Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Pink, green and grey ..... a quilt!

This quilt will be going to a young niece for her 7th birthday next month.  I think Miss C will be very pleased with her new quilt.  The walls in her bedroom are painted in a different colour that are in this quilt.  You can read more about the making of this quilt here.
I just love making fun backings!  A cutting (oops .... a measuring) mistake turned into a lovely backing instead.
The snow on our patio is now melted.  The mornings are still cool up here and a person could use a quilt to snuggle into while sitting and enjoying the hill come alive this spring.  This photo shows the true colours of the fabrics.
Quilt Details:
Started: March 6, 2019
Top Finished:  March 9, 2019
Quilt Finished:  April 17, 2019 (from start to finish .... remarkable for me!)
Quilt Size:  49" x 78" (top size before quilting, washing and drying:  51" x 80-1/2")
Block Size:  5" x 5" finished
Batting:  Hobbs polyester
Pattern Source:  original layout by me
Machine quilted by:  Kat's Quilts

All that is left to do ..... make a pillowcase and this is ready for gifting.

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A Garden Trip!

Here is my latest quilt.  So very pleased to have another quilt done and off my list.  Now, it is time to really enjoy this quilt.

This photo was taken on Sunday and then we had another dump of snow.  Still a lot of snow on the hill but daily we can see a difference and photos help to remind us that the snow is really, really going away.
As I was taking a photo, there was a movement out of the corner of my eye.  What?  I kept snapping photos.  Did I capture anything? 
This red squirrel came in for a closer look.  It didn't appear nervous with me there at all.  It was just very curious and it wanted some of those peanuts that we put out for the resident hill chippie.  Would it like some batting scraps for nesting?  Got plenty of those.
After washing and drying it was time to take another photo to show you how nice and crinkly it turned out.  This photo was taken today and can you see how much snow has melted since Sunday? 
 I'm trying to find spots in our backyard to take photos.  This is a new spot and good for small quilts.
How much do I love this quilt?  Quite a lot according to the number of photos taken.  LOL

Quilt Details:
Block Name:  Great-Granny Square
Inspiration:  reading blogs about making these blocks
Started:  July 2014
Top Finished:  August 2014
Quilt Finished: April 2019
Quilt Size:  62-1/2" x 78-3/4" (65-1/2" x 82" before quilting, washing and drying)
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 poly cotton.
Machine quilted by:  Kat's Quilts

Since that quilt is done and being displayed in our home, it is time to move on to something else.

Binding on this quilt is happening as we speak.  It will be finished in time for a little girl's birthday next month.  More on this later.
When I need a break from binding, there are more leaf units to be done on this top.  Two borders are complete (top and bottom).
Yesterday, the garage girls did a road trip down to Orillia and Barrie.  Orillia Quilt Guild was having a sneak peak of quilts from New Zealand.  Ailsa Craig ( is hosting them this year and the sneak peak was amazing.  The quilts we saw were on the modern side and I quite enjoyed them.

A bit of shopping occurred and I came home with bags of fabric for quilting plus for making table cloths.  When my family get together at our home for supper, we set up two tables and I do like to have matching table cloths.  Making the table cloths are cheaper than buying them ready made, plus they are more unique. 

So, that will keep me out of mischief for a while.  LOL

Have a great day!

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Getting somewhere!

Progress has been made on the borders.  Oh happy days!  I love the look of this border applique.  Only 12 more leaf units and this top will be finished ...
My husband and I have been busy again making a wood box for my niece's apartment.  She wanted a nice looking box for her garbage and recycle bins.  So, we obliged.
Her kitchen is very small and this box will help her a lot with storage.
Snow is melting very nicely up here.  Dare I even think about getting out some spring tulip quilts out for display?

Like these two and my basket quilt .....
A vase of tulip flowers would be lovely right about now!  It has been a very long winter.

Have a great day!

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Appliqueing away ...

This is what I'm working on right now.  Boredom is starting to set in and instead of starting a new project (and thus creating a new ufo in the process - LOL), I really should work on an old ufo.  This top is almost completed.  Just finishing up the applique in the borders is all that is needed.
There are 28 of those leaf units (and a gazillion circles) to do and if 4 get done per day, this top will be finished in a week from now. 

In order that this process doesn't become monotonous and becoming abandoned again, I'm playing a silly game.  I'm appliqueing my leaf units willy nilly along the four borders.  That way, the four borders will get done in a more interesting way and at the end, I will just need to fill in the gaps instead of doing one full border at a time.  Boring ..... 

To aid me in getting them done this way, all the areas where the leaves and circles are to go have already been marked.  That in itself was a tedious task, but so very helpful now.  Also, all the leaves have been prepped also.  Just more circles will need to be made.

So, this is what I will be working on this week.

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

This and That ....

Not much quilting has been going on this week.  I've been busy cleaning my studio and adjacent bedroom.

During the process, didn't two ufo's surface!  Darn, where did they come from?  They weren't on my ufo list.

Red and white blocks from a workshop that Carla Alexiuk ( did last year at our day guild.  I really need to continue making more blocks before everything is forgotten that she taught us.
More red and white blocks.  These are on my design wall and this will be worked on.   These two ufo's need to be worked on at the same time because they use the same fabrics and better to work on them together and then clean up the mess.
After doing a bit of cleaning, my ironing station has been set up again and my quilt rack is back up on my wall.  Just in a different location.
This was my old set up which I absolutely loved.  Sadly, it got dismantled because .....
.... this is my newest acquisition.  Later this spring, it will be sanded and painted white and then I can start filling it up with quilts for display and storage.  This is part of my five-year plan to reduce and finish tops, ufos and stash.  Bins and shelves will start to disappear from my studio and this unit can be moved to a different location.
This project below has not been shown for a while now.  Much progress has been made.  Will the end of April see the embroidery completed?  Only time will tell.
Meetings in the garage continue regardless if it raining, snowing or sun is shining.  We show up and have a blast!

