Saturday, December 01, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
These are the quilts I have made for my twin grandsons. The middle blocks are the same but the sashing and borders are different. The bottom one is not quilted yet but hopefully I'll get it done before I leave for Australia. I have 10 days but tomorrow I'm having a family get together so probably won't get much quilting done. Can I do it??? I hope so.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Free's quilt needs the binding sewn down. Sky's quilt needs border fabric. Summer's quilt needs backing fabric. My Kaffee Fassett needs a wool batt. So it seems appropriate to start a new one. I'm sure you quilters out there understand.
These blocks are big, finishing at about 21 inches square. The darker ones are bordered with white which doesn't show up well in the photo but looks good in real life.
I need to cut fabric for six more blocks so I can mix them up a bit more. I think this may be a nice one.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I have finished the blocks and sewn them into strips. I only have the four vertical seams left to sew. Matching those orange strips is quite a chore for someone as precisionally challenged as I am. There has been quite a lot of force fitting going on. I am relying on the old quilting adage: It will quilt out.
It is supposed to finish at about 60x72. I may put a border around it to make it a bit bigger but if not, I'll bind it with the orange fabric.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I have added some more blocks and started sewing some of them together. My design wall is full and unless I sew them there is a danger of them all falling down. Not a good thing. The top left three are sewn together and you can see how it will look when all the orange strips are matched. (Or as closely matched as I can get them.)
On a different note, I have started a blog about the hikes I have been doing with friends and family. There is a link on my side bar. It's called Take a Hike. I hope you check it out and that you enjoy it even half as much as I enjoy doing them.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I have started adding the alternate blocks that are solid in the middle. I have 5 made and need ten more. They go really fast so I should be done piecing the units and be ready to sew the blocks together soon. Before that though, I'll probably spend some hours (or days) arranging and re-arranging, trying to get a random look. Random is harder than you would imagine.
Friday, October 12, 2012
I made some more blocks with different purples. The question is , should I mix the purples in each block or have three different purple squares with all four sides the same...I'll make some more before I decide. The middle one is sewn together so it may stay that way. The seams are on the diagonal so ripping it apart would probably stretch it all out of shape.
I have started piecing a new quilt. Once again, this is a pattern from a magazine. I am making a larger quilt for each of my nine grandchildren so I am using patterns. I haven't done that in awhile.
This pattern is quite complicated but fun to do.The orange will stay throughout the blocks but the dark purple will change to other dark colors.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
This is the second quilt using the same inner blocks but with different outer pieces and different sashing.
I haven't been in the studio much lately because the gorgeous autumn colours have been luring me outdoors. Winter will soon be here and then, hopefully, the quilting will kick back in.
Monday, September 17, 2012
On Sunday I went for a hike with friends on the Rae Trail which is north of Holland, Manitoba and a couple of hours drive from my home.
It was supposed to be a 15 km (9.5 miles) so we packed a lunch which we devoured an hour and a half into the hike. What tastes better than food eaten outside!
The leaves are in full autumn colour right now.
From here we could see the Assiniboine River below us in the distance.
Some of the beautiful red foliage is Poison Ivy.
Taking a rest at about the 9th mile. The trail was not well marked and there were lots of ATV trails that confused us so we ended up walking in circles a bit.We did know that if we kept walking more or less east we'd end up at the highway and the car. We eventually did but a mile south of where the car was parked.
It's very sandy country. This was a long slide that we could have gone down but that would have meant climbing back up. Maybe if we had found it earlier in the day...
We ended up walking for about 18 km (11 miles) and enjoying every minute of it. I do think a GPS might have been a good idea though.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
It's pieced together but needs a wide border to make it big enough. The red is actually more of a rust colour. I'm happy with this one. Now to use the other half of the blocks to make a similar one but first I have to buy some fabric to use where I have the green on this one.
