Sunday, 2 October 2022

Where did the time go

 It's been so long since I've written a blog post, I'm not even sure how to begin. Yes, I have been quilting I have made 14 charity quilts, more about those in a future post.

Let's start off with what I've done most recently. I went on a bus tour to Missouri. This is the first bus trip I've been on, as a widow it's the only way I think I'll travel anymore. 

the lizard 

Edna's Travel arranged the bus tour, we had two buses from Ontario to Missouri. Edna and her husband accompanied the buses, looking after everything. What's better than a quilt tour! We had 8 days packed full of fun, from quilt shops to Branson Missouri shows.

We went on the Mark Twain riverboat cruise in Hannibal Missouri, then on to Hickory Stick Quilt Shop and Bits and Pieces, Vintage Sewing Notions and More. Then off to Hamilton, Missouri.

The next day we were off to Missouri Star Quilt

While there might as well meet and have a picture taken with Jenny Doan.

Jenny Doan, me, and cousin/friend Diane

We attended a special event, an Evening with the Doans.

the Doan family

Everyone at the show received a swag bag.

there were also 2 yards of cuddle fabric and a jelly roll which is the in photo below

a jelly roll, 2 charm packs, and a mini charm

Some more swag from the Birthday Bash.

Birthday Bash swag

The Missouri Quilt Museum is in Hamilton Missouri and is well worth visiting. They have everything from featherweight machines, to toy sewing machines, and miniature doll quilts to name a few.


a small section of the toy machines

miniature doll quilts

and yes that says 1/16'' piece, they were small 

On our last day in Hamilton we attended the Birthday Bash Sewlebrity Sewoff, check out the youtube video.

After three days of events at the Birthday Bash in Hamilton, Missouri, we were off to Branson. On the first day in Branson, we enjoyed the New Jersey Nights, dinner out at Pasghetti's, and then on to the next show Clay Coopers Express. I thoroughly enjoyed his show!

Clay Cooper

The following day we went to Quilts & Quilts The Fabric Shop and the Quilted Cow we had dinner at the Keeter Center at Ozark College. The dinner was prepared by the culinary students and served by students. It was delicious, we had salad, turkey, cranberry chutney, buns, stuffing, and cheesecake for dessert.

Ozark College students

Then off to Dean Z The Ultimate Elvis.

Dean Z

What a wonderful getaway filled with laughter and the making of new friends. Of course, there was also some shopping involved but that's for another post. 

For more photos check out Edna's Facebook page

Monday, 18 April 2022

Wonderful World of Colour Blog Hop

 This hop is hosted by Joan at MooseStash Quilting, the challenge was to make something inspired by the world of colour. 
Scraps lend themselves to the use of many colours and when tamed into an eye-pleasing design they become the star of the quilt.

taming of the scraps into crumb blocks

I did a little sorting of some (there are too many to do them all) of my scraps. The job didn't get finished before, way before. Okay if I'm being honest I never did finish sorting them, the sewing machine was calling my name. And off I went full steam ahead just sewing scraps together into crumb blocks. This type of sewing is a no think just grab a scrap and sew it to the previous pieces. Sometimes all we need is mindless sewing. 

a few of the crumb blocks

I trimmed the crumb blocks into 6 1/2'' squares, added a neutral 6 1/2'' scrap, and made 5 1/2'' HST's. 

I used two crumbs blocks for each star

I debated with me, myself and I, we had quite the conversation, as to whether the centres of the friendship stars were going to be white or a solid colour. The white won out, this time. 

a pieced flimsy

The next decision border, yes or no. A pieced scrappy border, a solid border. Please let me know what you think.

Unfortunately, this is as far as I got, which is a first for me. I always have a finished project for these blog hops, but I ran out of time to complete it.  Oh and that border decision didn't help any.

Now let's see what wonderful colour projects my fellow blog members have come up with today.

Sunday, 20 March 2022

Project Quilting 13.6

 A big thank you to Kim Lapacek at Persimon Dreams for hosting this challenge for us each year. I participated in each of the 6 challenges and loved each one.

We were to incorporate some pieced flying geese. At least five. I had a plan but due to an ongoing elderly family problem I ran out of time. I started this piece at 6 AM this morning.

flying geese check

Sorry not many photos, no time for them.

a finish
This piece is 9'' x 8''. I used Aurifil Thread for quilting the straight lines and |Hobbs Thermore Batting. 

Sunday, 13 March 2022

Time in a bottle Blog Hop

 The "Time in a Bottle" challenge was to make something with an hourglass block in it. This blog hop is hosted by Carol of Just Let me Quilt.

