Sunday, December 9, 2018

# I am enough

Good morning, slow stitchers!

It looks like a bleak morning out my window this morning. 

I did start to feel a bit of Christmas as we walked through a mall on Saturday. I even saw Santa dining at Swiss Chalet as we enjoyed our yearly quarter-chicken dinner!

I've enjoyed working on my #IAmEnough quilt this week.

I chose to use the back-basting method of applique for my monogram block (seeing a quilty-friend, KH, this past week gave me the idea, as she is using this method in her current applique project!). 





I thoroughly endorse the use of a small pair of scissors with a curved tip for snipping the fabrics without fear of snipping the wrong fabric! Also perfect for cutting out the background fabric behind a piece of applique. These are the Karen Kay Buckley ones that I have...





I chose to use the "McD" for the monogram to honour my second marriage, even though I kept my surname when we got married.

I like this idea, as I used my wedding gloves from my first marriage in a previous block...




I also began this week's section of #IAmEnough. This is what I've been stitching this weekend, the clamshell border...



It's working up fairly quickly, and I'm loving it!...


Now, as I'm finishing up here, the sun has decided to show itself and it looks like we'll have a beautiful day, after-all.

I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching.




Wednesday, December 5, 2018

One Monthly Goal - December

Well, today shall be a day of recovery! 

I belong to two guilds.... at our guild meeting on Monday evening we had a wonderful catered turkey dinner where I definitely ate too much food. Yesterday, at the day guild, we had our Christmas potluck lunch...I can't say I over-ate too much, but more food than I would normally eat....and such a wide variety.

I woke up today wondering why my joints are so sore...but realised that I ate a lot of sugar the last two days, when I normally don't each much at all in my regular diet.

So today it's back to work and eating a bit more normal! Luckily, I don't have many holiday events for the rest of the month. 

It's time to figure out what my monthly goal for December will be. I had a couple of candidates and decided it will be Block 4 in my Queen's Garden quilt. This one takes precedence as I am leading this quilt as a BOM in the evening guild, so it needs to be done by the January meeting!

Here is my quilt, so far...




I'm quite happy with working with the neutral Japanese taupes. It takes some thought, and trial and error, for me to choose the neutrals for each block, and I'm loving the nubby texture of these fabrics.

Today I am linking up with Susan at Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers, Lorna for Let's Bee Social, and with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal

Soon,  I'll need to figure out what I will do for my Temperature Quilt. Are you going to play along? I will write a post on the subject soon, to tempt you!


Friday, November 30, 2018

Mysteries and Quilt-alongs

As you can see, I have added two new "buttons" in the right margin.

One is for Bonnie Hunter's mystery for 2018. I've done a few of Bonnie's mysteries in the past, but I've not done one in a couple of years since this is traditionally my busy time of year on the longarm.

This year I thought I'd try to squeeze it in since her quilts are always a lot of fun, albeit a lot of stitching!

I figured I would do as much as I can each week of the clue given for that particular week.



I have some more strip sets ready to cut and sew...I'll try to take a bit of time to do those before the next clue is revealed today.

I've been stuck on what type of fabrics I'll use and finally am choosing to use "old" stash. Think "Debbie Mumm" colours. I have a ton of this kind of thing kicking around and, now that I've begun on Clue #1, it feels good to be using it up. (Although, is our stash ever used up?????)



The other new "button" is for a Hand-pieced QAL that will start in the new year. It sounds like the perfect project for those of you who have never tried hand-sewing but want to give it a try. 

You can read about it HERE at Elm Street Quilts. There have already been a few posts giving some basic tips and tricks.

.....and....just to tempt you further....

Merry Mayhem's Mystery Quilts!

I've heard about this site, but never tried it. This one leads you through a mystery quilt (it must be small?), that occurs on New Year's Day. A new clue is released every hour.

You can read about it HERE.

I don't know if I'll take part.....but I'd like to! I've joined the Facebook page so I can keep updated and make a decision later.