Monday, September 03, 2012
I am making two similar quilt for Sky and Free (twins like similar but not identical it seems). I made doubles of each block but the sashing and borders will be different. I'm thinking this one may get a wide border to make it a bit larger but haven't gotten the fabric for that yet. There is not enough of the green and I got it at Faye's Henhouse in Mayville which is quite a hike from here. I'll make a decision once I have all the blocks together.
Sunday, September 02, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Friday, August 03, 2012
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
I have been making these cooling scarves lately. The little bio gel beads grow to the size of marbles when soaked for a few hours. I then insert them into the neckerchief which you can wrap around your neck to keep cool. I tried the wrist bands this morning. We'll see who they fit.
I may have enough blocks pieced together for this quilt. I'm not sure about the final arrangement. I could have the light borders in the middle and dark toward the edges or vice versa. Right now it is totally random except that I tried to have light against dark and no matching middle touching. It will probably be about a double bed size, although I have lots of fabric left so you never know.
Saturday, July 07, 2012
Thursday, July 05, 2012
This morning I pulled out my Kaffe Fasset fabrics and started playing around with them. I only have three of them but there are a lot of possibilities with just the three. I may look for a few more to add variety. I decided that large pieces would showcase the beautiful big designs.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
My friend, Harold, thought I should make a piece that says "Take this job and shove it, I quilt", from the song. I thought it sounded too negative but my son, Sandy thought "You can't fire me, I quit" was better. Then Lori said it would sound better without the You. I agreed. Three less letters and no Y! My friend, Jenn gave me the border fabric some time ago and it is just perfect for these words. How can you go wrong with friends like that!
Monday, July 02, 2012
These two pieces are on my design wall waiting to be quilted. I thought the one on the left lacked contrast so I made the brighter one on the right. The orange and blue have enough contrast to dazzle the eyes when seen in a good light.
I had a wonderful Canada Day attending our traditional family gathering that has been going on for well over 50 years. Did you know that it never rains on July 1 around here? The party is always outside and has never yet been cancelled because of rain.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
These two wall hangings are both sold but I thought a picture on the wall would give an idea of the size. I may have to make another one for myself.
I finally got this one quilted and luckily didn't have to turn it on the frame. The binding is leftovers from many quilts so it is as colorful as the rest of the quilt. Now to get at hand sewing the binding down. That's going to take me awhile.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
I liked the first piece so well that I thought I'd make a second one. I had no more of the fabric with the dancing girls so I chose a different group of colours altogether. I am putting an orange binding on the first one. I will make the border a bit bigger on the second one and probably put a narrow blue border between the yellow background and the outer border.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I started this one today. Right now I am wondering if it should say "You are perfect just as you are".
Then the problem becomes how to balance out the lines. Should just go after perfect or on the last line. Or should there be just two rows of words, making the whole thing longer and narrower? I'll play around with it a bit tomorrow and see what looks good.
This one was quite easy since there are so many a's and e's, which are exactly the same and quite easy to do. There are also several o's and u's also easy. The only difficult letters are the y's. No M,N or W makes piecing easier.
Friday, June 15, 2012
This is my birthday treat to myself. My friend, Tanis, and I made a bit of a road trip to Kickass Country Store in Plumas, MB. They have fantastic fabrics there and it took a real act of will to come home with only this much. The bright red/purple/gray one in the top row is Kaffe Fasset and the far left top one is backing for my big scrap quilt. Hopefully, I bought enough this time.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I started these words yesterday. I have some fabric with sunflowers on it that might do for the border. One thing I have discovered in making all these letters is that e and a are identical, as are n and u, and m and w. It goes a lot faster if I make all 6 es and as at once. And the same for all the other duplicate letters.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
This is how I spent my morning. When I start a traditional quilt I just have to take some time off to do letters or something pattern-free. I will probably insert a narrow border between the green and the spool fabric. I also want to include an actual seam ripper, either horizontally below "shall" or vertically at the end of "sew".
My next one is going to say "Keep calm and make stuff". I'm not sure which combination of fabrics I'll use. I love both of them. Maybe I'll end up making two of them.