Wednesday 29 April 2015

Binding's on

Look who is at the binding stage ... FINALLY !!!

Yes, it is Take 21!
Since I only have 2-3 inches done so far and there is 324 inches of binding, I have quite a lovely evening (or two, or three!) of slow stitching ahead of me. :D Hope you get to sew today too.

I am joining A Quilter's Reader's Garden for WIPs Be Gone.
I will join Julie K Quilts for Binding Blitz when the linking party is open.

Until next time ....


Saturday 18 April 2015

Purplicious day!

Angela at SoScrappy picked the colour purple for April's Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Here's my purple.

7 purple blocks ! I don't like the one in the middle but it is staying.

I think this is a better layout.

Hop to SoScrappy and come see what purple-y fun we had this week.

To my bloggers friends: if you haven't heard from me lately, it is not because I am ignoring you. I love to comment on my friends' blogs. Sadly, for some time now, I can't!  Something in my firewalls or somewhere else, is stopping my comments from appearing on some of my friends' posts! Anyone else with this problem? I've been commenting on these blogs before and all was well. So what's wrong now? I can comment on some blogs and others I can't. FrrrRUSSSStttRRRAAAtiNG!!  I'll keep trying to find a solution to this one.

Until next time....


Sunday 12 April 2015

Slow Stitching on a Slow Project

Remember the Quilt of the Century I am working on? .... well, I am still working on it! :)

I attached rows 25 and 26 since the last time I shared pictures with you which was ...

back in November or was that December ? 

So on to row 27 which is blue. So today I will either assemble some blue diamonds together or attach the diamonds to the quilt. 
So far, I have two done so eight more to go. :) 
Sitting out on the porch, in the glorious sunshine, it will be very hard not to enjoy this hour or so of slow stitching. Hope you will too. 

Linking up to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching with so many others talented people. 

Until next time .... 


Wednesday 8 April 2015

What Have I Done During the Loooonnnggg Weekend?

I did some sandwiches ... lots of sandwiches ... and none for the boys lol.

But first, I did some bloopers! on the same border! What is wrong with me???
Last week, I decided to add a border of 6 inches and I wanted it in two different neutral fabric so 3 inches each, right? Easy, right? Oh Bother!!

Comes the weekend and all I could remember was 3 inches and two neutrals so I did this.
Two borders of 1.5 inches each!!! Thank Goodness I realized my mistake before I sew the LAST border on. Yes, I did the entire quilt except for the last side before I noticed it wasn't wide enough! You think living with an ADHD person is hard? Try being one.  :^{  No fun!
Anywho! I ripped the borders.

It won't go to waste. It's already all in the 9 patch quilt box. :^)
Cut some more fabric at 3 inches and started to add the borders, again.  Then came the outer border of little Broken Dish blocks.
Remember these? Okay so I sew the bottom one on and it's too wide. What? No, no I had made the math and I've checked it and ...  it's wrong. So what now? Make another corner block?  because I have already done this one too small and now it's too big so I can't change it again? Really? I remove the border and by that time Friday was gone and I had to go to bed.

Next morning, I looked at my Friday Night's mess and I decided to remove one pair of Broken Dish instead. Did manage to make a hole in the fabric and had to redo one block. Then sew the border back together and .... Hey! it fits!
♪♫Happy dance♫♪  
Did the other borders on the other side and yes, I remember to remove one pair of BD block BEFORE sewing it to the quilt. Oh, I am getting SOOOO smart lol. Before the afternoon was over, it was happily dancing in the wind.

Sue Garman's vintage block quilt is a flimsy!!  HOORAY! 

Yes I did find a better name for it but I'll keep it secret until it is all quilted. 

Look at all the lovely borders !! :D   It does look good in the sunshine ... or am I just happy to see sunshine? 

Anyway, like I said, I did sandwiches. 
Pinned the beast down. Oh! my knees are so sore today but I am so glad to see it done. 

And look who is sandwiched on the quilting frame! My Ohio Star quilt. No, Take 21 is not completely quilted yet, but since I had to remove it from the frame and couldn't stand seeing the frame empty any longer, I rolled this one onto it. You may notice that I have only 2.5 inches of batting at the bottom of the quilt and not 12 inches !! :-} Oh, I'm getting SOOOO smart! Seeing this one up might encourage me to finish Take 21. I have one and half row to quilt. 

Then I sandwiched this little bed rug I've done during Summer of 2013. I used up all the reds, pinks and purples from a jelly roll I had bought a while back. I added a few of my purples and reds. And now it is finally time to sandwich it. 
Or is it sandwiched? Do I really want to leave it like that without a border?
If I add a border to it, I'll have to change the backing because that's all I have of that fleece and it just fits so perfectly and it's red to boot. Okay, let me think about this one a little longer. 

But this one is sandwiched for sure.
It is Cascadia Doll Quilt from Lori at Humble Quilts who so graciously gave us the instructions in a fun Mystery Quilt-a-long. This one is coming with me on my retreat next month, in case I want to do a little hand sewing in the evening or what have you. Because I'm not gonna let go of such a good habit, of sewing before going to bed, just because I'm at a retreat right?  Just checking, lol. I chose a toile in very light gray for the backing of Cascadia. I love this piece of fabric and I don't have a lot but I don't mind cutting into it for this little quilt. :-)

So those are the sandwiches I did over the weekend. This week, when I have a little bit of sewing time, I will do this ...

And I hope you will too.

Until next time ...


Linking to Confession of a Fabric Addict for a "Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?"

Friday 3 April 2015

An older one

Since I don't have a lot of sewing time lately and since I had to wash this quilt, I thought I should take a few pictures and share them with you. Would you like that?   OK!

This one was done in 2006.   It is called "Fun Pics". I bet you can tell why!?
(Snow melting, yeah!!)
It is a framed novelty print block, like an "I Spy" quilt which I haven't heard of yet back then.
I ran out of the red fabric so I had to improvised with alternative colours. Doesn't it look like it was intentionally done that way ? The border has more colours (especially orange/rust) than red.

Quilted in circles by hand. I find my stitches big compared to the size I can do now lol.
You can see the quilting better in this picture.  The colours are faded a little bit as it is a moderately loved quilt, not at all like the Finding Nemo quilt.  I had to wash that one too and I was surprised it survived another trip in the washing machine lol.
A pink elephant on a young boy's quilt?  In 2006, he was 10 years old and yes I deliberately put a pink elephant on my boy's quilt. Even though I am not a girl who likes pink, I always put a little bit of pink in all my boys quilts. The reason? So they never forget that:  "No matter where life takes you, no matter what you've done (good or bad) you have a mother waiting for you to come back home with open arms."
M & M Peanuts and Chocolate!! It was the Happy Millennium M&M Party fabric. I still have a bit left of that one.
Oh! There's my UFO! ...  Uhhh! no, not my UFO but some UFOs.
And there's dinosaurs and frogs and all sort of boys' things.

Vintage cars and sports ... of course ! So many of the seams are not connecting properly in my humble beginnings. (There are still NOT always connecting lol.)

It is all cotton with an old flannel blanket as batting. The back is an old (uh... hmm) fabric from the 70's. It measures 60 X 69. That's it. That was Fun Pics 2006 done for my boy, Sweet 16. I hope you have enjoyed it.

Until next time ....