Monday, November 20, 2017
I volunteered to quilt one of the guild's comfort quilts. The pattern and fabrics were so busy, I didn't know what to do at first. I decided on this design that was in the book "Step By Step Free Motion Quilting" by Christina Camelli. It won't be too long until it's done, then I'll hand it over to someone else to sew the binding on.
Monday, November 6, 2017
I started sewing rows of blocks together on "Scrappy Chains", the pattern was from a Fons and Porter magazine. It was a nice sunny day, so I thought I'd take the photo outside. Igor the Quilt Inspector ordered me to stop sewing for a bit.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
I made this quilted baby jacket in 1987 just before my daughter, Lindsay was born. The pattern came from a library book, I don't remember the title or author. The jacket has embroidery and is hand quilted on satin. It was supposed to fit a three to six-month-old baby, but it was too small for Lindsay at three months, so it never was worn. I think it would be a better fit for a doll.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
A few days ago the zipper gave out on my winter jacket. I find it annoying how they put such flimsy zippers in clothing that is supposed to be good quality. Yes, that is you, LLBean- start putting better zippers in your outerwear! I wore my old jacket until I could figure out where to get a replacement zipper, the closest fabric store is a three-hour drive from here. Tonight I dug around in my zipper stash and found a royal blue one that was just about the right length. It was a terrible job trying to pick out the old zipper, it was sealed in with a glue-like substance as well as stitched. Finally, I removed it and proceeded to attach the replacement zipper. It's not exactly the right colour to go with the jacket, but it will do. If anybody wants me to put a zipper in their jacket, that answer is NO, I'm a quilter. :)
Friday, October 13, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
I finished this Crazy Quilt last night. I went a little overboard with doodle quilting and kept adding more and more. The quilting along the border looks a little bizarre, oh well. There are all kinds of odds and ends in this one- orphan quilt blocks, leftovers from other quilts and lots of scraps.
Monday, October 2, 2017
On Sunday I made several more Scrappy Chains blocks. I think I'm about half done, 143 blocks are needed for the quilt. We had a good time, eating and talking with a little bit of sewing. :)
Saturday, September 30, 2017
For most of the day I was free motion quilting, then switched to piecing Scrappy Chains blocks. I started these blocks when we had the last retreat, then put them away until now.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Linda H completed "String Stars" recently, it was a well aged UFO that sat in the pile for seventeen years. Worth the wait, it turned out to be a beautiful quilt! I like how the black background makes the colours pop and the backing fabric is pretty.
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.