Friday, August 23, 2019

Darn ... not my quilt!

I just have to share this quilt with you!  It belongs to my friend Darlene (quilting in the garage owner).   We have both been working on hand projects and this is what she has been working on this past winter and summer.

Oh, and did I mention that is is hand quilted too!  She is using perle cotton and big stitching and  cotton batting with no scrim. 


Beautiful work, Darlene!  Perfect for your cottage to snuggle under when that lake breeze is a bit cool.

Darlene thought of me and how I am always on the lookout for nice spots to take quilt photos and her cottage has a lot of nice areas.

We are both working on a secret project and later in the year, we can both reveal our project.  More on that later. 

What are you stitching today?

Have a great day!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Wildflowers

Another quilt done .... yippee!!

My husband has been working hard on our terraced hill flower beds since we moved here seven years ago.  I drool over fabulous photos shown on blogs and on Pinterest and often wish that I had someplace nice too.  Well .... duh .... I do have a fabulous spot up the hill in our backyard now.
DH is holding the quilt.  Thanks Hon!
How about in the tree?  Oh yes!  I'm so glad that I persevered and put the applique in those setting triangle spaces.  The pattern did not have them, but the top just didn't look finished to me.

DH has often said that I should put a bigger quilt on this wall in our living room.  I always said 'no' too big would not look nice.  So, instead over the years only smaller wall hangings were hung there.  One day, I decided to take his advise and put up bigger quilts and they do look ok after all. 😻😻
Quilt Details:
Name of Quilt:  "Wildflowers"
Pattern Source:  "American Wildflowers" quilt by Audrey Hiers, McCall's Quilting Mar/Apr. 2015
Block size:  10"
Started:  March 2017
Top Finished:  July 2017
Quilt Finished:  August 2019
Quilt Size:  72" x 87" (top size before quilting, washing and drying:  73" x 89")
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 cotton/polyester
Machine Quilted by:  Kat's Quilts

What else am I up to these days?  More spray painting.  This cabinet is about to get changed over to white.  A lot of sanding has been going on.  This is the time of year that is perfect to do these jobs and I'm taking advantage of the weather while I can.
There are other things that are being worked on, but that will be for another day.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A little bit of this and that!

Where is the summer going?  Already August and I have noticed a few trees around the neighbourhood starting to take on a tinge of colour.

I've been back and forth to the cottage for most of the summer.  Another week and my sister will be back to work and I can do more things around the home and in my studio.

Handwork has been my companion this summer.  Pick up and go, go, go.

Hexie handwork.  A ufo from November 2018.  Time to pick this up again and continue the work.
Two sections are now done and two more to go.  I figured out what will be the applique and more will be revealed later.
 This cabinet is now done and ready for quilts.  Three coats of Varethane inside.
These are just some of the quilts to go in the cabinet.  It will be so nice to get my ironing station back up and running again.  I can get 18 quilts in the upper section.  Yeah!
More spray painting (done outside) has been done.  These chairs will replace ones at our cottage.  I brought one chair in to see if my husband could replace the seats.  He could but it would be a lot of work and since he has not been feeling well (vertigo spells and low blood pressure), I opted instead to go to a charity store and buy two chairs instead.  Sanding and spray painting and a couple coats of Varethane and these chairs will stand up to the weather on our cottage porch.  The discarded chair was put to the curb for garbage pick up and our neighbour called and asked if she could have the chair to put on her veranda for holding a plant.  Yes!  My garbage, her treasure.  Gotta love that!  My husband did say there was one more chair and she wants that one too. LOL
So, these are my summer projects so far!

Have a great stitching time.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Embroidery done and big stitch quilting

Well, well, well!  The embroidery is finally DONE.  Lordy, but that was a long process but so worth every stitch.
The hexies are all marked and the hand quilting has started.  Oh, so happy to be doing this.  Mind you, I'm not so happy with my quilting.  My fingers don't want to work the way they used to, so that is something that may stop eventually.  This quilt can not be machine quilted.  It just has to have hand quilting.
Big stitch quilting.  My niece did a bit on her first quilt.  This is how she does it.  She doesn't have the strength to maneuver the needle.  Not yet, anyway.  Time will tell down the road if she wants to try it again.  Some of her stitches were quite wonky and I pointed them out to her.  Her answer:  "I don't care, it is my quilt."  Yes, it is your quilt.
 Yes, yes, yes .... my studio is a mess right now.  What is new, eh!  LOL
I marked the top where the big stitches were to go and all she had to do was follow the markings.  Same with machine quilting.  She did some of both and so did I.
Her quilt has two rows of big stitch quilting, straight line machine quilting and some ties.  She looks pretty proud of herself.  Binding, sleeve and a label and her quilt will be ready for our quilt show in September.
While she was here for that day, she had to use the bathroom.  She came back in and said "OMG" and had a look of utter astonishment on her face.  Why is she OMGing?  "Your shower", she said and I started to laugh.  What made her look in the shower?  The shower curtain was bulging out a bit and she was curious.

