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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

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 me..my 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

Beautiful Batiks

Hello everyone, I hope you have had a great week with your crafts. Always busy here at the lake and I am plodding along on the big project but not ready for a sneak peak…yet!  What I do have today is a project that I bought the fabric for a few months ago and finished up by October.  My daughter discovered that she loves batik fabrics. The colours and the patterns she loves them all, so my chore was to pick and chose and narrow down our choses to go with her kitchen decor or possibly create her kitchen decor??  A few text msgs later and we had a nice selection 🙂 Also after some discussion we decided on a pattern or an arranging of colours would better describe it lol The stripe fabric at the top of the first pic is what I used for the backing of the table cover, placemats and inside the toaster cover. First on the list was a table cover. Pictured is my table, my daughter’s table is round and larger and the cover doesn’t hang over the edge. Next is the toaster cover, placemats (set of 4) and a hot mat. I also made a lap quilt for her. As soon a I saw the bird of a wire design I knew it would be perfect for this project. I matched one of the greens and bought a little extra fabric. The light colour batik wasn’t in the original selection and I needed a lighter colour to stitch onto, I bought enough to use on the back of the lap quilt too. I used the stitch in the ditch method to quilt the layers together, except when I got to the birds on a wire panel. There is a lovely palm pattern in the lighter fabric and it looked so much like feathers too, it just went with the whole idea of the lap quilt 🙂 For the panel I used my Bernina BSR foot and did a little free motion quilting, trying to follow the palm leaves. And for this I used a matching Isacord embroidery thread in the quilting. I am very pleased on the results that I got. More even stitches even though I am still learning with the BSR and free motion quilting. Another design seemed to pop out at me as I was finishing up and I seem to have lots of fabric left over.. so why not a wall hanging with a message ? I’m sure as my daughter goes along she will come up with something else for me to add to her collection 🙂 I have lots of this fabric left.. a good habit or a bad habit of buying more than enough fabric.?
















Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read…. I hope you have a fabulous week of crafting at what makes you happy.




November 15, 2014 · 5:00 AM

Autumn In All its Colours

Hello and Welcome. As you can see I am playing catch up with my blogging. I have spent a couple of days at the computer writing and getting the photos ready for posting. Is it me or does everyone else suddenly look up from their computer and see that 2 hours have past by??  So much time I could be in the sewing room LOL  No wonder I begrudge planting myself here and writing LOL  Oh well , not like I’m going anywhere else but up to the sewing room. This season I think I will be taking a slower pace… yes..I have a big project ahead that I do not want to rush..no I’m not giving any hints ha ha. I also have a project that needs finishing..yes  The Lord’s Prayer Sampler…

So for today, and getting to the end of October, I thought I should post the autumn colours I have worked on..Now some of these are from last fall and I know, I hear the gasps out there in the crowd lol  I was so sure I had posted them before that I went looking for them…don’t you hate looking for something that won’t be found ?? So I’m going to lump all the autumn colours into one basket like a big piles of leaves … and please don’t get me going on leaves…mercy!  When we arrived back home after our visited in Nova Scotia , we had such a yard full of leaves on the ground, I thought the clean up was never going to end.

Let’s start with last years quilted centre pieces. The first one is about 42″ square, I like to use, as you can tell by now 🙂  a combination of patchwork and machine embroidery. The leaves on the corners and the circle of fall flowers are machine embroidered. At the time I managed a little free motion quilting in the larger fabric spaces.







This next one is a table runner with a cute country style bow and pumpkin. This pattern came from one of my quilting magazines. If my memory serves me correctly, its about 48″ long.



Also trying my hand/ machine at free motion quilting here and there on the runner.

falldecor1This is a cute piece and at special request. I added the trailing pumpkin to a candle cozy. I used a small button and embroidery floss for the tie. A couple of wraps around the button on the back and its done 🙂

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I was trying something new …for me anyway, the pattern name escapes me right now ??But getting the pieces sewn together and arranged was like putting a puzzle together. I rearranged them 3 times, lol third times a charm they say lol. And I made the table runner reversible. As you can see I tried my hand at free motion quilting on these with the help of my Bernina’s BSR foot. Now if I could just keep my hands steady I think I could do a better job ! Oh yes , these are this years sewing project , so I’m not completely behind …





I saw this cute idea on the web too. Mini pillows with crazy looking pumpkin heads on it, I made some with plaid fabric and some with up-cycled jeans and scraps of felted wool fabric and old buttons, I can never throw buttons away ! The plaid pumpkin heads (lol) are from this year’s crop! 🙂   They are great in a basket or for a shelf sitter.  They are about 4 1/2″ square when finished, its one of those things that you can make it any size you like.





