Monday, September 14, 2020

Design Wall Monday

The guild mystery project is on the design wall today. I have been sewing the side flying geese blocks. 

I'm not sure about the yellow geese. I wanted to bring the yellow from the centre of the quilt to use it again in this border, but maybe not? According to the pattern one line of geese goes up and the other goes down, but I think I might change that. I have just a few more geese blocks to make and then there are 2 plain borders to add to finish the quilt top.
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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching

Welcome to the regular weekly practice of relaxing with some hand stitching! We encourage you to join us... all you have to do is take a deep breath, find your hand stitching project and put in some stitches.

I have been taking lots of deep breaths this week, including when I drove over this nail sticking out of a piece of wood. Now what are the chances of that? And what are the chances of it happening while driving my daughter to her first day of college (yes, the labs are still being held on campus and the classes are on line). We were able to get my daughter to school on time (car to the mechanic, walk to parents and borrow their car, I go to work, she drives herself to college, etc. etc) but wow it was's just been that kind of week.

And to top off the week perfectly, the Raptors lost their 7 game series on Friday night and it was an exciting game so I needed a little relaxation to stay calm. I distracted myself by starting one more dishcloth. This is a terrible photo but shows how the knitting helped me through the series.

Dishcloth #2
I'm finding it so much easier than I had thought it would be to knit these specialty dishcloths where every row is a different series of stitches. Can you tell what this one is? It's the second one I finished and it turned out even better than the first attempt. For this one I used straight needles and Sudz yarn.

So now it's time for some relaxation and slow stitching and recovering from the stress of the week. Here is a special treat for those of you who enjoy hand beading - click here to read an article about the making of a beaded map of Canada and the US made by indigenous artists. 

What are you hand stitching today? Link up your blog post below and share your project with us.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Scrappy Saturday

red scraps

Not much sewing was accomplished this week, but I did sort out a bag of red scraps given to me by a friend. See this lovely bag of bits and pieces that were headed for the trash? It was the perfect project to focus on since it requires very little brain power.

Taming the scraps
I pressed and sorted and cut to a useable size all the oddly shaped scraps while I watched "Away" on Netflix. I loved the show but there were many tense moments that were eased by the distraction of the task.

Red waffle blocks
Some of the larger pieces might become a slab block but most were cut into useable pieces for waffle blocks and easy breezy blocks.
Here are the red waffle blocks sewn this week. I love these blocks for using up lots of random 1.5" squares.

And here are all the blocks made since the project started in June. Hop over to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge link up to see what other quilters are making with their red scraps.
Waffle block collection

Monday, September 07, 2020

Design Wall Monday

It's a boring design wall today. This is the first sewing step in the Meadow Mist Designs most recent free mystery quilt called "Morewood Mystery". 
Mystery steps are posted once a month which is a workable pace for me to keep working on lots of other projects and not fall behind with this one. 

This photo shows how huge the blocks are - about the size of one of my miniature quilts! It feels like I am working with giant pieces to make these 6" squares!

All of my fabrics for this project were found in my stash. It was an easy pattern to pull fabrics for - a background (black on white) and 4 colours (orange, pink, green and yellow) that won't touch each other. Easy.

It was a lot of cutting to do, and I don't usually cut the fabric for a whole quilt at once, but I do for Cheryl's mysteries. Most of the cutting was done during a "zoom cutting party" with my friend Debby who is also sewing this mystery using her collection of Tula fabrics. I looking forward to working on it each month over the fall and winter.
Linking up to Small Quilts.

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching

Welcome to the weekly hand stitching party! 
It's "Labour Day" weekend here in Ontario, Canada which is the unofficial end of summer and the beginning of the fall school semester.

In years gone by people would use this day to campaign for better working conditions. But for most people (not me) Monday is just a day off work to relax and enjoy a rest from their labour. 

tea towel #4
This week I attended an online seminar and was able to put some stitches into an embroidered tea towel while I listened. This is definitely one benefit to working remotely/from home and it made the difficult information much easier to tolerate as I was calm in my body while listening and stitching. I suppose having some chocolate nearby would have made the experience even better!

I'll be putting more stitches in my embroidery this morning. What are you hand stitching these days? Link up your blog below and share your project with us.

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Saturday, September 05, 2020

Scrappy Saturday

The RSC colour for September is RED! I have quite a large collection of red fabric because of starting the 150 Canadian Women quilt in December 2016. I hope to make a few more blocks for that quilt this month.

I started red month with making some Easy Breezy blocks. It's a fun scrap project and I have a pile of block pieces cut and ready to sew over the month in the true leader-ender style.

This project was started in July so here are the new red blocks on the design wall with the blocks from purple August and blue July. I'm loving this on point layout idea!
Linking up to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Friday, September 04, 2020

September UFO

The UFO goal for September will be to finish my Home Grown quilt. This is a Nancy Halvorsen pattern and was made from a kit purchased at Cherished Pieces. I don't usually make quilts from kits, but I fell in love with this one and finished the quilt top last fall.

