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Thursday, April 13, 2017

  1. We  are back at our other home and have been here 3 weeks and finally I am catching up on projects and taking the time to post an update.
 These are two coasters I made this past winter and they are living in my AZ home although might be more appropriate here?
And, while in Arizona, I finished a Canadiana quilt that I had been wanting to make.  Simple but great way I thought to use the panels that feature various Canadian cities.
My first priority when I got home and started sewing was to catch up on my blocks from Sew Sisters.  The patterns had been in the mail which I started having held in February because I wasn't sure when I would be home.
I have Jan, Feb and March done and April block patterns just arrived so they will get done shortly.
And am fairly current on my 150 Canadian women's blocks though still have the three from this week to tackle.  This is just the most recent blocks, the rest are in a baggie tucked away safely!
Plus my solstice blocks which are also up to date other than this week's block which was published yesterday.  I am going to redo one of the blocks that looks really wonky to me.
I have also finished four of the quilts for the Great Canadian Quilt bee sponsored by Canadian Quilting Association.  These quilts will be distributed to Ronald McDonald houses across Canada.  Every block (which are slab quilt blocks designed by Cheryl Arkison) has a piece of Canadian fabric in them.  They want 1000 quilts made and now only need 996 made by other quilters.

I have also finished my elephant baby quilt.  This was a kit that I bought from the Needle and I last summer/fall and didn't get it quilted before I left for the winter.  It is now done and ready to donate to the Abbotsford quilter's guild for their We Care program.

And a zig zag quilt which was a kit from Connecting Threads last fall when the prices during Black Friday sales are impossible to resist!
Again, a donation to the We Care program through my local quilt guild.
Hopefully, now that I am back home and my desktop doesn't have an issue with downloading pictures from my camera, I will be able to keep you more updated on my quilting projects and progress.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Home for spring, summer and fall.

 We left our winter home and was sad to say goodbye to the glorious spring colours.

Autumn Joy, a kit from Connecting Threads is finished.  I notice the picture is upside down.  Oh well... it is at my other home so can't take another picture.

I started this last summer and was hoping to have it finished for U.S. thanksgiving in November but it didn't happen.  However, am ready for this year.

My latest solstice block - a weekly block program with Pat Sloan.

A fun project using jolly bars.  Of course, one package isn't enough for a decent size quilt so went through some fabrics that I had in my AZ stash and found some that would work.  The blocks are made but need to be stitched together into a quilt top.

And, staying up to date with my 150 Women's blocks.  These are last week's blocks and I downloaded the next three this morning so need to get busy and start stitching.

This batik table runner was simple and quick to do.  I bought a quick quilt on sale at Quilter's Oasis a month ago and got the top made.  It will wait for layering, quilting and binding until the fall.

 An Atkinson quilt pattern - Texas Two step.  I used leftover fun fabrics to make some blocks.  One top is put together for a child's quilt and have more blocks to make another quilt as well.  I think that these will be made for donation through Abbotsford Quilter's guild.

This is finished though this picture was taken before I did the stitching.

My solstice blocks on the design wall.  

Now that I am back in my "other" home, I will be able to easily take pictures and upload with my desktop computer and hopefully post more frequently.  I have a lot of projects on the go and posting to the blog helps me to have some focus.  Not happy with the rain but it is perfect weather to get some of my winter projects completed.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

March catch up

I might have figured out how to post pictures taken with my phone.  Time will tell.  I have a few and will work on loading more from phone to blog.  Having a blog without pictures would be really dreary and boring!
I am working on finishing up projects before we head back to snowy, rainy, dreary weather in BC.  

This project is a quilt top that I finished for my dear departed quilting friend, Glitzy Chris, in Florida.  Her daughter is finding many UFO's as well as a massive stash in cupboards and closets as she begins the daunting task of clearing out her mom's craft projects.  I finished 3 quilts and this is the third and it is boxed and waiting for a trip to the post office to mail back. 

 This was quilt two for Glitzy Chris.  A nice Christmas quilt and it is finished and also in the box waiting for the post office trip.

These are blocks for the Canadian Quilter's Association great Quilting Bee to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary.  The goal is make enough slab blocks to donate 1000 quilts to Ronald MacDonald houses across Canada.  Am trying to do my part.  The blocks are made and I tried to find fabric as funky as possible in my stash here in Arizona.
  The continuation of my blocks to celebrate the contribution of Canadian women to our history.  Every week instructions for 3 blocks are released and I am keeping up to date!  The blocks measure 6.5" and there are some small pieces.  Not my idea of fun as I like bigger and better but am determined to keep on with this project.

 Some of my blocks on the design wall.  This will be impressive when it is complete!

Now, to find more pictures so I can share what I have been working on for the last 5 months!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Missed New Year's Eve

 I had the best of intentions to post on January 31st and end the year on a positive note!  However, as usual, got too busy doing other activities, mainly recovering from playing (and winning) in a 3 day mixed tennis tournament.  Had a great partner and we played well but it was exhausting!
So, pretend this is the last day of 2016 instead of the third day of 2017!

This is a finished UFO.  It is batik fabrics and was a kit from Connecting Threads.  It was pieced, beginning in December 2015 and ready for quilting in January 2016 but it never happened.  It is now quilted and bound and was actually used during the Christmas season. 

 A tennis bag for me to take my captain's binder and other supplies I need for Wednesday league games.  I made in October and finally posting a picture.

