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Monday, October 7, 2019

Forever and a Day


When Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs
announced her plans to have another mystery quilt along
I attempted a fabric pull,
but I didn't have enough background fabric on hand.

I did, however, have the fabric ready for her
State of Being
quilt,
so I decided I'd work on that instead.




It was lots of fun to make.
Orientation of the half square triangles
kept me on my toes 
as I was sewing the diagonal rows together.




I couldn't wait to start free motion quilting it.
I used dot-to-dot quilting 
in all the gray and green triangles and squares.
Then I filled in the white background with concentric swirls,
pebbles, and straight lines.

My island quilty friend had a whole bolt of a gray print,
so we struck a deal,
(more about that in a future post)
and she gave me enough to back the quilt.


(As always, if you click the picture, you'll get an enlargement.)

I love this quilt.
It's the perfect size, 54" x 60".
I used Kona solids
(I prefer Free Spirit, but they're hard to find)
and Auriful thread.

Now, it's time to make a label.
I'm seriously considering renaming the quilt
to Forever and a Day
because that's how long it took
for me to FMQ it.

*

We had our first frost the night before last.
While this isn't my favorite time of year
(I'm a summertime gal)
I was pretty excited because it means
I can harvest the cranberries
from up in the meadow.




Enjoy your day!
Thanks for popping in.
~Karen






Sunday, September 29, 2019

UFO Busting


I am linking up with
to celebrate having finally finished a long-in-the-making flimsie
that you are probably sick of seeing! 
I was sick of seeing it, too, languishing in a bin since 2013.


(You can just click on my pictures
to enlarge them!)

(58" x 72")
You'll only have to look at it one more time,
after it's quilted and bound.
That probably won't be until next summer.

I did notice that I'd left off the bottom sashing at picture time,
but that has since been rectified.

~



I just have to show you this perfect specimen
of a Fly Agaric, (Amanita muscaria).
It was about the size of a man's fist.




Here it is, two days later, 
almost completely flattened out.
It's as big around as the cap minus the visor!
They are quite spectacular.

Thanks for stopping by today!
(I'm sad to see September end.)

Karen


  

Quilting is more fun than Housework

Monday, September 2, 2019

Scrappy is as Scrappy Does

Well, August certainly went by in a blur.

My scrappy heart did a happy dance when it saw this timely post by Blossom Heart Quilts.  I jumped right up, left my morning cup of coffee half full, and got right to work.

Why was I so excited?  Well, 2 seasons ago, I precut a baggie full of scraps into 3.5” x 6.5” rectangles to bring back to Cape Breton for a specific quilt, but once I put it up on my design wall, I didn’t care much for it, so the rectangles have been sitting in my cabinet all this time.  This summer, I decided to use my collection of grays to make Cluck Cluck Sew’s heart blocks and use them up.





After making only 4, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go this way, either, but the fun part is that these heart blocks generate bonus HSTs and 1.5” scraps.








So, I quickly made the 8 bonus HSTs into units for Alyse's Double Dash.  They’ll only finish up at 6.5”, a size not included in her pattern, but that’s okay.  The block is adorable!  It will make a wonderful doll quilt for A Doll Like Me!




I have decided to continue making the heart blocks and the Double Dash blocks at the same time.  This created a moral dilemma, however, because I don’t need the pattern to make these units.  But after a beautiful day out in the kayak, when I returned home, I went ahead and bought the pattern anyway.  That’s only fair, right?  Or am I going overboard?  What would you do?

I've been working diligently on my leader/ender quilt, but am going to have to table it until I generate more scraps.  Here is a picture of my progress, 2 out of 5 rows sewn together. 




I have row 3 ready to attach as soon as the sashing strip is pieced, and the remaining blocks are constructed.  They just need to be sashed together.  This quilt top, when finally finished, will measure 58" x 74" with no additional border.  Oh, I did sash the outer edges before I put it away.  I guess that  could be considered as the border.

Today, I am linking up to Quilting is More Fun than Housework.  If you follow this link, you can see how other quilters are making use of all their scraps.



With September upon us, my resident birds have flown the coop, so to say, and have been replaced with the random butterflies and dragonflies.  Here's a picture of one of my favorite backyard visitors.



Twelve-spotted Skimmer
(Libella pulchella)
male

Happy Labor Day!
~Karen

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A Softer Palette


A softer palette,
which is a little out of the box for me.




I saw this pretty little quilt, designed by Erika Bea,
 in the February 2018 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting,
and thought it would work well with the plethora
of blue fabrics I inherited a few years back.

So, I picked up some very pale yellow background fabric,
which doesn't show well in the pictures,
kitted it up, and brought it back to Cape Breton with me.
I don't have anything suitable for the back right now,
so it will be relegated to the bottom of the pile,
until the perfect backing materializes!




