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.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Twelve years ago I made the blocks for this quilt, the pattern came from a 2004 Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. The name of the pattern was "Winter Garden" by Nancy Rink. It was supposed to have multiple pieced borders but I decided on a single plain border. The pieces sat there until three years ago, then I assembled them into a top. When my sister, Linda H came to visit, we looked at the top and discovered I had made a mistake when I sewed the sashing between the blocks. Linda used a seam ripper and picked out the mistakes for me. The unassembled top sat there for another two years until I got around to correcting the mistake. I layered and pin basted it, then got most of the quilting done, the project sat for several months. Last week I got the thing out and finished the rest of the quilting, the binding was attached yesterday. Like I've said before, I think I must be the slowest quilter in the world. :) I'm going to donate this one to the guild for the comfort quilt stockpile.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Formerly known as "Quilt Top #19" is now a completed quilt. This one is for our friend, Jorg who lives in the Yukon. We will give it to him when we are on vacation this summer. I used an assortment of plaids for the back, it still needs a label.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
I made this butterfly when I was a kid in school. I tried painting different times in my life and never did get good at it. The butterfly was made of Masonite, The teacher cut it out with a saw following my drawn lines. I "beautifully" decorated it and put a stern warning on the back so nobody would run off with it. :)
Thursday, April 6, 2017
When I was twelve, I got a beading loom and made all kinds of things with it. I made several beaded headbands, after all, it was the early Seventies. :) I can't believe the price on the package of beading needles- ten cents! You can't buy anything for ten cents anymore.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
I pin basted Quilt Top #19 yesterday, today I'm starting to quilt it. I couldn't figure out what quilting design to use, in the ditch, diagonal straight lines, no idea was coming to me. Finally, I looked up some quilting videos on You Tube. WhirlsN'Swirls Quilting has hundreds of designs. Tracey Russell from APQS Ontario has generously shared her videos, I highly recommend them. I decided on all-over quilting instead of outlining the shapes of the quilt blocks. In the photo are scissors that I inherited from Mom.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Here are two more items from the Rubbermaid bin of items that Mom saved when I was a kid. Old Maid game- I played that for hours with my friends. A fifty-year-old handkerchief. Times were a lot simpler and way less wasteful back then.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I came to the conclusion that the quilt top was a bit too small. I added another border to it, now it'll be better size for a single bed. This picture also gives a nice view of my ugly living room carpet, haha!
Monday, March 20, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
I just sewed the borders on this quilt top, of course, Igor the cat has to inspect every project. When it's finished, I'm going to give it to a friend in the Yukon, who has no running water or plumbing. I made it with dark colours in case he doesn't get to the laundromat very often. :)
Thursday, March 16, 2017
When I was twelve, I made Barbie clothes and sold them in a store. I knitted sweaters, crocheted hats and sewed pants and skirts. I attached each outfit to card stock, then wrapped it in plastic wrap. Every package sold and I became "rich", I think the maximum I charged was $3.00 per set. :) I never told my friends at school what I did because I was embarrassed, they might think I still played with dolls, haha! This was the pattern book I used for the knitted sweaters and dresses.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
This 47-year-old tatting shuttle came out of the "time capsule" that Mom saved for me. I tried many times to learn to tat, but never could figure it out. Mom had a "Learn How" book that gave instructions for crochet, knitting, embroidery and tatting. I studied that book and tried numerous times but decided to give up on tatting. I was surprised to find the shuttle in the Rubbermaid bin.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017
I was sorting through some Rubbermaid bins and came across one that had items that Mom saved when I was a kid. I designed and made this crocheted purse when I was about 10. It has a sewn in lining with a concealed cardboard circle base to give it shape. Next week I'll show some of the other artifacts from the time capsule. :)
Thursday, February 23, 2017
I found a better picture of the hand appliqued "Hearts" baby quilt that I made in 1995. Of course, there are hands holding up the quilt like many of my old photos. :) Nowadays, I have a photography backdrop frame that I hang quilts on with curtain clips.