Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Winter Wonderland ... is fun!

What a glorious morning this is! Love it!

(Went outside to shovel and feed the birds but ended up have way too much for a grown-up.)

Some of my friends are flakes.

Meet my friend, Hildegard. She is new to Canada. She has fallen from the sky very slowly, through out the day,  yesterday. This morning, I helped her organised her "things" and put them together. 😇 (Don't really like that smirk. Let's try something else.)

Her smile is so sweet now. Her eyes are kind of droopy, giving her a sleepy look. Let's wake her up a bit more.

She looks somewhat brighter. What if .... ?

Oh Yes!! So much better. She's even sexy, (well, if you're a flake). Now she's ready for Hollywood. No, wait! I think her body needs some work too.

Let's start with the brains. (See how Hildegard is defying gravity here. Half her weight is off the table, just floating. Before disaster strikes, I set her down on more solid ground.)

That's what I call getting your brains picked.

I turned around and plonk! her nose fell off. Okay, let's fix that before the surgery to the body.

Hey, she now has the same nose as me. We're like sisters.  She definitively needs a face lift, especially the jaw line and the lips area. My gosh! so much work still to be done.
An hour later, Hildegaarrrrddddd is slowly melting  leaving Canada.

Don't be sad. She will be back soon. VERY soon.

On this 6th day, of the month of December, 2016, in Ontario, Canada, I, being of sane mind, solemnly declared on this blog, taking the entire world as my witness, to never work as a plastic surgeon or any other fields pertaining to plastic surgery, for as long as I live. Thank you.

Until next time ...


Monday, 5 December 2016

Monday's Promises

What's on my design wall today? Nothing. My work is everywhere but the design wall. Let me explain.

Over the weekend, I pieced the backing for my RSC2015 quilt.

And I mean  really PIECED it!

It needed a little patching up. 
Don't have much left of this stripe fabric with flowers. Have even less of the green one. (in the first photo on the left) The bottom striped fabric was also added at the top and about one meter is what's left of that one. All are flannels. (It was so much fun playing with flannels again.) So that was a good use of older fabrics.

Pinning it together took most of the weekend, but I am finally ready to quilt it. Yes!!

I got more twine for my basket, cut some more old fabric and joined the strips together. It is now ready for a few more rounds.

Do NOT adjust the colours on your monitor if these blocks look orange. They are! (lol) (This is the first time I join Bonnie in the making of her Mystery Quilt.) I don't have a magenta fabric and I usually don't buy more than a meter, especially if the colour (magenta) is not one I would use often. So I decided to swap the colour for my favourite one; Orange. For the same reason, don't expect purple in this quilt. Anywho, I won't make a large quilt; at the most a throw.

And there are still plenty of blocks from the 365 Challenge to be made.

Playing with the flannels is like opening a Pandora's box for me. Now I'm itching to finish this crumb quilt.

More blocks are needed as I have two crumb quilts to make. My oldest son has received his flannel quilt. You can see it in this post.

One row is already assembled. I hope I have kept the "map" of this somewhere.

So, do you think I have enough to keep me busy? I hope so because this morning we woke up to this.

Yep, more of the white fluffy stuff. And still falling. And will for the entire day.
I have to go out and shovel some of it because
they can barely find the seeds I left on the chair. Need to refill the feeders.

But first, let's have breakfast.

Until next time ...


Joining Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

November OMG and Oops!

For the November One Monthly Goal, I wanted to finish the blocks left from the month of June of the 365 (block-a-day) Challenge but I had some Oops!

June 8 to 16
The blocks of June 1st to the 16th were previously made back when it was sunny and warm. The goal for November was to make from the 18th to the 30th. Here's how it went.

First a picture of June 17th as it was finished back then but not yet shown.

17 - Colt's Corral with 16 pieces.

