It started out this morning with blowing snow...whiteouts at times and then , being close to the Fundy Coast, the snow turned to rain. It's a mess out there. Being in the ranks of the retired means I don't have to go outside unless I want to...life is good. I figure this means I can have a sewing day....not that I don't every day anyway...this way it is guilt free. Thought I would show some of what I have been working on. If you follow my blog then you know how enamoured I am of Fat Cat Patterns and Sindy's talent. This is the current block of the month she is offering this year. It is called "Gnome for Christmas" and I am delighted with it.That was the first block above and this is the second block. Her patterns are surprisingly easy to do and so effective. My biggest complaint is that I am so eager to do the whole quilt I may not wait for them to come monthly and purchase the complete pattern from her. Her prices are reasonable (excluding the U.S. to Cdn. ). I won't be able to finish this for Christmas if I wait since the last block comes in November. Darn it, we are such an immediate gratification society.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
I was a little intimidated to put it together but decided since it was the one I was worried about I should tackle it first. I must say it went together fairly easily. I say fairly because I am not a big fan of paper piecing and , of course, this was paper pieced.
The one thing I did that annoys me is the I forgot to reverse the colour scheme for the 150 logo and now have two oranges close together.....I am probably the only one that will notice but you know how it goes, my eye will be drawn to that spot every time I look at it. I have a counted cross stitch of the RCMP crest I did for DH and I did not cross one stitch and I see it absolutely every time I look at it. A little OCD, you say....
Sunday, February 4, 2018
If you have been reading my blog then you know how enthralled I have become with back basting applique.
I gave away the 12 centre squares at our Chinese Auction at quilt guild . Then just before Christmas...you know that time when everything is just about ready...you've done all your shopping, baking and decorating and you are just waiting for the actual Christmas time to begin......I got a little bored and decided I needed something to do by hand. So here we are!
I worked out of my stash...except for the sashing and cornerstones. I had originally bought a gold fabric for the first top and ended up using it piece meal on other things...so I went to the Fabric Cupboard in Moncton...my "go to" shop when I want something specific and got another to replace.
Since I had the implants after cataract surgery I now do applique with glasses on and holding the work at a very comfortable position(using my applique pillow as well) ...no more shoulder pain, no headaches and I can see the work so much better......BONUS! Now on to another applique quilt...a BOM....I just have to find the patience to wait for each pattern to come in at the first of each month. Oh well...I could always get cracking on my 2017 Row by Row.....or my 150 Canadian Women...or my Canada Mystery quilt...or my wolf kit....and well you get the picture.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
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.
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
Thursday, November 2, 2017
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!