Saturday, November 22, 2014

Another Try To Post



Another try to post.
Isn't it awful to write a full post and then to have it disappear? Nasty times. So, short and sweet. This quilt was started when my sister came to visit. We had entered a quilt shop to look at fabrics that she might like. Thirteen yards later, we exited! Then we had to find a pattern. That's what I said, find a pattern!!  
Of all the hundreds of patterns that I have collected, she really liked a picture of one on the back page of a magazine. We found the pattern on line but it was not available to download right away so what's a gal to do? Make one up of course! My sister has never quilted before but she was so gunho that she jumped right in.
This is her first block ever, after some brief instructions on how to measure, cut, sew and square up.


What a great job! For two days we worked on this pattern before she had to go home. This is as far as we got. 


This quilt is now finished just in time for her to pick up this weekend. Voila!



It is queen size but it has been so long that I can't remember the finished size. 
I also have started a small quilt for my granddaughter. She chose Flower Fairies, a pattern by Red Boots Quilt Company. I have finished with sewing on the appliqué now and will start joining the blocks together. Need to get this one finished by December 13th.
Also finished the quilting and have started the binding on this one...

One last picture, taken on the shore of Skaha Lake. Winter is a coming !



Friday, October 3, 2014

A few more finished

Yes! A few more finishes to report!

This is the final picture of the quilt from last post. From start to finish this quilt took 8 days to make, a few hours a day. 

I was so excited to get this done so fast that I quickly made a back for my spool quilt. In between making the blocks for my other quilts, I have been making these spool blocks as a leader and ender. You know, never leaving the needle empty...

 As of last night, I finished off the binding. Yeah me!

Also, this is now gracing the design wall...

Please excuse the stool as it is needed to reach the top, especially as I  move things around. These bigger blocks sew up to funky sizes so it is going to be interesting when it comes time to square things up! 

My niece has shown interest in starting to quilt and after buying a quick tabletop pattern, she started to cut up and sew. As she hasn't any proper rulers and such, she had ended up with quite the wavy mat. She asked for help to fix and finish and after taking apart just a few seams, I managed to get it to lay flat enough to quilt for her. As this is her first project, I left most of the seams, matching, and size as she created, so that she will have something to look back on. Do you remember how our first projects looked? All in all, she did a great job for first time out. Guess Auntie just has to mentor another kindred soul eh? 

Next time I see her, I will show her how to finish off the binding. 


That's all for now. I just purchased some fabric for a sister's upcoming quilt so will share when it arrives...


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Update

Well, I think I will put off my decision about the long arm. There are so many variables to think about in this decision of mine and for the first time in my life, I am not going to jump without looking first.

As for Quilting, I have finished another quilt and it is already with its new owner. This is the first time that I have tried to design a quilt for someone. When the owner saw the interior panel of the three horses, it became the starting point of the design. Luckily I had made most of the four patches through the Bonny Hunter scrap saving technique and the flying geese on the border were made during some mindless sewing awhile ago. It still took a long time creating this quilt as I am not a designer at all. Ninety percent of the fabric came from my stash and I only had to buy some of the brown so to have enough of the bigger squares. 

Just this last week, I have been working on a mystery pattern that Silly Goose had created a few years back. It was only after I took the picture that I realized that I had turned the upper right border the wrong way. It is all fixed now, the backing is made and the quilt is all pinned together. Hopefully in the next few days I will get this quilted and the binding added. As I attend a stitch and bitch with a few ladies once a week, there will be some hand work more me to do. 

The days are getting cooler now, the garden needs to be cleaned out, and all the watering hoses and sprinklers need to be put away. It is apple picking season right now and the scent of apples is strong in the air. I have stripped, sanded and stained the last of the deck boards, mowed and whipper snipped the borders, canned tomatoes, and made peach nectar. And that has been done in the last week! 

With today being our grandson's birthday, I am going to meet them at the hockey rink where he is playing a league game. I will get to see him play and wish him happy birthday! It has been awhile since I have seen the family even though we really don't live that far apart. You know how it is, life and summer is so busy and grandma really doesn't look that good in a swim suit and doesn't know how to water ski.

Okay, time for me to get going... Talk soon....


Friday, September 5, 2014

Need to make a decision

Hello my readers,

I am looking into investing in a long arm machine. Right now I have two choices, one with a computer and one with none. As a customer, would you require special patterns for the quilting, or would you lean more to a more inexpensive pattern? I am not very experienced as I have done most of mine on my DM, but wish to upgrade. Lol.... Want to spoil myself.... Any input would be greatly appreciated

Sunday, August 17, 2014

It's been busy around here!

We are so glad that it is finally starting to cool down around here. It has been in the triple digits for most of the summer, that the only time the outside work could be done was very early in the morning. This summer, we have met some really nice people, attended a few bbqs, met up with brothers and sisters for a visit or two, a special visit from daughter and her family and managed to get some more of the outside cleaned up. The garden has produced many things that needed to be eaten and canned and the volunteer flowers have been so appreciated! 

In the hottest parts of the day, I have managed to play in the sewing room again. This quilt was made for my nephew and his girlfriend as they have moved up north and needed something warm for their bed. It was quite the challenge for me and please don't look too close as there are a few seams that just didn't make the match. 


Also, I have been working on this one and have managed to get it to the pinning stage. Hopefully I can get this one done in the next week as I would like to hand deliver. 

It is a queen size quilt also. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sigh...

