Tuesday, August 26, 2014

where did the summer go?

I spent much of today with back to school preparations.  How can it be that time already?  I have a little sewing progress to share.
 This 6 inch block was really tricky.  Afterwards I told myself  "Just because cutting instructions are given for a 6 inch square doesn't mean you have to make it."  I do really like it though :0)

 2 more - a little less complicated ones.

My top border for my Bird of Paradise quilt is slowly growing.  I can't decide how symmetrical I want it to be - my daughter called this "quilters block"  :0)  I don't think I'm that stuck - I just need to find enough time to sit down and figure it out.  Maybe tonight...
Happy Quilting!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

flowers again

I'm excited to get back to appliqueing on my Bird of Paradise quilt.  With all of the block embroidery done I am ready to move on to the borders.  I plan to make the borders to suit myself using shapes and ideas from the original quilt, the Threadbear pattern and my own drawing.  
 This is my start on the top border. It feels so good to applique flowers again :0)  It's been nothing but leaves for months!  I'm mostly winging it - feels free and fun to do it that way although already I see that I didn't cut all of my flower centers the same size.  It bothers me a bit but only very little - I'm going to keep going and I can always swap out the flower center later.  I suspect that once all the other leaves and flowers are appliqued I won't notice it at all.

A couple more 6 inch blocks.  There will be more :0)

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

more summer sewing

I can't believe how fast summer goes by. I have snatched a few minutes to sew most days.  These little 6 inch blocks are the perfect little things to work on when I can find some time to sew.
The block in the upper left is called Crowfoot. It is 1/4 the size of the blocks in my Crowfoot quilt.  It was very fun to revisit this block on the smaller scale. 

My friend and I worked on our circle game quilts again one evening last week.  We laid out 4 mostly finished blocks of each quilt to compare.  They are so very different!  The lighting isn't great and her blocks look a bit washed out.
We continue to enjoy the challenge of this pattern - The Circle Game by Jen Kingwell.  Some of the blocks ahead look very tricky!  It's been an excellent learning project as well as fun and motivating to be making it with a friend.

Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

panel #10

I attached vine panel #10 last night.  I am very pleased but the excitement is definitely dwindling with this project. Three more panels to go - I think I can make it.
 I thought I'd take the opportunity to get some outside pictures.  It was such a beautiful morning :0)
 The last time I finished a panel it was February!?!  Definitely not a good month for outdoor pictures where I live!
 While I was outside I couldn't resist snapping a shot in the garden.  I always plant things too close and it becomes a jungle by this time of year.
Happy Quilting!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

border decisions

I always appreciate the cool summer evening breezes where I live.  With the window open behind me I can still comfortably quilt in the evenings :0)  I have finished quilting all the blocks for my Crowfoot quilt.
All the sashing in the center portion of the quilt is done as well.  When I lay it on my bed and look down from above it looks practically finished - lol!
However, I still have to quilt the outer sashing around the blocks and the border.  The outer sashing I am quilting the same as all the other sashing.  
 I'd kind of like to design something special for the corners.  Something feathered I think - to make that big space look like it's there on purpose :0)

And then I have this stencil I'm considering for the rest.  It's not quite wide enough but maybe with some echo quilting to fill in??  I'm also thinking about using cream colored thread so the quilting shows up more.  The light blue that I used for the center gets completely lost in the busy navy sashing print.   What do you think?  It's always great to bounce ideas off other quilters :0)  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Quilting!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

summer sewing

With the arrival of summer there is a whole new pace to life.  Still busy - but different.  The kids and I went on a road trip to visit my parents in Kelowna and my sister in Vancouver. We had a great time but not a lot of stitching happened.
This week the kids are all busy with various camps and activities and I have 4 1/2 days to myself. I will savor them as they are the last until school starts again.  My Circle Game friend had time to come over today and we worked on a new block.  
 Starting at 10:00 and finishing up at 3:00 (with a break for lunch) I managed to complete this one block.  This project is very slow and fiddly!  However,  I have to say I am loving the challenge.  I am  disappointed with the fabric I chose to frame the octagon.  You have to look hard to see the little slivers of fabric going around in a circle.  I was nervous that I wouldn't be able to get neat points so I choose a busy fabric with low contrast on purpose but now it practically disappears.  Oh well...  I am so not redoing it  :0)
 Three blocks together gives me an even better idea of how this quilt will look.  Still a long way to go with this project.
 I made the last 6 inch block that I liked from this book.  I thought I'd see if the library had any more books like it so I could keep going with this project.
And, I found this book - also by Judy Hopkins.  This book has tons of great 6 inch blocks in it.  The one drawback is that unlike the other book there are templates for at least one of the shapes in almost every block.  At least they are mostly rotary cut and the variety is wonderful.  I have a feeling that this will be a big quilt after all...
This is what my flower garden looked like when I arrived home from our road trip.  It's a bit of a tangle but I am SO pleased with the foxgloves.  They are my favorite flower :0)

Happy Quilting!!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

embroidery - done!

A few weeks ago we went for our annual camping trip to Shunda lake.  The tree stump from my header picture was still there - my favorite place to stitch by the lake.  Again this year I was working on my Susan McCord vine quilt. It's been a few years in the making - 3 more panels to go - will I yet be working on it next spring?  
 I'm still working on panel #10.  It's been going slow...

When I get panel 10 finished I will take a break from vines  and work on - Yahoo!!  The borders for my Bird of Paradise quilt. 
 I finally finished the embroidery!  I am so pleased.  My friend encouraged me through it.  In the end the faces were easy and stitched in one evening. I kept them simple and happy.
Now I can trim the blocks and start on the borders.  I think they will be fun to work on. 
And yes, there are more 6 inch blocks  :0)

Happy Quilting!!