Sunday, August 24, 2014

Kissing Booth Runner Finish

Back when it was cold and snowy I took some fabric scraps from another project and made a runner. The runner in question is a pattern by Heather Mulder Peterson of Anka's Treasures and its the second time that I have made this runner. 

 It is a simple pattern of rectangles and HST's that makes quite a effective ribbon pattern. It was quilted simply with a ribbon pattern going down its length and intertwining on the background.  I like to have an assortment of runners around to give as presents to people and this one will be no different. The person who gets it loves pink so I will be giving it to the right person as this quilt is very pink....

Friday, August 22, 2014

Navy Fizz

Last week the Fat Quarter Shop came out with a new fast and free pattern called Fat Quarter Fizz.  It is very simple and the placement of light and dark make a nice overall pattern.  What I like is that is is simple cause I have to get a quilt top done and to the long armer pronto!

Working weekends, unplanned has messed up my sewing plans to get a quilt done to say Happy Retirement to one of my colleagues in early September. I chose a two fabric lines I had collected with a navy or mariner theme, pressed and cut them out and spent a few hours sewing these blocks.

Next step is to lay them out on my bed and try to figure the best placement for them all, sew them up, make the back and get the batting then off to the long armer for her magic.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Place Mats

I started a new project the other night.  I wanted to have a few quick sewing projects ready to go that I could just pick up and do some mindless sewing. I picked up this kit at The Cloth Castle in July and thought it would make a nice Christmas present for some lucky person.

The pattern is by Something Sew Find Quilt Design and called "Take Four".  It is a simple, effective pattern with a four variations.  Even better it takes fat quarters which means I can use up some of those things which seem to find their way into my shopping basket on a regular basket.

I hope to have these babies done by the weekend, ready and waiting for Christmas or gift giving.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jungle Bungle Remix

Back when the snow was flying one of the Joy do good stitches ladies requested a block called the Jungle Bungle. The block was from one of my favorite bloggers, Sew Crafty Jess. The block itself is simple, square center with a border in white followed by a larger border. Easy peasy and makes a great baby quilt.

Since I always have need for some baby quilts to be ready to give away I decided to use up some of my Riley Blake collection that I have squirreled away for boy quilts.  I don't know about you but I often find it hard to find boy prints in my LQS often having to get them online instead.

The blocks took me an afternoon to make and then in the spirit of being thrifty I decided to use up some long lengths of fabric in coordinating colors to lengthen the quilt.  Of course it has a flannel backing and polyester batting that gets nice and fluffy when washed.

Arlene did the quilting on this one. The quilting reminds me of swirling ocean waves as it moves across the quilt in its variegated thread. Come to think of it I think I need to make a few more of these blocks.  Very effective no matter what way you want to place the block.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Ironman training

Iron man training continues despite being home in Victoria for a week on holidays. Monday I walked a little over 10 km - from our house to the Colwood Lagoon. It was a good walk and I made good time, practicing my shuffle.  I think a few folks thought I was a bit crazy- like the RCMP officer who drove by me and acknowledged my wave as we passed.

The walk also had some wonderful views as well. As I got close to my end mark, there was a hole in the wall of cedar and the most wonderful view of the lagoon and the waiting sea. Very pretty and makes me feel very blessed to live in this part of the world.

A little further down the road the Fleet Diving Unit was out doing pt, sprints to be exact.  They would run by me, turn around and do it over and over again. Some of them had very nice tattoos and impressive chests.  Hard not to notice considering they were going shirtless. Petawawa is missing out, pt would be so much more interesting and fun with some eye candy to look at.

So I did 10.20 km in 1h 35 min which is a new record for me. I bet I could have been a bit faster but I was being a good pedestrian and waiting for walk lights, unlike when I am at Pet and walking down the boulevard.

And even better when I reached the beach one of the MCDV's were steaming out to deeper waters in the Strait, a lovely site to see. I wish I could have come aboard and gone out for the day.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Help support this important cause

Help support this important cause.

As I mentioned in previous posts, I have decided to join the Ironman Competition at CFB Petawawa. At the beginning it was a way to help with my fitness goals and just the fun of gathering with others to walk, paddle and carry that darn canoe. But as time went on I wanted to see it through to the bitter grueling end and decided that I would actually put my name in to complete the course.

Sept 10 is the date, 4 am is the time. Please join me along with the rest of the Garrison in raising funds for the Pembroke Boys and Girls Club. The link to my fundraising page is at the top of this post. Thanks in advance for your generous contributions.


Monday, August 4, 2014

August Joy Bee Blocks

Its my turn once more to host and choose the bee blocks for Joy do. good stitches.  I had been going through all the blocks I had chosen as a favorites and kept on changing my mind on what to do. In the end I thought I would do a block that is a simple HST ( half square triangle) and when put all together it reminds me of the God's eye craft made out of Popsicle sticks and yarn.

The colors were chosen using a layout from Design Seeds.  I love that sight for color inspiration and wonderful photography. As you can see the colors are colors of the water and sand and a bit of moonlight (light grey) thrown in.

I think it is going to be a gorgeous quilt when it is all done. And since it is all HST's I might have to use this block pattern to use up some of those charm packs I have stashed away in the closet.