Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Having Quilty Fun

I've been retired for several years now, but each day still feels like a holiday.  Playing in my sewing room for a bit every day is my norm, with wonderful visits with family interspersed between appointments and working at the Artisans Collective Gift Shop. If you follow my blog, you may remember the Collective is a small group of friends who quilt and craft all winter and open a seasonal gift shop from June through October in the Port Hastings Museum Nova Scotia. 

I continually jump from project to project, depending on my mood and inspiration and the enjoyment never seems to fail. I may finish a UFO, or start a new project...every day is a mystery.  Recently I finished my Super Nova Scotia quilt, a cuddle quilt I started a year ago following a free quiltalong series that had been hosted by designer Lee Heinrich in 2011. She created the Supernova block and blogs at Freshly Pieced HERE. She has since changed her blog host and I wasn't able to find the directions with the pictures to link for you. If you are interested in the pattern, you may have to do some more searching of her blog or contact her directly. 

The quilt is primarily made from Kaffe Fasset fabrics that I had been saving for awhile.

I used an edge to edge loop de loop quilting pattern, bound it with a scrappy binding, and the 60" x 60" quilt is now a finish. You can read more about this quilt HERE.

Rolling this quilt top made it even more appealing to me. Doesn't take much space this way!

After playing with such bright colours, I decided to keep on the same wavelength and start another bright baby quilt. Remember my first baby whale quilt?  You can read about this pattern HERE. I knew I'd make another one of these. It's just so much fun to see each whale go from pieces of fabric to these little guys.  In a day, I can take a quilt from cutting fabrics to sandwiching it, so this one is now ready to quilt. I plan to stitch some wavy quilting from side to side like I did on the other. 

Today's goal is to finish quilting Hugs 2, my second flannel HST quilt made from leftover HSTs and a few stash flannels. I have it draped over my ironing board waiting for me.

Yesterday I quilted the grid pattern and today I will do the quilting on the diagonal. The colours are not as bright as the first two quilts, but those fabrics sure are cozy!

It's a great day for quilting!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Busy Time at the Quilt Show

The Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway Quilt Show and Sale is now a not too distant memory. We closed the doors of the show at the end of the day on Tuesday after six full days of celebrating quilting. Hundreds of folks entered the church to look at the quilts, buy some quilts and smaller crafted items, be inspired, and enjoy Cape Breton oatcakes, biscuits and tea. 

We also had two quilts on frames so visitors were able to put their own stitches in the quilts. I couldn't resist taking a pic of hubby. He had brought me a coffee that day so I asked him to pose with the quilters for a pic. No, he is not a quilter, but he sure supports the quilting industry. Four ladies in the picture taught school with him so he stayed for tea, almost like hanging out with the staff at recess!

It was a very successful show for visitors, the quilters, crafters, and St. David's United Church. The 130-year old church will receive all the donations from the door and a percentage of each sale. 

I took dozens of pictures almost every day and posted them on Facebook. If you'd like to see the quilts, please visit the facebook pages HERE to see more. Our quilt show and sale always takes place somewhere around the 13th of August, the anniversary of the Canso Causeway. Maybe we'll see you next year?

I am still rewinding after the show so haven't done much in my sewing room. In fact, I took a quick trip to see my sewing machine doctor who helped me with the tension on my machine for FMQ. I have a couple of quilt tops waiting to be quilted so  I must get started. The first is my Super Nova Scotia quilt that you can read about HERE. All pinned and ready to go!

Although my sewing time has been limited lately, I did manage to finish another flannel quilt I will call  Hugs 2. I had so many HSTs already from Hugs (you can read about Hugs  HERE) so it was a no-brainer to make another! I have it laying out on the dining room table but I ran out of pins for basting. May have to look around to find more pins before supper so we can eat.

Thanks so much for visiting me today! It's a great day for quilting!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Nova Scotia Quilt Bloggers Quartet on the Road

Yesterday was the day of our annual trek to Pictou, Nova Scotia, for the Northumberland Quilt Show. Our quartet includes Linda who blogs at Scrapmaster, Karen who blogs at KaHolly, Sheila who blogs at Sheila's Quilt World and myself. Unfortunately, Sheila wasn't able to join us...we missed her terribly! 

The four of us have decided to do a round robin quilt exchange, which will take about a year to complete. We each made a centre block, 12" finished, so a couple of blocks were exchanged yesterday. Here is the block I made and passed along to Karen for the next round.

You may recognize the embroidery centre of the block as I used the same Gail Pan pattern for the tote bag I made for Sheila and gifted to her last year. The quilt block pattern is called Souvenir which I found HERE. I thought it was such an appropriate name for my block, as the quilt, when finished, will be my souvenir of the Nova Scotia Quilt Bloggers Quartet!  

Linda's stunning block came to me for the first round. Can't wait to play with this one, Linda!

The Northumberland Quilt show was wonderful. An amazing number of quilts showing a range of style and several vendors which made it very easy to add to my stash! I did take a few pics of some of my favorites so hope you enjoy.

Before we left, Linda and I posed with a couple of our latest quilts in front of the Pictou waterfront. Can you tell it was a little windy? Maybe even windier than you've seen in some of my clothesline pictures?

Today I am in my sewing room struggling with my sewing machine tension. The top stitching is wonderful but the stitches on the back are not the way they should be.  I have a few quilts to finish up before our quilt show on Thursday and my FMQ is just not working for me. Perhaps it has been too long between projects or perhaps it is an issue with my machine?  I vented to my resident FMQ expert, Linda, who gave me a few excellent suggestions so will try them out and hope for success. If not, I can certainly get them done with straight line stitching so will just have to weigh the pros and cons and see what happens. 

I did manage to finish my little hexie table runner!

Maybe I'll see some of you at our show? Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway Quilt Show and Sale in St. David's United Church, Port Hastings, Nova Scotia at the entrance to Cape Breton. Hours 10-4 each day. 

It's a great day for quilting!