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Sunday, July 08, 2018

One Finish to Report

I really intended to get more done this quarter!  I could offer all kinds of excuses, but you've heard them all before.  (Probably from me!)

In any event, I do have one finish for the Finish-A-Long.  This is an Easter table runner - finished in lots of time for next Easter!

This was a kit that was on sale.  I probably wouldn't have bought it is it wasn't, as the bunny is kind of funny looking.  It looks a little better after I quilted it.  I used metallic thread and outlined all of his "parts" which made them stand out a bit more.  

It's the first time I have used metallic thread.  I discovered, fairly quickly, that the stitch regulator was not the way to go.  Once I turned that off, and slowed down a lot, the stitching went quite well, with very little breakage.

My other complaint with this kit was the fabric.  There were two different purple batiks.  They were so similar, though, you can't even see the flying geese beside the flower.

Enough whining though.  It's done!  And ready for next Easter.

I leave you with a photo of, what I think is a Mock Orange  Last summer, I saw a few white flowers hidden behind an overgrown lilac next to my house.  I cut out most of  the lilac, and was rewarded this year with this pretty bush!  I'm quite pleased with this gardening success!

I will be linking up with the Finish-A-Long gals.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Let's Dust This Old Thing Off and See if it Still Works

It's been a loooong time since I've written anything here.  Lots has happened, which I'll get into in some other posts.  (All good, but not so much quilty.)

I will use this post to post some entries in the Finish Along.  I do have quite a few to finish, but I'll concentrate on these three for now.

This is my fish quilt.  The fabric is all fish themed.  When I spread the top out on the floor like this, Mr CQT and my mom both thought it was Christmas trees!  No sense of imagination, those two.  Anyway, I'm halfway through quilting it, so should be able to finish it up as soon as I stop procrastinating.

Next, is an Easter table runner.  You would think I would finish this up for Easter, right?  Nope, didn't happen.  I did have the top finished for Easter and spread that on the table.  Again, Mr CQT could not figure out what it was supposed to be.  But with this one, I don't blame him.  That bunny is in a really weird position.  (If you can't see it either, he has his back to us, with his head up in the air and crooked to the side.  It was a kit on sale - what can I say?)  I'm almost done quilting this now, and have the binding ready to put on.

Third is another table runner.  This one was another kit I picked up somewhere, several years ago.  I really like the floral print, and I've never done that ribbon piecing, so that was fun.  It needs to be quilted and bound.

And finally, one more kit.  I've done the cutting but that's it.  This one makes a wall hanging and a table runner.  Both about coffee, which, I confess, is something I can't live without.  This one should be fairly quick and easy.

I'm linking up with the Finish-A-Long gang.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Scrap In a Box is Done!

And it only took a year!

Last year this time, Charlotte, at Scrapitude Quilts started the clues for her second mystery, Scrap in a Box.  I kept up to her for a time...well, you know.

I pulled it out again before Christmas and started plugging away, and, Ta Da!

I dragged Mr CQT outside yesterday, which was a VERY cold day, and had him hold it for me.  He even took off his gloves to daintily hold the corners, like I've taught him.  Behind there, he is saying "Are you done yet?  Have you taken any pictures yet?"

I'm really happy with how this turned out.   I started out with this stripe as a guide, and pulled mostly scraps in red, pin, orange and yellow.  I didn't realize the colours would be so cheerful! 

And it's the perfect size for a couch quilt - long enough to cover your feet and wrap around you for a nice nap!

I quilted it with a fun pantograph, with dragonflies and flowers.

Either that pantograph was real easy, or I'm getting better at this longarm stuff.

And, I used the stripe again for a bias binding.

I finished just in time to link up with Leanne's Scraptastic Tuesday.

Scraptastic Tuesday

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I Haven't Been Quilting

Because we have bought ourselves an acreage!  We've been looking for years, and have finally found our ideal property.

The property is 9.5 acres. About 5 are developed, and the rest are currently being farmed by the fellow that farms the rest of the quarter.  The house was built in the 70's and, although it has been very well maintained, it has not been updated since it was built.  It needs some work on the interior, for sure, but, for now, it's very comfortable!

