Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Paper Pieced Annie

This is Annie.   When she first came to us as a rescue she was in pretty rough shape.


A few trips to the vet and lots of love later she was able to be her lovely self.

Sadly, after too few years we lost Annie recently.

Annie 2013

To honour her I sewed this little paper pieced quilt (finished size 10”x12”) to hang on the wall of my sewing room.    Annie was always a wonderful companion there and is sorely missed.

Cat Nap 2  2013


Cat Nap 3 Back 2013Cat Nap 1

This and many other quilt patterns are available here at MH Designs.


Farewell, sweet Annie. 


Friday, June 28, 2013

Welcome Little One


Another new great nephew was all smiles when he received his quilt recently.


I had fun with the quilting on this one. Using a disappearing ink marker, a ruler or whatever I had around the house that was the right size as this kitchen funnel was.  I drew different designs in each piece of fabric then quilted them using my walking foot.  







Some of the fancy stitches on my sewing machine came into play as well.


The backing is a cozy piece of nursery print flannel with a band of blue chambray at the top and bottom.


My helpful assistant Jake held down the corner so we can all see the finished product.  Thank you, Jake.

pink butterflys

Creative Chicks Banner rec'd May19 2011

Way back in 2011 I won this fabric banner from Creative Chicks at Play.


So big sister, Abby didn’t feel left out.  I used part of the banner to make this for her pink and purple bedroom.

pink butterflys

It’s Canada Day on July 1st so we are heading into a long weekend.  Best wishes to all as well as those who will be celebrating July 4th.

Stay safe and have fun.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Quilt For A Little Boy....

....... NOT a little dog.  It was hard to take a picture of this quilt with Jake thinking it was perfect for him to lounge on.
This small scrappy "I Spy-ish" quilt is going to my nearly year old great nephew. 

I used two layers of batting to make this quilt extra comfy cozy and I tied the layers together using six strand embroidery thread.

The backing fabric came from a fabulous bundle of fabric I recently scored at a garage sale.

A lovely quilter was selling some of her stash.  I bought all of this for only $9.00!
A total of 45 yards.   Most are one yard cuts but some are as large as three. 
These will come in very handy for quilt backs and other projects. 

I was also lucky enough to find this set of English Pyrex tab handled casseroles in the Blue Iris pattern all for $4.00.  I scooped them up as soon as I saw them.  One lid is missing but otherwise they are in perfect condition.  A lovely addition to my small collection of assorted Pyrex. 
I'm saddened to report that Hallie the sweet little girl I blogged about here was not the recipient of a wheelchair accessible van.  Poor Hallie is having some significant health problems right now so her and her family could really use our thoughts and prayers.
As always thank you for stopping by. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Table Toppers

   First of all I would like to thank all of you who took the time to vote for Hallie in her family's attempt to win her a wheelchair accessible van.  She made it to the top five percent and the winners will be chosen May 31st.  So watch this space.
I've managed to get in quite a bit of quilting this spring. Today I will show a couple of my projects. The idea for this 16" topper started with a fq of cherry fabric called Anticipation by Sandy Gervais.    It was my first attempt with bias binding and I will certainly be doing more of it. 
For the machine appliqued cherries I just found a pattern on Google Images.  The stippling was done with a new spring action foot I bought for my Husqvarna Sapphire 835.  It worked great.
This second topper was made with a charm pack of Maypole by April Cornell and some matching yardage for the border that I bought from  here.  Thanks, Audrey - great service.   The fabric lines that are in my stash are usually 'old' by the time I get around to using them.   This topper was for a friend's large pine table.
I used a great tip I read about.  For the quilting thread colour pick one that is close to your inner border colour.  That way your border remains 'crisp' and stands out nicely.
 That's it for now.  I have to find pictures of some more of my projects before I can post them.  My old PC died and I'm new to our laptop and can't seem to find anything !!! 

Thanks very much for stopping by.  I hope your all enjoying time in your sewing rooms as well as your yards and gardens.
Hope to see you again soon.



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