Sunday, May 21, 2017

Stitching on a Sunday

This morning I sat and stitched away at my centre medallion for the Down the Rabbit Hole BOM.

I think we are supposed to applique 54 leaves at this point. I should count, because it felt like more! I just kept sewing them on 'til it looked full.




....and I think I'm done!....


I like it!

Now, onto the next bit. A border will be sewn on then construction of a border of houses. I hope to get a bit of a start on the houses through the next week.

Please have a visit with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching to see what others are working on today, and with Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework for Oh, Scrap!.

Have a wonderful Spring day....hopefully you'll get to spend some time outdoors in your garden like I plan to do!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dutch treat.....and a running weekend!

I'd forgotten my plan to try to applique one block per week on my Dutch Treat quilt.

Yesterday I got one prepped so I could work on it with my morning coffee...


I really like this one....mainly because it lacks any inside corners, which, for me, are the most difficult part of these blocks!

The underneath fabrics are all Shweshwe fabrics that I purchased from Celeste at Meerkat Shweshwe a couple of months ago. I look forward to buying more at her booth next month at Quilt Canada!

One of the fun parts of these blocks is seeing the design appear as I poke away at the reverse applique! I have no idea how one goes about quilting this quilt, but luckily I won't have to worry about that for a couple of years :)

Here are the blocks I have completed so far...



Running update:

So, I've realised that I do enjoy taking part in races. 

Back in January I signed up for the Chocolate Race in St. Catharines. Then a short while back my running group from Northshore Athletics thought it would be fun as a group to join in on the Mudcat Marathon in Dunnville. 

Of course, this was all taking place this last weekend! 

So this was my schedule....Thursday night run with the club, Friday evening run the Fishy 5K in Dunnville, Saturday morning run the Riverfront 5K in Dunnville and then the Chocolate Run on Sunday morning in St. Catharines.

I think I would have been ok if not for the run on Thursday...four days in a row was just a wee bit too much, lol.

Here are a couple of highlights...

Crossing the finish line Friday night when I ran my personal best!..



After the Riverfront 5k on Saturday morning with my friends, Karen and Sheila (who are also quilty friends!). In this race I got second in my age group....which is kinda hilarious to me as I am a very, very slow runner!...




Then, The Chocolate Run on Sunday where I ran with my running buddy, Paula, and her daughter, Eleta...



The race was partly run through a wooded area...I was able to take a couple of pictures because by this time I had to walk at least a third of the distance...


The Chocolate Run was highlighted by chocolate-covered strawberries handed out at the 1K mark, and some great "swag" after finishing...


....and chocolate martinis, of course....



These races certainly added to my award collection....


Paula made me a wonderful way to display my medals....


Oops...I forgot to take a picture after I replaced the backscratcher with an actual dowel!!

So, after all that running on the weekend, the last two days my body has been sooooo fatigued. Would I do it again next year?, probably, because I had so much fun! I would cut out the Thursday night run, though!!


My new tulips are finally starting to blossom....after all the old ones are on the way out....

Don't they look lovely with my pretty, yellow Spring flowers??

Have a wonderful day!

Linking up with:

Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social
Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers
Mama Spark's Worls for WIP's






Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lots of Leaves!

What with being busy at the longarm, working in the yard and whatnot, I've found I don't have much time for piecing lately.

It looks like it will be a beautiful day out there today, so I hope to have a productive day working so I can go out later and start forming my new Zinnia garden.

I still do manage to get a bit of handwork done everyday, of course.

At the moment, I'm working on appliqueing the fifty or so leaves to my Down the Rabbit Hole BOM...


Have a wonderful day!

Linking up with:

Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers
Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social
Confessions of a Fabric Addict for I May Have a Scrap Problem
Mama Spark's World for WIP's with Friends

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Slow Stitching....or, "When will this block be done!?"

Today I will need to find time to do some applique-prep. On days like this, with a lack of applique ready to go, I turn to my Life is Beautiful.

This block has been in the hoop since before Christmas....just dragging along, so much so that I really don't like it!



 Even my stitching is not working out so good. I think I've  just got to get it done and carry on with one I can enjoy.

The funny thing this morning is reading that Kathy at Kathy's Quilts is working on the same block and finding it taking a long time to finish, also.

I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching to see what others are poking at today.


I also wanted to share a couple of pictures of little Mina showing off her Shopkins/Batman skirt....she loved it!



....and being photo-bombed by big brother...


.....and trying out the Batman on the reverse....


I'm so glad she liked it!!

Friday, May 5, 2017

30 Minutes a Day???

Sometimes I get requests to make quilts.

I always...mostly always....have to say "no". I don't make quilts on commission. It's become easier over time to decline, especially since I realise that I don't have time to piece my own quilts! 

