Tuesday, July 11, 2017

DESIGN WALL / STASH REPORT

Fabric used this week  5 yards
Fabric used year to date  77.875 yards
Fabric added this week  1 yard
Fabric added year to date  52 yards
Net used 2017  25.875 yards

My grandson has started watching Bob the Builder.  When we visited their family I found a "Bob" book panel in the clearance area at Len's mill store in Kitchener.

I cut the pages apart, adding green sashing, printed with a large variety of trucks and construction vehicles.  The center section features Bob and some tools, also found on the side of the panel.  I had the bright yellow fabric with road signs, so it was added between the 2 blocks, and used as binding.
I also found this flannel in my stash, purchased many years ago, and just waiting for the right project!

The quilt picture was taken late at night, just before being packed up for delivery!

Our Grandson loves it, and has learned all the names of the tools!  We had another lovely visit, but I came home with a summer cold.....

I'm linking to Small Quilts and Doll Quilts!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

DESIGN WALL / STASH REPORT

I've been stitching - really I have.  I have 75% of the quilting done on my double Irish chain quilt, I've knit mitts for my grandson for next winter, and have the back and 1 1/2 fronts finished for a fall sweater for him as well.

I received a call from my guild's community quilts coordinator, asking if I'd finish a couple of pin-basted quilts.
The first one was made from large flannel squares, with a couple of borders.  I stitched swirls diagonally, using brown thread in the coloured squares, and red in the black and white ones.

I stitched green waves in the blue border, and large elm leaves in the rust border, using blue thread.




The second quilt was made with large 4-patch blocks.  The brown
and tan blocks formed an X pattern.  I stitched flowers in all the white squares, with 4 petal curves in the blue ones.  The brown and tan  was stitched with gold leaves.  A loop design was added to the sashing, and a curvy zig-zag to the white border.
 I continued to use the gold thread to stitch an open spiral leaf in the striped borders.

Many of my quilting designs are thanks to Lori Kennedy of  The Inbox Jaunt.  Her book is called "Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3"  It is spiral bound and easy to set beside your machine for easy reference.


My stash report has only one change -  I used .5 yard of fabric for binding the blue quilt, and my net used for 2017 is now 21.875 yards.  I'll have more to claim once I complete the double Irish chain - soon, I hope!

Now I'm off to make gingerbread for dessert tonight, with applesauce topping! Yummmm!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

DESIGN WALL MONDAY

Nothing on my wall, except orphan blocks.  I finished all the "B" blocks yesterday, and stitched part of the first rows together before DH returned home and needed my assistance.



We are having our second day of rain this week - more than we need!  Lake Ontario is overflowing its banks, docks are under water, picnic tables are floating!  A friend went out in a boat and sailed down the St. Lawrence river a ways, taking pictures of all their normal docking places - almost all closed and underwater!  I wish we could share our abundance of water to places that are in serious drought!

My garden is green, and the irises are blooming, but they don't like the steady rain any more that I do....

The good thing about a rainy day is that it is good for quilting time.

Check out what others are working on at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week 0 yards
Fabric used year to date  72.375 yards
Fabric added this week 0 yards
Fabric added year to date  51 yards
Net used 2017  21.375 yards
 
Lots of sewing this week, but no finishes yet!  I have 2 loaves of oatmeal bread rising in pans, and 2 loaves of white bread on its first rise this morning.  We also had a nice Skype chat with our son, daughter-in-law and grandson.  They've been busy in the garden all week, and have some of their veggie garden planted.  They'll be out shopping for more plants again this afternoon, after nap-time.
They are still re-working some of the established garden beds, removing plants that they don't like, and replacing with things they do.  They love plants that provide food, so they planted an Italian prune plum tree this spring, and plan on planting some fruiting bushes in the corner that used to be taken by the large tree that nature removed.  This year, they are adding compost and nutrients to the soil in that area, so it will be ready for its new plants next spring.
We have a busy week planned, with a night at the theatre on Tuesday, and a graduation dinner for our friends' daughter on Wednesday.  She is receiving an engineering degree from Queen's University in Kingston.  DH and his friend also have 3 performances at local nursing homes this week as well, so I hope to get the alternate blocks for my quilt project completed this week.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

IRISH CHAIN PROGRESS

I've been busy stitching this week.  I had a stack of 4-patch blocks completed, but had to make lots more to complete the 60 "Block A" units.







