Friday, November 9, 2018

Snow Covered Trees

I got my snow tires installed today and, right on cue, the snow arrived.  The trees have a light dusting but the lawn isn't covered yet.  We are supposed to get some more tomorrow and I hope that it all stays this time.  I took Heidi for a walk through the bush and the trail was so covered in leaves you couldn't see the small sticks and rocks underneath.  I always take my cane so if I trip on something I am able to stay upright. Looking forward for the leaves to be replaced by snow.
I was able to get quite a bit of quilting done today and have almost finished doing a top for a customer as well as cutting out the squares for a T Shirt quilt.  I really feel as though I have accomplished something and I may, just may, get everything done in time for Christmas.
Whenever I have a lot of things to get done as I do right now, I make a list setting out the order in which I will do each item.  It helps keep me on track and feel less harried.
Tomorrow I am going to make my dear hubby some cookies while doing the laundry.  It has been a while since I did any baking.  I also thought I might do a bread pudding.  I have some gluten free bread that I don't like so will use that.
Have you started your Christmas projects yet?  I have some Swedish stars to make for stocking stuffer gifts as well as covers for the back of my new chairs.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

One Quilt Done, Another Almost Done

We have been getting quite a bit of rain the past few days.  That combines with lack of sunshine is making for some dreary days.  However, It is cheerful indoors with the wood fire making everything cozy.  I had yet another medical appointment today but was home by lunch so have been able to get a bit of quilting done.  I have almost finished the memory quilt top so have brought out the fabric for the TShirt quilt.  While I am working on those projects, I have loaded a top onto the frame so I can be doing a row or two on it in between cutting our blocks.
I don't think I am going to be able to get all the projects done before Christmas but the ones that I promised will be.
This photo is a section of the memory quilt.  As you can see, there are a lot of velour fabrics as well as others that aren't cotton.  I offset the squares to give a bit of interest.  The one dark square on the left, second last row was cut from the top centre of the clothing so it has a zipper and some decorative stitching.  I did that with a number of blocks.  A little harder to work with but I like to include unusual blocks that will also remind the customer of their loved one wearing that article of clothing.
Tomorrow I deliver a completed quilt so can mark that one off the list.
I have a pattern idea buzzing around in my head using log cabin blocks.  Hope to have a chance to work that out and make it.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Where O Where Has my Little Brain Gone.

I had a number of quilt name suggestions yesterday that included the word lavender.  I have decided to call it Lavender Lullaby.  I appreciate all the ideas as I hadn't thought of lavender at all when trying to come up with the name.
I got the result of one of my test today and all is well.  One more to go.
I hope that when they are done and my schedule slows down that I will get back my brain.  I left my cell phone in the restaurant where we had lunch.  Fortunately, the staff found it and a friend is picking it up tomorrow.
Sunday, I am going to have lunch with my sister who is here from England visiting her son.  We do this every fall when she comes for her second visit of the year.  It is a nice time of relaxing and catching up on what is happening in each other's lives.
Tomorrow, I have no appointments either in the day or evening.  Can't remember when that happened last.  Studio, here I come.

Just realized today is Thurs. and I have my newspaper column to do.  Aaargh!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Name Suggestions.

My completed customer quilt.  I haven't thought of a name for it yet.  Any suggestions?
We got a real bargain today.  I believe I mentioned yesterday that I bought an arborite table from an on line site.  We picked it up today and are really pleased with it.  It suits our kitchen perfectly.  These sets are considered antiques now and I have a dealer friend that sold one for $300.00.  Ours has a bit of chipping but it will be easily repaired.
I have a rare day at home tomorrow.  No medical or other appointments to go to so am hoping to get the rest of my quilt sale sewing finished.  I just have one baby quilt to do so perhaps I will also be able to finish the top of another customer quilt and get it on the machine.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Seasonal Bibs.

I finished one customer quilt today and have 6 placemats for another client almost finished.  I have to stop everything now and do items for the craft show.
I really like these little bibs.  I have half dozen of these and just need to add the fasteners.  Seasonal bibs for the well dressed little ones. $8.00 each plus shipping if you would like one for your precious bundle.
We have a few inches of snow and all the trees are covered.  It looks so pretty but I don't think it is going to stay.
I have to get back at the quilting.  Hope to have a photo tomorrow of the quilt I have finished

Friday, October 26, 2018

Christmas Wall Hanging.

This month's Island Batik Challenge was to make something using any  paper piecing method.  I wanted to use up some of my scraps while making something that would be suitable for Christmas and an ornament laden tree was ideal.   The  pattern I used was from Carol Doak's book Easy Paper-Pieced Keepsake Quilts published by That Patchwork Place.
The paper pieced blocks finished at 4 inches which were a breeze after previously making some that were 3" and had  up to 24 pieces.
The ornaments were made from left over Christmas theme fabric from last years box and the tree and background fabric were more recent.  The green used in the tree and border are from the Birds and Bees* line.
I had so much fun making this wall hanging that I think I will do another.  I still have lots of scraps!.
*All the fabric used in making this quilt was donated by Island Batik for my use.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Craft Sales

I am tired and trying to stay awake until it is a reasonable hour before I go to bed.  The weather can be partly to blame as it has been dull all day but I think the major reason may be that I am not getting enough oxygen.  I have an appointment with my specialist on the 1st so hope to have some answers and a solution then.
I finished my little hanging and will try to remember to post a photo tomorrow as well as the cute Christmas bibs I made today. I haven seen a couple of craft items on line that I would like to make up for craft sale on the 3rd. of next month.  I do have some quilts ready and always sell at least one baby size but smaller items are the best sellers.
Tomorrow, I hope to finish the first memory quilt top and get it set up  to be quilted.  I got another memory quilt order today but it doesn't have to be done before Christmas but a set of place mats do.  Good thing I love quilting as I am going to be very busy for the next few weeks.