18 - Mineral Wells - 69 pieces

19 - WTC Union - 31 pieces

20 - Joseph Coats - 49 pieces

21 - Windblown Squares - 24 pieces

Now here's the thing; in the North Hemisphere, June is the beginning of Summer. Since Kathryn lives in Australia, she was at the beginning of Winter. Hence the Windblown Squares block. BUT, Kathryn, being the angel that she is, thought of us, up North, and also gave us the block for December 21st (in other words, her Summer block) appropriately named Summer Wind. And yes, I did both. 😃

21 - Summer Wind - 45 pieces (another contender for RSC2017)

22 - Buckwheat - 32 pieces

You may have noticed that there's a big Oops! in this block. That's what happen when I try to rush and multi-task, trying to reach my goal. Of course I only noticed it after the block had its corners trimmed. At the moment, it is my humble block. I have a feeling it will go through a surgery before the quilt gets assembled. (Maybe I should change it now while I still have some of that fabric left?) 😖

Union Square - made at the same time as Buckwheat, also got a Oops!  The pattern calls for 4 dark and 5 light. (!!!) See the mistake? So I started over and the above 9-patch will go into another quilt. :^D

23 - Union Square - 21 pieces (not counting the blooper)

24 - Virginia Reel - 56 pieces

25 - Wyoming Valley - uh! ... no, not yet.

I didn't achieved my goal for November. :^(  I had a craft sale on November 12 and didn't start working on the blocks before the 15th of the month. Yes, I know, procrastinating is an ugly disease!   😒

Group photo
Total of 343 pieces for 9 blocks completed (and two bloopers). Not bad!

For the OMG December, my goal will be to baste and quilt RSC2015 named Hidden Gems. Yes, this lovely quilt, which has attracted so much attention, is not quilted yet.

I would be very happy to have it quilted before December 31st. Wish me luck because it is a full size quilt.

I will also continue to plow through the 365 Challenge blocks. Stay tuned to see more pictures of them blocks.

Joining Patty at Elm Street Quilt for One Monthly Goal: December. You can see all the new challenges and don't forget to check out all the achieved November goals. Some are wonderful, as always.

Joining Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for "Can I get a Whoop Whoop?" because seriously,  who doesn't need a Whoop Whoop?

Joining Myra at Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday. Any projects made this week, finished or not, involving fabric, yarn or thread is welcome at Myra's place.

Joining Angie at A Quilting Reader's Garden for WIPs Be Gone.

Hope to see you there too.

Until next time ...


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Whatever (changes) Wednesday

Whatever Wednesday or Whatever happened to Blogger?
Such a nice surprise this morning on Blogger. What was on the left side is now on the right side. What was hidden under a tab is now on the left side. Isn't it kind of late Blogger to do Spring cleaning? I truly believe your timing is very wrong and upsetting but, I will adapt because I FEAR!

Now this being said, let's move on!

Just wanted to show you a pillow I did before I came to Blogland. It was made for my son who loves black. I mean LOVES black.  Remember the black 9-Patch quilt I showed on my blog about a year?  No? Here it is again. 

Anywho! I made a pillow for the same son. (in the picture above with squinted eyes against the sun) The pillow doesn't necessarily have to match the quilt. With boys, matching stuff is lost on them. As long it is representing what they love or has the colour they want, all is good. 

A Dutchmen Puzzle Block was chosen by DS2. If you look closely, you'll see that I did the block too small for the pillow and had to sash it. The front is colourful and the back, not so much.

For him, this side is now the front. (At age 20, I guess colours aren't as cool as they used to.)  It is the same block. What a difference changing the values makes. So changes sometimes, aren't that different. They just read differently.

Until next time ...

Don't be afraid of the changes.


Saturday, 19 November 2016

What now ? (photo heavy)

The craft sale is over and now what? What do I do now?

