Thursday, November 16, 2017

Gettin' my Patriotism on!

 I certainly don't think this is a pretty quilt...matter of fact I would classify it as one of the ugliest quilts I have ever done.  That being said...it is one of several things I have been doing to celebrate our sesquicentennial (wonder if I spelled that correctly). I bought the panels during my shop hop for row by rows....wish I could have gotten more of the provincial panels although I am delighted to have the two that matter the most to me (Newfoundland and New Brunswick). I really wasn't sure just what I was going to do with them but after a while I realized I had just better do something.
 With a little fudging and measuring this is what I came up with.  I think I will back it with flannel and give it to my Dad for a lap quilt. It's not quite big enough for a queen bed...could fit a single  but what the hey.
 If you're wondering...the fabric at the bottom is that reproduction of newspaper stories from 1867.  That fabric I really like.
 I will probably have it machine quilted since I haven't got a clue how to hand quilt it.
These are placemats...I really don't understand why there were only three of these in a panel.  I would have had to buy two panels to get my four for placemats...as it is, two will do , thank you and the third one helped lengthen the quilt.

I did some free motion on these and realized I was just like a lovely lady in our quilt guild that just cannot do scrap...she co-ordinates her fabrics despite our encouraging her to abandon all order and just "scrap" I, too, have a difficult time abandoning order and 'free motioning'...I'll just keep practising until I get the hand of it.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Postcard today!

I love postcards...the Cambridge Narrows guild always have some on display at their quilt show and I always want to make some ...so....today I made one.  DH thought that was a church on the shoreline but I informed him that it was a lighthouse.. He did like the whale's tale so I guess that made it ok.  Now I want to send this one to my godmother in New York. It will be interesting to see if the post office will take it like it is. I sent one through the mail a couple of years ago and the postmistress insisted that I place it in a plastic bag.  So we shall see......

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Taking Stock

I have been feeling like I haven't done enough this summer while waiting to have my eyes tuned up.  On Hallowe'en I saw the specialist and she determined that my eyes were in good shape...no pressure problems and they were working in sync.  I then went to see the Optometrist to have my vision tested and she told me I could wear glasses if I chose to but they would be clear lenses on top and the bi-focal would be for reading....almost the same as the glasses I wore when I was myopic except I needed strong lenses before. My choice..to wear cheapies at 1.50 strength or break down and get designer glasses.  Guess what I chose....I now have six pairs of glasses....one for each reading station...you know , like one pair in the bathroom, one pair on the quilt frame and one pair by the sewing machine.,...one pair on my night table and one pair by my computer....and of course, one pair in my purse.....I am covered.

I got to thinking that I really haven't done that much this summer and then I realized when I took this quilt (my row by row for 2016) out of the frame yesterday that it was the third one since June. So I guess I have done more than I thought.  I have a fourth one ready to go into the frame tomorrow...it probably won't get quilted before Christmas but you just never know....I have so many PHD's to work on I may never get back to the quilt frame again...woe is me!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Miss me?

In January I visited the optometrist to have my vision tested. I was having difficulty with blurriness, with and without my glasses.  The Doc. sent me to the opthomologist(spelling????)
 and sure enough...the cataracts had grown to point of having to be removed.  After a couple of visits to the specialist ( I can spell that one) I was scheduled for the right eye in August and the left eye in September.  As a result, I found it was difficult to hand piece, machine sew and even to hand quilt.  The Doc and I opted for my myopia to be changed to farsightedness.....After 52 years of wearing glasses to see at a distance and taking my glasses off to read and do close work, it was now the opposite. I am having the worst time adjusting.  The first thing I do in the morning is reach for my glasses...a long time habit and now I don't need to. At the end of the month it will be my final visit to the specialist, I will have my vision tested again to see what strength of reading (and hand sewing) glasses I need.  I cannot wait. I bought some cheapies at the dollar store to make do until I know for sure...some are good, some are great and one pair magnifies everything....but I look like Bubba from the Trailer Park Boys.

I haven't been doing the things I love to do and it is driving me crazy...I feel so discombobulated....like I am missing something.  I decided I just had to start something at the machine to get used to wearing glasses while I sew....I used to take off my glasses ...sometimes with great fury cuz I couldn't see well enough and now I have to have a pair on to see what the machine is doing....changes!!  This little mug rug is from the block of the month at the guild. I love hexies and this was a cutie so I broke down and tackled it.  Wasn't too difficult...used the medium strength glasses for the machine  and a stronger pair for the hand work.  Took a while to get any flow to the machine quilting...that's still not my thing but now I can blame it on the glasses.  Works for me!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A quilt for August.

 There is something about the colour that I put i the borders that just called my name. The picture is pretty true to its value...a gorgeous teal blue. I decided since the row by rows were all different and unusual I could use a traditional pattern for the quilting in the border.  Nothing more traditional that twisted rope.
Here it is, just beginning for the month of August.  I don't know if I will get it all quilted by the end of August but I sure will give it the old college try!...that will mean 3 quilts done this summer...wish me luck!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Meeting My Goals

On the 9th of July I put this quilt in the frame and set the goal of having it quilted before the end of the month.  Since it was all straight stitching except for the border it wasn't a big challenge.  A couple of hours a day and voila, it is finished. I bound it tonight.
 Here it is with the scrappy binding I put on it.  I used up all the ends from bindings for other quilts....waste not want not...right?
Tigger approves.
A lovely lady that visited out guild last year told us how to fold and store quilts so that they would not have permanent creases in them.  Here's how!

Most of my quilts are square so it isn't a big deal to fold the corners to the centre...much like making an envelope.
 Here are the four corners meeting in the centre (or close to it) .....this puts the bias on the outside edges. I then folded two sides to the centre......
 as it shows here.
Then another fold lengthwise to the centre again.  This still uses the bias in your folds and prevents permanent folds and creases.  I have started going through my quilts....am on week number three using a different quilt on our bed. When I take the quilt off to put it away again, I make sure I use this method to fold...you just never know when I will be getting around to using the quilt again.  Eventually I will have all my quilts folded like this...I will let you know when that happens and what the final tally will be. To tell you the truth I am not sure just how many quilts I have stashed away in this house.  Sad, isn't it!