Thursday, July 21, 2016

Auditioning borders

I love my stash.  It is so easy to go and pull out different fabrics to see which one will work best for borders of my Split Apple Core top.

When fabric shopping, border fabric is always on my list to buy and when I find something that looks interesting, it is bought and put away in my stash until that day when it is needed.

How do I know what to buy?  I don't until that certain fabric comes into view and viola, that is when I know.  Blues, reds and greens are the usual standard as my quilts are based around those colours.

Anyway, after much pulling of different fabrics, this is the choice for my borders.  Oh look, blue, red and green.  LOL  Can't go wrong with those colours.

As you can see, my progress is moving along quilt nicely.  Only the centre portion to do now.

Again, I'm linking to http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Kentucky Stars

While I have been busy working on other projects, my Kentucky Stars sneaked in and got worked on too.

The top is done .... except for one circle in the star flower.  That circle was lost months ago.  Lo and behold, didn't I find the circle last night while sitting at my computer on the sofa in the living room.  I thought  my pen was lost in between the sofa cushions and while searching for the pen, the circle was found.  How in the world did it get there?  No sewing is done in the living room and my studio is on the lower level of our home.  The circle must have attached itself to my clothing and made it's way upstairs.  So, now, instead of making another circle, I can just use that one.  Yeah.
My garage quilting friends suggested outline embroidery around the cream stars to give it oomph.  I took their advice and it does make a difference.
When I pan out you can see progress with my split apple core.  All those pieces are sewn together.
On my other design wall, this is what remains to be sewn together.  Oh yes, how lucky am I to have two design walls!
I tried to be so careful not to place same fabrics close together.  Darn, didn't  these two yellow fabrics have to be discovered after they were all sewn together.  The right hand apple core will get unsewn and replaced with a different selection.  It might not really be necessary because the whole look is so busy, but the yellow pops and I know they are there.
Then, another two were found.  These two might be left there because they are hard to find once I step back and look.
I've been marking the completed sections for quilting.  Might as well get a head start on that task and be ready for sandwiching as soon as the top is completed.

A number of comments have been left on my posts on how clever I am to make a split apple core.  Not my idea.  A quilt was found on Pinterest and I just had to make one too.

I'm linking to http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A finish!

Home for the Holidays.  What a lovely name for a quilt and so lovely to finally have this quilt finished!  It has been kicking around for 11 years.  Eleven years!  OMG!

This quilt will be perfect for hanging in our foyer come Christmas this year.  A treasure, for sure.

Details:  97" x 97" approx. (before quilting:  100-1/2" x 101")
Pattern Source:  That Patchwork Place, 2006 Quilt Calendar.
Machine quilted by Ruth Jones

Now what is the next top to be quilted?  There are only 26 tops to choose from.  I'm sure I will find one to finish!  :o)

I'm linking to http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/

Have a great day!

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!