Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Pea Pods for Brenda.

Monday I made three blocks called Pea Pods for a friend who is moving to Vancouver Island to be closer to her son and grandchildren.  Our directions were to use bright batiks for the colours.  I used to be in a small quilting group with Brenda and decided to make more than one block for her.  One which had flip flops silk screened on it as I'm sure she will be spending time at on the beaches close to her.
 We had a group of ladies who used to fold and stuff our paper newsletter into envelops in the days when we mailed out our newsletter and they became known as the Stuffers.  Now we get it via e-mail but Stuffers still meet at Carmi's on the last Tuesday of the month as a social group and often do service things for the guild.  This is where Brenda was surprised with her blocks.  They were pinned onto a backing that Beckie donated to her as we didn't want her not to have something to work on when she moves away from us.
 Ironically Brenda's outfit coordinated with the blocks!  She was quite surprised and overwhelmed by our gesture.
 They also presented her with a few more blocks and some card wishing her well.
 Part of our service this time was sewing labels onto the Canada 150 Quilts that the Canadian Quilters' Association is encouraging quilters to make this year.  Their goal is 1,000 quilts to be donated to Ronald MacDonald Houses across Canada.
 Our Show and Tell this day was small.  Beckie had reduced the pea pod block to a 1" finished size for the peas and came up with this small beauty.  The pea squares in Brenda's are 2".  Beckie had another quilt that was made with friendship blocks that she then slashed and resewed.  She was sitting beside me and I couldn't get a picture of it but she plans on entering it in our show.  Another girl revealed a challenge for another group and didn't want a picture take of hers.
 On Friday last week I went to the CreativeFibre show at the Tradex and the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild had a display of some of their members quilts in the centre of the hall.  This Chain quilt caught my eye.
 At one of the sewing machine vendors they had this Rainbow Maple Leaf quilt reminiscent of the Canada 150 block that I've seen as a paper pieced block.  Here is a link to Dana Szucs Hayden Sew and Sew who designed it.
Rita like this grey and white neutral quilt.
This is how our trees are looking right now, a few leaf sprouts can be seen machine quilted onto the branches.
I love the lime green and greys on this piece.
Over sized log cabin blocks.
Stretched out flying geese looking like evergreens.
A lovely Moda Sampler Skills Builder quilt.
My purchases were very small, some colourful fold over elastic for an up coming project.
Some green Diamond Woven Textiles for another..not my usual colour range.


KaHolly said...

Her quilt came out great! What a lovely gesture!

Kyle said...

That's a wonderful little pattern for a group collective project. I'm sure Brenda will fondly remember all of you 'stuffers'. Great quilts at the show. I guess because it's kind of grey here today the lime green and grey quilt was the one that stood for me.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I love the pea pods---cute and such a fun name! The Diamond Textiles look wonderful!

Susan - yes, you're right. I'm a no-reply blogger. said...

Now that was a fun post to read. I loved seeing the quilt blocks pinned to that great background. I may have to make one of those from my small scraps. I have a lot of 2" squares that were donated to me, and that's not a size I use, so maybe this will work for that. I do like it in the batiks, though! Thanks for sharing the quilt show and the charity projects day.

The little book of Nessie said...

The pea pods block looks great as do the quilt tops. The quilts are lovely. Regards, Nessie