Monday, 24 April 2017

Free Fall Quilt Along Progress

     I've been feeling pretty happy lately.  Although it's still a bit cold, it's been more Spring like.   The longer days filled with bird song and sun make such a difference to my mood.  At work things have been a bit of a strain with our computers and consequently cash registers, and debit machines acting up but I think things have all been sorted out now.  It's amazing how much things like that can take a toll.

     I've been working on catching up with the Honey Pot Bee ( I'll post about that later in the week) and I've been keeping up with my part of Sandra's quilt along Free Fall.  It's great doing this quilt along with my friends as I have less to do and I'm able to keep up.   Here are my blocks for this week.

     But the joke is on me because as I look at them I can see that I made a mistake in two of them and I'm going to have to fix them.  So I guess I'm not all caught up. It's a pretty easy fix that I'll do tonight.  All the fabric for this quilt is at my friend Wendy's so I have no shadow leaf point to share and I suspect it's not done yet.
   The three of us are making this together as a donation quilt and we are expanding on the size and the number of leaf blocks in the background section so one friend is making three blocks on this off white background and one friend is making four.  That friend is making one less of the blocks on the shadow background.  At the last link up I hadn't quite completed my blocks on the shadow leaf background.  So here they are.  Let's see if I made any mistakes with these.

     They look pretty good.   I'm off to work in a few minutes so I'll leave you here.  I'm linking up with Beth of Cooking up Quilts, Sandra of Musings of a Menopausal Melon, and Kat of Kat and Cat Quilts.  This last link up is pretty new to me.  It's a weekly link up of charitable quilts called Sew Some Love.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Oh Happy Mail

     It's my turn this month as Queen Bee for Stash Bee Hive 4 and the Happy Mail has started to arrive.   Here are my first arrivals which came last Friday.  Aren't they awesome!

     I decided to use one of my designs from the 30 quilt designs challenge I did with Sandra of Musings of a Menopausal Melon, for my block.  This was one of my first designs and it is based on a flag from Canada's history, the Carignan Saliere flag.

    I'm using my blocks to  make a quilt for my niece and I chose my palette based on a woven blanket she has.  It's an off white with blue lines running through it and little pops of red.  My plan is to make the quilt primarily with blues, greys and low volumes with a bit of red here and there.  Here are my sample blocks.  

     It's a pretty simple block to make, essentially combining a pinwheel with a plus sign.  My blocks finish at 12 1/2 inches so I made my 1/2 square triangles at 5 1/2".  The two shorter pieces of the plus sign where 2 1/2" by 5 1/2 " and the longer piece of the plus sign is 2 1/2" by 12 1/2".  I've been thinking  about arrangements with this pattern and there just might be another quilt top in the making.

        I've been planning this quilt for my niece for some time and I have tons of blue and grey fabrics to fill in the spaces between the reds. My daughter was home for Easter and she gave a thumbs up on the blocks so far.

      Being queen bee for the month is so much fun.  I'm sitting back enjoying the good weather and watching my beautiful blocks arrive.  Linking with Beth of Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday which is held on Tuesday this week because of the New Blogger Blog Hop.   Are you following along?  It's always so much fun to meet new bloggers through the hop.  I'm also going to link up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Main Crush Tuesday

   We have had some glorious weather over the last few days and I am happy to say that Spring seems to have arrived  So one thing I'm crushing on is the weather.

  I'm also crushing on getting together with my quilting amigos again to work on a common project.   This time we are jointly making the Free Fall quilt to donate to our guild's charity project.  Free Fall is a quilt designed by Sandra of Musings of a Menopausal Melon.  She is running a quilt along for this pattern right now, so you can join us if you like.
As my friends and I only get together about once a month for group sewing, we started out a bit behind.  We spent our day together sifting through our fabrics making choices on fabrics for the smaller leaves and then cutting them.

    We divided the leaf packs and took them home to sew as homework.  This is my progress as of Sunday night.

     There are 8 blocks with small leaves on a shadow leaf background.  I took three of these.  The photo above gives you an idea of what the completed block will look like.  The photo below gives you an idea of some of the other colours we will be using.

     In the end the palette for this quilt moved away from blues chosen originally for the small leaves, to greens and light oranges with a few accents of purples and browns. It will be a colourful and happy quilt. I am happy that my friends agreed to work on this quilt along with me as things continue to be quite busy for me, so I don't have to stress about keeping up.

