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!

Cheers!

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!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Back to hand work ...!

Sometimes I just want to sit and watch something on TV. Well, for me it's my laptop. I don't watch television ... I actually pay for my programming. Amazon Prime has some great documentaries as well as Netflix.

Yeap, that's what I watch went I do hand work ... documentaries ... I call it learning by osmosis! lol

Voici Block 8 of the BOM Beauty All Around by Geoff's Mom Pattern Company.


Onward to another block! It's so sweet when they are all prepped!

Cheers!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Back to Modern Building Blocks ... !

How are you all doing? Here, I'm just grateful for a/c. We did have a bit of respite from the high heat and humidity ... And so it begins ... back to a freakishly hot summer!


For you Celsius people, actual temperature 32C but it feels like 35C. A summer like this is not normal for us. A couple of weeks ... sure ... not a full summer!

I'm thankful that the evenings are a bit cooler (around 20C) allowing me to actually sleep without the a/c. I like peace and quiet, which you don't get with an a/c.

On the quilting front, I have been tackling the Modern Building Block UFO quilt and have the following done:


These blocks measure 6 inches finished. So far I have 29 out of 48 blocks done ... a bit more to go ... slowly but surely.

So what have you been up to?

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Down sizing ...!

Hey everyone, I have the following patterns to sell. These patterns were shop kits that Fibre Junction held as Block of the Months.

Each pattern is complete. Some will have notes (if I made the sample, you bet I have some notes in there for precision). Most of these patterns retail over $65.00. Most have a colour copy of the actual fabrics used making it easy for you to match. The pattern only will be shipped.

If you are interested send me an e-mail at ceridwen59 @ gmail . com and we will work something out.

USA addresses only ... unless I know you well than we'll work something out!

I apologize in advance for the crappy picture! I want these to go!

Civil War Tribute by Homestead Hearth - 12 month program - includes historical information


Cost:  $25.00 - includes shipping

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Civil War Chronicles - Homestead Hearth - includes historical information


Cost $25.00 - includes shipping
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Civil War Melodies - Homestead Hearth - includes historical information (I made that quilt)


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The General's Wives - by Jerry Stube - includes historical information - I made that quilt!


Cost $25.00 - includes shipping
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River Rock - designed by Sarah Maxwell (gorgeous Batik Quilt made with 10" squares)


Cost: $25.00 includes Shipping
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The Seasons on Pomegranate Lane by Quilted Crow Girls Design (who I hear are no more)


Cost $25.00 - includes shipping
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Quilter's Dessert - Mystery quilt by Border Creek Station (great pattern designer) It uses yardage as well as a charm pack. I think it's illegal for me to show you a picture of the quilt! lol A pleasant surprised and you won't be disappointed! 


Cost $25.00 - including shipping
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Quilters Retreat - by Border Creek Station - another mystery. Now, for you curious types, I made that quilt! ;)


Cost $25.00 - includes shipping.
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What a long post! These are a bargain. Great way to de-stash. 

Thanks for helping me out here!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Reducing my foot print .... !

With my little Pumpkin studying Environmental Management, I've been more conscious of my impact on this planet and have been looking for ways to reduce my foot print on this beautiful earth. More specifically, reducing my use of plastic. No more plastic straws for me or the use of shopping bags. I bring my own.

In the fruit and vegetable department, I was looking for fabric mesh to make reusable bags ... That is, until I found these at Target.


They work beautifully and even come with a small carrying bag. I bought two sets! They are now part of my shopping bag routine!

Not much quilting going on at the moment. It's way too hot and besides, lots of changes to take place soon!

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Friday, July 13, 2018

A break from the DSM ... !

Is it hot enough for you people in the northern hemisphere? OMG, I think this summer is going to be in the category of one of the hottest in a long time. 

Took a little break from machine piecing and picked up the UFO - BOM Beauty all Around and worked on stitching a couple of blocks.

Block 6


And block 7


What's nice about this UFO is that all the blocks are prepped. All I need to do is stitch around the wool pieces. That's the beauty of taking the time to prep all of your blocks. When you are done with one, you can pick up another ... it's a production line! ;)

So, what have you been up to today?

Friday, July 6, 2018

Respite from the heat and humidity ... !

OMG, it's been hotter than ever. I'm soooooo not a heat lover. I much prefer being cold, at least I can put on layers. When it's hot, you can only remove so many layers! lol


For you Celsius people, that's about 22. It's so comfortable ... Nice cool breeze coming in the quilting studio! Haven ....

To get away from the sweltering heat, I have been doing a bit of quilting on the recent pick, you know, off that UFO list ... Modern Building Blocks by Moda. I opened the box and found ...


I had put the box away with a total of six (6) blocks pieced, so I got busy.


