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Bear Country

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The mullet of quilts - all business in the front, party in the back 😊  I've seen pics online of quilts made in a bear paw design in browns and blues - one of my favourite colour combos - and decided I need to make one.  I'm still in my frantic "got to keep busy before radiation (and maybe chemo) limit my activities" mindset so after completing Lovebug and With Glowing Hearts I immediately started in on this one.  I have wanted to do something nice for my lovely sister-in-law and decided this would be the perfect gift for her.  She lives in bear country and I think she would really appreciate this quilt.  There was a day quite a few years ago where we went for what was supposed to be a nice little "bike ride" but really ended up being a 10 mile mountain hike through the rocky woods dragging our bikes along.  But from the vantage point of the cliffs we were looking down on Georgian Bay and it was a perfect Carribean blue.  So I think of the blues in this qu

With Glowing Hearts

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  I bought the kit to make "With Glowing Hearts", a project put together by Northcott fabrics.  I mentioned in my last post that I was diagnosed with breast cancer last month.  Well I had a need to keep busy to help distract me, so after finishing Granddaughter #3's quilt I started right in to this one.  Within the three weeks of diagnosis to surgery I managed to do a complete quilt and get the quilt top made for this one; that is unbelievably quick for me!  I did the quilting after the surgery, which was just as well as it helped to distract me from the major rash I developed from the antiseptic they use during surgery. I had a lot of fun making the heart appliques; I haven't done that before.  I read online to use stabilizer behind the fabric to help keep everything smooth and I think that was good advice.  I hand-based the seam allowance under before pressing, and then used a blanket stitch on the machine to sew them down. I also did the binding as a bias cut as di

Quilt for Granddaughter #3

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  Here it is, a matching quilt for Granddaughter #3 to her sisters' quilts .  I was diagnosed with breast cancer last month which of course put me into a bit of a tailspin.  What was the first thing to come to mind?  I've got to get Granddaughter #3's quilt made!  I had already bought the fabric so it was just a matter of getting to it - and I did!  I worked very quickly on this and I'm really happy with the results.  I got it finished and delivered before my surgery which was my goal.  I also managed to get the matching pillowcases made for this one and a previous one for GD#2  that I had forgotten to make at the time.  But of course with everything going on I forgot to take pics of those. I called this one "Lovebug" and embroidered hearts around the outer blocks.  This banquet table has been working really well for me for pinning my quilts.  I'm not crawling around on the floor which makes me very sore, and I'm able to get a smoother quilt this way o

Fiesta Continued

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  When I last posted about  making Fiesta  back in April I had most of the squares finished.  I did get the quilt top assembled but then put on the back burner as seems to be my way with quilts.    I've been saving all the scraps of batting from the quilts I've made.  Some of them are large pieces and I had thought they could be patched together for a quilt.  I didn't want to try this for the first time on a gift quilt so I'm finally taking the plunge to use a pieced batting with Fiesta.  It seems appropriate because this is a scrappy quilt and, also, because it is for me it's a good project to try something new.  I pressed the pieces flat and then used a hand needle and thread to run a running stitch to hold them together until sandwiched.  Once the quilt was finished I don't notice the joins at all.  This feels odd but after all the quilts I have made now I had never slept with one on my bed.  The quilted bedspread my mom made me is not warm enough on its own

Still Waters

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  I have wanted to make a bed quilt for Daughter for ages but it took me awhile to land on an idea that I was happy with.  I finally decided to go with  Smokey River from Whirligig Patterns .  I have lusted after this pattern for awhile and as I have a good stash of 2 1/2" strips of Northcott's Stonehenge fabrics this was a great way to put them to use.  I actually planned two of them, going with the blue tones for Daughter (she has incredibly gorgeous blue eyes) and I'll make a matching one for myself one day using browns and blues. I am really pleased with how it turned out.  It has been a long project for me.  I cut and assembled the top a year ago, but then life got busy and work started back up again so it has been sitting on the back burner.  Then I wanted to get her Harry Potter lap quilt done in time for Christmas, so I've only now gotten back to working on this one. In some ways it is a blessing that I wasn't able to get to this before now.  I set up a ne

The Stash

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 LAST UPDATED JANUARY 2022 First posted July 20, 2021.  I've decided I need a dedicated post to try and keep track of some of my stash.  I have LOTS of fabric, and much of it has been patiently waiting for my attentions for years.  Although I try and make a habit of washing it as soon as it darkens my doorstep I haven't been that good at labeling it.  I've got some recent acquisitions that I still have the information for (or can find online) so I will start with those.  I don't know how much I will get catalogued; like many things I start with good intentions but then life happens. Maybe by having it here in a somewhat organized manner I can stop adding to the stash before using some of what I already have.  I mean, do I REALLY need three separate lengths of black ponte?  This will be an ongoing project to catalogue all my fashion fabrics, but not quilting or crafting fabrics. Yesterday mom and I went to Fabricland to buy a couple of patterns (I think my first big 4 pa