Tuesday, September 19, 2017
"Quilt Top #2" is now a completed quilt, which I named "Granny Squares". I quilted it with a simple diagonal grid, using Sew Fine thread. A large piece of Thimbleberries fabric that was in my stash became the backing. It wasn't the nicest colour and print, so it was good to "get rid" of it. :) Lots of fabric was left when my quilt shop closed several years ago, I've been trying to use up the stock ever since.
Friday, September 15, 2017
I pin basted Quilt Top #20 to get it ready for quilting at our next retreat. I have no idea what quilting design to use, I've looked through all my books for ideas. Hopefully, inspiration will strike soon!
Thursday, September 7, 2017
I've been working on "Quilt Top #2", I posted a picture of it on January 14, 2016. The top was made a few years before that. For the past few weeks, I've been quilting a bit at a time, it'll eventually get finished.
Monday, August 28, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
When Linda H and Audrey were here in June, we started working on these blocks. I've got my quilt top assembled, Audrey is still working on hers and Linda has put her blocks away for now. I got the idea from a picture of a quilt that I saw somewhere on the internet, I don't know who to give credit for the design. What kind of quilting should I do on this one? I'll have to figure it out before our next quilting retreat at the end of September.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Linda H made this quilt, "Pansy Garden" in 2016 but the binding wasn't completed until this year. Linda said that she had one metre of the red pansy fabric and every bit of it was used in the centre of each Anvil block.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
This quilt was at the cabin for a few years, I brought it home this summer to trade it with a different one. The pattern is "Woodland Clover" from the book "More Nickel Quilts" by Pat Speth. I made the quilt in 2006. It's interesting to see the difference in my quilting from then to now, I used lots of stippling and meandering back then, I'm a little more adventurous now. I'll have to fold the quilt a different way next time, I see it has a fold line in the middle.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
I started this Corner to Corner crocheted afghan last summer when I was on vacation and recently finished it. The colour combination doesn't look that great, I was using up leftover yarn. On the plus side, the afghan is extremely comfy to cover up with. It doesn't have big open spaces like other crocheted patterns, it's nice and thick. It may not be a beauty but will get constantly used.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Linda H just completed this masterpiece, "Under The Sea" as a gift for her son-in-law. Linda designed the layout of the quilt and most of the fish blocks, only a few were from patterns. It took a great deal of figuring to get everything to fit together, Linda would lie awake at night, planning on what to do next. At one point, I had to mail a piece of the light blue background fabric to Linda because she was running out, I happened to have some in my stash. Linda finished the quilt in time to give it to Gavin and Sarah when they came to visit, it was received with great delight.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
I just finished knitting the second sock, the first one was made last July. It was a learning and ripping experience, I had never made socks before. I should have started each sock with the same section of the self-striping yarn, oh well. It's a blistering heat wave here and I'm wearing them because it's so exciting to have them done, haha!
Saturday, July 29, 2017
This cross stitched item was displayed in the MacBride Museum in Whitehorse, Yukon. I stood there and gawked at it for the longest time, amazed by the excellent workmanship. It was stitched in 1992 by many different people, then was assembled by a needlecraft guild. It was hanging on the wall, I thought it should have been under glass to protect it from being handled.
Friday, July 28, 2017
Saturday, June 17, 2017
I'm getting ready to go to my summer cabin in the Yukon. Here are some of the things I'm planning to do: reading, appliqueing the never ending flower quilt blocks, crocheting a dishcloth or two, and finishing an incredibly ugly Corner to Corner afghan. I was using leftover yarn, it didn't turn out like I thought it would. It might end up being a car blanket. I made a sock last summer, I'll make the other one this year.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
Linda H, Audrey and I were all making "Dappled" quilts. Linda has finished hers and has given it away as a donation quilt. Audrey and I are still working on ours. I'll post pictures when they are done.
Friday, June 2, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Linda H and Audrey are here visiting for a few days, we are having a great time eating, sewing and digging through fabric bins. Audrey showed us how to make these reversible microwave hot bowl holders. They can stay on the bowl while heating, then no fingers will get burned when the hot food is taken out.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
This is a comfort quilt I'm working on, it still needs a border. We need some quilts for boys and men in our guild's comfort quilt stockpile, we have quite a few for ladies and girls. I tried to think of something that wouldn't take too long to make, so I came up with this idea. I dug through my stash of novelty fabrics and used a different one for each block. After this one is finished, I'll find some fabric for a man's quilt.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Linda H made this quilt top a few months ago. One of the ladies in her quilting group loved it and kept commenting about it. Linda had an idea for a trade- the quilt top for hand binding on two queen size quilts. The woman agreed and is now the happy owner of the top. Linda had the queen size quilts at the binding stage for ages, but her hands get sore doing the stitching, so she kept putting it off. Coming soon- pictures of Linda's completed quilts. :)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
I just finished this four-year-old Little Twister table mat. The top was lost in a pile of sewing stuff. I searched for days before finally locating it, then I layered and pin basted the thing. It disappeared in my sewing room for awhile. After digging through a stack of fabric, I found it, then got the quilting and binding completed. Being organized is not one of my strong points, I could get a lot more done if items were stored properly.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
My daughter, Lindsay was sorting and purging boxes of her old stuff. She came across this artwork that I made when I was a kid in school. It was made from solid plaster with the shape carved out, then painted. Imagine that- a cat with round eyes and square teeth. :) It now has a home in my china cabinet.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
I made this batik quilt for my daughter, Lindsay and her partner, Nelson in 2009. She said the fabric in some of the blocks deteriorated. I asked her to bring the quilt and we could take a look at it to see what could be done to fix it. It looked like a certain dark purple fabric was rotten and was full of big holes. We cut that fabric away from the quilt in six areas. I made some new squares and fused them on with Heat N Bond. I free motion stitched around the edges and quilted a flower in the middle so the patches would stay on. I had a piece of black fabric one time that was rotten and it had to be removed from an assembled quilt top. Certain dyes can be caustic and they make the fabric break down over time. Too bad it's found out after a quilt is completed. :( With the repair, this quilt can be put back into use.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
My daughter, Lindsay and her partner, Nelson are visiting, they want to take back one of her old quilts that I had in storage. I hung it outside for several hours to air it out. I made this one in 2002 as a challenge for myself to make a quilt entirely in greens and purples.