September OMG

September already? This year has just disappeared in the blink of an eye!

On a personal note I’ll be busy this month with working for Federal Elections. The 12 – 14 hour days at the polling station, and days of travelling and training, will mean my time with my machines and fabric will be a bit more limited.

I do have a few little things to get finished up:

1. Replace the background fabric that didn’t work for me on the Flat Topped Scrappy Pyramid quilt

2. Finish my blog post for the:

3. Finish my project for the;

4. Indulge the squirrel that is driving me crazy with a DrEAMI project using these fabrics;

5. Try to get away to my studio after working the Federal Election to finish some more charity quilts on my long arm (and of my UFO/PHD List);

6. Research to find a good pattern using leftover 1 1/2” – 3” strip pieces. I have 2 bins of strips this size that need to be gone. If you have any suggestions or recommendations, please leave me a comment. 🤔

Thank you for checking out my post. I do appreciate reading and replying to any comments. 😉 Carol

Linking with;

Elm Street Quilts @ September OMG

I’m Falling For You Blog Hop

Joan from MooseStash Quilting is hosting this fun blog this month. Here’s the lineup of creative participants:

Monday September 20

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Samelias Mum

Quilting Gail

Vroomans Quilts

Quilt Schmilt

 

Tuesday September 21

Just Let Me Quilt

Just Sew Quilter

Days filled with Joy

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

 

Wednesday September 22

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Beaquilter

Inflorescence

Selina Quilts

 

Thursday September 23

Karrins Crazy World

Words and Stitches

Patchouli Moon Studio

Karen’s Korner

 

Friday September 24

QuiltFabrication

Mrs P Designs USA

Lianne Makes Stuff

MooseStashQuilting

If you would like to participate Joan might still be able to fit you in the schedule 😉

 

August Block Report

August was a better month for finishing blocks, so here’s my count:

Previous YTD Count: 340 blocks

August Blocks:

  • Scrappy Strings Blocks 72
  • Phoenix Rising 6
  • Flat Topped Scrappy Pyramid 28
  • Pattern Test 49

January 18

February 61

March 54

April 77

May 30

June 41

July 59

August 155

YTD Total: 495 Blocks

My PHD in August

Gail from Quilting Gail introduced me to her PHD Challenge and Tracker.

I love being held accountable and keeping track of my projects and Gail’s tracker sure helps.

With being at home because of the Evacuation Alert and needing to keep busy I did have a good month.

I finished several quilt tops and one of them was for the Orange You Glad Blog Hop.

Then I managed a trip to the studio once the Evacuation Alert was rescinded.

My last bit of fun before I left the Okanagan (masks were worn the while I was there due to the rise in Covid-19 cases) was to deliver some quilts for the Quilts For Lytton Drive.

I will be heading back to the studio to get some more quilts finished to donate to QFL again at the end of the month, after I work for Elections Canada. It is interesting to see that our Federal Government is following our Provincial Guidelines to having an election during the Pandemic. I did work for the provincial election during the Pandemic and was pleased to see that with great protocols it wasn’t a super spreader event.

I also finished a test pattern quilt which is 68” x 85” in 3 days! This is a great quilt pattern and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you in a few weeks. All I can share now is a sneak peak of some of the fabrics/strip sets before I started cutting them.

The end of the month has me playing with these piles of fabric:

All in all, August was a good month and I’m happy with what I did get finished.

My favourite quilt this month was Phoenix Rising. I’m really looking forward to getting it one the frame and really finished 😉

Can you see how bad the greens were from the heat wave, heat dome and smoke? Luckily we’ve had a bit of rain and the grass is coming back. 😄
For clarification, I do count my starts as done once I get them to flimsy stage. Then I move them to my UFO list because that is where almost everything gets stalled since I’m not at the studio as much as I’d like. If I can get another half dozen or more off my UFO List by years end I’ll be doing a happy dance. 😉

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. It’s nice reading and responding to your comments. 😄 Carol

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Weekly To-Do and Goals #72

My Weekly Goals – To Do Tuesday #72

Chris at Chris Knits is now hosting the weekly To-Do linky party and it’s always fun to go see what everyone has done and are planning To-Do.

