Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Down by the Lake

That is the name of this quilt.  The greens and blues at the cottage in spring/summer months.  The red is for the maple trees that turn a glorious red in the fall.  We opened our cottage for the season this past Sunday and I took this quilt out for photos, but it rained and that opportunity was lost.  So, next best is out back of our home.
This was my inspiration.  Blues and greens.  The colours at our cottage.
This quilt has had a lot of revamping from start to finish.  I wanted to design something special, but ended up with just alternating green and blue squares.  My mojo was lost for my original design idea.  In January 2013, I considered it a finished top.  I was so done with this project.
Then in May 2013, I started to tinker with the look.  What about adding some of my favourite stars and some circles?  Yes, I think so.  It took the look from BORING to happy.  As an aid to ensure that stars were appliqued on the right spot (see all the pink squares) and the circles (all the green squares), pieces of paper were cut and then pinned with safety pins in their correct spots.   
There, what a difference that touch of red added.  Just one month and all the applique was added.  Then, it sat on the shelf waiting for it's turn to be turned into a quilt.  For six years!
That red fabric would be perfect for the binding, but where was it?  A search through my UFO bins and it was found!  Eureka!  Now, this quilt is done and we can enjoy it.  Happy days!

Quilt Details:
Started:  June 2008
Top finished:  January 2013 and then finally in May 2013 (for good .... LOL)
Quilt finished:  May 2019
Block size:  4" x 4" squares finished
Quilt Size:  70-1/2" x 86" (before quilting, washing and drying:  72-3/4" x 89")
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 cotton poly
Machine quilted by:  Kat's Quilts

Have a great day!

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Oh, just another EPP quilt finished!

LOL ..... this quilt has been sitting on a shelf for almost 2 yrs. since the top was finished.  Just lately, a bunch of my tops have been sent out to a LAer and she is getting them done for me and I am enjoying my quilts so much more than just a top.
A close-up of the half hexagons (HH) that are made into triangles.  The size of the HH are 3-1/2" at the widest point and 1-1/2" high.  All hand pieced using the English Paper Piecing method.  To make one triangle, you need a light, medium and dark half hexagon.  Once the triangles are made, just rotate them around so that no light HH is against another HH and so on.
To memorialise my precious cats that are no longer with us, I found two cat prints in a stash from someone and I wrote their names on the HH.  This is for Miss Ashes.
 This one is for Miss Hank.  Oh my, how I miss those two girls .....
Where did the pattern come from for this quilt?  I saw a photo in Fons & Porter (March/April 2006) magazine and knew one day that a quilt would be started.  It kept drawing me back to it time and time again.  It won!
Quilt Details:
Started:  Nov. 2015
Top finished:  Aug. 2017
Quilt finished:  May 2019
Quilt size:  62" x 81" (top size:  65" x 85-1/2" before quilting, washing and drying)
Batting:  Hobbs cotton/poly 80/20
Half Hexagon size:  3-1/2" x 1-1/2"
Machine quilted by:  Kat's Quilts

We had a garage day this past Saturday.  Again, we were drooling over projects that were shown.

Here is me showing off my great-niece's quilt.
 Darlene showed her Double Wedding Ring quilt. 
Karin put up her wool applique blocks for us to browse over and switch around to give a balanced look.  She was wondering what sashing colour to use.  We all said black.
 Here is a close-up of some of her blocks.  They are gorgeous.
Karin also showed us another top that she is working on and was wondering what border colour to use.  I suggested a lime greenish colour and told her to go over and put her arm up on the border area.  She had the perfect lime green blouse that was the perfect colour.  The other ladies
 thought yellow/gold would be better. 
So that was our day in the garage.

Have a great stitching day!

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Can't let this go

I called this top finished.  Almost two years ago.  It was always my intention to put applique in the side setting pieces.  Instead of just doing the applique, it sat on a shelf as it.  A finished top.  It was back in July 2017 that I last blogged about this top.  Done as far as I was concerned.   Really done?
No.  I just couldn't let this one go as is.  It really needed something to make it better.  Applique flowers as I had originally intended.

