Monday, January 26, 2015

Elgin Piecemakers Heart Blocks

The Elgin Piecemakers met this past Thursday.  What a fun and supportive group!  This month, we each made a red and white heart block for this month's chemo quilt.  There always is lots of variety in our blocks.  The one block that does not have a heart on it is made from material that has hearts on it.  I can't wait to see this one done!

Meanwhile, Beth and I will be getting together soon to work on the house block quilt.  I received the last two house blocks at Thursday's meeting so we are ready to get this quilt top together!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Wool Applique project brought back to life...

About a year ago, I attended a wool applique workshop with Jill Buckley, aka The Quilt Rat.  Somehow, this project got put away into a plastic bin and disappeared into the dark hole that is my sewing room...never to appear again until this week.  I wanted to do another hand stitching project and remembered that this project was still not done.

I am just using my stash of embroidery floss for this project.

I still have a bit more to do on the middle part of the flower. I hope to finish this up tomorrow during Slow Sunday Stitching  time. 

I decided that I am going to do my own thing to finish this project off rather than follow the pattern that Jill gave us.   I have dug out some batik fabric for a border.  I will likely had quilt this one since all of the stiches have been done by hand so far. It will not be very big so it should not take too long to do the quilting.

The colours are a bit washed out in this picture.  I will try to get better pictures of this when the sun is out, which is not very often lately...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Down on the Farm

Life has been very busy for many reasons lately so I have not had much sewing or blogging time.  Finally, the stars aligned last night and Christine came over for some much needed machine time for both of us!

I worked on the farm quilt that I started a while ago.  This will be a baby gift.  I made the flying geese units on the weekend during a 2 hour window of free time on Saturday.  I added them to the quilt:

I found some more black and white fabric for the next border.

For the last border, I decided to sew random lengths of the fabrics used in the quilt together in a long strip and added a final border.

The quilt was all ready to show tonight at the Elgin Piecemakers Guild meeting.  I will have to find some backing fabric now and then I will be organically quilting it myself.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Catching up...

I had hoped to do a 2014 wrap up post...but that did not happen.

I had hoped to do a 2015 goals post, but life got in the way...

I have not done any sewing for at least 3 weeks, until tonight when Christine came over. First, I made a pillow case for the local "Inn out of the Cold" shelter for the homeless. The Elgin Piecemakers had their annual Christmas dinner last night and we were all to bring in a pillowcase--I had forgotten about it completely so I promised to make one and deliver it to Debbie by the end of the week.

At our regular January meeting, everyone is to bring a red and white heart block.  I did a free pieced string heart for my block.

I also dug out the farm quilt and sewed the little blocks onto the centre and added a second black and white border.  I have an idea for the next border...stay tuned. 

I have been working on catching up on our family Christmas Scrapbook. I have done a two page spread of pictures in this book for every Christmas since my husband and I got married 25 years ago. About 5 years ago, I quit doing the pages each year for some reason and recently was the brunt of some heckling from my daughter and her cousins about the book stopping in 2009...  Since Christmas, I have finished up the pages for 2010 and 2011...2012 is well underway and the pictures are printed for 2013.  I hope to get this project caught up within the next week or so. I vow to keep it up from now on and not get so far behind again!

Santa and friends were good to me again this year...that is a new cutting old one had seen better days--it was over 25 years old!  I used my new pincushion tonight!  I also received some gift certificates from my favourite quilt I will have to do some shopping.

Here is my (late) final stash report for 2014:

Fabric used since my last stash report: 11.6 yards
Total fabric used this year: 98.95 yards
Fabric added to the stash since my last report: 7.25 yards
Total fabric added this year: 80.15 yards
Net fabric used this year: 18.8 yards

Not bad---I ended up in the black. I want to know why it doesn't look like my piles of fabric have diminished!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Gifts of Christmas

I would like to introduce you to my "Peeps"...that's me (a quilter), my husband (a model railroader) and my daughter, who just finished her university degree in business. I have a friend who makes these little wooden figures and ordered "Peeps" for all my peeps for Christmas.  I sent her pictures of everyone in the family and she custom painted each figure.

Here are all 10 Peeps--my dad plays the violin, me, my daughter, my husband, my MIL who likes to garden, my SIL who likes to take pictures, Skye the dog, my BIL who likes to play baseball, my niece who likes to read and her sister who likes to sing. 

Everyone was very pleased with their "Peeps".  Thanks, Toni, for a job well done!

You may remember that I made quilts from my FIL's shirts last Christmas, our first Christmas without him. The quilts were for my husband and his sister, the three grandchildren and my MIL. This year, I made my BIL a pillow from the shirts.

I used organic quilting.


I found some perfect shirt fabric for the back of the pillow.

Here it is, all done.  My BIL was pleased with his pillow. It will have a place of honour in his office or in their family room.

As you know, my husband is a model railroader.  We were in a model railroad store before Christmas picking up a train engine that he had ordered and I happened to find this:


Doesn't every model railroad need a house with a quilt on the front porch????  They even had it in "N" scale, the gauge my husband models.

I made a feather pillow for my daughter for Christmas. The pattern, by Anna Maria Horner, is for a queen sized quilt, but I decided to just make a pillow to try out the pattern before committing to a big quilt. I used a Kaffe Fasset charm pack that was in my stash for the feathers.
I paper pieced the feathers so each one would be different.
Lots of straight line quilting...

The finished pillow!

If I was making a pillow from this pattern again, I think I would have less background material between the feathers...

I am happy that my homemade gifts were well received this year! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Starting a New Project

Since all my Christmas gifts are made, and as of last night, wrapped, I gave myself permission to start a new project when Christine came over to sew tonight.  I had pulled these fabrics out of my stash a couple of weeks ago for a baby quilt. Once again, I am not using a pattern for this project...I am just making it up as I go along.

The baby will live on a farm so this fabric will be perfect for a baby farm-girl or a baby farm-boy.

My husband bought me a fat quarter bundle last year for Christmas and this is the perfect project for it.  I added the solids from my stash.

I do not intend for this quilt to be for the baby's bed...I hope that it will be used as a playtime quilt.

 It could even be used for a  game of "I Spy..." with all of the different fabrics.

I have an idea for the next border, and the border after that... 

Stay tuned...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Snowmen Runner DONE!

I finally got around to finishing off my snowmen runner this week!  We had some company all weekend so there was no sewing happening around here until everyone went home.  I finished the big stitch quilting using pearl cotton threads and added 6 different snowflake buttons--I had those in my stash...

I then added a stripey homespun binding  and hand stitched it down.

These happy faces make me smile!

I shared my runner at show and tell at our guild meeting tonight. Many of the guild members read my blog and several came up to me at the end of the meeting to say that they did not realize this runner was so small.  It measures 9" by 27".  The original pattern/kit did not include a border but I thought it needed a border and I just happened to have some appropriate homespun border fabric in my stash... ;-)

I have the perfect spot to put this runner. I just have to do some cleaning up first...