I’ve Misplaced Most of April!

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Losing seventeen days out of one month can be quite devastating and I’m not sure how I’m going to ever catch up on all I need to do. My annual trip to Red Deer was wonderful until halfway through when I began to feel unwell, and by the time I arrived back home on Sunday evening I was full-blown feverish and horribly ill. By Wednesday of that same week I ended up in emergency where I was diagnosed with a lung infection and bronchitis, prescribed an antibiotic and an inhaler to help me breath, and ordered to bed rest for at least the next three days. After three days of bed rest I ventured out to do some regular house chores, as things were well underway to falling apart right before my eyes, and laundry was piling up like Mount Vesuvius. In my weakened state, I bent over to pick up a heavy basket of freshly washed laundry to hang on the clothesline, which resulted in me pulling my back out and was sent

Pineapple Blossom Wedding Quilt

hobbling back to bed where I’ve had no relief from the pain for the past ten days… but at least I’m not coughing up rainbows anymore. My antibiotic is finished and I’m attempting to come to terms with all that lost time. You know you’re really sick when you can’t even stitch in bed! I don’t remember the last time I went two entire weeks without sewing something! I’m not even sure it’s ever happened before.

The one thing that I did accomplish little by little, was the binding on the wedding quilt, with the final stitch going in last Wednesday. Now all I have to do is design and attach the label to the back and I’ll be ready for the presentation in July. Even though it started out as completely not my style of quilt, I am thrilled with how this project turned out and truly hope my son and new daughter in law will love it just as much as I do. The border fabric added a cool graffiti style edgey-ness, enhancing the piecing and bringing all the prints/colours together, and the yellow and black ‘pedestrian’ stripe binding is the perfect final touch for the quilt top… and that backing.

Quilt backing is perfect!

I’m showing a photo of the back of the quilt in the hopes you can see the quilting design more clearly. I used a freeform paisley pattern in a variegated gray thread for the quilt center and a variation on a freeform feather and swirl pattern stitched with black thread in the border, giving the quilt a lovely curvy texture to balance out the hard pointy lines in the pieced pineapple blocks. And is that not the cutest binding you ever did see? I love it!

I’ll be back here again really soon with more updates, but in the meantime ‘Happy Stitching’ from carol xxx

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Pineapple Blossoms in the Bag!

Close up on the quilting

It was down to the crunch but I’m happy to say that the Pineapple Blossom wedding quilt is folded neatly away and tucked in my luggage ready for late night hotel room binding sessions. With any luck I’ll be able to complete the binding before returning home on Sunday, but if not I’m quite sure I’ll at least get a good start on the almost 400 inches of hand stitching.

Backing fabric!

I thought you might like to see a shot of the wild backing fabric I ordered online from Sew Sisters in Ontario. It’s a Kaffe Fassett wide back, which was lovely not having to piece a backing for once, but it has a very slippery texture almost like a cotton sateen and it was giving me all sorts of tension issues on the longarm. At first I was truly discouraged but decided to persevere, taking my time with adjustments and trials until I reached a nice ‘middle road’ tension. A fact that probably didn’t help the whole matter was that I was using a different colour thread for the top stitching than what was in the bobbin, which shows every sin that you make in quilting, of course. In the end, I love the texture of the quilting and the wild back is a wonderful surprise.

Happy Spring Daffys!

In this photo you can see a bit of the border fabric that I chose but the best part is the great black and yellow ‘pedestrian’ stripe that I used for the binding. What a lucky find! I hope it doesn’t make me dizzy while I’m stitching it on :o )

This will more than likely be the final post this month but I promise to take a proper full quilt photo of this one when it’s finally finished. I hope that by the time I get back home next Monday, the weather will be pleasant enough to do a clothesline photograph, as this one is too large to hang anywhere else. I will be taking my camera to Red Deer so expect a variety of travel/quilt/ process pictures coming up, as I’m started a brand new project that I want to share. Tammy and I will be exchanging our mini quilts that we’ve been secretly working on this past winter which amounts to even more photos. And last but not least, I’ve already selected my P.H.D. (project half done) for the month of April and managed to get the blocks up on the design wall in the studio, but more on that when I return next week. In the meantime, happy spring stitching! I am now officially on retreat!!!

as always, carol

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Too Many Distractions!

