Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A few more for Scrapbag Quilters

This generous baby size quilt is likely my last finish for Scrapbag Quilters this year. The big tying day is Wednesday but I am going to miss that sessions. Early in December the more than 200 quilts that we have available for distribution will be sorted and sent on their way to various local charities and people in need. Each year we seem to be able to finish a few more than the previous year. Over the course of this year we have distributed close to 40 quilts to individuals in need. This quilt pictured above was a simple nine patch. The centre of each nine patch was a pinwheel block made from "waste" or "bonus" triangles. Piecefully, Joanne

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Welcome blogathon visitors

Welcome to visitors from Sew Sister's Blogathon. It has been an interesting cross country tour. Thanks to all the behind the scenes organizers. I do not have a special post for today. I would invite you to have a look around. I primarily create Community Outreach quilts in a scrappy style. I live in Southampton, on the east coast of Lake Huron. We have held the lake effect snows at bay for a while but I don't think we will be able to do that much longer. Piecefully, Joanne

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Treasure Box Quilt

Traceyjay offered this quiltalong a couple of months ago. I actually finished it in time for the linky party. This quilt will be a Project Linus donation quilt for the Kincardine Sunset Quilters Guild. It made a dint in the pink collection but that one seems to keep getting replenished. The guild meeting was this week. Prizes from the quilt show were handed out and all the normal activites took place. The Past Presidents challenge was "issued". It is a crayon colour challenge. We had to reach into a black bag and take a crayon. Then using that colour and its complement we are to come up with a quilt design by the end of April. That should really say a finished quilt by the end of April.
Friday evening and Saturday I went on the local Christmas homes tour with my next door neighbour and her daughter's Mother in Law. We had a great time and saw many beautiful homes that were also beautifully decorated. Kind of puts you in the mood. Christmas is no longer strictly red and green.
The on-line group Canadian Quilters are having a Virtual Retreat today. So I think I will head back to the machine for a little while. Piecefully, Joanne

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Blog Hops and Linky parties

Lately there seem to be a plethora of blog hops and linky parties. They can become a sink hole for time or an opportunity to expand your horizons. This week Quiltmaker magazine is hosting a blog hop to publicize their soon to be released magazine. And many bloggers who have had quilt alongs are hosting linky parties for followers to show their results. Following a blog hop can lead you to new bloggers whose style appeals to you, linky parties can show you what others have done with a similar challenge. Sew Sisters, a quilt shop in Toronto is hosting a blog hop of Canadian quilters later this month. Visit their blog for more details.  Piecefully, Joanne

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A great day of sewing at the library

Yesterday the Sewcializers had a full day of sewing at the library. I completely finished my tote bag before I came home. Elizabeth was our teacher for the day and she did a terrific job. We had the cutting instructions ahead of time. That was really necessary because it was a full day of sewing. I have been working on the blocks for Traceyjay's Treasure Box quilt along here. Today I finished all the blocks and trimmed them up. I am hoping to get enough time tomorrow to create my layout and perhaps get the rows sewn together.  Piecefully, Joanne