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Sunday, 14 May 2017

April Bee Blocks and Start Ups

April Bee Blocks are done and in the mail!! Yeah! Winging their way to their new home. The pattern was from Sew Fresh Quilts and is really easy to follow. I did not tempt fate and made the chickens all facing the same direction.
 I will be doing a guest post for Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict so thought I should get a move on the Christmas quilt. This has been a plan for a while so looking forward to having a Christmas quilt AND decorating Martins house. Not sure I've told him yet, but I'm thinking turkey dinner and all the trimmings. July 15 is my date, I am quite excited. Aren't those fairies the cutest!

I have been working on my Grandmas Attic quilt and I am in love. It is taking way more HSTs than I thought and I am making the second batch.
Melinda has reminded me, subtly, several times, that she is waiting for her quilt. Her birthday is next weekend so best get this thing finished up! I am ready to be done with it. How did it get to be May already.
I started a new baby quilt that I am very pleased with. Everything was going well until I decided to start from the other corner and work into the middle. Erg, both sides are now not the same. I threw it in a bag and there it sits. I am sure it will not take much to fix it but it went from being a cut up and sew super fun project to a oops now I have to think about it project. The only way it will get dragged out is when the mom to be gets to be nine months, or they have a baby shower. I hope I have at least a month or two.
This is my second commission quilt. By another daughter, I have three, and no, for those that asked, I did not get paid for the first one.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

March Bee Block and a Baby Blanket

March Bee Block is done and in the mail.
We were asked to make spool blocks. Ah ha, easy peasy. So did I read the directions that said measure your block, no. I ended up unpicking each of these blocks to shorten the spool ends. grr! Well they all match now!!!

I used my pink and orange nine patches to make this baby blanket. Super fast finish on this quilt, it was done in a weekend. I had been seeing corner stones on quilts lately and they really caught my eye. Love the look in this quilt.
I have been humming and hawing about making quilts for the people at work and had decided not to make one for this latest little baby. Caved in. There is just something about welcoming a new baby with a quilt. I really like being able to share my gifts with a new little one! this has to be my favourite backing fabric ever! Feedsack!

 Baby quilt number 3.

2 metres of material out. No material in! Yeah for sewing the stash.

Oh, I saw a coyote today while I was out gardening in the yard. Looked pretty healthy and not all that nervous. He did leave when I started walking towards him.

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!