Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Finished Baby Quilt

I finished Claudia's baby quilt. I just love how it turned out. You really can't see it in the picture, but I found a really cute quilting design that has little baby hands and hearts. So I used that for the border and the alternate blocks. I hate to brag, but these are the best looking pinwheel blocks I ever sewed... All of the points match perfectly... Don't they look beautiful? :-)

So now I have to choose my next project: either a lap quilt for my sister-in-law (her birthday is December 26) or a new table runner and placemats for the cottage. I definitely CANNOT buy any more fabric until the holidays so whatever project I choose, I will HAVE to get the fabric from my stash.

I also received Block #5 of the FatQuarter Shop Mystery BOM that I would like to get done this coming weekend and on November 2, the Layer Cake Quilt Along is beginning (look for the button on the right of my blog).

That's it for now. "Talk" to you later.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

My next project

Just spent a wonderful weekend in the country alone with D and while he was outside working, I was sitting happy in my sewing room. I said in my last post that I was finally up to date with the Fat Quarter's Shop BOM, but neglected to post a picture. Well here they all are:

I love them. Can't wait to see what the whole quilt is going to look like.

I also got started on my next project... a baby girl quilt for my colleage Claudia who is expecting her 3rd child in about one month. I chose a pattern called "Peppermint Swirl" from Lynette Jensen's Book of Quilts:

Here are all the pieces of fabric nicely waiting for me to sew them up:

I actually got pretty far this weekend, the rows are done and when I get to the cottage next weekend, all I'll have to do is join the rows and put the borders on. I really like how this quilt is coming together... very easy and the directions in the book are great.

That's it for today! "Talk" to you all soon.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, so got to enjoy 3 wonderful sunny days at the cottage with D and the "small" children. I spent the afternoon of Saturday planting tulip and daffodil bulbs with the kids - we should have a beautiful flower garden this Spring!

And then I spent most of Sunday finishing Heather's quilt! Here is a picture of it hanging up to dry (it's not the best picture in the world - the room isn't big enough for me to get a really good picture!):

And here's a close-up of the middle with the quilting designs in purple:

I'll be giving Heather her quilt tomorrow at the office.

I also caught up on the Fat Quarter Shop's Mystery Designer BOM... finished blocks 2 to 4 (so July to September). I'm expecting October's block in the mail any day now!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and family...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Almost there!

Well, there really hasn't been much sewing going on over the last few weeks because D was renovating the room upstairs at the cottage to make it more "sewing" friendly. In my last post, I showed a picture of the new drawers and that's almost done. We painted the framing a beautiful green and all that's left to do is to put the new handles on the faces.

My sewing (or should I say dining) table is back where it belongs now and I was able to continue working on Heather's wedding quilt over the weekend. The wedding was actually on September 25 so I'm a little behind schedule on that gift! Here's what my little set-up looks like:

It's not the best in the world, but I love that it looks out onto the living room and kitchen area downstairs... that way, I can watch TV and sew at the same time... very important during hockey season! :-)

So as I said, a little progress was made on Heather's quilt, but I'm not quite finished with it yet. I had such a hard time picking the quilting designs for it (I never have an easy time with that step of the process), but I'm hoping it'll be all done next weekend.

I also took the kids apple-picking last weekend which took up a whole day (so no sewing that day), but it was such fun. We go every year to the same orchard near the cottage and I just love it. Here they are with all of our apples:

And of course, once you've picked them, you have to bake with them. So the two girls, D and I spent a whole evening peeling, cutting, and baking. We made apple pies, apple bread, apple muffins and, of course, apple crisps. According to the children (the toughest critics), everything was fabulously delicious!

That's all for now! "Speak" to you soon!