Sunday, May 6, 2018

Quilt Show news and some slow stitching

It was especially nice to sit with my stitching this morning. It feels like such a busy time lately that I feel fortunate to have a hobby that takes me out of the busy times and allows me to just "be".

I've been poking away at this block, which is one of the Sarah Fielke BOM's for 2018, Simple Folk...



My go-to method of doing circles is not conducive to fussy-cutting. I'm not terribly fond of my circles on this block....it would have been a perfect opportunity to test the Appliquick method. Oh well, I'm sure there will be more opportunity in this quilt to try it...I'll live with this block, warts and all.

I'll be going on a Quilt Retreat this week and, of course, I've packed way too much....but it is good to have choices!

I hope to get the pieced blocks for Simple Folk somewhat started. This is what they will look like...



This is the big weekend of our guild's Quilt show in Simcoe, Ontario. 

We had a wonderful start on Friday....and then a huge wind storm blew in with gusts of up to 120km winds. 

About an hour before the show was to finish up for the day the electricity went out at the venue and we had to close early.....and the power didn't come on again 'til mid-Saturday!

So, the show did not open on Saturday....we are having the second day today. Thanks to social media, we're hoping that the word has spread. 

I haven't even had a chance, myself, to take in all the quilts, as on Friday I was volunteering at the show's boutique booth. So I'll be looking forward to seeing the show today....as well as meeting a couple of fellow bloggers!

I did whip around quickly before the show started on Friday to get pictures of my quilts hanging. I love the look of my Tula Pink City Sampler and look forward to it finally being on my bed after the show...


I'm still happy with the coral sashing....even though I originally went to Quilt Junction looking for grey fabric!

One of our vendors specializes in EPP, Eagle's Wings Quilts....and she also happens to be a blogger who links up with Slow Sunday Stitching!

I haven't done much EPP in a couple of years, but I do love to do it, so I picked up this pattern to start at some point...




That's it for today...wish us luck on a successful day at the quilt show! I hope it works out after all the hard work everyone has put in :)

I am linking up with Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Tomato Soup - The Sequel

One of the favourite quilts in this house is this one...


Of course, it doesn't have a label on it, but I put it around 8 years old and it's one that everyone likes to snuggle with while watching tv... it scores high on the mooshy scale, probably because of the lovely wool batting. 

There's many things I like about this quilt and why I think it works. I used three different reds as background fabrics which gives it some nice interest and I think the blue in the border is just right. 

I'd have to look up the pattern to know what it's called....I'm pretty sure its a design by the Piece o' Cake women....but around here this quilt is simple called Tomato Soup :)

When I began my current project I was again drawn to the reds but steered myself in a different direction. As I've said in a previous post, which you can see HERE, the piece just wasn't working. I feel so much better now with switching to my original gut feeling....


...everything is just going to pop on the red background....love it!

This quilt will be known as Tomato Soup - The Sequel.


I'm going to do another plug for our local quilt show this week hosted by the Norfolk County Quilters' Guild. There are over 240 quilts to see. The guild has so much talent in quilting and fibre arts, should be a good one!



I'm almost ready for set-up day on Thursday....




I love the energy of being part of a quilt show. So much work and then it all comes down so fast when the show is done.

I'll be manning the boutique area on Friday morning and just generally hanging around on Saturday afternoon. If you're able to come be sure to say hello!

Today I am linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social, and with Susan at Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers.

Have a lovely Spring day!



Monday, April 30, 2018

A finish, a fail, and a cool dog pic!

I've almost forgotten to post my "finish" for One Monthly Goal this month!

It's busy times lately....at least I can say, as of this morning, my quilts are ready for the upcoming quilt show this week. I attached the sleeve on the final quilt as I sat with my morning coffee today....yay!! At least, I think that's it....I'd better do a final check this afternoon.

Here is the info on the quilt show....hopefully you can join us to take in the 240 quilts that will be on display!





My goal for April was to have Down the Rabbit Hole completed and it did get done. It does feel a bit strange to be finished....but nice to be back to some other applique that was put on the back-burner the last couple of months.




