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  • Dark Blue High Five 15 September 2018
    Sewed up a few High Five quilt blocks this week in the September Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour of dark blue. 

    When I was arranging the blocks for this picture, I realized that I had made ten of each the small blocks and one large one of all the other colours.  So, one more to go, it will be done, maybe later today.


    The High five block pattern is from the book Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison.


    When you make something with your hands, it changes the way you feel, which changes the way you think, which changes the way you act. ~ Carl Wilkens

  • Hawaiian Tumbler Quilt 14 September 2018
    A collection of floral Hawaiian prints, pieced by Pat into this delightful tumbler quilt. 
    A close-up of some of the lovely flowers. 
    Pat picked the Bellflower pantograph by Patricia E. Ritter and a Rainbow variegated thread for the quilting. 

    Summer days in the garden. 

    Mohala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua – (Unfolded by the water are the faces of the flowers.)

  • Yellow Brick Road quilt 13 September 2018
    This beauty was pieced by MaryAnn, using Sandy Gervais fabrics. 
    Quilted with Anne’s Garden, a pantograph by Anne Bright. 
    If you look closely you can see the hummingbirds. 
    I think this quilt is totally reversible with this modern looking back. 
    Yellow Brick Road in the garden. 
    Neither the Hummingbird nor the flower wonders how beautiful it is.

  • Sunbonnet Sue quilt 12 September 2018
    Made by Stella for Betty. 
    Stella decided that we should just outline Sue with quilting and then quilt the sashing with the Bellflower pantograph by Patricia E. Ritter.  
    A cute little quilt for a friend.

    What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.  ~ Joseph Addison

  • Mickey Panel Quilt 11 September 2018
    Diane brought me this cute Mickey Mouse quilt, I believe it was for her grandson Grayson. 
    Quilted with the whimsical Popcorn pantograph by Jodi Beamish, which almost mimics Mickey’s ears. 
    Diane found a great fabric for the back of this quilt. 
    Mickey always delights me.

    Live every moment as not to regret what you are about to do.~ Mickey

  • Carolina’s Quilt 10 September 2018
    Michelle brought me this lovely quilt to be long-armed and I don’t have too many details written on my intake sheet. 

    I believe it for Carolina and I know it was going to be mailed to London.

    Carolina’s quilt is quilted with the Daisies Galore pantograph by Irene Steele and a pink Glide thread called Rhododendron. 

    I love soft pink and green together, for some reason tea roses come to mind.

    But he that dares not grasp the thorn. Should never crave the rose. ~ Anne Bronte

  • Squared Away Quilt Block 8 September 2018
    September already!

    Our colours for this month with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge are dark blue or neutral, so I’ve picked dark blue to make September’s Squared Away block.  Mari from The Academic Quiltersays:  “This block is called Queen Charlotte’s Crown, a Nancy Cabot block from the 1930’s.” 
    I had fun looking through my blue fabric scraps to pick complementary fabrics for these blocks. 

    With one month to go on this project, here are my blocks to date.
    I’m missing August, so hope to get caught up before the end of the year.

    The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. ~ Michael Altshuler 

  • September’s One Monthly Goal 6 September 2018
    My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for September is to quilt and bind this Sea themed quilt.  In this picture the quilt is folded in four. 

    A combination of 16 patches and blues, many of the fabrics in this quilt have a water, or under the water theme.  Perhaps when I post the finished quilt, I will take some close ups so you can see the fish and coral and other watery images.

    I found a waves fabric for the backing. 

    My plan is to quilt it with the Seaside pantograph by Kathie James.

    Here is another picture of part of the quilt top with the backing peeking through. 
    Check out what others hope to finish this month at Elm Street Quilts OMG link-up.

    I couldn’t resist this lovely poppy from my garden. 


    Beauty of expression is so akin to the voice of the sea. ~ George Matthew Adams

  • Orange scraps 11 August 2018
    … are what we are playing with for the month of August and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  So I started by checking out the scraps in my orange scrap basket. 
    There were a lot of strips in there so I was able to piece four new Quarter Log Cabin quilt blocks. 
    Our alternative colour for August is brown, so when sewing my Cog quilt blocks I made some in orange as well as brown.  They look a bit faded in these photos, I think the bright sun light drained the colours a bit. 

    We’ll see how the month goes and if I have time to do anymore orange or brown scrappy projects.  My husband and I will be vacationing for the second half of the month, so this might be all I get done.

  • Wonky Churn Dash quilt 31 July 2018
    My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for July was to quilt and bind this Wonky Churn Dash quilt. 