Today I cut all the "white" units to make "Block B" units.  These are much easier, but I have to stitch a dark square to both ends of 120 "white" strips.  I have my bin of dark squares, waiting to go! 


That will have to wait for later - I promised DH that I would make a dessert for dinner tonight.  I think an Apple Crisp is in our future!   I also need to bake bread tomorrow, so I'll be able to sew while waiting for the dough to rise.

Monday, May 22, 2017

DESIGN WALL MONDAY

We received great news yesterday.  The eldest daughter of our dear friends is getting married on September 2nd!  We have know the bride since she was a year old, along with her middle sister who graduates with an engineering degree next week, and her brother, who is our Godson!  This will be quite the year for this family, and we're happy to be asked to share their celebrations.  Of coarse, I spent the evening coming up with a plan for a quilt for her and her husband to be!  

When looking through my orphan blocks, I found these six blocks, leftover from a double Irish chain quilt that I made a few years ago.

I also had a stack of 4-patch blocks that I made as "leaders and enders" during the winter.  Using these, along with 2-patch units with a light fabric and a centre dark square,  I'll have the blocks made in no time!  I have already pulled an assortment of light fabrics for the alternate blocks as well.  I want to have lots of time to concentrate on the quilting of this special quilt. 

I'm joining others at a new "design wall Monday" link-up today, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

STASH REPORT

Fabric used this week 1 yard
Fabric used year to date  72.375 yards
Fabric added this week 0 yards
Fabric added year to date  51 yards
Net used 2017  21.375 yards

I decided to keep reporting my used fabric, even though Judy has stopped hosting the weekly stash report.  I enjoy seeing how I'm doing, and keeping track of finished projects.

My "used fabric" this week was making bindings for 3 of the 4 quilts I've been machine quilting for my guild's community quilts group.  The quilts will be donated to various places in our community.

I just received news that our Godson's eldest sister will be married on September 2.  She is a lovely young woman who we've watched grow up.  Now I have to get myself in gear and decide what type of quilt to make, and get busy!

DH and I went to the garden centre yesterday, and picked up some red and white geraniums for our front planters, especially to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday this year!  We also picked up two cherry tomato plants and a  variety of herbs to grow on our patio.  We've given up planting in our small garden, as the bunnies and babies, along with the chipmunk and squirrel families eat the seedlings as fast as they break through the soil, and even dig up and eat the seeds.  We live in a garden home community, and people insist on feeding all the wildlife, so we are becoming overrun!

We skyped with our son, daughter-in-law and grandson this morning.  Our little one has become reluctant to go to bed lately, and hides.  They've been using the Paw Patrol pajamas that I made, to lure him out, and get him ready for sleep!  Now I'm going to have to look for more PJ fabric.....
 
 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

MACHINE QUILTING

I attended my guild's community quilts work day last week.  There was a stack of quilt tops waiting for quilting, as usual.  We found backings, and pin-basted 8 quilts of varying sizes, as well as sewing labels on quilts ready to be distributed, sorted donation fabric, checked the binding that someone had made and donated as well.  I brought 4 quilts of varying sizes home with me to finish.
 
The first quilt was made from a small, square panel, and had multiple borders added.  I quilted swirls in one half of each square, and a stylized flower in the other half.
The blue fabric at the top of the picture was part of the centre, and there were 4 more borders added.  I had fun stitching a different motif in each border, and used variegated thread on the final border.
The second quilt I've been working on had "stack n slash" nine patch blocks, made from bright colourful kid's prints.  I looped back and forth, changing direction in each square. 
I stitched green leaves in the sashing between the blocks.  There is still one more border to quilt on this quilt before I start on number 3.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week 1.75 yards
Fabric used year to date  71.375 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  51 yards
Net used 2017  20.375 yards

Our grandson, age 27 months, loves Paw Patrol.  I found some fabric, and made him a pillowcase.  

He likes to help Mom and Dad in the kitchen, so I also made him his own apron.


I think he'll like wearing it, as both parents wear aprons in the kitchen.

I attended my community quilts group on Tuesday, and we pin-basted quilts all day!  I brought home 4 to quilt, add binding and labels.  As usual, we had a delicious potluck lunch, with our hostess' husband making a large pot of chicken soup !

