Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Winning quilts

Well .... I guess a few of you have been wondering which quilts won those ribbons in my last post.  All for hand quilting.  Without further ado here they are:

Judged, First place - Hollyhocks in a Castle Garden (go here to read about it)
Judged, First place - Gathering Pumpkins (go here to read about it):
Judged, Third place - Sky Jewels (go here to read about it)
Viewer's Choice, First place - Secret Garden

This is the first time I'm showing this quilt and there is a story behind it, but that will be on another post.
My challenge quilt that I donated sold for $50.00.  Yeah!
It was a great show.  The show earned lots of money for our local hospital.  Life is good!

Yesterday was guild day and after the meeting, 22 women stayed behind to learn about hand quilting.  I'm going to teach my secrets to anyone who is interested.  Needless to say, I was shocked to see so many ladies.  If I can do it, they can to and I will be thrilled to see those ladies win ribbons at our next show in 2019.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Oops ... did it again!

Well, our quilt show is over ... I'm pooped ... but thrilled!  This is why!
My next post will reveal more about these ribbons.  I have to fly out for family matters and my suitcase needs to be packed.  Will be back next week.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Painting and staining

Well, if it is September, it must be time for some painting and staining.   Well, in my world, that is.  The humidity was down and the temperature was cooler .... so, why not do some spray painting.  Good thing this job got done early in the week, because hot temps. and humidity came back with a vengeance.

About 35 yrs. ago, we bought a inexpensive bedroom set when we moved into our home in Toronto.  Time was not kind to this set.  The finish has worn off in places and there are many chips and scratches.  The set just looked tired and worn out.   So, after buying 9 cans of spray paint, my furniture has been revived and here sit the pieces waiting for the paint to cure.  I still need to add a coat of water based Varethane to protect the paint and that was done inside.
Edit September 21, 2016:  I've added the photo below to show that I do the spray painting outdoors with lots of plastic protecting the flowers, shrubs and brickwork.  A few comments made me aware that I omitted this important fact.  Please don't spray your stuff indoors as spray and the smell will be everywhere.  I do paint with a brush indoors with plastic or painter's canvas to protect the rug and floor. 
Our living room has been paint central quite a few times now.  It is the best room in the house to do painting.  The lighting is wonderful and there is plenty of room to spread out the pieces to paint.  The headboard received a coat of Varethane indoors (the spray painting was done outside).
I have to laugh.   My furniture went from dark brown to a medium grey.  Then my niece wanted some crates stained to store shoes and boots in her new apartment.  She is young and you would think she wanted a nice bright colour.  Nope, she wanted dark brown.  What goes around, comes around.  So, dark brown they became.  They are done and delivered.  Another item ticked off my 'to do' list.  These crates were stained indoors.
Then, for our quilt show, we needed more quilt stands to display our raffle quilts onto.  We ran out of stands.  I volunteered my DH.  Was he happy about that?  Ah well, it kept him busy for a week and it was something new to him.  These stands I am keeping for myself and since they can't be mixed in with all the other quilt stands, these got painted a nice mint green. They should stand out and not be picked up in error at the end of our quilt show .... which starts this weekend.  For more on that, go here.
Still, it has not been all work and no play.  Play I did.  My challenge quilt was worked on and here you see it being hand quilted.
It is done and in the blocking stage.  A label and some embellishments need to be added.  So, almost done.
Some maple leaf buttons were added and this is the final look.  So glad this is done and handed in!
 My split apple core centre is completed.  Just need to add outer borders.  Lordy, that is my nemesis.  Outer borders.  I have quite a few tops that just need outer borders.   These must be tackled soon.  Still, doesn't my split apple core look scrumptious?
This is my life these days.  Topsy turvy.  Too much going on, but at the end of the day, I can look around and see that something got accomplished.  Yes, life is good.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016


Lately, my days are spent working on putting sleeves onto all these quilts.  Why?  They are going into our local quilt show:  Quilts by the Bay on September 10-11, 2016.  I have entered 15 items of which 13 are hand quilted.  Most of these quilts do have sleeves, but not the right size.  So, I will have to add another piece of fabric to the existing sleeve to make them large enough.  The chances of finding the matching fabric in my stash is slim, so just another piece of fabric will have to do.