Green Tea and Sweet Beans by Jen Kingwell

My own version of the Day Lily block

One of three Garden Path blocks

Tulip Block

One of my own blocks

Why is that whenever I’m under the crunch for a looming deadline I can find all sorts of things to distract me from what I’m supposed to be doing?!? Although I did begin the quilting on the pineapple quilt I had some tension issues that had to be resolved and lost steam on it quickly. My deadline for having the quilting done is this Sunday – yes two days from now – YIKES! So now I’m under the gun… and therefore must work on things that are totally not a priority – WHAT?!? Now that I’ve written that down it totally doesn’t make sense (let me assure you that it didn’t make any sense inside my head in the first place either, ha, ha)

Although I had stated in my last post that it had been set aside, I obviously hadn’t set it far enough aside to be out of sight/out of mind. Silly me. So I’m sharing some photos of my recent progress (distractions) on the lovely Green Tea and Sweet Beans as proof of my squirrelly behaviour. It is such a blissfully fun project to work on and it makes such a delightful studio mess, with all that digging through scraps for the perfect piece of loveliness to add the perfect touch to each perfect block. Hmmmm, perfect happiness. Is it any wonder that I’m not getting that longarm quilting done.

As always, happy stitching, carol

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Mission Accomplished!

Blocks in position on the design wall

All blocks sewn together and narrow border added

Today was Worldwide Quilting Day! Quite a step up from last year’s title of International Quilting Day, but I don’t think the new title rolls off the tongue in the same way.

I certainly did my part to celebrate the occasion and spent the entire day on a marathon sewing stint, going up and down the step ladder, sewing all those pineapple blocks together, until finally I had reached my goal (and a state of utter exhaustion). But I did it!!!

The Hawaii Pineapple Blossom quilt top is done, including the outer border which isn’t shown in the photos above. If everything goes as planned, tomorrow I will make the binding and mount the quilt onto the longarm frame for quilting. This time around I’m off the hook and don’t have to piece a backing as I was very clever and ordered some wide backing yardage from Sew Sisters a couple of weeks ago. I feel as though I’ve given myself a real treat by doing this as a few of my recent quilts have had labour intensive pieced backs and the time saved on this one will be so worth it in the long run. I really want to have this one finished before I leave on my trip to the Central Alberta Quilt Show at the end of the month. Well not quite completely finished, but quilted with the binding machine sewn on and ready to be hand turned. That’s always the perfect quilting activity for late night television watching in the hotel room, especially when my Bubby and I get chatting and snacking and giggling, as it gets a little difficult to concentrate on anything too complicated. Bindings are perfect for hotel stitching!

So there you have it… my March pieced project is ahead of schedule and will become my March quilting project as well. As a special reward for sticking to my finishing goals I’m planning to start a brand new project on my mini vacation and will take my sewing machine and cutting equipment with me to Red Deer. All my fabric is chosen and bundled in a tote, ready to go, and I can hardly wait. Let the countdown begin… Ten days until blast off!!!

I hope your Worldwide Quilting day was as happy as mine!

As always, carol xox

 

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Sneaking in a little extra fun!

Igloos #2

Applique block #1

I realize that I should be posting about the pineapple wedding quilt and that truly was my intention, but after setting all seventy two blocks up on the large design wall in the studio the other day, I discovered that my battery was dead in my camera. I plan to return to take progress photos but got a little distracted in the meantime. So I’m going to show you some fun stitching that I’ve been doing in between all the other work, just a block here and there, presented as a small reward for staying on task most of the time.

Since last fall I’ve been working on Jen Kingwell’s “Green Tea and Sweet Beans” pattern and loving it. I really want to join in on the new quilt along, “Long Time Gone”, that’s taking the web by storm but can’t justify even purchasing the pattern until I’ve got the other one well on its way to being finished. “Green Tea and Sweet Beans” has been an absolute delight to work on and I think it’s one of those quilts that needs to be stretched out over time.

Igloos #1

There’s a nice balance between pieced blocks and appliqued blocks, with even a little English paper pieced hexagons thrown in for good measure. Some of the blocks have been perfect portable projects once they are kitted up in a zippy bag and tossed into my purse.

Drunkard's Path block

Double Drunkard's Path block

Some of the blocks have proven to be quite challenging for me and I’ve had to improvise or substitute sometimes. Once or twice I even redesigned a block to make the construction a bit easier, and that has also been a fun process. I have temporarily set it aside once more in order to focus on the wedding quilt but I look forward to picking it up again soon. I’ve gotten to the stage where I can begin sewing sections together and see some true progress. The big job will come near the end, when the entire border gets appliqued with a vine and flowers. That might be the perfect project for relaxed summertime stitching under the umbrella with a glass of iced green tea! Just what dreams are made of :o )

as always, happy stitching, carol

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Those Winter Blues

Birds of a feather...

