Monday, April 23, 2018

What To Do? What to Do?

A few months ago Anne gave me a pile of lovely 6.5" blocks in this pretty green print (she thinks that they may have come from Jane) and, despite having a list of projects the length of my arm on my wish list I became obsessed with doing something with them so that they didn't sink into oblivion (if you saw my sewing room you would understand!).











Puss in the Corner quilt blocks: QuiltBee
I knew that it would be a charity quilt and I also knew that I wanted to make the most of the pieces that are cut - 32, I believe. So, what to do?













Puss in the Corner quilt blocks: QuiltBee
I trolled Pinterest long and hard and had made up my mind on a pattern several different times...















Puss in the Corner quilt blocks: QuiltBee
...finally landing on Puss in the Corner blocks to alternate with them. It means that I don't cut into the existing blocks and hopefully also means that it will work out the way I think it will.













Puss in the Corner quilt blocks: QuiltBee
I'm using up lots of yellow scraps and think that I will incorporate blues and greens into the borders to pick up on the other colours in the print. Still have to plan the layout but at least putting these blocks together is a start....M

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pretty in Pink

pink cross stitched quilt: QuiltBee
Quilts can hold so many mysteries. Betty and Steve were visiting with Steve's cousin Anne and her husband recently and the conversation came around to a quilt that mom had quilted for Anne's mom.













pink cross stitched quilt: QuiltBee
Anne is not a quilter but she has a beautiful, delicate pink cross stitched quilt that her mother left her.















pink cross stitched quilt: QuiltBee
We know that mom did the quilting but there's no one left to tell us who did all of that beautiful cross stitch. Anne feels that her mom paid someone to do it, but who?













pink cross stitched quilt: QuiltBee
All of the quilting is also done with pink thread...
















and the backing is pink too, which nicely shows off the quilted pattern.















pink cross stitched quilt: QuiltBee
This quilt is reminiscent of one that I started years ago in blue but I have no idea what happened to it. That was another lifetime ago. It came from the Mary Maxim catalog (Betty recalls many fond hours flipping through those catalogs, as do I) and I suspect that this one did too.

Isn't it great that Betty and Anne's friendship is made that much richer with these shared stitches, even if there are a few pieces of the story missing? The ties that bind....M

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Waiting for Armageddon

Minnie hexagon quilt: QuiltBee
A bad ice storm has been raging south of us for much of the weekend and we are expecting it to land here later today (the rains have actually begun as I type) so it was a good day to spend inside, warm and dry, with Minnie.













Minnie hexagon quilt: QuiltBee
You will recall that the pattern I'm working from shows four sets of four-diamond blocks bordered with a single colour...














Minnie hexagon quilt: QuiltBee
...but I've been toying with just placing smaller four-diamond blocks and not doing the larger outline around 16 hexies. I bounced the idea off of Betty and she voted yes. Decision made.













Minnie hexagon quilt: QuiltBee
So I've been playing with different layouts.
















Minnie hexagon quilt: QuiltBee
Funny, I thought that I had lots of four-diamond sets done up but there's only about eight or nine. Still, it's enough to get me started....M

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Churning

Churn Dash quilt blocks: QuiltBee
Upon doing the math for Omigosh I realized that I need about 99 of the nine-patch blocks and the same number of Churn Dash blocks. Feeling the need for speed, I decided to shift gears and spend a little time on the Churn Dash blocks rather than the tiny nine-patches so I cut all of the pieces that I need for those blocks.











I've stacked them in groups of 10 and pick one or two to sew whenever I have a few minutes. To prevent boredom from setting in I mix the colours of prints in each bundle of 10.













And surprise, surprise, I have been known to fall asleep once or twice while making these blocks as well!














Churn Dash quilt block: QuiltBee
I'm really happy that I opted to make all of these blocks in shades of brown.















Churn Dash quilt block: QuiltBee
My pile is now up to 34. Still a ways to go but at least I don't feel like I will be six feet under before I get even close to finishing all of the blocks that I need for this quilt.














The occasional nine-patch block slips into the rotation; this one needs a good pressing....M

Friday, April 06, 2018

Two Treats

Snippets quilt: QuiltBee
Thanks to a shot of inspiration/motivation Snippets is now together, and I love it. All of those happy spring colours just make me smile.









Snippets quilt: QuiltBee
I was in need of a smile because we got a wild winter storm the other day and now everything is white again. If it wasn't so pretty it would be depressing - I'm ready for spring bulbs to show.













Snippets quilt: QuiltBee
It would have gone quicker if I hadn't needed to fix a thing or two (there's always one, isn't there?)...














Snippets quilt: QuiltBee
but it really didn't slow things down that much.
















Snippets quilt: QuiltBee
I think it will look lovely on a bed.
I had it laid out and the blocks of columns sewn to use all 54 blocks but it was looking out of proportion to me so that last row of blocks will become the beginnings of a baby quilt. Now for the backing. Ugh. Not my fave. Oh well.












peach lavender jam: QuiltBee
The second treat is a jar of Peach Lavender Jam that Jane gave us for Christmas. We opened it up on the weekend - delish! - and I'm giving it full credit for giving me the get-up-and-go to finish Snippets. Thanks so much Jane....M

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Hoppy Easter!

Tulips: QuiltBee
Happy Easter everyone! If you celebrate the holiday I hope that you and yours enjoy a wonderful time together.















Easter Nest No-Bake Cookies: QuiltBee
Our family celebrations were yesterday so there was lots of hustle and bustle on the food prep front. I decided to dig up a recipe for No Bake Cookies and make them into little nests. It has been years since I've made them but they were a favourite when we were growing up.











Easter Nest No-Bake Cookies: QuiltBee
This recipe has a little peanut butter in them, which is a nice combo with the chocolate. They are tasty little morsels and have oatmeal in them too, so I like to think of them as a little healthy, but I'd forgotten just how sweet they are; I think they need to be enjoyed with a cup of tea.











Hexie diamonds for Minnie quilt: QuiltBee
It's beautiful and sunny out today but the temperatures have taken a real dive so I'll be sitting down to enjoy some hand stitching on Minnie.













Hexie diamonds for Minnie quilt: QuiltBee
I keep a supply of hexies handy, all prepped and ready to sew into diamonds and pick them up when I have a few minutes, so the pile continues to grow, but I think that today it might be time to work with larger diamonds and maybe even try putting a few of those together. We'll see. I've been threatening to do that for a while but it's always so easy just to pull out the makings of another little diamond and whip it up. It's got to become a quilt some day though.....M

p.s. A big shout out to my sister Frances who has just launched her blog L'abeille Francaise, sharing her love of all thing French, particularly Paris. Her inaugural post is all about macarons and Ladurée's new Toronto shop. Sweet!