Thursday, August 9, 2018

A New Convert and more FLW

One of my colleagues at work, Sam, has a niece who will soon be celebrating her first birthday. Several months ago, she expressed an interest in quilting so I invited her to come to my house and make an I Spy quilt for her niece's birthday. The first night, Sam picked out fabrics from my extensive collection of I Spy fabrics and cut out 6 1/2" squares.  She laid them out on my design wall and moved them around until she had the arrangement she liked.  The second evening, she started sewing them together to make her quilt top.  Then, there was a long lull before she and I both had time to get together again...  

Over this past week, with the birthday quickly approaching, we got together three evenings to get the quilt top finished, basted and quilted.    Sam did much of the quilting herself and then I finished it off so that I could teach her how to make, attach and then hand sew the binding.

Sam took the quilt home to finish off the binding before the birthday party next week.  I know what she will be doing for the next few evenings...  Great job on your first quilt, Sam! I'm sure your niece will love it! I wonder what Sam will make next???

My husband and I went to visit our daughter last weekend--this involved a long drive to get there and a long drive home at the end of the weekend.  If you have read my blog before, you know that I do most of my counted cross stitching in the car. This past weekend was no exception. When we left, my picture looked like this..

I made a lot of progress, using up almost all of the grey thread (DMC #318) I received from Carol in the mail.

The lighter sections of grey are actually not quite finished yet--the threads are only going one way and I have not finished the second stitch to make the crosses yet.

Tonight, we went to visit my MIL and I started on the outlining at the top of the picture.  This is done with a silver metallic thread.  The pattern calls for double threads for the outlining.  I wondered if it would be too thick initially, but I like it more now that I have a bit done.  I hope you can see it along the top grey section of cross stitching.

I also made a little mug rug this week.  There was hand stitching involved in the single fold binding.

The back includes some calorie free treats...

We got to see Finn last weekend--our new grand-puppy.  So cute! We went for lots of walks and got to watch his puppy class.

I will be linking up with Kathy and the Slow Sunday Stitchers this weekend.  Take care and have a good week. 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Stitching and Swapping

I am well on my way on page two of my Frank Lloyd Wright Fountain Glass window cross stitch picture.  I did most of my stitching in the car again this past week.  My MIL lives out of town and I like to stitch as my husband drives when we go to visit her.  I find this time to be quite relaxing and it helps me to unwind from my hectic week. There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done so I am trying to prioritize the jobs and still give myself time to stitch by hand and machine. 

Two envelopes arrived this week with more DMC #318 thread---One came from Carol in North Carolina--it matches my grey thread perfectly!  Thanks so much, Carol, for sending the thread to me! The second envelope contained #318 as well but it must have been newer thread as it was much lighter than the grey I have been using.  I will return that thread to its owner when I see her in September.  Thanks, Kim, for sending the floss!  This picture is becoming a group effort!  I should be able to make lots more progress now.  What would I do without my stitching friends?

I am continuing to work on my swap blocks for the Elgin Piecemakers Swap.  There are 12 people swapping blocks each month for several months--I need to make 24 blocks for each month so my goal is to have all my blocks done for September to December by the end of the month.  So far, I have made two months worth of blocks.

It's interesting to dig through my scraps to find appropriate colours (white, beige, grey, black and brown) to put these blocks together.  Each block is a 5" square when completed.  Some of this fabric has been in my stash for a long time and it is good to find a use for it.

Here are my September and October piles as well as one block for November.

I will be linking up with Kathy and the other slow Sunday Stitchers on Sunday morning.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

On to Page 2!

I am officially finished the top half of my Frank Lloyd Wright Fountain Glass cross stitch picture, and I have started the second page!  The top half has a lot more stitching than the bottom half so as long as I can find more DMC#318 thread, I will be all set.  I have a couple of people mailing me some thread and hope that it will be here this coming week. In the meantime, I will continue working on the other colours.

After all the cross stitching is done, I will go back and do the outlining.  I bought some metallic thread for that but I am not sure where I put it...I will have to send out a search party soon.

Grand-dog, Finn, had a bath this week and was very fluffy afterwards.  He has been enjoying puppy class each week and is quick at picking up new tricks.

I took this picture looking down at one of the flowers stalks on one of the hostas in our backyard.

This is the centre of a purple coneflower.   Nice colours!

I will be linking up with Kathy and the other Slow Sunday Stitchers in the morning.  

Friday, July 27, 2018

Sewing with Christine

I have been squeezing in a bit of sewing here and there this week, including an evening of sewing with Christine last night.  Earlier in the week, I put together four more Foothills blocks --this quilt is being made with my husband's cast off shirts. The light green fabric in the block below actually came from one of my shirts. 

I am making these blocks by making parts--hour glass, HST and flying geese units and then putting the parts together into blocks.  In the original Foothills quilt, some of the blocks were not perfect and this added interest to the quilt.  We don't know if these were intentional or mistakes...  The block below was not intentional--I only noticed the flying geese all flying in the same direction after the block was assembled.  I decided to leave it that way for a couple of reasons...the yellow fabric frays easily and I thought the geese would fall apart if I tried to take it apart and I like the little surprise of finding a slightly different block or two in the final quilt.

If I was making a quilt from quilting cottons, I am not sure that I would combine these colours and fabrics together, but when working with a bin of shirts, I make it work.

I like the stripes going in different directions too.

