I decided to try something new and join a quiltalong with the Fat Quarter Shop. There was an opportunity to sew a Lady of the Lake block from a pattern that is part of their Classic and Vintage Quilt Along. I love classic and vintage quilts - how could I resist?
Other bloggers are previewing this pattern and I'm looking forward to seeing what they have made with it. The links are on the FQS blog here.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Summer is my favorite season and it always goes by way too fast! I've been busy with my kids but a few stitches have been taken as well.
I took some time away from more current projects to sew up another Tree of Life block. These are so fun to plan and stitch.
I also keep working on blocks for my son's quilt. Hand quilting my Bird of Paradise quilt is nearing completion. And I started appliqué block #5 for Radical Rose and Reel. Lots of projects keeps things exciting around here :0)
Monday, June 19, 2017
We went camping this past weekend at the same place as always. Shunda Lake is always so peaceful and beautiful. This stump from my header changes a bit every year. I did not get a lot of stitching time there this year as we did more hiking and kayaking but I did manage to take a few stitches in this Wandering Foot block.
It was fun to share this experience with my son who recently turned 13. For his birthday I made him this small zippered bag for carrying his book when he goes biking. He used to borrow an old one of mine so now he has his own.
This next project is part of a guild challenge. Every 2 months a theme is pulled out of a bag full of ideas and we're supposed to make a block or border or quilt element to go with the theme. The first theme pulled out of the bag was "Iconic". I was stumped! What came up on my internet search for Iconic were movie stars and political figures that really didn't inspire me. I had already decided I was going to use a dark background and had purchased this navy dotted fabric so I was determined to come up with something.
My DD#1 saved the day by suggesting using an Iconic book for my idea. (she is such a bookworm :0) I immediately thought of the classic "To Kill a Mockingbird" - it is a great book. So here is my mockingbird perched in what is supposed to look like a pecan branch. (I have never seen a pecan tree or a mockingbird so I took liberties and the flowers are there for color) The bird's eye remains to be embroidered...
We just watched the movie a week ago - which is in black and white so this color picture on the cover of the book seems odd.
The next guild theme pulled was "where you live". That one was easy. I live in the province of Alberta and all of our car licence plates read "Wild Rose Country" As the wild roses were/are in bloom it was easy to come up with a rose wreath for my second block.
The next theme pulled was "Adventure". After a little thought I settled on the Wandering Foot block from the first photo of this post. It's not finished yet so I'll post it again later. The guild challenge is only going to go for 5 themes. I have already decided to make at least 12 blocks so I will be making some extras along the way.
And, finally I have to post a picture of my amazing and sweet DD#1 who graduated from High school this year. I am tremendously proud of her. She looked so beautiful in her royal blue dress.
Monday, June 12, 2017
A blog post is long overdue. Its been a tremendously busy few weeks since I last posted. I did take time out to go to the annual outdoor quilt show at Heritage Park. It was such a gorgeous day! Sadly I did not have a quilt to put in this year - can you believe I didn't finish a single quilt in the last year!? The park featured several of their antique quilts in an indoor exhibit - what can I say - they were my favorites.
They were hung in front of windows and not flat either but I was happy to see them on display. This was a fabulous 4 block applique quilt. I just love this block!
I had to laugh at this tag - what a name for a quilt. I never have nightmares about applique :0)
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
I finally finished this large top. I've been calling it Summertime. I was happy that my plan to sew the zigzag sashing using partial seams worked well and I didn't have to set in any seams at all.
Monday, May 1, 2017
I have been enjoying some other blogger's posts of May baskets and it got me thinking about this appliqued basket block that I've never done anything with. Finished in Sept 2009 - I think it needs some attention but I really don't know what to do with it.
I have started another new project. My son is next in line for a new bed quilt. I was chatting with him a couple of weeks ago and he reminded me that I should make him one. He's turning 13 soon and I figure if he actually brought it up he probably really wants one.
Happy May Day! and Happy Quilting!
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Finally I got started with the applique border for my signature quilt. Designing my own applique seems to take forever. Happily there is no rush :0) It's only been 7+ years since the signatures were signed...