Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy Time

What makes me happy?  A new EPP project to putter away at.

My EPP will have Xmas/winter fabrics.  Something different.  My friend Darlene (garage owner) is using the same fabrics except her EPP project is La Passacalagia.  Kudos to her for tackling that pattern.
 This is the book that I'm using and the pattern that I'm doing is on the cover.
On another note, the curlers are here, the curlers are here in town.  That's right.  North Bay, Ontario, Canada is hosting the 2018 Women's World Curling Championships next week.  The curling teams are hot off the 2018 Winter Olympics and are giving clubs in and around North Bay a chance to practise with the best.  We have tickets for one of the games next week and it will be fascinating to attend.  So, this city is just buzzing with activity.

Have a great stitching day!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Going back in the past

I'm in the process of getting my blog into book form and from time to time, you will see an old post that has been updated pop up, especially if you enrolled in the email notification.  That is the reason behind it.

In the meantime, it has been fun to read my older posts and compare myself to where I'm at today.  Are my posts better today than eleven years ago?  Yes, eleven years.  That is how long I've been blogging.  So, are my posts better?  I hope so.

One post in particular made me chuckle.

Oct. 8, 2007 .... about my stash!  Oh my, how much stash I have accumulated since that post.

I'm still chuckling!
A measly two shelves of stash!  Let's see .... I have one, two, three ...... oops ... better STOP counting! 😻😻  At least my stash is getting used and there has been a decrease in the past few years with all the quilts and tops that have been made.  I foresee some scrappy quilts coming.

Have a great day!

Back to Triangles

I'm back to working on this project.  Triangles.  A miscalculation in the length led to the project being shelved for a few months.  I was short 4 rows.  This is where two rows were added on the left side of the center.

The other two rows were added on the right hand side of the center.   Got to keep it balanced.  Now, I'm back on track.
When sewing the strips of triangles together, they get placed on this Styrofoam board to help keep me on track.  Still, there were problems along the way and a few .... a lot ..... got turned around and a bit of unstitching had to be done.
Only these last four rows to sew and then this section will get attached to the big section and then this top will be all sewn together.  The small triangles on the white triangles need to be appliqued and that should take me a couple of days to do.  My plan is to get this quilted asap as a little girl will be moving out of her crib into a big girl bed soon.
.... and here is the top ..... done.  It measures 53" x 81".  There will be no borders this time.  The sides of the top and bottom need to be trimmed to size, but they will get trimmed after quilting.
Those triangles that I mentioned .... well, there are 46 that need to be appliqued in place.  So, pitter patter, best get at 'er.
Surprise, surprise to me.  I won this quilt!   My SIL made it and donated it to a cause and when I saw it, I asked her to buy me tickets.  I really liked her quilt.  Well, didn't I get a phone call to say that I won this!   A welcome surprise, for sure!
Have a great stitching day!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Another finish

Here we go again .... another quilt DONE!

Amazing what can be done with leftover fabrics from my One Block Wonder.
A closer look at the quilting.
 The big shot to see how big this quilt really is.
 My backing and label.
Started:  February 2016
Top Finished:  July 2017
Quilt Finished:  Mar 2018
Quilt Size:  72-1/2" X 89-1/2" (top size before quilting and washing:  75-1/4" x 92-3/4")
Machine quilted by:  Tella in Scarborough

Only four more quilts to bind!

Well, I don't know about you, but I'm having a great day!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Just a One Block Wonder

Well, this quilt is finally done!  Crossed off my list!  Done!
A full shot of the quilt.

Details:  68" x 84-1/2" (before quilting and washing:  70-1/2" x 87-3/4")
Started:  Nov. 2015
Top finished:  Feb. 2016 ... it took a while to find the backing which was accomplished on my trip to Toronto for the quilt show at Black Creek Village in July of 2017.
Batting used:  80/20 poly cotton
Machine quilted by lovely Tella in Scarborough.  

A better look at the size of the quilt.  This photo gives that impression very well when you see it with the other quilts.
The fabric in the outer border (on the right) was the fabric used.  That fabric sure has a lot of movement in it.
The backing fabric used and my label.  Gotta have labels on your quilts!
Close-up shots of some of the blocks.  Making those blocks was something that was really enjoyable to do.  Twirling those triangles around to get that just perfect look while not duplicating a block. 

What else am I working on?  A jelly roll challenge.  This is all that you will see for now as this is a challenge at my day guild and it has to remain a secret until June meeting.  I will take photos and post all about it later.  The itch to just work on this is so tempting.
What else am I working on?  Sewing binding on this quilt using leftover fabrics from my One Block Wonder.  Guess what ... there are still have pieces left of the paisley fabric.  This would be a good time to just cut those pieces into squares and put in my bins ready to use for another scrap quilt.
There are other stuff that are being worked on, but that will be for another post.

Have a great stitching day!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Four done

Another ufo to the flimsy stage.  Woooohoooo!

This top just needed borders and it only took a couple of hours to do that.  Anyway, I'm thrilled with it.  Isn't it amazing what can be done with striped fabric that is cut into squares to resemble rail fence blocks?
Remember this photo from last year?  Only one more ufo to do.  You guessed it ..... borders again!  I do have a thing about borders.  This photo was my inspiration to get borders onto these tops.  Did it work for me?  Perhaps in a way, but the motivation wasn't really there to do them in a hurry.  Do I feel guilty?  Nope.  Other wonderful things got done instead.
My ufo list is down to 37.  Making progress!

On a sad note, a sibling has passed away.  He was 65.  We are waiting government red tape to give us permission to bury him.  He left no will and his siblings are fourth on the list to bury him.  His wife died a few years ago.  His common-in-law wife and children have been estranged for about 40 years now and we don't know where they are.  So, we wait.

Today has been an odd day weather wise.  Freezing rain, sleet, ice pellets.  A good day to stay indoors and work on ..... borders! 😻

Have a great day!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Border Flowers

Here we go ..... another top finished! 

I keep looking at this top and it amazes me that I did this!  Me.  I did this!

My hubby thinks the top looks like a leaded glass door or window and the top and bottom part are transom windows.  He is right.  That is exactly what the top looks like.
Finished top size:  64" wide x 87-1/4" long. 

When I finished this top, it gave me such a sign of satisfaction.  This has been on the go for 9 years.

There is more to this story, but that will come out later when the finished quilt is shown.

During the photo taking, here is what it looks like with other quilts popping in to say 'hi'.  This looks a bit like a gallery, doesn't it.
People have wondered do I ever sleep with the amount of work that gets done.  Oh yes and if you quietly come into my studio, you can sometimes find me napping in my chair with the t.v. blaring.   Shhh .... just quietly go away and let me sleep.   LOL

How many hours per day do I sew/quilt/applique?  I don't know.  Never bothered to keep tabs.  Some days lots .... other days, not so much.  It depends on the day and what is going on and how I feel.  Now that our home is completely renovated, there is a lot of time to do whatever takes my pleasure.

So, another UFO has been crossed off the list.  Only 39 UFO's more to work on.

Making progress and that makes me very happy!

Have a great stitching day!