Monday, June 15, 2015

Just Call me Nana C

On June 12, we became grandparents for the first time! We are thrilled that our little grandson entered the world safely to greet his mommy and daddy. All is well with the new family and as I said to my daughter, "Who needs sleep anyway?" We'll be meeting him in the near future and will have lots of time to cuddle then. In the meantime, thank goodness for Face timing and Face book!

In between all the excitement, I kept the pedal to the medal to finish my Plus Sign quilt that I told you about last time HERE.

I like to spray baste my quilts, so off I went to the deck on a nice day and put my quilt sandwich on the box that we store our deck chairs in. It rolls easily so it was perfect to use as I moved it around to spray the layers.





I pieced the backing using some yardage I had that also share those bright blues and lime greens! 

 

I decided to go with straight line quilting, side to side, using a YLI Teal variegated thread.


I started on the same side for each line of stitching and then changed at the midway point to reduce any unwanted rippling. I have a handy dandy quilting attachment by Pfaff that allows me to adjust my quilting lines on either side. 








You can see the quilting lines a little better at this angle.



When it was time to sew on the binding, I rolled my binding around an antique spindle, put the spindle in an empty trash can, and sewed it on as it unravelled  easily from the roll. The things we do to make life easier!




 
The quilt finishes at 50" x 64", a perfect size for a cuddle quilt. It is now hanging in the Artisans Collective gift shop located at the Port Hastings Museum. The shop opens tomorrow and it is my day to work!  ( Open hours are Monday - Friday from 9-5; starting in July, also open on weekends from 12-4).  If you're in the area, please drop by. I will take my camera tomorrow to get some pictures...always a better selection at the start of the summer!
 
Thank you for all your wishes for Mom's recovery. I just returned from another trip to Moncton  and I saw a huge improvement from last time. Every day she continues to get better due to the excellent care and support she is receiving from the medical staff, her family, and her friends. 


It's a great day for quilting!



 


 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Blogger Friends, Quilts, and Family


It has certainly been awhile since I have posted, hasn't it? And now that I am ready to bring you up to date, my laptop is in for repair so I have to see if I can use the Blogger app on my iPad to write a post. Here goes...

First of all, a shout out to my friends, the Nova Scotia Bloggers Quartet. The NSBQ includes Sheila, who blogs at Sheila's Quilt World, Linda who blogs at Scrapmaster, and Karen, who blogs at KaHolly, the creative genius who came up with the idea to do an exchange when we met this year. The four of us met up a few years ago and we try to get together for quilty events each summer. We met recently at the Thistle Quilt show in Westville to see the show, visit the vendors, and exchange the quilty gifts we had made over the winter.  We had swapped names and each of us was given an embroidered design by Michelle Ridgeway for the first letter of the name of the person we were making a gift for. Here we are with our fabulous gifts! Left to right is Karen, Myself, Linda, and Sheila. Thanks to the other gals for bringing cameras that day! We are standing in front of one of Sheila's quilts...she is quite the expert quilter! 


Thank you, Karen, for the wonderful project bag you made me, a Gail Pan design.


I also used a Gail Pan design for the tote bag I made for Sheila. I adapted the pattern a bit, and included two embroidery designs, the letter on the front, and Gail's embroidery design on the back. I quilted the fabrics in a cross hatch design and used a blue on cream toile for the inside.




Please visit their blogs where you'll see some wonderful pictures of the quilt show and some more pics of the four of us and our gifts!

In family news, my mom has had a bit of a set back. My 90-year old golfer and bridge-player mom, my go-to gal, the mom of four girls, has undergone some huge medical issues in the last month. She is on the slow road to recovery now, but every day is a challenge. Mom, me, and Sisters Three were able to be together last week in New Brunswick to share in lots of hugs, prayers, and positivity with Mom. I'm not sure what the nurses thought of our gang! 



We are waiting for the birth of our new grandson in a couple of weeks. I know he has more than enough little quilts to get him started, so I decided to make a baby quilt to put into the Artisans Collective gift shop which will be opening in mid-June at the museum in Port Hastings, NS. I used the flannel scraps from his Ducky quilt, combined with a few flannels in my stash, and designed my "Baby Nine Patch" quilt.


The quilt measures 32" x "44 with a tiny checked yellow fabric on the back. All my labels tend to look the same, white cotton for the information and a frame made with matching fabric scraps.


As you can see, I used straight line machine stitching for the quilting.

I was also able to finish my Stars and Strips quilt, an Atkinson Design, experimenting with a combination of loops and stars. I am pleased with the overall effect and will try a few more stars in my future!



