Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A little update

The Champagne Quilters are again three in number. Ann finally felt good enough to join us.

 It has had a few turns since I showed you. This is how the quilt was when we showed up last Wednesday night.
 Take note of the big blue floral star on the right in the second row.

Here's another shot of the quilt.

By evening's end, we took another turn on the quilt. See? There's only half of the blue star showing. This is Marg's side and she only had a little bit left before the quilt needed another turn. It won't be long before it's all finished. Marg will be pleased because this quilt is going to her church to be raffled off. We are already thinking of our next project. Perhaps it'll be a Dresden plate or a fan quilt.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

New things

First off, I have to show you what I found in my backyard last week.

Right in the middle of this photo is a little red dot. You can click on the photo to make it bigger.

Or you can click on this photo. It's a cardinal. I wasn't fast enough to get a photo of the Mrs. but she would not have shown up too well anyway.

This is the beginning of a challenge issued by one of the guilds I belong to. The challenge is called making a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Those who wished to play along were given a little bag with about eight or so of the ugliest charm squares. We were to make something out of them whereby the perimeter was to be no larger than 80 inches and we could add some of our own fabrics. Part of each of the ugly fabrics had to show up on the front of the quilt. I'll show the finished quilt once the voting has finished, which will be in a couple of weeks.

Isn't this cute? Fabricland had a wonderful sale (40% off) and I went over and picked up some flannel to be used as quilt backing.

I couldn't pass this flannel piece up either - again for the back of a baby quilt.
I tried hard not to purchase any fabric and use what I have but the flannel in my stash just wasn't cute enough - or big enough.

I'm still knitting and Patric's little sweater is slowly getting finished. The back and sleeves are done so there's just the front to complete. Then, of course, it has to be sewn up. I'm going to try hard to stick with that part of the finishing.

What are you up to this week?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Little finishes and continuing on...

Continuing on with one of my BOMs (blocks of the month.)

Seven stars have been completed for the April installment of the BOM at Quilt Doodle Doodles.

This is how it fits in with the two previous month's blocks.

 This little guy is a Cheeky Raven from Regina Grewe's  paper piecing site. He was all finished except for the bottom strip, his eye and his nostril. Now he is all complete but I won't quilt him just yet. He may just make it into a much bigger quilt.

I have finally gotten to the part where I am using the little Lion Brand Bonbons. This is actually a nice purple.

And lastly, I am going to finish this sweater for little Patric. I made sure that I started with the biggest size so I know that it will fit him. Since I have other things that I would like to start, this needs to get finished.

I'm linking up with What a Hoot! BOMs Away, The Needle and Thread Network and Esther's blog. Pop on over to see how other people are progressing on their projects.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter patterns

Red Boot Quilts has a bunch of bunny patterns and flower patterns that are on sale until Sunday for only $4.00.


 I took this photo from the Red Boot Quilts newsletter.

****Note: I have no affiliation with the company whatsoever.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Finishing and beginning

The ends are all tucked in and the buttons sewn on. Done.

Since I did finish one knitting project, I can start another one with a clear mind. I found a pattern that calls for those little Lion Brand Bonbons. Michael's craft store is where I found them and printing a 40% off coupon helped. I can't show you the pattern but once it's all done, you can see it.

Linking up with The Needle and Thread Network and also with Esther's blog.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April Fools

It appears as if Mother Nature thinks that today is April 1st. Yesterday's high was about 22C and today's high? -1C was what I just saw on the news.

This little guy was the only one out this morning looking for some peanuts.

I know it's spring but...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Rouge Valley Quilt Show - part 3

Here's the rest of the photos I took while at the quilt show.

I think this is a great quilt and that the yellow, white and gray are just right. This past week I was at a guild meeting where the guest speaker spoke about colour. She said that yellow should only take up one quarter of the quilt (or maybe it was that there should be 4 times more of some other colour.) Either way, looking at this quilt, I disagree.

It takes a lot of planning to get this quilt done.

I am sorry. I can't believe that I didn't take a photo of the whole quilt. It had appliqued buildings and trees.

Another great old pattern.

This maple leaf is a great pattern and I get a few requests for it because people pin the photo. I have to tell them that it isn't my quilt and then I direct them to the pattern. There are a couple out there in the world wide web.

I found this to be a very clean, clear quilt. Don't ask me what I mean - that's the only way I can describe my feeling towards it.

This one is always fun to look at. I have the pattern and I am hoping to do it one day.

Some of the challenge entries.

This is my last quilt photo.

Until next time. I hope you enjoyed the armchair quilt show.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rouge Valley Quilt Show - Part two

Continuing on with more photos of the show.

This is a very simple pattern but the colours were quite nice.

I wish now that I had stood back a bit more to get a better photo of the quilt but there were quite a few people at the show.

 Marg liked this quilt. I liked the applique pandas.

This quilt was so very pretty in person. They were my colours.

The surprise for me was that it was machine appliqued.

A classic pattern.

Nice to know that the blocks were finally used.

I really liked this quilt because even though the pattern looks very modern...

there was a lot of hand quilting on it.

One of my all time favourites - the lowly nine patch.

This horse took Marg's fancy.

Just something different that took my fancy.

 I hope you can see how pretty this quilt was. It was simply gorgeous in person.

Made by Hetty of Crafts and Stuff blog. Pop on over to her blog since her photo is better than mine. One day we will meet in person.

Another French braid but in very dark colours this time.

That's it for today. I will post the rest of the photos tomorrow.