Sunday, August 7, 2022

Christmas Stars

How about a Xmas in July ..... hmmm ..... August ..... quilt?   I meant to post this quilt in July, but time slipped away and here we are in August!

"Christmas Stars"

A close-up of the quilting design.
It's not often that the back of the quilt is shown, but here it is for this quilt.
Quilt Details:
Pattern Source:  Inspired by a quilt shown in Fons & Porter Love of Quilting, Nov/Dec 2021.  Their      pattern was all machine pieced using only a few fabrics, but I did my quilt using the EPP method and there is quite the variety of Xmas fabrics.

Diamond size:  1-1/2" edge

Started:  November 2021

Top Finished:  April 2022

Quilt Finished:  June 2022

Quilt Size:  59-1/4" x 81-1/2" (top size before quilting, washing and drying:  61" x 83-1/4")

Batting:  Hobbs 80/20

So, there we have it ..... another quilt to display come this Xmas.

This quilt was worked on during Chookyblue's zoom meetings.  Many of the ladies (from around the world) who zoomed in at the same time as myself saw me working on this project.

Cherish your day ..... cherish your life!

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

August binding challenge

August, August, August ...... the months are flying by now ....

We are in the dog days of summer.  The garden is winding down and in a few weeks, we may start to see some leaves change colour.  As I wrote this, I got up to look out our living room window to a tree that is the first to change and ..... whew ..... not yet! 

No-blog Mary and I have chosen our designated quilts to bind.

When Mary sent her photo to me, she wrote that it is a huge quilt and it has borders on it.  She is quite surprised that it has borders because she never puts borders on quilts.  Mary just pulls quilts out of a bag and it is always a surprise to her because some she has forgotten about completely.  Hmmm ..... how old is this quilt, I wonder?  Anyway, isn't this a gorgeous scrappy pineapple quilt!

My quilt will be my Stash Buster Challenge quilt.  The top was dropped off to the LAer and I got it back a few days later.  She was going on vacation and I needed this quilt back for a gift at the end of August .... so, she quilted it for me!  How sweet is that?

Our garden is still blooming.  

Cherish your day .... cherish your life!

Monday, August 1, 2022

July Binding Challenge

We're winning again!  Seven months we have completed the binding on one of our quilts!  Time to pat ourselves on the back!  That makes seven quilts done to enjoy by us or someone else!

This is no-blog Mary's completed quilt:

This is my quilt (more on this in another post):
My sister and I were away at the cottage for a few days.  It rained a lot, it was cool, but we saw the most incredible rainbow!
Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Great Progress + Garden

After we got our 4th Covid vaccination, we had a couple hours of chills ..... but that is all.  We were supposed to feel tired for a few days ..... but so far .... nope.  We are good to go.

So, instead of just sitting in my chair while watching T.V., or playing games on my ipad, I got busy pinning the last two rows onto my Churn Dash Challenge top and had a marathon of sewing, pinning, sewing.  It is a large queen, so those rows seemed to take forever to pin.

Then once that center was done, my Stash Buster Challenge top was up next.   There had to be a bit of unsewing with Jack the Ripper ..... then once that problem was done, another marathon of pinning, sewing, pinning, sewing and that center got done.

How happy am I?  Once borders are on, then each top will be shown separately.  

Our garden on the hill at this time of year.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Stash Buster Challenge Update

It has been a while (May of this year) since this project saw daylight.  Those rows were almost sewn together and then my Churn Dash Challenge came out to play and that was that.  Abandoned .....

Anyway, here is where this project is at .... so close to being a top.  Must get back at it again!

There is only one more sashing to sew on my Churn Dash Challenge and I will be able to show you a finished center soon.  There has been much interest in those sashings ..... so I will be doing a post on how those sashings came to be.  Stay tuned!

Today, Hubby and I are getting our fourth Covid shots.  The new variant (BA.5) is starting to cause havoc and we want to stay protected.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Churn Dash Challenge, Garden

Going to our cottage has been great for working on the sashings on my Churn Dash quilt.  Get chores done and out of the way and sit on the porch, applique and watch the hummingbirds fight at the feeder.

Our summer, so far, has seen a few hot and then cool days.  No heat wave for any length of time this year.  Unusual?  Yes.  This could change and we will see.