     Did you notice the bright white background in the photo .  That's something I'm quite excited about, and the third thing I'm crushing on this week. I bought a Tasmanian  sewing table from Nova Sewing in Hamilton Ontario.  My wonderful husband picked it up and put it together for me.

  The exciting thing about this table is that the sewing machine drops down, making it level with the table top.  My blogging friend Kate of Smiles from Kate has this table and assures me I will love it.  I've started machine quilting my own quilts now and so many people have told me that things will go much more smoothly with the sewing machine dropped to table top level.  I have yet to try quilting but for piecing I can tell that my arms are better placed for ergonomics than with the table I used to have.  I'm looking forward to my next quilting experience.  I'm linking up with the Free Fall linkup and with Main Crush Monday Tuesday this week.  Then I'm going to read some more posts from the New Bloggers Blog Hop hosted by Beth of Cooking Up Quilts, Leanne of She Can Quilt and Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

2017 Finish Along 2nd Quarter List.

The first quarter is over and I managed to finish only one of my for this quarter there is a lot I can carry forward, but I think I'll drop a couple of goals and replace them with others.  I'm in the make the list long camp, although sometimes when I see other peoples long lists I think I'm in the make the list medium camp.  I like to keep my options open.

So carried forward from the 1st quarter list.

1.  The second quilt top I made.  I've sewn the back together and bought the batting so I'm feeling positive about this ones chances for a finish.

2.  Snowflake Shimmer: This is from a quilt along with Quilting Jetgirl last summer and it would be nice to get this beauty done....but I have a couple of other things I'd like to quilt first so it may slide over into quarter 3.

3. Clam Shell:  I think the top is more than 1/2 finished so it would be good to nudge it further.

4.Circle of Friends.  These are my stash bee blocks from 2016.  I'm being held back by not having a large enough squaring up ruler....I really need to borrow one.

5.  Tea Cozy.  This is a present for my 88 year old aunt so I should get a move on.

What I'm adding to the list

6.Quilt made with charm squares:

7 & 8.Quilt Remix :  turn the blocks I made for the Quilt Remix workshop at Quilt Con into quilts.

Well this is more than enough to keep me busy, so I'll end the list here and link up to the 2017FAL Quarter 2 with Leanne of She Can Quilt.....buttons on the side bar, and because I haven't been to sociable of late I'll link this list up with Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.  Hi Lorna!  

Monday, 3 April 2017

One Monthly Goal for April

     I don't like having to admit this but for the last two months I haven't managed to meet my goals for OMG.  Life is hopping and it's interfering with my quilting plans. 
      Patty of Elm Street Quilts, who hosts the OMB link up suggested that I go with smaller goals.  Instead of aiming to finish a quilt perhaps I should make a couple of blocks.  I've decided to heed her advise this month and I'm setting my goal at making four blocks for the Honey Pot Bee.  I've wanted to participate in this bee but refer to life interfering with quilting plans above.

     I think I can manage four blocks.  I did make these two pictured below in one week.  I know they are both very simple but surely if I can make two simple blocks in a week I can make at least one more complicated block in a week.

The block above is a sample block for a quilt kit I put together for my guild's bee day to be held at the end of the month. I didn't have to make the block but I really loved the fabrics Cheryl and I put together for the kit so I wanted to see a completed block.  I love this combination of fabrics so I'm secretly hoping no one picks this kit so I can work on it. 

     We get together on bee days to make quilts for the sexual assault/domestic violence project at our local hospital. 
The next block is also for the hospital program.  It's a sample block for the block of the month program where guild members get a kit to make one block to be made later into a quilt.  Can you tell that I picked the pattern for this month.  I seem to be obsessed with plus blocks lately.  It's going to be gorgeous as well.  All turquoises and oranges with the white background.

     So I'm hoping that if I take the pressure off myself and place smaller monthly goals, that I can meet those goals and make some process on the bigger goals at the same time.
And just so you know I finished my February goal on April 1st.  Here's my finished Meadow Mystery quilt top.  Thanks to Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs for running another wonderful quilting mystery and designing another lovely quilt.

