Monday, 8 July 2013

Ten Things This Summer

Sherri at A Quilting Life is hosting a linky party to share your list of summer goals. So I thought I would join in to help keep me going whilst the kids are off school and my sanity gets put to the test!

#1. To finish quilting my charm pack quilt. I really should think of a name for it too, but I am useless at naming things!


Charm pack challenge

#2. To make the school lunch bags that my daughter asked for last year and have had the fabric sat around for ages. The fabrics are the Babyville Boutique which are meant to be used to make nappies, but since accidents happen with food and drink I thought these would be good for preventing spills in the school bags. 

Fabrics for lunch bags

#3. To make another 2 Mario blocks! I am aiming for this to be a Christmas present so need to get on since there is less than 6 months left! Ha! 



#4. To do something with at least one of these yummy charm packs I have stashed away!

Charm packs

#5. To decide on a pattern and start a Christmas table runner (or maybe cushions, who knows!) using these gorgeous A Little Merry Christmas fabrics!


Christmas Fabrics

#6. To keep up the swimming alongside the kids whilst they are in their swim lessons.

#7. After seeing this lovely hexie mini that Svetlana made a little while back, I thought something similar would be good for my hexies that are sat gathering dust (somewhere, when I can place my hands on them!). So, I just need to sew them together and make a whole load of solid colour ones and hey presto that will be another one done! Simple! Ha!


Hexes

#8. I saw chalkboard cloth in my LQS a while ago and just couldn't resist getting some. I would like to make some placemats for the kids, maybe as Christmas presents and also as gifts for some friends of ours.

#9. I have some fabrics that should really be turned into hats and summer pjs for the kids! If I am not fast with this one though the summer will be over before they are achieved!

#10. To prepare myself for our youngest child to start Kindergarten in the autumn and what comes next!


last one graduating from preschool!

Well, that looks ambitious! Especially given that we are only a week into the school holidays and it is proving to be busier than being at school! So, realistically, if I get even half way through that list I will be pleased!! Perhaps I should have prioritised them! Now there's a thought ...

Happy Summer :)

Friday, 5 July 2013

Lovely Year of Finishes - July goal!

The goal for June was to finish the charm pack challenge quilt top and get it ready for quilting. 




I think I managed to get to this point around the middle of the June, which meant I could get on with the quilting. So I have a bit of a head start on this months goal which is to finish the quilting and bind it! 

Now this should be a fairly easy challenge if I could just stop doing other things! Like making Just One Slab (or 11).


Slabs

Or another of the Mario blocks


Power Up

Or anything else that I think 'Oh, I just have to do that '! But that's what I enjoy about this fabric obsession! So much to try and play with.

Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes

Monday, 1 July 2013

Slabs!

After the recent flooding in Calgary and surrounding areas a few quilting initiatives have been set up to provide quilts to those who have lost so much.

One that caught my attention was Cheryl Arkison over at the Dining Room Empire who put out a call for quilters to make a slab block using scraps. The inspiration being based on the The Missing U quilt from Sunday Morning Quilts.



Now I, like most quilters, have plenty of scraps but I very rarely do anything with them, some appliqué occasionally. So, I dragged them out and set to it. I don't have the book but followed the simple instructions given on her post.

The block is so easy to make and goes together very quickly. Some of my scraps were quite small so it took a while on a couple of the blocks to get to the 15.5" square size. But I was having fun.

Slab blocks
I have nearly finished 8 blocks over the weekend. There is another green one and a brown one is almost complete. I reckon I could easily get a few more out of my scraps. I am quite taken with how they look together. But, I think if I were doing a quilt with these I would have to have make the blocks smaller.

Happy Canada Day!