ballpark quilting

I even quilt at the ballpark!  and in between games at home.

The baseball t-shirt quilt has come together well.

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next up, to back and quilt.  I decided not to use batting.  There is heavy blue and white fleece as the backing, which I have found is enough for bulk and comfort.

I started with stitching 1/2″ inside each block, but decided it still wasn’t enough to hold it well together.  After a bit of discussion with other quilty friends, I decided to free-motion quilt around each “Lakehill”.  This came together surprisingly fast, with a pretty good result.  Different colour thread to match each shirt.

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I really enjoy free motion quilting, but forget when I haven’t done it in awhile.  Just better do more of it I guess:)

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Half done.  I used to make larger binding, but find that cutting 2 1/4″ strips and pressing that in half makes a nice size edge.   Slightly soft but not too floppy.  The added bonus of doing binding in the stands is to create interest for a potential buyer at the silent auction.  And maybe interest in a commission.  maybe:)

more Canada blocks

I keep writing a list of quilt blocks to make for my Canada quilt, it keeps growing and changing.  I will have to stop at some point.  I bought fleece for the back, so I think I will make that limit the size I get to.

The majority of blocks I am making are purely improv, but once in awhile a true traditional quilt block works. Snail’s trail, slightly altered was a good representation of the waves on our 3 coast lines.

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But typical me, I didn’t quite plan out the size, so had to add a bit to make it to the 12 1/2″ I needed.

I have never made this block before, but love the precision and my imagination goes crazy on colour variations in a big quilt.

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On the improv side I looked at a lot of photos of the northern lights and sketched a few to come up with what I think is a pretty good visual of dancing lights in the arctic sky.

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I would like to perfect this in a big version, with true Aurora borealis colours. One day. To see these lights in person is something I want to do too.

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My boss is away for a week, so I hope to get some major quilting time in next week, Yay!

sumac back

Yay! My Sumac tree is recovering.  Funny how a little tree can draw emotion from me.

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But here it comes, little leaves starting,

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Hopefully it will continue to grow happily into a tree like the old one.

Happy mother’s day to all of you moms out there.  I was “surprised” with waffles and a cup of coffee in bed. And some really cool homemade ( schoolmade would be a better term) gifts.

A string heart, tissue paper flowers and a cedar bark flower.  Awesome!  And my boys said that no matter what, they wouldn’t fight all day.  Well, they tried really hard.  And did really well, but not quite.  I also did my part and tried not to get angry with them.  That’s easy when they don’t fight!  Good day overall.  Feeling very loved.

And I got to have time to sew, today and thru the week.  I am still working on my Canada quilt, but am fitting in the baseball t-shirt quilt for a silent auction for the ballpark.  Research online suggests fusible interfacing for structure when sewing t-shirts together.  Bought that.

I didn’t get any more responses for t-shirts, but got some more old jerseys from the ballpark. Still needed more to make a decent size quilt.  How about a centre piece. Yup.

Here is our logo, and my graph paper plan.

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Then it was just a matter of cut and piece.

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came together really well, sorry about the colour

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Still not quite big enough.  Time to add a few borders. I find that this is the best way to try out border fabrics.

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And it’s coming together pretty well!  I am not sure if I will leave it like this, or add a few strips at top and bottom using the blue and baseball fabrics to make a rectangle. Wait and see.

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Have I mentioned before that I really need a portable design wall, rather than laying quilt pieces out on the kitchen floor.  Too many times my boys run through the kitchen and squares get blown.  Ah well, one day I may even have a sewing room again.  Until then, the kitchen floor it is.

Have a good week ahead.

Lovely Lilacs

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They seem to be everywhere in my neighbourhood right now.

“I’m going on a lilac hunt, I’m not afraid” was the tune in my head.

It was pretty windy this morning, but having a goal of capturing some of the amazing blooms was a good incentive for my walk today.

There are hedges of them around here

And walking under the delicate scent if heavenly!

