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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Quilting time!

I cleaned up, tidied and organized my sewing storage closet and room yesterday.  Found lots of projects that need to be completed and lots of kits. 

This is my design wall and am playing with some 'modern' hsts. 

I have placemats read to finish.
I brought my leftover strips from my alien fabric with me and found a charm pack of matching squares so have an idea for those.
And, started cutting for a new project last night.  But, I kept all my spaces neat and tidy while I worked.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

December in Arizona

The days I spent quilting seem to be few but am trying to get a few projects going and have a few finishes before the end of the year.

The first is a set of placemats that need to be backed and quilted.  Hopefully soon!

My southwestern wallhanging is finished!  Took almost the entire year to get it made but it is ready to go up on the wall when the Christmas decorations are taken down.

I made a few gift bags to put wine in when we get invited out for dinner.  I demonstrated the technique for making these on Monday to my quilt group here in the village.  The bags are also good for taking fancy vinegars or oils and it was suggested packaging cookies in empty Pringles containers and they would fit in the bag nicely.

Four flannel pillowcases... sadly, I cut them a bit short in the body so they are barely long enough to cover a standard pillow.  GRRRRR

The final project that I have been working on is a quilt top made from shoo fly blocks exchanged with my Funtalk quilters group.  I am guessing 10 years ago?  I played with various settings and decided to keep them simple and basic to show off the blocks.  This is an older UFO that will get layered, quilted and bound in the spring when I am back in my summer home. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Rosyquilter's Life: Family, Friends and Quilting: December

Rosyquilter's Life: Family, Friends and Quilting: December


The posts seem to be very few from me these days.  That is because I seem to be spending very little time with my sewing machine.
I did make a few projects to contribute to the quilting group's table at our craft fair.  My little thread catchers sold quickly and I also made some coaster sets as well. 

I have had these blocks up on my design wall for over a month.  I did post last month, a picture of the original set of blocks which none of my friends can remember how old they are.  One did say that it was a civil war swap but that is as much info as anyone recalls.  We did figure out that the blocks are at least 5 years old but probably much older than that! 
I made some more blocks reversing the cream/white fabrics with the colours to expand the finished size of the quilt. 

And now, finally... the quilt is finished.  Quilted and bound! 
Ready for donation to Quilts of Valour.

Friday, November 8, 2013

November in the sunny south

We are now in our 'other' home and, finally, after 9 days, got my sewing machine set up and dug out a UFO to work on.  Am a member of a yahoo group that deals with our UFO's and my name is coming up fast so I need to get one finished.
I found these blocks in a ziploc bag and I have no idea of how old they are or where I got them.  I assume they were from a swap and I can pick out the ones I made by recognizing the fabric.
Am in the process of making more blocks, but with reversed colours, to add to the final size of the quilt and make it something suitable for Quilts of Valour.

These are 9" finished blocks so not really quite large enough to be a lap quilt or twin size.  It will be when I am finished!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

End of October, already!

Wonder why I always feel like I am 'behind?'  Probably because I have set my expectations too high for what I want to accomplish.

At the modern quilt guild meeting, this is a doorprize I won.  Thank you to Gail for making it and donating it to the prize table.

The modern guild has a charm exchange but, we cut our own charms and package, using fabric from our stash.  Fun and different! 

I have my modern guild challenge finished and ready for display in November.

My hexagon baby quilt is finished!

My geranium wallhanging is NOT finished but it is ready and waiting for me to machine applique and quilt in the spring.  I have a perfect location to hang it when it is time for geraniums to once again bloom. 

My southwestern wallhanging is almost finished but I cannot find the binding so it must be at my other house.  This will be one of my first projects when I am there.  Find the binding and get it attached!

We have been busy cleaning up our flower gardens, getting them winterized.  The sun this past week has been perfect for being outside and working away at the gardening chores. Pots are being emptied as tomatoes finish ripening and flowering bushes pruned back. 

I haven't been very productive but have a few finishes and a couple more UFO's to add to the pile!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Monday and a finish!

