Customer Quilts 2015

Monday, 3 August 2015

Sunday Stash and Stitching on Monday

I was having so  much fun, and was getting so much stitching done yesterday, that I didn't have time to write about it. I have four more stars for the centres done. 
There are four more outer pentagon rounds done. Here they are, paired up with the centres I think each will have, plus two more centres that need rings to go with them.

And earlier this week, I finished three more of the small rosettes. And here's everything pinned up to the design wall. I'm not sure if this is their final placement or not. I have to start making some decisions about outer star point colours for these rosettes, which means deciding where they are going to be in the final placement and that is getting hard to do.
None of these rosettes are finished, which means I can't subtract them from the stash used column yet.  And I haven't been working on anything else that I can subtract yet, either. However, I had 9 more yards of fabric come in this past week.

Used this week:                         0 yards
Used this year:                         48.9 yards
Added this week:                      9 yards
Added this year:                      75.75 yards
Net stash added:                       26.85 yards

I'm going to link up to my usual places, Judy's Fabric Report, and since it's Monday, Judy's Design Wall Monday, Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching and Angie's WIPs Be Gone.
I've made a decision about the outer star points on one of the rosettes, so I think I'll go get started on that now.

Friday, 31 July 2015

On my Needles, July 31, 2015

It has been ages since I did a post about knitting. Mostly because it's been ages since I did any knitting. However, while we were on vacation, I decided I needed something different to do, rather than continuing to work on La Passacaglia. I'd finished off the last of the large rosettes on it, and didn't really want to start the new small ones until I got it all up on the design wall and checked for colour balance. So, I'd packed some wool, and I'd packed some knitting needles, and decided to start on a project that I'd seen Judy make Pamuya, a lovely shawl. I've never made a shawl before, and never used a shawl, either. But I really liked that sampler stitch quality of Judy's finished project.  It sat in my Favourites on Ravelry ever since I saw it, while I dithered about whether to make it, or not. I finally purchased that pattern, and also one for a Cowl called That Nice Stitch, and took both with us on vacation. What finally made the decision was discovering that I hadn't brought the crochet hook I needed to do a provisional cast on for the cowl. I am really enjoying knitting this. There's enough  sameness about it to make the knitting easy, while the different stitches make it interesting to work on. I have two balls of this yarn, which should be plenty to get this done. When it gets done, well that's something else altogether. Although, there are some more long car rides coming up in the month of August, so it just might get done then. In the meantime, I'll enjoy the process. I'm linking up to Judy's On the Needles.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Back to Work

Not that quilting is work, but after three weeks vacation, it takes a while to figure out where I am, and what I'm doing. Yesterday was spent mostly doing phone calls and catch up things. After that, I came up to the studio to check in on which customer quilt was up next. Turns out, it's the last of a group of three quilts for a small guild in the St. Thomas area. They make quilts for chemotherapy patients, and they had so many tops waiting to be quilted, that they decided to hire three of them out.
This last one required the purchase and download of a new pantograph from Digitech Designs. The last part of yesterday afternoon was spent drawing it up. I love looking through that web site at all the different designs. It can be quite the time gobbler.
This is the design we decided on. It's called Nutz and Boltz.

It's going on this quilt with the fun tools fabrics. I have one pass of the design done, so this is a bit of a sneak peak.
The rest of yesterday afternoon was spent knitting while waiting for 2 1/2 hours to see my doctor. Our pharmacy didn't like the way one of my prescriptions was written, and they wanted clarification. To be fair to them, I wasn't taking the medication as ordered, so it did need to be reordered. However, the snag came when I called the doctors office and found out that he's going on vacation next week. That meant I had to go in to see him at the after hours clinic which started at 4:30. I arrived at 3:45, knowing how long the waits are, and didn't get out until 6:30. I got a lot of knitting done in that time period. I can't imagine sitting there for that length of time with nothing to do.
Today was a run to the bank and to the drug store day. Now, I'm free to work on this quilt. I'm hoping to keep going today until it is done. A customer is dropping off a rush quilt this evening, and I also want to get started on writing up the instructions for a free sampler that I'm doing for the guild's blog starting in September. So, lots to do and if I'm going to get it done,  I'd better get at it.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Sunday Stash and Stitching report, week 30

