Hello to all that are joining in the fun with the Blogathon Canada hosted by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop! I’d like to thank Jackie and Krista for doing such a great job hosting the Ontario stop of the blogathon.
I’m a Registered Massage Therapist (23 years!) working from my home in a small village about an hour west of Toronto. I’m a wife to a wonderfully understanding husband, mom to a 12 year old boy that is the joy of my life and alpha to my furry babe, a 7 year old Portuguese Water Dog named Tango. When I’m not working, volunteering or running my household, I’m in my “Whoa-Man Cave” sewing up a storm! Welcome, and I hope you stop by again!
I’ll just give a quick rundown on what I’m working on today and if you’d like, you can browse my previous posts to see a few other projects I’ve made.
I’ve just finished the first of several pillows that will be gifted this Christmas. I used Winter’s Lane fabric and Kona Bone to make this pillow and I edged it with some red from my stash. The pillow is a 26″ Euro square, quite large but I think it helps make it a statement piece. I went to my LQS to look for some piping cord but the gal there was so helpful, she said I should just use what I already have around the house. What did I use? Baler’s twine! I have spools of it for tying up my ornamental grasses through the winter and it is the perfect size to put inside a fold of fabric. This was my first attempt, I need to round the corners on the next pillow to make it look a bit more professional but I think my first kick at the can was pretty good. I did FMQing by echoing the star shape. I found it much easier and quicker to do this using the FMQ foot instead of my walking foot, which I’ve used on other projects. I am loving the texture it gives the pillow top. I will likely do the same for the other pillows. I need to make 5 more before Dec. 7th as my family’s Christmas gathering has been bumped up by a few weeks. EEEK!
I’ve also finished the quilting on the quilt for my Soul Sister and her hubby that they will be getting for Christmas.
This has been a labour of love. For sure! I have struggled with this quilt for some time and I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I still need to square up the edges and bind it. I may decide to play with a bit more FMQing in the borders but I could just call it ‘done’ and bind it. We’ll see.
Here’s a close up of some of the quilting detail. If you look too closely, you can see quite a few ‘learning curves’ (errors) but I’m fairly pleased with my work, considering it is a king bedspread sized quilt finishing at 108″x108″ and I’m quilting it on my Juki domestic machine.
Well, that’s just a bit of what’s going on here, I’d be thrilled if you took the time to read some of my other posts! Otherwise, have a great time exploring other bloggers in our great province of Ontario!
I’ll be linking with my Thursday link ups and my Friday finishes that you’ll find in my sidebar.