Sunday 31 August 2014

Hexagon Update.

     I've been spending most of my quilting time doodling around with free motion quilting.  It's been lots of fun but theres not much to show for it.  I do however, think these hexies have grown since the last time I shared them. I'm not going to join any more together until I get them all done because I'm not sure about how I want them arranged.  I think I need to make 38 in total for my project.  So for my Slow Sunday Stitching I should be able to at least bast down the edges for the 4 at the top and hopefully add a few more.   I'm linking up to  Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy's blog. and on Monday I'll link up for the first time to the Monday Morning Star Count at Life Under Quilts.  I'm linking up late though because my work was on a wine tour today, woo hoo!

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Mid August check in.

     Now that the wedding is over it's time to get back to my normal life of ignoring the house work and the gardening.  The wedding was great by the way..... just the wedding that my son and his wife wanted, which is great!   They are so happy! They love each other very much.  What else could a mom want.

     I'm back to sewing and enjoying this lovely summer weather.  Here are some of the things I'm working on.

Here's my version of the Giant  Chevron quilt pattern by Jess of Elven Gardens.  I'm using it for the free motion quilt along.   I was feeling pretty good about getting the top done until I realized I needed to take a trip to the local quilt shop to buy backing and batting. What a hardship!   I did that yesterday so now I'm all set, and hope to get the pin basting done today.

     I've also decided to work on the blocks from the book 100 Modern Blocks by Tula Pink.  My plan is to do one or two each week.   So far I've done four in one week....but I am on a weeks vacation.

     Here they are:

     This is block # 33.  It actually has some Tula Pink Fabric in it. I pick some up every time I see some...but I find it hard to come by.

     Here's block # 16.  It has a little Tula Pink in it as well.

     And here's block 71.  It's a little wonky but we'll pretend we don't notice.

    This one is block number 10.  There's really no rhyme or reason to how I'm making the blocks.  I'm just flipping through the book and looking at the fabric I have on hand.  I love working like this.  I find it really freeing.

     This last photo is my back log of blocks for the Park Bench  block of the month.  I'm getting together with my quilting buddies on Saturday and this is the project we are working on.  All of us are behind because we weren't able to get together for a couple of months......I'm a bit more behind than the other two so I have to do some catch up before Saturday.

     I think that's enough sharing for one post.  I'm one of those people who work on many projects at once.  This makes it difficult to finish things....but it keeps me interested.  I'm linking up to Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts,  to Works in Progress Wednesday at the Needle and Thread Network, and to Works in Progress Wednesday atFreshly pieced.

Sunday 10 August 2014

Slow Stitching Update

     Last Monday was a holdiay here in Ontario (maybe all of Canada I'm not sure) and we went to visit our friends at their family cottage on Lake Huron.  We went for walks on the Beach and shared great conversation and food.

       In the afternoon  Alyson and I worked on some hand stitching  and I finished  binding the double wedding ring.  That's Alyson hand stitching in the back of the picture and that's my quilt in the front.  If you would like to see more pictures of the finished double wedding ring, I shared them on Friday Finishes  here.

     Here's a close up of the hand quilting.  I finally managed to take a half decent photo up close.

     Alyson's hand project is below. She is hand piecing a quilt for her soon to be born grandchild based on a bargello quilt  she saw in a restaurant.  She is figuring out how to make this herself , hand cutting and hand  piecing each square.    Alyson travels a lot for work and takes hand work along.

      As for me I will be spending todays  slow stitching time in my backyard  enjoying the beautiful weather we have been having. If I am really quiet the neighbourhood groundhog might come for a visit.   I'll be working on the hanging sleeve for the dwr and perhaps on these hexagons made of left over pieces of Japanese fabric.  Aren't they pretty?

     I'm linking up to Kathy's blog. I hope everyone has a nice relaxing slow stitching day.


Friday 8 August 2014

Lazy Summer Friday Finish

     Well here it is Friday and I've got a finish to share with you!  I'm excited about this finish because it is a wedding gift for my son and his soon to be wife and I managed to finish it almost two weeks before the wedding!  I put the last stitch in the binding while visiting friends at their cottage.  So that's where we took the photos.

Here's the quilt hanging on the laundry line with the beautiful woods behind.  I chose the double wedding ring and the blues, browns and taupes to suit the couple who are more on the traditional side.  These are the colours they love.  I think they work beautifully together.
In this shot of the back you can see the quilting .  This is my first hand quilted project and I am pleased with the results.

     And here's a shot of the quilt with the beautiful lake an and dune grass behind it.  The quilt is  38 inches by 38 inches.   I hope they love it.  Linking up to TGFF over at the Quilt Matters Blog and to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.   This is my first 3rd Quarter Finish for the finish along hosted this year by Katie at the The Littlest Thistle.  My finish along list  for the 3rd quarter is here.  I better get cracking if I want to finish anything else!

Sunday 3 August 2014

Slow Sunday Dreamng

   Last week I optimistically thought I would be finished the Double Wedding Ring by Friday but I got off  to a bad start in the sleep department at the beginning of the week and lost my sewing mojo.   This is to be blamed on a really loud thunderstorm and my cat.  I did manage to  machine sew the binding on yesterday however  and I'm ready to spend some Slow Sunday Stitching on my binding.   I'm not going to take any more pictures of it until it's finished though so  I'll share some Slow Sunday dreaming instead.

 These are some of the block kits that I got in the July shop hop here in Southern Ontario.  There are 13 in all.  I'm showing the ones that had fairly large pictures of the blocks on the instructions.

There are several pieced blocks, several paper pieced blocks and the little house on the left in this picture is appliqued.  If there is enough fabric I just might hand applique this block.

Yesterday I bought this  finishing kit at Greenwood Quiltery.  It finishes the quilt at a lap size.  When I get the whole thing finished (who knows when that will be) I'm aiming to hand quilt it.  I bought a large cone of white hand quilting thread  as I'm planning on doing a lot more quilting than on the d.w.r.  I might be crazy!

This last picture shows some more of my dreaming.  The eight pointed star on the  left is a mini quilt I'm planning to hand quilt. It's made out of half square triangles.  I found the pattern ages ago on the internet  at the sometimes .  It's called the cheaters 8 point star.       On the right, though they are hard to see are some hexies  I bought at the Quilt Place (also on the shop hop).  The basket is filled with  scraps that I'll  be using with the hexies.
     Have a wonderful Sunday everyone.  I hope you have time for Slow Stitching.  If you would like to see what others are doing go to Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy's blog.  If you've made it here from Kathy's blog thanks for stopping by.  Something weird happened to my thumbnail sketch it was supposed to be the picture above l.o.l.