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Baby it’s Cold Outside…

This past week has the been the coldest yet this winter with temperatures as low as -20 celsius, not sure what that is in farenheit, but I do know it’s cold!

When I was in Barbados I was trying to explain to a couple of Bajan ladies how cold our winters get and that you need hats and gloves, boots, heavy coats, and even though they kept nodding their heads and saying ‘okay’.  I not sure they really got it. I don’t blame them, why worry about how cold it gets in Toronto when I’m in Barbados with 30 celsius weather morning , noon, and night.  Geez, I wish I was there now.

The cold weather has kept me inside.  I have been busy putting together 3 quilt tops that were stashed away. One is a baby quilt, I love the fabric designs and bright colours, perfect for boy or girl.  I finally got around to making the ‘Disappearing Nine Patch’. I now understand why it’s called disappearing. Sew 9 squares together in a block, cut them this way and that, turn them around and sew back together and you would never know that you had started off with a block of 9, huh, love it! I also finished machine quilting a diamond patterned quilt put together with  HSTs. I used to have a love-hate relationship with HSTs, but I’m starting to really enjoy working with them, oh btw HST stands for Half Square Triangle for all you non-quilters 🙂

Here are some pics of what they look like and again please excuse the photography.

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Bird in the hand…

I decided to call this quilt Bird in the Hand, why you ask. When I first started to put together this quilt, my 2nd one ever, I decided that I would try to quilt this baby by hand. I machined stitched the pieces and the blocks together, but I needed a challenge and boy did I get one. It looks so easy in the YouTube videos I was watching. After many finger pricks and 2 calloused middle fingers I finally got it finished, it only took 3 months, and not any fancy pattern here. Please don’t judge my stitches, I’ve been told by pro quilters that it takes many, many quilts to master the hand quilting stitch.

BTW: It was very, very relaxing, I think I’ll give it another try.

I get my kicks…

…with my new Big Kick from Sizzix! I have wanted one of these babys for a long time. When I get obsessed with something, I scour the world wide web for the best deal possible and you know what, the best deal was at my local Michael’s store. I brought it home, unpacked the periwinkle coloured cutter and my 2 dies and started cutting pretty little butterflies and dragonflies. My husband asked me if I really needed to buy another gadget, don’t I have enough gagdets, answer ‘ of course I needthis periwinkle coloured shape cutter, look at the pretty butterflies’ by the way do you need all the different sized screws and nails, his answer, ‘bought them on sale and I’m sure they’ll come in handy for something’. Case closed.