Summer Days…

It’s a very Canadian thing to do in the summer, at least the part of Canada we live in, but we’re at the cottage this week and enjoying a slower pace with the kids and grandkids.

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Unfortunately, with getting ready to be off work for a week and packing up to go (not to mention running out of thread), I didn’t complete the final little quilt last week as I had hoped. But given that the cottage has all of the modern conveniences, like electricity for a sewing machine and wifi for posting, I simply brought the last quilt along and completed it here.

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I think this one is very cute with it’s little dogs and blue/grey/burgundy colour-way. It’s also quite fitting that it was completed here as we’re renting the cottage from the intended recipient. Here’s the back:

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I wasn’t too sure about that black/grey/white piece to finish off the backing, but I was trying to use what I had on hand and it went with the colours already included. I think overall the result should suit another little boy. The pattern, as always, can be found here.

This little quilt is the last of the baby quilts for the office for this year – a co-worker, who is also a quilter, graciously agreed to help out with a few quilts as well. Otherwise, I would be making baby quilts from now until the end of the year (maybe not quite, but it’s been feeling that way :))!

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Happy summer Fridays! There aren’t too many left so we need to enjoy them while we can!

L

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Four Down…

…one to go!

I was losing my light, but managed to snag these pics just an hour ago.

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This cutie has a bit of a bicycle theme going on (courtesy sister #1). As always, the pattern is by Amanda Jean (through ModaBakeShop) and can be found here.

The first 3 babies are all boys – we haven’t heard about the gender of the twins yet so the yellow from last week should be appropriate.

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Hopefully by this time next week, the last of the 2016 baby quilts will be done – for me, at least. There are another 3 babies that will receive their quilts from my coworker.

It may just be time to give up this office tradition – but in the meantime, another finish so linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts!

And for the Canadians, happy long weekend!

L

 

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The Twin

The twin quilt to last week’s finish is also now complete.

The two quilts are identical in every way except for the one jungle animal fabric: in the first quilt it is yellow and in the second below, blue.

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I even managed to find, as we shop-hopped a couple of weeks ago, enough of the yellow and grey fabrics for two identical backs.

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Here’s a close up of the two quilts so you can see the slight difference with the two fabrics.

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And, since I promised a better (day light) picture of the first quilt, here are the twins together.

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And, two weeks in a row, linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts before heading back to the sewing room to start baby quilt number four!

Happy Friday!

L

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Another Baby Quilt

My plan was to head straight home after work today and finish stitching the binding down on the next baby quilt in the queue for expectant co-workers. The family had other plans, however, and we took time out for Ribfest – which was very yummy, but the end result was that the last stitch didn’t get placed until well after dark. Better pictures will be forthcoming.

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The number is now up to 8 babies due over the summer and into the fall – yikes! Another co-worker is a quilter as well so I’m now calling in reinforcements, but I still need to get a few baby quilts ready for the 5 babies coming over the next few weeks – one has arrived already and the number includes a set of twins.

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This little yellow and grey quilt has a matching partner, almost the same, which should be completed shortly as well. I’ll see if I can get daylight photos of the two quilts together for next time, but I’m still feeling pretty accomplished today. The pattern, as it always is for my babies, is the Stacked Coins baby quilt which you can find here.

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a finish so I’m linking to Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts.

Happy Friday!

L

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It’s July

And in Southern Ontario, that means it’s time again for the July Shop Hop! We managed to get to four of the fourteen participating shops last weekend, with hopes to get to the remaining shops over the next two weekends.

Last year [2015] the blocks were blue and white (and I hate to admit, my blocks are still waiting to be sewn together in a complete quilt top – but at least all the blocks were sewn). The year before [2014 – and our first year, though not the first year of the shop hop] the blocks were red and white. This year the colour scheme seems to be very fall-like.

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The block from our home store, Creative Sisters – it’s a little different and I struggled a little to get those green bits in the centre where they were supposed to be. In the end, they aren’t exactly like the demo block, but I can live with them.

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This block is from Greenwood Quiltery and is made of shot cottons which I’ve not sewn with before. This store also has my favorite finished version of the quilt made from the shop hop blocks (so far).

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This block is from Heart N Home in New Hamburg – this block went together perfectly and I really like the result.

I realize the posts have been somewhat sporadic of late and I’m working to get back to my usual Friday evening posts. There are several WIPs behind the scenes right now so, given a little sewing time through the week, there should be lots to share over the summer!

Happy Friday!

L

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Finally…

One Grandma quilt top complete.

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It’s only the top so you’ll be seeing it again once quilted, but I’m considering this an accomplishment. That pieced border took me forever – no good reason, but it did.

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Like I said, I would have left it off, but it does add a little something.

And one more view of the finished quilt top!

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Happy Monday!

L

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27 and Counting…

I’ve decided pieced borders are not really my thing. I would skip this one entirely, but the Great Granny Squared quilt looks so nice with the pieced border in the photo from the pattern that I don’t want to leave it off.

My issue with pieced borders is that it feels almost like making another entire quilt – after the quilt top is already done. The rest of the blocks came together quickly and now I toil away on blocks for the border, 27 of 62 complete….

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On another note, two days after the picture of the Forget-Me-Nots from last time, the owners of that yard mowed their grass and the flowers were gone. It’s a sea of wild phlox along the trail now.

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And a few poppies gone wild as well…

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With any luck, a completed quilt top by this time next week!

Happy Friday!

L

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