Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Today is a dark, dreary day, full of wetness and boredom. I couldn't work on any of my projects. They just weren't calling to me. So I slept late and spent the rest of the morning reading. I did make this week's Party block though. It's a 10inch block called 'Game Cocks'. Sorry! That was not my idea! Of course I have no other iideas so I guress that's what it will be called. I was even too
Oscar and Felix are watching the rain too.
And Mimi, well, you know Mimi. She doesn't care what it is doing outside as long as she has some quilt block to sit on.
Today is day 30 of Blogtoberfest! Only one more day to go!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A teacher friend has asked me to make her mother a lap quilt to keep her warm this winter. Her Mom is in a nursing home and she wants something nice for her. I was looking through some of my magazines (I have a room full of them!) and I found this one. Sorry the photo is so blurry. It is from the April 1998 issue of McCall's Quilting. I know that sounds ancient, but I just love this pattern.
So I looked through my stash, found some fabrics that might work and got started. I have made 4 blocks so far. It won't look exactly like the photo in the magazine, but I think it will be okay. My quilt is going to have a lot more blues and greens because those are the colours she asked for.
These blocks will be placed on point and have some flowered triangles around them to make them into squares. Kind of like this. I just hope I have enough flowered fabrics. But if not, I guess I will have to go to the LQS! Poor me! LOL
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I also have a huge favour to ask of you. One of my dearest quilting friends (no blog) is dealing with a difficult family medical situation. Her husband has been diagnosed with cancer. He was operated on a couple of months ago, but they were not able to get all of the cancer. He therefore must now undergo chemotherapy every other week. Please pray for him and send out positive thoughts for his recuperation and return to health. His name is Holt. I know that when we all pray and think positively so much can be done. I just know this can work! Thanks so much.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Finish the charity quilts and sew on labels - check
Finish postcard from last week's Bee Night - check
Gather up library books for return - I want to renew one of them. Still have to find them all.
Bring the 'Happy Tropical Basket' wall hanging for Show and Tell - I still have to sew on one button.
Make deviled eggs - check (We are having a bit of a potluck tonight. We usually have one at Christmas time, but we have a very hard-to-get speaker for our end of November meeting, so our potluck will be tonight - a harvest potluck.)
Gather up mug, plate, cutlery and napkin for the potluck - check
Gather up things to bring for a project in Africa - check
Bring the finished Block-of-the-Month block - check
I feel as if I still have a lot to do, but I guess I'm nearly done. I should have started early this morning, but because I love to procrastinate, I worked on this block instead. I got the idea from the block that gave me so much trouble on this week's Block Party. The pattern for the bear came from the library book that I want to renew. I still have to stitch around the bear, but my machine is not cooperating today and I am in no mood to argue with it. I might make a few more of these blocks - a deer, a moose - a squirrel etc. Maybe next week!
But now I am going to take a quick nap. If I don't I won't be able to make it through the entire evening tonight.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I'd like to take October days
To warm me during Winter's reign
Then I remember sunshine,
My thoughts will ease the moments
- Virginia Borman Grimmer
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Identify the following quilting patterns by their correct names.
1. A German Dish
2. Pioneer Home
3. Ape's Plumbing Tool
4. "Scat you Bug!"
5. Judicial Stairway
6. Sailor's Navigational Device
7. A Global Journey
8. Trail of an Inebriate
9. Cracked Crockery
10. An Educational Meeting Place
11. Butter-maker's Race
12. Smokey's Foot
And just because I can't post anything without a picture. Here is a gratuitous shot of the baby quilts I made for a cousin's twins. I don't think I have posted it before.
Edit: I have been taking part in a Sky Watch Friday post on my other blog. If you want to see it go here.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
So now I can show you my latest finish. It's another charity quilt. I think this may be the last one for this year. I have to get on with my Christmas stuff and also I found a couple of UFOs that are fall related and I think I should finish them first. This little quilt measures 35in. X 45in. It is made up of scraps from my children's-fabrics scrap bin. The blue was a piece of 100% cotton that I had bought many, many years ago and wanted to use up. The pattern is the Disappearing Nine-Patch. I absolutely love that pattern!
