Thursday, June 22, 2017

Borders .... Just Borders

Well .... since I'm on a roll with UFO's and getting them to finished tops, I pulled out five .... yes ..... five tops that just need borders.

Again, me and borders.

So, here they are.
First one to work on is this patch top.
This shouldn't take too long to finish ...

Have a great day!

Monday, June 19, 2017

An Oldie ... Petals

Well, I dipped into my UFO stash and found this top that just needed borders.

The last time I touched this project was July 6, 2015.  Borders.  That is All it needed.  This is where procrastination pops into my life.  Me and borders.   The original inner border (on upper right) was chosen but later discarded and since I didn't have anything in my stash that suited this project, it got shelved.

A new striped fabric was found and is perfect for this project.  So, on they went.
 Then the outer border fabric and this is now a completed top!
Happy, happy days.  Another empty bin!

Now .... to pull out another UFO and deal with it!

Have a great day!

Friday, June 16, 2017

It's a ..... top!

My Chevron Legacy is now a top!  Yeah!
I'm absolutely thrilled with it.

Now to dip into my UFO stash and pull out an oldie and get it finished.

Have a great day!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Autumn Leaf

I finished this block at the beginning of May (but forgot to post about it).   This block was from a workshop that I took with Ruth Kennedy of Dancing Threads.  Love, love this block.  Ruth came to our guild for a trunk show last year and everyone was so impressed with her quilts that we had her come back again this year to do her workshop on Autumn Leaf.  Both times, Ruth stayed with me and what an honour to have her with us.

Now to make a few more of these blocks.  A perfect table runner for different seasons of the year.

While Ruth was here she was treated to an evening in the garage with the garage girls.   Ruth was just overwhelmed with the evening and all our stuff that we showed her.  So overwhelmed that she had a hard time to sleep that night because her brain was on overload.

So, what did we overwhelm her with?  First off are a few baby blankets for our hospital NICU.  Claudia came up with the idea to replicate a blanket from a gift bag for a guild challenge.  Aren't these lovely?
 This is Darlene'e version:
 Karin (on the right) wowed us with her raw edge heart quilt ......
 and more of her redwork embroidery.  Notice the wine glasses?  A little bit of wine with our evening.  Why not!
Meet Ruth Kennedy (in the centre).  She brought a lovely featherweight to work on.
 Our Antique Samplers (by Sue Daley) had to be admired by all.
 I showed off my split apple core.  This top needs outer borders and it can be done with.
 Claudia is making progress with her hexagon top.
 Jeanne worked on binding her slab block quilt for Ronald McDonald house project.

So, no wonder she had a hard time to sleep.  I, too have a hard time to settle down after one of our meetings.  The inspiration just keeps on flowing.  This is also why so much of my stuff is getting finished these days and why so many new projects get started.  When I see what the others are working on, well I want to make one too.  LOL

Have a great day!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Getting there .....

Two more vine sections left to do on the far right.  The vines have been sewn down.  Just left to do now is the leaves and I will make sure they are pinned on properly .... not like my oopsie from last post.
Almost done ...

Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Oopsie Chevrons

I've made a bit of progress on my Chevron Legacy but had an major oopsie along the way.

In my hurry to applique leaves onto the left outer border, I didn't align the leaves to match up to the sequencing on the other borders and ended up sewing leaves that should not have been in that place.  See the leaves pinned to the applique leaves.  That is the leaf that should have been there.  Silly me.
Wouldn't you know it, but the back of the leaves were already cut away.  This is not going to be a walk in the park.  Now what???
Taking my trusted Crayola Washable Marker, the outside of the leaf was drawn all around.  This is going to be my guide line for sewing on the correct leaf.
The leaf has now been removed.  The excess threads will be removed.  Luckily there is enough seam allowance to enable me to carefully pin in place the correct leaf and applique can begin once again.
Here are two leaves that have been replaced.  It was a bit tricky but doable.  So, try it if you make a mistake.  There was a total of five leaves that needed to be replaced.
It was the outer border on the left that had to be corrected.  Now, we are all fixed up and ready for the remaining two borders on the right to be done.  It just irks me that I made a silly mistake in the first place.
Last week, my sister and I went to Ottawa for a few days to visit an aunt and cousin.  We took a bus from our hotel into the downtown core and walked around a bit after supper.  Tulips were blooming and my sister captured the special 150th tulip that The Netherlands developed for Canada.  Can you see the maple leaf in the centre of the tulip?  Isn't that amazing!  The Netherlands have been sending 10,000 tulips every year to Canada since WWII as a thank you for Canada housing members of the Dutch royal family during the war.  Every May, Ottawa has a tulip festival over the course of three weekends with approximately 300,000 tulips blooming.
I had never been around the Parliament buildings and how delightful it was to see the architecture.  What craftsmanship abounded way back when.
I liked the filigree on the rooftop of this building.
Have a great day!

Sunday, May 14, 2017


On my Chevron Legacy, the last strip finally got done and attached.  All that needs to be done now is the making of vines, prepping more leaves and start appliqueing.  I'm more than thrilled with this top!
Today, DH and I celebrated our 40th anniversary.  My word, how time has flown by!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Finally .....

I did promise you photos of my Pie in the Sky quilt as soon as we could get outside.  It has finally stopped raining and snowing and blowing.  Do you know how hard it is to try taking a photo with any kind of wind/breeze?
  The back with the sun shining through it.  Looks lovely.
I had to show you this behind the scene photo showing my quilt rack and the back yard.  A perfect spot for taking photos.  I wonder what the neighbours must think?  LOL
This is the backing that I used.  You know, I still remember where I bought this fabric more than 17 yrs. ago.  Ye gads!  (I wonder what the translation tool will make of that phrase!  LOL)  Glad to have it finally out of my stash.
Hubby and I couldn't wait to get it hung up in our foyer.  Not the right quilt for spring, but we just had to see it hanging.  It will be left there for a few more weeks and then we'll take it down and put up a summer looking quilt.
What a great stash buster this was and it sure used up my 2-1/2" squares in the sashing.

