Monday, 12 August 2019

A rainbow in the garden.

     It's time to link up our finished quilt tops with the Jelly Roll Wave linkup hosted by Myra at Busy Hands Quilts.  Here's mine.

     I'm really pleased with my quilt top.  It's really pretty and I'm looking forward to quilting it on my home machine. I think it will make an awesome donation quilt and I'm hoping to have it all done by the guild meeting in September.  
     In addition to the Jelly Roll Waves linkup I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social.  What have you been up to.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

August goal update

     I set myself a simple August goal for a couple of reasons.  One reason was that I thought I would need to spend a lot of time this month working on my part of the Modern Quilt Guild's charity quilt. Another reason was that Dwight and I where going to be away for the better part of a week.  Usually when I take time off in the summer, he is working and I sit around at home and sew.  Still another reason for the simple goal was that I had some concerns about how my 8 sisterhood blocks, all paper pieced by different quilters, was going to come together.  I was overthinking it.

    On the weekend before the vacation start I managed to complete 1/3 of my part of the charity quilt in an easy afternoon of sewing so I decided to just sew the sisterhood blocks together come what may and see if I could live with the result.  The result wasn't perfect but I decided I could live with it and that the imperfections added to it's folksy charm.  To further add to it's folksy charm I decided I would try my hand a big stitch quilting.  This would be the perfect project to take on vacation with me.

     As I have not done a lot of hand quilting I stuck to a colour that blended in so you will have to strain to see it.  It's Aurifil cotton embroidery floss that I won in a link up with Quilting JetGirl a couple of years ago.  I used three strands and the colour is 6722 which is a creamy white.
     Even though he was on vacation we still spent an hour to an hour and a half on two different occasions on a job site.  Normally this would drive me snaky but as it was at a nice location in Grey County just south of Georgian Bay, I happily sat in the car and worked on my hand quilting.  I also worked on it in the evening.
     It was a good little vacation.  We stayed at the Lavender Hills B&B where the host is a trained Chef and Baker, yum yum.  He also has a herd of goats and alpacas which added to the entertainment value in the evening when we relaxed on the patio.  We went on a 2 hour canoe trip on a very lazy river and a couple of hikes.  It was great to be out in nature, and to spend some time together.  I'm going to try to finish my quilting for this project as my new to myself goal this month.  I'm linking with Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts and with UFO Busting at Tish's Adventures in Wonderland.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

One Monthly Goal for August

     Apart from the heat, it's hard to believe it's August.  July just seems to have flown buy.  I guess that's because we were pretty busy.  August is also getting off to a busy start. This is a long weekend where we live and the start of a one week vacation for Dwight and I.  We are going to the zoo with my son and his family on Monday.  Then we are heading north and east to spend time in the countryside finishing up with a visit to the big city to visit our daughter.
     Because I'm away from the sewing machine for a week I've decided to choose a fairly simple project as my OMG for August.

     These are the blocks I received in Sisterhood  swap.  My goal is to sew them together.  This goal should go quickly apart from the fact that I am having trouble lining up the arms.  Also I have a lot of other projects I'm working on at the same time.  What can I say, that's me.  If I manage to get this little piece quilted I will be really happy, but I am not counting on that.  I have too many irons in the fire.  Linking with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for the August OMG linkup.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Mid Arm Progress

     How's this for simple beauty?  Patricia pieced this quilt top  from a layer cake of lovely tan, cream and light teal batiks and donated it to our comfort quilt program. I decided it would be a perfect piece to practice free motion quilting on our Mid Arm. I finished it about a month ago and left it at Wendy's. She trimmed it and put the binding on using a co-ordinating batik she had in her stash.

     I quilted a boomerang pattern, quilting across the quilt. I am pleased with my progress as my stitch length is getting more consistent and my movements  more fluid. This quilt was a lot smaller than the last one I worked on which made the quilting feel really easy.  The next quilt in line is a bigger one again. I haven't been on the machine since quilting this one.  I've been quite busy this summer and  I've been finding I want to spend a bit more time chilling at home.  Mid way through August I hope to get back to using the midarm and midway through September when I cut back on work I hope to use it once or twice a week.  There will be no stopping me then.