At this point, I don't know what my day will entail....I'm supposed to go on a little road-trip, but we could have a bit of freezing drizzle....if I don't go out it will be a day on the longarm and a bit of sewing. Either way, a good day in store for me!

I am linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

One Monthly Goal -done!

I just have time for a quick post today to report my progress on my One Monthly Goal for November.

It's complete!

I kind of don't believe it as I've had intentions of a new Christmas tree skirt for at least five years, but here it is, freshly bound this morning...



I think it's 46" across and difficult to get a decent picture as we are still in the midst of very grey days :(

It makes me want to get my tree up right now!....but it's a bit early for me, I'll wait a couple of weeks.


To any longarmers out there who may be interested.....I am selling all of my Circle Lord templates. If anyone is interested just let me know and I'll send you more information. I am in Southern Ontario, Canada, but will ship anywhere.

I am linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social, and with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal

Hmm, I'll have to think hard on my goal for December....not sure what it will be!

Have a lovely day!





Sunday, November 25, 2018

# I Am Enough

Such a pleasant morning of slow stitching to start my day. 

I got started on this embroidery block for the I Am Enough quilt...





I pressed a piece of soft interfacing onto the back of the block. This makes it nice to embroider without the use of a hoop. 

I'm using a Wonderfil thread for the embroidery called Eleganza. It is a 8wt perle cotton. I found the spool in my stash of specialty threads....I don't know what I ever bought it for, but it's working out nicely on this piece...





I still need to figure out the monogram block for this quilt. I could applique the letters....but now I'm wondering if doing this same embroidery would be nice.

I'm liking that for the hand block I thought to use my wedding gloves from my first wedding....




.....and now, for the monogram block, I will use the letters "McD" to honour my second marriage. 

This quilt is certainly evolving into quite the meaningful journey. I think it was meant to be that way by the coordinators, but it's just starting to sink in with me!

On the original block, the colour wheel, I wasn't sure about whether or not to applique something onto the centre. Then I got inspiration from another quilter's colour wheel and added a cherry to mine....cherry trees have a very sentimental place in my family's hearts.




While I was stitching this morning, I decided to begin listening to a podcast that I've heard about recently. I'm pretty sure it was someone mentioning it at some point thru' Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching....I can't remember who, sorry!

The podcast is called the QuiltFiction Podcast and is the recitation of a novel called Friendship Album 1933.

I'm enjoying it....but have to remind myself to listen closely and not start daydreaming, so I don't lose track of the story.

I think my goal today will be to figure out once and for all what I am doing about the monogram block for my quilt.

 I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching

I will close with issuing a challenge! Bloggers love to read comments on their blogs. I challenge you to read and leave a comment on five of the bloggers linking up with Kathy today!

I will challenge myself to do the same on ten of the linked blogs!

Have a lovely day!






Wednesday, November 21, 2018

An Observation...

I've made a couple of changes recently to the way my day unfolds.

An unexpected bonus is that I seem to have made a bit more time for piecing, which is nice because that has been sorely lacking for a couple of years.

I've made good progress on my One Monthly Goal for this month...which, to be honest, I thought I wouldn't find a bit of time for! 

For a few years I've needed a new Christmas tree skirt. I began nice and early this year at Retreat in May...but made an error, shoved it aside and promptly forgot about it.

Well, this week things are looking hopeful to actually finishing it in time for Christmas!



I love doing Lone Star quilts and haven't made one in a while. My last tree skirt was the same pattern. For a moment yesterday I thought it would be nice to hand-quilt this piece, but then I gave my head a shake....this will be on the floor, under a pile of Christmas presents....machine-quilting will suffice!



I've had time to do the odd bit of sewing on my "I Am Enough" quilt.

I put some of the pieces up on the design wall. The beauty of a large design wall....I didn't have to disturb the Farm Girl Vintage blocks that were already up...



This is when I made my observation.

