Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Getting Social Again with a Little Bit of This and That

     It's a beautiful day today and lucky me, I have an unexpected day off so I've been using the fact that it's not dull and rainy to take some photos of some of the blocks I've been making in the last while.

     Why the day off!  Well my second grandson was scheduled to be delivered by C section yesterday and I booked off today and tomorrow to help out with Gabriel and the new baby Eli while my son is at non violent intervention training.  Eli decided to mess up everyone's schedule and arrive  a week early so I scrambled to get off two days last week as well.  My shifts this week were filled so as I was not needed today I get to relax.  I'll be back with the kids tomorrow.  Yay!
 I plan to do a little cooking also to help keep everyone nourished.

     I've been scrambling lately to find enough time to quilt and to blog but here are some of the things I have been working on.


     First up is this paper pieced, paper airplane block I made for the block lotto for the Toronto Modern Guild.  I love this block and sadly I did not win the blocks so I'll have to make more sometime.  The pattern is a free one from Kristy at Quiet Play and it's a pretty easy pattern.


     Have you seen the Little Tents  quilt that Daisy from Ants to Sugar ( Now Warm Folk) designed?  I think it's beautiful and I proposed it as a summer block lotto for my local guild Royal City Quilters Guild.  For our block lottos, the community outreach committee gets half the blocks and we use them to make donation quilts.  This is a 12 1/2" block and the quilters can make this size or 6 1/2" or 18 1/2".  We are giving people till November to get these blocks done.

     
     Keeping with the outdoorsy theme, we are holding two block lottos over the summer and the second is for these tree blocks using the tutorial by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. This one is due in October.   And if you are wondering about the socks that go so nicely with these blocks they are Maggie's organic cotton, made in the USA.  I have a bit of a love affair with Maggie's socks so I thought I would share it here.


     The Delectable Mountains blocks were made for the Grand River Modern Quilt Guild block lotto details here.  We had to use a solid and a low volume fabric.  I chose purple because the sample block was green and I thought they would go well together.  I also made the May block but I don't have a photo of it.

      Now I know what you are thinking...three guilds, is she nuts? The answer would be yes.   At some point I will have to do some adjusting here.  I've belonged to the local traditional guild for about 10 years and for the next two years I'm chairing the community outreach committee which I love.  I joined the TMG about two years ago and the Grand River Guild a couple of months ago.  Grand River is closer to my home and I was thinking I would eventually leave the Toronto Guild but after the last TMG meeting I realized that I am quite bonded to those women....especially the ones I went to Quilt Con with so I guess I'll just thinly spread myself between the three guilds for now.  Both Modern Guilds are quite laid back and casual which suits my style.

     Which brings me to Stash Bee.  Here is my version of the block we made last month for Susan.  It's a Celtic Knot and Susan asked for bright happy fabrics.  I think it will fit the bill.


     I'm linking up with the Social Butterfly herself Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts.  It's good to be back and hopefully I'll stay a while.

16 comments:

  1. Wow, I didn't realize you were in 3 guilds. It sounds like they all offer something worth sticking around for! I hope you enjoy your day off, have some fun sewing, and enjoy family time tomorrow!

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  2. Wow, that's a lot of projects! But they all look great! Congratulations on the new grandson!

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  3. Three quilt guilds plus you blog, that's a lot. I love your airplane block and had to laugh because I just made a paper airplane today for a cake topper for someone who just retired from the Air National Guard. I should find this pattern so I can make a block too. Thanks for sharing. BTW Congratulations on your new grandson. I, too, experience my life being on standby while we were waiting for our first grandchild to be born this year. Three false alarms and rescheduling two trips since my son lives 400 miles away and they wanted us to be present when the baby was born.

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  4. Glad you are back! LOVE the last block. (Your socks are fun too. :)_) Come link up at Mama Sparks World for a chance to win a giveaway. Tell her Kathy S. sent you.
    http://mamaspark.blogspot.com/2017/06/wips-with-friends-and-giveaway.html

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  5. Lisa, you crazy woman, you! I don't know how you keep up! That paper pieced airplane really caught my eye. Great design! I seem to be attracted to things with a 3-D effect. Sounds like we both have grandchildren who will be about the same age. I enjoyed seeing all the different blocks you have made.

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  6. I loved that plane block when I saw it on Instagram, thanks for adding the link. I definitely see this block in my future. I don't know how you can keep up with 3 guilds! All those sewing days!

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  7. Lovely to see what you are up to Lisa...but firstly congratulations to your new grandson - and family. I hope everyone is doing well. You will be getting plenty of inspiration from all your quilt guilds...plus from everyone online :-) Those are some pretty neat blocks that you are making - hope the lotto draw goes your way one time!

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  8. I love that paper airplane. No wonder you're so busy 3 guilds, wow.

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  9. You are one busy lady! But you have been quite productive considering everything you have going on. I love that paper airplane block, it looks 3D. The fabrics in the tent block are perfect. I love the little moons in the background fabric.

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  10. So many beautiful blocks! I agree you are very busy!

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  11. Hi Lisa,
    My goodness, you have a lot on your plate right now. Congrats on your new grandson. I hope Mom and baby are doing well. I love, love, LOVE the airplane block. Wow - it looks so hard and SO real. The mountain blocks are just so perfect, too - the fabric choices are the best. ~smile~
    Roseanne

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  12. Great blocks Lisa. I especially like the tree ones and they match those wonderful socks so well, cute.

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  13. Gosh, you are a busy lady! Well done on keeping up with everything, and congratulations on the new arrival! I do like that Celtic knot block.

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  14. Congratulations on the new grandson. Three guilds...wow. But if you're getting something from each of them, continue to be a member. Enjoy your time off and time with the grandchildren.

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  15. Congratulations on the new baby - that should keep you busy. I like your blocks, especially the trees (and the socks!) and the tent - you have chosen such perfect fabrics for it too.

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  16. So much going on in your life, Lisa. I am sure you are exhausted, but the pictures show just the opposite. Love the tree blocks. The striped socks are a hoot :-D
    The delectable mountains are so neat and the celtic knots are so cheerful. Many blessings to the new baby.

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