     My friend Terry Morberg designed this quilt for a class that she taught at Out of Hand, a local quilt store.  I thought it was a great quilt to participate in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge with, so each month I pieced colours of the Rainbow wonky churn dash blocks, until I had enough for a nice twin size quilt.

    Every month as I’m trying to finish my OMG, it usually gets down to the wire, so I bring my quilt into work to sew the binding during lunch hour.  I work in a Library, lately I have been sitting in front of our Maker Studio and finishing my projects, consequently I’ve been joined by others, so now we meet weekly for Finishing School and some friendly chatting. 
    I found some lovely fabric for the back and needed just a little more length so I expanded it with the colourful bits left over from my churn dashes. 
    Quilted with the Popcorn pantograph design by Jodi Beamish and a black and white variegated thread called zebra. 
    Am I the only one who thinks that the churn dash looks a bit like a hash tag?

    I’m inspired to have a monthly goal by Patty blogging at Elm Street Quilts, so far I’ve been completing one quilt or project each month, it feels so good.

  • Fun in Red 21 July 2018
    I’m having fun playing with my red and maroon fabric scraps, the colour of this month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC).  First I wanted to get my Squared Away blocks sewn up, I decided to participate in this year’s RSC sampler, and each month we get a new block pattern to sew in the colour of the month.  This block is Round the Corner, a Nancy Page block from 1920.  Mari, blogging at The Academic Quilter has written up the instructions. 

     With still more time to sew and enjoying playing with my red scraps, I made a set of High Five blocks

    The High five block pattern is from the book Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison.  Here is what I have so far. 

    That’s it for this Saturday, you can see lots of other Red projects at Soscrappy, where we all link up on Saturdays for the RSC.


    When in doubt wear red. ~ Bill Blass

  • July is Red 7 July 2018 I love participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC), it helps me to sew through my fabric scraps with some focus.  The colour for the month of July is Red/Maroon, which reminds me of Ruby the birthstone for July, my birth month.

    With more than one project on the go, I always have something that needs the colour of the month.  For this week I started with my Cog quilt blocks, focusing on the Reds and got these five finished to add to my collection.  I’m hoping to have five blocks in each colour by the end of this year’s RSC.

    Next up was some Quarter Log Cabin blocks, as I had still more time to sew and play with my red scraps.

    Yesterday was my birthday, I enjoyed the morning in Addie’s Creative Fabrics (quilt store) in Cochrane, AB.  Addie’s give you a discount on your birthday, so it was the perfect time to pick fabric for a couple of quilt backs.  I was greeted with a Happy Birthday from my friend and quilting buddy  Carolyn (who works there a couple of days a week). 

    Have you ever seen of Freddy Moran’s vibrant quilts?  Freddy considers red a neutral.

  • A Goal for July 5 July 2018
    This month I would like to quilt and bind this Rainbow Wonky Churn Dash quilt. 
    This quilt was one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects over the last couple of years.  I finished the last of the blocks for the top in September and then assembled the top later in the year.  
    On a recent trip to the Central Alberta Quilt Show in Red Deer I found the border and backing fabric.

    In the picture you can see the top folded with the black and white backing peeking out and on the right side are strips that I made with left-over fabric from the blocks, I will use these strips to expand the backing as I need a little more than two widths of fabric to make it long enough.

    I’m playing along with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal(OMG) link-up, it really helps me to keep on track and complete my UFO’s (unfinished objects).

    Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. ~ Tony Robbins

  • Blue or Green? 30 June 2018
    Our colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) and the month of June was that colour which is not quite blue and not quite green, the teal/turquoises.  I have a few Rainbow projects on the go and this week I completed my Quarter Log Cabin blocks and my High Five blocks.

    I’ve been making four of the Quarter Log Cabin each month. 

    The High five block is from the book Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison.  So far I’ve made one large block and ten small ones each month. 

    That’s it for the RSC this week and this month.  Now to start playing with my Red/Maroon scraps which will be our colour for July.  Visit Soscrappy to see what others are creating as they sew along with the RSC.


    Let no one who loves be unhappy, even love unreturned has its rainbow. James M. Barrie
  • City Tiles quilt 29 June 2018
    I’ve completed by One Monthly Goal (OMG) for June.  City Tiles was a quilt along with Quilty Love, and you can see my beginning this quilt on my JanuaryCity Tiles quilt-along blog post

    I saw a picture of the block on Pinterest, and was interested and while reading about City Tiles realized that it called for Fat Eights, I had a bunch of co-ordinating Fat Eights that my mom had given me and was wondering what to do with them.  City Tiles was the inspiration that I needed.  
    I had enough pink fat eights to piece a back for this quilt. 
    I picked the Easy Orange Peel pantograph by Patricia E. Ritterand a slightly off-white thread called linen for the quilting.  

