Sunday, September 10, 2017

Many slow stitches....

I've had a nice start to my Sunday with my slow stitching....as usual!

The last couple of mornings I've listened to an audio book while stitching and I've quite enjoyed it. I wasn't sure I wouldn't start daydreaming while listening to an audio book, so the first story I've chosen is an old favourite so I wouldn't worry about missing some...but it turns out it is quite easy to keep up with the narration!

This morning I've had a few pieces to put finishing touches on.

The first is an applique quilt that I gifted many years ago and has been well-loved. I think the quilt is called Prairie Flowers and I would love to do this pattern again one day as I still love it.

I was asked to repair the applique that has come loose. I know that none of us likes mending, and I've been putting this chore off all Summer, but to my surprise it was quite pleasing re-visiting this old favourite!


Most of the applique is still intact...but there were a few places that needed attention...


....and, all fixed....


Many parts of the vines around the border need repair. Surprising to me was that it didn't take too long to fix things up. 


Another bit of stitching this morning was putting the final stitches into the first Flowerville block. 

This is a project that doesn't see the light of day too often, but now that I've finished the first block I'm looking forward to starting the next.


Pretty, isn't it??


Then I turned my attention back to Down the Rabbit Hole. Here is what is on the design wall at the moment...






























   The wedge design at the top is what I am working on now...just three more to go...



That's all for today....it's going to be a busy one. I will be giving a trunk show this week and today is the day to get all packed up! It's quite the thing to gather up all the quilts, get them all folded just so so that they fit most economically into the suitcases....all in specific order for the evening's talk. Luckily, I have a very good assistant to help me! If any of you are in Fergus this week for the trunk show, come up and say hello!

I am linking up with Kathy's Quilts  for Slow Sunday Stitching and with Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework for Oh, Scrap!.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, September 1, 2017

One Monthly Goal - September

My goal for September....drum roll, please.....

Once again, my monthly goal will be the row of houses for my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt. 

I think the houses have been my goal a couple of times in the past, but this month it's gonna happen!!!



Yesterday I finished binding my Along Came a Spider quilt (yes, my Tula Pink City Sampler has a new name), so I took a bit of time to prep the next round of the Rabbit Hole...the wedge row.

It's a bit easier than I thought it would be but I'm having trouble picking fabrics for some of it...



I posted my quandary on the Down the Rabbit Hole facebook page and I had a good suggestion. I'll post a picture when I try it!

Here's how it looks so far....


It's been a disappointing Summer for my perennial garden, but the Hibiscus has given a nice, bright show this week....


....and I've been asked for some puppy pictures, so I'm happy to share a few....






Today I am linking up with...

Elm Street Quilts for OMG - One Monthly Goal
Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop!

Have a wonderful first day of September!


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Binding, and more binding

I don't always have a lot of "finishes" in one year as many of my quilts are ongoing applique projects that tend to take a long time.

This month, though, is different. I am currently working on the third binding this month.

Sewing the binding down is not my favourite thing to do, but sometimes it's nice to just have some mindless sewing to do.

It was nice to sit and put in a few stitches....


....before heading out to the Baptism of my twin grandbabies. I only managed to get a picture with little girl twin....


....who looked like a fairy princess in her little dress. (Sorry for the bad photo!)

The service was followed by a lovely meal, surrounded by family who we only seem to see once or twice a year. The weather is gorgeous today for an outside celebration. 

Now for a little bit of a rest.....it's been a busy weekend! But that's what Summer is for, right???

I am linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching so we can see what others are working on today.




Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday finishes!

This morning I put the final stitches in the binding of my Quilty365, or as I am calling it, A Year in My Life.



This is such a special quilt to me. 

It was started as a sewalong with Audrey at Quilty Folk, with the idea of appliquing a circle per day for a year with the intention that the fabric chosen would reflect that particular day in some way. Most of mine were, but I have to admit that some days I just picked a fabric to get the block done! Although, I somehow think that subconsciously the fabric chosen probably did have meaning on any particular day!

My quilt spans November 12, 2015 to November 11, 2016. For those of you doing the math...a few of the blocks are not on the quilt....they will be incorporated into the label on the back.

I started with a circle, but right away remembered years ago wanting to do a quilt with appliqued hearts, so I switched it up.

Lots of memories in this quilt.

Birthdays...



...puppies born last Summer...



