Awesome time had by all!

Time flies when you are in Barbados!   We had an awesome time, but before we knew it, it was time to get back on the plane and back to reality!  If you have the chance to go, I highly recommend that you go.  If you do go, make sure you take in a few of the local landmarks.  The first one we went to was an absolute delight.  Hunte’s Garden is a tropical paradise with too many beautiful plants and flowers to mention.  Here are just a very few of the photos I took…..

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lush berries

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Another great place we visited was Sunbury Plantation House,  a 300 year old house filled to the brim with antiques and a room devoted to sewing machines….photo 5a

….and an antique quilt that caught my eye!

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Of course, I checked out the back!

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It was hard to tell how big the hexies were (none of us had a ruler!) but they are smaller than the ones I am working with.

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The pattern was a little random, a little planned.

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Of course, I found time to do a bit of stitching.

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So now, back to the routine of sitting down to hand-quilt in the evening with a nice pot of tea!

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Til next time….

Kerry

 

Getting Ready For A Vacation!

Hubby and I and 2 other couples are leaving on Sunday for a week in the sunny south.  We have had this holiday planned for a while now and we are all very, very excited.  Who wouldn’t be?  We are going to Barbados!  The other 2 wives are busy planning where we will be eating, daily excursions to must-see tourist areas and flight schedules.  Not me.  I am too busy prepping my applique so I can do some serious stitching!  My biggest fear is that when I travel, I will have absolutely nothing to do.  True story.  So I always take my applique with me wherever I go.  I have stitched in Nova Scotia….

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…at the cottage….

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…The Royal York in Toronto.  We actually missed our flight to Nova Scotia so I had lots of time to stitch while we waited for the next flight.

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…on the Amoeba in Antigua…..

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…and in Florida.

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Wherever I go with my stitching, I take my bag with me.  I pack this bag before I pack my suitcase.  Again…true story!  My bag has everything in it that I will need….thread, a package of needles, a few pins, scissosrs, close-up glasses, Thread Heaven and ThimblePads.

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So…on to the border.  I love fabrics that go from light to dark across the width, like this purple one.

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I needed some purple berries to finish off the bouquet in the vase and I thought this might be the perfect fabric.  I cut a few dark berries, a few medium ones and a couple light ones.

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I just kept adding flowers, buds, leaves and stems, until the right side was complete.  Voila!

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Finally, I have something to hand-quilt!  I spent the weekend marking and basting my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt.   I decided to quilt a Baptist fan design.  So far, so good!

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Til next time….

Kerry

 

To Everything There Is A Season….Block 6

I have noticed the squirrels are gathering their nuts for the winter.  My friend (who know all about that kind of thing) tells me that means we are going to have an early winter.  Darn.

Here is the 6th block of “To Everything There Is A Season”.

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In case you have missed the previous blocks, here they are…

Block 1

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Block 2

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Block 3rose

Block 4Summer vase photo for blog

Block 5SUNFLOWER FOR BLOG

These blocks are available for purchase on my website Simple Bird Studio.

Til next time…

Kerry

 

Not bad for a rainy day!

I love to have lots of projects on the go.  It keeps things interesting.  I am in the process of putting the finishing touches on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt.  So…here are all the flowers stitched together.  And I have started to fill in the side sections.  I must admit it is a little awkward stitching with a cat lying on my lap, but somehow I manage!

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Next, I started filling in the top and bottom sections.  Just one more row to add on the left side and I will be finally ready to start hand-quilting.  I have been without a hand-quilting project for some time and I am can’t wait to start!

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It rained all day Monday, so I decided that would be a good day to spend on the third border Friends of Baltimore.  First, I added the stems and leaves, and then added the flowers…DSCN6026

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I just kept adding more stems and leaves and flowers…

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Not bad for a rainy day!

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Til next time…

Kerry

 

Talking to myself and other fun stuff!

I made a deal with myself…I couldn’t start the third border of “Friends of Baltimore” until I completed The Elissa block from Sue Garman’s “Ladies of the Sea”.

Oddly enough, I make deals with myself all the time……clean the bathroom and then you can sit and stitch…start dinner and while the pasta is cooking you can sit and stitch….get up a little earlier and you can sit and stitch.  You get the picture!

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So, here we go!  I decided to start with the vines coming out of the bouquet.  I should mention that I have traced the design on the background with a Clover water soluble marker.

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I was just itching to start the vase…so that is what I did!  I used the same blues as I did for the flowers in The Elissa block.

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I am not going to be shy…I love the way this vase turned out!!

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Next, I added a few more leaves and tiny stems.

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And a few purple flowers….

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Next, I added some pretty posies!

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When I filled the vase with all of the flowers, something started to niggle at me. The light pink rose gets lost in the boquet.

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So then, I started a conversation with myself.  I guess by now you have figured out that I talk to myself…a lot!!  I started to think that in real life, someone may have put a pale pink rose into a vase with brightly coloured flowers and it might look just fine.  Someone else might look at the block and think it looks just fine.  Maybe I am just being too critical of my work.  But the reality is, I know that if it bugs me now, it is going to bug me even more once it is quilted.  So I replaced the flower with one that has just a little more oomph!

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I have  added a few more rows onto my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt.  Only two more rows to go…yippee!  I have already decided (after many converastions with myself!) about how I am going to hand-quilt it.  I will keep you posted!

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Til next time…

Kerry

Lazy Days of Summer

This past weekend  my husband and I travelled to Amherst Island with my sister-in-law and her husband to attend the Emerald Music Festival.  We stayed in a wonderful cottage that belongs to my husband’s cousin.  Not only was it filled with some awesome antiques, she also had a collection of old quilts that immediately caught my attention…this one especially.  It is hand-appliqued and hand-quilted  The applique pieces are pretty worn in some spots.  This is the only block that has at least some of each appliqued piece.  The rest are pretty faded.

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I love the scalloped edge.  Sadly, there was no label.  (Note to self…label ALL quilts!)

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We had a blast cooking breakfast on this 1952 Moffat stove…once we figured out how to turn it on!!

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And best of all, I found the perfect spot to work away on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt.

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Til next time…

Kerry

Anchors Aweigh!

Now that the leaves, flowers and most of the ship is stitched, it is time to start the anchor.  It is just a teensy bit challenging, so I thought I would show you how I tackled it.   You can see it is a little on the small side.  Just take a deep breath!

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First, I placed it on the fabric so  that most of the straight pieces are on the bias rather than the straight grain.

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Next, I reverse appliqued the inner circle.  When I do fiddley pieces like this, I don’t cut out the whole piece at once, just the section I am working on.  It is easier to handle if it a big piece of fabric.  No doubt about it, this is a tiny seam allowance, so I used just a dab of Fray Check on the seam allowance.

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I trimmed a small part of the seam allowance and prepped it before trimming more seam allowance…

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These right angles can be tricky, so I fold the section to be prepped towards myself so I can really get my mini-iron in the corner.

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That wasn’t so hard, now was it??

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This is the part I really enjoy…taking the freezer paper out!

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So once that was done, I placed it on the block, along with the rope, which I will be honest, was a piece of cake compared to the anchor!

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Since I don’t have any handquilting on the go right now, I am managing to get my hexies stitched together.  Sweet!

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Til next time…

Kerry