Since then it has been hanging on my secondary design wall, where it has been covering up the dreaded Indian Orange Peel disaster! I really want to finish this lovely quilt, so I'll need to find something else to hide the dreaded IOP (or maybe finish that one some day!)
Linking up to One Monthly Goal

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Blogging and Magazines

As all bloggers know, Google has revamped their Blogger platform and it has been a struggle for us old timers. I found a well written article that beautifully details the difficulties here at Making a Mark (updated last week here). Rumour was that the wonderful legacy system was going to be gone by August, and then by September, but here I am on September 3rd still able to access it!

I have sent lots of feedback and questions to Mr. Blogger over the summer, with zero responses.  I even offered to pay user fees to have the privilege of using the old system that has worked so well for me for 15 years.
I'm waiting to see what will happen, but as of today, they are still allowing me to use the old system, and I am able to blog today in the stress free manner I always have. 

A bit of sunshine in my week has been getting the new Quilt Sampler magazine. I rarely get magazines anymore (still greatly miss the 100 Block magazines) but I enjoyed reading about 10 unique quilt shops, seeing what they are doing in their part of the world, and seeing the new projects. Even if I don't want to make the patterns, there are great ideas for layouts and borders. Reading about a quilt store is not nearly as fun as being in a real quilt store, but it's the next best thing for now.

And also the latest Canadian Quilter magazine had an article about my local quilt guild and how we have moved our meetings online until the pandemic is over. A big shout out to Lindsay, the guild executive, and all the talented guild members who have facilitated this transition to meeting with our quilting friends on zoom.
I hope you are finding ways to stay in touch with your quilting community throughout the pandemic!

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

August Miniature Quilt

August Miniature Quilt

Wendy who blogs at The Constant Quilter hosts a miniature quilt party at the end of each month. This is my finished mini for August. It was exactly what the Doctor ordered for this month (just kidding, no Doctor gives quilting orders!)

Max and the Mini

To give you a better size perspective, we have Max the granddog posing with the finished quilt. Yes, he is bigger than the quilt and definitely cuter!

Finished Size: 9.5" x 12.5"

It was hours of mindless fun to play with 1" scraps and make a little quilted treasure out of 70 little squares that finish at half an inch.

Click here to read more about the making of this quilt, and click here to see my other mini quilt finishes this year.

Monday, August 31, 2020

August UFO

August was a very full month, so I am very delighted to be able to post my UFO project! This is my version of the Moda Blockheads II. This sampler project started in June 2018 with a bundle of Sweetwater Harmony fabrics.

I attached the flying geese rows to fly in opposite directions on the recommendation of many of my blog readers and I think it was a great idea! I love how it turned out and look forward to quilting it and finishing with a light blue binding.

Here is a close up of the borders which shows the true colours. The top border print is heavily pieced with scraps, and there was just enough to do a 2" border on the top and bottom. 
The quilt top size is 49" x 56.5". 
Linking to One Monthly Goal and Design Wall Monday over at Small Quilts

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching

Welcome to Slow Sunday Stitching!

We meet here every Sunday to celebrate the art of all varieties of hand stitching. If it involves a needle (or 2), and thread/yarn, and stitching taken with your hands, we want to know about it! 

Here's a little finish that I am proud of - my first knitted dishcloth. 
There are so many issues with this thing, from the uneven cast on (while I tried to remember how to do that!) to the wonky edges, it's not my best work. But you can see the whale pattern and I really enjoyed making it so that's what matters. 
Thank you for all the helpful ideas in the comments on last Sunday's post for ways to deal with knots in the yarn.

I've already cast on the stitches (more evenly this time) and have started another cloth. I'm using straight needles this time to make it a little easier for myself since that's how I learned to knit. I'm enjoying this Sudz yarn which is specifically for making dishcloths. 

Today I will be hand stitching the binding for my August mini quilt. You can see how I stitch the split hanging sleeve right into the top binding.

Hand Stretching Exercise
I'll end today's post with a hand stretching exercise from Becky Goldsmith. Show some kindness to your hands and treat them to a little stretch!

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Wishing Rings

Two RSC posts on one day...that is rare, but that's what happened this week!

9 lavender wishing rings
While I was looking for scraps for the lavender log cabin blocks last week, I pulled out enough 1.5" scraps to make 9 more wishing ring blocks. I have been making 9 of each colour and sewing them together.

Here is the block collection on the design wall.
90 wishing rings

Linking up to Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Scrappy Saturday - Mini Arrowhead

One of my favourite ongoing RSC project is the mini arrowhead blocks that finish at 3". I have been working on these since the summer of 2018 and make a few each month as I feel inspired.

It starts with cutting out 4.25" squares, and then cutting the squares into other shapes according to Anita Grossman Solomon's instructions. Here is the stack of cut purple blocks ready to sew throughout the month of August. I keep them in a baggie by the machine and sew a block or two when I have a few moments.

Here are the purple blocks sewn. I very rarely buy purple fabric, so these are all scraps that other quilters have given to me.

