Monday, April 17, 2017

Flannel House Quilt, and a Colour-Themed Evening

Yup, this happy quilt is all flannel.  If you've ever worked with flannel you know how s.t.r.e.t.c.h.y. it is.  This piecer did a wonderful job - everything was nice and FLAT. 😀

I was working on this back in late March on a few of those horrid, grey/rainy/sleet-ey days.  Quilting the happy sunshine backgrounds brought a smile to my face.

All the geese and borders and houses were s.i.d., then I threw in a few feathers for good measure.  The curls in the braid border evoke the howling winds that were going on outside at the time.

Straight lines and crosshatching nail everything down.

Pretty back!

Tonight I am going to work on my 150 Canadian Women quilt.  So the theme for the evening is RED and WHITE. heh, heh, heh.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Home from Missouri

I love getting home and finding the garden waking up, in spite of the April snowstorm.
DH is always good about having the house in tidy-ish condition for my return. 💗  Last night, for example, he ran the dishwasher so I didn't come home to a sink full of scummy pots & pans.  I'm not too sure why he decided he needed to wash the sticky label on the tupperware, though. 😏

Friday, April 7, 2017

Missouri Star Quilt Company

Our week in Hamilton Missouri is over and we're half way home. Jenny Doan is a wonderful (!) speaker, who had us laughing and crying. I'm happy to report that I won a Layer Cake as a door prize ☺.  We had already spent most of Wednesday shopping in her dozen stores, but after the trunk show on Thursday I figure we all dropped another bundle of cash because we were newly inspired. I know that I had to buy another layer cake that coordinated with my prize ( shaking head sadly).

I have really enjoyed the week or two the season here is ahead of ours, because the daffodils are out. Apparently southern Ontario has experienced an early April snowstorm that I'm happy to have missed. Tomorrow when I get home the temperature should be back to normal.

Monday, April 3, 2017

My new best friends

Here I sit in my HOTEL ROOM in Joliet, Illinois. My new best friends are a bottle of wine, another bottle of wine (no surprise), a rubber duckie, and a towel elephant. And of course Janice, my roomie. ☺
Tomorrow we head to Chillicothe MO to go to Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Vacation ❤

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Destashing - FABRIC FOR SALE - CHEAP!!

Once upon a time there was no quilt shop in Caledonia.  I was the only local place where you could come and get some emergency fabric.  Then Barb opened a quilt shop and I stopped, for the most part, selling fabric.  Then Barb's stock was sold to Sue, and then Sue sold to Lauranne, and then Lauranne closed.  So that is the history of quilt shops in Caledonia, as I know it.

Moving on... I am destashing.  I have so much fabric, I will never use it all if I live to be 100 years old.  Those of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook have seen these posts floating by for the past couple of weeks.  It has all been either $7 or $8 per m.  (One m. is 39" for those of you in the USA.)  And I'm not done yet, there will be more to come.

Contact me if you want any of this stuff.  There is an email link on the right hand side-bar.  No you don't have to take the whole bolt.
SHIPPING TO USA OR CANADA:  I WILL LIMIT THE SHIPPING COST TO $10.00 FOR UP TO 5 M. OF FABRIC.  If you are purchasing more than that you'll have to pay the full shipping.







Sunday, March 12, 2017

Trees 'n Stars #2 and Bitchin' About the Season

What a difference a change in colour makes.  This is the same quilt as two posts ago.

I swear (a lot, but that's beside the point) that ribbon border is one of my all time favorites.

Everything was s.i.d.  The background was cross-hatched, inside the stars got a circle & bowknot motif, the trees were quilted with a continuous loopy-thing, and the ribbon border was inside 1/4 inched.

Much easier to see the quilting on the back.  I love the Celtic Braid in the outer border.

BITCHIN'
Today is the SPRING FORWARD time change.  You have no idea how much I hate this coming week.  I will be dragging my ass every day trying to acclimate myself to an earlier wake-up.  I mean, it's 1:00 in the afternoon already.

The other unpleasant event this week is the impending STORM arriving tomorrow and continuing through Tuesday.  I don't have to go anywhere except the sweat shop in my basement, but it's the middle of March for Pete's sake!  When the temperature dropped from +10 c. to -5 c my poor little crocuses pulled their heads back into themselves like turtles.  I treated myself to a pot of tulips on the way home from retreat last Sunday, and they FROZE on the front porch, dammitall.  We are anticipating up to 30 cm. of snow (translation:  12 inches).

Today I plan to get a little feel-good into my schedule.  Seed Starting!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Retreat!!

If I'm in a room full of women & sewing machines, I must be on a quilting retreat. When I get tired of stitching, I  can move on to wine & cheesies.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Trees 'n Stars, and UFOs

This quilt belongs to one of my favorite piecers.  She is VERY accurate and her quilts are always perfectly flat.

I will really miss her - she's moving out-of-country soon. 😞

THE CURRENT CROP OF UFOs

There are actually a few more than what I've included here.  These are the ACTIVE projects.

1)  150 Canadian Women - this gets attention every week, when the three new block patterns arrive to my inbox.  I've completed 40 blocks so far, two are behind schedule, and three more arrived this morning.  I normally work on this one night a week as I enjoy a glass of "magic sparkle juice" (ha ha, cute new term for wine, as per Angela Walters).

2)  Leader & Ender quilt, pattern by Bonnie Hunter.  I think I started this last summer.  It stays beside my sewing machine.  Whenever I'm sewing anything, as I finish a seam, instead of cutting the threads I stick in a bit of this patchwork.  Last week I completed the 60 x 9-patch units and I had no more pieces cut.  I spent two hours last night cutting green 2" x 5" pieces, and yellow 2" x 2" pieces so I can carry on with the next part of this quilt.  Hopefully this will be completed before my 70th birthday (9 years from now - waddaya think... will I do it???).

