BOM Finishing …let the quilting begin 

 Hi there, long time no see! It has been a long while eh? But I’ve been saving the BOM quilt from 2016 as my first post of this year. I started the Garden quilt BOM just about a year ago and finished the quilt top in June of last year. It got put aside while I was gardening and busy doing other things. But now it is time to get this quilt finished up. I took an afternoon to lay out the layers, which means clearing out the living room and putting the layers together on the floor and using lots of safety pins to hold everything together .  The knees won’t be the same again for a while lol. Probably one of the reasons I took so long to get back at it. That’s day one. Day two is picking out the colours of thread I want to use and start quilting the first section. I’m going to use a pale gold , red and a light teal green on the quilt front and off white for the back.

 I want the quilt to feel light and fluffy so I won’t be doing any dense quilting on this one and I will be using a wide pressure foot with a walking foot just to keep the stitches at a nice regular length. I chose to start in the middle section(hour glass and sawtooth border)  just because that’s the way I put the quilt together and I’m hoping it will make quilting easier and there may be less shifting? Yes? I guess I’ll find out. 

Results of Day Two

I’m pretty happy with my stitching although this method means a lot of turning and handling a lot of fabric but I would be doing that anyway. But at least the knees are resting, now the shoulders get the work out! Who ever said quilting is light work?  Lol. My method of working from the centre out is working well so far, I’m basicly following the borders. It can’t get much easier than that 🙂 

The next section is the blue and beige with the star corners. I have a couple of ideas on how I want that to go, but I’ll keep that to myself …for now 🙂 I wasn’t going to give myself a time limit on quilting and finishing the BOM quilt but I would like to see it finished within the next couple of weeks now that it has been stated and of course it would be nice to say I got the quilt on the bed before winter was out , right ? Lol 

Thank you for dropping by, have a great day crafting and what makes you happy.




February 9, 2017 · 1:53 PM

Take a Seat by The Sea…or at Least The Harbour

And it’s a seat in the cool breeze. We’ve had a couple of days of warm weather, and yes it did feel like summer but that didn’t last lol. Neither does my memory 🙂  I spent a few minutes looking for an old post that apparently I didn’t  I was so sure I had written about these patio chair cushions…2 years ago? Maybe it was 3 ??  oh well, and last summer was pretty much a write off for sewing and machine embroidery. So I guess I should get at it… 🙂   We had purchased a very nice patio set..4 metal chairs and a metal table..I don’t want to call it wrought iron because it probably isn’t  but it looks like wrought iron… stay with me here..I will get to the point lol  I love the set but I did NOT like the colour of the seat cushions and they were so plain and being just a little bit handy 😉 I instantly reassured Mr Mister that I could make new cushions covers.



And thats when I spied the painters drop cloth canvas  ..Perfect!  heavy weight durable… I bought a package that was 8 ‘ X 16’ I washed it and put it in the dryer and it shrunk up nicely.  I printed out the 5 designs that I was going to use on each panel , moving them around until I was happy with how each nautical theme was placed.  A few marking points and we were all set. I took one of the green cushion covers apart to make a pattern and reused the piping around the edges.




Now fast forward to a couple of weeks ago…where I’m digging around in the closet of the sewing room because I know I put the back cushion fabric in there”somewhere”  already cut out and ready for machine embroidery… mmmm which box… #1 , #2 or… yes of course…#3  funny how what ever I’m looking for is in the last place I look 😉    And the stitching begins

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I bought an inexpensive quilt batting, the lofty kind and rolled in double layers, so it wouldn’t sag . Now all I need is a little warmer weather or a bigger knitting project for my lap lol

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Until next time, have fun crafting at whatever makes you happy…Izz




June 28, 2016 · 1:14 PM

Tea Time Table Runner

Another day and another finish… (doing my old woman happy dance) LOL  now there’s something I won’t get out of my head ha ha 🙂

This little project started back in Dec, when I received a gift in the mail from one of my blog buddies Avis at Oh Sew Temptingteacuprunner

A beautiful hand made card and a charm pack of pretty blue and white prints. They are so adorable . Thank you again Avis ! Now , my dilemma , what to do with them ? I really wanted the project to do this pretty pack of prints justice and it wasn’t long before I had my inspiration. teacuprunner2

I had been wanted to machine embroidery these adorable bunnies in tea cups on a table runner or table cover, something to brighten up the kitchen. Between working on the pinwheel quilt and the BOM this year, why not keep with that theme? I was getting brave sewing squares and making triangles and hour glass blocks 🙂 Of course I had to plan this out, I did not want to run shy of blocks. I folded the fabric this way and that and turned the pieces around trying to get a good visual. I do scribble on paper and all that but there is nothing like having the fabric in hand when I am planning or designing. Its also what I do with the embroidery threads, I get a handful of spools and put them together to see if they and going mix or separate like oil and water.


I had plenty of print blocks and white pieces …whew:) I did add some white around each block and along the sides. Now at this point I had a moment of indecision about the binding and bending Avis’ ear a little lol I got back to sewing. 🙂 I think the solid blue binding set everything off nicely and I got a chance to use the binding tool on the Bernina so its a plus all around 🙂


Me being worried about running out of fabric.. ha , I had enough left to make 4 mug mats with one each of the print to spare and 2 or 3 white pieces. those will be kept safe 😉 I am a hoarder of keepsakes you know.


