Friday, September 20, 2019

Still stitching

We are back to the fall routine around here.  There is still lots to do but a little more time to think about quilting.
I finished a little quilt for a doll quilt swap.  There were even still some flowers in my yard to photograph it with.
 I hope it reaches its destination soon.  It had a long way to travel.  I enjoyed using some stencils to mark quilting designs.  It was a fun little break from my big projects.

In August I was too busy to do much applique prep so I got 2 blocks behind in Barbara Brackman's Hospital Sketches applique BOM .
 I decided to add some extra parts to block #7  I sure enjoy playing around with the shapes.  What did stitchers in time past do without freezer paper?
From paper to fabric :0)
I started on the next block right away.  So far only one of 3 flowers appliqued.  I played around with the shapes a little again - I like to make some changes to make the project my own.
 I was invited to a birthday party for a good friend.  I wanted to make her something so I whipped up a little pouch to tuck a couple things into.  I had no time to handquilt it but the applique was done by hand.
Happy Quilting!!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Summer flies by

Summer is such a short, sweet season where I live.  Next Tuesday my kids all go back to school and it already feels like fall temperatures have arrived.  Summer is a very busy season but some sewing still happened.
 I am finally making good progress on the last applique border for my signature quilt.  Can I finish this before the end of the year?
 I finished block 6 of Barbara Brackman's Hospital Sketches. 
 Here they are all together.  I haven't had a chance to start block #7 yet and yesterday block #8 was released.  Yikes - now I'm behind!
 I wanted to join in a handquilted doll quilt swap on Instagram.  It was fun to play with my reproduction scraps.  I made 4 blocks and set them on point.
 I'm working on the handquilting part now and I'm almost finished.  A nice break from quilting my trailing vines...
We spent the last 2 weeks on vacation - driving around Washington State and the province British Columbia.  I was determined to fit one good quilt shop into the itinerary and found Two Thimbles Quilt Shop in Bellingham, WA  They had a whole room full of reproduction fabrics!  It was marvellous  :0)   
 A few pieces to remember my visit. 
 I loved the time we spent at Deception Pass State park - it was beautiful!
 We did the touristy thing in Seattle.  I found a shop window full of these old sewing machines.  I wanted to try them all out.  It makes for an interesting display but it makes me sad that they aren't getting sewn with.
 While away I found inspiration for applique/handquilting motifs in a few unlikely places.  This was a gorgeous set of doors in Port Townsend.

And this is a part on an authentic Venetian gondola on display at the Italian cultural centre in Vancouver. 
I'm hoping that more time for stitching lies ahead!
Happy Quilting!!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

time flies

In a moment of weakness...  I started a new project.  On Instagram there was a new sewalong starting up using Dutch chintz fabrics.  Susie who goes by fixer_of_old_quilts on Instagram is running a sewalong patterned after antique Dutch quilts.  She was offering the pattern for templates to English paper piece the center star.  I dove right in!!
 It was an adventure to make this center star with each point pieced with a seam down the middle.  Then I had to choose a background fabric.  Kyle suggested looking at the other fabrics I planned to use and the choice of this medium blue was much easier. 

 It was another trick to get all the background pieced stitched in and have the star lay flat.  It's been a fun and challenging project so far.
 Today I added pieced corners to make this a square with the star on point.  From here on it gets rows and rows of more hst's.  I'm using some of my Dutch chintz fabrics mixed together with other fabrics from my stash.
I've also been working on my Hospital Sketches applique BOM.  The May block was a pineapple block that was a little plain.  I decided to redraw a different pineapple block from a book that I have - Red and Green Quilts from the Poos collection by Kay Triplett.
 It was fun to experiment a bit :0) 
 And I finished it in time for the release of the June block.  I'm going to make that one with no changes.
 I've also been stitching a few of my staraday stars.  My tin is almost full and I'm 1/3 of the way to finished - lol!  A long term project for sure.

I also want to include a picture of my son at his grade 9 grad.  He's off to high school next year.  He is a great student and athlete - I think he's going to love high school.  He looked so handsome all dressed up :0)

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

about time for a post

Tomorrow the next block of Barbara Brackman's applique block of the month comes out.  I can't wait!  Since my last post I have completed 2 blocks.  Here is block #3 - it was a quick and easy block.
 And block #4 - a fun one with lots of berries.  I used dimes for starch prepping the berries which worked really well.
 Here are the first 4 blocks together.  They haven't been trimmed down yet so there's extra background in this picture.  With 5 more blocks to be released I want to wait a bit before deciding on what to do for borders.   
 I've made several more tree blocks.  Just 3 more to stitch and I've decided to set them with this wonderful green fabric.
 I actually ordered the green to use to set these 'star a day' stars but I think its perfect for the trees and I still have dozens more stars to make so another fabric will come along and be just right for the stars.  My star production is more like a star a week so there's lots of time...
 I received my Bird of Paradise quilt back from it's travels to Houston and Chicago.  The box and acid free tissue were just perfect for boxing up my Lily quilt which is making its way to Houston for the show this fall.  I was pretty pleased to have another quilt accepted.
 And the big news around here is that my DD#2 graduated from High school.  I am so proud of my beautiful and gracious daughter.  She plans to attend university next year here in Calgary and I'm so glad she's not moving away just yet. 
Happy Quilting!!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Summertime finished!

