carol

Linking with Patty @ Elm Street Quilts.

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