Happy Canada Day eh!

Happy 151 Years Canada.

O Canada

I just had to show off my O Canada quilt that I completed this year.  The story about my quilt is HERE.  It took a lot of time to create the fabric for these flag blocks, just as it has taken time to enjoy the Canada we enjoy today.

Just recently I had been looking into the history of a quilt top from our local museum.  It was made prior to Confederation (1867) in 1852.  The top quilt was to be given as a gift to Sarah Jane ?  (we thing her surname was Coral).  My area of Canada had already been established by then with the thriving  community Fort York and a surrounding area of rich and productive farm land.

Our local quilt show was recently held in the Sharon Temple.  The Temple was built from 1825 – 1831 by Children of Peace, an Upper Canada Quaker sect .  The Temple is an architectural symbol of their vision of a society based on the values of peace, equality and social justice.  I believe Canadians still hold true to those values today.

Another thing I would like to share is a wonderful song delivered by our famous Canadian astronaut and his brother……Chris and Dave Hadfield.   It really shows how  “down to earth” Canadians can be.

How grateful and proud I am to live in this beautiful country called CANADA.

Have a wonderful Canada Day weekend to all my Canadian friends.  For my American friends, have a great Memorial Day   …..   oops!  I meant Independence Day.   Drive an play safe everyone.



A little lost history found

My friend is curating a vintage quilt display at our local museum called Warmth Through the Generations.

I loaned a quilt top my mother had pieced many years ago.  It was tucked away in my cedar chest.  I believed it was from the 1930s when she was teaching in a one room schoolhouse out on the prairies of Alberta.  The blocks were hand sewn together, then the blocks were machine sewn into a flimsy.  I had no idea what the blocks was called, but oh! those pinks and greens.  They do make a quilt colourful.

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When my friend came over last week for our monthly quiltalong, she brought along her Barbara Brackman encyclopedia of quilt blocks.  What an amazing book.  Inspiration galore.

Beacon Star This is from Jinny Beyer.  There ae a lot of free patterns on her website



We determined that the block was called the Beacon Star.  It wasn’t quite the same as my Mother’s , but, maybe she just added the corner triangles to make it look different.


Then, I a get this email………….

“Well serendipity definitely happens. Yesterday I remembered that there was an old notebook in the museum collection that belonged to an old-time quilter…it contained clippings from newspapers and magazines and notes on quilt patterns and motifs. I went in today to add some new labels to the display and decided to pull it out and put it on display. As I was browsing the patterns in the notebook, I came across the exact block pattern of your Mom’s quilt top!!!!!!
It is called Key West Beauty, design #692. The lady who put it in the newspaper was called Carol Aimes. And it was in the Evening Telegram newspaper. The notebook is believed to be ca 1930s. And once belonged to a lady called Arlie Evelyn Penrose.
I googled Carol Aimes….her patterns were in the Medicine Hat Daily News, Alberta in 1938 and 1940….geese (design # 605)  and Scottie dog (design # 722) appliqué’s respectively.
I’ve attached a copy of the notebook page. Yikes I found it!!!!!!!!!! In the Harrisburg PA Telegraph, Dec. 21, 1938. So now you have the date about which she found it!!! Isn’t the internet cool???”

Linda's Mom's Quilt block

“I googled the pattern name and got the following:

Key West

(Brackman 2719, 2731) (Beyer 82-6 and 82-7).

This design is also called Key West Beauty, Key West Star and Dakota Star. The earliest reference is to the Ladies Art Company in 1922. (from Linda Franz Inklingo website)

Here is a paper pieced pattern:http://threadbarecreations.blogspot.com/2016/03/chatelaine-free-bow-sampler-quilt-block.html

And here is regular piecing pattern:http://www.countrycrossroadsquilters.com/2007BOM_Main/200704BOM.html

 Lots of images on Pinterest now that we know the correct name!

How cool is this?!? So much fun finding this. Enjoy!”

NOW, I know what the pattern’s name is, approximately what year it was made, and that it was published in an Alberta paper….. All these things confirmed my original story.

