Monday, September 28, 2015

Etsy shop sale

I have put everything in my Etsy shop on a huge sale :)  As much as 50% off!
I have several quilts on sale:


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Why I love Moda Bella solids

I love Moda Bella solids!  I have tried other solids, but the fact that Moda Bella is *the same width* as quilting cottons is huge.  I have used other brands and been disappointed when they were quite a bit narrower (shorter when cut into strips to use with jelly rolls). 

Having fun today with some jelly rolls and Moda Bella 'Horizon Blue'.  Isn't it such a bright cheery color?!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Piecing a quilt backing

My mom and I did a ladies day out for my birthday on Wednesday - we were actually picking up my car (it had some engine work done on it), so we made a couple stops on the way home.  One was a quilt shop we had never been to before.  I finished my civil war quilt top recently, so I was looking for a backing suitable for it.  I found a brown/cream print in the clearance section of the quilt shop - it was marked $5/yard.  Then, they had a coupon for an extra $2 off - so it was $3/yard!  THEN, when I was having it cut (I got 5.5 yards), my mom mentioned giving me my birthday money - and the clerk mentioned they give 20% off  for birthdays.  So, 20% off the $5 was $4 - then $2 more off - making the material $2/yard!!!  So, even with tax, the backing was only $12-something!!!  What a deal!

Anyhow, I realized quickly when I got home that I should have gotten another 3 yards - my quilt top is 90.5''x90.5''.  Usually, I will piece in material from the front to make up in width, but I really didn't want to do that on this quilt.  So, I used this calculator/technique and found I had JUST enough to make the quilt backing JUST BARELY big enough.

I did it a tiny bit different - instead of moving the triangles until it was the width I needed, I estimated how much offset it would need and cut 7.5'' off of the tips of the triangles before sewing the diagonal back together.  If I do it again, I think I will do only 7'' because it is barely long enough, but plenty wide now (it is 91''x94'').  This is the most common size quilt that I make, so I am sure I will be repeating this.

This is how the seam looked on the back:

And, on the front, you can barely tell it is pieced!

Success I would say!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Bright Sun, Moda happy mail

Yesterday was Moda Happy Mail day!  I got this lovely bunch of fabric to start a new project for Moda Bake Shop :)  Fun, bright colors!  Fabric is ''Bright Sun'' by Sherri and Chelsi

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Back in the saddle

I got my sewing machine back from the shop (she had her annual cleaning/checkup), and finally sewing again!  I am almost finished with this civil war reproduction quilt top :)  just a few more rows!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

back from vacation

My family has 2 small rustic cabins on a lake in west/central BC - beautiful country and a wonderful quiet place to be.  Completely off-grid (no power or even running water).  Our cabins do have propane stoves and refrigerators though luckily.  Anyhow, I thought I'd share a few pics from our trip :)

Storm on the last night of our vacation

The beach in front of our cabins.  Our dog Lucy and my son's dog Tikka playing in the water.

Most of the trout we catch in the lake average 12-15'', but there are some big ones too.  The 3 on the left were mine, and hubby only got one that day :)

The meat is amazing on these trout - red like sockeye!

Me and hubby - we had just gone swimming on a beach across the lake.  Refreshing 60F water! LOL.

Motoring to another fishing spot.  The lake is HUGE.

I just got home and I want to go back.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dinner tonight

Quail Scotch eggs (eggs laid by my quail that I hatched from eggs), fried oysters (that we harvested on our trip to Hood Canal 4th of July weekend), and blackberry jello salad (blackberries from our yard).  Delicious!