“Your “something” could have a tropical or surf feel. It can be clothing, a quilt, a bag, a toy, or whatever you choose! it might include some tropical themed fabric or novelty print… or not.” This was the fun theme Melva and Brenda came up with.
When I received the invitation from Melva to join the hop I had a few ideas for projects. My first thought was to make a surfboard beach quilt for my granddaughters to use when they go to Hawaii and spend time surfing, playing in the sand or enjoying the water. I started playing with a design in EQ8.
Once I had agreed to participate in the Hop real life got crazy with my best friend’s needing some help so I knew the girl’s beach quilt would have to wait until I had more time when K passes.
My next thought was to make some little backpacks using two paper pieced patterns I have:
I had the fabrics pulled but was called away from home several times to assist my friends.
The only project I was able to complete this past month or so was a sweet little panel quilt which was sent to me by Denise. It is a bright, happy panel and just brightened my spirits. The last stitches are being hand sewn on the binding as this post is publishing.
My first experience with the wonderful world of quilting started when I was 12 years old, visiting my paternal grandmother. After dinner in the evening we would sit with our cup of Ovaltine and our needles, thread, fabric and blocks my grandmother had trimmed from worn out clothing. While I was visiting for the two weeks I managed to finish a small lap quilt, made of scrappy fabric nine patches, then sandwiched, tied and completed with a turned binding made from the backing fabric (a faded, soft, slightly worn flannel sheet). Needless to say there are no photos of the quilt and it long ago wore out with first myself using my lap quilt and then my daughter using it as her cuddle blanket. Over the years I did make a few more quilts by hand stitching, but raising 3 children and working didn’t allow me a lot of time to indulge my love of playing with fabric.
Several years ago (decades actually) I moved to the town of Wells in northern British Columbia. There I was very fortunate to get to know an amazing group of women who shared the love of many fabric crafts and machine quilting with me. My first project at a weekend retreat in Barkerville was the Barkerville Spools Quilt in a queen size. It was made of 4” finished spools, comprised of 13 pieces of fabric! The spools were sewn in to 4 patches of 4 spools in alternating directions. I must confess that I never did finish the quilt, but I did use those hundreds of spool blocks as borders on many quilts. I also did not realize that photographing my quilts was the best way to record not only my progress as my skills improved, but also a good way of documenting the quilts I did finish over these past two decades. These women had so much patience with me as I learned about 1/4” seams, rotary cutters, rulers and the correct way to cut fabric. (Kathy, Gail, Donna, Linda and Julia thank you once again for all your patience and the knowledge you shared).
I am fortunate in having been able to share this passion with some of my grandchildren enjoying making placemats created with their artwork (using fabric crayons) as the center blocks on the placemats. The girls love creating art and had so much fun picking out their border fabrics. 😁
Get On Board with Sewing Blog Hop Line up. I’m including the full list of participants to make sure you don’t miss anyone. 😁
Thursday, September 1
Anorina Samelia’s Mum
Brenda Songbird Designs
Cheree The Morning Latte
Denise For the Love of Geese
Friday, September 2
Karen Karen’s Korner
Nancy Grace and Peace Quilting
Sharon & Susan Ms P Designs USA
Nina-Marie Creations – Quilts, Art, Whatever
Monday, September 5
Karrin Karrin’s Crazy World
Linda Texas Quilt Gal
Yvonne Quilting Jetgirl
Emily The Darling Dogwood
Tuesday, September 6
Gail Quilting Gail
Carol Quilt Schmilt
Wednesday, September 7
Melva Melva Loves Scraps
Leah Quilted Delights
Patricia Faith, Trust & Breast Cancer
In case you hadn’t heard, Melva and Brenda have an amazing grand prize package up for give away to one lucky winner.
One person will win everything, which includes:
- a $25 gift certificate from Gardensong Fabrics,
- $25 gift certificate from Rebecca Page,
- Aurifil thread,
- a digital pattern from Melva – Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail,
- a book, Fabulously Fast Quilts donated by Patricia from the Faith, Trust & Breast Cancer Blog,
- three stash builder bundles generously donated by Island Batik,
- a crib sized Quilter’s Dream Dream Angel batt from Songbird Designs.
Just leave a blog comment, but you can earn extra entries by following the additional prompts (these help us build or followers for the blog, Instagram, and Facebook! Enter through the Raffle Copter on Brenda’s blog, Songbird Designs The Raffle Copter will close at 12:00 AM on 9/12/22. The winner will be announced on the blog and will be notified by email as well! Good luck!!
I’d like to thank Melva from Melva Loves Scraps and Brenda from Songbird Designs for hosting this Blog Hop which commemorates National Sewing Month and all of the talented participants who provide us with such great inspiration.
I’d also like to thank everyone for stopping by to read my post. I really enjoy reading your comments and will reply to each of them. 😉 Carol