Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Whatever Wednesday

I did some sewing.


And it is quilted.


But it is not a quilt.



It's a book cover!


I covered my task master journal with some Bee Hive Rules fabric.


I have found the pattern and tutorial here, at Stitch by Stitch.

On the inside, I used a fabric with a bee and some flowers, of course.

My only regret is that I didn't sew in a ribbon to use as a bookmark. It shall be done on my second effort. :^D  I shall also add a quarter inch more to the measurement as this one is pretty tight fitted. My measurements were too accurate and didn't take into account the thickness of the batting, I guess.

The quilting is very simple, gentle wavy lines, like a bee line.


Joining Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
Joining Cynthia at Quilting is more Fun than Housework

Until next time ...


;^)

Friday, 12 May 2017

Buckwheat

I did some more green Buckwheat blocks for my RSC 2017.

Well, three greens and one aqua. :^D


Then I sew a few together as I couldn't wait to see how well they play together.




I like what I see so far. The constant fabric (yellow with cherries, ugly one, and wanna-be plaid) are the trellis and the rainbow is passing through it. Does that make sense to you? Anyway, it will be easier to see it after adding more blocks.

What I don't like is the pinwheels. What happened to them? The points are a mess! I definitively need to remedy that before I can continue.


Joining Sarah for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?
Joining Angela for RSC 2017
Joining Cynthia for Oh Scraps!

The more the merrier, so come and join us.

Until next time ...

;^)





Sunday, 7 May 2017

In need of some slow stitches

Long week at work, crazy weather, fun at the craft show and now I am in need of some slowdown time. What better activity than slow stitching to help me catch my breath.

I am still not back to work full time and even with shorter days, I still get so tired. Maybe one day I will be stronger, or maybe never, but for the moment, my body is telling me it needs a good long rest. I will listen to it and behave today. Just for today, hehehe!

I added a few stitches on my Ohio Star Shadow quilt last Sunday. It is hard to photograph black thread on dark fabric and white thread on light fabric. Here are pictures my best effort in photography.

Little bit more done ... a whole lot more to do!


Photo from under the frame. (click to zoom). Hope you can see the quilted feathers I have design for this quilt. 

This is my humble homemade template made from an old acetate sheet. It isn't in the right position. Each triangles need two feathers, one left & one right, as in the previous picture. Each quadrant has 4 triangles, like a big hourglass block. Unfortunately I have found a flaw in my design.

Hope you can see in this picture that the quilting doesn't reach the grey/brown HST and the black square. Now that's the bottom of the quilt so it isn't too bad, in the sense that the binding will hold it down. In the higher rows, those two unquilted pieces will become four pieces forming a square of 5.5 inches. Now that's a problem. It is way too big to stay unquilted but too small for me to do a feathered wreath. I'll have to think of another design.

In the news, you might have heard that Ottawa/Gatineau and all along the Ottawa River, houses are flooded and the army was called to help the regions. It is very sad. It hasn't happened in so many years, people all around me don't remember ever seeing it this bad.

This is where I grew up. The little village is surrounded by farm lands. Except in the spring time when it becomes almost an island.
Can't show the size of this lake.

The only ones not complaining are the Canada Geese.

This creek is as wide as a street usually, now it's almost 8 meters (1/2 mile) wide.


What you see here is a field, from one concession to the next. It is now under 2 feet of water. You can see the houses are completely surrounded.

Here's a close up of those houses.

Closer ...


This is the same house. It's a very big house.


Bringing in more sand bags by boat. It is on the same street as the big house just closer to the regional road.


It's a good thing the houses are build higher than street level but still, I don't want to imagine their basements.

Remember this picture from last Fall?
Completely to the left, you see some green in the water. From that point, bring your eyes down to the little pin tree standing next to the white archway. See how far the river is from that pin.

Check again. You can see the pin is clearly outlined because of the river behind it.

If I bring you closer you will notice that it has its roots in the water now. The maples in the background are almost covered too. They grow on a little strip of an islet in the middle of the river. The rain is still coming down.

It will be on my mind today as I slowly add more stitches to the quilt and sending prayers to all those who have to endure.
Do not worry for me as I am safe. I live about 8 km (4 miles) away from the Ottawa River and a good 7.7m to 9m (25-30 feet) above it too. I'm okay but many friends aren't. So sad.



On a happier note, I had fun at the craft sale yesterday. Unfortunately, the battery in the camera died as soon as I turned it on. I was sure I had charged it. I was so disappointed. I wanted to share this with you all. So I plugged it in last night. This morning, I started taking pictures of the quilting and before I was done, the battery was out again. WHAAAAT??? I believe I need a new battery. So all I can share with you is what I bought. Sorry. :(

Little fancy cards. This lady makes beautiful work.

Aren't they gorgeous? There was so many to choose from.

And they are small too! I so love them. Maybe I'll keep them for me, hehehe!

Joining Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching. Come and visit.


