Saturday, July 22, 2017

A Patriotic Mini!

I have been home for a week from my second set of travels for this year.  First week was a sewing retreat with my bestie and the second week was hanging out with family for my first grandsons baptism. 
While on retreat I was standing in line to pay at a quilt store and saw the cutest Mini Quilt.  I decided to start it at retreat.

I used fusible web and hand blanket stitched around the stars.

I stitched in the ditch in the center of the quilt and did a meander in the border.  Lovely navy binding. I decided to do a big stitch by hand around the perimeter of the center.  I think it looks grand.  I am thrilled to have this mini finished and not in the UFO pile.  I like the idea of embroidery more than I actually like doing it.  Mainly because it is slow.  So glad I plowed through for the finish.

Thank you so much for visiting.  Hopefully I will have a few months at home now.  I need to quilt some large quilt tops.  

Until next time

Chantal

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Placemats for my Boy!

My twins graduated from college in May.  My son got a good Engineering job in Charleston so my daughter and I went to help him move into his first apartment.  We drove from NH to SC - some 1000+ miles.  I do love a road trip.  We worked hard but also got an opportunity to do some touristy things.  I came home with an order for a set of placemats.  I love it when the kids place an order for something quilty from me.  Here we are standing outside his front door.

I chose a fabric called neighborhood because I had it on hand, it has his favorite colors in it and somehow it reminds me of Charleston!

See the cluster of row houses in the second stripe from the top?  Reminds me of Rainbow Row.

One of our touristy things was to go to Pounce Cat Cafe and Wine Bar.  Hence the row of cat fabric.  Fantastic place.  You have to book.  When you arrive you get a drink and then go through to the cat lounge.  You can play with the kitties and interact with them.  They are all up for adoption.  I think they have found homes for over 200 cats since opening in December 2016.

I had fun making these four placemats.

I made four coasters to match.  The box went in the mail yesterday.  I sure hope the boy likes them.

Thanks for visiting.

Love
Chantal

Monday, June 26, 2017

This and That!

I managed to complete another modern Patchwork of the crosses.  I really enjoy making these blocks.  The prep time when you do fussy cutting is fairly long.  Picking and choosing and then making sure you can get enough blocks from the pattern repeats you have available.  Fun stuff indeed.  

Yesterday was a beautiful day in New Hampshire and we decided to take a drive along the coast and stop at various points to soak up the beauty of the sea on a sunny day.  We did stop on the way home for coffee and cake!  

Now that summer seems to be here I love to make frozen grapes for a snack.  Sprinkle them lightly with jello powder, place into snack bags and put them in the freezer.  You have a wonderfully refreshing treat ready to go.

We were sitting outside last evening and the clouds were just beautiful at sunset.  A storm was coming in and there were so many colors in the cloud formations.  Photo's never do sunsets justice.  

I hope you have a good day and thank you for stopping by for a visit.

Love
Chantal

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Flag Day and a Patriotic Finish!

I planned to blog today after a long absence.  I spent most of May away from home.  I thought it was totally wonderful that today is Flag Day too.  I finished this quilt within hours of my trip so I had no time to show it off. 

I made this quilt using a Missouri Star Quilt Company Pattern and some patriotic fabric.  The negative space is big and gave me the chance to do some fancy custom quilting.  (I have not yet removed the blue marking pen marks, so if you see them, they will be coming out)

I am so happy with how the quilt turned out.  I thought I would catch the fag waving in this photo to commemorate flag day.  

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. 

Love
Chantal

Friday, April 21, 2017

POTC Blocks and a Custom Quilting Job!

I have been having so much fun with the POTC blocks again.  I guess if a project languishes in a box for long enough, it becomes new again when revisited.

I did start making a second POTC project using more modern fabrics.  

This has to be one of my favorites.  Careful fussy cutting takes almost as long to do as stitching the block together.  The colors in this one just pop.

Reproduction fabrics for this one.

I have finally basted a top together with its backing and batting and have started quilting it.  This project will take a few weeks as I am custom quilting the large negative spaces.  I also have to mark the block with a ruler to get the spacings right for the different "rows" of quilting.  I am really enjoying this project.  I get about three blocks done per day.  It is a good project for listening to Audiobooks.

TGIF!  I wish you a wonderful weekend and thank you for visiting my blog.

Love
Chantal

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tiny Dresdens

I signed up for this cute BOM program at what used to be my local quilt store.   I started making this one just before Christmas and then things got busy and it just lay on the sewing table.  A few days ago I was bound and determined to find the bottom of my sewing table and came across this project.  I thought it was ridiculous that it was just laying there, so I picked it up and finished it.  I was so thrilled with the outcome I thought I would do "April" and at least have the correct month hanging up for a while.

Here it is on the wire frame.  It is such a cute little hanging.  The umbrella is a half a dresden plate.

Well that was fun and quick.  I thought I would then start "May" since I am going to be doing a bit of traveling during May for graduations and to meet my first grand baby.  So BAM, May is done.  I have actually started working on June too.  These cute little hangings measure 6 x 8 inches.  

It is so much fun to tackle small projects among all the big quilts and slow stitching paper piecing.  

I wish you a happy day and thank you for stopping by to visit my blog.  

Love
Chantal

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

POTC Blocks and a Tulip!

I really am enjoying making these POTC blocks again.  I love the fussy cutting process.

In fact, I am loving them so much that I decided to start a Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses quilt for myself using more modern fabrics (i.e. no reproductions)

Such lovely gentle colors in this block.

Alewivesfabrics.com has a new kit every Sunday which included 4 fat quarters and 100 1" honeycombs.  I bought two of the kits on Friday and this super cute package arrived yesterday.  They are in Maine - my next door neighbors!  I am so happy I found them as they have great fabrics and their customer service is really good.

I made this tulip block and decided to make it into a Spring Wall Hanging.  

I did big stitch quilting and French Knots on the tulip.  The rest I machine quilted.  It was fun to make and I like the spring-like colors!  If only Spring would find us!

That's it from me for today.  I am headed on up to the sewing room as it is rainy and gray today.

Have a good day.

Love
Chantal