Busy, busy bee…

The sewing bee for the guild QuiltCon charity quilt was a success! We had a lot of work to do and it just about all got done. The best part was getting to know some guild members a bit better, and in one case learning that someone has MAD QUILTING SKILLZ (I want Pam on my team for every project in future).

Actually the best best part was that it all came together. Also that my design looks awesome. Lots of good things that day.

(Folks are tagged in the captions).


L-R Pam and Netta, and one of the enormous strip sets. WOFx~40″ in this case. Also, my living room in the far background. We love books ‘n plants at my house.

Pam pressed and Netta sewed the strip sets.


L-R: Kelly and Stacie sewed all the blocks for our background. 

Stacie gave me grief about taking pics or “selfies”, so I obliged her with this excellent picture of myself. No duck face for me!


Sneak peek is all you get!


Next up! Purchasing white batting, some backing and binding fabrics, and threads. Then quilting, binding, labelling, yada yada. We can do it.

Updated to add: I’ve acquired all the bits for finishing it and will soon be getting it loaded on the longarm then quilted. I want a finished quilt to show at our guild meeting on January 18th. Linking up with Cooking Up Quilts.

A sewing bee

I’m hosting an actual sewing bee tomorrow. My guild was rather late to get started on our QuiltCon quilt and we’d like to show the top at our meeting next week.

This is possibly the most prep work I’ve done on a quilt. I just know there isn’t much time for messing up, or forgetting a step.

My favourite step so far was this one:

You can see these are odd shapes, and there is a grain line to consider as well. I laid out a metre of solid black and worked out how much yardage we will need to create. (We’re making strip sets!)

Fancy Fox Leaves the Forest for the Quilt Show, a finished quilt

In summer 2016 the Vancouver MQG had a showcase of modern quilts. I was keen to go so I hopped on the ferry and went. I’ve been to a few of their meetings and the social media world is small so I kinda-sorta know some of their members.

While I was chatting with Janet (blog and IG) and Paula about the show I looked up and saw a fancy fox peeking out between the quilts. I snapped a pic and had an absolute blast recreating the picture as my own quilt.


I made up a little story about this handsome fox:

Fancy Fox adjusted his glasses again. He was nervous about leaving the forest for the quilt show but today, today he was hoping to meet a fancy lady fox.

Here is the picture I took.


Quilt from left to right:

back of Sink or Swim, Jade Prosser @stitchmischief

Harmony (top), Pinks (bottom), both Joan Elliot

Fancy Fox, Linda Morrison @lindyroselou

Aritzia, Arita Ray @arquilters

Modern Orange Improv, Dianne Semark @diannesmark

Conversation was with Paula B @trudysperson and Janet Archibald @whatnextjanet.

Fancy Fox pattern by Elizabeth Hartman

“Improv Under the Influence” technique by Krista Hennebury

Each of the little quilts had binding and was quilted like the original quilt; except for the aqua one on the left as I didn’t want to do such dense spirals so close to the edge. The entire quilt top was made from my scraps and the back came from stash.



Quilt Stats:

Title: Fancy Fox Leaves the Forest for the Quilt Show

Lifetime quilt no.61

Started: November 11, 2016

Finished: November 30, 2016

Size: 40″ x 33″

Number of pieces: lots and lots

Quilting: varied free motion designs

**This quilt is also a #quiltconreject but I love it and it makes me laugh. If you love it too and want to keep it, it is for sale.

Sharing the love for this far and wide with: Crazy Mom Quilts, Busy Hands Quilts, She Can Quilt and Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than Housework.

Linking up too with the 2016 Q4 Finish Along! This quilt was on my proposed finishes list. 

Day 448, or QuiltCon deadline -1

Oof, what a day!

Walk the girls to school.

Home for 40 minutes. Sewing more partial seams to get this top together.

Doctor appt. He’s 30 minutes late.

Go to new job to finish computer training modules.

Home for 30 minutes. One more seam, and a sandwich.

Drive to school, pick up W. for her specialist appt. This doctor, for all that I dislike his cranky office manager, is ALWAYS on time. Back to school to drop off W.

Home for 80 minutes of sewing, layering and basting. Was going to use non-matching random fabric from the stash but found THIS beauty instead:


Decide I’m don’t actually love it as a back for this quilt and so I taped it to my floor. I started quilting at 2? ish? and I’ve just finished burying threads. Binding and pictures tomorrow. Life is good.

Edited to add: I did 2.5 loads of laundry today too.