Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Hand Quilting .... holy cow!

 LOL .... did that title of this post catch your attention?  Yes, I'm going to be doing a bit of hand quilting.  Only on small projects.

Like this small 24" x 24" wall hanging.  Yes, you can't see anything except for a glimpse of something beneath my stencils.  Why?  

This hanging is for an quilt exchange that I'm participating in with Humble Quilts.  The exchange is now closed with 70 swappers and I have already received the name of the person that this hanging will be going to.  Our work can be showed, but if the recipient reads my blog then it won't be a surprise when my package is opened.  For now, this is all that you will see.

It was fun to go through my Civil War fabrics and pick and choose what to use.  At the same time, it has come to my attention that there is a lot of that fabric in my stash.   Time to bring them out and use them up ..... in about 10 quilts ..... at least, if not more!  LOL

For the last week, nothing else was worked on except this project and it is now at the hand quilting stage.  It has to be mailed by April 30, so my time will be consumed finishing this hanging.

It has been quite some time since I participated in an exchange.  I wonder who will be sending me my quilt and what will it look like?  Oh, the anticipation!

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Friday, April 2, 2021

Getting borders on!

The centre of this top is now complete .... time for the borders!

There will be red gingham inner border and then blocks of different dark red fabrics for the outer border.

Then, you are probably wondering what is going on with this dark beige piece in the side setting triangles?    I wanted to continue the look of the dark beige seams into the setting triangles.  These will be appliqued in place.  But why?  I did consider cutting smaller triangles and squares and sewing strips but nixed that idea because I did not want to see white seams in those triangles.  That meant that the seams had to be ironed to the inside but so are the seams in the joining areas above and below that piece and that would have been so difficult to keep it smooth and flat.  How to get around that problem?   Applique is my solution.  I so love it when a solution is at hand for making something impossible ..... possible!
On Wednesday, my sister and I drove out to see our brother to help celebrate his 71st birthday.  All of us sat in their living room, distanced apart and we all wore our masks.  We decided not to have cake and refreshments as that would have meant taking our masks off.  Keep it safe and that is what we did!

Yesterday, more elastic was purchased to make more masks because despite having more and more humans vaccinated, those variants are floating around and we will still need to keep wearing masks even after vaccination.  Hubby and I are waiting for our age groups to come up so that we can then register to get ours.

Along with the elastic, some red fabrics for borders were also purchased.  Already, plans are underway for my next UFO to be removed off the shelf.  Cottage season is fast approaching and that project will be my handwork over the next few months.  More about this later.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Saturday, March 27, 2021

This and That

A little bit of this and a little bit of that ...... that is what is keeping me busy in my studio and home.

My sister and I sorted through the remaining boxes of my late Aunt's and late cousin's stuff.  Some to keep, some to share amongst family, some to sell but mostly to donate.  It has been a long haul but we are getting through their belongings.  There was no time to sort through their apartment when the time came to close it back in late October.  Covid was a hot spot in their senior residence.  Two nieces and another cousin went in, packed up everything in boxes.  They were scared because there were over 100 cases and over 10 deaths in that complex at that point.  Everyone kept their masks on the whole time there, washed their hands a lot and used hand sanitizers.  They had to call in security because seniors were coming out of their apartments (they were in lock-down) to chat with my nieces every time they exited the apartment to bring down a few items to their vehicle.  The movers came in a week later and moved everything to our city.  The movers had to call in security also.  Some stuff went into storage and the rest came to my house.  With my sister going through chemo, she was in no shape to go through boxes and make any decisions.  So, those boxes have sat, and sat, and sat.  It feels good to clear them up finally.  The oddest things we have found?  False teeth.  Too many.  Some were in boxes in their storage locker and some were in other boxes in the closets.  When the bathroom closet was cleaned out, more false teeth were found there too but those got tossed.   People, throw out your false teeth.  If they don't fit, don't keep them!  LOL  Just saying .....

Batting.  All the batting odds and ends have been sorted and binned ready to piece.  One frankenpieced batting has already been assembled (number two) and will be used soon.  I'm keeping count of the number that gets pieced.  

On the sewing front ..... the project on the left, the sewn rows are being joined together.  On the right, still deciding about borders.

