Friday, August 31, 2007
The focus fabric in this quilt is butterflies. Double click on a picture to get a larger view and you will see the butterflies.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
If you remember back on July 22 I showed you the fabrics that were part of what I was calling the South American Challenge. "Plan A" was to make a Trip Around the World Quilt reflecting Laurie's (my niece) many trips to far away countries over the years, inspired by the colours in the fabrics that Laurie brought back home to Canada from South America. This plan was proceeding along just fine until I reached the point where I was going to apply the borders to the quilt. The fabrics from South America were not quilting fabrics. These fabrics were of a different weight than the quilting fabrics used in the Trip Around the World quilt and were loosely woven and required stabilizer before I could cut them. I just could not continue with this plan. It was clear that a quilt combining the quilting fabrics and the woven fabrics was not going to happen.
On to "Plan B". I decided to finish the Trip Around the World quilt with quilting fabrics, adding a narrow border (actually a flap of fabric) and a wider border made from quilting fabrics in the main body of the quilt. In order to still make a quilt from the South American fabrics, I decided to showcase those fabrics in their own quilt. My husband started to refer to this quilt as the "Bonus Quilt". A simple nine patch made from these fabrics was backed with the same navy blue flannel fabric used to back the Trip Around the World quilt, and quilted in the same manner as the Trip Around the World quilt using the Circle Lord Baptist Fan.
The following three pictures are of the queen size Trip Around the World Quilt.
The next picture is the happy couple on their wedding day in Hastings, England taken on May 26, 2007. The couple on the left are my BIL and SIL--parents of the bride. Laurie and Jamie were married in England but because many of the Canadian friends and family could not make the trip to England for the special day, a second celebration was held yesterday, August 25, 2007 here in Canada. The quilts were presented to the happy couple at yesterday's celebration.
Congratulations Laurie and Jamie!
A Quilt sewn together,
With utmost care,
quilted with love,
is a treasure to share.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
So we jumped on our bikes and pedaled the few blocks it takes to get uptown from our house. When we arrived, there were already some local residents who had positioned themselves across the street from the demolition.
This is a picture of the side of the local feed mill and farm store . A mural was painted on the side of this building many years ago. Fortunately I had the foresight to take a picture of the mural the week before the building was demolished. The old feed mill was starting to become a real eye sore but it is a shame that we had to loose this mural.
The following are pictures of the demolition as it was taking place Saturday morning.
The equipment operator was truly skilled and it was a pleasure to watch him operate that huge piece of machinery with such finesse. He could use that bucket to remove just one cinder block at a time or he could use the weight of the machine to knock down large sections of the walls at a time.
Rumor has it that this location will soon be the new home of a grocery store.
By the way, I did finish that customer quilt later in the afternoon!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I have mentioned before that this is one of my favorite quilt patterns. I just love the "recipe"--a focus fabric or novelty print and 3 contrasting fabrics drawn from the colours in the print. A dash of a fourth fabric drawn from the colours in the novelty print can be added as an inner border to add punch if desired.
Simple piecing.........just straight lines...........no stretchy bias to deal with..............just let the fabrics do all the work
This is a picture of the quilt back. I was determined to bust stash with this one so I used all of the leftover fabrics from the front of the quilt and added two pieces of green from my stash to make the piece large enough to use as backing for this quilt.
While surfing the Internet, I discovered a site with interesting facts about frogs. This site mentioned that frogs are a protection symbol for children and promote pleasant dreams. I didn't know this about frogs when I made the quilt, but in hindsight, this information confirms that this will be a great quilt for a young child some day!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
And of course, DH has discovered that this is also a quiet spot to read the morning paper!