Here it is August and time to set a new goal for the month. With the fire evacuation alert continuing its difficult to do any planning.
I think I’ll just keep trying to finish up some projects:
1. Finish my Orange You Glad Blog Hop Project and get it posted on time.
2. Finish my scrappy string blocks by putting the corners on them.
3. Continue doing some mindless sewing using my scrappy precuts to make more quilt tops for the Quilts for Lytton Drive.
4. Check my stash again for border fabric for these 3 quilt tops for the Quilts for Lytton Drive.
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.
Just a quick update on my fire situation. The fire has grown to over 5200 hectares. We were forecasted rain for yesterday and today. So far we have had a few drops but not enough to wash the ash and cinders off the car. I’m still hoping we get more because it would sure help these fire crews get things under control.
Thank you for spending some time with me and reading my crazy list of goals for the month. 😉 Carol
I finished these blocks and got them together to flimsy stage;
Due to being on evacuation alert, I am not making my RSC blocks or doing the Scrappy Table Topper Challenge. Instead I am making scrappy quilts to be donated to the Quilts for Lytton Drive, for wildfire victims in a town in BC which burnt with only 15 minutes notice for the residents to evacuate.
I haven’t found anything in my stash that is just right for borders so this might have to wait until I go to my LQS.
I also had time to play with this lovely fabric pull while working on my idea for a project for the Orange You Glad Blog Hop:
I will know tomorrow if my design works or if I need to scrap it and start over. 😳
What have you been working on today? Something bright and fun I hope. 😉 Carol
There are a great group of bloggers who get together via a linky party on LeeAnna’s blog Not Afraid of Color each week to share list of things that bring them joy, inspire them or make them laugh.
These days I’m so grateful for our on line community which allows me to feel more in touch with the world. My personal space is focussed on home, sewing and family.
I’m so grateful for the calls, messages and emails from all of you wishing me well during the Evacuation Alert. Here’s an update:
This is a map of the fire as of July 15th.
This is the most current map, showing the Evacuation Alert area as well:
We still are on Alert, the smoke is very thick still and the helicopters keep flying. I went to check the mail the other day and saw firefighters there from Princeton. They were a nice group of young people and it was heartwarming to be able to thank them and I even got to buy them some ice cream at the gas station (all of us were wearing masks😷).
I’m sewing and keeping busy. I am so very happy to have an abundantly stocked supply of precut scraps to play with. I’m now almost finished my third scrappy top for the Wildfire Drive. It just needs borders.
I’m extra grateful for the wonderful quilty friends I’ve made on line through Blogland. One of these friends is Sandra from MMM Quilts who surprised me with a copy of her newest Quilt Pattern, Let Your Star Shine. It was such a fun little quilt to make and I got to use a favourite piece of fabric from Robert Kaufman that I had been saving for a special project. I enjoyed making it so much I have a couple of fabric pulls to check out how it will look in different color ways. This quilt is perfectly sized (36 1/2” square) for either a baby quilt or wonderful wall hanging. Here’s my first version of the quilt top;
It was nice to see some patches of blue sky in between the banks of smoke yesterday. I almost forgot how pretty our mountain views are. 😉
All in all, life is good! When you know there are over a hundred people working to keep your home safe so you can keep sewing it does give you a warm, fuzzy feeling. 😄
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. I do hope life is treating you well and you can find some time to be creative today. 😉 Carol
First I would like to thank Carol Swift of Just Let Me Quilt for hosting another fun blog Hop with such a great theme. I’d also like to thank all of the participants for the great inspiration and the additions to my Must Make List! 😉
I had several ideas for projects that fit the theme for this hop; a project for a guy or in guy colours.
I was hoping to get this quilt finished:
This is a pattern test I did for Becca of Pretty Piney Quilts. (Click on her blog name for the pattern information). The pattern is called Wunderbar and it was such a fun top to make. My plan is to finish it for my oldest great grandson. He loves Minecraft and this quilt fits in with that theme. It will have to wait to be quilted until I get away to the studio for a few days after the wildfire is contained and we are no longer on evacuation alert.
