Saturday, May 30, 2020

Four Finishes and Another New Project

Christine finished the binding on the quilt we made for a family affected by the tragedy in Nova Scotia a few short weeks ago.  This quilt is ready to be packed up and mailed to the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild for distribution.  The binding is a medium blue fabric with tiny daisies on it that I found in my stash.  Christine has a clothes line in her backyard that doubles as a place to hang quilts for photo ops. We hope that this quilt brings comfort and peace. There is love in every stitch. 

The next two finishes are gifts for special people in my life.  Each block represents a memory I have of the recipients--retired farmers and quilters.

I hope these wall hangings will be enjoyed for years to come. They were custom quilted by Julie C. and she did a fantastic job!

I have made several quilts from my collection of 30's prints and still have enough for a couple more small projects.  They have been put away for now.

I finished knitting another dish cloth this week--this one is rectangular in shape, rather than square as I cast on too many stitches initially and could not get another skein of yarn the same colour to make it square.  It's still just as useful, even though it is not square!  I started another simple dishcloth today.

Finn likes to lie on the back of the couch and look out the window.  He keeps an eye on who is going by our house--lots of dog walkers and people riding bikes. 

Earlier this week, the Modern Quilt Guild offered a webinar on string piecing taught by Sarah Bond.  My swap partner in the Make a Mini, Make a Friend MQG swap in February mentioned that Sarah was one of her favourite quilt designers/teachers so I thought I should take her class to "meet" Sarah virtually.   It was a fun class--I sewed my solid warm scraps as Sarah taught the class.  She paper pieced her triangles but I don't like removing the papers so I used light weight non woven interfacing for my base for the triangles instead.  Here are my first few triangles completed during the webinar using chain piecing.

I have a three bins of solid scraps--warm colours, cool colours and neutrals (white, cream, black, brown and gray).  I did not even make a dent in my warm scraps!  I have a plan for a project using these triangles...stay tuned. It might be finished by next weekend.

We had a heat wave this past week and the air conditioning had to be turned on.  More flowers popped out this week including these thrifts:

these Icelandic poppies:

and the Bachelor Buttons.

I noticed that the chestnut flowers were out when I was out walking this week too.

One last close up of a block from one of the farm quilts--Local strawberries should be available this week in my area...I can't wait.

I will link up with Kathy and the Slow Sunday Stitchers in the morning.  Thanks for stopping by and for commenting on my blog.  It's fun to hear from people from near and far each week.


  1. Lucky you with a friend who has a clothesline. They make great photo ops. 30s prints are happy and cheerful. They go perfect with the farm quilt. Finn is to cute watching the world go by. Wonder if he thinks he’s a watch dog while he’s reclining. Thanks for heads up about strawberries as they may be available in my area soon.

  2. What an interesting post. Full of quilts, flowers and Finn. You made me smile this morning. I am sure the quilt recipients will be very happy.

  3. Finn looks so comfy! Just love the strawberry block!

  4. Your wall hangings are so charming!

  5. love all the flowers and quilts - we are going to get the heat in a couple days I think

  6. I always love pictures from your garden...beautiful! And, I like the quilts with the large blocks from Farm Girl Vintage...I'll have to do that sometime. I used the 6" blocks...I really should get around to finishing it

  7. Your finishes are lovely. I think all the recipients will be thrilled! Finn is so cute too. Beautiful flowers - the cliff top where I live is full of sea thrift, a paler pink than yours but lovely.

  8. Yeah for strawberry time! Love that block!!! Great projects. Saying hi to Finn. Such a wonderful companion.

  9. Beautiful quilts, and lovely flowers. I like the colors of your dishclothes!

  10. Your lovely quilts will be treasured, I'm sure.

  11. What a busy week you've had. Such lucky friends to be receiving those beautiful quilts! I really like your triangles too, they remind me of candy corns!

  12. pretty flowers and great quilts. what a nice post.
    the blue hearts are lovely and I'm sure it will be appreciated.

  13. Thank you for a lovely post. SO many things to be grateful for. Do you knit your dish cloths in front of the t.v.?

  14. So many terrific finishes... wow! I know your love quilt will bring comfort to the recipient in Nova Scotia.
    Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos!