Saturday 30 June 2018

A Flimsy in Flannel

Sneaked out to take pictures before the severe thunderstorm break. As soon as I stepped outside my hair hugged my neck like an old bathing cap and my clothes clung to me like Jane Fonda's spandex. Gosh!!! I can't deal with humidity. It is so awwwwful. I am definitively not a flower from the Amazon rain forest. But I wanted to share my flimsy with you so much that I prevailed and walked to the cloth line and hung up my finished top.

Ta-da. It's calling for a red inner border and a pieced border. Something different than the first one. But at least, the center is all done. Yay!

Picture of the first one I made, for reference.

I found something that I hadn't share with you before; it's the RSC yellow (don't know which month yellow was, but here it is.) Yes, I know I am kind of behind ... just a touch, lol.

I noticed that the other blocks have a colored center making them Churn Dash block and not the Hole in the Barn Door block as I was calling them. This one is the real McCoy, lol. No, I'm not gonna change it. :^D

As I am taking this picture, the radio says it is now 32 degrees Celsius but feels like 42. Call me crazy but I'm looking at this block longingly.

Okay, that's enough pictures. I can hear the rolling thunder and I am all sweaty already. Better get back inside. Hope the rain brings some respite.

Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends.


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Wednesday 27 June 2018

Some Progress

Although the mercury is staying in the high 20s, I am having fun playing with flannels. I have finished all the star blocks needed for the crumb block quilt.

This is the quilt that took priority while working with the ladies at the Wednesday Sewing Club. Six rows are already assembled and folded at the top of the picture.

Taz: he needs a good pressing

Monster Truck

A goof! 
I was so concentrated on mixing the colors properly that I missed seeing that I had the same print twice ... and right next to each other on top of that. Lol. I am so good at goofing. I'm proud of myself! If you look carefully, Taz is a goof too. Ha! 

Now I have to make the square blocks, like this: 

From the animated movie Robot

Only 14 more square blocks to make. I can almost smell a flimsy. Fingers crossed. 


Thursday 21 June 2018

A little bit of sewing

I machine quilted my Silent Gift mug rug. (See last post to read the beginning of this story. It's a good one.)

Simple in the ditch foot walking. I did both side of the inner border and a diagonal line in the middle. Then I removed the rest of the pins and I found this

Ah! What the @%&$ !!

Since I had fabric to spare I could afford to just cut it off.

Then I worked a little bit with the tweezers and all was okay. But I still hated the diagonal line... ... so out if came. I walked the foot in the ditch around the 9 HSTs in the middle to square it off beautifully.

During lunch break at work, I will hand-sew down the binding. (Ha! during lunch break, hahaha! No you won't. ) It's true that lately the weather is so nice, we usually spend our lunch hour outside. Oh well, I'll find some time.

That's all for today.

You have fun, now you hear.


P.S. Yes, I did try to fix the middle HST. It's still not perfect but fits in much better, in my book anyway. :^D

Saturday 16 June 2018

Silent Gift

Sometimes, things happen and it just make you smile. I have such a smile today.

Remember me talking about my newly made thread-catcher?

Remember me talking about the group of ladies I sew with on Wednesday?

Remember who was sitting next to me?
This is Monique. She worked on her pineapple quilt. After showing off my new thread-catcher, she asked me if she could put her bits of threads in my basket too. Of course, I said.

These folks all know that I play with little bits of fabric to make crumb blocks. At one point I thought that the thread-catcher was filling up pretty fast but saw little bits of fabric. Of course, there's a lot of trimming when doing a pineapple quilt and I left it at that.

Yesterday, I got to my thread-catcher and looked inside.
 Well, those "bits" of fabric were not that small. So I started plucking all the fabric out of there. I wonder if she did it on purpose? Maybe she didn't realized the gift she made me.

I started to assemble the little triangles together.

She used some gorgeous blues. 

These finish at 3/4 inch. But there are so cute. 

All the HSTs are made with her little triangles. The borders are made with my fabric. 
I now have the cutest souvenir of my first sewing session with these ladies. 

I was thinking of quilting it by machine when I saw the middle HST. 

I have lost a few of the points and I don't really care, but the one in the middle, like a disjointed nose on a face, is really bothering me. What happen there? Now I see that the top inner border is also crooked. Sigh! Should I? 

This will be my favorite mug rug. Ever! 

I still have one "big" piece of her gorgeous fabric to incorporate into another project. Yeah! Thank you, Monique. You are precious. ♥ 

That's all, folks!


Edit: like everyone, I can't reply by emails to your precious comments. For those that I know the email address, I will try to reply. Thank you for patience during these trying times.  ♥ :^D

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Thursday 7 June 2018

Wednesday Sewing Club

On the first Wednesday of the month I get to sew with a lovely group of ladies. I did took some pictures this time and want to share them with you. Here goes.

At the front, Monique is working on her Pineapple quilt. Lovely civil war blues she has in there. Then, my working station and at the far end you see the back of Carole. We have plenty of room.

Michelle, who has her own quilting business and teaches sewing classes, showed us her finished interpretation of a mystery quilt. Well, except for the binding as this was her project for the day. Bindings, bindings and more bindings.
Claire is at the pressing station, Carole still has her back to us, then comes Michelle talking to Francine with Fran├žoise, then Monique, Yolande (practically invisible here) and Anne.

This is the mystery quilt in question. Awesome, right?

The back is just as beautiful.

Here is Michelle with Anne at the pressing station.
Look at the fabulous New York Beauty Anne was working on. The talent of this girl.

Hey, finally Carole is facing the camera. Quick! Take a picture. She's holding her first finished Skateboard block.
Great job, Carole.

I took a picture of the cutting station with Lucie hard at work but it is too fuzzy to show. Sorry, Lucie.

Anne brought a top that Michelle will quilt on her longarm machine. The top is full of tulips.
I find it so cheerful and summer fresh. Love it, even though I am not a flower girl. Anne had pieced the back with the leftover fabric and it is just as cheerful.

Awesome job, Anne.

Here's another quilt that Michelle had to bind. I didn't took a picture of the third one and the two table runners.

This is what Claire was working on. Well, this one was already finished. She brought it so we could understand what she was doing. It's a ribbon quilt.

It's a baby quilt with 4 or 5 inches blocks (I can't remember which). Between each row, or more like on each row seams, she zigzags a ribbon. When every thing is done, she zigzags a ribbon on the vertical seams. Hopefully you can see it better in the next picture.
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The one she was working on was all purple fabric and the ribbons was one color only so she didn't have to change the thread color every time. Isn't it a cool idea, though? It was awesome in person but too demanding for this little girl to give it a try. Wonderful work, Claire.

And what have I done, you ask. I worked with flannel and did 6 square blocks and 10 star blocks.

But I brought back home a whole lot more than just that. My head is full of tips and tricks and inspiration too. I asked Michelle how to finish a hexagon quilt and now I know. You just might see the Quilt of the Century on this blog in a near future. Fingers crossed.

Like most of you, I can't reply to comments anymore. But I will read them diligently as I love, love, love hearing from you. So don't be shy and say Hi!


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