Sunday, December 29, 2013


Hey there,
  So I was trying to think what have I been up to lately in the productivity department.  I realized that I maybe haven't done as much quilting as normal but I have done a lot of crocheting.  It just seems unproductive because I never take pics of what I crochet.  I crocheted a few cowls, a lot of kids toques for church and some baby toques for friends who have had kids.  I guess I need to take more pics of what I crochet.  I have finished a couple of baby quilts for all the pregnant people in my world.
 A denim stroller quilt using an idea I found on Pinterest.

 The blocks were about 12 inches (without seams).  I think it will go to a teacher on staff who already has a 2 year old and they walk everywhere so I think the new baby will need to stay warm in his/her stroller.
 The second quilt (which I finished on holidays) will go to Anika who is the daughter of a teacher on staff.  She had open heart surgery at one week old so her name and the occasional heart are quilted into this John Deer quilt.  The back is one of those cheater panels that looks like lots of squares.  I used the cheater (fold over) binding method that you had pinned on Pinterest and it worked pretty well.  I should have been more precise with my corners but they still look fine.
This year's "Christmas Pie" ornaments
We had Grandpa, Aunty, Uncle, Mel,Chris, T.J. and my parents over for Christmas Eve supper.  This year I mad little mitten ornaments to fill with flashlights ( just like Grandma did), lotto tickets, and candy.  Last year I had crocheted little socks, I'm not sure what next year will be.  I'm not going to lie, as I was filling them I had a big ugly missing my Grandma cry, our family had a few of those this year.

I made this wall hanging for Sharen this year.  I did a lot of detail free motion on Mary and Joseph in different colours and did some quilting in the borders.  I even remembered to put a hanging sleeve on the back.
 So I guess I have been somewhat productive lately, maybe just not a very proficient blogger.  Must work on that for next year.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Arm Knitting

I've seen so many big chunky scarves that were made by arm knitting.  I've pinned a few examples and how to's but haven't tried it until today.  Thanks to Julie sending me this:

Her ... it's you ... in Julie's Edmonton Oilers inspired arm knitted scarf, which is fantastic!!  Juile used a you tube instruction video.  The tutorial is called "Arm knit an Infinity Scarf in 30 minutes - The Original Tutorial - With Simply Maggie".  It took me a bit to cast onto my arm ... actually I took a break and phoned you because I was frustrated.  I watched a few more instructional videos and couldn't follow them either.  So I went back to the tutorial that Julie sent me and played it over and over and over until I figured it out.  
Once started, I discovered that it is really simple and works up quickly!! Next time I would use chunky yarn.  I used what I had in my yarn stash.  I should only have a material stash but I'm beginning to collect yarn too!

Here's the finished product:

I love it!  I'm going to give it away as one of the pay it forward gifts.  I signed up for the pay it forward thing in January and have a few more gifts to send out!  

Here's the other cowl scarf I made to give away:

I refuse to take a full picture of myself because I haven't brushed my hair yet today and its standing up every where!!
Stay Warm

Grandma Anne

So I did it again .... Yep I gave away another quilt! I gave Grandma the "Aunt Edna's Everyday Dishes" quilt! Remember that one?!?!? It was the first one I quilted! I love that quilt and had givers remorse! She loved it so that made it better. Still was hard!

My goal today is to be productive!! Hopefully I'll have something to show you soon!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

I gave a quilt away!!

Take a look at this:

This is ECS's Sr. Girls Basketball team in thier pink jereseies. (Is that how you spell that?)  Jessie Smoliak is the coach of the team.  She's the shorter one in the white t-shirt!  I think this is the 3rd year that they have had a "Pink Tournament".  Each year they raise money for breast cancer research.  They have a bake sale for a couple of days prior to the tournament and at the tournament.  There is a silent auction and they sell "Shoot for a Cure" t-shirts.  All the money raised at the tournament is donated.  This year, I made them a quilt to raffle off!!  I used the breast cancer material.  A Mom of a girl on the team won the quilt and she loves it!  I'm thinking, I might have to make this an annual thing I do!  This year, the team donated some money to Lindsay Collins (a teacher on our staff who is battling breast cancer).  They presented her with a cheque at their pink game (the game when they wear their pink jeresies).  They kept it a secret and gave her the donation at the game, which happended to be the same day as her birthday!!  I wasn't there to see it but  Lindsay was very greatful and surprised.  

This isn't the only act of kindness for this team.  They got together and donated a Christmas tree and decorations to another of our teachers and her family.  Melissa Holman is a new teacher in our building.  Her husband was in an accident and is now in a wheel chair.  They are building a new home (which they get to move into this weekend).  There have been issues with building, as usual, and they haven't been able to get their Christmas decorations out of storage.  They delivered the tree/decorations the night of the teams Christmas party.  

Aren't these girls great?!?!?  More than that, their coach is a fantastic person!!
Happy Quilting

A Gift for Vanessa's Dad

When I lived in Weyburn, Vanessa, Kristy and I use to have a day when we did Christmas crafts.  We haven't been so successful at doing this since I moved to Estevan.  I'm not sure why we don't.  It just seems like one or two of us is always busy.  This year, Vanessa called and we picked a date.  Then Mother Nature decied we shouldn't do the Christmas craft because we got frozen rain over night and 1/4 in of fluffy snow after that.  Vanessa wanted to make a subway sign for her Dad.  Since we weren't able to meet and do it together, she asked me to do it for her.  So I did!!  Here's how it turned out:

Vanessa wanted it to be old looking and represent her Dad.  They have a time share in Montana and love it.  She had found this saying and thought it suited her Dad well.

Happy Saturday morning!  

PS - Why am I up so early?  Aren't we on holidays now?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

My Oiler's Quilt - Update

How do you like this cold weather?  I figured -42C is a good reason to make another quilt.  It is so cold in our apartment, that I actually need another quilt!!  Good reasoning for starting something new eh??  Here's how I've laid out the top:

I really did just lay out the squares without thinking about it.  I think I'm goign to leave it as it is and sew it together. 

When I told Dallas that this was my "Oiler's" quilt, he's comment was "It's a little small"!  I can't decide if I'm going to put a border on this or not.  Maybe just a 2 or 3 in border.

What do you think?

Stay warm my friend!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

My Oiler's Quilt

Hey ...

I've been trying not to start something new until I get something finished.  So I finished fixing a shirt for one of the secretaries at school last night!  Now I can start my Oilers quilt!!  I can't decied what to do.  I found some blue and orange scraps from Dallas' Oilers quilt to add to the fat quarters I found.  Here's what I've come up with so far:

Block #1
The grey would become blue, the orange/yellow/pink would be orange and the white wouldn't change.

Block #2
The white would not change, the teal blue would become blue, the green and patterned pieces would be orange.

Block#3 - is actually the entire quilt.  I really really like this one but think I want to do it with a bunch of scraps.  It's from Red Pepper Quilts (I think that's the correct name).  I love her work.  I'm taking this one out of the running!!

I'm kind of leaning towards Block #1.  I'm going to draw out a pattern to see if I have enough material to make a nice couch quilt!  

I'm sick of this cold cold weather already and its only day number 2 of it!!
Thank goodness we have lots of quilts to keep us warm!!
Happy Sewing!

Decision made:  I'm going to use Block #1 and make a 54 in x 54 in quilt.  I'm going to make it one big quilt block instead of making it a bunch of times.  Here's my plan:

I'm excited to start this one!!
Stay warm!