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Friday, September 13, 2013

Happy Friday the 13th!

I'm not superstitious at all...it's just another Friday!  But what a coincidence that I've just finished another 13 pillowcases for the women's shelter!
Hope everyone is having the best day ever!
Happy Quilting,
Lorraine


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Happy Hearts!

I don't know about you but I am always happy sewing something for someone!
Here's some pillowcases I sewed today for a women's shelter!  I'm happy...what about you!



P.S.  Notice the hair color change...I'm going o-natural!  Better for me and the environment!

When I grow up I want to be a butterfly!

There is nothing more beautiful than the Monarch Butterfly!  I am lucky to live on the flight path of the Monarchs...here's one being tagged before the long flight to Mexico!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Finding Molly!

Just had to add this post from a friend, Lynda Smyth!  She recently finished piecing Lydia's Pattern Stardust Serenade!  What a lovely quilt!  Find Molly in the photo...Lynda said "Molly was found in a garbage bin outside of Shopper's Drug Mart on Dec. 30, 2010...weighed 3 lbs, her tail was like a pencil.  I think she landed in a bed of roses.....and does she ever love quilting! "  Don't you just love quilter's who rescue animals!!!
Stardust Serenade is a real scrappy quilt...Lynda always does her own thing on every pattern, as she is a very accomplished quilter and teacher.    She added..." note that I did not machine piece the center or the outside of each block.  The center 4 pieces form a circle, so I made it a circle and appliqued it to the arcs, the outside 4 pieces when joined form a circle, so I turned under the seam allowance and reverse machine appliqued it to each block.  Was marvellous and saved a lot of piecing...went like a charm!"
If you would like to see Lydia's pattern Stardust Serenade, please visit our website at http://www.therabbitfactory.com  I've included a picture below of Lydia's original quilt!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lavender....ahhhhh!








Another passion...inhale and smile!  This lovely farm has over 16 different varieties of lavender!  If you are ever in the Grafton area, be sure to check it out!  It's called Scott's Barn!
Happy Quilting today!
Lorraine

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I love Birdhouses!

One of my many passions!






Happy Quilting everyone!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

One of the many pleasures of summer!

Nothing like the sun-kissed taste of strawberries and the tartness of rhubarb!  I love to freeze them and then puree them and then add chia seeds to make a delightful sugar-free dessert!  I also added some larger chunks of the strawberries! Yumm!  Happy Quilting to everyone!
Lorraine 

Summer's Here and the Livin's Easy

Hope you all have been enjoying this amazing weather!   Thought I'd share a photo of my lettuce and herbs growing in the backyard!  I will get to my sewing machine soon, but for now everyone is just trying to keep cool! 
Have a happy quilting day,
Lorraine

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Postage Stamp Style

Here is the finished quilt top of my postage stamp style quilt!  Really happy with the sashing!  
I don't think I'll add a border...just press it, quilt it and bind it! 
It finishes 69" x 87".  What do you think!
Thinking happy thoughts about another scrappy quilt!
Happy Quilting,
Lorraine

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Getting all your ducks in a row!

Couldn't resist posting this photo to the blog!
Making more sashing...but I'm loving how the quilt is coming along!
Here's a sneak peak at how it looks so far.........

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Aren't quilter's some of the most generous people you know!

I recently asked a few of my quilting friends to donate quilts to a new hospice in Kanata...they will have six new beds! Much needed for that growing community.  I thought I'd take a minute and thank them so very, very, very much for their support!
Lynda , Valetta, Lydia, Elizabeth...you are the best!!!
I've attached the "Friends of Hospice"Ottawa newsletter...it's amazing the good work that is being done in our communities.  They are always looking for handmade quilts for single residential beds, grief support books, art supplies for their Day Hospice program, entertainment for their day programs and grocery store gift cards.  You can also donate your Air Miles and Canadian Tire money!  
http://www.friendsofhospiceottawa.ca/Documents/lifelines_spring2013.pdf
In ending, I thought I'd quote something from their newsletter that really inspires me to give... 
"While we cannot add days to your life, we can add life to your days"

Pressing last!

