Monday, April 13, 2015

Sad News.....

I am sorry, but I have been and will be away for awhile.
My husband passed away unexpectedly a few weeks ago and I am busy looking after details.
Thank you in advance for your love and support and kind words.
Take care, Leslie

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Tree Birds Blog Hop.... meeeeet Elvis!

Good Morning!  Bright and sunny day for my pet....
Rooster!  Here is Elvis and of course, his ladies!

He has a bright Dresen Plate sunshine for him to crow loudly about the second day of this blog hop!

Thank you to Lana  and of course Madame Samm ....
Here are the other "Hens" waiting for you to visit and share the love
Sew To Peace
Moose Stash Quilting
Buzzing And Bumbling
I Piece 2
Quilt Doodles
Just Let Me Quilt!  And
A Stitch In Time

Elvis, of course, did everything he could to keep all us chickens in line.... LOL!

So, this is basically my design.... I used THIS design by Julie Lynch from Benartex Fabrics, called Jaunty Rooster for Elvis.  Then I used Crown In The Corner blocks to frame the hens.  At first I thought they were roosters, and they were to bring Elvis, the King, his crown!
Elvis is machine applique with rayon thread and blanket stitches in a Quilt As You Go technique.
In the farm yard, dirt and bird seed are scattered around in four patch formation!

I have a neck injury and it took me a few months to get this far.  I do not have any other projects completed, but I have 7 other hen blocks, they might go toward some cushions....

I also paper pieced this hen house.  I was going to fit into a corner, but I think I will make it into a mug mat!.

These items are going to a lady I recently met who loves, loves chickens and roosters!  She has them scattered throughout her home and garden.

Take care, Leslie

Saturday, February 28, 2015

TWINS ! Lovely Year of Finishes

So great to meet a goal!  Sure makes one feel like you can do anything!  LOL!  I will be linking with ALYOF HERE!

I finished my runner!  Ok, maybe make a teenager clean their room vs small country takeover!

It took me a while, in short bursts to get the quilting don.  Then about 30 minutes to put the binding on.  A few evenings of TV, voila!

My goal for March is along the same theme...
I have 2 baby quilts, I was going to give it to a new mom with twins, but did not get them done, lost my momentum....

So, here is my goal, get this one quilted and binding on!  Maybe I will be able to sell on consignment at a local baby shop.  Brier curling on this week, so if I can get this quilted between games, I can get the binding on by playoff weekend?!

Keep warm where ever you are!

Take care, Leslie

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sew Sister Bundle Bonanza Sale!

I am working away on my UFOs, glad to say I will be making my goal for the month!
Just a small runner to be quilted and bound, but will be done!  Three more days left in the month, right!?!
As you see in the right side bar, I joined The Bee Hive, a monthly block swap where the Queen Bee, or recipient of the month, receives a 12.5 in block of their choice.  Wonderful opportunity, but this old lady is severely challenged by the use of modern fabrics!  I thought I would be able to use up more of my stash, but not to Bee!  LOL!
So I was browsing on my fav online quilt shops as my closest quilt shop is over 150 miles or 220 km away.  But I get caught up in taxes, high shipping costs, exchange on Canada vs USA dollar and then customs fees.  Sometimes these extras cost more than the fabric I am buying, on sale!  So, I give up!

I found SEW SISTERS,  an online quilt shop in Southern Ontario.  Ureka!  lots of modern fabrics, some on clearance, but then I found out they are having a Fat Quarter bundle sale of $2 each, packaged in a variety of small bundles. Works for me!  Great selection, but hurry!

Sorry, I give up!  I cannot share pictures!!!!

Have a wonderful day!
Take care, Leslie

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Grow Your Blog Winner!

Happy Heart Day!

I promised a gifty to a winner for my Grow Your Blog hop....

I think you have all waited long enough to know who won!

Yes, I am trying to build some suspense...... (Organ music here!)

I asked you to let me know where you live, I am fascinated with this, so many interesting places in the world to visit.....

So, for the next time I am in the area....

I hope to visit here....

Maybe Island off Vancouver Island!  Alexis of Cob Cottage Craft ( lives on a lovely farm!  She has sheep, horses and chickens!  It looks from the pictures she also dies and spins her own wool yarn for knitting!  I am thinking a small ferry ride, hopefully from Nanaimo or Lantsville will take me there!

Anyway, Alexis here is a picture again of your prize!

I will get it in the mail to you as soon as I get your snail mail address back!

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day with those your love!

Take care, Leslie

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Keeping in Touch With all of YOU!

Hi there!  How are you?
I hope those of you affected by snow storms or rain storms are coming through to sunshine with minimal difficulty!
I have been plugging along, so slowly, but every step forward is progress, right?!
I finished the first block and sent it off for the Bee Jive monthly block exchange.  I really like the block, very straight forward.