     And so you know that the quilting gods have a sense of was after I snapped this photo on April first and put it on the computer I noticed that there is a section in one of the blocks that is upside down!  I'm linking up to the OMG link up at Elm Street Quilts, and because both blocks above are for charity I'm linking up with Kat and Cat Quilts.  Kat and Cat Quilts hosts the Sew Some Love Link up on Tuesdays, for any quilt your are making for Charity..

Monday, 27 March 2017

Quilting with Friends

     There is nothing like a quilt hanging on a line to brighten up a dull day.  Although it was not raining when I went out to snap the picture, the quilt was cold and damp when I brought it back inside.  But the dampness couldn't dampen its spirits as its a happy little quilt.

     It's for the Canadian Quilters Association Big Quilting Bee and I'll be putting it in the mail soon.  It will join many other quilt tops destined for Ronald McDonald houses across Canada.  It's a very kid friendly version of the slab quilt with its crayon box colours and with lots of eye spy type fabrics including clouds, whales , fish, frogs and fruits and vegetables.
    Wendy and Cyndy and I got together a couple of weeks ago to make the slab blocks out of our scraps. Often when we get together we are working on our own projects but occasionally we work on a project together.  For our next project we are going to make a quilt together following Sandra's  Free Fall Quilt Along.   If you or your friends are interested there is still loads of time to join in as the quilt along is just getting started.
     We'll be making the quilt a little bit larger than Sandra's to fit the requirements of our guild's comfort quilts.  We will do that by adding more negative space around the outside of the pattern.  Lucky for us, our now local quilt shop, which is one town away had a sale on Saturday and we picked up some fabrics for the background and the shadow leaf, along with a couple of fat quarters for smaller leaves.  We'll build the rest of the leaves out of our stashes.

     The background is an off white Kona (not on sale)  The orange is for the shadow leaf and the blue and black fabrics are for smaller leaves.  We get together to sew about once a month so I guess we'll have homework in between.  I'm sure this will be a fun project for us to tackle...and who knows maybe we'll make a second one out of batiks.  So today I'll say I'm crushing on community, both my local community of quilters and my online community and I'm linking up to Main Crush Monday  with Beth of Cooking Up Quilts and to the Quilt Bee with Lorna of Sewfresh Quilts.  And here's a new one to me.  I'm linking also with Kat of Kat and cat quilts to Sew Some Love, and yet another new to me linkup for quilts related to Canada's 150th Celebrate-Fetons 150  (sorry I don't have the accent over the e in Fetons) with Andree of Quilting and Learning.  
     This post is getting lots of mileage because I'm also linking with Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon for her free fall link up.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

MId March Catch Up

     On Monday morning I was feeling really happy.  I find that often I don't realize how much of a funk I've been in until I get out of it and feel joy.  It's been a difficult winter and to add to that my sewing machine was acting up.  There were a lot of skipped stitches.  I took it in for a tuneup, got it back and the problem was still happening.  So last Friday, I took it in again and this time I went in with it.  Reza (the repair man)  opened things up and had me sew with it until the problems started up again. He then made adjustments as I sewed along.  He did this while helping  another customer choose a machine. It seems that the tension was adjusted a bit too tight on my machine.  He gave me some trouble shooting tips as well. So it was a good experience after all.  It's amazing how much happiness having a well functioning sewing machine can bring to a quilter.

    Here's the project I was working on to test out the machine when it came back the first time.   I'm going to float these blocks in negative space for a simple but cheerful quilt, for my local Guild's charity projects.

     My friend Laura won this charm pack from Andover fabrics at Quilt Con.  She figured she wouldn't use it so I took it to make the donation quilt. It's a noble quilter who knows her quilting style so well that she can pass on such beautiful fabric. I tend to be more of a hoarder but I am trying to rectify this problem. 

The next thing I tackled was this Star Block for Lee, the Queen Bee of Stash Bee Hive 3.  She requested any star block .  As I'm the Queen next month and have to prepare a tutorial this month, I chose a simple 8 pointed star.

     I didn't realize until I got this done, that the eight pointed star is one of the blocks for the Honey Pot Bee.  I've been far too busy to work on Honey Pot but I'm itching to  make that tiara bonus block.  Now that the 30 quilt design challenge for 2017 is drawing to an end as well as the Meadow Mystery I just might have some time to participate in the Honey Pot Bee.  Fingers crossed.