The funny thing is is that I seem to get my appliqued quilts done in a quicker time-frame. I often get asked how long it takes to make my applique quilts and I always answer that it takes two cups of coffee per day, that's how long it takes.

Most anyone who knows me knows that I'm an early riser. They also know that I start the day with two cups of coffee and some hand-sewing. It's my peaceful time, my meditation, if you will.

I'm rarely in a hurry to finish my applique quilts....it's all about enjoying the "journey"....enjoying the process....which I really do!

I've come across an interesting blogpost this week. It is by Annie at Annie's Ruby Slipperz. She has issued a challenge to sew for 30 minutes per day for the month of May.

You can read about it HERE. She is calling the challenge Sew30,SewFun.






I think I'll give it a try.

I'm quite behind on my 150 Canadian Women quilt and have been trying to think of a good way to get me back up to speed....this may help me a little...I hope!




So, my intention is to try to use my thirty minutes per day to play catch-up on this quilt.

I've got thirty blocks done....and I think the sew-along is up to seventy-five, or so...so I've got some stitching to do! I really don't want this one to fall by the wayside.


I'm almost finished making this skirt for my granddaughter. One side is made of Shopkins fabric (I think I got the idea for this from Confessions of a Fabric Addict!)...




The reverse is Batman fabric, Mina's other fascination...





I knew that it would be unlikely that both the Shopkins and Batman skirts would miraculously come out even at the bottom, so I made the Batman one slightly longer so it shows as a bit of extra ruffle on the Shopkins side. (thanks go to my friend Debbie for a couple of great tips!)

I just have a few threads to take care of and one more seam that needs topstitching and it will be done. We're seeing little Mina on Saturday, so I'll have to remember to take pictures of her in her new skirt!

It's quite soggy weather here lately, so I think I'll be spending a bit more time than usual in the studio! 

Linking up with:

Can I get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Fridays at Busy Hands Quilts
Finish it up Fridays at Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

One Monthly Goal....May

My first thought for May's goal was to get to a certain point in my Down the Rabbit Hole.

The other day, I was in a quandary about some of the "flowers" in the medallion so far....


I decided it was worth the bit of time needed to make me happier with this.....


I like it! Also, I removed a flower(circle) that is in the first picture at the 11:00 position because it suddenly seemed the perfect choice for the very centre of the piece!

I just need to sew down the last couple of circles and figure out how I want to complete that black bias strip and I'll be able to carry on to the over-50 leaves that get appliqued next.

That was going to be my "One Monthly Goal" but there is another that will take that spot for May. 

My goal will be to complete my Meadow Mystery quilt.

This quilt will be a "picnic quilt"....something to take outside when babies are visiting so they can roll around on the quilt on the grass...so this may be needed soon, as the weather hopefully warms up!

Another reason to get this one done is that I'd like to try quilting it in a way that Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts seems to favour for her quilts. Lorna will be the guest speaker at one of my guilds in June, the Norfolk County Quilters' Guild in Vittoria, so I think it would be cool to have this quilt done for Show and Tell when she is there.

As a side note, the pattern for this mystery quilt was very well done. This was offered by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. I mention this because Cheryl is starting her next mystery soon, called Magnolia Mystery. If anyone loves a mystery quilt, or has wanted to try one, I do recommend Cheryl's mystery patterns!

Hmm, maybe this month I will have a quilting goal and an applique goal!


Lately we've had a LOT of rain. I'm a bit worried about this little bird on top of the basketball post...



She's been busy building a nest inside the post for the last little while...I'm wondering if it's been totally destroyed by the rain. What an odd spot for her to choose to nest.


Linking up with:

OMG-One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
WIP's at Silly Mama Quilts


Monday, May 1, 2017

Quilty365, the finale!

Today is a special day! 

Audrey at Quilty Folk is hosting the final linky party for the Quilty365 quilts. You can visit HERE to see everyone's beautiful quilts and even have a chance to win a prize by commenting on her post.

The idea for Quilty365 was to applique a circle every day for a year....using fabrics that may reflect our lives that particular day.

The name of my quilt is A Year in My Life.

I started with a circle, but right away remembered that a few years back I had wanted to do a hearts quilt....so I changed mine up...


Lots of memories in this quilt....a birthday heart...


....we had a litter of puppies last Summer...


....the times my sister got on my nerves....


.....the day Prince died...


....the day we welcomed new grandson, Lachlan, into the world....


......and so on, and so on, etc., until I now have this beauty....


I'm maybe halfway done the quilting on my quilt. I hope to have it done in time for the Fall Fair this year.

Thanks again, Audrey!, for a wonderful idea that has many of us with these quilts that have been so inspiring.



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Rabbit Holes and Pineberries!

