Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Starting a New Project

A while ago, I saw that Jenifer at 42 is hosting a Modern Monday quilt along--she first did this quilt along in 2011 and has decided to run it again.  Many of the blocks are liberated versions of some traditional blocks.  I have not made a liberated quilt in a while so I decided to jump in and make my own version of the Modern Monday sampler quilt.  There are 64  6.5" blocks in total. A couple of weeks ago, I went searching through my stash for some fabrics to use for this project.  I found these three fat quarters that I purchased over a year ago and decided to use the colours in these fabrics for my version of the quilt.

I am not sure what line of fabric they are from as I cut off the selvages for my selvage collection...

I have some green, magenta and turquoise fabrics picked out as well as some grey which may be used for sashing. Tonight, I made my first four blocks.  I decided not to follow the directions that Jenifer is supplying on her blog...I am just going to look at each of her blocks and make my own version in my own way. 

Here is my first block--Crossroads.

My second block is a liberated Log Cabin--home of a cute little bird. 

Shoo-fly was up next. 

The last one I made was a liberated Churn Dash. 

I'm going to use a little bit of one of the focus fabrics in each block. 

I hope to make some more blocks next week when I get together to sew with Christine again next week. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Christmas Ornaments

Over the past few months, I have been making one block every two weeks for Lorna's Holly Jolly Christmas quilt-along.  Christine came over on Thursday night to sew.  I worked on my Christmas Ornaments block.

I was happy to be able to include the Santa fabric on one of the ornaments.  I used that fabric for the mitten block too.  This block looked easy at first glance but it involved quite a bit of ripping and resewing...  It took me all evening to get it right!

Here are all of my blocks so far.  I am thinking of changing the colour of the partridge in the partridge in a pear tree block...I don't like the brown. I think my partridge might be blue instead.

There are only three blocks left!  I have an idea for an extra block so I will have 16 instead of 15 blocks.  I will be making a square quilt...

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Lots of Snowmen in the Gazebo

Pat came over this afternoon for a couple of hours of slow stitching in the gazebo.  We sipped iced tea and chatted as we stitched.  I worked on my cross stitch snowman...he now sports eyes, a carrot nose, a second arm and a completed hat as well as more white fill in stitches. The face adds a little more personality!

Last week, he looked like this...

He seemed to like chilling in the gazebo this afternoon...

This picture is coming along nicely.  I managed to sit and work on it three times this week.  I was ready for work early a couple of mornings and spent 30 minutes each day stitching before I left.

Pat is working on a Christmas gift for her sister.  She is blanket stitching around each shape.  All she has left to do is to add the button eyes.  She is thinking of hand quilting this little wall hanging. It should be done in plenty of time for Christmas.

My peonies were in bloom this week. They came from my husband's grandmother's garden and have a small tinge of pink.

In the front yard, the alliums are in their glory....

I would love to plant some of these in the back yard too...

I will be linking up to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching linky tomorrow morning.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Snowman Progress

For my hand sewing this week, I worked on two projects...  The first...I did the binding on a donation quilt.  You can see it on my previous post, here.  Yesterday and today, I worked on my counted cross stitch snowman project.  Here he is last week...

I filled in some of the white on his arm and body this week. 

I will be having company tomorrow so there may not be any stitching time but I will have time this week to add more stitches. I think I am going to work on the hat and face this week. 

Last week, my husband and I had a date day in St. Mary's and Stratford.  One of our stops was the St. Mary's museum where this yoyo quilt was on display. 

Here is a close up picture of some of the fabrics in the yoyos.

I did not count all of them but there sure are a lot of them in this piece!

Are any of the slow stitchers reading this post inspired to start a yoyo project???

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Better Late than Never

Just over a year ago, Fort McMurray in Alberta was devastated by a wild fire which sent people fleeing from the community and burned up homes and businesses.  My friend, Christine, and I decided we would each make a quilt to send to Fort McMurray for families who had been affected by the fire. Christine finished her quilt several months ago.  She used a layer cake and other fabrics in her stash to make her quilt.

It has a cozy, pieced, flannel backing.

I also used a layer cake for my quilt.    

I quilted my quilt on my DSM with a serpentine stitch grid.

I will put these quilts into the mail this week.  I am very happy to finally have this quilt done and ready to send!

I also made my June block for the Elgin Piecemakers Comfort quilt.  We were given a 10" square of the blue dandelion fabric and asked to just use yellow with it and make a block.  I used a pattern from for my circle of squares block.  I did not have enough of the yellow fabric to make a yellow centre in my block so I just used the dandelion fabric instead.

I had a visitor in my backyard this morning.  

