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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Home for spring, summer and fall.

 We left our winter home and was sad to say goodbye to the glorious spring colours.

Autumn Joy, a kit from Connecting Threads is finished.  I notice the picture is upside down.  Oh well... it is at my other home so can't take another picture.

I started this last summer and was hoping to have it finished for U.S. thanksgiving in November but it didn't happen.  However, am ready for this year.

My latest solstice block - a weekly block program with Pat Sloan.

A fun project using jolly bars.  Of course, one package isn't enough for a decent size quilt so went through some fabrics that I had in my AZ stash and found some that would work.  The blocks are made but need to be stitched together into a quilt top.

And, staying up to date with my 150 Women's blocks.  These are last week's blocks and I downloaded the next three this morning so need to get busy and start stitching.

This batik table runner was simple and quick to do.  I bought a quick quilt on sale at Quilter's Oasis a month ago and got the top made.  It will wait for layering, quilting and binding until the fall.

 An Atkinson quilt pattern - Texas Two step.  I used leftover fun fabrics to make some blocks.  One top is put together for a child's quilt and have more blocks to make another quilt as well.  I think that these will be made for donation through Abbotsford Quilter's guild.

This is finished though this picture was taken before I did the stitching.

My solstice blocks on the design wall.  

Now that I am back in my "other" home, I will be able to easily take pictures and upload with my desktop computer and hopefully post more frequently.  I have a lot of projects on the go and posting to the blog helps me to have some focus.  Not happy with the rain but it is perfect weather to get some of my winter projects completed.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

March catch up

I might have figured out how to post pictures taken with my phone.  Time will tell.  I have a few and will work on loading more from phone to blog.  Having a blog without pictures would be really dreary and boring!
I am working on finishing up projects before we head back to snowy, rainy, dreary weather in BC.  

This project is a quilt top that I finished for my dear departed quilting friend, Glitzy Chris, in Florida.  Her daughter is finding many UFO's as well as a massive stash in cupboards and closets as she begins the daunting task of clearing out her mom's craft projects.  I finished 3 quilts and this is the third and it is boxed and waiting for a trip to the post office to mail back. 

 This was quilt two for Glitzy Chris.  A nice Christmas quilt and it is finished and also in the box waiting for the post office trip.

These are blocks for the Canadian Quilter's Association great Quilting Bee to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary.  The goal is make enough slab blocks to donate 1000 quilts to Ronald MacDonald houses across Canada.  Am trying to do my part.  The blocks are made and I tried to find fabric as funky as possible in my stash here in Arizona.
  The continuation of my blocks to celebrate the contribution of Canadian women to our history.  Every week instructions for 3 blocks are released and I am keeping up to date!  The blocks measure 6.5" and there are some small pieces.  Not my idea of fun as I like bigger and better but am determined to keep on with this project.

 Some of my blocks on the design wall.  This will be impressive when it is complete!

Now, to find more pictures so I can share what I have been working on for the last 5 months!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Missed New Year's Eve

 I had the best of intentions to post on January 31st and end the year on a positive note!  However, as usual, got too busy doing other activities, mainly recovering from playing (and winning) in a 3 day mixed tennis tournament.  Had a great partner and we played well but it was exhausting!
So, pretend this is the last day of 2016 instead of the third day of 2017!

This is a finished UFO.  It is batik fabrics and was a kit from Connecting Threads.  It was pieced, beginning in December 2015 and ready for quilting in January 2016 but it never happened.  It is now quilted and bound and was actually used during the Christmas season. 

 A tennis bag for me to take my captain's binder and other supplies I need for Wednesday league games.  I made in October and finally posting a picture.

I quilted and bound two donation quilts for Sunland Stitchers as way of learning to use the Pfaff Grand Quilter.  I need to do more because I have three quilt tops waiting for me to get them quilted and bound. I posted the first one in my last post. This is a simple design.  Choose your center fabric and cut into 12½" squares and border with 2½" strips in alternating colours. 
I am continuing to work on my Women's 150 blocks for Canada's anniversary this year.  These are some of the latest and the best part is that I am up to date with them.

And am also participating in Pat Sloan's Solstice block challenge.  She releases one block a week starting with the Winter solstice and continuing until the summer solstice.

I have my Offset from Connecting Threads on the sewing machine at the moment, joining the blocks into a top.
And Ziggy zag, also from Connecting Threads is cut and half square triangles are being stitched as leaders and enders.
I won these great labels and plan on making them into mug rugs to keep the sentiments at hand throughout the year.
And the other project that is on the go is working with a stack of 5 x 10" strips and adding 2.5" strips to each side and making a super simple project with gray and red fabrics.

