Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Sunset over Georgian bay

What a glorious weekend it was. Once the rain finished on Friday, it was warm and mostly sunny. However, I have made a note to myself to purchase some rain boots. It was pouring down rain as we were setting up the campsite. I was wearing my bright yellow rain coat to keep most of me dry, but my feet were so cold and so wet.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

La Passacaglia goes camping

We're up at the Georgian Bay Area doing some camping and getting ready to celebrate our grandson's fourth birthday later on today. In the meantime I've been doing a little more stitching on La Passacaglia. I have another of the partial rosettes finished and ready to stitch into place. I'm writing this on my new iPad, and I'm just learning how it works, so I'm not going to attempt any linking to other blogs, since I'm not sure how that works, or even if I can on this.
 It is a glorious day out here today. The sun is out, and the temperatures are wonderful. The sun sure feels good on these old bones. We're here until Tuesday, and there just might be a picture or two of the birthday boy a little later. For now, I'm going to post this, and then go back to my lazy slow Sunday stitching.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Christine's Daisy on a Stick

This quilt is just pure fun. It's a wall hanging that Christine and a friend did as a round robin, I believe. She has a couple of West Highland Terriers, one of whom is named daisy, represented by the dog in the centre of the wall hanging. 
We continued the theme of daisies through the quilting. The centre appliqué area is stitched in the ditch, and then loops quilted in the background. The next border, the green stripes, was left to stand on its own, with just some stitch in the ditch to separate it. The triangles were also stitched in the ditch, with a tear drop shape thrown in, just to break up all the straight lines a bit.
The large outer triangles got some daisies and leaves quilted into them. And the final border got some single daisies and leaves to go all around it, for a nice finish.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Sandra's Disappearing Four Patch

I love this pattern. Even before I started making some of these blocks myself, I've always loved the graphic, high contrast effect achieved in this particular block. It always works, and always seems to look good no matter what fabrics are used. Sandra used batiks in hers, to very good effect. A lot of the fabrics has a leafy lace like fern leaf in them, so we decided to go with the Fossil Pantograph, which picked up on those shapes.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Lyndsey's Jane Austin Quilt

I did up this quilt for Lyndsey back in March, I believe. Obviously, I've fallen behind in documenting customer quilts, as usual. This is a Jane Austen quilt. All those tiny diamonds around the outside are incredible! I quilted this one using the white sashing in between the larger diamonds as a guide for wavy crosshatching. It let the shapes and the colours of the fabrics stand on their own, and be the stars of the quilt, rather than the quilting.
I like to have the quilting enhance the over all look of a quilt, rather than over power it. Due to the lighting conditions when the pictures were taken, it's hard to see the quilting.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Sunday Stash and Stitching Report, week 19, 2015

I'm a little later than usual with this today, but I have a good reason..... not because it's mother's day..... we did our mother's day celebration yesterday. My son Noel came in to the city, and Matt, my son-in-law,  cooked. He did salmon on the BBQ and he made a chocolate cheesecake for dessert! I have the best son-in-law ever! It can't get much better than that.
Today was spent mostly working on quilting the Canadiana quilt. I'm hoping to have it done, and ready to show the guild members by Thursday. I don't know if I'll make that goal, or not, but I'm trying. I'm making it more difficult for myself, though. There are some fusible appliqué sections in it, and I was lazy and didn't stitch them down when I was making the blocks, thinking that I would quilt it and stitch them down at the same time. However, doing it this way means that I can't do an over all quilting design, but have to do each row separate. My earlier time saving is costing me now. Oh well......
In the meantime, I have been working on La Passacaglia, a design from the book Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein. I'm still putting the parts I already have done together, so there really isn't anything new to show. I have imposed a strict "no making any new rosettes until the ones I have are sewn together" policy on myself. So far, mostly because I've been too busy working on other stuff, I've stuck to it. However, I am really testing my self control since I bought some new fabrics for it at the quilt show on Friday. There are a lot of fun fussy cutting possibilities in these. And a few more colours for the star points. This is where I am in the second section of the bottom half of the quilt. There are four or five more partial small rosettes to sew to this, and then I can put the bottom together.
With all the sewing I've done this past week, trying to finish up the Canadiana Row Quilt, I have some pretty good stash used numbers to offset the incoming numbers.

Used this week:                         7.5 yards
Used this year:                         40.6 yards
Added this week:                       3.75 yards
Added this year:                       37.75 yards
Net Stash busted:                         2.85 yards.

My goal for the rest of this evening........ post this and do the link ups. Then I'm going to put my feet up, put on the series Wolf Hall to watch on my computer, and do some stitching on La Passacaglia. The big TV is occupied with hockey..... blech.........
 I'm linking to Judy's Stash Report, Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching and Angie's WIPs Be Gone.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Slowly getting it all done......

I'm slowly working my way down that list I made last week. Very slowly, considering I had to dig it out from underneath a bunch of stuff before I could remind myself what was on it.  The thing that's taking the largest amount of time is this quilt belonging to Amy. It is being custom quilted, with lots of starts and stops and end tying and burying. But it is also a whole lot of fun to do. There are feather swags in the sash areas, and a round feather thing in the corner stones, neither of which can be seen here. I will get pictures of it when it is done. I do have other customer quilts to show as well. I just need a chunk of time to edit up the pictures. And then, there is the row quilt final instructions to write up. And I would love to have my version of it finished and quilted before the next meeting. I'm not sure if that will happen or not. I'll at least get it all put together. But the big priority tonight is to get the last of my Disappearing Four Patch blocks done for the swap Jannette and I are doing.  They were supposed to be done and in the mail by the end of April. They will be finished and in the mail by tomorrow.... only six days late...... However, if I don't get off this computer, and out of this chair, they will not get done.........