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!

Friday, April 20, 2018

April, a Month for Travelling and Quilting

The  calendar says late April, but the skies above still say Winter. Well, it is what it is, and even with the cool temperatures, my sewing room is still very warm! 

It is always a delight when the middle of the month comes by with a new block from Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. I now have 2 totes that are overflowing with blues and creams for her Patches of Blue QAL so the most difficult thing for me is to choose what fabrics to play with. This month, we made the Blue Spruce block which finishes at around 20". Love this one!

Here are the blocks made from the first three months...

I seem to have a crush on Edyta's quilts using blue and cream fabrics so have started making the Winter Village, thanks to Darlene at A Needle Pulling Thread for putting it and some fabrics in the mail to me. This morning I finished the first 5 blocks of the 20 block quilt.

Edyta strongly believes in pairing batiks with traditional cotton fabrics so I am embracing her concept from now on, using batiks at will rather than saving them for a batik-only quilt. I am really enjoying the diversity and texture in the quilts and the larger range of fabrics I get to choose from.

Another of my favorite designers is Kim Diehl, so after a few years of procrastination, I turned to page 57 of Simple Charm and jumped into making "Short and Sweet", a little patchwork quilt using 9-patch and snowball blocks with a border using a mixture of colorful woolen leaves.

The quilt's name may imply making the quilt was short and sweet, but I would disagree with a chuckle! The 3-inch blocks seemed to take forever and I don't even want to think of all those leaves that had to be prepared using a template, fusible webbing, and then machine appliqued. But it was worth it...I adore this little quilt, which finishes at about 33" square. I will machine quilt this eventually but I just have to decide how to do it. 

Earlier this month, I spent a week out West with family. It was really cold there, but it certainly didn't stop me from having a wonderful visit with DD and her family and DS and his new wife. There is nothing better than playing Paw Patrol with a 2 1/2 year old and reading bedtime stories, going to a Flames game, doing some shopping,pedicures with the girls, and just spending time with family,  As I've said before, this country is just too big! I arrived home with Fitbit watches for both hubby and I, so we are enjoying our daily walks even more so, now that we can really see how much, or as little, we are doing! 

I arrived out West laden with handmade gifts for the two babies who will be born this July, just weeks apart. Oh my heart... So nice that the cousins will grow up living close to each other.  Here are pics of a few of the gifts that were delivered. 

"Just Keep On Swimming", designed by Elaine Perez of Summercrafter...

"Andrew", designed by It's Sew Emma, in Fat Quarter Baby...

I used flannel backing on both the baby quilts and used an edge to edge serpentine stitch on the fish and a wave design for the whales. 

These tie bibs were a favorite for grandson # 1, so I made a variety for the new grandbabies along with more burp cloths. The free bib  pattern is by Marni Weaver at Haberdasheryfun that you can find HERE and HERE.  I also made a batch of burp cloths by So Sew Easy called The Perfect Baby Burp Cloth

Portable changing mats were another big hit with grandbaby #1, so I made a few more. I purchased a package of two changing mats from the local department store and covered them, perfect for the diaper bag.  I found an elephant picture somewhere on the net and appliqued it to the fabric, which is kind of a canvas so fairly durable. The pattern is also by Haberdasheryfun. 

Yous are now wondering if I got to visit any fabric stores during my quick trip? Yes, yes, yes!  Daughter and son both made sure to take me to visit my favs, Out of Hand and Along Came Quilting, and yes, a lot of money was exchanged for a lot of quilty goodness.  I filled my carry on bag for the trip home with fabrics, zippers, and patterns. The funny thing is that I was tagged in security at the airport. They opened up the bag because there was a square box in the bag that the x-ray machine couldn't identify. This was the culprit...a nicely wrapped bundle of fat quarters by Tula Pink.  Gotta watch out for travelling quilters!

One more thing...when I went out West, my Sister #1 flew home at the same time so we coordinated our plans to meet at the airport so that she would use my car while I was away to visit Mom and Sister 2.  She had a special birthday lately so I made these little pouches for her,  She does a lot of travelling so I thought they might come in handy. She also loves black and white. just like me, so off I went with Atkinson Designs Bridget's Baguettes pattern.

It's amazing how much these pouches can hold! 

The sun is finally starting to come out so it must be time to start supper. It's a great day for quilting!