Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I'd like you to meet Ruby ,plus it is Lets Book it Time

Good afternoon from sunny Nova Scotia , what a glorious spring day today .  Are you wondering who Ruby is , well let me introduce you , I think you may just like her . My dear hubby came home yesterday carrying this precious sewing machine under his arm , and yes her name is Ruby .
Can you see her faded name on the top of the machine , that is the only decals that are worn  and this baby is most likely late 1800's from what I have found through research . She should be in a treadle cabinet which my assumption is how her name got worn from pulling her in and out of the cabinet so bless her heart she did get lots of use years ago . I won't be using her but she will bring me joy just having her around and knowing that she was appreciated many years ago as well . Bill brought something else home for me but I didn't take a photo so will share that at a later date .
 Now for Lets Book it , hosted by Sharon . I am still plugging away on my Christmas Quilt and managed to get one block completed and another made but the embroidery needs doing .
This month has just flown by and I have been super busy trying to keep ahead of all the projects I have taken on .
I did complete this months section of the Craftsy BOM which I do love .
I also finished piecing the Buttermilk Basin Bom for 2015 but still need to quilt it .
This was a fun project done with wool and cotton , thanks to Stacy for providing these fun blocks each month .

I must run , I have a busy day ahead of me but thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day .
 hugs Sheila

Friday, April 8, 2016

What I am working on today :-)

Good morning from a very wet coast of Nova Scotia , it is blowing up a gale outside and the rain is coming down in torrents so a perfect day to stay inside and sew :-)
 As I mentioned previously I am doing the Craftsy BOM for 2016 designed by Lynette Jensen . This month involves some applique which I do enjoy doing so I started yesterday getting things ready , all the pieces have been cut and ready to iron on and the stems have been cut and ironed .
 Here is a section under the needle right now , I have one sewn already and will need to prepare the other two once I finish with this one .
My granddaughter Elise helped me choose fabric for the stems on Saturday , I think she did a great job , it worked perfectly with the leaf fabric . The pattern uses two different fabrics in the borders which I really didn't care for so I am using just this white fabric and I think it will work out just fine .

I also prepared my 15 blocks for FM stitching but unfortunately didn't get a chance to actually try any stitching , just too busy and I want to be able to concentrate .
They are very colorful as you can see and each section gets a different style of FM stitch .
Well I am on the run again so I will leave you with my little furry friend who visits our feeders along with the birds much to the dismay of our dog who dislikes him very much ,
This was last week when we had a freak snowfall , anything we get now I will call a freak lol . Anyway I just thought he was so cute , his head was covered with snow from digging in hunt for the seeds and looks like he found at least one :-)
 Enjoy your day and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by .
 hugs Sheila

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Let's Book It and other things

Good morning from the east coast , a sunny but chilly day here today but it seems to be warming up some now .
I can't believe we are at the end of March already , it has to have been the best March I can remember for weather , over all the winter was pretty mild compared to last year .  Our snow is gone again which is nice so things are looking up .
Today I am sharing my project for the Lets Book it with Sharon of Vrooman Quilts , I am working on a Christmas quilt simply called Merry Christmas and I managed to get a few small blocks completed this month .
                Some appliqued birds which I did by hand this time along with the embroidery .
                        Three small star blocks and the strip which will be a filler between blocks
                  And this block which I changed  for a block that is similar but not quite ;-)  I am pleased with my progress and I am loving this quilt so far .

I have been keeping up with the Splendid Sampler blocks ,I will share the latest blocks so of which are bonus blocks . I am enjoying doing these as well , tiny but fun to make .

Also each Monday I am taking part in a SAL with Darlene of a Needle Pulling Thread Quilt shop , these cute blocks are also 6" and I love them .
I had won a FQ bundle from Connecting Threads a year or so ago and I decided they would be perfect for these little stars . The fabric is called Line Dried , kind of remind me of my grandmothers aprons years ago .

I won't keep you today as I have so many things on the go and I must try to catch up so I don't become overwhelmed . I will leave you with this picture I took during our last little snow system .
Isn't he just gorgeous , another Purple Finch , puffed up nicely in the snow , makes my heart smile .
Thanks for stopping by today it is always a pleasure to see you .
 hugs Sheila

Saturday, March 19, 2016

One UFO bites the dust

Doesn't it feel wonderful when you can mark off a UFO from your list , I know it makes me feel extra happy and pleased with myself  . I believe it is close to two years since I took a workshop at our guild to use a panel to make an attic windows wall hanging . I had this fall panel that my friend Marg had gifted me and I had wanted to use it for something special so this was my big chance . You would think I would get it finished before now but I have a terrible habit of starting new things , I know none of you are guilty of that right ;-) So without further ado here is my completed project .

I really love how this has turned out , it was a great way to showcase a panel and will make a nice statement on my wall come fall although I am in no hurry for that to arrive , lets enjoy some spring weather first or at least get winter over with . 
I also have a hard time throwing the triangles out when making HSTs so I sewed them into pinwheels and made this little mini quilt then I hand quilted it which I enjoyed . 
I am busy as a bee with way too many projects , I will share my progress on those another time , for now it is back to my cutting station ,I am going to cut some fabrics to make blocks to practice FM quilting . I bought a Craftsy class on that subject and want to follow along with the class lessons so might as well do it right and actually learn something . What are you all doing to celebrate International Quilting Day? I hope it is something creative .
 Thanks for stopping by it is always a pleasure to see you .
 hugs Sheila

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Craftsy BOM for March

I can't believe we are already into the tenth of March , where does the time go ?? I have been taking part in the Craftsy BOM for 2016 and am enjoying the process but I won't lie , it is a ton of work . Lots of cutting and sewing in this months segment but it went together fairly well and I am pleased .

 Our guild did a charm square exchange last month and I decided it was best to get busy straight away and make them into something for spring . I had 56 squares to work with , some were multiples so I did my best to use at least one of each fabric in my little pile . I chose to make an adaptation of a table topper I seen in an older Fons and Porter magazine , the Easy Quilts of april 2010 . The pattern is called Spring Flowers designed by Paula Stoddard , seemed appropriate and it required 64 squares at 3" each so I changed that to 2.5" squares so I would have plenty of squares to make my topper work . The flower applique had to be adjusted some as well but overall it turned out as well as I hoped it would and is very springy :-) 

The colours are a little deeper than this photo shows , it is dull dreary day here today . 
I have lots of things in the works right now , the Splendid Sampler is keeping me busy as well as the weekly stars I am doing with Darlene of a Needle Pulling Thread quilt shop , I will share those at another time , right now it is time to make my way back to the machine . I hope you have a fabulous day and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by , it is always a pleasure to see you .
 hugs Sheila