Tuesday, 29 January 2013

the Indian Orange Peel - Progress!!!

I finally got working on the Indian Orange Peel quilt again.  I needed some time to put the sheet of pinned units on my cutting table and get them all organized and labeled properly and choose colours for the border units.  Last Saturday, one of my local Quilt guilds held a sewing day in a Church hall and that gave me the incentive to get organized.  I spent the day Friday happily rooting through my Kaffe Fasset stash and got all the fabrics chosen and pinned to each paper unit.  So nice to get that done.  Now I can grab a unit or two and paper piece in between other projects. I have three rows of the center all sewn together and the paper picked out...two more rows to go.  Here is the quilt on my cutting table with all the fabrics laid out for the border units: 

 I took my Featherweight along to the work day and gave it some exercise :-).  

The first three units completed

More completed units...those inner border units were a challenge to paper piece, but after doing a few and trying a few different ways, it went faster:

All the inner border pieces are done...onward ho to the outer pieces

The bucket of pieces with fabrics chosen and pinned on, ready to sew at a moment's notice :-)

Sewing those units together could be a real challenge!!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

East Street top done

Put the last stitches into the Easy Street mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter over at Quiltville.com tonight...wow a lot of sewing!!  I enjoyed working on this quilt and am very happy with the finished top.  It actually fits generously on my guest bed.  Looking forward to having it quilted and put on the bed.  I may have to paint the room to match the quilt :-).

Here are the blocks on my design wall before the top was sewn together:

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Christmas 2012

Just downloaded some random pictures from my camera from the Christmas vacation.  We had a great relaxed Christmas just hanging out and visiting with family and friends and sewing and puttering and eating some yummy food :-).

My daughter went to visit her friend in Australia in November and they hit the quilt shop to buy me a Christmas gift...how fun is that?  Check out these lovely Australian fabrics plus some blueberries because Amanda just had to take them home!  Wonder why she isn't a quilter yet...fabrics are talking to her LOL.

 Australian fabrics

They also raided their friend's stash for an old Australian fabric

 We finished the traditional 1000 piece Sugar bush puzzle that has a price tag of $2.98 on it!!  Can't remember when we got it, but probably in the 1980's.  Our tradition was always to do this puzzle in December and we've revived that tradition again this year.  There are five pieces missing.

 There were 5 pieces missing!

Bought these handy sorting trays before Christmas so I could get my cookie sheets back :-)

 We did this puzzle next and it only took us an evening and an afternoon and have since completed another puzzle.

 Our Christmas tree this year...not a designer tree, but lots and lots of memories including the old lights that we bought at a boxing day sale before we got married!!

 We had a folded foil star for several years and then I made this star soon after I started quilting in 1989.  I should have added the date to the back of this star

We did not have snow for Christmas but a couple days later we had our White after Christmas :-)

The lighted village

 The Christmas quilt comes out every year.  This was my very first internet exchange organized by a Dutch lady and administered by a relative of hers in the States.  We had to make and sign 64 rail fence blocks with a Christmas greeting

 My block

done in 1997

Block from Australia

Block from the Netherlands

After Christmas, The Marsh Store in Coldstream has their 30% off sale...these lovely fabrics came home with me

Friday, 4 January 2013

Snowmen for Christmas!

Check out the cool snowmen/ladies I got for Christmas :-)

Aren't they the cutest??  I had admired them at my daughter in law's house and she knit like a mad lady to get a whole set done for me for Christmas...they still felt warm when I opened them LOL!  Thanks Heather.  I LOVE my snowman family!!