Until next time ....

;^)








Saturday, 6 May 2017

On the greens ...

No, I am not a golfer. To me, on the greens means, sitting in my backyard. Unfortunately today it's raining so there'll be no sitting outside, but I can always find green in my sewing room! :^D

Green like this ...

One little Buckwheat ...

Two little Buckwheat ...

Three and four future Buckwheat.

I have lots of sewing to do and I also have to be at the craft show, or is it a craft fair? What's the difference? Anywho! I have to be there. I'll share photos of it tomorrow.

Meanwhile, you might like a quilt show right at your finger tips. It's happening right now at Angela's Soscrappy place. I'm sure you will find plenty of green in the linky party. I'll be there!

Rainbow Scrap Challenge at Angela's

On Sunday, I'll be with Cynthia for Oh Scraps! Another great place to find inspiration and plenty of Ohs and Ahs.


Until next time ...

;^)






Sunday, 30 April 2017

Neglecting the sewing room

Well, more like neglecting the sewing machine. Lately, my time in the sewing room is spent on hand quilting. I am working on my Ohio Star Shadow.

Here, you can see (a little bit of) the markings of feathers. I'm at the bottom row still. When these three Ohio Stars are quilted, I'll be able to roll the quilt a bit. :^D I can not say that the first row will be done because only the second and third row of the star is stitched. It is too hard for me to quilt curving lines when my arms are extended to almost their maximum. So, I'll wait until I can bring it down a notch or two, to do the top row of the stars.

I did do a few minutes of workout on the sewing machine in the last two weeks. Yikes! It has been two weeks since my last post!!?? How did that happened? Well, I can not say I didn't enjoyed those weeks so it's all good! :^D

Worked with the newest addition to the RSC family and I started with purple.

This one was asking for teal and I have to admit it looks real good.

And the wanna-be plaid with purple and dots.  Not sure how this fabric will befriend teal or aqua. That is something I can think about while I'm adding some stitches on the star quilt.

Until next time. ...

;^)

Joining
Angela at Soscrappy 
Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than housework
Kathy at Kathy's Quilts
with a cup of coffee. Enjoy!



Saturday, 15 April 2017

A quick update

In February I have announced the (older) fabrics I would be playing with in my RSC2017. (You can see them here.) I also said that I might add a few more along the way. Well, here's the latest addition.

Don't even know what to call this fabric, beside perfect for April, the multi-colored month.

One block got made in purple ...



and one block got a mistake.
The middle 4-Patch isn't standing up right. The white piece should be on top. I should pay more attention to my own tutorial, lol. (See tutorial for this block here)


Join Angela at Soscrappy to see all the lovely Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects.

Until next time ...

;^)




Saturday, 8 April 2017

Buckwheat Block Tutorial (photo heavy)

The Buckwheat block attracted much attention among the viewers, so I thought a little tutorial would be welcome.



Measurements:
White : (2) 2.5" squares and (3) 3" squares
Yellow:  (2) 3" squares

Color of the month: (2) 2.5" squares and (4) 3" squares (let's pretend it's green month)
Constant color: (5) 3" squares (mine is blue in this tutorial)

Sew the 2.5 squares into a 4 Patch. Press.

           
Then, with the color of the month 3" squares and the constant color 3" squares we need to make HSTs. Use the method you are comfortable with.  Trim down to 2.5" square. The last constant color square will be cut diagonally once.
Sew two HSTs together. Pay attention to the orientation of the color of the month (green). Yes, this is the tricky part that might force you to use your seam ripper. Fair warning. Two units with the color of the month facing right (bottom) and two units with the color of the month facing left (top).



On to the whites and yellows. Cut all squares diagonally once. Put one white square aside (two triangles). Keeping the same color on the right, sew them two by two on the short end. Press.



Now, we are ready to assemble the block.
Here we go.

To the HST units with the color of the month (green) facing right, add a constant color to the right and a white triangle to the left. Press. Add a white/yellow unit at the bottom. Remember, the green has to be facing right. The whites have to be side by side.
Make two units.


To the HST units with the color of the month facing left, add to the 4 Patch. But NOT on whichever side. Hold the 4 Patch on point with a white square on top. Then sew the HST units on top and at the bottom, making sure that the green doesn't touch the green. Press.

Then add a white/yellow unit to the HST units. Press.


Sew a triangle unit to both sides. Press.

Cut the dog's ears and pat yourself on the back. You are done. The block should measure 9" at this point.
Of course, you may use any colors you wish. You can use scraps for the corners. Anything goes.
So ...

Do not be reasonable.
Do not use sparsely.
Do enjoy.
:^D

I use white/yellow in the corner to create a calm pinwheel in the middle. It will be a welcome resting place for the eyes I think.


Until next time ...


;^)

P.S. If any parts of this tutorial is not clear, please let me know. Thanks.


Joining Angela for RSC 2017
Joining Cynthia for Oh Scraps!