Last week’s list:

1. Finish re-doing my Flat Topped Scrappy Pyramid quilt top now that I removed the background fabric which just wasn’t working and picking new background fabric. It will go to Quilts for Lytton when it’s finished. It’s a pattern from Quilted Twins. No Progress 😢

Background fabric was removed. New background fabric has been selected.

2. Keep playing with my EPP project. Some progress.

3. Start pulling fabric for the September Blog Hop project. Fabrics pulled and cut.

4. Pull fabric for a new pattern test and start cutting. 😉 Finished to a flimsy. Just need to take photos.

5. Try to avoid the squirrels. 😉🐿. No way to avoid the squirrel this week. I’ll post another day, but it did start from tearing my sewing space apart and reorganizing it again.

This week’s goals:

1. Finish the photos and report for my pattern test quilt.

2. Sew the binding on my scrappy log cabin quilt and get a finished photo.

3. Finish sewing my Flat Topped Scrappy Pyramid blocks to a flimsy with the fabric from my stash.

4. Finish my DrEAMI project.

5. Write my post for the Seaside Adventure Row Along.

6. Work on my I’m Falling For You Blog Hop project.

7. Exterminate and squirrels that try to invade my space this week. 🐿🤔

Stitchin’ Time

I’m trying for at least 15 minutes a day, but also want to at least spend 15 minutes tidying up and dealing with scraps.

  • Previous time – 226/241
  • This 1 week period– 7/7
  • Year To Date – 233/248

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report:

  • Fabric previous balance: 26.5yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash: 26.5 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards. 😅

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

Gail at Quilting Gail created and hosts the PHD in 2021 to keep us finishing those UFOS.

Linking with:

Sunday Stash @ quiltpaintcreate

15 minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

Design Wall Monday @ Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

To-Do Tuesday @ Chris Knits

August OMG Check In

All in all August was a good month! Our Evacuation Alert was lifted so I was able to go to my studio for a few days and had sewing time almost every day.

My goal for August was to keep trying to finish up some projects:

1. Finish my Orange You Glad Blog Hop Project and get it posted on time. Done

2. Finish my scrappy string blocks by putting the corners on them. Not only were the blocks finished, but the quilt was put together, quilted, bound and donated to the Quilts For Lytton Drive.

3. Continue doing some mindless sewing using my scrappy precuts to make more quilt tops for the Quilts for Lytton Drive. I did finish another top but decided the background fabric didn’t work so I’ve removed the background and pulled a new fabric to use from my stash.

4. Check my stash again for border fabric for these 3 quilt tops for the Quilts for Lytton Drive. The scrappy log cabin was quilted and I’m hand sewing the binding. The other two are going to be quilted and all three will go to the Quilts for Lytton Drive on my next trip to the studio.

5. All of this will change if our evacuation alert is lifted, or if we are evacuated, and I can go to the studio. If either happens, I would like to set a goal of getting 4 more quilt tops from my To Be Quilted Bins out and finished. I did get to the studio so getting quilts done on the longarm was my priority. 😉

Thank you for spending some time with me and reading my crazy list of goals for the month. 😉 Carol

Linking with:

Seaside Adventure Row Along

This will be full of wonderful eye candy and fun project patterns. Stay tuned for the line-up. 😉 Carol

Another Fun Pattern Test

I haven’t fallen out of step with keeping busy this week.

I’m playing with these fabrics making strip sets which will be used in a fun pattern test by a designer I really enjoy:

The lighting has the colours not showing true in the photo. 😢

I’ve also been doodling with ideas for a project for the I’m Falling For You Blog Hop in September.

I’m trying a new idea for another quilt for the Quilts for Lytton Drive. It will be another scrappy quilt that I can do as a leader/ender project.

If I can get away to the studio again I’d like to finish another 5 or 6 quilts to donate to the Drive.