I did manage to get a few stitches in this morning despite sleeping in a bit. A perfect morning for it as it is rainy, cold and gloomy! I'm supposed to go for a run in an hour, but it's hard to imagine getting motivated to get ready and out the door!

I've been making steady progress on my Down The Rabbit Hole BOM. 


I still need to prep a few of the circular flowers.  I do have some ready but I'm not sure they will show up against the background.


Here they are placed on the piece....would love some feedback. I probably will replace them, it wouldn't be much at all to do so.


Hmmm, looking at the picture, I think I can see my answer clearly!


We've had a bit of a start to Spring gardening. We've planted something called Pineberries...




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They are like a strawberry, but white and with the flavour of pineapples. Most of them have been planted in the garden, but we've read that they can do well in containers, so we've put two in a pot...


They seem to be happy, so far!

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

Have a lovely Spring day!


Friday, April 21, 2017

Oasis, Shopkins and Batman!

I'm finally making some headway on the latest round of my Midnight at the Oasis. 



Lots of orange peel blocks needed, but as of today I only need two more.


I'm still not quite happy with the very centre, but I'll leave it for now and see if another fabric that will do better comes to mind.

Yesterday was indeed a Throwback Thursday....I haven't sewn clothing in a few years...maybe since my daughter was a little girl??

Well, lately I read on someone's blog (sorry, I really can't recall who's) about a twirly skirt she was making. She was using Shopkin's fabric and I have a little granddaughter who is obsessed with Shopkins. Whenever I see her she shows me all the the different "characters" she has.

I did find the instructions for the skirt HERE if you want to see how it will look.

A couple of weeks ago we searched high and low for Shopkins fabric in our area. I got the impression it is a new fabric that hasn't come to Canada yet. I did find it on Etsy...ordered it and it arrived quickly....


As it happens, little Mina also loves Batman. This skirt is reversible, so here's a peek at the other fabric I'm using...



This is an easy enough skirt and I think she will live in it all Summer long, but it sure uses skills that I haven't used in a long time. There are a couple of tiers and ruffle so there is a lot of gathering to be done.

Here it is, so far....still another tier and ruffle to be added, and the Batman skirt to be done...



Linking up today with Sarah for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?,  and with Myra for Finished or Not Friday.

There was so much rain, thunder and lightning here yesterday and today is starting out very foggy, but I have a feeling when the sun comes out it will mean the first mowing of the lawn on Sunday. I'm looking forward to getting out and tidying up the yard and getting ideas for this year's garden!

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Long Time Gone

I've been taking part in a sew-along online for the Jen Kingwell quilt, Long Time Gone. 

It's a good way to be part of something that has many people from around the world sharing their progress, as well. I have to admit, I do seem to like sew-alongs lately!

So far, the workload hasn't been too bad, but there are some pretty intense blocks coming up in the near future. 

We are starting Week 6. So far I am keeping up...somewhat.....I still have to go back and complete Week 2 at some point. 

There is a deadline to finish the specific sections each week. Once complete the blocks are posted on Instagram to be eligible for prizes.




Hopefully I'll stick with it and not let this join the pile of UFO's!

Today I am linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social, with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for I May Have a Scrap Problem, Silly Mama Quilts for WIP's and with Susan at Quilt Fabrication for Midweek-Makers.

If you've never tried a sew-along, I encourage you to think about it....it's lots of fun!

This week I did a bit of hand-quilting on my Quilty365/Year in My Life. I happened to lose my needle so I spread the quilt on the floor to run a magnet over it. I thought I'd take a picture while it was out on the floor....


I may be about half-way done, not counting the borders. At this point, I have no idea what I'll quilt in the outer borders. Some of the stitching you see is actually the longarm-basting that is holding it together. I take those stitches out as I progress across the quilt.

I hope to have this one done in time for the Fall Fair season!

Oh, and you can see Minnie in her "throne" watching the action. She does think it's her chair....if the grandchildren dare to sit in it she gives them what-for!

Have a great day!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

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Happy Easter everyone!  

I have a mixed-up schedule this week and will be working today but I still took a few minutes to do some slow stitching. 

I pulled out my Quilty365/Year In My Life quilt to do some hand-quilting. If you remember, each block was done to commemorate each day last year. I thought it would be nice to work on last year's Easter block.

As far as I can determine, I think this one is it...


One of them looks like it may represent Easter eggs, don't you think?

Whenever I pull this quilt out to work on, it makes me feel like I could enjoy the whole day just quilting....so peaceful.

My goal is to have this one done by the time the Fall Fair comes. I'm not going to rush it, though, it'll get done at some point. 

I am linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching so we can see what others are working on today, and also with Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework for Oh Scrap!.

Have a wonderful Spring day!