     Like all the donation quilts we make, this one will be heading to the sexual assault/domestic violence unit housed at the local hospital.  I'm linking up with Brag About Your Beauties  TGIFF and Finished or not Friday.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Jelly Roll Waves Update

   Summer is just flying by. We've had a visit with our friend from Germany and her extended family and a visit from Dwight's sister who lives in the States all in the same week.  We have also had the joy of spending time with our grandsons once a week for three weeks in a row.  Last Friday we arrived in time to have dinner with the family and put the boys to bed while their parents had some much valued child free time with their adult friends.  I'll be back with the kids all day Friday and the following Monday we are all going to the zoo!    
     There has also been some sewing time with a full day on Saturday spent with a small group from the Modern Guild finalizing the plans for our Quilt Con Charity Quilt, and starting the sewing.  Spending time with this group of women brings me so much joy.
     I also finished the rest of my blocks for the Jelly Roll Waves quilt along, they are in the photo at the top of the post, and I'm on to the next step.  Working on this project has been a fun and satisfying experience.  I'm linking with the Jelly Roll Waves linkup and with Let's Bee Social.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Keeping With the Theme of Simple Summer Sewing

     Keeping with the theme of simple summer sewing I'd like to share this quilt top that I made for a charm pack challenge with the community outreach committee of my guild.

     We had been gifted boxes and boxes of charm packs by a former  guild member. My co chair Katrina came up with a challenge for our committee members.  Take charm packs and make quilt tops to share at the September guild meeting, using any pattern you like and adding any other fabrics you like.  She thought it might inspire other guild members to look at making similar quilt tops. 
     When she asked the committee members if they wanted to participate, charm packs where flying every which way as the enthusiastic quilters grabbed them up.  There were slim pickins when I got to the pile but I ended up with two identical charm packs and another grouping of similar to each other charm packs.
     Here's a closeup of the quilt and some of the leftover fabrics from the pack.  If you look at the two charms on the bottom left of the photo you can see there were differences in dye lots between the two packs.  You can also see better in this photo how the black patterned fabrics show up against the black background.

          Apart from the aqua, the colours in the packs are not my usual, so it took me while to figure out what to pair them with.  Our donation quilts work best if they have some bright colour and contrast.  Wendy suggested the black background and together we chose the coral to add that pop of colour.
     The pattern is called Modern Basic and it is from the book
Charm School by Vanessa Goerzten of Lella Boutique.  This is a great book if you are looking for quick makes for donation quilts as the patterns come together quickly.  The only draw back is that many of the patterns require multiples of the same charm pack for the designs to work.  The designs are not limited to charm packs however as there are also directions for making the quilts from fat quarters.  Cyndy and Wendy have each made different patterns from the book as well.

        In the book this pattern required 3 charm packs plus background and contrast fabric (in my case coral).  It makes a 81" by 81" quilt.  I cut it down to 54" by 67" which is the size of our donation quilts and managed to use 2 charm packs because there where repeats in each pack.  There are quite a few leftovers a few of which I can add to these two packs

     Because there are no duplicates here I won't be able to use the same book but I do have an idea of what I would like to do.  It will require a lot of additional 5" squares that can play happily with these.  I may just have enough in my sewing room.  But that is a quilt for another day.  I'm linking this post with Let's Bee Social ,  with Finished or Not Friday and with Brag About Your Beauties. Oh and I almost forgot.  Making this quilt top was my OMG for July so I'll be linking to the One Monthly Goal linkup as well.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Jelly Roll Waves Progress

        The current link up for the Jelly Roll Waves Quilt along is for sharing 1/2 the blocks for the quilt.  Here are mine.  I'm making the smaller lap sized quilt which has 5 vertical rows, so the half way point would be 2 1/2 rows.  It's not so easy to see in this photo but what I have completed here is three rows.  So I am ahead of schedule. Yay! 

     When I decided to participate the Jelly Roll Waves QAL with Myra of Busy Hands Quilts, I thought I might be just a little bit crazy.  I won't go into details here, but there have been some ongoing stressors in my life and it has recently been suggested to me that I do less.  So here I was taking on more.
     But you know what, it turned out to be a good thing.  This is a pretty easy project and I can just sew along without much thought, unlike my other sew along, the 2019 summer sampler which I have set aside for the time being. There, taking on something easy led me to let go of something a little more time consuming.  Not that I've totally given up on the sampler.   I'll be cutting my work hours to two days a week in the fall so I can go back to the sampler then.  I'm not saying I won't do the odd block here and there.  In the mean time I'll keep my sewing simple for the summer.  I'm linking this post with the Jelly Roll Waves linkup .