Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Super Summer

When I started my blog, I would post every week or so, sometimes twice a week. Over time, my sewing and quilting increased, but my writing about quilting started to decrease. In the last couple of years, I blogged about once a week, then once a month, and now it may be once a season! My last post was in June, and here we are in mid-September already. So here is a little catch up blog...

I finished a few small projects lately. I decided to play with some leftover black and white scraps and hexies. I was intrigued by Debbie's A Quilter's Table 3-zipper pouch tutorial and decided to try my luck. A few days later, the pouch was ready for use. 



Essentially I sewed hexies onto some contrasting squares, made a couple of rectangles, and quilted them in a grid pattern. 





I added a little punch of colour with the bright zippers, made a strap, and added a little hardware. Note to self...pay more attention next time to the direction of the zipper pulls!



Another quick finish was the Paul quilt I made using a pattern in the Fat Quarter Baby book by It's Sew Emma.  I used up some fabrics leftover from another little quilt and put this together, even using the leftover scrappy binding as well.



The piecing seemed to take forever, but once the blocks were finished, the rest was pretty easy. I used a serpentine stitch to quilt it, with a cozy flannel as the backing. 

Yes, it was sure a wonderful summer, as we welcomed two adorable grandsons in July.  DD had her second child and 3 days later, DS and his wife welcomed their first.  I thoroughly enjoyed my month-long visit west to see both families and tried to help out as needed. There were lots of cuddles with the babies, and lots of Paw Patrol and playground time with our first precious grandson who is now a 3-year old toddler. It was an amazing time! We were so fortunate to be able to spend time with our children and their children, especially since Woodworker Hubby also joined me out there for the last two weeks. What a special time it was!



Back to quilting... I finished quilting my Third Street Neighbourhood quilt with a large meandering design and added the pillow and tablerunner for the picture. You can see I have a little obsession with black and white! 


The quilt is actually hanging at present in the Customs House Artisan Incubator in our town of Port Hawkesbury.  It is a new craft shop and artisan studio a couple of blocks from where I live. Because I am a juried member of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, I was able to submit items for the shop.  


I also finished quilting Winter Village, designed by Edyta Sitar, and it is now hanging in Sydney at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design.



After black and white, my next favorite colours just may be blue and cream, so when I got home, I caught up with Edyta's monthly blocks for the Patches of Blue QAL. I do love blue trees! 


The Shining Star block was a tad challenging for me, so I was pretty ecstatic to get it finished!






What am I working on today? I am sandwiching the first of 3 quilt tops that are in my to-do tote.  Hello Garden is 48" x 55" so I should be able to tackle the quilting on my own. I had it all pinned and then had to take all the pins out and pin it again as the backing had scrunched up on me. To fix it, all I had to do was tape the backing to my table, sandwich the rest,and then the pin basting worked like a charm. I've got to remember that next time!



My Canada 150 Canadian Women quilt, designed by Kat Tucker to celebrate Canadian women for our country's 150th anniversary, is all finished and on our bed, but before that, it hung at a quilt show at St. Mark's Church as part of our town's Canada Day festivities. The local radio station, 101.5 The Hawk, interviewed me about the quilt. Here is the link if you are interested in seeing it HERE.


This was the best picture I could get that day.  The quilt looks so small hanging from the balcony, but it is pretty large, with lots of overhang on all sides of our queen bed. 


Thanks so much for coming by. It was great to catch up!  As you know, it's always a great day for quilting!





Thursday, June 28, 2018

June Draws to a Close

I can honestly say it has not been warm for most of June here in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, but the last few days has been a little more promising. While I was waiting for summer to come, I decided to make a few fruity tablerunners.


I adore local strawberries, that only just arrived in the grocery store this past week, so making the runner helped me be a bit patient waiting for the real ones to arrive. I found the pattern for the strawberry block HERE and made two of them!

The same week I was making the strawberries, I noticed a pineapple runner in Quilting Quickly, the May-June edition, 2018. The pattern by Paige Alexander took no time to put together. It is also amazing how many yellows I was able to find in my stash! 



And finally, the watermelon! For this one, I just googled watermelon quilts and found what I wanted HERE. I haven't added the seeds yet. May look for some tiny buttons or do some embroidery.


With all the summertime sewing, I decided to update a box we have on our front deck. Woodworker Hubby made this for me years ago when we had both milk deliveries and paper deliveries. It may be obvious that I painted this during the age of tole painting!


I've been enthralled by the beauty of barn quilts, so I decided to make my own little version. 



I found a picture of the Ohio Star block done in these colours in the February 2018 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.