Check out others' progress at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Friday, May 12, 2017

ON THE NEEDLES MAY 12

I sometimes knit for our cousins, who raise alpacas.  I saved one skein of brown yarn, called Casino after the first baby born to their herd.  I wanted to try making a beaded shawlette, but had difficulty finding the correct size beads locally.

I managed to find some in an assortment of copper colours during our winter in the south.

 The mixture had matte copper beads, along with 4 different colour of glass beads with copper interiors.  I had a small crochet hook in my collection that was the perfect size to add the beads to the stitches as I knit.
It was difficult to photograph to show the beads, but it looks great in person....
See what others are knitting at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY 7 MAY 2017

Fabric used this week  0 yards

Fabric used year to date  69.625 yards

Fabric added this week  0 yards

Fabric added year to date  51 yards
Net used 2017  18.625 yards
We've been home for a month, and my report hasn't changed at all!
We seem to take longer each year to get back into the groove.....
We've had lots of rain since we returned, and there is some localized flooding, but not near our home, so far.  Lake Ontario has an extremely high water level, and many docks and waterside properties are flooded as well.  The damp weather, along with our return to a home with stairs has been playing havoc with my knee.
We've had 2 trips to spend time with our grandson, and will be returning next weekend again - our younger son and daughter-in-law are celebrating their 5th anniversary.  We plan to send them out for some together time.  They had a huge fir tree uprooted in their yard during a late winter storm.  Most of it fell into the neighbour's yard, but the uprooted stump remained in theirs.  DH has been trying to dig it out, and cut off as many parts as he could, but finally had to give up - it is just too large.  Our son had a company come and give him an estimate for grinding the stump, and since the 5th anniversary is "wood", we offered to pay for the work....

I attended my guild meeting on Wednesday - great to see lots of familiar faces.  I sat with 2 newish members and told them about several of the fun activities coming up.  We played "strip bingo" - the cost was 8 fabric strips @ 2 1/2 inches by WOF.  I was relieved when I didn't win - I have every inch of storage space packed, so I better get using some fabric!  I was handed two small quilts to complete for our community quilts project, and spent the last 2 days machine quilting, and attaching the binding and sewing on the label.  It gave me time to catch up on some of my favourite TV shows that have been waiting.

I've been working on a super scrappy quilt top, using lots of orphan blocks and small bonus half square triangle units.  It is super scrappy, even for me, but I'm sure it will keep someone warm when it is finished.

Check out all the progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  69.625 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  51 yards
Net used 2017  18.625 yards

I always have a slow start at my quilting when we return to our northern home.  My basement quilting room is much cooler than the rest of the house, and feels even colder after spending time in the sunny south.  We spent our first weekend home with our younger son and family, when our grandson learned to say Grandma and Grandad, and this weekend our older son came for a visit.  We enjoy getting caught up on all their news.   

I attended my guild executive meeting this past week, and got caught up on all the news.  We'll be having a quilt show in June 2018, so now I have to get busy making some items for the boutique.

Hopefully I'll get my quilting mojo restarted soon....

Here's all the progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Friday, April 21, 2017

ON THE NEEDLES 21 APRIL

I've been settling back into my northern home, including my quilting area.  I'm still trying to find homes for all my new treasures, and have been continuing on my plan to use my cut strips to make room for more.  I hunted through a basket of leftover units and I've been stitching the smaller ones together into usable block.

In the evenings, I've been knitting - something I do from time to time.  I always wanted to try entrelac, and found an interesting pattern while net surfing.

I found a large ball of variegated yarn and started knitting.  These colours will go with my new winter coat that I bought in the fall.  I may have to wear it someday, so I thought I should be prepared!  I wish the colour change was a little longer, and I can't wait to get it blocked.....

Check out the knitting progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week  2.875 yards
Fabric used year to date  69.625 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  51 yards
Net used 2017  18.625 yards

I completed another baby quilt made from a printed panel.  The backing is flannel with a train print - I've had it for a while, just waiting for the right project.

