Friday, 21 June 2013


I have always loved pinwheels. Especially in quilts, of course. I found the patterns for them a little intimidating. Angles or templates. Until I bought one of Kim Brackett's books called "Scrap-Basket Surprises". She has an amazingly simple way of doing pinwheels. The blocks are 6" and there is lots of fabric from "Connecting Threads".

A close up of the border quilting and the back. I used several different quilt designs for the backgrounds of the pinwheels. I also pressed the seam toward the pinwheel fabric so they pop very nicely when the background is quilted.

I made this quilt for me. To hang in my sewing space, which I painted this spring. The first coat I painted was bright and I liked it but I ended up toning it down a bit. You know how that goes! So my DDIL suggested to add color with accessories. I think this little quilt does the job perfectly!

Watch out for today's blessings!

Friday, 7 June 2013

Wedding pics and a come back!

Well as most of you know our beautiful daughter got married, April 27th! What an amazing mind blowing day it was. Such a beautiful ceremony. We are very blessed to have Alan Guinan become part of our family!

Here we are before the wedding! Our son and his wife were here for five days, from far away. Totally a God thing!

It was hard to settle to anything after the wedding but I do have a couple of things to share. Have also been gardening when ever weather permits.

I love cathedral windows. I found a good tutorial on Kim's blog. Such a good idea to make something small if you want to try something new, rather than make plans for a huge quilt. I found them a little tricky to make, so now know I would not make a big quilt, but do love the pin cushion. I have made a couple. Great little gift!

This little wall hanging I made for friends of mine before the wedding. That is how I see them, as lights. Beacons for those around them. Their friends and family. Children and grandchildren (which, as it so happens we share). I did a bit of trapunto on the buildings and boats. Hard to really see.

First time to try HST. They are a lot of fun. I did a bit of research on how other people do them. Lots of instructions out there. I liked the idea of cutting the squares an inch bigger than the finished block, rather than just 7/8" bigger. Then trim to size.

Last but not least, a finish. Had the top made for a while, so it was a matter of getting it quilted. My rendition of one of the  Ivory Spring designs. Pattern inspired by  Atkins Designs called, Yellow Brick Road.

The back!

Thanks for visiting. Hoping to be a bit more regular with the posting, so post are shorter and quicker to get through!

Watch out for today's blessings!