Saturday, October 20, 2018

Quilt Show Report

I spent most of the day yesterday at the London Friendship Quilter's Guild show.  I had four of my quilts on display including "Elephants on Parade", shown below.  There were three elephant quilts on display, all started at a workshop with the designer, Lorna McMahon.   

My "Fancy Forest Friends" was on display beside the elephants.

There were 8 animal quilts on display together.  It was fun to see all of them--each one was unique with the different fabric choices.

"Flannel Vortex" showed off my flannel scraps, leftover from PJ's I have made for my daughter and nieces over the years. 

My Christmas sampler quilt was one of several seasonal quilts.  I managed to get all of the hanging sleeves attached on time for the quilts to be delivered to the show, despite some assistance from Finn, our grand-dog.  This was all the slow stitching that got accomplished this week.  Next week, I will be back to my hand quilting and cross stitching. 

Christine and I got together to sew one night this week and I put this mini quilt together.  I had the coloured squares sashed already and finished off all of the sewing.  The coloured squares were a little package of 2.5" charms that I received at the modern quilt guild retreat a couple of years ago.   I will be quilting this little quilt next week. 

Finn supervised our activities in the sewing room from this spot....

I will be linking up with the other slow stitchers on Sunday morning.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Prepping for the Quilt Show!

Next weekend, the London Friendship Quilter's Guild will be hosting their biennial quilt show.  I will be entering four quilts in the show this year so over the next few days, I will be furiously sewing on hanging sleeves to my quilts.   I recycle my hanging sleeves from show to show so I just need to find them (I think I know where they are???) and sew them on.  I am submitting three smaller quilts and one larger quilt so I am hoping this does not take too much time.  Here is some information about our show.  If you live nearby, you are invited to come to see our show!  Oakridge Presbyterian Church is on the south side of Oxford Street between Wonderland Rd and Hyde Park Road.  As a side note,  I attended church at Oakridge when I was a student at the University of Western Ontario and met my future husband there, 34 years ago...

I have had a sewing "helper" this week. Sometimes he just lays beside me in a supervisory capacity but he can be a bit attention seeking much of the time which impedes my sewing productivity, if you know what I mean!

Despite Finn's "assistance", I managed to do a bit of hand quilting on the wool appliqué squirrel piece.  I finished the outlining and started some vertical line quilting in the background.  The plan is to make a 1" square grid in the background and then figure out some sort of quilting for the brown border and the outer border.

I use painter's tape to keep my lines straight.

If you look closely, you can see my two lines of quilting so far...

I also did some more outlining on my Fountain Glass Window counted cross stitch picture this week.

I have been using Thread Heaven on the metallic outlining thread but it is still tangling a bit, so this is a slower process than outlining with embroidery floss. 

As you can see, I have a ways to go before this is done!

Finn will be staying with us for another week.  There are lots of walks going on here as well as playtime each day. Yesterday, we sat out on the front porch in the sunshine for 30 minutes just watching the world go by.  One of the neighbours was outside decorating for halloween with his daughter and someone else was cutting the grass.  Birds were singing. Finn was quite enthralled by it all.

I will be linking up with Kathy and her crew of Slow Sunday Stitchers this morning.  Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Time to get it Done...

Sometimes, when you are tidying up, you find things, unfinished things...  This wool appliqué project has been in hiding for at least a couple of years, but it has seen the light of day now and will not be going away again! It needs to be finished and out on display THIS Fall. The wool appliqué is done.  I have hand quilted around everything.  I just need to quilt the background and have decided just to do a crosshatch design there.  It should not take too long and I hope to get at it this weekend sometime.  

My daughter and Finn arrived last night for a few days.  I worked on FLW while I was waiting for them... It is hard to show you progress on this project as I am just working on the silver outlining.  I love the way the outlining makes the details pop out of a cross stitch picture.

Finn has gotten a lot bigger over the last few weeks since we last saw him.  He has all of his adult teeth now and is heavier when we pick him up. 

I am hosting the family Thanksgiving dinner today.  I cooked the turkey and stuffing yesterday and made a cauliflower/broccoli casserole.  Today, we will make salad, roasted brussel  sprouts and Panko encrusted delicata squash rings (that's a new recipe---hopefully everyone will like it!).  My SIL is bringing potatoes, apple pie and cider.  Finn will be very excited to see his extended family members!  

I did some decorating this week--added a few pumpkins here and there inside and out.  Last night, as we left the house, I noticed a grasshopper resting on one of the outside pumpkins...

He/she had his eyes on me!

I will be linking up with Kathy and the other Slow Stitchers today.  If you want to see my completed Foothills Quilt top, you can see it here. Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian readers!  I am thankful for my family, friends and hobbies which I enjoy.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Foothills Quilt Flimsy DONE!

I have been working on this quilt for several months now as part of a quilt-along with Mary Elizabeth Kinch. The block pattern came from an antique quilt that she showed on her blog last December and so many people liked it, Mary Elizabeth decided to offer a quilt-along so others could make the quilt. I started making blocks back in February and gradually, the design wall filled up with 25 blocks.  The original quilt had 5 rows of 5 blocks which resulted in a square quilt.  At the last minute, I decided to make my blocks into a single bed sized quilt with a 4 X 6 layout and a piano key border.

It was not quite big enough for a single bed without the extra borders.   The fabrics for this quilt all came from shirts that my husband was not going to wear anymore after he lost some weight (on purpose).  The sashing is navy blue, although it is hard to tell in the picture above.