Karin has been busy finishing rug hooking projects.  Can you see the cat?  Not the best photo with the light from behind her.
Barbara is sewing binding on a QOV quilt.  My embroidery project is what I brought with me to work on and you can see it on the bottom of this photo.
 Claudia made more log cabin blocks for this hanging.
Claudia also showed us the project she is taking with her to New Zealand (she is there now) for her vacation.

 Darlene is going to be a grandma and she showed us all the baby items she has made .... so far .....

So, now what should I work on?  This mess .... OMG!  How did this happen?  I do love my room with all these lovely mini quilts.  Made by friends from all over the world.  This mess needs to get sorted out lickety split so that when entering, my wall of art can be enjoyed for all to see.
On that note, have a great day!  LOL

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Pizza Box Challenge

Another finish!  Yeah!

In the fall of 2015, the day guild (Near North Quilter's Guild) had a challenge using a pizza box.  Instructions were inside the box on what to do.  We were urged to sign up and have fun.

Where did the pizza boxes come from?  Karen K went to a pizza store and bought a whole bunch of empty boxes.  They must have thought she was a little crazy. 

I signed up and my focus fabric was a 1 metre of blue fabric (quel surprise!) that we had to put inside our pizza box along with one block (two blocks by me because I started one month late) that was made by me and a blank label for each person to sign.  I requested colours that I would like other people taking my box to use.  Shades of green, red, gold, yellow, rust and orange.  Autumn colours.  I had a plan.

Each month, my pizza box was moved around to other people.  Each box had a number (to keep the person a secret) and we could not take the same number box twice.   A different pizza box was taken home by me and a block made and brought back the following month.  We did this for seven/eight months.  Seven months for me because of the late start.

At the end, we were all curious to see what other people did for us.  On reveal day at guild, we could finally claim our pizza box and open it.  It was exciting.  All the participants showed the blocks in their box that day.

I was thrilled, to say the least.  Only a few months later, my top was finished and it did get shown at guild.

For my design, I wanted 12 blocks and ended up making three more blocks to make my quilt larger.  Then 12 leaf blocks were made and then assembled in a different way.  Something different.  You know me by now.  Yes, something different.

So, here we go with a bunch of photos.

I tried taking a photo of my quilt on the huge snowbank outside our back door.  Nope, that didn't work.  It kept falling down.
Over a snowbank.  Doesn't my quilt look good in the snow?  LOL
On top of a snowy and icy patio.  I had to be careful not to slip and fall and hurt myself.

Close up of the blocks.  A number of guild members stayed away from the challenge because they thought they would get wonky blocks.  None of my blocks came back wonky.  They were perfect 12-1/2" square.
I love that leaf block.  It was found in an old quilting magazine and I knew that it would be used on one of my quilts, one day.  This was the quilt.
I had to finally stop taking photos.  It started snowing quite heavily.  These will have to do.

Quilt Detail:
Started:  October 2015
Top Finished:  June 2016
Quilt Finished:  March 2019
Quilt Size:  71-1/4" x 99" (before washing and drying:  73" x 100-3/4")
Batting:  Polyester
Machine Quilted by:  Kat's Quilts

Thank you to Karen K and Evelyn C for organizing the challenge and to Marga, Louise, Mallory, Laura, Jennifer, Cathy and Marilyn for making your blocks.

It was a great challenge and I now have a gorgeous quilt for the fall.  My plan worked out very well! Other members have showed off their finished challenge quilts at guild and now my quilt can be shown too.

On another note, to conclude the story about the elderly lady and her quilt that I finished hand quilting for, she loved her quilt.  She received it in time for her 91st birthday.  Only after it was delivered by my friend to her son and DIL, was it revealed that day was her birthday.  See, there was a reason why I was so consumed in getting her quilt finished.

Here is Dorothy and her quilt.  Perfect for her, don't you agree?  Now, I don't know this lady at all.  Living away in Rouyn/Noranda, Quebec and Toronto for the past 30+ years, there are many people here in town that I don't know.  Perhaps one day we shall meet.  Who knows.  This is a small city after all.
Today, the sun is shining and the temperature is starting to climb.  I think, possibly, that spring might just be coming to our corner of the world.

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Binding away ....

I've been busy finishing the hand quilting on the quilt for the elderly lady and as it turns out today is her birthday and she is 91 years young.  She will get her quilt today.  Here it is drying on my design wall.  It was a bit hard to match her hand quilting and I hope that she is happy with her quilt and that it is finally finished.  What a delightful surprise it will be for this lady.  I didn't know it was her birthday today but something was telling me to FINISH it.
My fee?  Her small box of hand quilting stuff that came with the quilt.  That is it.  I love tins and this one called to me to keep.  The lady doesn't want it anymore and I was very happy to take it and to me, this box is a treasure.  Funny, eh, how such small things matter more than money.
I was running out of her quilting thread and my garage friend, Darlene, came to the rescue.  No, actually, it was her Grandma's sewing box that came to my rescue.  I brought the quilt with me to sew in the garage and when I mentioned that the thread was running out, Darlene went into the house and came back with a spool that matched the colour.  Thank you Grandma!

This lady's quilt was weighing on my mind and not much else has been worked on lately.  Now that it is done and gone to her, it was time to do something for me.  Sewing binding onto a quilt.
Hand sewing the binding in place. I was able to finish the binding late last night.  Now, it is just needs a sleeve and the label sewn on and washing and drying before I can show you.  That will be for next post.
Ah, yes, it is a good day!

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