I also found fabric in my stash from a previous swap for solid fabrics!  I am using those for the All People Quilt magazine   Go Four It Quilt Along.  Are you participating?  You only need to work on your own, or others if you prefer and can inspire them.  I guess any new or existing project using 4 patches, or the basic block to build from counts!
I am using this design by Edita Sitar!  The pieces seem very small, even at 96 blocks and then vertical sashing, but we shall see!

Remember to leave a comment below on the Grow Your Blog giveaway post.  My Giveaway prize is for 6 batik fat quarters!

Happy Quilting and have a wonderful week!  we are expecting 4-5 inches of snow today, so quilting time for me!
Take care, Leslie

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Goal Lovely Year of Finishes!

Happy February!
Pre-post:  link to gallery is here with Shanna not Melissa, sorry!
So, today, I am trying to get in the groove and link up to get some UFOs caught up!
As it is Happy Heart and Love month, I should get this runner done so it looks like it's sister!
I found it at the bottom of a bin, I spray basted it during a nice Fall day, so next steps are the quilting and binding!
As I have to go forward in small steps, this should work!
This is my To Do

Here is it's sister, finished at least in 2003!

Hey, no butt kicking, I am doing enough of my own! LOL!

Be sure to go back and see Melissa  at Bittersweet Designs blog, to see the other quilters who have signed-up (cough, cough confessed....) to see what they are wanting to do!

PS:   If you haven't already, please go by my Grow Your Blog post below! PSSST!  There is a giveaway prize, and if you have stopped by, then please use the link back to see the other blogs needing new friends!

Have a Wonderful Day!
Take care, Leslie

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Own Blog!

Good Morning!
Welcome to my blog!  Thank you to Vicki of 2 Bags Full! for letting me join over 200! Bloggers!  Wow!

I joined up today as I have been away from my blog due to illnesses in our family, you know how that goes! And my followers went on to other blogs, and it will be great if they can find me and come back.  So, I will be slowly adding what I am working on, hoping to slowly finish up my many UFOs!

With destashing a few years ago and then moving, I found sooo many masterpieces to do, so I just want to try to work on and finish one or two projects at a time vs a flurry and then get overwhelmed!  I really want slow but sure progress!

I will have a giveaway, but did not get it organized, I am away visiting family and want to do some quilt shopping while here!

As you can see from previous pictures, I am participating in a few new projects and online groups, so have a look and join us!  I really enjoyed Bonnie Hunter's Grand Island Mystery  quilt over the holidays, this is ready for the rows to come together!  The free instructions are still available on her blog, but hurry, she will be taking down soon!

I will leave comments open for a few weeks, and then draw for a giveaway for a few fat quarters! Just a comment to say hello and where you live, I am always curious where you all are.
Please enjoy visiting all the other blogs and follow those as well!
Take care, Have a wonderful day!  Happy Quilting, Leslie

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Friday Finishes! (Blogger and IPad are not nice friends today!)

Good Morning!
It is snowing a bit here, but we have little snow compared to previous years, so we are doing good!
Today, I wanted to share a few Finishes I have been able to do!
This little quilt is from Kathy Tracy's A Sentimental Quilter Yahoo group I belong to.  I think this is from 2013, but was finally able to quilt and bind it!

The other  mini quilt below  is wool applique, a design from Kim Diehl and her latest book Simple Appeal !
I really love all her designs, have all her books, and when I opened this newest book, I fell in love with this little quilt and had to do!

I will be linking up with Friday Finishes!
can I Get A Whoop Whoop?

Have a great Weekend!
Take care, Leslie

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt, link up!

Hello all Quiltvillagers!
Whew!  Made it under the wire! LOL!

Here is my humble entry...
I worked away over Christmas slowly, due to an injury, I am able to sew, pin or press for less than an hour at a time, and with household schedules, usually only once, maybe, twice daily.
I loved every stitch of every piece!  I did work on it every day, even to press groups of blocks or units.
My sewing room looks like a bomb went off, fabric scraps  all over, these are my colours, I had to jump in!  When I put a sash row and then the main block row together, I left it overnight in my ironing board.   The next morning, in the bright sunshine, I walked in, those pink flowers were dancing!  I was in love!
Thank you very much Bonnie!

I just have 3 rows of border units on and two rows of main blocks together.
I have all the main blocks together and most of the border units.

Yes, I will keep working away at this...

The hint I have, is I made mine scrappy, used all scraps, except I had to purchase more of my white with black fabrics online as they were my neutrals and I did not have enough to finish off step 2, so those were done over Christmas.
Also, for anyone preparing for Step 2, I like to press the small corner squares for Method 3, vs marking with something.  I just fold over, corner to corner, quick press, and then have a nice mark to sew against (not inside the fold), plus both the pink and black units press nicely.

Will show again as I progress.
Be sure to go back again and see all the loveliness at Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville blog
Take care, Leslie