Saturday, July 18, 2015

Humbling along

It turned out that this was my something else project to work on.  I only have 38 projects (UFO's, PIGS, WIPs), but chose this one.  My Humble Christmas is slowly coming together.  I have to make lists of things to do, otherwise, I will just sit in front of the TV and fall asleep or wander around the house doing something that isn't important.

Great strides have been made.  The red/white striped borders were sewn on and the top has the row of trees sewn together and onto the centre.  The bottom will be easy, as I just have to replicate the top using the same size of tree blocks.  The sides will be another story.  I will have to figure out the math for the sides and see what works.

Now, if I was really smart, one size of tree block would be used throughout.  But nooooooo ... I have to do it the hard way and come up with something different.  :o)

DH and I are still in the renovating mode and that list seems to never decrease ..... ever.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Halfway there ...

Doing a row a day helped to keep me on track.  This is the halfway point.  A few rows of the bottom left hand section has been removed and placed in my take-along tote that was recently shown.
Oh, this feels so good!  I will be so glad when this top can be totally removed from my design wall.

I did have a thought for borders, but it didn't work out.  So, I have to put on my thinking cap and come up with something else.

Since this is my take-along project, what else can I work on?

Have a great day!

Friday, July 10, 2015

A Scrappy Garden

Well, well ..... after a lot of basting, the last quarter is ready for sewing.  I'm not out-of-the woods yet .... there is a lot of stitching to be done; but this sure makes me happy.

The upper half section is being sewn into rows, where you see the arrows.  Until the bottom left hand section was pinned into place, nothing could be done with the rest as I needed to see how everything looked first to make sure the overall look was balanced.

This will be my take-along project this summer to the cottage.  Lately, I've been back and forth to the cottage a lot and Miss Ashes has been feeling neglected.  She is giving me the look and touching my arm to make sure that it really is me.  :o)

In the photo below, what do you think about my abstract deer?  Take a close look just at the water line to the left of the big tree.  What do you think?  Am I seeing things?

Nothing abstract about this pheasant.  It has been hanging out at the back of our cottage.

Have a great day!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Petals, petals, petals

I thought about working on my petals a little bit here and there.  But, no, they kept calling me.  Suddenly, two panels were done.

Then, there were three panels.  I was on a mission to get all the panels done!

This is it .... four panels and no more .... just borders!

Have a great day!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Triangles again

This is it ..... 3/4 done.

Now, the time has come to haul out all the fabric triangles that have been cut out and the paper templates and start basting them.  A great take along project.  Oh Happy Days!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Kaleidoscope Calendar

Have I ever told you how I am surrounded by very creative and talented quilters up here in North Bay?  While I am.

I have shown you my Kaleidoscope quilt before.  Here it is again. 

My reason for doing so, is to introduce the 2016 Kaleidoscope calendar that the day guild that I belong to (Near North Quilters' Guild) has published.

What a beauty it is!

We had a bunch of close-up shots of all the kaleidoscope quilts that the members made and it was decided to have them shown on the cover and placed in oval shapes to replicate our logo shape.  Looks like Easter eggs, eh!

A calendar was sent to Ricky Tims (we used his book:  Kool Kaleidoscope Quilts).  This is the letter and explanation of how this calendar came to be.

Dear Ricky,
Our day guild, Near North Quilters’ Guild thought that you might like to have a 2016 calendar showing off our wonderful collection of kaleidoscope quilts.  We are so proud of our accomplishment! 

How did we get started on this project?  Back in the summer of 2013, our then president, Natalie, thought what a great project this would be.  The Program Committee asked the guild if they would be interested in doing a challenge, doing something really different.  They agreed. 

I won’t lie, the pattern was a bit difficult and some members even swore that if they had known what they were getting themselves into, they would never have started.

Started they did.  Thirty members bought your book, Kool Kaleidoscope Quilts and away we went. 
Our books were purchased through a guild member that has a store called The Cottage Quilter (  The place where she buys her books from wanted to know why we were ordering an older book.  It didn’t matter how old the book was, we wanted it to complete our challenge.  To us it was NEW.

At our December 2013 meeting, we got the members drawing up their templates and then they went home to study the layout in their books that they liked the best.  At our January 2014 workshop, members came to the meeting with their fabric and sewing machines.  What a grand day that was.  There was some confusion, some frustration but gradually we looked around the room in awe.  Their kaleidoscopes started to take shape.

Meeting after meeting, members were showing off their kaleidoscope tops and then quilts.  This was a magic time.  It was time to put Natalie’s other vision of having a calendar and writing cards into action.  A professional photographer was brought in and photos were taken.  It didn’t matter if they were quilts or tops, we wanted them all. To accommodate all the tops and quilts, two photography sessions were arranged.

After all the photos were taken, it was time to take stock and see how many we had.  Twenty-two photos in total.  How in the world do we take all those photos and put them into a twelve month calendar?  We had to become creative, without insulting any quilter by not giving them proper viewing.  Can you figure out how we did it?

Two quilters that appear in the calendar have blogs.

Deanna (October) has her blog at:  She has posted about her Kaleidoscope quilt that she made.  Please go to her post on Monday, March 3, 2014 and scroll down to see all her posts about this quilt.

On my blog ( I have posted a few times about the making of my kaleidoscope quilt.  Sadly, for the calendar (Rose Marie Castonguay, July), it was not quilted, but it has since been completed and hanging on my wall.  If you are interested, please visit my blog Applique ‘n Patch Quilting and scroll down to my Labels until you see Kaleidoscope.  Click onto that word and scroll down to the bottom and then read up.

So, enjoy our calendar and thank you for giving us a challenge to remember.

If you want to see some of the kaleidoscope quilts, go here and scroll down.

Below are the writing cards that we produced as well.  One pack (on the left) has all of my Kaleidoscope quilt (we could have all of the same quilt in one pack) and the other pack are assorted.

I wonder what else we will come up with next?  Yep, we are very proud of this project!

Have a great day!

Sunday, June 28, 2015


My Scrappy Garden top is close to being 3/4 of the way done. 

The section that you see with the arrows above .... well they have all been pinned onto my new tote. 

I just recently made this tote and love it for hauling around my EPP projects to work on.  Perfect for this summer at the cottage.  This tote is also my OPAM for June. 

I've been having some computer woes and that is one reason why there hasn't been a post for the last few weeks.  Friends have been complaining.  To load photos, I have to use my hubby's computer and then use my computer to do the text.  A pain for sure.

In the beginning, I was able to load photos using Internet Explorer and then I couldn't.  Firefox worked great until recently when my computer has been entirely blocked from using that browser.  My only hope is Google chrome.  Those with blogs .... what are you using?

Oh well, have a great day!