On top of everything today is my youngest son (my baby as he hates to hear me say) is 42 years old. I like to remind him he was my tiniest baby at 6lbs 2 ozs. We chuckle over that because he is 6’8”. He will even get to spend his birthday with his wife and kids because he is on his home portion of the rotation and they are all in Alberta for another week before he heads back to work and my DIL and Grands go back home to Mexico. It would have been nice to see them all this trip back to Canada, but safer not to with Alberta having the highest infection rate of COVID-19 infections. Perhaps it will be better their next trip back to Canada. 😷

Hope you are having fun, staying safe with the rising Covid cases and having some time to fondle fabric, thread or wool. 😉 Carol

I Love Thursday #51

I’m joining a group of friends who get together via a linky party on LeeAnna’s blog Not Afraid of Color most weeks to share list of things that bring them joy, inspire them or make them laugh.

I haven’t joined the linky party the past couple of weeks. I’ve been in a blue funk again with watching the numbers rise again with the fourth wave of Covid-19 hitting most parts of the world and the wildfires, smoke a loss of property hit me hard.

I’ve been keeping busy making quilts for people who lost their homes due to the horrific fires burning in our province. I’m so happy to admit that I managed to get away to the studio where I had quality time with my longarm.

I managed to quilt 3 quilts and get the binding on 2. It meant I was able to meet up with the coordinator for the quilt distribution and was able to donate 3 quilts. I’ve made arrangements to meet with her again at the end of the month to get a few more to her.

Spending time with my machines and fabric always makes me happy, but this week I was entertained by another great audiobook. It was an interesting story, kept my attention and even had me hitting the stop button a few times to rewind a bit of the story to make sure I heard it right. 😉

I had hit the borrow button by mistake, but was happy to have listened to it!

I love doing pattern tests and am happy to say I have a new one to do. It should keep me busy, playing with fabric this week.

Here’s my view coming back on the ferry 😉

Best of all I love being able to say we had some very welcome rain. It started when I was coming home from the studio and by the time I unloaded the car it was a torrential downpour, unfortunately accompanied by lightning. Haven’t heard of any new wildfires yet. 😄

Of course my weekly list has to include some photos of my little loves. These great grands keep me smiling! ❤️

My final share for the day is little Miss Roxy:

She is 8 weeks old and I get to enjoy her company while her Daddy is playing golf with my DH. She’s not quite ready to spend the morning on the cart with her Dad yet, but is very good company for me when she is not napping 😉

Thank you for stopping in to read my post. I appreciate it when you click on the follow button and enjoy responding to your comments. 😉 Carol

Another Mystery SAL Starts Sept. 1

Did you see? Denise fromFor The Love of Geese is starting a SAL with fabric requirements being released Sept. 1. It looks like fun with it being a paper pieced project this time. Just click on the logo to be taken to her post with all of the information.

My Trip to the Studio

It was so wonderful to finally be able to take a trip to the studio.

My ferry was running and the wait was short. It was so nice to take the ferry instead of having to drive the long way around.

Still smoky but no raging flames. 😄

It was a good day to travel, not too hot and the smoke was only really thick in patches.

When I got to the studio my longarm had been moved since my friends had their furnace serviced. That meant my first day was spent re-levelling the frame and then readjusting the tension settings. It made us rethink the location and set up for the frame. We kept coming up with new plans and on my last day there, drew up the new plans. We will only have to move 3 cupboards so the plan is to do that my next trip. I didn’t have time or energy to do construction work this time 😉

The first quilt to be put on the frame was my Hugs n Kisses quilt. Since I wasn’t sure my settings were right, I just played with some wavy lines to get used to the feel of the machine again.

Next up was my scrappy, wonky log cabin quilt. I had the perfect camo backing for the quilt, and didn’t remember until I was done that I had purchased the backing for a tshirt quilt I need to make this winter. Ooops! 😢

I’ll get better photos when I finish binding this one.

I had fun quilting blocks with a different FMQ motif alternating with stitch in the ditch around each log.