This is where I'm at with this challenge.  Great progress has been made.  At this point, only two more diagonal rows (diagonally in the center) need to have six more sashings appliqued and then the top can be finished.  The two sections on the top left and bottom right have been sewn together, so, I'm way ahead of myself now.  I can hardly wait to have this finished as there is another churn dash project waiting in the wings .... perhaps two ....

This is our garden this year.  We are almost at the peak of the season and then the garden will just rest until next year.  There were lots of perennial autumn plants but slowly, year after year, they died during our frigid winters.  No point in replacing them just to disappear again.  So, it is what it is and we are enjoying what blooms for us.

Good news, the deer did not get at our hostas and there are quite a few ready to burst into bloom!

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Friday, July 8, 2022

Dilly Flower update

The centre of this project is now complete!  All that has to be decided now is how much bigger to make this quilt?  A few ideas are fermenting in my brain ....  

There was a question about how the hexies were sewn together?  Everything you see here is by hand using English Paper Piecing method.  No machine.

"Dilly Flower" is available on Elise Baek's etsy site and she regularly shows new patterns on the Facebook site .... English Paper Piecing Society.  I'm a member of that group and it is so nice to see EPP patterns and quilts and works in progress.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Monday, July 4, 2022

July binding challenge

No-blog Mary and I have chosen our quilts to bind for July.  Half the year is gone already ..... where did it go?  At least we each have quilts to show for our hard work for the first six months of this year.

Her quilt is "It Takes Two"!  What a beauty and she stuck with it and finished the top.  She did substitute some of the blocks.  She informed me that she would make it again but in blues next time.  I started making this pattern, but abandoned it and it will be combined with another UFO just to get it finished.  So, I'm drooling over Mary's quilt!

For me, I'm sticking with the Xmas theme and have chosen this quilt ..... "Chevron Legacy"

Even though it is our hot time of the year here, we will bind away but just do a bit at a time.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Friday, July 1, 2022

July 1 Red/Neutral Quilts

I just love changing out my display quilts each season/month.  For our Canada Day (July 1) it is time for red/neutral quilts to be out on display.

Oh my, what a collection I now have!!!  Six quilts ..... so far ....

In our foyer .... on the wall is my Snowball nine patch and over the railing is a tumbler quilt from a 2015 Leader-Ender challenge with Bonnie Hunter.
One wall in our dining room .... this quilt that is hanging up needs a binding (which will be chosen soon for no-blog Mary and my monthly binding challenge) ......  this quilt is my design called "Gingham Swirl"
A close-up of the quilt (my design of Presents Galore) on the quilt rack .....
The second wall in our dining room .... my version of Scrappy Majestic Mountains by Bonnie Hunter
A different view of the foyer quilts .....
My version of Red Sampler (sew-along with Lori Holt) on one wall in our living room .... with a peek of a foyer quilt ....
Another peek at the foyer quilts .....
What a pleasure it has been to make all these quilts.  Some are my design, some are adaptations of sew-alongs.  Whatever the source .... it has been fun making them.

To my fellow Canadians ..... sit back and enjoy our celebration of Canada Day and our freedom.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

June Binding Challenge

Well ..... no-blog Mary and I met our binding challenge again for June!

She finished her monster quilt!  So, so cute!

Me .... I finished my "Xmas Stars" quilt a few days before the deadline!  I've been cutting it close the past two months and I need to change it up for July.  This only took me a day to do as the quilt is not very large.  More on this quilt on another post.

Our perennial garden has been blooming with different plants the past few weeks.  Here are what was blooming then.  The blooms just come and go so quickly and if I'm not quick for photos, they are done until next year.  Some perennials can be deadheaded to keep blooming and others .... come and go.

DH was telling me this morning that the deer ate our neighbour's hostas.  Ours are still here because of the dryer sheets that were stuck onto sticks and placed around the tulips and hostas and so far .... fingers crossed ....

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Churn Dash update for June

Much, much progress has been made on the Churn Dash Challenge that Chookyblue is hosting.  So far, I've met my challenge for the month of June.  Win-win-win! 

All my large 10" and 5" blocks for the challenge are done .... so don't have to worry about meeting those goals anymore.

Now, the sashings are a different story.  For this large quilt, 64 sashings are needed.  When divided by the 4 month challenge, 16 sashings per month are to be appliqued.  For the month of June, my goal of 16 has been met plus an additional 4 sashings for a total of 20!  Win!

