Friday, May 29, 2015

Green beginnings

I was going to title this post 'New beginnings' but that would have been redundant and repetitive. So was that sentence... Anyway, this is about the colour green and they are new projects - hence the title.

I've been in a bit of a slump and I needed to make something that could be finished quickly. This is a baby quilt (for the charity) and since I have so much fabric, I decided to cut up some 5 inch white squares and after looking on my shelves, I found a whole lot of greens. I needed to put the yellow in there. It will have a yellow border all around and I plan on hand quilting it with Xs (or diagonal lines going both ways.) I don't think this is the end since I pulled a bunch of turquoise (or teal) fabrics and another pile of blues. I was thinking of pinks and reds too - with maybe a bit of orange thrown in.

Green again - but a nice soft green. My friend Marg has been crocheting hats and has put me to shame. So far, she has made 54 and counting... I picked this up yesterday and will hopefully complete it by the end of the weekend.

I'm off to a quilt show this weekend in Lindsay and am hoping to take a few photos for inspiration.

 Have a great weekend and stay safe.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Champagne Quilters - two more on the frame

We have been busy. The quilts are now bound and ready to be donated.

This got bound in the yellow. It could have been the orange but yellow was nice and bright (and there was lots of it.)

This pre-printed quilt was bound in yellow too but it's a lighter yellow.

The binding on this is a beige or light chocolate. Cute, eh?

Tonight was productive. We managed to get two quilts onto the frame. There will be stars quilted in the mauve strips.

 Once this was put on the frame, Ann started quilting it. Both quilts now have a few stitches in them.

Since we have two bigger quilts waiting to be donated to charities, we may just be using our time making baby quilts. Along with little newborn hats and flannel receiving blankets, these baby quilts are going to be donated to the Silent Children's Mission. The items go to women in third world countries who show up at birthing centres with nothing for their babies.

I'm linking up with The Needle and Thread Network and Julie's binding blitz blog.

Friday, May 22, 2015


the tie breaker.

This little guy, Teemu, said hello to the world early Thursday morning weighing 7 lbs. 11 oz. He is only 3 hours old in this photo. The whole family is thrilled and we here had a wonderful time holding him as he slept - not even one day old.
The paternal grandparents are also very excited as this is their first grandchild. They will meet little Teemu later this summer as they live in California.
Luckily, there is skype for them and also for his aunts in BC and England.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A few little things

I finished up a few little things that needed finishing.

The rainbow stroller blanket is totally finished with all the ends woven in. The pattern is from Lion Brand Yarns and is called Lemon Squeezy Stroller Blanket.

A little sweater in variegated yarn. (I just love the colours.) The pattern was from Mary Maxim as part of a kit.

And a cute little hoodie suitable for a newborn - ? months.
I'd like to try it on the twins to see how big or small it is for them. They are now seven months old.
The pattern and tutorial is here.

I'm linking up with The Needle and Thread Network.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Finally off the frame

The baby quilt is totally finished.

 This is the pattern that was a freebie from the Temecula Quilt Company website last fall. Some of you may have seen variations of this pattern because quite a few quilters made it. I didn't do it when it was first put out but when I was thinking of a baby quilt for the next little one, this pattern came to mind.

I quilted hearts in the border and the rainbow fabric was given to me by Marg one evening when we were quilting. She had two pieces of it and when I told her I was trying to figure out a border, she offered one of the pieces.

I bound it in the darker blue that's in the quilt. I didn't like the original size. I thought it was too small so I increased the sashing to 1.5 inches finished instead of the one inch that was suggested. My quilt finished at 38" X 43".

I didn't like the triangles that were in the original pattern either - for the 'extra' blocks. To me they didn't make sense - they were just triangles placed in different ways. I decided that little animals appliqued in the odd blocks would be a whole lot more fun. I think the bunny is my favourite.

I had a lot of fun choosing fabrics for this quilt and absolutely everyone who has seen it has liked it.
Most importantly, the future mommy and daddy like it.

 This was what part of my backyard looked like on Mother's Day.

The long shot.

The resident robin.

Have a great weekend. I still have a few baby things yet to finish and one or two more things I was hoping to make.