     Speaking of the 30 quilt designs challenge I am pleased to say that I only have one more design to reach the 30.  I have to submit it today but that's totally do able.   Designing 30 quilts in 60 odd days has been very intense indeed.   I like some of the designs more than others, but it's taught me to look around my world for inspiration.  Another interesting thing is that sometimes I've thought a particular design is pretty darn awful and someone else will comment that they love it.

     I'm using one of my earlier designs as my block for Stash Bee.   I won't share it until April when the Stash Bee tutorial is live....but here is a peak at some of the fabrics I'm using in my samples.  The colours are chosen for the person I'm planning the quilt for.

          Today is March 15th and it's Gabriel's 1st Birthday!  Oh Happy Day.   I'll be calling his parents later today and Dwight and I are on for babysitting on Friday.  He's so much fun at this stage.  He recently learned to walk and to clap his hands.
One of my goals for this year was to spend more time with him and it's working out.  You would think this would be an easy goal, but with their family living in a neighbouring city and trying to work out our schedules with his parents schedules it's been a bit harder than you would think. 

      I'm linking my post up with Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts and then I'm practising my renditions of "The Wheels on the Bus" and "5 Little Monkeys".  Being a Grand Parent is so much fun!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Canada's 150th Charity Quilts


     It's Canada's 150th birthday as a nation and I'm sure you all know that The Canadian Quilters Association is collecting blocks to be made into quilts for Ronald McDonald houses across the country. They are hoping to collect 1,000 quilts. My buddies and I decided to make a quilt top between the three of us, so last Saturday we got together at Wendy's and started making slab blocks out of our scraps, being sure to put the special Canadian Fabrics we purchased from Fabric Please into the blocks.

     I brought all my blue, turquoise and green scraps to use in the effort and I'm sad to say that I still have loads and loads of scraps remaining.

     Here are some of the blocks we made.  We opted to make the kid's size which is 4 blocks by 6 blocks (24 blocks in total).  We finished 18 blocks on Saturday leaving 2 each to get done at home.  The blocks are 12 1/2" slabs made with the technique shared by Cheryl Arkison and Amanda Jean Nyberg in their book Sunday Morning Quilts.  

     The last day for mailing blocks and quilt tops is May 30th so I'm sure we will have our quilt top together well before that date.  The quilt tops will then go to the Quilt Canada show in June to be quilted at a really really big bee.  They are hoping that some folks will quilt their own quilts and donate them to their local Ronald McDonald houses  but we have so many other commitments with our local guild that a top is what we can manage.  Every little bit helps!   I'm linking this post to Let's Bee Social over at Lorna's blog.   If you are interested in a little more Canadian input you can check out this post where I share some of the Quilt Con quilts from my region of Ontario.

Friday, 3 March 2017


     Wow was my grandson's first word and so far it's the only word I've heard him say. Wow pretty much sums up my life for the last two weeks.  First of all there was Quilt Con East and all the excitement, fun and craziness of that experience.  If you haven't read Patti of Elm Street Quilts blog post about it I suggest you read her excellent summary. I'll share some Canadiana around Quilt Con a little later in the post.

   I got home on Monday night , went to work on Tuesday, then came home from work to my husband telling me that our daughter in law was in the hospital and that we were babysitting our grandson for a couple of days.  My daughter in law has an autoimmune condition and is expecting their second baby. Things were pretty intense for a couple of days but we are over the immediate crisis for now and hoping things will settle down so that she can return home.  In the mean time I am very grateful to both my place of employment and to Dwight's for being so accommodating with giving  us time off with essentially no notice. 

So now back to Quilt Con.  I had a wonderful time. The quilts were amazing and so inspiring.  I'm sure you've seen many of them on instagram by now but I'm going to show you a couple that are from people in my region.  This first one is by Linda Hutchinson (@artfultoo) who is a member of the Toronto Modern Guild.  I'm sure she made this for Canada's 150th birthday and I'm thinking it will be at Quilt Canada in the Spring.  It was in the hand quilting section.  She did an amazing job on the hand quilting of the red lines that you can see somewhat in this picture.

    The next quilt came in first in the Minimalism category.  It's by Susan Kyle of Toronto.  She's not in the guild but she and Karen became fast friends as they were stuck in an air travel nightmare together.  Susan missed the awards ceremony but Karen worked hard on her behalf behind the scenes to make sure Susan got her own awards ceremony later in the show. The background fabric of this quilt is made from the muslin that's used when they wax your eyebrows.

