In honour of upcoming Rememberance day and the 100th Anniversay of World War 1 I am posting about a great project I was lucky enough participate in.
At a recent Creative Stitches show the Quilts of Valour people had a booth with a set up of cute mugs. When I asked what they were I learned about their Hugs Project (or Hugs from across the Nation). I don’t have time right now to make a full quilt for the Quilts of Valour but I can easily make a block to help get quilts made! I picked up a mug which came with the pattern for a shoofly block and the fabric to make it.
I have my block all ready and ready to send off to be put together into a quilt. I am looking forward to making more of these in my spare time to help get more quilts to soldiers. For more information on the project check out the Quilts of Valour website.
I can’t believe that it has been over a month since I last posted! Things have been a little crazy here for the last few weeks – Little Girl is awake and playing more, we did a road trip to visit family and friends and my Husband managed to break his foot. He is on crutches for about 6 weeks and then a walking boot after that. Poor guy can’t carry Little Girl right now and it takes him much longer to get anything done with the crutches. Needless to say not a lot of sewing has been done here recently.
I have managed to get some things done though. Back in July I offered to organize a block of the month for my local quilt guild. I have been spending time planning blocks, making blocks and writing instructions for those. So far 3 blocks and 1 set of instructions done. I am loving the way that they turning out and can’t wait to get working on the rest of the blocks.
Also before the broken foot incident I told a friend I would make a quilt for her for a baby shower. I picked up this cute pattern at Sew Fresh Quilts and love the quilt. Thankfully it comes together fairly easily so I am able to get some put together during Little Girl’s naps. I can’t wait to see it finished and may just have to make another one for Little Girl!
It seems I have too many projects that I am working on as I still have no finishes for the summer, even though I have been on holidays for a couple weeks. I have been making some progress on a few projects finally though!
I have one quilt that has now been basted (my Hawaiian windows quilt that I started over a year ago). Hopefully that means I can finish this quilt before the end of the summer as I was hoping to use it as a picnic blanket.
I also have a quilt on the machine being quilted this week, yay! This is actually the back of the quilt that you can see in the picture. I decided that I wanted to follow the chevrons on the backing for my quilting, so I have been quilting it upside down. It is going really well and I haven’t run over a pin yet, fingers cross that continues.
I have also been working on blocks for my quilt Bee. Thankfully I have them done just before the deadline!
I am linking up to Work In Progress Wednesday on Freshly Pieced. If you are visiting from there, welcome and thank you for visiting. If you haven’t checked out the other posts, head on over and take a look, there are some great projects being worked on this week!
Even though I have only finished a single quilt this year, I have been keeping busy making some blocks for a couple of projects. I have made blocks each month for a virtual quilt bee. I have one more set that I am working on for May (it is a double block month, yay!).Spinning Stars for April
I haven’t had many finishes lately, as my quilting time is dwindling with semester getting into full swing. Without many finishes I thought I would share some of the projects that I have on the go right now. I try to have a few small projects so that I have something to work on for 10 minutes here and there between marking papers.
I finally broke down and decided to do the half square triangle BOM from In Color Order. I am only a year late getting on this one, but I do love the way this block looks with the Simply Color fabric!
This is a block from the Kitchen Window quilt that I am making. I picked up these fabrics on my vacation to Maui last year and have finally started getting the quilt top together. I am loving all the bright colors and can’t wait to see it finished. I am keeping an eye out for the perfect backing (there wasn’t enough room in the suitcase to bring back that much fabric last year).
I stated this project one night after watching some of my Inspired Modern Quilts Craftsy class. I made this using the improv pods lesson and a the last of my Dr. Seuss scraps. Now to get a couple more and get a top together.
And last, the blocks that I have made for the Ima Bee Quilting Bee. I decided to join my first quilting bee this year, and have loved making this first block. I can’t wait to see all the blocks come together in the final top! You can see more of the blocks and a start of the top here. Up next is the Schoenrock Cross block (more paper piecing to try out, hopefully it goes smoothly).
That is all I am working on right now, hopefully I will have something finished soon!
My November block for Birdie Stitches- Remembrance Day (Canada)
Last year I made the birdie stitches quilt from Little Miss Shabby (well it wasn’t finished until this year, but I swear the top was finished a long time ago). Due to the differences in holidays from the States to Canada, I ended up redesigning the November block. I wanted to reflect the major event in Canada for November which is Remembrance Day.
I had a request for the design for this so please click on the picture below to download the pdf for my November block. If you do use it, I would love to see your project!
I had a couple of requests from people who wanted the block I drew for my June block of the Birdie Stitches quilt. I have included it here for anyone to use should they wish. It would be great if you would send me a picture or link of your finished block – I would love to see different variations!
Click on the picture below to download the pdf version.