I finished my last quilt this trip with this lovely quilt. I had to do some ruler work on this one. I had put doubly batting when sandwiching it since I had intended to gift it to a friend. That plan changed since it won’t work with his wheelchair. Instead it will go to the Quilts for Lytton Drive. This one is completely finished. My friend did the binding on this one while I was working on Hugs n Kisses and we had a Chick Flick on the TV. 😉

Before I left town I met with a coordinator for the Quilts For Lytton Drive to deliver some quilts. I also added the pink Gingham Quilt to the pile since it was finished.

My last project was to get my Phoenix Rising on the frame. I managed to get backing loaded, batting on and my top will be floated. Unfortunately it was getting too late so I didn’t even have a chance to start on it. Now I’m debating whether this will be my next project or if I should do my scrappy batik log cabin quilt first.

Winter is coming and September is looking to be a busy month with our Federal Elections taking place. I’ve been asked to take a position as Central Poll Supervisor on Election Day, and to work for the Advance Polls as well. It’s one of those times that 30+ years of doing my civic duty and working the polls reminds me of how much I do love this Country.

It isn’t as many as I would have liked to deliver this time, but I should be able to get back to the studio to finish some more in a couple of weeks, and I have messages and emails from others with quilts to take when I go. My heart is full with the support being shown the people who lost their homes and almost everything they owned. I just love being part of such a caring, giving community. Quilters are the best people in the world.

When I was leaving there I met a woman who had been evacuated. She lost her home of 38 years and hadn’t been able to get anything out of her home. She had had a quilt that her mother had made for her wedding gift. It was gone along with everything else. She really touched my heart because in spite of everything, she was smiling. She said she had found a quilt that had the same colour palette as the one her Mom had made and it made her feel a quilty hug from her Mom. She said she just knew that eventually things will be all right again and she will have a home instead of staying in a hotel and having issues getting her meal vouchers honoured. She didn’t manage to get her purse so has no ID with her. Most restaurants are requiring ID to honour the vouchers. It’s just a crazy situation! One of the Staffers from the evacuation Center went with her to one of the restaurants and told the owner to honour the vouchers for the woman since she has to wait for new Identification to be issued. I can’t imagine what it is like for these people, but was so very touched with how brave she is and how she can be so positive in spite of everything she is dealing with. I do admit that when I got back in my car I had to just sit until my tears stopped falling.

The it was time to get on the road to home. I was just heading up to the Monashee Summit and it started to rain. At the summit I stopped to just get out of the car and stand in the rain. It was a torrential downpour and felt so good. It rained all the way to the ferry so my ferry picture is a bit fuzzy.

Then it rained all the way home, but stopped long enough for me to unload the car. I can’t remember a time in my life when I have been so grateful to see and feel rain.

I’m so happy you took some time to read my post. I love sharing my stories of adventures and misadventures with you. 😉 Carol

Weekly To-Do and Goals #71

My Weekly Goals – To Do Tuesday #71

Chris at Chris Knits is now hosting the weekly To-Do linky party and it’s always fun to go see what everyone has done and are planning To-Do.

Last week’s list:

1. Keep working on quilts for the Lytton Fire Victims getting some quilted, bound and delivered. 3 quilts were quilted last week, 2 were bound and 3 quilts delivered to the coordinator for the distribution of quilts to Wildfire Victims. I’ll post more about this another day.

I just need to finish the binding on this one:

It was alternately quilted with stitch in the ditch in one block; the next had various FMQ motifs using some of the pretty Essentials Threads I received in my order last week.

2. Play some more if time allows with my EPP project. No progress. Any hand stitching time this week was spent on bindings. 😉

3. Start planning my next blog hop project. 😄. Some ideas are being considered. 😄

4. Finish my project and post for the Orange You Glad Blog Hop. Quilt top finished, blog post written and published; just need to quilt it now. 😉

5. Keep avoiding those squirrels but I might have to stop reading blogs this week (it’s the Orange You Glad Blog Hop) and that’s not going to happen 😉🐿🐿 I confess to adding several projects to my Must Make List. 😉

This week’s goals:

1. Finish re-doing my Flat Topped Scrappy Pyramid quilt top now that I removed the background fabric which just wasn’t working and picking new background fabric. It will go to Quilts for Lytton when it’s finished. It’s a pattern from Quilted Twins.

