Showing posts from August, 2013

Bears Paw Quilts

A long time ago, my landscaper son was just a little guy and ready to graduate from a crib to a normal bed and I decided to make him a quilt. I was still very new at this quilting thing and went to the fabric store to buy some fabric. His favourite colour was green and so I found some great cotton fabric with fish hooks printed on it and bought a bit of the green and a bit of the cream. The polished cotton was great for cutting out, but not so easy to piece, but I persevered and pieced the twenty 12" blocks one at a time. Bear's Paw quilt Because I only had the pattern for the block, not the entire quilt, I didn't have the convenience of someone calculating the correct amount of fabric and I barely had enough to finish the blocks needed. I had hoped to add a border, but the fabric was no longer available and I didn't have a circle of quilting friends to ask if someone else might have what I needed. So soft! The quilt was layered with a polyester batting and s

Picking Berries

Many of my childhood memories are of berry picking along the roadsides of rural Alberta. Wild strawberries, raspberries, saskatoons and blueberries were the main objects of our berry searches. Picnics were packed, sometimes another family would be invited to join us and we would all pile into our Ford LTD station wagon and head off for our favourite berry patch for the day. Although we would eat as much as we picked, it seemed that we would always go home with enough berries for our dessert for supper as well as some for in the freezer. Berry picking Building memories  This year I invited my daughter-in-law and grandsons to come and pick with me, not along a roadside, but at a local U-pick farm to get some Saskatoon berries for pie, muffins and a delicious sauce for over ice cream. Here's the recipe: BLUEBERRY OR SASKATOON BERRY SAUCE Ingredients: 2 cups blueberries or saskatoon berries 1 cup water 2 tablespoons cornstarch 3/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Summertime Quilting

We have had a beautiful summer so far, with enough rain and plenty of sunshine to make everything grow lush and green! But I have managed to sneak in a little bit of sewing. Steam punk tissue cover I get inspired by all kinds of things, but the best ideas sometimes come from customers.  This steam punk tissue cover was a request from a customer from the UK! A mix of vintage/tech, clock faces and gears are frequently seen in items for this world-wide sub-culture. I hope to have a few more items made from this fabric in stock soon! Beer themed coasters Last year I had many requests for sets of coasters. Because many hand made things are geared for the woman, I picked up this beer fabric to make something a little more manly. These are perfect for the Man Cave or as a stocking stuffer for the guy who is into making his own brew! Blue and White Bearspaw Blocks And finally, these blue and white blocks are taking a bit to get finished, but I hope to have the top of this quil

WIP Wednesday - August 6 - Christmas Inspiration!

Working on the Christmas quilts for my customer inspired me to pull out my Christmas fabrics to see what I could quickly put together. I recently received these great fabrics from The Buggy Barn for Henry Glass fabrics and pulled together a few table runners: A little gold accent strip Starry Christmas Table Runner - FOR SALE Pieced Star Christmas Table Runner - FOR SALE  I love working on Christmas items and will have a few more to show over the next few weeks. --Ann

Christmas Time!

I know that while summer is in full swing, most of us don't want to think about Christmas, but crafters and retailers have to think about these things early! One of my customers recently sent me some Christmas panels to make some quilts for her children. I love the panels she chose and here's the final layout: Christmas panel quilt  And here's some pillowcases to match: Christmas pillowcases These are off being quilted and this customer will have one thing checked off her Christmas to-do list and it's not even September yet! Are you a last minute Christmas person? Or do you plan months in advance, like my awesome customer? --Ann