A couple of pumpkin filagree hand towels for the kitchen.





This next one is a combination of the good old penny rugs that I love and machine embroidery. The leaf designs are very dense and the cotton fabric I tried a sew out on bunched up and just didn’t work out. Needless to say I didn’t complete the sew out. That’s when I came up with the idea to machine embroider onto the wool fabric.. its sturdy and has already been preshrunk. I stitched the leaves with words on first and filled in with leaves and acorns stitched on in a blanket stitch, typical for penny rug construction. I added “pennies to the edging. I made it so it would fit our hallway table.







Now from this years pumpkin crop sprang these Halloween treats! Just in time for the big night of ghost and goblins. Ok a little dramatic I know …. I’ve been at the computer way too long LOL

I’m showing you these wall hangings/ table centre pieces unfinished as they were the last thing I was sewing together before packing for the trip east. And once we arrived, well with all the hugs and how are you and look what I made for you, I didn’t get any finished pics.. But I’m sure you all have a great imagination and can invision these all sewn up with black spider and cob web fabric as backing and trim 🙂

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Here’s hoping you all have a Happy and safe Halloween. And don’t take any rotten apples !!!  🙂





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October 29, 2014 · 7:30 PM

Spring time Wall Hanging…..Complete !!!!

Hi there, I’m pretty excited about this one, but then I get excited about any of my projects when they are completed. 🙂  I have been pulling out fabric and projects that I have had tucked away and I am determined to get them finished. So  few weeks ago I got these panels out and started sewing them together as you can see in my earlier post about Spring is in The Air . I said I was going to do some machine embroidery on the edge panels with my Hyper Font program. What a dream this program is. I can turn any True Type Font into machine embroidered text. Its always good to do a test stitch out though when you are creating with a new font. Some fonts stitch out better then others and some fonts are better for larger text and some better for smaller text. I wouldn’t go smaller then 1/2 ” with most because they can get obscured.

Edge Block

Edge Block

This Font is called “talking to the moon” There are a few sites where you can download free fonts. I forget where I got this one as it was a year or so ago when I downloaded it and I don’t always keep good notes 🙂



I’ve also been playing with a fun logo idea. The needle and thread design is from Embroidery Library, they are my fav site for buying designs. I stitched up this little panel to sew onto the back of the quilt.

The wall hanging is actually a family wall hanging more then a spring time one. But with the birds and flowers it has that spring time feeling. This one will probably be a permanent fixture on this wall and it looks so bright as you first come into the entry way, with one of my fav says “Together is the best place to be ” and on one side I stitched ” family” and “love” and on the other “friends ” and “joy”

Wall Hanging

Wall Hanging

The wall hanging is 79cm X 134.5cm ( 31″ X 53″)

This is my first official project that I’ve stitched the quilting entirely with free motion quilting on my Singer Quantum Stylist 9960, except for the machine stitching I did on the blue borders. I have stitched a lot of practise pieces and tried a little bit of free motion quilting on this and that, but to have a whole piece stitched, well I was quite nervous. But I told myself I wasn’t going to pick out any stitching either, it is what it is when I’m finished. And not being one to colour inside the lines, well that was my challenge. Of course I didn’t  stitch it in a day. It was more like 3 days lol  A morning here and an afternoon there.

free motion

free motion

So please don’t look too closely lol I have no plan and I wasn’t sure what to do or where I was going until I got there. I have watched a couple of free motion classes on Craftsy and just went ahead and tried 🙂 I knew when it was time to rest when I would make a sharp turn instead of a nicely rounded curve LOL   No… I won’t be stitching gorgeous feathers but I am happy to scroll around the shapes or maybe I should stick to stitchin in the ditch lol

midddle panel

midddle panel

left side

left side

right side

right side

I welcome any comments from other quilters and advise …I can always use advise !!

I hope you have a great week and happy stitching



April 13, 2014 · 2:50 PM