Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Happy Canada Day, eh!

On July 1, Canada will have another year of celebration ..... 149 years young.  My goal for the next year is to get these three tops quilted.  By me or a LAer.  Why?  Next year will mark 150 years of our country and I want to celebrate by having these three tops as quilts.  What a lovely goal that will be.
What else have I been up to?  For the last two months, my Split Apple Core has been feverishly worked on.  My studio was a total mess with scrap bins pulled out and scraps everywhere.  Now that the basting, etc.. has been almost done, the scraps have been put back in their bins and the studio is once again neat and tidy.

This is what the cores looked like at the beginning of June:
 Mid-June, the cores are at this stage:
You know, working on my cores, is like working on a jigsaw puzzle .... you just want to add one more piece ....
The empty spots are starting to fill in.  There was a definite need to stand back and move pieces around so that an even scrappy look was achieved.
Hours were spent working and working on this project until there were only a dozen more pieces to go.  Oh my, the urge to do another core and then another and pin them all in place was taking over my life.  Mind you, between my colds and my sore back, this has been a most welcome project to work on.

A few off cuts occurred.  Oops!  Darn, hate it when that happens.   These two will need to be redone. 

Don't my split apple cores look so lovely?
Now, the sewing together begins!!!!  The top right section is all sewn together.
This is the section I'm working on now.  This project is my summer take-along to the cottage and visiting.
I'm linking up to http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/ to join other Canadian quilters this week.

 Happy summer days!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Decorating with Quilts

It has been a while since I last did any post about my quilts and how I use them for decorating.

We finished our family t.v. room this spring and I finally got around to taking some photos of how I use my quilts to help decorate this room.
A basket with quilts ... have I ever mentioned how much I love baskets?  It is hard for me to pass up big ones.  There are so many uses for them.  The bigger the better, I say!
 Oh, another big basket and some crock pots with quilts, of course!  :o)
So, that is the family room.




Have a great day, eh!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It's a top

Since I will be out-of-town for day guild meeting next week, I will show my Pizza Box challenge top.

Here is a before photo of when I was working on the blocks.  Three more blocks were made to bring the total to 12 blocks and then the appliqued leaves came out to play.  Gosh, when I look at this photo, it sure is fuzzy.  I took it with my ipad and I'm not sure about the quality.  
Ah, this photo is so much better!  Well, here it is .... this autumn top is done!  The quilting design has already been figured out and it will get quilted and ready for showing at the next day guild meeting in September.  I'm very happy with my blocks that were made by others.  When I asked that they use autumn colours, this is what I had in mind for the final look.  The leaves brought everything together. Yep, very happy indeed!
This is the fabric that I provided and was to be used in each block.  This fabric has been in my stash for years and was the inspiration for the layout of the blocks and the applique.  Perfect, I would say!  :o)
What else have I been up to?  A call from the LAer had me rushing over to pick up this quilt that she just completed.  Problem though ... I threw out my back and will have to wait a while before I can struggle with this quilt and the binding on my sewing machine.  It is a huge quilt (100" square) and the weight right now will be just too much to handle.
After picking up this quilt, DH and I stopped in to visit my brother and SIL.  We met their Aussie visitors that stayed with them for a week.  They are from Newcastle and  Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia.  What a pleasure it was to meet them and have a wee chat.

I will again be linking up with http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/  and join in with other Canadian quilters to show we have done this week.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Pizza Box Challenge

Last September, my day guild had a challenge using pizza boxes.  It started off with me putting in one 12-1/2" unfinished block and a half metre of fabric (to be used in each block) into a pizza box and bringing it to the next meeting.  Handed in my box and got to pick another box.  Make a block and hand that box in at the next meeting and get a different box.  Repeat for the next 8 months.  I did request that anyone picking my box to use autumn fabrics.

Last month, everyone that participated in the challenge got to take their own box home.  The challenge is over.  This is what my blocks look like.  What a thrill it was to look at each block.  We all took turns admiring each box.  Mine are perfect!  They say Autumn.  I have plans, but those will be kept under wraps for now as everyone is to bring in a completed pizza box top to the June meeting and I know that a few guild members read my blog and I want to keep this a secret until then.  So, this is what I've been busy working on.

Just in case you are wondering if my Kentucky Stars has been abandoned .... nope.   Only 3 more star flowers to appliqué and some outline embroidery and this top is done.
I'm linking today's post to http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/.  Take a leap and hop on over to see what other Canadians are working on this week.

Have a great day!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Now, it's barns

Life has been busy and sicky.  I've come down with another cold virus.  That is two now.  It seems that there are some lucky people that get this cold virus twice.  I'm one of the lucky ones.  Anyway, it seems to be going away now that the nice weather is here.

A month ago, I bought a barn panel at a quilt show in Orillia, Ontario.  This is how it looked after cutting the blocks apart.  
To make this top bigger, sashing is definitely needed.  There was not enough of one green fabric to do all the sashing.  Why not mix it up and use up what was on hand.  So, I did.  Different look, eh!
At a local quilt store, there is red barn board fabric that will be perfect for outer borders and barn pictorial fabric that will be perfect for the backing.  So, a trip down the highway this week and that fabric will be purchased and borders attached.  Gotta get this one done.

Seeing this top reminds me of my visit to Lancaster in 2014.  As soon as I saw the panel, well, I just HAD to buy it.   Pleasant memories.

Have a great day!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Kentucky Stars

For the past few weeks, I have been struggling with a cold virus.  Not much got done.  A little bit here and there.  I missed out on a couple quilting events.  But, I didn't want to pass my cold onto other folks and they thanked me for staying away.

So, what did I do?  My Kentucky Stars got a bit of attention.  One by one, those Lover's Knot blocks got sewn together.  Then one day, the hanging was assembled.   Great, now I'm on a roll.
  
Then the pulling of fabrics commenced and auditions went on.
Suddenly, all the pieces fit and this is where I'm at right now with this project.  A few days of sewing and most of the appliqué will be done.
Today, I'm linking up to http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/ to join in with other Canadian quilters.

Have a great day!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Out-the-door

In my quest to get my tops finished, I've been forced to bite the bullet and pay someone else to machine quilt some of my quilts.  I must say that it is hard for me to have another person do my quilting for me.  Call me silly, but it is pride to say that I did a whole quilt.  Now, I can only claim partial work.  Still, reality is yelling at me to have those tops done and I have to listen to reality.  I'm not getting any younger and my fingers, hands, arms and shoulders are telling me they hurt when I quilt.

This beauty is the first one to go.  It was a struggle to get it out the door.  Why, you ask?  It was the backing.  It didn't want to co-operate with me at all.  Like, it was telling me that it wanted me to do the quilting.  Nope, I can't do the machine quilting.  Just too hard.  In the end, it got a funky backing.  Actually, I've always wanted to do a funky backing and this was the opportunity to do it.  So, the backing got made and the backing and top got put into a bag and out-the-door they went.  I told the lady there was no hurry.  So, you will see it sometime this year.

So, that is the first one to go.  Which one will go next?

Have a great day!