Wednesday, 9 August 2017


     One Whale:

Two Whales:

Yellow Whales, Blue Whale:

     This is the progress I've made so far on Eli's quilt.  I have one more medium whale to make and I think eight or nine little ones.

     In addition to this I have been preparing quilt sandwiches  for a two day workshop with Jacquie Gering at Hyggeligt  Fabrics in St Mary's this weekend. There are a lot of quilt sandwiches and I seem to be taking forever to get them done. I'm looking forward to the workshop. I am badly in need of some me time.

      I'm also looking forward to spending some time with my friend Deborah from the Toronto Modern Guild.  I met Deborah when she sat beside me at the January meeting and I ran into her at the airport when we were both going to Quilt Con in February.  We kept running into each other throughout Quilt Con and it was there that we decided to take this class together.

     We thought we would see each other lots of times at the Toronto Modern Guild meetings but that hasn't happened so we'll be seeing each other for the first time since February when she picks me up on the way.  I think we will have a lot of fun.  We are both stressing about those quilt sandwiches now and planning where to have dinner on Saturday night.

So I'm back to the quilt sandwiches now after I link up with Let's Bee Social.


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

August Goal

     I woke up this morning thinking about my grandson's and this made me very happy and wistful so I thought I would share the small amount of progress I have made on Eli's quilt.  I am making him the Preppy Pod small quilt by Elizabeth Hartman although I will be adding one extra row of small whales to make the quilt a bit longer.  This way it will be about the same size as Gabriel's quilt ( Dog Gone by Lorna McMahon) which you can see here.

     I started with the one large whale and I am glad that I did because it gave me a great feeling of accomplishment getting a third of the quilt done so quickly.  There is a lot more sewing in the rest of the quilt so it won't go as quickly.

     I kept my feet in the photo so you get a sense of the size of the block. I also think my sandals go nicely with this block. I really love the two fabrics I used in this block.  They are both designed by Rashida Coleman who is pretty much my favourite fabric designer.  Here's a close up.

     And here's  a photo of the beautiful boy who will use this quilt one day.

     I anticipate being quite busy this month, so I've chosen to making all the blocks for this quilt as my goal for August.  They do make up rather quickly.

     For those of you who have been following along with news on my aunt.  She's doing a lot better and I'll be meeting her at the hospital on Friday and taking her home.  So we will be pretty much back where we started which is o.k. I've enlisted the help of my kid's and my niece and nephews to each take a day of the week to phone her going into the future and we will once again try to initiate a discussion on long term care.  Unfortunately she doesn't have insight into how vulnerable she is and she is the one who has to make the decision about entering the process to go on the lists.

     I'm linking the post up to Let's Bee Social and to the OMG linkup for August.

Monday, 31 July 2017

July Goal Finished

          What a  couple of months it has been.  It's been filled with the joys and exhaustion of spending lots and lots of time with my grandsons.  I won't go into details but it has taken pretty much the two months since the birth of the baby for my daughter in law to return to health and during those two months she was back in the hospital 6 times.  It is wonderful to see her back to health and energy and no one is happier than her two boys.  Here's hoping that things stay that way.

     Additionally my aunt has had a set back and is now back in the hospital. It never rains, it pours. Over the last month or so I had been trying to get her to go on the waiting list for long term care and now we will have to speed up the process.  It's pretty complicated however and depending on how her recovery goes she may end up in the first available bed.

     Despite the busyness I managed to complete my July Goal of quilting one of the three quilts I blogged about here.
I chose the green and orange quilt that is the second quilt top I made.  It feels good to have this gem from the past quilted up. I even managed to bind it.

       It was a bit dreary out on the day I managed to squeeze in a photo shoot but you can see that it's a pretty bright quilt.  It's hanging on the back of our newer couch at the moment.  I'm hoping it can protect the couch from cat claws.

     I took a suggestion from Christina Camelli and looked for a detail in the quilt to choose how I would quilt it.  I took my cue from the fish fabric I used for the backing, which also features on the front of the quilt.

     I quilted ribbons with my walking foot and filled in some of the spaces created with free motion circles.  The idea I was going for was underwater plants.  Here's a closeup or two.

     The walking foot quilting went very slowly but the free motion accents just zipped along and I had a lot of fun with them. This quilt is my first finish for the 3rd quarter of the 2017 Finish Along.  My original post is here.  I'm happily linking my post up with the OMG July Finish Linkup, with the Main Crush Monday Linkup and withTGIFF which will be at Katy's Quilts and More this week.


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

One Monthly Goal for July

     I'm having a hard time choosing which quilt I would like to work on this I think I will cheat a bit for my one monthly goal ......and just let you know that I would like to get the quilting done for one of these three quilts.  It could be 

1. Circle of Friends 

Or 2.  This donation quilt...which actually has been sewn into a quilt top with a lot of negative space...but I haven't shared it in a photo yet.

Or 3.  The second quilt top I ever finished.