I have been working on a few projects at once and have finished making these pillowcases as Xmas gifts for a couple of friends. They can sleep with a macho fireman for Christmas!

And, my Fifty Shades of Grey is quilted and bound!  Yippeee.  It will go to Arizona with me as that is where the challenge originated. 
Now I have two more quilts to get quilted and bound in the next few days.  But the sun is shining and calling my name outside in the garden to do fall cleanup. 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Slowly, very slowy, returning to my 'real' life.

I endured a long three weeks of looking after grandchildren as well as worrying about our daughter who has an antibiotic resistant staph infection and our other daughter who decided that taking her meds for schizophrenia wasn't working for her.  Just watched a segment on 60 Minutes on the mentally ill and our daughter fits the profiles perfectly.  So sad but there just isn't a solution but at least she gets good care in the community she lives in and has a social worker who keeps an eye on her.
My grandchildren have relocated to a new community and am hoping that they will have a really good home to live in and two relatives who are willing to be awesome parents.  Those kids deserve a good life. 

This was taken after a pj day at daycare and then haircuts.  Hard to get a decent picture of these two! 
I have got my hexagon kid's quilt put together. 
And today I worked on my modern quilt guild challenge.  We had six fat quarters to work with but I discarded one that was very linen like as it didn't feel right for a quilt. This is what I was left with.

Since I need to get this challenge pieced, quilted and bound in the next couple of weeks, I went ahead with a super simple idea using a method for hst's that I demonstrated at the Abbotsford guild meeting a few weeks ago. 
This is what is now on my design wall.

So, need to join my blocks, get it layered... decide on a quilting method and finish it up! 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The binding is done.

No sewing happening here.  I have been living in another community all last week, looking after two of my grandchildren.  One daughter, the one with custody of these kids, has been in hospital with a staph infection that is antibiotic resistant and very ill though now, finally, she is starting to recover.  Her kidneys have the infection attached to them (maybe just one kidney?) and she has sores on her head that have to be dressed every few hours. 
The other daughter... she is back in the pysch ward because she hasn't been taking her meds for her schizophrenia. 
So no sewing for Mom/Grandma.  I did get a break this weekend and was able to come home and relax a bit, turn on my sewing machine and generally regroup.  Tomorrow, the duties of Grandma resumes.... should be easier since I ran around town last week getting the kid's medical issues dealt with.  School needs an epi pen and asthma meds in their medical room.  My granddaughter has excema and needed to attend an appointment and of course, various trips to the drugstore to fill prescriptions, buy school supplies and generally get their life organized. 
Hopefully, things will be sorted by next weekend or sooner if I get lucky and my life will resume as I know it.
Can't wait to get to my house in AZ!  Counting the days.  Love to help out but my kids live a completely disorganized life and I like order and logic to my days. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

UFO's - three finished!

I still have more projects to bind but I do have three UFO's finished which is a good thing because my group that I belong to has crowned me Queen and I have until Thursday to post a finish. 

The first is a lovely, soft quilt that was a kit from Hamel's here in BC and has been hiding in my UFO bin for at least three years and I am thinking maybe even five or six years? 

This table runner was a class/demonstration that I did last October so quite a year to get it quilted and bound.

Then there is this flannel panel that I also have had in my UFO bin for many years.  Again, not sure just how long but at least 5 years.  It is now quilted and bound and ready for me to decide where to donate it.

I also dug out three sets of jelly rolls and looked at lots of ideas and finally settled on playing with this technique.  The top is done but not sure when it will get quilted.

My second jelly roll is kid's prints and I bought a new ruler, the Hex and More so have been playing with the ideas that came with it. And again, have been looking at pictures on Julie Herman's
 blog as to how to use the ruler. 

Two different guild meetings this week and tomorrow I am demonstrating some of my favourite ways to make half square triangles. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fallish Friday

The weather this week is putting me in the mood for autumn and while it officially doesn't start for another 17 days I must admit I have been putting away tank tops, shorts and replacing them with longer pants and long sleeve shirts in my closet.

