Quilting fun for family and friends!

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?