coming along

Steadily working on My Canada, every free moment I get. Finished the appliqued beaver, and filled in the last spaces with trees.  Now to decide on layout.

Subtle differences, not quite right.

This is the final decision…

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I have now added a white border all the way around.

And it’s time to start pinning.

DSC04099I found some Canada-esk fleece for the back. Maple leaf in a mac jacket print.  That’s Canadian, eh?

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So now for the quilting.  I tried to start planning what/how I would quilt this as I pinned.  Grand plans, but we’ll see how time goes.

Clock-a-ticking, I will start free motion quilting tomorrow night.

 

You can’t always wing it

In general I am a rule follower.  But for some reason I am ok to play with fabric without a pattern or instructions.  I sometimes sketch out a plan, but often I just have an idea in my head and I go for it.  Usually with some measure of success.  Often with frustration and telling myself to plan better.

For my Canada sampler quilt I figured it needed a snowflake.   60 degree triangles, no problem.  Never done them before, but I can give it a go…FAIL

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Yup, this is a funny failure. poor planning and no knowledge.  I have made many other blocks in between, but really wanted a snowflake.

So I made my new 60 degree points. so far so good.

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And then I went online and found a tutorial on 60 degree triangles.  There were some good tips and tricks, and I think it came out pretty well.

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Next blocks I have been putting off are the applique blocks.  It’s not my favorite thing.  This poor beaver looks like he is trying to be a porcupine, but it’s what I needed to get it together.DSC04056

Still stitching.  Maybe I will get to the moose antlers soon.   But time is running out!  I really wanted this done for Canada day.  That is only 12 days away.  Eek!  That’s 6 days off between now and then.  Oh, but there is grade 5 grad one day, B’s party one day, field trip one day, etc.  Hmm, unrealistic goal.  we shall see.

But I was pleased when I laid it all out the other day…DSC04055

This isn’t the final layout, but gives a good idea.  Yay. I really want to sit on this finished on Canada day!

 

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.

DSC03975Can’t wait to get enough and put it together.

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.

Canada colour

Feeling like I should (oops, bad word)…

Feeling like I want to make something quilty to recognize my country’s sesquicentennial.  150 years is worth celebrating, and quilts are good at celebrating and marking time and events.

First thought was a very scrappy flag.  But then I spotted Sew Sisters Quilt sampler.

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That looked pretty cool.  Maybe I could change it up and make my own version with different sized blocks, and make MY CANADA.  Or something like that:)  First block was a maple leaf, maybe a flag. Nope, just the leaf I think.  Grid paper is great for figuring out sewing blocks to set sizes.

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Lots of HSTs.  Then the layout and put together.

Yup, pretty happy about that.

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Now I had to put some thought into the other blocks to be done.  Don’t want to copy, but  certainly using the Sew Sisters sampler for ideas.

DSC03955My own version of Canada geese, flying.

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And then I couldn’t resist the toque block.  Mine is slightly different as I did not use a pattern.

DSC03961There is something so nice about using solid white and red.  Such clean lines and great clear contrast.  And absolutely no thought needed for colour scheme or matching shades etc.

I am not sure how big this quilt will get, but 3 blocks in a weekend seems pretty good.  I can’t see there being more than 12 blocks, and I want to get this done before july 1, of course.  Better get sketching more ideas.  Any suggestions?

Ideas so far….patchwork prairies; pointy mountains; snowflake; How do I make an ocean block in red and white??? OOh, a beaver block?

Just keep on quilting, I say.

small projects

It is nice to have small quilty things to be done, attainable in less than a day. So often a quilt is a pleasurable, but long process.

The first small one was adding my part to the round robin block that came my way at the last guild meeting.  That was fun, sorry I can’t show you what I did.  Blind round robin, no photos published until finished.

The next was making some slab blocks for the Canadian Quilter’s association Canada 150 quilting bee.  The request was put out for quilters to make slab blocks or quilt tops made of slab blocks, using at least one piece of special Canada 150th birthday fabric.  These blocks will be gathered and quilted at a giant quilting bee and donated to Ronald McDonald House.

Slabs are great stash busters for all those small scraps.  There is some order to the chaos of this photo!

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And although I used lots, there are still many scraps left.  Maybe I should make more blocks.  We will see what time allows.

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The third little project was the upcoming month’s block lotto.  That one I cannot show yet either.  But got it done as well.

So a productive weekend overall.

Have a great week ahead.