The squirrel is all Nancy's (Grace and Peace Quilting) fault. I've been taken with her gingham quilts over the past couple of months, and knew I wouldn't be able to resist for much longer. Well, as soon as Whimsies was done and blogged, into the blues I went. And didn't stop (yeah, it's a DrEAMi) until I had a top.
This is going to a young boy whose colour preferences and interests I do not know. I thought the planes fabric adds a bit of woven effect to the quilt. There are six different medium blues, a blueish/white Island Batik, and four navy blues. I can definitely see more of these in my future. More on the story of this quilt when it is finished. It will be my OMG for June, and in keeping with its DrEAMi nature, I'm not stopping until it's a done and useable quilt!
With several trips back and forth to Toronto regarding adopting of and treating heartworm for Xena, I decided the collection of selvedges needed to start getting made into another rug. Here's the progress thus far. About half the bag has been knitted up and it feels good knowing they aren't in a landfill but will be useful. I used the first one I made all winter to stand on while on my longarm.
Bernie asked in the comments, and it's a great question, about joining. This rug is much smoother than my first one, thanks to a joining tip from Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting. That will take you to her post!
In other projects, here are the first five months of 2021 in my temperature quilt, a free pattern at Canuck Quilter Designs:
May was an odd month. Usually it's pretty stable; April is the all-over-the-place month. We had a week or so of high temperatures (a few days of 29/30C which is 84-86F here by the lake, 32/90/91 in Windsor) followed by a week of unseasonably cold highs, one a think set a record, on May 28, of only 8C/47F!
Here are my red bowtie blocks for my Project #1 RSC:
Somehow these never put a dent in the strings. They really are fun to make though.
Just before I give the PHD updated charts, I wanted to give my readers a heads up that Bernie, of Needle and Foot Fine Fabrics, has decided to close her shop and retire. Her post is here.
Bernie is one of my sponsors for this year's QAL, and it isn't the first one she has sponsored. 😍😍🙏 She carries a wide range of fabulous fabrics, now at 20% off! If you want to buy a remaining bolt or a lot of a particular wideback, just email her and she will work out a special price for you! I particularaly love her selection of Art Gallery Fabrics.
All right, the final subject of this post is my PHD progress update:
I am pleased that I am on track, and I'm pretty amazed at how many starts (19!) I've had in 2021. That could be a reason the UFO list has 22... (full confession: more if I listed them all). I've updated the UFO list with a couple of purchases I made at Connecting Threads recent 20% off sale, partly so I'd remember what I'd purchased the fabric for and also to give me a nudge to finish. The package is on its way, was in Illinois yesterday so I may have it today! Thank you so much to those of you who clicked through my links to purchase; it means a lot, and will (hopefully) enable me to cover shipping costs around the world for my QAL.
I had thought I'd finish up Pebbles and Bark for my June UFO, but I've reached out to Victoria's Quilts to see if they'd like the top as it is close to their size requirements. In that case, I'm leaning towards a smaller one to finish like the Arrows mini, though in my heart of hearts I want to finish my 150 Canadian Women quilt. However, I have two big project quilts to finish or nearly finish in June: one is for an upcoming issue of Make Modern, and another is for Cheryl's (Meadow Mist Designs) blog hop in July, so I hesitate on that, much as I'd love it to be done for July 1, Canada's birthday.
Speaking of birthdays, 😁 (that famous Canadian's on June 15😜) I have another big project due in less than two weeks, my throw-sized quilt for FYOP QAL! My plate is rather full this month methinks.
Elm Street Quilts for OMG
Quilting Gail for PHD