Monday, July 30, 2007
For a while we seemed to be on the same schedule as a truck with three men in it. They would arrive at a yard sale just before us or just after us. My husband thought they had probably left their wives at the mall and they were making their own entertainment--killing time while the wives shopped. We parted ways at a garage sale where they were looking and seemed very interested in a 6 ft high, 15 ft long Santa and reindeer Christmas yard display. When we left them I was chuckling--that will be the last time those wives leave those men alone garage sailing! I would love to have been there when they pulled up to the mall to pick up their wives with that huge yard display in the bed of that pickup!
I came across the garage sale of a quilter. Look at the fabric I found! All of the fabrics are brights--perfect for a kid's quilt--perfect for a donation quilt. I just need to find some time now to work on a quilt!
This Uneven Nine Patch or Puss in the Corner block is very simple construction--5 1/2" square center, surrounded by 2" squares and 2" strips for a finished size of 9 1/2". (Please note that measurements are finished sizes, not cut sizes.)
This quilter set the blocks together with 2" sashing strips and cornerstones and finished the quilt off with a 2" inner border and a 5" outer border.
The fabrics in this quilt definitely add interest to an other wise simple quilt block, but the formula works.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
These fabrics are beautiful, but not your traditional quilting fabrics. They are natural fibres, although I am not sure just what. They are very loosely woven and and i am sure if i cut into the fabrics they will ravel.
The picture is not exactly true in colour--the piece on the left is bright yellow, not orange like in the picture and the piece on the right is royal blue, not black like in the picture.
Since the trip to South America, my niece has been to school in Denmark. While attending school in Denmark, she met her fiance who was from England. This May they were married in England. I asked my niece if she wanted me to make a quilt for her out of the fabric that she brought back from South America as my wedding gift to her. She jumped at the offer.
Now the pressure was on. What was I going to do with this fabric? I toyed with various patterns, all of which were discarded. I then got the bright idea to make a Trip Around the World Quilt--using the South American fabrics as the border to the quilt. I decided that if I treated these fabrics like I treat t-shirts and stabilize them in the same way as when I make a t-shirt quilt, I could arrest the ravel problem.
These are the fabrics that I chose for the center, Trip Around the World portion of the quilt. I lucked out and found a fabric line at Fabricland that featured all of the bright colours that were in the South American fabrics.
Today, I managed to get together 1/2 of the quilt body.
This is a closeup of the fabrics. Each fabric has the same navy blue flower outline. This outline ties the fabrics together nicely.
The newlyweds will be in Canada in August for a second wedding reception for those of us who could not make it to England in May. The pressure is on to finish this quilt quickly!
This is a Golden Leaved Black Locust tree that was planted on the grounds of the Research Station that my FIL worked at for his entire career. This agriculture research facility is home to over 500 species of ornamental trees and shrubs.
My FIL passed away on Thanksgiving day in 1994 and this tree was planted in his memory shortly after.
My husband now works at the same research facility and so this farm continues to hold a special place in our hearts. When my daughter was in grade 2 and my son was in grade 4 they brought home small tree seedlings from school. We had no room to plant these seedlings at home and so we headed over to the Farm.
This is a picture of my husband standing behind one of the seedlings that was planted 11 years ago. The location that the kids chose to plant their trees was very sheltered and shaded. The seedlings have to compete for sunshine with the other trees nearby so I am sure that is why this tree is still so small.
A few years ago, my husband rescued some abandoned feral kittens and brought them home for my daughter to foster. Unfortunately, the kittens were very sick and way too young to be separated from their mother and so we lost them. They were been buried at the foot of this tree.
