Monday, 30 June 2014

June finish and some BOW progress.

I managed for finish the appliqué June block just before the end of the month and have partially prepared the July one.

My second BOW is coming along nicely, it needs some pink flowers, leaves and embroidered stems to be added.

The pink flowers will extend onto the alternate block along with their stems and small leaves. The perch and opening to the birdhouse also need to be stitched down.

Here are the first two freebie blocks stitched. They will be trimmed down and made into snowball blocks eventually.

Here is the finished Be The Good as seen on Lisa Bongean's blog.

Waiting patiently for the next set of blocks to arrive.

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014


Finished my first SBOW and decided to take a picture on a grey background d so you can see that the outer four leaves will cross over to the adjoining blocks.

They haven't been stitched down except where they are under the sunflowers. Each sunflower took almost an hour to stitch because of all the curves.

Now to piece the first alternate block and next background for the second appliqué block. I also have the freebie to stitch later today.

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Summer Block of the Week Progress.

Friday evening I got my first mailing from Primitive Gatherings and I decided to trace off my patterns that evening for the first two blocks. Saturday afternoon I prepped and cut out my wools. Monday I decided to piece my first block to be ready to place my wool appliqué.

As you can see the outer leaves will cross over to the next blocks so they are not stitched down. Last evening I stitched down all my stems and most of the leaves and the wonderful black bird. There are still some small star flowers that also need to be added but I want to do the larger pieces first.

Today I'm going to finish my leaves and sunflowers and go onto the star flowers and embroidered stems. Then to piece the second appliqué block and pieced alternate block. This is a fun summer project, looking forward to the next mailing of four blocks already.
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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Welcoming The Summer Solstice.

Today is the Summer Solstice and I'd like to share a picture of my Summer Block of the Week.  This is Sunflower Gatherings by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop in Wisconsin.  My first two blocks arrived yesterday and last night I traced and cut out the templates for those blocks.  
There are a wool applique and a pieced block sent each week and this is a great looking quilt.  At first glance on May 7th I signed up and have been anxiously waiting its arrival.  Lisa has been sharing pictures of the quilt on her blog.  This photo is from her June 19th post.  To see some lovely detail pictures of the machine quilting that Linda Hrcka did check out this post on her blog The Quilted Pineapple.

Time to get busy!  Stay tuned for pictures of my progress.  Thanks Lisa and Linda for such a lovely collaboration.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Lion's Gate Quilters' Guild 2014 Show.

First a few nature photos from last week, bees busy collecting pollen.
 Great seed head, not a dandelion.
 Went to the Lion's Gate Quilters' Guild show this morning, love the bold prints on the polka dot background.
 A closer look.
 Quilter's details.
 Right across another great quilt.

 Wedding Rings, I know this quilt pattern as Single Girl.

 Whimsical quilt with a purpose in mind.
 Love the intent that Helen has for this quilt.
 Love the flamingo!
 Another bold design, lots of modern quilt influences at the show.

 This looks like Dragon Eyes not Eggs to me.

 My friend Sandi Hill was working the show so I had to grab a picture of her with her quilt.

 Love the stitched Scotties in all four corners.
 Free cut double wedding ring design by Bonnie Hwang.

 Great combination of applique and machine quilting.

 A closer look at the stitching.
 She decided to de-stash and create a Freddy Moran House quilt.
 Great brights along with black and whites.

 Great mini neighbourhood.  Love the plane.

 Another modern style influence.

 I love this fabric and have wondered what to do with it.

 Check out the spider web quilting, great idea!
 Now I know what to do with mine!
 Another great neighbourhood.

 Same class but a different view.

 This is another cool effect.
 Here are a few close up of a quilt I shared in April by my friend Judy.  Uschi has it featured in her shop in the vendors mall.

 Another wool and cotton quilt.
 Sue Spargo Flower Bed pattern.
 Love this mosaic tile effect by Carola in her booth.
 Another bee and nature visit.  If you get a chance go to the show tomorrow, it is at the Sport Complex at Capilano College in North Vancouver, not open on Sunday.