Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Progress on some projects

What glorious fall weather we have been having!  I have been going for a walk for an hour most days and the colours are gorgeous!

I am soaking in as much of this as I can because we all know that cold weather and snow are coming!  

I love how the sun was shining on these trees as we walked through the woods. 

This one was taken on yesterday's walk. 

Meanwhile, in the sewing room, I have been working on some more snowman pillows...

I tried to make each one unique.

This one needed a bow tie, instead of a scarf.

Someone asked if I was using a pattern for my pillows.  I am making them up as I go along...I made a whole bunch of string snowball blocks in different sizes and I am building the snowmen and adding embellishments to personalize them.

These blocks are for comfort quilts.

I needed a hostess gift and found this 5 year old UFO in my sewing room, just waiting to be finished and gifted.  

Everything was cut out...
The background fabric is Essex linen.

I fused the pumpkins and leaves to the background...

And then used matching thread to button hole stitch them to the background fabric.  

I will be quilting this today and doing the binding. 

I am going out for lunch with a friend and then I will be delivering these to the venue for the London Friendship Quilters' Guild show in London.

Here are the details in case you want to come to the show!  I will be volunteering in the tea room at some point.

I hope to have a finished runner to show you soon!  

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pillows...Fall and Winter

I made these pumpkins and made them into a pillow top a couple of weeks ago.  This week, I finally had time to finish the pillow off.  

I quilted it organically with orange thread.

I think Orange is my favourite colour!!!

I put the finished pillow on my new live edge bench in our front hall.  

Last night and today, I made a snowman pillow.  I used my neutral scraps to make the snowballs.  This pillow is quilted organically with light gray thread.

The scarf is a piece of grosgrain ribbon that I had in my ribbon stash.  I added the fringe using the blanket stitch on my sewing machine.  The nose is a piece of wool, machine appliqu├ęd with a blanket stitch.  

The eyes are two little beads and I found some red star buttons for the body. 

I embroidered little x's for the mouth.  He is a happy snowman!

Here are both of my pillows.  I don't think I will display both at the same time!  

Thursday, October 6, 2016

More Owls

As usual, Christine and I sewed together last week...this time it was at her house and we had a supervisor.  This is Daisy.  She kept a close eye on us as we sewed!

We both made our second owl blocks.  These went together a little faster than the first ones.  

The red one is mine and Christine's is pink.  

We had lunch outside on the deck.  Tomato tortellini soup and strawberries for dessert.  Yummy!  Christine gave me the recipe so I could make it at home. 

We got together again this week and I helped Christine finish off her civil war broken dishes blocks for the Fun with Barb swap.  They all went in the mail yesterday.  We can't wait to get our packages back from Barb with all of the swap blocks!  

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Pumpkin Pillows and Some Slow Stitching

I have been working on some Fall pillows this week.  I have made two pillows so far and have a third one underway. I used some of my orange scraps to string piece the pumpkins. Alas, I still have lots of orange scraps left...

These pillows have removable covers with zippers on the back.  I plan on making different covers to use in the winter and other seasons as well. 

The zipper is hidden under a flap.  There is a tutorial at this blog about how to do this on your next pillow project.

Tomorrow is Slow Sunday Stitching day over at Kathy's blog.  I will be linking up with all the other hand stitchers as I will be working on adding hanging sleeves to four quilts for the London Friendship Quilters Guild Quilt show in 3 weeks.  The other two quilts that I have entered into the show already have their sleeves on.  I recycle my sleeves so earlier this week, I had to search around to find the quilts that were in the last quilt show so that I could remove the sleeves.  I think this is at least the 4th or 5th time I have used them.  I want to get these done in plenty of time so there is no pressure in the days leading up to the show.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Field Trip Recommendation: Circular Abstractions at the Muskegon Museum of Art

My husband and went on a short get-away to the Grand Rapids area in Michigan early in September. While driving along the highway one day, we noticed a billboard advertising a quilt show at the Muskegon Museum of Art.  I got out my phone and Googled it to find out more information.  I excitedly told my husband about the show and he said that we should go see it on the last day of our vacation. This card shows the information about the show:


It was a cool and rainy Saturday when we arrived at the Museum of Art.  We found a parking spot very close to the entrance of the museum and headed down the stairs to the gift shop to purchase our tickets.  The lady behind the counter told us that it was "Super Saturday" and admission to the museum was free!  Once a month, they have a free entrance day to encourage people to come in and see the art. It was our lucky day! 

