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Sunday, 23 April 2017

A guest post

Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict put out a call for guest bloggers. I hummed and hawed as I have great respect for Sarah and her blog and would not like to let her down. My post was on her website April 9! Thank you Sarah for the opportunity.

I make a charity quilt every year so this series of blog posts and the cause are near and dear to my heart. This year I am donating to Canada's Big Quilt Bee coordinated by the Canadian Quilters' Association. The goal is to make 1000 quilts for Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald has been providing accommodation for seriously ill children and their families when they must travel to Vancouver for their child's major treatment. They served 2000 families last year.

We are making slab blocks with a piece of Canadian Fabric. I thought I would start with my green scraps as it reminds me of spring. Cheryl Arkison graciously allowed us to use her slab block.

I quilted this with a slight meander with my walking foot. Then with my guide made evenly spaced lines throughout the quilt. I quite like the look of the squares/diamonds. Look at those cute baby toes, adorable.
Now it is done! Yah! And I love it! I can definitely see another slab quilt in my future. Maybe orange or pink.
These pictures were taken at BC Children's Hospital in their newly redone green family space. The sculptures are very fun and always have children climbing all over them.
And the final pictures at Ronald McDonald House.

Thank you Sarah for organizing the Hands 2 Help and the opportunity to contribute!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Poodle Brain

Who knew it would be so hard to follow a pattern. I had it correct, once.  Well almost correct. My seam ripper and I did complete one block.
Then I tried to make a dog facing the opposite direction. Erg!!! I thought I had them down.

 Blocks 2 and 3 are looking like vintage fabric I have taken them apart so often. Dog 2 no longer looks like he is crying and Dog 3 has his feet going the correct direction. You will have to take my word as I tossed them in the mail as soon as they were complete.
Needed some decompression sewing, i.e. easy, simple, do not have to think about it sewing. Ah the calming Churn Dash.
And as I promised myself I would work on UFO's I pulled out Strawberry Field. Uh oh, do those greens really go?

Sunday, 5 March 2017

February Bee Block

The cutest block! From Objects of Design. Sally Trude is amazing. My poodle turned out at 14 inches, I think it was to be 10.5, my bee mate said send it anyways.
I was offered help in pinning Brandon's quilt. No more procrastination allowed. We had the help of three children under 5 but managed to get it done.  I was going to tape it on he diagonal and in the end I went with what was easiest. And I am very pleased with it.
Worked a bit on my 9 squares.

And had a look at my 16 squares.
Had another go at the Martin Mudder. We now have wood for another couple of weeks in the shed. It will be nice when we no longer have to make fires to keep warm. I bought seed for the garden this weekend at Seedy Saturday. The greenhouse was up to 15 today!! Almost time to garden!!!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

A Finish

Baby quilts 1 and 2 done! I am very excited as I have been battling to sew. I am putting in the hours but not feeling the drive. Which just goes to show that perseverance wins in the end.

My favourite patchwork with 30's style fabric. I love feedback backing! A meander over all the seam lines with my walking foot. Definitely my go to for quilting.

My go to pattern for charm square packs. The backing was in my stash. This was quilted with the same meander as above but not just in the ditch. Love how it turned out!

Two very different quilts and both are bound with blue houndstooth. Washed and dried.
Looking at my UFO completed block pile. Hmmm which project next.
I am going to be generous and call this 5 meters out of my stash! Win!

Monday, 13 February 2017

Progress made

With the forced stash clean up last weekend a couple of quilt backs were brought to my attention. Or rather Martin's attention. Martin, bless his soul, said why don't you finish up the quilts. How do you explain to a non quilter about UFO's? Sigh.

1st found UFO, Terrain by Kate Spain. I cannot explain or reason why it is unfinished as I love this pattern, Stepping Stones, and I love Kate Spain's fabrics. Anyways progress made! Yeah!
All the HST's nicely trimmed. Ah, a stack of shavings always makes me giddy.
This quilt is more of a WIP than a UFO. And I love it. Brenda Riddle's Ambleside and an Attic Window quilt pattern. Looks like spring.
Of course it still looks like winter too. Collecting wood in the mud! What could be more invigorating.

And only 6000 steps, rip off!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

One of those days

It has been one of those days, weekend really.  I have had a burning desire to clean my quilt stash, the one in containers behind the couch in the lounge. That alone is very odd, I hate to straighten, love to make a mess, must be a new year's thing. You know all the posts on minimalism, keeping what you love, making way for the new. Or one of those Twilight Zone moments that come out of nowhere. Insert theme song. Nothing so grand for me, just needed to find a quilt back or two for the newly completed baby quilts. Moved my stash and the bottom of the containers was wet. EEK my stash! Martin of course was more concerned with his wall and carpet. Men and their priorities.

Two baby quilts completed. My favourite patchwork and a back.
And my current favourite "Merry Go Round" by Keepsake Quilting and its back.
EEK a coffee stain. Hope it washes out? At least its not red wine!
Before moving my stash I decided I did not like my log cabin as is. So chopped it up. I have a couple of variations that I quite like. What do you think?

 Thought I would like it on point but I think this is my favourite. 
And I am joining a Quilt Along. Saw it on Julie's blog Pink Doxies. If you have note seen her blog you should really pop in. She does wonderful work. It is the 150 Canadian Women Quilt Along. Here is my pull so far.
I am also going to participate in Canada's Big Quilt Bee. We will be making 1000 charity quilts for Ronald MacDonald house. Just need to purchase some Canadian fabric. This will be my charity quilt this year.

Except for the leak a very productive weekend.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

2016 year in review

Just went through the blog, feel I may have missed a few but the grand total is 14 baby quilts and 6 lap quilts. Not counting 9 mug rugs and 15 coasters. Not bad!
This is my first quilt I blogged about, thinking I will make another. Loving the patchwork and it's on point! Annela Hoey does such fabulous fabric. Can't wait to see what 2017 will bring!