Friday, 9 May 2014

No Seam Ripper Allowed!

Thanks to another busy week, my "Day & Night" table runner is not progressing very quickly. Funny how things don't get done unless you do 'em, hey? (and that is how a Canadian uses "eh" to end a sentence!)


Stitching outlines for fillers.

For this project, I've decided to leave the seam ripper alone (*gasp*) and ignore the little imperfections in my work.  Getting into the flow of the quilting is more important to me than perfection on this piece.

I'm still practicing control with tiny motifs.
The circles are a quarter inch across.
Typically, the more thread I add to something, the better I like it. My plan is to quilt this to death!


Meet Amy! Amy is my older son's girlfriend. She's making her first stuffie...a dinosaur for her nephew.


It takes me about 15 hours to make a dino, start to finish. With two of us, it is going a bit faster, but not much. Stitching the feet and attaching the legs is very fiddly work. As Amy said, "This is more work than making a baby quilt!"

Dino parts
He's gonna be stinkin' cute...I'll show you when we're done.


Oh, and just so he doesn't feel left out, here's my son, Brandt!

Chillin' on a hot afternoon last summer

Last night I made a couple of green modern slabs at our modern bee. It feels good to make a dent in my scraps. Next time I'm going for hot colours!


15 inch "slabs"

These are my Mom's mini-slabs. She is taking a different approach, planning a little garden-art piece. Aren't the spiders perfect for that?



Hope you are having a lovely week.

Oh! That reminds me...I won another linky party prize! My husband says I should go buy a lottery ticket and win that, too. Ha!

Melissa and Shanna host A Lovely Year of Finishes. Each participant commits to ONE finish every month, linking up once to set the goal, and once to show the finish. I am tickled to have won a pattern download from Bittersweet Designs!

I'm going to choose Dizzying Diamonds. Fun!

Thank you, Melissa & Shanna!

Linking up with:

I Quilt Thursdays, at Pretty Bobbins
Needle and Thread Thursday, at My Quilt Infatuation
Whoop Whoop Friday, at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Fabric Frenzy Friday, at Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Try, Learn, Grow!
Carole

Comments are welcome. Thanks so much for looking around!

14 comments:

  1. i like the look of those blocks you made at your quilting bee. I'm in Australia and Queenslanders are known for ending sentences with eh. i was interested to hear that Canadians do it too. Since I have been reading international blogs i am learning lots of new terms - hadn't heard of a slab in relation to quilting blocks before. Its always fun

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    1. We are using the name "modern slabs" because that's what they are called in the book, "Sunday Morning Quilts". It seems to suit them...they do kind of remind me of sidewalk slabs.

      I didn't think we used "eh" very much, but when we were in Florida one year on a holiday, a store clerk asked if we were Canadian because we'd said it! We seem to use it as a way of seeking agreement with our statements, promoting input or conversation, and especially when making comments in jest. Is that how Queenslanders use it?

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  2. It's exiting to follow your quilting - I'm gathering strength and courage to load in my first quilt and get on going...

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    1. Yes, it would be nice to feel 100% ready, but sometimes you have to push past the fear and get going, even if you only feel 65% ready! Take a deep breath. Jump in with both feet, try a bunch of stuff, make a few mistakes (it's okay), and go for it!!! Eventually you will figure out what you like, and what works for you. :-) Be BRAVE, Hannele!!! You can do it.

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  3. I love you Mom's mini-slabs! The spiders are an excellent touch!

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    1. That's what I thought, too! Thanks for visiting, Ann. :-)

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  4. Thank you for sharing the intermediate stages of your quilting as well as the finished, and that dino is going to be stinking cute, eh?

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    1. Happy to! Sometimes seeing other people's process pics can trigger ideas for my own work, so I try and pay it forward. Ha! Good one, Lisa! The dino is a fun project. I've made several and they are always adorable.

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  5. Good for you....leaving the stitch ripper alone. It's good to learn to live with little imperfections. You'll notice I said "learn to". That's because I'm still a work in progress and I tend to keep that old stitch ripper too close. I love the quilting you've done so far. I know I'll love the rest. I'm looking forward to seeing the stuffie and your slab blocks are beautiful..

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    1. Okay, so I haven't been able to leave the seam ripper completely untouched, but it's been close. I've used it a couple of times when I haven't paid 100% attention and accidentally stitched where there shouldn't be stitching. As anticipated, the more stitching I add, the better things look! Yay for overkill! Thanks for your lovely comment...you always have such nice things to say, Jo. That you make time to visit and comment is very appreciated. :-)

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  6. Your quilting is just beautiful!! I am so glad that I found your blog from the new blogger's group :)

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    1. Thank you...Me, too! Your quilts are delightful, and I'm glad we have connected!

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  7. Love the quilt! Dino is adorable. I hear you when it comes to planting, but sometimes I just have to go dig in the dirt. I planted a bunch of pots last weekend.

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    1. Thanks! I'm loving it now...wasn't so sure at the beginning. :-) Dino knows he is adorable - he is not modest! Ha!

      My annuals are currently in a wagon, which I trundle in and out of the garage when the temperature dips below freezing at night. I will plant them after the May long weekend (Canadian holiday - third weekend of the month). By then the soil will be warmer and the nights not quite as chilly. It's been a cool, slow spring, so I'm looking forward to getting into the soil myself!

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