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?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Tuesday has gone by!

 I would have done these yesterday but  I got involved in something else and put them aside.  Figured I'd best get them done before the next three came out and I got behind again.  Perhaps I should have done them yesterday because I was all thumbs at the machine today  and let us just say that the seam ripper got put to good use.  Not that these squares were difficult , I just made a lot of little errors that I had to correct.  'nuff said.



In the meantime I am working on these as well.  Obviously the chickadee is for New Brunswick...the inukshuk is for Nunavit and the horse and mountains is for Alberta.  Am currently working on Nova Scotia and will post that one when it is all done, squared off and edged.  I don't think I will get the finishing kit ...DD says she is not getting one  plus I think I would like to challenge myself to put it together so it works out....Thank heavens for EQ7....it will be a big help.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Back at the 150's

Blocks 31 to 33 are done..easy peasy  and now I have to wait until next Tuesday for another set.  Darn hard to do when you are as impatient as I am.  But there you go, I have no control over how quickly I can get these patterns so I just have to suck it up.
 In the in between time I decided I should get to work on the Cantek batik Canadian Mystery that DD# 1 gave me for Christmas and a few birthdays.  Here is block number one.....New Brunswick, of course.  As you can see I made a rookie mistake....not thinking here at all....and did the pattern backwards.
Not that anyone other than myself would notice...right? I'll tell everyone that I did it that way on purpose.
I must say, as much as I love the finished look of batiks , they do not lend themselves to applique the way ordinary cottons do.  There is very little give in batiks..they have a tight weave and don't curl or curve the way cottons do. Means I have to work a little harder to get that curve...poor me plus I really have to dig out my good applique needles instead of using quilting needles.  I have tons of those but I am not sure where I put those perfect applique needles I bought ages ago.  Guess I'll just have to did around until I can find them...that may take a while.