Sunday, August 12, 2018

Oops, I did it again....

Ok, I'm saying right now.....no new projects for the rest of the year!!!

I am such a sucker for sew-alongs and BOM's. I am reluctant to say, but I'd better just come clean.....I've started three more :(

(please don't laugh at me, I know you are)



First I'll show a picture of a block I completed for my Simple Folk quilt...




Every block that I complete for this quilt is my new favourite!

And now to the new stuff....which, now that I think of it, means I will have lots to share on many upcoming Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy! (and, yes Kathy, I know you are chuckling to yourself, you enabler you!)

I began the first block for the Save the Bees quilt...which you can read about HERE




I began by constructing the flower-head OTB....meaning "off the block" as it's so much easier to handle....





I started to applique the bees wing and realised that I didn't like my fabric choice, so this morning I switched up to the first block of the 
new Eleanor Burns mystery, Fun on the Farm, a free BOM.

I couldn't resist this one and I'm thinking it's out of sentiment. Back in the day, Eleanor Burns was one of the pioneers in bringing us a quilting show on TV. This would be before learning our craft was made easier by the internet, classes in quilt shops, etc.

It's funny, back then I regarded Eleanor as perhaps a senior....now I'm thinking she was probably younger than I am now! lol, that thought is a bit shocking to me for some reason!

Here is my first block, almost done...


It's an easy start and you can still join in....it's only one block per month....come on, jump in, the water is warm!

....and my third start this week.....



I've seen this quilt done up at a couple of quilt shows and it always catches my eye. I finally gave in and ordered the BOM which will be mailed out to me on a monthly basis from a shop right here in Ontario, which is nice. 

So, I'll say it one more time....no more new starts this year. 
The End!

I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching. I will browse through the other quilters that are linking up and I will not be led into temptation.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Another Beautiful Summer's Day!

It's another hot and humid weekend. I've had a bit of applique-time this morning, will have a bit of breakfast as I write this post and get outside to do a bit of yardwork before the day gets too hot.

I also have a bit of unexpected planting to do. We made our way to a local garden centre on Saturday to get a gift card for my son's upcoming birthday. So nice to get him something he really wants since I find it difficult to come up with birthday ideas for grown "children"! 

I thought that if I saw a nice phlox on sale I'd buy one for my own garden. Well, we found a phlox, a butterfly bush and a beautifully coloured echinacea. Garden centres are just as dangerous to visit as fabric stores!



Hmmm, the picture really doesn't do this one justice as it is quite a deep red in real life.

I had a few days this week where I didn't have the time to prep any applique and had to resort to some embroidery. I have to say, it's nice to have the embroidery as back-up, but I much prefer to applique.

I did finally get started on another block for my Simple Folk quilt. 

Sometimes I take a few moments to baste pieces to the block which will need other pieces stitched under it. I know I could use fabric glue, but the basting only takes a few moments and I do prefer it.

Most times it is vines and stems that are basted down. This block has a stem and an urn that I basted...





I love the flower on this block!



Today I am linking up with Kathy to see what others are doing for Slow Sunday Stitching. Kathy is working on a sewalong that actually starts tomorrow (which I am also going to do, lol).

Stay cool and enjoy the day!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

One Monthly Goal - August

So......somehow July just sped on by and here we are in August....already.

I did not get my One Monthly Goal completed for July. I had high hopes right on up to the end of the month but it wasn't meant to be.

I figure, then, it must be meant to be for August, although, looking ahead, I'm not sure if it will be possible this month either. Oh well, I'll do my best to fit it in.

The quilt in question is my Nature's Neutrals...



I did manage to get a binding fabric picked out, thanks to inspiration from one of my quilty friends....so that is some kind of progress :)

Yesterday I picked up a few fabrics that I "need" for a small sewalong coming up next week (what the heck is the matter with me!) hosted by Jacquelynne Steves called Save the Bees, which you can have a look at HERE. It's just a small quilt, really, so how could I resist? 

Here are my fabrics...I just need to shop my stash for the rest...



I'm not one to make things from selvages, but I have to admit to starting saving some of them because they are just so cute...



As I was ready to finish my purchase I notice this fabric being folded back on the bolt....there was just a wee bit left and I could totally see it in a tote bag some day...


....and again with the selvage...


.....and, of course, in the above picture you can see the fat quarter of 30's that I picked up. Once in a while it's nice to fatten up the 30's box of fabric!

There is another sewalong starting today. 

This one is a mystery called Fun on the Farm and is hosted by Eleanor Burns. You can read about it HERE. I think I will try to hold off on this one until I see the next block. 

I thought this one would be pieced and would have no trouble keeping up with one block per month...but the first block is appliqued and I don't know how I could ever manage another hand-stitched project!

I'll print the first month's instructions off and wait and see.

Linking up with ....

Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Be Social
Susan at Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers
Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal




Sunday, July 29, 2018

....and now for some reverse applique....

It's an absolute perfect Summer weekend in my neighbourhood. Nice temperatures and low humidity. I could take a few months of this!

