Thursday, May 30, 2013

QNIC at Jacqui's

Jacqui hosted Chris, Karen and I for a Quilting Night in Canada tonight. We have not done this for ages and had a fun evening of sewing and chatting.

I worked on some more Boxy Star Blocks.

I still have 8 more blocks to make. It is fun to root around in my batiks to make these blocks.
Jacqui thinks white sashing would make the boxy stars float--I agree. I am not sure if I will add cornerstones or not...  What do you think?

Jacqui worked on a couple of baby quilts. She satin stitched around the circles tonight.

Karen quilted a table topper. Looking good, Karen!

 Chris is making a wedding shower gift--a table runner and a pot holder. Lucky Bride and Groom!

I hope we can get together for a few more QNIC's this summer!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Because I Need Another Project...

I was looking at some blogs tonight and saw that Bonnie Hunter has a preview up of the next step in the Lazy Sunday mystery that is running in Quiltmaker magazine. Christine came over for our weekly sewing night tonight so I decided to put 3 blocks together, just to see how they would look...

This is going to be one bright quilt!  This is the first time that the blue has made an appearance. I hope the magazine shows up in the store where I get my quilting magazines tomorrow so I can see the rest of the instructions for step 3.

Last night, it rained...there was lots of thunder and lightening so I could not go outside to work on the garden. Instead, I played with my 9 patch mystery strips on my design wall.

I found out my design wall is not big enough for this quilt! I may have to resort to using my design floor instead.  I will stare at this for a few days before sewing everything together so that I can make sure the colours are as random as possible.

Tonight, I started a new project. I am going to make a lap quilt using Bonnie Hunter's Boxy Stars pattern, available for free on her website. This quilt will have 12 blocks and will be given to another family member. I hope to have it finished by the end of June...Nothing like a deadline to get me motivated! Tonight, I made 4 units which make one block.

I am using some batiks and some off white tone-on-tones...all from my stash. I think I should be able to use each batik only once in this quilt. Did I ever tell you I have too much fabric???

Monday, May 27, 2013

Pinwheel Table Runner

I had planned an evening of indoor jobs tonight...we were away on the weekend and I had a long list of things I wanted to accomplish. I arrived home and found my dad in the driveway with a rented rototiller to break up the dirt in the vegetable garden. I think my body is going to ache in the places where I used to play (to quote Leonard Cohen) tomorrow, but the garden is ready for planting and afterwards, I took my camera out to take some pictures of the flowers that were in bloom. The indoor jobs will have to wait for another evening.  The white flowers are in bloom on our highbush cranberry.

I also found lots of columbines in bloom in the side garden. I used my telephoto lens to get these pictures.

I think these are my favourite flowers in my garden.

I like how they pop up in new spots in the garden each spring.

The purple irises are out too.

There are lots of purple flowers in the garden right now, including these bachelor buttons.

I'll bet you thought I was going to forget to show a picture or two of my new pinwheel table runner...

Organic quilting...

This will go on the antique trunk which we use as a coffee table in our living room.

Please indulge me...I have one more flower picture to show...  The seed heads of the pasque flowers are really neat!

Until next time...

Friday, May 24, 2013

This and That

Over the past several months, I have been participating in a 9 patch swap at the London Friendship Quilters' Guild. Each month, I made one or two sets of 20 9 patches in a different colour. My 9 patches were swapped out with everyone else's and I ended up with 180 9 patches in 9 different colours --each 9 patch is different. We have been given the instructions to work on the other blocks in this quilt over the course of the swap. I now have all the instructions and I have been working on putting all of the blocks together.

These rows are for the borders and sashings...

And these ones are for the blocks...
I have not pressed any of these yet so that is on my agenda for next week. Then, I can put them up on the design wall and organize  everything so that I can put the rows together into blocks and the blocks into a quilt top. It is going to be a very colourful quilt top!  I have some extra 9 patches that I may put on the back of the quilt or maybe I will put them aside to use for another 9 patch quilt...

The binding is in progress on my pinwheel runner--I hope to finish it this weekend. I like how the organic quilting turned out.  This was my first attempt at it!

The Elgin Piecemakers met last night.  This is a very fun and productive group of quilters. Here are a few pictures.  Completed blocks for our next quilt top in red and white (I made the one on the lower right corner):

Here is the completed orange and blue top--we handed these blocks in last month.

One member of our group has offered to make machine embroidered labels for all of our charity quilts:

There were four completed tops that will soon be taken to the chemo unit at our local hospital to be given to adult chemo patients:


There is still lots of gardening to do around here so I don't have as much time to sew and blog as I would like to have.

I bought a few FQ's and a yard of fabric for a pillowcase in the last couple of weeks.

Here is my stash report for the last couple of weeks.

Fabric used in the last 2 weeks: .5 yards
Total fabric used this year: 94.1  yards
Fabric added to the stash in the last 2 weeks: 2.25 yards
Total fabric added this year: 81.08 yards
Net fabric used this year: 13.02 yards

I think I need to make a few pillowcases to help these numbers look a bit better!

Have a good week!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Finally back to a bit of sewing...

I have not been blogging much lately. We have been busy with yard work and last weekend, I took my husband away on a surprise birthday trip for the weekend to Buffalo, New York. We stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast called the "Parkside House" and toured two homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright:  The Darwin Martin House and Graycliff. We had a wonderful dinner at Tempo--a modern Italian restaurant which we would highly recommend. After all the stress of the last few months, this was a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. My husband did not have a clue about where we were going!  It was a significant birthday and he did not want a party so I decided to take him away for the weekend.
I have been working on Step 2 of Bonnie Hunter's Lazy Sunday Mystery in Quiltmaker magazine over the last little while. Here are the 96 hour glass units... (I still need to trim the dog ears.)

Today, I got together with Cathy and Chris and we had an afternoon of sewing. I worked on these units for the LS mystery. I managed to get them all done.

The next step of this mystery is not out until the next issue of Quiltmaker comes out at the end of June. Now, I will be able to work on my 9 patch mystery and other projects until then.

I have not done a stash report in a couple of weeks. I bought a bit of fabric at the Quilting Bee on our way to Buffalo last weekend--just some fat quarters for the LS mystery and a couple of yards of fabric from the 50% off shelf for my stash.  All of the little pieces for the LS mystery take a long time to sew together but they do not make much of a dent in the stash!

Fabric used in the last 2 weeks: 1.45 yards
Total fabric used this year: 93.6  yards
Fabric added to the stash in the last 2 weeks: 5.5 yards
Total fabric added this year: 78.83 yards
Net fabric used this year: 14.77 yards
Whew!  I am still in the black!

Happy sewing!