This past week has the been the coldest yet this winter with temperatures as low as -20 celsius, not sure what that is in farenheit, but I do know it’s cold!
When I was in Barbados I was trying to explain to a couple of Bajan ladies how cold our winters get and that you need hats and gloves, boots, heavy coats, and even though they kept nodding their heads and saying ‘okay’. I not sure they really got it. I don’t blame them, why worry about how cold it gets in Toronto when I’m in Barbados with 30 celsius weather morning , noon, and night. Geez, I wish I was there now.
The cold weather has kept me inside. I have been busy putting together 3 quilt tops that were stashed away. One is a baby quilt, I love the fabric designs and bright colours, perfect for boy or girl. I finally got around to making the ‘Disappearing Nine Patch’. I now understand why it’s called disappearing. Sew 9 squares together in a block, cut them this way and that, turn them around and sew back together and you would never know that you had started off with a block of 9, huh, love it! I also finished machine quilting a diamond patterned quilt put together with HSTs. I used to have a love-hate relationship with HSTs, but I’m starting to really enjoy working with them, oh btw HST stands for Half Square Triangle for all you non-quilters 🙂
Here are some pics of what they look like and again please excuse the photography.
Yes, I’m breaking out, leaving my house today! I have been out of the house a total of 3 times since December 19th. That is the day I got the flu which turned into a head and chest cold and now has decided that it likes me too much to leave. It likes me so much that it’s decided to visit my husband. Yes, we’re both at home sick with a cold, even the drug store can’t help us get rid of this. Husband went to our local drug store yesterday for some Neocitron, Nyquil and anything else to help us sleep, breath turn comatose and the shelves were empty, even their own store brand had been depleted. Good to know that we’re not the only ones in the neighborhood housing a cold and flu.
Anyway, I did get some knitting and sewing done during my shut in. I knit the Market Jacket in a recording breaking (my own record of course) 8 days! I also sewed up 2 quilt tops, how’s that for being productive.
I do have to say that the instructions in the pattern for the cardigan are not always clear on what you’re supposed to do. This pattern is not for a beginner or for someone who needs detailed pattern instructions. Let me just say “a picture is worth a thousands words” holds true for this pattern. I’m really happy with the end result, well almost the end, I still need to buy and sew on the buttons and weave in some ends.
The quilt tops, well they need a bit more energy to put together so they’ll have to wait. It also takes more energy to photograph, I’ll post pictures later.
I was a bit shocked when my son, who’s in university, asked me to make him a tea cozy. I love making stuff for family and friends. I was so excited, I took his measurements and got sewing.
Okay, it did look a bit small. I should have realized that I screwed up somewhere with my cutting.
But I was so excited that I sent it to him anyway. Was I surprised when he told me it fit his mug an not his teapot, Not!
I did figure out what I did wrong and got a new one in the mail the next day.
I love this quilt top! It looks so clean and neat and has a retro feel to it or maybe it’s the red frames around the Hometown fabric squares and the white background, whatever it is, it looks great.
It’s totally amazing how great it feels when all you cut pieces come together real easily, the extra care I took in cutting them out helped.
I’m not sure what to use for the backing, if you have any ideas let me know. I do have so extra red fabric and some extra Hometown that I would love to add to the backing…
I’m on a ‘staycation‘ this week! Yea, I really needed this time away from work. On Tuesday the weather was not what I was expecting at all, it was cloudy and I was sure we were going to get a storm. The humidity is pushing the temperature upwards of the high 30s to almost 40 degrees celsius. Today a different story, not only humid but flippin’ hot!
I thought I would spend the morning catching up on my quilt projects and later reward myself with a swim in the pool. Well, let me tell you, if you want to loss weight take up summer quilting. I was dripping sweat while I was putting my Swoon sandwich together. This may be too much information, but I took my pants off and was on a step stool in my underwear and t-shirt, I know too much. I don’t know about you, but once I start sweating I can’t stop. Our air conditioning has not stopped since last Wednesday. Anyway, here is a picture of the Swoon on the wall, don’t worry no pics of me in my underwear.
So here is the finished quilt top of the Swoon…and I am so happy with how it turned out. Now that I have it pinned up or taped up on the wall, it is a rather large quilt, I wonder how I’m going to get this on my sewing machine to quilt. Huh, maybe it’s time to upgrade my sewing machine, a Bernina 550 QE, now that’s a quilting machine…vacation, Bernina, vacation, Bernina…
Aren’t leftovers the best, leftover meatloaf made into a sandwich, or how about leftover spaghetti and leftover pizza for breakfast. Okay what I really want to talk about are leftover half square triangles from my Swoon quilt. I wasn’t sure what to do with them and here’s what I came up with. This quilt top was made will all leftover pieces, I didn’t have to cut into any fabric for this.
I still can’t believe that I put this together, amazing what I can do when I put a little thought into a project.