Friday, May 18, 2018

Ongoing Projects

I have a few projects in process at the moment and work on whatever strikes my fancy when I have a bit of sewing time.   I took a scrappy appliqué class with Shannon Brinkley a couple of weeks ago and am in the process of quilting my wallhanging.  Here is a sneak peak.  I will do a more detailed post about the class and the quilt when it is done. I'm using orange thread for the quilting. 


I'm also working on an I Spy baby quilt...the top is pieced and it is waiting to be quilted.  I will do the quilting on my DSM.  My main machine is in getting serviced at the moment.  I hope to have it back next week.  It has a bigger throat and is easier to use for quilting than my older portable Janome.  I used Bonnie Hunter's Bricks and Stepping Stones pattern for this quilt.


I have managed to get some more stitches into my Fountain Glass Window (Frank Lloyd Wright) counted cross stitch project as well.  One night this week, my daughter and I stitched together over FaceTime.   I will try to get an up to date picture of her London Cityscape to add to this post later. 
Here's my picture...


I noticed my fothergilla bush is blooming this week...I love the delicate white flowers:


I will be linking up with Kathy and her gang of Slow Sunday Stitchers on Sunday.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Slow Stitching Friends and a Colour Change...

I was supposed to go to the Norfolk Quilt show last Saturday with my friend, Karen, but the same wind storm that knocked down my fences, also knocked out the power in Simcoe, so the show was postponed until Sunday.  Karen could not go on Sunday so my husband and I went to the show together.  I met up with not one, but two other Slow Sunday Stitchers:  Sandra from  Quilting at the Cro's Nest and Kathy, the fearless gang leader of the Slow Sunday Stitchers!  That's me in the middle.  Behind us is Sandra's amazing Down the Rabbit Hole quilt, which she has been showing most weeks for the last while on Kathy's link up.  It was fun to meet Sandra and see Kathy again.  Sandra gave us a full tour of the show and told us the back stories on several of the quilts. 


Here we are again with Sandra's Tula Pink sampler.  


My husband was quite interested in the quilts and used his ballot to pick his favourite one for the viewer's choice award--He picked another one of Sandra's quilts.  Make sure you enlarge the picture to see Sandra's longarm quilting--just breathtaking! (I voted for Down the Rabbit Hole, but wished I could have had two ballots to vote for this one too.)


While working on my Frank Lloyd Wright Fountain Art Glass cross stitch picture this week, I discovered that I had used the wrong colour in the dark parts shown below--it was supposed to be a lighter shade of grey.  Ugh.  Some un-stitching happened this week.  It is not easy to pick out counted cross stitch and I did not enjoy this part of the process.  I learned to double check my colours before starting to stitch...


Despite the time spent removing the dark stitches, I managed to make some progress this week.


Above, you can see both colours--when I took this picture, I still had to remove the part above my needle.


Here is what it looks like now.  The gold squares are looking a bit random at the moment but will look better when I fill in the parts around them.


My daughter also made progress on her London, England cityscape.  You can see the London Eye and the Tower Bridge now.  Yes, that is a little raincloud over the top of some of the buildings...


Our azaleas are in bloom this week!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Fountain Art Glass by FLW --a new project

I started my new counted cross stitch project this week. It doesn't look like much yet but it will get there.  I am so happy to be cross stitching again!


The entire picture is 6" by 17".  I started in the middle.  Hopefully, it will look more identifiable as I add more stitches.

We had some strong winds last night and this happened in our backyard:

First one side...

And then the other side...


It took three of us to get it taken down and tidied up.  Luckily, there was no damage to the bushes and plants in the gardens.


Our yard looks a little more expansive now!


My daughter has been busy working on her London skyline:


We were in London, England in 2010 and my favourite building was the Gherkin (the pickle shaped building on the right side of the picture.). The tall pointy building is called the Shard...it was being built when we were there in 2010.  It's fun to identify the buildings in the pictures she is working on.


I started another I Spy baby quilt this week too.  I will show more pictures when I get more sewing done.  I am using Bonnie Hunter's pattern for Bricks and Stepping Stones.

I will be linking up with Kathy and the other slow Sunday stitchers in the morning.  I am going to a quilt show in Simcoe, Ontario tomorrow afternoon and will be meeting one of the slow stitchers at the show for the first time!  I have been admiring her Down the Rabbit Hole quilt each with on the link up and am looking forward to meeting Sandra and seeing her quilt in person.  I will post pictures next week.  The show was supposed to be today but the wind storm knocked out the power to the building so the show was postponed to tomorrow.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

A New CCS Project!