I was able to cut this fabric into strips (2"),
not all wof, but long enough to strip piece the 9 patches,
which was nice for a change.
Usually, I'm building blocks with little pieces.

I'm not really into blue,
but as long as I'm sewing,
I'm happy.
I enjoyed making this simple, straight forward quilt top,
which finishes up at 68" square,
and I look forward to quilting it.
It will be just the right size to ward of the chill
on a cold, winter's evening.

~

Butterflies at the Beach

I recently spent a few beautiful summer days
along the southwest shore of Nova Scotia mainland.
While hiking this one magnificent headland,
I saw more Monarch Butterflies
than I've ever seen before in any one location.




The Monarch is just as beautiful
on the flip side as on the top.




They were so intent on feasting upon this patch of knapweed,
they didn't mind if I got up close and personal
for just a few minutes.

I hope you are having a sewlful week!
I have been having such a good time
visiting your blogs and seeing what you've been working on
or places you've been vacationing.
~karen



Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Scrap Happy


I completed another scrap quilt 
that I had started in TX.
It didn't really use enough scraps to call it
a scrap buster, measuring in
at 54" x 68".

I'll prepare the label today
and package it off
to surprise a very dear family friend.




This quilt caught my eye on Pinterest one day.
It is was the Snowflake Quilt-Along




It looked like fun
and I thought it might play well with
assorted scraps.  I'm not disappointed.
I used it to warm up the Janome, after my long absence,
choosing fun, familiar stitching,
 only in the background,
which you can't really tell is different tone-on-tones.
I use Aurifil thread when I FMQ.
~
The Ranger built me a Chickadee house
from a hollowed out log.
We arrived home from grocery shopping Saturday
just in time to see a baby venture out
and fly away.




The hottest day of the year, so far,
I imagine the choice was
fly or bake.

We contented ourselves by setting up on the back deck
in the shade of the house
and waited for the rest of the babies
to fledge.

It was too hot to do much of anything else,
and it was great entertainment,
lasting most of the day.

Temperatures are pretty close to perfect now.
Hope you're having nice weather, too!

XO,
Karen


Friday, July 19, 2019

Disappearing 9-Patch QAL Finish


With summertime activities underway,
it took a little finesse to complete Julie's QAL,
but I did it!


I completed not one, but two Disappearing 9-Patch flimsies!
While digging into a basket of saved scraps,
I found some old leader/ender 6" square nine patches.


I couldn't resist making a quilt for
as my leader/ender.

Thank you, Julie, for a fun, attainable, QAL.

~karen


Sunday, June 30, 2019

June OMG? Nada! But.....

Sadly, I did not complete my OMG this month.  You see, Julie, at The Crafty Quilter, is hostessing a Quilt Along using the Disappearing Nine Patch block. I thought this would be one QAL I could keep up with.  While I was foraging around in my fabric cabinet I rediscovered a 1/2 meter bundle of five of Jen Kingwell's Lollies fabrics by Moda.  Last spring, I won them as a door prize at a local quilt show.  I couldn't resist setting aside my OMG to try to catch up with her QAL.  Perhaps it will become my new OMG for July?

But don't let that stop you from visiting Patty over at Elm Street Quilts and seeing all the OMG finishes for June!  There sure is a lot of fabulous eye candy this month!

It really isn't my fault that I didn't have a finish.  June went by way too quickly!  And I'm still waiting for summer to reach Cape Breton.  Every morning, when I step out the door and smell the ocean, it's like winning the lottery.  Now, if Mother Nature could just turn up the temperature a notch or two.......

Unfamiliar with Lollies?  Jen Kingwell cleverly designed fabric in colorful, usable strips on a bolt, as shown by this picture from her Etsy Shop, speaking of eye candy!  The strips were easily cut into 5" squares.





I have made a Disappearing Nine Patch once before, in 2014, as seen in this post.  I increased the size of the squares to 6.5", placing pieced blocks in the diagonal corners of my nine patch with very pleasing results.  For this new quilt, I'm going with a random placement. 


I chose the lap quilt size and need a total of 20 blocks.  
I'm over half way there!

Julie wasn't the only interference I had in completing my OMG.
Constructing Preeti's International Sister's blocks
is like eating potato chips.


I quickly tossed down this pile of 18 sisters
so you could have a little peek.
I've been making one or two every morning.
If your fabrics are precut and waiting,
they whip up quite quickly.

And to warm up on the Janome after so many months away,


I'm beginning with familiar, comfortable, and easy stitching.
I remember telling my elementary school students,
"Start with what you know..."

Good bye to June, hello July!
Why is time is passing so quickly?
Enjoy your upcoming holiday week, USA friends.
Happy Canada Day, CDN friends!

~karen

PS.  Forgive me if I haven't commented on your blog of late.  I am visiting.
But Safari hasn't been playing nicely with Google
and I haven't been able to leave comments very often.
I just read that Google Chrome isn't going to support Adobe anymore.
What's going on out there?