Friday, September 30, 2011

UFO Friday Challenge

Are you ready for a UFO Friday Challenge! to the end. All you have to do is participate to be eligible to receive a prize.

Well, I have been trying to inspire myself to get some of those 30 plus unfinished quilt projects done. You know the ones; those waiting to be pieced or quilted, or those projects started while taking a class and of course that fabric you just had to have that you envisioned in a beautiful quilt. I know I have them and yes we are all alike - I know you have some too.

This past week I have been working to finish a project that my daughter started several years ago. Throughout the summer I have been doing a little piecing here and there and finally got it fully pieced this past Monday. I just finished quilting it today and will be putting the binding on it this afternoon. Shhh - I am using the cheater method of binding by sewing both sides down with my domestic sewing machine.  My daughter is home from university this evening and I thought it would be nice to surprise her with her new quilt.
Becca's quilt top finished and waiting for quilting

And it's Finished!!
All this being said I thought I would challenge you fellow quilters out there to dig into your UFO's and finish a few.  Whether it's just finishing the piecing or actually getting it quilted.  So here is the deal.  You send me a before picture of your project (that pile of fabric or that almost finished quilt top) and then after you have finished either the piecing or quilting send me another picture.  You will have until the last Friday in the month, October 29th.  With every finished project I will put your name in a hat and make a draw for 4 of my hand dyed fat quarters.

And if you are in need of a quilter I am offering free return shipping for a limited time.  So feel free to drop me an email or a phone call and we can discuss your quilting needs.  I would be more the happy to help put the finishing touches on your quilt.

Have fun and Happy Quilting!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Harvest Time

Well it's harvest time at the Gillespie’s.  My mother came by yesterday to give me a hand and we cleaned off the nectarine tree.  There are a few blemishes from the hot sun but wow are they sweet and juicy.

Our Italian Plum tree is loaded.....not sure what I am going to do with all of them.  There is only so much plum pudding one can take.....

My mom harvesting the plums

Our dog Fergus enjoying the shade while we work.....

My husband's grape crop (one very large plant) is also ready for harvesting.  He is away working right now so I have been left with a strong suggestion that I should make grape jelly......hmmmmm.  And to boot we went over to a friends to help pick their tomatoes and apples.  Now it's can I make salsa as well?  After this week of being dolly domestic I am hanging up my apron and getting back to quilting.......I can hear it calling my name!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Wedding and a Quilt

My niece Candace and her fellow Alex were married on September 3rd.  It was a glorious day, a beautiful wedding and a fantastic party!! The wedding ceremony was held in the gardens at the Lakeside Hotel - just off the beach.

Here is their wedding quilt that I made for them.  I used a free pattern off of the Moda site called Rouenneries  Candace's favourtie colour is purple and their wedding colours were purple and lime green.  I needed a quick pattern as the wedding was fast approaching and it was the middle of August before I had a chance to start it.  The modern pattern suits them and was fun to piece.  The quilting pantograph pattern used was Purple appropriate.