Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hand Quilting

I'm hand quilting the borders of my Petals Galore wall hanging and am quite pleased with the way it is going.

I'm one of those persons who has to actually see the design drawn out and no amount of measuring the stencil will do it for me.  So, the design has been drawn on paper and pinned in place to see how it will look and see what adjustments need to be done to make the design fit.  Once the design fits, the marking began and hand quilting commenced.

The hand quilting looks ok but it doesn't match up to the close quilting in the center and it would be wonky looking hanging on the wall because of the loosely quilted borders. 
How about some circles?  Yep, those work perfectly and takes care of the extra fabric that is loose.  The circles also match up to the circles in the big leaves.  Perfect!
The overall look is good and I'm quite happy with it now.
My arms and hands are giving me some grief, so a few days off will help and then I can get at it again.

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Snow tumbling

Not me ..... the quilt!  I was very careful going up and down these stairs in our backyard to take this photo.  I've been waiting for snow to do this and finally this morning we woke up to a couple inches of snow on the ground.  Yep, love this photo!  You should have seen me in my pjs, housecoat and snow boots outside taking this photo earlier this morning.  If the neighbours saw me, what in the world were they thinking?!  LOL
Back inside, snow still clung onto my quilt and it had to go into the dryer for a few minutes to dry it up.  The snow was wet and very clingy.

Hanging on our dining room wall, you can get a better idea of what it looks like.  Love, love, love this quilt.  This was a Bonnie Hunter leader/ender project from 2015.  It started out as such, but then I loved working on it and kept at it until it was done.
Stripes in the border and again as binding.   In case you haven't noticed, I do have a thing for stripes in my quilts!
Bonnie Hunter Leader/Ender project - started July 8, 2015
Top finished - November 5, 2015
Top size - 86-1/2" x 90-3/4"
Finished quilt size - 84-3/4" x 88-1/2" (after quilting and washing)
Machine quilted by Tella in Toronto.  Again, thank you, my dear!

A dear friend (thank you Jeanne) loaned me her Dresden Plates template and that is what I used for cutting out my tumblers.   My fabric strips were cut 3-1/2" x WOF.  A lot of FQ's were used.  All of these fabrics came from my stash.   I have since bought a template because I can see myself making another one in scrappy fabrics and probably one in blues and one in Civil War and ......  That is how much I loved making this quilt.

So, that is one Xmasy quilt hanging up.  Slowly, the autumn decor will come down and Xmas decor will make their way around our home.  There is no hurry .... is is barely mid-November after all.

Have a great day! 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Center done

Well ..... I plugged away at hand quilting on this wall hanging and finally, the center is done.  Now all I have to do is mark up the borders and start the hand quilting on them.  To get this far feels very good.
It looks like winter has arrived.  We are getting snow today and the temperature is supposed to dip to -17C overnight.  Without the wind chill, so it will be colder than that.  Brrrr .....

Have a great day!

Friday, November 3, 2017

A stash quilt

Our night guild (Northern Lights Quilter's Guild) has a challenge this year (quilt to be finished by July 2018) to make a scrap quilt using only our stash.  Well, that will not be hard to do!

So, I dug into my stash of 2-1/2" squares and before I knew it, this came to be very quickly.
This is a free pattern from Pat Sloan called "Traffic Jam".

So, my finished tops has just been increased.  LOL LOL LOL

Have a super great day!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Another quilt done

I've been remiss in showing some of my newest quilts.  Here is my 'A Garden of Kites'.
Details of this quilt:
Quilt size:  92-3/4" x 99" (top size:  94-1/2" x 102")
Started in November 2014
Top finished:  December 2015
Quilt finished August 2017.  It sat on a shelf for a while ....
Machine quilted by Tella in Scarborough, Ontario.  Thank you, Tella for doing a wonderful job!

Here is a closer look at the fabrics used.  When Debra came up in July with my finished quilts, Debra's chi-chi "Teddy" plopped himself onto the quilt as soon as I took it out of the bag.  It has been doggie approved.  LOL
In fact, both her doggies gave their doggie approval on my quilts.  Forget about their doggie beds, my quilts will do, thank you very much!
So, that is one of my latest quilts.  More to come.

Have a great day!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A bit more decorating .... and some hand quilting

It was time to do a bit more decorating in the bedroom off my studio.  A good start was made with the painted quilt rack, but there was room to do more.
 Namely, this wall
 and this wall.  Sadly, the exercise machine has to stay there ..... so ..... work around it is my motto.
Out came all the mini quilts that were gifted to me or swapped with me over the years.  A few were made by me too.  These mini quilts were originally on another wall, but it was too busy and this wall is the perfect spot for them.
There is still room for more minis.
So, what a difference to this room now.  It makes me smile whenever I walk in there.
On the end of a bookcase is where more minis are displayed.  There are still a few more mini quilts, but they are Xmas ones and will be displayed at Xmas time.  So if you gifted/swapped with me a Xmas quilt, that is why they are not up there.  Have you noticed the mess to the right of the bookcase?  Yes, it is time to do a bit of a clean-up in my studio.
 I have been doing a bit of hand quilting on this wall hanging.
 A closer look of the hand quilting.  Gosh, I do love those circles in the big leaves!
So, that is what I've been up to lately.

Have a great day!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall decor

Finally, I got those 'pumpkins' letters painted and glued onto a plank of wood.  It feels so good to get those DONE.  They were bought five years ago before we moved from Toronto to North Bay.  Yes, time and a little bit of 'geterdone' attitude and now we can enjoy our display.
Something else got painted too.   This quilt rack was given to me by my friend Debra and has been hung and used since we moved here.  I've wanted to change the look from wood to white and now it also is done and we are enjoying it.  This rack sits above my ironing station.  Perfect!
Not too much has been going on here lately quilting wise.  My heart has been heavy with the loss of our last cat.  I will talk about her later, but not now.

Anyway, have a great day!