Monday, August 15, 2016

Scrappy sewing!

For once this year, I have a very good excuse for not getting much sewing done - it's the Olympics...  Yes, I'm totally addicted to watching the different sports - things that I'd never watch throughout the year, but for some reason, I'm hooked on them now!  Well, maybe part of the reason for that is that the TV happens to be in the only air-conditioned room in my house - and WOW! have we needed the A/C this summer!  I'm not complaining - I've been waiting for summer since those cold days back in January and February; now that it's here, well...  Also, my garden has been producing like a house on fire!  Which means lots of picking, canning and freezing.  I'm SO thankful though!
But, back to the sewing...  I've been doing a lot of cutting - parts for on-going projects, parts for new projects - because I can cut fabric and watch the Olympics at the same time.  I need to cut pieces for my Quilty 365/366 blocks, and, while I have the fabrics out, I may as well cut block parts for a new project.  Katy over at KatyQuilts designed this block, and shared the pattern.  I fell in love with it immediately, and I've started cutting fabric for it every time I cut fabrics for my daily blocks.  I've got quite the stack of fabrics ready to sew.
As well, Kat posted her August block  for her Covered In Love charity block drive.  She wants black and white fabrics to make Disappearing 9-Patch blocks, using either lime green, bright yellow or Caribbean blue for the center square.  I have LOTS of black and white fabrics, so this is an easy one for me!  I grabbed the box of B/W fabrics, found some lime fabrics, as well as a suitable blue and started cutting.  I had to go shopping for a yellow fabric (what a hardship, right?), and quickly assembled these blocks:
  They're ready to be sliced up and re-assembled into D9P blocks.  I actually have about 8 more blocks ready to cut up.  
One last quick project was for a wedding shower at church.  Our church life coordinator is getting married next month, and we showered her with love and gifts earlier this evening.  Her fiancee has honey bees, and they enjoy "creating" honey and honey-based products, which they sell at our town's Farmer's Market.  She also sews, and I was sure she'd enjoy these "bee" inspired coasters - all of the fabrics either have bees in the print, or have bee-striped influences.  The coasters will be put to good use, I'm sure!

I'm linking up with Quilting is more fun than Housework's Oh Scrap! post, and she can quilt's Scraptastic Tuesday post.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

My July finishes

July is behind us now, thankfully!  It ended up being much busier than I had anticipated, and that impacted what I could finish.  It's almost embarrassing to show the few blocks that I got done, but at least I got a few things accomplished....
Kat asked for patriotic red / white / blue 'star' blocks for July's Covered In Love quilt block drive.  I pulled red / white / blue fabrics and found a pattern for a great star block designed by Judy Martin.  I cut enough fabric to make a few blocks (quilt rule #11 - cut enough fabric to try out one block - if you like it, cut out more, but if you don't like it / have trouble making it, you've only committed to one block).  How many blocks did I make? None...  I found another star pattern in an older quilt magazine, and I liked the story behind it, so I cut enough fabric to make 5 blocks (remember quilt rule #11?)  How many blocks did I make?  Parts for 5 blocks, but none of them got finished, because I found another even better star block!  Cut enough to make 7 blocks (remember quilt rule #11?)  I did persevere with these blocks though, and managed to finish all seven of them - at least a week later than I should have....  But they're done! and in the mail!  (And Kat has posted the pattern for the Aug. block drive - so guess what I did last night?  Yep, cut enough fabric to make at least 10 blocks...  But I've done this block before, and I love making it!  (I already have 4 blocks partially sewn).
AND, I worked diligently on my Quilty 366 blocks - I did keep up with this challenge - even though I managed to sew one block half right side up, and the other half wrong side up.  I even pressed it, and didn't notice....
So, pictures of all of these blocks - first the star blocks:
And the Quilty 365 (366?) blocks - some of my patriotic fabrics showed up here, including a very Canadian maple leaf print.  
See the red block on the far right side?  It's covered in hearts, and is my July 1st block - I love living in Canada! and am so thankful for the blessings and freedoms we have here.
I'm going to link up with Quilty Folk and Quilting is More Fun Than Housework's "Oh Scrap" posts.
Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, July 18, 2016

What I'm working on this month...

