>> Sunday, November 9, 2014

A group of northern Ontario artists, The Fibre Muses, had a show within my town's fibre art festival. They do challenges and the following trees are based on a workshop they did with Elaine Quehl.

This quilt captured exactly what it looked like that week in our town. My daughter took these photos on her iPad mini - she made this one her background immediately!

A side note but maybe it's relevant for you if you take photos on a device like an iPad and then try to post your photos only to find them appear sideways: there's some technical reason for it as the photo is saved as a jpg it is 'remembered' and saved in its original orientation. Solution - save your edited photos as 'png' and they will come out the orientation you save it as:)

I have more photos to share from the festival which was very inspiring again, but I'm behind in general on posting. So, before it snows more (again!) here is our Jack o Lantern with the dusting of snow we had the day after Halloween.

Halloween day our reserve school has the students walk to the grave yards to place wreaths they make on the graves. It is also known as All Saints Day in many religions. The snow stuck on the trees made it a very mesmerizing walk through the woods.

My quilting is mostly on the back burner these days. This quilt was shouting the loudest (as they say) and so it finally got the border it wanted. It feels complete now (except for the actually quilting!) and fills the dining room with the perfect feeling of fall. Too bad it's snowing again already. Soon I will have to take down all my orange quilts to replace them with the reds and greens of the coming season.

Take some time to enjoy quilting this week!

With Joy,

Sarah V


Sewing Joy in October

>> Thursday, October 16, 2014

As promised, here is a photo of my completed Let's Go Sew quilt, a pattern by Pat Sloan. I left off the next border to keep it small enough to hang behind my desk in the classroom.

Can you see it there, hiding amongst all the important papers I need to keep an eye on?! I get to see it when I come into the room each day - and maybe more often if I ever sit down to eat (as well as when I return from one of my many trips to the photocopier!)

I also tackled the remaing Threads of Memory block that I had avoided because of the templates. In the end it wasn't a difficult block at all. I incorporated several ideas from the blocks Barbara showed on her blog, including fussy cutting my centre square. I have planned a layout for my blocks and even cut into some of the background fabrics to see if it will work. The quilt will be another one for the couch (or a lap quilt, as the size is referred to) and while it is a Christmas themed quilt it won't be ready this Christmas as there are still 3 more blocks to be revealed and made. Hopefully it will be in use next winter!

In the vein of hopefulness, hopefully my Halloween 1904 (pattern by Blackbird Designs) will be a quilt by next fall. The final five blocks now have stars and are waiting for their half square triangle borders.

Now that I've started to lay out my borders like this instead of around the centre of the block they sew together much quicker. It's also easier for me to leave out and work on in small bursts without worrying about pieces falling off the table and getting put back in the wrong place.

This spirit of hopeful optimism led me to indulge in starting another project - one that I have no real knowledge of how big it will get. Or rather, how small it may end up. This unit here is the base for 2 flying geese units. It is less than 2 1/2 inches as you can see!

The star on the bottom right of my design wall is where those little geese went - in that small centre star. It's the beginning of Primitive Gatherings 10th anniversary stitch along. There are 3 more steps out that I need to catch up on - which will bring it up to a 16 inch square block. I'm wondering if it will stop at 10 parts (for the tenth anniversary?) so it may end up a nice wall hanging size. But it's a mystery - which is part of why I joined! - so we'll see what happens. I decided it was a fun way to use up my scraps and I'm challenging myself to create a rainbow effect by starting with purple and moving out one colour each round to red. Should be interesting as my scraps are quite varied in theme - a very happy rainbow quilt in the works. (You can find links to the parts in the sidebar on Lisa's blog. There is an option for applique in the middle or the pieced version I'm doing)

You can see I've still been stitching the mini 9 patch batik blocks as my leader and ender (all the more reason to start a new project and have more things to stitch, right?:)) I think I might have enough fabric to make it 4x4 blocks instead of 3x3 blocks like I originally planned. . . we'll see!