This will be my last report for a couple of weeks.  We'll be on the road north next week, then I'll be unpacking, restocking the larder, and hope to visit our grandson (and his parents) shortly after.  I wish we lived closer, but we don't want to move, and this allows them more time with my daughter-in-law's parents.  We'll make a few trips after we arrive home, then fewer over the summer, then a few more in the fall.  They may visit us when they take their holidays, and we hope to have our grandson stay for a week without the parental units!

DH and I managed two evening visits to Disney World this week.  Attended Fantasmic at the Studios, and Illuminations at Epcot.  That will be our final visit until the autumn.

My Wednesday quilting group shared several quilts this week, and were bringing all their questions to be answered, and problems to be solved.  For some it was the last quilting get-together of the season, and for others, there will be one more week.  I took lots of pictures, and shared them with the members.

We are getting together today, to share lunch with 3 other Canadian couples who were all posted to Tyndall AFB in Panama City FL at the same time.  My friend and neighbour is hosting the group.  She is cooking a turkey today, to serve cold for lunch tomorrow.  I made potato salad, 2 loaves of French bread, a chocolate coconut bundt cake, and raspberry coconut bars for dessert. Another friend is providing a salad, and the fourth will be making salmon dip to have with drinks before lunch.  We're all looking forward to catching up on all the news.

Check out all the progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week  4 yards
Fabric used year to date  66.75 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  51 yards
Net used 2017  15.75 yards

My used fabric was for pillowcases.  Our sewing day made 223 pillowcases for area children's hospital.  The only other sewing I did was to cut the yardage for tablecloths for DS2's use at work.  I didn't add the fabric to my stash report, so I can't claim it as used.  I serged all the edges, then turned and top stitched the hems.  I was able to use the differential feed on my serger for the round cloths, just eased the fabric enough to turn and stitch with no puckers.

I've been baking this past week.  I made 4 loaves of whole wheat bread, 2 French loaves to take to a dinner party, and 4 loaves of cinnamon raisin, fruit bread.  Three of these were gifted to neighbours.  I wanted to use the fruit before packing up to head north.

Company is coming tonight.  We plan to go out for dinner, and I have made an apple crisp for dessert, to have with some vanilla frozen yogurt.

Check out the progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A SUCCESSFUL PILLOWCASE DAY

Our clubhouse began humming, as members of my quilting group and their friends and neighbours began to get set up early for our 2nd annual pillowcase day.  By 11am, we had 4 sergers, 10 sewing machines, and 10 non-sewing helpers ready to begin.


The Tampa Bay area coordinator for the Cases for Smiles charity came, loaded with lots of pre-cut pillowcase kits to add to the ones donated by our group.  She made sure everyone was busy, and supervised the non-sewing workers. 
 
They pinned the "kits" together and kept the machines humming along.  They also picked up the cases when each step was finished, and took them to those who were turning them, pressing them, and then delivered them back to those sewing to continue with the next step.  


The 4 sergers were kept busy, as we tried to complete each of the pillowcases.  Near the end of the day, we also had some finished using a French seam - one extra step.

We took a short break for a quick lunchtime snack, sharing some chocolates and bar cookies, then it was back to work!  The coordinator counted the finished pillowcases, and packed them into bags of 50.  By 3pm, we had completed 223 pillowcases, beating our record.


 We carried the heavy bags of completed pillowcases, along with the rest of the supplies to the coordinator's vehicle, then waved good-bye.  Everyone slowly packed up all their gear, and we straightened the clubhouse - putting chairs back and searching for forgotten items.  I'm sure everyone was tired, but thinking about all the children that will sleep on the pillowcases at the area's childrens hospitals kept a smile on everyone's faces.  

We're looking forward to doing this again next year.
 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MY LATEST FINISH

I finally talked DH into being a quilt holder, so I could get a picture.  He's been so busy lately - 6 band performances in the past week.  They've been visiting all the local nursing homes before the band members begin heading to their northern homes for the summer.

The block pattern was ladder star, from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville, in her "Addicted to Scraps" column in Quiltmaker magazine.  I used the leftover half square triangle units, along with some 4-patch blocks, for the border.


I did basic quilting in the blocks, and had fun making swirls in the neutral borders.  I used a variegated King Tut thread from Superior, colour #921 Cleopatra  
It had Variegated Colors:LIME-RED-ORANGE-AQUA-PURPLE, which coordinated with the Egyptian fabric I used on the back and binding.