That is what is being worked on these days.  Applique flowers.  So, into my drawer of leaf templates and my drawer of circles I go.  A bag of circles that were the correct size and ready to be sewn on was a bonus find!  I just had to make one more circle and that didn't take long at all to do.
Almost half way there.  The difference is pleasing and I'm finally happy with this top.  A smile is on my face as I look at this photo.
This will be my third top that has this flower on it.  Like my stars that show up on a gazillion tops and quilts, this flower applique keeps showing up too.  My signature items to make my quilts my own.
Same flower with more circles added.  These give my borders that extra touch of special.  Don't you agree?
Here is my drawer for circles with leftover circles from past projects.  Those little containers on the right hold all my different sized cardboard circles.  Very handy to pull whatever is needed.
My drawer for leaves and fabric odds and ends to use for making leaves.
All extra leaves from various projects over the years get tossed in here.  This is where I go look first when a leaf is needed for a block.  Very handy indeed.
I'll just tuck that leaf template and leftover circles back into their drawers because one day .....

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Pink, green and grey ..... a quilt!

This quilt will be going to a young niece for her 7th birthday next month.  I think Miss C will be very pleased with her new quilt.  The walls in her bedroom are painted in a different colour that are in this quilt.  You can read more about the making of this quilt here.
I just love making fun backings!  A cutting (oops .... a measuring) mistake turned into a lovely backing instead.
The snow on our patio is now melted.  The mornings are still cool up here and a person could use a quilt to snuggle into while sitting and enjoying the hill come alive this spring.  This photo shows the true colours of the fabrics.
Quilt Details:
Started: March 6, 2019
Top Finished:  March 9, 2019
Quilt Finished:  April 17, 2019 (from start to finish .... remarkable for me!)
Quilt Size:  49" x 78" (top size before quilting, washing and drying:  51" x 80-1/2")
Block Size:  5" x 5" finished
Batting:  Hobbs polyester
Pattern Source:  original layout by me
Machine quilted by:  Kat's Quilts

All that is left to do ..... make a pillowcase and this is ready for gifting.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A Garden Trip!

Here is my latest quilt.  So very pleased to have another quilt done and off my list.  Now, it is time to really enjoy this quilt.

This photo was taken on Sunday and then we had another dump of snow.  Still a lot of snow on the hill but daily we can see a difference and photos help to remind us that the snow is really, really going away.
As I was taking a photo, there was a movement out of the corner of my eye.  What?  I kept snapping photos.  Did I capture anything? 
This red squirrel came in for a closer look.  It didn't appear nervous with me there at all.  It was just very curious and it wanted some of those peanuts that we put out for the resident hill chippie.  Would it like some batting scraps for nesting?  Got plenty of those.
After washing and drying it was time to take another photo to show you how nice and crinkly it turned out.  This photo was taken today and can you see how much snow has melted since Sunday? 
 I'm trying to find spots in our backyard to take photos.  This is a new spot and good for small quilts.
How much do I love this quilt?  Quite a lot according to the number of photos taken.  LOL

Quilt Details:
Block Name:  Great-Granny Square
Inspiration:  reading blogs about making these blocks
Started:  July 2014
Top Finished:  August 2014
Quilt Finished: April 2019
Quilt Size:  62-1/2" x 78-3/4" (65-1/2" x 82" before quilting, washing and drying)
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 poly cotton.
Machine quilted by:  Kat's Quilts

Since that quilt is done and being displayed in our home, it is time to move on to something else.

Binding on this quilt is happening as we speak.  It will be finished in time for a little girl's birthday next month.  More on this later.
When I need a break from binding, there are more leaf units to be done on this top.  Two borders are complete (top and bottom).
Yesterday, the garage girls did a road trip down to Orillia and Barrie.  Orillia Quilt Guild was having a sneak peak of quilts from New Zealand.  Ailsa Craig ( is hosting them this year and the sneak peak was amazing.  The quilts we saw were on the modern side and I quite enjoyed them.