     The next one by Marilyn Farquhar of the Grand River Modern Guild won first in the piecing category.  I know Marilyn (@marylinjfarquhar) because she used to be a member of my local guild.  She lives near by and it was great to see her there.  It's so beautiful with its low volume and pops of colour.

     This next one is by Marilyn as well.  It's a fun little number with organic shapes and an interesting use of fabrics.  I am happy to see some colour in this quilt as the three above are all pretty low volume...I guess they go with the land of snow we come from.  It snowed again last night but hey, it's March we'll be getting spring soon.  And don't get me wrong I love low volume as much as the next person.  I just think it's interesting that so many quilts from my area were low volume.

        And speaking of colour look at this beauty made by Jeannie Jenkins (@itchn2stitch) of the Toronto Modern Guild. This beautiful quilt won the 2nd place prize in the Modern Traditionalism category.

      That's it for the quilts I'm sharing. I took some awesome workshops and I'll share about that in another post.  I also learned a lot in lectures and I got to meet (if only for a few minutes) many of the people I know on line.  Yvonne of Quilting JetGirl, Cheryl of Meadowmist Designs, Sarah of Sarah Goer Quilts, Jessica of Quilty Habit, Daniela of Block M. Quilts, Kitty of Night Quilter.  I missed Stephanie of Late Night Quilter and Diana of Red Delicious Life but I did see both of them from afar.  I also met a lot of really nice people at the Canadian meet up on Wednesday night and in workshops and wandering around the show floor.  I'm a lot more connected to my fellow Toronto Modern Guild members as well.  I think the people aspect was the most fun!

     When I decided to go to Quilt Con this year I thought it would probably be the only one I would make it to, but I enjoyed it so much that now I'm thinking of setting up a special savings account to save up for Nashville in two years.  I'll be sharing this post with Beth of Cooking up Quilts for Main Crush Monday and with Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social.

Monday, 20 February 2017

My Second Quilt

     It is a very sunny Monday and I did think I would have a completed Meadow Mystery top to share but I ran into difficulties with it...I'll explain it when I get it finished.  I won't be able to finish it by the end of the month because I will be in Savannah at Quilt Con. (I still can't believe this!)  It's very close to completion but I have to fix a block.

     Instead I will share my 2nd quilt top.  Lee Ann at Devoted quilter is hosting a link up for your first quilt.  My first quilt was made for my nephew Eric.  He's Charlotte's father and you can see the quilt I just made for her here.  I didn't take any pictures of the first quilt, and as Eric was a student at the time, the quilt ended up on the couch with the cats, I think it has gone to the great beyond.  Eric's quilt was made in a beginner quilting class at Greenwood Quiltery, which sadly is no more.  I think I made it about 11 years ago.

   A couple of years after I made Eric's quilt and with a few table runners under my belt I arranged for some friends to chip in for a quilting class for my friend Pauline who was interested in learning.  She of course wanted me to do the class with her so, I took my second beginner class and made this quilt here to go in my living room.

     I didn't finish the quilt because of course, it was for me.  Instead I went on to make quilts for both my kids and for a friend who had a baby and on and on.  I only got the top totally together in the last couple of years.  So now I have this top hanging around the sewing room, but hopefully not for long.  The completion of this quilt is going to be my OMG for March. Wish me luck!  I'm going to need it as I have to work up my tutorial for Stash bee for April when I'm the Queen Bee!  I'm linking up with My First Quilt at Devoted Quilter.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

A bit of a Catch Up

     Normally in the my region we get about 86 hours of sunlight during the month of January.  This year we got 12 hours.  I know it's February , but here's the thing.  We are all tired and sad up here and it's been a bit harder to keep up with quilting and blogging.  I'm pretty much mainlining the sunshine vitamin (that's Vitamin D in case you don't know).   But February has given us a few sunny moments and next week I go to Savannah so I'll stop complaining now.   

     Here I'll give you some love instead.  

     The scrappy heart is my block for my February Stash Bee Queen, Paula. She asked for the scrappy heart blocks to use in quilts she is making for seniors. It' didn't have to be red but I had a lot of red fabrics calling to me.  It was a fun little block to make.  The block with the sheep is a mini I'm hoping to finish tonight to give to my secret valentine at work.  Here's a closeup so you can take in the true cuteness of the sheep.