As we entered the hall where the quilts were displayed, my jaw dropped to the floor!  We took our time walking around to see all of the quilts, first taking a long view and then getting up close and personal with each quilt to examine the piecing and quilting in each quilt as well as reading the artists' statements. 

Each of the 51 quilts on display were about 80" by 80" and all were based on 4 bull's eyes, reminiscent of the New York Beauty pattern.  Forty-one artists from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA took several months to make the quilts. The quilts were curated by Nancy Crow.

 The colours were bright and bold.  It was fun and interesting to see how each quilt artist interpreted the theme. Some of the quilts were displayed on the wall and others were suspended from the ceiling so that we could see the back of the quilt as well as the front.

We actually went around the room twice, making sure that we had taken a good look at every quilt.

While we were looking at the quilts, a mom with three young children came in to see the exhibit. "Look at all the beautiful blankets!", she exclaimed.  I smiled to myself when she said this...  She then asked each of her children to pick their favourite "blanket"--the one they would want on their bed at home.  They toured the room, somewhat more quickly than my husband and I were, exclaiming their delight and discussing the reasons why they liked each "blanket".  The youngest, a boy about 5 years old, picked his favourite out fairly fast.  He liked the red one on the white background with the black centre in the picture above.  He told his mom he liked it the best because "It just sucks you in, Mom!"   I had to agree with him!  It actually reminded me of a geode...

The exhibit is on display until November 6th, 2016 at the Muskegon Museum of Art. I recommend that you run, not walk, to go and see these quilts!  I think they will "suck you in" too.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Whooooo saw an Owl? or Two!

Christine and I got together to sew one evening last week.  We each made an owl block for our Fancy Forest quilts.  The eyes were a bit labour intensive in both the cutting of the pieces and sewing them together.

I felt like I was being watched!!

By the end of the evening, I had my owl together, although, he did have a bit of a problem with his beak...

I unstitched and re-sewed that seam,  and he looks much better now.

We each have one owl and two fireflies to go!

I noticed after I took this picture that Christine forgot to bring her owl home at the end of the evening! 

My next own will be red and white. It is all cut out and ready to go.   Christine and I are getting together again this week to sew our owls and maybe another project as well.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Broken Dishes Swap

After reading about Kathy participating in a Bow tie block swap last year, I decided to jump in and join this year's swap at Fun with Barb.  Barb actually is running two swaps--both with 4" finished broken dishes blocks.  I joined up for the modern swap using solids (red and another colour of my choosing) and Christine signed up for the Civil War swap.  Barb was hoping that 40 people would sign up for each swap but only 30 signed up for the Modern swap. (I think 40 signed up for the civil war swap.)  The instructions soon arrived by e-mail.  I needed to make 60 blocks--30 in each of two colours with the constant red.  (Christine needs to make 80 blocks--in a way, I am happy I only needed to make 60!)

For my first set of 30 blocks, I decided to pair orange with the red.  I used my Go cutter to cut out all of the triangles...

A lot of sewing ensued followed by pressing and then more sewing.

I had some tension issues with my sewing machine so I switched to my older machine and took the newer one in for a check up at the sewing machine doctor...

I thought I had done enough sewing but, after counting, discovered I only had 28 1/2 blocks! Just 2 1/2 blocks to go.

More sewing, more pressing, more sewing again... This morning I finished off the blue and red blocks.  I am all done!

Christine and I will be mailing our blocks together so I will put mine in a bag, ready to go, and wait for her to get her civil war blocks made.

Yesterday, my husband and I went to the apple farm to get some pumpkins and apples. I just love the colours of  this season!