Wednesday, October 28, 2020

New project

Lately, my quilting mojo has left the building and it has been sorely missed.  I've been busy looking after my sister and my husband.  They are more important right now and they need my attention.

Still, a sew-along caught my eye a few weeks back.  It would be so easy to do.  The pattern was printed out and placed in a basket for later to do and I promptly forgot all about it.   After seeing another quilter working on this sew-along, it sparked something in me and I found the pattern in my studio and I actually started a new project.

Hour glass blocks.  Easy to make from my bin of charm squares.  My blocks will finish at 3-1/2".  A border will be added to my top so I won't need to make as many blocks.  Can you tell that I'm excited?!

Sew, if any of you are interested, you can go to and get your pattern and sew along with me.  To keep my mojo going, more than one a day is being made.  At least two or three to keep me motivated and I'm trimming as I go along.  It would be way too tedious to wait until the blocks are all made and then trim.

I sent this quilt to my cousin who is now in hospice care in Wakefield, Quebec.  He complained that his room was too stark and I knew this quilt would be perfect for him.  He has received it and likes it a lot.  This quilt was finished in May 2019 and it sat in my quilt cupboard waiting for the perfect person.  He is that person and I'm happy he is happy.
Cherish you day, cherish your life!

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Antique Sampler

Yesterday, we woke up to snow on the roofs, vehicles and grass.  It melted by the time hubby and I ventured outside to take photos of my latest quilt.  Soon, there will be more snow and it will stay until spring next year.   Last night saw me putting a wool blanket on the bed.  Temps are starting to dip and the nights are getting cooler.

Autumn in our neck of the woods is mostly over for this year.  You can see a lot of bare trees now on the hill and a lot more sky now.

This is a pattern by Sue Daley and I didn't make too many changes to her design.  Finished!  Such a lovely word!  Once this project got started, I kept at it and finished the top in a few months.  Remarkable for me to stick to the same project for so long.

Quilt Details:
Pattern source:  "Antique Sampler" by Sue Daley
Started:  January 2017
Top finished:  March 2017
Quilt finished:  October 2020
Quilt size:  70" x 70" (size before quilting, washing and drying:  72-1/2" x 72-1/2")
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 cotton polyester
Machine quilted by:  Kathy of Kat's Quilts

Another top can be crossed off the list and it is now hanging on the wall in our dining room.  So lovely to see!

Happy days!

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Chevron Log Cabin

This afternoon, the leaves are swirling around in the wind; the sky is ugly.  A cold front is moving in.  Tonight we are expecting -2C (28.4F).  We could have snow on the ground in the morning. 

I took advantage of a break before the temperature starts to drop and took photos of my latest quilt finish.

"Chevron Log Cabin".  I sure loved making this quilt.  A combination of printed and solid fabrics were used.

What the sun and tree shadows does to a photo?  It takes on a whole different look!
It was windy and the top of the quilt had to be rearranged twice.
Quilt Details:
Pattern Source: Fon's & Porter's Love of Quilting ebook.  Way back in 2013, I was approached by Fons and Porter to review their ebook called "Build Your Best Log Cabin".  This is the pattern that immediately caught my eye and I just knew that pattern had to be made.
Top started:  Febuary 2013
Top Finished:  December 2018
Quilt Finished:  October 2020
Quilt size:  89" x 89-3/4" (top size before quilting, washing and drying:  90-1/2" x 90-1/2")
Batting:  Hobbs polyester
Machine quilted by:  Kathy of Kat's Quilts using Baptist Fan Feathers from My Creative Stitches

DONE!  Such a happy word!

This weekend is our Canadian Thanksgiving.  It will not be our usual dinner celebration affair.  A niece has already dropped off cooked turkey and gravy (thank you Nicole).  I just need to add potatoes and veggies and that will be our supper tonight.

To my fellow Canadians, however you celebrate ..... do it safely!

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Two quilts

I've been going through busy times of late and I don't seem to have much to talk about in the way of quilting.

Today, I do have something to say.

First off, I'm working on finishing two quilts.

This one is my "Antique Sampler" by Susan Daley.  This photo was taken in my friend's garage.  We met for a few hours last week and this is what was brought over to work on.   Binding is on, but it is not finished yet.  

Why not, you wonder?  Well ..... since I'm so fussy about my quilts, extra steps are taken to finish it off to my satisfaction.  Anything that is appliqued on my quilts (that are machine quilted) I like to add hand quilting to help anchor the applique.  So, I've been hand quilting around each circle and stitch-in-the-ditch around the motif inside the circle.  Yes, yes, yes, I'm crazy and obsessive.  That is me and they are my quilts, so I will do whatever I want to make me happy.

So, why didn't I just hand quilt the whole quilt?  Well, this top has been sitting on a shelf for years waiting for me to hand quilt it.  The way I look at it, my LAer does half the work for me and I do the other half and those tops are finally getting finished.  If I wasn't so obsessive, then she would do all the quilting and be done with it.
Next, binding is being hand sewn down on my quarter log cabin quilt.  No applique on this quilt, so it will be finished soon.   Photos of both finished quilts will be coming your way in the next wee while.  
Next .... yesterday, I presented a trunk show to a small number of ladies.  I wore my mask and some of the ladies wore theirs also.  It was odd to do a trunk show like this, but it was good to feel normal again .... except normal won't be for a while.  Our area has had only 40 cases of Covid-19 and only 1 death.  All the cases have been resolved.  The health experts have done a marvellous job of contact tracing and insisting on isolation for those who have been exposed.  We all have to be smart about this deadly virus and wear our masks and wash our hands and keep our distance.  Be smart about it!

Yesterday, I wore my patch autumn jacket to do the trunk show.  On my way there, I stopped off at a local coffee shop and the man serving me my coffee remarked on how much he liked my jacket.  Well, that was my chuckle for the day because I nearly didn't wear that jacket because it has been around for 12 years now and it is starting to get old.   So, guess what I'll be wearing today when I take my sister out for groceries?  Yep.

Well, time to get another suitcase opened up and pull out those quilts and refold them and put them away in the quilt storage cabinets. 

I wonder when another trunk show will be done?

Cherish your day, cherish your life!