May will be an extremely busy month and I think I will be a bit ambitious thinking that I can set a goal and get it finished....but here goes....

I've signed up for Sarah Fielke's Simple Folk BOM for 2018. I'm really liking it and hope to get the pieced blocks completed this month.

First I need to get all the little nine-patches sewn together....





.....and then it would be so awesome if I could get them sewn into these blocks (I think there are 12 or 13 of them)....



I do not intend on getting the little applique bit in the centre of the blocks done, though. That can come later.

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I've had a bit of a "fail" lately, which I decided to correct before going any further.

I joined an applique project hosted by my LQS, Quilt Junction

Here is the first block...it's large, about 24" square, I think.....




....hmmm, a bit of a fuzzy picture...sorry!

Anyway, in real life the greens really blend in with the background a bit too much, but I carried on. Then when I attached the purple leaf and it really got lost I knew I had to come to an executive opinion before investing anymore time in this quilt.

So, I went with my first instinct and switched up the background. I'll save the blue background fabrics for something in the future.

I am so much happier with the contrast of the fabrics against the red background that I've chosen...






I have to share a couple of photos of my running life this past week. I've had quite the adventures.

I've signed up for a trail race at the end of May and I have to admit that I've felt a bit nervous...even contemplated selling my spot in the race. 

One of my coaches from Learn to Run offered to take me out to sample the route that will be the race next month....now instead of being nervous, I can't wait to go back!







It was absolutely beautiful. I think I may be a trail runner at heart! 

We did encounter a bit of mud as you can see by our shoes. I don't think I've ever run through the mud on purpose in my life! 

We came across a group that were taking this awesome picture of their dogs on a log. If we had been five minutes later we would have missed seeing them posing. 

My fitness tracker indicated that this run had the equivalent of 47 flights of stairs! Despite this, since I have trouble with hills, I still had a fantastic day.

Yesterday, my friend and I did a 10k run...which we have done a couple of times before...but we found it more impressive to think that we ran from one town to another on the trail.  Here we are running from Simcoe to Port Dover....




It was a bit tough....I think because I've put more kilometres that usual in in the last nine days....and because I was way overdressed. I did start to feel over-heated. Every run is a good run, though, and in this one I learned a couple of valuable lessons.

That's all for now....it looks like Spring is finally coming this week, hopefully I can be outdoors a bit and enjoy it!

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for April's One Monthly Goal Finish.

.....and, because of time constraints, this post will also be linked to the May - One Monthly Goal  at Elm Street Quilts!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Down the Rabbit Hole....almost a real quilt!

Well, it's certainly been a good weekend so far to do some extra quilting and have some extra time in the sewing room. 

The tulips have been on hold at 2" tall for over a week now waiting for Spring to really make an appearance.

This should be my last slow Sunday stitching on my Down the Rabbit Hole. Woohoo! It will be done in time for the quilt show, after-all!!!

If I knew how much I would dislike the quilting of the house row, would I have put the houses in or not? Probably. They are cute but they sure have been a pain (literally and figuratively) to hand-quilt....many seams and a lot of them pressed open to reduce bulk.




I'd been truly stymied on how to quilt the "sky" portion of this row. I could have just left it blank, but I felt it needed something. 

I posted the problem on the Down the Rabbit Hole Facebook page and got a couple of suggestions. One of the suggestions was just right. A quilter had used this fabric herself in a quilt and quilted it free-form, just following the lines in the design. Perfect!





I'm quite happy with the effect! 

There is more quilting I would like to do on this quilt, but that's not going to happen right now. I may do a bit more quilting on it during the Summer. 

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One of the services I offer as a longarm quilter is to baste quilts for hand-quilters. My friend, Sherill, is one of these quilters.

I asked her if I could show the quilt that was basted this week. I'm sharing it here as I'm sure she may be doing some slow-stitching on her quilt today......and because she was inspired to make this quilt from a post from Kathy's blog, so I thought Kathy may like to see the picture! :)




The quilt is a beauty....it just looks a bit mooshy because of the basting and the lovely wool batting.