See the arrows in  the top left hand corner and just below the big dark blue block in the middle of the second row?  Those are all the 20 sashings that are done.

So, I'm off to a running start and the sashings will be perfect as a take along project to our cottage outings.

When I posted about all the churn dash quilts (see May 23, 2022 post) that I have made so far, this quilt (below) brought up a question of the source of the pattern.  This is my design that was inspired from a photo of the block on Pinterest.  So .... there is no pattern ..... I just saw the scrappy churn dash block and then went from there.  If ever I make another one of this quilt (it has since been gifted), I might do a tutorial on how to make this quilt.  This is a great way to use up scraps and strings ..... and Lordy knows, there are a lot of each in my stash!  LOL

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Saturday, June 18, 2022

"I Spy ......

..... with my little eye" ...... a finished quilt!  Yeah!

This quilt is heading out to a wee cousin (three times removed for those who follow genealogy).  

There are all kinds of theme fabrics and I can just see her playing the game with her parents and herself alone as well.

It's not often that I show backings, so here is what I did with this one.

I'll have to make up more of these for donation quilts.

Quilt Details:

Started:  November 2021

Finished:  May 2022

Source:  saw a photo or something similar on Pinterest and off I went cutting away.

Block size:  2" x 4" finished

Quilt Size:   55" x 78-1/4" (top size before quilting, washing and drying:  56-1/2" x 79-3/4")

Batting:  Hobbs poly

Machine quilted by:  Kathy Wareham

This is my 7th quilt finished so far this year.  The binding challenge with no-blog Mary is helping both her and I to get our quilts finished.

Oh, happy days are here!

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Churn Dash and beyond

Well ..... I'm very pleased with myself ..... am making great progress on the Churn Dash Challenge that Chookyblue (the enabler) has tempted many bloggers to take up.  It all started with the binding challenge that I issued.  While we were zooming she worked on bindings and her Churn Dash quilt was one of them.  Many of us were hooked after seeing her quilt and there was a lot of chatter about doing a sew-along ..... a challenge was issued and viola ....


Back in 2008, I had started a Churn Dash quilt but it got shelved.  It was the sashing that bothered me then and after pulling it off the shelf last month, it still bothered me.  So .... plan B came to play and I'm very happy with the new look.

For the next four months we are to make 1/4 of the blocks required.  For the big blocks, 7 blocks are to be made for the month of June.  So far, there are 13 blocks made ...... guess I'm ahead of schedule!  LOL   For me, all the blocks will continue to be made sooner rather than following the plan for each month.  I just want all the blocks and cornerstones finished.  It is the sashings that will take longer to finish up as they all need to be appliqued.  For them, 16 sashings per month need to be completed to make my goal.  Right now, all the pieces are just pinned in place.  Once all the blocks are done, then there will be some switching around of the circles until just the right look comes into play.

At the end of May, it was at this point:

Then, five more large blocks and four more cornerstones were cut out and viola good progress made!  I try to make the blocks in small groups as it goes quicker in the assembly bit. 
These are the fabrics for the next round of large blocks.  
Three more cornerstone blocks ready for trimming and then assembly.  
These are almost the rest of the circles needed for the sashings.  I usually wait until almost the end and then choose what fabric colour is missing and then add them into the mix.

Oh yes, I'm very pleased with this new/old project!  When it has been 14 yrs. since first starting this and then taking it off the shelf this past month, it feels like a brand new project.  See, there is a reason for my UFO's after all!  LOL

A few readers wanted to see photos of our garden.  

This grouping is just outside our patio door.  A hummingbird feeder, a fuchsia and some coleus.

We have so many iris blooming right now.  A lot of them were purchased from a home owner who was clearing out his collection of irises.   Some came with our house when we purchased it.   After these photos were taken, a peach iris and two yellow iris bloomed.  How wonderful they are.  I will try to get a photo in the morning before we get our scheduled heavy rain.  

Those of you wondering how steep our hill is and it goes up about another 24' to our property line.   All those stones and bricks were hauled up the hill by my husband.  He put in a LOT of work and we can now sit back and enjoy the view.  There were semi terraces already established when we bought this house.  He just made them safer and wider to work in.  Before, we were sort of sliding downhill a bit if our foot went in the wrong place.  Dangerous for us older folks.
Stop, admire and smell the flowers blooming around you.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!