I made hourglass blocks for the corners.  Believe it or not, I still have two bins full of shirt fabric.  I have cut out the backs of several shirts to piece the back of the quilt.

I added a final 2.5" navy border this afternoon and my husband held up the quilt for the first picture in this post when he got home from work. His arms were not quite long enough to hold it from corner to corner. I'm very happy to have this flimsy done!  This is the first bed sized quilt I have made in a few years and it will look great in our guest room.  I'm aiming to have it quilted, bound and on the bed by Christmas.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Needle Felting, FLW and Dear Jane

The Elgin Piecemakers met this past week for the first time since June.  There was lots of catching up to do!  Pat P has been doing a lot of needle felting over the summer and decided to teach all of us how to do this too.  We were each given a small piece of felt, a block of foam and the barbed needle tool as well as our choice of colours of the wool roving used in this craft. You can see my small creation above before it was trimmed.

The back is quite fuzzy!  Here is my square after trimming:

And here are all of the little needle felted squares that we made:

I can see why Pat has found a new addiction!  She has been busy making pincushions and little landscape pictures over the summer.

My husband and I were away on vacation for 10 days and one of the stops was at the Bennington Museum in Vermont where I got to see this in person: is the original "Dear Jane" quilt made by Jane Sickle in 1863!  It is only on display for one month of the year and we happened to be in the neighbourhood at the right time!  5,602 pieces!  169 blocks plus all those triangles in the border! I stared and studied it for quite a while!

I took a picture of the information card for your reading pleasure. 

I thought all of the slow Sunday stitchers would be interested in seeing this quilt on my blog today.

Here is a close up of one of the blocks:

This quilt is a testament to Jane Sickle's perseverance in a difficult time period in history.  The fabrics, the piecing/applique and quilting had me in awe!

There was lots of time on the trip to cross stitch as we travelled.  I managed to finish all of the cross stitching on FLW on the trip.

I am now working on the silver metallic thread outlining.  This will take a while.

So, this is my hand stitching project for the next while...getting all of that outlining done.  I will be linking up with the other Slow Sunday Stitchers at Kathy's blog tomorrow morning.   Happy Stitching!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Foothills Blocks DONE and more FLW

A few stitches here and a few stitches there, and progress is made towards the finish line. I just have a few more borders to do at the bottom of my Frank Lloyd Wright cross stitch picture and then on to the outlining. With any luck, the cross stitching will be done in the next week or two.  When I get this close to the end, all I want to do is finish it! When this picture is done, I will have three completed pictures to take to the framing store to have them stretched and framed.  It would be great to have all three on the wall by Christmas time. Maybe that is a good attainable goal...

On the quilting front, I am nearing the end of a quilt I started in February...the Foothills quilt along organized by Mary Elizabeth Kinch.  I used my husband's discarded shirts as my fabric source for this quilt and have been working away for months now on the 25 blocks.  This past week, I finished the last of the blocks and purchased the sashing/border fabric.    Here are my last 5 blocks:

The brighter green rectangles were actually from one of my shirts--the rest of the shirts were my husband's.

The above block involved some ripping and in the end, I still ended up with all the geese going one way...I am fine with will make the quilt more interesting to look at.  I intentionally made some of the blocks with the HST's oriented differently in regards to where I put the light and dark fabrics.

This quilt allowed me to play with different value and colour combinations that I have not tried before.

Most of the fabrics were thread dyed checks or plaids but there were also a few solid colours as well.

You might think that with all these colours and different shirts in one quilt, it would not be cohesive, but somehow, it is.   Here are all my blocks.

The flying geese took the longest of all of the parts of the blocks.  There are 150 flying geese in these blocks.

I grew rosemary, thyme, oregano and parsley in pots on my patio and I have decided to try drying them in brown paper bags.  Here is what the rosemary looked like when I picked it.  I will see how it looks in a week or two.  I have not done this before.  (I know, I should have grown sage instead of oregano and channelled Simon and Garfunkel, but I digress...)

With this picture, I am a day late and a dollar short--Kathy asked the slow Sunday Stitchers to show their favourite stitching spot and here is mine--in the gazebo in my backyard.  This picture was supposed to be shown last week or the week before... Oh you know where I like to sew!

I will be linking up with Kathy on Sunday morning.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Modern Quilt Guild Swap

Several months ago, I signed up to participate in a swap at the London Modern Quilt Guild.  Our swap partners were from the Ancaster Modern Quilt Guild and we were given some information about our swap partners and their preferences.  The quilts were to be no bigger than 24" X 24". We handed our quilts in at the July meeting and they were to be distributed at the August meeting when the Ancaster Guild members would be visiting.

You may remember the quilt that I made--my husband thought it was a hat...

I was not able to be at the August meeting as I was away on vacation so Christine brought my quilt to me a couple of weeks after I got back.

My swap partner's name is Nicole and she wrote me this lovely note that came with my quilt:

I had mentioned that I liked liberated quilts, such as those made by Gwen Marston.  I love my liberated log cabin quilt, Nicole!  The colours are wonderful and the quilting is divine!  Thanks so much for swapping with me.   Christine told me that Nicole knew that the quilt I made for her was not a hat!

(I'm not sure what Kristin and Nicole were looking at while this picture was taken!)

If I get another chance to participate in a swap, I think I will jump in with both feet!