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Some are shaped like grape clusters

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While others are like big 3 fingered hands

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Every one is so lush that I had to “catch” it on my camera

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And by the looks of it, they will still be blooming for a little while to come

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We used to have a dark purple one in the middle of the yard.  It interfered with playing soccer, football, and baseball and grabbed at your hair when mowing around it.  Now it is gone! Also at the side of the house we had a gigantic light purple lilac, as tall as the house.  Many lower branches were dead and the high up ones hung over the roof, so we cut it down, almost to the ground.

New shoots this year, but no blossoms until next year I guess.

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Now back to sewing blocks for my Canada quilt. More to share on Sunday.

time flies

And a week flew by…

I decided I needed a new project! Hahaha, yeah right.  But I came across something I wanted to do.  Making a quilt for a silent auction or fund raiser is something I have long thought about.  I have been thinking about doing a baseball quilt for such a purpose.  After brainstorming and searching for ideas, I just didn’t have a clear image of what I wanted to make.  Now, I have seen many versions of t-shirts quilts and I have made a few memory quilts with a few t-shirts in them.  Our baseball park was having a sale to clear out old t-shirts, jerseys, hats, and other gear.  Ooh! I thought.  Logo t-shirts here I come.  And the ballpark let me have them for free when I told them my intention.  With about a dozen cut, I am at 36″x24″.

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Lots to go and I have put it out to others in the ballpark with the hopes of getting more shirts. Cutting logos off t-shirts makes for a lot of waste fabric.

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I also bought some fabric for fill in spots.

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I also made a few more blocks for my Canada 150 sampler quilt this week.

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The other block I made is intended to be like the prairies seen from the sky.

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hmm, not quite, but the image is conveyed for me.  And it is tough to make images with only 2 colours.

That’s all I have for now.  Time to get some rest before the new week begins.

Canadiana

Even when I am not sewing, I am working out blocks for my Canada sampler quilt.  Always running through my brain for iconic Canadian things.

Last night I came home to find this on my kitchen table

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That’s pretty Canadian.  I do have plans to make a beaver somewhere on the quilt, but as applique is not my strong suit, I am procrastinating with that one.

Bucky is visiting our house for one week.  My younger son is in Beaver’s and they each get a turn to take this gigantic beaver home and document some adventures with him.  Our cat is not impressed! She is curious, but leery of this big furry thing.  At least it doesn’t move.

I had easter Monday off as an extra day, yay.  The whole family was home, but I did get some time to sew.  The newest blocks in my Canada quilt are mountains,

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a totem pole

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and a lighthouse.

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things are coming along well.  I had a major fail trying to make a basketball in a 6″ block. Just too small and fiddly.  I will try a 12″ block this weekend.  Bigger= gentler curves= less likely to distort.  (FYI: a Canadian came up with the modern day version of basketball).

Guild meeting tonight. yay! I always look forward to connecting with my quilty people. Better stop typing here, and go over to the MQG Victoria blog and do my block lotto post.

Have a great rest of your week.

belated

Happy Easter, yesterday.

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I seem to be a day behind.

The day flew by in a flurry of chocolate and sunshine.  We do a brunch and egg hunt with friends from B’s baby group(that’s 10 years running). Waffles, bacon, strawberries and whipped cream.  And coffee with a slurp of Bailey’s!  My mouth is watering.

Easter to me has so many connotations.  Christian celebration of Christ reborn; chocolate eggs; and most resonant with me is the rebirth of nature and all that comes with it.  Bright green buds appear everywhere.

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New babies arrive. ( this is my mom’s photo)Image may contain: tree, sky, grass, outdoor and nature

And flowers galore appear everywhere you look.

Walking anywhere is a pleasure to the eyes and nose.  Fragrant blooms, fresh cut grass, Everything seems bright, fresh, and new.

Enjoy a moment to look around, everything seems to be changing daily.  These blooms weren’t in the garden last time I looked!

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