We continued to drive along the base of the mountain--for the most part on a path of sorts that had been recently mowed. We came to the end of the beaten path and the terrain changed a great deal. You can see from this picture that the grass suddenly got very tall. Yes, that grass is really the height of the hood of our truck. Finally, my husband decided that he could no longer see where we were driving and so he turned back. Thank goodness!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I have made this pattern enough times now that I know how the quilt goes together with very little reference to the pattern. It is a favorite because I know just how much fabric I will need to buy, just how many pieces of fabric to cut and what widths. I know how this quilt pattern is going to turn out and I can easily reduce or enlarge the size to fit the recipient--fewer number of blocks for a crib quilt, increase the number of blocks for an adult lap quilt. This pattern has become an old reliable when I need a quick gift--I just choose a novelty fabric as my focus or theme of the quilt based on what I know the recipient will like and then I pick three contrasting colours from the focus fabric as my rail fence blocks. The border can be more of the focus fabric if I have enough on hand or as in the case of this quilt top, a narrow strip of the print with one of
the contrasting fabrics as an outer border.
In this case, I have used up all of what was left of the butterfly fabric from a previous quilt--The Simple Life Quilt. The small trimmings that were left when I was cleaning up my sewing area have already been sewn into some colour catcher string blocks so there truly is no usable remnant of this fabric left.
I finished putting this top together on Saturday.
This is another Warm Wishes quilt--the one that featured the colourful frogs. Quilting this top was today's project. The quilting pattern is accomplished with Circle Lord's Swirls template. The quilt is shown in this picture while it is still on the long arm machine. The quilting is now finished and the quilt has moved on to the binding pile.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
1. I don't mind travelling, but I don't seem to get away very often. It is the decision part of where to go that keeps me from getting away!
2. I love animals--especially chickens, dogs, cats, and horses. Our current property is far too small for horses and chickens are out of the question due to DH's line of work so I will have to stick to dogs and cats for now.
3. I hate rain but I live in a part of the world where it rains a lot!
4. I love a challenge. If the guild sponsors a quilt challenge, I am right there.
5. and 6. I don't like mystery quilts. I like to see the finished quilt and then decide what fabrics I want to use to make my version and if I am going to make any changes to the pattern. In a mystery project you are following someone else's lead and I like to decide which direction I am going to go rather than have someone else determine that for me. I am going to say that this item counts as 2--first for the mystery quilt thing and second for deciding my own direction. *LOL*
7. I am no where near retirement, but I already have plans for when I am retired! I can hardly wait until I can quilt full time every day!
I will not name you specifically, but if you belong to the Stash Quilts ring and you have not yet participated in one of these Memes please consider yourself tagged and play along.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
They are calling this the hottest day of the year. Weather records were broken all over the province.
The forecast is for more sun, sun, and more sun!
Monday, July 9, 2007
If you double click on the picture, the image should become larger and you should be able to read the writing. At the bottom of the pattern, there is a note that states, "Assemble quilt in a Trip Around the World design refer to photo for placement." All I have of this pattern is this single sheet. I do not have a photo to refer to as mentioned in the instructions. Since I am a visual person, I went to my quilt software, Quilt Pro, drafted the block and played with block placement variations.
I added a 2 1/2" border to the outside of the quilt. After quilting, I am planning to put a "flap" of pink on the edge of the border, tucked under a green binding. This will bring the pink and green colours back into the quilt on the outside edge, framing the quilt.
Yes, this snowman is blind. I am adding beads for eyes after the blocks are finished, assembled into the quilt top and quilted.
First cousins again.........this time arranged in order of height. There was quite a bit of laughter and joking around while we were organizing these photos. Arranging the cousins in order of age and height for photos was a family tradition--"Just like we used to when we were little!" could be heard above the laughter.
Monday, July 2, 2007
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Some quilters like to back stitch and then just clip. I prefer the look of no back stitching, tying off by hand and burying the threads in the batting like the hand quilters do. It takes me longer, but I prefer the look.
Because July 1 falls on a Sunday this year, we all get tomorrow off making this a long weekend.
I am behind in meeting my monthly goals -- finishing one of the BOM snowmen blue work blocks and finishing off one of the listed UFOs on my side bar each month. I hope to get back on track this month--starting with the extra time I have this weekend.
To those blog readers in Canada--enjoy your long weekend!