Wednesday, July 31, 2013


~~~HO HO HO ~~~

Christmas In The Summer Bog Hop

 Christmas greetings in July seems a little strange. But what an  opportunity offered by Madame Samm  and Carol to get a headstart on Xmas. They are Santa's elves in disguise.

 And if you ever wondered what Santa does the other eleven months you know now.

My rule when I committed to HoHoHo was to use stash fabric. That lasted until my first visit to a fabric store when I spotted these pretty pieces and they had to come home with me. Same fabric, different patterns and a totally individual look. Must be the heat - I forgot to bind the table-topper  - a project for August. The table runner pattern may be found in while the table topper is from Quilter's World.

Eventually I will have enough Sunbonnet Sues for a quilt. My Xmas in the Summer Sue was paper-pieced using Jennifer Ofenstein's free pattern from SewHooked. Sue looks a tad warm in her winter attire on the beach. But Santa is living easy.

  A new table quilt would be a perfect addition to my Xmas. The Holly Jolly Basket from Quilt A Colorful Christmas by House of White Birches was elegant.  Stitched it up and was happy.  But when I was ready to cut the backing I looked again and thought "QUILT".
Rather than just simple, easy fabric sashing my imaginaton began spinning pinwheels.

 It is easy to stitch pinwheels with perfect points by stitching two squares together, cutting on the diagonal and re-arranging the squares. After squaring them up they are stitched together in rows and sashing added. Most of the pinwheel fabric came from stash so there was a lot of variety and color.

A border of red cardinals finished my unexpected quilt. A Christmas gift for me.

I love the quilt glowing under the setting sun.

An ideal Ho Ho Ho project.

Thank you for visiting. I am sure that even if he is in summer mode Santa has Xmas on his mind. 

Have a Merry Day, 


 With Xmas only 146 days away there are lots of creative ideas shared by other Ho Ho Ho hoppers. So visit them at:

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Quilt Love

(Picture source = Quilters Connection -FB )

Saturday, July 6, 2013


~~ Scrap Basket Sunday ~~July ~~


 Celebrating a hot summer weekend by joining Kim and other stitchers for another Scrappy Sunday.

My stitching this week has been focused on getting quilt tops ready to send out to Western Canada where they will be given to flood victims who lost so much in the recent floods. I cannot even begin to imagine the devastation where so many lost so much. A quilted hug might go a tiny way to provide comfort and warmth. There are quilting angels in both Calgary and Edmonton who will assemble quilt blocks, long arm quilt, bind and distribute any tops and finished quilts sent their way. 

The flower prints in my pink bordered top remind me of a cheerful garden warmed by the sun.

This is a real scrappy because one winter evening a while ago I just cut strips and sewed them together. It sat on a shelf waiting ...... And now it will have a life  ;~}

This top was also waiting..... Both of these hold many memories because I see sew much history in their fabric.

This week I will prepare backs and binding and get all ready to mail.  I might even stitch a few of the "Slabs For Alberta" to include. Cheryl at Dining Room Empire is helping to coordinate this.

                                    Slabs For Alberta

If you are on FB check out  Quilting For Calgary.

 Can't think of a better way to empty the scrap basket.

                              Happy Summer Stitching.                                                  Maybe it is ice tea we should be sipping today.



Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day

Wishing everyone a wonderful celebration for Canada Day.
Found this very pretty Stonehenge fabric by Northcott. 

I shared this before but today calls for another look. My 90+ Aunt Theresa quilting  her Maple Leaf quilt a few years ago.

So grab a cuppa and enjoy the celebrations.