Monday, 22 August 2016

365 Challenge: June begins

On the 365 Challenge project, I've (finally) started the month of June, which is the month with the most pieces so far, and the more pieces you have in a block, the more room there is for mistakes. (Please, don't ask me how I know!)

These are 6.5 inches blocks (finishing at 6).

The month begins with Arrow Points - 61 pieces

Crow's Foot - 40 pieces

Fox and Geese - 57 pieces ( I love this one!)

Aunt Mary's Double Irish Chain - 32 pieces. It was calling for mitred corners and I kind of avoid escape skirted the issue by piecing it in a different order. Hehehe.

Odds and Ends - 28 pieces (another one I really like)

Reversed Flying Geese - 54 pieces but simple enough. In this one, I used many little leftovers from the blocks and made a random layout instead of the more colour shading unit the pattern called for.

Blythe's Best - 53 pieces (not as simple as it looks)

and group photo as usual

In this picture are 325 pieces for 7 blocks. Next block has 73 pieces and there's one with ... let's keep that for another post, shall we?

Grand Total of pieces sewn so far : 3 867 and counting!

Joining Love, Laugh, Quilt for Monday Making!

Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday.

Until next time ...


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Whatever Wednesday

Not a quilting post but still about fabric.

Sue at Suebee's World had sewn a Jelly Roll together but didn't like it much.  She gave me a large piece of it and I had fun hunting some matching fabric in my stash. This past weekend, this mess slowly  ...

... turned into this:

horizontal bag
and then, this:

horizontal bag from other side and vertical bag

I so love my new bags. I did remove a few of the strips from the horizontal bag as it made it too deep. I used the strips for the handles of bag #2 on the right and the inside pocket.  The outside pocket fabric comes from my stash. I think it works well.

The green lining fabric was bought when I did DS1 last quilt (named "Take 21") but I didn't liked it. I sure do like it in this project though. The handles are the leftover binding from a quilt named "Far Away". The bags look very beach-y and summer-y, you know, fun bags!  Thanks again Sue!

I prepped 24 butterflies to decorate a dozen hair pins. I will bring these to the craft sale in October. Can you image that it's in two months ? Gosh! I have to hurry on these projects.

I had a lovely visitor on Monday. The rain had finally stopped and I stepped outside to find Mr. Neighbour's cat strolling in my backyard.  He is usually very shy and skittish, and I can't approach him much.

On Monday, he must have been happy to see me too because we played together for more than 30 minutes.  I had so much fun. I so miss having a cat.

He has a very soft purr, very low. I don't know his name. I should ask Mr. Neighbour.

Not sure the chickadees would appreciate me having a cat!  _^..^_

Anywho! Back to fabric. 
When the time comes, I will link up with:
Cynthia for Oh Scraps!
Nicky for Scraptastic Tuesday 

as it might inspire others who hoard fabrics love projects made with scraps. :^D

Until next time ... 


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Surprise Mail

The surprise box from Suebee's World has arrived from Florida today and (sssssqueeeeaaaalllll!) it is sooooo full of great goodies. Want to see?

When Sue says she filled up the box to the top, she isn't exaggerating one iota!!

I opened the box in the car with my car key as I couldn't wait until I got home to have a peek! (you know, ADHD people are like that.) That's when I started to squeal (and haven't stopped yet)!

Between the box and the lid there is a pattern tucked in there. That's how full the box is!!

Ta-dah!! It's the kind of package that once it's opened, you can't closed properly anymore. 

Sue managed to put all this in an 8 X 8 box. Wow!
Now, let's see what's in there. (Squeal!)

A quilt pattern from Atkinson Designs called Cheese and Crackers. A Sweet Treat Bag pattern by Moda and a messenger bag kit by My Mind's Eye. So cute, all of them!

Eight fat quarters of flannel. (I love flannel!!) Just in time as I have started to think of playing with my flannel bins.  A jelly roll named Aviary from the Three Sisters for Moda. So soft colours in this one. Yumm!

Needles, two spools of thread (the kind I use for hand quilting : Mettler and Gutermann) in pink. How did she know which colour I was missing ? A charm pack named Wildflowers by Sentimental Studios for Moda. A package of blades, embroidery thread, a measuring tape, a heat bond tape, and another jelly roll ... in soft blue! (laying opened under the measuring tape)

Nope! Not done yet. There's still more.

A variety package of cords to make necklaces from Jewelry Fundamentals (necklace making is something I want to try with the origami butterflies. Again, how did she know?) A compartment organiser for the little things needed for the butterflies and necklaces, I suppose. (so thoughtful!) A mini charm named PotLuck from Moda. A bag of hexagon templates.

Am I thrilled or what?

But wait, that's not all!!

She even gave me some of the lovely fabrics she used to make tote bags I admired so much on her blog. I can now have a tote bag just like hers. YAY! You can see the fabric underneath all the goodies in the fourth and sixth photo.  You can see Sue's lovely totes here.

Sue, you are soooo generous ! I thank you so much. I totally appreciate Every. Single. Item!   :^D

I know someone who can't wait for some sewing time. Do you?

Until next time ...

