Sunday, May 1, 2016

It's been a while

I've been busy ..... in the renovating mode.  Things in our home are starting to wind down and we are so happy with the results.

We had new kitchen counter tops and back splash installed.  I so love this herringbone pattern.  My intention is to have the kitchen cabinets painted off white and then the back splash will really pop out.  So for now, this will do just fine.  My kitchen will never be a modern look, but it has that cozy comfy look about it.  It fits in with my quilts.  LOL

Our E*A*T in section of the kitchen.  Did you know that those letters also spell out T*E*A and A*T*E.  Family members have been having fun switching those letters around on us after they have been for dinner.
Now that the kitchen is done, I am moving onto other areas of the house that need painting and touch-ups.

My quilting was not abandoned during this time.  My secret quilt got done and ahead of schedule.  It was originally due for completion on May 3, but it got finished on April 29.  I know, silly about those dates, but it kept me motivated and I'm so thrilled to have it finished.  My goal each day was to have certain sections done and some days more got done and that is why this quilt got finished earlier.  Sorry that you will not be able to see it for a while, but be assured I will have an interesting post about it in the fall.
Some more revamping got done in my studio.  It just feels so good to have things sorted out and organized.  This closet was packed with boxes and bags and now it has most of my UFO's all stacked up and easy to see and get at.
 This shelf got revamped again.  It has some UFO's and all of my finished tops.
See the arrow?  That entire row are all tops with backings.  Before, they were stored away and you know the saying "out of sight ... out of mind".  My goal is to get more of them finished this year and now that I can see all of them, I'm hoping this will be my motivation to see those piles start to dwindle down.
The temperature is starting to warm up here in the Great White North.  All of the snow is gone from our hill and backyard.   It is now time to start thinking about plantings for our summer garden.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Here comes?

So, I left you all kind of hanging with my last post.  What will I doodle in the centre of those Lover's Knot blocks?

Since I have a few different software programs with EQ7, why not use them instead of coming up with my own idea?  Well, why not?  This layout is called Kentucky Flowerpot.  Very nice indeed.  Now, the question is:  Will I follow this layout exactly as is?
Nope.  Here comes ..... the stars!  I'll use my trademark stars instead.  Are you disappointed or surprised?  LOL
Hummmm ..... how about Kentucky Stars as my project name?

I will be linking this post to http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/

Have a great day!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

8 Bins Later

Well, much progress has been made in my studio.  Remember the mess in this post?  Well, it took 8 bins to sort out the stash and scraps in those blue IKEA bags.  Don't they look so much better all stacked up on the shelf.  So much easier to get at now and find what I'm looking for.
The bed is more visible.  Still need to get the rest of that stuff sorted and put away.
In the cleaning up process, I came across a small bin of these blocks that were made a long, long time ago.  They got put up onto the design wall and will be an outer border.  I'll play the 'what if' game for the centre.  Stay tuned for some doodling.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A bit of help ...

.... goes a long way.

This little girl was helping me by keeping the backing taut while I was taping the outer edges to the floor.  Such good help is so hard to find these days!  LOL

My quilt top has been all marked up.  I use Crayola Washable Markers (the fine tip) and they do wash out.  Sorry, this is all that you will be seeing of this top for now.  This is another secret that I've been working on.  I don't like secret quilts as nothing can be shown until the time is right.  Oh well, you will see it later this year.   The time has come to get it quilted up.  I will be doing both machine and hand quilting for this quilt.
Someone has been peeking while I've been hand quilting.  Miss Ashes, remember you have to keep this a secret!  She has a spot to snooze on top of my stash bins.  She just peeks out every now and then to see what is going on.
More wildlife has been spotted on our hill.  These two young deer were taking a snooze and spent most of the afternoon in this spot.
Well, back to more hand quilting.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pecfectly Pink Pony

This quilt was finished and gifted to my soon-to-be 4 yr. old niece.  She got it early instead of having to wait for her birthday.
This is how the hearts were quilted.

The center portion with the pony.  For the pony, I was stumped on how to quilt it.  So, this is very artsy with the circles and I love it.
Now, I wanted to show what this quilt looked like before washing.  Can you see all the meandering lines that were drawn using Crayola Washable Markers.  It looks like such a mess, doesn't it.  They all came out in the wash.
This pillowcase is perfect for her new quilt.
Quilt details:
Pattern Source:  go here for a free pattern by designer Marinda Stewart
Size:  52" x 81" (before quilting size:  54-1/2" x 82-1/2")
This quilt has a combination of hand quilting and machine quilting.  Whatever quilting I could do well by machine was done by machine and the rest was done by hand quilting.  I've done both quilting types on the same quilt before and it works for me.

So, how long did it take me?  It was started on Apr. 2, 2015 and finished on Mar. 17, 2016.  Just shy of a year.  It was on the go for 10 months (sitting mostly in a bin) and then quickly finished in 5 days and 1 hour.  The 5 days was for the quilting and sewing down the binding and the 1 hour to finish up the embroidery.  Thank you to the reader that left me an interesting comment!  Let's put the time frame into perspective, eh!  :o)

This is what we spotted in our backyard last week.  A pileated woodpecker.  It was huge and it was odd to see it jumping from rock to rock looking for seeds.  They don't walk, they jump.
 A closer look.  It's red head stood out so well against the white snow.  Beautiful.


I'm linking this post to:  http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/.  Go and check out what other Canadian bloggers are talking about this week.


Have a great day.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Spring Ahead

I was trying to come up with a name for this top.  Since it was completed on the day that we changed clocks, I thought why not "Spring Ahead".  Different and a little bit quirky, eh!
The tabs are all sewn on now and four circles in each corner finished the look.  I'm very happy with how this turned out.  Well .... actually, more than happy .... absolutely thrilled!

Now, what about a pattern?  That is a question that was sent to me.  All of the blocks are drawn and written up, so it wouldn't take much to do up a pattern.   Would anyone buy it, other than the one person that asked?  I guess that is something to ponder.  As they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained.  So, we'll see about this idea.

Have a great day!

Friday, March 18, 2016

A baby quilt

We just gave this quilt to our neighbours this afternoon to welcome their new baby daughter.  Everly is her name.

The husband arranged this with me a while back and he was to keep it secret until the birth of their daughter.  Isn't that sweet.  He said that the mother loved teddy bears .... so I drew a sketch and then added the balloons spelling out her name.  I warned him that they couldn't change the baby's name once I started the process.  They didn't.  Whew!  Welcome Everly to the neighbourhood!
This quilt has some hand quilting, embroidery and machine quilting as well as appliqué.

Have a great day!