Life has been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to edit and publish any of my posts for the past few months. Hubby has been dealing with changes in his medications and I got sidetracked with a non-profit that was foundering and needed some help to get things back on track. Add to that some commissions for work and several out of town and out of province trips.
Now that fall has arrived I am back to teaching my fall/winter classes and have 3 brand new quilters, 2 advanced beginners and 7 advanced/intermediate quilters in this group. It’s going to be a fun winter with much laughter and a bit of stitch ripping for sure.
I have 3 finishes to photograph and write about, 2 new designs, my quilting frame experience, a commission quilt which had to be ripped apart (thanks to a still living grandson and his grape juice sneaking into the studio!), and the subsequent redesign of the project due to a slight shortage of the fabric; grape juice did NOT improve the color of the chosen fabrics. I will have time to get these posts done over the next few weeks.
Only managed a couple of hours in the studio today………..working on the test pattern for Teresa of SewnUp fame. I am really enjoying this pattern. It is a perfect pattern for novice quilters. The blocks are 12″ so they go together fairly quickly. In fact I have the quilt almost done. The cutting and piecing the blocks have taken approximately 2 hours. In less than an hour tonight I managed the first two rows of piecing the rows, sashing and corner blocks. The pattern is well written and the blocks would work well for fabric that can be fussy cut. I’m working with a variety of fabrics (cottons; patterned and batiks) from several suppliers (Moda, Northcott and Windham fabrics all leftovers from various projects! What fun!
I must admit, I am anxious to have this practise quilt done so I can get going on the queen size version.
What at a great day today was. I managed to finish piecing the last of 32 different sized star blocks for the star border on a quilt with a central medallion, pieced link blocks surrounding it and now I just have to wait until Saturday to lay it out on Saturday at Slocan Valley Threads Guild (such lovely large tables which are perfect for finalising layouts and sandwiching quilts). This beauty is made from various fabrics from my stash from Moda, Northcott and Windham fabrics. Some of the fabrics are vintage treasures which I have been saving. The quilt is done in a blue, pink, burgundy and white palette. I love the way these fabrics blend with a bright white background!
My class on Saturday are trying to get their quilts finished to hang at the annual Yard n Yardage sale. It always makes me smile when I see the results of all their hard work being shown to the members of our community! These ladies have progressed to the point that I seldom get asked for help, so I try to make sure I have one or two of my projects to work on with me. Their enthusiasm and energy sure makes me motivated to keep trying to find new projects to keep them interested and challenged.
I finished piecing the backing today for my newest grandson, Fynn. I’m really loving how this quilt has come together. “Baby Bear” will be perfect for my son’s newest baby bear. Hopefully he will enjoy the quilt when he gets home from Saudi next month. It will be a surprise for him. He always talks to his babies when he is snuggling with them. I love hearing him talk to them, calling the boys “Baby Bear”. For this reason the quilt top is made with a traditional Bear Claw pattern block and the pieced back is a wonderful flannel with bears snuggling with honey pots. With a scattering of pieced Ohio Star blocks in nice, bright yellow and orange. When the quilt is finished I will post some photos.
The last thing I managed to do today was finish cutting the pieces for a new pattern. I’m thrilled to be testing a pattern for Teresa Mairal from Teresa Down Under (SewnUp). I have enjoyed her blog and Youtube posts for a long time, so when the opportunity arose to volunteer to test her patterns, I jumped right in. I can’t wait to share this quilt when it is finished. I’m doing the throw quilt in shades of purple, grey and green with some leftovers from another project to test the pattern. The quilt will either go in to the closet for a gift for next Christmas or will become a donation for a fundraiser for a wonderful woman who has been diagnosed with cancer again. Such a sad situation. She recovered from cancer treatment, then lost her husband and then had to have surgery for a brain tumor. I have already picked out the fabrics in my stash to do the queen size version of the quilt since I volunteered to do Qs. I just had to try the throw so I could play with a new pattern!
When my granddaughter, Charlotte was 3, her Daddy and Mommy discovered Charley was going to have a sibling. Our Miss Charlotte decided she needed Nana to make her a quilt for her big girl bed in their new house. With her Mom’s help, she found a pattern she liked and then picked her fabrics out. Our girl definitely knows her mind! It was a labor of love and look how great it looks in her new room. Most of the fabrics came from my stash….a blend of Northcott, Moda Fabrics, and some unknowns! I used a Warm and Naturals Bright White batting since the quilt will be laundered often. Did it all on my Janome domestic. Quilting was a simple stitch in the ditch job.
Finally one for me to keep! I have been hoarding this fabric ever since Kathleen bought some and showed it to me. I had to make the trip to Kathy’s Quilt Shop in Prince George, BC to get the teal and brown floral, but then lucked out and found the extra fabrics to coordinate with the gorgeous floral. There is something so luxurious about the combination of teal, chocolate brown and gold that makes it irritable! I had to add in the auberfrine border for a contrast and made a mistake in the choice of but nding fabric. I had a lovely brown fabric to use for the backing. Thimbleberries provided the inspiration in one of the many books they have in print.
My name is Carol, but I answer to Mom, Nana, Sweetie, Honey and CJ! I am a wife, mother, grandmother of 7, and even a great gramma to soon to be 3! I started sewing, knitting and crocheting at the age of 11 with my grandmother’s help. These days I am lucky enough to be able to spend my time sewing, quilting, fondling fabric and knitting. I teach quilting at The Slocan Valley Threads Guild and even get to take classes there as well. I’ve discovered felting is fun and my feet are nice and warm in my new slippers.