And lookee here!  A barn!  We have no plans to actually use this, but it is gorgeous.  My first thought was "barn quilt block", but Mr. CQT put the kibash on that idea.  Not to worry - there are a couple other buildings that could hold a barn quilt block quite nicely.

There are gorgeous trees everywhere.  We are having a challenge identifying them all.  The previous owner was a bit of an amateur horticulturalist, and the yard is quite nicely landscaped.  We are trying to identify the trees that are here using our "Lois Hole's Favourite Trees and Shrubs" book.  Many of them were not on Lois' favourite list, so that makes it more challenging.  I need to get my sister out here - she's the gardener in the family.

There are several outbuildings. This is one - it was used as a woodshop by the previous owner.  With some work, it could make a good quilt studio.  But, there's also lots of room in the house, so maybe not necessary.  Mr. CQT has a huge shop, so he's in heaven.

It even comes complete with a privy!  Luckily, it's not operational (although, in the first few days, when we were figuring out the well, it might have come in handy).

And, to complete the whole experience, we adopted this little cutie:

This is Ralphie.  There was some confusion about her gender for the first few days, so she's ended up with a sort-of masculine name.  But she comes to it already, so we don't want to change it.  She's border collie, 11 weeks old now, and she's as smart and sassy as can be.

So, this has kept me pretty busy these last three weeks.  I've been on vacation, but Monday, it's back to the office, and only out here on weekends.  I'll have to set up a sewing room here too - I've surprised myself with how much I miss my quilting time.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Scrap in a Box - the Penultimate Clue

There are some words that I really love.  "Penultimate" is one of them.  I'm not one for big words (in fact, I specialize in plain language writing), but for some reason, penultimate tickles my fancy, and I use it whenever I have the chance.

So, we're almost done the Scrap in a Box Mystery Quilt, designed by Charlotte at Scraptitude Quilts.  In fact, the final clue (or should that be the ultimate clue?) should be up any day!

Here are some of the blocks and corner pieces - laid out as I think the final result will be.  But there still are some extra half square triangles left, so I could be wrong.

scrapbox 9

I'm quite pleased with the look of this, so far!  I even have a name for it - I'm going to call it Tutti Frutti.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Open Wide Zipper Pouch

In the mood for something a little different, I decided to make an Open Wide pouch from Noodlehead's free tutorial.

I have to say that her instructions were very easy to follow, and the bag worked up in no time!

I think, with tne next one I make (and I'm sure there will be a next one), I would make the lining just a bit smaller than the outside.  This was a bit puffy.  But, not to complain!  I'm very happy with the result.

I gave it to my daughter, who is teaching Grade IV this year.  I'm sure she has enough doo-dads to fill it up completely!

I've now bought Noodlehead's Divided Basket pattern. I've seen it being made all over the blogosphere, and each time it looks great!   And, it seems very practical too.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

I'm an Eternal Optimist

I must be -- that's the only way to explain why I'm entering the Finish-Along, even though I rarely have any finishes!

This year, the Finish-Along is hosted by Adrianne at On the Windy Side.  Click on the logo to get to her site.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

So, here are my second quarter goals.

These are my blocks from the 2013 Craftsy Block of the Month (the Laura Nownes one).  I wasn't crazy about the layout that was offered, and thought it would be a good chance to try quilt as you go.  So, I've put the smaller ones together, and added white borders to most of them to make 9 blocks that are each about 15 inches.  They all need to be quilted and sewn together.

This one is less ambitious.  The top is all together. It needs a little embroidery to mark the watermelon seeds, and then to quilt it up, just in time to put it on the table and eat watermelon!

This one is a leader - ender project.  I cut scraps into 2 inch squares, and sewed lights to darks, then sewed twosies into foursies and foursies into sixteenies.  (Is that even a word??)  And before I knew it, I had a good sized lap quilt done.  It will be a charity quilt once it's done.  I've actually started quilting this one, so it shouldn't be long.

Think I'll get any of those done?  Of course I will!

Linking up to Adrianne - On the Windy Side.