     I have a rough plan for how I would like to quilt each of these.  I just have to pick one and go for it.  My time will still be limited as my son's new work contract has started and my daughter in law will still need help with the kids.  But I do have a week off work this month so I'm super optimistic that I'll be able to make great head way that week.

     I had been planning to pin baste one of the tops on Friday but I think I may have to go in to Toronto to see my aunt.  I've been so busy with the kids that I haven't seen her for several weeks.  My sister has been picking up the slack.

     I'll be linking this post up to the OMG link up for July and with the Let's Bee Social link up.  See you there.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Third Quarter List

     I am having a difficult time this year with finishes.  In Quarter One I had one finish and in Quarter Two I had no finishes.  I have moved some of my projects forward though, so all is not in vain.  I have a couple of baby quilts I have to add to the mix for completion this year.  One of these babies, my second grandson, is already a month old so I will add his quilt to the  Third Quarter list.  I have yet to start it but here are some of the fabrics I will be using.  The second baby will be born in August and I have no idea when her/his quilt will be finished.
The Toronto Modern Guild is hosting a curves workshop with Jen Carlton-Bailly this summer which I may or may not be able to go to.  It's on the long weekend in August so Dwight and I might have other plans.  You never know with his work in the summer. This has gotten me thinking about curves and it brought the next quilt to mind.   I thought this quilt must have been on a finishing list before but I couldn't find any pictures of it so I guess not.  I started it a long time ago so I should pay some attention to it. Step one will be to pull these blocks out of the needs to be done pile and iron them.

Here are my repeats from last quarter: 

Another curved quilt:  the clamshell.  You can tell I was on a warm colours kick when I was last working on these two quilts.

Snowflake Shimmer

This charm squares quilt which has now been made into a quilt top and is ready for quilting.

The tea cozy

Circle of Friends:  Also a quilt top, now awaiting to be quilted.

The second quilt top I ever made:  I think it's time I got this baby done.

I know it's a pretty big list but I'll be happily chipping away at it and we will see if I get any of it done this quarter.
I'm heading over to Leanne's blog She Can Quilt to join in the link up for Third Quarter Finishes.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

A Tale of Three Quilts

     You may remember this quilt top.  It's the Broken Frames quilt designed by Cheryl Brickey  of Meadow Mist Designs and I made the top last summer.  It's a donation quilt for my local guild's outreach program.  I am currently the chair of the outreach committee (was co chair last year).

     Community outreach co-ordinates the making of approximately 100 quilts each year, although this year the President's Challenge was to make comfort quilts and we ended the year with 168 quilts. The quilts go to the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence unit, housed at the local hospital.  Guild members can contribute by making individual blocks, by making a quilt top, by quilting tops made by others , or by donating a complete quilt.  I matched this top up with batting and a backing and put it with the others waiting to be quilted.

     Vicki picked up the quilt and used it to teach her 13 year old daughter how to use her long arm.  Vicki is really happy that her youngest daughter has shown an interest in quilting as her oldest two have shown no interest.  Here's a close up of the quilting.

     One of the great things about the outreach program is that in addition to making  quilts for a good program, members are encouraged to learn new patterns and skills. Working on the quilts is way for people to give back to their community while practicing their skills.

     I asked Cheryl for permission to share the pattern in a couple of kits for the outreach program and she generously agreed.   I had two sets of charm squares from Cotton and Steele that I  had picked up at my local quilt store and Wendy and I made kits by combining them with white background and frames of fabric, donated by Joanne's sister.

      The first one was sewn by Josee. She picked up the kit at a guild meeting. The  colourful charms were from the Mochi line, designed by Rashida Coleman-Hale.  The dark green frames went well with this line.

It was quilted by one of the generous long armers that belong to the guild.The swirls look great don't they. 

     Cyndy put the last kit  together.  These charms were Tokyo Train Ride by Sarah Watts and the frames where a copper brown, which complement the charms quite nicely.  Sometimes we are lucky to have things in the guild stash that work perfectly together.

     The quilting on this one was straight lines quilted diagonally across the quilt, also done on a long arm.  I think it's very effective.

       Many hands helped to make these quilts which will be used to provide comfort and healing.  You can read about more donation quilts at the Sew Some Love linky at Kat and Cat Quilts where I will be linking up today. I'll also be linking up with Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social.


Sunday, 25 June 2017

June Goal Finished

    Despite being very busy over the last month I've managed to squeeze in a little bit of sewing time and I am happy to report that I've finished my One Monthly Goal for June.  It was a fairly simple one as I knew I would be busy.

     My goal was to make a quilt top out of my Stash Bee blocks for 2016.  After seeing the blocks on the design wall I decided to add some sashing between the blocks and to add a wider border on the sides.  There are a lot of fun fabrics in this quilt.

     The quilt finishes at about 58" by 76"  I received quite a few blocks from people who crashed the hive to make fun blocks so I will be able to make another quilt with the leftovers.  

          I'll be linking up with Beth of Cooking up Quilts for Main Crush Monday and with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for the One Monthly Goal link up.  It feels good to have this happy quilt top finished.