What am I working on today?  I finished piecing a  "Plus Quilt" using some glorious Ecco fabrics I picked up from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop. There are lots of free patterns and tutorials out there for making a Plus quilt, so I found the blogger who writes "For the Love of George" and used her ideas for my inspiration. This quilt will finish at 50" x 64", a good size to cuddle in. I can't figure out how to add a link to this post, so if you google her, you should be able to find her.


Today I am sandwiching the quilt and plan to do straight line machine stitching from side to side. I googled "Plus Quilts" and saw dozens of them with a variety of quilting designs. The straight line ones caught my eye, plus, I don't have to think when I sew!

It's a great day for qulting!

Lesley, The Cuddle Quilter



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Quilts and Baby Things

A couple of weeks ago, our local quilt guild hosted the AGM for the Ocean Waves Quilt Society. Over 100 quilters attended the event held at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. It was a day of camaraderie, meeting old friends and making new ones. A highlight of the day was the impromptu quilt show that was made possible as members from far and near brought in some of the quilts that they had completed over the winter. We had a horrendous winter outside but it was a perfect winter inside for quilting! Here is a look at what we saw that day...














Lots of inspiration! Today I am also sharing a few more baby things that went out West for the soon-to-be grandson. First up is a couple of portable polka dot change mats I made to coordinate with the diaper bag. I bought a couple of mats at a local department store and made the covers by adapting a free tutorial I found HERE. 


I changed the pattern a bit so the mat would fold up into a larger rectangle to reduce extra bulk since I used a home-decor fabric for the cover.

With a baby boy on the way, I couldn't resist making a few necktie bibs. I used flannel for the fronts and a terrycloth for the back with Velcro for closing. I googled "necktie bib tutorials" and adapted a few patterns to make mine.


Burp cloth tutorials are a dime a dozen, so I found a pattern I liked and made a few to start with more to come. I again used flannel for the front and terry for the back.


I had some flannel scraps remaining, so I made a flannel receiving blanket with a solid flannel for the back....



and wrapped it up with a little velcro clasp...


Finally, a couple of nursing covers, made using this pattern HERE. I love how the new mommie who designed the pattern added a little pocket because she needed one. You can see I have a new love affair with teals, aquas, and turquoise...hope new mommie does too!

So there you have it. Today I will be spending time with my Stars and Strips, a little quilt designed by Terry Atkinson that I am making for the shop. I bought the pattern and had cut the fabrics years ago, so it was like a gift to find it all ready in one of my totes just waiting for me!





It's a great day for quilting!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Meet Stella, the Perfect Diaper Bag

Good morning from sunny Cape Breton. I want to say a special hello to Diane who I met in Atlantic Fabrics in New Glasgow the other day. Diane is a multi-talented quilter, seamstress, and knitter who reads my blog religiously and recognised me from my picture. The picture is several years old, but the short grey hair is a given! Diane came up and introduced herself to me, and I also met Kim, her quilt friend who works at the shop. So nice to meet you ladies and share in the love of quilting with you!

When I finished the three baby quilts for DD and DSIL's soon-to-be-born baby boy, I started on a diaper bag with the intention of filling it up with baby things. Today I'll share with you the making of the Stella diaper bag, designed by the fabulous mother-daughter team at Clover and Violet.These ladies design the niftiest things, and their bags have become a specialty! Stella was just the one I wanted to make, with the idea that it could be used for the new baby, or used for a trip to the gym for DD. In my mind, a bag for many reasons! 

I ordered the PDF pattern from their shop and those sweet generous ladies also included an extra free "Louisa" pattern with the order. That may have to be the bag I make for me. Thanks, gals, you are the best! 

I chose a blend of grey and white for the fabrics in a combination of chevrons and polka dots to complete this bag. I used primarily home decor fabrics I ordered from Fabric.com for the outside of the bag, and quilting cotton for the lining, ties, and trim. 


The chevron fabric was a perfect choice for quilting!


As you can see, I used two sizes of polka dots to compliment the bag, cotton twill for the facing, and quilting cotton for the ties and trim.


I especially love that the ties can make the bag bigger or smaller. 


Don't you think the bottom of the bag deserves to be seen again?


I didn't add the magnetic clasp for closing just because I remember the days of overfilled diaper bags and the need to keep filling.


The inside pocket was a perfect place to put my label.


DD loved the Stella bag and was very impressed that I could make more than just quilts...giggle...we quilters can make anything, right?


Next time I'll show you the little treasures I made to fill the bag. It's a great day for quilting!