You can see a bit of the backing showing in this picture. 

My quilting group, along with several other volunteers from my southern community will be making pillowcases for Cases for Smiles tomorrow.  I got my serger out, oiled it, put in new needles, cleaned out all the lint, so I'll be ready to sew from 11-4.

Now off to pack up all my supplies......

Sunday, March 19, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week 13 yards
Fabric used year to date  62.75 yards
Fabric added this week  15.5 yards
Fabric added year to date  51 yards
Net used 2017  11.75 yards

I almost went into the red this week - totally not my fault!  My quilting group were out for our annual lunch and shopping trip on Wednesday.  The brought a card and a lovely gift of 62 fat quarters! It was a lovely surprise, but I had to hurry and finish my quilt to compensate for the huge influx of treasures!  Picture soon.....
  This week we are having a pillowcase sewing day for Cases for Smiles.  We hope to finish as many as we did last year.  We have lots of helpers, including some non-sewers, who press, pin, trim, fold and count the completed cases.

I hope to finish a couple more baby quilts before it is time to pack up and head to our northern home.  We always get so busy near the end of the season - lots of invitations to share meals with friends.

Check out the progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A SMALL QUILT DISPLAY


Last Sunday, our southern community had their annual Variety of Talents night.  In the past, it was purely a performance show, with singers, dancers, musicians etc.  This year the idea was to show other talents.  My quilting group was asked to set up a display, along with the Swedish weaving group, the wood carvers and both of the painting groups.  
The attendees were able to look at all the displays before the concert began.  My friend and I took the opportunity to share our love of quilting, let people know just what the group does, and advertise our annual pillowcase sewing day.

Of course, I forgot my camera, but a friend took a few pictures of the quilting display.  We placed chairs on top of a row of tables, and draped them with some larger quilts.  We also had smaller projects on tables in front, including runners, bags, pillowcases, etc.
It was fun to see some of the projects that we made this year, as well as a few from previous years.
A few people were disappointed to find out that nothing was for sale!  Unfortunately, I know what people are willing to pay for a quilt!  They don't know how much fabric costs, and want the labour for free.  Most of the people in my group quilt for family, friends and donate quilts to many different charities.



STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week 7.125 yards
Fabric used year to date  49.75 yards
Fabric added this week  14 yards
Fabric added year to date  44.5 yards
Net used 2017  5.25 yards

My stats are up and down like a see-saw!  Another internet sale found me last week.  I didn't catch DH's cold and cough, but have been feeling just a bit stuffy, with little energy all week - I think that made me weak enough to be lured in by a sale!

I took pictures of my last two finishes this morning.....
 The row quilt uses a pattern by Lori Holt.  I added a border from Judy Laquidara's book, "60 Pieced  Quilt Borders".  It was a sew-along a couple of years ago.  Since I was determined to use my scraps this winter, I used lots of 5 in squares, 1 1/2 inch strips, and all the background fabric was cut from small pieces that had been hiding on my shelves for quite a while.  I did have to cut into some yardage for some of the larger pieces, and for the final gray border.

I was inspired by Nann's Ripple quilt shown here.  It uses 1 1/2 inch strips, so I pulled all my pre-cut full width strips, and was able to make a smaller quilt, only 5 x 6 blocks.  I even used leftover binding strips for both quilts too!

Check out other's progress at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week 14 yards
Fabric used year to date  42.625 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  30.5 yards
Net used 2017  12.125 yards

Finally back in the black and hope to stay there!  I finished my row quilt, spending last night checking for missed thread tails.  I'll try to get a picture posted tomorrow.....

Our community is having a "Variety of Talents" show this evening.  I is usually musical, with some dancing.  This year they decided to showcase other art forms in a display for everyone to see before the performance shows.  The quilting group was asked to participate, along with the Swedish weaving group, the wood carving group, the watercolour painting group etc.  I've been collecting quilts and other articles that we have made over the past couple of  seasons, and will be heading down to our clubhouse to get set-up by 5pm.  The performances begin at 7, and people will begin arriving around 6 to get a "good seat" for the show.  I just have to remember my camera to get some pictures of the displays!

DH has a cold with a cough, and his voice sounds really gravelly.  Fortunately the band doesn't perform until Wednesday this week, so he's hoping that his voice will be up to the performance.

