Thursday, February 12, 2015

Easter & Spring Collection From Quiltsy Team on Etsy

Easter and Spring curated by Quiltsy Team on Etsy

Friday, December 12, 2014

Sock Love

Hello on this dreary, cold morning! Nothing says staying warm, like a new pair of hand knit socks! I love to knit my own socks with beautiful yarns and am always on the lookout for new, colorful yarns to grace my feet! About a year ago I discovered a yarn shop on Artfire that is named Turtlepurl yarns. I got hooked immediately looking at all the beautiful colorways and just had to try it out. I purchased some Turtle Toes in the colorway "Dream Room".

 Turtle Toes - Dream Room

Unfortunately summer came and I lost interest in knitting socks, but now the cold weather is upon us and so I grabbed this wonderful yarn and started knitting.

 Oh my gosh, this yarn is to die for. It is so soft and the colors are intense. The stitch definition is crisp.  There is no splitting or snagging,  just beautiful smooth stitches.  It is a 4 ply 75% superwash merino 25% nylon sock yarn.  Also would make great gloves!!

 Beautiful stitch definition!

Now that I have started knitting with this yarn, I know I will be back for more.  I actually ordered another sock yarn from Turtlepurl yarns,  Superman - Hand-dyed self striping MCN sock yarn, yesterday and am waiting patiently for it to arrive.

Superman - Hand-dyed self striping MCN sock yarn from Turtlepurl yarns

So without further ado, I would like to introduce you to Genevieve from Turtlepurl Yarns.

I operate Turtlepurl out of my home in rural New Brunswick, Canada (Close to the famous Bay of Fundy). I started knitting while I was learning to cope with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, as I was in the military at the time. Knitting was a huge part of my transition from military life, and as I began to delve into different aspects of fiber arts, I started dyeing. I've always had a knack for colour and colour combos, so I took to it quickly and before I knew it, I was swapping with other fiber artists, and then opened my own store.

I've been dyeing yarn and fiber for about 6 years and I now work full-time with Turtlepurl (and have staff to help!) but this year was the first year I focused a lot of attention to my self-striping colours - and the response has been awesome. We've just started our self-striping yarns on 100% SW merino worsted base (in 7 of our most popular colour ways) and we continue to develop new colours.

We don't have a brick and mortar shop, though I do open the studio once a week, on Saturdays to the public. We do wholesale our yarns to a number of stores throughout Canada and the US.

Turtlepurl Yarns can be found at:
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Please take some time to visit this wonderful yarn shop!

Till next time, God bless!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Looking for that something special for Christmas?

The holiday are upon us!  Can't believe it.  If you are looking for something special, that no one else will have, please stop by my shop and check out my hand crafted quilted and knitted items.

I have  wool hats and headbands in wonderful soft merino wools and some alpaca blends.  I am adding new colors all the time.

Also great little credit card wallets and tea bag wallets that make great stocking stuffers.

I also have lovely quilted and knitted items for your home and for decorating for the holiday season that are unique and made with love!!

Please stop by and take a moment to check out my items.  I would so appreciate it!

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Well here it is November 12 and it feels like January or February!! It is a whole 21 degrees outside, but at least the sun is shining!

So it is that time again when you hear those jingle bells and see all the colorful lights of the holidays.  Me, I am dreaming of that nice golden brown turkey on Thanksgiving day.  It just doesn't seem like Thanksgiving without the turkey and the leftovers.  It is just me and my hubby so I will be inviting my sister and her husband over to share our meal as she is not in the greatest of health.

Larry and Gary like to watch the Lions game and my sis and I can gab and drink coffee and laugh ourselves silly.

Christmas is usually pretty quiet around here. Actually my husband is having foot surgery on the 17th so it will really be quiet this year. No partying for us!

Our daughter lives in Raleigh where she is finishing up her doctorate in toxicology.  She will be visiting Dec. 1 through 7 so we will have time with her then.

Maybe we will sneak away for some warm weather at some point this winter, that would be nice. 

Whatever you do for the holidays, I hope you have a safe and happy season.   May your new year be full of blessings and happy events.  God bless!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014


What happened to summer?  I can't believe that once again I am sitting here posting about autumn weather and that lazy feeling that seems to arrive with the cooler weather.

It seems like the birds were just arriving!

I can't complain about the summer at all this year. We had a beautiful summer here in central Wisconsin.  A few hot humid weeks, but all in all not bad at all.

I had a good summer.  We went up north into upper Michigan the beginning of summer and stayed with friends.  It was a good time and we went into the neatest sculpture park. It was created by a local man and he has the neatest metal figures!  It is free to drive through.  You can leave a donation if you choose.  It is outside of Autrain, MI.

I also entered a quilt in the local end of summer festival here in Wautoma called AugustFest.  I won first place in my division!

Of course I have been busy sewing and knitting!  I have made quite a few autumn and Christmas items that can found in my shop.  Here are just a few:

Scrappy Christmas Pillow

Deep Red Afghan Thick, Soft and Warm

Autumn Table Topper w/Wool Leaves and Acorns

I can only hope that we have a long, warm autumn.  The Farmers almanac is predicting very cold and very snowy again this winter.  I don't know if I can stand a repeat of last year.  If that happens, I am getting out of here and heading south for awhile!

So whether we want it or not, Mother Nature is going to be back with cold weather.  I hope you all had a wonderful summer and will have a great autumn!  Until next time God bless and hope your days are filled with love and laughter and good health.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

July is almost over!

Hi everyone!  Well July is near its end. I can't believe it is almost over.  Moving into August I start thinking about winter projects.  I know no one wants to hear about winter and neither do I, however, for my shop customers start looking for those Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items.

I have had a winter fabric in my stash for some time and have wanted to do something with it.  It is just a white and blue fabric with a winter scene.  It is vintage themed children playing in the snow.

The white and blue is so clean and crisp. It is one of my favorite combination.

I cut the focal fabric into a 13 x 13 square and then added a coordinating 1 inch piece of fabric and another 3 inch piece of white with blue polka dots.  Just a simple combination as I want the focal fabric to be just that.

I will be using my favorite thread which is Aurifil to quilt these place mats.  A simple crosshatch pattern will give them texture but not take away from the print.

The binding will be the same fabric as the thinner inner border and the backing fabric is a Debbie Mumm crackled blue fabric.  

 These should be really a cute addition to someone's table for the winter season!

Happy Quilting.