I am linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. Today Kathy talks about resting. She is within range of the same ice storm this weekend that we are experiencing around here, so is housebound also.

It does feel a bit strange to take the time to rest. I noticed it yesterday and am sure I will again today, but it is nice to have a reason to not be rushing about. I am glad to have a hobby that is perfect for this kind of situation :)

Have a safe weekend....hopefully you can stay indoors and take it easy. 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Slow stitching...

So, it's another "winter wonderland" out my window this morning. I wonder if we will skip Spring all-together and go right into Summer weather?

I've been stitching away at my Down the Rabbit Hole. Another couple of days should see this border completed....




I was glad to have the applique class going on on Saturday at Quilt Junction because this happened...



Luckily my friend, Lana, had one more spool of the colour I needed in the shop! I'm using YLI Quilting Thread...it has always been my favourite.

It was nice to spend some time appliqueing with the ladies on Saturday, as hand-quilting has been a priority at home for the last while.

Here is the block I'm working on at the class...



Not much to see yet, but I'll get more done soon. The blocks in this quilt are huge, I think 24"? This is from the book Fresh Picked by Blackbird Designs.

There are a lot of vines in the pattern. What I like to do is to get them all placed on the block, then baste them with a high-contrast thread (so I don't forget to remove the basting later!). This way I'm not having to worry about a lot of pinning.

I did take three days "off" of hand-quilting this week as my underneath thumb was a bit tender after being stabbed by the needle a couple of times. I took the couple of days to get a couple of sleeves sewn onto two quilts that need to be ready for the quilt show.

These are the quilts waiting to be prepped for the show...





I'm not sure what's going on with Minnie this week.....she really seems to be in a nesting, cuddly mood. She's been asking to sit with me during my stitching time, so I finally gave in for the last couple of days....




.....and I found her one morning nestled under a couple of quilts in the quilt cabinet....can you see her?....




Somehow she got behind and under the top quilt.

I hope to have another hour to do some hand-quilting today. I'd really like this border completed soon. My goal was to have the quilting done in 65 days....today is Day 56. 

I've just discovered the world of podcasts and have listened to a couple the last two mornings of quilting-time. If anyone can recommend some good ones, I'd appreciate it.

I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching. Hopefully you can visit with her and see what others are stitching at today!




Monday, April 2, 2018

One Monthly Goal - April

My goal for April was an easy one to pick.

Our quilt show is at the beginning of May, so that means all my quilts that I've entered need to be ready!

So here's my list....

1. Finish quilting Down the Rabbit Hole, bind it, and attach a sleeve.

2. Bind a quilt that I want done for the quilt show Boutique.

3. Get sleeves done for the remaining quilts that I have scheduled to be in the show. I think that means four of them, other than Down the Rabbit Hole.




I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Rainbow Birds

Well, March has certainly flown by!

I've (almost) managed to get my blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge completed just in time.

The colour for the month was light greens. Here are my three little birds for the month...




....and here is a group shot of my flock of birds...





The block of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is this one...





It's quite a pretty block and my goal is to do three of the monthly block, but I just have this one. I hope to rectify that and have three by the end of the weekend.

The colour for April is yellow and gold...that should make for some pretty little birds!

I had a nice sewing afternoon yesterday. I haven't sewn garments in many years and I have never even touched a serger in my life! Three of us were making the same tunic but in three different fabrics. 

Here is mine...


Hmmm, not a great picture, but you can see how pretty the top is. It's a bit "gappy" at the back of the neck, not sure why but maybe a good pressing will help. I just have to hem one sleeve and do the bottom hem....so hopefully a half an hour today will take care of that.

I must say, trying to sew with a 5/8" seam allowance when you haven't done it in years is a bit difficult! That seam allowance seemed positively huge!!!

I am linking up with So Scrappy today so we can have a peek at what others have accomplished this month on their RSC18.