Monday, January 22, 2018

January Quilts

The days in January sure seem to be speeding along and my sewing room has been pretty busy trying to keep up!  I decided to participate in a couple of quiltalongs being offered this year. One is the 52 Week Quilt Block Challenge (BOW/block of the week) being hosted by Darlene of A Needle Pulling Thread Quilt Shop in Digby, NS.  If you visit her Facebook post dated January 1, you will find all the info there. The link is HERE.  Darlene inspired me to do the star of the week in a previous year and her block choice this year again inspired me to participate. Each week you actually make two blocks.  One is a 25-piece checkerboard block and the other is a snowball block.  Have a peek at my first four weeks worth of blocks...


I have some really fun leftover fabrics called LOL by Me and My Sister Designs by Moda that I had used last year in my Asterisks quilt. I will use these in the BOW and supplement them with other bright fabrics from my stash to make scrappy blocks. The white is a tone on tone white, but I'll probably uses several different whites over the year.

The second QAL that I'm doing is called Patches of Blue by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. The information about this QAL is on Edyta's blog HERE. This QAL requires that you purchase her book of the same name. Check with your local quilt shop and they will probably get the book in for you. I was in a hurry to start so I actually ordered mine from a Canadian distributor and it arrived in a couple of days.  
Like Edyta, I will use blues and creams for the quilt, trying to make it with my stash fabric. Here is what I pulled from my stash for the first block.


On the 15th of each month, Edyta will post instructions on her blog of the featured block. By using both the information from the book and the information on her blog, participants can make the monthly block.  There was a fair bit of cutting, and at one point in time, we were to lay everything out before we started sewing the units together, kind of like a puzzle. 




When it came time to sew the block, I just moved the units back and forth from my table to my sewing machine until the first block, "Frost", was a finish. My block measures about 16" square.



This week I am also trying to finish up my 150 Canadian Women quilt, designed by Kat Tucker of Next Step Quilting, that I started last year to commemorate Canada's 150th anniversary. Although the year of free blocks is over, you can still purchase a CD from Kat for the full year's blocks HERE.  We made three 6.5" blocks a week and when the year came to an end, we had 150 quilt blocks. In the last couple of weeks, I sewed the rows together and added one 2" cream border.  Here is the top on our queen bed without any borders. You can see that it will make a pretty big quilt. And yes, after the picture, I got busy and removed about 1,000 loose threads! 


Sewing the borders on was a labour of love...so much fabric! There isn't one place in our house large enough that I can lay the quilt out to measure it except the bed. Luckily, my measuring worked out so off I went to see my little Janome 2030QDC.    



Of course, it was also a challenge to press the borders afterwards. My little pressing corner became smaller and smaller! 




I just finished pressing this morning and now it's time to start working on my final border - a red 4" piano key border.  Once that's done, the quilt will be off to the longarmer.

January also got me thinking about doing another charity quilt. I believe very strongly in the Quilts of Valour-Canada program so wanted to make another one. Although it isn't a requirement to make a Canadian themed quilt, my colour of choice for making these quilts is always red and white/cream.  I combined my fabrics with some strips of Canadian themed fabric by Northc  had this fabric left over from last year's Quilt Canada program where quilters made comfort quilts for Ronald McDonald houses across the country. I found a free pattern that worked so well for me, combining maple leaf blocks with strip piecing. Thanks to Charlene McCain of Just Because Quilts for her design, which you can find here at the Moda Bake Shop


I adapted the pattern a bit so that the quilt would finish at the minimum size of 55" x 70" and would be a good size for a comfort quilt.  I think there is nothing better than wrapping up in a quilt and feeling that hug so I prefer to make lap sized quilts for QOV.


This quilt is sitting in the spare room now waiting for me to sandwich it and quilt it.  I guess you could say I've been busy this month. Winter has arrived so why not stay inside and sew, sew, sew! Thanks for visiting, and remember it's a great day for quilting!

20 comments:

  1. Firstly just want to say enjoyed reading your post. You have been very busy this month. I also am planning to do the Eydta Sitar, QAL but l am not as organize as yourself. Still playing catch up with all my UFO's. Helping Son No. 2 make his first quilt, which he saw on Man Sewing, with Rod on youtube. Haven't even picked out my fabrics.

