Saturday, 14 September 2019

No Way! Not Doing It.

I didn't sew much this week but I do have a little bit to show you.

First, what's a sewing session without a blooper? So I started with that!

(I swear I don't do these on purpose.) (Just notice I have the same fabric twice in this one. Darn!) (Nah! It will be fine once it is fenced in by the other blocks.)

Got it fix.

Now that that's done and out of the way, the rest of the session should go like a breeze, right? Of course!

Three different size headaches on my design wall.

Next block for the 365 Challenge is

Our Editor with 24 pieces. I think the bottom needs a little bit of editing.

Then comes October 13, Puss in the Corner.

I've never seen Puss in the Corner made this way but it makes a nice block.

I looked at the next block for October 14: Bachelor's Puzzle. And I said "NO WAY!"

"NO WAY!" 

What does the Bachelor's Puzzle look like, you ask.

It looks like this:

If you know me at all, you know I don't like Y-seams and they don't like me right back. Have you noticed how many Y-seams are in this 3.5 inches block? Look again. Look closely!

Waaaayyyy too many for this little girl. And that's in a 3.5 inches block!

"NO WAY!" I am not doing this one.

So, I went searching for another block.

Kathryn (designer of 365 Challenge) is so considerate of people's different levels of expertise, that she added a few "bonus" blocks during the year and I was smart enough to save them.

Somewhere during the year, it was my birthday, right? (yes, I grew older too even if it doesn't show much, lol)  So for this quilt, let's pretend it is October 14, okay?

Who said no?
Oh, com'on, Pink! play along, please?       Thank you! :^D

So I picked the Birthday Cake Block.


Much easier.  More pieces though but still, they were 29 easy pieces to sew.

Voilà! That's where I'm at.

Oh yes! I did fondle some purple too.
One little 9-Patch and more purple fabric pressed and waiting on the ironing board. Hopefully I can play with my sewing machine some more this weekend.

Have a great one.


Joining Angela at So Scrappy
Cynthia for Oh Scrap!

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Week End Play

Thank you all so much for your comments. I appreciated each and every one of you. I feel lucky to have such supportive friends. Thank you.

For those who want to know:
My son will be followed by a new therapist and had a change in meds. Hope this works out.
My DH has decided, on his own and without any threats from me, to let the chalet go. The so-called "great deal" on the chalet was the "friendly" price. Hubby thought it was the asking price and he could get a much better, reduced price, but no. The "friendly" price was way off what DH would pay for such a small chalet. So, yay me!
At work ... well, it's still a WIP.

For those who want to know about quilty stuff:
Last week end was a long week end here in Canada (too) and I was able to play with my sewing machine.

It took me the better part of that week end to finish the second corner of 365 Challenge.

Remember this?

Gosh! That was so long ago. Last February, I started on this corner block and got this much achieved.
After studying the pattern for a long time, as I have lost where I was and what was next, I started working on it again.

Some of the flowers are now showing on two sides.

One more flower and the beginning of the basket.

Almost done.

and Ta-dah!
This block measures 12 inches finished and has 119 pieces. Only two more corners to do.

My leader-ender while sewing the corner was this tiny little one.

Called the Union, this block has 41 pieces inside a 3.5 unfinished frame. It is October 11th and it means that there's only 81 more blocks to go. Whoop Whoop!

Lynn from Klein Meisje Quilts shared a tip that I have adopted.
When cutting dark fabric, I started to flip them, like Lynn suggested, and cut them from the wrong side. The fabric is usually lighter on the wrong side. I do this especially when the pieces are small.

It makes the task so much easier. Neat trick! Thank you Lynn. 

Now, for this weekend. Well, this past Tuesday was our first Artisanat meeting and my friend gave me a nice little bag of scraps.

Oooohhh! Lucky me. So much fun!

My bag of purple/pink scrap is getting pretty full.
Guess I'll have to do something about it and get into the color of the month.

And I got from the library a few audio books. Hopefully, there's one I will like while I'm sewing to my heart's content.

Hope you all get to sew a bit too


Joining Angela at SoScrappy
Cynthia for Oh Scrap!
Sarah at Confession of a Fabric Addict
Alycia for Finished or Not Finished Friday 
Denise for Put Your Foot Down 

Saturday, 31 August 2019

No Tranquility Here

The Child and Family Centre where I work is opening two more Centres and it will renovate the one I work at. During the renovation, we will all be working at one of the new Centre. I have to buy everything needed for two Centres, keep the inventory to date and pack our office, beside my usual work which was already a full time job. 😓  No, I'm not alone doing the packing since every one has to pack their own cubicle but still, the reception, the playroom, the conference room, etc. etc.  Sigh! All the things we aren't taking with us have to be posted as giveaways and there's a lot of them. It's just chaos! 😵 The new clerk just hired three months ago is fabulous. Thank you, Lord.

