Ahhh....one last day of holidays to relax before heading back to work tomorrow. I took some time this morning to get the bindings of these two quilts - - both of them are Bonnie Hunter designs -- stitched to the front. I believe I'll spend the rest of the day with my feet up hand sewing the bindings to the back.
Jamestown Landing and Celtic Solstice
This week has been particularly busy, as we traveled to Newfoundland to ring in the New Year and celebrate the wedding of our oldest son. Sailor Boy lives in Halifax, but his new wife was born and raised on The Rock.
Itty Bitty and Sailor Boy
The wedding was held indoors, of course, but a lot of the photos were taken outside, with the added bonus of "natural confetti" falling from the sky.
This was our first visit to Newfoundland. We met some of the warmest, kindest people while we were there - - although we could have used an interpreter to understand that Newfie accent!
Still stitching away on the applique borders of Sprigs & Twigs.
Old age is making all this handwork extra challenging. The best thing ever is the Clover needle threader that Hubby brought me from Florida a few years back. If you see one, get it! It's not just another gadget -- it's a life saver!
Last load of laundry is in the washing machine, menu for the week planned, and groceries shopped....heck, I even went out and purchased a new filter for the furnace. Nothing much else to do this afternoon, other than put my feet up and binge watch some TV shows while I stitch bindings on these two quilts, and the applique on Sprigs & Twigs.
A cool and unsettled autumn day - after a week of record setting warm temperatures - and nothing to do. Oh, that essay that I haven't started? Ah well, it's not even due until the 20th! Why not spend the morning driving out in the country in my new car, visiting quilt shops?
Yes, I bought a new car last week. Itty Bitty signed the contract on his first REAL job since completing his undergrad degree, and needs a car for work, so I gave him my old Caliber ('09) and got a new Chevy Cruze. I'm still trying to figure out how everything works in it, but it's a nice drive.
There are four shops on the tour, and my first stop was Creative Sisters in Kitchener. At each stop, I had my passport stamped, and was given a piece of fabric to be used to finish the mystery project. Since Creative Sisters is pretty close to my office, I visit there regularly, and didn't really see anything new that was particularly interesting until I spotted a new display of "Apliquick" products.
The tools were pretty pricey - but I thought I would give the product a try. I generally use freezer paper for applique, but that means an extra step of cutting into the backing to remove the paper. This product can be left in.
Next stop was Heart 'n Home in New Hamburg. Again, it's not too far from where we live, so I have been there twice in the last few months. I like New Hamburg a lot - - and I thought today, if I was to settle somewhere again, that I might like to live there. It's close to 7/8 Highway, so it would be a quick scoot into Kitchener or Stratford.
Third stop on the Shop Hop is The Quilt Place in Shakespeare. It was very crowded today, with even a few MEN Shop Hoppers among us. I found a quieter place in front of the large selection of books, and chose a new title to add to my library: Stash Lab by Tonya Alexander. Maybe you know her blog, Eye Candy Quilts? I don't know which project to start first!
I am absolutely crazy for Kim Diehl fabrics and designs right now. I'm working on the appliqued borders on Sprigs & Twigs currently. I'm not a Christmassy person, but maybe I could add one or two reds or greens to my growing collection? But not so fast! I turned a corner and found a whole wall of Kim Diehl. I panicked! I wanted them all! But in the end, I only chose a handful, knowing that Stratford is only 40 or so kilometers away, and I can come back another day.
As it was the last stop on the Shop Hop, I collected the final fabric piece as well as the finishing piece and the pattern for the mystery project, a beverage tote:
On the way back home, I passed this sign, and stopped to read more about the Mennonite community here in the Waterloo Region.
I picked up a couple of more quilts from the long-armer this week, so I must get to putting the binding on them in time for the next guild meeting.
I'm still working away on Sprigs & Twigs, and have the centre squares all pieced together, and it's time to start on the appliqued borders. ummmm....not something I have a ton of experience doing, and there was one instruction that was a little mysterious.
The instructions in the book that calls for the use of "bias bars" to make the stems. I can't find what these things are, there doesn't seem to be a list of required materials that would suggest to me what bias bars are.....this calls for an adventure!
So, we headed out bright and early Saturday morning, and drove the hour and a quarter to visit Creekbank Sewing Machine Shop (cuz you know I need more Kim Diehl fabrics, right?). I showed them the photo of the mystery tool, and they were stumped.
Next stop was the Quilter's Nine Patch. They did know what bias bars, but didn't have any in stock, but offered to order them for me. I thanked them very much, but I would check another place--I didn't want to wait--but I would call if I didn't have any luck.
Next stop was K-W Sewing Machines, which happens to be kitty-corner from my office. Success! The clerk there REALLY REALLY wanted me to purchase bias tape makers, although I assured her that wasn't what I needed.
So .... are you scratching your head, wondering what bias bars are?
As expected, Day 2 of the show, well... the vendors's selections were getting a little picked over, so there wasn't a lot that I was compelled to bring home - with the exception of a small selection of some Kim Diehl FQs, but I did discover a couple of new shops that I hadn't visited before. The FQs came from Creekbank Sewing Machine Shop in Mount Forest. Well...I used to be in Mount Forest once a week and never heard of this shop before! They will be my go-to resource for Kim Diehl fabrics - - which I will need to finish "Sprigs & Twigs" - - but more on that in a minute.
The second "new-to-me" LQS is Kalidoscope of Quilts from Exeter. This is a new store, and I understand, not at all related to another Exeter quilt shop (which I also really liked, but is now closed). Okay - - I have to get past the fact that someone intentionally spelled "kaleidoscope" wrong in the name of their shop - - but I can get beyond that quirk. I haven't been to Exeter in yeeeeears - but if I am in the neighbourhood, I will check it out.
Okay....speaking of "Sprigs & Twigs" - I finished the squares of the centre of this quilt. The original design calls for 16, but in order to get a larger finished size, I increased the number to twenty-five.
Tomorrow is the October meeting of the Waterloo County Quilters' Guild. Time is going to be tight - I have a meeting that is work-related after office hours - but I'm packing up tonight so I'm ready to participate in Show & Tell.