Saturday 25 March 2017

The Last of Red?

Not quite. I have more blocks to do. Officially, I still have another week to work on red even if next Saturday is a

Meanwhile, I can show you these. 

Seven Sisters! No, that's not it. 
Seven Hourglass, yes that's it!! Some are leaning towards pink, some are leaning towards orange but they still read red. I need two more blocks and I'm having a hard time finding fabric that reads red. It can't be accompanied by other colors, can't have too much white or black and, of course be more red than pink or orange. That's limiting my choices. If next month's color is green, I'll be in an even bigger pickle than this. 

Hole in the Barn Door is not so fussy about its color. Basically anything goes. Did one more 9 Patch and much more to come. 

Before the end of the month, I need to have this one finished.  

The reveal for the Log Cabin QAL is April first. Still a lot do to on it. Yikes!

Until next time ... sew, sew, sew your seams, gently down the rows. 
                             merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a ... quilt!?  


Joining Angela for Rainbow Scrap Challenge 
Joining Cynthia for Oh Scraps!

Friday 24 March 2017

Write Something Witty and Catchy

(That's what my brain told me to write in the title bar.) 😁

Two weeks ago, I have dusted off my 365 Challenge quilt and added the next border. Care to see?

The right side was done so I started to play with the blocks for the left side.

Then, it took too long, and I didn't have enough energy, or whatever, and blah blah blah  .... It took me two weeks to finally get it all together.

This is becoming a very heavy top with all those little pieces. I was afraid that its weight would damage the stitches so down it came and it got ....

its first snow bath. :^D  You might have noticed that there's a corner missing.

There's a good explanation for this. The light border is made of 72 blocks and I only have 71. (??) I have followed the sew along til the 30th of June, 2016. July starts with more 3" dark blocks. So! Where's the last light 6" block? Have I skipped a block somewhere? Have I made 72 blocks but one is lost in my sewing room? Or is the pattern done this way to give the followers a break from working with light fabric? 😕

I guess time will tell. I have pinned the three blocks to the top so I don't lose them too. (In my head, it will be easier to attach a quadrant than a single block. Does that make sense to you too? )

Notice the Buckwheat block on the corner. It's my inspiration for the RSC2017.

Snowflakes are still falling today. They are huge this afternoon. Anyone's in the mood to build snowmen?  ... Okay, in that case a snowgirl maybe?

These are the three blocks waiting patiently to become a foursome. :^D

In April, I would like to give this project some attention by making a few blocks. It has been simmering long enough.

Until next time ... I'll be shovelling.


Joining Sarah for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?  I love to see what others are stitching together.

Saturday 18 March 2017

Happy International Quilting Day!

Of course, I did a little bit of quilting today and some sewing too. I played with some reds. Surprising, isn't it? lol.

Did some Rails blocks for the 9 Patch Path quilt. They were part of the leaders/enders while I was sewing the Red Buckwheat.

Ooooohhh! I love how that one turned out. The one on the left is the one I did today and it is so bright but you can't really tell from this picture. Bad photographer. (Not paying her, lol) The one on the right is one I did as a tester at the beginning of January. So one raspberry red and one watermelon pink/red block.

But I am not done with red. There's more to come but it's not presentable yet. So I'll leave you with on last picture, for your information only.

On the last post, I showed the flannel I wanted to use as backing on the I-Spy quilt. It had a good, long soak in warm water "spiked" with Dawn soap.  When I emptied the blue tub, look what came out.

Don't have Purple Rain (Prince) but I have purple water in the bathtub! The baseballs remained white because of Dawn. Ask me how I know about Dawn. :^}  Now I am not scare of using it in my quilt.

Hope you will join me at Angela's place for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and see red ... projects. :^D

On Sunday, I'll be visiting Cynthia for Oh Scraps! See you then.

Until next time ... sew red.


Saturday 11 March 2017

Found some more

When I looked high and low for some interesting fabric to add to the I-Spy quilt, I found some more purple that I hoarded, saved, ... forgot I had. :^D

Fantastic purple, lilac and a hot pink-purple fabric. It does look more purplish in person.

And I hadn't showed you all the aqua sewing from February, so here they are.

Aquamarine, sea foam green and "what's wrong with the pool water?" green.

On to the reds!
And that is just the beginning.
The background fabric is a flannel that I want to use for the backing of the I-Spy quilt. Unfortunately, it isn't big enough, so I have to keep looking for another fun piece. I will soak the baseball fabric in Dawn before attaching it to the quilt. Just in case. :^D

Joining Angela at Soscrappy for RSC
Joining Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday.

Until next time ... stay warm!


Saturday 4 March 2017

Flimsy! Flimsy!

Wanted to post this last  night, (Friday) but it was too dark to take any good pictures and I was too tired to write a post. 😴

So here I was, early this morning, outside in this beautiful, bitterly cold, windy day to take a decent picture or two. (-29C or -20F with wind factor)

I did a Log cabin QAL with Cécile & Béa from France. I finished assembling the blocks and that's my first flimsy.

It is made with pieces of fabric given to me by friends, bloggers or otherwise. I thought of naming it "I ♥ my quilting friends" but not all of them are quilters. So I adjusted the name to include all of them: I ♥ my sewing friends.  :^D  This project has to be finished by April first. Need to find a backing and start quilting it A.S.A.P.

The second flimsy is my March OMG.

The pattern is from Sarah (Confession of a Fabric Addict). It was her first quilt in the series "Stunning Stars Quilt Along" and it is so easy to make. Thank you Sarah for the inspiration. I made it into an I-Spy quilt for my newest found love who is 18 months old. I also have to find a backing for this one, hopefully something fun in flannel. Not sure if I have something that is childish enough for him and big enough for the flimsy.

That is what I'll be hunting for today. Oh and I need,





to clean up 

the sewing room!

Even I can NOT work in this mess any longer.
As you can see on my cutting board, I just couldn't resist sewing a little bit of red before the cleaning process begins.

Just a bit of red turned into some 9 Patches. Add the two flimsies that are rainbow colored at the beginning of this post and I'd say that is a very nice way to start a weekend, wouldn't you?  Oh!  I still have to photograph some Aqua blocks that got done this week too. I just thought about them now. Oh well, next post.

Okay got to go and get more coffee. Then, I'll clean a little bit, check out some link parties and ... repeat.

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Angela at So Scrappy
Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework,
Nicki at Mrs Sew & Sow

Until next time ... stay warm!


Wednesday 1 March 2017

The Logging is Done

Lob Cabin is a fun block to make and sometimes a little too easy. I had to mess it up. Hey, I don't want to tarnish my reputation just because the block is easy to make, right? I mean, I worked hard for that reputation you know. :^D

Here's what I did in January;  


and 8 more for February; 
I made two more completely neutral and I was half way done when I realised that I don't need two more of those. Arrghhh! What I need two more of are the half-and-half blocks. Back at the cutting board to cut more of the neutral strips as I was running low. 

Remember that I am using only fabric that means something to me, whether it was given to me by a quilty friend or that it represents something that I love. So a lot of pulling out of fabric and refolding followed. 

I manage to do it right on the second try; 
That's more like it. 

I also need 6 completely bright and they turned out like this; 

This is the layout; 

You can clearly see that I didn't need more neutral blocks. I'm sure I can find another job for them. Somewhere else. 

So I am tagging along to Cécile's blog for the traditional log cabin. Béa has the modern counterpart.  You'll see on Béa's blog that Lori and I had the same inspiration for this little Log Cabin QAL. Fun! So don't be shy and go have a look. 

Until next time ... I ♥ my quilty friends.