I’m a baaaad Blogger!!!

I know.  It’s been a while.  But, what can I say?  There hasn’t been a whole lot of progress on the ceiling in the “display area” of the studio.  We’ve both been busy with other things.  I’ve been quilting up a storm.  I need a new camera so, these pics aren’t the greatest but, this is what I’ve been doing —Image

I quilted this for a friend.

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I’m back, again!!

Every now and again, my brother, Sid, will post a photo on FB saying, “Look what I found!”  Without fail it is something that I had posted here.  I realized, quite early on, that it was a not-so-round-about way of reminding me that I haven’t posted in awhile.  But, he’s cute and I love him so, I can’t say too much.  In truth, I didn’t realize that it had been quite THAT long!

I have a hard time with blogging.  I don’t want people to think that I’m just using it as a medium to blow my own horn.  But, on the other hand, if I don’t, who will?  And, I know that if I get too full of myself, someone will let me know.  Also, my working life is as a bookkeeper so, I sit at a computer eight hours a day.  It isn’t what I want to do when I get home!  I want to fondle fabric.  Most people dream of rolling around in piles of $100 bills.  Not me!  I dream of rolling around in piles of fat quarters!!

We’ve got a show coming up (Sunrise Quilt Guild, Tatamagouche, NS – September 16 & 17) and after that, I’ll have a few photos of some new quilts.

I have been quilting!  Steadily.  Just not for myself.  Right now, I’m taking one day off from work each week just to keep up with the quilting I’ve been doing for other quilters.  I am blessed!!  Tired, but blessed.

It has been a wonderful summer here on Nova Scotia’s North Shore.  You know what they say, “there’s no shore, like the North Shore, that’s for sure!!”  But, soon it will be cooler and the fall colours will start to fire the imagination.  Hmmm, I’m sure I have some fabric around her somewhere.  Gold, green, purple, burgundy, navy, red, orange?  Check!!  Tessellating Leaves pattern?  Check!!  Time to sew?  Priceless!!!

 

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Just a little snow!

This was taken a couple of weeks ago but, it seems that it hasn’t stopped snowing yet.  I’ve lost more time at work this year, due to the weather, than I have in the last twenty.

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But, it has given me time to stitch.  I’ve finally finished a quilt that had been on the frame for weeks (maybe, even months).  It was one that I did because I wanted to try out a new pantograph.  It looked fairly easy.  After all, it was only loops, right?  That was probably the most difficult quilting pattern that I have stitched in a LOOOOOONG time!  I didn’t realize just how hard it would be to keep everything from slanting to the right.  It’s like trying to write backwards.

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NOT a good photo but, you can see the pattern.  I was so excited to finish this one that I loaded another on the frame as soon as this was off.  This next one is a pattern that I saw in “Quilt” Magazine a couple of years ago (if I could find my copy, I’d give credit to the designer – sorry).  And, of course, me being me, I made it twice as big as the pattern called for!  Turned out to be almost 90″ square.  I finished the stitching on this in one day.  It just went so well and I am quite pleased with the result.

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The stitching pattern is a paisley.  And, I’ll use it again, for sure!  Since, I mostly (at the present time) quilt for myself, it gives me the opportunity to try different pantographs and stretch my “front of the machine” skills.  I’ve loaded another on the frame but, I haven’t decided what to do with it yet.  It is a fairly masculine quilt so, flowers, feathers and the like, just won’t do.  Any suggestions?

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I don’t have a name for this pattern, I saw it in an advertisement on the back cover of a magazine.  I looked and looked for a pattern but, could never find one so I figured it out.  I don’t think that a pantograph will do it justice.  So far, I’ve thought of a continuous curve in the Flying Geese/Dutchman’s Puzzle Blocks, pebble quilting in all of the cream spaces and a sort of cross-hatch in the Friendship Stars.  The construction of the block is Flying Geese in each corner and the four-pointed star in the middle, making it an 18″ block – too big for my machine to quilt as a single unit.  I’m going to let it sit for awhile.  Maybe it will tell me what it needs.

Happy Stitching!

Denise

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Making Progress

I don’t make resolutions at New Year’s but, I do set a few goals.  One of my goals for 2014 is to finish more quilts!  I hear a lot of quilters say exactly the same thing.  I have no excuse except a poor use of my time.  But, at first, I wasn’t sure how to accomplish this task.  I thought about it for awhile and realized that I had to find out how many projects I had in the works and at what stages of completion – that being the first step.  Then, I spent an hour talking to myself trying to decide if they qualified as WIPs (works in progress) or UFOs (unfinished objects) or PHDs (projects half done).  I decided that if it hadn’t yet reached the flimsy stage (top complete but not quilted for my non-quilty friends) then, it was a work in progress!  I have nine.  More than I should but, fewer than some other quilters.  Still, quite daunting.  Then, I divided them into two piles.  Pile One (unfortunately, the smaller pile – only 2) consisted of completed blocks that needed to be sashed and bordered.  And, Pile Two, blocks that have been cut out but not completed.  

