Friday, May 4, 2018
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
The first one I did, I consider my prototype...practised mitering the corners and squaring up the vinyl and , of course, putting the zipper in easily. The prototype is the dark(green) zipper and the finished product has the light zipper. DD # 1 will decide which one she wants.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
I went to the Villa Madonna on retreat last week and it was great....up to a point.
I loved the sewing time, the company and without doubt...the food! I had this all ready to be put together...at least that is what I thought. When it came time to put the squares all together ...in order , mind you....I discovered that I had not done one...ONE damn square! When I looked at it all more closely I remembered that square...it was extremely similar...almost identical to the previous square , so much so that I thought I had already done it and threw it aside(too bad I didn't put it in the carry box for this project). Well the ladies saved my bacon...one had some extra reds and one had some extra white to match some of my whites. I had already taken some extra cornerstones and sashing ...just in case I screwed up. Anyway...my 150 Canadian Women is done and ready for the longarm quilting. I am not hand quilting this one....too many seams for my liking. If you haven't done this project...no problem it can be involved...but I would strongly recommend you read about these women...it makes you proud to be, not only a woman, but a Canadian woman at that.
I've had this next project since 2004. It was a Christmas gift from a good friend who has since passed away. She knew how much I loved wolves. I kept looking at it and feeling a little intimidated by it kept putting it away. I brought it with me to the Villa thinking I would solicit some help if it got away from me. Well, I finished the two projects above and was really at loose ends with a day and a half to fill. I won't say it was easy but it certainly wasn't the difficult project I thought it would be. Mind you I didn't read the instructions carefully enough and sewed all the borders on before I realized they were to be sewn on AFTER the wonder under pieces. After "unsewing" and resewing with the picture all
finished, I "got'er done!"
Thursday, March 8, 2018
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....