Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Flower Pin & Rail Fences

Recently I was out shopping for a new outfit to wear to a summer wedding.  The sales clerk wanted to sell me a fabric flower to pin on.   No thank you, I can make one for myself!  Here’s the result and the great tutorial from Julie at Gone to Earth if you’d like to try one.

Fabric Flower 

Another project I have on the go is a table topper for my sister’s birthday, it’s late of course.   She picked out the fabrics and left me to figure out what to do with them.


Here’s where I’m at so far.  I was stuck for a long time but decided this Rail Fence block would work.  I used five 1 1/2” strips to make a 5” finished block.  I varied the pattern fabrics but put a black strip in each block and plan to bind it with black.    I really want to try some FMQ on this.  Will let you know how it turns out – now back to making more blocks.


Here’s a blast from the past. I made this charity quilt using the Rail Fence block.


Oh, and these Christmas placemats.


Thearica over at Pigtales and Quilts is having a Fat Quarter Shop sponsored giveaway to celebrate the 4th of July.  We’ve got Canada Day this Friday so whatever day you’d like to celebrate entering for some of this Dottie fabric and other great goodies is a fantastic way to do it. 

However you spend the upcoming weekend I hope it’s a safe and happy one,


Monday, June 20, 2011

Pickin’ & Stitchin’

This past weekend we spent a lovely day at the 28th Annual Tottenham Bluegrass Festival.


Located at the beautiful Tottenham Conservation Area, Ontario, Canada.




  The headliners for the three day show were J.D.Crowe & The New South a renowned bluegrass band from Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A.



While the bands were pickin’ this is what I was doing –


and a good time was had by all!


Our Jake has a favourite toy, his duck.  Well, duck squeaks soooo loud that he’s not allowed in the house but it’s very hard to resist this face when your confronted with -

“Please can duck come in the house?”100_4947

Wishing you all a wonderful week,


Sunday, June 05, 2011

Catching Up


It’s been a busy spring here on my Sideroad.  If I could either stitch or blog while on the lawn tractor cutting grass I’d be well ahead of the game but no can do.  Family health issues, visitors and DH off to a new job have kept me hopping.

From Kathleen Tracy April 2011

First I'd like to thank author and quilter Kathleen Tracy, A Sentimental Quilter for the lovely fqs that I won from her giveaway. Kathleen’s amazing miniature quilts have inspired me to give one a try. I now have a whole new appreciation of miniatures!


I have been able to get some gifts made this spring.  This reversible bag is a free pattern from All People Quilt

Rev. Bag 

The bag and this 17”x17” quilt with a Bronwyn Hayes stitchery took a six week journey and arrived late for Linda’s birthday in France.



I sent this table topper home with my aunts who were here visiting from Western Canada. My mother’s sisters, both 80ish who never married and are still lovingly referred to in the family as “the girls”. The pattern is from a great tutorial on Sherri’s blog, A Quilting Life.  Thanks Sherri, I will be making more of these.  I used a charm pack of Patisserie from Fig Tree Quilts and love the look with the ricrac.




I’m almost embarrassed by how lucky I have been at many of the amazingly generous giveaways in blogland.  I’d like to say a great big thanks to Kristen from So Happy to Sew for these Alhambra & Girly Girl Art Gallery fqs:


And to Cindy at Live a Colourful Life for these – Sherbet Pips! I shared one of them with a special friend who had a bit of Pips yardage to trade.  Now we can both make something fun.

From Colorful Life May 2011


A big thank you for stopping by my dear blog friends.  My thoughts and prayers go out to those of you struggling with health issues and to those who have been affected by tornados and floods.




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