In that shower that is hardly ever used, are bags and bags of batting scraps.  They had to go somewhere and why not there.  Right?!  I'm still chuckling over that.  Anyway, one day they too will get sorted out and sewn together.
So, that is my week.  Busy at the cottage and busy at home.  Just enjoying summer.

Have a great stitching day!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Snowballs

No, we are not in winter here .... not yet.  But, snowballs?  That is the name of my latest quilt finish!  It was made during a quilt-along by Temecula Company and I absolutely loved making this quilt.  The border design is my own and I would do it again in a flash!

After the binding got finished, it was late at night and I just had to snap this photo taken in the lamp light at the cottage.
Here is the other side of the bridge on our cottage road.
The bridge is a one vehicle lane only and has great appeal for taking quilt photos.  The flies are still bad.
Then back at home, this is on our hill looking down.
Over a swing on our patio.
Yep, love this one too!

Quilt details:
Block size:  4" finished
Started:  December 2017
Top finished:  August 2018
Quilt finished:  July 2019
Quilt size:  67-1/2" x 83" (before quilting, washing and drying:  69-1/2" x 85")
Batting:  Hobbs polyester
Machine quilted by:  Kat's Quilts

For the quilt-along we needed to make 16 blocks each week.  Eight dark blocks and eight light blocks.  Each Wednesday, we were reminded about our blocks.  I actually kept with the program and then got ahead of the process and finished the blocks before the end of their quilt-along.  The border kept me busy for a while but it was so worth the wait.

Have a great stitching day!

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Border flowers

I absolutely love this quilt!
That scroll work on the top and bottom is different and sure sets off the whole look.  It looks so dainty!  Those are tiny hexagon flowers in the scroll work.
A close up of some of the flowers:
Marcie Patch .... what do you think of your hexagon flowers now?  I call this quilt "Border Flowers" in honour of you and me (U.S.A. and Canada)

To those that don't know the story behind the above comment, Marcie Patch (designer of quilts in McCall's Quilting Magazine) wrote on her blog (no longer active) Apr. 10, 2009 that she had hexagon flowers to giveaway.  She and her aunt started them but Marcie didn't want them anymore.  I won them!  Yeah me!

When the package arrived, I tried to sew the flowers together but they just wouldn't lay flat no matter what I did.  So, I TOOK them all apart, washed the fabric pieces and using my own templates, redid the whole lot.  The white pieces were added from my stash.

When I looked at her templates, Lordy, there were three different sizes.  No wonder there were problems in sewing the flowers together.   BTW, Marcie knows about this because a photo and email was sent to her after the top was finished explaining what I did to make them work.

So, her castoff is now my TREASURE!  Can you see me doing the happy dance?

Quilt details:
Quilt started:  April 2009
Quilt top finished:  February 2018
Quilt finished:  July 2019
Quilt size:  59" x 87-1/4" (top size before quilting, washing and drying:  64" x 87-1/4")
Batting:  Hobbs cotton poly 80/20
Machine quilted by:  Kat's Quilts

Now that summer is here, it was time to take down the July 1 quilts and out came all the summer quilts.  Take a peek at what is on display in our foyer, dining room and living room. 




Have a great day!

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Roses

It is that time of year when roses are starting to bloom.

My "Roses" quilt is done.  My sister's elderly neighbour just had surgery for breast cancer and she has been gifted this quilt to enjoy and help to keep her warm.  She said to me that she is always cold.  Perfect gift!

This quilt was started by Andree M. and it was passed to me in her bags of scraps.  There was no pattern included in the bag.  So, I pulled out all the pieces and formed a plan.  Some of the pieces had to be sewn together to make longer pieces to work in the blocks.   There is a mix of cotton and poly/cotton fabrics in this quilt.   Still, I do think the quilt turned out quite lovely.

Again, a photo at our cottage lake.  By the time we get out there again, these daisies will be gone until next June.  It was good while they lasted.

Those field of daisies belong to our neighbour and from our front porch, we could see a mass of white flowers.  So, we just went over and did some quick photos.  Again, the mosquitoes are awful.
Hanging onto the window sill of the old shed.
Back at home, a couple of rocks are holding my quilt on the wall so that you can get a better look at the design.
Another quilt done.  How lovely is that!

Quilt details:
Quilt source:  unknown block name
Quilt started:  May 2018
Quilt top finished:  June 2018
Quilt finished:  June 2019
Quilt size:  60-1/2" x 69-3/4" (before quilting, washing and drying:  62-1/4" x 72-1/4")
Quilt batting:  Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly
Machine quilted by:  Kat's Quilts

There are more quilts ready and waiting for binding and one will be chosen.

Have a great stitching time on whatever you are doing!