The day we found out that our twin grandbabies would be a boy and a girl!...

....and near the beginning of the quilt, quite a few purple blocks to represent pain I was experiencing at that time....


On a side note....

In the Fall of 2015 I was in a lot of pain....so much so that I considered asking my doctor for a handicapped parking pass. I now know that sugar is the culprit for me. I try now to avoid sugar and on the times I choose to indulge I'll get what I call my "sugar pain". 

The other day I had a visitor bring me a beautiful butter tart (a Canadian treat which is mostly sugar, and delicious!). I chose to go ahead and enjoy....and like clock-work 45 minutes later the sugar-pain shot down my legs. (It was worth it!)

My life has changed so much since this quilt was started almost two years ago now. The biggest being taking up running and really enjoying taking part in races! 

Here I am last weekend after the Disco Dash 5k....I had to ask this stranger to pose for a picture since he was probably the most authentically dressed!....



What I'd like to know is how on earth did this happen, and with probably a million stitches in the quilt, however did I even notice it??!!....


I marked this block with a pin so I would remember to go back and fix it. I don't know if you can quite see it, but one of the stitches is a big loop! I've tried to ease it in, but, nope, it wouldn't co-operate, so I'll go back and un-quilt a tiny bit of the quilt and fix it.

I will cherish this quilt! Among other things, it will represent a transition from pain to good health :)



I'm also happy to say that I have actually finished my OMG - One Monthly Goal!!!

My goal for August was to complete my Freefall quilt....and I did it...


This quilt measures about 39" square, so I think it will be a wall-hanging for the guest room.

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

I am also linking with Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday and with Mama Sparks World for Friday is Finish Day, and with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a WhoopWhoop!.


To end this post, I'll choose a bit of cuteness...


Our pups are doing well, they are now trying to use their spindly legs to hold up their chubby selves and walk around!

Have a lovely day!




Friday, August 11, 2017

365 Challenge Quilts

Today I will share some pictures of the 365 Challenge quilts that have passed through here in the last few months.

I started my own 365 last year but fell off track at around the March point. These quilters should be so proud of their accomplishment....and their stick-to-it-tiveness! 

They have all created beautiful heirloom quilts.

I know some of the pictures look like shots of the same quilt....but there actually five different ones shown.











So for today's Finish It Off Fridays, etc., I am celebrating these quilters. Good for you, ladies!!! Whoop, whoop!!!

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.

Bye for now!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Quilting....and a puppy update!

I was not able to do as much stitching this morning as usual, but I did manage a bit.

I've been trying to get a nice picture of my quilting without much success...


....and when I went to stitch this morning, the sun was catching the quilt just right...


LOL, you can practically see every stitch!

I'm turning the first corner...only three sides to go.

The challenge on this border has been marking my lines so I can see where to quilt. You can see in the first picture I've been trying painters' tape. It works but I don't find it easy.

I came across a marking tool I've had for years and gave it a try. It's this Clover chalk tool...


I don't know how I forgot about this marking tool, it was always a favourite. It's called the ChacoLiner, and I'm not sure if they are even sold anymore.

So, this morning I marked my lines by laying the tape down and drawing a line along the tape with my ChacoLiner, then removing the tape. Works for me!

 I had this tool in a white chalk, also. I'll have to have a look for it as I think it would show up better. You can kinda see the line where the red arrow is pointing to. It shows up enough for me to be able to quilt it.



Soon I'll have stitching of another kind to work on. I gifted a quilted a while back, I'm thinking in 2004. It's been so well-loved that I've been asked if I could please repair some of the applique that's come loose.

It was so nice to see this quilt again. I love it so much that a part of me would love to do it again so I could keep it!


There are pieces all over the quilt that will need a bit of stitching, like the pink heart shown here and lots of the vine...


This is what a quilter loves....to see that their quilts are being used!


Puppy Update!!!

On Tuesday Minnie gave birth to three pups...


It was an exciting morning, and Minnie was a trooper. Cooper was pacing and trying to peek at what the heck was going on....





You can see that Minnie tore up the box while in labour. Don't worry, we have her and her family all set up in a clean, fresh bed...


My husband said that my "training" in watching Call the Midwife had finally come to good use. Haha!

I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching. I am so envious reading her post today....I wish I was further along with my Life is Beautiful as hers is looking great!