Then I thought I could get another UFO finished on my last trip to the studio. All I managed to get done was get it basted and the stitch in the ditch done around the blocks. This one has double batting and is for a friend who has MS and is now in a wheelchair most of the time. He is sensitive to the cold now just like my DH. The good thing with the horrible heat wave we have had is that our buddy isn’t cold so can wait until I can get back to the studio once the fire is contained.
I really wanted to have a finished project for this Hop so I started pulling strips from my scrap stash. I was getting short on time and had to cope with a reaction to the second shot in the arm and the recurring adventure of having wildfires burning less than 2 miles from my home and being on Evacuation Alert.
For those of you who follow my blog, you know that my DH has MS. He is a sweet gentle man who is addicted to playing golf. When he isn’t playing golf he is indulging his next addiction; watching at least 6 hours of news. This necessitates him spending time in his comfy chair where he managed to continuously lose his collection of remotes so I decided he needed to be more organized.
I started by following my memory of some fun I saw on a blog somewhere (?)
I created a fabric panel by weaving scrappy strips to a square backing panel and pin basting it. I sewed a line 1/4” from the edge just to stabilize the strips. Then I sandwiched it with some stabilizer, batting and a backing fabric. I gave it a good press to set the stabilizer and then sewed around the outside edge after squaring it up to 8 1/2” x 22 1/2”.
I cut another piece of backing fabric 7” x 10” and put a layer of woven strips right side down on top of it. I sewed around the outside edge of the layers of fabric leaving one edge open. I pressed the piece and tucked the open edge to the inside while pressing the edge. I sewed 1/8” from the edge and caught the turned edge of the open end.
I pinned the pocket in place, sewed the edges and added a seam down the middle to make pockets for 2 remotes.
My DH’s chair is a lift recliner so I added a new backing piece 8 1/2” x WOF to the caddy, right sides together, with the excess fabric to one end. I turned the piece right side out, brought the long end back to the front, pressed the edges in and sewed across the backing fabric over the top edge of the caddy to close the pocket I had made by folding the backing fabric back over itself. I added 2 lines of stitching around the edge at 1/8” and 1/4” to give the caddy a finished edge. This made the side of the caddy long enough to go into the space between the seat and arm and won’t shift when he raises or lowers the chair. His remote control for the chair sits just inside the opposite side of the chair to the caddy so he can operate the chair with his right hand while his tv remotes are tucked in the caddy.
I’m thinking I might add some elastic loops to the caddy to keep his phone and iPad charger cords from getting lost under his chair. He’s had an problem with the cords slipping under the chair and getting crushed when he raises/lowers the chair so it just might fix another issue for him. 😉
Then to continue the Guy Theme I started doing some mindless sewing to keep from fretting over the wildfire situation. In between checking for updates on the Provincial Wildfire site, going outside to watch the helicopters and dealing with power outages I started sewing blocks to make quilts for the residents of Lytton. Their town burnt to the ground after only 15 minutes warning to evacuate. I will get the finished tops on the frame once our fire situation is under control and I can travel to the studio.
Here’s the list of bloggers taking part in this Hop. I hope you’ve had a chance to visit them and see what they have created to spark your creativity. Please leave a comment for them to let them know how much you enjoyed seeing their projects and if you enjoy their posts take the time to read some more. If you really enjoy the posts, don’t hesitate to subscribe to their blog. It’s the best compliment you can give them. I know I even found some new to me blogs that I’ve now subscribed to. 😉
To finish assembling these blocks to a quilt top.Done
My next goal is to finish my project for another fun blog hop. Done and Posted!
My third project is to get some UFOs and a commission quilt quilted and bound. My goal is to finish 4 of them while I am at the studio!Done!
I became completely side tracked with the town of Lytton burning up in a wildfire, 2 wildfires breaking out within 2 miles of my home and being placed on Evacuation Alert. The squirrel attacks ended up in 3 more quilt tops being made!
I’m pleased to be able to claim 3 for 3 finishes on my list! Thank you for spending some time with me and reading my nice short list for the month. 😉 Carol
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 quilt blocks for the Lytton Fire Victims. Not only did I keep working on blocks, but I finished 2 quilt tops so far.
