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!