my stitch and flip garden here. My next class with Jacquie was at Black Creek Pioneer Village "Quilts at the Creek" and was all about improvisational piecing. Last year, Jacquie was in St. Mary's and taught a two day "Quilting with Your Walking Foot" class. Jacquie was a teacher before she quit her job to quilt full time. She is energetic and enthusiastic and takes great delight in passing on what she has learned as she explores modern quilt making. Jacquie is a life-long learner and encourages her students to keep trying new things. Jacquie teaches concepts and then sets her students free to make their own individual projects using what they have learned.
This past Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I took two classes with Jacquie. On Monday, Christine, Carol and I participated in her "Mid-century Modern Houses" workshop in St. Mary's, sponsored by Hyggeligt, a fabric store specializing in Kaffe Fasset fabrics in St. Mary's. We were asked to bring a focus fabric (a print) and lots of solid scraps as well as some larger solids and a background fabric.
First, we cut up our fabrics into squares and rectangles of various random sizes.
You can see my focus fabric has cameras on it! Jacqui encouraged us to use fabrics with colours from our focus fabrics as well as fabrics that just "go" with those colours, including some bolder colours.
We chain pieced pairs and then put the pairs together to make building blocks for our houses.
Here is my first house:
We started with simple and then explored other shapes and sizes of houses.
This house has a carport! One of the other quilters thought a smart car would fit perfectly in my carport!
Next, I added a house with an attic.
Every house quilt needs an outhouse!
Here is my neighbourhood by the end of the day. I have more ideas for future neighbourhood development... The turquoise grunge fabric will be my background.
Thanks, Jacquie for a fun day! I will blog about the second class later.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017
For comparison purposes, here is where I was two weeks ago...
Once I get all of the cross stitching done, I will start the outlining. These pictures always look much better once the outlining is done.
I was out for a walk this morning and met this fellow. He's a looker!
I managed to catch the right angle at the fountain on the waterfront this morning for this picture:
I will be linking up with the other slow stitchers at Kathy's blog in the morning.
Friday, August 11, 2017
Would you like to kiss my moose? He is under the mistletoe, ready to pucker up! This block took most of two evenings to make...there were lots of pieces to cut out.
And lots of pieces to keep straight and sew together properly.
I have made 14 blocks of 15 for this quilt along with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts. The last block will be out this Saturday. I plan on making two more blocks of my own design to make this a 16 block quilt. I will be putting the partridge in a pear tree block on the back of the quilt. I will have to figure out a layout next and add the sashing. I am hoping to have this quilt ready for use in my living room this December.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
I made my 8th liberated sampler block tonight. Christine was here to sew with me--she was away at the cottage for the past couple of weeks so we spent lots of time catching up and chatting as we sewed. This is a variation of one of the blocks from 42Quilts.com. The block that is suggested has 51 pieces in a 6" block. I opted to do the easy version...
As promised, here is a picture of all of my blocks so far. Eight down, only 56 to go!
I had hoped to make one a week but I don't always have time. This quilt will be my long term project.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
I added some more cross stitches to my snowman project this week. The above picture shows how it looks now. There was a fair bit of progress since I last posted about his project...
I will be working to the right of this section next.
Yesterday, my MIL and I went to a Canada 150 quilt show at the Lambton Heritage Museum near Grand Bend, Ontario. They had quite a few quilts from Lambton County, all of which included a lot of hand stitching. I picked out a few to show today for Slow Sunday Stitching. This first one was made for Canada's 100th birthday and includes many signatures which are all hand embroidered.
Here is a close up of one of the blocks.
There was a second Centennial quilt which included more embroidery signatures.
The signatures are not obvious in most of the blocks until you take a closer look.
This signature quilt was made by the ladies of Bethel Church. I was quite impressed by the embroidered picture of the church in the middle of the quilt.
The person who did the embroidery spent many hours working on this!
Of course, there were a few hexie quilts too. This one was my favourite--it was made in the 1930's.
Here is a close up--those are very small hexies!
My MIL is not a quilter but enjoyed seeing all of the quilts and hearing my explanations of how they were made. If you have a chance to go to see this exhibit, it is well worth the trip!
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer, had a very shiny nose!
Tonight, I sewed the 13th of 15 Christmas blocks for the Sew Fresh Quilts Holly Jolly Christmas quilt. I decided to make my reindeer block into a Rudolph block by changing the nose from black to red. The eyes are quite small--only 1/2" by 1/2". Here is my completed block...
I cut the pieces out on Saturday at the Guild Sewing day. There was a tiny bit of unsewing with this block... I think Rudolph looks very festive!
Here are all of my blocks: (The partridge block will be going on the back of the quilt...I'm not fond of the brown--not enough contrast and it looks dull with all of the other colourful fabrics I have used for my blocks.)
I had a visitor in the bush outside my window yesterday. This female robin was eating the berries off of my Oregon grape holly bush. As you can see, there are not many berries left on this bush.
My red echinacea plant is in full bloom at the moment. It is beside my front porch so I see it every day as I go in and out of the house.