It has been a while since I posted anything new so today is the day. For most of November YKW and I were both sick with a nasty cold and cough that is going around and seemed to hang in for a long time. Then came Christmas and that is a busy time of year spent baking and decorating. Since my Christmas gifts have been given out I can now post some pictures. When I was in Southern Ontario last September I bought a pattern at Mary Maxim's for a wine bottle holder. It was also suggested that it could be used as a slipper holder and Christine decided that she would carry her knitting needles and wool in it. I am glad that it can be put to good use.
I also bought wine fabric while I was there.
I gave the one with the dogs to Amanda and put a pair of slippers in it for her.
Lynda also wanted some coffee cup holders so that when she goes out walking on a cold day her coffee stays warm and her hands don't burn from the hot coffee.
Colleen wanted some placemats for every day use and I have had these unfinished for about 4 years so I thought that they would be great for every day.
She also wanted a table runner for every day use and I had a panel with birds and bird houses so I added fabric with bees on it.
I wanted to make a narrow table runner for my hall table with a winter theme so I just chose a star block and put sashing between the blocks. I can use it all winter instead of just at Christmas.
Star table runner
I have made a lot of quilts lately, so I decided that it was time to switch gears and make some placemats. In September the program gals showed a really cute pattern to make a quilt that looks like you did a lot of work but it is just the way you cut what you have sewn together and come up with triangles around the edge. I decided to adapt the pattern to placemats and to use up some of my 2 1/2 inch squares. I had a lot of fun and went a little wild since I made 6 of them. I made a small dent in my box of 2 1/2 inch squares.
I like the ones that were made from the same colour family rather than the third one down that is more of an assortment of colours. I will make more I think using the one colour.
I don't know the name of this pattern but if you click on the above picture you will get a larger view and will see how it is done. I used 48 - 2 1/2 squares in a 6 x 8 grid and made placemats that are 17 1/2 by 11 1/2.
I hope to post sooner than last time when I get some more pictures taken of what I have done over Christmas time.
It has been a while since I did some blogging. So many things have happened since the last time I was on here. In September I flew to Southern Ontario to visit two of my sisters and my grand daughter. My older sister was turning 79 this year so I wanted to visit with her close to her birthday if I couldn't be there on the day. We went out for lunch at a little pub near their home and then went back to the house for a short visit. On the way home we drove past the road to Paris so we took a detour and went to Mary Maxim. This is a shop that is famous for their knitting supplies and patterns and lately they have added fabric. It was a nice visit since I hadn't been there in over 15 years. I have been busy making Christmas gifts which I can't post yet but will do so after Christmas but have also been making some quilts. I have a narrow table in my hall and have always has store bought runners on it so I decided that this was the year to make one.
I used a pattern that I have made before and just added more squares since the table is 6 feet long.
This is some of the fabric that my sister in California sent me because she decided
that she wasn't going to do much quilting and instead
concentrate on knitting.
I don't know where I found this pattern. I flip around the internet so much and when I come
upon a pattern I like I just save it. I was really drawn to this one because of all the
small squares. I save squares in all sizes and this was a great pattern to use
some of them.
Another pinwheel quilt.
I used fabric that was left over from the backing on another quilt and was able to cut enough 5 inch squares to make this quilt. The border is also fabric that was left over from another quilt backing. This fabric was extra wide so I was able to use it for the border.
Quilts by Elena
When Lynda and I were in the Maritimes I bought 25 fat quarters of fabric from the area. There is Anne of Green Gables and potatoes from PEI and shells, sea glass, whales, lobster and crabs from NS and NB, I had fabric from Newfoundland from when we were there a few years ago so I added it to this quilt.
This is my "Memory Quilt"
I found this quilt on Moda and used some of the left over fabric from my memory quilt. It seems the fat quarters seem to grow over night after you have made a quilt with them. There is still a lot of fabric left over.
I was with a few friends in July and we learned how to make the Amish Star Hot Pads. The pattern showed how to make them round but I don't think mine was exactly round and that bugged me so I thought I would try to make it square. The round one also called for bias binding and since that uses a lot of fabric I didn't like that either.