Just when I thought we were nearing the end… it’s baaack! The cold, the wind, the snow, and the blues/grays of winter have all returned full force on the Canadian prairies, presenting us with the season we all thought had eased up on us this year. “Hah! fooled you!”, says Mother Nature with a little Mona Lisa smile on her lips. In all honesty, until now we had gotten off easy this winter but talk about going out with a bang.

Snuggle together!

We’ve almost run out of bird seed for the feeders once again, but look at how grateful they are, all gathered together for warmth and sustenance. Even the littlest winter birds were fooled into thinking that spring was just around the corner, as they had begun checking out various birdhouses around the yard for nesting possibilities. Now they’ve hunkered down waiting for it to pass. Me, too!

I’ve been utilizing a few strategies to combat those Winter Blues, with some more successful than others. I thought I’d share some with you today, in the hopes of brightening your winter days.

Bake some banana bread

Tip #1 – Spending the morning baking something delicious always cheers me up (it makes everyone in the household happy too) and so I’ve been experimenting with new and old recipes. This week I added fresh blueberries to my old standby banana bread recipe and it turned out extra moist and tasty, with an entire loaf disappearing the very first day! I’ve also gotten into the habit of making my own bread at least once/twice a week and have gotten to the point where I have developed a lovely multigrain loaf that is no fat, low sugar, and absolutely yummy with a thick and crunchy crust.

A bouquet from a friend

Tip #2 – Buy some fresh flowers or a small flowering houseplant as a treat to yourself. It’s amazing how much joy this small act does to chase those midwinter doldrums away. My favourite springtime flowering plant is the hyacinth bulb you can purchase at most grocery stores. As soon as they begin blooming they smell heavenly, and if you save them for after the frost is gone, you can plant them in the garden and they’ll pop up every spring. I have a little collection of them in one flower bed, and I keep adding a few new bulbs to it each year.

Hawaii Pineapple Blossom Wedding Quilt

Tip #3 – Keep on quilting! Work with bright, beautiful, and colourful fabrics that make your heart sing. There’s definitely something extra special about sewing a wedding quilt that is difficult to put into words, but it’s even more wonderful when that quilt is for your eldest son’s upcoming marriage. My firstborn (and the last to get married) turned 38 this year and has been with his beautiful partner for over ten years. At Christmastime they announced their decision to finally tie the knot this summer and I’ve been working on their wedding quilt ever since. I did agonize for a while over what style of quilt to make for them and finally chose Bonnie Hunter’s Pineapple Blossom pattern in a palette of happy yellows, gray, and black for a modern, slightly masculine quilt, reflecting both personalities and their mutual love of Hawaii. Since my son’s birthday is this month, I decided to make this quilt my monthly piecing priority and I’ve been going at it pretty hard and steady to complete 72 blocks by mid month, in the hopes of having the entire top complete by the end of March. I started the month with just 35 blocks done, and as of today, I have only ten blocks left to do and envision myself sewing rows together by next week. I plan to sew a classic border to the quilt, bringing it up to a generous queen size, and I found the perfect fabric for border and binding at my closest local shop, Veronica’s Sewing in Kindersley.  Living a fairly remote, rural life, I tend not to get out to shop many local quilt stores but usually go online to dependable favourite shops for backings and stash building. My biggest ‘in person’ shopping adventures happen at the annual Red Deer quilt show where there are vendors that I have come to rely on and just cannot resist. There is something magical about getting up close and personal with new fabrics and notions that online shopping will never replace :o )

The weather predictions look promising for early next week and I have my fingers crossed that it will warm up enough for me to walk over to the studio, and perhaps get some longarming done (finally). There are deadlines to meet before this month is over and for some odd reason, time seems to be speeding ahead of me more than it usually does. But staying busy truly helps to beat back those winter blues.

Keep watching next week for updates on the wedding quilt and some other special projects I’ve been working on.

As always, happy stitching, carol

 

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Something From Nothing

Section by section...

