Only managed a couple of hours in the studio today………..working on the test pattern for Teresa of SewnUp fame. I am really enjoying this pattern. It is a perfect pattern for novice quilters. The blocks are 12″ so they go together fairly quickly. In fact I have the quilt almost done. The cutting and piecing the blocks have taken approximately 2 hours. In less than an hour tonight I managed the first two rows of piecing the rows, sashing and corner blocks. The pattern is well written and the blocks would work well for fabric that can be fussy cut. I’m working with a variety of fabrics (cottons; patterned and batiks) from several suppliers (Moda, Northcott and Windham fabrics all leftovers from various projects! What fun!
I must admit, I am anxious to have this practise quilt done so I can get going on the queen size version.
Woo Hoo! :))
What at a great day today was. I managed to finish piecing the last of 32 different sized star blocks for the star border on a quilt with a central medallion, pieced link blocks surrounding it and now I just have to wait until Saturday to lay it out on Saturday at Slocan Valley Threads Guild (such lovely large tables which are perfect for finalising layouts and sandwiching quilts). This beauty is made from various fabrics from my stash from Moda, Northcott and Windham fabrics. Some of the fabrics are vintage treasures which I have been saving. The quilt is done in a blue, pink, burgundy and white palette. I love the way these fabrics blend with a bright white background!
My class on Saturday are trying to get their quilts finished to hang at the annual Yard n Yardage sale. It always makes me smile when I see the results of all their hard work being shown to the members of our community! These ladies have progressed to the point that I seldom get asked for help, so I try to make sure I have one or two of my projects to work on with me. Their enthusiasm and energy sure makes me motivated to keep trying to find new projects to keep them interested and challenged.
I finished piecing the backing today for my newest grandson, Fynn. I’m really loving how this quilt has come together. “Baby Bear” will be perfect for my son’s newest baby bear. Hopefully he will enjoy the quilt when he gets home from Saudi next month. It will be a surprise for him. He always talks to his babies when he is snuggling with them. I love hearing him talk to them, calling the boys “Baby Bear”. For this reason the quilt top is made with a traditional Bear Claw pattern block and the pieced back is a wonderful flannel with bears snuggling with honey pots. With a scattering of pieced Ohio Star blocks in nice, bright yellow and orange. When the quilt is finished I will post some photos.
The last thing I managed to do today was finish cutting the pieces for a new pattern. I’m thrilled to be testing a pattern for Teresa Mairal from Teresa Down Under (SewnUp). I have enjoyed her blog and Youtube posts for a long time, so when the opportunity arose to volunteer to test her patterns, I jumped right in. I can’t wait to share this quilt when it is finished. I’m doing the throw quilt in shades of purple, grey and green with some leftovers from another project to test the pattern. The quilt will either go in to the closet for a gift for next Christmas or will become a donation for a fundraiser for a wonderful woman who has been diagnosed with cancer again. Such a sad situation. She recovered from cancer treatment, then lost her husband and then had to have surgery for a brain tumor. I have already picked out the fabrics in my stash to do the queen size version of the quilt since I volunteered to do Qs. I just had to try the throw so I could play with a new pattern!
My name is Carol, but I answer to Mom, Nana, Sweetie, Honey and CJ! I am a wife, mother, grandmother of almost 11, and even a great gramma to one adorable 4 year old little man. I started sewing, knitting and crocheting at the age of 11 with my grandmother’s help. Over the years crafting time was limited with raising a family, work, volunteer work and life in general. 12 years ago a wonderful woman by the name of Kathleen Landry in the town of Wells, British Columbia, taught me how to quilt by machine. Over the next few years I attended several of her Quilt Retreats in the historic town of Barkerville. It was amazing fun and ignited the creative urge and love of fondling fabric! I was fortunate that several other of the fantastic women in Wells shared their knowledge of needlecraft with me and always had a bit of advice or suggestions when I was stumped or not too confident of color choices. The first Barkerville Quilt Retreat I went to the quilt pattern was the Barkerville Spools; hundreds of those lovely 4 inch spools had me stumped for several years, but I am proud to say it is no longer in my UFO shelf! My favorite one of Mrs. Landry’s designs was the Barkerville Chinese Lanterns. I have been on the lookout for more oriental fabrics to redo this quilt, but let me tell you, they are scarce!