still quilting

I love piecing a quilt top, and I love quilting, but somewhere in the middle of free motion quilting details I feel like I am walking through thick mud, making VERY slow progress.  I did a lot this weekend, but there is still lots to go.  Perhaps I need to make better choices in how I quilt things.  I do love dense quilting, but less can be more.  Too late for this one though.

I decided to attack each block as a single entity.

Wood grain and skyline background for the totem pole

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Veins on the maple leaf (still undecided on the background of this one

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Rocky shore below the lighthouse

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stippling background for the snowflake

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And a glassy reflection for the ice, as well as “Made in Canada 2017” on the hockey stick.

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pretty happy in general, just at the point where I want to be finished. Now.

And my older son’s All Star baseball team starts their district tournament tomorrow, everyday for a week, so not going to have this out for another week.  Go Lakehill! I will be out there cheering.

 

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!

 

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.