I quilted and bound two donation quilts for Sunland Stitchers as way of learning to use the Pfaff Grand Quilter.  I need to do more because I have three quilt tops waiting for me to get them quilted and bound. I posted the first one in my last post. This is a simple design.  Choose your center fabric and cut into 12½" squares and border with 2½" strips in alternating colours. 
I am continuing to work on my Women's 150 blocks for Canada's anniversary this year.  These are some of the latest and the best part is that I am up to date with them.

And am also participating in Pat Sloan's Solstice block challenge.  She releases one block a week starting with the Winter solstice and continuing until the summer solstice.

I have my Offset from Connecting Threads on the sewing machine at the moment, joining the blocks into a top.
And Ziggy zag, also from Connecting Threads is cut and half square triangles are being stitched as leaders and enders.
I won these great labels and plan on making them into mug rugs to keep the sentiments at hand throughout the year.
And the other project that is on the go is working with a stack of 5 x 10" strips and adding 2.5" strips to each side and making a super simple project with gray and red fabrics.

I have more happening but one post at a time and at least I have finally started the year off with a blog post!  Hopefully, I will be a little more attentive to my readers and keep you up to date.  I do try to post to Instagram regularly and you will find me there as rosyquilter. 

Happy New Year and I wish for all of my readers to be happy, healthy and have some great successes and of course, plentiful finishes! 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Ending the year on a good note

Well... a posting is long overdue.  Over 2 months since I last wrote any words on my blog.  The big problem started when my laptop died and I got it replaced but somehow lost everything.  Then we headed to our winter home and have been avoiding taking pictures and downloading them to the laptop.  So easy to take pictures with my phone but don't know how to get them from my phone to my blog.
Enough excuses?
I have also been really busy with tennis and am a captain this year so it seems to take a bit of time dealing with the issues, organizing players, teams and games.
But now, on Christmas break, I actually got to go to a quilting meeting of the Stitchers and also made a point of getting a lesson on the Pfaff Grand quilter long arm that was donated to our group.

So moving along, I have completed a few projects.

I ordered a cute kit of tea towels with prairie points and those are finished and one is already on its way as a Christmas gift.

So now I can't get my pictures to upload?  Grrrrr.

I will continue to write the descriptions and hope that this problem solves itself! (had to switch browers and it worked, finally?)

I made two infinity scarves, again from kits that I purchased at a quilt show this past summer.

And an apron is finished from a panel.
Plus one of those 10 minute table runners that took me longer than 10  minutes.

I made Gather Together but haven't quilted it yet... soon?

And I found a project that was strips of snowman fabrics all cut up into 2.5" squares and 2.5" x 6.5" strips.  The pattern with it was not the right pattern for the size of the cut strips.  So I got creative and figured out a block.

And I decided to join the 150 blocks to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday in 2017 and there are three blocks a week and I am actually up to date!

So, now I have this figure out, no more excuses to take pictures and post my updates!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Mid October, summer finishes

Am working on a few projects, getting some things done before I change houses for the winter season.  With the rain here in the Pacific northwest, am going to be very happy to arrive to our other home in warm sunshine.  Back to capris and sandals! 

I finished a 3 dimensional flying geese quilt that I started last fall and used Missouri star's tutorial to make them.  Warning for anyone considering this technique, be aware that your finished blocks have floppy edges and can catch in the quilting plus, with the extra layers of fabric, it makes a heavy quilt.

This second quilt is called Tweed and it is a jolly bar pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Makes a fast quilt to assemble and good way to use an assortment of various fabrics. 

Still a few more projects to finish up and working slowly to get my sewing spaces tidied and organized so I can find what I am looking for when I return home. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

October - summer is gone, autumn is here!

I am plodding along with my finishes and very determined to tidy and clean up the projects that I began this past summer.
There are lots of finished quilts and am happy that I have made a donation to the preemies at the local hospital in the Special Care Unit, to the new Hospice, Holmberg House that opened this spring, and to Quilts of Valour. 
I had my neighbour help me to hang a curtain rod for hanging my quilts for taking a picture.  Much better than using push pins into the wall!  

I have my Roses quilt quilted and bound which means it is finished! Not too sure of the destination for this one since it is a big too short for Hospice.
This floral will go to Hospice.  It is wide and long enough for the beds that they use. And a few florals were used in this although you would never be able to tell that I used any out of my bin.  It is still too full!
And twenty pillowcases made for Quilts of Valour.  I delivered a stack of quilts to the retired Naval veterans association and I like each quilt to have a pillowcase.
This is Honey Bouquet by Villa Rosa and I used up odds and ends of leftover fabrics from other projects.  It is fat quarter friendly and will be a Quilt of Valour.
I have had fun using Jolly Bars which is a phrase from the Fat Quarter Shop.  They are 5" x 10" rectangles, half a 10" square and I used some in another quilt, Tweed, which is waiting to be bound.  But I had some leftover and then cut more from leftover fabrics and played with a bit of improvising to come up with this design.
I put flannel on the back and am thinking that this might go to a counselling group at hospice where they help 'kids' (teenagers) that have lost someone special in their life - a parent, sibling, someone they were close to and they get a quilt while they are in grief counselling.  A fabric envelope is put on the back of the quilt for them to put something that is from the deceased relative or friend such as a part of a shirt, something that has meaning so that the person will be close to them when they cuddle in their quilt. 

With autumn here, and darker evenings, I find it more difficult to sit and sew?  Feel like my day is done when the sun goes down.  But, binding is getting done on lots of my projects.