Well, as of yesterday at noon, I have completed my February piecing project for the ’17 in 2017′ challenge, and under the deadline. Hooray! To be perfectly honest I wasn’t sure if it was all going to come together for me this month, since after my birthday trip away I felt completely wiped out and uninspired to work on that intensely pieced final border. After finishing the quilting and binding on ‘Whisper Sweet Nothings’ before the middle of the month rolled by, I was resting on my laurels and calling it done for February. Wouldn’t that just be a sad effort though? Only two months into a year long goal and I’m already tapping out, yikes!

So my strategy was this – dig deep, put the nose to the grindstone, do small sections each day, and keep myself accountable to myself. And it worked! The closer I got to finishing each side of the border the more encouraged I felt and ended up by doing a full two or three day marathon of sewing units to complete the entire four sides in record time.

Unit by unit...

block by block...

It was a big job attaching those borders onto the rest of the quilt as it has definitely grown to a much larger size than I originally intended, measuring in at about 88″ x 88″ square. I’m glad I decided to add this last border to give some balance to the warmer colours.

After stay stitching the outer edges of the quilt top, I continue to work on creating the binding from that cheerful red and yellow spot fabric. My final decision will be to choose a fun fabric for the backing, and again will try to shop from my own stash, to continue the trend for the entire quilt. I’ll make my way over to the studio this weekend and hopefully once the backing is made I can mount this top on the longarm for quilting asap.

The big reveal…

Something from Nothing

As always, happy stitching, love carol x

p.s. Did you see the lovely shout out I received from Barbara Brackman on her Material Culture blog last Friday? She posted a photo of my Dixie Diary quilt. Thanks, Barbara :o )

 

 

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Happy Birthday! (to me)

Quilting complete!

Happily binding

Center medallion

Wild goose border blowing in the wind

Thought about stopping right here

Final pieced border

Well, it looks as though my special quilt, Whisper Sweet Nothings, will not quite be finished in time to put a bow on it for my birthday, but I truly gave it my all and I’m so close to being finished that I’m calling it done. As of yesterday afternoon, the label was on and I had just over half of the binding hand sewn down, and if today wasn’t so jam-packed I’d probably be able to complete that binding. As it stands, I’m travelling tomorrow and need to get things in order before I leave, and perhaps pack an overnight bag with at least some pj’s, so more than likely today will not be a sewing day. The best part about that – I will have some binding to do in the hotel room! hooray! that’s my favourite!

Today, I’m also sending out a progress report on my February piecing project, with step-out photos of the various stages the quilt has gone through. The first two photos you’ve already seen in a previous post and I should stress that when I picked up this project again on February 1st, only the center medallion portion was complete, and since then I’ve created the other borders. After adding the four patches on point I thought the quilt looked good enough to be called finished, but the background I used to set those four patches had such a calming effect on the quilt that I felt it needed to be boosted up with more colour. At first I was just going to add a brightly coloured floral fabric but realized I’d be very disappointed in myself (and the results) and therefore chose to do a pieced border instead. This would give me the opportunity to bring in more pattern and colour, create a larger quilt (which I think this one deserves to be), and not get bored with the piecing process.

My initial concept was to create a checkerboard pattern using scrappy two inch squares from all the leftover fabrics but it kept morphing into something much more interesting, so I’m just going to ‘go with the flow’. I’m incorporating some of the leftover flying geese and four patch units from the previous borders, creating rhythm and unity within the quilt, while bringing in some new fabrics to introduce additional textures in similar colours. This final border will take a lot more time to piece but I think it will be much more satisfying in the end. Thinking ahead for finishing, I’ve already set aside some of that yummy, red and amber spotty fabric for the binding. Considering that I’m making it up as I go along, I’m totally pumped about how visually cohesive the overall design of this project appears. Happy Stitching!

as always, carol

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February’s My Favourite

January's Piecing Project Done and Dusted!

February’s Piecing Project

Flying Geese Border Added

Even though this month is the shortest, which means less days to sew, and on the Canadian prairies this month usually has the most miserable weather of the entire year, February is my most favourite month of all. First up is my birthday, then my Dad’s birthday, then Valentine’s Day, and lastly it’s my wedding anniversary! It’s like an entire month devoted to love, cake, chocolate, and celebrations. Hmmm, maybe it’s a good thing it’s only 28 days long.