Background fabric was removed. New background fabric has been selected.

2. Keep playing with my EPP project.

3. Start pulling fabric for the September Blog Hop project.

4. Pull fabric for a new pattern test and start cutting. 😉

5. Try to avoid the squirrels. 😉🐿

Stitchin’ Time

I’m trying for at least 15 minutes a day, but also want to at least spend 15 minutes tidying up and dealing with scraps.

  • Previous time – 220/234
  • This 1 week period– 6/7
  • Year To Date – 226/241

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report:

  • Fabric previous balance: 32.5 yards
  • Fabric Used: 6 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash: 26.5 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards. 😅

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

Gail at Quilting Gail created and hosts the PHD in 2021 to keep us finishing those UFOS.

Linking with:

Sunday Stash Report @ QuiltPaintCreate

Happy Mail

When I was leaving home to come to the studio (yes, I’m still here 😄) I stopped at the post office to check our mail.

I was thrilled to get not one, but two parcels.

The first was a box of special goodies from Mad About Patchwork. I had won a gift certificate from this sweet shop when I did the Follow Your Own Path quilt along hosted by Sandra Walker from MMM Quilts.

Those fabrics were the exact colours I needed to make another Let Your Star Shine quilt by MMM Quilts. It was so appropriate to find them when I was using my gift certificate. Thank you Sandra.

I also had placed an order from Connecting Threads. My longarm absolutely loves their Essentials Thread and since I was hoping to get the studio to use the longarm, I really needed more thread. 😉

I can admit to having used a few of those spools this week, but I’ll post about that another day.

Thanking for spending your time with me. 😉 Carol

My Day on the Orange You Glad Blog Hop

The fabulous Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks is hosting this month’s Blog Hop. I am thrilled to be participating again. I’m not sure if you know it, but several of the bloggers offer prizes on their posts. I’ve been lucky enough to win twice on Carla’s site and just placed my order using the 2 gift certificates I won last year. I’ll post a photo of all my treasures when the parcel arrives 😉

The Challenge:
Create something inspired by the color orange.Think orange, think citrus, think orange peel, or maybe the joke about “orange you glad we didn’t say banana!” Anything orange.

When I signed up for this hop, I had some ideas of what I would like to make. Then as has been “normal” this past year and a half, life threw us another curveball. We experienced the worst heat dome with insanely high temperatures (52c in the shade on the deck) and then fire season started early with the Town of Lytton burning to the ground with only 15 minutes notice to evacuate and then fires broke out everywhere. On the worst day there were over 300 fires burning in our Province. We had 2 fires start during an electrical storm within 10 miles of my home. It came within 2 miles and we were placed on evacuation alert.

My heart was heavy thinking of the people who lost everything so I started making quilt tops, hoping that I will be able to get to the studio soon to finish them and get them to the organizers for the Quilts for Lytton Drive.

At the same time that I was doing these scrappy quilts, I was tossing around ideas for my Hop Project.

I had to run to my favourite LQS which is one and a half hours drive from home to pick up some machine needles and I came across these beautiful batiks:

It solidified the idea that had been stewing in my mind with the theme being orange.

All I can think of when I think of orange is wildfire and this was my night time view in July. 😢

A few months ago I had made this quilt for a friend that was being released from hospital after contracting Covid;

Click on the photo to read about this special quilt.

I pulled out my eagle pattern by Cheryl Phillips of Phillips Fiber Arts, did some calculating, modified the pattern pieces to suit my needs and then started cutting and sewing.