My first Amish Star Mat.
I don't think it is truly round.
I like the square ones better so I decided to make my older sister two of them for her birthday. Carole will be 79 in October and I am going to Southern Ontario in September to visit my granddaughter so I will also visit with Carole. Lynda and I went to Florida in January 2015 when my brother turned 79 and I am so glad that we did because he passed away this past January. Not that I suspect that there is anything in Carole's near future but as we get older it is good to stay in touch when we all live so far apart. Jobs and marriage have separated us over the past years.
A blue and gold Amish Star.
A fall Amish Star.
The middle star looks funny because I didn't pay attention to where the green leaves on the fabric were. The middle would be better if it was all orange. I certainly am not going to rip it out but I will watch how I fold the pieces next time I make one. I was thinking that I might make a few for the guild booth at our next quilt show coming in April 2017.
There is a link to the pattern in an earlier post.
I have to finish the two table runners I am working on first. I want them for my hall table. It needs to be freshened up.
When Lynda and I were in the Maritime Provences I had two things on my mission to accomplish list. I wanted more fabric with food on it and I wanted to buy some fabric that was very indicative of the Maritimes. I was able to fulfill both things. I haven't done my Maritimes quilt yet but I did finish another quilt with preserves.
I had so much fun choosing the fabrics for this quilt. I have bananas, mushrooms, onions, french fries, lettuce, corn on the cob and of course chocolate chipits. Every jar is different. This quilt is actually a pattern for a Bug Jar Quilt.
Star Flower Block Quilt
One day while I was flipping through the Internet I came across this pattern and really loved it. It was one that I really had to make. More half-square triangles just arranged in a beautiful pattern.
A while ago my youngest sister asked me to make a small purse for the nurse that works in her doctor's office. When the nurse admired the one that C was wearing she decided that it would make a great retirement gift for the nurse. I told C that she had to buy the fabric because she was very specific about what she wanted. I received the parcel on Wednesday and then proceeded to him and haw about making this bag. I had made up the pattern for the original purse so I needed to refresh my memory and to look up some patterns on the internet to get help putting it together. The first bag also had seams showing on the inside and I don't like that anymore. I guess I have grown in my sewing. I started the bag on Saturday and worked all day on to get it finished.
There is a back open pocket that I secured with Velcro and a small pocket inside for keys or something. The strap is long enough to wear across the body for security.
I mailed it last Monday to California and she received today which is really something for sure with our mail service. She loved the bag.
In the parcel with the Bee fabric was also a great deal of fabric that C decided that she didn't want anymore since she wasn't doing much quilting so she sent it on to me. I pulled out some of the colours that went together and made her a hot mat.
Amish Folded Star Hot Mat.
The original pattern was round but I found another pattern that made the mat into a square. It is Vicki's Fabric Creations. You can find it HERE
I finished my Voyager Bag a while ago but haven't blog for a while so now is the time. I took it away with me in June and couldn't believe how much I could put into this bag. I have had the pattern and the fabric for a while too but just hadn't gotten around to getting it done. The pattern is from Among Brenda's Quilts. She has a lot of really great patterns that are easy to follow. Lots of easy instructions and pictures to follow along as you make your projects.
I bought the fabric last year at the Minnesota Quilt Show and as soon as I saw it I knew that I would use it for this bag. Brenda also has a pattern for a shoulder support for the bag. You can see it in the picture.
I am really pleased with this bag. Check out Brenda's website if you have a spare minute. It may take more than that though because there is so much to see.
I hated to cut this fabric so I decided to just put batting and backing on it and quilt it for some teddy bear quilts. I picked this fabric up at the Creative Festival in April in Toronto. I had some black polka dot fabric that went well with the Dalmatian dogs for the binding.