Binding is happening on this quilt!
Love, love, love the plaid binding!  There are still applique that has to have some outline hand quilting done on them.  I do this to help anchor the applique in place.  It is a 'me' thing.  Not everyone who has their quilts quilted by a LAer does this.  In a few weeks' time this quilt can be shown.
In about five to six weeks, cottage season will be here and we are now starting to gear up for that.  The snow here is almost gone.  We have had warm temps and rain.  Our hill out back of us is bare of snow.  Some perennials are starting to sprout.  My hubby put out dryer sheets wherever the tulips have been planted.  Hopefully, the sheets will deter the deer from eating the tulips when they start to grow.  Apparently, deer do not like the smell of the sheets.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed!  Moles are having a field day with the lawns on our street.  Hubby put down some chewing gum in their holes.  The moles love but can't digest the gum and they die.  Juicy fruit gum is what they prefer.  Hubby gave them peppermint as that is what we had on hand.  It has been about a week now and no new holes.

So, that is my life at this moment in time.  A little bit here and a little bit there.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Friday, March 19, 2021

Road Block

No ..... just my latest quilt called "Traffic Jam" by Pat Sloan.  

I tried taking photos outside.  Nope, too dark in the shadows and the wind was blowing too much.

How about on top of the snow?  Still too dark.
How about draped on top of my armoire doors?  Not bad.

I know, I know, how about just pinned to my design wall?  This is the best it can be for now.  LOL

When I zoom out, can you see my other UFO project right beside it?  It is coming along very nicely.
Quilt Details:
Pattern:  "Traffic Jam" by Pat Sloan.  
Started:  March 2017
Top Finished:  September 2017
Quilt Finished:  March 2021 ..... yes, yes, yes ..... only took five years!  LOL
Quilt Size: 54-3/4" x 68-3/4" (size before quilting, washing and drying:  57-1/2" 71-1/2") 
Batting:  Hobbs poly
Machine quilted by:  Kathy Wareham 

My notes say that the blocks were done as a leader/ender process.  

I'm happy, another item ticked off my 'to do' list.

A perfect cottage quilt for sitting on the porch during spring and late summer days and nights when the breeze is a tad cool.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Pi Day 2021

Today is Pi Day.  Let's see what I've done with circles so far this year.

Back in January, my "Wheels on the Cart" top got finished.  This top is at the LAer and I'm hoping to pick it up on Tuesday along with another two quilts.  Anticipation!!

"Lotta Tulips" is still at this stage.  Borders need to be added.  Talk about circles in this top!  Gazillions.
Circles are my go-to in helping to complete the look that I'm aiming for and these were delightful to add to my "Dutch Apple" core top.  Dutch Apple is the name of a pie, you know!  LOL
Since it is Pi Day, sewing down circles in on my agenda for today.
For dessert tonight, a nice maple sugar pie will be gooey and yummy.  It is that time of year when maple trees will start to be tapped for their liquid gold.  Warm days and cold nights.

Clocks have all been moved forward.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Angles and Squares

This is my first finish for 2021!   Due to this quilt hanging in our foyer, this is the best photo that I can get of it.

A different angle.
Close-ups of the quilting which is called Late Bloomer by Christy Dillon of My Creative Stitches.  Since there are so many white areas in the quilt, I wanted the quilting to show and the green thread shows off the design quite nicely.

Quilt Details:
Top started:  April 2006
Top finished:  August 2020
Quilt finished:  March 2021
Source:  From a book called "A Thread Runs Through It" by Barbara Dieges
Block Name:  6" Cotton Reel
Size:  91-1/2" x 92" (top size before quilting and washing:  96" x 96")
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly
Machine Quilted by:  Kathy Wareham of Kat's Quilts

This quilt was quilted late last year, but I finally got around to putting the binding on this week.  

Perfect timing to hang this quilt for the month of March as it brings a fresh look to my decor.  The temps are just above freezing and the snow is melting.  Spring is around the corner.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Change in plans

My next UFO to work on is a red/neutral quilt based on the quilt below that I made back in August 2019.  It is called American Wildflowers that appeared in McCall's Quilting March/April 2015 magazine.  I loved working on this quilt and the blocks make up really quickly.

My original plan was to do the pattern but in scrappy reds but it wasn't turning out according to my vision.  Nope, I do not like how it is turning out.   There are umpteen number of blocks already made and I have to do something with them.
So, Plan B it is.  So far, it may change but I sort of like the look of this.  It will have a herringbone look.  We'll see if it stays as is or changes yet again.
Well, scratch that idea too!  I sort of liked the look but it wasn't turning out ok.
Onto Plan C.  Perhaps better third time around?  Nope ..... there is something bugging me about those red/white blocks.  Can you see it?  Onto Plan D.
Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance, don't gather.  When it is your turn to get a vaccine shot, please step up and get it.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!