Monday, November 19, 2012

Blogathon Canada, Votes for Women, and a Christmas Tree


Sew Sisters Quilt Shop is sponsoring Blogathon Canada starting today and running until November 24. This is a great opportunity for Canadian bloggers to meet fellow bloggers, share their stories, projects, and maybe win some giveaways. Each day a different province(s) will be featured. The hosts for the day will tell their own story and will also list bloggers from that province. I'm looking forward to tomorrow and meeting Nova Scotian bloggers that I haven't met yet! Here is the schedule...

Sunday, November 18
Kick-off!
Michele
Monday, November 19
BC
Felicity
Monday, November 19
BC
Cathy
Tuesday, November 20
NS
Jeanette
Tuesday, November 20
NB
Holly
Wednesday, November 21
AB
Shena
Wednesday, November 21
SK
Patti
Thursday, November 22
QC
Marika
Thursday, November 22
MB
Heather
Friday, November 23
YT
Vivian
Friday, November 23
YT
Janet
Saturday, November 24
ON
Cathi
Saturday, November 24
ON
Cara
Saturday, November 24
ON
Kaye


I'm really enjoying making the quilt blocks for Barbara Brackman's Grandmother's Choice Block of the Week called Votes for Women. She calls this a Block of the Week to recall the fight for women's rights.  Every Saturday on the GC blog, we get a great history lesson provided by Barbara, a noted and accomplished historian. The history lesson is the kind I like...short and sweet with lots of pictures!  I love how we get to see versions of the blocks done by Becky, Georgeann, and Dustin.  There is also a Flickr page for browsing and even more inspiration.  Check it out here

Barbara has her sidebar loaded with interesting tidbits.  Like this picture, which she shows us as  "humour" from the past which has made change difficult.   


Each new quilt block is always a surprise. Some Saturday mornings I have heaved a sigh of relief when I saw the BOW and some Saturday mornings I have cringed! But I remind myself that I do like a challenge! Here are the last three blocks so I'm all up to date.  As you can see, I'm continuing to use a selection of reproduction-style fabrics in a variety of colors.

Block 10. New York: Susan B. Anthony Breaks the Law



Block 11.  Little Red Schoolhouse: Lucy Stone


Block 12.  Little Boy's Breeches: Dress Reform


I bet you can tell which block made me cringe!  Yep, Block 12.  Very challenging for this quilter, but I will admit I loved the history lesson with this block. Since I am a blue jeans kind of gal, it was really interesting to read all about the struggle for "dress" reform...thank goodness for me. Where would I be without my blue jeans?  

Santa's workshop continues in my sewing corner.  Back in July during Madame Samm's Think Christmas blog hop, which yours truly hosted, I was kept pretty busy every night ordering patterns and kits that I fell in love with during the days while visiting the blogs of the participants. One kit in particular caught my attention that was created by Michelle of The Raspberry Rabbits. Here is the picture of the table frame quilt that she posted on her blog hop day and is now on Madame Samm's Pinterest page...


Isn't it gorgeous!  Michelle continues to have the wool and floss kit for sale on her web site and you can see this and many more fabulous items by clicking here. And even better news is that she is having a sale this weekend offering free shipping worldwide! She tells all about it at her blog. You can't beat that! She has so many treasures in her shop, my fingers may be very busy this weekend!

Here is what I have done so far on my little tree...


Tonight I'll stitch the wool onto the background fabric and hope to sew the side checkerboard panels onto the tree piece tomorrow.  Then I'll sandwich the little quilt and spend some time hand quilting the layers together.  I love to have projects this size to take to my quilting chair!

This week is another special one with Madame Samm's Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop starting on Wednesday, November 21. 


Because I have so much on my self-imposed "to-do" list, I don't always get the chance to participate in the hops. But I sure do love them and I do as much hopping as I can! Madame Samm continues to create new and exciting blog hops that are always chock-full of inspiration and I can't tell you how many ideas I have bookmarked for down the road. Pauline of Quilt' n Queen is the host for this 8-day hop and if you visit her blog, you'll be able to see the schedule posted there.

Thank you so much for coming by. I always appreciate your visits and your kind comments. As usual, it's a great day for quilting! 

12 comments:

  1. Your blocks are wonderful! Especially #12. I dont think I have ever seen that block before. Thanks for the heads-up on the Raspberry Rabbit. I love that little wool tree piece. I just might have to order that. I havent worked with wool before and this would be a great first try.

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  2. I always enjoy my visits to your blog, Lesley!

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  3. Love all the blocks and the history lesson. I remember the first time my co workers and I decided to wear pants to work in the federal govt in the late sixties (ugly pant 'suits' made out of crimpelene) and all day we were afraid we would be sent home. But it worked and we wore pants from that day forward! Hard to believe now.

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  4. Love all the blocks and the history lesson. I remember the first time my co workers and I decided to wear pants to work in the federal govt in the late sixties (ugly pant 'suits' made out of crimpelene) and all day we were afraid we would be sent home. But it worked and we wore pants from that day forward! Hard to believe now.

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  5. Your GC blocks are wonderful! I have the latest block half cut out and hope to get it done this week. I love how we are challenged with some of the blocks... and admit I am really enjoying hand piecing some of the blocks.

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  6. Hi lesley! Quite the blocks you are making!

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  7. Interesting post, Lesley. I do like your Grandmothers Choice blocks,and that kit is on my wishlist for this weekends sale (generous offer isn't it?)

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  8. Wow, love the blocks and the history that goes along with it. The little boys breeches is my favorite, what a wonderful block. Always something interesting going on here!

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  9. Sometimes those BOMs can create such stress, but they are fun to do in the end.

    I love that tree. It is on my to-do list after seeing it last year in the blog hop.

    I think someone needs to do that "What will men wear" up into a quilt. That would be fabulous.

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  10. I'm a blue jean kind of girl, too! I knew I liked you for more reasons than just your beautiful quilt projects. LOL I would have cringed at #12, too, and #11, well, and probably #10. Directions and me tend to have problems, so mine would not have turned out as nice as yours. :O)

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  11. Your blocks are beautiful! I too like to ahve a small project for lap work...:)

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