Thursday, September 14, 2017

Three down ....

Three tops are now done from this original set of five UFO's.  Happy dance going on here!
 Here she is!  Doesn't this top look lovely!
Remember all those circles (you can see the tray of circles at the bottom of the photo) and leaves that I had been working on?  Well, this is my plan for them.  So, even though the borders are on, it is still officially not done yet.
Now, I've been asked about why I do applique on my borders after they are applied.  I've done applique on my borders before being applied and after.  I actually prefer after.  The con for this is that there is a lot of bulk of the top to deal with.

A few days later and almost one side complete.
Anyway, guess what I'll be busy working on?  :o)

Have a great day!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Up for the Challenge

Now that my wall hanging is blocked and dried, here it is hanging in our dining room.
Now for the details of how this hanging came to be.

This was a night guild (Northern Lights Quilter's Guild) mystery challenge back in 2014.  I'm not good at mysteries.  I have to see everything before even starting to work on something.  So, month after month the challenges were given out and saved by me.  After 6 months, the challenge was over and I could finally start.  I knew what to do.

First month, we were given the challenge fabric (the fabric on the right hand side of photo) and the directions were to make a flower.  We were instructed to think outside the box.  Why not a yo-yo flower?  How about four flowers?  That works for me.  A bit of red behind the flowers gave them a bit of pop.
Notice all the red buttons?  They were saved from all the thrift store shirts that have been bought over time.  I knew they were destined for something.

Don't forget to notice the hand quilting.  First time red thread was used.  My thread is not quilting thread.  I use Coat's Button and Carpet thread.  It is thicker, but not as thick as perle cotton.

Next month was a heart.  Could I manage a yo-yo heart?  It would add to the theme.  The heart was a bit tricky, but it worked out.  Again, a bit of red behind the heart to make it sparkle.
Then an insect.  Nothing elaborate here.  Just fussy cut out a butterfly.  Three butterflies to be exact.
Another challenge fabric was given out and a bird to make.  Hard as I tried,  I couldn't fit a bird into my design.  Think outside the box, we were told.  So, I did.  Put the bird on my label.  :o)
 Then an object.  I know, how about a ribbon with the challenge fabric on it.  Works for me.
The final part to the challenge was to make a block, any block of our choice.  A churn dash block was my choice.  The size of this block was 24" x 24" finished and it would frame my flower bouquet perfectly in the centre.
To finish off the look, a bit of embroidery was added here and there along with red buttons.
Overall size is 36" x 36".
So, that is how my challenge quilt came to be.  Think outside the box.  I think I did!
Have a great day!

Monday, September 4, 2017


Another quilt has been bound and ready to use!  Only five more to go .....


Thanks to Tella in Toronto for quilting this for me!

There is no pattern for this quilt.  It came from a little ad for a magazine (which no longer exists) and I fell in love with the quilt.  EQ7 came to the rescue and this is how my quilt came to be.

Although it is officially not autumn yet (not until September 22), it sure feels like autumn is here.  Leaves are changing colour, the nights and days are cooler.  Our spring and summer has been awful.  Cool with lots of rain.  All that rain means the leaves will put on a gorgeous display of colour.

So, the quilts around our home are getting changed to fall quilts.

The other thing that I have been meaning to do for many years is to get this project done.  So, time to dig out my paints and have some fun!  These letters were bought a few years before we moved from Toronto.  Five falls have come and gone ..... but not this year.  It is time to 'geterdone'.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A bit of hand quilting

This little wall hanging has been sitting in a bag at the cottage waiting for me to work on it.  Now that summer at the cottage is winding down, it came home with me and that is what I've been working on here and there.
It is finished!  Oh my, that didn't take too long at all.  Washed and blocked into shape, it is drying on a piece of styrofoam.   When it is dried and hanging on a wall, details will be forthcoming about this hanging.
 Next in my hoop is this wall hanging.  Oh happy days.
Have a great day!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Making progress

Let's see ... what have I been up to lately ...

This UFO is now a top!  I plugged, plugged, plugged away at it until it was done, done, done.
Then, 40 sets of circles were made.
Plus 40 sets of leaves were made.
The project for those circles and leaves will be revealed soon enough.

