Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Super Summer

When I started my blog, I would post every week or so, sometimes twice a week. Over time, my sewing and quilting increased, but my writing about quilting started to decrease. In the last couple of years, I blogged about once a week, then once a month, and now it may be once a season! My last post was in June, and here we are in mid-September already. So here is a little catch up blog...

I finished a few small projects lately. I decided to play with some leftover black and white scraps and hexies. I was intrigued by Debbie's A Quilter's Table 3-zipper pouch tutorial and decided to try my luck. A few days later, the pouch was ready for use. 

Essentially I sewed hexies onto some contrasting squares, made a couple of rectangles, and quilted them in a grid pattern. 

I added a little punch of colour with the bright zippers, made a strap, and added a little hardware. Note to more attention next time to the direction of the zipper pulls!

Another quick finish was the Paul quilt I made using a pattern in the Fat Quarter Baby book by It's Sew Emma.  I used up some fabrics leftover from another little quilt and put this together, even using the leftover scrappy binding as well.

The piecing seemed to take forever, but once the blocks were finished, the rest was pretty easy. I used a serpentine stitch to quilt it, with a cozy flannel as the backing. 

Yes, it was sure a wonderful summer, as we welcomed two adorable grandsons in July.  DD had her second child and 3 days later, DS and his wife welcomed their first.  I thoroughly enjoyed my month-long visit west to see both families and tried to help out as needed. There were lots of cuddles with the babies, and lots of Paw Patrol and playground time with our first precious grandson who is now a 3-year old toddler. It was an amazing time! We were so fortunate to be able to spend time with our children and their children, especially since Woodworker Hubby also joined me out there for the last two weeks. What a special time it was!

Back to quilting... I finished quilting my Third Street Neighbourhood quilt with a large meandering design and added the pillow and tablerunner for the picture. You can see I have a little obsession with black and white! 

The quilt is actually hanging at present in the Customs House Artisan Incubator in our town of Port Hawkesbury.  It is a new craft shop and artisan studio a couple of blocks from where I live. Because I am a juried member of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, I was able to submit items for the shop.  

I also finished quilting Winter Village, designed by Edyta Sitar, and it is now hanging in Sydney at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design.

After black and white, my next favorite colours just may be blue and cream, so when I got home, I caught up with Edyta's monthly blocks for the Patches of Blue QAL. I do love blue trees! 

The Shining Star block was a tad challenging for me, so I was pretty ecstatic to get it finished!

What am I working on today? I am sandwiching the first of 3 quilt tops that are in my to-do tote.  Hello Garden is 48" x 55" so I should be able to tackle the quilting on my own. I had it all pinned and then had to take all the pins out and pin it again as the backing had scrunched up on me. To fix it, all I had to do was tape the backing to my table, sandwich the rest,and then the pin basting worked like a charm. I've got to remember that next time!

My Canada 150 Canadian Women quilt, designed by Kat Tucker to celebrate Canadian women for our country's 150th anniversary, is all finished and on our bed, but before that, it hung at a quilt show at St. Mark's Church as part of our town's Canada Day festivities. The local radio station, 101.5 The Hawk, interviewed me about the quilt. Here is the link if you are interested in seeing it HERE.

This was the best picture I could get that day.  The quilt looks so small hanging from the balcony, but it is pretty large, with lots of overhang on all sides of our queen bed. 

Thanks so much for coming by. It was great to catch up!  As you know, it's always a great day for quilting!


  1. Your new grandbabies are so precious as you already know! I love those village/neighborhood quilts, your tiny pops of color among all the blacks and whites is so effective. You've accomplished a lot since your last quilty post, will look forward to next season!

  2. So nice to see your blog! I love your pouch. The different colored zippers really set off the black and white. All of your quilts are wonderful; I especially like Third Street Neighbourhood but the Shining Star block is a close second. Congrats on having your quilts on display! I love the picture of you two and the new babies – very precious! ~Jeanne

  3. Just a couple of days ago I was wondering if I’d lost the link to your blog. But here you are today telling me you’ve been busy with life. Good for you! Congrats Granny! Oh, black and white with pops of color...I drool whenever I see it. LOL. I love your hexie design for your pouch. Who says all the zips should go the same way?! It would be just like rebel me to switch them up. Your Paul quilt is sweet. Yes, a lot of sewing in those blocks. Your Third Street Neighborhood is awesome. Your Winter Village quilt is a beauty as well. I love your blue trees blocks. And that Shining Star is fabulous! Well done. Hello Garden is bringing back Summer with all it’s pretty color. I love Fall decorations and color, but Summer is my favorite time and I hate to see it go all too soon. I’m glad to see that I have no misplaced you after all. Happy Sewing!

  4. Glad you enjoyed your summer - those babies are totally worth all/any of your time. What a blessing! And all of your quilts are great, especially the Canadian one - tremendous amount of work. I am tempted with Third Street Neighborhood quilt, but I abstained from buying the pattern. At least for now!

  5. You did have a busy summer, Lesley. The best picture is of those two precious little babies. That says it was a great summer! Your bag is so nice with the hexies and, of course, I love the house quilts. The blues are going to make a stunning finish.

  6. A busy but very special summer , welcoming two grandchildren , it doesn't get any better than that . Lots of lovely projects too , love them all . ♥️

  7. Such a cute hexie pouch--but not as cute as the babies, I have to say. :)
    Blue and white is my favorite 2 color combo, so there is a lot to love here!!

  8. Many Congratulations on the new arrivals, how wonderful. I just love your quilts and all your activities over the summer, thanks for sharing. Hugs, Susie x

  9. It's great that you got to spend so much time with the babies but it's also nice that you've squeezed in some sewing play time for yourself too.

  10. There was no doubt in my mind that your trip out west would be an incredible adventure. Congratulations on the birth of not one, but two grandbabies. I’m green with envy. Good thing green is my favorite color! Your quilts are even more spectacular in person than in pictures, and it’s just my humble opinion, but Third Street Neighborhood looks right at home hanging on the Customs House wall.

  11. Congratulations to all on the arrival of your gorgeous grand babies. It is so special that you can spend time with them. They look so well!
    It may be months apart with your posts but I still enjoy seeing all that you make. Your quilts are wonderful.

  12. Welcome back to blogland! You certainly have been busy! How wonderful to have two new grandsons. I hope they live near each other and will be fast friend cousins. My friend just returned home from a visit to Canada. She met Anne Morrell Robinson in Cape Breton and I am looking forward to seeing some of the photos she took. Glad to hear all is well with you and your quilting!


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