Tuesday, May 29, 2018

May Comes and Goes

Another month has come and gone when it seems like it has just started! Why do the cold winter months seems to last longer? We certainly don't have a lot of warm weather here yet, but the sunny days and the blue skies, combined with the cool breezes, is still a welcome change. The sewing room continues to be my happy place, especially on days like today when the rain is falling and the fog has rolled in. I finished quilting Fly Home that I told you about HERE. I machine quilted straight lines about an inch apart.

I started the 52 Week Quilt Block Challenge-Checkerboard, a free quiltalong offered by Darlene at A Needle Pulling Thread. This is the 4th year that Darlene has hosted a BOW, starting in January of the new year, and my second year participating. I went to my stash for this one, using mostly fabrics from Me and My Sister Designs by Moda. Because I am a huge supporter of lap quilts, I stopped sewing blocks when I felt I had enough. I added a pieced border to the checkerboard quilt and found a sunny day to hang the top on the line. It finishes at about 52" x 66" so I should be able to quilt this myself.

I finished my Short and Sweet quilt designed by Kim Diehl that I showed you last month. I did crosshatch quilting for the centre and echo quilting around the felt leaves. This quilt makes me smile every time I look at it!

I sent a small shipment of baby bibs, burp cloths and handkerchief bibs out west. July will come soon enough and I wanted to make sure baby clothes will be well protected! 

May also brought the middle of the month instructions for Edyta Sitar's Patches of Blue QAL. This time we made 2 of her Bluebell blocks. Love these! 

A quick little quilt I made this month was my circle quilt. I had purchased precut batik circles from Sew Batik when I attended the Maine Quilt show several years ago. Of course, the circles sat and sat and sat. Last week I found them in my sewing closet, appliqued them to some neutral backgrounds, and "Circle of  Batiks" was born. I did some curvy line quilting and it is a finish. I suppose it could be a table topper, wall hanging, or picnic quilt? It finishes at 27" square, so it's not very big. It can be so satisfying to make a quilt from start to finish in a day or two. 

In between all this, I pulled out my Country Charmer project and made a few more blocks. I think Lynn of Sew'n Wild Oats has made a classic with this pattern!  My first Country Charmer quilt was made in a variety of colours, but this one will be blues, creams and tans all over. Blue seems to be my favorite colour these days!

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The last project to share with you is my Third Street Neighborhood Quilt. I shared the beginning with you last time. Well, now I have it all together, sandwiched, and about a third of it has been quilted. Left over fabrics were made into a pillow and then stuffed with leftover fabrics and batting. It is my small way to repurpose my fabric leftovers and avoid sending them to landfills.

I am using a meandering stitch for the large blocks and will quilt the houses a little differently to set them off. Here is a peek of what will be under my needle today...

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And thanks to all of you for visiting me today. It's a great day for quilting! 

Oops, one more thing to tell you. I attended a fabulous quilt show on the weekend with my fellow members of the Nova Scotia Quilt Bloggers Quartet. It is the annual Thistle Guild Quilt Show of which our friend Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World blog is a member. She  won  the Viewers' Choice Award that day for her Splendid Sampler quilt. Congratulations, Sheila! The quilt is spectacular! I actually started this same BOW hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson but stopped when so many of the blocks were appliqued and embroidered. Sheila kept at it and has produced a legacy quilt. Way to go, Sheila!

Bye again!


  1. I’m so glad you posted! You’re quilts and projects are so beautiful and need to be shared. I’ll bet the Third Street Neighborhood quilt is coming out splendidly! I hope I get to see it when it’s finished. Your bibs and burp cloths look so professional, Lesley! I’m sure they will be well received. I wasn’t at all surprised Sheila’s quilt took the Viewer's Choice Award! It was spectacular. All of her creations were, and they were all in good company. What a fun show! Thanks for getting us there, my friend.

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  3. My goodness, you have really been busy!!! I really like Fly Home (gorgeous fabrics), the Short and Sweet Quilt (so happy), and The Third Street Neighborhood Quilt (love the doors). The other projects are just as lovely and The Quilt Block Challenge Checkerboard is my favorite – it looks very summery.

    The baby things are adorable. I know they’ll be loved and used.

    I hope you see some summer days soon. We are on a streak of 90+ degree days – too warm.

  4. So many beautiful projects Lesley, you truly blow me away with all you accomplish. The baby bibs and burp cloths will sure be appreciated , so darn cute . Thanks for sharing my quilt ♥️

  5. Each one of your projects looks fabulous. I love the circles and those geese. I also really like the checkerboard. The bibs and burp clothes are so sweet. It looks like you are off to a great summer.

  6. So much happening in your sewing corner! You have a quilt show on your own in this post.
    I love the end result with Fly Away. The straight line quilting suits it perfectly. Gorgeous fabrics and colours.
    Great use of the checkerboard blocks in that quilt. With the white blocks it looks fresh and ready for Summer.
    And of course I love the Kim D quilt. That is another wonderful finish.
    All those baby items will be appreciated and I am sure will get a lot of use.
    The blue blocks are a delight. Can't wait to see that one together.
    Great way to use the circles. So bright and cheerful That would add a lovely splash of colour to any home.
    The houses are wonderful. Lovely way to use the small left over pieces in the pillow.
    Wow. So many delights to enjoy!

  7. Wow you have been a busy lady. Gorgeous quilt. Congratulations to Sheila great quilt.

  8. All great projects, and so many! I just kept scrolling and scrolling and scrolling. You've had a great month!

  9. So many pretty things, Lesley!! I love how you don't stick with just one fabric feel...you make many different quilts with many different "feels". Have a wonderful June!!

  10. I never grow tired of scrolling through your blog posts and I'm always in awe of the things you accomplish. As I scroll past each one I always think it is my favorite and then I get to the next one. They are all my favorites because you make beautiful projects! I've been wanting to make a circle quilt and yours has inspired me to do so, soon I hope. As for the new "rules", I truly believe it will work out and we can continue to enjoy our blog friendships. I wouldn't be happy if any of them went away, you included!

  11. You have been busy and productive. Love Fly Away. Here's hoping the better weather is here to stay...and gets better.

  12. What a beautiful collection of work Lesley, lovely to see what you have been working on. Sheila's quilt is a well deserved winner. xx

  13. It's nice to have a catch up read of your May productivity, Lesley. Your projects are so lovely. What a beautiful finish Fly Home is. Country Charmer is still on my to-do list - I'm excited to see you starting another one!

  14. You are really been busy Lesley, lots of beautiful projects!

  15. I enjoyed seeing all the great projects you finished or are working on. Thank goodness warmer weather finally arrived.


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