I've missed several weeks of stash reporting, since we've been away on vacation. We arrived home Friday evening, around 8 pm, parked the trailer in the driveway..... well, truth be told, our son-in-law Matt parked the trailer in the driveway. We removed the essentials, and the rest remains up there. We had a nice drive home, through some lovely country. We've never been to Eastern Ontario before, so it was nice to see it. There were several provincial parks that we passed on the way home that I would love to have checked out, but we were on the express to get home, so there were no detours, and no stops, other than gas. There are definitely advantages to traveling with a mobile kitchen and bathroom.
While we were away, we stopped at a number of shops that were participating in the Row by Row Experience. I had thought we got to four shops, but when I unpacked my purchases, I found there were five row kits. I think, once I get them together, it will be a fun momento of this summer's travels.
I've been working away at the last of the small rosettes for La Passacaglia. If I count correctly, I have nine left to do. I finished the second of these today, and then started another one.
 I'm going to leave deciding on the star points until I have all the centres done. That way I can get a better idea of colour balance. Here's a closer look at one of them.
So, now I have to come clean about all the fabric I bought while we were away. There are some large scale florals, for the Disappearing Four Patch swap Jannette and I are doing. There are the kits for the Row by Rows. Some greens I picked up because I thought it would be fun to do a quilt inspired by all the different greens we saw while on our hikes, paired up with light blue background to represent the sky. And some more Kona solids for the star points for La Passacaglia. I haven't got pictures of the fabrics.... sorry.

Used past three weeks:                          .6 yards
Used this year:                                   48.9 yards
Added past three weeks:                      7.5 yards
Added this year:                                 66.75 yards
Net stash added:                                 17.85 yards

So, now I'm going to finish off the evening with more slow stitching. Tomorrow is back to business again. I'm linking up to Judy's Fabric Report, Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching and Angie's WIPs Be Gone.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Quilt sightings

We went to Upper Canada Village today. On the drive from the campground to the village, we just happened to do a little bit of a detour to Prescott, where there was a store participating in the Row by Row Experience. I picked up one of their row kits, and a couple of large scale florals that I couldn't resist.

The rest of this post will speak for itself. Pictures of reproduction antique quilts found in the various houses in Upper Canada Village.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Ottawa day one

We spent today touring around Ottawa. Before I go any further I have to say that it is a nightmare of a city to drive in. We went around in circles I haven't any idea how many times because the place we were trying to get to couldn't be got to because of one way streets. All I can say is the maps app on my iPad was indispensable. Once we finally found someplace to park the car, we were able to walk to where we needed to be. The goal for our first day was to tour through the parliament buildings. We weren't able to get onto one of the centre block tours, but we did get to go through the east block. Our tour of the East block was for 4pm, so we did a tour of the outside of the buildings first. We've seen these buildings so many times on TV and in pictures, but that doesn't even begin to capture what the look like. There are a lot of statues and monuments around the buildings, as well, none of which made it into pictures on my iPad. Our guide was excellent, giving a fascinating glimpse into the history of our country and the buildings.

This is the East Block, the oldest of the buildings, dating from the late 1800's. The lighting inside the building wasn't very good, so I didn't get many pictures. But I did get one of the office that the very first Governor General had when the building first opened in the 1870's.

Some of the furniture is original, and some is reproduction. Our guide was very good, and was able to give us some insights as to what it might have been like to actually work in this building then. Very limited central heating then and very large windows and high ceilings would have meant being incredibly cold in the winter.

After we finished our tour of the east block, we headed back to the car, passing the locks for the Rideau Canal on the way.

We did a bit more of the driving in circles without being able to get where we were going while we tried to find the National Art Gallery. We did finally succeed, and also discovered the wonderful fact that there is parking right under the gallery. So, depending on the weather, we'll head there tomorrow. There's a sixty per cent chance of rain tomorrow, so it might be a good day to spend inside. We still want to do the tour of the centre block of parliament, and also want to go see Upper Canada Village. Also on the itinerary are a couple of quilt shops that are participating in the Row by Row Experience.


Sunday, 19 July 2015

Slow Sunday stitching

We moved on in our travels today and came over to the Rideau River Provincial Park. At first impression, it's a nice one. Large private campsites, easy to get into with the trailer. We're going to be doing a small amount of touring around Ottawa for a couple of days. And we also want to go down and see Upper Canada Village.

I finally managed to get my last large rosette done for La a Passacaglia. I took a picture of it in our campsite at Lake St Peter.

And here it is all spread out. I've started some smaller ones now, but don't have pics of them. I'm using my iPad for this post, so I won't be doing any linking.