Wednesday 18 August 2021

Orange you Glad Blog Hop

 Hosted by Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks. This blog hop challenge was to "Create something inspired by the color orange''. 
I am proud to be a Canadian, however, we have a nasty history with indigenous peoples. If you would like to read more about the 'Truth and Reconciliation Report of Canada go to Sandra of mmmQuilts blog as she has been explaining the report. The project she has been making inspired me for my blog hop project. Sandra has been making flying geese and some hearts.

fabric pull the oranges are 6 inch strips

 I liked what she was doing and I knew what I wanted to make. My heart goes out to the indigenous people and what they have been through, so I knew hearts were going to be in my design. The flying geese in red I was using as a symbol of Canada.

hearts and geese

I paper pieced the hearts using 6 different oranges.

'A New Direction' hanging out in the garden

Some simple crosshatch quilting, I did a one-inch grid. In the orange border some swirls.

orange in the backing
The backing is a piece leftover from my Garden of Scrap quilt, it is from Connecting threads. I had picked up a few different backings when they were on sale.

If you would like to make your own table runner, the pattern is on sale in my Etsy shop till the end of the month. 

The rest of the participants on this the last day of the hop are:

Monday 2 August 2021

July + Garden of Scraps

 July seems to have flown by, maybe because I was a little busier than normal. I had a dreami moment that took up a whole bunch of time, plus vacationed at my son's place.

This is a photo-heavy post.

I have been trying to use up some of my scraps, a little bit of truth tea here. I don't think I'll ever use them up. They multiply like crazy! I'm still working on the 2'' squares. If you want to read about my plus quilt using the 2'' squares go here.

scrappy 4 patch 

more scrappy 4 patches
I tried to control the scrappiness of the 4 patches, keeping the colours close yet not identical. 

a little bit of Canadian pride included.

Now to put those 4 patch units into a top.

there were a number of layout possibilites

layout option #2

option #3

I wanted to add a border or two. This is where I flew by the seat of my pants as I had no concrete idea of what I wanted just a few thoughts whirling around in my mind. That can be dangerous, to say the least.   

auditioning border ideas

I went up north to visit my son and his family. The peace and quiet of the lake while I kayaked daily, helps calm and settle one's mind. This has been a trying year at best. 

I love this photo of the sun reflected on Tyson lake

My oldest grandson(13) and my youngest granddaughter(4). we normally catch and release unless the fish is injured too much. I did catch the first and biggest bass

After a hard morning of fishing, a nap was required. I made this quilt for my grandson when he was two, it has been well-loved and travels with him

    After getting back from up north, I had a week to finish the top and get the quilt all done that included free motion quilting on my domestic machine. This quilt is 80'' x 71'' a little bigger to quilt on my machine. I used my favourite thread Aurifil in the following colours #2123 a light yellow for the quilting the 4 patches and strips, it blended in well. I also used #2024 in the white border and #1148 for the turquoise borders.
feathers and straight lines in the borders. Ribbon candy in the turquoise border.

the best overall photo I could get 

I will be linking this dreami up at Sandra at mmmquilts.