Friday, 22 September 2017

A Knitting Gem in Perth Ontario

I slipped over to Eastern Ontario this week to give my Niece, Alison Manning, a hardy congratulations on the purchase and reopening of Unravelled, her yarn shop, in Perth Ontario.

She left an IT job in Ottawa to follow her dream (and reclaim her life and family). Thanks to an awesomely supportive husband and wonderful teen age son, her commute to "work" now takes......15 minutes??!! .......instead of 2 hours.
I had to inspect and touch all the wonderful products on display. I ended up bringing home a luscious box of Merino wool roving samples.

These will end up in my future felted offerings.
Here's a quick look at the rainbow of awesome wool. Check out her website and plan a trip!

proud mother Judy Manning

Now the pressure is on for me to FINISH my current knitting project and hurry back. New stock is coming in all the time and a lot of it is from local sources.

Visit when you can. Perth, Ontario is charming and so representative of an early Canadian town.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Snow Days - Centre Block

This went together rather slick. I did change out some single 3 inch blocks ( lighter or darker ) but I left the rest as they happened.
Random and scrappy is always interesting.

Monday, 11 September 2017

First Prize Surprise

I received a call last night from a member of our Quilt guild. We had collaborated on a piece. This was over a year ago, so I was surprised when she told me she'd entered it in a local fair.. and WON. This was the Tandem class, HER quilt and my quilting and leaf embellishment.

The photo is not the best, but I remember it was a lot of fun.

Snow Days - All the Blocks Complete

Lots of cutting and lots of breaks. The instructions were very clear as long as you remembered they were for one block. It was easy to overlook just how many of each piece or each size you needed, so I organized a system and only messed up once.

The three sizes made for a nice break and encouraged some thoughtful use of the limited materials I had selected. I found it was most efficient and relaxing to cut and assemble each size separately.
The only solid fabric I used was my walnut stained material. I used 3 different shades.

I only have a few small pieces left to embroider. The centre of the quilt is surrounded by the embroidered pieces so I can start assembling that tomorrow.


Friday, 8 September 2017

Snow Days Quilt - Starting the Blocks

The embroidery is almost complete so I started on the blocks yesterday. Unlike most quilt patterns this one is composed of many different blocks in 3 different sizes. You really can't assembly line either the cutting or sewing.
The choice of fabrics was also left open, fat quarters and some yardage in lights, mediums and darks.
I had my choices made, but hubby nixed the blue I had included with the browns and other neutrals. So this is turning out to be a rather subtle quilt.

That's attractive too!

So here's what I have finished as of today.