Thursday, May 26, 2016

Misdirection is a Finish

Back in November, I finished a quilt top using my Elizabeth line of Tula Pink fabrics. You can read about it HERE. Then in early January, I pieced the back with the remaining TP fabrics. This week, it was time to do the quilting. As usual, before I started the quilting, I googled the quilt images and found pictures of the finished quilt using straight line quilting. I loved what I saw so decided to use straight line stitching varying the widths from about half an inch to one and a half inches.

I love seeing the traditional flying geese blocks set in a "sky" of neutral creams that include everything from sewing notions to tigers!

All the geese were made with Tula Pink fabrics, and what a line she created!

I still had so much fabric left over from my TP FQ bundle that I decided to use them on the back, along with some of the neutrals and a few extra flying geese blocks.

The quilt rolls like a charm, taking up very little room if you have to store it somewhere.

I used a grey fabric by Robert Kaufman to bind it.

At 56" x 66", it's all ready and waiting to cuddle up in!

Saturday will be a super quilty day. I'm heading off to the Thistle Quilt Guild Annual quilt show in Westville, Nova Scotia, with my quilt blogging buddies: Linda from Scrapmaster, Sheila from Sheila's Quilt World, and Karen from KaHolly. I know we will have a great time seeing all the quilty treasures and are also doing an exchange. Our challenge for the four of us was to do a pillow top using improv curves. Some of us may not have remembered the "improv" part of the curves, just saying, but there will definitely be curves!  Maybe we'll see you at the show! 

It's a great day for quilting!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A Blue Schoolhouse Flimsy

I am having a race against time to finish up some projects before mid-June so yesterday it was all about adding borders to my school house quilt. You may remember I showed you some house blocks HERE and some Irish Chain blocks HERE. The inspiration for making a blue schoolhouse quilt came from Edyta Sitar's Blue Barn quilt. I added the Irish Chain blocks for some interest and now it is ready for Ange's quilting

It was really windy yesterday (of course) and the sun was actually so bright it washed out the colours. Hopefully, this picture will still give you a little idea of what it looks like. The flimsy finished at 84" x 94" so should be perfect for a bed quilt! 

The reason time is short for me is that we were cruisin' on the high seas last week with Mickey Mouse and family! What a great time we had. Seas were calm, food was fabulous, and travelling with Woodworker Hubby, DD, SIL, and precious GS was a dream come true! Here is a little proof. Gotta love those blue waters!

Before we went, I made a little blue whale tag toy for GS. I found this free pattern and tutorial at Two More Minutes and used whatever ribbons I could find. I purchased a little baby's rattle of keys and took them apart to add to the tags.

So now it is back to the sewing room. Even with all the fun we had, there may have been just a bit of sewing withdrawal while I was away and Blogland is a distant memory. I chose to remain dis-connected at sea so have lots of reading to do to catch up. It's a great day for quilting! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Quilt of Valour Presented

On May 3, in the small rural Nova Scotian community of Grande Anse, I presented  my Quilt of Valour to Sgt. George W. McPhee. Retired in 2002 and now very active in his Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 47, George was all smiles and so appreciative as I presented the quilt on behalf of Quilts of Valour-Canada.

You may remember seeing this quilt as I blogged about its progress and the QOV-Canada program HERE , HERE, and HERE.
Nothing better than wrapping this quilt of hugs around George to thank him for his service to our country!

Before I gifted George the quilt, on behalf of Quilts of Valour-Canada, I gave a brief summary of the program to the legion members present at the monthly meeting. Following this, the Branch # 47 President Jack Hopkins presented a cheque of $500 from the poppy campaign which will be sent off to the QOV-Canada treasurer today. Wow! 

 It was indeed an honour, and a humbling experience, to be able to present this quilt to thank George for his services to our country. The goal of QOV-Canada is to donate 10,000 quilts by the end of 2018. At present, a little over 6,800 quilts have been presented. Why not join in and quilt, quilt, quilt! There are so many ways quilters can help. We can make completed quilts, quilt tops, or have fun making Hug Blocks.  I managed to snag some more flag panels from Spruce it Up Quilting in Port Elgin so have plans to make a few more quilts over the next couple of years and our local quilters are working to have two more quilts completed by the Fall. Check out the website HERE for more information.

It's a great day for quilting!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Door Quilts - A Year of Welcomes

My mom downsized last year into an apartment complex for seniors. When we helped move her, we couldn't help noticing that the residents took great care to decorate their doors with signs of welcome. As a quilter, I knew what I wanted to do for her, so for the past year I have been gifting her with seasonal hangings for her door. I provided her with a wire hanger so it is easy for her to replace them when the change of seasons or special occasions dictate it.  I just mailed out the flower hanging for her door for Spring and Summer.

Here are pics of the ones that have been sent over the year, in backwards (!) chronological order, starting with April Showers.

St. Pat's Day is always a big occasion to celebrate her Irish ancestry!

Valentine's Day is very special for Mom, with 4 daughters, 4 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren sending lots of love and hugs.

Mom receives lots of snow in her neck of the woods, so this little guy feels right at home. This year he probably could have stayed on her door all the way into May!

You know I love Christmas, especially the Santas, and I may have inherited the spirit from Mom! Year ago, she and Dad operated the first and only "Christmas Shop" in Moncton, New Brunswick, long before seasonal Christmas stores arrived in the malls.

The very first hanging I made for her door was one using Fall colours and little houses. All the hangings are about 12.5" square.

And there you have it...a year of welcomes! 

Today I plan to sew rows of houses and Irish chain blocks together, after I unpick a block that was sewn incorrectly in the second row. I didn't notice it 'till right now...thank goodness I took a picture and it's easy to fix!

 It's a great day for quilting!