3) Hugs & Kisses quilt.  This is a very scrappy quilt that I drag along when I go to retreats.  It hasn't seen the light of day since last fall, but the Binbrook retreat is coming up in early March so I should make some progress on it.  Oops, it HAS seen the light of day, when I took it out to take this pic. 😉
You may have noticed that quilts 1) and 2) live in the clear plastic boxes that your pre-cut salad greens are in.  I LOVE those things.  I actually pulled one out of the ditch last week when Sadie & I were out for a walk.  They're wonderful for keeping your cut pieces nice & flat and they easily hold blocks up to 6 1/2" without wrinkling them.  And that is your free tip for the day....

Monday, February 13, 2017

First Red & White of the Year & Winterruption & Winner!!

As you may (or may not?) know, this is Canada's sesquicentennial year.

Quilters LOOOVE to celebrate.  Any excuse will do.

How better to celebrate than to make a quilt to memorialize the occasion?

Mmm, plain backs with custom quilting are so pretty.

WINTERRUPTION 2017

Another winter holiday with my girlies has come & gone.  Girlies = my longarm besties:  Diane, Deb, Carol Anne & Karen.  We missed Karen this year - she stayed home to teach her new puppy proper potty etiquette.  (don't try and say that when you're on your second martini)
I managed to get almost caught up on my 150 Canadian Women quilt (did you notice that the cocktail is red to match?), and I pieced a cute doggie placemat for another friend with a new puppy.
Diane was suffering from The Plague.  We filled her full of lemon/honey tea and sent her to bed each night with a bellyfull of Nyquil.  When they all left on Sunday I (hopefully) disinfected all surfaces where germs may potentially lurk.

Leftover food that DH and I are working our way through:

  • Yogurt.  Lots of yogurt.
  • Oatmeal Bake with Peaches & Blueberries.
  • Danishes.  Although these seem to have disappeared when I had my back turned.  Oddly, the same thing happened to the leftover tarts.
  • No-Peek Chicken.
  • Chinese Food.
  • Beef Stroganoff.
  • Salad.
  • Wine.  Yum. 👌
BREAKING NEWS:
I won the Block of the Month at Caledonia Guild last week.  Another UFO, ha ha ha...



Sunday, February 5, 2017

Valentines Hearts, Roman Blinds, the Current Book

Here are your February hearts. 💟

This was the bedroom in the process of being painted.  My left knee still hurts.  Ow.  My friend said "You turned 60 last year, didn't you?  That's when it starts." (as in breaking down)

This past week I finished the Roman Blinds.  Next up will be the side drapes, and then valances.

This is the current book at my bedside.  See the comment above about my knee. 😉



Sunday, January 29, 2017

A couple pantos and ... what? More fabric?

This is a wonderfully cozy, flannel quilt.

Quilted with a holly panto - it should be ready in plenty of time for Christmas.

Ooh, a Sampler quilt in Blue & White.  Yum!

Quilted with a great feather-ey/paisley panto.

I should not be allowed to go on field trips to "help a friend" find fabric.  The only one who found fabric was me.  Not even one full month into the new year yet, either.  Perhaps I should pretend I was celebrating Chinese New Year?
The preponderance of red & white fabrics will help me with my 150 Canadian Women quilt

Monday, January 23, 2017

Bright Thread on Black Fabric & January Projects

I love the backs on both of these quilts...

Bright lime green on a black/deep purple backing fabric.

Bright harvest gold on a solid black backing.

JANUARY PROJECTS

  • Master bedroom painted. Check.  Next up on the list will be the new window treatments, starting with Roman Blinds (hopefully will start tomorrow?)
  • I'm attempting to put together a portfolio of quilts.  All quilts have been dragged out, lightly spritzed, and then rolled into tubes on the diagonal in an attempt to remove the fold lines so they can be photographed.  The photos need to be taken outside on an overcast day.  The Universe has gotten carried away with the 'overcast' thing.  If this stupid FOG doesn't go away soon ...  Well, in addition to me not being able to take photos, we are all going to start getting a bit moldy.
  • As a member of the Program Committee for the Caledonia guild I've been trying to organize a sewing event for our March meeting when we can work on outreach quilts.  I bribed a friend with dinner, so she agreed to come help me sort out the guild collection of blocks (hokey smokey!!  There were TONS of them!).  Last night we kitted up six bags with a plan.  Two tops are already almost completely finished from last year, they just need a couple more rows and/or a border.  Four bags require assembly, but have plans enclosed.  There is another group of blocks that will make a nice sampler quilt that I hope to prep.  Additionally, we bagged two future projects that need a bit more planning, and there is still a bag with lonesome blocks that need sorting.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Storyteller Quilt and "business casual" fashion advice

Here is a Block of the Month from Connecting Threads:  "The Storyteller".

The central medallion gave me some challenges as far as quilting designs, but I think it turned out well.

Six borders.  Yah.

Gorgeous back.

This is the only way you can see the Celtic Braid design in the outer border.

BUSINESS CASUAL ATTIRE
This does not qualify.  My advice, if you are expecting customers, is to NOT dress like this.  I was painting the bedroom.  That took me longer than I anticipated, and the customers arrived earlier than anticipated, so, you know... I look bad.
Speaking of painting; I really miss the days when I could go up and down the ladder a million times, then crawl around on the hard floor for hours, and STILL have energy to go out and party all night with friends.  These days when I'm finished I need help to crawl down the five stairs to the kitchen so I can open the aspirin bottle.  Afterwards, someone needs to tip me over into a hot bath with epsom salts.  sigh.