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!