Category Archives: Sew And Tell

Sew and Tell….Ronnie-Leigh


We received a lovely email from a happy customer, Ronnie-Leigh who recently completed the Canadian Mystery quilt.  We love her addition of the “Homecoming” block at the top of the quilt. Below Ronnie-Leigh gives us some insight to her completed quilt below;

When you started the Canadian Mystery BOM, I happily signed on to tackle
this quilt as a very large (to me) project for the first time on my own, without support
from the ladies who taught me to quilt – the ladies at the Herne Bay Quilt
& Craft Club, Herne Bay, Kent, England, which I belonged to from 2011 to

I moved back to Canada in late 2015 and came upon your BOM program for this
quilt. While working full time as a Transit Operator in Ontario, 3 house
moves and 3 months with my left hand in a splint (unable to sew), I have
finally completed my Canada 150 Mystery Quilt. (I’ve had it quilted with a
maple leaf motif).

I would have loved to show you in person but I live to far away so a photo
will have to do.

I’m going back to England in a few weeks to visit and pop into the Club and am
taking my quilt with me to share with them.

We are thrilled she shared her quilt with us. It is truly beautiful!  Thank you Ronnie-Leigh!Ronnie

Sew and Tell….Ursala


One of our regular customers named Ursala was in the shop last week with a Sampler quilt she recently completed.  She started the quilt in 2016 using Pat Sloan’s “The Splendid Sampler“.  You could spend all afternoon looking at all the details of the different blocks as there is a bit of everything, hand applique, english paper piecing, blanket stitch applique, embroidery and more. Here are a few;
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Thank you Ursala for sharing your project with us!

Sew and Tell…Lori K.


Lori K. visited the shop a few weeks ago with her recently finished “Tree Farm Quilt”. She used the pattern Vintage Holiday II by Thimble Blossoms with a couple of minor tweaks like the switching out the heart block from the pattern and replacing it with a tree block instead. She also added a border to enlarge the finished quilt from 78″ x 78″ to 82 inches square.LoriKQuilt4 LoriKQuilt5 LoriKQuilt6LoriKQuilt7

She used a variety of fabrics collections from the designer trio Sweetwater such as Hometown Christmas, First Crush, Feed Company, The Cookie Exchange and Holly’s Tree Farm. She used a velvety minky on the back for extra snuggles and had it quilted with a tree design by Beatrice at Pumpkin Patch.LoriKQuilt2 LoriKQuilt3

She completed the quilt in less than two months for one of her son’s and plans to make a complimentary quilt for the other so she may give them as gifts this Christmas.

Thanks so much for sharing Lori!! We can’t wait to see your next project!

Sew and Tell…Arlana’s Little Quilts

Arlana, one of our very well missed former Hamels-lites was in with a foursome of mini quilts she recently finished.

Pictured below is her Indigo Stars doll quilt made with four inch sawtooth star blocks. The pattern is from the book Jo’s Little Favorites: Timeless Quilts From Scraps and Fat Quarters.

Indigo Stars Doll Quilt copy

Next is a Pam Buda quilt called Little Bits Quilt. This little one finished at 4.5″ x 18.75″ with the courthouse steps block strips measuring a mere 1/4″ when finished.Little Bits Quilt

Next is her 16″ x 21″ Little Strippy quilt made with Jo Morton fabrics for the sashing and border while the rhe stripswere made with various scraps.  This pattern is from the book Jo’s Little Favorites II: A Classic Collection of 15 Small Quilts.Little Strippy quilt

Last, but certainly not least is  this 18.5″ x 24.5″ “Christmas Log Cabin – or Not” quilt also from the book Jo’s Little Favorites: Timeless Quilts From Scraps and Fat Quarters. This mini project features half inch finished logs. She had Rhonda at Quilt Nut Creations quilt this one using a double plume quilt quiltThank you Arlana for sharing your charming little quilts and your lovely photography!

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Sew and Tell….Kris

LambyKris has been doing some stitching for her Grandchildren. Here are her latest as written by Kris herself.

My youngest granddaughter (Mila) asked me to make her a bunny lovey and at the time I only had regular cotton fabric, not any minky or really soft fabric that you’d normally like for a lovey. A lovey in our books is an animal head with a little blanket attached at the neck. I made her one to mimic her original lovey that was store bought and she was very happy with it. The part she was most happy with was the trim I used (very bright flowers all linked together and sewn around the edge of the blanket part). And wouldn’t you know it….her sister (Graci) asked if I could make her one as well and the major attraction was again – the flower trim.