BUT, something didn’t sit right.  In 1938 my mother and father were married down here in Toronto before he went off to WWII.  So, I’m guessing she didn’t piece this quilt out in Alberta.  Another memory suggests it was pieced in Toronto because Mother was part of a group called “The Stitch and Chatter Club”.

I’ll never know the real truth.  I should have paid better attention when Mom was telling me the stories. But as a young mother, I had more important things to do…..or so I thought at the time.  Now, I’d like to be able to ask her all these things and I can’t.



Can you guess?





Can anyone guess what I’m making?

I’ll give you a hint.  I blogged about it here..





bunting originalAfter sewing all those original beautiful pieces of grunge together, I wasn’t satisfied with the look of it.   It just felt “blah”.

No movement, no life.

I did manage to get everything sewn into a flimsy, but I just couldn’t get the inspiration to quilt it.

Then, just by chance, I saw a similar idea that was exactly what I had hoped this quilt would be.  Rarely do I purchase patterns, but this one I did.  I had to wait a whole 10 days for it to come “snail” mail.  Then, I was away for a week.

Today was my first free day to start the request (a baby quilt in a modern style) over again. This time I have a pattern,  I still have more “grunge” fabric,  I have more gray for the background and  I now have the desire to put it together and quilt it.

Hopefully it will be finished by the end of the weekend.  I’ll keep you posted.

Happy quilting



The Other Half of the Trade

I traded services….  and  Finished my half of the trade.

At the last guild meeting my friend brought back the part of the traded services (my quilt) that she was working on.  In case you don’t remember and haven’t check out the links above, we traded quilting services.  I machine quilted two of her quilts.  She was to hand quilt one of mine.  Oh, did she ever do a spectacular job.  See for yourself…….

Winding Ways 1

She even completed the bias binding…….Amazing work.

Winding Ways 3

I just love this quilt….always have even as just a top.  I love the way the intersecting circles play with your eyes.  What a great use of scraps.  The only planning I did for this quilt was to ensure that the 2 fabrics in each block were co-ordinated.

This is a quilt I hand pieced while solo camping about 20 years ago.  I knew it needed hand quilting but wasn’t sure my arthritic fingers were up to the task.  Along came Gail and she offered to trade services.  How could I say no to that.  I truly believe I can out on the better half of that deal.

Better still…….. After the summer break she is willing to trade services again.  This time mine will be the scrappy Apple Core (again, pieced while I was camping.)

Happy Quilting


Progress on Fireburst Mystery

Fireburst Mystery Part 1

Piecing is finished for the first set of instructions.  When I was cutting my fabrics I didn’t quite have enough of the background batik.  I had originally thought I could piece together enough for these blocks, but try as I may I couldn’t eke them out.  So I have substituted another batik for the last four 9″ squares.   I’m hoping these substitute pieces will be evenly placed in the pattern and therefore not stick out like a sore thumb.  When it’s a mystery I guess we just wait and see.

A bonus from the cutoff pieces of the Half Flying Geese….

Fireburst Mystery Part 1

I sewed the cutoff pieces together and came up with 2 pinwheel blocks.  Maybe I can incorporate these and the tiny bit of original background fabric that is left into my backing.


Happy quilting



Good Morning Sunshine

Yesterday’s quilt was Day is Done.   Today’s quilt is Good Morning Sunshine.

Good Morning Sunshine is a finally finished wonky log cabin UFO.

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I love the idea of “wonky” because you don’t have to measure anything.  The strips can be cut freehand .  Nothing needs to be precise.  I even chain pieced the strips onto the 10 1/2″ square flannel foundation. Just like paper piecing except you don’t have to remove the paper.   Because it is done on a flannel foundation, no batting will be required when I quilt it.

log cabin quilting design

When I was looking for something in my very cluttered sewing room, I came across this little quilting design from someones blog…..I discovered later it was from Cindy Roth  back in 2012.

I  asked you to wish me luck when quilting because feathers and I don’t always get along.  It is something I have avoided while machine quilting.


sunshine 4



Well, I can say for a feather beginner, I didn`t do too badly.  The spines are wiggly, the feathers somewhat wonky, but overall it does resemble Cindy`s drawing..  I am pleased with the effort.

