Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Polar Bears for Quilts from the Heart

Brrr!  It's cold outside!  -5C yesterday and freezing rain last night.  It feels like polar bear weather!  Nothing like a Polar Bear Quilt to keep me warm.  I enjoyed sewing the binding down by hand with it draped over my body.  But this one is not for me.  This is a charity quilt, going to 'Quilts from the Heart' at our guild.  It's a disappearing nine patch.  And I got it finished in time to take it to our next meeting on Monday evening.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Crumbs on the Floor

On, no!  What's that on my floor?  Crumbs!  I'm not cleaning them up!  Vacuuming would take time away from my scraps!  Can't have that.  Oh, no!

I think I've caught a scrappy virus or something.  I want to sew scrap blocks and only scrap blocks, all day long.  I was sewing them just before I went to bed last night and started up again as soon as I woke up this morning.  I just can't stop. 

I found this Crumb Along on Jo's blog.  I can only say, "Wow!"  i know this thing has been going on for a while now, but I just found Jo's blog a couple of days ago.  And that is how I caught this virus!  I'm sure of it.  There is no cure.  I just have to keep making crumb blocks - forever.  It's really quite serious.  I haven't had a shower or gotten dressed this morning and it is already 10:30am.  I just want to sew, sew, sew.  What will become of me?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

BOM - A New Start

At our last Guild meeting, about 40 members showed off their beautiful quilts, which they had made in a BOM club last year.  It was announced that a new quilt was going to be started for this year - a block of the month.  That sounded doable to me, so I decided to join in.  It only amounts to one session per month.  Most of the work will be done at home.  I believe there are 50+ of us doing this year's quilt.  It is called 'The Queen and her Court' and is by A Wing and a Prayer Designs.  It will measure 96in. by 108in. when it is complete.  Here are my first two blocks for this month.
I think I was inspired by the fall colours all around me.  I hope I will still like it next year when it is finished.  One of the perks (or downfalls) of this group, is that we will be doing a lot more than making our blocks.  We will have coffee or tea and lots of conversation, tips and instructions.  A goodie of some sort will be brought each month by one of the members.  Today is my turn to bring something to go with our tea.  A recipe will accompany my treat of a lemon loaf.  Copies will be made and given out to the others members.  By the end of the year we will, not only own a beautiful quilt, but will have collected lots of recipes too.  

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Finished - Snips and Snails

A Finish!  Hurray!!!  I finished the quilt my DD asked me to make for a friend of hers.  It only took me about a week.  I still have to sew a label on it, so I guess I am not completely finished, but the quilting is done, the binding is on and a photo has been taken.  I really enjoyed making this one!  It used some scraps and some of the creepy, crawly fabrics I have been collecting.  It is my own design.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Flowers for a Chilly Wednesday

I am still busy with the bug jar quilt, but I managed to find some time to work on my hexies.  I made four more flowers this week. 

These photos were taken outside this morning.  The sun is shining and the temperature will go up to 17C today, but I am sorry to say that these flowers are the only ones still blooming in my garden.  We had night frost a few days ago and everything else has died.

I was also able to prep four more flowers to work on this week.  Those four will complete my hexagon quilt.  It is with ambivalent feelings that I tell you this. I have loved working on this quilt and hate to see it come to an end.  But I am sure there will be more hexies in my future.  (I still have another hexagon quilt with smaller hexies that needs to be completed)  I am not sure how to finish this one though.  The edges are not straight.  I guess I will have to do particial blocks to complete it.  I will post a picture next week when I have all of the hexies sewn together.  Then the experienced flower makers out there can give me some advice. 

Don't you just love this one?