It has been an interesting month in my part of the world.
A couple of weeks ago I found myself able to spend time at the studio where I decided I needed to try working with pantos for the first time.
In the week I was there I managed to finish 5 quilts on the frame. As soon as I finished 2 of them, they went out the door before I could get photos!
My other project was to finish a commission. Since I had practised on 2 of mine I was ready to go with another panto, “Flower Power” by Urban Elementz which D. Had picked.
From start to finish this 100” + 108” finished quilt took me just over three weeks, working in between other projects. I pieced it with Aurifil white thread and tried a new thread, Essentials by Connecting Threads in different shades of grey, for both top and bobbin on my long arm. My backing was a packaged one that my favourite LQS brings in for a decent price. My machine loved it! With the extreme heat wave we had I didn’t finish the binding until this week once I was home. D picked it up and was just thrilled that all she has to do is write a note on the label (an extra block I framed and sewed on the back) for her Granddaughter.
I had been given some wonderful preprinted templates by Felicia’s World for 7” log cabin blocks. I pieced these fun blocks over a couple of months and have shared several sneak peeks of my in progress photos while I was piecing what will be my quilt. I used the treasured scraps from other projects, gifts from a dear friend, fabric I had won from Emily and Maryellen and a few pieces of yardage I had to buy. Having the paper templates made it so easy to keep everything perfectly square and I had no issues with the blocks stretching. The lines on the templates made it so easy to do my final trim before assembling the top.
The top was assembled and borders auditioned:
It was even easy to remove the papers from the quilt blocks once they were sewn together. Here is my finished flimsy (although the squirrels are hovering and telling me I should make it larger 😉):
It was so enjoyable to play with the blocks, auditioning layouts before I settled on the Centre Star. 😄. Felicia gives several examples of various layouts on her website. Just click on the photos above to go to her website
I can highly recommend the templates from Felicia’s World. She has these fun log cabin templates in 4”, 5” and 7” sizes and her quilt patterns and pin cushion patterns are simply incredible!
I really enjoyed making this quilt and am looking forward to finally keeping one of the quilts I’ve made for my bed. Unfortunately it has now been placed in the To Be Quilted bin, but I have made progress on those bins! 😉 Once the wildfires here are under control, I will be going to the studio for a few days to finish this quilt and as many as I can make for the Lytton Fire Victims on my longarm.
While I was at the studio our Province was under that horrible heat dome. One day our temperature was 52 C in the shade on the deck.
That was June 30, the day that the town of Lytton was burnt to the ground by a wildfire. They had 15 minutes from first seeing the fire to having to leave.
Since I have been home I did finish the binding on this quilt;
I have not done anything else since I got home but work on blocks to make quilts for the survivors of the Lytton Fire. There possibly will be a need for more. As of today 3 cities and 2 more towns are on evacuation alert.
6:00 a.m. Update: 6000 people are now evacuated, a State of Emergency has been declared in British Columbia and military troops are being brought in to help with fire control.
We have 2 wildfires burning here and have been suffering with the smoke. It has been interesting to watch the helicopters picking up the water to dump on the fires. The nearest fire (less than 10 miles now) has tripled in size since yesterday. There were 5 helicopters working on it today. Tonight was the first night I have seen the vivid orange glow on the ridge.
Life is always a grand adventure, isn’t it?
Please take the time to head over to Felicia’s World to check out her patterns and templates. You are sure to find something that you need to create! 😉
Thank you for reading my post. 😉 Carol