I was taken by this busy bag 😃

so much so that I made ten large and three smaller ones for the craft sale . 😊 I had 15 more bags cut and prepped but didn't had enough time to finish them all. 
some of the prepped bags
I did every possible mistake one can make sewing up this simple bag. Even sewing the front to the front! Yes, I did that. Ironed the cut and prepped interfacing together onto another fabric that needed ironing. Oh yes, I did that mess too. I was so disorganised, I should have quite and go for a walk or something. But I was caught up in a panic to finish more busy bags, more gifts bags, more wine bottle bags and butterflies too, of course.

Gift bag, wine bag and butterflies. Hairpins butterflies on cards
and two are with clips (no cards)
Gift bags, wine bags

Came Saturday, I was happy, alert and full of adrenaline! (not to mention coffee)

I am happy with the sale. I sold a few items and that was very rewarding. All the purple butterflies were the first to fly away, lol. 

Even if they look alike, not two are the same.
Of the ten busy bags, three were sold. You might say that's not a lot but since there wasn't as many buyers as we expected and we need to keep in mind that not everyone has young children, I consider three a very good number. 
A must have: cats and dogs
The bonus; a lady asked for my name and phone number as she works with children with special needs in a school. Wouldn't that be cool to have "an order" for some bags ? Wow! She hasn't called yet and my hopes were fading, but maybe, the school council hasn't had their meeting yet. Could be. So my hopes are still alive. Anywho! not wasting any sleep on this. 

Three smaller bags. 
After the craft sale, after the rush of the adrenaline, I was exhausted and stayed away from the sewing room just to reboot my energy. On Monday, I've puttered around and got nothing much done. Straighten up the sewing room, cleaning up the house, wasting time on Pinterest, ... you know ... just stuff.  But Tuesday was more productive.

I started a new project. 😄 There's nothing like starting something new to refresh the creative energy, right? 

Remember my DS1's carpet made with some old canvas fabric I had ? 

Well, I grab the long leftovers stripes and cut them down to one inch wide. I sewed them all together in one very long stripe, starting with the brown and then the blue fabric. I rolled it up into a ball and grab some twine and started spinning these two together.

It didn't take long for me to realise my mistake. The twine is to big and with the addition of the canvas, the cord barely fitted under the foot of the sewing machine. I tried with the dogs down and it wasn't any better.
Another lesson learned was don't sew all the way up to the clip. It's really hard to spin it when it is that close to the foot.

But I prevailed. It was very hard on the shoulder and neck muscles. I had to pause often so the progress was slow.

The next morning, I looked for the Teflon foot and it was like a miracle worker! Yes! This project is finally fun to make! You can see the difference in the stitches in these pictures.

Petal to the metal, I sewed it all up ...

... well until I got to the end of the twine! Hahaha!

It's not the prettiest of baskets but it is also my first try. :^D So this is now set aside until I go to the hardware store.

A while back, I received the Broken Dish Swap.

Thanks to Barb, at Fun With Barb, hostess of this fun swap, I now possess 80 gorgeous Broken Dish blocks. The fabrics, the craftsmanship, everything is just perfect. I love my blocks! I will participate in a swap again. 😄
I did play with them a little bit, looking for a layout.

If I do what I have in mind, this project will be another long-winded quilt. Do I need another one of those when I already have two on the go ? (which are going nowhere fast!) The blocks went back into the plastic bags to rest for a while. 😞

As I was picking up fabrics tossed all around the sewing room in my frenzy of last week, I found my RSC 2016 project. Got the fabric out and started to look at the possibility of finishing this one. This year? Hmmm... /:^}

Now that the sewing room is clearer if not cleaner, I must work on my OMG (One Monthly Goal) for November.

I want to finish the month of June and I am at day 18. Can I reach the end of the month in only a week and a half?  We'll see. Nothing like a deadline to spur me into action.

So that's what's going on at my place.  Like I said; not much beside brainstorming but someone has to do it.

You can find me at Angela's place today, just enjoying all the rainbows.
Come Monday, I'll be with Beth at Love, Laugh, Quilt. See you there.

Until next time ...