I googled a few sites to get some ideas on how to paint the door, then painted the white as a basecoat and used painter's tape to make my block and checkerboard.






It was so easy to do, I have plans to make another larger one for the door in our fence to the backyard.

The June block in Edyta Sitar's Patches of Blue BOM was a pretty one, so I got right to it when it was released mid-June. The block is called Shimmering Snow, pretty appropriate since the highlands of Cape Breton actually had a bit of snow in June. I guess we are half-way through with this BOM.


I love working with my blue and cream fabrics, so I decided to finish my Winter Village quilt top, another pattern by Edyta Sitar. I plan to quilt this one myself if I can manage to sandwich it sometime soon. 


And just to let you know, I don't sew and quilt all day long...I sew, I quilt, I watch TV, and I walk! With the nicer weather finally here, I walk on the boardwalk at the Port Hawkesbury Waterfront. This was my view the other morning. 





I'll be participating in a couple of quilt shows coming up. Have a peek at the posters and if you are in the area, be sure to drop by!




Thanks so much for dropping by to see what I've been up to. It's a great day for quilting!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

May Comes and Goes

Another month has come and gone when it seems like it has just started! Why do the cold winter months seems to last longer? We certainly don't have a lot of warm weather here yet, but the sunny days and the blue skies, combined with the cool breezes, is still a welcome change. The sewing room continues to be my happy place, especially on days like today when the rain is falling and the fog has rolled in. I finished quilting Fly Home that I told you about HERE. I machine quilted straight lines about an inch apart.






I started the 52 Week Quilt Block Challenge-Checkerboard, a free quiltalong offered by Darlene at A Needle Pulling Thread. This is the 4th year that Darlene has hosted a BOW, starting in January of the new year, and my second year participating. I went to my stash for this one, using mostly fabrics from Me and My Sister Designs by Moda. Because I am a huge supporter of lap quilts, I stopped sewing blocks when I felt I had enough. I added a pieced border to the checkerboard quilt and found a sunny day to hang the top on the line. It finishes at about 52" x 66" so I should be able to quilt this myself.




I finished my Short and Sweet quilt designed by Kim Diehl that I showed you last month. I did crosshatch quilting for the centre and echo quilting around the felt leaves. This quilt makes me smile every time I look at it!


I sent a small shipment of baby bibs, burp cloths and handkerchief bibs out west. July will come soon enough and I wanted to make sure baby clothes will be well protected! 


May also brought the middle of the month instructions for Edyta Sitar's Patches of Blue QAL. This time we made 2 of her Bluebell blocks. Love these! 


A quick little quilt I made this month was my circle quilt. I had purchased precut batik circles from Sew Batik when I attended the Maine Quilt show several years ago. Of course, the circles sat and sat and sat. Last week I found them in my sewing closet, appliqued them to some neutral backgrounds, and "Circle of  Batiks" was born. I did some curvy line quilting and it is a finish. I suppose it could be a table topper, wall hanging, or picnic quilt? It finishes at 27" square, so it's not very big. It can be so satisfying to make a quilt from start to finish in a day or two. 





In between all this, I pulled out my Country Charmer project and made a few more blocks. I think Lynn of Sew'n Wild Oats has made a classic with this pattern!  My first Country Charmer quilt was made in a variety of colours, but this one will be blues, creams and tans all over. Blue seems to be my favorite colour these days!


Are you getting tired of reading? Sorry...blogging once a month is easier for me, but it might be a little too time intensive for my readers!

The last project to share with you is my Third Street Neighborhood Quilt. I shared the beginning with you last time. Well, now I have it all together, sandwiched, and about a third of it has been quilted. Left over fabrics were made into a pillow and then stuffed with leftover fabrics and batting. It is my small way to repurpose my fabric leftovers and avoid sending them to landfills.


I am using a meandering stitch for the large blocks and will quilt the houses a little differently to set them off. Here is a peek of what will be under my needle today...





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And thanks to all of you for visiting me today. It's a great day for quilting! 

Oops, one more thing to tell you. I attended a fabulous quilt show on the weekend with my fellow members of the Nova Scotia Quilt Bloggers Quartet. It is the annual Thistle Guild Quilt Show of which our friend Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World blog is a member. She  won  the Viewers' Choice Award that day for her Splendid Sampler quilt. Congratulations, Sheila! The quilt is spectacular! I actually started this same BOW hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson but stopped when so many of the blocks were appliqued and embroidered. Sheila kept at it and has produced a legacy quilt. Way to go, Sheila!


Bye again!