Image result for moving boxes chaos

I get so tired at the end of the day, I don't even care about sewing. Yes, I did say don't care about sewing. 😕

Now, my youngest son's health is on the fragile end again. And my husband just announced that he got a GRRREEEAAAT deal on a chalet, right on the lake. 👀
"Com'on honey! What do you say?"
- Do I really need another house to take care of? 😒
But it'll be fun, he said!  😭

So, please somebody, anybody, tell me, how can I clone myself? I just wish one of me could sleep while the other one works.

Anywho! Sorry about singing the blues today. How about I show you some blue instead? Here goes.

Ladies Aid Album with 21 pieces

Followed by a Gaggle of Geese - 14 pieces

and a Sail Boat - 13 pieces

I know it's supposed to be much darker but I don't like sailing in the dark. 😀

So I told my DH that I didn't want to buy the chalet. Because there aren't any fabric shops near by.  It was his turn to have a funny look on his pretty face. 😀

Happy sewing


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and Cynthia for Oh Scrap!

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Sewing Capsules and Morning Blues

Do you do sewing capsules?

What is it you ask.

Well, it's basically prepped blocks with instruction that are at the ready when you are.

I use fruit plastic boxes (because Canada is a big user of plastic and I don't understand why). Anywho! I prepped some complicated blocks and stored them with their instructions.

Some of you probably use plastic bags or ziplock bags. That's good too and I do too.

For the corner blocks of the 365 Challenge quilt, I need both ... together.

For instance, in this box I have a bag for the left, the centre and the right flower as they are of different fabric. The rest of the pieces for the block are at the bottom of the box with the instruction. It's very important not to forget the instruction.

I love it when I can open a box and everything is there, ready for the sewing machine.
I had a few sewing session and the Field of Poppies became my leader-ender.

For those of you who wonder why I undid Field of Poppies (a.k.a. Good Fortune), well the green-blue blocks were smaller than the red ones. The quilt was wavy, full of puckers and down right below my usual standard. I know I can do better than that, but I was in a rush to finish it and at the time, thought that quilting it would smooth things out. Not. It was just displeasing to me. It's slowly being pieced back together and it looks so much better already. No pictures yet but you can enjoy these little 3.5 inches ones for now.

October 6 : Simple Design - 17 pieces. It isn't trimmed yet and I know it looks like I'll be losing the points of the big square but the original block doesn't have the points.
Different, isn't it? I don't make them as dark as the instruction asks.

Then comes ...

October 7 : Lattice - 12 pieces

I'm slowly getting back into it.


Joining Sarah for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? 
Angela for Rainbow Scrap Challenge as I finally have the right color for the month, lol.
Cynthia for Oh Scrap! on Sunday
Sarah for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Dusting off the sewing machine

My sewing machine got dusty while waiting for me to come talk with her.

Don't know what this is supposed to be but I thought it was funny. 

Julie at JulieKQuilts is working on her Dear Jane quilt. It got me longing for my own long term project: 365 Challenge.

So I sat at the machine and sew one block up to see how it goes. Well, it didn't go so well.  I'm out of practice and made a blooper. On the other hand, it is so typical of me to start with an oops! Lol.

I didn't focus much on which side the light blue went and it ended up with a totally different design. Not pretty. (it isn't sewn together)

So I cut some more fabric, a tiny little 1.5 inch square and started over.

So much better.  Sorry for the blurry picture. I must be out of practice as a photographer too.

Don't forget to visit Angela for more blues.


Joining Cynthia on Sunday for Oh Scrap!

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Falling Apart

Remember this one.

Fields of Poppies (a.k.a. Good Fortune by Bonnie K. Hunter) was done in May and ... 

... fell apart in July. I sew it up real quick because I wanted it done before a certain date and ... it was a mess. It did manage to look good on the photos but in real life it wasn't that good looking.

It stalled me and I couldn't get my mojo going because I was disappointed in myself.

Then, in June, we had a wedding.
DH's nephew got married ... in the rain. We were all crowded inside, it was muggy, humid, stuffy ... a miserable evening. I felt sad for them. All the planning, preparations, attention to details, spending, hoping, wishing and it rains! But them, they were still happy to be together and I think a little oblivious of the weather.

