Thursday, 25 April 2019

Quilts of Valour

Our guild got together this month to take part in the Quilts of Valour project. We are all tasked with making simple log cabin blocks in common colours to make and send to the organisation. The program gifts wounded veterans with quilts made across Canada.

This is a shot of the block ... the guild supplied the yellow centre and we provide the reds and creams from our stashes.

I took enough yellow centre blocks to make 12 and very quickly made up the dozen. I got digging through my stash baskets and found red after red .... I had alot of fun reminiscing about projects from years gone by.

I then called my friend Robin to see if she would be interested in making up a quilt or two with me and she came over the next day! We spend Good Friday together making the log cabin blocks and we managed to convince McPhee to make us supper. I had my top on the longarm Easter Sunday and finished binding it Monday night. Easy peasy!

Robin makes more quilts than anyone I know, yet, she has never made a log cabin. We're both hooked now and are feverishly cutting our stash into 2.5" strips.

The centre is yellow which is the QVC's request. It symbolises 'Coming Home' as respect to the yellow ribbon. The rest of the block is made with 2.5" strips in scrappy reds and creams to symbolise Canada.

Robin and I are both kind of nuts with things like this so are making more! One more at least for me and likely ten for Robin. It's quick, pretty and a really great stash buster, not to mention a really great program to be involved with. The organisation has a goal of delivering 20, 000 quilts - yep, 20 thousand in the next year!

You can check out the program and quilt ideas here .... Quilts of Valour Canada

I quilted with So Fine thread in 'Snow' #401and used Quilter's Dream blend batting. The panto is called 'Maple Syrup'. I think that was the most fitting choice for this Canadian themed quilt. I chose an ivory Shannon cuddle for the backing.  

If you have a basket of reds, make up a block or two as QVC also accepts them or if you like, drop them off to me and I'll get weave them into my next project. If you don't have any red scraps, I have lots! I'm happy to help you out.

Busy, busy this week ... I can't stop thinking of log cabins! 

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

New Pantographs

My collection of paper pantographs is slowly growing! Bear with me as I up date my page ....

I had fun today picking a few new patterns. They should be here in a week or so .... yay!

I will be taking limited bookings this summer so if there are any quilts you want completed, please get them to me as soon as you finish. As always, I'm happy to fit you in ... my quilting adventures have slowed down considerably what with baby deciding to be a kid now, papa making a few pit stops into hospital and the two pesky jobs I have! Then there is the general high-jinks that bad people play in our lives ... Big Sarge has been working quite a bit of OT and working away from home. I was a good wife this weekend and made up a bunch of freezer meals for him and some Scottish pies to take on the road. Why can't people just behave! If you are waiting on a quilt, I apologise.

We have a seasonal camp spot reserved for us this summer and Sean and I are looking forward to spending some time together, with Darbs of course, by the campfire. One of the great benefits of working as a professor now is summers off! No more nights, no more weekends and missing out on fun. Life is short, ... and summer is shorter! I decided to quit stressing out over the state of my white legs, jiggle in my thighs or anything else this year. Instead of fighting and fidgeting with my swimsuit, I bought a bigger one! Gasp! It never occurred to me ... be happy, buy bigger pants!

Here's a sneak peak of what is coming in ... hopefully by the end of the week I will have an update list of all of my patterns on the page tab called 'Pantographs'.



Ginger Leaf


Spring Bunny
Snowy Owl

I wanted to share a photo with you of our Easter fun with Darby. She was quite tickled to paint some eggs. It was fun to put them in the basket, out of the basket, in the basket, out .... and crack them. She would sniff the cracked eggs and say 'stinky!' and laugh and laugh .... I love her so much my heart could burst! 

We are going bike shopping soon! Bike shopping!! 

Until next time,

Monday, 15 April 2019

Seaside Fun

This is a sweet baby quilt I finished up for my client Peg last week. It is the sweetest thing ... I love that she chose more modern and bold colors - it isn't pastel and baby waby ... I know too well that the infant stage doesn't last long and we are onto new things. I think this quilt will last Peg's relatives for a few years. 

The batiks give a fresh look to the quilt. I love how the flying geese look like fish. 

Peg brought a cotton backing which has these super cute whales. I used a dream puff batting to give the quilt a bit more loft and of course, my favorite So Fine thread in Snow. Peg chose the gingersnap panto which looks like bubbles under the sea. 

I still have a few openings for April if you need any quilting finished. No special Easter plans for us besides the usual ingesting of 13 perogies.