Back at the end of July, Debra and I and Karen and another lady went to the quilt show at Black Creek Village.  To see photos, go here and here.  It was another great show this year.  Pure bliss!

While I was in Toronto for the show, we had a sewing session at Karen's mother's home.  Her Mom is 93 and still quilting!  Bravo Ann!  There was a bed turning of Ann's quilts and what a treat that was.

Lately, I hurt my back.  Not once, but twice within 2 weeks.  Not being able to move around, I could only sit and do hand work.  That is why those circles and leaves got done.

Then, to add insult to my injury, my left eye has been giving me grief.  I have experienced a vitreous detachment and am having flashing lights and a floater.  It is not giving me grief and I can carry on as usual.  I did have it checked out to make sure there were no tears in my retina.  All is well. 

It has been difficult to do much binding on my seven quilts that came home to me.  They are all huge quilts and a tad heavy to handle without putting strain on my back.  One quilt finally got done and as soon as photos are taken, I will be showing it.

Now that I'm mobile again, another quilt will be pulled from the pile and binding will commence.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Scrappy Majestic Mountains

My blog has been quiet .... I've been away here and there for almost a month now.

But, behind the scenes, there has been a whirlwind of tops that have been quilted and this is one of them.

Scrappy Majestic Mountains free pattern from Bonnie Hunter.  My twist is the stars.
Oh yes, I just had to add those stars!
Many years ago, there was a fabric exchange with my friends, Debra and no-blog Mary.  We exchanged equal amounts of reds and neutrals.

This quilt sat on the shelf (for way toooo long) waiting for hand quilting.  That was never going to happen, so early this year, it finally went to a local LAer.  Thank you Ruth.

Then, at the end of July, Debra came up from Toronto and with her came these bags of quilts.  Seven quilts are in those bags.  Guess what I have been busy doing?  Binding insanity has arrived at my home!  LOL
Oh my, I have so much to talk about and show, but it can't be done in one post.  So, there will be many posts coming.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

How about a summer trip?

How about many summer trips?

My many trips around the world is done!  Bound and labelled.  Done!

Miss Ashes just had to help and give her seal of cat approval.  Gosh, how hard it is to bind and shuffle a quilt on my lap with a cat on top.  She would not budge, so shuffle I had to do.
 This will be perfect for autumn nights to snuggle under.
 This photo shows truer colours.
 DH couldn't wait to get it hung up on the wall in the foyer.
My world is happy!

Quilt facts:

Quilt size: 96-1/2" x 96-1/2" (top size: 100" x 100")
Quilt source:  drew this using EQ7 computer software program
Machine quilted by Ruth.

Have a great day!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Two down ....

.... and three to go!
It really didn't take that long to get borders on these tops.  Like seriously .... not long at all.

So, Rosie .... why not buckle down and tackle those remaining three?  It won't take long, you know.

Have a great day!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hexie again

This has been my cottage summer project.  Progress is slow, but there is progress.  Six rows done.  Wooo hooo!

The twist is leaves and circles in the valley area on the edges.  Just on the sides.   Something different.
Can you see the empty area about half way down?  You can really see the hexagons now.  When I look at this, I see a whole new quilt down the road!  I do love playing the 'what if' game.
Speaking of 'what if', garage girl friend Darlene and I will be making another Sue Daley quilt and she was showing me what she had done so far.  Well, I started playing with her pieces and the next thing, we have a whole different pattern now.  Got her so twisted around, her head was spinning.  More on this later.  Yep, the 'what if' game came out and we played (with a lot of help from me)!

This is the new Sue Daley project involving these templates.  I like working with templates and Darlene likes working with the heavier cut out paper templates and glue stick.  She has made progress with her project and I don't dare start mine yet.  Need to finish my half hexie project first!
Have a great day!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Orphan Block

Back in the spring at our day guild, the theme was a party and we were asked to bring in an orphan block in order to attend the party.  So, we did.  We lined up dutifully and handed in our blocks.  All of us thought that the blocks would be made into a donation quilt.  So we thought.

Lordy, we were tricked.

We got someone's else orphan block(s) in return and were told that we had to finish the block into something of our choice.  All items would be shown at the June meeting.

