Saturday, 29 June 2013

Giving Quilts Away!

We're having a work bee! The Dalemead Quilt Guild is sewing all day Wednesday, July 3 at the Indus Rec Centre (just off Hwy 22X east of Calgary) to make tops and finished quilts for donation to the flood victims in Calgary and surrounding areas.

Many people have lost their entire home & contents, others have massive clean-up to do before their homes are liveable and still others have been evacuated and displaced and finally able to return home.
Flooding in High River, south of Calgary - photo Calgary Herald.com
It is amazing to see the generosity of other Albertans as they rally around and support those who have been affected as well as the generosity of people across the globe. This story in particular touches my soul - kids on the other side of the planet, who have nothing, give what they have to Albertans, who are among the richest on the planet. What a precious gift!
Cambodian orphans give to Calgary Flood victims - photo Calgary Herald.com
Here's a couple quilt tops that I have been working on this week as I've been following the news, stories of heart-break and stories of generosity and stories of hope! The blocks have been made by members of the Dalemead Quilt Guild and I'm just putting them together into quilt tops.
Scrappy String Blocks
Bow tie Blocks
Both these quilts are made from super easy blocks and I'll be posting a how-to for the bow tie blocks later this week.

--Ann

Monday, 24 June 2013

Calgary Floods

The damage that the recent flood waters have done to Calgary and surrounding communities will take a long time to repair and rebuild. As a quilter, my first response is to want to give quilts to those who have lost everything! I have a few quilts here that I will be taking in to drop off for donation this week and will likely be making a few more over the coming weeks.

If you would like to help, here's a few drop off points for either quilt tops or completed quilts:

Matt Sparrow
Sparrow Studioz Quilting & Gallery
9532 87 Street
Edmonton, AB
780-463-4242
Quilting for Calgary
is collecting completed quilts. This is the same wonderful quilter who organized the huge quilt drive for Japan.
Send/drop off quilts to
38 Rockbluff Close NW
Calgary, AB  T3G 5B1
https://www.facebook.com/QuiltingforCalgary?

My Sewing Room
#148, 8228 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary, AB T2H 2B8
403-252-3711

Loopy D's Quilting & Long Arm Studio
79 Sunhurst Cres SE
Calgary, AB
403-669-9523

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

WIP Wednesday - June 19

Although it feels like I've been spending more time outside the sewing room than inside, I am getting a few things done. Because summer is a difficult time for me to get motivated to sew, I am trying to pre-cut a few projects so that when I have an hour or two, I can just get right down to sewing.
Alphabet 9-patch
Alphabet 9-patch

Someone had gifted me with an alphabet panel and an assortment of scraps of the same panel. I carefully cut out each letter, found a green print to go with it and some off-white squares to finish the 9-patch blocks and set aside the pieces I cut for sewing on another day.


Scrappy purple squares
I have lots of scraps and they are stored in a large Rubbermaid tub. (Any quilter should have shares in Rubbermaid!) These are destined to end up in scrap quilts and occasionally, I will take some out and do some sorting. If the pieces are bigger than 5x5, I'll just fold them neatly and store with similar colors along with the fat quarters of the same color. Strips are sorted by width - less than 2", 2" and 2.25", and 3". Strips less than 2" are separated out and put aside for string quilts. Smaller pieces of fabric are cut into 2.5", 2" and 1.5" squares. 

How do you sort your scraps? What's the smallest piece of fabric you save? Inquiring minds want to know!

--Ann


Monday, 17 June 2013

Mug Rugs or Mug Mats

I love these little mini-quilts that can be used as coasters under your beverage of choice. But it seems that they are a phenomenon only known to quilters! I thought they would go over well at the last few craft sales I did, but people were saying "Mug rug? What's that?" 

Owl Mug Rug
 Our quilt guild had their year end potluck last week and a few of us exchanged mug rugs with matching mugs.  I found a cute mug with an owl on it at the local Home Sense store. (I love shopping there!) After sketching out the owl, I used fusible web to applique the pieces in place on the mug rug.

Blanket Stitching
Cute owl!
 Then it was off to my sewing machine where I used the blanket stitch to stitch around all the pieces. The beak and black dots on the eyes are just permanent marker.
Tulip Mug Rug
This is the mug rug I received in the swap - a pretty tulip mug from Great Britain with a tulip mug rug! So cute!

--Ann

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Spring Blossoms

I love taking photos of the plants that are blooming in my yard - when I focus in on the beauty of a flower, I can forget that the rest of my yard is looking rather messy as it's been too wet to do much gardening at all! So enjoy!
Lily of the Valley
Wild Crab Apple Blossoms
Lady's Slippers

--Ann

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

WIP Wednesday - June 5

Spring has sprung and the flowers are blooming! At least the lilacs are finally coming out! I love the colours found in nature and this colour combo of lilac, green and blue is going to show up soon in a quilt!
Last quilt guild meeting, I got my next tins to work on. It is supposed to work out that we each get one tin per month, but with a few guild meetings cancelled due to weather and quilters being away for one reason or another, I have 3 more to work on! This tin had a strip of red print fabric and a pattern for these beautiful hearts! This one below is my block - there were some leftover pieces left that I used for the bottom of my heart, I used the fabric provided for the top left and my own fabric for the top right and the little triangles at the top. Fast and easy!
Red Heart Quilt Block - Tinner's challenge!
All 6 blocks so far!
 The next tin had a piece of wild green, orange and blue stripe and a theme of jungle! No patterns included this time! I have some zebra fabric I've had for quite some time and I fussy cut it so there was one zebra face in the center, added a couple borders and finished this block.

My jungle theme quilt block
Jungle theme blocks so far.
Sampler in lime green
 And the last thing I've been working on this week is a set of blocks that were donated to the guild at one time. I've added a lime green batik for sashing and borders and it's now ready for quilting. I'm still not sure if I will be leaving the log cabin blocks in the middle (on the left and right) as they are or if I'll add an applique or something on them. They just seem a bit too pale when everything is all put together. I'm thinking a heart or flower would just add a bit of colour there. This quilt will eventually be part of our charity quilts when it is finished.

--Ann

Today I'm linking up to
Quiltsy WIP's and Whatnots
The Needle and Thread Network WIP Wednesday #93