Saturday, September 14, 2019

Embroidery, Cross Stitch and a Quilt Show

This past week, I have worked on a number of hand and machine stitching projects, including shortening of two pairs of dress pants for a family member, making of two blocks (including embroidery) for the London Modern Quilt Guild QuiltCon 2020 charity quilt, and prepping a demonstration of curved piecing on Drunkard's Path blocks for today's Modern Guild Meeting.  The one project which did not get any stitches this week was my Frank Lloyd Wright counted cross stitch, but I am including a picture of its current status as an incentive to myself to get back to work on this one this week. Most of the cross stitching is done--lots of outlining still to go. 

I made two letter blocks for the LMQG charity quilt:  A and T.  QuiltCon 2020 will be in Texas and the organizing committee has chosen colours (black, white and various shades of grey) and a theme (Text) for this year's charity quilts.  Many guilds from around the world each make a quilt and then they will all be on display at the show.

The embroidery on the T block is all backstitch with three strands of floss. I used a lazy daisy stitch to make each of the leaves on the tree of the A block. 

Many guild members are involved in making blocks for this project.  The blocks will be assembled at our next meeting in October.  It was fun to see all of the blocks as they were handed in today at the beginning of the meeting.

Last weekend was our first ever quilt show at Grosvenor Lodge in London, Ontario.  Our colour challenge quilts were displayed around the porch on three sides of the building.

My quilt is the one on the right in the picture below.

I had three other quilts in the show...

Gail's Garden - started at a stitch and flip class with Jacquie Gering a few years ago and just finished recently for the show. 

Top:  Scrappy Appliqué Squirrel - made at a class with Shannon Brinkley. 
Bottom: My version of a pattern by Jen Kingswell. 

When I got home from the show, look who arrived for a visit!  Finn and my daughter!  They have gone home now but we had lots of fun playing with Finn and going for a long walk every day they were here.  

I will link up with Kathy and the Slow Sunday Stitchers in the morning. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Gifts for My Family

A few months before our trip to Scotland and England, I decided to make several Quilty gifts for my family member that we would be visiting on our trip.  This Christmas star table topper was given to my cousin and his wife.  I used a Jaybird quilts pattern to make it. 

The backing is Christmas fabric I had in my stash. 

I made 6 wide open zippered pouches for various cousins as well. All of the fabrics were in my stash---obviously, I have too much fabric...

Canada themed pillowcases were given to my uncle and some other cousins. I bought these fabrics especially for these gifts.

I'm told that these went onto the pillows right away when they got home!

My cousin, Alison, loves to drink tea so her pillowcase was made with teacup fabric which I found in my stash.

I also brought along 5 lap/baby quilts as gifts...The first one was for my aunt who loves the colour purple.  

My step grandmother was given the scrappy trips lap quilt that I made earlier this year, just for her. It reminded me of her pretty garden.

My cousin and her husband were the recipients of my batik triangle quilt.

There were also two baby quilts--one for a recently born baby boy and one for a baby which will be arriving early in the new year.

You may wonder how I fit all these gifts into the suitcase...

We purchased vacuum bags and put all the quilts and pillow cases and zipper bags inside.  Once we sucked the air out with the vacuum cleaner, the bags were much smaller and fit quite nicely inside the suitcase.  We just had to watch the weight of the suitcases for the plane, but that worked out fine.

When we were in Inverness, we went out for supper and then decided on ice cream for dessert.  We looked on the internet for an ice cream shop within walking distance and found this one a few blocks away...  You will never guess what was next door!

A quilt shop with lovely quilts in the window.

I hoped that they would have some of this Scottish themed fabric in stock for me to buy!

The shop was closed but plans were quickly made to visit the shop when it opened in the morning. Across the road, we saw this shop...

Laskey's book shop is a famous used book store which is in an old church.  My husband loves to read so he headed here while I went to the quilt store.

The sun had just set as we headed back to our bed and breakfast inn.

There may have been some stash enhancement at the quilt store....

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Stitching on a Boat, a Plane and and Train

My husband and I just got home on Monday from Scotland and England where we were on vacation for three weeks. We traveled by plane, train, car, bike, canoe, sailboat, barge and taxi on our trip and I was able to do some stitching on the plane, the train and the barge.  Here are some pictures of my train stitching...

Sometimes, the view out the window was distracting so it was a bit hard to stay on task!

During our trip, we took a one week barge cruise on the Caledonian Canal, from Inverness to Fort William.  The week was filled with hiking, biking, sailing, canoeing and wonderful views of the Great Glen.  There was a little time for stitching along the way.

This is our boat, the Ros Crana, in one of the locks on the canal.

There was a stowaway on board!

I also did some stitching on the plane on the way home.

You can see on the map that we were just south of Iceland when I took this next picture.

We had a wonderful trip!

I will be linking up with Kathy and the slow Sunday stitching gang.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Miami is Done and Frank is still plodding along...

Frank is slowly having more stitches added as we go places in the car.  I can't stitch as late into the evenings now as the sun is going down earlier.  

I look forward to more car stitching soon!  I like how each side of this window is not an exact mirror image of the other side. 

My daughter sent me a picture of her finished Miami cityscape this week.  Doesn't it look like a fun place to visit?  She has been there, but I haven't. 

My husband and I went for a walk on the pier in Port Stanley last week as the sun was setting.   It was a lovely night for a stroll!

I will be linking up with Kathy's Slow Sunday stitching crew on the weekend.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Coming Home Progress Report

My husband and I went to visit our daughter for the long weekend so on our way there and back, I stitched in the car.  I brought along the house borders for "Coming Home" and got all the doors and windows and clouds appliquéd.  There was a lot of traffic in spots so I had more sewing time in the car than I usually get on our way to where my daughter lives. 

I just bought the material for the window and door on this house a couple of weeks ago specifically for this project. It reminds me of balls of wool...

I fussy cut the little hearts in the windows for this house.

I added all four borders and the suns and moons this week.   I will be adding the kites, birds and stars soon.  

I'm really loving this BOM so far and look forward to starting the next border-- trees and more houses.

I will be linking up with Kathy and the other slow Sunday stitchers this weekend.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Lap Quilt Finish

I made this lap quilt using Bonnie Hunter's free pattern, Scrappy Mountain Majesties, and a pile of fat quarters purchased specifically for this quilt.   This quilt is a gift for someone special who does not read my blog.

It was quilted by Cathy at Eagle's Wings Quilts.

The backing is from the same fabric line...

As is my usual practice, I did the hand stitching in the car last weekend.  

We visited Finn and my daughter last weekend. We took Finn to get his haircut as he was starting to look a bit shaggy. We went for lots of walks and spent an evening at the dog park where he ran around and wore himself out.

Here is what he looked like before the haircut.

I will be linking up with Kathy and the Slow Sunday Stitchers on Sunday morning.   Have a great weekend!