I have started a new quilt- it is a fall harvest quilt using the churn dash block - I am in the cutting stage but will post pictures as I go along- It has been a long time since I have been inspired or had the energy to start a quilt- I want this to be a Christmas present so I will make the top and my seamstress daughter Amy will do the machine quilting - She is much faster then I am and probably more precise- Cutting it out tonight made me realise how much I have missed quilting and how much I need to focus on my craft - We all need down time and for me it is spending hours in the sewing room-
The International Plowing Match was held in Earlton a small community near my home- This event housed 80,000 visitors which is unheard of in the northern area of the province of Ontario- The playgroup my grandson attends asked us to create a kids quilt to display in their tent- We had the kids colour a fall block and then put togeather the blocks.
The Little Sprouts tent offered an area for the little ones to go during the event and play = they also provided a baby change area and breast feeding private spot and had entertainment for the kids. This was a special quilt that will be displayed at the playroom in the center for the Ontario Early Years.
This is a crayon quilt which was created for a co-workers daughter - She does not know what she will be having yet and the theme for the nursery is Teddy Bears- It is such a fun way to do a quilt - using crayons a hot iron and presto instant quilt- This is a perfect quilt for baby or young child.
We had a Flea Market in town that had a wonderful fabric selection. The Flea Market was sold a few years ago and the new owner let the material section go way down- The good news is the original owner has taken the Flea Market back and tomorrow is having a sale on the existing cotton--$1.00/meter- How great is that- Now I am aware that I will have to be there at 7:30 tomorrow morning and truly battle other eager quilters- LOL -- I am up for the challenge ! Wish me luck!
Hi: Summer is here and sewing is on the back burner for awaile- time to spend outdoors- as I live in northern Ontario Canada - we do take advantge of the short good weather- I am putting up some dance costumes that we fabricated for the local dance troupe this spring- enjoy your summer everyone-
I guess you should never put things off- I am very guilty of this. However, after getting it togeather and finishing the African Quilts, I called the lady to pick them up. She came right away and got them. When she went home she called the girl who it was to be given to only to find out that she was in labour. Wow I was thinking I just got that done on time. For those of you who have been following this saga you know that the girls mother died a few years ago of cancer. When Nicole was in Pallitive Care they had hung the African gown in the window and with the sun shining thru all the colours were vivid and alive in the room. The friend went to the hospital and presented the baby quilt to the daughter as she was in labour and they hung it in the room. This made her feel that her mom was there with her throughout her labour and delivery and she found this very comforting. I was called this morning and told the story by her friend and it was very heartwarming and motivated me to actually finish projects that I have on the go. You never know when a situation like this will happen. A healthy bouncing baby boy was born this morning and he and mom are doing well. I feel so great that this quilt was finished and able to play a small part in this baby's start to life.
A client approached me this week with an unusual request. This lady is a Doctor who travels to African regularily to tend to African women. A local lady would often accompany her to help these ladies. The local lady fell ill and died of cancer a few years ago. The lady was buried in a Zimbobway (sp) dress and head dress- her daughters gave the Doctor her good friend the head dress after the funeral- Two of the Daughters are pregnant and her friend came in with the head dress and asked me to make two baby quilts and include the fabric in them. However, my challenge was that I could only use a minimal amount of the fabric as there is not much and more babies would be coming at some point. The two choices I made that would work and incorporate a small amount of the beautiful fabric. I did test squares for her to approve two different patterns as she did not want them the same- hopefully these will work for her!!
This was the presentation of the Dignity Quilt to the Residents at the Extendicare Nursing home in Haileybury- The pictures of the quilt are not so great but the residents were very appreciative of the quilt. The back of the quilt has squares of clothing that residents gave me to add to the quilt- This quilt will be laid over the residents as they make their final journey down the hall and out of the nursing home.
Hi: Just wanted to let everyone know that I am still in the land of quilting . It has been a hectic three weeks. We were blessed with a visit from Michael (gandbaby) for two weeks then Michael and I went and visited Quilting Newbie and Quilting Newbie's mom (sister) . Unfortunately ,I came down with the flu for the first three days and that truly did cut into our quilt fabric buying. But rallied on day 4 to go out with Quilting Newbie and Mom Newbie and spend some serious money that was burning a hole in my pocket - Quilting Newbie has been telling me about her favourite quilt shop and I finally got to shop in it. It is a wonderful quilt shop and the quilt staff were amazing. I bought material for a commissioned baby quilt . I have to finish our row blocks and then on to the baby one. Baby quilts are my favourite- quick and soooo cute! Will post pictures as soon as these projects are finished.
Hello: The second row of my row by row is started - This row in keeping with the star theme I chose a variable star pattern. This pattern was out of a very old book and I am sure it has a different name now. Hoping to have the second roiw complete and Amy and I will start her's tomorrow- guess I will be the cut and iron person LOL
I have finished the first row on my row by row - I chose an Ohio Star pattern- the center of the star is a teal/blue print with the rays of the star a green check with an beige background- These colours give it a very soft effect- I have to complete one more row before handing it over to Amy to add her two- I think I will use the same teal/blue material but adding soft blue prints with it --not sure what pattern I will use for the second row--