    Sitting on the deck with a glass of wine finishing up the binding on a beautiful summer evening, I thought this would be a nice setting for a picture. 

    You can see many more completed June projects at the Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal link-up.

    I love summertime more than anything else in the world. That is the only thing that gets me through the winter, knowing that summer is going to be there. ~ Jack McBrayer

  • Teals and turquoises 23 June 2018
    Our Rainbow Scrap Challenge(RSC) colours for the month of June.  I started with the Squared Away quilt along block called Country Lanes, Mari (Academic quilter) says it’s “a 1935 block from Mountain Mist, the batting company.” 

    Next I made five Cog quilt blocks, I hope to have 48 altogether by the end of this year’s RSC. 

    I also finished up some Quarter log cabin quilt blocks in pink, which was the colour for May. 

    I’ve been so busy with birthday’s, my son’s graduation (from Art college) and preparing for my choir’s year end concert that I haven’t been in my sewing room, or on my blog as often as usual.  I’m glad there is one more Saturday this month as I have a couple more projects that I’d like to play with in teal/turquoise.


    Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in a different time.

  • June’s Goal 5 June 2018
    I’d like to quilt and bind my City Tiles quilt for my OneMonthly Goal (OMG) for June.  Here is a picture with the top ready to be pieced (so you can have a look at the whole quilt).
    And here are a couple of the top done. 

    City Tiles was a quilt along with Quilty Love, and you can see my beginning this quilt on my January City Tiles quilt-along blog post.

    I had enough pink fat eights to piece a back for this quilt, and I found a pantograph that I like for the quilting, check back at the end of the month to see how they look.

    I’m participating in Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal, which is helping me to keep on track, and I’m so excited to say that I was one of the prize winners for the month of May.  I won a six month e-subscription to the Make Modern Magazine.  Thank you to Patty of Elm Street Quilts and Make Modern Magazine.  Consider joining in our goal making fun and please let me know if you do, as I’ll want to check out your projects, blogs, or Instagram.

    I never lose, I either win or I learn. ~ Nelson Mandela

  • Pastel Star Bouquet 1 June 2018
    My OMG (One Monthly Goal) for May was to quilt and bind this lovely, a Kaffe Fassett design.  It was raining outside so I had to take photos inside. 
    I have collected most of Kaffe Fassett’s quilting books and some knitting books as well, I just love the busy colourful designs.  While on a trip to Las Vegas my husband and I did a five quilt shop tour, and on tour I was looking for this book.  I found it in Quiltique along with a kit of all the fabrics for the cover quilt which was the Pastel Star Bouquet.  It’s been hanging around for a while in various stages of completion, so it became my May project.

    Because of the Dahlias in some of the fabrics I decided to quilt it with the Dahlia pantograph by Hermione Agee and I used a pink variegated thread. 

    For the backed I pieced some of my bigger Kaffe Fassett prints which I purposely bought at the Red Deer quilt show for this quilt. 

    A label to complete the quilt. 
    I am moving in the direction of completing my quilting projects and inspired to finish one a month by Patty at Elm Street Quilts, check out all the other finishes and consider joining in the fun.

    I walk slowly, but I never walk backward. ~ Abraham Lincoln

    Saw this beautiful flower on a recent trip to Sandpoint, Idaho.  Anyone know what it is? 

  • Baton Rouge in Pink 12 May 2018
    Mari from the Academic Quilterblog tells us that our block for pink and the month of May with the RainbowScrap Challenge (RSC) is called “Baton Rouge Square, a Nancy Cabot block from 1936.” 
    Thanks to Mari’s great instructions, I found this an easy block to make, however somehow I still managed to get the center of one block wrong, wasn’t able to fix it in time for photos and blogging. 

    My quilting room is very pink these days, with my RSC pink scraping and my Floral Star Bouquet quilt being quilted. 

    Have a wander over to Soscrappyto see what others are doing with pink. 

    Tis better to have stitched and ripped out, than never to have sewn at all.

  • Go Crystal Palace quilt 11 May 2018
    Vicki made this delightful quilt for the son of a cousin, who is a young football fan of the team Crystal Palace. 
    Made in the team colours and named for the fans chant, “Go Crystal Palace.” 
    Vicki chose the Orange peel pantograph, which we felt looked somewhat like a football, quilted with a candy apple read thread. 
    A lovely coordinating back for this quilt. 

    The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity. ~ Lewis Grizzard

 




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