Monday, November 13, 2017

Busy Days

I want to get going on making some things for Christmas gifts but I feel like I must take care of some sewing housekeeping before I can start more projects.

As usual, there is way too much clutter in my sewing room! So, on Saturday, I spent the day doing quite a bit of scrap cutting and organization - boring!! I didn't get all of it done but I did make a pretty good dent in the pile of fabric scraps sitting on my table. All of those bits and pieces and strips are now at the ready for later use.

Yesterday, I spent some time with this cat quilt. This quilt was pieced by Vangie as a donation for our Guild's outreach program and I did my part by donating the quilting and batting. I quilted it with a panto called Tweet Tweet by Patricia Ritter. I thought it would be fun to have the little birds twittering around the cats. :) It turned out quite cute but as usual it is not the best photo. :(

At 56" x 79" it is quite a bit larger than a toddler quilt so maybe it will go to an adult or a teen. I will return it to Vangie at our December meeting so that she can apply the binding.

I used a light blue thread - Cansew #6317 with a magna glide bobbin in blue and the batting is 80/20 cotton poly.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Remembrance Day

Today is a solemn day - a day to reflect on the wonderful freedoms that we enjoy every single day and to remember those that fought for it. Freedom is never free.

Over the past couple days I have been watching the History channel with their Remembrance Day programming. I have been thinking about a young man that I never knew but who served in WWI. My grandfather's brother, Victor Ernest Morgan Greenland died at the Battle of Lens on Aug 21, 1917 - the day before his 21st birthday. He was not married and did not have any children. His body was never recovered and he is memorialized at Vimy Memorial, France


He was so young that he barely even had a chance to live and yet he gave his life for our freedom.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Quilting is Finally Finished

The quilting is done and I am very happy! It's so funny, after saying how much I prefer doing edge-to-edge long arm quilting in one fell swoop it took me three separate quilting sessions to finish this one! I don't know why that happened but it did finally get finished.

I tried to take some photos that would show how great this quilt looks but it is huge and I couldn't find a space large enough to spread it out. :) Hopefully, I will be able to get my husband and son to be quilt holders for photos once it is all finished.

I want this quilt to stay on my bed for the winter so I had better get it trimmed and get the binding finished really soon because this happened last night.

We had snow squalls all evening and into the night and this is what we woke up to this morning. The dogs are not thrilled! They keep going to the door to be let out and then they immediately want back in - poor things.

While the winds were blowing and the snow was falling I was snug in my sewing room last evening making these pillowcases to go with my quilt. I couldn't remember how to make them so I refreshed my memory with this video by Missouri Star Quilt Co. We are so fortunate to have so many resources available to us with just a click of the mouse. :)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Making Progress on Old Tobacco Road

Yesterday, I turned my attention back to Old Tobacco Road and I attached the final border. Ooooh I love that paisley! I also pieced together the backing and even though it was very large and unwieldy I didn't have too many difficulties trying to control it as I stitched it together. Dealing with such large pieces of fabric really is not my favourite thing to do and if I can I will always go for a wide backing. Not an option this time because I specifically wanted to use my chosen fabrics so I had a choice to grumble or smile and I chose to smile.

I also got the backing loaded before I went to Tai Chi last evening but that is where I left off. This morning I finished setting everything up and I am raring to go but I have an exercise class early this afternoon that I don't want to miss. As I have said before, once I get everything set up and going I just want to get it done without interruption. I did do a test to check my thread tension and I see that my top tension is a bit too tight. The dark brown bobbin thread is showing as dots on the lighter fabric and that is not the look I am going for. :)
Peanut and Molly before spa
I took my pups for grooming on Sunday - they were both very unruly looking and I am pretty sure that Molly couldn't see anything through that long hair over her eyes.
Molly and Peanut after spa 
I no longer have dust mops. :)

Friday, November 3, 2017

En Provence Quilting is Done!

hanging off the frame
Oh my this is a very large and beautiful quilt! I am so glad that I decided to make this Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt - it was time consuming to make it but so worth it. :)

I loaded it on the frame the other day but I didn't get a chance to start quilting it until yesterday.

Normally, once I start quilting I like to just get it done all at once but I had to take a break from it yesterday so that I could go to my exercise class. Happily, when I got back I was able to easily pick up where I had left off. I find that if my mood changes, or any other factors like muscle stiffness occur, it really does affect my quilting rhythm.

Anyway, back to my beautiful quilt - I just had to take a few photos - I love it!

close up of quilting
I am looking forward to trimming it and making the binding as soon as possible so that I can start hand-stitching the binding.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

En Provence - Preparing for Quilting

I have chosen the backing, the thread, and the pantograph that I want to use for my En Provence quilt. I think it is going to be good! I just need to press the backing and the top to make sure they are both nice and flat. I plan to get that done today and, hopefully, get it all loaded onto my long arm. I really doubt that I will get any quilting done on it today because I have to run a couple errands after my exercise class a little later today and then I just might not have the energy. I like to be nice and fresh and focused when I do any quilting.

Bonnie Hunter has announced her 2017 mystery quilt and I love the colours that she has chosen. I will definitely be downloading the instructions as they are released but I am not sure if I will participate during the actual mystery. I just may wait and make it later when the time suits me better - we will see if I can resist!

I finished Betty's quilt last evening and I think she is going to be very happy with it. I don't know if you recognize the panto that I used but it is the same one that I used on Crumby Kisses called Cool Beans. I used Cansew #6711 for the top thread and magnaglide light tan in the bobbin.

I will be seeing Betty later today so I will take her quilt with me. It is always so exciting to give back a quilt and see the owner's reaction. There is magic that takes place when a flimsy is quilted and actually turned into a quilt. :)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Borders in Progress

I have already put two of the borders onto Old Tobacco Road and it is getting huge! I still need to add one more border but it should be very quick and easy to add. I just need to piece the sections together and get at it.

Inspected and approved by Peanut. Here she is letting me know that she wants me to stop giving the quilt top so much attention and give her some lovin' instead. Who could resist that sweet little face! :)

Right now I am in the process of loading a quilt for Betty on my long arm. I really need to get it finished today so that I can deliver it to her when I see her tomorrow at our exercise class.