Friday, November 21, 2014

The First Cut Is The Deepest

Remember the song, 'The First Cut is the Deepest'? It sort of describes how I was fretting about trimming away/wasting the points on Fly Away Home, but now that it's done it really wasn't that bad. Isn't it always the way?

With all of my attention given over to the Holly Bazaar recently, making the backing for this quilt had dropped to the bottom of the list. Roberta will be ready to quilt it at the end of the month so I decided I'd better get it together. Only then did I remember that I had my trimming to do. Luckily I was in the mood to get it done so it was done in no time.

I've saved the trimmings because the pieces are still a pretty decent size...

and then I started to play around with them a bit. Some potential, I think. They might also be nice just randomly put together and made into Christmas stockings.

Making the backing took more time than the trimming because I was trying my best to align the pattern. Having so little of the fabric, I really had to think about how I could cut it so that it wasn't looking like a dog's breakfast. It's together now too so next week it's off to be quilted. Roberta is so efficient that I expect that it will be back in a couple of weeks but even if I get it back Christmas Eve it will be fun to have in the living room, bound or not :)....M

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Unexpected UFO

If you took a look around my sewing room (or my kitchen, or living room, or study, for that matter) you would not be hard pressed to find any number of projects in varying stages of completion. I like it like that. I can work on what I feel like working on when the mood strikes, and eventually, a few of them move into the finished column. Well, I now have one more project to add to the unfinished column.

A couple of weeks ago I had lunch with a group of gals that I have worked with over the years; The Ladies Who Lunch get together once or twice a year as to have a few laughs and get caught up. This time around Elizabeth brought a bag with one of her UFOs in it hoping that someone would finish it up. She's not a quilter, but about 12 years she decided to try it and it's only gotten so far. She'd rather have it finished and that someone use it so she was ready to hand it off. Of course, I couldn't say no.

It's from Fons and Porter's 'For the Love of Christmas' magazine. And see those little samples of fabric hanging out from the corner?

She has everything organized and samples taped in place so that there's no confusing which fabric is for which piece.

It's called Stars in the Forest. All the pieces are cut and neatly bagged and labelled. There's even a bag of extra fabric, should it be needed.

All 20 blocks are made and they are huge - 20" - so all that's left to do is make the tree border and get this baby together; I have to look at the dimensions again, but I believe that it's a Queen sized quilt. Not sure what I will do with it when it is all done, maybe make it a charity quilt, but it will be nice to know that I helped someone move a UFO along....M

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I'm Late...I'm Late...

Sew Sisters Quilt Shop in Toronto is hosting Blogathon Canada this week - a week long hop of Canadian quilting and crafting blogs, and I've been invited to link up to it when they swing through Ontario.

Here's how it works. Each day host bloggers from across the country will introduce themselves and their work on their blogs. In addition, they will include links to more blogs from their province so that readers can visit those blogs as well. And the really fun part - each host also hosts a giveaway of some of their favourite goodies from Sew Sisters' shop, so you'll have a chance to win every day of the week. Not only can you win prizes from the hosts, you can also enter to win giveaways on Sew Sisters' blog throughout the week! All giveaways on are open from the date of posting to November 23, so if you missed any go back and enter; international participants are welcome.
Sorry that I'm a little slow off the mark in sharing this info because all of the fun started yesterday, but here are the details and the host schedule; the Ontario hosts will be posting on Saturday. Take a little cross country quilting tour....M 

p.s. If you are in and around Toronto and would like to drop by the shop they are at 3961 Chesswood Drive; it is loaded with fabric, notions, patterns and books sure to inspire.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Return to the Garden

It's only been about three weeks but it feels like much more than that. I'm talking about the Holly Bazaar preparations. It seems like that's been the only sewing I have done as of late and it was nice to pick up some hand sewing that wasn't a pot holder binding or a little felt bird that needed to be put together.

I found my little fruit basket of 1 3/8" blocks for Danuta's Garden and spent a little time putting together tiny four-patches. As you can see from the photo above, a couple of the shorter sashing pieces also got put together and now need to be trimmed.

Nice as the holiday prints are to work with it was a welcome change to get back to this varied collection of floral prints.

As luck would have it, this is what the weatherman delivered this afternoon so, pretty as it was, a virtual stroll through the cheery garden prints was a welcome diversion....M