“The phoenix is a long-lived, immortal bird associated with Greek mythology(with analogs in many cultures) that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. Some legends say it dies in a show of flames and combustion, others that it simply dies and decomposes before being born again.[1]. Quoted from Wikipedia

So I sewed and went outside to watch the helicopters and came back in and sewed some more or did some trimming.

Once again I enjoyed this pattern and was satisfied with my slight modifications. So here is my finished quilt top:

Every year here in British Columbia we do have a fire season. They are getting worse every year, but we are resilient. We rebuild and replant and eventually the senses of humour re-assert and we find some good and even happy memories, e.g. the wonderful, brave firefighters we are lucky enough to meet, a funny story of something that got “missed” by the fire, being able to create something for those who have lost so much. I think that is why quilters are so generous to the ones who lost everything to a wildfire. It’s a way of giving back quilty hugs to our communities.

So I created these quilt tops so far:

As this is being posted I am no longer on Evacuation Alert, the wildfires are close to being contained and I am at the studio to truly get this quilt and as many of my UFO’s finished as I can on the longarm.

These are the bloggers I am sharing my day with. Be sure to pop over to their blogs to see their amazing creations. You’ll be truly inspired. I was!

Thursday, August 19th

Please don’t forget to make a comment on the blog posts you visit. Showing your appreciation for the designers efforts to inspire you does make them happy. If you enjoy their posts, take some time to read some of their other posts and follow them if you like what you see and are inspired by their posts.

Thank you for spending some of your time to read my post. I enjoy reading and responding to your comments 😉. Carol

Linking with:

Frederique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

Day 3 of the Orange You Glad Blog Hop

Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks is hosting this month’s Hop and here is the lineup for the third day:

Wednesday, August 18th

Are you ready for some wonderful eye candy? I am!

Please don’t forget to make a comment on the blog posts you visit. Showing your appreciation for the designers efforts to inspire you does make them happy. If you enjoy their posts, take some time to read some of their other posts and follow them if you like what you see and are inspired by their posts.

See you on Thursday, my day. 😉. Carol

Day 2 of the Orange You Glad Blog Hop

Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks is hosting this month’s Hop and here is the lineup for the second day:

Tuesday, August 17th

Are you ready for some wonderful eye candy? I am!

Please don’t forget to make a comment on the blog posts you visit. Showing your appreciation for the designers efforts to inspire you does make them happy. If you enjoy their posts, take some time to read some of their other posts and follow them if you like what you see and are inspired by their posts.

See you on Thursday, my day. 😉. Carol

Weekly To-Do and Goals #70

My Weekly Goals – To Do Tuesday #70

Chris at Chris Knits is now hosting the weekly To-Do linky party and it’s always fun to go see what everyone has done and are planning To-Do.

Last week’s list:

1. Keep working on quilts for the Lytton Fire Victims. Finished another one, but I’m going to be frogging and redoing the background fabric. This one is a modified version of a pattern by Becky Tillman Peterson from Quilted Twins called Flat Topped Scrappy Pyramids.

I’m thinking I might need to remove the sashing and triangles. I really don’t like the fabric so I’ll see what other leftover pieces I have in the scrap bins.

2. Finish writing my blog post for the Orange You Glad Blog Hop. Done and ready to go. 😉

3. Decide which project to start next. I’m working on an EPP project 😉

4. Start organizing my To Do List for my next trip to the studio. I’m packed, loaded and en route as you are reading this. 😄

4. Do better at avoiding those squirrels. No squirrel attacks were given in to this week 😉

This week’s goals:

1. Keep working on quilts for the Lytton Fire Victims getting some quilted, bound and delivered.

2. Play some more if time allows with my EPP project.

3. Start planning my next blog hop project. 😄

4. Keep avoiding those squirrels but I might have to stop reading blogs this week (it’s the Orange You Glad Blog Hop) and that’s not going to happen 😉🐿🐿

Stitchin’ Time

I’m trying for at least 15 minutes a day, but also want to at least spend 15 minutes tidying up and dealing with scraps.