Well, I’m starting February off with a bang and sticking with my plan to post once a week and first on my list of announcements, as of January 29th, the ‘Whisper Sweet Nothings’ quilt is completely pieced and ready to go on the longarm this week. The backing is made and pressed, and the binding is ready to go too. It just might end up being my birthday present to myself, afterall. The photo at the top of this post is a bit shabby as the quilt top is so large it was difficult finding a spot to hang it, and by the time I was finished sewing on Sunday I was losing the good afternoon light. Even hanging on the clothesline, the first row at the top of the quilt had to be folded over and the bottom is dragging in the snow, so you can imagine how awkward this was to photograph on a cold winter’s evening. But it’s mine and I love it! and it feels so good to be done the piecing!

Next on the 17 in 2017 list is a project started at least two years ago as a workshop sample I created to teach the value of ‘Value’ when selecting your quilting fabrics. There were nine lessons, therefore nine blocks, all the same design, but each one has a different appearance because of the placement in colour values. I had used some crazy print combinations and thought it would be interesting to continue experimenting with that concept, stretching myself to use colour and print in unfamiliar ways. I’m not sure how large this quilt will end up, as I’m making it up as I go along, but I’m actually quite excited to just go for it and see where it leads me. So far I’ve created a large flying geese border, bringing in some warmer colours to tie in with the print I used in the center of the stars. I’ve already pieced another border but I’ll save that for a progress report later in the month.

In the meantime, I’m off to work on my PHD (projects half done), don’t you love that! :o )

as always, carol

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artless fabrications milestone

Sacred Symbols III

Thirteen Moons

Spheres of Influence

Well, after weeks of preparation, anticipation, and admittedly, some nervous palpitations, the Saskatoon Quilters Guild inaugural midwinter mini retreat and personal development day at Crossmount is a thing of the past. Yesterday, I was honoured to be the opening speaker in a lineup of presentations covering a diverse variety of topics from creativity to composting, fashion to floral design, and everything in between. I cannot say enough about this wonderful, well planned and sold out event! The venue was picturesque, the catered luncheon buffet offered something for everyone including gluten free, and the committee of organizers were absolute professionals, making sure presenters and guests were welcomed and well looked after, taking active duty as fashion models, worm ‘mamas’, and quilt holder-uppers, and all the while maintaining a high spirited and fun loving attitude. This group of women are the BEST!  I can’t wait to spend more time with them again, as their 2018 Fall Workshop instructor.

This month marks a special ten year anniversary for me, the birth of the fifty two pieces, which made this event even more meaningful, giving me the opportunity to share my “artless fabrications” story with a captive, but appreciative audience. To mark the occasion, I did something that I rarely do – I took a few of the weekly art quilts to share with the audience and also read some excerpts from the accompanying art journals. (I’ve also included close-up photos of three individual art quilts from the collection here for the very first time. You can see photos of the collection in its entirety, in two separate exhibitions, on blog posts dated June 2009 and March 17, 2010)

As I was preparing notes for my lecture on Creativity, I began reflecting on the first steps I took back in January, 2007, when I embarked on my self motivated creative challenge and how it changed my life completely. Taking those first few steps is almost always the most difficult part of the process, but once you get moving the momentum builds and before you know what’s happening, you’re in the middle of a wonderful adventure.

At the end of my lecture I presented a list of lessons learned along the way, and many of you asked if there was a printed version so I thought I’d share them here.

Carol’s Creativity Challenge – Top Ten Tips

#1 Take yourself and your art more seriously.

#2 If creativity is important to you then schedule time for it.

#3 Make the mundane more creative.

#4 Unplug more often.

#5 Wear your creativity on your sleeve.

#6 Remember a childhood dream or revisit an old interest.

#7 Take a class in a different medium.

#8 Present yourself with creative assignments and challenges.

#9 Put yourself out there!

#10 Maintain a sketchbook journal!!!

as always, carol

 

 

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Canadian Women

150 Canadian women

Some of my Canadian women blocks

The other morning I decided to spread out my Canadian Women blocks just to see how they were coming along and fortunately, I had the foresight to quickly grab the camera. Although the photos above don’t include all of the blocks I’ve made so far, I truly have managed to keep up with the fairly easy three per week schedule and all blocks are complete. The reason you don’t see every one is, in my excitement to see this quilt come together, I made my final decision on how to set the blocks and have begun piecing some together. I want to keep it a surprise for now and so those blocks weren’t included in the photograph session.