 I've often said I've gone through the "fabric change of life", since the bulk of my work over the years has been "country" colours (think Debbie Mumm). Now, I gravitate to the bright, cheery modern fabrics. 

Part of me is sure that this happens, of course, because we are influenced by what is going on in the fabric world at any given time.

Over the years I've also often worked with 30's reproduction prints....and that's what I notice in the above picture. To me, the bright, cheerful, clear, modern fabrics of the I Am Enough project are very much the same mood as the 30's fabrics in the Farm Girl Vintage! 

As much as I'm sure that I am influenced by trend...the thought of the similarities of the two types of fabrics pleases me for some strange reason.


Finally, I have to do my part to enable others to look to a new project, don't I??? Bwahahaha!

In the past, I've enjoyed taking part in Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville mystery, which always starts the day after the American thanksgiving....which is this week.

The last couple of years I've held back, as it's usually my busy time of year as a longarm quilter.

I think I'll give it a go this year. The quilt is a bit smaller than the past years....and, as my friend has said, at least try to do a bit each week of that week's clue. 

So....have a look at the intro and see if it interests you. Bonnie's instructions are always very clear. The only year gave up on one was due to very unfortunate colour choices on my part.

You can see the introduction HERE. The quilt is called Good Fortune.

Today I am linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social, Susan for Midweek Makers, and Esther for WOW, WIPs on Wednesdays.

Have a lovely, quilty day!

Friday, November 16, 2018

TGIF

It seems like it's been a looong week.

Not much planned for the weekend, so I imagine we'll get some stuff done around the house.

 Our dog,Cooper, has been under the weather, hopefully he's on the mend now. I won't go into messy details, but he and I have shared four showers this week :(

We've had our first real snow this last 24 hours...it's too soon! 

On to quilty things....

I've re-arranged how I begin my days and one of the bonuses is that, along with my regular longarming, I seem to have a bit of time for piecing my own quilts....woohoo!!! 

Maybe I'll actually make some headway with the UFO pile?!

I do have one goal. It is to get back at my Farm Goal Vintage....



It's been on my mind ever since May, when I saw my friend's completed one. Such a sweet quilt!

I think I'll try to make a note each week of what I'd like to accomplish....and the first will be to do two of these blocks per week!

Here are three blocks that have been done not too long ago, along with two (on the right) that are being relegated to the orphan-block pile...


My original background fabric is the red dotted one. Then I picked up the red "cheerio" fabric, thinking to throw some of that into the mix. The problem?.....the cheerio fabric is off-white and the original is pure white....so in real life the cheerio ones look awful.

Another problem??....I can't find the collection of blocks that I've finished a while ago!!! No worries, they must be in the sewing room somewhere.

Looking back on the week, I do seem to have accomplished a bit more than usual.

I am up-to-date on the Eleanor Burns Fun on the Farm sewalong. There is still time to join in, we're only at Month 4 of 12...



I've also made progress on my I Am Enough quilt...




I was nervous of how the braid would turn out, but I love it! We were to do a "hand" block and for some reason I remembered that I've kept my wedding gloves all these years from when Greg and I were married 35 years ago. I guess they were meant to be included in this quilt!

The next block is a monogram block. Even though I did not change my name when I married Iain, my monogram block will be "McD", to honour my marriage to him.

The more this quilt progresses, the more I love it. This quilt really is a personal journey.


I'm still intent on starting a Temperature Quilt in the new year. There are a few examples on Pinterest. I do like this chart and it will be the one I use to make my quilt. 




I also want to share something for those of you that have always wanted to learn to hand-piece but don't know where to start.

Patty at Elm Street Quilts will be hosting a Hand-piecing Quilt-along in the new year. She has already shared some tips on her blog. If you are interested in trying to hand-piece, you can check it out HERE.


That's all for now.....off to complete one of my Farm Girl blocks!

Have a wonderful, quilty day. I am linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get A Whoop, Whoop?, and with Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday.