March …….2020

My grandsons wish of a longer March break was granted…what a strange time of the unknown and life as we knew it coming to a halt with constant news of non essential services to be closed.

I was and am so thankful to have my quilting to keep me busy.

While watching you tube tutorials I came across one by Edita Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts for her Shining Star Block. It looked like a good challenge and so it was. I have added a few borders and now it’s ready for quilting.

Minka’s Quilt

Do you use a design wall? I am fortunate to have space for a couple of them and they are never empty. My daughter chose the pattern and fabric that she wanted for her soon to be baby and we worked together on the design process.

The pattern that my daughter chose is Delight by Zen Chic, the fabrics were a combination of Zen Chics Spotted and Paper collections along with some pulled from my stash. A big thank you to Shari at Road17n quilt shop in Winkler Manitoba for her help and fantastic service. I have now ordered many times from her shop, the orders always go out the same day and are here before I know it!

The backing fabric is just to cute. It was ordered from the Fat Quarter Shop thankfully before the border was closed. I live fairly close to the Minnesota border and we do miss our quick trips to pick up packages.

Minka’s Quilt before quilting

Life was still pretty normal, I was busy with quilting, work and family…I had my Grandson Liam a lot over the March Break and he kept telling me that he wished that March Break was longer….be careful what you wish for 😊

Winter 2020

January and February continued on as the winter months here do with perfect quilting weather and many opportunities to shovel snow and to drive in less than ideal conditions.

I was able to keep up with the Moda Blockheads 3, though this project really pointed out how quickly a week flies by! I have a quilting group that meets at our local Recreation Centre every Thursday which allows me hours of relaxed piecing time, so my plan had been to work on a block every Thursday.

Audrey’s Quilt

This beautiful quilt was Audrey’s own design. It was so perfectly pieced and a pleasure to help her bring her vision to completion. The size made it difficult to capture in one picture.

It looks like some of the blocks were paper pieced however they were made using templates that she made herself. The centre was pieced then appliquéd onto the pieced top.
It’s always a pleasure and privilege to be entrusted with someone’s work and allowed to add my touch to the quilt!

Towards the end of February I began planning a very special quilt for my Granddaughter to be.

The Year Not According to Plan!

In my previous post I shared that I had plans for the year and one was to keep up with my blogging. Well I had good intentions and with busyness social media is so much faster and easier… but let me take up where I left off.

This quilt by Florence was the first customer quilt of 2020. Florence is also a longtime and good friend of mine. Her quilting hobby began with a small quilt class that I taught about 25 years ago!

I also made time to quilt some of my personal quilts which isn’t always an easy thing to do.

Disappearing hourglass was a really fun quilt to piece with some yardage and a layer cake. I had a little fun photo shoot on a nice January afternoon.
A small quilt that I used up some charm pack squares and also tried out a new to me pantograph.
Such a pretty quilt again making use of a layer cake and yardage. Half square triangles are so versatile and easy to make. I made really good use of my bloc loc ruler making this quilt!
I call this quilt my spicy one, I just love all of the fabrics in it. It was made using a roll of 6 inch strips and my 60 degree ruler.
How perfect is this backing fabric!

The year was off to a great and fun start. I even started the Moda Blockheads 3 quilt. Not that I really needed another project. However I have a quilt group that meets on Thursdays at our rec Center and I allow that time for piecing so it seemed like a doable project.