Sunday, 18 February 2018

Yesterday RSC

I missed yesterday. I wanted to be at Angela's place for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge but ended up elsewhere.

I drove down to Cornwall to be with my friend Pink. We did some shopping ... of course! :^D

I needed some fabric for the swap Barb (Fun with Barb) is so generously hosting again this year. Thank you, Barb. :^)  This time we are to swap Churn Dash blocks. I'm in the traditional group so I had to get some Civil War era fabrics. I picked some nice Jo Morton one. Do you like?


I added a few fat quarters in the colors of my 365 Challenge and the yardage is a "just because".

Talking of the 365 Challenge, the lady at the checkout is sewing along this year and we had a nice chat. Quilting people are so nice.

Here is where I'm at with that challenge.

French Patchwork - 21 pieces (This is my all time favorite) (in person it isn't crooked)

Letter O - 29 pieces

Wedding Ring - 25 pieces

Twin Sisters - a big 8 pieces :^D

The total of pieces in these 4 blocks is 63.

The next block, July 18, has 44 pieces in a 3-inch block. It might take me the entire day for that one, lol.

Let's get back to the beginning and see what I have done in purple for the RSC.

WHAT? Just that?  Here in Canada it's a long weekend, so I'll work with Purple. Yay!

That's all for now.


Saturday, 3 February 2018

Les paniers de Cécile

(Cécile's baskets)

I have joined Cécile and Béa from France in a cute little sew-along. Last year, we made Log Cabin Blocks. This year the only two rules to the SAL are baskets and 16 blocks.

Here are the last of my 16 baskets. You can see the first batch here .
How will I sew them together? Good question. I haven't found the answer yet. I have the entire month of February to decide.

Thanks to Cécile and Béa to organize to fun SAL. You should go on Cécile's blog if you love baskets. So many different ones. All beautiful.


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Scrap Attack of January and ...

... what's February is asking of me.

So I started January with a Scrap Attack challenge:
 Finish the M&M Quilt.

This is what I started with. I did work on it but not as much as I should have. At work, it was very busy on Mondays, Tuesdays and most Wednesdays for the entire month and that left me with not much energy by the time I got home. But Thursdays were better and I was able to sew a bit.

Anywho! I love this quilt but I think it needs a je-ne-sais-quoi, like some character or something.

After much brain storming, I decided to go yellow.

And to give it some characters! Ha!

Every time I look at them, I smile. Pondering what to name this quilt. Celebration is too obvious. Anything with M&M was out of the question. But I wanted a fun name. So it will be named Smile. Just that. I want to add one more black border with confetti and I will call it done. It will go on the pile of tops that awaits their turn to be quilted.

So, I didn't finish my January challenge but I am happy with my progress. Now that I know what I want, it will be done before February is out, with more photos to come.

Back to the jar for another challenge.

And what did I pick this time?

Plaid shirt drawer. Yay! I am happy about that. It should be an easy one. I have a drawer full of plaid shirts that aren't cut and ready to use. That is the task I will do this month. I will take picture of the drawer in question another time. (I have to clear a path to the dresser first, bwahaha!)

Thanks to Sarah for initiating this game challenge every month. I am linking to her blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I know I am late but so is the story of my life lately. Sorry. 

While I was dithering with the M&M quilt, I did some free motion quilting on a scrap basket that I lovingly call Fiona's Basket. 

I tried to do pebbles for the first time. Not all pebbles are the same, thank goodness, because mine are very ... unique. Some even go right through another pebble. Imagine that!! I laughed so hard when I did these. It's hard to go in circle but it was fun. 

Diagonal lines at one end. I love that cloth line print. 

Some wavy lines and on the left, a plaid or checkered design. 

You can see the plaid better here. Remember when I got a box of scraps from Julie from JulieK Quilts, I said pay attention to the lighthouse, you will see it again soon. I knew right then that this little piece would be included in the blue basket. I love it so much. 

Here's my blue scrap basket which is ... not finished. (Sounds like those are the magic words for January at my place.) I ended up with a long basket. Again. Yet, on Fiona's blog the baskets look different. So, I went through her tutorial again and oops! I wasn't folding the piece the right way. Duh! 

I grabbed the orange basket and started taking it apart. 
I didn't cut the corners on this one, to box the basket so I was able to undo it all and refold it in the other direction. I will end up with a much taller basket. 

Stripped down to the beginning.  Because of the new direction, all of my favorite fabrics ended up under the basket. 

Small pleasure; the cardinal is exactly at the right place to be seen on the flipped corner. Yay!! 

I still need to add the liner and the buttons. (Another not finished January project. 😞)

As for the blue one, well ... since I cut the corners, there's nothing to do with that one but leave it as is. 