I have more happening but one post at a time and at least I have finally started the year off with a blog post!  Hopefully, I will be a little more attentive to my readers and keep you up to date.  I do try to post to Instagram regularly and you will find me there as rosyquilter. 

Happy New Year and I wish for all of my readers to be happy, healthy and have some great successes and of course, plentiful finishes! 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Ending the year on a good note

Well... a posting is long overdue.  Over 2 months since I last wrote any words on my blog.  The big problem started when my laptop died and I got it replaced but somehow lost everything.  Then we headed to our winter home and have been avoiding taking pictures and downloading them to the laptop.  So easy to take pictures with my phone but don't know how to get them from my phone to my blog.
Enough excuses?
I have also been really busy with tennis and am a captain this year so it seems to take a bit of time dealing with the issues, organizing players, teams and games.
But now, on Christmas break, I actually got to go to a quilting meeting of the Stitchers and also made a point of getting a lesson on the Pfaff Grand quilter long arm that was donated to our group.

So moving along, I have completed a few projects.

I ordered a cute kit of tea towels with prairie points and those are finished and one is already on its way as a Christmas gift.

So now I can't get my pictures to upload?  Grrrrr.

I will continue to write the descriptions and hope that this problem solves itself! (had to switch browers and it worked, finally?)

I made two infinity scarves, again from kits that I purchased at a quilt show this past summer.

And an apron is finished from a panel.
Plus one of those 10 minute table runners that took me longer than 10  minutes.

I made Gather Together but haven't quilted it yet... soon?

And I found a project that was strips of snowman fabrics all cut up into 2.5" squares and 2.5" x 6.5" strips.  The pattern with it was not the right pattern for the size of the cut strips.  So I got creative and figured out a block.

And I decided to join the 150 blocks to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday in 2017 and there are three blocks a week and I am actually up to date!

So, now I have this figure out, no more excuses to take pictures and post my updates!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Mid October, summer finishes

Am working on a few projects, getting some things done before I change houses for the winter season.  With the rain here in the Pacific northwest, am going to be very happy to arrive to our other home in warm sunshine.  Back to capris and sandals! 

I finished a 3 dimensional flying geese quilt that I started last fall and used Missouri star's tutorial to make them.  Warning for anyone considering this technique, be aware that your finished blocks have floppy edges and can catch in the quilting plus, with the extra layers of fabric, it makes a heavy quilt.

This second quilt is called Tweed and it is a jolly bar pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Makes a fast quilt to assemble and good way to use an assortment of various fabrics. 

Still a few more projects to finish up and working slowly to get my sewing spaces tidied and organized so I can find what I am looking for when I return home. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

October - summer is gone, autumn is here!

I am plodding along with my finishes and very determined to tidy and clean up the projects that I began this past summer.
There are lots of finished quilts and am happy that I have made a donation to the preemies at the local hospital in the Special Care Unit, to the new Hospice, Holmberg House that opened this spring, and to Quilts of Valour. 
I had my neighbour help me to hang a curtain rod for hanging my quilts for taking a picture.  Much better than using push pins into the wall!  

I have my Roses quilt quilted and bound which means it is finished! Not too sure of the destination for this one since it is a big too short for Hospice.
This floral will go to Hospice.  It is wide and long enough for the beds that they use. And a few florals were used in this although you would never be able to tell that I used any out of my bin.  It is still too full!
And twenty pillowcases made for Quilts of Valour.  I delivered a stack of quilts to the retired Naval veterans association and I like each quilt to have a pillowcase.
This is Honey Bouquet by Villa Rosa and I used up odds and ends of leftover fabrics from other projects.  It is fat quarter friendly and will be a Quilt of Valour.
I have had fun using Jolly Bars which is a phrase from the Fat Quarter Shop.  They are 5" x 10" rectangles, half a 10" square and I used some in another quilt, Tweed, which is waiting to be bound.  But I had some leftover and then cut more from leftover fabrics and played with a bit of improvising to come up with this design.
I put flannel on the back and am thinking that this might go to a counselling group at hospice where they help 'kids' (teenagers) that have lost someone special in their life - a parent, sibling, someone they were close to and they get a quilt while they are in grief counselling.  A fabric envelope is put on the back of the quilt for them to put something that is from the deceased relative or friend such as a part of a shirt, something that has meaning so that the person will be close to them when they cuddle in their quilt. 