2. Keep working on a leader/ender project with my 2 1/2” scrappy squares. Some Progress
3. Work on RSC blocks. Dark blue/brown/ black. I’m revisiting my ideas for my RSC blocks and think instead I will just keep trying to do quilts with the colours for the Quilts for Lytton Drive (or any of the numerous other wildfires here in British Columbia).
4. Keep working on my Orange You Glad Blog Hop Project. This got stalled with the Evacuation Alert and helicopter watching keeping me distracted.
5. Keep trying to avoid those squirrels. 😉🐿🐿. Didn’t happen, thanks to the MMM-nabler, Sandra from MMM Quilts. Did you see her newest pattern “Let Your Star Shine”? Here is my version of this sweet quilt:
This week’s goals:
1. Keep working on quilt blocks for the Lytton Fire Victims.
2. Keep working on a leader/ender project with my 2 1/2” scrappy squares which will now be a Wildfire Quilt.
3. Work on RSC blocks and continue making quilt tops for Wildfire Victims.
4. Keep working on my Orange You Glad Blog Hop Project. Here’s a peek at the fabric I’m pulling from:
5. Do better at avoiding those squirrels. 😉🐿🐿
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 – 192/206
This 1 week period– 7/7
Year To Date – 199/213
To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces
Fabric previous balance: 49.5 yards
Fabric Used: 5 yards
Fabric Bought: 0 yards
Balance in stash: 44.5 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
I confess to being the recipient of a squirrel attack today. Actually it hit me yesterday but I was just putting the borders on another finish.
After a week of playing with scraps, the timing was perfect because Sandra from MMM Quilts just published a new pattern in her Etsy Shop. You all know how much I enjoy making anything with Sandra’s patterns. Then I saw Wendy’s version on Instagram and knew that nothing would satisfy my interest but dropping everything and making it!
My focal fabric is a Robert Kaufman fabric that I have been hoarding saving for a special project.
I was distracted a few times to go out and watch the helicopters but in no time at all I had this beauty coming together.
All in all, I started and finished this quilt top in just a few hours!
This little quilt or wall hanging finishes at 36 1/2” square. I’m thinking that I will add more borders to make it a bit larger.
All of the quilt tops I’m working on these days will be quilted when I can get to the studio after the evacuation alert is rescinded and then donated to the Quilts for Lytton Fire.
I’d like to send a huge thank you to Sandra of MMM Quilts for writing the perfect pattern to pick up my spirits.
We are still on evacuation alert, but I don’t have any updated maps. The smoke is still too thick for them to get good photos to map it out. It was another day of watching helicopters and timing their runs, taking photos of these amazing pilots. Their job is hindered by the people rafting and tubing down the river in spite of the many requests to leave the waterway clear for the buckets to be filled 🤯. At one time I counted 6 different helicopters on our wildfire.
The good news is I did finish another quilt top. This one is made with super scrappy 2” squares and some leftover 3 1/2” squares, all from my scrap bin. I did use 1 1/2 yards of a creamy solid from the stash as well.
This one is 54” square. It will go to the Quilts for Lytton Drive once it is finished. I’ve now added it to my bin with backing and binding fabrics.
First of all to all my online friends that have commented or emailed, I’m still at home under an Evacuation Alert. Words can not express how much your well wishes and prayers mean to me. I can’t update you on the fire situation as the Government has not yet updated the website. I’m guessing they can’t map the fire since the smoke is so thick we can’t see the helicopters until they drop down to the river to fill their buckets. It’s taking them less than 4.5 minutes to do a round trip. Properties less than a mile from here are now evacuated.
As for me, I’m still sewing;
Such pretty piles of fun fabric pieces! They should be almost a finished quilt top before I go to bed tonight unless we have to load and go.🤔
I did print a pattern that I’ve been anxious to make, but found I just don’t have the level of concentration needed to accurately cut all of the pieces. Instead I’m just playing with all of my precut scraps and making quilt tops for the Victims of the Lytton Fire. 😉
I found backing fabric for this finished top from earlier this week:
It’s now packed in a bin to go with me if we are evacuated along with a couple of kitted projects. We will be heading to the studio where the air quality is a bit better than here in Southern British Columbia.