We were heading to Halifax today from Sydney to spend a few more days there before flying home. The day started out a little off because I couldn't find the car keys. We had all the suitcases down at the car ready to load them and the keys were no where to be seen. We took the bags back upstairs and started going through my suitcase and we found them. I have been keeping the keys because Lynda seems to lose them all the time. We got on our way and headed for the quilt shop that was on the way to Halifax. When we pulled in the large sign in front said that the shop was closed on Mondays from May to August. Their website and Facebook did not mention this. We were a little upset after going out of our way to go there. We started off again for Halifax and turned onto a road that we thought would take us back to the main road. It didn't. We continued on and went from one bad road to the next. We were doing well until we hit a pot hole and heard a bang. We had blown a tire on a deserted road. We hadn't seen another car for quite awhile. We decided to start walking and we heard a car coming. It was a truck with a middle aged man who said he would change our tire for us. When he started I really felt that we would never have been able to accomplish that ourselves. He directed us to a small town called St Peter"s and to OK Tire. Mike checked the tire and said that it could not be fixed and no one in town had a tire that would go on our car. He could order one but it would take 24 hours at least to get a new one. He suggested we drive back to Sydney and get Enterprise to swap out our car for a new one. We drove on a donut tire at 80 km an hour. Well that didn't work either. When we got back to Enterprise in Sydney they had no vehicles and said they would order a tire and we would be on our way tomorrow. So back to the hotel we just checked out of. I called home to let YKW know where I was and find out that he had fallen in the garden when he was finishing up and broke his wrist. What else could go wrong. It didn't take long because on Tuesday when I called to find out when we could get our tire replaced we found out that the garage forgot to order our new tire. Enterprise said they had a vehicle returning today so we could have it and be on our way. After 1 pm our car arrived. We grabbed a quick lunch and were on our way to Halifax. We finally arrived at 6 pm just in time to have dinner and pack for out flight home tomorrow. Peggy
We left Port Hawkesbury and made our way toward the Cabot Trail to take us to Sydney. This trail leads all around Cape Breton Island up and down mountains and across rivers. Travelling along we stopped at the small town of Mabou because we saw a church steeple.
St Mary's Church
The inside of the church.
Notice the tartans hanging on the columns
We drove on further and stopped at St. Joseph du Maine. You can see how close the road is to the ocean and how the road twists and turns.
We are so high up here looking down into the valleys.
Another stop at Lakies Head.
We drove through Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada and down the eastern side of Cape Breton Island. I wanted to stop at Ingonish at the Keltic Lodge because I had been there 38 years ago and I wanted Lynda to see it.
Bridge over Big Bras D'or
We looked down on the bridge and then after many twists and turns we drove over it and then onto Sydney. That was one long drive. It took us over 7 hours. It would have been about 5 if we hadn't stopped a few times along the way.
On Sunday we decided that we should go to church. We found one not far from us with Mass at 10 am and decided that we would have breakfast and then head over there. We found it but couldn't find a parking lot where we could park. The sign out front had no mass times so Lynda stopped someone on the street and she told us that this was one of the churches that had been closed. We figured we would forget it and start out on our way to Glace Bay and Fortress Louisburg for the day.
We drove into Glace Bay and the GPS told us that we arrived at our designation. Just around the corner was a huge Catholic Church and the sign out front said that Mass was at 11:15. We checked our watches and it was 11:20 so we went in and Mass had just started.
St Anne's Church at Glace Bay.
After Mass was over we went back into the church to take some pictures.
The main altar.
There were 2 very large stained glass windows, one on either side of the church.
We continued on to Louisburg. Lynda wanted to travel along the coast so we stopped at a few beaches.
This one had a gorgeous beach. The sand was very firm. The water was very cold and I ended up with wet sandals trying to put them back on and trying to get the sand off my feet.
To get to the beach you walked along the boardwalk to the pods which ended at the beach. This way you didn't have to walk through the tall grass. This is tick country here.
We finally got to Louisbourg National Historic Site.
We had had no lunch so we went to the bakery and had French Toast and tea. Because it was early in the season it closed at 5 pm so we had very little time to spend here.
Everyone was dressed in period costume
The Guard at the Main Gate.
I climbed up to where the cannons were overlooking the fort.
We took a short cut back to Sydney and went for a hot tub and then dinner in the dining room downstairs.
Tomorrow we head back to Halifax for a few days. It will take about 4 hours to get there.