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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Have I been productive?

I feel like I haven't finished anything but I have been really busy, sewing and tidying and organizing.   Today I worked in my underground basement, my 'bunker' and got things tidied and organized.  It tends to be a 'dumping ground'.

Believe it or not, everything is labelled and fairly organized!   And, I spray basted two quilts  and they are ready for quilting and binding.
And I pulled out some containers of fabrics for a sewing day on Wednesday.  I have invited some of my Wednesday quilt divas for a day to work on blocks for some Quilts of Valour. 
We have been working on a guild challenge to create a quilt as a group and so far these are my blocks that I have made.

And I have a backing ready to serge the long edges together to make it large enough for the quilt that is on the table in the first picture above. 
And I stitched up a quilt from the guild We care program that I picked up last Tuesday as a kit. But I didn't like the sashings so cut some of my own to go around the blocks.
And here it is all spray basted and ready for quilting.
I also managed to get my May Quilter's planner block completed and, even better, the June block is done as well!  These blocks get a sashing with two alternating  colours and I have a darker gray for the odd blocks but want to get my blocks done before I figure out an arrangement so I don't have the mainly orange and red blocks in one corner but have them spread out a little.

There is one extra block in there because I made two of the flying geese in February.  Will see which one looks better in the final layout.

I have a lovely stack of blocks to mail off to Canada Stitches.  They are a group that make quilts for first responders across Canada and I am choosing to keep my focus on those that attend a camp (Can Praxis) at Rocky Mountain house along with members of the military suffering from PTSD. These blocks are from both my guild and my Wed Quilting Divas. They will get packaged and mailed this week. 
And of course, I had to play with a block made from 2 charm squares plus background fabric that I saw on a blog this week.  It is called a cracker block and the first one I made, I messed up totally. However, I made a second one and it is perfect!  The one on the left is too small and not square.

Last Thursday, I picked up 4 blocks from my 'other' guild and these are for community quilts.  I had forgotten at the April meeting so thought I better get on with it so they are ready to hand in at the June meeting.
I finally got myself a trolley.  This is something that I was sure would help me to stay more organized when I am using two sewing machines. Love it!
And last but not least, my houses are being created and my village is growing.  I think I have my first five rows ready to stitch together and only six rows left to finish.  I have lots of houses but ran out of sky background and so had to shop for some light blue background.  Not so easy to find what I wanted.  Of course, I did find some today when I was tidying my fabrics and containers!  So, another 36 houses (approx) to make and I will be done!  So much for making 8 blocks per week.  They are too addictive to put them away and stop stitching. 
So, no finished quilts to show you.  I have quilts waiting for the binding, waiting for the labels and waiting to be quilted.  I have blocks that are made and waiting to be assembled into tops.  And I still have over 20 tops waiting for backing, backing and quilting.  One day at a time.  Making houses is too much fun and they are all from scraps! 









Saturday, May 12, 2018

Langley Quilt Show

I took time 'off' from my regular routine and schedule and visited Langley quilt show yesterday.  I met so many 'old' friends and had fun visiting as well as looking at the fabulous quilts.  A great mix of traditional and modern quilts.  I took a few pictures of my favourites or quilts that I thought "I can make that!". 





















At guild this week, I won!  I had a choice of half the money collected or this stack of fat quarters... the fabric came home with me.

And, I have started creating my village.  This was a sew along, stitching 8 houses at a time, in January... am a little late to the party but working away on them.  They are fun to make and use two charm squares or 5" squares and I am going through my scrap bins, one colour at a time.
The tulip festival below our house is finished this weekend which means less traffic on the interchange at the highway but, also means no more glorious colour to look at daily.
A busy week with two guild meetings, tennis, taking neighbours to the cruise ship dock and a quilt show.  Have stitched lots of houses, 39 of them and finished my stargazer blocks.  But my current list of projects is:
- play with cracker blocks
- make some 10" blocks for a quilt of valour that my quilt Diva is making for our guild challenge
- finish a preemie quilt that I picked up a kit for on Tuesday
- layer and quilt 3 more tops from winter sewing
- get the binding finished on the two Quilts of Valour I have finally quilted from last fall
- make my May blocks: strippy and rail fences in pink and roses
- stitch my quilter's planner block for May
And then work on whatever else catches my wandering brain.  Too many ideas, not enough time!



Monday, April 30, 2018

2018 is one third over!

This is my monthly Quilter's planner block for April.  I actually had it made earlier but forgot to post the picture.

We are getting some dry days and have even had a day of warmth and heat!  Of course, it was short lived and we went right back to rain.  The tulip fields below me are in full bloom now.
I spent some time with my sister and just when you think you have a messy quilting room, you see someone who is far worse off with their organization.  She has been brilliant with our parents but sadly, her storage room has had no TLC for at least 6 months and she is a window display artist and when a window gets emptied, it gets shoved in here and she grabs what she needs for her next job.  So, we emptied one aisle and got to work.




Was a totally different experience than working with fabric!  But a lovely day and perfect working conditions.
My only real quilting project this last few weeks was a quilt for the Humboldt Broncos and it is on its way to Saskatchewan and am hoping the recipient gets some warmth and feels my hugs when they wrap up in it. This was a great pattern and I know one quilter who is making a quilt for her guest bed using the block!


Am still working on my stargazer blocks, one at a time!  Only 5 left to finish! 
 
 
And a nice stack of green rail fences made from scrap fabrics.  Green was the stashbuster colour for March and I made string blocks but didn't get the rail fence ones done.
I do have three quilt tops from last fall for Quilts of Valour Canada spray basted with batting and backing and ready to quilt and bind.  Hopefully, that is first on the agenda for May.  But in the meantime, I have been making blocks for Canada Stitches and decided to work on Maple Leaf blocks for April.  The blocks are in the mail to their destination. A big thanks to my Quilting Diva friends who made a nice variety blocks to add to what I had made.


I have already completed the blocks for May so I can show them to my Quilting Diva friends in case they want to make some again this month.   This one is the Disappearing 4 patch and if you aren't familiar, this is the basic technique.  I started off with 6" squares and the slice in all four directions was 1.5" inches from the seam line.  If you make this block, measure twice and cut once!  I messed up my first block. The four center sections get reversed and all is stitched back together again.  Great use of scraps! And thanks to Dee for her fabric contributions to the cause.





Off to set up my machine to do some free motion on these QOVC quilts!