Saturday, February 28, 2015

The backing for the Quilt

I am now feeling much better and couldn't wait to get back to the quilt. I am still sewing the rows  and I have sewn some of the rows together. It is all coming together quite nicely.

There was a sale on at Fabricland for over 1/2 off so I thought this would be a good time to check out polar fleece for a backing. They had a large selection and there were several for only $4 a meter. I was looking for blue as this is my favourite colour and we do have a lot of blue linens.  I also did not want material too dark as I did not want it to show through the quilt patches.

This is what we picked.  Enough for both quilts.
 
And this is the top third of the quilt squares sewn together so far.
 
I do not know how to put the back piece on yet and where the seams will go but I am sure that Sylvia will guide me when the time comes. This is a fun project to work on and it will be something that we will use.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Too sick to work on the quilt

I have not done any work on the quilt for a few days as I picked up a virus and have been sick in bed.   I am starting to feel better now, but now my husband seems to have picked it up.  At least it is nice to stay inside in a nice warm bed rather than miss out on any outside work. It is still freezing cold here as this cold snap seems to be lingering on.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Bitterly cold

When we got up this morning, it was -18F or -28C.  This cold snap is expected to last throughout the week.  I am so thankful that we do not have to go anywhere and that I can stay in my nice warm house with my hobbies.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Good thing I measured

I started to sew the squares into rows and I got the first row done.

I tried it out on the bed and it looked rather short to me.  So I measured it and called my friend to ask her what the proper size was for a twin quilt.  She told me it should be 71 inches by 93 inches.  My row was only 49 inches. Even allowing for a border, that is far too short. Oh oh. So much for laying all the squares out on a sheet.  I am going to have to add 4 more squares on each row!  I am glad I took a picture of the squares laid out on the sheet as I will have to coordinate the colours so that they will fit well together. I want the patterns to be well mixed.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

My birthday

Yesterday was my birthday and I don't feel a day older.  I had a nice quiet day and my daughter and son-in-law came over and brought me some ornaments for my garden.  Then my husband and I went out to Swiss Chalet for supper where my grandson works and he surprised my by having the waitress bring me a sticky bun. (He knows that his grandmother has a very sweet tooth!)

These are the ornaments that my daughter brought. The one on the left can be hung or stuck in the garden but I think I will hang them both so they can be seen much better.
 
The birds will catch and reflect the sun light so they should add brightness to the garden. The stepping stone is the third one my daughter has given me so soon I will have a nice collection. It certainly  added a bright spot in a dreary dull winter day and made me think of spring and sunshine. I just can't wait to get out in the garden again.  Right now it is freezing cold outside and there are white outs in effect all over the region.  A good day to stay inside and work on my quilt.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Laying out the quilt pieces

I started to lay out the quilt blocks on a sheet and Julie and Jennifer came to see what I was doing.

I laid a single sheet on the floor to keep the squares clean and to get an approximate idea of the size that I would need. They both wanted to help and kept choosing pieces for me to put in next.
 
The finished layout.


Now I have to carefully pick up all the pieces in order and label each row.
The next step will be to sew the blocks into rows.  The quilt will be smaller than is shown above as there is a 1/4 each seam around each side.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Time for a Haircut

I like my hair to be very casual and low maintenance. But it grows so fast.  It was getting to the point that I was having trouble seeing as it was always in my eyes.  I kept trimming it over my eyes but it was starting to get out of hand. So it was time to get it cut.

Before

After
The picture is a little blurry as I took it with my cell phone.  I have not mastered the use of my cell phone yet and I do not know all it is capable of but today is the first time I used the camera. I have not yet caught up with todays technology.
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