I'm never sure what I'm going to make for these hops. Sometimes I go down the Pinterest rabbit hole, or I play around in EQ8 until something strikes my fancy. This time I took the EQ route and deleted more ideas than I kept. But I finally settled on something I thought would fit the parameters of the hop. 

one hourglass block... it's a start

I am still trying to use some older less loved fabrics in my stash. All the fabrics for my project are from Moda.

one block coming together

I think it may have been better if I had reversed the colours, however, I was limited by the amount of blue solid I had and I really wanted to use up that bubble fabric. 

the quilt top would have benefited from a inner blue border

I kept the quilting simple on this quilt. I did loops de loops in the background fabric. Some curves in the squares and triangles. Those triangles are busy enough without overdoing the quilting that wouldn't have shown up anyway.

a pieced backing to use up the leftover pieces

I am happy to say all I have left of the bubble fabric are a couple 3-inch squares, I call that a win.

This quilt will be donated to Ronald Macdonald House in London as part of Hands2Help. You can read more about that over at The Academic Quilter's blog. The quilt finished at 40'' x  40''.

Now let's see what the other bloggers of the hop are making today.

Sunday, 6 March 2022

Project Quilting 13.5

 Challenge 13.5 we were to play with repetition and the creation of rhythm. Something had to be intentionally repeated three times or more.  Project Quilting is hosted by Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams.

When coming up with an idea for this week's challenge I as I'm sure most of the world has been doing watched the travesty that Russia is doing to Ukraine. My heart is with all Ukrainians. So it's no wonder that this week's project has at the very least hearts.

This is where I was in my project on Friday

I couldn't work on my PQ project as I had a deadline for a secret project, it had to be finished first. I finally had time on Friday to design and start making my creation. Hearts check. With a deadline of Sunday, I knew I had to get cracking on my PQ project. No time for progress photos.

a table topper completed before the deadline

This 21'' x 21'' table topper or wall hanging I put hanging corners on the back, is made in the colours of Ukraine's flag. I fmqed feathers in all the hearts using a light yellow Aurifil #2105, the blue is #2770 and the white is #2021. 

the back shows the quilting

I used Hobbs Thermore batting my favourite batting for table toppers and wall hangings.

Sunday, 20 February 2022

Project Quilting 13.4 Diamonds

 Project Quilting is hosted by Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams. In this week's challenge, we were to use Diamonds. We could combine triangles, or split rectangles. It didn't need to be literal, we just need to explain our use of diamonds.

I wasn't sure how I wanted to approach this challenge, I was limited by time constraints as it was a busy week dealing with a family member. All is well, just real-life stuff happening.

Feeling inspired I fired up EQ8 and started playing with triangles and squares, what evolved was a paper pieced pattern. Not the best idea when I didn't have a lot of time. But I like a challenge and this was a challenge.
two of the four blocks needed

Not looking much like diamonds, except the corners do have a diamond shape. Right? Loving the green, which may have something to do with it being my favourite colour.

ready to add a couple borders too

diamonds quilted in the centre pieces

I quilted diamonds in the centres, this is a take on an Angela Walters design. I also quilted diamond shapes in the four corners.

diamond corners with diamonds quilted in them 

Of course, when one is pressed for time, it seems everything that can go wrong does.

oops, ripping time here I come

And it didn't stop there. When trimming the sides after I was done free motion quilting it, my ruler slipped and I cut more off the sides than I really wanted to.

then there was a game of binding chicken, I won

Whew! I made it

I like the star in the design. I think I accomplished the challenge.

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Tickled Pink Blog Hop

 Today is the final day of the Tickled Pink Blog Hop! It is being hosted by Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks.  
It seems I have been bringing up the rear lately on these hops, I think they are leaving the best to the last. At least that is my opinion!

We were to create something with pink in it, with five granddaughters I may have a fair amount of pink.
Bird in the Air blocks centre

I pulled a couple Bird in the Air blocks out of my orphan block draw, sewed them together, and added a fabric square to each side.

quilt as you go

I decided to do a quilt-as-you-go method for my project. 

A variety of pink strips for the top

The above piece is 15'' x 15''. Looks okay, but I think it could use a little something more.

that's better

A little applique and I think the front of my project is done. Now on to the back I pulled a piece of fabric from my stash, no idea how old it is. My guess would be early 90's?

simple diagonal line quilting

I made a quilt sandwich of batting and the fabric, both sides of the sandwich use the same print.
I made this piece 15'' x 17''.

the back in the freshly fallen snow

By now I'm sure you're wondering what did she make. 