So the order was put in verbally and before I left for home, it was in writing! Please see the attached work order. Graci is 8. I especially love “Flowers on the bottom of her bottom” and “botty”. Apparently this is how 7 and 8 year olds spell body, it’s exactly what it sounds like to them. This is one of those treasures that I’ve scanned so that I can keep it for future enjoyment and reminiscences. I sometimes add them to photobooks that I make for my family so they have the kids’ art as well in a more permanent form.2 frankSo construction began and I decided to use Fireside Polyester for the lovey as it’s nice and soft, not super stretchy and very durable. The pink inside the ears is made out of pink flannel and the eyes are a combination of black sharpie and white wool (samples that I had from a sample pack purchased at a garage sale). The pattern I chose was from Pinterest. It was a Russian? pattern that had only the picture and pattern with no instructions so I had to figure out what the head parts were from looking at the picture and then comparing it to the picture. It came together very easily. I sewed the eyes and nose/mouth before sewing the head pieces together so I could work with a flat surface as opposed to 3D. Made it much easier. I then stuffed the head.

For the blanket I cut two 16″ squares of the Fireside and marked the center on both of them. I then hand sewed the head on to the center of one of the squares. Next step was to attach the second square. I put it right sides together with the head of the sheep in between and pinned from one corner to another. I used a lot of pins so that any stretch in the fabric didn’t impact how the seam came together (the first time I didn’t pin and ended up with one square stretched out to about two inches longer than the other square). I sewed a half inch seam all the way around making sure to leave an opening of about 5 inches on one side to turn. I rounded the corners slightly so that when I trimmed them they would not be so bulky AND they would come to a nice point after being turned inside out. I put my hand inside the square and pulled the head out through the opening. Using my Purple Thang I pushed the corners out so that they were more pointed. At this point you could just topstitch about a ½ inch in but because I had the special request for the flowers, I did my topstitching and flowers in one step. Pinning again, I attached the flower trim and then sewed through all the layers using two rows of topstitching. You could use a twin needle to do this all in one step or just stitch one row, angle over a couple of stitches and stitch your second row. The stitching doesn’t show so you don’t have to cut your threads until you’ve finished both rows.

One of the last steps is tying/stitching the second square in the middle. If you don’t do that the square just drops down like a big sack. I tied it like you would tie a quilt and if you feel up to it you can even tie it so the tied end is under the head and you don’t see the little ends of the thread.

The last step was sewing my “Lambie by Grammie” label on the corner. I had these labels made up by Heirloom Labels years ago for things that I make for other people, especially my grandchildren. My grandson Dryden, looks on everything I give to him to see if the label is there and if it’s not, he makes sure I know about it. It’s not complete until it’s on. Lambie by Grammie was chosen because all of the grandchildren (Dryden, 9; Graci, 8, Eva, 7 and Mila, 6) have always been my lambies, or lamb chops. Love them to bits, I do!!!

Hot on the heels of this little guy were another four requests……..Eva wants a bear to hold, Mila wants a chick, Dryden wants a boxy bear, Graci wants a bear. Did anyone else hear the Christmas carol or is it all in my mind?

Anyway, here’s a picture of Graci’s bear (Eva’s is the same but reversed colours). Boxy bear is crocheted and yet to be done (another pattern from Pinterest) and very 9-year-old boyish and the chick is also from Pinterest (fabric has been purchased and pattern cut out). Pictures to follow!!!!

Bear Bear close upAlso on the list of completed projects is this super sweet bunny baby quilt…

Rabbits Haven Cherished Memories Quilt Kit.

I had this one sitting around for a while. I had bought this kit quite a few years ago at Hamel’s, before I started working there. I had completed the embroidery part of it many years ago but just never got around to finishing it. I think the main reason was that I was never sold on the chenille or sashing that was in the kit. I felt it detracted from very cute bunny pictures that I had embroidered. So it sat in my UFO’s for years.

One of our customers came in with a Rabbits Haven project that she had completed and she had used 2 ½ squares (mini charms) sewn together to create the sashing. I fell in love with the idea and that prompted me to complete my quilt top. We had a beautiful line of precuts in called “Poetry” by 3 Sisters. Very soft colours and perfectly suited to the embroidery. I think I bought two packages of the mini charms. I then looked online under images of Rabbits Haven quilts and found some examples of the same quilt with the square sashing.

I planned how I wanted the embroidered blocks laid out and how many 2 ½ squares I would use in between to still maintain the basic size and design of the quilt. Once I did that I started sewing squares together to form the sashing. Then the blocks and then the borders. The backing I chose was from the Welcome Home Collection One.

I took it in to Beatrice at Pumpkin Patch Patterns and Longarm Quilting in Chilliwack for the actual quilting. She custom quilted it with beautiful daisies while leaving the embroidered blocks unquilted to emphasize them.

I finished it off with the binding and a label on the quilt to my great-niece Lily Rae who was born in August of 2016. A beautiful welcome to the family gift for her and family to enjoy for years to come!

It felt so good to finally get that UFO out of my hair and turn it into a beautiful keepsake.

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A BIG thank you to Kris for sharing her family stories and projects with us.