When I finished my snowman counted cross stitch picture a few weeks ago, I decided that I would like to do another CCS project...I just needed to find the right pattern.   Earlier this week, I did a Google search for Frank Lloyd Wright CCS patterns and found several at Heartland House Designs.     I narrowed my choices down to three stained glass window projects--The Office Window at Oak Park (I have actually been on a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's house in Chicago and have seen the actual window!), Fountain Art Glass from the Susan Lawrence Dana House in Springfield, Illinois (I saw this house from the outside but it was not open for tours the day we were there.) and the Waterlilies Art Glass.


I will be doing the Fountain Art Glass picture first.  I went searching for my thread collection and checked to see if I had the colours I needed for the three patterns.  You would think that with a collection this size, I would have all the colours...but no.


I made a list of the floss colours that I needed to purchase...I had to check at three stores before I found a place that sold DMC floss.  I purchased all of the DMC colours I was missing:


I will put them onto the cardboard thread holders tomorrow and get started with my stitching.


Above are the colours that were already in my collection.

I'm excited to start a new project.  I find that CCS helps me to relax and slow down.  My life has been very hectic over the past several months and I really need some "me" time.

My daughter has finished her Detroit picture and has started her next city scape.


Next up...London, England!


My garden is getting more blooms everyday.  Lots of Daffodils this week:


The white and yellow ones are very tiny.


I will be linking up with Kathy and the other slow Sunday stitchers in the morning.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Baby Quilt DONE!


I finished off my I Spy baby quilt this week...it even has a label!  I have made several I spy quilts over the years and have never repeated a pattern...each one is unique.  I am quite pleased with the green sashing and binding on this quilt.  It will be given to a new baby girl in the family.  Our extended family has been very prolific lately so I still have two more baby quilts to make to get caught up!


Here is a close up of the quilting.  It should hold up well being washed over and over again.  I always tell the recipients of my baby quilts to just use them--I give washing and drying instructions.  I promise to make them another quilt if the first one wears out, but I have not had to make a second quilt for anyone yet!

I'm happy to report that winter is finally over and I have spring flowers blooming in my garden!


I think my backyard bunny took a bite out of one of these primroses...


The Columbine leaves are unfurling.


Bleeding heart leaves are such a pretty colour!



I have several primroses in my garden...such a nice bright spot of colour!


And here is my backyard bunny---often seen munching on the grass and the flowers...I wish she/he would stick to eating the grass!

I will be linking up to Amanda Jean's blog for Finish it Up Friday.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

I Spy Baby Quilt


You may remember seeing this quilt top a few weeks ago.  Life has been rather busy lately (more on that later in the post) so I did not have time to quilt this top until this week.  I do my pin basting on my kitchen floor.  It's a little hard on the knees, but it did not take too long to get all those pins in place.


I started by using a serpentine stitch to quilt the sashing.


My daughter had a wooden Thomas train set when she was little.  We had a canoe when I was a child and my Dad taught me how to paddle.


My Dad played the fiddle.  Sadly, he passed away last week after a long period of poor and declining health, which is why I have not been sewing or blogging very much lately.  At his funeral, we had a fiddler play the Ashokan Farewell--you may know this piece as the theme music for the PBS series by Ken Burns about the Civil War.  I spent a lot of time with my Dad and will miss him.


My husband and I took a day to ourselves today and went for a drive --we stopped at a quilting store where I picked up supplies for three upcoming workshops. We went out for lunch and poked through some little stores and went for a walk by Lake Erie.  I did some hand stitching on the binding in the car.  You can see that I added serpentine diagonal cross hatch quilting after quilting in the sashing.  The thread matches the green sashing and binding. I hope to do some more hand stitching on the binding tomorrow.

My Dad and I

I will be linking up with Kathy in the morning.  Take a look at the projects that all of the slow stitchers are working on...

Monday, April 9, 2018

Just One Block

I had a very long and stressful day today.  When I finally got home, I heated up some leftovers and ate dinner.  Then, I headed down to the sewing room.  I desperately needed some "me" time.   I saw a scrappy churn dash block on Amanda Jean's blog, Crazy Mom, a few weeks ago that I wanted to try.  Her block was a 9 1/2" square and I wanted to scale mine up to 12 1/2".  I got the graph paper out and after sketching it out, dug through my scraps and started sewing.  I was so focused that I forgot to take progress pictures!


I used a bright orange Kona for the HST's and a light grey print for my background fabric.  The Elgin Piecemakers Guild members will each be making one of these blocks for our comfort quilt project one month later this year. I'm sure everyone has a few bright scraps hanging around in their sewing rooms just waiting to be used in a block like this...