Check out all the progress at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  28.625 yards
Fabric added this week 5 yards
Fabric added year to date  30.5 yards
Net used 2017  -1.875 yards
 
More backing fabric added this week, so I'm back in the red!!!!
 
I've been a bad blogger lately, but I've been working in any few spare minutes that I can find.  It seems like we're busy from morning to night. I did get another quilt top pieced, this time from scrap 2 1/2 inch strips - thus the need for more backing fabric.
 
The block pattern is called Ladder Star and is one of Bonnie Hunter's Addicted to Scraps in Quiltmaker magazine. 
Whenever I had a few minutes, I'd cut pieces for a block, then when I had 2 cut, I'd stitch them together.  I made 48 blocks, along with many bonus half-square triangle blocks, (stitched as leaders and enders),which I used in the 2nd border. The only "new" fabric used was for the 2 plain borders, but was also from my stash.
I really have to find some time to pin-baste quilts - I now have 3 waiting!
 
Check out all the progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times

Sunday, February 19, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  28.625 yards
Fabric added this week 0 yards
Fabric added year to date  25.5 yards
Net used 2017  3.125 yards
No visible progress this week.  DH and the band have been busy, entertaining at 3 nursing homes last week.  Add in a day at Disney's Animal Kingdom with friends, and my quilting day, and the week just flew by.  I'm still trying to find time to pin baste my 2 completed quilt tops.  I've been making blocks for another project, using 2 1/2 inch strips from my bin.  I'm getting close to the 48 blocks that I need for the next scrappy quilt project.
This week the band plays another 3 days, with my quilting day on Wednesday, another Disney day planned with friends, and 2 quilt shows to attend on the weekend as well.  I'll try to squeeze in a bit of quilting too!
Check out the progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Used this week 7.25 yards
Used year to date  28.625 yards
Added this week  13.5 yards
Added year to date  25.5 yards
Net used 2017  3.125

I finished another baby quilt, made from a cloth book panel, yesterday, so I didn't have to go back into the "red" again!  My fabric order from Connecting Threads arrived, with backing fabric for 2 more scrap quilts that I have waiting to be quilted, and a couple of sets of 2 1/2 inch strips for another project.

Yesterday morning, I managed to get both backs pieced, pressed and starched, ready to pin baste.  Now I just have to find time when DH isn't off entertaining at the local nursing homes, and when there is a quiet time at the clubhouse, so I can use the large tables.

Saturday morning, DH and friends entertained at a fund-raiser for a local charity at their walk-a-thon.  Thomas Promise is a local charity the provides food to homeless students on the weekends, when the school meals are not available.  They receive a backpack full of ready to eat food.  The charity is currently providing 1000 to 1600 bags of food to students in our county, each week. 

Check out all the progress at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.
 

Friday, February 10, 2017

ANOTHER SMALL FINISH

I finished the quilting and binding on Wednesday.  I used a cloth book panel, cut out the individual pages and added sashing and cornerstones.  When using a book panel, I look for one that doesn't have a very obvious beginning and ending.  This one worked really well, as did a book of opposites that I used last year.
The bad news is that my backing fabric for 2 more quilts arrived this week, so I'll be back in the red again on Sunday!

I have a second baby quilt almost completed, but 2 days at Disney World, and my quilting group on Wednesday used lots of my time this week - all things I enjoy.  DH and I go to Disney often, enjoy the fresh air, the stroll, the people and the entertainment.  I dislike walking, as I prefer to ride my bike, but I get lots of exercise on our Disney days.  I should get a step counter to see how many steps we take!
Back to quilting as soon as my cakes come out of the oven.  My neighbour gave me a starter for Amish friendship bread, and mine was ready to go today.  I discovered that you could freeze the starter, so I put it in cup size containers and save to use later.  This way my neighbours don't run when they see me coming!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week  8.125 yards
 Fabric used year to date  21.375 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  12 yards
Net used 2017  9.375 yards

Thanks to completing my spinning spools quilt, I am well on my way this year, until my next order of backing fabric arrives!  
I pin-basted two more baby quilts this week, and have completed all the "stitch in the ditch" quilting.  Now I just have to get on with the rest of the quilting in each.

