Thursday, 19 April 2018

Ponies

This is Leslie's sweet quilt for her grandson. I was tickled to quilt it for her. I yelped a bit when I first saw it and said, "sweet puppies' .... ponies she corrected me .... puppies, ponies, whatever, it is darling. 



I used a snow So-Fine tread on top and bottom and quilted with the gingersnap panto. There is plenty of loft with this fun quilt. 

Leslie chose a bright fireside backing which shows off the quilting quite nicely. It will sure be warm and cuddly.


I have about a two week turn around right now for quilts. Myself, a few friends and ladies from our guild have been busy making quilts for Humboldt .... #Humboldtstrong, #quiltsforbroncos. I volunteered to quilt them for free and will be busy this weekend with that project. I am really proud of the work we have done so far and can't wait to show you some of the finished quilts!

 ~Sheri

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Happy Birthday Darby!

It's hard to believe that our little mouse turned one last month. After years of heartache and wait and longing, we were so blessed to have Darby join our family last February. She turned one on February 28. It's hard for us to remember really, what life was like before Darby came. She was the last piece to complete our puzzle.

We had a low key party with some of Darby's favorite foods ... just papa, Casey dog and Grandma Robin. We celebrate Darby everyday ... we don't feel we need to spend a bunch of money - order a custom cake or party dress to put on a big event once a year.  We didn't hire a photographer or rent a hall. Just a low key day for our happy, sweet, mischievous little mouse. We had carrot cake and a nap. All things happy for a girl who is one her parents who love her more than anything.








It was all going so well until we put on the hat ......



~Sheri 

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Bonnie & Camille Log Cabin

I finally quilted one of my own quilts!!

I have been busy since day one getting Lucey ... very often, I push my own projects to the side in order to accomodate my customers. Christmas was an especially busy time for me and while I am thankful that so many of you trust me with your quilts, I did need a bit of a January break. 

I had so much fun making my Bonnie & Camille log cabin blocks ... this was a block swap I got involved with on Instagram last year ... we had to make one dozen scrappy log cabin blocks 20.5 " and then slice it into quarters ... we keep a quarter and the rest got sent for reimbursement to other quilters. There were over 200 quilters involved in the end ... I chose to do a double set to make my quilt bigger in the end ... my blocks came from all over Canada, the US and a couple from Australia ... 72 different women contributed to making my quilt! 

This is a shot of the beginning block .... 




When my blocks returned to me, I trimmed them to 10" and then cut them on the diagonal. I love how this gave a secondary pattern to the finished quilt.








 I quilted with the Tickle panto (one of my faves!) and used a lush, royal minky on the back. The top thread is a soft lemon ice Glide thread. I especially adore my stripey binding. It is also from a Bonnie & Camille line.



My quilt turned out twin size ... I honestly couldn't get a clear full on shot of it ...we have 6 foot snow banks in the back yard and poor hubby's arms couldn't stretch out as far as I would have liked!
I did have a few blocks left ... maybe Darby will get a matching quilt for her crib.

I was able to show off my treasure at our last guild meeting. Finished in the nick of time!


~Sheri


Sunday, 25 February 2018

Tula Pink

I absolutely adore this Tula Pink quilt! I adore it! I had the pleasure of quilting this beauty for our local guild. The pattern is broken herringbone. 




I donated the coral cuddle backing to finish off this piece. We are trying to clear our guild cupboards so we can purchase new fabrics ... I was given a dark, grey speckled cotton but felt the quilt needed more of a softer touch. The coral really brought the quilt to life. I used my favorite Tickle panto and So Fine thread. The top color is a light moss green, bottom line a Glide thread called Rhodadendrone. It matched perfectly.



I know the bold, modern fabrics of Tula Pink are not in everyone's taste but this quilt is real eye candy!


Keep your tops coming! I can't wait to quilt for you!

 ~Sheri

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Star Wars

I had the pleasure to quilt this sweet piece for Iris. Now, Iris doesn't mess around with her quilts. She makes big, useful pieces! This is Star Wars quilt is charming. It is a gift for her grandson's birthday at the end of the month. (I don't imagine many tween boys read quilt blogs so I feel it safe to spill the surprise here!) 




 I used a light snow colored So Fine thread on top and a royal Glide thread to match the backing. I was happy to supply the cuddle for the back. The panto is a perfect fit ... its called Galaxy.

I've included a picture of Iris here with her quilt. It was great timing as I finished up the quilt for her the morning of our guild meeting. She was able to share it in show and tell before binding and shipping it off to her grandson.





 ~Sheri

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Lynn

I had the pleasure of quilting this beauty for Lynn. This is a wall hanging for her daughter who just gave birth to a boy ... Lynn is working on a compliment for baby .... can't wait to see the tee pees!

I love this quilt. I mean, I love it! Lynn always chooses bold, rich colors and most of her quilts have a real modern feel. She designed this piece herself and I encouraged her to write it up to sell .... I would be the first customer! 





The feathers and arrows are made with lovely Allsion Glass fabrics. The backing is a moda marble dot in a creamy/grey grunge. Lynn chose the Bora Bora pattern and a soft grey So Fine thread ... it appears as if there is a wind blowing across the quilt ... It turned out so great!






 ~Sheri

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Jelly Roll Rug

I had quite a bit of fun making this sweet jelly roll rug as part of a sew along on instagram. This is a pattern by Roma Lambson @romaquilts. 

It is a surprisingly big project in the end ... I am on a self-imposed fabric diet for the next few months so instead of purchasing a jelly roll, I cut my stash yardage .. my rug has leftovers from my Lug Nuts quilt I made a couple of years ago (Lug Nuts from Hell!) ... I fought with the project, threw parts in the garbage and invented new cuss words while making it. Many of my guild mates recognized the color scheme right away .... 

To get a feel for the size, our lab Rook weighs 169 pounds ... it's a good size rug. 



To test how your rug will turn out, flip your jelly roll on the side ....


The rug is really solid in its feel ... you would think it has cording but the pattern is quite simple ... jelly roll, 2 1/2 " batting strips and thread ... lots of thread. It is a thread eater! 


Casey always feels the need to 'help' his mom! 



Here's a shot of the progress .. much of the time spent sewing is making the 'yarn ball'
It really was an all day sewing event for me ... the project takes a good 12 hours start to finish .. longer if your dog makes knots in your strips and your husband can't manage to make himself lunch.

I highly encourage you to purchase your own pattern ... we really need to support people like Roma. I purchased mine and donated it to our guild. I can't wait to make another ... next time, all out scrappy!

This link should send you to Roma's Etsy store ....https://www.etsy.com/shop/romaquilts


These pictures here are bitter sweet for me ... these are the last photos of our boy Rook. We had to make the painful decision to lay him to rest last week. Our Mister had developed some large tumours in the past year - his mobility was failing, he had no desire to fetch, play or beg for baloney. It is the most painful heartbreak to lose a loyal friend like our Rook .... he was best friend to my husband, companion to my dad, brother to Darby and Casey and practice child to me...  To drive to the vet a threesome and come home a couple was the hardest thing.


..... goodnight in heaven sweet boy.

 ~ Sheri