Monday, June 29, 2015

A Few Finishes

June is over all ready?
I do have a few finishes.
I just kind of poke along at my own pace.

First up,

"Keeping Perspective"

My first (and maybe only) foray into modern quilting.
Inspired by a quilty blogging friend of many years,
who embraced modern quilting, and
despite reoccurring medical issues over the last two years,
she never appeared to skip a beat, never stopped smiling,
and continued sharing her knowledge and skills.
Her word of the year?

"Keeping Perspective" was custom quilted by
Natalia Bonner of PieceNQuilt.
Pop over to see!
Her pics are so much nicer!

Another finish was my Posie Quilt,

gifted to a friend who was just diagnosed with breast cancer.
It was delivered yesterday and she was just delighted.

Here's how I quilted it.

And here's the sweet label,
I just took the flowers out of the middle of the pattern.

Last, but not least, I made a wallhanging for my nephew.

It measures 24x32.
He just got his first apartment and had a birthday, too!

June was a rainy, cold month.
Believe it or not, I'm still having warming fires in the mornings!
Here's hoping summer finds us soon!


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Real Life

Quick Post

Projects are often staged in cleverly arranged photo shoots,
but in real life, this is what's going on at my house,
with no time taken to edit the photos,
because as you can see, I've got work to do!
And my new laptop and I still haven't bonded.

1. The kit I am so glad I bought.  Helped me get back into the groove
after being away from the machine for so long.
2. My Elephant Parade, just short of half machine quilted.
3. Posies from the UFO bin for a friend 
just diagnosed with breast cancer.
UFOs rock!
4. The Houndstooth quilt I've always wanted to make.  
This will be my airfare quilt this year, 
purchased by the friend just diagnosed with cancer,
for her last and final grandchild.
This makes four!
She deserves a comfort quilt after making my annual
migration to TX affordable three years in a row!

5.  The Broken Dishes blocks that WERE going to be the border 
of the Posies quilt - oh, so long ago.  
There are enough for a sweet baby quilt.
6.  The afghan I'm crocheting during evening hours and on road trips.
7.  My next project, by The Raspberry Rabbits!

Last but not least,
your favorite,
a bird picture.

whetting his whistle.
This is just a medium sized plant pot and saucer
turned upside down.  The birds love it.

I'm going to have a busy, quilty day
since it's cold and rainy.  Again.
Hope your day is special in some way!


Monday, June 1, 2015

Double the Quilty Delight

Saturday dawned cloudy, foggy, and chilly
here on the water, but turned into the perfect day
to travel with The Cuddle Quilter to the annual

Thistle Guild Quilt Show
Westville, NS
May 30, 2015

and meet up with the
Nova Scotia Bloggers Quartet!

Lesley, The Cuddle Quilter, Linda, our very own Scrapmaster
and Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World, a Thistle Guild member,
stop to admire one of Sheila's entries in the quilt show.  
The back is just as pretty as the front!

During TeaTime, we had a fun, fun swap!
Armed only with each other's initials to embroider,
it was exciting to see what we each made!

Here's Linda Ooohing and Aaawing over the wallet
Sheila included in the beautiful batik tote bag she made.

I used a pattern from a Gail Pan book to make Lesley
a drawstring bag.

And Lesley used the same Gail Pan book
to make a beautiful tote
for Sheila

Always the industrious one, 
Lesley added a stitchery to BOTH sides!

Linda made me a cover for my KitchenAide
because she knows all it does is sit on my counter
and collect dust!
I'm excited to get my mixer down from winter storage
and dress it all up!  They are pretty heavy.

The Tea Room, so beautifully decorated,
was filled to the brim,
but it was like we were the only ones there!

We had so much fun, I know we were the envy 
of all those other quilters in attendance!

The afternoon was doubly delightful for me,
because upon our return,
I had a one-on-one show 'n tell at Lesley's house
of all the beautiful finishes she accomplished 
while she patiently waited out the long, hard winter,
as well as a sneak peak of her future projects.
Everything is even more beautiful in person
than pictured on her blog.
I was so inspired,
I couldn't wait to get home and get to work!