Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Never not Quilting (or knitting)

I am always working away at one project or another, but at this time of the  year, there are more than I few I can't share yet!

I bought some fun cotton/linen fabrics while I was at Knit City last month, and got to making up these knitting project bags. Already filled with "me" projects for when my Christmas projects are all completed. 

I better pick up the pace if I plan to finish this project in my lifetime. Five blocks a year isn't going to work!

I picked up more Tula Pink on my summer vacation. Pillow top kit from Expressions in Fibre in Sechelt BC

There was enough to make two pillow tops, plus I bought a green/blue TP FQ bundle and more of that yummy BG fabic to make a few more. 

I made up some receiving blankets and a raggy quilt for our newest tiny Syrian/Canadian babe

And my Weasley jumpers on the library tree!

The tree won Best Theme Tree and was live auctioned at the Gala on Saturday night, but I haven't heard yet what is was sold for or who now owns it.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Eight is Enough

I finally finished eight tiny Weasley sweaters for the library to hang on their Harry Potter themed tree at the Festival of Trees in a few weeks. I wanted to do a few more but in the end eight was enough.

Our guild hung the annual show in the art gallery at the library last week and once again it looks wonderful. The following two shots are of our Boreal forest themed project. At the end of the month all these wall hangings will be donated and hang in the library's children's area. 

This Stellar Jay was made by Sarah from a photograph and it is totally amazing! The wings and tail are 3D.

I am so totally pleased to have my Hex-a-thon quilt finally finished and quilted so beautifully by Carole. I am pretty proud of all that hand piecing. 

My Oh Canada top is all pieced and I cannot wait to see it quilted in the New Year. It started out as one of my UFO challenges and quickly became a full sized quilt. It is totally from scraps and my stash, but amazingly enough, my scrap bins did not appear any emptier!

I can't wait to start celebrating Canada's 150th birthday next year!

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Work in Progress Wednesday

Once again life trumps blog......but that doesn't mean I haven't been working on "stuff"!

Here are my mini Weasley sweaters. I am hoping to make 8-12 all together and will donate them to our local library to help decorate their entry in the Festival of Trees. I can generally complete one per evening, but Ron's initial didn't quite get completed last night. I had to add something to relate their size to, they are pretty tiny!

Also recently completed this fun hat, I love colourwork!

THIS long time (4 years I think) WIP, is nearing completion! I just got it back from my lovely quilter Carole on Saturday. Just needs it's binding and label to be ready to hang in our quilt show next month.
This is from Katja's original Block-Athon before her book was published. It isn't even on her site anymore! The blocks are English Paper Pieced by Hand.

As well, this lovely loon just needs it's label stitched down. It will also hang in the quilt show as part of our guild's boreal forest project. After the show they will be donated to the library's children's section. The pattern was taken from a portion of "A Day at the Lake" applique quilt. Also a pattern I don't think is available any more.

And my most active WIP at the moment is my "Oh Canada" quilt. My goal is the have it all pieced by year's end. Have not yet decided whether I will quilt is myself as I think it is going to be quite large.
This is just a sampling of the 15 of the blocks made so far. Need 9 more and a few more colour ways.

 Sorry the photo is not better quality but it was a dull grey morning this morning. 

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Friday, 16 September 2016

Friday Finishes

Celebrating 5 years of blogging, 250th post and 20 page views short of 60,000!
Thank you to all my readers, faithful long timers and newbies!

I have been wanting to share this finish with you since April when I finished the top at retreat.

Bella Luna is a kit I bought at Satin Moon in Victoria a few years ago, I had it all cut out and then got bogged down by all the work of the curves. Once I picked it back up, figured out the recipient, it was full steam ahead, I had a deadline now.

My wonderful friend Carole did an amazing job of quilting it, this Elder Moon is a scaled down version of a print I have by Roy Henry Vicars.

The recipient was quite surprised,

and moved to tears, as I predicted she would be.

This is my sister, Theresa, really happy she had a big birthday this year!!

I know I have shown this one before, but it is now in the hands of the newlyweds, awaiting some cooler weather so they can snuggle under it.

What's Up?
A free pattern from somewhere I can't remember!!