My last post was in May? So busy here for the summer so far. 

We created this....

Added this...

Went and saw this....

Did some of this...


Saw some of this...

Finally did some of this...

No wonder I feel like this...


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Time to Update

Well hello all! I know a few people read this blog but I am not sure if the comments are working. I have sent a test and I can comment but could someone please comment? 

On to the update...

I finally finished the Celtic Soltice quilt and now it is in the mail to its new owners. Want to see?

It sure turned out nice though the sun was so strong that it has washed out the true rich colors of the green. This is a Bonny Hunter mystery quilt from last November and I have played around with the borders. 

Also, I just inherited a new to me Singer Featherweight sewing machine. I am not sure of the age and maybe someone can tell me....

 It belonged to my Grandfather's mother and I know she used it a lot. She always was so crafty! 

I also finally have started to put together Bonny Hunter's Lazy Sunday pattern that I started just before we moved last year. I am a lot further along than this picture, but alas I haven't taken the camera with me to the sewing room so...

There is also a few other things I have made but again no pictures.. Sorry.. Hopefully will get onto that.

We have been quite busy with all the work on our 8 acres with getting the irrigation lines working, the grass mowed though sadly the tractor is in getting fixed, garden planted and spring cleaning done. Whew, sounds like a lot of work but a bit of everything everyday makes the tasks manageable.

Anyway, getting late so will update shortly I hope!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It's Spring!

 And with Spring comes all the outside mowing, trimming , irrigation fixing and garden digging. In between we have have wonderful sunshine, freaky hail , strong winds and a bit of rain. You, know, a normal Spring. 

I have got a little finished in the sewing room. I just sent this quilt off to some friends of ours. This one was made for summer time use as it can get quite warm where they live. 

As you can see from the first picture, some of those winds were happening. 

Now I am putting the binding on this spool quilt that was a year long block challenge a few years ago by Bonny Hunter. 

 Two finishes plus one doll that unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of. Not too bad considering all the outside work done the last two months. Now I have put the Celtic Soltice quilt back on the wall so I can finish it up too! 

I have saved so many patterns that it is really hard to pick the next one to try. Maybe I should catch up with Lyn Brown's Do You See BOM, make the Owls From Fat Cat Patterns, another Scrap quilt, some small baby size? Too many choices. 

Well that's all for now....

Monday, March 3, 2014

Using up those extra blocks....

Yup, it's March... It seems that February just didn't have much to blog about.  I have been quilting in between shoveling, feeding the fireplace and housework. I managed to get this couch quilt started and finished. It is so nice to have some color in the living room now. 


This was a free pattern I found on the Quiltville site called Pineapple Express. It really is easy to make though my quarter inch marker seems to be slipping again. Sigh...

I also finished two table runners ,


With six matching placemats for the Easter looking mat. 

Also I am just putting together finally my spool quilt that I did as leaders and Enders a few years ago.  I actually just found them and thought that now would be a good time to get them together...

Hopefully I will have something to show soon.  

I am really trying to get some of these pieced quilts finished here in between new projects.  Just need an inspiration somewhere to kick start my next one... That's all for now!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Yes, yes, yes....

I just haven't took the time to post. There has been some (a lot) of sewing done in the last month but most of it has just been mind easing work. 

We received a new grand nephew last month and within a week, I pulled this together. The pattern comes from http://www.redbootquilts.com and truly easy to make.  This is the second one of Toni's patterns I have attempted and I still am impressed with all the directions. 

There has also been a little more work on the borders for Celtic Soltice, a Bonny Hunter mystery quilt. I am trying something new so taking my time on this.  Also I have tried to make a pair of slippers. The first set were too small as I hadn't added the 3/8" sew line. Also there was no way I was able to get my foot inside so the next set pattern was enlarged by 110% which almost too much but worked to make the pattern easier to make. Here is the end result.  I think I will stick to quilting !   Also, I tried my hand at making a pillow form and a table runner.  

And... In between all that I have been making nine patches, flying geese and four patches of different sizes, trying to use up some of the smaller scraps and cut sizes I have on hand.  So as you can see, I have been sewing, just not doing so great at the blogging part. 


Whoops,, almost forgot about a qal that Judy from Patchwork Times had designed.  Again, changed the colors to try something new but....

 I still have to attach the borders.  I had forgotten to square up a few blocks and that played havoc with the finished size. Oh well learning with mistakes seem to be my mantra.  Til next time....

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sewing, sewing, sewing...

It seems that the sewing machine has been running full bore though what have I got to show for it?

I have finally got the center blocks put together for Celtic Soltice . I need to find a certain fabric for the inner border as I have a vision in my head on how I want this to look.


At night, I have been getting exercise practicing on the treadle gifted to me.  That big box of scraps that I have has slowly, I mean slowly, been sewn into string blocks.  There has been a little design niggling away in the back recesses of my mind and these string blocks are going to be used. I have been using Bonny Hunter's leader and Enders in between projects and have quite the pile of four patches that I am putting them together in blocks of color families. 

Looking back on my previous post, I noticed that I was going to show the secret project I had been working on. Voila!

 This was made for my mother who will be moving in my sister. Here is a close up of the blocks... 

The last picture is a block that my mother had made when she was sewing. When I expressed my interest in quilting, she gave me this block to use where I wished. Well! I thought this was the best place for it don't you think?

Well off sewing again as we now have a new grand nephew. I hope to have a good start on it though it won't be ready for the shower. 

That's all for now....