  • Previous time – 213/227
  • This 1 week period– 7/7
  • Year To Date – 220/234

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report:

  • Fabric previous balance: 32.5 yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash: 32.5 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards. 😅

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

Gail at Quilting Gail created and hosts the PHD in 2021 to keep us finishing those UFOS.

Linking with:

Day 1 of the Orange You Glad Blog Hop

Are you ready for some wonderful eye candy? I am!

Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks is hosting this month’s Hop and here is the lineup for the first day:

Monday, August 16th

I am looking forward to seeing all of the projects created by these amazing people for our inspiration and viewing pleasure:

Please don’t forget to make a comment on the blog posts you visit. Showing your appreciation for the designers efforts to inspire you does make them happy. If you enjoy their posts, take some time to read some of their other posts and follow them if you like what you see and are inspired by their posts.

See you later this week on my day. 😉 Carol

Scrap Happy Day

This past few weeks has had me playing with scraps quite a bit more than normal.

For anyone who has read my blog knows, I live in British Columbia, Canada. The past few years have had our wildfire season increasing and starting earlier. This year we experienced the most horrendous heat dome which saw our Province reeling under record setting high temperature. Then the town of Lytton burnt to the ground. Residents had 15 minutes notice to evacuate, with no possibility to grab anything but family members (some were not even able to gather their beloved fur babies). Then 2 Wildfires broke out within 10 miles of my home, coming within 2 miles, necessitating an Evacuation Alert being issued.

My time has been spent sewing scraps and running outside to watch the helicopters.

To date I have completed these quilt tops from my scrap bins, but I did have to cut yardage for sashing. I’m still considering the addition of borders but will finalize that decision when I get to the studio next week to get them on the longarm. These quilts will all go to the Quilts for Lytton Drive or any other place where wildfires have caused the loss of property for so many this year.

These quilts have no patterns. I just sewed and played around until I found a labout I liked, then added my sashing and/or borders.

There are a group of people who try to post each month to celebrate their Scrappy Fun for the month. They might not post every month since life can get in the way of our planned projects, but I always enjoy popping in to see what they’ve been up to.

Kate, Gun, Eva, Sue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon, Hayley, Dawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Bear,
Carol, Preeti, Edith and Debbierose

Thanks for reading my post. I’m hoping you are all managing to have some fabric fun this month! 😉 Carol

Friday Fabric Fun

Today I was organizing things to get read6 to go to the studio to play with my longarm. Looks like I’ll be on the road on Monday unless something unexpected comes up.

The plan is to spend 3 or 4 days there to get some of the quilts finished to go to the distributor for the Quilts for Lytton Drive. I’ve got 4 quilt tops ready to go and the fifth is under my needle.

It’s been another fun design which was inspired by Becky Tillman Petersen’s pattern Flat Top Scrappy Pyramids. I’m using 2 1/2” and 2” squares for my blocks so I had to dig out my math skills for a workout.

Here’s where I’m at as of dinner time today:

My plan is to have it finished by tomorrow evening.

Then Sunday I’ll pack up the car and head out Monday morning to see how many quilts I can finish while I’m there.

My friend has her binding fingers ready to go she says. The plan is to play on the longarm from 6:30 am until dinner time. Then the evening will be spent on binding or re-loading the longarm.

Then I can get the finished quilts delivered before I return home.

I hope you are having fun this weekend and staying in, out of the heat and smoke. Our wildfire is being held to just under 6000 hectares, but the hot weather and heavy smoke is hard to bear this week. It’s kept me indoors working on projects and yes, even doing housework and Guild paperwork.

One of our Board Members had a member of their household being tested for Covid so our Board Meeting was moved to Zoom instead of being our first in person meeting in months. We all breathed a sigh of relief today to hear the test was negative. It’s getting more concerning since those numbers are going up, my Province has the second highest provincial rates of new infections, but we also have an 81% vaccinated rate. I’m suspecting that tougher mandates will be forthcoming again.

Thanks for reading my post today. Hope you have some great plans for the weekend. 😉 Carol

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