Thursday, February 14, 2013

Back to Quilting…

I have another freebie for you!  This time it’s for a Free Modern Quilt Pattern eBook from McCall’s Quilting.  There are three bright and easy patterns included all in full colour with instructions.   

I quite like the look of “Baubles and Beads” and can see that being another great stash buster for my 2 1/2” strips.  If you fancy your own copy pop over on over HERE.

Lastly, I wanted to share a picture of the drag-race car that my daughter made at school.  I’d like you to take particular notice of the design…hmm what does that make you think of?

Liz, are you impressed?  Those are feathers!  I have been doodling feathers on the edges of newspapers, backs of envelopes and bottoms of grocery lists and I guess DD2 noticed!  I’ll make a quilter of her yet!! :o)

Have a good weekend!

Until next time...♥

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Looking for Lydia…

Unless your name is Lydia and/or you are somehow a distant relative then this post can be probably can skipped... :o)  I’ll be back soon with pictures and quilting.

I have been doing a little bit of research into my family history and found a lot of information googling around when I came across this forum post dated back in 2001.

From: "cassrobb" <>
Subject: [NB-L] Anthony CURRIE/Maria THOMAS
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 22:49:30 -0300

I have hit a brickwall with Anthony CURRIE and his wife Maria Louisa
Thomas. I believe that Anthony came to New Brunswick around 1815+. He
married Louisa on 02 Feb 1820 at Christ Church Parish Church in
Fredericton. I do not have her parents names nor his. I have a
newspaper article that states he was picked up as a child in Portugal
(possibly Andalusia) by a soldier and brought to Canada by this soldier.
I am assuming that he was given the name Anthony Currie (his name may
have been Antonio and perhaps the soldiers name was Currie?...just a
guess on my part). I have not been able to find the ship he arrived on
as the records for the time period were lost in the fire in Saint John
in 1871. They had 14 children of which I can only find 10. I have not
been able to locate their burial plots (he died in August 1877). She is
not found on the 1891 census (Douglas Parish, York County). I am
assuming she died within that time frame-she had been living with her
son and his family.

Can some kind soul please help me? Give me an idea of where to go next
with my search...or become my dream come true and have my missing info.
{a complete list of children, the parent's names of Anthony, Maria, or
both, where she was from (on the different census she is listed as being
German, Italian, or Canadian-depends on who was giving the info), on her
marriage certificate it states she is from Sunbury County (I can't find
her there). Recently I did locate a Maria Thomas from Saint John
County, but I haven't been able to verify if that is my Maria. I can't
find where they are buried}. Soooo many loose many

Any suggestions most welcomed.


(who is really beginning to think that this family was beamed down and
when their job here was complete they were beamed back!)

I would love to find Lydia as I’m a descendant of Anthony & Maria and have answers to her questions (and no we didn’t come from outer space :o) ) as well as news articles that she might find interesting.  As the post is from 2001 the email is not valid (I tried) so I thought this might be another way to find her.  Now I just have to wait until she or another relative googles and finds this post… :o)

Until next time...♥

Visitors from Outer Space…

This is what happens when you ask for quilting design advice from your husband on a Friday night after a glass or two of wine...

Until next time...♥

Monday, February 11, 2013

More Big Quilting…

A few weeks ago I shared a few tantalising pictures of the hand quilting I’ve been working on in the evenings and I thought you might like to see a few more pictures and an update on progress.

I have made my way to the bottom edge and now only have a bit of sky to complete on the top before I move on to the borders.

I’ve been trying to be quite organic with the quilting and not worry too much about it being exactly right.  For most of the landscape I’ve tried to echo the shape spacing the intervals between quilting lines at about 1”.

In the case of the mountains I took my daughter’s advice and quilted in the relief you might see on the edge of a mountain range.

And for the snow I’ve done my best to create snow drifts :o)  Don’t those cows look happy to be frolicking in the snow! LOL

I’ve left the houses to pretty much stand alone and haven’t added quilting in buildings as I wanted them to kind of puff up against the background.

I’m so excited to see the finish line in sight for this project after too many years of it being “in progress”.

Until next time...♥

Thursday, February 07, 2013

My Secret Obsession…

Lean in...that's it...a little closer...I have something to share with you!  I can’t stop…nope not gonna either…

I just love making these blocks and I know I’m not alone

After I finished the top for this scrappy trip I was itching to start another, so I contacted Lynda, who is our Linus coordinator, and asked her of she had any strips or scraps in the Linus stash that I could use to make another scrappy trip.

Lynda produced a big bag of scraps that had recently been donated and told me to have a rummage through.  I tell you there is nothing more exciting than perhaps a kid in a candy shop, than to rummage through someone else’s scraps!

There was plenty to go at and after 2 afternoons pressing and cutting I had more than enough strips to make not only one quilt…

…but two! :o)

One quilt will be all browns and greens and the other is going to be all brights.  Both will get finished for Linus once I can stop the obsession for piecing! LOL

Until next time...♥

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

A New York State of Mind…

Hopping along from blog to blog I have noticed there are many of us determined to get some of the older projects out of the cupboard and sewn up into something useful.  I’m no different and I have been taking stock of my U.F.O.s (unfinished objects)

One such project is these NY Beauty blocks made a couple of years ago as a block lotto between myself and some local friends.  I held on to them thinking I would make more and add to them, but I know in reality that is never going to happen…so out of the cupboard they go and sewn up into this charming little quilt which I will eventually finish for Project Linus.

As an aside, when I was taking pictures, I happen to like the effect of the light coming through to the back and the stain-glass effect from the seams…

Until next time...♥

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Scrappy Trippy…

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you have probably heard of the Scrappy Trip-Along that has been going around blogland. I started my top in the middle of January and have finished the top with some big borders.

I’m absolutely thrilled with it and plan to finish it with some Perle Cotton and Big Quilting…perhaps Baptist Fans…What do you think?  

Until next time...♥

Friday, February 01, 2013


Back in December the nice people at Fons and Porter asked me if I’d like to review their e-book “Build your Best Log Cabin”.  Being a huge fan of Fons and Porter I didn’t hesitate to say yes and there in my inbox the next day was a copy of the book.    

Not a house block from the book...but rather a pretty picture of houses :o)

But then Christmas came with bells and whistles and a house full of guests and my review of the book was put on the back burner…ooops.  So I delay no longer to tell you about this book and also tell you … you too can have a chance to see this fabulous free book yourself.  Just pop over to their website!

If you have never seen a Fons and Porter book you are in for a treat.  I have several of their older books and like those this one is just as informative.  There are several clear illustrations and pictures with full instructions on how to make any of the classic log cabin blocks.  I particularly liked seeing the different settings and the very helpful charts that tell you exactly what size strip you need to cut to achieve the perfect log cabin.

If that wasn’t enough incentive to have a look at this 24 page book, then perhaps the section on bobbin work with trapunto might be of interest.  For me the extra information on binding and binding with piping was the nugget of information that was new to me and got me thinking about how I could use it on my next quilt. 
For your own free copy..just click HERE

Until next time...♥