I regret cutting the corners. I looked at them for a long time and though "What the heck am I gonna do with you?" They gave me the answer. 

On to another blue story, I did a blue Hole in the Barn Door block. 

That's all. 

Thanks to Sarah for the Scrap Attack
Thanks to Angela for Rainbow Scrap Challenge


Sunday, 21 January 2018

Do I hoop?

Kathy, at Kathy's Quilts, for the first Photo Challenge of the year, asks if we use hoops.

Yes, I do have hoops.
Do I use them?
Not so much.
Most of the one I use are just oops, (no h) but I do have some with an h. (hehehe)

My favorite way of quilting is on the frame my DH made for me ages ago.
It is an older picture because now a days you can't see the frame for the ton of fabric bins beside it. Only the front is cleared so I can sit and quilt. It is what I will do tonight as I watch "Victoria" on PBS TV.

As for the hoops, I have a wooden oval one, bought at a second hand store a few years back. I do have the hardware to attach it to the stand but no stand. It is a project for DH.
It is very sturdy and heavy, so when I do use it, I need to sit at a table so it can lean on the table. Otherwise, it's awkward.

Plastic hoops: I have tried the square one which has a half-circle that clip to the base. It is nice and easy to manage. A little too big to be a carry-along type of hoop but I like it.

The circle one I use when I have to do embroidery or cross-stitch. I don't think it could handle the three layers of a quilt as it is very petite. In other words, it gets no usage, lol.

Another one that doesn't get used anymore but use to, is my smallest one.

With this hoop, my mother taught me how to cross-stitch when I was 5 years old. It is only 5 inches, perfect for little fingers. It is made of metal and it doesn't have a screw-clap like the plastic one.

It has a little spring. All you have to do is slip the top on to the base of the hoop and pull the fabric tight. You are then ready to stitch. It was much easier to use and very user friendly for the little fingers. It has a lot of beautiful memories.

And that's all for my hoops. Do you hoop? Want to see more hoops? Join us at Kathy's place.

Toodle-loo, Kangaroo.


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Blue Saturday

Today, my main man is gone to his friend's place, an hour drive one way, so he won't be back soon. You know what that means, right? It's fabric day at my house, whoohoo!

I want to play with blue.

I need to finish my scrap basket à la Fiona in blue.

I also want to add a medium blue block to this RSC 2017 quilt. These nine blocks aren't enough for a decent size quilt.

I made some more scrap units so the future blocks will go together pretty quickly. Love that. These units will be trim to 4.5 inches.

Last summer, I got this table at Market Place on line. It's only 2 feet wide but it's the 8 feet length that I just love. I drove two hours (one way) to get it and it barely fitted in my van, tucked all the way to the front and the hatch-door closed 1/2 inch from the leg of the table. Phew! I regret nothing! This week, I cut the fabric for the borders on the RSC2016 and it was so easy on this table.  So you will see more of that project soon.

Do you have the blues at your place? I know Angela does. Come and see. Just click here to see a lot of blue beauties.

Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework as the scrap bug. Lots of lovely scrappy projects to see.

See you later, Alligator.
Take care, Polar Bear.


Friday, 12 January 2018

Blue Month

I am so happy! For the Rainbow Scrap Challengers it's the Blue month! YAY! (I love blue, can you tell? )

Here's what I did.

Some 6.5" (unfinished) baskets for Cécile Sew Along in blue

This one is the "Peace Basket". A little bit of Christmas fabric, hehehe!

then, I did some in green.

The itsy bitsy bits used in these fun baskets were provided by The Joyful Quilter and JulieKQuilts. Thank you, girls, for feeding my addiction. :^D

On the 365 Challenge front, I did

July 7 - Road to California - 28 pieces (My choice of fabrics is not the best but it'll do)

July 8 - Coffin Star - 20 pieces  (Such an odd name)

July 9 - Sugar Bowl - 9 pieces

July 10 - Rosebud - 28 pieces

July 11 - Star Flower - 24 pieces (The hairiest block ever!)

July 12 - Mock Log Cabin - 12 pieces

July 13 - Patience Corner - 12 pieces

Total of pieces in this week 3.5" blocks - 133

July's total so far 375 pieces. Phew!

That's all for now.



Sarah for "Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?"

Angela for Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday

Cynthia for "Oh Scrap!" on Sunday

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Testing 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... Testing

4" basket
Test ...

6.5" basket

Testing ...



These are the baskets I will make in January and February for Cécile Sew-Along. They are made with little bits of scraps and I think that the smaller the scraps the better the basket looks. The SAL requires a minimum of 16 baskets. Mine finish at 6 inches. It will be a nice wall-hanging.

More to come.


Yesterday RSC

I missed yesterday. I wanted to be at Angela's place for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge but ended up elsewhere. I drove down to Cornw...