I started with the project on the top of pile one.  All of the blocks were done – 20 20″ blocks of wonderful orange and white squares set on point.  I had originally thought to set each block on point as well but, that would have made the orange blocks look square.  In truth, it was supposed to be a Granny Square.  It didn’t turn out the way it was intended but, I think I like this way better.  

 

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I got all of the rows put together and was going to complete the top when I ran out of orange fabric.  So, I set it aside and went on to the first project on Pile Two.  

I don’t know how big this quilt is going to be.  Sometimes, when I run out of fabric – that is the size it was meant to be!  This is the Granny Square and I absolutely love the pink and grey!

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I tried the block using white as a background and also black but, the grey just shines.  So far, I have 16 blocks complete and three more cut out.  But, I have loads of fabric!  Then, I decided to move on to project number 2.  I completed 24 of these (there are 72 in the top) but, they are big blocks and quite simple so, it is coming together quickly.

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After that, I moved onto #3 – this quilt is for a charity project that the guild is working on.  I belong to the Sunrise Quilt Guild in Tatamagouche, NS – a great group of ladies.  This is the disappearing Nine Patch – simple, quick and fun.

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I have to admit, I didn’t think that I was getting anywhere but, I guess I am.  Every little bit helps.

Well, gotta go!  Tomorrow is a work day!

Yours in stitches,

Denise

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Finally Finished!!!

I am so proud of this space!  It has been a long time coming but, it is well worth it.  My quilt studio is now done!!!!  There are a couple of small things that need completion but, they will have to wait until spring (we have to open doors and windows).  It is so comfortable and bright and welcoming.  It just oozes creativity.  Image

This is the outer room.  New ceiling, new walls, new lights.  This view is looking outwards from the quilting machine. I’m surprised at how good that quilt looks in the photo.  It doesn’t look that good in real life.  That is “Shakespeare in the Park”.  I have my quilts hung using clips instead of a hanging sleeve.  I am what you might call “vertically challenged” and I thought this would be an easier way for me to display my work.

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This gives an idea of the size of my studio and the wonderful light streaming through the windows.  Yes, that is a big screen TV in the corner.  A girl has to have some creature comforts.  All work and no play, after all…  Besides, I do have some quilting DVD’s that are easier to see on a bigger screen.  The Irish Chain quilt hanging on the wall is a queen size (90″ x 90″).  The rod that it is hanging on wasn’t quite long enough!  We also had to patch the tiles on the floor.  They are not quite the same colour but, I DON’T CARE.  It looks 150% better than the cement left behind when we took out the counter.

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This photo gives an idea of the other end of the studio.  You can just see through the door a smaller room.  It needs a new ceiling because that part of the house needs a new roof – summer project.  Eventually, because it has its own sink and faucets, it will be where I can dye my own fabric.  There is also another door (to the left out of view) to the yard.  I plan on putting up a small clothesline to hang my hand-dyes – another summer project.

So, what have I been working on?  Not a whole lot!  But, now that the holidays are over and my studio is finished, I have no excuse.  So, I think I just might wander down to “MY STUDIO” and allow some of that creativity to ooze its way into my fingers!!

Yours in Stitches,

Denise

 

 

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I’m a Baaaad Blogger!!!!

I know, it’s been awhile.  But, truthfully, I’ve been busy.  There hasn’t been much progress on the studio.  But, I have been doing a lot of quilting!  I don’t have a really good camera (not that I’m a good photographer, anyway) but, here’s what I’ve been up to.

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I did this one for a friend.

 

 

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This one was for another friend.  Her fabrics were just fabulous.  This doesn’t do it justice.

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This one is for me.

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This one is also for me!  

Well, I gotta run!  There is a spool of thread down stairs that hasn’t been used yet!

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The Middle

I can’t show you the beginning and the end without showing you what happened in the middle.  I have to say that my sister, Teena, and I had a riot pulling the counter out of my sewing space.  It didn’t really look that difficult but, all we had to work with was a crowbar, a couple of screwdrivers, a hammer and a jigsaw!!!  Image

The part that we removed was 14 ft. long and had a sink in one end.  We left about 6 ft. in place.

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Of course, we had help from Hermione, my house hippo!!!Image

It was made from 2×4’s and nailed to the concrete floor.  But, we did it!!!!  I sometimes wonder if there isn’t anything that my sisters and I can’t do if we put our minds to it.  After all, we drove from Ontario to Nova Scotia in a snow storm in February, pulling a trailer.  We did great – we didn’t have to back up!!!

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