Blogathon Canada is in Ontario today!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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14 Responses to Blogathon Canada is in Ontario today!

  1. Thanks for doing a special post for Blogathon Canada!

  2. Rita Ferber says:

    Thanks for having the Blogathon! Great idea!

  3. I love the Winter’s Lane pillow! It’s very pretty! and wow! your quilting looks great on the quilt!

    Thank you so much for linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!

    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  4. Rita Ferber says:

    Thanks! I’m getting a bit better the more I do. Funny how practicing works! Lol!

  5. heatherdpear says:

    Glad to be visiting for the Blogathon. I also am doing some mug rugs to practise my FMQ.

  6. Rita Ferber says:

    They are great to practice on. Thanks for dropping by!

  7. Janet says:

    Love the quilt for your soul sister. Very pretty colours! None of my fmq would stand up to close scrutiny. I just keep going anyway. 🙂

  8. Rita Ferber says:

    You can’t look too closely at mine either but I’m getting better with each project. Thanks for dropping by!

  9. Judy Cooper says:

    Visiting from St. John’s, NL Very nice work

  10. Rita Ferber says:

    Thank you and thanks for stopping by!

  11. Hi Rita! Love that cushion! Your quilting on the soul sisters quilt is looking wonderful too!

  12. Rita Ferber says:

    Thank you! It’s coming easier with each project. I’m starting to like the look of it now.

  13. It looks fantastic! Honestly, those aren’t errors! You’re doing great! Thanks for linking up xx

  14. Rita Ferber says:

    Thank you! It’s getting better the more I do.

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