Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Winter project.

 I'm one of those idiots  brilliant people that runs around in June looking for the row by row patterns and kits.  This one came from Mrs. Pugsley's Emporium in Amherst , Nova Scotia. Karen Neary is the designer and this particular pattern got some publicity since it made the news when the town of Amherst made silk screenings and used it for town banners......sure looked great, too.


 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

Reminiscence

 I did this once before...at least all the squares were done and then I put it aside for several years...not really happy with my applique...I had used the freezer paper method.

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!



 Tigger is having a look and I just know she is saying "do you really need to do another quilt?"  Well yes, Tigger, I do.  It has been haunting me for years. I paid a lot of money for the patterns and the Scot in me was horrified that It was just sitting there waiting to be appliqued.

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.
I must add here that something unusual happened while appliquing this quilt. Ordinarily..being myopic I would do hand work without my glasses and holding the work very close to my eyes. It would get very uncomfortable and I would have shoulder pain and sometimes bad headaches. I am nothing if not determined.
  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

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!