Today Kathy at Kathy's Quilts talks about doing some stitching outside....I think that's a great idea and I'm working on the perfect little block for it, as there are no applique bits to blow away in the breeze!

I've resurrected my Dutch Treat blocks. I really should try to get these going more often, even to do two blocks per month would keep this quilt moving along nicely. Hmm, maybe I'll put a reminder on my calendar!

Here is the block I finished this morning.....




This block is called Poirot....it makes me smile because I've always been an Agatha Christie fan and the block really does seem to be a nod to Poirot's infamous mustache.

I started on the second block that I have prepped...




I guess you can't see much of what it will look like. The tracing is quite faint with my new favourite marking pen and even my basting stitches are blending in.

Yes, I think it's a good idea to put this on my calendar! I am glad to see a little improvement in my fiddly reverse applique on these two blocks. It has helped to spray starch the top fabric, it seems to reduce raveling. 

This weekend has been one of the first in a long while that we haven't been busy so I'm taking the opportunity to finally paint my dining room. I just need to get the second coat done today.....it's looking super!


I am linking up with Kathy today for Slow Sunday Stitching.






Friday, July 27, 2018

100 Days 100 Blocks....again!

The Summer days have been passing by so quickly that it's been difficult to sit down and do any posting here.

In 2016 I took part in a daily sewalong on Instagram to make the Tula Pink City Sampler quilt. I enjoyed it so much and love the quilt... I was so tempted to join in again last year but resisted the temptation....so proud :)

So, this month they started again and I was back and forth....then Day 1 came and I jumped in. There are 100 simple but awesome blocks and we are supposed to post a block a day for a 100 days. You can see all the wonderful blocks on Instagram using the hashtag #100days100blocks.

Here is my quilt from 2016.....



This time I am challenging myself to be very subtle with just a little bit of colour once in a while. Here are a couple of my blocks....








....and here are the first 20 blocks all together....







I think it's going to work!

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 We've had a nest of barn swallows above the front door for the past while...what a mess! We did try to deter them at first, but they won and set up camp.

The baby birds took many days of perching like this before finally getting up the nerve to fly the coop...









In this picture you can see one of the baby birds and it's momma or papa on a branch not far from our front door..




This morning I finished the next block in my Simple Folk BOM. I think I'll take a break for a couple of days and do a couple of my Dutch Treat blocks.





That's all for today....gotta get going to get my car checked out. For once, in a long time, we have absolutely no plans for the weekend so you know what that means!!!.....I can finally paint my dining room. I'm so excited!

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


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Almost a real quilt...

I'm spending some time today sewing the binding down on my grandson's birthday quilt...


I know people like doing the binding, but I'm not one of them....but it does mean the quilt is almost finished!

I tried quilting it with wavy lines which seems to be popular lately and I do like the effect. I don't know why it's such a difficult thing for me to do though! The last third of the quilt certainly doesn't look the same as the first third....I think I was finally catching on to how to make it look a bit better. I find it hard to make the wavy lines look "random".



Once it's done I'll give it a wash with some colour catchers to see if I can get rid of the marks on the quilt, of which you can read about HERE.

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I hope to find time today to do some prep-work for more applique. 

I finished another block this week for Simple Folk.....


I was a little nervous of the execution of this block, but I love how it turned out in the end!

This week I also tweaked a couple of blocks that were bothering me. I switched out the purple leaves on the upper block that seemed to blend in too much, and I changed my swans. I'm much happier with the results....




On a gardening note.....I think this is our second year attempting to grow garlic, if not our third, and we finally have success!

How funny though....I'm not one to like pictures of myself but this garlic made me so happy I think it really shows in the picture :)




A nice harvest, and will try to grow more next year.



This week I'll watch some YouTube videos so I can learn to braid the garlic.

Today I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Have a wonderful Summer's day and try to stay cool!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Out, out damn spot!

The last few days I've definitely felt out of sync with the universe! I'm pretty sure it's not a full moon right now, so I have no explanation.

After working on a client's quilt yesterday, I mounted my grandson's birthday quilt, hoping to take time to get it done this week.



This is the one where I had a problem with some kind of stain on the quilt, which you can read about HERE. I'm not sure the mark will come out in the wash, so I figured I'd sew a label to the front of the quilt to cover it before quilting...just in case. 


Do you see what I see?....here, take a closer look....


Hmmm, I think it's more noticeable in person....the indigo fabric is running! I'm sure I washed these fabrics ahead of time. A friend of mine is going to give me a couple of colour catchers so I can wash the quilt after it's done....here's hoping for the best!

So, I have the quilt all ready to go, and now realise that I have to get a small quilt done for someone first.....so after I write this post I'll make my way to the sewing room to take this quilt off and hopefully get a fresh start with it later this week.

It's one of those weeks where I just would like to curl up with a bit of applique and ignore responsibilities! 

I did have a wonderful experience last weekend....my son and grandson ran the Smugglers' Run with me....



It was hot, and the trail is highly technical, but we had a lot of fun! I say the same as I did last year after that race....never again!!! lol

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 good one!