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Sunday, October 24, 2021

And a month goes by just like that... poof!

 What have I done for the last month?  I want to say 'nothing much' or 'mucking around' but in reality, every day seems busy. It seems with shorter days, I spend less time stitching during my favourite time of day in my sewing studio which is the time right after dinner with kitchen cleaned up.  One hour of pedal to the metal except now it is so dark, I have push myself to come downstairs. 

But, there have been quilty things accomplished along with gardening, yard work, tennis and fall clean up. 

My hourglass scrappy Quilt of Valour was quilted (gratis, thank you!) and returned to me by Dianne of Chilliwack and she did a great job with it.  This is a UFO from a few years ago when I made a quilt and had extra blocks leftover which were living on a hanger.  I started making more blocks, using up leftover 2.5" strips and added in a panel.  

My contribution to Carole's efforts to make 3 survivor quilts for deserving recipients that she knows personally. 
I had subscribed to a stitching/sewing monthly box and was never impressed with the sewing projects that came with it.  However, this month, it was perfect!  Fabric panel with batting and backing plus binding and the pattern included. Of course, I ignored the pattern and cut out the placemats, layered and quilted them and then added borders to the two mug rug squares included.  All are finished and going on the table this week.

I worked on adding hearts to background fabrics for a wonky heart long cabin quilt.  I used a "new to me" technique.  You spray the back of the hearts with 606 and then press in place.  It makes a permanent bond but the fabric doesn't go hard like using a fusible web.


 The tumblers blocks that were leftover from the last tumbler quilt I made got put together into another donation top.  I still have tumblers left.  I used my accuquilt to cut them out and tried to use up some 'what was I thinking? fabric'.  I had to play with the rows on my design wall to get the effect that I wanted.


A good friend, Penny, took a bundle of leftover blocks and panels from me and graciously agreed to do something with them.  Some of these blocks were at least 12 years old and I don't remember where they all came from.  She added in some of what she had on hand and assembled two quilt tops.  Joanne Davenport of Remarkable Impressions in Mission, donated the long arm quilting on both.  Thank you to her so much for contributing to Quilts of Valour.

I added the binding and got it stitched down on both quilts.

I also managed to stitch down some applique from blocks made for Quilts of valour.  The fabric and precut, fused, applique comes in a kit from the Quilt of Valour website.

And, here are my wonky heart log cabins, ready for a hanger, which is where it will live until I get busy quilting. 

This is the last of my rainbow scrap challenge blocks for 2021. 

And my October Patterns by Jen which was pink grapefruit for the colour.
This was the last of the preemie quilts I made after retreat.  One of them got started at retreat but I didn't have strips that were the full width of the fabric so had to wait until I was home to cut more to finish up. Eventually, these will get layered, quilted and bound but there is no rush since I have contributed a large number of preemie quilts so far this year. 
A month of work?  It doesn't seem like much but, I do plod along trying to reduce the amount of fabric in my stash and make quilts for donation.  Now, it is time to start piecing batting leftovers to get them large enough for the quilts that I have patiently waiting on hangers for quilting and binding.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Retreat prepared for and attended and now home again.

 Before I left for retreat, I got these preemie quilts bound and labeled and delivered to our guild rep who takes them to the NICU at our local hospital. These are all made from 2 sets of layer cakes that I cut up into 5" squares.


I started packing for retreat once these were finished. I cut three projects for Quilts of Valour using the patterns from the 3 x 1 yd. patterns. 

Packing is a nuisance but I had been gathering projects to take with me for the last few months. First, I worked on finishing up another couple of blocks for a quilt that is for the Survivor project.  A friend needs three quilts and myself and my Wednesday quilting group made some blocks and I offered to finish up the third quilt for her.  We were short 3 blocks so those got made and the top put together.  Now, to get it quilted and bound. 

Sorry that you have to turn your head for this quilt.  It is a panel that I have had for a year or two and at retreat, figured out the math (thanks Penny) and added rail fence blocks to get it to the correct size.  So, yes, another top to quilt and bind for Quilts of Valour.
This is our retreat venue.  Lots of room and space to work plus a few design walls.

I had cut kits for preemie quilts a few months ago when I was made other quilts for the NICU and thought that they would make a good retreat project.  So here are four finished tops.

And these are the tops for Quilts of Valour made from some of the three - one yard quilt patterns. 

This was the mystery quilt that I did not work on but I will make one. 

I came home to beautiful weather and managed to get our front grass cut and Mt. Baker was stunning on Friday evening.  Today... we have horrible rain that isn't letting up.How can weather change so quickly? 

Since the weather is horrible, I unpacked from retreat and also dug out my Autumn decor items and started making my home look like the season has changed.  The nasty weather outside tells me that I was right on target. My 'old' Debbie Mumm scarecrow is now hanging on the wall in my stairwell.

The living room mantle is decorated.
My dining room looks like autumn.  Hard to believe when you look out those windows that it is pouring with rain?
And my stairwell is very fallish looking.
Lots of tops to quilt and still some mess to clean up but I will get there, especially if this lousy weather continues!  Happy autumn! 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Rainy, Pacific northwest kind of day.

 Our weather has changed and while we had a very hot day on Thursday, the temperatures changed rapidly.  It is much cooler and wet.  I am holding off on turning on the furnace but have been doing some baking and oven meals this weekend. The oven warms up the kitchen a little and takes the dampness out of the air. I haven't put away my shorts and tank tops yet because with September weather, you never know if I might wear them again. 

I was fairly productive in my sewing studio but the big job was to do a major clean up including dusting and vacuuming.  I work better in a clean and tidy area and really do function better with a "place for everything and everything in its place". 

I worked on my September Rainbow scrap challenge blocks and the strip pieced, 16 patch stars, friendship stars and rail fences are done. 

I also made my Patterns by Jen block of the month and the colour theme was pineapple. 
This quilt came back to me from a long arm quilter in Chilliwack and she quilted the hug blocks quilt that was made earlier this year from blocks that were given to me by Lezley Zwall.  It is ready for donation to Quilts of Valour. 

I made bindings and layered my preemie quilts and hope to get them quilted this week.  I usually do some pretty simple straight line, stitch in the ditch type of quilting so not too challenging. 


The blocks I started working with last week got finished while listening to a book on tape.  I have finished the Bridgerton series and listening while sewing is a great plan.  Thank you to all who suggested it.  The top has gone to the long arm quilter who returned the hug block quilt for her to finish for me. 

I am working on a list of projects to take to retreat with me and need to narrow down all my ideas and what I have waiting to be finished.  

In the meantime, have also watched and been impressed with our Canadian players at the U.S. Open this past two weeks.  WOW!  Lots of cheering happening in this house.  We continue to play tennis every weekend day morning that the courts are dry.  

Life is good!