Sunday, December 18, 2011

Orca Bay Step 5

How I do love a mystery. And this Orca Bay offering by Bonnie Hunter ( is a very good one, albeit my first one. I have also enjoyed going through past mystery patterns. I understand that this is the first time that the Mr. Linky has been used, and I agree it is a wonderful addition. It is a lot of fun seeing the interpretation that everyone around the world is doing.

So now I have cut 350 - 2 3/8 squares re-cut to 700 triangles and have sewn (and sewn and sewn) them onto either side of the 350 hst's. These look great.

the chain of triangles sewn to hst's
Triangle #2 sewn to opposite side...a chain waiting to be pressed and clipped.
Because I know these were stacks of ten...I know that I have 70 still to convert.

Re-stacked in batches of ten, they are easy to keep track of this way. I look forward to using more of the yellow/orange, the blue green and the red/violet. Bring on Step 6, etc etc. This is a lot of fun.

Like the rest of you there are other considerations in our lives and not the least of which was having my granddaughter here on Friday for her 7th birthday cake at Grandma's and a sleepover.

Quilt On!!

Tiny Reindeer

My parents moved with 10 children from Saskatchewan to Alberta the year I was born, 1951. It was to custom growing up in this large family that the Christmas tree did not come into the house until Christmas Eve. We children, from a large range in ages, would spend the afternoon decorating that tree. Mother would bring out the few commercial decorations out and we would make the rest. We would have saved papers to cut these apart and glue into paper ring the yard. This may be one of the only surviving commercial decorations. A small bakelite reindeer.

My father, once outside chores were complete, would boil russet potatoes til done, then mash with icing sugar to the desired consistency. These little potato balls were dipped in Bakers Dark Chocolate. The centers with flavored with peppermint, chopped maraschino cherries or crushed candy canes. Dipping those chocolates was made easier by using Mother's metal sock knitting needles.

While all this was going on my mother was making our HUGE Christmas Eve meal. My father would take us kids to evening church service. My mother would use this time for a much needed breather from her task...or get the finishing touches on dinner.

When we came home it was time to sing to the Christmas aglow with real candles (only on a fresh tree would it be possible) and starting with the youngest child in attendance we all sang the that child's favorite. Then up through the ranks, youngest to oldest, every one got to pick their favorite Christmas carol that we sang. Even if you had to sing the same song more than once (or three times or four). Singing was finished with my mother singing The Lord's Prayer. She had an amazing voice.

Then in turn again starting with the youngest we blew out the candles one at a time. This was the signal it was dinner time. Once that glorious meal was over we got to open one present and play with it before bedtime...when ever that was...sometime around midnight or later.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Orca Bay Step 4

It has been wonderful being in this on-line world-wide retreat with quilters working on their Orca Bay mystery quilts. Their colour choices, 'mq' progress and snippets into their other lives (family, pets, holiday plans, other quilts, etc) has been a wonderful gift.

I loved that I got to bring on the new colour into the mix this

Add to this a stack of recycled phone book pages cut to 5.5" square (64)

sew them together to get the most delicious string blocks

the variety and scale of prints make for some lovely string blocks ...make a large stack while you are at it...

Starch, press and then pare down to 5 1/8" and cut in half diagonally for the finished stack of triangles which are just lovely.

Done and Done...!

But it was not all quilting this weekend. I also attended a dance recital for two of my granddaughters, Tanea and Odessa. What shining stars they are in my life.

A 3 year old getting her dancing slipper on straight all by herself.

Every dancer deserves the freshest and prettiest roses available.

Wishing you all the very best and bring on Friday December 15 and Part 5!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Orca Bay Step 3

I have made a valiant effort at getting my 350 HSTs done before tomorrow's posting of Step 4. Here are 200 of the 350 needed.

Another 30 that needed their ears trimmed...who comes up with these terms anyway?

I am really enjoying the process and the little gifts to look forward to on Fridays. Something along the lines of an Advent calendars for quilters. Perhaps I ought to set out a little chocolate for myself to go along with the weekly clues.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Orca Bay Up dates

I have decided to participate in the Orca Bay Mystery Quilt after being made aware of it by my friend and fellow quilter Cathy Tomm and I am new to this whole blogging thing.

However, I do LOVE MQ's.

I chosen a triadic harmony of red/violet, blue/green, yellow orange and black/white.

I can read, but not always successful at the counting side of things...I have ended up with more of everything that I need so far. 234QST's and now 75 string blocks!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Technique Tuesdays (and sometimes Thursday)

my very good friend Elinor Burwash and I are working our way through Fabric Embellishing, The basics and beyond: by Chandler, Kettle, Thomas and Vlcek. While Elinor will be making her samples into a Sampler Wall-hanging, I have gone with one of the recommendations in the book, and I am making mine into a fibre book.

We get together at Elinor's and she very kindly and generously provides me with a meal, amazing dessert and the use of one of her Berninas.

Week one was about weaving fabrics. I chose a painted fabric that I had bought from Cathy Tomm and wove that with a chunk of 'lace' tablecloth that was full of holes. I finished it off my first page with hand embroidery, machine quilting, seed stitching, buttons and beading.

Week two was about adding Stitches and Bits to Tucks.