Now for the quilting - I don't love it so much. I decided to do a bit of experimenting. I did circles freehand with my machine. I went around each circle twice and then started a new circle. I just kept going until I ran out of bottom thread - which I did very often. This technique uses a lot of thread. I think I used about 1.5km in this quilt - maybe more! And I am really not that crazy about the way this quilting looks. I have to admit, it was kind of fun to do and it is just a charity quilt so I was able to experiment, but I'm just not loving it. Do you know what I mean? Mimi came over to look at it, but she did not like it either. At least she didn't want to sit on this quilt. I wonder if it is that little scrap of dog fabric in the bottom row. Mimi is kind of finicky!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Today is day 19 of Blogtoberfest. I am off to Bee Night this evening. We are going to work on postcards. Hopefully I'll have something to show you tomorrow.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I thought about this project for a long time and finally settled on a pattern I had found in a magazine from many years ago. The original pattern was done in redwork. I changed it so that I could do my quilt in hand applique combined with a bit of machine piecing. I worked on it throughout the summer of 2007, since the applique part was such a nice take-along project. But by the fall of that year I realized that I would not be able to finish it in time - for the end of October meeting. At that time I became physically unable to do a lot of things. I no longer had the use of my legs and that made it impossible to use my sewing machine. I also couldn't walk or drive a car. And I never did go back to our Guild meetings that year. My challenge quilt never got done.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Even though I'm okay, my DD isn't. She came over at lunchtime yesterday. (She teaches at a school very close by) She was complaining about pains in her stomach and abdomen. She already had those pains last Monday evening, but she had not seen a doctor yet. She went back to school after lunch, but came back to my house around 2:30pm. Her pains were no better. She spent the night on my couch because we just couldn't figure out what to do with her. I encouraged her to call in sick today and go to a walk-in clinic. (Her own doctor could not see her until next week) The doctor at the walk-in clinic was very nice. She suspects that my DD's pains are caused by food poisoning. DD ate at a Japanese restaurant last Sunday. 'Things' are being cultured at the moment to see if it is indeed salmonella or something similar. It would be very easy to pick up something like that where raw food is being served.
While she was napping on the couch, I baked another one of my famous apple cakes! An apple a day.... you know! I set the timer and it should go off any minute. Yep! There it goes. It's ready!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The Bloggers Quilt Festival is here.
I've been busy today, sandwiching another charity quilt and also that colourful one which I showed you a peek of a couple of days ago. I hope to have them both finished in a day or so. That should give me enough time, especially since Mimi is helping me!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
The block for this week's Friday Block Party is called, 'Flight of Sparrows'. But sparrows seemed so ordinary and boring. I wanted something a little more exciting. So I made my block using bright coloured batiks and fossil ferns. I love how it turned out, but now the block looks more like 'Flight of the Tropical Birds'.
The best part is that I was able to use all of the HST and other triangles left over from another project. I can only give you sneak peek because it is still a work in progress. I found it in my UFO bin last week and decided to finish it. Lucky for me, because I found all of those HST and other left-overs. If I hadn't been working on this last week, I probably would have made all these little units from scratch. Here is a preview of my WIP. I hope to finish it soon.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Me: "Hmmmmm. Very profound! Where did you hear that?"
Friday, October 09, 2009
The raffle took place at the Winter Concert. I was in the audience when the winner was picked. In fact, she was sitting right beside me! It was wonderful to see her happy smile when they called her name! It made me feel good too.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
This fabric was really pretty, but not really me. I thought it needed the darker fabric on the front for a bit of contrast. It measures 38in. by 43in. and will go to 'Quilts from the Heart at our Guild' and will probably be donated to a Women's Shelter.
Because I had cut out the damaged parts of the backing fabric and used some of it on the front, I did not have enough for the back of the quilt. So I pieced a few of the left over 4.25in. units from the front, plus a few more from fabrics in my stash, and sewed them into the backing to make it big enough.
"Meow! Just passing through. You want your quilt inspected, don't you?"
"Yeah! Sure! Thanks Mimi."