;^D   (ssssqueeeaaalll)

P.S. I wrote this post late last night and before publishing this morning, I thought of adding  a couple of pictures.  This morning, I couldn't stop myself from playing with the Jelly Roll Race "fabric" that Sue didn't like so much. Here's what I got so far. 

I believe I have enough for two tote bags, so I'm auditioning some fabric for the handles. It's always more fun to play with other people's stuff, isn't it?  :^D

Sunday, 7 August 2016

I'm in a hurry to get things done ...

....Oh I rush and rush until life's no fun ... (lyrics from Alabama song)

That's what I did yesterday and this morning. Now a whole bunch of things are done (cleaning, laundry, baking, sewing) only the chicken to be put in the oven for diner and I can (finally) sit, take a deep breath and enjoy life once again. Siiiiggghhhh!!

I did finish the month of May. Yay!  These blocks finish at 6 inches.

May 27th was Roman Cross - 33 pieces (pictures acting up again!)

Garden Maze - 41 pieces (another contender for RSC2017)

Eight Hands - 37 pieces

New Hour Glass - 44 pieces (had some issues with this one. I put some blue grapes in the middle and the brown grapes on the outside.) Needs a trim.

And May 31st : Rolling Pinwheel - 36 pieces for a total of 191.

Group photo! lol. Windy day!

The total for May is -   1 252
The total for the first five months of the year is -   3 542
Pheew! That's a lot of scraps! 

Now this being said, I want to slow the pace right down to a crawl... it is windy today and I love windy days, so out the door I am going. Of course, I'll bring something to keep my hands busy. 

I have a few butterflies prepped, waiting for the final touches. I also would like to put a few stitches in Shakespeare that has been so neglected. 

I will be at Kathy's (Kathy's Quilts) for Slow Sunday Stitching
and at Cynthia's place (Quilting is more fun than Housework) for Oh Scraps!
I'll cross the ocean to be with Nicky's place (Mrs Sew and Sow) for Scraptastic Tuesday! She is preparing a quilt a long. Come and see.

Hope to see you there!

Until next time ...


Friday, 5 August 2016

Another Week Done, Another Week Late!

I finished another week of the 365 Challenge.  YAY!

Last time, I had done all the blocks up to May 19th. So on with May 20th which looks like this;

Weathervane - 37 pieces

May 21st - Arrow Crown - 81 pieces

May 22nd - Corn and Beans - 44 pieces

Union Star for May 23rd - 45 pieces (I can see this as a RSC block) :^D

May 24th - Night and Noon - 33 pieces

May 25th - Cut Glass Dish - 60 pieces (I love this one. Maybe for RSC too?)

May 26th wants to be funny and keeps flipping to its side, oh well! It is Strawberry Smoothie (which I now call Strawberry Wine lol). It has 29 pieces.

Making a total for the week of   329 pieces. Only 5 more block and the month of May will be done. Since we are already in August, that means I am nine weeks behind. I am one week later than I was before. Oh well. Life happens! Sometimes it happens like this;

We had to remove my favourite spruce to make the driveway larger.  We have a car and a "tank" (my van) plus a company van that DH drives to work. Last month, DS1 bought a car which gets to park in the garage and our car now sleeps outside. (Since it's an old thing and his car is newer, we don't mind.) On weekends, when all the vehicles are parked, it can get tricky for me to come out of the garage with the tank. So, we waited until all the nests in the tree were empty and doom day came during the long weekend of August. Darn!! (I have already planted another one in the backyard. :^D) The lower branches were more than six feet long. It did took a lot of space. The boys dragged all the branches into the backyard. There's pine cones everywhere. Sooooo many pine cones! This tree was an excellent bird feeder. Sigh! This week end, DH and the boys will deal with the stump. Next year, we might finally get the driveway paved. Maybe.

Anywho! I have to get back to un-stitching hexies and stitching the last of May.

Until nest next time ...


Linking up with Sarah at Confession of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

OMG What will I do?

I have been thinking about my August's goal since last week and all I have achieved is to make the list of choices longer! Duh!

So many of you mentioned that I should continue on my hexi quilt that I will go with that!

Before I can applique the borders, I need to deconstructed what I had previously HAND SEWN.

Since I was afraid the batting would peek thru where the hexies join, my stitches are very small and tight.

Because of its shape, some sides of the hexi are cut on the bias. As I am unstitching  these, I have to be careful not to pull too much on the fabric. These hexies don't have their papers underneath for support and they can easily warp.

It will be a slow process but one I need to do.  I have learned so much while making this first hexagon quilt and how to add a border is just another lesson. Learning something new is never a loss. Therefore, deconstructing the border on my quilt is a win! (Riiiight!! Keep saying that, Chantal!)

My friend Pink came over last Friday and we talked about quilts. (Ain't that odd or what? lol) I had this picture in my head of what my hexi quilt will look like in the end, and the borders were navy blue. I have stopped at a wrong place I think because both ends finish with a dark diamond. I don't like that against the navy blue. So Pink said "Use a different fabric! " This kid is too smart! Now, I am hunting my stash for something I like.

I am joining Heidi at Red Letter Quilts for OMG as my August's goal is way over my head, definitively boring, prep the sides of the quilt so they are ready for applique.

Until next time ...