I’ve spent some time searching on line today for a preprinted wholecloth panel. I think it would be a fun way to practise my ruler work when I next get to the studio. I haven’t found any in any of the Canadian shops on line. If anyone sees one somewhere, please leave me a comment or link. I did find a small one for $80.00 USD but that’s just insane and out of my budget, especially since the shipping gets so expensive. 🥴
Again, thank you for spending time with me, all of your sweet comments and well wishes. I so appreciate it with all of the stress here. 😄 Carol
There are a great group of bloggers who get together via a linky party on LeeAnna’s blog Not Afraid of Color each week to share list of things that bring them joy, inspire them or make them laugh.
My gratitude post this week especially goes to the valiant, heroic firefighters and helicopter pilots who are doing their best to get the two local wildfires under control.
As of last night we are now officially on Evacuation Alert. Bags are packed with clothes and necessary documents, sewing machine and kitted projects are by the door. Arrangements have been made for a place to stay. Everything is in order in case we have to go. 🤔
This is a map of the fire last week.
This is the most current map, showing the Evacuation Alert area as well:
On the positive side I have another quilt top finished which will be completed and donated to the Quilts for Lytton Drive.
I also have 2 more sets of blocks almost finished for a couple of more quilt tops. After all what does a quilter do when under duress? Sews and tries to make things that will help others who lost everything due to a fire that swept through a town that had 15 minutes to get out.
I love how others are calling with offers of help to store things and places to go. My Guild Board Members have all stepped up to gather and store artifacts, papers and equipment from our Guild which is at Perry’s on the above map. People working together to preserve something is always inspiring.
My newest photos of my littles are here;
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
The fun wonky log cabin blocks are now a finished flimsy!
I’ll be finishing this on my next trip to the studio to donate to the Quilts for Lytton group of people who lost everything when their town burned to the ground.
Keeping myself busy sewing is helping keep me from running outside every 5 minutes to check on the wildfire or watch the helicopters hauling water.
Two towns north west of me have been evacuated. The ferry I take to go to the studio (which I shared photos of recently) is not running. The highway is closed. Once I cross the lake the next 2 towns are on evacuation alert. To go to the studio now would be an 8 hour trip.
On Sunday our fire looked like this:
As of 5:00 this evening it looks like this:
This fire is now 3 km from my home. I have our emergency bags packed and they are now by the door. I don’t think we will be any more effected than we are right now, but if the fire comes down the ridge it won’t take long to jump the highway.
I’m already working on the blocks for next quilt top for the Quilts for Lytton. I’m hoping to have at least 2 more before the weekend is over. Then I can order a roll of batting next week when my pension comes and once this fire is under control I can go to the studio to get them finished and delivered.
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! 😉
I’ve received several messages requesting more info on the quilts that are needed.
The first note is that any sized quilts are needed. Whole families have been displaced from the Lytton Fire. The largest wildfires are now burning outside of Kamloops and many hundreds more households have been evacuated. They were going to evacuation shelters in Salmon Arm and Enderby. Those shelters are now full and people are being sent to Kelowna and Chilliwack. As of now neither of the fires within 10 miles of me have necessitated alerts or evacuations.
I am collecting quilts and will go to Kamloops at the end of the month to deliver them to a wonderful woman who is co-ordinating the distribution of the quilts. If you would like me to take your donations, just drop me an email for my address or to arrange a meeting. Quilt Schmilt@gmail.com
The note below was posted on a website and has the addresses of several quilt shops that are accepting donations.
