Road Trip!

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See you next week!

L

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First Grandma Finish!

It’s been weeks and weeks longer than I’d hoped, but the first Grandma quilt is finally complete.

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Grandma’s favourite colour was purple, although in the spring sunlight it looks oddly pink :). I worried that the variegated thread used for free motion quilting made things a little busy, but I was too far along to change my mind. Overall I don’t think it’s too bad, but in hindsight I might have preferred a solid thread to match the background instead.

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It occurred to me as I began this project that I didn’t really tell too much of Grandpa’s story as I completed the Grandpa project, so I thought I would try to correct that oversight and give a small picture of Grandma’s life, along with the meaning of the quilt choices, as the Grandma Project progresses.

This pattern is the bonus quilt from the Great Granny Squared book by Lori Holt, using a block called the Mama block. Since the meaning behind this choice should be somewhat self-evident, I’ll set the stage with a little background information.

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Grandma was born in February of 1923 on a farm in rural Southern Ontario. She grew up with four brothers as the only girl in a family of five and was mother to two boys; this lack of female companionship meant that when her first grandchild was a girl, she was delighted beyond words :).

Grandma often told stories about the farm pre-electricity and pre-automobiles, a life that few of us can imagine today. Yet she was a life-long learner and remained current,  even taking courses to learn how to use a computer in her late 80’s and enthusiastically staying in touch with family by email.

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I was lucky enough to find some pretty coordinating fabrics for the back in the half-priced bin at a LQS and liked the dot so much, I decided to use it for the binding as well.

So the first of several quilts to come in the Grandma Project – and finally a finish to link up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Happy Spring Friday!

L

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Next on the list…

… is getting back to the Grandma Project.

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One quilt top is already complete and this one is getting there (additional progress to come over the weekend unless something gets in the way :)).

And speaking of getting in the way…

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These two lovely additions to the bookshelf arrived this week!

Every Christmas I receive at least one gift card for Chapters. This year was no exception and the new books are trickling in with one more expected sometime after its publish date in the next few weeks. But in the meantime, a cup of tea, a cookie and a browse of these two will definitely do.

So many projects, so little time!

Happy Friday!

L

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Small Plates Finish

It’s taken much longer than it should have, but this cheerful quilt is now complete (with some photographic assistance from The Dog).

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On the back, a lot of grey with a splash of colour.

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The pattern is called “Small Plates” and it’s from the book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman.

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I was pleased to use up a brightly coloured charm pack and some 5″ squares that have been sitting around the sewing room for a long time. I did have to go out and purchase the greys for the back (Joann’s at the top and Fabricland the polka dot at the bottom) and the cute royal blue for the binding (Conservatory by Robert Kaufman for Kona).

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It was important to me that this quilt be full of sunshine as it is destined for a friend and co-worker recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I’m hoping it brings warmth, happiness and hugs to her as she goes through her treatment.

And since I’ve finally finished, linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts.

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Stay warm!

L

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Not Yet Complete…

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But hopefully by next week!

Happy Friday.

L

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Hello 2017!

It’s hard to believe that we’re already 3 weeks into January! It’s been a busy start to the year but I’m pleased with this week’s finish.

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This is a Way-Back Project from way, way back – the finished quilt top has been sitting around for maybe 10 years, so it’s really great to have it finished and ready to use. Both front and back are flannel so I should be very cozy for the rest of the winter :).

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The pattern was a free download from McCall’s Quilting called Country Spirit – and I can hardly believe that I can still find it online after so many years :). I added two sets of borders to make the finished quilt larger than the original lap size since I wanted to use it on my bed.

A perfect finish to start the year so linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts.

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While it may be tradition to begin the year with a retrospective of the past year and plans for the coming year, I originally began this blog with one goal – to document progress toward a clean and organized sewing room. Since Son J. and DIL T. have moved back home and currently reside in our extra space, so many odds and ends have shifted into the sewing room for lack of a better place to store them and this goal feels further away than ever.

So for 2017, one goal and one goal only – sewing room perfection!

Bring it on 2017!

L

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As Promised…

…another baby quilt! The pictures were taken in poor light with my phone at the hotel while travelling for a couple of days this week, but I’m pleased that I managed to finish this little quilt as planned.

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This quilt is for a little one whose mother we have known since she was one year old herself.

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The Sister gave me the yellow Princess fabric a while ago – it seemed like a good choice for a new little girl :).

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As always, the pattern is the Stacked Coins Baby Quilt – at this point I may need to go back and do a count on how many times I’ve made and gifted this quilt! And since there are now a few more babies due at the office, you will be seeing it at least a couple more times in the New Year.

Another finish (I seem to be on a roll here!) so linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts.

Happy Friday!

L

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