I got two blocks.  What to do with them.  I pondered for a week or so and finally DING the lightbulb went on.  On a day trip up north, I bought two stuffed toys.

The blocks were each backed with flannel and turned inside out (or birthed as some say).  A bit of top stitching to secure everything together.

Wrapped each bunny into the block and tied a knot and viola .... a wrapped bunny.  I told the lady that the blocks belonged to to donate the bunnies to Vicars.  She agreed.  What is Vicars?  When police go out to a call and children are involved, they get something to calm them down.  I think a little one will love the bunny and will keep them calm and amused while the police do their business.
Now, my block came back to me as a snap purse.  The kind that has strips of metal measuring tape to snap back in place when closing.  So cute.   It now holds all my hand quilting notions.  Perfect size.  Not too large and not too small.
The show and tell at the June meeting was awesome.  It was so interesting to see what others did with our orphan blocks.  I will never look at orphan blocks the same way again!

Have a great day!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Just a tray?

You know how much I love to applique.  That is without question.  The problem for me was how the table beside where I sit was always a mess.  Still is, but not as bad. Noooo, no photos.  You will have to use your imagination.  LOL

So, enter this tray.  Picked it up at a thrift store.  Cheap.  Looks worn in places.  That is fine with me.  I need something that is sturdy.  I have a plan for this tray to make my life easier.
A trip to the dollar store to pick up some plastic baskets for cutlery.  Perfect for organising my scissors, thread, marking pens, etc.
A box with cover fits into the leftover space.
That box holds my pincushions with needles and pin.  I wanted a covered box so that my needles don't get attached to my project by mistake and gets lost in the shuffle.  Also, the box lid acts as a garbage collector when I'm out and forgot to take a garbage bag with me for my discarded threads, etc.
In the left over space, a perfect area for holding miscellaneous items.
A used cutting board that has been well scrubbed.  Four screws (screwed in just enough to not move) on the backside .
Can you see how much of the screw is still sticking up?

My cutting board fits perfectly and doesn't move around now because those four screws hold it in place.  The cutting board is handy for drawing circles or for pinning my applique pieces in place and a place to rest my block that I'm working on.
The cover removed from the box with needles and pins and I'm ready to applique.  Everything is handy and in their place.   The cover will actually fit under the cutting board area so that it is out of the way and it won't get lost in my mess that surrounds me.  So, no more looking for my stuff on the messy table.  You have no idea how much I love this tray!
When I go to the garage, a plastic cover (the kind that bed linen comes in) keeps everything from moving around and I'm ready to go.
So, the next time you see a tray, you will think twice about it.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Half hexie crazy

Another oldie.  I've been working on this project since Nov. 2015; but I don't think this has been talked about on my blog.  You have seen snippets of it here and there beside photos of other projects that hogged the limelight.

So, now is your time to shine!

This project came from an article by Bettina Havig in Fons & Porter's March/April 2006 magazine.  The article was all about charms and showed photos of different quilts.  Bettina made a quilt for her sister using half hexagons.  I looked at the photo and decided that I could do it too.  Mine will have a twist (so, what is new there?).  Of course, it will.

So, I plugged away at it for a year and a half.  Dipping into my scrap bin and basting and basting and more basting.  My scrap bin took another dip.  Happy days for sure!

This photo was taken with the last 30 half hexagons to do.  Lordy, but these seemed to take forever!
Still, I plugged away at it until finally all the pieces were pinned in place.  Then, the fun part begins.  Sewing them all together.  Well, maybe not so fun after all.  That is a lot of sewing to do.  Oh well, just DO IT!
The pieces are sewn into triangles first then the triangles sewn together and sew on.
Making progress.
 Do you like my little bucket for keeping pins handy for pinning my half hexies onto my design wall?  Cute, eh.
This will be another perfect cottage project to take along and sew while I'm sitting in our screened-in porch.  Yep, perfect.

Add another hand piecing EPP project to my list that I have now worked on.  One day, I should take a group photo of all my EPP quilts and tops.  There are so many now.  Who ever knew that I would be doing EPP.  Definitely not me.  Surprise!

Have a great day!