I’ve been using a wide variety of red and cream fabrics from my stash to make the little six inch blocks, with the majority from various French General lines. I suppose I just like the warmer, almost rusty orange tones of those reds, rather than cool blue reds, and these also seem to require a warmer, creamier neutral paired with them, rather than a cool white. I found that I really don’t purchase a lot of red but I’m determined to only use stash for this project and if that means running out of certain fabrics, then so be it. I was lucky enough to find a small selection of red yardage in my stash that will work for my setting concept and so, I’ve begun to make as much sashing as possible with that until it runs out. This will determine the final size of the quilt and how many blocks I will eventually create – so basically, I’m just flying by the seat of my pants, as usual.

I really enjoy learning more about the remarkable, but sometimes forgotten, Canadian women that have contributed to the history of our great nation and I have found myself doing further research on some that are especially intriguing, as the essays, although informative, are often quite brief. If you haven’t heard of this free quilt block project yet, just google 150 Canadian Women or check out the Next Step Quilt Designs website. What a fantastic way to commemorate, document, and celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday!

As always, carol

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Seventeen in 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Fabric Selections for Mini #2

Little Hourglass Units Sewn Up, Ready To Go!

Sewing Units Into Rows

Touching Stars All Joined Together

Completed Quilt Top

Whisper Sweet Nothings

Can you believe it? Two posts in the same week! I’m attempting to make up for my slacking off period during the past month, plus I really have a tonne of photos to catch up on and January is flying by. And speaking of January, doesn’t it seem as though everyone and their blog is doing a ‘finish it up’, ufo type project this year? Well, I’ve jumped on the bandwagon again as it truly worked well for me last year, prompting me to stay on track and finish up some long standing projects. So this year I’ve joined in with Meredithe from Australia, who blogs over at pomegranateandchintz, and she’s doing the 17 in 2017 project. Last year she challenged herself to knit sixteen pairs of beautiful socks throughout the year and posted some lovely photos of those on her blog.

So I’ve made my list and to be perfectly honest, it wasn’t difficult to find seventeen unfinished projects to put on said list – in actuality it was more difficult narrowing it down to only seventeen, ha, ha… I’ve decided to use the printout sheet from allpeoplequilt.com as it provides twelve spaces = twelve months, where I’ve listed at least two projects per month, one piecing project and one quilting project. My reasoning was simple in that the piecing project, once complete, could easily be moved forward in the list to become the quilting project the following month, if need be.

January’s commitment included my Bubby Quilt Along #3, the secret sister quilt, which I can’t share with you yet as Bubby is very snoopy and reads this blog :o ) but I can assure you that it is quilted, bound, and labelled, ready for our meet-up in Red Deer in about ten weeks. I made this one a priority and first on my list just to be sure the quilting was done on time, as that always seems to take longer than expected. Now I can go back to work on #1 and #2 quilt tops and do the quilting on those at my leisure. The photos at the top of this post all feature quilt #2, which is my version of Bubby’s selection in our mini quilt challenge. Contrary to quilt #1, where I stayed close to the original design, I changed a few things on this one, including using two different background colours instead of just one and inserting a slightly wider inner border. I’m really happy with how my quilt top turned out and will probably begin quilting this one right away, as I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do.

Next on my list for January was a project that has been on my south facing design wall so long (at least for eight months) that one of the fabrics had faded so badly I had to pick it out of the blocks and replace it with something else. It must have been a poorer quality fabric, perhaps using a cheaper dye for the text print on a cream background, for when I checked some of the other fabrics and blocks there were no signs of fading on them. Thank goodness the overall style of the quilt is somewhat ‘cottagey’ and I had used a selection of low volume fabrics to achieve that effect. This is a quilt that I’m making just for me, which is probably why it has sat unfinished for so long – isn’t that just how it goes?

My quilt is named “Whisper Sweet Nothings” due to the soft low volume fabrics I used and it will be bed size, measuring in at whopping 92″x 92″. It was a pattern and quilt along featured in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine about two years ago and I remember starting it almost immediately after seeing it. Luckily I have all twenty five blocks made, plus the sashing cut out and the little nine patch cornerstones pieced, so all I have to do is sew everything together. As of today, I’m about halfway there and my plan is to get over to the studio this afternoon since the weather seems to be holding out a nice plus 5 degrees celsius. I’m hoping this quilt top will also become my quilting project for February, with no pause in between the piecing process and the quilting. And believe it or not, I’ve got the backing and binding fabrics already set aside for finishing this one. Perhaps it should be my birthday gift to myself this year :o ) but that means it will have to be finished the first week of February, yikes!  as always, happy stitching, carol

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