Friday, July 7, 2017

Proposed finishes for Q3 Finish-a-long

My plans for this quarter include some blocks which were sewn back in January that are finally getting made into quilts.
1. Star Bright baby quilt - using the Star Bright pattern by Kate Blakesley @ Swim Bike quilt.
 2. Forever Friends plus quilt - using the Plus quilt by Kelly at Jeliquilts.
3. Melba Swoon - the first of two similar quilts made from the swoon blocks sewn earlier this year is already at the quilters so only the binding to still be made and sewn on.
4. Matilda swoon - also at the quilters, and the binding is ready for this one. 
5.Underwater quilt: fabrics are cut ready to sew ....
6.Legendary quilt: most supplies for this quilt were acquired whilst overseas recently so I am now ready to sew it all together.
7. Tula Pink Butterfly quilt: Joining in another sew-along hosted by Angie (Gnome Angel)and Nicole (Snips Snippets).
8. Beach Ripple crochet blanket: whilst it is still winter here I hope to be able to do some more crochet.
9.Cloud 9 Foxglove baby quilt: just sewing some simple strips for this quilt.
10. Swiss quilt: using some pretty minty/teal shades...
11. Crochet granny scarf: using a couple of the Cake Pop colour in the Caron Cakes yarn.
12. And finally, I decided to join in the 2017 Summer Trip around the world sew-along hosted by #myteaandbrie on IG. I am going to use some blue/green jelly roll strips and will add in more fabrics from my stash as needed.
Linking up my Q3 list with the 2017 FAL team here.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Quilt shopping in the USA

Whilst on holidays overseas recently, I managed to come across a couple of lovely quilt stores in two of the towns we stopped at.
The first one was Prickly Pear Quilts in Helena, Montana USA. Hubby actually spotted it whilst we were having lunch so I wandered in to have a look around - luckily there was a pub opposite for him to visit whilst I was at the quilt store:)
I was only able to make some small purchases due to luggage constraints - the Legendary pattern by Elizabeth Hartman, a green batik jelly roll for the trees with and a cute little zip pouch. 
The reason for choosing the Legendary pattern was that we had stopped at Harrison Hot Springs in British Colombia, Canada, a few days earlier and hubby had his photo taken with the local "Sasquatch". I had said at the time that when I got home I was going to make the Legendary quilt to remember our time away. Also, I have already made a few of Elizabeths patterns and know how good they all are!
The other quilt shop we found was The Rushin' Tailors Quilt Alaska in Skagway, Alaska.
The walls of this store were covered in beautiful quilts.
And lots of lovely fabrics also - many of them also Alaskan themed.
The quilts were just stunning - hubby had come into the store with me this time and even he commented on how amazing they were!
And they even had a fabulous Fancy Forest quilt up on the wall.
I only bought a few brownish batiks to use in the Legendary quilt to go along with another woodgrain type print for the trees.
It was so enjoyable to be able to visit these stores and to see some different fabrics and quilts to what we have here in Australia.
Now, with the addition of some Basic grey Grunge fabric and more batik for the backing, I have all of the supplies to make my very own Legendary quilt to remind us of our wonderful trip to Canada and the USA.