A friend and I spent yesterday morning on a fun outing to Donnas quilt shop in Pass lake yesterday. He shop is called Fuelled By Fabric and I have written about her before.
I was on the lookout for a backing for quilt top that I made last year as part of the Color Collective by Tara Faughnan and Sewtopia. The quilt block is named flock and I wanted an interesting backing that would work with both the colours in the quilt top and also birds of some type.
This print is perfect, really so close to what I had in mind!
Last night after turning off the Longarm, I laid the fabric out to see how it would match up when I seam the two pieces needed. Sometimes it requires quite a bit of extra fabric to Mach the print, however not this time! ( this picture actually shows the true colours in the print!)
I have been a quilter for many years and the passion for both quilting for others and for making my own quilts only grows!
For some reason so far anyways this winter seems to be milder than usual. We ended up with more snow in December than either of us can remember having and this month’s temperatures have not been nearly as cold as most winters and the forecast continues with milder temperatures.
The deer have begun their trails across the yard looking for food of course. It’s always interesting to see the new tracks in the snow each morning.
This week I spent time with friends at the Rec centre quilting, it’s always fun to see what other quilters are up to as well as having time to devote to my own project. As soon as I got home I laid my longtime gone quilt out to see how my borders look. I finished the checkerboard sections and all of the other blocks just need to be joined.
I have always loved the whole process of quilt making, and this quilt project has been so much fun with all of the variety of both blocks and fabrics.
My dolls are now in the safe loving arms of my granddaughter. She told me that she would take very good care of her new babies and her Mom has told me that she really is.
Liam told me yesterday that he really likes going to school…for the most part because he and his friends play soccer at recess. His report card reflects that he is also doing well in his studies. While I am thankful for all of the bonus time we had together during the school closures I am happy that the children now have the normalcy of in classroom learning and time with their friends as it should be.
And of course my days are filled with quality time with my Longarm! This beautiful modern quilt will soon be ready for binding!
While many quilters are working along with Karen at Just Get it Done Quilting’s cleaning and sorting challenges I have been working on another half square triangle quilt for Marilyn.
If you have been following along with my blog you will know that this isn’t her first quilt like this!
It takes many years to accumulate this type of stash! When you look closely at her quilts it’s easy to see some fabrics that may have lost favour over the years over new projects and different fabric lines. Some might say get rid of what you won’t use or that you no longer love but something to consider…some day you may have a little more time on your hands for such a project one that will include memories from many years of quilting!
Some quilters work on a project like Marilyn’s over many years and eventually have enough to make the quilt… what projects are you working on?
I am all about savouring some projects! This quilt has been one of those that it seems can’t be rushed. When I first learnt about this Jen Kingwell Pattern it was the possibility of making it really bright happy and scrappy.
The recommended borders just didn’t suit me and so I took a little more time to ponder and finally decided to piece more monkey wrench and 60° triangles for two corners and will complete the rest with checkerboard piecing.
So it shouldn’t be too much longer before this top is completed, I have the backing waiting and quilting planned out.
My Longarm and I have been busy which is where most of my quilting time is spent.
Thank you Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl for hosting the 2023 Planning Party Linkup!
After a very busy year Longarm quilting for others and fitting in a little piecing and Longarm quilting for myself… it’s time to reflect on the last 12 months.
My APQS Millenium arrived at my doorstep December 2004! I was so fortunate to have joined a Longarm chat group of others who were also pioneering in this new adventure! Together we shared and taught each other so much.
I began longarming for others that winter and haven’t stopped! In thinking about a word to claim for the year… Gratitude keeps coming to mind.
I am so grateful for the honour and trust others have placed with me to help them to complete their projects! I am thankful for my quilting skills and I love to support and encourage other quilters and to share the skills that I have acquired over the years.
I have completed 2 personal quilts and have some tops ready for quilting.
My favourite finish is the quilt that my Daughter and I collaborated on and made for my sweet Granddaughter! Baby quilt
I loved the fun back of her quilt as much as the front.
My Sunny quilt was completed early in the year other than binding and that was that I just couldn’t settle on what colour I wanted…this month I not only ordered the colour that I decided on but took the last stitch on it yesterday. Sunny Quilt
My Longtime gone quilt is so close to being completed, I am working on the border and plan to have it completed in January. This has been a project that I have savoured and know that I will miss working on it when it’s complete it.
A fun project this month has been dressing my twin dolls. I find it hard to believe that they are about 55 years old. When my daughter said that she would love to have them for her girls I was delighted and happily found patterns and then added little quilts for both.
Also for fun I started playing with making pouches and hope to add some bag making to my skills.
Moving into 2023
I look forward to another year of helping others to bring their quilting projects to completion.
My personal quilting goals include working on more of the Color Collective quilts that I collected in 2022. I have the second top completed and ready to quilt and the third partially pieced.
My challenge will be working with my stash and adding only what I need to complete quilts and projects.
I hope to get back into a regular routine of quilting with my friends at the Rec centre and hopefully finally plan a retreat there that a friend and I have discussed since 2019…
I will be upgrading this site in the coming year as it’s time to upgrade which should be fun and educational 😊
On the life side I do have some personal well-being goals in place… life can get so busy but as I approach a significant birthday in 2023 I plan to greet it at my best and enjoy the ride!!
The blizzard warning has been lifted, the wind is still howling and we have a lot more snow than we normally do before Christmas. (Thunder Bay has been under a Winter Storm watch followed by a Blizzard warning for the last several days)
I really enjoy my early morning coffee and the reflection of our Christmas tree in my morning view.
Liam stayed the night last night. He is so excited for Christmas, we spent part of the evening working on this puzzle. Last year it was too hard and we put it aside for another time.
So much changes in a year especially a child and this year he was determined to complete it.
Tracey approached me about having me quilt her first quilt, I was happy and honoured to be able to help as she had a small window of being in town working as a community nurse. I added both her final border as well as pieced her polar fleece backing.
She chose the pantograph Kindling as it added to the feather look that she was looking for. She also chose a heavier weight thread that would really pop against the black background and disappear into the plates.
The design added a stunning look on the back of the quilt as well.
It really is both an honour and privilege to be entrusted with my customers quilts and to help them bring their work to completion.
As the Grandchildren began arriving, we began a tradition of holding a Christmas brunch the Sunday before Christmas. My thinking was it would be nicer than the pressure for young families of trying to be with everyone over a two day period.
So todays our day. The tree is decorated, gifts under the tree. Liam has a new Fort built for the cousins. Cookies are baked.
Liam and I began a tradition when he was very small of baking his favourite chocolate cherry cookies together…
This year he and his Mom mixed the dough and last night he helped me bake them…
We have enough snow! Erik has the snowmobiles ready and made the trails yesterday through the woods for fun after brunch!