Monday, May 6, 2013

On The Line

After a wonderful visit to New Brunswick to have some family time, affectionately known by us as a weekend of Mom, Me and Sisters 2 (of 3), I am now safely tucked back into my cozy little house. We golfed, we ate, we shopped, went to a movie...we did it all. Actually, I'm the only one who shopped, but I represented the family well!

Summer came while I was away, or at least Spring did. The buds on the trees and the bushes are just barely sprouting, but today was a day of warm sunshine, a walk around town without needing a jacket, and lunch on the deck. Because of Mr. Sun today, I haven't spent any sewing time in my sewing corner since my return yesterday. While I was away, no gremlins, no elves, and no Woodworker Hubby surprised me by finishing all my quilt projects, so today, I managed to take a little time in my sewing corner to organize and prepare for an upcoming sew day. 

It was a perfect day to air out my quilts, large and small, that I finished over the winter. As I mentioned to a friend earlier, the quilts were flowing in the breeze to the music of my wind chimes! Here is just a little show of what was hanging on my line today...











I hung all the quilts facing the sun, then thought I should hang them facing the other way, so hope you don't mind seeing double! 

Some quilts will be for me, some will be gifts, and some will be for sale in the shop this summer. We have an Artisans Collective and we operate at the Port Hastings museum every year from mid-June through to mid-October. Our group numbers lucky thirteen, so we are all busy at this time of year finishing projects, sewing on labels, getting our tags made, and deciding on prices. 

I have been adding to my stash lately and am especially pleased with the new batch of fat quarters that arrived at my door recently. "Serenity" by Riley Blake is full of exciting colours and prints, primarily red, black, teal, and cream. I decided to prewash these fabrics with a colour catcher and they came out absolutely perfect with no colour loss or transfer.  I can't wait to cut into these but still deciding on a pattern. Usually I make quilts with tiny little pieces, but with these fabrics, I want to go larger so the fabrics will shine!


A few weeks ago I visited the quilt shop in Avonport and added lots of little prints to my sewing corner. I am always on the look for neutrals...


blues...

and a little bit of everything else!

Of course, now that I am addicted in love with quilting, I need more thread, so I am now sewing with the big boys!


Kaaren who blogs at The Painted Quilt is always letting me know about the great deals at the Avonport fabric shop, so the thread was her idea and what a great idea it was! I have been sewing and sewing and sewing and hardly made a dent in the beige cone I started with. Thanks, Kaaren! (She also got me interested in that toile fabric...so darn pretty!) 

Thanks for your wonderful comments and links to the Country Charmer QAL monthly update last week. It is amazing to see these beautiful quilts being created around the globe. Thanks to all who linked up and shared the beauty. Anyone else going to join us next month? Don't be shy...no quilt police and we don't bite. Click HERE for info. 

It's a great day for quilting!

20 comments:

  1. I would love to do an airing of the quilts - don't they just all glow and shout 'look at me'! Brilliant fabrics purchased, too.

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  2. Oh my goodness you had your own quilt show going on! And I know I heard those wind chimes singing a pretty song as I gazed at all your beauties!! Wonderful.

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  3. Wow Lesley, your own airing of the quilts. That is fantastic. They look wonderful.

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  4. Oh wow! Reminds me of being a little girl. We would go to a cottage on a lake in NY. There was a lady who sold quilts and hung them on lines. I was very little, but I remember being so taken with all of them hanging. It was beautiful. Hmmm...no wonder I love quilts today. These are fabulous girlfriend. Just fabulous!

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  5. Oh my....just lovely....and memories of growing up with a clothesline coming rushing back. Thanks.

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  6. Ditto - Oh my!!!! I just love the idea of airing the quilts that way. Don't they all just look SO lovely!!! Glad you are safely home and getting back into the swing of things. We missed you!

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  7. These all look great, you are to be proud of yourself my quilty friend!

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  8. Your neighbors must have loved the quilt show on your clothesline. What a super display of your talent, my friend. And not only that, what a testament to all your hard work over the winter months.

    Our stashes are beginning to look very similar. I recognize many of those fabrics as well as the thread! I know exactly who to call if I run out! *wink*

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  9. Love the pictures...pretty quilts softly swaing in the breeze. the new fabrics are just lovely.

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  10. What a lovely little quilt show makes me wish I had a clothesline.
    Ann

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  11. what a great sight. loved the quiltshow. Is that Gütermann thread?
    I just had a factory tour at Gütermann about 3 weeks ago. It was amazing to see how thread is made and coloured.
    Kerstin

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  12. Oh the quilts look just wonderful on the line! It's a picture postcard for maybe Christmas Cards or invitations? It speaks of you. Love your fabric choices especially those blues, very pretty. Spring and summer is coming. I have planted my garden and it has rained two days. My grandkids are leaving on the 24th. I will get back to my blogging and sewing then. Have a wonderful spring Lesley.

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  13. I need a clothesline...and your quilts to hang on it. They look so beautiful blowing in the wind!

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  14. Looks like a perfect day for quilts on the clothesline! They look so adorable flapping in the wind! You picked up some very nice fabrics... love the neutrals, the blues... oh, heck! Love 'em all!!!

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  15. Your quilt display on the line looks wonderful , I bet that turned a few heads in town ;-) oh what a terrific idea to buy the large spools of thread . I need to make a trip to avonport .

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  16. Sounds like you had a lovely time together. Perfect!
    Your quilts look wonderful hanging on the line. Great timing with the sunshine. And you obviously made up for all the others not shopping. Great buys!!

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  17. What a gorgeous quilt display Lesley! You could have your very own quilt show.....you just did! I'll bet your neighbors were loving it.

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  18. Love all the quilts in the line! I think I need to do a quilt airing too so I can see all mine out like that.

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  19. Love the photos of the quilts on the clothesline...makes me feel so happy to see them blowing in the breeze :)

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