Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Playing catch up.....

It's been quiet on the blog the last few days, but it hasn't been quiet around here. We celebrated our thanksgiving on Sunday, which always involves a lot of preparation, but it is so very worth it. The last few years, we've started doing the main part of the cooking the day before, so we cooked up our turkey on Saturday, as well as doing up the pies for dessert that day, as well. This time of year is one of the many times I'm so grateful for our living arrangements. Doing the turkey and the pies on the same day was only possible, because we live in a home with two fully functioning kitchens. And then on Sunday, again it was fabulous to have the second kitchen available when there weren't enough burners available on just one stove. We all five of us worked together, and had a great time doing it. I love having four out of five family members all under the same roof. And Noel is close enough now, that he can easily come and visit. Bad blogger that I am, I took no pictures. In between cooking and during visiting, I did get some hand stitching done, though. I'm continuing to work on my Patchwork of the Crosses pieces. One is now finished,

and the second is well on it's way. Now that I see the pink beside the other pieces, I'm second guessing that one. What do you think..... I'm think of maybe changing the pink to a medium to light purple.

Yesterday was spent putting the binding and hanging sleeve on my Camp Out quilt. I can't get a decent picture of it, since it is pouring down rain outside, and there isn't enough space in here to spread it out. It will be hanging at the quilt show, so maybe I can get a picture of it hanging there. Then the rest of yesterday was spent knitting and finishing watching the Harry Potter marathon that was on all weekend.
Today, I've loaded on a quilt of Charlene's that's been in my studio, waiting for months, literally. She didn't need it for the quilt show, so it got set aside to age a while longer. Plus, it took me a while to figure out what I was going to do with it. Now that it's loaded, it's talking to me.
There are seven lady blocks, and two plain ones, which will have a feathered wreath in them. I suspect it's going to have to wait a while, again, since the run up to this weekend's quilt show begins tomorrow. If anyone can make it, the show is this weekend.  This is the flyer for the quilt show.
You can biggie size the picture to see the details of where and when. Hope to see you there.

Friday, 10 October 2014

On and off my Needles.......

In between the mad rush life has been lately, trying to get ready for the quilt show, I've been snatching a few minutes here and there, mostly when in the car as a passenger, to do some knitting. My On the Grass sweater is finished. I like the yarn, I like the sweater..... I dislike the way the sleeves were done. No more picking up stitches and doing short rows for sleeves in my life. Don't like it, not one little bit. I'd never done it before the last two sweaters I made. The first one, I thought it might be just because it was new, and I'd get used to it..... but nope, after the second, I've decided I don't want to get used to it.
I'm really itching to start another sweater, but I think I need to get started on some seasonal knitting instead. Last winter, when Scott and I would go out for a walk, or even just in the car, my feet would get so cold, that they would ache so badly i wanted to cry..... I have Raynaud's Syndrome, which causes the blood vessels in my hands and feet to spasm when exposed to cold. So, I've decided to make myself some worsted weight wool socks to wear inside boots, using some leftover yarn from my green hoodie sweater that is so warm and so soft. I'm going to need new boots this year, but I can't buy them without having the boot socks done to make sure that the boots will fit with them on. And then, I have a request for slippers for Rebecca. And I want to make another sweater for Avery for Christmas. He is a Thomas the Tank Engine fan, big time. I'm going to try and adapt a cross stitch design into an intarsia knitting design for the from of a sweater for him. Pictures will follow, providing it works.
I'm linking up to Judy's On the Needles

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Christine's Nine Patch Mystery

This is Christine's version of the mystery quilt that our guild did a couple of years ago, along with a nine patch swap. I have seen quite a few of these now, and each one is gorgeous and so unique. A great demonstration of how one quilt pattern can result in so many different and wonderful quilts. I think quite a few of them will be on display at the quilt show on the 17th and 18th of this month.
Here's a close up of the fabrics that Christine used. It was quilted using the Botanical Gardens Pantograph.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Jacqui's Tilted Pinwheels

Here's another fun quilt with fabrics that make me smile. Jacqui says that she participated in a swap for word fabrics. She then used those fabrics to make this quilt. It was so much fun seeing all the different fabrics as the quilt advanced on the machine.
It was quilted using a Square Spiral design by Keryn Emmerson. I use this particular quilting design a lot. It's very versatile. I think in this case, the diagonal lines in the quilting design really help to compliment the diagonal design in the piecing, as well as the motion in the tilted pinwheels. You can bigger size the picture here, and see what I mean by the fun fabrics.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Design Wall Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

I have the next UFO that I want to work on up on the wall today. It's an old leader/ender project that was started back in January of 2012.
It's going to be a large Irish Chain when it grows up. I'm hoping to keep up the finishes I've been doing with my UFO's this year, and get this one done this month. All the chain blocks are done, so it shouldn't take too long to get the rest of it put together. However, there are hanging sleeves to go onto two more quilts before I can sit down and work on this.
I'm linking up to Judy's Design Wall Monday, then it will be time for some supper and some hand stitching on a couple of hanging sleeves.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Stash and slow stitching Sunday, Week 40, 2014

I missed last week's stash report, since we were away camping for the weekend, and I didn't bring my numbers or my internet stick with me. So, these in numbers are going to be rather high. They reflect a fabric acquisition road trip and also a stop in a fabric store while we were away camping. It's important to support the local economies, after all! And then, also in the past 2 weeks, I had an internet order come in....... yikes!! This is the internet order, some more diagonal stripes that I love for bindings, and also a plaid that I think will work well for binding. And then a bunch of fat quarters of large scale florals, that will end up in some disappearing four patches and also another Judy Martin pattern I have my eye on.
And, with the quilt show coming up, and vendors at that quilt show, I'm sure there will be yet some more added. Lots and lots of fun!!
The out numbers reflect the finish of some binding, lots of 2 inch scraps used for a piano key border, and the backing for Camp Out. And also, since September's UFO is now a finished top, I pulled out another UFO from my list, and cut the fabric I need to work on it.

Used last 2 weeks:                                8.2 yards
Used this year:                                      96.2 yards
Added last 2 weeks:                             21.5 yards
Added this year:                                     113 yards
Net Added:                                               16.8 yards

I can link up to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching this week. I've been tempted into another new project by Teresa and her Patchwork of the Crosses blocks. Part of those stash added numbers, acquired during above mentioned road trip, went to fabrics that I thought would be good for fussy cutting in this project.
I'm having fun playing with the fabrics, although this is the only one I have cut out so far. I'm finding it a bit of a struggle to work around the card stock papers, but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it. There will be more of these showing up in the weeks, and most likely months, to come. I've seen quite a few layouts of this pattern all done and into a finished quilt. Each block framed with white honeycomb shapes, then a row of dark squares in between them, and a small corner cross at the intersection of the rows. There's an example of it here. However, there is a long way to go before I get even close to that. I've already added the link to Kathy's page, and I'll also link up with Judy's Stash Report.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Alice's Offset Squares

I've said it before, but it bears saying again, that one of the best things about quilting for other people is the opportunity to play with their fabrics. The last quilt I showed was a peaceful and serene monochromatic green colour palette. This is so much the opposite. It is bright and vibrant and quirky and just plain fun. Just look at all those delicious batiks!

There is so much going on in this quilt that any kind of fancy quilting would have gotten lost. Plus, it's such a modern looking quilt, that it needed something modern quilted onto it to complement it. So Alice and I agreed that using the pantograph Square Dance would be the perfect choice.  The straight lines of the quilting design highlighted the straight lines of the piecing, and added in some delightful texture, and resulted in what, I think at least, a perfect finished project for Alice.