          This is what I received.  It will give you a little more insight into my character.   I need the protection from weirdos (the bad kind) and rude people because I work in retail.  Take note that not all weirdos are considered to be bad and I do have to note that 98% of our customers are awesome.

     This little gift made me really really happy!  

     Continuing with the theme of red.  I made these huge blocks to take to Quilt Con with Me.

     They are for a workshop on Friday night with Riane Menardi of Vessel Quilts.  It's called Quilt Remix and the object of the workshop is to take a traditional block and turn it into a modern quilt.  I am so excited!  I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social and I hope to find some time over the next couple of days to catch up with my blogging friends.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

A House or a Home

     After the shooting at a Mosque in Quebec City the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild put out the call for  House blocks. They are making quilts to donate to the families of the victims in the shooting. You can read more about this project here.  The Toronto Modern Guild is putting together a quilt and I made the block below to add to that quilt.

     The shooting in Quebec City has really shaken many Canadians.  We are a pretty peaceful place for the most part.  Many of us are thinking about our roles going forward in making sure that our Country supports all Canadians no matter what our origins or religion.

     I am a first generation Canadian.  My parents immigrated here from England after World War Two.  I have never felt unwelcome here.  Canada has always felt like home.  I have been reading articles where people have been talking about their experiences here, which are quite different from mine.   Yesterday I read an article in the Toronto Star where a first generation Canadian whose parents immigrated from Pakistan  said Canada was perhaps not a home for her but just a house.  The intention of the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild in making the quilts is that Muslims in Quebec City will be able to feel like Canada is their home.  I hope that this is the case and that all of us  can move towards making all people feel more welcome.  

      Today at work we received a box from one of our suppliers.  Someone in the warehouse had used a red marker to draw several hearts on the box and had written the message "True love is not an emotion it is an action".  This is something worth remembering.

          House blocks are also a theme at my local guild.  Last year Martina posted a tutorial in Stash Bee for making stack and wack improv houses.  I had a lot of fun making them and got permission to share the tutorial with my guild for a block lotto.  The block lotto is a fun way to get more blocks for the community outreach committee of the guild.  We get some of the blocks and someone wins the rest.  I kept my blocks untrimmed so the lucky winner can trim them as they like.  It should be a fun quilt or quilts as these little blocks are pretty adorable.  

     I'm also working on my Stash Bee block for this month.

     Here's my progress so far.  Check back next week to see what this turns into.  I'm linking up with Lorna at Let's Bee Social.  Have you been doing any social sewing this week?

Friday, 3 February 2017

February OMG

     It's time to come up with a goal for February.  I've decided to keep things low key this month.  February is a short month and I'm going to Quilt Con (yay) which makes it even shorter.  I've also got some advance sewing to do for a workshop I'm taking. So instead of trying to complete a quilt, I've decided to focus on catching up with my quilt alongs.  
    I'll have a Stash Bee Block to make and at least a couple of blocks for the Honey Pot Bee, but the specific goal I've settled on for February is to get my Meadow Mystery Quilt top sewn together.  I still have to put January's blocks together before I can do that but I think it's doable.  Here are the strip setts for January's blocks.

     I finished my January goal but unfortunately I missed the link up for setting January's goal.  Guess what!  Patty at Elm Street Quilts now has a sign up to receive notice when the link up opens up.  I signed up for that as I obviously need it.
I'm heading over to the link up now.  Do you have a Goal for February?

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Allison Glass Quilt Finish!

     I did it!  I finished my Allison Glass Challenge quilt .  I haven't posted for a while because this quilt is pretty much all I've done quilting wise besides sorting through fabric and then cutting fabric for my local guild.  But I've got it done and here it is.

      I took the quilt out to the front porch to take some photos.  After two weeks of no snow and very grey skies, mother nature decided to bring back winter  with some snow.  It's still pretty grey though so I had to brighten the photos.

     My Allison Glass fabric is from the "Hand Made" collection.  It's been in my stash for a couple of years and it was high time I used it.  I was really happy when Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl decided to hold an Allison Glass Challenge and  link up and challenged us to make something with our Allison Glass fabrics.  Because the fabrics in this collection are fairly large scale I decided to use simple 15" square plus blocks to show them off.   The background fabric is a Kafe Fasset Shot Cotton. It looks yellow on many computers but it's really a yellow/green. The backing is an Amy Butler fabric Dew which is part of the Forest Line, if I'm reading my selvedge correctly.