Yesterday was spent in the kitchen.  I made cranberry sauce - I have a great recipe for cranberry ginger cookies, and never have enough sauce leftover when we have a turkey, so I made this batch just for cookies!  I also made a pot of calico beans to take to our neighbours' Superbowl party today, along with some French onion bread.  I made a batch of granola bars, and some raspberry coconut bars to take along for those with a sweet tooth.  DH and I aren't great football fans, but we have fun with the gang, and enjoy watching the commercials each year, and eat lots of food that we only indulge in at Superbowl.

Check out all the progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A BUSY DAY WITH MY QUILTING GROUP

Today was our weekly quilting get-together.  15 busy quilters met at our clubhouse for 4 hours of sewing, visiting, sharing, etc.   A few people dropped in for a quick visit, and to see what we are working on this week.

Several were piecing their row quilt parts - lots of little pieces.  Several were working on their own choice of projects.  A wool applique project was cut out and prepared for blanket stitching, and some hexagons were being hand stitched together.  I brand new quilter cut the pieces for her first quilt, and another cut pieces for a baby size quilt that she wants to try to machine quilt herself!   

We also had a visitor drop in to ask about our pillowcase sewing day, scheduled for March - she saw the information in our monthly newsletter.  Last year, my group completed 201 pillowcases in 4 hours, and we hope to do as well this year!  The Cases for Smiles coordinator will be attending, so we are looking for lots of volunteers. 

 I had another finish this week.  I was inspired by Bonnie Hunter's "spoolin' around challenge" from a couple of years ago, and I made 192 spools, using 1 1/2 inch strips from my scrap bin!  I decided to make them into blocks, and used more 1 1/2 inch strips for sashings and cornerstones.  
The two gold borders were made from cut-off backing fabric from a quilt I completed in the fall.  The middle borders were more 1 1/2 inch strips, joined together and cut to length.  The binding is also scrappy, with leftover 2 1/2 inch strips stitched together.  I kept the quilting simple, stitching in the ditch around the blocks and the spools, as the quilt was busy already.  I was able to use just over 8 yards of scraps to make this top!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week  13.25 yards
Fabric used year to date  13.25 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date 12 yards
Net used 2017  1.25  yards 
I'm in the black this week, but I just squeeked in!  Since I hadn't done any machine quilting for a while, DH and I pin-basted a baby quilt panel when we were pinning the other 2 quilts.  I use it to "warm up" my quilting muscles, including my brain......


I outlined many of the elements in this cute panel, then stitched loops and swirls in the pink gingham-look border.  The quilt has pink gingham-look flannel on the back to make it cozy for a new baby.  It will be donated to my guild for the Hugs program at our local hospital.

 For the pinwheel quilt, I stitched double circles looping back and forth in each block.  I used a neutral thread in the light blocks and a variegated thread in the dark blocks.
The plain border was stitched with simple leaves, forming a zig-zag pattern, and then large swirls in each of the outer border blocks.
 I finally have my first two finished for 2017.  The top and binding of this quilt was made entirely from my stash of pre-cut charm squares (5 "), while the border and binding was made from leftover backing fabric from a previous quilt.  The backing fabric was part of the order that arrived last week.

Check out all the progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  0 yards
Fabric added this week  12 yards
Fabric added year to date 12 yards
Net used 2017  -12 yards

 Most of my purchases this week were backing fabrics.
Now I just have to find time to get them pin-basted.  They are all pressed and starched ready to go, and the binding is prepared as well.

My group wanted to work on a "row quilt" this winter.  I hunted through my files to find one that I liked and that could be made from scraps!  Back in 2012, Lori Holt offered a "row along" on her blog, a Bee in my Bonnet.  I had saved all the instructions for future use.  I've been busy sewing a row or two each day, enjoying the challenge of using my scraps before cutting into new fabric.  The pattern has 13 rows, consisting of 7 wider rows and 6 narrower rows.  





Since I wanted to use more scraps, I decided to change the final borders.  I hunted through my favourite resource - 60 Pieced Quilt Borders - Mix & Match by Judy Laquidara, and decided on border option #35.
I was able to dig into my 1 1/2 inch strips to make these cute 3 inch blocks.  All the neutrals in the quilt are cut from leftover strips, or from small pieces of fabric that have been in my stash for a long time.



Check out everyone's progress at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.