Thursday, June 28, 2018

June Draws to a Close

I can honestly say it has not been warm for most of June here in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, but the last few days has been a little more promising. While I was waiting for summer to come, I decided to make a few fruity tablerunners.


I adore local strawberries, that only just arrived in the grocery store this past week, so making the runner helped me be a bit patient waiting for the real ones to arrive. I found the pattern for the strawberry block HERE and made two of them!

The same week I was making the strawberries, I noticed a pineapple runner in Quilting Quickly, the May-June edition, 2018. The pattern by Paige Alexander took no time to put together. It is also amazing how many yellows I was able to find in my stash! 



And finally, the watermelon! For this one, I just googled watermelon quilts and found what I wanted HERE. I haven't added the seeds yet. May look for some tiny buttons or do some embroidery.


With all the summertime sewing, I decided to update a box we have on our front deck. Woodworker Hubby made this for me years ago when we had both milk deliveries and paper deliveries. It may be obvious that I painted this during the age of tole painting!


I've been enthralled by the beauty of barn quilts, so I decided to make my own little version. 



I found a picture of the Ohio Star block done in these colours in the February 2018 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.


I googled a few sites to get some ideas on how to paint the door, then painted the white as a basecoat and used painter's tape to make my block and checkerboard.






It was so easy to do, I have plans to make another larger one for the door in our fence to the backyard.

The June block in Edyta Sitar's Patches of Blue BOM was a pretty one, so I got right to it when it was released mid-June. The block is called Shimmering Snow, pretty appropriate since the highlands of Cape Breton actually had a bit of snow in June. I guess we are half-way through with this BOM.


I love working with my blue and cream fabrics, so I decided to finish my Winter Village quilt top, another pattern by Edyta Sitar. I plan to quilt this one myself if I can manage to sandwich it sometime soon. 


And just to let you know, I don't sew and quilt all day long...I sew, I quilt, I watch TV, and I walk! With the nicer weather finally here, I walk on the boardwalk at the Port Hawkesbury Waterfront. This was my view the other morning. 





I'll be participating in a couple of quilt shows coming up. Have a peek at the posters and if you are in the area, be sure to drop by!




Thanks so much for dropping by to see what I've been up to. It's a great day for quilting!

23 comments:

  1. You’ve certainly been keeping busy while you wait for summer to arrive. It’s been blowing a gale here the last few days. Your fruity pieces are so clean and fresh looking, and so summery. They look good enough to eat! Lesley, your house quilt is amazing! Gosh, it came out so nice. Can’t wait to see it hanging at the quilt show!

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  2. Love, love, love your view on the boardwalk! Your table runners are so cute that they make me hungry! My favorite is the watermelon. The barn quilt is adorable with that checkerboard on the edge. Will your beautiful house quilt be in one of the quilt shows? I hope your summer really arrives soon – we have plenty of very warm weather we’d love to send you. ~Jeanne

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  3. All caught up on your posts, Lesley. What a fantastic array of lovely quilts. You are so productive! Are you going to get the heat coming our way this weekend? Happy Canada Day!

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  4. The strawberry and pineapple table runners are beautiful! But the melon, I love her! I have to look for fabric.
    Have a nice day, Marita

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  5. Amazing pieces and quilts, Lesley! I love the fabrics you chose for the strawberries. The pineapples too. When I got to the watermelon, WOW!...I love it! All of them are so cute. Your newly painted box door looks modern and fabulous. Your two quilted pieces look awesome also. What a fun village, and although blue is not my favorite color I really love your blues, tans, and creams choices. What a beautiful place to walk or even ride a bicycle (that would be me). Happy Summer to you!

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  6. Your runners are so cute, Lesley. It's hard to choose which would be my favorite. I LOVE your barn quilt. The colors are wonderful. The blues are fabulous too. I'll look forward to you quilting the houses. That will make a great finish.

    It must be nice to have warm weather to enjoy that beautiful walk.

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  7. I love your runners and the house quilt is gorgeous , not to mention your barn quilt , wow , you have been super busy . Looking forward to the Quilt Show 😊

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  8. What a great post! You have such wonderful projects to share. You are a quilting machine!! Your little barn quilt is awesome! I want to give it go too. I have a wall in my backyard that needs a barn quilt. The sun is out here finally after a lot of rain. Summer is coming!

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  9. Beautiful table runners and I adore your barn quilt. I will be visiting Port Hawkesbury in September and hope to see the waterfront.

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  10. Everything is so pretty! You have a lot of great projects done. I love the view on your walk. Hugs,



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  11. Love your fruity runners and the painted star is beautiful. I hope you enjoy your Summer and strawberries when they arrive xx

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  12. I love the table runners. And the mini barn quilt. I'm taking a workshop in September to make a big one and I just might use yours as my inspiration.

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  13. Love all your "mini" quilts - what a fun way to stitch away the day!

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  14. Great table runners and painting Lesley. I do love your blue block and the blue houses. What a beautiful place to take a walk. xx

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  15. Love the door painting, Ohio star plus checkerboard!

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  16. Those fruity runners are so pretty! I feel the need to get out my paints and make a quilt block like that...love it!

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  17. Wow you have been busy. Love the table runners. That is such a pretty block by Edyta Sitar.

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  18. Those are awesome table runners. Well done. Maybe now summer is finally here. Or is is spring??? LOL

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  19. A lot of quilty goodness going on and those runners are just awesome!!! Just might have to make me some.

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