Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Progress on Celtic Solstice

I am very pleased to report in on my Celtic Solstice progress because I feel I actually have progress this week. It is down off the basting wall and under the quilting needle of my Janome. But wait there’s more….I have three rows of quilting done!
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Here’s a shot of the quilting from the back. The line running through is a basting row I took . Well, actually I was going to do diagonal lines and this was the first one. Turns out I didn’t like where it was going and changed the quilting plan but left the two diagonal lines in for stability.  Once all the quilting is done I will  take these out.



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This is the front. The little flecks of white are bits of tissue left from the quilting pattern. I am using one of the long rolls of quilting patterns I bought on our visit to Keepsake Quilting in New Hampshire last fall. This is the last of it and I am making it go farther by tracing the pattern on tissue paper and sewing through that.


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It takes a little longer to do this way. I have to tape the tissue in long strips and then transfer the pattern. I've  been using a Crayola Washable marker to do it as I like the way it marks and any transfer to the quilt will presumably wash out.   Last time I did this I put a layer of glass to protect the original pattern from bled through of the marker but not as worried this time as this will be the last use of this roll. When I get down to the last row I'll just use the paper pattern.  The first time I tried this tissue paper technique I used pins to hold it to the quilt top. Now I spray the back of the paper with basting spray to hold it in place. It is not a 100% adherence, you possible can see in the picture places where the paper has lifted when I moved the quilt. But it is working better than anything else I have tried so far.
Grand total of 3 rows quilted so far with the fourth under the needle. A cold snap this week has spurred my efforts to get this done as I have decided this will be our quilt.  The only thing preventing me from doing more will be my work schedule.

Now to do the link  up with  Jo's Country Junction  and see what everyone else has done this week.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A UFO Challenge


Always up for a challenge, and when it dovetails with what I was planning to do that is kismet. Jo Kramer  at Jo’s  Country Junction issued a UFO challenge to finish something while waiting for the Grand Illusion Mystery and that is what I have been trying to do this week.
Number one for me was to get last years mystery completed. Well, so far I have it up on the basting wall and have sprayed it with basting spray. Just need to get some safety pins in it before taking down to living room to quilt .
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Second was the Pfefferneuse that has been languishing for months. The string blocks were done, I got stalled on the hourglass units. As it happens one of the fabrics I looked for during summer vacation was red. At the time I was thinking about the Double Wedding Ring I had planned to work on during vacation, needing a few more reds and yellows for ends. So I pulled out the new reds and some neutrals and started cutting and sewing. Finished the hourglass units last night while watching Quilt Cam and started putting them together with the string units today. Grand total of 5 done.
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Above the Pfefferneuse blocks are the three other blocks I have been working on. Some Split 9-Patches, a few Scrappy Mountain Majesties and at the far left a single Holy Toledo block. Those three will be the third item. The Split 9-Patch is an actual UFO that has been hanging around for over a year, the other two have just been started. I came back from vacation with a couple bags of shirts and started cutting them up
And cutting and cutting, a lot of cutting.  Then it came time to find a place to put all the cut fabric, the bin I had for small bits of plaids had a stack of pieces already cut for the Scrappy Mountains. It seemed perfectly logical at the time to cut a piece from all the new fabric to add to the stack, and while cutting the 8.5” piece, to also cut a 6.5” piece for the Holy Toledo that has been on my Bucket List
It is such a slippery slope into starting a new project, I slide down it with very little effort.
Now to link up with Jo's Country Junction and see what UFOs everyone else is working on.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Done, Done, (almost) done


The two baby quilts are done, hooray. Only one picture as I had the opportunity to drop one off to it’s destination and jumped at the chance.
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 Here is the I Spy in all it’s finished glory. I’m really happy with the border.

With these two crossed off the must-do list, the next items were borders on the two mystery quilts that are still hanging around. I’m determined to get them done before starting another mystery. 009
They now have borders and backs are in the works. Celtic Solstice has it’s back, that is the blue plaid hanging behind it. And Easy Street has fabric hanging beside it that will have to be seamed. That quilt is huge, 96” last time I measured. If I don’t get it off the banister soon it probably will stretch another inch.



Sunday, 5 October 2014

A New Year, A New Beginning


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Today we start a new year in the Jewish calendar, a time for a fresh start and meaningful renewal.  So my resolution, at least one of my resolutions, is to make a fresh start at my blog.

