Monday, 31 December 2012

My Quilting Wrap Up of 2012


It was a great exercise to go back over the year to see what I completed this year. I always feel like I haven't finished enough or that I should be working on sewing and not watching videos or reading blogs! It's very funny to see how much we ate over the summer and the day trips we went on (we love driving in the country side.) 

 My Sewing New Year's Resolutions,

I need to work on my Longarm machine more often to improve my skills. 
I should go over what I've completed each month so that I get a picture of what I've been able to accomplish.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Curve Quilt Comes Together

Well it's very quiet around here today. We all (including Poppy) slept in and we are having a lazy day. We are reading, quilting, blogging...
Sharon made an amazing Christmas dinner last night. Our Mum is a good sport and eats our vegetarian fare when she is here. We started out with stuffed mushrooms as starters, YUMMY! Then we had a nut loaf, gravy, mashed potatoes (with sour cream and chives) squash, stuffing, and a corn and bok choy combination. (I'm sure Sharon can make this all sound so much better) For dessert Sharon made a chestnut trifle cake(I think that's what it is called) OMG it was goooood. We were too busy eating to take pictures. Sorry :(

Today I was able to piece my 4 blocks together and now the quilt top is ready for quilting. I'm going to use the same red fabric to bind it when it is finished. My first Modern baby quilt!

It's a little washed out but it is a dull day inside and out so bad for photographs.
A close up!

Now I have to figure out how to fix my frame. I keep trying to level the frame but it makes the problem worse. It feels like I'm pushing the machine up hill at the joints in one direction then I have to stop it from running downhill in the opposite direction. Very frustrating when you are doing fine details.
So now I think I'm going to have to look at the joints of the frame and do some adjusting there. If that doesn't work I'll have to call my dealer and see if they can come out and fix it. I just hope it doesn't cost too much for a house call 'cause they are 2 hours away!

Monday, 24 December 2012

From Santa

While we were walking in a small town we came across this note attached to the outside of a store window. I couldn't resist - so I took a picture!

Merry Christmas!

from Barb and Sharon

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Containing the Wave and the Mess!

After a busy day out visiting a farm to buy goats cheese.  Sharon, my Mum and I traveled through many small towns and stopped in several places to Christmas shop and eat lunch. We had pizza at a little place called Jim's Pizzeria. The sauce was amazing and we have now found where we will eat when we stop in Port Hope.

I added the 2" border to the 4 blocks. I am happy with the red fabric around the block. My next step is to add another section of white fabric between the blocks and on the outside. Then I will be able to start quilting it!

We inherited a teak table and hutch set from my Mum when she moved into an apartment recently. It  had to be put into my sewing area because it is the only room with a wall big enough for the hutch, so I am using it for my sewing storage. It means I've had to change some storage containers to make it attractive and usable. I found glass jars at Winners and I've stored my zippers and fasteners in the medium and small jar.
 I bought a file holder and used it to store my rulers on top of the hutch.

 In Loblaws I found a large glass jar and placed in it, my Nana's and Mum's buttons they collected over the years.

What cool things do you use to store your sewing supplies?

Friday, 21 December 2012

Wavy Quilt Continued

Okay so here is part 2 of the wavy quilt. I realized if I joined all the blocks together I would have to cut single "bumps" in order for the curves to continue. Nah - not doing that! So I joined them together in a square made up of 4 blocks.
You can see how the blocks don't match.

Then I looked at the fabrics I had on hand to use as a border. I wasn't happy with the fabrics I had. While we were out shopping in a little town near us I popped into a quilting store I have never been to before. They carry a lot of reproduction feedsack fabrics and I was able to find a fabric that goes very well with the colours in my blocks.
The circles mimic the polka dots in the blocks.

This is going to be a baby quilt so I will put sashing between the 4 blocks and bind with the same fabric. I think it will look nice! What do you think?

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Farmer's Christmas Parade of Lights!!!

Every year for the past 11 years some of the farmers in my area have got together to put on a Christmas parade. It is the best parade I've been to in a while because of it's simplicity. It is also short and sweet. :)

Sharon and Poppy on the side of the road.

Sharon and I go and stand in the dark on the side of a road in a small town/village and watch with the kids and their families. It goes right by people's homes so they have visitors come for dinner and stand to watch the parade.
They carry a generator on the wagon that they pull behind them, or in the bucket in front of the tractor.

We found out about it while talking to a farmer where we buy our potatoes  and we try to make it every year. I even went to the parade then drove to a quilting class and tried to quilt with frozen fingers, toes and nose. My machine needed warming up time so luckily they make coffee!!! I'm still learning to use my DLSR camera so these are the best pictures I could take. Sharon might have a video on her phone she will add later. Have fun!


YIKES!!! - we are having so much fun with our technology!!!! We got the message that we ran out of space for pictures. So after some research I found out I have to go to Picassa and change the size of the photos to 800 x800 in order to post more pictures. While I was sitting and going through my Picassa album the wireless modem stopped working. Argggggghhhhh!!!! So I call my internet provider and it turns out the power cord isn't working and "Mame if you had called before 6 PM we could have had your new cord to you by tomorrow but because of the lateness of the hour it won't be coming until Monday." Sorry I have a life and was out and didn't notice the wireless wasn't working until I got home!!! (Too sarcastic?)

So we are sitting at Starbucks and their wireless isn't strong enough for me to edit pictures. Well I can get 4 done an hour but.... so I won't have photos for you until Monday ish :(

I've just changed the size of 300 photos in my Picassa album - so now I can add a few of the photos I wanted to add to this entry!

Saturday, 1 December 2012


Have you ever walked by a puzzle and instantly saw a piece you've been looking for and popped it into place? Or you move one block and all of a sudden you can feel it, that is the perfect placement? Today I moved my cut blocks out of the way to cut strips of white fabric to go between them.
Woo Hoo brain wave!

When I looked down I realized the block looked much better that way. So I cut my 5" white strips and then cut them again so they were 9 and 1/4" then I cut them to match the first patterned blocks.

I realized I had to re-press half of the patterned block so the seams would nestle together.

Changed seams so they nestle :)

Then I laid everything out ready to chain stitch.

Once they were lined up I started piecing the patterned fabric back together then I started the curve seaming. Now I have never done curved seams like this (that I can remember). I started at the squared off end and pinned the middle points but after 2 or 3 I stopped pinning the middle and just went for it!

Placement practise and fold line.

Side one attached!

These curves press out really nicely.
Side two attached and needs a wee trim.

Now I have a few more decisions about pattern placement then I'll be able to work toward completing this small quilt. Come back to see more progress! (Hmmmm? Do I make random shapes or do I make a squiggle? Hmmmm?)