I have 17/25 blocks done now and a few parts made for the next few blocks. I would like to have this quilt finished for the London Friendship Quilter's Guild show in October.  Only 8 more blocks to go!

Two blocks are missing from this picture...

Baby #2 received her quilt in the mail this week. The quilt is folded in half in this picture.  I'm glad that she likes it! (her grandma told me that she did!)

When Christine and I got together to sew for a few hours last night, she worked on a baby quilt and I worked on some 5" blocks for a swap that we are doing at the Elgin Piecemakers Guild.  I need to make 24 5" blocks each month and the first set is due at our September meeting.  I would like to get ahead of the game and get a few months' worth of blocks done and in zip lock bags, ready to swap.

We are using neutrals in this quilt--white, beige, brown, grey, and black.  I am digging into my stash to cut up bits and pieces of fabric that are in my scrap bins and in my bins in the colours we are to use.  I spent some time cutting out squares and strips last night and then sewing some blocks together.

I'm using this bin to keep all of my pieces together in one spot.  I have 18 blocks sewn so far.  This is a good project to work on when I just have 15 minutes to sew.

My husband and I have been working on re-doing this entrance to our backyard after the new fence was put in. A lot of the dirt from the post holes ended up on top of our rocks and flagstones so we had to dig everything out, wash the stones, re-lay to flagstones and put the stones back in place.  It looks great now!  We have to adjust our gate to make it fit the new opening which is a little bit narrower than the old opening.  We are still working on the flagstone path at the other side of the yard...  This is an all summer project.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Slow Stitching on a Rainy Day

I've done some more stitching in the car and gazebo this week. I am just about done the top half of this picture and will soon have to move on to the second and final page of the pattern. I am soon going to be out of DMC #318 again.  If anyone has an old skein of this colour, please let me know.  The new skeins at the store are a much lighter gray and do not match my older thread that I have been using.  

My husband and I went on a garden tour in Goderich yesterday and then to see a play, To Kill a Mockingbird,  in Stratford last night.  I had read the book in high school for English class, but my husband had not.  He read the book over the last couple of weeks before we saw the play. It was a powerful and interesting play which left the audience with lots of food for thought. We usually go to see at least one play each summer in Stratford.

The rain held off for the garden show so we were able to leave our umbrellas in the car as we walked around the gardens.  The bees were busy in all of the gardens...

This picture was taken in my yard--this is a hummingbird moth. It was undisturbed by my picture taking as it flitted about, gathering nectar.

I have had very little time in my sewing room this week...we have been working on our yard and gardens.  We have not had any rain for weeks, until this weekend.  The grass is already looking greener and the flowers and bushes are looking much perkier with the rain.  I won't have to spend any time today watering everything!  Here's another garden visitor:

I will be linking up with Kathy and the other Slow Sunday Stitchers today.  (If any of the slow stitchers would like to see my modern guild swap, you can see it here.) Have a good week.

Monday, July 16, 2018

LMQG Swap: What is it?

Members of the London Modern Quilt Guild are swapping small quilts with members of the Ancaster Modern Quilt Guild.  Christine and I both decided to participate in the swap. We received the name and preferences of our swap partners in February and the quilts were due at our July meeting this past Saturday.  Now that my quilt is handed in, I can show it to you on my blog!

I started by making some random sized building blocks with some brightly coloured scraps.

I was on a roll and did not take any more process pictures as I put it together in two evening sewing sessions.  I used a light grey diagonal mesh print for my background. It was fun to figure out how to piece it together from my building blocks. At this point, I showed it to my husband to see if he could tell what it is...his guess...A HAT!  He was wrong.

I quilted it with fuchsia thread...the lines are the width of a piece of green painter's tape and the second set of lines are two pieces of painter's tape wide.  Painter's tape was my friend when I was quilting this quilt!  Next, I did diagonal lines through every other intersection in both directions...I'm not sure that is a good explanation, so I will show you...

The idea for the quilting came from Jacquie Gering's book "Walk" and also from the two day walking foot quilting class that I took with Jacquie a couple of years ago.  I think the quilting makes my quilt sparkle!

Several years ago, my friend, Erin, gave me a couple of yards of this fabric. It makes an interesting backing for my swap quilt and the colours are similar to those on the front.

It is bound in fuchsia grunge fabric.  Have you guessed what I was trying to depict yet?   Yup--it is a SEWING MACHINE! I hope my swap partner likes it!  Maybe she will find a spot to hang it in her sewing room.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Frank and some flowers.

Today, I went to the monthly London Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  After the business part of the meeting and show and tell, we had a few hours of sewing time.  I did not want to drag my sewing machine and supplies with me to the meeting so I brought my counted cross stitch project with me.  As you can see, I managed to get quite a bit done again this week. The lighting was a lot better for pictures this week...last week's pictures were a bit dull.

I managed to get one more block done for the Foothills Quilt this week.  I also made a few parts for future blocks.  I hope to get a few more blocks done this week.

Our grand-dog, Finn, is getting bigger!  He's keeping my daughter so busy that she has not been doing any cross stitching!

Baby #1 received her quilt in the mail this past week.  I think she likes it!

What would a blog post be without a few flower pictures?  This hydrangea bush is in our front garden.

I took these last two pictures when my husband and I were out for a walk tonight--Queen Anne's Lace.

This was my favourite picture of the day...sea holly and Russian sage.

I will be linking up with Kathy tomorrow morning.  Take a look and see what the other slow stitchers are working on...