October 31, 2017

Finished: 22″ across

I needed a miniature for our November Mini Meez meeting and, since Hallowe’en was approaching, I decided to go with that theme. This pattern caught my eye while browsing either Facebook or one of my blogs; the author said it could be done in an hour or two and that seemed like about the amount of time I wanted to spend.

I had all the fabric in my “Novelty” bin (yes, I’m organizing) although finding five width-of-fabric strips was challenging. Needless to say it took me much longer than an hour or two but overall it was a quick finish.

 

 

 

Finished: 42″ x 50″

When I first started on the Library committee at the Guild I volunteered to take a book home each month and make something from it. That idea didn’t last long but this quilt was one of the results. I noticed a photo today of the finished top from November 2015 so it took less than two years – I have older UFOs! This particular quilt was #1 on my UFO Challenge list for this year.

When we were purging books from the library I felt I should have the book that this pattern came out of. I’ll probably never use the pattern again, or any of the other patterns in the book, but it is nice to see it on the shelf and know that it was actually used for something.

The quilt will be donated to the Oncology ward at the hospital.

 

These colours are truer than the colour shown in the other photo.

At least two years ago (maybe more) this sewing case was a Tuesday project and, as I recall, the Tuesday project turned into a multiple-Tuesday project. I missed the first class so I was behind from the get-go. When everyone else was finished I put mine away in a bin; I shuffled it around and around until a short time ago when I decided I needed to focus on my UFOs.  It has taken me a couple of extra Tuesdays but I finally finished it today. I’m not sure what I will use it for but I’m thrilled that it is done.

At last year’s Texada retreat we were each given a fat quarter of fabric; we were challenged to make something from the fabric for the next retreat. As the next retreat is coming up the middle of November I decided I’d better get at it.

When I did the workshop in France one of the women had this case and I was intrigued. It sat beside her machine and held all her “tools”, you know the ones that are constantly buried beneath whatever you happen to be working on. It folds flat so is easy to transport. When I got home I ordered the pattern but never did anything with it. Until now!

Some of my tools are in another bag in my sewing machine case but I’ll add them as I use them.

This is the retreat fabric

It went together very quickly (just one Tuesday bee and a bit of time this afternoon); the finishing on mine doesn’t look as good as the picture or the one Carol had, but I know I will use it every week at the bee.

 

The first weekend we spent at the studio on Texada we had a table but no proper chairs. I also noticed the lack of placemats when we ate our meals. I have two sets of placemats (4 in each set) at home but we sometimes need more than four at a time and the two sets are matched enough that they can be used together. That meant I needed to get busy and make a new set.

I had the orange fabric left from another quilt project so I thought I could use some of it up and we’d have a fall theme for this time of year. The pattern is called Fine Dining and it gave me a little trouble. It is set on point and I have a lot of trouble getting things to go the right way and put together in the right order but I managed. Although the placemats don’t exactly match the chair cushions I’m okay with it.

Also on our first trip over we had plastic bags collected and no where to put them. I whipped up this simple bag holder and it is serving us well.

 

O Canada (Size: 36″ x 12″)

Oddly enough, this piece wasn’t actually from my collection (yes, I now have a collection) of Canada 150 projects. It was the Fibre Expressions’ (from Sechelt) contribution to the 2016 Row by Row Experience. I’ve never made it into the shop but from the moment I saw the pattern I knew I wanted to make it. By the time the “Experience” was pretty much over for the year I still hadn’t been able to pick the kit up. But the shop was one of our vendors at Hands Across the Water so I made sure she was bringing some for her booth. As it turned out we were in Portland at the time of the event so I missed it again. But after November 1st you were able to purchase the kit without actually being in the shop and that’s when I was able to get mine.

When we started planning for the Cranberry Lake 75 Celebration (with its Canada 150 component to nab some of that funding) I told Pat I would make it to hang in the Hall. When I finally got around to getting it added to my “Must Get At It Now” pile I couldn’t find it anywhere. When I did finally locate it, in a totally unrelated bin, I realized it was too difficult to take to the Island when we had our week there.

So the pressure was on to get it completed in time. The piece was much harder to do than I thought it would be; the tiny letters and getting the staff lines on were challenges. I think I traced the pattern about four times before realizing that if I was using a Frixion pen I couldn’t trace everything and then fuse the pieces in place without losing all my lines and having to trace all over again. Were I to do the pattern again (and I won’t) there are a lot of things I would do differently.

Once it was together I wasn’t sure how to go about quilting it. I needed to use white between the black staff lines but those white patches were interrupted with black stems to the notes. So each white section was done separately. By the time the white quilting was done I noticed the maple leaves were already coming unstuck from the backing so I very carefully used my free-motion stitch to go just inside the borders of each one. The red section was easier but I was concerned about the red quilting over the black letters. I had a black fabric pen that I thought I would use to cover the red stitches but once it was finished I decided the red hardly showed and didn’t bother.

This will hang above the piano in the Cranberry Hall, and probably on the staircase at home.