Quilts for Wildfire Victims
We are collecting quilts for people who have been affected by the wildfires in BC. Some of the relocated people from Lytton are currently visiting the Chilliwack Friendship Centre and Heather would like to do a delivery to those people at the end of July. She will be picking up quilts at Tom’s Sewing Centre on Wed July 28. If you have a quilt please drop it off as soon as possible as we do not have enough for this delivery yet. We want to say thank you to the people who have already donated. Note from Heather McArthurDear fellow quilters, As you will undoubtedly have heard by now, the entire village of Lytton, BC was consumed by a raging wildfire just a few days ago. My heart breaks at this sad news, knowing that over 400 people have lost their homes, their livelihoods, their beloved pets, and even their lives. Together with Heather Fagervik of Heather’s Fabric Shelf in Kamloops, I am organizing quilts to be donated to the victims of the Lytton (and other Interior BC) fires, and hope you can help us. If you would like to donate one or more new or nearly new (but in excellent condition) quilts, you may drop them off at the following locations before July 28, 2021: Budget Mini Storage 163 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam. Drop-off hours: Monday to Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Sundays 12:00-4:00pm
*Please identify your quilts as ‘LYTTON FIRE QUILTS’ when you drop them off*
Katja’s Quilt ShopUnit 101 – 1967 Trans Canada Hwy E Kamloops, BCHours: Monday – Saturday 10:00-4:00
Linda’s Quilt Shoppe#114-948 McCurdy Road (by The Brick)Kelowna, BC Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9am-5pm
Note: You may wish to add a label to your quilt, but it is not necessary. If you choose to add a label, please include your name, date, location, and your guild name – if you belong to a guild. If you have any questions, please contact me: Heather McArthurPort Coquitlam, BCshutupandquilt@telus.netCell: 604-290-3454 Thank you for caring, and thank you for your support
I had some fun today making some blocks for a quilt to send to the Lytton Fire Drive.
This is completely from my scrap bins. I just love the warmth of these brown, rust and tan scraps with the bits of red, blue, orange, yellow and green in the patterns. To me this quilt will ha e the comfort and warmth of a log cabin. I’m doing a wonky log cabin this time. I seem to be on a log cabin kick this year.
I have enough ready to make a quilt top and should get it assembled tomorrow.
Looks like I need to plan another trip to play on my longarm at the studio as soon as the wildfire here is contained.
Thank you for sharing some time with me today. 😁 Carol
The lives of our friends and neighbours in Lytton B.C. were irreparably changed on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 when 90% of their town was destroyed by fire.
As quilters we comfort with the gift of quilts. Let’s let Lytton residents know how much we care❣️
I decided that since our province is suffering from over 300 wildfires burning in our province, it was time to start doing some quilts for the people in Lytton. The whole community was lost and they only had 15 minutes notice to get out. Some people didn’t even have time to get their beloved pets out.
I am sitting here in my smoke filled valley, watching the helicopters pick up their buckets of water to dump on the wildfire burning just 10 miles from my home. Wildfires have touched my life. I lived in Kelowna during the huge wildfire and saw empty streets with soldiers marching in the streets and having their camp set up on the soccer fields. My BIL lost his home and several people we knew were evacuated. I did animal rescue during the fire and accumulated several new furry friends; llamas, cows, rabbits, chicken and a goose. It was an experience that was not to be forgotten; the glow of the fire lighting the ridges above my home and seeing the trees candling and exploding as they burned. Every morning for over a month, I would be greeted with ash and smoking bits of embers spread all over my truck. Horrifying really,
I checked with friends to find out where I can take finished quilts so I’m going to round up my quilty friends and see what we can do. Anyone want to join in on sharing some quilty hugs?
I’m sitting here with a lap full of fun today and counting this quilt as a finish.
I was at the studio a week ago to spend quality time with my longarm. This quilt was quilted with running feathers using white Essentials thread from Connecting Threads.
My Avante loves this thread!
I used a beautiful prepackaged backing. My favourite LQS brings them in and usually sells out in a week 😉
As of right now, I am sitting here with my lap filled with this sweet quilt, just finishing hand sewing the last 6 inches of binding. I’ll be done by dinner 😁
Now to decide if I should keep this one or use it as the start of a pile of quilts to be donated to the victims of the Lytton, BC fire which demolished the whole town. The residents only had 15 minutes notice to get out with family, the clothes on their back and often were not able to take their pets. It’s heartbreaking and I’m concerned that there will be more devastation with over 300 fires burning and at least 2 cities on evacuation alert. I’m watching the helicopters each day picking up water from the river to dump on the fires just 10 miles from my home.
I’m so glad you stopped by to check out my post. Thank you. I do enjoy reading your comments and reply to every one. 😉 Carol