My mother dropped over the other day and she noticed my blocks for the scrap quilt.  She was intrigued to see that I chain piece and don't press my block until it is completely sewn.  Sure does speed up the process! 






Saturday, June 22, 2013

Sashing audition...what do you think?

Finally made a decision on the sashing strips for the scrap quilt.  I'm using 3-1/2" squares and sewing 2" squares on the diagonal of all four corners using the Angler.  The angler is taped to your sewing bed and it saves you plenty of time as you don't need to mark a diagonal line on the squares when you sew! It sure speeds up the process!  What do you think?



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Urban Chicks...just finished quilting this cute little quilt of Lydia's!


I love this quote!  I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question. Have a very happy quilting day!
Lorraine

Monday, June 17, 2013

Making progress!

Here's some more blocks of the scrap quilt I've been making!  I've now decided that it needs a pieced sashing to make it much more interesting!  Some ideas have been swirling around in my head and I think something on the diagonal might be nice.  Today I have some machine quilting to do, so it will give me time to think a little more.
In the meantime, here's some pictures of the progress and a little chuckle!
Happy quilting today and happy smiling!
Lorraine
http://wimp.com/laughingtram/



Tuesday, June 11, 2013

One patch scrap!

I'm happily sewing another one patch scrap quilt top!  I always keep 2" strips in my 2" strip drawer and when I can no longer get the drawer closed, I know it's time to sew another top!  It always makes me happy just chain piecing....I generally already have most of the squares cut, so it's immediate gratification!  This time I'm sewing blocks that are 10 across and 10 rows down but I've varied it depending on how much I've got to use up.  I always alternate light and dark fabrics and just make sure whatever I start with I don't end with!  Alternate your start on each row as well!  
It's always nice to have a few tunes while you sew, so enjoy this link!  I don't have a cottage but I was lucky enough to have a fantastic set of grandparents that had us for every summer at their's, and I fondly think of them and the loons!
http://cottagelife.com/70736/blogs/12-songs-for-a-june-weekend-at-the-lake
Go to the link and press play!  Enjoy and happy piecing!
Lorraine


Monday, June 10, 2013

Under the big top!

I don't know about you but I just love making quilt tops!  I do love machine quilting as well, but I never can seem to keep ahead of my "piecing" passion.  Each time I open my cupboard...there they hang in all their glory.  Pulled out every so often to show a friend or two, but back they go and I rev up the machine for the next top!  I have often joked over the years that I could hold my own quilt show of just quilt tops....and I'll call it UNDER THE BIG TOP!  
Hope you have a fun day sewing today!
Lorraine

Friday, June 7, 2013

Got any Tips on Organizing your Quilting Room?

Hi Everyone...I'm just in the process of organizing my quilting room!  I pulled everything out and I'm starting from scratch with an empty room.  I have been using trolleys for a number of years for putting small rulers, thread, etc which I find really helpful!  I also have a label printer to label the drawers once I place the items inside.  Keeping it organized is always another thing!  I have a lot of fat quarters and scraps!  Currently I keep my scraps organized by color on billy boy shelves from Ikea.  I have been storing my fat quarters in tubs but I think I need a change.  Got any tips or ideas you wish to share with me?  How to you organize your room?
Happy Quilting,
Lorraine

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

On your mark, get set, go!

  Clean up your sewing machine, put in a new fresh sewing machine needle, load up a full bobbin of thread, get on your mark, get set, and go!  Sewing up a couple of SCRAP QUILTS will help to reduce some of the fabrics you have and give you a good start towards making a dent in your stash! I am sending off a couple of donation scrap quilts to Friends of Hospice and it's now time to start sewing up a couple more scrap quilts to have on hand when they are needed!   Sunshine and Shadow, Almost Mexican, Galaxy and Shining Stars are just a few good stash busters!  Take a look at these great simple patterns at our website...http://www.therabbitfactory.com
Happy Quilting,
Lorraine

Thursday, October 11, 2012

With Halloween just around the corner....

Hi Bloggers
With halloween just around the corner, I thought I'd share some pictures of my last years Halloween party!  A great time was had by all and I throughly enjoy preparing the food!  So much fun!
Happy Stitching,
Lorraine












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