We also had an uncle who decided to have the upper hand on cancer and went for an assisted death. It was very odd to know when he will pass away before it occurred. Counting the days, then the hours before his suffering ends. I just couldn't deal with this and it messed up my mind. On his funeral day, I couldn't cry. I loved him and I understand and respect his choice, it's just that I ... can't find the words to express this new feeling. On his funeral day, it was my birthday and I couldn't smile when people gave me their good wishes for a long and beautiful life. It was so at odds with what I was going through inside.

It took a long time before my life resume its "normal" rhythm. I realize that there are some things you can't change and need to accept no matter how much you don't want to. There are other things that you can change or have to change no matter how much you don't feel like it. I knew that I couldn't accept Good Fortune the way it was so I had to change it.

So I sat at my favorite spot, by my lonesome and ripped. Listening to the birds, talking to my uncle and my dad ...

it all came falling apart until ...

... it was all done and stacked.     

All the block B (blue/green block) need to be redone. 

Slowly, as I get back up, Fields of Poppies will mend too. 


Thursday, 25 July 2019

Whatever Wednesday (on Thursday)

Whatever happened to me? I know I was gone a long time. Sorry.

I said I would show you the sensory blankets I did with my group at the Artisanat but then I disappeared. So finally, I have the pictures all prepped to show you what we did. Let's get started.

We had a ball making these blankets. Now I just can't remember how many we made but I can say it was a lot.

Many members showed up on a cool Saturday morning. Sewing stations, ironing stations, cutting stations, every one had a job. In this picture, you can see on the first table two sensory blanket are set up and ready to be pieced together. On the bottom right, the white blob is an old tablecloth. It was so lovely and yet she put the scissors to it because it had a very nice texture.

When we were done with one project, a lady would bring us more pieces, setting it down so it was easy to assemble it. The blankets either had 16 patches of 6 inches or 9 patches of 8.5 inches. We added things to most of the patches; pompoms, stuffed gloves, piece of a silk tie, lace, crochet flowers, etc.
(In the first picture, the blanket on the far left sports a huge white pompom. So cute!)

There even was a table for the finishing. These ladies sew by hand the binding down. A lot of times, they were asked to unpicked something though. They were just as glad to do it for us so we could continue to sew. Gosh! I wish I could keep one of them at home, lol. AND there was a lot of talking, laughing and a good time all around.

This is part of the textured fabric, flannel, fur, lace, ribbons, etc that the ladies brought to be used in the making of the blankets. Click on picture to see larger.  There was enough on those tables to keep us busy for 3 or 4 days. The generosity of this group is just AWEsome!! We will do this again.

I don't have any close up of a finished blanket (what a great photographer I am. No, not quitting my day-job, lol.)

I do have two examples of what was assembled. Click on picture to see it larger.

I sew from 9 am to 2 pm non-stop. It was fun. I would have gone longer but my back had enough of the hard plastic chair, lol. Can't wait for next year.


Saturday, 25 May 2019

Good Fortune and Orange Twist

I've been working on a quilt that wasn't on my to-do list. What's the point of keeping a to-do list if I prefer to work on quilts that aren't listed? I don't know! I'm asking you.

Quiltville's Quips & Snips!!
Picture taken from Bonnie K. Hunter website
Good Fortune just captivated me at its reveal. Since January, I've been slowly patching units together to produce blocks to finally get my very own Good Fortune.

It's not completed but completed enough for me to present it to you.

Here is "Field of Poppies".

What I first saw in Bonnie K. Hunter's design were the flowers. Big orange flowers in a field and I decided to make the centres of my flowers black as I wanted poppies. I also switched the red for orange and the orange for red.

I love it! I'll try to make the flowers more apparent, visible with the quilting but for now, I have to decided on the borders.

I love Bonnie's borders as they lighten the hot/cold centre. I think they are too much for me to tackle though. I know me. I'll end up with one side two inches too long and the other side 3/4 inch too short. Should I give it a try? These borders take a long time to do I'm sure. None of the fabrics for the borders are cut so I can do whatever I want. I know I want more green but not sure what.

I hope the quilt will let me know shortly.

This morning, I went sewing with the Artisanat. We did some sensory blankets for people with Alzheimer. More on that next time.


Joining Angela at SoScrappy.
Joining Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework.
Joining Beth at Love Laugh Quilt

No Way! Not Doing It.

I didn't sew much this week but I do have a little bit to show you. First, what's a sewing session without a blooper? So I sta...