Oh Canada !

…how I love thee !

LOL, obviously enough to break radio/blog silence after so long.

I haven’t been doing much sewing lately but the group in town asked me to donate some pottery for door prizes. I do have some pottery inventory to choose from but decided to make these instead. Still pottery – right ? !

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The above are 8.5″ potholders that I have foundation paper pieced.

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These maple leaves aren’t paper pieced but what would Canada Day be without maple leaf potholders !

Not sewing much has not kept me away from the fabric store. I picked up a fat quarter bundle of beautiful saturated colour by Canadian textile artist Libs Elliot . My daughter that lives in the big city was able to track down a bottle of Absolut vodka that bears Libs name and her maple leaf quilt design on it… you know… for starching the fabric ūüėČ I really like her artist statement and process comments regarding her design and collaboration with Absolut here¬†– you’ll find better pictures too.

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Belated Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends and best wishes for a happy 4th of July celebration to my visitors from south of the border.

Thanks for dropping by. Linking up with CrazyMomQuilts

 

 

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Two wonderful Women

Here are the latest things I’ve been working on. Not too big or impressive but these last few months have been difficult to focus and get much done.

I really wanted to do some christmassy sewing and after changing my mind a hundred times and with time running short I started cutting out the pieces for a single ‘swoon’ block .

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I added a couple of borders and it now measures about 36″ square – a good size for a table topper I think.

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Unfortunately Christmas has come and gone and I’ve only got to the basting stage – Oh well, early for next year.

The other bit of sewing I’ve completed is this little pot holder. I watched Jenny Doan’s (Missouri Star Quilt Co.)¬†video. If you haven’t seen it yet you should have a look, it’s really cool.¬†For some reason I can’t recall, I used 8.5″ squares instead of her¬†10″ squares.

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The above is a shot of the back, to quilt it I stitched in the ditch as usual.

As this year¬†draws gradually toward an end¬†I have to say it’s been a tough year and I’m glad to see it close. There have been more than the usual struggles, disappointments and sadness.

Most notably; in early November my mother in law passed away and 29 days later my Mom passed away.

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This picture was taken quite sometime ago but I choose it for this space because both of them are in the frame. That’s my Mom and my daughter blowing out the candles and my mother in law watching the fun on the right. They were friends and they had what they referred to as their “mutual admiration society”. They lived hundreds of miles apart but would talk on the phone occasionally, musing about how wonderful my kids – their shared grandchildren are. At my Mom’s funeral my 3 “children” overcame their sorrow and read a tribute they had written to their Grannie. I am so thankful and proud of them.

There is so much more I should/could say about these wonderful women but words just can’t encompass my loss. I will simply quote¬†Kahlil Gibran:

‚ÄúWhen you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstKahlil Gibran

 

linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday

 

Rainbow Kisses

I finally have something finished¬†to show here ! I’m calling this one “Rainbow Kisses”.

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The quilt measures approximately 48″x60″. I used Alyces’¬†Tic Tac Toe block tutorial¬†to make the blocks. The batik kiss fabrics are from a¬†Timeless Treasures 10″ square bundle I bought several¬†years ago. I’m so happy that I have been able to use half of them… I’m taking suggestions on how to use the remaining 20 squares ! The background fabrics were all bought here and there as stash fabrics.

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For the quilting I had started doing an organic wavy line pattern and then picked it all out and went with this crosshatch grid-work. I’m happy that I went to the trouble of starting over; I think this emphasizes the kisses better.

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After auditioning several binding fabrics I used¬†the same fabric for the binding as I had used for the backing – another batik. I think this is the “year of the batik” for me !

Sorry about these pictures. The quilt is actually quite square but it was hard keeping it pinned in place against the building. The pictures were taken earlier in the week under grey skies and windy conditions. I had looked at the weather forecast and decided to do the photo shoot under less than perfect conditions because the temperature was dropping through the week and it is now minus 27 degree celsius !!! and still windy !

Keep warm !   Thanks for having a look !

I’m linking up with Amanda for Finish it up Friday.

Zest for your nest

My most recent flimsy finish is a case of “must do – drop everything and get started !” I don’t know why I get like that but it happens. I saw this quilt by Amy Smart during my morning internet perusal¬†and I had the fabric ordered by noon ! It was my first time ordering from Adrianne Ove of ilovefabric and let me tell you; it was sweet !

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My international order was shipped super fast ( I think it took a week whereas those usually take 2-3 weeks ) and I received this cute little Thank You card and treat ( it’s the small things folks ūüôā )

Here is a shot of the selvages, in these times it is so good to receive a subtle positive message

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I loved Amy’s layout sooo much but really tried to put my own spin on my work. It is also my first try at improv – not as easy as I thought but still not difficult.

