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Sunday, September 30, 2018

This and That


Oh, my goodness, another month has slipped by in the blink of an eye.  The speed with which time passes really disturbs me.


Thought I'd climb out from underneath my rock and get a quick post up before September was over.
Nothing like last minute!

I finally finished working with that bag of scraps my friend dropped off during the summer.  It’s difficult to juggle taking advantage of being outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather, with accomplishing much in the sewing room, but 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there eventually adds up.  My leaders-enders became the leaders-enders to my leaders-enders in order to finish up this personal challenge so I could move on.  I was able to piece two quilts and 2 pillow tops out of it.  Here's the second quilt flimsy, just completed today.


Pattern by Stephanie Dunphy
Uncommonly Corduroy

I don’t make the time to go out on 'photo shoots', even though I spend my summers in an amazing location, so I was very excited when, during a visit with The Scrapmaster, she agreed to indulge me. I had her bag up one of her quilts, and off we went to Point Pleasant Park on the Halifax waterfront. This is one of my favorite quilts of hers, which I personally think is pattern worthy.  Although the sun was blazing, I managed to get a few good pictures before the heat of the day drove us away.  You can read more about this quilt here.



(This ship's anchor is from the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure.  
It serves as a monument to the men and women who died
while serving the Canadian Navy during peacetime.)


While visiting Linda, she gifted me with a darling quilt that she made while testing a new pattern
for the up and coming local pattern designer, John of Art East Quilting Co.


Quilting is for the Birds

It is the perfect quilt for this bird brain!  She has a better picture on her most recent blog post.




Twelve-spotted Skimmer
(Libellula pulchella)


36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen love your quilt with the arrows ,such a beautiful quilt.
Oh I do love those little birdies your friend is very clever,thankyou for sharing.
Hope your week is a good one my friend xx

julieQ said...

OH wow! That is the coolest quilt ever...your arrow quilt!

JanineMarie said...

Leaders-Enders to your leaders-enders. Good thing I’m not drinking tea or I would have sprayed it all over. Ha! Your arrow quilt looks beautiful hanging outside. Taking quilts on location is a challenge, I think, but your photo is stunning with that vivid blue sky.

Fiona said...

your arrows quilt is just lovely and lots of 10 mins here and there to get that done.... fun to have a photoshoots with Linda and I love her quilts too....
Hugz

hetty said...

Love the arrow quilt. I want to see yours. I have heard that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end the faster it goes,

Pamela said...

Great quilts!

Denise inVA said...

Lovely to read this and a beautiful quilt.

Polly Ofaigh said...

Enjoyed your post Karen love the arrow quilt something different

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

I have to agree, it's a lovely arrow quilt Karen, and all made from scraps too, didn't you do well. I popped over to see Linda's quilt, so lovely, and the bird quilt she made is very cute, there seems a lot of detail in those birds, love the backing, enjoy.

Ann said...

Many beautiful finishes for September. I need to take outdoor beauty shots like you. Thanks for the inspiration.

Needled Mom said...

I really like your arrow quilt. The colors are so nice.

The bird quilt is darling and that backing is fabulous with it.

Lin said...

Nice finish on the arrow flimsy Karen. Great photoshoot with the anchor and the little bird quilt is great fun. xx

Nann said...

Welcome back! What a wonderful backdrop for your quilts. The arrow design is great.

Maria said...

Your Arrow quilt looks fantastic and its surprising how much you can get done with just a few minutes of sewing.
Linda's quilt is lovely , great backing.

Bernie Kringel said...

oh Karen... that bird quilt is so cute and I love the backing fabric. what a special gift!

Ioleen said...

What an amazing use of scraps. Love the arrows going this way and that way. It was a pleasure meeting you in Halifax and hope to meet up again. You just never know when I might pop up in Nova Scotia. My son is already talking about the next trip.

Raewyn said...

Your arrow quilt is gorgeous - what a fabulous use of scraps! It sounds like you had fun going on the photoshoot - I agree with you about Linda's quilt - it is pattern worthy. And such a lovely gift from her to you - very apt :-)

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

Oh I loved your photo shoot! and right? its so great to be outside that its hard to sit inside!! I feel yoU!!

FlourishingPalms said...

Beating yourself up isn't allowed, my dear. Quilting is about feeling good; not guilty. Summer is meant to be relaxing, and spent outdoors. I'm glad you made it outside as you did! Goodness, but you've accomplished a lot! All the pieces in that flimsy! Wow! You've been sewing heaps by my estimation. Sure love seeing how you work with scraps. I haven't yet met a scrap quilt I didn't like... and now you make me want to dig into my scrap bins, which have somehow become overly full again. Next I hope to play with only solids scraps. Have you ever pieced with solids only?

Abby and Stephanie said...

I haven't checked blogs in ages but since you don't post for ages I feel I'm right on time. LOL! I just love the scrappy arrows. How much fun!!! Thanks for loving it enough to make and for sharing your fab version. O-M-Gee..I love the birdies. Perfect for you and so cute.

Julie said...

Adore the rock and you. ;-) The arrow quilt is wonderful! All scraps? Outstanding Leaders & Enders for L & E. Thank you for linking to the patterns within, too. Lovely to follow the bunny trails.

Susan said...

What a gorgeous dragonfly. I've seen many here that were beautiful, but nothing quite like that! The quilts are all terrific. A mini quilt show. =) Thank you! I feel time speeding by, too. Weird.

Bob Bushell said...

Hanging out your washing, ha ha. Beautiful quilts.

Linda said...

I know how happy you are to finish working with your gifted scraps. What an amazing quilt you made from them. Kudos for sticking to it. Our quilt photo shoot was fun while it lasted. Too bad I wilted with the heat and had to call it quits. Next time I will wear a hat!

Karen S said...

Lovely to see all the quilts. Well done on your finish and it is looking great. And how wonderful to be gifted one as well!!!

Lynette said...

Whoa!~ The arrow quilt is awesome! And it's "just" from your friend's scraps and a leader-ender? Triple bonus. :) That dragonfly is amazingly gorgeous. It looks like someone painted it.

Judy said...

I love scrap quilts and your arrow quilt is so unique, I love it! You live in such a scenic area, it must be wonderful to walk out your door and see all that you do.
Happy sewing,
Judy

Preeti said...

Beautiful quilts and a fab day for a photoshoot. Love the red barn in the background. Enjoying the outdoors and living under a rock - you are the only one in my knowledge who can accomplish such diverse feats simultaneously. But what about the leaders and enders :-)

Frédérique said...

Beautiful quilts! I love the arrow one, and the ducks are cute! Pretty dragonfly ;)

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

I love how your leaders and enders become quilts in themselves, and your the next set of leaders and enders move up the promotion ladder. And a beautiful quilt photo, the white anchor really shines out

Angie said...

I am in love with your arrows quilt!! I want to make one too!😀💖 Dragonflies always catch my attention.

Angie said...

I forgot to also say that your bird quilt is Adorable! Another one for the ever growing list. 😄

Allie said...

Cracking up about the leaders-enders - wow that quilt is stunning, well done! And I adore that bird quilt!!!

Sondra said...

Another fast month...time does seem to be accelerating! I Love the For the Birds Quilt it is insanely cute!!

Sandra Walker said...

Wonderful photo shoot; you need to do this more often! There are some terrific pattern designs here too! I think I'm doing arrows for 2019 RSC!

Mama Spark said...

That bird quilt gets all the heart eyes! I need to find that pattern! Adorable! That dragon fly is beautiful too. I don't think I have ever seen that particular one. You are one amazing woman. Not sure how you get so much done girl! The Leaders and Enders quilt is fabulous!