Monday, 24 May 2021

May Meeting Highlights

More Manitoba lockdowns with no end in sight ... sigh. Lets take the time to look at this for the opportunity for new opportunities, like sewing up our stashes! 

Rae made this lovely bunny quilt with her stash. Let this be an inspiration to dig into your fabric buckets.  (I shared her picture before she could bind it)

Judy is hiding behind this sweet and simple comfort quilt. 

Eileen has been busier than ever sewing up a storm in Selkirk. She says the first cut into her sister's cross stitch was the toughest. The piece looks wonderful. 

And some basket sewing from her as well for some knitters in her life. 

Judy is shy ... she had a little help from Phyl with this comfort quilt. 

I had some fun with a scrap challenge this spring. I had signed up for an online challenge where the hosts sent an envelope of scraps - all the scraps were to be used at least once. I used them all and then the trimmings. My wall hanging is called 'Sea Glass' (yes, I even used the batiks!)

With the trimmings, I made an art piece after spending some time scrolling through Pinterest for ideas. I love how my runner turned out. I created it with the bits and trimmings from the wall hanging and some decorative wool we had in our craft box. I made it with a water soluble Sulky stabilizer. My hubby hates it so I am going to make ten more and place them all over the house. He is a huge brat, telling everyone its a 'mess thing' and that "I fished it out of the sink trap'. I say, yesterday's garbage is todays art project.

I dug these lovely blocks out of a box where they have lived for 4 years. Ha ha ... they needed a rest. I received them as part of a swap on Instagram. They are the economy block made with only Cotton & Steel fabrics and my quilt is made up with blocks from 70 ladies from the US and Canada. Its also all for me, me, me! One more UFO off the list.

 Judy with another has comfort quilts. (I think that's Judy, anyway!) 

Keep your pictures coming! 

Monday, 3 May 2021

April Meeting Highlights

We came together for another Zoom meeting in April and it seems this will be our way for the next few months. Manitoba is under another gathering lockdown as Covid-19 rates are still rising despite many of us getting vaccinated this month. 

April was a light month for show and tell.  

I started this Strip Around the World in November of 2019 for Christmas the next month ... ha ha ... just finished! Sean hates it - thinks its 'Too busy' so now I'm refusing to put it away. Can't wait to start another one but have to clean up a few UFO's first.

I like this Meadowland quilt more every time I look at it. Thanks to Lynn for her tutorial last month. Hint, hint .. press the seams open.  The fabric line is called Balboa. I picked it up from Road 17 at Christmas time. (thanks Santa!) 12 squares makes a really nice lap quilt for a lady ... for me, me, me and no husband to hog! He can have the next one made out of 20. 

Here's the back. I can't decide which side I like more. I'm busy sorting scraps to make my next one (or two or three!)

Gladys bought a bit too much fabric and wound up making a few quilts from this fabric. 

Marg gave a demo at our Zoom meeting on Cathedral Windows. Here is her sample. 

Here's to a great May! 


Wednesday, 7 April 2021

March Meeting Highlights

And then it was spring ...  its hard to believe it is March already. Easy to say, the last year has had its share of ups and downs. (As I publish this post, now into April! sigh ... time ... things taking more time than we thought seem to be a theme for our March show and tell) 

We were sad to cancel our quilt show in the fall and then guild Christmas party but celebrate we were able to meet virtually. Many members saw some very creative days during the pandemic lock downs. 

It is so much better to gift a loved one a quilt than trip over a box of scraps! Sandra dug deep into her stash to make another quilt for her granddaughter. She usually gets one for the bed and one to drag. This lovely quilt was made from old fabrics, some made into garments and others in past quilts. 

With much the same idea, Rae created a stash buster for Ted. The Kansas Troubles fabric is perfect with this kind of free form pattern.

She also made a lovely scrap quilt all for herself. This beauty is made with reproduction fabrics. The pattern is called 'Puzzle Box' by Christa Quilts  ... hit the link to get one for yourself. Thanks Rae! 

Rae sewed up this top and I quilted it for our comfort quilt program. 

I spiced up the back a bit with some butterfly fabric I just got in. 

Judy had fun cleaning out her cupboard. She made a few lap quilts for our comfort quilt donation pile. She used left over bits from quilts she made for her grandchildren. Phyl helped by donating some backing. Patterns don't need to be complicated to make a beautiful quilt. 

Eileen sent this St. Patrick's Day beauty ... apparently, it was only 25 years in the making! This was an old stashed UFO that she found with her move to Selkirk. Well done Eileen, keep them coming! 

Eileen also produced this sweet hanging

Lorna has also been busy this winter. She says this fabric has been 'marinating' for some time ... it was maybe purchased at Satin Moon in Victoria some time ago. 

The quilt looks better dressed with Lorna's niece who she gifted the quilt to. 

Lorna says that I saved the day by quilting up her stashed UFO but I don't know about that. The flannel rail fence is simple and lovely. 

Everyone was tackling forgotten projects in March. Sandra S. submitted this sweet hanging called Rise and Shine ... 2nd prize for her this month as it only took her 20 years. You girls are determined! 

Cindy sent these lovely quilts for show and tell on behalf of her mom Betty Wallaker in Melfort. 

Betty's bargello quilts are wonderful. 

If I missed any pictures this time around I apologize. Send me your show and tell for April to

Happy sewing! 

Friday, 5 March 2021


 Not much for show and tell for February ... I'm often pokey getting the pictures loaded on this blog but this time I waited and waited for members to send me their photos ... maybe we will have lots for March! 

Moira made this modern masterpiece. It is really stunning. 

I made a valentine mini quilt to hang in my dining room/home office. Everyone needs a neat backdrop for Zoom meetings. Its my goal to keep up with the holidays this year ... wish me luck! I'm usually two behind. 

These tops were made by Sandra for the guild. I was happy to donate the quilting time for them. 

Notice the little hand near the bottom of this shot ... 

That's all for a chilly February. 

Monday, 8 February 2021


January has all cooped up at home again due to the Covid-19 restrictions. We have been navigating our Zoom meetings fairly well, though nothing beats getting together. 
I know everyone is home sewing, sewing sewing but our January show and tell seems a bit thin. 

Everyone teases me because I love the hopscotch pattern so much, but I just can't help myself. It is a great pattern to whip up quickly and to use scraps and other odd pieces of fabric from your stash. I have been sitting on these bits of Oh Canada fabric pieces for about five years. Best I sew it up! This our warm and cozy Mountie quilt. 

My helper is trying to trick you all, pretending to nap. 

Another stash buster complete! Feels better to hold a finished quilt than trip over a box of scraps. 

Sandra made these sweet stash buster quilts for your grandchildren. I'm sure they will love them. Let these be some motivation for you to empty some fabric bins and get sewing. It has inspired me to get digging into bins some long forgotten fabric bits. I think we all have more stash busters in our future. 

Gladys was busy. She made these sweet minis for Christmas gifts. 

 If you have show and tell please send to my email ... 

Stay warm, stay safe and get sewing up your stashes!