Monday 31 May 2021

The Curve Challenge - Done

On May 30th, Sunday night, bedtime, and it dawns on me that I have to finish the Curve Challenge hosted by Cécile and Corinne. It is due on May 31st! 

I decided to applique leaves for the Curves Challenge as I am not that great at sewing curves. My wallhanging hasn't moved one inch since ... I finished applique all the leaves. 

Monday morning, I measured the quilt, found batting and a piece of old yellowing muslin. Good enough for a wall hanging. Since I'm working from home, I had enough time to baste it too. 

During lunchtime, I started quilting. The wind first ... 

... and then the leaves. At break time, I cut the binding. I picked a white binding at first but I didn't like it. I turned to my favorite binding fabric, a nice brown that makes everything looks framed. I like that.  As soon as the clock hit 4, I shut down the computer and sewed the binding pieces together and onto the quilt. I unstitched a leaf to restitch it over the binding.   

Sorry, no pictures, as I was racing against the clock by this time. 

Ta-daaaaahhhh!! It is done and, here, in Canada, it is still May 31st.  Took pictures in the last sun rays but most pictures were not that good. You can really see the quilting of the "wind" in this one. 

A picture on the deck in the shadow of the house. 

Here's a better picture of the leaves quilting and the one sticking out of the frame. I love it. 

It's the first time I do this. A little bit tricky but fun. 

Thank you so much to Cécile and Corinne for this fun challenge. À l'an prochain, les filles! Bisous! 


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Friday 28 May 2021

My Red May

Even though I got this project out on the 17th of the month, I managed to do 21 more units. I'm happy but I can't stop. I caught the bug of sewing little pieces again and I just want to continue. 

I need 192 units (I think) 96 of block A and 96 of block B. Only 160 units missing. I'm almost done. LOL!

Although they are their own leader-ender most of the time, I did assemble some HSTs too. (For the rest of my life.) They are parts of the HSTs Quilt #2. 

I also tried to work a little bit on HSTs Quilt #1. Not done, but progress is good. 

Then, I took a break and spent some time on the Internet. I went to bed and ... this block kept running around in circles in my mind. I didn't pay much attention when I first saw it. I mean it was a nice quilt but not particularly an I-need-to-make-this-now. 

It obviously had another thought for me as it kept coming back. It's nagging me. 

I don't really recall it ... well not clearly. I remember the 5 whites squares, like a nine-patch and bigger squares ... but the image is not clear. 

Of course, I can't remember WHERE I saw this quilt or block. Pinterest? Blogger? If you know, please tell me so I can have a look at it again. 

If you know the name of the block, I would appreciate that information too. Thanks. 

Meanwhile, I'm playing with  ... 



Getting warmer ... 

... but something is wrong. Will I ever get it right? What if I try ... 

I've signed up for some volunteering work again. It really cuts on my sewing time but it is so good for the soul. 

There are still a few more days left in May. I can probably get some more Shoreline blocks done. 


Friday 21 May 2021

Little Bits of Red and a Big Rainbow

I got my Red Personal Challenge out and assessed where I was and what was left to do to get this quilt finish. Ha! Finish! Hahahaha!

It is still very much in pieces. 

Only 11 little log-cabin-style blocks are made so far ... 

They stand at 5.5 inches and will finish at 5 inches. 
They use up a lot of blacks so I need a great variety of it to avoid too many repeats as I am doing now. So, if anyone out there feels like sharing their scraps of black, charcoal, or very dark greys, I'll give you my mailing address. Small pieces are welcome as the smallest piece in the block is 1.5 X 0.75 inches. That is correct. No typo here. :^D  I am having soooooo much fun!! 

Before that, I finished the blue tulips from last month. Or was that the month before? Anywho! Here they are with their little sidekicks. 

One tulip made me curse a little bit. 
See how the right leaf points to the right and the left leaf points to the left? Easy, right? 

Well, I forgot that and sewed the corner pieces with the same slant on both leaves. Since I had already cut the "bonus HST" (for the shoofly block), I had to cut another piece of white. 

Sewed it up, ironed, and cut it, then I realized that I done the SAME mistake!! Whhaaat!?? (Can someone please bring me some coffee, I gently asked in my head while the left side of my brain went #$%*&@*#^#$!) 

Okay! Let's try again. You know the third time is a charm. Well, it didn't go so well. 
Look, I got it on the right side. Yay!! But ... Wait a minute! Whhhaaaat!!! No!! You're kidding me! I didn't use the right fabric. 🙄

That's right. My second and third attempts were made with the white fabric that I pulled out for the NEXT tulip. At this point, I was starting to be smart. (Yes, just starting to be. Must have been the coffee.) I hadn't cut the bonus triangles yet, so I can use this one in another tulip.  Ha! I cut another piece from the white fabric selected for THIS tulip and then finally moved on. Talk about being the Queen of Bloopers! Hahaha! 

Now for the rainbow part of this post. 

I've set the blocks down in a random layout. Should I use a rainbow layout? Sashing? Which colour? Should I add the little Shoofly to this quilt or keep them for a quilt of their own? 
When making a quilt, the questions seem to multiply at the same rate as the blocks. 

Have a great weekend. 


Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Angela at SoScrappy
Frédérique at Pachtwork and Quilts
Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework
Denise at For the Love of Geese
Pat at Life in a Scrapatch

Saturday 15 May 2021

A Finish In Sight

Really! I am not kidding you.

I am so close ... it's making me mad! I had the fabric for the binding of Smile. I thought to myself: "I'll put it here, so I don't use it for something else."  Do I remember where "HERE" is? Of course not!! I'm angry at myself. If I had left it where it was in the first place, the binding would be done by now! I would have a REAL finish to show you. 

All I can find now are little remnants, not enough to make a binding 218 inches long. Sigh!! 

Here's a picture of an ALMOST finished quilt. It's the best I can do at the moment. 

Even if it didn't say "Happy New Millennium", you'd know it's an old fabric. I mean, no young girl these days would be caught in a coming-out-of-a-surprise-cake pose! and where are the cellphones??? 
The last border is quilted in black and while I had the black quilting thread on the machine, I quilted this mini one. 

This one has the binding attached!!
 Yay me! So, on Sunday, I will join Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching. What a pleasure it will be to finally finish something ... no matter how small it is! It's 13 inches square, just big enough not to be mistaken for a mug rug. :^D 

Got a little bit of time for sewing in the evenings. I manage to do the tulip blocks in red. 

The other little Shoo-fly blocks are by the sewing machine as I did that block this morning before the boys wake up and didn't have time to finish it all. 

All three red tulip blocks are done. One dark, one firetruck red, and one orange-y red. Once the blue blocks are finished, I'll take a picture of all the blocks together. That should be fun!! 
So, I believe that's all I have for you for now. 

Friday night (well here in Canada, it was Friday night), I was very sad and angry! I don't know if you were aware but Blogger was hacked and there were no blogs to be seen. Not ONE!! It made me realized to what extend I love being with you and reading about what you do. I was thrilled this morning when I saw that everything was right again. 🌞 You are very important to me. Wishing you all a wonderful day and may it overflows with goodness. 


Angela at SoScrappy
Frédérique at Patchwork and Quilts

Saturday 8 May 2021

Red . . . and black or More Triangles!

From last week's post, all the red and black HSTs got trimmed! Most are 1.75 inches unfinished and some were trimmed at 1.5 inches. 

I did press them outside last Saturday as it was so nice. 

Clothespins to hold the little pieces down. I even got my cat to go outside. Like every child in this world, he didn't want to come back in after. 😼😸

But I digress. 

Now what to do with these?  Sorry for the dark photo. It's raining again here. 
So many possibilities; pinwheel, broken dish, shoo fly ... 

Then this happened. 

YES! My very own SuperNova Star. Yay me! 

It's not exactly the way I imagined my Super Nova Star. The fabrics make it very busy if you ask me, but the triangles were already cut ... so ... you know. 
Now, on to quilting it. With black thread, I think. What do you think? Red? 

I did finish some masks for my sister. I am delivering them this morning to her. We are meeting in a parking lot (at Tim Horton, of course) because we are still in lockdown. Sigh! 

I got 2 big bags of scraps this week. Soooo much fun going through these. Lots of beautiful flannel too.

I know. I owe you some tulip blocks. I haven't done the blue ones from April and you are patiently (I hope so anyway) for some tulip photos. But what else do I talk about these days besides triangles? Oh, that's right, there's my cat too! Haha! 

So here's a green tulip. 

and the sidekicks. 
The three green tulips are now made. On to the next colour. 

This is the red tulip I did last year. The one that started it all. 

It was a busy week with the SuperNova Star block, but this weekend, I should be able to sew some tulip blocks. I am scheduled for volunteer work next Saturday, and then again on the 29th. Hopefully, I'll be able to sew during the week. Maybe? A little bit?  

Take care. 


Angela at So Scrappy
Frédérique at Patchwork and Quilts

Saturday 1 May 2021

The Red is Marching In

So much wonderful news is coming from Mars, the red planet. My boys are following the helicopter's "voyages" interestedly. 

Me, I grabbed a bag of red and black triangles (again) and sew up a bunch of HSTs (again). The bag has been waiting for Angela to call its name. It's very happy to be in action. 

It came to me in a gifted bag. I wish I could see the quilt it came from. 

I don't know how many HSTs I can make from this bag; maybe 300? More? Less? 
We'll see. 

I have one hundred sewn already and some are even trimmed. Gosh, I am so productive tonight (Friday evening). 

I thought there were two red fabrics with one black but the back of the blocks tell another story. Both black fabrics sport wind instruments and one has musical notes added. 

Wonder what will become of these? 

Some of you already know that my computer died and I lost a lot of files, photos and so on. Do NOT save your documents on your desktop. Let it be a lesson, please. I lost my dear Excel file where everything quilting was recorded. Thank goodness that I talked about my personal RS Challenge in a previous post and published it. I went back to it and I now know that my personal challenge for Red is: 

by Judy Martin

This photo comes from Pinterest as I am not very far along with my quilt. Hopefully, more blocks will be made in May.  By the way, mine is red! And black. You can see it here. 

Have a great one! 

P.S. The suspense was killing me, lol. This morning (Saturday) I just had to sew the rest of the triangles. The bag is empty and I have . . . 
215 HSTs

It is a nice morning, so I might just bring my ironing board outside and get these press. ;^) 

Angela at So Scrappy
Frédérique at Patchwork and Quilts