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  2. You have all kinds of beautiful projects on the go there--
    will be watching to see them all come together this next year!!
    Happy stitching--
    enjoy, di

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  3. All beautiful works of art, Lesley! Impressive!

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  4. You are so busy. I love all things Edyta Sitar especially in blue/cream. Your quilt will be gorgeous. I think I own some of the fabric in your 25 piece checkerboard - love it. And your 150 Canadian Women is beautiful. The QOV will be loved and greatly appreciated. We are traveling for a few days so no sewing here but I did support two fabric shops today. ~Jeanne

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  5. You have been extra busy and wow , you sure have accomplished a lot . Your BOW blocks are so pretty , absolutely love the Edtya quilt block , I love her work and I love blue . Your quilt of valour quilt is amazing , you blow me away with your kindness . Keep up the great work and happy sewing.

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  6. You certainly HAVE been busy this month! Wow! I wish I had your stamina! Your quilts are gorgeous! I was so tickled by the size of your 150 quilt, I had to show Kirsten the picture of it draped over the ironing board. Having been to your house, I know your space issue! You are nothing short of amazing, Miss Lesley! Can’t wait to see what February brings! XO

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  7. You've been busy. I saw the Digby QAL, but I have TOO many QAL's on the go. Must. Finish. LOL Really like your QOV...good luck with quilting.

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  8. I LOVE the red quilts! The two blocks a week will make for a nice finish in those colors. Yo have been busy!

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  9. Oh MY!! You are really being ambitious!! Love the first QAL and LOVE Edyta (did my first and only quilting cruise with her and a couple other teachers)!! She was SO cute and sweet and hers was the only project I finished from the cruise. But not being sucked into any QAL's. Your Canada project AND QOV are both wonderful.

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  10. Wow! Love all the projects you're working on! It has been a busy month for you! Darlene always has some great QALs :) Good luck with getting all those projects finished up :)

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  11. I always love all your quilts, Lesley! Let me see now...I love snowball quilts for sure. The colors you have are like gazing into a candy shop window. Your Patches of Blue, WOW, quite involved that week’s block is. Well done, it’s very pretty. Your Canadian Women quilt is devine! Again, some very involved blocks and SO many. Beautiful. And, your Quilts of Valour are always amazing. You put lots of sewing work into them. Very worthy for the cause.

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  12. Oh my on two accounts. Gorgeous quilts. Love the block by Edyta Sitar, but all of your quilts are gorgeous. So you shared the link to the Moda Bake Shop pattern and I got distracted and off I went following a squirrel. And realized I didn't comment. LOL

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  13. So much quilty love on your post today...love those quilts....that is one large quilt...

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  14. You sure have been busy. No working on easy quilts with big pieces for you!
    The BOMs you are following are so different to each other. But both look great.
    And your 150th quilt is looking amazing. Can't wait to see it finished. That really is a special one.

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  15. Ah, the snowball and 25 patch is a very classic combo, and I love the fresh colors you are using!
    Edyta's SAL looks intriguing, but will it involve applique? :)
    Two great Canadian themed quilts.
    Good to hear from you again!

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  16. Gosh lesley you have been so busy! I love both of the monthly projects you have started this year...both quite different to each other aren't they so nice variety working between the two. Your Canadian quilt is Huge - and Beautiful! And with another 8" added on, I'm not surprised you are sending it off to a longarmer... it will be a real beauty when completed. And your QOV quilt is lovely too.

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  17. Wow - you've had a quilt-filled January! Kudos for sticking with the Canadian Women quilt - that's a lot of blocks! I'm looking forward to seeing your blocks for the two BOMs. Love your fabric choices!

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  18. I always think I'm busy until I visit your blog. Then I know I'm a slacker. LOL The quilt on your queen bed is gorgeous!

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  19. Your January was packed with quilty goodness. Your QOV is awesome!

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  20. I guess you COULD say you’ve been busy, but you always are! I really like your BOW quilt with your Asterisk quilt leftovers. It’s so crisp and clean looking. Lesley, I can’t wait for my next personal show'n tell at your house to see your quilts, especially your 150 Canadian Women quilt. Your pictures are always so lovely, but when I see your quilts in person, I’m always so blown away!

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