Customer Quilts 2015

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

WIP Wednesday

Now that the quilt show is finished, I have time to get back working on my own projects. I did up a few more of the secondary blocks for Geese Around the Tulip Patch and put them up onto the design wall. Here they are up close,
 and also from a distance.
I have seven of the blocks finished, fourteen left to go. Then I can sew it all together and get the borders onto it. I’m looking forward to seeing it finished. This one is eventually going to be offered as a pattern to purchase.
I’m linking up to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social and to The Needle and Thread Network WIP

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Quilt Show Sneak Peak

One of the many bonuses of quilts shows is the ability to actually see a quilt hanging, from a distance and to be able to get a picture of it. I’ve been trying to weeks to get some pictures of my recent finishes, but every time I think of it and actually have a bit of time, the weather outside, where I typically take my pictures, has been horrible. So, as the editor for the guild’s blog, I was able to go in today while they were doing the set up, and get some pictures. I’m going to post the pictures of my quilts here. I entered 9 of them, 7 bed sized and 2 wall hangings. I have never been so glad to see the end of hanging sleeves and labels!! If this doesn’t teach me to do them as I finish quilts, nothing will.
All of the following pictures can be biggie sized by clicking on them.

#1 Blooming Nine Patch.

#2 Canadiana Row Quilt

#3 LFQG Blog Sampler. This is a free pattern, found starting here. There is a tab at the top of that blog with all the patterns listed, in reverse order, going back to September of 2015.

#4 Sisters Across the Miles

#5 Grandmother’s Diamond Ring

#6 Great Granny Square

#7 La Passacaglia

#8 Playing With English Paper Piecing

#9 Bon Echo Rock

  Whew, that’s a lot. But there are tons more from lots of other people at the quilt show. It’s gonna be a great one!
I’m going to link up all these finishes, a lot of them new finishes, to Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Sunday Stitching

As the London Friendship Quilters’ Guild quilt show has gotten closer and closer, my time for fun slow hand stitching has gotten scarcer and scarcer, as my to-do list has gotten longer and longer. What hand stitching I have been doing lately has mostly involved sewing hanging sleeves to large quilts. How utterly tedious and boring! Note to self.... always do hanging sleeve and label while finishing the quilt, rather than waiting until just before the quilt show.
All the hanging sleeves on the big bed sized quilts are now done. I’m down to two wall hangings to finish. The have their bindings machine sewn to the front. Today’s slow stitching will be to hand stitch them to the back, and to sew down the final sides of the labels, and to sew down the bottom edge of their hanging sleeves.
Both of these quilts are the results of workshops done at the guild in the last couple of years. Joni Newman does stained glass quilts, and I opted to do her version of the cliff at Bon Echo Provincial Park. The backing is camping themed, to go along with years of memories of camping at this park. 
The second quilt is from a workshop by Karen Howes, involving pieced hexagons. It also has its binding sewn to the front, and its label partially attached.  
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, before taking the opportunity to do as she suggests.... take a deep breath, relax, and slow down. Quilt shows are wonderful fun things, but the work involved in putting them on and getting stuff ready for them is sometimes overwhelming. So today is for relaxing and clearing my head.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

WIP Wednesday

That was a fast week. It seems like I wrote my last post just a day or two ago, not a week ago. I’m continuing to work on Geese Around the Tulip Patch. All the big geese blocks are done and up on the wall. I’m loving the way this is looking. The patch of tulips in the centre is so pretty. I’ve started making the small geese needed for the alternate blocks, all 192 of them. It’s a good thing I like making these things. There are almost 100 finished. Then they have to be sewn into pairs. But, all things considered, this is going together pretty quickly. I very rarely ever start a quilt and stick with it until it’s finished, but this one I am going to. I started this back at the beginning of September, so this isn’t bad progress, at all.
I’ve been working on customer quilts a lot lately, since there is a quilt show coming up this year. that also means getting lots of my own done. So time spent working on a new quilt is precious and revitalizing. I’m going to link up to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social and the Needle and Thread Network’s WIP Wednesday. Then it just might be time for some supper and a few more geese to come off the machine.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

WIP Wednesday

The count of Frayed Star blocks now stands at 21. I need 25..... almost there.....
Then I start making smaller flying geese for the second block for this quilt. After that, a few half square triangles and I can start putting it together. If I keep going at this pace, this just might be one of the faster quilts I’ve ever done. I’m linking up to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social and to the Needle and Thread Network WIP Wednesday.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Design Wall Monday

After I wrote yesterday’s post, I stated that my goal for the rest of the day was to sit and sew. Well, after a minor detour, looking after delightful little grand daughter Abbie for a couple of hours, I achieved that goal. I now have ten of the Frayed Star blocks for my new quilt done. I actually have some time this evening, as well, although I’ve spent part of it quite lazily reading a good book. But I’m up off the couch now, and after I finish this post, I’m getting right back to making more star blocks. Fourteen of these blocks left, and the 24 of the alternates.
I’m linking up to Judy’s Design Wall Monday and to Beth’s Monday Making.
I’m working through the instructions on this one before I publish it. So far, so good. I have one volunteer to test the pattern for me. Would anyone else be interested? It’s done in 3 sizes, the cover one being the biggest. If you’d like to test it, leave a comment, meaning sure your email is there. If you’re a no-reply, I won’t be able to get back to you.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Sunday stash and stitching report

I haven’t been doing any hand stitching lately. But, I do have something to share about my past Sunday stitching project. I entered La Passacaglia into our Fall Fair here in our delightful city, and it took first place in its wall hanging division. Yippee! Woohoo! Happy dance! We went to see it last Wednesday evening, just to see what it looked like actually hanging up. Here’s a pic of our grand daughter Abbie and I standing in front of it. 

I haven’t done a stash report since way back at the end of July. I’ve been keeping track, just haven’t actually had a chance to write up a report here. So the numbers are going to be looking rather good, considering they cover over 6 weeks. The up side to the rush before a quilt show is all the finishes which take up lots of stash for making backings. Add to that, the new quilt that I’ve designed and am self testing the instructions for, which involved doing all the cutting at once, and I am back in positive numbers again.

Used since August 1st:                       25.4 yards
Used this year:                                    68.5 yards
Added since August 1st:                     11 yards
Added this year:                                  61.45 yards
Net stash busted:                                   7.05 yards

I have big plans for the rest of today. I’m going to spend it sitting in front of my sewing machine to see how much more I can get done. I just might have some blocks to show on a design wall post tomorrow.
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and Judy’s Stash Report.