Here are all the purple blocks from last year and this month. I still super love this project and feel lots of energy to continue making more blocks. There are over 100 blocks in the collection so far, but they measure only 3", so that makes a wallhanging size and I'd like it to be a bigger quilt.
Linking up to Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Miniature Sewing

Every month my goal is to make a mini quilt with the quilters who post monthly at The Constant Quilter. It's always a challenge to see if it can be finished by the end of the month. 

mini quilt layout
The August mini started with about 50 little 4 patch blocks using up 1" scraps. Then I added the alternate neutral blocks and decided the quilt would be as big as the number of neutral 1.5" squares would allow. I like to use the wool pressing mat to layout mini projects as it keeps the pieces stable.

I keep the pressing mat right beside the sewing machine and start sewing from one side. There is a pin in every block on the right to make sure the row stays the right way up. 

I pick up sections to sew together and feed them through the sewing machine, one after the other until all the rows are completed. If I get the top together today, I might just have enough time to finish the quilting and binding by the end of the month and meet my goal!

For some quilty inspiration, hop over to Wendy's blog to see the amazing quarantine quilt she made called "Community Supper". It's a masterpiece... and I'm not just saying that because one of my blocks is part of her quilt!

Monday, August 24, 2020

Design Wall Monday

The August UFO project is on the design wall today. Two rows of flying geese were made to extend the length of the quilt. Should there be a white sashing between the centre blocks and the geese? You can see at the top there is the white strip between and at the bottom there is no strip. Which do you think looks better - the top or the bottom? 

Here is a close up of the flying geese at the top and the border print that I want to use. 
I love this Sweetwater text print. There isn't much of it left and it will need to be pieced together, but I think it will be a good top and bottom border.
Linking up to Small Quilts

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching

Welcome to the weekly link up for hand stitchers! 
Make yourself a cup of your favourite beverage and visit the links below for some creative inspiration. You just never know what you will be tempted to make when you see what your fellow creatives are up to!

For example, I saw on The Cozy Quilter blog a knitted dishcloth that would be a perfect gift to make for Christmas. I have done a bit of knitting here and there over the years, but I learned to knit as a child and that was a long long time ago!  So I reviewed the pattern with some trepidation and wondered if I had enough concentration ability during covid to tackle such a task? 

Drop it Max!
I gathered up the necessary supplies from my local knitting shop where they were very helpful and encouraging. I studied everything for a few days and had to keep an eye on Max the granddog because he was really admiring that ball of yarn too.

Eventually I was brave enough to start! So far, so good with the challenge of using circular needles AND following a pattern where every line of knitting is different.  

a knot in the yarn?!?
Here is a question for the experienced knitters in the group... what do you do when you come to a knot in the yarn? I wasn't sure how to handle that as I've never had that happen before in my knitting adventures.

And you know how I love making miniature quilts? I sure hope I don't start to go down the rabbit hole of micro knitting... just look at the amazing work of Althea Crome. WOW!

What are you hand stitching today? We love to see your slow progress and cheer you on!

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Scrappy Saturday

Earlier in the month I made a purple log cabin loony block and Mari suggested adding a lavender block to the collection. I wasn't sure I could find enough light scraps to make a block, but since these blocks only need 1" strips, I managed to scrounge up enough.

And I found a strip of lavender dots on white which was perfect for the background.  This is the only block so far that has 1 background fabric. So pretty!

Here is the collection of blocks on the design wall. I have tried other layouts, but I really love this offset with the vertical background zigzag effect.
Linking up to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and Oh Scrap!

Monday, August 17, 2020

August UFO on the design wall

Some progress is being made on my UFO of the month.  The enthusiasm for making more blocks for this Moda Blockheads II project was completely gone, so I decided to just finish this quilt with the blocks I had already made. 

To make the layout work out, I had to remove 2 blocks, so the fish and the windmill were moved to the back of the quilt. Then I played with various layout combinations and decided to sew it together in sections with some white sashing to calm it down a bit.. 

Tada! The blocks are sewn together and I like it! But the size is 45.5" x 44" which is an odd size. I can't decide if this is a wallhanging or a lap quilt... should I make it longer to be more rectangular shaped? Make some pieced borders?

Moda Blockheads II

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching

Hello stitcher! Welcome to the weekly hand stitching party where we hope you will get lots of inspiration and encouragement to help you on your stitching journey.

I had such a relaxing time earlier in the week hand stitching the binding on my newly finished Shoo Fly quilt. I love this happy colourful looking quilt and the scrappy binding really finished it perfectly if I do say so myself!

Once that quilt was finished, I pulled out my embroidery project to finish up. There wasn't much left to stitch, so that was wonderful to have 2 finished projects in a short period of time!

I put the 3 finished tea towels on the clothesline for a photo. 

And then I went right back inside and worked on transferring the embroidery pattern for the next Stitcher's Revolution towel. FUN!

What are you hand stitching today? Do you have any finishes or slow progress to share with us? 

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