 This weekend is my local guild's quilt show and our annual Fibre Arts Festival. I'm planning to see Judy Martin's keynote on Friday night - and get to see the amazing Manitoulin Circle Project panels,

Hope you are spending some time creating joy-filled stitches.

With Joy,

Sarah V


Fall Update

>> Saturday, October 4, 2014

My sunflowers are now done for the season; this photo was taken soon after my last post. Time has flown by here as the school year started and I found myself blessed with my very own class for the first time!

We just had a week off of school as the First Nation where we teach celebrates their fall harvest (families travel deep into the community's territory to hunt and camp for two weeks, teaching traditions and hoping for moose and partridge). I took some of my time to get back into quilting - I have finished quilting this mini quilt by Pat Sloan. I'll take a picture of it hanging in my classroom this week to post here. I'm hoping seeing it everyday will make me smile, remind me to quilt and keep my creative juices flowing.

I also took time this week to quickly get into and finish the September Threads of Memory block. A fun challenge! I'm really happy with how the red dot fabric makes the anchoring square background. I mixed a couple of ideas I saw on Barbara's blog with a little luck and my stash to come up with this version of the block.  Now I will backtrack and do August's block which required a bit more planning (and hence didn't get done in the rush back to school!)

I also prepped a few more of my placemats to finish the topstitching. I think there are three different sets here! A few of my mini batik 9 patches got made, but I didn't take a picture.

Hopefully this month's update will be sooner and share some progress on my Halloween 1904! That quilt is calling to me and the one that 'talks' the loudest gets my attention:)

With Joy,

Sarah V


Quilting in August

>> Sunday, August 17, 2014

Not much quilting going on here! And not much for the next. . . while?

I got a full time teaching job that starts August 22nd - my first time as a REAL classroom teacher! I'm pretty excited and anxious and busy getting ready.

BUT quilting is my therapy and necessary to keep me happy:) This is how far I've got on my newest love - Pat Sloan's Let's Go Sew! My goal is to hang it behind my desk at school (joy!)
{You can buy this pattern as a digital download or a paper copy - 
check out Pat's digital store}

This happy rainbow of scraps is now packed away for another day. I will have to get used to setting a time limit on my quilting time instead of working at a chunk of a project. Any time spent quilting is good:)

And my latest placemat design - my good dishes - will have to wait a little bit. I wanted to make it one more time with some different fabrics to write the pattern. What do you think? Ric rac fun and a great way to use large prints.

I'll be back as soon as I can. I will be slowing down with my posting - maybe once a week with what I get done during my quilting time. 

I hope you are enjoying the end of summer {how did that happen so fast?!} and finding joy quilting:)

With Joy,

Sarah Vee


Catching up on a Day off

>> Friday, August 8, 2014

Life is short - summer is shorter!!

We snuck away for a few nights at my parent's trailer - windy and cool. But we did get to have some campfires:)

I'm falling behind on my Halloween 1904 blocks again. This one I finished last week (?) First one with that fun pink and orange check! I had to cut out more orange stars from a different oranges so I am slowly blending them in to the remaining blocks.

I did get a little farther with my batik 9 patches! My idea is working out and I really like it. I"m making them in an Irish chain setting. This is the top left of a 3 x3 setting- so there will be one more solid batik print on the top row, one more block of 9 patches on the next row and a bottom row of solid batik, 9 patch block, solid batik. I don't think my fabric will go much farther than that! I should have some of the solid batik left to add a border. We'll see. 

Last picture I have edited to post is this one of some ric rac! Another placemat - can you believe it?!
Actually I'm seriously considering a placemat club - one placemat pattern a month. Maybe a few more added in for special occasions - like birthdays, Halloween, Christmas. 

Would you join a placemat pattern club?

Back to summer! (actually, back to some out of the house work and keeping up with my kids' summers!)

With Joy,

Sarah Vee

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