Saturday, 23 May 2020


This spring quilt belongs to Rae. The pattern is called Lexi and it is made with the Stripology ruler. 

Rae chose a lush baby pink cuddle for the backing which matched perfectly. It is a very sweet, feminine quilt. I used a light cream So Fine on top and baby pink thread on the bottom. Its quilted with Quilter's dream blend batting and the panto is called Bellini. Bellini is quickly becoming one of my favorite go-to patterns. 

It was a bit windy yesterday so I needed my number one helper to lay out the quilt. She was such a chatterbox yesterday until Rae came to pick up her quilt and then cat had her tongue. She's sweet, whenever I work on a quilt she asks "is that for one of the ladies?" She knows she can "never, ever, ever, ever touch the ladies' quilts!" 


Thursday, 21 May 2020

Log Cabin Lovely

This top was given to me by Peg. It takes the full photo to really appreciate the design of the piece. 

Peg chose the last of my yellow cuddle for a backing and it worked perfectly. The panto is called Pretty Posies. This quilt is a grad gift for a granddaughter. I'm sure it will be well received.

My grass is starting to green up and if you look close there are some green leaves emerging in our front flower bed! I was ever so excited to see that yesterday! Winter has been going on for 400 years this season and I was starting to get worried we were never going to get to the other side. I love living in northern Manitoba - usually! Talk to me in 3 weeks when we are cooking a smokie over our campfire and I may be in better spirits!

Darby always sees the good in the world. Every morning she chases rainbows in our house from the sun rays shining through the crystal glass in the door. We have been in our house for 9 years and not until Darby came along did I notice the rainbows on our floor every morning.

She was very pleased to pick me a flower yesterday ....


Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Whimsy Portrait

I wanted to share our new family portrait! 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, many photographers have not been able to conduct their business as usual. Crystal Banting, is a local photographer that usually does our Christmas pictures of Darby. She has been making these whimsical portraits this month and I'm tickled at how ours turned out. 

You can check her out here ....

Sean thinks this looks nothing like him which is very funny because it is the spitting image of him! He claims he doesn't own any grey shirts and the hair is too long. Oh, McPhee. Darby, Casey and I are spot on. 

What do you think? 

I've been working from home since mid March and couldn't be happier. We are preparing for Darby's surgery which is now slated for June 23rd. There has been quite a bit of back and forth about the date and we are relieved to have one set. Cross our fingers, it doesn't get cancelled again (its only been 3 times!)

We bought new life jackets this week so maybe I will have real life pictures of us holding fish like the one in our photo. Fishing season officially opened last week and of course my husband had to be the first out! Him and his best pal, Brock who is the game warden even went for a picnic lunch together at Phantom Lake yesterday to just to look at the water. Boys.


Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Disappearing Nine Patch

Phyllis brought in this lovely disappearing nine patch to quilt. This is a sweet, fun pattern that doesn't take a life time to finish. 

Phyllis told me how much she enjoyed making this top and especially loves the dragonfly fabric. I of course then had to use my dragonfly panto to quilt it! 

That is our grass in the background! Finally. Its brown and ugly right now but it is not covered in snow and there are no sloppy puddles to wade through.

We backed the quilt with some wide back Bella Solid cotton I have on hand. It really shows the quilting off nicely. I used a light ice blue So Fine thread and Quilter's Dream Blend batting.

We had 2 robins pop by our yard yesterday and Darby got chased by 2 mosquitoes and a big fat bumblebee. Things are looking up!


Friday, 15 May 2020

Spring is Here (Almost!)

Helen just picked up this sweet little girl's quilt. She used a warm, full flannel in pinks and grey. She loves a cuddle backing so I was happy to order more pink. As businesses start to open up again, I am seeing some of my backorders come in. Yay! 

I used the Spring Beauty panto on this quilt with a baby pink So Fine thread on top and bottom. I also used Quilter's Dream Blend batting. While its the middle of May, the air is still cool and there are small pockets of snow to be found on the rocks behind our house! This pattern is my way of willing some butterflies, birds and sunny days our way.

I'll bet some sweet grand daughter of Helen's will love this gift!

Thursday, 14 May 2020


Still swamped with quilts and loving it!

Dallas dares to call herself a beginner quilter and I don't agree. She made this big brown beauty and it is pieced to perfection. The quilt was straight as a pin and not a thread out of place. Seems like a professional job to me! 

Dallas left the quilting up to me so I chose one of my favorite patterns, Mimosa. I used So Fine thread in a creamy caramel. It looks delicious on the green blocks. Quilter's Dream Blend batting gave it the right loft. 

(Notice the fluffy tail photo bomb to the right)

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Spring Beauty

This beautiful quilt belongs to Sandra. It is really lovely. I watched Sandra piece these sweet little tea pots here and there at different UFO gatherings with our guild. It was a lot of work! The pots are delicately pieced and have bits of hand embroidery. Not a beginner project! 

Sandra wanted simple and sweet for a backing. We settled on some white Bella solid that I have on hand. The panto is called Spring Beauty. It paired nicely with the flowers in the border. Quilter's Dream Blend batting (I just got 2 big rolls delivered!) and Snow So Fine thread.

I had to do a little detour driving around these sweet little tea bags. They really add some charm to this quilt.