Grandmas’ Quilts

This weekend DH and I drove 6 hours to my parent’s home in Quebec (just outside Ottawa) for their 50th anniversary. There aren’t too many celebrations for that particular anniversary and I’m honoured  and proud to be their daughter.

While there, I asked my Mom about my (paternal) grandmother’s quilts, she had one by my Great Grandma and one from my Grandma! The one from my Great Grandma is made from old clothes and hand quilted (it might even be hand pieced but I’m not sure).

Great Grandma’s hand quilting

We believe she may have created this later in life, I noticed that some of the same fabrics are in both quilts. (Click on any photo for a larger view.)


I really love the simple allover quilt pattern, it keeps the quilt feeling soft and fluffy, interesting but doesn’t overwhelm the piecing.

The second quilt is by my father’s mother, it was given to my parents as a wedding gift from my grandparents.

Grandma’s Quilt

I adore the fabrics, all that was old is new again. The stars seem to be sewn together then appliqued onto buttery yellow blocks. After I finish my current project, I plan to recreate this quilt. Some of the fabrics remind me of Denyse Schmidt’s fabric designs or maybe Libery of London, what do you think??



Check out the hand quilting and choice of backing fabric!

Happy 50th Anniversary Mom & Dad, you are awesome!


Hand Pieced Friendship Star

Friendship Star

This block pretty much turned out exactly as I wanted, it was very fast and easy, the pieces felt huge compared to what I have been working with!

The Square in a Square block is also big and easy, the key to making it interesting will be in placement and fussy cutting the fabric.

Last weekend I purchased a handbag pattern from NapKitten on Etsy and now I see she has several new patterns I’d like to try! I desperately need a new purse, a slightly larger one but hate digging around, never being able to find anything so everything has to have a pocket.

Let me know if you are aware of a great handbag pattern with lots of pockets!

Days till vacation: 23




Card Trick

Card Trick

The next hand pieced block on the list was the Shoo-Fly but since I had just finished the Bear Paw, I wanted a bit of a break from itty bitty piecing and chose the Card Trick instead. Relatively speaking, this is a fun and easy block and I love the way it turned out. I’m not sure why I chose coral for the background of this block, I had pulled it with the intention of using it in my Granny Square skirt. There is a tiny bit of orange in the Denyse Schmidt dot fabric and I love orange/pink/red together.

Do I move on to the daunting Shoo-Fly block or do I make another Card Trick for fun? I would like to make another Card Trick using Vintage Modern, hmmm…

Bear Paw.v2 Update

Progress, finally but not without removing some stitching… Turns out that the corner pieces are too small as are the centre of the Bear Paws. I measured my half square triangles then cut the corner squares the same size, 1 & 1/2″ and they fit perfectly.

Although the paw centers are a smidge too small (1/8″), I stretched the fabric to make it work.

Today I’ll be working on my patchwork skirt, I think I’m going to use Ruby by Bonnie and Camille. I have a full yard of the Swoon print I purchased from Pinked Fabrics a little while ago as well as yardage of some other prints in the line. I can always mix in a little Vintage Modern as they all work together. I also bought some chevron twill tape in a few different colours which I’m going to use as the drawstring in my skirts and maybe a little embelishment, it’s too pretty to hide!

Happy holidays everyone, looking forward to many more long weekends!!

Jacob’s Ladder

Although there are twenty tiny 1 & 1/2 inch squares in this block, I enjoyed stitching it together and am really pleased with the way it turned out. I like the contrast between fabrics and colours.

The Ohio Star is next on the list which I’ll work on this evening but for now, I’m going to start on an iPad cover for myself and Mother-in-Law using this tutorial from the Polka Dot Chair and was thinking of mixing a little Flea Market Fancy with Hideaway.

Have a great Saturday!