Friday, October 9, 2015

Happy ThanksGiving

We are coming into our ThanksGiving weekend here in Canada. The weather has turned cold and wet, but the fall colours are amazing, so it makes up for some of the cold, wet and darkness....

View from my other UpStairsHobbyRoom window (not bad at all, :)


One Block Wonders has started and I hope you have enjoyed the first block! Don't forget that there will be a link up the last week of the month and P&B Textiles is generously giving a Soft Dreams FQ Bundle to a lucky sewer!! You need to have at least sewn one block and join the link up party, so get sewing and I can't wait to see what you create!!

I also wanted to quickly share how I converted my ironing board, to a larger surface area! A quick and easy fix, to eliminate the waffling affect I was getting as well as increase the surface area!

I have seen this done with plywood, but I had a piece of laminated counter top (60" long piece). So I went with free over purchasing the plywood.

I removed the padding and placed the ironing board on top of the counter top piece centring it, and marked 3 places through the grating to drill for the bolts to secure the counter top to the base.

 I drilled the holes from the top through the laminate, starting slowly at first till it was through the laminate, so it doesn't chop.

 Attach your top to your base with the nuts and bolts. I forgot to take a picture, but the bolt was a flat rounded head.

Then I covered the top with some batting and stapled it to the under side and repeated that process with a double layer of white cotton fabric, stapling it in place.
Flipping it right side up and now I have a very usable ironing surface and no more waffle marks from the metal grating!!!
And see those blocks on the wall, that is one of the blocks I'll be sharing in the One Block Wonders BOM this year!!

What I've Been Up To:

I finished my blocks for this month and got the quilt top together, but I must apologize for the lighting in these pictures....fall makes it hard

I finished the Crocheted afghan I've been working on and it turned out amazing!!I have had so many inquiries,  I will be adding the info on the blog, so keep an eye out and come back to this picture, I will link it from here.

And I started another, this time knitting and I will be trying to do every stripe in a different knit stitch!

And if you missed this on Instagram I tested a pattern this week for Stacey at SLO Studio (@slostudio) 
Seriously how amazing is this pattern!! And living on a working farm, I just had to make this!! The large one is traditional piecing and is 20" finished and the smaller one is 9" and paper pieced!!

Oh and just incase you follow me regularly.....I will be back Monday, with MMS (Monday Morning Savings) but taking the weekend off for Canadian Thanks Giving... 
So incase you are keeping track here is my Sunday Bliss List.

The List:

  1. Complete another month in the One Block Wonders BOM
  2. Sew another row of blocks for the Around the Block quilt top!! 12 left.
  3. Continue sewing Geese blocks together. 29 left
  4. Finish my Dog Gone Cute projects

Like I said not a great list week, but I checked one off and completed another really fun add on, lol!!  Guess we know what I'll be doing this week......maybe.....
  1. Complete last weeks list
  2. Complete another month in the One Block Wonders BOM
  3. Stay focused.....on the list......  :)
Well not a total success this week either, but I'm getting there!! lol

My gift to myself this holiday weekend is NO NEW LIST!!!!! Next week I'll start fresh!!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!!! 


  1. Hmmm!!! Look at all those perfect matching points, and I had trouble with my one block. I think I will make 4, all symmetrical, but with different colours. One is finished, ironed, and looking good, photo coming later, off to the outside firewood .Love that ironing board, will it sweat if you use steam?

  2. Your new ironing board looks fantastic, Sandy. Will be nice to have such a large surface to work on, especially for ironing yardage. I did see your progress on IG while you were making the large barn block. How fabulous that she has designed that block for both traditional and paper piecing! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

  3. I did something similar to this with my ironing board and love the extra space! I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. (I'm looking forward to seeing your Dog Gone Cute finish!)

  4. Happy Thanksgiving!!! I love the blocks your making, and I haven't made one yet😁 oh and I want your barn!!!! 😃

  5. Love the barns!! LOVE them. Mercy, you have been busy and accomplishing lots! Great job

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