     I used my walking foot to quilt organic wavy lines, lengthwise down the quilt.  The batting is a very thin cotton, thinner than I would like.  My local quilt shop recently closed (insert sad face here) and I am still figuring out the battings at the alternative shop across town.  It's not a exactly a quilt shop.  It's more of a cheap junk shop that also sells tons of fabric some of which is quilting fabric.  The material is not well organized and there is little in the way of customer service, but they do have some good fabric and I managed to find my backing fabric there.  

      This finish is my first finish of the 2017 FAL first quarter.  The original list is here and the button is in the side bar.  It's also my OMG for January but I missed the deadline for posting the initial goal.  I'm linking it up with Yvonne (Quilting Jet Girl) for the Allison Glass Challenge link up.  I'll also link up with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday because this quilt has been my main crush for a while, and with Finish it Up Friday which is hosted at Summer Lee Quilts this week.  Now if only we would get some sun.

Monday, 16 January 2017

A Weekend Trip


  On Friday I boarded a Greyhound bus to Toronto at 7:55 in the morning.  You see Bernie from Needle and Foot was there celebrating her son's wedding and we arranged to meet each other!  Leaving so early in the morning I forgot to bring my camera so no smiling photos of us, but there are some awesome photos of the wedding on instagram.  We met in her hotel lobby and headed to a nearby coffee shop where we chatted for oh about an hour and a half about our families, our quilting plans, how we got into blogging.....  What fun to meet another quilt blogging friend in person.

     It was a beautiful day and after Bernie went back to her family I walked around the city for a bit and then I went to the Textile Museum which is one of my favourite places in Toronto.  There were a couple of exhibits of woven textiles on display.  One display  was a on the works of weaver Sheila Hicks. I found her works to be very beautiful and inspirational.  There was also lot's of inspiration to be found during the walk, in building design and furniture in shop windows. I have to say I'm finding the 2017  30 quilt design challenge to be a lot of fun.  I'm starting to see designs everywhere and learning how to take the things I see and shift them into something I could possibly make into a quilt.  I also find using coloured pencils to be very relaxing in the evening.

     I stayed with my daughter overnight and Dwight came in to meet us for brunch in the morning.  We went to a lovely little cafe called Cocoa Latte and from there we went to the local food market at the Wychwood Barns.  Before we drove home Dwight and I visited my aunt and brought her a wing backed chair that he found for her.  She is still doing fairly well and we are hoping that she can stay in her apartment for as long as possible.

     I spent the rest of Saturday and most of Sunday working on my Allison Glass quilt.  I managed to finish all the blocks and now I am putting the quilt top together.  I'm hoping to quilt it by the end of the month, but I do need to find a backing fabric and some batting as well. Are you working on an Allison Glass project for the challenge link up.  I'm really pleased that Yvonne decided to host this challenge as it encouraged me to actually make something with the "Hand Made" fabric that has been in my stash for quite some time. I'm linking up with Beth at Main Crush Monday and with Lorna at Let's Bee Social as well.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Quilting, Politics and Inspiration

     Last week I had a visit with my local M.P. He represents my area federally for those of you in the U.S.A. who may not know what I'm talking about. I was visiting him on behalf of my work to talk to him about proposed changes in legislation that would affect us.  Despite the fact that I had met him before (he shops in our store) I was very nervous about this.

     So what does a quilter do in the morning before she has to meet with her M.P.  She sews of course.  I found making the Stash Bee Hive 3 Bear Paw blocks for Tracy really helped to calm me down.  Deep breathing and meditation was also very useful.

     The meeting went very well and was actually quite interesting.  I had to wait for a while before the meeting and I had quite a bit of time to look at this.

     Of course I asked for a copy and I've had some fun using the flags as inspiration for quilt designs for the 2017 30 quilt design challenge which you can read more about here.
Here are two designs I've come up with so far.

   This is a block design.  There are four of them in the photo and it's pretty much identical toe the Carignan Saliere flag except I changed the crosses from white to yellow.

     This is a full quilt design and it's based roughly on the Bearn flag.

     I've been enjoying the quilt design challenge.  I'm trying to approach it one design at a time, putting my emphasis more on the here and now, rather than the big number.  I'm linking up with Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social.  Now she is quite the designer.