Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Aussie's are coming again!

Wednesday afternoon and my Aussie friends (Jennifer and Kevin) will be with us once again.  This will be their third time that they stay with us for a week.  What shall we do this time?  We are all getting older and the weather looks like we will have some snow, so not much outside stuff will be done.

On Monday, I had a sun spot removed from my shoulder, so not much movement can be done because the stitches will pull and the healing will take longer.  So, Jennifer will be helping me with the cooking.

The fireplaces are working.  Jennifer has tumblers she can sew.  I'll just ply Kevin with a glass of Sortilege (whiskey and maple syrup liqueur) on ice and we will just make ourselves comfortable and everyone will be happy.  I might be able to do a bit of EPP.   If we do get snow, maybe my DH and Kevin can keep themselves busy with the snowblower doing our driveway plus a few neighbours.

Now ..... back to EPP.  You all were wondering what I've been doing with that snowflake.

This is the top.  Back in February, my day guild had a jelly roll challenge and I cut a whole bunch of 2-1/2" strips from my stash.  The quilt had to be finished by June.  Well, I'm never on time and my top/quilt never got finished.  Sill, I did plug away at it until finally all the snowflakes were appliqued onto the top.   Leftover hexagons were scattered around the top and appliqued as well.
I had designed this layout on my EQ7 and I was anxious to see how it would look and if everything would fit.  The two borders here have the triangles all pinned on as a tryout.  Yep, everything fits in place.  Whew, that is a huge relief.
The two borders have all the triangles appliqued in place and the borders sewn to the body.   An inch was left unsewn on the bottom right border (where the last triangle is) so so the bottom border could be added and then I went back and sewed the unsewn bit later.  Looking good to me.
Three borders are on!
Finally, the top was done and I love it!  This top will be hand quilted soon so that it is ready to hang come January.  I'm going to try big-stitch quilting to see if I like it or not.  It is now or never!
Here are close-ups of the fussy cutting hexagons.

I didn't have any gold fabric that I could fussy cut, but this fabric was perfect.
What else went on this past week?  My friend, Darlene Brooks and I (garage owner) presented our EPP/Applique trunk show and EPP workshop at the Grand Quilt Guild in Fergus, Ontario.  Sadly, I didn't take any photos.  Uggh .... I can't believe that happened to me.  Darlene and I were just so busy bopping here and there.   If anyone from the guild reads this, can you send me photos (castonguayrosemarie@hotmail.com)?  There were 110 people at the trunk show and 18 members at the workshop.  We shopped on the way down to Fergus and on the way back.  What we earned, we spent!  Woohooo!  Mind you, not much fabric was purchased ..... bath stuff.  Darlene just renovated her bathroom and she needed new accessories:  shower curtain, towels, waste basket, hand lotion container, etc.  I bought new towels, shower curtain, hand lotion container, tumbler and tooth brush holder and rugs.  The whole lot and now my Aussie friends will enjoy them all first.  I do love to change out my bathroom with the seasons as well as my bed quilts.

We stayed with Ruth Kennedy of Dancing Thread Longarm Quilting.  It turns out that her husband and my husband knew each other and worked on a small project years ago.  Such a small world!  Anyway, we were well received and it was lovely to see Ruth again.  My DH and I hosted Ruth twice when she did her trunk show and then a year later her workshop.  We have promised to visit each other again and to keep in touch with her and the other lovely ladies that we met.  I also got reacquainted with Celeste from Meerkat Trading.  Celeste sells Shweshwe fabrics which are absolutely gorgeous!  It was such a busy time and the trip and visit was over before we knew it.

Once home, we went to a quilt show in Powassan on Saturday and in Sudbury on Sunday.  I'm all quilt showed out.  Nope, not just yet .... there is another quilt show in Sturgeon Falls this coming Saturday.

What else?  This cushion got recovered for the ottoman.  I just need to add some tabs to secure the cushion in place to the bottom wood section, but that will happen after the stitches on my shoulder are removed.
So, it has been a very busy week for me and this coming week will be busy as well.  Oh well, life is good!

Have a great day!

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Frédérique said...

Beautiful hexie quilt! Pretty borders, these triangles are making a great embellishment

Glenda said...

Love your snow quilt it is lovely and great fussy cutting on those hexagons. Remind your Aussie friend about keeping her eyes open for the bear, we have snakes so we keep our eyes at ground level not head high LOL Have fun with your friends and the next show. Think I will drop by for a whisky and that liqueur, it sound right up my alley LOL Sorry to read about the wee op but better out now than later. Cheers Glenda

Kathy said...

Love your quilt.

Frog Quilter said...

Your snow flake quilt is awesome, beautiful. Love the fussy cuts. So fun.

Rebecca Grace said...

Your hexie snowflakes are amazing!! Thanks for the closeups to show your fussy cutting. Just beautiful!

Kyle said...

Have fun with your friends. Your jelly roll challenge quilt is wonderful!! It's a super idea .

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Your fussy cutting is immaculate. As is your whole piece. Just beautiful!