Thursday, November 26, 2020

Another UFO Complete

 Back in the days when life was open and free, my church quilt group agreed to quilt two quilts for an organization building accommodations for homeless veterans.  The tops were already made. We put one quilt onto the frame and were making good progress, when Covid lockdowns began. When it became obvious that it would be a very long time before we could sit around the frame again, I got permission to go into our closed building and rescue the quilt from the frame. It became the travelling quilt, moving between quilters to get it finished. I put the last stitches into it last Friday.

It is a large quilt and is folded in four in this picture. It was picked up by the person in charge of decorating the sanctuary, and on Sunday morning, it made its first completed appearance, during Zoom Church.

This photo is courtesy of the AV volunteer.

However, we had agreed to finish two quilts, so instead of driving ourselves crazy, we are donating one we finished awhile ago, and hung in the church, last January.

Not as long, but wider.

And the other quilt top that we were suppose to finish?

It has been upcycled into three quilts that will be used by the service dogs that are expected to live at the facility. They got a doggy backing in flannel, and were quilted by machine, with no bindings.

Sometimes things work out better than we expect.

A few years ago, a former minister started hanging our quilts in the sanctuary so they could absorb the prayers and hopes of all the people. The congregation loved it. They were thrilled to see a new quilt this week.

Meanwhile, I was asked to make a couple more hand sanitizer pouches, for a friend. I finished them today.

I was asked for one dog and one cat. This is what my scarps produced. I like them. This is the 100 ml size.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Supporting Homeless Kitties

 The Lynhurst Feral Cat Project is holding their annual Christmas Market, starting tomorrow.

The event is on Facebook and new items will be added daily. First one to offer gets the item.

I found a few things to donate.

This Christmas table runner was a UFOvember finish and needs to move into someone else's home.

I had some hand sanitizer pouches that went unclaimed during my fund raiser.

Notice the cat theme.

I also had these fingerless mitts that I knit awhile ago.

They are in baby alpaca and silk and lovely and soft.

My friend, Pat, made a pair of mittens, too.

These mitts are from the book "Saltwater Knits" and are 100% Canadian wool.

I hope they all find their way to new homes.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020


 On the Geeky Bobbin blog, she is running a blog hop on dealing with your UFO's. I have been reading the posts and pulled out a couple of mine, to finish. I have 2 table runners finished, so far.

The first is a Triangle Frenzy pattern, called Swirl. I made the top for this one, just to try the technique. I pulled it out recently, and it is now finished. I am submitting it to be sold by the Lyndhurst Feral Cat Project's Christmas Market. 

I think the fabric was called Holiday Sparkle and it is an unusual colour combination for Christmas. I donated a couple of other things, that I already had finished. as well as some Newfoundland mittens from my friend, Pat. Check out their Facebook page for details of the sale.

Yesterday, I was the responsible adult for my grandson's remote schooling. Although his parents know I am not very grownup, they didn't tell the teachers, so al was well. While he was doing his online class stuff, I was stitching the binding from a UFO that I pulled out a couple of months ago. Amazing what a couple of hours of hand stitching gets done. 

Christmas side.

Everyday side. It is quite long, but not as long as I had intended. However, my calculations were off, so this is all the fabric I had. I'm sending it off as a Christmas gift. 

I should have tidied that table a bit more. It is actually fairly tidy but I needed a lot of space for the runner.

Friday, October 30, 2020

It's Halloween, Already

 This staying home really seems to make time do weird things. My goal to post once a week has again failed. Oh, well. 

My old friend, Bear, is modelling one of the 12 Halloween masks I made as Halloween gifts.

Here are some more of them.

I also made gift bags and filled them with some Halloween goodies. I almost forgot to take a picture.

That bright striped fabric was hiding in my stash, having last been used to make costume elements for one of my sons for a school play. Been resting for a while. It turned out to be an excellent match for the fabric. 