This is what one of my sleeves that was done with a different fabric.  

The other thing that  has to be completed is my wall hanging made from these challenge fabrics that were donated by Northcott Fabrics.
This is my wall hanging and I want to hand quilt this.  Nothing like leaving this task to the last minute, eh!  We only had one year to make something!  :o)
So, time is a wasting away and they just need to be done soon.

Proceeds from the quilt show goes to our Mammography and CAMU departments at the North Bay Regional Health Centre.  A good cause, for sure.  So, if you are in the area and want to see fantastic quilts, GO TO OUR SHOW:  Quilts by the Bay

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Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Summer days

I have been away at the cottage for the the past few weeks.  Summer days at the cottage .... bliss.

Early mornings were misty mornings.

The quietness was broken by a neighbour taking off in his float plane.
Then landing a few days later.
This is typical of our sunsets.  Our cottage is on the wrong side of the lake to enjoy more.
During the week, the lake was quiet for little ones learning to kayak.  This was also a good time to go out on a paddle board.  
Amongst all family members coming and going, a bit of sewing did get done.  This is a new project.  Almost Amish is the name.  Enough leaves have been prepped to make another 14 of these blocks.   
Two more sections got sewn together for my split apple core.
Oh yes, summer days at the cottage .....

Before taking off to the cottage, I did spend a few days in Toronto with Debra.  We went to the quilt show at Black Creek Village.  The village is my favourite venue to see a quilt show.  I'm going again next year.  Red and white quilts will be the theme and how special that will be to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.

To see some of the quilts that were at the show this year and previous years, go here.

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Have a great day!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Auditioning borders

I love my stash.  It is so easy to go and pull out different fabrics to see which one will work best for borders of my Split Apple Core top.

When fabric shopping, border fabric is always on my list to buy and when I find something that looks interesting, it is bought and put away in my stash until that day when it is needed.

How do I know what to buy?  I don't until that certain fabric comes into view and viola, that is when I know.  Blues, reds and greens are the usual standard as my quilts are based around those colours.

Anyway, after much pulling of different fabrics, this is the choice for my borders.  Oh look, blue, red and green.  LOL  Can't go wrong with those colours.

As you can see, my progress is moving along quilt nicely.  Only the centre portion to do now.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Kentucky Stars

While I have been busy working on other projects, my Kentucky Stars sneaked in and got worked on too.

The top is done .... except for one circle in the star flower.  That circle was lost months ago.  Lo and behold, didn't I find the circle last night while sitting at my computer on the sofa in the living room.  I thought  my pen was lost in between the sofa cushions and while searching for the pen, the circle was found.  How in the world did it get there?  No sewing is done in the living room and my studio is on the lower level of our home.  The circle must have attached itself to my clothing and made it's way upstairs.  So, now, instead of making another circle, I can just use that one.  Yeah.
My garage quilting friends suggested outline embroidery around the cream stars to give it oomph.  I took their advice and it does make a difference.
When I pan out you can see progress with my split apple core.  All those pieces are sewn together.
On my other design wall, this is what remains to be sewn together.  Oh yes, how lucky am I to have two design walls!
I tried to be so careful not to place same fabrics close together.  Darn, didn't  these two yellow fabrics have to be discovered after they were all sewn together.  The right hand apple core will get unsewn and replaced with a different selection.  It might not really be necessary because the whole look is so busy, but the yellow pops and I know they are there.
Then, another two were found.  These two might be left there because they are hard to find once I step back and look.
I've been marking the completed sections for quilting.  Might as well get a head start on that task and be ready for sandwiching as soon as the top is completed.

A number of comments have been left on my posts on how clever I am to make a split apple core.  Not my idea.  A quilt was found on Pinterest and I just had to make one too.

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