Monday, August 26, 2013

Beautiful Weekend!

Hubby and I packed up the trailer on Friday and headed to the woods to our friend's cottage. Friend Gail and I sewed and relaxed while the guys did guy things, walked in the woods, checked out all the gadgets on the new trailer, I guess that's relaxing for them too! The weather was perfect, two beautiful sunsets and the lake covered with mist both mornings. I didn't get a picture of the mist, I was snuggled in too nicely to bother with the camera!

As for sewing, Gail is working on a scrappy TATW and I finally had the chance to try some Thangles. I have been looking for them around here for months with no luck, so finally had to order online. I think they're a great product and was impressed with how quickly I had a large stack of HSTs ready to go. When I have the finished they'll be the next border on the lighthouse quilt that I shared with you way back when! It's finally time to finish that one up and get it out of the UFO pile!

We had a great time, lots of good food, lots of laughs. But it's always nice to come home. I spent the evenings catching up here and doing some slow Sunday stitching. Can't think of a better way to end a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Annapolis Valley Ex

Every year, our family spends a Saturday in mid August at the Exhibition in the valley! It's a tradition really, I remember as a very young child walking the grounds holding my daddy's hand checking out all the critters. One year in particular, I remember a man from one of the commercial buildings, giving us a little box full of chocolate ski-doos! You might know, my most vivid memory involves chocolate lol!!

My favourite parts of the day include the arts and crafts displays, that would be the quilts of course, and the ox hauls and horse pulls. These two quilts were my favourites this year. The traditional pieced one was absolutely beautiful with lots of scrappy fabrics.

And this more modern fun one was so well done, the stitching was exceptional and what a cute fun design.

And there are always beautiful hooked rugs on display too! I love them, and as I stand there and watch the ladies hooking away, I want to run right home and get my hooking out again! They make it look so effortless and relaxing! Oh my, so many projects, so little time!

These three were my favourite rugs of the day! The top one, got my vote for Viewers Choice award. As always, it was a great day! 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Busy, Busy!!

Too busy really! But what's a girl to do?? Work and play make for busy times! I've been working extra hours over the past couple of weeks, and I'm working on another stage performance here in our local theatre that we do on the 30th and 31st, so yeah, I've been a little busy!

Which means almost no time for sewing. But today, I decided to take a few minutes between church and studying lines to do a little slow Sunday stitching. I saw a little project done with yo-yos and decided to give it a whirl! I spent some time figuring the size I'd need to start with, I traced around the rim of a few glasses from my kitchen until I found the perfect size! And so I at least got a start!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Slow Sunday Stitching!!

Oh yeah!! There's nothing quite like it! A lovely Sunday afternoon, an old movie on the tube, my hubby snoozing on the couch, and me in my lazy girl chair enjoying some slow stitching!! Gotta love it!

Today, I'm working on this one again! I blogged about it here, and decided to appliqué what I had done onto one large piece of blue background fabric. So that was basted and ready to stitch but then last week, I decided I wanted to finish it with more hexies instead. So I took the basting out and got busy on a yellow hexie border, and a light blue hexie border and eventually (who knows when that might be) I'll use the dark blues for an outer border! I love working with hexies, I love the slow stitching of it and the hand work.

Gotta go sew and watch my movie!

Monday, August 5, 2013

I Did It!

All 31 little baskets. And only five days late! But just in time to see what Temecula did with theirs!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Only Four To Go!!

I finally got a batch of these little babies done up today! Twenty seven all ready and just four to go!! It's a long weekend for me, so hopefully I'll finish up on Monday!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Step 7 - The Braid Border

I hope you’ve all enjoyed making this quilt as much as I’ve enjoyed designing it and sharing it with you! 

The braid border, in my opinion, this is another pretty easy border. Quite a bit of sewing, but simple sewing!

Cutting Instructions:

From one scrap of a dark or medium, cut 1 - 2 1/2” square, for the starting block.

2” strips - From all of your mediums and darks, you will need around 40 strips, give or take a few.

Counter cut those strips into 2” x 5” units, you will need around 320. You can stack several of these strips together and cut a few at once.

From one dark, cut 4 - 5 1/2” squares for corner blocks.

Sewing Instructions:

Starting with that one 2 1/2” square, stitch one of the 5” strips to one side of it. Finger press the seam allowance towards the 5” strip. 

Sew another strip to the adjacent side, which starts the braid. Alternating sides, continue to add the strips. Finger press the seam allowances as you go towards the new strip. 

Just keep on sewing, and adding strips. At some point, you’ll want to measure it and see if you think you might have enough for one side, just keep on sewing lol!!

At this point, you should measure the width and the length of the quilt, write down the measurements, you’ll need the later. 

You will need two borders, cut to the length of the sides of the quilt. This border is going to have alot of give, because the fabrics in the border are being attached on the biased edge rather than the straight. Therefore you will need to make sure that you don’t stretch the border when you measure it against the quilt. I laid my quilt out flat on the floor, and laid the border against one side making sure nothing was over stretched. Then I cut the border flush with the ends of the quilt. Repeat with the opposite side. 

At this point, you have to cut off the excess from the sides of your borders. Lay the border right side up on your cutting matt. Start with the bottom of the border strip. You’re going to cut the right side of the border off. The border will measusre 5 1/2” wide when you’re finished cutting. Find the centre of the width of the border. Align the 2 3/4” line of your ruler along the centre of the border. 
( Just a note: My finger pointing here in the picture is not in any particular spot, I should have pointed out the 2 3/4” line)

Trim off the access from the right hand side. Slide the ruler up the fabric and continue cutting, using the centre as the guide. Once you’ve completed the right side, turn the border and repeat the process trimming off the opposite side. 

Attach these two borders to either side of your quilt. Press the seam allowances towards the border. 

The width of the quilt (before the side borders were attached), that you made a note of earlier, is needed here. Cut two more borders that length for the top and bottom of your quilt. Trim off the excess from the sides of the border as you did for the side borders. Attach one of the four 5 1/2” squares to either end of these two borders. They will be the corner blocks. Attach the borders to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press the seam allowances towards the borders. 

WOW!! You’re all done! Congratulations! You have rocked this quilt!

PDF file here

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Blogger Issues

I'm having a problem to load pictures tonight, for the mystery quilt, so I'll try again in the morning! So sorry!