A close-up of the block shows the change I made.  See the star points?  They are in different fabrics than the centre block.  That is the difference I did and what a huge change it made to the overall look.

Pattern Name:  Pie in the Sky
Pattern Source:  Kim Diehl - Simple Graces book
Finished Size: 96-1/2" x 97" (before quilting: 100" x 100-1/4")
Batting:  Polyester
Started:  September 2011
Finished:  May 2017

The top was finished back in August 2012 and has been on a shelf since then waiting to be quilted.  My plan was to hand quilt this, but as time goes on, reality is dictating to me to get my tops machine quilted by a LAer.  So, that is what happened with this quilt.  Many thanks, Ruth.

My garage friends are happy to see me dealing with my tops.  They have nightmares of me suddenly passing away and leaving them to deal with getting the tops and backings ready to take to a LAer.  When I mentioned this to my hubby he said that I should seriously do up a list of names and numbers to call and instructions on what to do with my tops, etc.

Most importantly .... we can use the quilts for display and for keeping us warm.

It would also not be fair and very confusing to leave so many projects unfinished.  I'm dealing with those on a monthly basis.  Reality, folks, reality.  Think about it .....

Have a great day!

Monday, May 8, 2017

A Finish

I do have a finish to show off, but the weather outside is not co-operating right now for me to get a good photo.  It has been raining and now snowing on and off since yesterday.  I'll show a better photo as soon as we can.  For now, just enjoy this photo.
 Miss Ashes has been enjoying this quilt.  She snuggled right into it for a snooze.
Speaking of the Princess, here she is on top of a pile of quilts in my display cabinet.  She has been crying to get inside it since we brought the cabinet into our home.  She could see the quilts, but just couldn't get inside.  Finally I opened the doors and in she went.
There is lots more to talk about, but that will have to wait for another day.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Four Chevrons

This project is moving on nicely.  My goal is to try to finish a project instead of shelving it for long lengths of time.  OK .... you can get off the floor from laughing too much!  If anything, I'm good to provide you with your laugh for the day!  LOL

This is my fourth length all trimmed up and ready for final measuring.  Being careful not to stretch the bias edges, my piece is laid out on the floor using the blue tape as a guide for top and bottom and some weights (yellow discs) to keep the length from moving around.  My flooring is also being used as a guide to help keep the piece straight and not wonky.
At the top end, my ruler is used to mark where I need to make the cut.  This is so much easier than trying to measure with a tape measure.
There they are, all four lengths of chevrons.  The vines and leaves that you see are all sewn down.
 My last pile of strips are ready to go to make the final length.
Oops .... how did that machine get in the way?  It will be there for a while as the bedroom adjacent to my studio is getting insulation added to the outer walls and everything in there has been moved out and my studio is now a dumping ground.  So, I will have to find a new place to put my design wall for photo taking.
I have decided to put circles instead of leaves at the end of each vine.   Different circle sizes were auditioned, but this size seems to work the best.
See these rulers?  They are my most favourite rulers at the moment.  They are for cutting leaves but I saw a different idea for their use.  Vines.  The larger ruler was used for the layout of my vines and gosh, does it work really well.
A close-up of the name just in case you want to search them out too.
A few UFO's that need vines in the borders will be pulled out and marked up.  They were stalled because it was just too much work (and it made my head hurt with all the figuring and measuring and uggggh) to try and get the vines marked.  This will now make that job much easier and I will be able to finally get those UFO's done.  Happy dance time! LOL

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 20, 2017


So ..... well ..... darn ..... I did it again.  Started a new project.  Chevron Legacy.  I have been drooling over this pattern since I first saw it.  We are talking serious drooling.
It is in McCall's Quilting November/December 2013.
Before my other scrap project even has outer borders on it, I was pulling scraps and cutting to my heart's content.  The cutting took longer because enough strips were cut into five piles for each length in the pattern.  Extra time in the beginning, but quicker later at the sewing stage.  Then the sewing started.
My Strofoam board comes in handy for laying out the strips to see how well they will look before any sewing is done.
Masking tape on the floor is handy for me to see when to stop sewing on strips and the trimming to size can start.  Very handy indeed.
On a good day, a length can be sewn.  A few strips here and there were removed and replaced after they had been sewn together.  The replaced fabric just did not go with the look or it was just too close to the same fabric that was exactly in the same place on another length.  It is a bit tricky to replace one strip in the middle, but it can be done carefully.
After doing this project and the American Wildflowers, my bin has greatly reduced in size.  This bin was full before these two projects even started.  Oh my word, how wonderful to see this.  Is my bin half full or half empty?
Well, it doesn't matter which way I want to think about it, because this trunk that has been hiding scraps has been emptied into that plastic bin and we are back to being full again.
 See .... full again!  I'm sure that another new project will have me dipping into those scraps again.  There are still another three bins of scraps waiting in the wings once this bin has been reduced in size. LOL  The scraps never end and they seem to multiply on their own, but Lordy, what treasures they can be made into.  Scrappy quilts.  Gotta love scrappy!
Before I can even think about playing  sewing, Miss Ashes is on a mission ..... she wants treats!  See the stare.  She is definitely on a mission.
Have a great day, eh!