Thursday, February 22, 2018

February Quilts

Isn't it funny how one month just rolls right into the next month! My sewing room continues to be busy but with many of the same January quilts. I have also been doing a lot of secret sewing that I can't show for awhile. It is keeping me very busy and very happy and I seem to be smiling all at the same time!

But for now, I will share with you what I can. The Quilt of Valour-Canada I am making is very quickly coming to a finish.  The trickiest part is always finding a space on the floor to lay it out to measure backing and batting.



And then it is even more difficult to figure out how to cut the batting to the size of the quilt so I try a bit of rolling under the fridge and it seems to work. (And yes, I always find a few dust bunnies but they are easily removed!)



Woodworker Hubby always comes to the rescue to help me spread the 3 layers on the dining room table to prepare for pin basting. I have a very old Scovill Dritz Deluxeboard that goes on the table first so that my pins won't harm the table. 




The pin basting goes pretty quickly once everything is spread out.


For this quilt, I used Aurifil 50 wt. light beige 2000 for both the needle and the bobbin threads. It works like a charm in my Pfaff Expression 3.5. I chose to do a fairly large meandering design from edge to edge which resulted in a nice, soft quilt.  I used Warm and Natural for the batting.


Today I am working on the binding. I'll attach it by machine and may hand sew it, just because I enjoy doing this in front of the TV. Will do lots of little double stitches along the way to be sure it will stand up to lots of washes.


Of course, I always have a few projects on the go. At our April Ocean Waves Quilt Society AGM, I a mini-demam jloining other quilters in offering some demos. I will be showing how to make  Flying Geese blocks, the 4 at a time method. So in preparation, I decided to use this method to make the "Fly Home" Flying Geese quilt that I had seen on Jeni Baker's blog HERE.  I have a bundle of Amy Butler fabrics from a few years ago which includes Forget Me Not and Hopscotch, so am having lots of fun making some geese and their wings

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I also completed my February homework for the Patches of Blue free quiltalong hosted by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. 





With the Olympics on TV and sewing projects to work on, I am almost forgetting about the wintry weather that comes and goes, day by day. Looking at the calendar, I know Spring is just around the corner. It's a great day for quilting!





15 comments:

  1. Lesley, you QOV is going to be gorgeous! I understand the layout problems - I remember once we cleared a room of furniture and I still didn't have enough room. Guess I should have measure the room first! I'm glad you can use the table for pinning. Fly Home has a lot of flying geese - once someone makes it, they should have mastered flying geese. Maybe you can assign it for homework :) ~Jeanne

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  2. Wow, Lesley, you made fast work of quilting your Canada quilt! Well done! I, too, enjoy handsewing the binding down. I find it soothing, like cooling down after vigorous exercise. Maybe I’ll be back in time for the AGM, and I can see you in action! I don’t even know where it’s sceduled to be held. Think I should read my newsletters? Enjoy your day sewing! XO

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  3. Lesley, your Canada QOV is your usual amazing quilt! Really beautiful. I don’t think I’ve heard of double stitches in the binding before, but it sounds like a great reinforcing idea. Your other progress pieces look wonderful as well. You really have been a busy quilter.

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  4. Your Canada quilt is just gorgeous - I have a couple of those boards (somewhere). Love me a geese quilt - saved the link, thank you. You are certainly keeping that machine humming with all those beautiful projects.

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  5. That is a great QOV!
    I find watching the Olympics as I sew helps me accomplish some tedious sewing without actually realizing how tedious it is. :)

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  6. Your quilt looks great , you are pretty speedy . I like Your flying geese and love those baskets too . It looks like spring out there today , yeah😁

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  7. Beautiful QOV. Love your blue flying geese. What a quilter has dust bunnies? I can't believe it.

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  8. Your Canada quilt is looking wonderful. It looks like it will be a big one. I do like the layout and the lovey selection of reds.
    The blue baskets are delightful. That will be an interesting one to follow.
    Good luck with your geese!

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  9. What a lovely and colourful post! I'm in awe of your red and white quilt with all the perfect points and beautiful piecing. And your flying geese and blue baskets are wonderful.

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  10. Looks like you are keeping busy Lesley, love the quilt! I always machine stitch my binding but when I have sewn sleeves on and do it by hand I do the same as you....a couple stitches and then doubles. I had one come back once and the stitching had pulled out.

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  11. February disappeared. That's a great quilt.

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  12. I love all of your projects! The QOV has turned out beautiful. I liked your little tip to throw in a double stitch every so often on the binding. Great idea!

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  13. That is a gorgeous Quilt of Valor...wow! It's always so fun to come visit to see what you're up to, which is usually a lot!

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  14. You are keeping busy and out of mischief Lesley. Sounds like a great way to spend your winter days, hunkered down sewing :-) Your Canadian quilt has come up so well - I'm guessing by now, it may be finished? And good work on your other blocks too - it's a good feeling to be keeping up. I enjoy that 4 at a time FG method too - no wastage! - I like the quilt you are making with them - I think it will look gorgeous in those fabrics.

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