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Making Stuff

Here’s some of the stuff we’ve been making lately.

This is the flannel quilt GC made for his son. He just finished it last week. It’s the softest, biggest, coziest quilt yet.

This is my mod sampler quilt. It’s got kind of a yellowish hue in the photo, but in real life it’s not yellowish at all. [...]

Connie's quilt, at last

Connie’s quilt

About a year and a half ago I blogged about wanting to learn how to quilt. So Connie, who lives in Maine and whom I’ve never met, sent me her sewing machine! Just like that! Just because she’s such a generous and kind person.

I promised Connie I’d make her a quilt.

I started it [...]

We're not quick, but we don't quit

Remember last spring when GC and I signed up for a quilting course and we each made a sampler quilt? Mine was black, white and red, and his was exquisite jewel tones on a black background? Well, we never quite finished either one of them.

And, since then, we’ve started and not finished quite a few [...]

Grumpy stuff and happy stuff

I have a cold and it’s making me uncharacteristically irritable. Little things are getting to me, like slow web sites, and ¬†disappearing menu bars in my browser, and Rosie’s squeaky toys. (I’ve never met a dog who likes her toys as much as Rosie, and especially her squeaky toys, which she likes to chew hard [...]

With your breasts in mind...

I got a three-page, 42-question questionnaire in the mail the other day from my breast cancer surgeon. It’s about breasts and self-esteem.

I tried to answer it, because it’s the least I could do for the surgeon who saved my life, but I got bogged down trying to wrap my head around some of the questions.

For [...]

A little carried away

I got a little carried away Thursday evening at a quilting auction in Perth.

Elva Jackson, a quilter from the Lanark County Quilting Guild, died last year and her husband donated her fabric stash and quilting books to the Guild for auction. The proceeds went to Dignity House.

I bid early and I bid often. [...]

Since Bonnie asked...

Bonnie asked for it, and here it is! This is the table runner that GC made for his mother. Isn’t it stunning?

I’ve included some close-ups of some of the detail. His original plan was to make a table runner with an Asian motif, since that’s his mom’s decorating style. It was interesting [...]

Our Most Excellent Themed Weekend

GC and I decided to have a special Quilting Weekend last weekend. This meant that our whole weekend would revolve around quilting-related activities.

Saturday morning we went to Perth, for the Quilts on the Tay show. Perth is just a small town, so we figured it would be a small quilt show. But no! It [...]

Favourite weekend of the whole year

Tomorrow’s the GREAT GLEBE GARAGE SALE! Woohoo. The rain will put a damper on things, but I’ll still be there.

It’s also Ottawa Race Weekend. The route has changed, taking it through more populated and livelier neighbourhoods, so there oughta be a lot more spectators, despite the rain. Good luck to all of you who are [...]

The Reveal

Here’s my quilt so far. I’ve got seven of the twelve blocks done. Just five more blocks, and then there’s all the sashing and cornerstones and borders and stuff, and sewing it all together into a complete quilt top.

This course doesn’t get into the actual quilting, in which you turn the completed quilt top [...]