Tea anyone ? Thanks so much for dropping by and I hope you have a great week crafting at what makes you happy.



June 8, 2016 · 11:24 AM

Block of The Month 2016 – June

Happy Dancing ….June Borders are on the the quilt  !!! YEAH!.. and the  2016 Craftsy BOM Garden Charm Quilt top is complete I am so happy with how it all turned out. So much colour , it also help me put a big dent into my stash 🙂  I probably won’t get it quilted  until fall..ish 🙂 but that’s ok I have a lot to fill up the summer months . This was a wonderful online class and Lynette Jenson did a great job. The class materials were very clear and her instructions were easy to understand. The beginning was here in January and grew to a huge quilt of 92″ X 83″ (233.68cm X 210.82cm) I hope I got the metric right. I had to make a couple of adjustments with the borders since I was using from my stash and wouldn’t you know it, I didn’t have quite enough black to cut the outside border to match the class materials. Which is really ok because there is plenty of overhang with this quilt.  I have learned a lot from this class about patchwork. patterns that involved triangles and techniques that I may not have tried otherwise or muddled through terribly lol  I’m one of those people that if you tell me I will forget but show me I will remember . I love that old saying and it definitely fits 🙂 I am so happy with this quilt top I really want to make another one…not right away of course lol its just that I enjoyed the learning of it and the great results.




Thank you so much for dropping in. I hope you have  great week crafting at what makes you happy.

Izz 🙂






June 6, 2016 · 11:54 AM

Block of The Month 2016 – May

Beautiful May, and with May is the BOM and on time !! Now isn’t that great lol  I had to burn the mid night oil to get this one done and I’m glad I did. With the long weekend coming up and company coming 🙂 I had to straighten up the sewing room, I think I may have to bunk someone in there lol. I seem to spread out my projects when I’m working and this is a project that needs a lot of room !

I tried to get a good pic of this months work but the wind just won’t stop blowing, well not until today when I don’t have an assistant lol  and when the wind isn’t blowing the black flies are biting 😦 so its not a good idea to complain about the wind too much.

Here is the windy stage of May..The Modified Piano Key border. 112 – 2.5″ X 8.5″(6cm X 22cm) strips and 224 – 2.5″ (6cm) squares, plus the Ohio Star Blocks that were made back in February . Right now the quilt measures 68.5″ X 76.5″ (174cm X 194.3cm)

This project started back in January with the centre of the quilt and Ive been building out each month with the free Craftsy class 2016 Craftsy Block of The Month. I have put quite a dent into my stash but I really think I could get another one of theses out of my stash 😮  lol  There are 2 more borders to go and June will see those finished.




Sew…until then…Thanks so much for dropping by and have a great weekend crafting at what makes you happy.

Izz 🙂


May 20, 2016 · 10:49 AM

Block of The Month 2016 – April

April ?? more like May !! WOW I feel like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland , running around ..”I’m late I’m late I’m so late” lol.Just when I think I can concentrate on sewing, life happens…oh well, I’m all caught up now and actually a little ahead whew.

Aprils Blocks were more detailed than the original plan because of course I have to change the plan 🙂

The class instructions were to cut out the pieces to be appliquéd with raw edges and machine stitched on with a zig zag stitch. Thats not the look I wanted for my quilt. I have seen this technique done before and after some time you can see little fuzzy edges of the fabric peaking out through the zig zag stitching and the second reason is I haven’t done a lot of zig zag stitching around edges and I didn’t want to do a sloppy job, so, I sew , hand stitching the pieces on to be more exact 🙂 and it was a lot of sewing but I enjoyed it and that’s important , right?


Instead of the raw edge I cut out the pieces with a bit of extra fabric so I could press it under. I used the thin heat & bond as the instructions called for but in the future I won’t be doing that. It made the pieces stiff and I could feel the resistance with the hand stitching.



8 panels total and I stitched the appliqué before I had sewn the blocks together (better handling) 🙂


And here we have 2016 April’s BOM.. finally  🙂

In case you would like to take a look back and March’s BOM click (here)


I’m super happy about getting this done and I have already finished May’s to be posted very soon.

Thank you so much for dropping by… I hope you have a great weekend crafting at what makes you happy ..


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May 20, 2016 · 10:10 AM

Pink Pinwheel Happy Dance

Doing a happy dance here over pinwheels and hoping I don’t throw a hip 😉 I’m pretty pleased with how the pink pinwheels turned out…I quilted on the light pinks and left the dark to puff out. I have already washed the quilt as I used quilters chalk to help guide me as I quilted.



And as I mentioned in the last post about the pink pinwheels, I had originally chose a dark border..well that didn’t work out so onto the internet and see what I could find in a matching batik..not a good plan…but…I got very lucky and found a small print that went perfectly with all the other fabrics. Believe lesson has been learned 🙂




I can’t wait to give this quilt to N, she has been very patient with old Mom  lol  I definitely need more practice in the free motion quilting, but with every quilt ( not that I make many lol) I think I’m improving a little . Its quite a physical job too, wrestling with a quilt! some days I win and some days, I take a break 🙂


Thanks so much for dropping in… I hope you have a great week and weekend crafting at what makes you happy.

Izz 🙂


April 15, 2016 · 9:39 AM