Monday, October 29, 2018

inching my way to the finish line ....

As I get closer and closer to the finish line ... my motivation starts to get at a all time high again ... for of like when you start a new project. So, I got busy sewing on the border.


She's a done deal. I'm ready for a play date with Penelope.

I loaded Beauty all Around on Penelope and got quiltin'

It's a good thing I like ruler work!

What's new with you?

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Getting closer to the finish line ....

It's a great feeling when you are getting closer to the finish line. It's a boost in motivation ... All of a sudden you just want to get it done! Indeed ... that's what I did.

I organized by colours so that the sashing would be balanced. I pieced these blocks using scraps from the various quilt I have made throughout the years. In some way, it's a memory quilt! ;)

So, I started piecing the sashing ... balancing the fabric colours accordingly.

Notice block 12 on the bottom right? Yea, I did stitch it ... just forgot to take a picture before I started working on the sashing!

Now I'm ready to put the border on!

What have you been up to lately?

Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace!

Catch you all later!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Back on the stitch wagon .....

After taking a bit of a break I got back to working on the last two (2) blocks of the Beauty All Around BOM.

When I'm doing hand work, I tend to put on a documentary and stitch away as I absorb knowledge, usually having to do with either science or history. However, lately I've been in the mood for ..... well ... more slow pace ...

Not sure why ... I just needed comfort ... some form of predictability. Yea, my life has been quite chaotic as of late ...

I finished stitching block 11

And ... block 12

Oops .... forgot to take a picture ... Oh well ... It's done ... ! lol

Now, it's time to get down to piecing the actual top.  I'm pretty excited to be closer to finishing this UFO. What have you been up to as of late?

Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyber space. Catch you all later! Cheers!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The last summer ice cream ...!

My favourite ice cream shop is closing for the season ...

Hard to believe that fall is in the air ... I do love all the seasons .... each brings it unique beauty!

On the quilting from ... Modern Building Block being all done, it was time to tackle another UFO ... Beauty All Around.

I got stitching ... Block 9

And Block 10

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Down time ...!

I do love all of the quilt making process, including hand stitching the binding. For me, it is a time to relax and catch up on some documentaries.

As much as I try to focus ... a little kitty by the name of Stella always seems to want to help, which as you can imagine, creates a challenge. lol

It does look comfy! I don't want to disturb her.

So, I use the time to actually look at the documentary, as opposed to just listening to it with a casual glance up every now and again ...

Voila! All washed and ready to be loved ...

I really love how it turned out. I may just keep it for myself as opposed to giving it to Pumpkin for graduation! LOL I wouldn't dare ... maybe! lol

Catch you all later!

Monday, September 3, 2018

A date with Penelope!

Modern Building Block quilt top finished ... it was time to set a date with Penelope!

My original thought was to use the Good Vibration pantograph designed by Patricia Ritter...

But ... I could not get the curves to look good. The thickness of some of the seams caused my hopping foot to hop somewhere else ... yuck.

So, I did a bit of croaking and resorted to straight lines using my horizontal lock mechanism.

I spaced the rows 3/4 inches apart. It was actually harder than I thought.

In order to keep the lines spaced properly and evenly, I needed to quilt within approximately 12 inches max from the space bar. Otherwise, even though I had marked 3/4 inches from the last line, as I moved the machine head towards the other side of the quilt, the space became more one (1) inch apart. Not sure why that was. It certainly made the machine quilting take a bit more time to complete, especially with using the seam ripper! :o/

The quilt is now totally machine quilted and I do like how it looks.

What's new with you? What projects are you completing?

Catch you all later! Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace!


Friday, August 31, 2018

Focused and determined ...!

Well, the last blocks of Modern Building Block quilt were a challenge. Not sure why, because they were simple blocks. I think by then, I just wanted to get it done.

It took me forrrrrrever to get the half square triangles sewn on in the right direction. I lost count of how many time I used the seam ripper!

I also could not, for the life of me, figure out how to piece it. Thinking I made a cutting mistake, I cut more larger half square triangles ... LOL Yea, an hour later the block was pieced correctly. It was as if my brain just, for whatever reason, could not wrap itself around how the block was constructed.

Oh, and this one, well I way over cut the pieces required!

Anyone need any half square triangles? lol

Finally, once those last two (2) blocks were pieced ... I didn't dare attempt to piece the top. I mean, it would have been seam ripper city here. LOL

I took a small break ... and Voila!

Now, it's time to set a play date with Penelope!

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

We're on a roll ....

I have pieced the last of the 48 blocks for the Modern Building Block.

Hurray for me!

Now to get the quilt pieced and ready for Penelope! Focus Carole, Focus!

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Plugging away during a heat wave ....!

You're probably tired of reading about our heat wave in the way northeast I can see Canada from my house ... I'm pretty tired of experiencing it myself. It's early morning and already we're at ... 25C

With a high of 33C! Of course add the humidity factor in there and it's friggen hot and muggy! I'm not complaining ... I just want to remember this summer so I can be grateful during our bitter cold winter! lol I am truly thankful for my a/c, which allows me to experience a mild winter hide in my sewing studio and quilt away.

I've been plugging away on the Modern Building Block quilt. I'm hoping to have a pieced top by the end of the week.

Nine (9) blocks pieced with ten (10) more to go ... Guess what I plan on doing today? lol

What are you working on?

Enjoy the day! Catch you all later!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A change of scenery .... !

I think I have been pretty good keeping focused on completing quilting UFOs. But, there comes a time when a girl has got to start something new! lol Seriously, variety is the spice of life!

So, I got busy on this little pattern by Bonnie Sullivan of All through the night called Frosty!

I figured working on a snowman would be a great way to keep cool in this hot weather. You know, think about snow and all ... lol

Here is my version .... framed and all!

How cute is that?! I just love snowmen!

So, what have you been working on?

Catch you all later!
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