Friday, December 2, 2016

Various things

My December installment for the mystery quilt is complete.

The pieces that were previously cut and sewn have now been made into 12.5 inch blocks. No more until January. I can now concentrate on my list of things to do.

This is a lap quilt that Marg and I are working on. We have switched our focus from baby quilts to lap quilts for the Veteran's wing of Sunnybrook Hospital. They are for wheelchair residents and are about the same size as the baby quilts we like to make. Those strips are not cut and sewn into the blocks. I borrowed a book from the library called Sliver Quilts by Lisa O'Neill and these blocks are made with her instructions. Once you cut a block to any size (in this case 9") you then iron a fold into it - right sizes together. A folded strip of another fabric is then placed into the fold and sewn in place. It's then opened up, ironed, the other side of the strip is sewn down and then the block is trimmed. We chose to trim to 8 inches. These are not completely sewn. We think we may add a small border around the whole quilt. Our next one will be in oranges and browns. 

I don't often go into Value Village but my grandsons like stamps and Luc is presently making bracelets out of colourful rubber bands. I just wanted to check it out to see if there was anything that might be useful.

I wasn't looking very hard and I certainly wasn't looking for rulers but for $2.99 I couldn't pass it up.

There was also a bag that had wool roving and needle felting supplies. Hopefully, I'll be able to find some time to play with it all.

I made 8 new hand towel bibs yesterday for the twins. They are getting so big and needed something more substantial to help keep their clothes clean. Little Teemu refuses to wear a bib.
I'm going to see if I can get a bit of knitting done now.


  1. The blue and white of your mystery blocks look lovely together. The lap quilts will be more than welcome for the veterans. I have noticed thar older people often feel cold, and in a wheelchair they don't get warm by walking like others do. - I have been asked for an apron with sleeves for our grandson, to replace a bib and to be used for crafty things like painting. Could that be a solution for Teemu as well?

  2. Lovely blues and greys, and what a neat idea for the strips.

  3. Dolores, if you like needle-felting please email me. (Bjmoor125 at comcast dot net). I have a felting needle and some odd pieces of colorful roving that need a new home. ;)
    I love what looks like "sparkle" strips in your Veterans lap quilt!

  4. Your mystery quilt blocks are looking interesting. And so does your charity quilt. You and Marg have made quite a few, it seems. It's a nice way to use your craft.

  5. Interesting method for making your quilt - it's looking lovely. And what great finds at VV Boutique! Needle felting has recently come into my radar so I think I might need to hunt down a few supplies and see if I can try my hand at it. It looks like you will have fun with yours.

  6. Next time I'm near a value village, I'll be sure to stop in! Great finds - I didn't know value village has craft stuff.

  7. Looks like you've been keeping busy. Will be interesting to see what happens with the mystery quilt next, and that process for making the Veteran's quilt is intriguing. As for VV - you never know what treasures you might be able to find and it's always worth a quick look around.


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