Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Log Cabin Fun

Today I get to show you a beautiful Log Cabin quilt that was inspired by me. One of my customers was in my studio when I had my log cabin blocks up on the wall, a few months ago. I told him about the Kaffet Fasset collection of fabric and the exchange I was doing. While he bought a large stash of fabric and got started on this quilt. He finished his quilt nice and quickly. He is working on the binding to finish it this week. He was planning to donate it to a charity as a fund raiser and it needs to be done before the weekend. 
The sun was shining in and making odd hot spots. I wish it showed off a little better.

The two sides of the block have different size logs so that it is a curve. 

Here is the back of the quilt. I used dark blue thread and it shows up on the back of the quilt. 

Here is my design wall that had inspired my customer. The blocks were apart of a block exchange I did earlier this year. I still have plans to make more blocks. Maybe I should take this project to retreat with me. Who know maybe I could get it done. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Design Wall Monday Sept 22

I did a couple of block exchanges using Kaffe Fasset collection this year. I finally got them up on the wall. This was one of the groups. Each person send a block to everyone and I sent them a block. I have 4 blocks I did in here. I am not sure if this is how I will sew then or not. Some blocks read like one fabric and have very little contrast in it. I not sure what to do. 

Fall today, so it is time for a summer wrap up, stuff I forgot to post. 

These Jars are canned and dying my fabric. My Surface Design Group got together earlier in Sept and did the canning over an outdoor fire. We gathered many different natural weeds and plants around our homes so that we could try natural dying. The top right is my flowers. The other red one is Chockcherries. We also used golden rod, tansy (a yellow weed brought to american for dying), wild sage,  and some kind of nut thing (forgot the name) on the far left. We added metals also. most of mine have iron- rusty nails, or brass/copper from shell casings. All of my jars sealed, so I can leave then to brew for a few months. I may even leave them till spring. I have some cotton and some wool fabric in each jar. Hope it works. Sure was fun to plan and gather all the plants. 

My new pots. Last winter my husband ran over my two big pots and this spring he bought me 3 new pots. I kept forgetting to take a photo. So this is earlier in Sept when we got snow on the ground. I was using the agility jump standards to help protect the plants when I put a blanket over the flowers. To bad I did not get a better photo when they were looking so nice. 

Gemma and I on our summer holiday last month. 

I have added this post to Judy's Design Wall Monday

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Lime Jane Blocks

I have a few Dear Jane blocks ready to sew by hand. These two blocks had some machine piecing and some applique. I had plans to work on these while watching TV tonight. The Good Wife is on. 

This one got done right away. I just could not stop myself. I had this block almost done and then made a cutting error, so I had to re do the applique.  Done 

These two block got done earlier in the week at the Leduc UFO day. I got one done before lunch and one after lunch.  I took the photos today on my new cutting mat. It was my Birthday Yesterday and my quilt angle mother gave me a new large cutting mat. It is so nice to have a new mat. 

I am adding this post to Kathy's slow stitching link page. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Happy Birthday to me

Today is my Birthday. I got some Orange scraps to show you. I got them done earlier in the week as today I was busy busy. My son and husband and I went to the U of A to check out the engineering program. It took a big part of the day. Then we did some shopping and home to celebrate my birthday. 

I got the 8" spool block done. I just love using as many different fabrics in these as I can. Then the extra little pin wheel too.

I made a dent in the 1 1/2" strips with these nine patches. I just love little squares and nine patches fit the bill.
To see more orange check out Soscrappy

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday Scrap Sewing

Orange is the September Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour for the month. I had sometime today to sew and watch TV. I watched Spruce Meadows Show Jumping, wishing I was there. 
I got 6 sampler blocks done. They measure 6 1/2". As we had snow earlier this week it is feeling like fall, so I had to make a leaf block. I happen to quickly find a pattern to follow in my Farmer's Wife Book. So the next 2 and the center bottom one was also from the book. I did a simple 9 patch and the the star made with the triangles on the outside. Wow sounds nice and quick but, it always takes more time with the scraps. 

Here is the box of scraps I was working with today. Kind of sorted. 
I have added today's post to Soscrappy for more Orange ideas go see. 

Friday and Saturday was the Creative Stitches show in Sherwood Park/ Edmonton. I made it again this year, Friday. I did some packet book damage. I bought a few more Kaffe Fassett fabrics again. I was worried about not have enough different colours for my Dear Jane. I was pleased to find 4 very good Oranges and some more Blues, that I did not have before. Some are Fat quarters and some are half meters.  I also got 2 books and a few jewelry findings.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Blocks In and Out

I have been a part of a couple of different Block exchanges this year. They all use Kaffe Fassett Collation of fabric. This first block is a bit of a surprise I received in the mail today. I had signed up for a Birthday Block exchange but them pulled out before the sign up date as it was getting very big. I had sent one block to a birthday girl Janet back in July. I told her not to worry about sending me a block as I was not going to do it after all. Well she made this block and sent it to me. My Birthday month is September. So Happy Birthday to me, and Thank you Janet.

I got the LeMoyne star blocks done today. Again with KFC fabric. I will get them in the mail Thursday, they are a little late. I have to get started on the next set of blocks this week too. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Slow Summer Stitching

I have been working all summer on my Hexagons made with Kaffe Fassett Collection fabric and Pink Bubble Gum Kona Cotton. 

Here is a part of the lay out I am thinking of doing. I am planning to use more green KFC for between the flowers. I am not really liking the green, maybe to busy looking. 

Opps, I had a little repair job to do. Gemma Pup got a hold of this flower and put a whole in one petal. I had to fussy cut a now hexagon and resew. 
I have added this post to Kathy's Quilts, were you can find more hand work.

Here is my boys loading the truck, the cabin is were we stayed for 3 nights. Take special note of the blue box my oldest is carrying, it is my Hexagon project on the move. So nice to see then working hard. I got a far bit done on the hand stitching. I tried basing hexagons on the drive. I get car sick easily but I was able to baste Hexagons on the straighter roads. Miracles do exist.  

Gemma Pup on one of our hikes. We had both dogs with us, so it was kind of a different vacation. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sewing Season is Back

I did do some patchwork over the past 5 weeks but was just too busy to show it here. I have 4 pretty little red sampler blocks. I got them done the last week of July.

Next up is the string triangles. I have no idea how I will use these but they are added to the rainbow stash of blocks.

Here is all the red I did back in July for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I love these shots as it show I did get so much done in one month. 

I have also sent some time working on my Dear Jane blocks again. Aug was light Green so I worked at planning out my green fabrics and blocks. 

Here are the blocks I got done in green so far. I have a another handful started but not done yet. I see Sept is Orange. I have added my post to Soscrappy with Saturday fall brights

We had a great holiday, spending the last weeks in British Columbia. We drove and spent all our time with the dogs and staying in hotels. We had all our nights booked so we knew the dogs were welcome were we stayed.  

Here is Gemma and I at Lake Louise. She wanted to play in the water so badly.