Where, Oh Where, Has the Time Gone?

Well, faithful peeps!  I sort of went awol on you for a while.  I suppose I needed a bit of down time. Time to recharge after the “never-ending winter”.

I have been spending time with my Mom, who is now settled comfortably in a nursing home.  Her mind is fading and I’m trying to spend as much time as I can before the disease makes her forget her world.

I spent a lovely week away with my son on a Caribbean cruise, while the hubby stayed home to pay for it!  His turn next time!

I’ve had some wonderful sewing days thrown in there too!  Let me show you!

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I finished this throw quilt, made from Zombie Apocalypse fabric by Riley Blake.  I used a pattern that is supposed to look like chain-link but I think it gets lost with the busy-ness of the fabric.  It will be auctioned off at a car show on June 22nd in Plattsville, Ontario, Canada.  Our youth group at church is hosting a Classic Car Show from 1-4pm to raise money for the youth to go to Kamloops, BC for the youth convention.  If you are in the area, stop by for some car eye candy and maybe bid on my quilt!  I haven’t put a label on it yet, any suggestions for a name?

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I pieced the back using large pieces of the same fabric with some Kona Coal thrown in for good measure.  The binding is a bit scrappy, I used some orange eyeballs from the Zombie Apocalypse line and some black fabric from my stash.

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I quilted it using FMQ in a spider web pattern.  It was surprisingly easy and quite meditative.  I watched old episodes of The Guardian on Netflix.  Gotta love me some Simon Baker!  I could watch that man for hours!  *sigh*

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I’m nearly done this quilt (finally)!  I still need to attach the binding but with a full week of rain in the forecast, I thought I better get a photo while the getting was good.  This is still from last year’s MSBHQAL and I finally got to quilting it.  I struggled with what pattern to quilt.  I feel I took the cheater’s way out… I ditch-stitched it.  It looks pretty sweet from the back, especially when you take into consideration the backing fabric.

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The backing fabric has strong geometric shapes similar to the herringbone pattern on the front.  The colour isn’t coming through on the photo, it is very bright and most of the colours are found in the fabrics on the front of the quilt.  I am binding it in this fabric as well.  Can’t tell you what it is.  The selvage really didn’t say.  Pity.

I am a full month behind now in the RSC2014 and I’m not terribly upset by it.  The colour for April was purple and I’m not sure how much purple I actually have.  I know I’ll get the squares done, I just need to sit still long enough to sort through my scrap bins.  Whew!  That’s going to be a chore.  I’m waiting to see what the colour will be for May.  Something spring-like, I’m sure!

Oooh!  And guess what?  I have ordered a quilting frame kit!  It should be here in a few days.  I’m excited, I hope I’m not going to be disappointed.  I spent the weekend at the Creativ Festival with two lovely ladies and kept wandering off on my own to research long-arm quilting machines.  The problem… I can not justify spending $10,000 right now!  Maybe if I get my quilt-y business up and running, but not before then.  The kit is a build-yourself kit and uses your domestic sewing machine.  The kit is being specially made to fit my particular machine.  I plan on practicing my FMQ on this set up before I make the leap to a “real” long-arm machine.  I’ll do a proper post after I test drive it for a while.

Last, but not least… I now have a website!  I will be selling some of my wares on this site and taking custom orders for quilts and home decor items.  Check it out!

I’ll be linking with my link ups in my sidebar.

I promise not to stay quiet for so long.  Till next time…

Rita

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31 Responses to Where, Oh Where, Has the Time Gone?

  1. Oh here it is! Great finishes, Rita! Hope you had a wonderful time on the cruise. And can’t wait to see and hear more about your new quilting frame. Congratulations!

  2. Connie says:

    Sorry about your mom and you are right to spend as much time with her right now. Beautiful quilts especially the Broken Herringbone and I don’t think there is a “wrong” way to quilt. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your new frame when it get there too!
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  3. It seems that you have been super busy. We all deserve a break sometimes, and I’m glad you got to enjoy yours. Your zombie quilt is super fun. I’m sure that the car show guys will love it. Too bad it’s not a motorcycle show. I’m sure with the colors and skulls, it would go for lots of money at one of those. And congrats on getting your herringbone quilt quilted. It’s always hard to decide how to best finish a quilt, especially one that turned out so pretty.

  4. Thank you Andrea! I’m hoping the quilt brings in lots of money! I think there are motorcycles at the car show (tractors too) so who knows? Maybe it’ll go to a biker dude! Lol!

  5. Margaret says:

    Love your quilts–such fun fabrics. I empathize with your situation with your mum as I’m in exactly the same place with my own. Keep your spirits up!

  6. LOVE the herringbone quilt! Wow! Beautiful!

  7. Thank you so much! It’s a terrible thing to have our parents fade before our eyes. Keep your spirits up also.

  8. trkingmomoe says:

    I liked the first one with the black and white sashing. Wonderful finished quilts. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  9. Thank you for your kind words!

  10. SewingWilde says:

    The herringbone quilt is the perfect way to use scraps, making note of this

  11. It was a really fun block to make too! I’ll probably make another sometime. Good luck with yours!

  12. Marie says:

    Lots of beautiful finishes ! I am sure your auction quilt will be a huge success on the day and I just love your herringbone quilt. It was definitely worth the finish. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Shauna says:

    both are wonderful, but I love the second one best, I think ditch stitching was a great idea, looks good front and back!!!

  14. Your Zombie Apocalypse quilt is wild! So fun! I love the Herringbone — ditch quilting is perfect for it so don’t sweat it!

  15. Lisa says:

    I love your herringbone quilt and I don’t think stitch in the ditch is cheating!

  16. Snowcatcher says:

    I, too, love the colors and the bright, cheery feel of the herringbone quilt! Good luck with your new quilting frame!

  17. Yes! After I washed it I love it now! The quilting looks great from the back especially with the print fabric. The print has a herringbone look to it too. Thanks for popping in!

  18. Yes! Thank you! I’m loving it since I washed it. The quilting is great now. I always fret before I wash it.

  19. Thank you! I guess it’s not cheating per se, just not as much work/fun as other FMQ. I’m loving now though since I washed it.

  20. Thank you! I’m “squeal” excited! I think the frame may come tomorrow!

  21. your broken herringbone is stunning! I love the rainbow of colors!

    Thank you so much for partying at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  22. Anonymous says:

    Lovely quilts! Hurray for two finishes!

  23. Thank you Kelly for being a fab hostess!

  24. Thank you!! You are showing as ‘anonymous’. Thanks for dropping by!

  25. LoretteC says:

    Beautiful finishes especially the herringbone quilt! Good luck with your new frame… it won’t be long before you make the leap to a longarm! Trust me!

  26. Thank you Loretta! That’s what I’m afraid of! The leap to a long arm is a very expensive one! I’d love one but can’t justify it yet.

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