Thursday, July 28, 2016

more swap action

 what great fun this weekend at the Quilts at the Creek show I had 3 quilts in was able to take 2 pictures then my camera battery went to sleep.

This was the challenge of last year, of course I was late so submitted last year. The pattern was from Sherri Hisey of Border Creek Station designs

 This one was of the 2 swaps that I had designed to make one quilt. I was thrilled to see the quilts hanging and getting a little air. This was a great show anyone can enter a quilt, if you do you get in for free.

Next year they will be celebrating Red and White quilts, when I got my quilts back there was a Red and White FQ inside. I am going to try to make this challenge.
 I got my wee blocks back from Small Talk yahoo group and they were in a row on my design wall, the block in the center I got for free at a friends stash sale, it was just sitting there on top of a never ending quilt I am hand quilting.

I walked by them for days what was I going to make? finally after my friend left I sat and just started sewing this together it came together great so far!

Now this is a design in progress, it will be a medallion quilt I will embroider a little more in the center block but this was already made I just added the wee baskets, now to think what my next row will be.
 Just a little close up as you can see there are borders. I made a measuring bloop so I just added a skinny border, worked out great, designs usually end up from trial and error, really there are no errors just alternatives.
 here ya go a little closer to the center, what a great block to start with eh?
 I also finished my 8th BBD block from Love Letters Pattern. one block left to go
 I was remiss in showing you a couple of quilty gifts that I received. This cute wee pincushion and thread catcher and cutter holder from a fabulous friend. Love them and use them all the time. I use all my gifts quilters put so much into them..look at the machine quilting on the side of the thread catcher and she hand quilted the top of the pincushion
 somewhere for my cutter to now snooze in when I am not using it. her own sleeping quarters, love it!
and then Rosemarie came to visit and went to the quilt show with me. This will be an annual tradition for us she loves to go I love to have her here I will be seeing her in Sept!

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

New Sampler!

Hi, Mom made me another sampler she does BOM at her local quilt stores one in Leamington called a Stitch in Time this year she picked red, white and black and this was my Christmas present. We didn't get to see each other for Christmas but we celebrated Christmas in July.

Mom got 8 of the blocks done and then I did the last 4 the patterns were perfect.

 I did the last on the right and those flying geese. Honestly each of the patterns were very precise the pieces fit together like a puzzle.
 My job now was to decide how to finish the quilt. I had picked out this fabric before Christmas specifically for this quilt from The Quilt Store  when they had their last 50 percent off before Christmas.
 I had also bought this book at a guild quilt show one of the members boutiques. I had a plan.
 This was the first block, I was very happy with the results I ran up to show my husband he liked it too. Poor guy just had his other knee operated on and had a tough time with the anesthetic so progress has been slower, but this gave him incentive to come down the stairs to see the rest of the idea I had decided for the next sampler layout! LOL
 This was one of the side blocks thought that was pretty cool too...

Now I was excited! I got the top done I started this Thursday night and got up this morning to sew the 2 halves together the center is now completed. I only have the borders to put on.

I think Mom would be very happy her sampler gift did not sit in a box but got done right away.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Field of Dreams

 the title of this one love the baptist fan quilting that Tella did on this! it was perfect for this quit.

These are strips that I had done a swap with in Irene Dewars group a while ago and we used the Bonnie Hunter pattern of Many trips around the world
 I found the border fabric from a place in a small town in Ontario called Dutton.

 The John Deer Fabric I had for a while it was first going to be a one block wonder and then it was going to be a quillow for my dad, then it became the backing for this quilt, the baptist fan really makes this look like furrows in the fields
 So here Buddy and I are modelling hair not combed but out and about enjoying this breezy day.

 I wanted to show you one of my buds coming out on one of my oakleaf hydrangeas, I have 4 different varieties. This year they are blooming last year they did not so happy.
 My Roses are climbing and blooming they are sturdy they have been cut down to nothing and come back every faithful
 then these 2 are really favorites of mine low maintenance, barely and sun and yet they give so much!
 I thought this one was a goner a couple of years ago but it decided that it liked it here after all.. they are not honeysuckle but not sure of the name of them...

which btw all I smell is honeysuckle in the back yard with them blooming  now as well will show pictures next time
 I thought you would like to see this painted fern up close is it not beautiful love it and the texture the colors give
So this is the pile of quilts that I have had done in the last month there are 8 there! in different stages of binding.

Whew I can`t wait to get back to fun sewing!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

quilting and gardening (picture heavy)

 Well I have been garbage picking again, my neighbour round the corner had these solid oak stairs in the garbage. We scooped these up and now I have a tier for my plants that i will stagger on, thinking different herbs and crawling stuff.
My wonderful neighbour helped me carry it believe me it was not easy it weighed a ton!
 here is some garden shots been keeping up with the weeds and love how it is turning out. I had not been able to work in the garden for 2 years problems with standing too long on my feet if at all prohibited it. I am making up for it this year. Feels good to be healthy
 This is my Japanese Peonies tree it is almost 20 years old. This year there was lots of dead that I had to cut off but also there were many shoots coming from the ground. It seems it was rejuvenating itself as well
 I love big hostas and was able to get some at the end of season for a more reasonable price, again patience pays off love how they really make a garden. also seperated a couple of my peonies (favorites of course) and they are happy where they are.
 Because of neglect these bushes grew 2wice as tall, so I have cut them down to half of what they were was a little worried but they are filling in nicely, this was alot of work but again worth it.
It opened up the yard and the hosta underneath are also thanking me for airing them out.
 are you getting the impression yet that I love hostas LOL. This is the walk leading to the back yard the morning sun is welcoming
 and these are my absolute favorite love how they are so curly next year they will be much bigger I really thinned out one plant to make it go a long way they are along the drive in between hydrangeas that are trying to recover I am not going to show you those yet.
 This is the other side of the house I love the painted ferns that have planted themselves there and are flourishing and these wonderful plants here tha are so happy they are so full of flowers with minimal care and sun and they give me the greatest of displays
 Now for the best part of my days I have been getting some quilt tops done by a new and wonderful friend she is so fun to talk to and has the same exuberance and energy I do about quilting and I think in life in general. She has done a fabulous job on the quilts I have been sending her way and with great flourish. Introducing Tella`s lovely quilting her business is called Lucey Longarmer, if you want anything done by her leave me a message I will give her your contact information