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The Thicket collection by gingiber has two different sized animal panels and several black and white prints. Before I dropped everything for this project I had been working on a top that includes quite a few black and white prints. So I was confident in just ordering a few of the Thicket prints to carry those textures found in the animal panels throughout the top. I have made the backing and am trying to figure out a plan for quilting it.

Thanks so much for having a look !

Linking up with Amanda for Finish it Up Friday.

Sable

fullsizeoutput_2fcI’ve been making mini quilts (potholders) again ! This is a block from Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book. I forget what she calls it but I’m pretty sure that it is actually a weathervane block.

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This block may be called spinning windmill… if not – it should be, that’s what it looks like !¬†That ocher coloured print is a Kim Diehl fabric I snagged off the $5.00 table and I wish I had bought more because of course it was all gone by my next trip into town.

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As usual, I stitched in the ditch for the quilting. I prefer to quilt small things this way as I think it doesn’t interfere with the look of the pieced design. I use 1 layer of batting with a layer of insulbrite for functionality as well as how it makes the design pop out a little more. Both potholders measure 8.5″ square.

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Since the harvest has been put on hold because of weather I went to help out my Mom for several days. ¬†I just happened to drop by a quilt fabric store and couldn’t resist picking up these prints:

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I’m probably the last quilter to come across these funny acronyms but they gave me a much needed laugh ! I think SABLE best describes my fabric consumption situation.

In other news… I recently attended a 60th birthday party of a very good friend and gifted her this quilt:

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She was so surprised and really seemed to love it. It’s so satisfying¬†to give a quilt¬†to someone who loves handmade things and values your time and effort. If you would like to read more about this quilt you can see my post here. I’m glad I took the above picture before I wrapped it up as the first pictures I took don’t show the colours as well.

Thanks for having a look.

Linking up with Amanda over at CMQ for Finish it up Friday.

 

 

 

Speedy Speedster

My daughter in the Big City is a very busy girl ! One of her many interests is being on the board of a charity that supports a woman’s art festival. Each October¬†this charity¬†puts on¬†a¬†fun night out fundraiser, complete with food, drink, entertainment and silent auction. Last year I donated this quilt to the silent auction. My daughter was home this past weekend for the Canadian Thanksgiving and I was able to finish this quilt in time for her to take back with her:

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The pattern is called Woven and is a new one by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. ¬†Her patterns are so well written; it was a pleasure to put together ! This baby sized quilt measures 35 1/2″ x 42 1/2″. I think it is a funny coincidence that the fabric collection used here is called Speedster and I was able to complete this quilt within a month of purchasing the pattern… pretty speedy for me !

With the exception of the white background fabric the prints are all scraps leftover from this disaster.

Here is a shot of the back:

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I hastily stomped around in the cold wind and snow taking these¬†pictures this past weekend¬†so they’re not the best ūüôā

I’m becoming a weather wimp !

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This last picture taken indoors shows the quilting a bit better than the others. Just some straight-line quilting following the prints. I was hoping to emphasize the woven effect.

Thanks for having a look.

I’ll be linking up with Nicky and Leanne for Scraptastic Tuesday.

and with Amanda for Finish it up Friday.

Fingers Crossed

Good news and bad news this week. The good news is that I had some sewing time this week … I’ll get to the bad news in a minute.

Ever since Anna shared the free pattern for her Tiny Treasures Basket and tray post on her blog I’ve been getting my ducks in a row to sew them up. Here they are !

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Anna’s examples are perfection – of course. Mine turned out o.k. but I’d like to think of this set as a practice run and make another set sometime. I made the larger basket first and then, brimming with confidence went ahead and made a mistake on the side seams for the smaller one. I cobbled together a new plan and it still turned out a usable basket. These are a nice size and a fun¬†project; I can really see myself using them around the house.

So, the bad news is – our harvesting efforts have been cut short – hopefully just for now and that we will, eventually, get this years crop in. Late Tuesday night we were combining when it started to rain and that rain turned into snow over night.

This is what we woke up to on Wednesday:

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and the snow continued…

the picture on the left is a lilac bush on Wednesday and the picture on the right is the same bush the next day. You can see how the weight of the wet snow is pulling the branches down. The snow will have the same effect with the crops in the field. Our area received a total of 11 inches of snow.

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Hopefully the weather will improve and the snow will melt and everything will dry up and we can scrape the crop up out of the field ! Fingers crossed !

Linking up with Amanda for Finish it up Friday.

 

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