Monday, April 17, 2017

To the Villa I Go!

Some would say that I am head strong (that would be DH) and some would say that I am single minded (that would be me) and then a lovely lady at lunch the other day suggested that perhaps I was focused.....I have decided that I like that better. Sooooo....this is what I am currently focused on.  I found a freebie on the internet  from one of the fabric companies and since I liked the whole concept (except for the pastels...I just cannot seem to do pastels) I decided it would make a great project for the retreat that I am going to next week.
 Since the pattern included piecing and some applique and one hundred zillion half square triangles (perhaps I exaggerate ...but there are lots and lots) I thought I should get it all ready for the Villa.  Well, I cut everything out and thought I should do the hand work now since I mostly sew at the Villa.  As I worked along , I realized that I wouldn't have the time to do all the HST's so perhaps I should prepare the squares and then just put it all together.  Since I have two other projects that need to be put together, adding one more wouldn't hurt.
Ergo, these are four of the squares ready to rock and roll.  I have one more applique rectangle like the one below (with the snazzy bird) to do and, of course, the requisite wreath....I have that on the go now. I will do the second bird patch facing in the opposite direction when the wreath  is finished. Then I will start on the HST's , if only  to get a head start on them before the Villa next week.
We will be there for four days and three nights....ordinarily a great stretch of time to sew but we do take an afternoon to visit a quilt shop and then there are the umpteen times we have to stop to eat all the home made goodies that the ladies make for us, plus we manage to get in a few games of strip poker...yes , you heard right, STRIP Poker!!!!...we are a wild and crazy bunch...I hear there might be wine involved again this year.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Practical as ever!

Next week I am demonstrating back basting applique to the evening ladies in our quilt guild.  I chose this pattern because it has curves, cut ins and or course straight lines....I made two for examples and then I realized I had to show the practicality of any square...just my nature...can't waste things.  Anyway, I made this into a little bag...............as you can see by the picture below.
 I always seem to do things in a hurry.  After I finished the applique I practiced my free motion quilting on the Pfaff(lots of curse words at this attempt...kept the pedal to the metal and broke the thread a few times.) Once I relaxed and got into a nice rhythm things went along smoothly. However I do wish I had made zipper tabs and finished the interior more neatly.   Oh well, it IS just a practice piece.
Poor little Tigger...I think she misses her sister Faith.  Certainly not when it comes to cookie time or for supper time, but when it came time to go outside at the back door she always waited for Faith to come (slowpokingly) down the stairs.  She still looks for her until I call her to come on and then it's all over.  I guess seven years of waiting got to be a habit and God knows Shelties need their habits. Other than that Tigger gets to go in the car more and ALL the sweet potato treats are hers.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Saint Paddy's Day 2017

What a gorgeous sunset this was...the day before the big storm we got on  Tuesday night and throughout Wednesday.  The picture does not do it justice...the colours were breath taking.
 I've been plugging away , trying to get my row by row for 2016 ready to be put together in a project for the Villa Madonna in April.  This is the eighth row I've prepared.  Some of them are so simple and others are a pain in the patoot.  I wish I could talk to every designer out there and remind them that there are quilters that actually hate to use steam a seam or heat and bond....and I am one of them.  I made a promise to myself last year that I would never do another quilt using those products....anyway, this one is all back basted applique...it is from a store in Alberta...not surprising with the mountains and I believe that is supposed to be an elk at the bottom , not a deer.
I've also got three more of the 150 Canadian Women quilt along.  I am trying to fill in some of the larger squares with scenes of all parts of the country. I am really enjoying the process...not sure how happy I will be with the finished project.  It will probably be the ONLY red and white quilt I will ever do for myself.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Show and Tell

I usually have a lot of show and tell when I go to Quilt Guild but lately I've had nothin'.  Frustrating, cuz it looks like I am doing nothing at all. When the truth of the matter is, I have been appliqueing my fingers sore.  Here's the first part of the Fat Cat Alphabet.....
and here is how far I am now.  As you can see I am now at the V....not sure what kind of animal it is...I am guessing vicuna....since that is the only animal I can think of that starts with V.....sure doesn't look like one though. The U is a unicorn..and we have all seen one of those, right??
Out of sequence here, but this is one of the 150 Canadian women squares that I have been following.  Takes about an hour to do all three and they are kind of neat.  In this one I fussy cut a covered bridge since there are 16 of them in New Brunswick.









Tigger has never done this before. Usually she is up an staring out the window getting ready to bark her foolish head off.  Guess she is a tired puppy....all that protecting she's been doing, not to mention the herding she does.
Here's the last few squares of he 150 Canadian women....we are 1/3 of the way into the squares.  I am keeping mine in shades of red , mainly because I do like the original pattern which is all red but I must admit I have seen some on facebook both multi-coloured and totally in other colours other than red and they all look great. Going to be interesting to see some finished quilts.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Keeping busy!

 I went on a road trip last summer and collected Row by Row patterns from the various quilt shops...lots of fun considering my stash almost doubled in size along with the patterns...oh well, one must feed one's addiction. Hello! spring is coming really quickly despite that pile of snow we have in our front yard and I need to get organized for the Villa Madonna retreat. Ergo I started the row by rows and here's the first one.  Can't remember where it is from...I have it written down somewhere.  The rows are all arranged in a quilt design so it is just a matter of getting them done, deciding on what colour fabric I want to use to join them and then I can put it all together at the Villa. If you were wondering the theme for 2016 is Home Sweet Home.


 In the meantime, I am still working on the Fat Cat alphabet. Here's O...for owl, right? pretty straight forward and easy to recognize......
well! here's N and I haven't got a clue what animal it is supposed to be.  Do you have any suggestions? I honestly cannot think of an animal that starts with N....am I having a senior's moment here ?   Just wait until I get to Q...now that is going to be a revelation.

Regardless, I am enjoying the whole process and it will be another project to take to the Villa.  I will probably put this one together with scraps...multi colours and use one fabric in cornerstones and outside borders and binding  to pull it together...means a shopping trip....oh well, if I have to!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Nova Scotia And another Project

Here's the Nova Scotia BOM for the Cantik Batik Mystery quilt.  Still  have a few to go but I've decided to put it aside for a bit.  At the rate I am going I will have all the ones I have all done and then I'll be sitting here waiting to do the rest. I have very little patience at the best of times ...days maybe, months no.
So I decided that I would have a look through my patterns and start another project.  I love Sindy Rodenmeyer patterns....she's the one that designed the Whoo Knows owl quilt.  I loved doing that one so here's another project by her.  It's obvious that it is the alphabet...A for Antelope  and below is B for Bear . I am currently working on C for Cow. I collected the patterns a long time ago and put them together for a later date. I think you can order them on her web site now.
She does a BOM for free every year...this year is Caught ya!.....fishing lures...great for the fisherman hubby. I have her gnomes sitting in a packet waiting to be done as well.  She also offers a lot of freebies on her website Fat Cat Patterns. Her patterns are really easy to do, instructions easy to follow and kind of cute. I'd really be in trouble if I had a grandchild...he or she would be inundated with quilts.Can we say obsessed?