Monday, June 15, 2015

Just Call me Nana C

On June 12, we became grandparents for the first time! We are thrilled that our little grandson entered the world safely to greet his mommy and daddy. All is well with the new family and as I said to my daughter, "Who needs sleep anyway?" We'll be meeting him in the near future and will have lots of time to cuddle then. In the meantime, thank goodness for Face timing and Face book!

In between all the excitement, I kept the pedal to the medal to finish my Plus Sign quilt that I told you about last time HERE.

I like to spray baste my quilts, so off I went to the deck on a nice day and put my quilt sandwich on the box that we store our deck chairs in. It rolls easily so it was perfect to use as I moved it around to spray the layers.

I pieced the backing using some yardage I had that also share those bright blues and lime greens! 


I decided to go with straight line quilting, side to side, using a YLI Teal variegated thread.

I started on the same side for each line of stitching and then changed at the midway point to reduce any unwanted rippling. I have a handy dandy quilting attachment by Pfaff that allows me to adjust my quilting lines on either side. 

You can see the quilting lines a little better at this angle.

When it was time to sew on the binding, I rolled my binding around an antique spindle, put the spindle in an empty trash can, and sewed it on as it unravelled  easily from the roll. The things we do to make life easier!

The quilt finishes at 50" x 64", a perfect size for a cuddle quilt. It is now hanging in the Artisans Collective gift shop located at the Port Hastings Museum. The shop opens tomorrow and it is my day to work!  ( Open hours are Monday - Friday from 9-5; starting in July, also open on weekends from 12-4).  If you're in the area, please drop by. I will take my camera tomorrow to get some pictures...always a better selection at the start of the summer!
Thank you for all your wishes for Mom's recovery. I just returned from another trip to Moncton  and I saw a huge improvement from last time. Every day she continues to get better due to the excellent care and support she is receiving from the medical staff, her family, and her friends. 

It's a great day for quilting!



Friday, June 5, 2015

Blogger Friends, Quilts, and Family

It has certainly been awhile since I have posted, hasn't it? And now that I am ready to bring you up to date, my laptop is in for repair so I have to see if I can use the Blogger app on my iPad to write a post. Here goes...

First of all, a shout out to my friends, the Nova Scotia Bloggers Quartet. The NSBQ includes Sheila, who blogs at Sheila's Quilt World, Linda who blogs at Scrapmaster, and Karen, who blogs at KaHolly, the creative genius who came up with the idea to do an exchange when we met this year. The four of us met up a few years ago and we try to get together for quilty events each summer. We met recently at the Thistle Quilt show in Westville to see the show, visit the vendors, and exchange the quilty gifts we had made over the winter.  We had swapped names and each of us was given an embroidered design by Michelle Ridgeway for the first letter of the name of the person we were making a gift for. Here we are with our fabulous gifts! Left to right is Karen, Myself, Linda, and Sheila. Thanks to the other gals for bringing cameras that day! We are standing in front of one of Sheila's quilts...she is quite the expert quilter! 

Thank you, Karen, for the wonderful project bag you made me, a Gail Pan design.

I also used a Gail Pan design for the tote bag I made for Sheila. I adapted the pattern a bit, and included two embroidery designs, the letter on the front, and Gail's embroidery design on the back. I quilted the fabrics in a cross hatch design and used a blue on cream toile for the inside.

Please visit their blogs where you'll see some wonderful pictures of the quilt show and some more pics of the four of us and our gifts!

In family news, my mom has had a bit of a set back. My 90-year old golfer and bridge-player mom, my go-to gal, the mom of four girls, has undergone some huge medical issues in the last month. She is on the slow road to recovery now, but every day is a challenge. Mom, me, and Sisters Three were able to be together last week in New Brunswick to share in lots of hugs, prayers, and positivity with Mom. I'm not sure what the nurses thought of our gang! 

We are waiting for the birth of our new grandson in a couple of weeks. I know he has more than enough little quilts to get him started, so I decided to make a baby quilt to put into the Artisans Collective gift shop which will be opening in mid-June at the museum in Port Hastings, NS. I used the flannel scraps from his Ducky quilt, combined with a few flannels in my stash, and designed my "Baby Nine Patch" quilt.

The quilt measures 32" x "44 with a tiny checked yellow fabric on the back. All my labels tend to look the same, white cotton for the information and a frame made with matching fabric scraps.

As you can see, I used straight line machine stitching for the quilting.

I was also able to finish my Stars and Strips quilt, an Atkinson Design, experimenting with a combination of loops and stars. I am pleased with the overall effect and will try a few more stars in my future!

What am I working on today?  I finished piecing a  "Plus Quilt" using some glorious Ecco fabrics I picked up from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop. There are lots of free patterns and tutorials out there for making a Plus quilt, so I found the blogger who writes "For the Love of George" and used her ideas for my inspiration. This quilt will finish at 50" x 64", a good size to cuddle in. I can't figure out how to add a link to this post, so if you google her, you should be able to find her.

Today I am sandwiching the quilt and plan to do straight line machine stitching from side to side. I googled "Plus Quilts" and saw dozens of them with a variety of quilting designs. The straight line ones caught my eye, plus, I don't have to think when I sew!

It's a great day for qulting!

Lesley, The Cuddle Quilter