The bag fronts and many of the masks are from two panels from Ruby Star, called "Candy, Please". I like that the one panel was four fat quarters from the line. I hope more companies choose this method. It makes fabric easier to buy and store.

A friend of very long standing (we met in kindergarten) asked for a pair of baby socks for her granddaughter. That was an easy request to fill. However, there was still some space in the envelope so I added a couple of other things.

I hope she and her granddaughters enjoy a little treat. Masks and hand sanitizer pouches seem like odd gifts to show one cares, but it is the current way.

Meanwhile, this is my setup for church on Sundays. The computer connects to Zoom, the tablet holds the order of service, then I have my sock knitting and my tea. My book club setup is much the same. This is how we gather in groups, now.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Thanksgiving Sunday

 It is a year when it is a little harder to be thankful, however, we are all safe and warm, and for now, that is enough. I will be thankful for that.

I had one of those weeks when creativity was hard to find. My most creative endeavour at one point was sweet potato dog chews.

You slice sweet potato thin and dry the slices in the oven at a very low temperature. Unlike some baking projects, the point is actually to turn them into shoe leather. You can buy them at the store, already made, but this way is cheaper, especially on a chilly day. The plate was full, so obviously they were a hit.

I started a sock for my little guy.

Just a plain vanilla sock, not much creativity, here (just warm feet).

Then I watched a video from Just Get It Done Quilts, where she suggests sewing your scraps together as a way to get your creativity going. So I grabbed a bag of scraps and did this.

Not anything great, but they are big enough to make a couple of zippered bags. After you apply some interfacing, I expect they will be fine. It also raised my spirits and got me thinking.

I went into my closet and found a Christmas table runner, in need of a batting and backing. Of course, since I was on a roll, I pieced the batting from some scraps, and found the backing, that was already to go.

It is now batted and backed, and in need of a bit more quilting. I'm sure it won't be hard to find it a home.

While I was in there I found more potential Christmas gifts, in need of a bit of work. I guess I have my projects for the week.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Autumn Glory

 I went for a walk, the other day, when the weather was perfect for taking pictures. I actually remembered my camera, so I will share some with you.

This is on the multiuse trail through the park behind my street.

This is the Alice Wilson Woods. It is a place where the Canadian Shield pops up above the ground. The land has been turned into park with hiking trails where we can walk. (Alice Wilson was the first woman to hold the job of Geologist in the Canadian government, and one of the first two women to become Fellows of the Canadian Geographical Society.) 

A tree doesn't change colour all at once. This one seems to be conflicted. I feel the same way about autumn. I, too, want to keep one foot in summer.

This one was striking with its bright colour against the cloud.

This smoke bush is a perfect compliment to the maple beside it. 

The leaves have started to fall, so the cleanup will come next. We enjoy the colours while we can.

My friend Corina finished her Maker Case as well. Corina and I had a couple of video sewing days together to make these. I think she did a very good job.

I love sewing with friends. so I will be doing a video sew day again, soon.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Not Really A Squirrel

 It is actually a chipmunk.

This is my Mini Maker Case for the Mini Maker Case SAL. I used some of my Tula Pink fat quarters.

It has foxes on the bottom part.

This is the back.

And there is a sleeping fox on the bottom.

The interior is kind of wild.

I was disappointed with this sew along. It was billed as suitable for an adventurous beginner. However, the directions were not always clear, and sometimes they were not at all the way I would do them. My beginner friend got some unsatisfying results when she used the methods given. We ended up having long video chats to get a result she was happy with. I wonder how many beginners gave up, and blamed themselves for not being able to finish.

Okay, off my soapbox. On to some pictures for my friends in warmer climates. We take autumn colours for granted but in much of the world, they never get to see this.

This is the tree in my neighbours' yard.

The Virginia Creeper that has climbed my spruce tree.

Surprisingly, the frost didn't get these Morning Glories. 

And the old curtains have managed to save the tomato plants so we might get a few more, this fall. Last week, we had 4 nights of temperatures near zero, today, the high was 25C. Crazy.