This was just finished this week and as soon as I can find a box it is on it's way to Utah for a new great-nephew, whose birth is any minute now!!

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Life Happens.......

Sometimes when life happens, blogging does not, but here I am back in the saddle and sewing room, ready for fall. 

Not much quilting happened this summer but I have been knitting......a lot.
It is all Christmas knitting so this is the only thing I can show you. It is for a 5 year who doesn't read my blog so I am sure I am safe! LOL

The colour is true in this shot

My sewing room just became a dumping ground over the summer but last week I managed to dig it out and get to some projects that were in pieces

A really old UFO, Quilt Diva , she is now all fused and sandwiched and ready to quilt.

This loon is part of our Boreal forest guild project to be donated and hung in the children's section at our public library. This is not an original design but it is from another old UFO that I can't find a link to. The mottled camo looking fabric is the one provided for everyone to use a bit of in their projects. Best get on this as it is to hang in our show first, end of next month!

I picked this Homecoming kit up while travelling earlier this spring. I love it and want it to hang in our show also, but it may not happen until next year! 

I made a few slab blocks last year and a few more earlier this year, but seeing as it is Canada's 150th next year I was compelled to make some of these blocks I approaching a theme here??
It is a great way to use up some scraps.
The slab tutorial and the pattern are both from Cheryl Arkinson and Sunday Morning quilts.
I hope to be back on Friday with some completed projects!

Hey Liz, this blog's for you!

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Summer Days

Summer days seem to busy around here!

I have only been able to finish these much less than perfect mittens. So glad they are done, too hard to be really enjoyable. They fit and will be warm so they will definitely get lots of use. 

I repainted this old book cart with chalk paint

Made two batches of strawberry and one of raspberry jam

Delicious fresh berries from a local you pick farm

Bathed two reluctant but smelly camping dogs

Finished and sandwiched this baby quilt, a bit busy but colourful and fun!

And got all the hexies prepped for rosette 8!

All on top of being diagnosed with walking pneumonia (I am fine now!!), painting the last room in the basement and working.
All the things from that room were stackied in my sewing room, which is almost back to normal now, so I look forward to spending some time in there this week! Might need to hide from some of the heat predicted.

Hope you and I can both enjoy some lazier summer days! 

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Summer Projects

We had a lovely relaxing week of camping, a bit of rain almost every day but for the most part, it was sunny and warm.
I took the time to walk, cycle or do yoga just about every day and it was so rejuvenating to do it in such a beautiful peaceful setting.

I also spent a lot of time in my chair listening to audio books and finishing up this mitten, by far the hardest thing I have knit yet! It didn't help that I had put it down for a few months. Took quite a while to get back into the rhythm of handling three yarns.
It was not the most enjoyable knit ever, but it needs a mate, so I cast it on last night and hope to finish it by the end of this month. 

There a some new babies arriving this fall so I started this when I got home.

While Millie has been in time out for a few months also, it was time to bring her back out and get er' done. #7 has been prepped  for a some time, so it was easy to pick up when the knitting got too stressful!

Here she is nestled in among her neighbours.

And the big picture!
Hope to get 8 and 9 prepped this week and keep the momentum going.

For now, it is time to go paint a ceiling, woohoo!

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Summer Solstice

The slower pace of summer is finally upon me and with all the rain we have had I have had some time in my sewing room to finish up a few things.

This is my first ever EPP project, but once it got to the boring sew the rows together part it languished. It is my June UFO so I had the motivation to get it out and done. I am just a few borders from that point, hopefully today.

Yesterday I finished up my Swoon Maker's tote, which I started and finished this year!! The most complex bag I have made, but I am pleased to have it done and put to use. It will be my new knitting tote.

During all the rainy days I finally managed to get the binding on my scrappy Sunday Morning quilt.

My new favourite panto.

My lineup of projects for the summer, July and August UFO's, a baby quilt and my contribution to the guild's library project. The theme is boreal forest and the camo looking green is the challenge fabric we all have to use.

We are off camping for a week with hubby still in the boot, but hopefully he can still back the RV into it's spot. Since I am doing the towing we won't go far. I plan to sit and read, knit and work on my Mille EPP project. With a chance of some walks and wine drinking........maybe even at the same time!

Happy Summer!

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