With autumn here, and darker evenings, I find it more difficult to sit and sew?  Feel like my day is done when the sun goes down.  But, binding is getting done on lots of my projects. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Another day, another month!

 I have been at my sewing machine a lot in the last few months but was working on so many various projects, I wasn't really getting many finished.  That has changed!  This is a sewing machine cover that I made from an improvisational piece that I made in a class with Krista Hennebury in  2015... how to piece with improv techniques.  I had no idea what to do with it.  Not my favourite colours but I have a sewing machine that could use a cover so here it is! 

 And there was a container of tumbler blocks and strips.  Lots of them were pieced and just needed to be put together and then layered, quilted and bound.  Well, ended up with three preemie quilts for the local NICU at the hospital in town.  These are girlie quilts.  I quilted each one a little differently.  The best part is that I have very few tumbler blocks left in the container.  I had used the tumblers as leaders and ender last summer while I was piecing other projects.  So another 3 UFO's bite the dust!

 Not too sure if it was fall of 2015 or 2014 that I pieced this Turning Twenty quilt top.  I sent it off to a long arm quilter who offered to quilt it for me and I waited.  This is for Quilts of Valour and the long arm quilter does fabulous work and she provided the backing and the batting and she bound it.  But more than that, she added the maple leaf borders to give the quilt more pizzazz.  It was worth the wait for her to finish off the quilt so beautifully.  Well done Barbara Bettles.  and Thank you.  So one more UFO is finished and off to an injured military member. 

 I was asked a question after my last blog post about the B-line.  Karen wanted to know what I was talking about.  It is a home quilting system and there is a Brother 1500 on the frame.  These were made locally for a number of years and then the company disappeared after health issues in the family. This is well used and have had it for at least 15 years.  It is shared with my best buddy and it spends summers at my house and winters at her house.
See the picture on the wall?  That is a very old hexie wall hanging that I made in a class where we studied colour.  The teacher was awesome, Jane Norquay and we made many projects.  This is a colour wheel and I totally forgot last week when Modern guild had a celebration of our 6th anniversary to take this for the hexie show and tell.  I did make a few hexies for my contribution to the door prize table.

One of my finished in the last few weeks was this table table runner for the SPCA.  I dislike working with this designers patterns but the table runner turned out ok despite issues with the cutting instructions.  I found out later that Hamel's actually puts in a correction sheet with the pattern to help those making the runner to avoid the pitfalls of poor cutting directions. I donated this and it will be in their auction and hopefully it helps to raise some funds to go towards the local shelter.

Glorious and Free.  I finished this a few months ago and it was quilted by Connie Elsdon who had a busy summer and she returned it to me at guild meeting this week.  It is ready to be donated to the Integrated Personnel Support Unit at Jericho Garrison in Vancouver BC later this month. It will hang there to remind them that Quilts of Valour is supporting the injured military by wrapping them in quilted hugs.
I didn't go back to my last posting to see if I had posted a picture of my Floating squares quilt by Missouri Star.  Another video that distracted me from what I had been planning to do and just happened to have a charm pack of pastels, added in some solids from my own stash and made this a little bit modern! If I showed this already, you get to see it again.

 And I have a layer cake lattice quilt, pattern from the Fat Quarter shop.  Used 10" squares and is another quilt finished in the last few weeks.
I had fun making a sewing themed quilt. It started with a charm pack and a jelly roll that was called something like Mary Jo's or Mary Jane's sewing room.  They were a few years old and when I started making the blocks, it turned out that there was only enough for 20 blocks.  So, I dug through my container of old sewing themed fabrics, found some newer modern fabrics with the same theme and kept adding until it was large enough for ME.  I used bamboo batting in this quilt and it has plaid flannel on the back.  Will be nice as the overnight temperatures get cooler.  And fun fabrics, old meets new!
Quilts of Valour has an ongoing project where quilters are encouraged to make 9" finished blocks from Northcott's Oh Canada fabrics and the blocks get sent to Edmonton where they are sorted by province and sets of 30 are put together representing the provinces and territories across the nation.  I opted to make a quilt out of a set of blocks and this is my final project which will go to a deserving military member through Quilts of Valour.  If you participated in the mug hug project of the past few years, maybe you have a block in this quilt?

And finally, I won a charm pack!  From Dinkydoo fabrics in Maple Ridge.  I entered a contest online and surprise!  My name got chosen to be the recipient and this arrived in mailbox yesterday.  Yippee and thanks to Dinkydoo.  AWESOME.  

Wow, I am always behind in my posting but today's should provide you with a decent 'catch up'.