Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Canada Day! (and more of the vortex!)

One of the fabrics I used in my quilt vortex project is very appropriate for today...Canada Day!  We are finally having some sunny weather after several gray and rainy days. There are plans for a  family bbq and fireworks later on today to celebrate this wonderful country that we call home.

I spent some time last night sewing and pressing and trimming on my vortex quilt.  I now have several large blocks made from my scraps, which, with borders, should make a nice sized lap quilt. I am quite sure that I have something in my stash for the borders and backing for this quilt... I have used up lots of scraps for this quilt but still have lots more.  I may need to make another one of these quilts sometime to use up some more scraps!

Here are my blocks on the design floor:

I will have to check in at Crazy Mom's blog today to see what she suggests I do next.  None of the blocks are the same size. I suspect I will be cobbling them together somehow into a quilt top!
I took this picture last night in my backyard...  Any guesses as to what it is????

Happy Canada Day to all of my Canadian readers!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Vortexing along...

I am slowly working away on my quilt vortex project.  Sewing, trimming, more sewing, more trimming. 

After trimming, I sort the pieces into piles of approximately the same size and shape and then I start sewing them together.  It is fun to revisit scraps from projects of the past.  The fabric with the hexagons is a scrap leftover from my daughter's university quilt. I made the quilt for her when she started university.  She graduated a couple of weeks ago and is now gainfully employed.  Later this year, she and I are going to pick out fabric and a pattern for a new quilt for her apartment as a graduation gift.  The purple batik scraps are from my purple "Yellow Brick Road" quilt. I am hoping for a good sized lap quilt at the end of this process.
Stay tuned for more progress reports, maybe later this week.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Today's Slow Stitching and Quilt Vortex update

Last week, I finished hand quilting this little sheep wall hanging and today I will be hand stitching the binding down.  This is a gift for my MIL for her birthday which was in May.  I gave her the unfinished project in a bag and then took it back to finish it. She likes sheep so I thought this would be a great little gift for her.

My husband was out last night so a friend came over--after a long walk, she did some knitting while I did some sewing on my quilt vortex project. We drank iced tea and chatted while we knitted and sewed.

 I had a pile of pressing to do first. Then, I just chain pieced and randomly joined the pairs together.

More pressing. More sewing.  More trimming.

Soon, I had sewn up all the scraps that I had put into my bin.  I laid everything out on the design floor and took this picture:

Quilt vortex is a quilt along project with Crazy Mom.  I am not quite caught up but progress is being made! I am hoping for a lap sized quilt in the end.  I may need to dig through my scrap bags and bins for more scraps for more blocks to bring it up to this size.  Lucky for me, I have a few more scraps lurking about in my sewing room to chose from!

Happy Slow Sunday Stitching to everyone at Kathy's blog!  Happy Father's day to all of the Dads as well.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A New Project...

I have been sorely lacking in time to sew in recent months.  I have been busy looking after a sick relative and all that that entails so sewing machine time went by the wayside...  I have been trying to get my sewing mojo back and decided that starting a new scrappy quilt might be just the ticket!  Crazy Mom just started a new sew along at her blog a couple of weeks ago.  She is giving step by step instructions to make a scrap vortex quilt to use up the small bits of fabric that breed in sewing rooms everywhere.
One night last week, I gathered up all of my bags of scraps, mostly sorted out by colour, and grabbed a bin.  I went through all of the bags of bits and pieces and picked out all the brightly coloured ones and threw them into the bin. 
The next step involved taking two pieces of fabric from the bin and just sewing them together.  I chain pieced as many as I could in one evening and came up with this pile.
Tonight, I ironed them and laid them out on my design floor. I was surprised how many I had made!
Last week's instructions were to sew pairs together, creating bigger chunks of scraps.  I hope to find some time this week to do this.  I also still have lots of scraps in the bin --as I said before, they do seem to breed when I am not looking!  I will have to sew them into pairs too. I don't want to have to put any scraps back into the zip lock bags.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Elgin Piecemakers' Charity Quilts

The Elgin Piecemakers met this past Thursday evening.  In January, we had each been given a bag of fabrics to use to make a charity quilt top.  This one was made by Pat.  It has been quilted and just needs to have the binding done. She used a disappearing nine patch pattern.

Heather fussy cut the centres of these blocks and added some brightly coloured borders on each block. 

Joanne attended an applique workshop and used her applique block as the centre of her charity quilt top.

I made this purple quilt top and Heather's husband quilted it.  Today's slow Sunday stitching project will be hand sewing the binding down!

Here is the top that was made with the black, gray and white  blocks we made.  My block will be on the back of this quilt--somehow, we had 17 blocks for this one.

We made another slab block quilt this year as well.  The blocks are 15 1/2" squares.

This month's blocks are pink, green and white.  A couple of people are still working on their blocks!  We always seem to end up with blocks that look good together!

I am off to get the binding onto the purple quilt now.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Whole Flock

Christine came over for our weekly sewing night least we try to get together to sew every week.  I finished off the last 4 chickens in my flock.


My daughter thinks the chickens need eyes.  Maybe I will add button eyes after this project is quilted.

Christine donated the Orange wing fabric for this chicken,

And the green wing as well.  

These chickens were fun to make. 

Here is the whole flock.  I just thought of an idea for setting these blocks....come back next week and there should be more to show.

Bye for now!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hand-stitching this week

I was the passenger on a couple of car trips in the past week. I often fall asleep in the car when my husband drives so I try to bring along a hand-sewing project to keep myself awake and make good use of the time we are in the car.  Last weekend, I finished off my sashiko stitching which I started on our recent vacation. Some of the stitches are a bit uneven because some of the roads were a bit bumpy! I plan on making this into a small wall hanging. 

I also worked on the curly quilting of the sheep wall hanging I am making for my MIL for her birthday.

I am just about done the sheep but still have to do some quilting in the background. The birthday party is next weekend so this will be this week's project...Nothing like a deadline to hurry a project along!

The flowers on my dogwood bush are coming out today.

The bachelor buttons are out too.

I took this close up of the pollen on the stamens with my phone.

This columbine is called "Blue Jay".

My husband and I filled up the back of the car with annuals today for the pots on our front porch and backyard patio. Tonight, everything was planted and watered. Hopefully, there will not be any more frost! 

Happy Slow Stitching Sunday!