Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Christmas Bow block

I have been making blocks for Lorna's "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along.  Every two weeks, another pattern comes out.  By Christmas, I hope to have a completed sampler quilt ready to snuggle up under on the couch in my living room.

Tonight, I made the bow block.  It had far more pieces than the first two blocks!  

Here is the completed block.  It took quite a while to make this block! 

I will be putting sashing between the blocks in the finished quilt.  Here are the three blocks I have made so far. 

I have another pincushion to add to my collection...this one was a birthday gift from my friend, Pat.

Isn't it cute???  I have a shelf in my sewing room where my pincushions are displayed and this one has joined the others on that shelf.  Someday, I will do a post about my collection! 

Bye for now.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

This week, I finally got around to quilting the I Spy quilt that Christine and I put together for a Syrian refugee child who should be arriving in Canada shortly with his family.  I pin basted it on my kitchen floor.

We both have lots of I Spy fabrics in our stashes! 

I quilted it with a wavy line cross hatch with green thread.

I only had one oops in the quilting process when the edge of the backing got caught up in the quilting.

This was easily fixed.  Christine will be doing the binding on this quilt. 

I have decided to make two EPP plus signs each week will take a while to get enough to make something, but slow and steady wins the race!  Here are last week's plus signs.

I love the bicycle fabric!  I have some more fabrics picked out for today's slow stitching.  

I brought home a comfort quilt from the London Friendship Quilter's guild meeting this week just needs the binding added.  I like to do binding in the car or when I am watching tv.  I will post a picture when the binding is done.  

I will be linking up to Kathy's blog with the other Slow Stitchers. 

Happy stitching!  

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sewing Day with Friends

My birthday was this past week so I decided to invite a few friends over today to sew.  I have not hosted a sewing day at my house in many months so this was a great way to celebrate.  We had a great time drinking tea and coffee, chatting and working on our projects. 

Christine discovered that her cat had sent a little gift to keep us entertained...

Christine worked on some elephant blocks for her Elephants on Parade quilt.

She only has two more to make!

Christine also made and machine sewed the binging on a quilt that we made together for a refugee child. 

Jacqui worked on her grand-daughter's flower garden quilt.

This quilt was designed at Jacqui's request by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts. 

Pat was given a kit to make a snowman wall hanging by her sister so she brought it along and spent her time tracing the shapes onto freezer paper.  

Carol brought a suitcase full of UFO's and managed to finish off a few projects that had been lingering in her sewing room.  

She made a slab for the Canadian Quilt bee first to get warmed up.  

Next, she quilted a pillow cover and put the backing on it.  The fabrics in the pillow are leftovers from a quilt she made for a friend from his Hawaiian shirt collection. I did a demo for her and Christine about how to put a zipper in the backing of a pillow.  Carol also brought along a quilt top she made at the Beaver Island Quilt retreat a few years ago and we all came up with some ideas for quilting it.  She left inspired to get it quilted and bound! 

I worked on the purple four patches for Bonnie Hunter's En Provence mystery quilt.  I have done the neutral four patches and now, about  half of the purple ones.  

I don't have a lot of variety in my purple stash...

I made turkey vegetable soup and rhubarb crisp for lunch.  

At the end of the day, I made another pincushion with leftovers from a yellow one I made earlier this week. 

These pincushions are a great way to try out new quilting designs,  I used matchstick quilting on this one. 

The yellow one was from one of the patterns I won from Crazy Mom Quilts. 

Jacqui gave me this nifty organizer for my small rulers.  She bought it at the office supply store.  Isn't it cute???

I need to organize another sewing day sometime soon!  

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Elgin Piecemakers Sewing Day

Several members of the guild got together today at a local church to sew for the day.  A couple of weeks ago, I left a comment at Crazy Mom Quilts to enter a giveaway for some pincushion patterns.  To my surprise, my name was picked and she sent me the patterns by e-mail!  I decided to spend my day playing with my solid scraps and make some pincushions!  

I started with the paper pieced pineapple block.  It is 4 1/2" square--25 pieces.  

The block looks red and blue here but the red is actually orange. 

I quilted it using a grid with turquoise thread. 

Here is the finished pincushion, in use already! 

Next, I made some paper pieced flying geese.

I chose the colours from some camera fabric. 

My pincushions are filled with walnut shells, which are supposed to help keep my pins sharp. I quilted this one with straight lines. 

Next, I made a pincushion with some free pieced triangles. 

I had to dig through my scrap bag to find 16 different colours for the triangles. 

I quilted his one with organic wavy lines.  

Here is my collection of pincushions that I made today:

These are addictive so you will likely see more of them in future posts.  Thanks, Crazy Mom, for the patterns!  

For slow Sunday Stitching this week, I will be making more plus signs.  Here are the ones I have made so far...

I have picked out some more black and white fabrics for tomorrow's stitching.  I will be linking up to Kathy's  blog in the morning.  

Friday, February 3, 2017

More slabs...

This morning, I saw a video on the CBC website about the Great Canadian Quilting Bee.  I thought you might like to see it

I made four more slab blocks this week for this project.

I will be donating four through the London Modern quilt guild and four through the London Friendship Quilter's guild.

Each block has a bit of Canada 150 fabric in it.

Here are all eight of my slab blocks...

Tomorrow, I am going to a sewing day with the Elgin Piecemakers guild.  I need to gather up my supplies so I will be ready to sew all day!  

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mittens Block

I made my second block for my Have a Jolly Little Christmas quilt, designed by Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts.  This week's block features a pair of mittens...with Santas on them!

Lorna is publishing a block pattern every two weeks, with a total of 15 blocks.  So far, I am keeping up!  

The next block looks a little more complicated...

Monday, January 30, 2017

Slab blocks for the Canadian Quilt Bee

I belong to two quilt guild, both of which are participating in the Canadian Quilt Bee to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday this year. We were given some pieces of Canada 150 fabric to use in each of our slabs.  The Canadian Quilter's Association is hoping to gather enough blocks by their annual quilt show in Toronto to make 1000 quilts for Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada.  

Tonight, I made 4 slabs  in red, brown, yellow and blue.  I dug into my scrap bins to make my slabs.  I used up lots of scraps but there is no difference in the amount of fabric in the bins...the lids would hardly go back on after I fluffed up the scraps.

I have some more Canada 150 fabric and hope to make some more blocks soon for this worthwhile project.  Heaven knows, I have lots of scraps!

I am linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts where you can see slabs that others have been making.