One of the others, is to finish more quilts. I have been unfocused and flitting from project to project. Maybe if I post a list on here it will keep be on track.  As a start, today I am going to tackle the two quilts that have been sitting for at least two weeks waiting for thread clipping and washing. Time to get’er done.

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This one is the second Strip Twist I did, better picture will come after washing
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This one is another I Spy for my girlfriend’s newest grandchild












So now that I’ve said it, I have to go do it.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

What I did on my Summer Vacation

Did you ever have to write one of those essays? And try to sum up weeks of sunshine and fun in a page of words? Well, here I go.
Firstly, I didn’t mean to be away so long. But the days just rolled on, without writing a post, and then I saw on Claire’s blog the line under my blog said 5 weeks. Yikes ! had it really been, well yes it had.
Our vacation started with a mad dash out of St. Catharines to get to Portland for the Friday night sailing of the new ferry between Maine and Nova Scotia.
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It was a lovely boat, the cleanest ferry I’ve ever been on. And nicest smelling. We splurged and took a cabin, so we had a good sleep and were ready to visit friends and family in Yarmouth when we rolled off in the morning.
Not too many banner headline moments, mostly just  being with people we love. A lot of sitting around talking, some swimming in clear cold lake water, a walk around town to see what’s new. And a trip to an antique store we hadn’t checked out last trip.
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Tuesday we packed up and hit the road to Cape Breton. With a side detour in Avonport to a fabric store I have been following on Facebook and want to see. It lived up to expectations, and the service was above and beyond. When the clerks discovered I hadn’t found just the fabric I wanted, one of them went to her stash in the basement, found the colours I was lacking and cut it for me. Can't say enough about such wonderful people.
Once we got to Cape Breton there was more traveling. My husband and his brother left almost immediately to sail his boat from St. Peter’s to Sydney. This took two days. The second day my sister in law and I packed up and drove to Sydney to meet them. We timed it perfectly, driving into the yacht club just as they rounded the breakwater. The whole point of this exercise was to be ready to start a 6 day sailing race.
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And for the next week that is what we did. Everyday was the start of a new race. Well, there was one day of rest, the third day. It is called Race the Cape and is only the second year they have done this.  It was a whole lot of fun.
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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Holiday Weekend

It is the first day of a holiday weekend here. Our Canada Day lands on Tuesday so everyone who can has booked off the Monday and is having a long, long weekend.  Due to our schedules, DH and I are not getting the full effect of this. He is on-call and has to keep his work phone on and actually answer it. I get the Sat & Sun but have to work Mon & Tues. What we did have on the agenda for today was the launch of our boat. Which happened bright and early this morning.100_3484
Bright being very appropriate, it was very sunny and we are both sorry we didn’t apply sunscreen. Here DH is getting everything set up. 100_3488


To get to us, the yard workers had to move trailers around first.

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Then they pushed us on our trailer over to the big machine that lowers the boat into the water.
And before you know it, we are afloat. Motor on and over to the dock.


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The rest of the day was spent on the fiddly bits of stuff that consume so much of boating. The sail isn’t even on yet! But just being there, on the water, was wonderful. 100_3521
Canada Goose pretending to be a Flamingo ( we weren’t fooled for a minute)







And now that feeling you get after a full day in the fresh air and sun is creeping in and some one, some where is having a really good fireworks. I’m too tired to even wonder where.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Quilt Canada

was wonderful, I’m so glad I went.  Only a few  pictures, too busy to get many. The class I took was so absorbing and fascinating I even forgot to eat the chocolates I took.

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This is more along the lines of what I am trying to make.

And so far this is what I have done.

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The class did what I wanted and much more. I was just looking to learn how to foundation piece with freezer paper.  The teacher, Gail Garber, showed us how to design our projects rather than just copy hers. The whole first day we didn`t even touch the sewing machines.

 

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Which were lovely, new Janome`s. A real treat. I was so early the first day I managed to snag a table with only one machine, thinking it would be helpful to have the room. It was but on the other hand, wasn`t very sociable and meant I didn`t get to know my classmates as much as if we had been elbow to elbow for two days.

The displays of quilts were a fantastic as might be expected for a national show, no pictures of course. I did get some of the vendor mall before  diving into the shopping. 20140611_072445

And best of all, I got to thank  Matt Sparrow, the longarm quilter who quilted the tops I sent for the Calgary Flood Relief last year. He was here with the APQS booth. It was almost like a celebrity sighting. The first time through the mall, I was so surprised to see him. I had to go back three times before he was free to approach, it was such a busy booth.

Definitely putting going to Quilt Canada on my list of things to do again.