I am also linking with Cynthia for Oh, Scrap!. She always has a good scrappy story to tell!

Have a lovely Summer's day!





Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August OMG....One Monthly Goal

I haven't been very successful the last couple of months with my Monthly Goal. 

August will be a very busy time for me at the longarm, so I'm giving myself a break. My goal this month will be finishing the top of my Freefall quilt....



As you can see, not many blocks to go. If I can squeeze it in to get quilted, I will count that as a bonus. It's not very big....maybe 39" square. 

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for OMG - One Monthly Goal. Have you decided to join in monthly with a goal???

Have a lovely Summer's day!



Sunday, July 30, 2017

Re-stitching

I hope to be out enjoying a beautiful Summer's day today.

My garden has been sadly neglected, so I'll try to get some fussing done with that and start re-thinking what the future of this perennial  bed will be in the coming years. 

As always though, I started my day with a bit of slow-stitching. 

Last week I had to rip out four blocks and correct a mistake...luckily it didn't take long at all....I've gotten three done now, and one to go...



It was easier to applique them the second time as the pieces held their "needle-turn" from the first time :)


We've had a few clues that Minnie is getting closer to her time. By this time next week she shall be a momma!

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We prepared her bed yesterday with some newspapers and she jumped right in and started to get comfy. Yes, the time is near!


This week I managed to get my fabrics organised for the upcoming mystery offered at Meadow Mist Designs called Magnolia Mystery. I'm looking forward to starting as Cheryl's last mystery quilt was so well done.


I couldn't resist the fabric second from the left....remember the "fortune" tellers we played with as children? I can't remember if we had a name for them???? I wonder, if I got out a piece of paper could I make one again?...I think I could!

My background fabric is yardage I've had for over ten years...I'm actually going to use the "other" side of the fabric since I like it better.

I think I'll make it my goal today to actually take some slow stitching outside and do some stitching in the fresh air!

I am linking up with Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching (if you leave a comment on her blogpost today, you are in for a chance to win a giveaway!), and with Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework for Oh,Scrap!.

Have a good one!




Sunday, July 23, 2017

(Un)Stitching on a Sunday

On Friday I was feeling sorry for my progress on my Dutch Treat quilt....you can read about it here and even a few days earlier here.

I was definitely ready to call it quits, especially after I'd had a few messages from others who have started and not finished this quilt!

I don't know why I thought to try one more block....but give it a hit of spray starch first.

Right away things were going better...



Wow, a nice smooth curve with none of the dreaded fraying that I've had problems with!

I'm quite impressed so far, especially after having so many frustrations!....



I guess I'll keep at it for a bit, but next block I'll be sure to pick one that has some inner corners. Those are what give me the most aggravation, so we'll see if the starch helps with those.

I know people say that starch attracts silverfish. Is that only in certain parts of the world??? I know my husband starches his shirts and we haven't had a problem here.

Here is the finished block, I'm quite happy with it!....



As for the un-stitching on this Sunday morning.....

A couple of weeks ago I'd finished the four of these blocks needed for my Down the Rabbit Hole...





They've been up on the design wall as I've been constructing the houses for this round...


It was only yesterday that I realised that I used the wrong background fabric for these four blocks. Maybe I could have left them, but it really won't take much to make it right.

So, bring on the seam ripper...



Hopefully, if I'm careful, I can re-use the applique pieces.



On Saturday I started getting things organised for the Guild Retreat Day that's to be held on Tuesday.

I've decided to get back to the Freefall Sew-along that was offered by Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon back in the early Spring...



I'm looking forward to seeing how this one turns out!


Our little Minnie is only a couple of weeks from expecting her puppies. She's been acting a bit odd lately, so I thought maybe we should make up her nesting box to see if that would help. She jumped right in before we'd even finished and made herself at home...



I wonder if I have her dates wrong...I don't think so, but we'll see. I figure around the first of August. 

A friend of mine makes little beds for dogs using her smallest snippets of fabric as stuffing. I've been saving mine, but have nowhere nearly enough to make beds for the new puppies to take to their forever homes. 

Maybe some of my more local friends could save their bits and pieces in the next month and give them to me at the September guild meetings to recycle? It would be greatly appreciated!

I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching, then I think I'll go take a little while longer to do some stitching...and un-stitching. I am also liking with Cynthia for Oh, Scrap!.