This was the Border Creek Mystery from Quilts at the Creek
I was going to do a Baptist Fan but then Tella had done another quilt for me with this paisley and I loved it so asked for it on this quilt as well doesn`t it look amazing! Just picked it up yesterday!
 here is the back hope you can see the quilting it is wonderful and it doesn`t take way from all that piecing in this lovely pattern that Sherry developed.
I cut a strip off each of some fat quarters to piece this quilt together to try to make it as scrappy as possible thought I would be able to put a dent in the Fat Quarters, I realize i have a long way to go.
 This monster was one Mom and I made together she did the blocks and go the panel this was through her local quilt shop then I designed a layout for the blocks and panel. Well I was not sure how to quilt this but Tella has this wonderful Peacock design that we decided on and it looks fantastic!

So in between gardening and sewing backings and getting binding on it has been extremely busy around here.
 Here is a close up of the peacock panto I think it was the perfect choice.

The design of this quilt was as you go so I just made it all kinda as I went along...not to bad eh?
 This is one of my favorite quilts it is a combination of 2 swaps the nine patch is one and then there is the blocks as the other what a great challenge it was to decide on a design to put these all together the fabrics were just in my stash

Tella again picked a great pattern we actually used a fabulous maple leaf panto that was perfect for the fall feel of this quilt
I have another done in the same panto I will show later the binding has to be put on.
as you can see on these quilts the binding is done as well
 My husband helped me lay these quilts out and he thought he should take a picture with me in all my glory so here I am in my jammies with Buddy on our friendship quilt
 This is the backing I used the Row by Row licence plate fabric I thought it was appropriate since all these blocks were also from around the world. I think you can see the quilting in this as well.
 Sometimes when you try new things they are not what you expect. I tried the computerized quilting where the computer sizes the panto and quilts the quilt. This technique did not thrill me as much I found that the panto looked disproportioned, stretched, unnatural. Something I tried but not sure I would do again.
This was the stack and whack I did many years ago as you can see it is bound as well
You might see more of the quilting in this picture if my model would move out of the way. He was so funny every quilt we laid out he laid on to be in the sun.

Well I hope your days are as full as mine and that you are enjoying every one of them. I will have lots more to post in between keeping up with the everyday events.

Enjoy each moment because each moment goes so fast.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Doing more

than I  can keep up with right now, with gardening, quilt shows, visiting friends, finishing some tops yes I am still binding and backing sewing.

I have joined another swap and have made 25 4 1/2in baskets will get 25 different ones back!!

 Also went to a mini quilt auction and look what I got isn`t she lovely? what is wonderful about this wee quilt is 3 wonderful quilters have put their hands on it.
The Yorkshire Rose had blocks that members had made long ago and they had members buy the blocks for 5 dollars when they finished the blocks and returned them for the auction they got their 5 dollars back
Karen`s mom, did the finishing touches like the embroidery, Karen machine quilted it and the appliquer is a no blogger but had been a member of the Yorkshire Guild for many years and has been known for her applique quilts.
 Then there is my wonderful Red Bud Tree, I so look forward to spring and watching it pop into splendor. This was a sapling from my mothers yard. It now bring shade to our rooms on the east side when the sum comes up and also to our patio, the leaves get huge!
 I have also been making some wonderful Rhubarb desserts it is really happy in its new place and I gave it lots of good compost last fall.
 This was a swap that I had  been in many years ago I go the quilt together. There are actually 2 swaps in there the blocks and then the nine patches. I am so happy to finally get it quilted. Tella is a fabulous LAQ and she did a great design of Maple Leaf`s which to me is appropriate.
I laughed at her comment and also stated not to take office but she says some of the fabrics were very ugly like my strip fabric but when in this quilt they all just blended so well together.
 She has done 2 other tops for me that I will have to post but I had this one in hand when I had the camera. Look at this quilting it is just so perfect.

Oh I was talking about the piecing see the corners of the quilt. I had changed them on the night I was to do my trunk show (was flimsy at that time)
I had pumpkins there and never liked it. Then I decided to go with more nine patches These are from projects that I have been finishing and it looks so much better
 Hopefully you can see the view from here. Tella also said that she was amazed on how square it was well you know how it is when you do a swap not all blocks are the same. These were there was no finagling. and using this kind of sashing also helps with squaring the quilt.

The borders if you look closely is all about fall. it was a stippy fabric (still have lots) so I fussy cut it to go around the border.

So now to pick a binding see the back these are the license plates from last years Row by Row how appropriate since these blocks came from all over the world.
Well back to work my LAQ wants to see them bound they do look better when they are!
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