Thursday, June 13, 2024

A Little of This and a Little of That

I seem to have a bit of a green theme in this week's post...  My hand quilting is coming along slowly, as most hand quilting projects do.  I added some stitches a few days this week and decided on a diamond shape in the four patch sections.  

These shapes will each get this pattern--there are five of these to do and one is done.  I used a bread and butter plate to mark the curves. 

The lupins did not get much attention this week.  There is one more light purple one to add on the right (I have just started the first few stitches on the bottom right) and more medium green to add to the leaves at the bottom.  I hope to work on this on the weekend. 

We think this little Carolina wren has built a nest in one of our hanging baskets.  Last year, some mourning doves took up residence in our hanging baskets.

My Stella D'ora day lilies are out this week.  They look pretty after it rains. 

I'm making another Sew Together Bag for a friend.  The lining is green.  The wool needle landing is actually orange but looks gold in the picture. The cute little tag was purchased at Quilt Con from Sarah Hearts.   There is a looming deadline for this project so it will be done soon. 

My friend, Pat, is making quilts for her grandchildren.  This one is for her grandson who is graduating from high school this year.  All the fabrics (except the red and white) are leftovers from PJ's she has made for him over the years and are all sports related fabrics--hockey, golf, soccer, baseball,  and football.  She came over to my house one day this week so we could figure out a layout for all the blocks. She is madly sewing them together now to have the top done before the family BBQ this weekend to celebrate his graduation.  She will be adding a border before it is quilted.  

My daughter's first crochet project is growing.  She has learned increases and decreases.  The bottom part in the picture is actually the head of the gingerbread mad she is making. 

We are hoping that Finn does not think the gingerbread man looks good enough to eat!

I will link up with Kathy and Frederique on the weekend. 

Saturday, June 8, 2024

A Quilty Week

Last week, I told you about the quilt that wanted to be quilted by hand, not by machine.  After acquiring the thread I wanted to use (Aurifil 28 wt) last weekend, I started the quilting this week. I'm doing big stitch quilting, so far in the peel shapes and the arcs in the middle of the quilt.  I have figured out a quilting design for the middle of the quilt but have not started that part yet.  This is a slow stitching project, after all. 

I visited our daughter and Finn last weekend.  I did lots of cross stitching on the train and while I was at her place.  

My daughter did some cross stitching too--she started the next room in the mystery cross stitch series she is doing.  

Here is the first one--the kitchen. 

My daughter bought herself some kits to make Christmas Woobles in January.  She watched some online videos to learn how to crochet and here is a picture of her progress last weekend.  As of yesterday, she had finished the head and was moving on to the neck and body as well as the arms. I do not know how to crochet--I chose to learn to knit when I retired.  (speaking of knitting, I should get back to working on my scarf...)

 We took Finn for a few walks while I was visiting.  He likes to stop to rest on the soft grass!  We ate lunch on a patio that allows well behaved dogs to sit beside your table while you eat.  Finn was a good boy and wagged his tail whenever anyone walked by. 

The local Modern Guild had their show on while I was visiting so we went to see the quilts.  This was my favourite. I have been contemplating making my own 100 day project for a while now.  I will have to figure out what to do. 

The title of my post is "A Quilty Week"...  On Friday, my friend, Katharine, and I went to the Grand Quilt Guild's show in Fergus, Ontario.  There were lots of beautiful quilts.  I chose this one as my favourite to show you.  Celeste reverse appliquéd each one of the 196 blocks in this quilt as well as the border as her long term slow stitching project over several years, January 2017 until Spring 2024.  So many interesting blocks and just a gorgeous quilt!  The indigo fabric in each block is Shweshwe. 

We continue to have lots of rain with sunny days in between which means our flowers and gardens are growing like crazy!  

Evening Primrose below. 

Serbian Bellflower (if you look closely, you will see an ant on one of the flowers)

This week's hike included creature sightings--a snail and several toads.  

One last picture of my favourite dog!  Those eyes could bore holes into your soul. 

I will link up with Kathy tomorrow and Frederique today.  Have a great week!

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Almost 10 Years in the Making...

In October 2014, I took a class with Kaffe Fassett called "Overlapping Tiles".  We spent all day cutting squares and putting them on our design walls to come up with a pleasing composition.  Kaffe and Brandon came around the room to each quilter to make suggestions about colours/fabrics to add or take away and arranging the tiles. They added 5 fabrics to my quilt including the constant fabric--none of which I would have added myself.  I finished the quilt top a year ago. I originally planned to make a queen sized quilt, but eventually downsized it to a lap quilt.  It has been pin basted for months and this week, I finally got it quilted and bound.  I'm calling it "Spring Vibes".  

The green solid binding was in my stash and I had just enough of it. 

These next two pictures show the quilting design--done with my walking foot. 

I also did some hand stitching on my Lupins cross stitch project this week and plan on working on it again this weekend. 

The Dalias in my patio pot are putting on a show this week. 

This week's hike featured Canada Anemones in full bloom. 

Today, we were in Sarnia to celebrate my MIL's birthday.  We took a short walk by the water and found lots of fun painted rocks along the walkway.  Here are a few of my favourites!

And what is a Cozy Quilter blogpost without a picture of our grand-dog, Finn?  Here, he is assisting with an online meeting for our daughter's work. 

I will link up with Kathy and Frederique this weekend. 

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Lupin Stitching in the Car in the Rain

Today, my husband was volunteering at a special event at a local museum.  I went with him so I could look at the WW2 displays around the property.  Shortly after we arrived, it started to rain and so I stayed in the car and listened to an audiobook while I added more stitches to my counted cross stitch Lupins. After about an hour, the rain stopped and the sun came out.  People started arriving and the day was a success. 

I asked my daughter and Finn to send me a picture of her recent cross stitch finish and they sent me this:  Silly Finn. 

This one shows off the picture much better! This is the first of a series of 4 pictures in a murder mystery set. My daughter has started working on the second picture. 

I finished the last of my 20 Quilts for Survivors donation blocks this week.  A member of the Oxford Guild who will be at Quilt Canada in Edmonton will take the blocks to the QFS booth.  I made most of my blocks from my batik fabric bin.  Three of my blocks are orphans, leftover from other projects. 

I decided that this Overlapping Tiles quilt, started in a class with Kaffe Fassett several years ago, needed to be quilted.  I am using a 28wt green thread for the quilting.  I hope to finish it this coming week. 

This week's hike with the Elgin Hiking Club included meeting a new friend,  

as well as a view down some no longer in use railway tracks. 

My husband's grandmother's peonies are blooming in our front garden.  I could not resist  taking a picture of one of the flowers after it rained. 

My husband and I spent a lot of time this past week repairing our flagstone sidewalk in the backyard.  The joints between the flagstones were full of weeds and moss.  It has been a process to remove all the plant and other organic matter between the stones before adding polymeric stone dust to hopefully prevent weeds in the future.  The main sidewalk is done and we are now working on a path through the flower garden.  I want this job to be done so we can work on the next job on the list!

I will link up with the Slow Sunday stitchers on Sunday morning and with Frederique now.