I really haven't had a lot of sewing time this month - I've been working some nights, and that messes up my internal clock.  When I finally have the urge to sew, it's often supper time, and then it's too dark in my sewing space.  So...  not much getting done!  Well, there are pickles being made, and veggies and berries being picked and processed, but you didn't come here to read about that!
I have managed to keep up with my Quilty 366 blocks (I'll share them all at the end of the month).  The only other project that I've worked on is Quilts for Pulse .  There's been such a huge outpouring of support, and the organizers of this project will be able to make quilts for each survivor, for the families of each victim who perished, and quilts for the first responders.  I've already mailed off a pile of blocks, and then a few days later, found a few more sewn up, plus a couple of smaller blocks that needed to be joined together.  Those blocks are all done now too, and ready to go out in the mail tomorrow.
The first photo is the original heart blocks that I made, and the 2nd one is the stack that will be going out tomorrow:

We were expecting to have a postal strike in Canada, so I wasn't sure that I could participate, but the strike is on hold for now.  That's really great news, because I can make a few blocks for Kat's Covered In Love block drive.  She has asked for star blocks in red, white and blue fabrics - I've chosen my fabrics, and my star patterns, so, as soon as I get up tomorrow morning, I can get to sewing them!
I'm linking up to She Can Quilt for Scraptastic Tuesday, and Quilting is More Fun Than Housework's Oh Scrap posts.  Thanks for reading!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

June wrap-up

Wow - June flew by!  (Is that a sign that I'm getting old?  Every month lately seems to be gone before I know it!)
So, I've already shared most of my June projects / finishes, except for my Quilty 365 blocks - and here they are!  I've now made 182 blocks.
I have very specific reasons for choosing some of the fabrics; others were just handy...  The top right corner fabric from Fig Tree's Mirabelle line marked my birthday; another fabric celebrated the birth of a friend's baby boy.
Unfortunately, the last block marked a very sad day - the fabric reminded me of a fire.  On June 30th, one of my local quilt shops (Cornerstone Quilts) went up in flames, with approx. 12 other businesses in a strip plaza fire.  The cause is still unknown.  Thankfully, no one was injured.
I'm linking up with Quilty Folk to share my Quilty 365 blocks.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Two finishes!

I know, I know, I'm late for Friday's reports - but I had to wait to get pictures of my completed projects, and that didn't happen until just 20 minutes ago.
So, the good news is that I completed 2 baby projects this week!  One is the little sweater for baby Charlotte - her mom is one of my youngest daughter's best friends.  The baby shower is tomorrow, so the sweater really needed to be finished today, and there were a LOT of ends to finish off!  But, I got it all done, and it's wrapped and ready to go.  Here it is:
The pattern is from King Cole, and the yarn is "Drifter" by King Cole - it was wonderful to work with, and I'd knit this sweater again (in a solid colour next time though)!
I also got the quilt done for baby Evan!  It's my version of an I-spy quilt.  There are 2 "copies" of each print in the quilt, so it can work as an I-spy, or match-up game; it can also be used as a counting tool (how many blocks have animals, etc.) and a colour-teaching tool - so, lots of things that can be done with it.  I'll wait a few weeks before I go to visit and deliver this quilt.

(I just realized that the quilt is upside-down - sorry!)  You get the idea though...
I'm off to link up to Judy's "On the Needles" post, and Sarah's "Can I get a Whoop-Whoop?" post.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My latest scrappy project

This quilt might look a bit familiar...  I blogged about some of the blocks here - and I finally had time to put them together and add them to a previously started quilt.  These scrappy Trip Around the World quilts are addictive!
I've also been working on an I-spy quilt for a new baby - the son and DIL of a very dear friend were expecting their first baby, and I wanted to make a quilt that would take him or her beyond the baby stage. Hopefully, this will be a gift that would become a fun activity for this baby, and for any future children that they might have.  It's mostly assembled, and I'll share the picture of the finished quilt in a few days.  Thankfully, little Evan was born yesterday, and is already the joy and delight of his parents!  This is what he has to look forward to:
I'm going to link up to Judy's Design Wall post, plus Leanne's Scraptastic Tuesday post, and Cynthia's  Oh Scrap! post.  


Monday, June 13, 2016

On My Needles (a few days late)

It's been a little while since I've shared a knitting-project blog post, and I thought it was time to change that.  My life is still far more crazy right now than I prefer, but setting aside some knitting time every day helps a bit.  It also helps that both of my daughters have friends that are expecting!  DD#2's friend actually just had her baby, a little girl, and that made me so happy!  I had bought some really pretty pink tonal yarn a few months ago, hoping that one of the expected babies would be a girl, and the first one was!
So, I finally get to knit another sweater from my new favourite baby book!  This sweater is the cover design - I loved it from the start!  I'm not so sure now that my yarn choice was the best to highlight the openwork, but it is what it is....
The body of the sweater is done, and now I'm working on the sleeves:
I'm almost at the point of starting the raglan shaping.  I've worked to make sure that the stripe pattern in the yarn matches on both sides.  Then I'll just have the button bands and neck ribbing to knit.  I'm still debating whether to add the hat....
I'm linking up to Judy's On The Needles post for June 10, 2016.