This is another big finish for me.  I've been calling this quilt Summertime because of its bright happy colors.  It's a large quilt at 92 x 106 inches so it is difficult to get a picture of the whole thing.  Here you can see a little more than half of it hanging over our deck railing.  There is just a little bit of melting snow to the right of the quilt - it feels like spring :0)
 I finished this quilt a couple of weeks ago and we started using it right away. It was time to change out the duvet and this quilt was ready to go.
 I dithered about what to quilt in the wide border.  I had finished the center part last summer and then got stuck.  I finally decided to go with my usual - feathers.  Feathers quilt up so quickly with free motion quilting.  It needed a few straight lines as well to fill in.
 The binding was debated a bit.  A couple of quilty friends did not think this was a good choice. The blue was hard to match and the fabrics from the top long gone from the shops.  I found this bright pretty blue and I'm very happy with it.  Not much shows when the quilt is tucked in anyway. 
 I love waking up to all this feathered texture and the bright happy colors.  Started in June of 2015 - it is good to have it finished and in use.

I finished my second block from Barbara Brackman's applique sew-a-long.  I changed it a bit from the pattern given.  The big feather was a fun challenge to stitch in 2 fabrics.  I have just started Block #3  It's exciting to see the new block appear on the Civil War Quilts blog on the last Wednesday of the month. 
 I have also got back to making a few more of these tree blocks.  I had enough but I enjoy making them so much I thought a few more couldn't hurt :0)
So there won't likely be any more big finishes for awhile but that's ok.  I like having a good variety of projects to work on. 
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The binding is finally on and my Lily Quilt is finished!  It's been a WISP (work in slow progress) from the very beginning.  I first posted about this quilt Oct 14/2009.  That's slow even for me.
 But today as I take a few pictures - I still love it. 
 I especially love the texture of the handquilting. 
 I struggled to choose binding for this quilt.  I wanted a softer look with a creamy beige but my quilty friends as well as the quilt kept telling me it needed blue.  I was happy to find this older blue at the LQS as most of the fabrics in this quilt I used up a long time ago. 
 It's 82 inches square. 
 I finished the hand quilting in 2018 so I think the date is close enough ;0)  This is usually all I do for a label so in years to come maybe someone will think I made it on the occasion of my 18th birthday - lol! 

Of course as soon as I finish something I have to start something new!  Barbara Brackman started a mystery applique BOM called Hospital Sketches on her blog Civil War Quilts.  I was delighted with the first block.
 Block #2 comes out next Wednesday.  I can't wait!
And, slowly I am making progress with handquilting my Trailing Vines quilt.  I am outlining all of the leaves.  There are a lot of leaves in this quilt!  I have finished the first of 13 panels and started on the second.  I will need to think of something to quilt in the narrow sashing. 

Happy Quilting!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Trying to avoid starting something new

Yesterday was an exciting day.  I took my quilt and with a lot of help, long arm basted my Trailing Vines quilt.  It is now ready for handquilting.  I was so excited to get started last evening. I did put a few stitches into it - enough to realize that it is going to take awhile to quilt around all those leaves...  lots of turning of the hoop.  I wonder if Susan McCord quilted hers in a frame - I bet unlike me, she could quilt in more than 2 directions. 
 I'll post a picture of the handquilting progress once there's enough to look like something. 

A New Year must equal a new project - right?  In effort to resist, I went through my bin of ufo's.  This little wallhanging has been waiting for some quilting for a looong time. 
 It was quick to add the brown borders, handquilt the center, machine quilt the hourglass blocks and put on binding.
 All it needs now is a hanging sleeve.  (this finished picture is dim - an overcast day today)
 I did some sewing with my DD#3 - she turns 11 this week.  She wanted to sew some pants for her doll.  I think they turned out really well :0)

I also made 2 blocks for a guild project. 
 A robin
 and a hairy woodpecker.  It felt like a new project for a little while :0)
 I made some hot mats for the kitchen.  They were a really quick project and much needed - my old ones looked terrible.
I also made 2 house blocks for the Paradise Fire project in California.  I used the instructions on Lori's Humble Quilts blog from Diane Knott's book.  They were fun, also a little like a new project.
So I have resisted starting something new so far.  Of course there are plenty of other projects I can work on.  Those ufo bins have loads of potential...

I finished appliquing the final block for my Radical Rose and Reel quilt.  As excited as I am to put all 9 together - I'm anxious about trimming them.  They need to trim down to 24 inches and my largest ruler is 20 1/2 inches.  I will procrastinated about it for a few days.  I found another ufo to work on in the meantime... 

Happy Quilting!!