Tada! A project bag

I made a fully lined zippered project bag. The bag finished at 14 1/2'' x 14 1/2''. Now the next question is what will I be putting in it, at this point no idea. Maybe I will list it in my Etsy Store, StitchinatHome.

Let's see what my fellow bloggers have made, today's list is below.

Friday, 4 February 2022

Project Quilting 13.3 Kitchen Influence

 Project Quilting is hosted by Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams. In this week's challenge, we were to use food and cooking as our inspiration. We could use food-printed novelty fabric, a functional kitchen item you get the idea.
My project uses a novelty print and a functional kitchen item. I decided to make a set of finger mitts. I googled and went done the Pinterest rabbit hole. In the end, I drew my own template. 

layering main fabric, lining, and Insul fleece

I didn't have any Insul-bright and we were in the midst of a winter storm event, but I did have a piece of Insul fleece. I used two layers of the Insul fleece I think I would have been better off using two layers of cotton batting. But live and learn, in this case, make and learn. 

all layered and stay stitched on the edges

As you can see both my main fabric and lining are a food novelty print from Anna Griffin from 2013. I'm not sure why I had these two 1/3 yd pieces, but at least I finally found a use for a bit of them.

all done and functional

The next set I make, I am going to make them a little wider, and space the fingers and thumb part a little wider also. 

Now back to finishing up the shoveling!

Thursday, 27 January 2022

Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop

The "Polar Bear Plunge" blog hop, is hosted by Joan of MooseStash Quilting. We are to use bears, blue, or anything cold or chilly in our projects.

Living not far from Port Dover, I know what a 'Polar Bear Plunge' is. However, that doesn't mean I will be doing anything like that. I like being warm and cozy too much, to run into the icy cold waters of Lake Erie!

Who doesn't like polar bears though? That is the direction I took with this project.

threads I used for stitching down the applique

While doing a little cleaning I found a box of 100 wt Invisafil thread. I like how the thread blended into the applique and didn't take away from it. 

auditioning Aurifil thread for fmqing

I added a few little trees and of course my polar bear. I wish now that I would have used a different fabric to make him from, as I don't think he shows up as well as he could. I used the Crafted Applique method, by Lara for all the applique on this project.

some thread painting on the trees and bushes around the water

I free motion quilted swirls in the sky using Aurifil 4663 a variegated blue, 5007 for the water. For the trees, I used 2026 chalk, 5023 medium green, and the bushes were done with 5010 tan.  

I named this piece 'Serenity', the definition of serenity is being calm and peaceful, and that is what I feel when I look at this piece.

Take a little time and enjoy a cuppa tea as you check out what my fellow blogger's interpretation of a polar bear plunge is.

Saturday, 22 January 2022

Project Quilting 13.2 In Silhouette 'Winter~ Spring'

I love these challenges from Project Quilting! They are hosted by Kim of  Persimon Dreams. This week’s challenge was to focus on contrast and design.

Some people enjoy a sense of joy on a snowy day, not I. All that shoveling especially when I got 29cm of the white stuff..yuck. While I was looking for inspiration I came across a quote by Hal Borland "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." This brings me to my project for Project Quilting 13.2.

drawing of my design in Paint Shop Pro

First I drew an image in my graphics program Paint Shop Pro X9. I liked what I came up with, however cutting all those bits and pieces out was a little daunting. Not to mention that time was also a factor, one week doesn't allow for all that integrate cutting. I may have to invest in a cutting machine at some time in the future.

I had recently purchased some Transfer Artist Paper but hadn't tried it yet. It is transfer paper that you print on your printer (or you can even draw on it) then iron it onto fabric. It is less "plasticky" than other iron-on transfer products and can be used on many other materials besides fabric.

auditioning strips for the background fabric. Winter to the left and Spring colours to the right 

I printed it on the TAP and transferred it to my fabric following the directions included. I wasn't happy with just the printout, I wanted to add to it. I pulled some light scrap stripes and sewed them together. I pieced the TAP piece to the strips and still thought it needed more. But what? The challenge was a silhouette, so I thought, why not a silhouette of a tree?

this is taking shape, now to give it some life via free motion quilting

Next, I layered the top with Hobbs Thermore batting and a backing. I free-motion quilted through all of the layers. I used Aurifil #'s 2692, 2309, and5007. 

after some thread painting of the tree, I am happy with how this piece turned out

I'm looking forward to playing with TAP some more!

The pieces finished at 15 1/2'' x 10''.

Challenge 2 completed!