Thursday, 30 April 2020

Done and Done

Happy to say I’ve completed my primary April goal (OMG) to quilt and bind this flannel crib quilt. 

 I enjoyed the look of this pile of binding in the making. 
I picked up this lime polka dot fabric at Sugar Town Quilt Company in Cranbrook, however I was a bit short for the backing and was able to find this fun zig zag at Along Came Quilting in Calgary.

Quilted with the Popcorn pantograph by Jodi Beamish, one of my favs for baby quilts. 

I also had a secondary goal which was to complete this sweater - my Marchgoal - which got completely derailed due to the COVID19 pandemic, I was so distracted last month.  I’m happy to say I finished it this month as well.  

The sweater is called Split Diamond Crewneck and is from a Kaffe Fassett & Zoe Hunt book called Family Album: Knitting for Children and Adults. It has 27 different colours of yarn in it. 

I am delighted with this Finish, as it was too many years in the making. 

I have to add that this sweater was completed mostly in Finishing School, a weekly workshop/meeting that I host through the Maker Studio at Mount Royal University Library.  Every Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm many of us gather to do handwork and many projects get completed while having interesting conversation, lending advice and offering encouragement and support.  During our ‘work from home’ order we have now moved to Virtual FinishingSchool (click and scroll down to Finish School) anyone is invited to join us, you just need to register and use a Chrome browser.

So happy to be participating in Elm Street Quilts One MonthlyGoal (OMG), check out some of the other completed projects or join in the fun, there are great sponsors and prizes.

 Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” ~ Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Light Blue Bookmarks

These mini log cabin bookmarks were this week’s project for my participation in Soscrappy’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I was able to complete 15. 
Here’s what they look like closer up. 
Making up a stash of these for our pre-Christmas artisan sale at my University. 
I have a bunch of orange ready for the fancy top stitching, however I don’t have any 1/8 inch orange ribbon (or any other colour that would work).  I checked on-line but purchase and delivery of an 89 cent item seems ridiculous.  This morning during senior’s hour at Walmart I check their craft section, they didn’t have orange, so the orange are stalled for now, and it will be a quick finish once I get the ribbon.

Well I’d like to say it’s time to go read, however it’s time to make more COVID masks.  I made some for my family members to wear when out in public and also took some to my mom and dad in their retirement home, apparently all the staff who saw my mother’s mask would like one.  I’m happy to provide these for the people caring for my folks, I certainly have no shortage of fabric. 
“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Flannel Baby Mile a Minute quilt

Hoping to complete this flannel baby Mile a Minute quilt this month. 
Last year my daughter decided my quilting room needed organizing, and moved most of my fabric into clear containers, from the cardboard boxes I was storing it in before.  Touching and being able to see all my fabric got me excited and playing with things that had been hiding for a long time.  I decided I needed to make something with my flannel scraps. So my go to Mile a Minute it was.

I plan on quilting and binding this quilt by the end of the month so that I can take part in Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal (OMG).  Thank goodness I picked up some extra flannel for the back before all the quilt shops closed in March. 
Last month I got totally distracted with all the world events that I did not finish my sweater and it is so close, just the sides and sleeves, perhaps I’ll post both projects as finished at the end of April! 

What's meant to be will always find a way
Trisha Yearwood

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Light Blue Mile a Minute Squares

I had fun sewing through my light blue squares and making these 14 Mile a Minute squares. 
Sometime I just need to sit and sew and not think too much about measuring, matching and calculating, Mile a Minute is my go to block, for happy mindless sewing.  Always fun for to see how the blocks are going to turn out, and of course so many happy memories in these scraps of past quilting projects.
If you’ve never tried Mile a Minute, I have a tutorial which starts here:  Tuesdays Tutorials - Mile a Minute.

I’m participating in Soscrappy’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge with these little blue blocks.

“If you're reading this...

Congratulations, you're alive.
If that's not something to smile about,
then I don't know what is.”

~ Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head