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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Last project from here

This is my last project that I will get made/finished here in my 'summer' house.  Am heading to my winter home soon and have been busy trying to organized projects to take with me although I do have lots waiting for me when I get 'home'. 

I made this for my good friend who has a vineyard in CA and she asked for a hanging of specific dimensions to hang on the back of a curio cabinet.  This hanging had a tendency to be very busy looking so I had to rethink what I was doing to calm it down a little and give the eye a resting place.  Since it will be a 'big' birthday for her this week, I will give this to her to celebrate her special day and am glad that is she older than me and leading the way!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Canadian Thanksgiving

We are having a dreary day here for our actual Thanksgiving but the weather means I have been inside and doing a bit of stitching on some projects.

My Wednesday quilting group is exchanging ugly squares and I thought that it would be a good opportunity to play with a new technique.  Using the idea from Let's Twist, I made up my own ruler since my squares were 6½" not the 5" or 10" that the pattern called for.

Notice that I mitered the striped border fabric - unusual for me to do borders that way but the striped fabric told me it was necessary.

I bought a kit of fabrics from a now defunct quilt shop two years ago - Quiltopia - and it had 6 fat quarters in raspberry and brown.  I added in six more fat quarters from my stash and made this lap/twin size quilt.  I think it will eventually be donated to Quilts of Valour unless a different worthy cause crops up first.

This last project was a kit I purchased at our guild's quilt show in June.  I have been making the half square triangles and now need to play with their arrangement.  It will be a table topper and if this rainy weather continues will have this top ready for layering and quilting in the next few days.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Almost Thanksgiving but thinking about Christmas

It will be Thanksgiving here in Canada this weekend and we will enjoy the usual turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
My dh has been away on a hunting trip and while he was gone, I managed to get a few things accomplished.  My bargello table runner for Christmas is almost finished.  I need to stitch down the applique but I still have time to do that! 
For those who may not know - bargello is Italian needlepoint and I used to spend hours working with canvas and wool yard, creating a variety of projects.  Of course, that was long before quilting took over my entire crafting life. 

I also finished a small project that seems to have taken me forever.  It is kind of funky and retro and was different than what I would normally work on.  Where it will hang is another question? 

Back to my sewing machine.  I am working on a scrappy quilt using a ruler and instructions from the booklet "Le'ts Twist" and am halfway through so you may see some pictures later or tomorrow of the flimsie - if I get that far without interruptions this afternoon.