Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Latest Quilt

My 'African Pizzazz' quilt is coming along.... except for the kitten, who likes to help by either a) lying on top of it (that's her in the top corner of the first picture) or b) running across the blocks at full speed and scattering them across the room! Eventually we get to c) = the kitten locked in the bathroom until I'm finished playing with the arrangement.

I'm not happy with the final arrangement yet, I think it has too many colours and doesn't 'blend' enough. So I'm going to make more of the gold colour nine patches and remove some of the other blocks.

I'm also going to include a red two inch border and the mixed animal print (see last post) as a six inch border.

I'm doubtful that it will happen this week, between Wednesday night dinner, Thursday night quilt meeting, MaterialGirl's birthday and Easter weekend, things are going to be pretty hectic around my house!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Nine Patch Pizzazz

I bought a new quilt book last week, 'Nine Patch Pizzazz'. It has some really great quilts in it, they are all based on working with a 'focus fabric' and nine patch squares.

I started a quilt for a friend, who has a family room with an 'African theme'. These are some of the fabrics that I'm using. I started making nine patches this weekend.

This is only a portion of the fabric that I have collected for this quilt. I started buying fabric last April when I was in the US for a quilt retreat. Since then I have picked up fabric almost everytime I go to a new quilt shop or a quilt show. Hmmm, I need to rethink how I purchase fabric.... I have enough 'animal print/african theme' fabric to make at least ***three*** quilts! LOL!!!!!

Another Little Quilt Swap 4

Kate North is running a fourth round of her quilt swap, you can check it out here . It's a nice, stress free swap, because you don't officially sign up until your quilt is finished.... so if you end up that you didn't have time to complete a quilt, no one is disappointed (except maybe you....). I didn't participate in round three because it was restricted to Art Quilts, but this time she is taking Traditional quilts, too.

I have participated in the past, and I enjoy not just making a quilt, but receiving a beautiful little quilt made by someone else.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Keeping Up....

I finished my six snowball & nine-patch blocks for March. Not much else going on right now. Some quilting, and a little bit of knitting.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Not much new here....

Hubby and I went to Mexico last week for a last minute vacation, but my son managed to give me the stomach flu before we left! I spent the first two days in the room. Thankfully, the resort had room service. The rest of the week was really nice, food was good, and the weather was great.

Now it's back to work, gearing up for our busy season.

Nothing new on the quilting side of things. I started a baby quilt, but I must not be paying attention properly, because I seem to be spending more time with the seam ripper than the sewing machine.

In between piecing and quilting lately, I've been knitting slippers. I don't knit very often, but once in a while the mood strikes me and I knit something small, just enough to get it out of my system!

I'll post some pictures later.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


This is my nephew's quilt "Big Sky Country". I didn't do a very good job with the pictures, you can't see the quilting. I did a large meander on the outside border, continuous curves on the QST's, and I outlined and thread painted the picture sections. I'm SO glad it's finally finished!

These are my ninepatch and snowball blocks for Jan and Feb:

Monday, March 1, 2010

We now return to regularily scheduled programming:

Canada finished up the Olympics with a bang.... Men's Hockey Gold Medal! It was pretty loud in the Metcalfe house last night. UniversityGirl even managed to hit the street party in Ottawa to celebrate (oh, to be young....)

I love watching the Olympics, but now we can get back to (and catch up on) everyday life: quilting and housework to be specific.

I did manage to finish the binding on my nephew's quilt. Yeah!!!! Quilt finish #2 for 2010.

I also finished my 6 snowball and ninepatch blocks for February (Good thing, since it is now officially March and I have 6 more to do).

MaterialGirl borrowed the camera, so I will have to wait to post pictures. I also started a baby quilt yesterday, it's from the 'Winsome Baby' pattern by Nancy Halverson.