After a while, I ran out of pins, not to mention that it looked a tad disorganized ... I decided to start piecing together what I could ... tah dah!


Much more organized, don't you think? And, four new blocks were added.

There are 48 blocks in this quilt. I presently have 24 more blocks to go. 

Guess what I'll be working on today?

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Monday, July 2, 2018

Onward bound .... !

I finished hand stitching the binding on Peace and Unity. What a great feeling to complete a project.


It has been washed and now put away in that special quilt cabinet! Now for the next project on that list!

I decided to work on Modern Building Blocks, a quilt designed by Moda. 


I started this quilt back in February 2015. The few completed blocks have been sitting on the back of my chair, you known, that architect chair that seems to be THE place to accumulate unfinished projects!


This quilt was "suppose" to be Pumpkin's high school graduation quilt, but .... Hey, she'll be graduating from college soon, so it's still a graduation quilt! lol 

Stay cool and hydrated! Catch you all later! Cheers!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

This ain't normal folks ...!

OMG, it is so hot and humid!


This is NOT normal weather for us people in the way northeast, I can see Canada from my house!

I can take the heat, but the humidity ... that's another story!

And, it's "suppose" to be like this all week! Sigh! I'm sweating just thinking about it!

Time to celebrate ...!

Happy Canada Day! Hey! ;)


Enjoy celebrating with friends and family!

Cheers!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Oh my ...!

Goodness, how time flies ... I've been a busy body, but certainly not in the quilting department. Subbing ... and ... we had company! Aunt Marge, our Floridian, decided to visit us in June ... So, up until last Tuesday, I've been entertaining!

I did attend Vermont Quilt Festival last Thursday with friends. We were shocked to learn that our yearly "Dinner Ritual" restaurant, Juniors,  suddenly closed a couple of days prior to the show. I was so set on my usual! Oh well, it always saddens me to learn that a business closed, especially after 25 years.

On the VQF front, the venue appeared smaller than last year. I didn't get a chance to take any photos of quilts. For one thing, no photos allowed of the reproduction collection. So, I shopped ... what else is a girl to do? lol My loot consisted mainly of a couple of pieces of wool backgrounds, nothing exciting. Oh, I did buy this cute kit ...


I can't wait to get started ... but not until I finish hand stitching the binding on Peace and Unity!


Perhaps tonight is the night I put on a good movie and stitch away!

Catch you all later!

Friday, June 8, 2018

A little help from a notion ...!

Have you noticed that Blogger is no longer sending out e-mail notifications for comments posted on your blog? I researched the issue and according to my findings "Google is aware and working on it". OK, I sure hope they resolve the issue soon!

I want to share with you this notion that I found helpful when working with the BOM Peace & Unity. It is called Alphabetties by It's Sew Emma.


At times, especially when it comes to a block of the month, there are numerous pieces for the block construction that are labeled either numerically or alphabetically, sometimes both! This was the case with the Peace & Unity BOM and I found the Alphabetties quite useful.


I will admit that I do not use them often, but when I do, I'm glad I have them. There were lots of pieces to this 12 month program and the Alphabetties kept me organized.

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

We have a pieced top .... !

I've been plugging away at Peace and Unity and brought it from this ...


To this ....


And ... now the borders are sewn on and it is loaded on Penelope ready to be machine quilted!


I've been subbing pretty much full time for the past couple of weeks so I haven't had any time to tackle it, but it's on the "to do" list! ;)

What's up with you?

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later! Cheers!

Monday, June 4, 2018

My baby is now legal ...!

My baby turns 21 today!

OMG, where has the time gone? They grow up so quickly!

Happy Birthday Pumpkin!


Cheers!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A basket case ...!

I have laid the machine appliqueing of baskets aside for a bit before I, myself, turn into a basket case!


In the meantime, I picked up a BOM I started back in January 2014. The quilt is called Civil War: Peace and Unity designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith; the last in a series of quilts commemorating the 150th anniversary of the civil war.

Although I had all the 20 (yea you read right) Court House Step blocks done, I sort of put it away not even planning on completing it. I gave up on this quilt!


But, I kept it all in a plastic bin, sort of "in waiting." I even thought of just piecing the court house step blocks into a small quilt top and call it a done deal!

It wasn't until the Shoppe Troll, aka Nancy, completed her quilt and brought it in to show me that I remembered how gorgeous it was. Then, I fell in love with the quilt all over again, vowing to complete the top ... some day!

Well, "some day" came ... I pulled it out and started working away on the twelve (12) different blocks. Voila! The pile of blocks!


Guess what I'm working on today!


Thanks for stopping by little corner in cyberspace!

Wishing you a wonderful day! Cheers!
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