I haven`t totally mastered feathers yet, but I can do them in all directions and am feeling much more confident.

One thing I did do this time was mark the spines onto the quilt.  I don`t normally mark my quilts.  I`ve always worried about the ink not coming off.

sunshine 9


I used  Mark B Gone.

After the completion of each row, I used a piece of wet batting and rubbed it over the blue mark.  The ink was easily removed.


sunshine 3



Because this quilt was pieced onto a flannel foundation, batting wasn`t required.    I used a double layer of canary yellow flannel (yes, it will surely wake you up in the morning yellow).  If I was doing this again, I think a single layer of flannel would be enough.


The quilting design showed up nicely on the plain flannel.sunshine 2


Day is Done

So many of my first quilts haven’t been blogged about, so I’m going to try to bring them forward and add my comments.  As with many of my quilts, this one was made about 20 years ago, but not quilted until 2015.  I have difficulty finding the “right” inspiration for the quilting design. Or maybe it’s that I get sidetracked with a new idea.

Day is Done

During my turn on the 2018 New Bloggers Blog Hop, I received many comments on the cursive writing I did on my O Canada quilt.  That wasn’t the first time I have written on a quilt.

My first attempt at cursive writing was with the quilt above named “Day is Done”.  A simple, traditional Roman Stripes block was used to create the main design of this flannel quilt, then a few thin inner borders were added and finally a plaid outer border. Nothing fancy, but I still find it a very striking pattern.

I have used the lyrics of a “taps” I sang as a Girl Guide as inspiration to enhance the simplicity of the blocks.

Day is done, gone the sun

From the lakes, from hills, from the sky,

All is well, safely rest,

God is nigh

Each main block contains a “Setting Sun”.   Using my cursive style I have continued the theme by writing the lyrics on a thin inner border around the quilt.

Day is Done detail 2

The “Setting Sun” motif is repeated around the outer border.

Day is Done detail 1

I did such a good job of matching the thread colour, you can hardly see the design in the outer border. That’s OK, just knowing the detail is there is fine with me.

The quilt is flannel front and back with warm and natural batting…….it is a heavy quilt but perfect to snuggle under when day is done.



Let the Mystery begin…..

Fireburst Mystery fabric cut



All the cutting has been completed per directions for the Fireburst Mystery Quilt created by Tish at TishnWonderland.

Sewing instructions will be posted  soon.  I’m excited to get started on this mystery quilt.




I have to let you know I am not normally such an organized quilter.  Rarely do I cut, bag and label each of the pieces.  BUT, I’ve learned when following along with others who have written the pattern, it’s best to be organized so I bag and label.  It kept my sanity for one quilt I made.

I also admit to buying my fabric before I knew the requirements.  Not usually a good thing to do, BUT I found a batik that was my birthstone colours and immediately bought what I thought would be enough.  I’m 2″ short on the length.  The last 4  5″ squares are going to end up being pieced.  Isn’t quilting also called Patchwork? So I’m sure it will be fine.  Usually it is only the makers who see the “oops”.

Who’s got scraps?

Wildest-Dreams  from Quilt collector: Miriam Kujac. Finished quilt: 75-1/2″ square.

I love how in vintage quilts the makers used  double pink or chinese red or mint green as their background colours.    Definitely easier to keep clean especially when used as a utility quilt. Definitely adds life to these quilts.

I think this is a perfect quilt pattern to use up some scraps.  I’ve had my eye on this quilt for some time.  Soon, I’m going to do a clean out and sort of my very small studio.  I don’t mind cluttered, but it has gone further than that. It’s forced me out onto the dining room table.  It will be the perfect time to sort my scraps into colours, then into lights and darks.  Perhaps more bins will be required.

It’s a very simple pattern…..just triangles sewn together to make larger triangles (watch colour placement). Then two of the larger triangles sewn into diamonds (watch colour placement).  Then 8 diamonds sewn into a star (watch colour placement).  Finish the block by setting in 4 corner squares.  I think the beauty of this quilt pattern is that there is no definite size to the triangles.  They just all have to be the same size…say 2 1/2″.  Make them fit what you have, that’s what our ancestors did.  If you feel you really need a pattern, you can always purchase one here .