Saturday, June 30, 2018

DrEAMi! #17

Welcome to another month of 'fessing up on your quilty (or is that guilty) distractions! I had a DrEAMi! this month! First time in a while, not that I haven't been tempted. Soooo tempted.
Off Pinterest but the link to the original site is broken
I used this wonderful painterly fabric in pinks and blues:

Thursday, June 28, 2018

TGIFF - Electric Swirl

Welcome to TGIFF, aka Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday, being hosted by mmm! quilts right here in sunny Kingsville, Ontario, Canada.
This is a place where you can show off your finishes for this week, visit a few others, and probably find yourself chasing a squirrel!
We are in need of hosts for July and August especially, so if you'd like to give it a try, and you know you'll have a finish in one of these two months, click here to sign up for a spot! It's really easy to host; you do not need to have a paid subscription to a Linky Party host. If you're familiar with Crazy Mom Quilts' Friday linky parties, this is how yours could look. 😁

I Like/Love #17

Another month, and I didn't feel much like writing this post, but I know they are therapeutic and healing, and I do have an endless amount of things to be grateful for, especially living as a privileged white person.

1. I love Lake Erie, as you know, and Seacliff Beach.
This was what greeted me as I got down to the end of the wooden walkway about to step onto the expansive beach, on June 21, the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Steady Sewing

This month the Island Batik challenge is to make a modern quilt. They provided the fabrics that I've used.

Quick note: a couple of you have emailed asking about DrEAMi! and it's the last Saturday of the month, which is this coming Saturday, June 30. TBT is the first Thursday of the month, which will be July 5!

Okay, full disclosure: the hardest part of these challenges for me is settling on a design! I have SO MANY ideas, and 'wannamakes'! I pulled out my graph paper notebook and leafed through it...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Plus Playtime Winner

The random number generator picked #5 out of the eleven linkups which is Louise of My Quilt Odyssey who made this beauty:

Isn't it just so vibrant? Five Alarm Chili is what she's called it. Congrats Louise; I can't wait to see what you buy, and I hope some will be for yourself! Louise gives the bulk of her quilting away to charitable causes.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Postcard from Sweden Tips for Success

I, along with Helen of Midget Gem Quilts, recently hosted a QAL for making the absolutely gorgeous Postcard from Sweden quilt, a pattern I downloaded from Craftsy (free!!) shortly after I became a member. It is designed by the talented Kelly of Jeli Quilts. Here is my finished quilt back in April on the little stone bridge over Mill Creek which runs into Lake Erie:

Cat Mats Finish

This was one of my Q2FAL goals, to make four cat mats. My list is here. I'm happy to report that as of this week, I have completed that goal.

Here are two of them, modelled by the ever-cooperative Bella:
Seriously, she just loves to pose for the camera! She actually was a huge factor in the design process of these first two...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Plus Playtime QAL Flimsy Parade & Giveaway

Here we go! Lots of you got your row 3, ha, maybe even your rows 2 AND 3, all done right away, so feel free to link up an older post, no need to write up a new one. Instagram and Flickr posts work too; just use the URL in the toolbar in the linkup widget.

This week for a finished top (save the finished quilt for the grand prize drawing) I am giving away the second $25 gift certificate to Stitch Stash Diva, done once again by random draw. I'm so pleased with the variety and number of participants in the QAL! If you don't have a blog or your Instagram is private, email me a photo and I'll link it for you using my own Instagram account. It's wonderful to see all the quilts out there!

Monday, June 11, 2018

A Bit of Everything

I was dark almost all weekend, meaning I stayed off-line. Didn't read blogs, didn't post on Instagram, except for my yoga challenge and one quilt photo, didn't even look at gmail. So my apologies if you're wondering why I haven't read your TBT post or responded to a comment. However, I was pretty productive, despite not sewing at all on Saturday because of IRL commitments.

The first item on the catch-up list is the Fireburst mystery that Tish of Tish N Wonderland is hosting. This is my fabric pull...

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Throwback Thursday #6 Fan Cushion

Welcome to TBT for June! This is where we bring out quilts we made before our blogging days, photograph them and tell their stories. There are always stories. Remember the Chicken Soup books that used to be so popular? I think a collection of these quilty stories would make an awesome book right? Well, it's like you're getting that for free, so meander through the links below and enjoy.

I mentioned earlier this week in my Playful Pillows post for Island Batik that I would be telling this cushion's story on TBT.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Playful Pillows

Our Island Batik Ambassador assignment for May was to create a pillow, aka cushion, cover, incorporating piecing or quilting. I had so many ideas! That can be not so good when trying to focus. So I thought I'll let things percolate on the back burner of my brain and work on one of my H2H quilts which were also due in May. This is another item on my Q2FAL list.
And then as you know life threw me a curve ball and before I even got the binding on the H2H quilt, I found myself 2000 miles away and lost nearly three weeks of May. On the way back to reality and home and routine, I knew exactly what I would make for my assignment: I'd recreate the pieced and quilted cushion I made for my mum many years ago.

Plus Playtime QAL: Row 3 Construction

Well I am finding lots to smile about this past week, amid the tears that come upon me when not always expected. I am so very grateful to those of you who have written to me to tell me how much you like my quilt! I am so touched by the time dear friends have taken to write to me personally, sharing their thoughts, and told me sweet things about my blog...your words have meant so much to me, have raised my spirits, and I thank you so very very much. Yoga teaches ahimsa: do no harm. I also like to add: do good works. And so please know that I will be paying these small yet priceless kindnesses forward.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

DrEAMi! #16

Sorry I missed getting the linky up last Saturday, which was the last Saturday in May, but it's only June 2, so we're good right?!
Were you a well-behaved quilter in May, or did you put your shades on and go incognito and follow the scent of ....
a squirrel?!