It was interesting to watch him pull himself along, going in the direction of my hostas!  Yikes!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Holly and Berries and Snowmen

With this post's title, you might think we are in the depths of winter!  It was actually a beautiful sunny day today and most people were wearing shorts today when I was out.  Two of my current projects have a winter theme...

These are all the pieces for the Holly and Berries block for the Sew Fresh Holly Jolly Christmas quilt.  This is block number 10 of 15.

Here is the finished block. The berries on the edge of the block look a bit odd, but will be "rounder" when the block is sewn into the quilt.

My 10 blocks on the design wall...

For Slow Sunday Stitching this week, I have been working on a counted cross stitch snowmen picture which I started many years ago.  I have had a few car trips this week so made quite a bit of progress. On one car trip, I was happily stitching away, chatting with my husband, and then I noticed that I had forgotten my scissors that I use to cut the threads.  Ugh!  We stopped at the next service centre and I went into the little variety store in search of scissors, but I did find these....They work quite well to cut the threads and now they live in the car for my use when I sew as we travel.

Last week...

And this week...

There is a lot of white to fill in on the snowman's body and arms.  Maybe, I will get some of that done this week.

I will be linking up with Kathy's Quilts with the other Slow Sunday Stitchers in the morning.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Canada 150 Pillows

On Saturday afternoon, after cleaning the windows, I went down to my sewing room to finish off my two Canada flag pillows while my husband made supper.  This one is for my daughter. I picked the fabrics in the white section and she picked the red fabric.  We will bring it to her when we go to visit later this month.  The back of it is the same red fabric. 

 This is my pillow.  I took these two pictures out in our gazebo.  My pillow will live on the bench in my front hall for the summer.  I did not have enough of the red flower fabric for the back so I used two maple leaf fabrics on the back. Both pillows have a zipper in the back so the covers can be taken off to be washed.

The pattern for these pillows is available from Christine here.   This is a great time to show our pride in being Canadian with July 1st being Canada's 150th birthday!

Here is the back of my pillow:

And, here it is on the bench in my front hall. 

Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Reviving a UFO

I used to do a lot of counted cross stitch pictures.  Then, I got more interested in quilting and the cross stitch went by the wayside.  You may remember "Frank", the CCS picture I did in 2015 for slow Sunday Stitching.  This year, while looking for something in my sewing room, I came across a snowman picture that was started many years ago--the pattern is from 1997, but never finished. I decided to try to finish this picture.  I had to find a hoop and a CCS needle as well as getting the pattern enlarged because my eyes are not quite as good as they used to be...

Here is how the picture looked last week...

 And here is what I got done today while sitting outside in my gazebo:

Snowman number three is starting to take on a bit of shape.

Last weekend, we went to visit my MIL so I did some EPP in the car on the way there and home again.  The plus sign fabric is a recent addition to my stash and is perfect for my EPP plus sign project!

Here are all three plus signs made in the car:

I have 27 plus signs made now.  I'm thinking of adding some grey and yellow plus signs as well.  I'm still not sure exactly what I am making with all of these yet.  So far, I am just having fun with the EPP!

My husband and I took a cooking class this week.  We have done this a few times before and come home with new recipes, handy tips and ideas as well as full stomachs.  Here are some pictures of some of the dishes we had to eat.

The class was themed on vegetables you might grow in your garden...tomatoes, zucchini, potatoes, fresh herbs, arugala, eggplant, green beans, etc.  I can't wait to try out some of the recipes the next time we have friends or family over for supper!

I will be linking up to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Canada Pillows and Cross Stitch

I made the Canada Flag pillow in my header photo for one of my nieces for Christmas.  She is off to university in the fall and this pillow will be used to decorate her dorm room.  My daughter and I both decided that we need Canada flag pillows to to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday this year. When Christine and I got together to sew this week, I worked on the pillows. This one is for my daughter.  I tried to pick fabrics that would mean something to her...she wears glasses and lives in a place where there is lots of snow in the winter, tulips in the spring and many places to ride a bike.

Here is a close up of some of the fabrics.

This one will be my pillow.

Again, the fabrics have some personal meaning for me.  Do you see the fishing bobbers?  I used to go fishing with my dad and my brother when I was little.  I remember catching lots of sunfish and then letting them swim away.

While looking for something in my sewing room, I found this old Cross Stitch UFO.  I decided to work on it this summer for one of my slow stitching projects.  I will need to enlarge the pattern so that I can see it better....

There are 4 snowmen in the finished picture so I am half way there.

On my way to work this week, I stopped to take another picture of a barn quilt. I love seeing these on the drive.

My garden is bursting with new growth with the warm weather we have been having. My husband and I spent the day in the backyard yesterday, doing spring chores.  We will be working on it again on Monday.

The lilacs are beautiful and smell like spring.

 I will be linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Take a look at what everyone is up to today.  There is always lots of fun inspiration to be had!