Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Cozy Afternoon Finale!

Today is the release of the last step of the Cozy Afternoon free block of the month project. Click here to get to Jacquelynne's blog post. 
What a fun quilt it has been to make! My version is a soft, light version of Jacquelynne's pattern. I made my quilt smaller by eliminating all the alternate squares, and just using the 5 stitchery blocks on point.

It measures 34" square, which is the perfect size for a wallhanging.

I would have liked to use more of the blue colour in the quilt top, but didn't have enough yardage, so I added a little blue flange around the edge using this technique. I'm so happy with that bit of blue peeking out there to interrupt all that pinkness.

The free motion quilting was a little tricky at times because I did not want to quilt on the embroidery, so I tried to slow down and quilt as close as I dared to the stitching.

Here is the list of my quilty friends who are blogging today about their version of Cozy Afternoon:

The Crafty Quilter

44th Street Fabric

Red Letter Quilts

Lily Pad Quilting

A Quilt and a Prayer

I hope you can hop over and visit them to see what their creativity has produced. Each quilt is so different that it's hard to believe they are made from the same pattern!
Have you started your own version of Cozy Afternoon? Don't forget to add a label to your quilt.  I usually just tuck a little triangle into one of the corners under the binding. I try to remember to write the name of the pattern designer, and of course my name. If you don't want to make your own label, you can order the official labels here.

A huge thank you to Jacquelynne for sharing this wonderful pattern with all of us! And not only did we get this free BOM, Jacquelynne is also giving away these patterns to a few lucky readers. Just leave a comment on the bottom of this blog post and tell me if you have already started your Cozy Afternoon, or have you printed the instructions to make in the future. I will randomly draw the winning blog comment on October 19th. You can enter to win the draws on each of the participating blogs listed above.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Empty Design Wall Monday

Nothing is on the design wall today. It's all about machine quilting in my sewing room this week. I have 3 quilts that are in various stages of being completed:
*"Easy Street" which is my UFO for October,
*the quilt along mystery called "Country Roadsfrom Lori at Humble Quilts, and

*"Cozy Afternoon" which is a free BOM from Jacquelynne Steves. I am free motion stippling this quilt, being careful to go around the embroidery stitches. The big reveal is tomorrow, so I have about 24 hours to get 'er done! No pressure!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching

Happy Thanksgiving!
Welcome to Slow Sunday Stitching and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers! Today we celebrate all that we are thankful for. One of the things I am so thankful for is each of you who contribute to Slow Sunday Stitching, by linking up your blog posts, sharing your love of hand stitching, and by leaving encouraging comments for others. 
Life Is Beautiful block #17

In between cooking, visiting, game playing, and counting my blessings, I will find some time to fit in a bit of hand stitching. This week I finished another block for Life Is Beautiful and I'm well into the next block.

What are you stitching today? Link up your blog post about your hand stitching project and share your progress with us. We are thankful for you!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Scrappy Saturday - Brown

It's brown month for the RSC'ers.
I don't love brown (it's just so dark and colourless!) but we are learning to get along. I must admit that I like brown quite a bit more when I call it chocolate brown! 
Here are the brown Alamo star blocks I have sewn so far this month as leader/enders. Their job will be to help the other blocks to sparkle in the finished quilt :)

I've also finished 4 brown blocks for the Omigosh collection.I have more than half of the double nine patch blocks finished now. That means about 1/4 of the piecing is done on this quilt - now that's progress.

Here's the pile of the blocks that live in my fridge, where they can stay nice and fresh for years!

To see what the RSC'ers are up to with their brown scraps, hop over to SoScrappy's link up.

Friday, October 09, 2015


My friend Deanna sent me this card... she knows me well!

Very exciting lives we quilters lead!

Have a great Friday, and I hope you get some quilting done today before you fall asleep!

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Two tips for boredom prevention

I have started machine quilting "Easy Street" - which is not at all easy due to the size of it. The hardest part is quilting in the centre, which is where I always start.
These are some of the threads I am starting with. I like to use different colours of threads, especially when the quilting design is boring. And because I am stitching-in-the-ditch (which really means somewhere near the ditch) I am frequently bored. 
Tip #1 -  change the thread colour whenever you start to feel bored with the quilting. The thread sits in (or near) the ditch/seam line so you can barely see it anyway, so why not use up those almost empty thread spools.

Tip #2 - as you are quilting, visit with the fabrics as you pass by. 
I like to remember when and where I bought special fabrics, and who was with me at the time. Not all fabrics have a memory for me. Some were given to me in scrap bags or were purchased here and there on days that have no lasting significance.
But some are very special...

See that fabric to the left of the needle? It says "www.hancocks-paducah".
Guess where I bought that?!? It was purchased during my first big trip to the USA to see a quilt show in 2009. Click here for some blog memories.

And see that green fabric to the left of the needle? This was purchased at a stop on the way to my second trip to a USA quilt show in 2011....
I bought it at Keepsake Quilting in New Hampshire
It's one of my favourite fabrics of all time... blah, blah, blah. I have it in green, and in black on white, and it always makes me smile.

See that purple fabric to the left of the needle? That was one of the guild challenge fabrics around 2006 or so.

And that green fabric with the leaves, and the teal one to the left of it with the same pattern? I bought that at Stedman's in Haliburton on a girl's weekend away in 2010. I have no idea why we stopped there... it had something to do with a Halloween costume I think! Anyway... who knew Stedman's sells fabric! 

See how fun this is?!? You get some quilting done, and remind yourself of fun adventures from the past. It's a win-win and a definite antidote to boredom!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

UFO of the month (again!)

Time to fess up... in spite of the pep talk I gave myself at the beginning of September, I didn't come anywhere close to finishing that UFO.  I still hope to finish this mystery quilt from 2012 in time for Bonnie's new mystery which starts in November. 

A plain border is sewn on, and the pin basting has been started. I decided to just stitch-in-the-ditch on all the diagonal seams for the quilting. It will be a boring process of quilting about 80+ straight lines, while shoving that big 90" quilt through the throat of my poor old domestic sewing machine over and over. I make it sound so appealing, don't I? It'll be a good upper body workout for sure.
To see more goals for finished quilts, hop over to A Lovely Year of Finishes. Also linking up to Val's UFO party and Jo's Bonnie Hunter UFO Challenge. Surely with all this public accountability I will be able to finish this quilt!