A bit of shopping occurred and I came home with bags of fabric for quilting plus for making table cloths.  When my family get together at our home for supper, we set up two tables and I do like to have matching table cloths.  Making the table cloths are cheaper than buying them ready made, plus they are more unique. 

So, that will keep me out of mischief for a while.  LOL

Have a great day!

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Getting somewhere!

Progress has been made on the borders.  Oh happy days!  I love the look of this border applique.  Only 12 more leaf units and this top will be finished ...
My husband and I have been busy again making a wood box for my niece's apartment.  She wanted a nice looking box for her garbage and recycle bins.  So, we obliged.
Her kitchen is very small and this box will help her a lot with storage.
Snow is melting very nicely up here.  Dare I even think about getting out some spring tulip quilts out for display?

Like these two and my basket quilt .....
A vase of tulip flowers would be lovely right about now!  It has been a very long winter.

Have a great day!

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Appliqueing away ...

This is what I'm working on right now.  Boredom is starting to set in and instead of starting a new project (and thus creating a new ufo in the process - LOL), I really should work on an old ufo.  This top is almost completed.  Just finishing up the applique in the borders is all that is needed.
There are 28 of those leaf units (and a gazillion circles) to do and if 4 get done per day, this top will be finished in a week from now. 

In order that this process doesn't become monotonous and becoming abandoned again, I'm playing a silly game.  I'm appliqueing my leaf units willy nilly along the four borders.  That way, the four borders will get done in a more interesting way and at the end, I will just need to fill in the gaps instead of doing one full border at a time.  Boring ..... 

To aid me in getting them done this way, all the areas where the leaves and circles are to go have already been marked.  That in itself was a tedious task, but so very helpful now.  Also, all the leaves have been prepped also.  Just more circles will need to be made.

So, this is what I will be working on this week.

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

This and That ....

Not much quilting has been going on this week.  I've been busy cleaning my studio and adjacent bedroom.

During the process, didn't two ufo's surface!  Darn, where did they come from?  They weren't on my ufo list.

Red and white blocks from a workshop that Carla Alexiuk ( did last year at our day guild.  I really need to continue making more blocks before everything is forgotten that she taught us.
More red and white blocks.  These are on my design wall and this will be worked on.   These two ufo's need to be worked on at the same time because they use the same fabrics and better to work on them together and then clean up the mess.
After doing a bit of cleaning, my ironing station has been set up again and my quilt rack is back up on my wall.  Just in a different location.
This was my old set up which I absolutely loved.  Sadly, it got dismantled because .....
.... this is my newest acquisition.  Later this spring, it will be sanded and painted white and then I can start filling it up with quilts for display and storage.  This is part of my five-year plan to reduce and finish tops, ufos and stash.  Bins and shelves will start to disappear from my studio and this unit can be moved to a different location.
This project below has not been shown for a while now.  Much progress has been made.  Will the end of April see the embroidery completed?  Only time will tell.
Meetings in the garage continue regardless if it raining, snowing or sun is shining.  We show up and have a blast!

Karin has been busy finishing rug hooking projects.  Can you see the cat?  Not the best photo with the light from behind her.
Barbara is sewing binding on a QOV quilt.  My embroidery project is what I brought with me to work on and you can see it on the bottom of this photo.
 Claudia made more log cabin blocks for this hanging.
Claudia also showed us the project she is taking with her to New Zealand (she is there now) for her vacation.

 Darlene is going to be a grandma and she showed us all the baby items she has made .... so far .....

So, now what should I work on?  This mess .... OMG!  How did this happen?  I do love my room with all these lovely mini quilts.  Made by friends from all over the world.  This mess needs to get sorted out lickety split so that when entering, my wall of art can be enjoyed for all to see.
On that note, have a great day!  LOL

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