I have spent the first part of this morning making a list of things that I need to complete to enter into Quilts at the Creek, which is held July 28 & 29th. Some just need binding, others need quilting, so I certainly do not need to start anything new!

But when I started cleaning up my quilting area I found this box of 4″ squares and half square triangles in colours of blues, teals, and tans. I know these must be at least 7 years old, as it was in my early quilting days that I used these colours. And I have a still have a lot in this palette.

I promised myself I would just play with them for an hour- and I even set a timer.. two hours later I am putting the box away for another time, but I did make a dent in that project. One of the problems is that I did not put a sketch of what I wanted the quilt to look like, so I played with them for quite a while until I settled on simple diamonds on point. Hopefully seeing this post from time to time will remind me to finish it.

Right now I picture this as a nice picnic quilt… grass stains won’t show!

And done!

I finally found a layout which I was happy with, and finished this quilt this morning.. now I need to decide what to put on the back. Hopefully it gets completed in plenty of time for Quilts at the Creek!

The colour is not quite right in this photo – hard to take photos on a sunny day- the second is more the actual colours. But you’ll have to see it for yourself by coming to the show July 28 & 29th 2018!

in the works…

I started making some blocks last winter while snowbirding on Saint Simon’s Island (gorgeous place, I highly recommend it- just north of the Florida border). Then they got “filed away” when I got back. While doing a major clean up I re-discovered them, and have made a few more blocks. Here is what I have so far.. although I am not sure what the final arrangement will be! The blocks are not sewn together yet, hence the slightly off kilter look of some of them. Hmmm. this would make a nice “modern version of the block. Maybe I’ll make a few off-kilter blocks for the back?
I was at Country Clothesline / Fabric Spark with Shirley and Jane, doing a pop-up to promote our upcoming Quilts at the Creek quilt show and celebrate National Quilting Day yesterday.  Of course when you spend several hours in a quilt shop you cannot- no matter how hard you try!- be drawn to at least one fabric which you must have… this is what I was drawn to:

…and or course some coordinating fabric.
. I am posting this to remind me of this project and think about what I’d like to do with them. But first I MUST work on all those other projects I have in progress or have bought fabric for. Sigh!

A Quilt for Baby

My son and his wife had a baby last May- so exciting to be a grandparent! They had decided they wanted the sex of the baby to be a surprise, so I decided to make two quilts.

One is a soft floral done in a traditional hourglass design. The fabric colour choice started out being out of my comfort zone, but I knew that my DIL loved these soft florals- and check out the fabric used on the back. I have come to love these softer tones too, and they will be included in future quilts for sure! You can see it has already been used and loved, so surprise! I have a lovely granddaughter, Charlotte Rose.
The other quilt I made was in blues- lots of blues! This made using the tumbling block pattern, but modified for ease of sewing. The white blocks are actually two separate blocks, which allows you to sew the quilt together in rows.. easier to see in the close ups. I had been saving the circus fabric for a special place, and the back of this quilt was it. Perfect!

Celebration of Quilts

I am a member of York Heritage Quilters Guild, and we had our quilt show last weekend (see all the photos here.)

I had three quilts in the show, all bed-sized quilts that I completed in the past year. Don’t make me choose a favourite! Below are some of the other quilts I have completed in the past year.. wow, even I didn’t realize how much I had done! The one directly below is a One Block Wonder, and the one below that results from playing with the idea of a Plus quilt, and the colours yellow and blue. This has been donated to Quilts of Valour.