I also made a massive pile of tshirts for the eventual t-shirt quilt I want to make.  Anything that was too large for me, was really old and had a quilting or sewing theme went into the pile for a future quilt.

In the meantime, wallhangings and table runners are being changed from summer to autumn.  I can't help it, the rain is making me do it along with the darker mornings and the light, bright summer weather gone earlier in the evening. 

My current work in progress is this funky quilt made from a jelly roll and some white/cream fabric that I think was given to me via Bonnie?

 And I made a name tag for my Modern Quilt guild meetings.

This is a quilt that was a top given to me by Myra and I have quilted and bound it for a donation to Quilts of Valour. 


Monday, September 2, 2013

I have got the binding on one of the many quilts in my stack finished.  This was made for Quilts of Valour by Myra and I quilted and bound it.  Ready for a pillowcase and then delivery to the local base.

I have my 50 Shades of Grey put together but am deliberating over the border treatment.  I would like it to be a little larger than it is right now so will play with some ideas. 

And, last week, when it was raining, my niece and I made a trip to a small quilt shop in Mission and I was able to purchase some fabric designed by Cynthia, a member of our modern quilt guild.  For our September meeting, we are to take a doorprize so I thought maybe this basket made from one of member's fabric design, filled with some quilty items might be appropriate?

And now, it is September.  Time to get serious about some of the projects that were supposed to be made and completed these last few months!  Reading, sunny weather and family as well as gym time seems to have got in my way.  

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A small quilting job got done... the background on my Canadian flag for display next June.

And I am working on my half square triangles for Shades of Gray.  I have two layouts I am debating though there is a third that is lurking in the back of my scattered brain.

Well, there might even be a fourth option! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A definate quilting funk happened

I haven't accomplished much at all in my world of quilting in the last few weeks.  I don't know what happened but, for sure, no finished projects to show you. 

Since I am in a group of quilters who keep track of completed UFO's and penalties are owed if your name comes up without a finish, I pushed myself last week to look through some of my older projects for ones that called to me to be completed.  My name is getting close to the top of the list so the push is on. 

I found three ufos' that were quite ancient: a flannel panel with a lovely flannel backing that would be quick and easy, a pre-pieced quilt top of Moda fabrics, am guessing Paris in Fleamarket which means it is ancient, and a table runner from a class I taught last October.  All three got layered and quilted in the last few days and are awaiting binding. 

And I managed to finally make a purse using grommets.  My grommets were too large according to the pattern requirements but I used them anyway and now that I have made one, am quite keen to make another.  This is made from my batik strips I cut earlier this year, using my stash.  Hopefully a quilt will get made from the stash strips as well. 

I sort of got waylaid for a bit due to a nasty accident while playing pickleball a week ago.  Am stuck at home, more or less, so good time to work on these projects.  If you don't know what pickleball is, I suggest you google it to find out. 

And, while I am hobbling around, I managed to layer and prepare more quilt tops for quilting.  They are patiently waiting their turn.  Some of them are for Quilts of Valour and were tops given to me by a member of our guild.  The bottom one is a top I pieced over the last few weeks while I felt like I wasn't accomplishing anything! 

Which brings me to my challenge for this summer from the Sunland Stitchers.  The 50 shades of gray challenge!  I have spent the last four months printing off ideas, tearing pictures out of quilt magazines, shopping for fabrics that might go with my grays and just couldn't seem to make a decision.  At the last modern guild quilt meeting, I won a charm package of Moda fabrics that worked with my gray's perfectly!!  And it turned out that I had some of the fabrics in yardage as well.  So, it was meant to be.  One of my inspiration pictures was shown as a quilt at the same meeting and it really spoke to me so I took the plunge and this is what I am playing with.  There are some other arrangements I might try and see what really appeals to me as my final choice. 

The fabulous neighbourhood I live in has some great wildlife that comes to visit.  This was taken from my front porch on Sunday.

Hopefully,  I will have some completely finished quilts, including some ufo's and Quilts of Valour to take pictures of in the next week and I won't be missing in action quite as long.