Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Project Progress.....

I've made quite a bit of progress on both of the projects I'm currently working on. I made four more of the underground railway blocks, to give me nine now. I think I'm aiming for sixteen, which will give me a square quilt measuring 65 inches, before borders, and will use up 80 of the nine patches. I'm thinking I could do something with the rest of the nine patches for the borders, maybe off set two rows of nine patches to form a checkerboard on the top and bottom and then a single row down the sides so that it's rectangular, rather than square, although I don't mind square quilts. I'll have to let this simmer for a little while yet. I'm working on this one down in the apartment, since it doesn't need a design wall.

I'm working on the Blooming Nine Patch in the upstairs studio, since it needs to stay up on the wall       This way I can take the pieces off the wall and sew them in the right order. If I were to bring it downstairs, there isn't anywhere to lay it out, and there would be a huge risk that I'd get the pieces out of order. When I first started adding in those black squares, the first reaction was that I didn't like it. But the more of them I put up, the more I began to really like the effect. It turned it from a little girl's pastel quilt, into a more mature look.
I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday at The Needles and Thread Network, a link up for Canadian bloggers, and also at Freshly Pieced. Then it's time for supper, and some more underground railway blocks. I wonder if I can get the last seven done tonight?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Karen's Floral Quilt

This is Karen's Spring Florals quilt. The colours are absolutely yummy!! This one was done back
  in the early spring, before any of the flowers in the gardens were up yet, so it was so lovely to see
these flowers in the studio.


All this quilt needed to finish it was some textural quilting. Karen's idea was for something florally, which was a perfect choice. I did a free hand all
over floral motif, with leaves and swirls thrown in. It was so much fun to do.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Design Wall Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

I'm continuing on my quest to finish UFO's this year. A couple of years ago, our guild did a nine patch swap, and a mystery quilt using the nine patches. I didn't make the mystery quilt, because I already had one made from that design........ I was the designer, which was very exciting, and also very scary!! So, I have quite a few nine patches to use up. On Saturday, during the fun times at Gail's, I started making up some Underground Railway blocks.
The eventual plan is to put it together similar to this quilt here. These blocks are pretty big, finishing at 13 1/2 inches. I'm not exactly sure just yet, how many of these blocks I'll be making, but I do know it won't come even close to using up this large bag of nine patches I have sitting here.
I'm linking up to Judy's Design Wall Monday. There is a really great The Nature of Things program on right now, all about Canada's wild spaces and wildlife. So, after linking up, I'm going to set up my machine, sew some more railroad blocks, and watch this fascinating program.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Stash Report, week 37, 2014

What a whirlwind, busy couple of days this has been. Yesterday was spent over at Gail's for a sewing day. Kathy and her friend Barb were there, as was Christine. I was a very bad blogger, and took no pictures, at all. But both Kathy and Gail did, so if you visit their pages, you can see some of what we got up to. There was lots of chatter and fun and laughter. And we actually all got a lot of sewing stuff done too. The day started at about 11:30 and ended at about 8:30 with a trip for some stash enhancement. It should be noted that Gail, who was the one who suggested the stash enhancement trip, and actually accompanied us there, bought nothing. I, on the other hand, stacked up on some backgrounds and some greens, both of which are getting to be in short supply around here, and a very pretty pastel that might work as a backing for something. It was such a great time. I'm so glad to have gotten to know such a great bunch of friends, and am no longer a solitary quilter.

Today has been spent in the kitchens, yes that is a plural on the kitchens, making salsa. I started at 12:15 this afternoon, blanching and peeling half a bushel of tomatoes. That was done by 2pm. Then came all the cutting and chopping, assisted, quite ably, by Matt and Becca.
                                  We got to this stage by 4:30. Three large pots cooking down.
And now, as of 8:45, there are 7 jars out of the water bath canner, 7 more ready to come out in just a minute, and another 12, maybe, yet to be done. It is a whopping amount of work, but it went much faster and much more enjoyably with two young sets of hands helping.

I was going to take some pictures of my new stash additions, but I haven't had the time today. So, I'll just go on to the stash numbers. Considering the amount that came in this past week, it isn't that bad. Between the 2 quilts that got bindings, cutting for the Blooming Nine Patch and cutting for working on another UFO, the used numbers added up rather quickly.

Used this week:                          7 yards
Used this year:                          81.7 yards
Added this week:                       24 yards
Added this year:                       91.5 yards
Balance added:                            9.8 yards

I'm linking up to Judy's Stash Report. Maybe After that, I'll find my knitting as I wait for the water bath canner count down.

Friday, 12 September 2014

A Finish..... finally

Wow, what is my world coming to? Two posts in one day, and I think maybe a post every day for the past week or so........ not bad, not bad at all. The weather finally cleared up enough for me to be able to get outside and get some pictures. I have been working on this quilt for so long, since May of 2013, according to past records here on the blog, that it feels rather strange to be no longer working on it. Her she is, in all her glory...... announcing....... Meteor Shower!!!

 Here's a closer look at all the fun colours in the center of the quilt. I had so much fun playing with all of these bright colours. It's such a sunny happy quilt. Every time I look at it, I smile. As stated many time before, the credit for the design of this quilt goes to Judy Martin. The pattern for this is found in her book Scraps. I think the instant love I felt for this quilt was in large part due to the colours, so I followed the colours she used fairly closely.
Here's one of the corners. The quilting design shows up really well in this shot. I used a very simple, open and flowing star in star pantograph. I didn't want any competition between the quilting and the piecing.
And lastly, a close up of one of the corners, showing my favourite diagonally striped faux piped totally machine sewn binding. I'm running low on those diagonal stripes. It might be getting to be time to do some shopping for some more.
I am linking up this celebration of a finish to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday

On my Needles, Sept. 12, 2014

I'm continuing to work on my On the Grass sweater. I'm almost finished the decreases on the one sleeve, and getting closer to doing the wrist ribbing. After that, do the other sleeve, sew in the ends and it's done. I did the neckline before I started the sleeves, since it was easier to do it without the added bulk that the sleeves would have added. I am loving this sweater, and the yarn, and the randomness of the colours in the yarn. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have some left over, so there might be a hat or two, and a scarf and mitts out of this stuff. They would be so delicious and warm for the fall and winter that is coming at us way too fast.
I'm linking up to Judy's On the Needles, and then I think it just might be supper time. The beef stew is smelling like it is done. Yuuuummmmm.....

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Kathy's Celtic Solstice

 This is Kathy's version of Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice. Kathy is calling hers Angel Solstice, based on the fabrics she chose. There are angels and stars in the fabrics she used, although they don't show up very well in the pictures of the top I have here. I love the colours in this one, the pinks and brown and beige and gold. It's a very grown up but still girly colour combination. I really like quilt pattern designs that make the straight edges of the piecing look like curves.
 Here's a close up of some of the fabrics, and also the quilting. To go with the angel themed fabrics, Kathy chose an angel pantograph for the quilting design. It is very soft and flowing and curvy, and enhances the piecing so very well.
There was a panel that went with the fabric collection, and Kathy pieced it into the backing. The angel quilting is easier to see on the solid fabrics here on the back.