Tuesday, 23 May 2017

A little bit of this and that.

A female Coopers Hawk just sitting  on a branch, at eye level.

With a holiday weekend, quite a bit got done, very unexpectedly.
A bit of smocking....
Love Entwined, the leaves got stitched on the center. 

It has had its first wash, it is currently drying.
 Sunsets are a gift, we can never experience enough of them.  Canada our beautiful land.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


This Azalea is flowering.  It survived the winter.  Some plants did not, but this beauty did!
Diamond Hill block four is finished.
The Tulip.

Tulips are flowering all over town and the displays are amazing.
The first four blocks.
Mother's Day this year, was extra special for Blue Jay fans, the team won.  With so many Mom's and all the love they brought with to the game, it is no wonder.
Nail art to support the team, "Lets Go Blue Jays".

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Just love Spring for all the beautiful Flowers.

Spring blossoms always looks so fresh and pretty.
Stumble across this flower in the forest on our walk. It is a Trillium.  First one we have ever seen.

Finished prepping my summer stitching project and started stitching.

Had to take a break from cutting fabric for about a week.

Diamond Hill block four has been started. 
The bike challenge is on again. The library did a display.
These Daffodils just keeps on flowering. We see these on our walk.

                                                                           Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Orb Quilt.

What to do when a pattern calls for pre-cut cirlces and they are not available.  One could use dies to cut the fabrics.  Rulers to cut circles are helpful, or one could create a stencil with card stock to create the circles.
Also create a second set of circles, larger than the main fabric for the muslin circles.
Then trace the circles onto the wrong side of the fabric and cut them out.
The colour circles cut out.
Creating two sets, one of colour and the slightly larger ones in muslin.

Place the two circles together, right sides facing inwards.
Draw the stitching line on the back of the muslin, pin the two circles together and stitch on the drawn line.
The stitched circle.

Trim the excess fabric with a pair of pinking shears, this helps to keep the circle round, when turning inside out.
Using the slit on the back, turn the circle inside out.

Placement on this quilt is key.  Getting everything perfectly aligned in  a circle is very important.

 Due to this, I created a paper layout plan, which I drafted from scratch.

This is how to create it:

Draw one pie piece, then using my original stencil, I work out where the circles will fit.
Once I have the placements, I can now move on to the next step.  Making my larger pie stencil.
Trace over the pencil lines with a Sharpie.  I place a sheet of foil from the kitchen under my paper, to prevent any Sharpie art from being left behind on the table.  The kitchen is a treasure trove of invention for quilting.
I used an old tool.  This is a dressmakers tracing wheel.  Once I place my cardboard underneath my paper pattern I used this to transfer the design to the cardboard. 
It will look like this.
Then using the transfer as a guide, trace with a Sharpie. Then cut out the circles and the pie shape. This is the stencil to use for creating the layout.
Using a large sheet of paper, trace the complete layout on the paper. Then make it more visible, by tracing over it with a Sharpie.

 Next I placed a clear plastic tablecloth on top of paper layout.  Then my white background, once it was in the center I could place all my circles on the background.

Then I used Roxanne applique glue and glued each piece in place.

To make sure I got no glue on the table or my paper pattern, the plastic tablecloth protected both.

When it came to placing my orbs or circles, it took me less than twenty minutes, preparing the paper layout first, was the best course of action.  Especially with a white background fabric.

When sewing with white fabric, to keep it pristine white, wash your hands every half an hour.  This prevents any of the natural oils from the skin to transfer onto the fabric.   The white is unforgiving, worth the end result, as it looks clean and fresh when it is finished.
Kits for this quilt is available at The Sewing Cafe.