Friday, January 18, 2013

Guild Meeting January 17, 2013

We didn't have much of a show and tell yesterday, but we did have a fantastic work day.  We all got down to the business of sewing and boy! did we sew!   Well done girls.  Here is a sneak peak of what we were working on yesterday.

Tracey was quilting her Double Crossed baby quilt.
Colleen was working on a Canadian Thimbleberries bag.

Charlene was sewing her rows together on her Lovers Knot quilt.  Beautiful!
Theresa was putting together a soft minky blanket for her son.
Jane was quilting a quilt made by her sister.
Terry was strip piecing a scrappy nine patch quilt.  I think she said this was her ninth or so scrap quilt and her stash is getting down.  Good job, Terry!
I'm excited to say that our next guild meeting will be at our Third Annual Quilt Retreat in Kenosee, SK.  This is a weekend of staying in our pyjamas and sewing the weekend away.  No cooking, no cleaning, no kids, no hockey, no husbands...need I say more?

Friday, January 11, 2013

Snow Days...

in Southern Saskatchewan are my favorite kinds of days!  That's what today is here at our farm.  It means that I can sew, sew, sew. 

Double Duty
Double Duty is back from our long-arm quilter, Terry Whitman.  I told Terry earlier today that her quilting in this quilt is my favorite of all the quilts that she has done for me. 

The dark halves of the log cabin blocks are my favorite parts of Terry's handiwork.  I trimmed off the extra backing and batting and now its ready for binding.  I folded this little lady up and started up again on my Stars for a New Day block of the month quilt.  I had finished my first month and had most of the cutting done for the second month.  The next step was to sew together a four patch border with set in triangles.

A lot of piddly sewing in these borders

This pattern is going to be good for me.  Challenging, for sure, but you won't get better without taking on harder projects, right?  This now is about 30 inches square and has over 300 pieces.  I'm too lazy to count them right now.

The dark purple borders are called "floater borders".  If your sewing is a bit off and your four-patch borders are either too big or too small, you  simply do a bit of easy math and adjust your border widths accordingly so they fit like a glove.  Great idea, heh.  I'm almost done Month 2.  I have eight saw tooth stars left to sew.  Easy peasey!  Lets hope tomorrow is a snow day, too.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Firsts of 2013

This is my first finish for the year 2013.

Double Crossed
This is Double Crossed designed by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter.  It finishes at 54 x 68, a bit bigger than the original pattern because I added the two borders and it has a total of 251 pieces.  The fabrics were bought at The Bakery in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.  I dug out my quilting journal this morning and looked up when the last time that I had sewn a baby quilt.  It was back in February of 2004, so almost nine years ago.    I started sewing in July of 2002...some days it feels like longer than ten years and some days it feels like less.  In those years, I have sewn 5 baby quilts, 9 wall hangings, 6 table runners, 21 bed quilts, 9 throw quilts, 1 apron, and 2 Christmas stockings as well as two unfinished quilts.

It was also our first guild meeting of 2013 and for having no heat in the church basement in January, we had a productive day!  It was so cold our hands and feet were numb. What we don't put up with just to sew!

Martini Quilt quilted by Terry

Terry's scrappy Irish Chain- Beautiful!!!
Christa and Jane with their handmade bags.  Chris was involved in sewing Jane's blocks.
And for some reason I forgot to take a picture of Christa's gorgeous Fabric Fusion quilt.  Sorry about that, Christa.

I also wanted to say a special Thank You to Irene for having a couple of us over for a personal trunk show and tea party.  Irene, you are such an inspiration to us quilters, not to mention a pretty amazing pie maker!  Thanks.

Our next guild meeting is January 17, 2013.  See you girls there.