WIP Wednesday

I think I’m managing a WIP Wednesday post about every second week. Not too shabby! As usual for Work in Progress Wednesday, I’m linking in with Freshly Pieced.

Lets see what I have to share with you today…

I’ve got Nora’s quilt in the lap frame and have started on the hand work! I’m really pleased with it. I’m using variegated thread, and quilting in a looped pattern to add movement to the stars.









Here’s the back – you can see the quilting better:










I’ve also made the May block for the Treasure Chest BOM. It’s called a “long 9-patch” and the name is appropriate because it took me a long time to make it! I’ve actually got the flying geese pieces in backwards (which I didn’t notice until it was all put together, lol!) – but decided to leave them that way. Now I have my own unique creation! “Nita’s backwards long 9-patch!













And, last but not least…June is my month for the We Be Learning On-line Bee that I’m part of. I’ve agonized with indecision, but finally decided on which block I am going to have the other ladies make for me: The Churn Dash. This is a very old traditional square, and I am going to request each quilter make it in a 1930s reproduction print. I can’t wait to start getting the blocks in the mail! This bee is made of 12 women from all over Canada & the USA. Each month one person tells the others what block she wants and gives them colour & fabric directions. Then we each make a square and mail it to her. June is my month! Here is the one I made for a trial:








And of course no post would be complete without one of my furry kids! Here is Spooky lounging on the “TV” quilt.



A bit of Fawn on a Friday

Here it is Sunday and I’ve been wanting to write about Friday since…well, since Friday!

Friday was a great day. I woke up feeling really good. I puttered around the house at my leisure, did a bit of housework, drank some tea, yada yada yada. Then I packed myself a lunch, grabbed my camera and went down to Lepage Park to see my dear friend Fawn Fritzen sing the noon-hour show with her band, the Swing Street Band.





I had to go because Fawn is my favourite singer, and this was 100% her gig… Star of the show…Title act…dynamite and classy all the way…and… wearing… my dress! Yup! That’s my ladybug dress she has on! See?







And added bonus… my Big Band friends Colleen McCarthy on trombone & Leith Hill on alto sax also play in Fawn’s Swing Street Band!






I was bopping around in my seat enjoying the afternoon and the music, seeing lots of people I know in the audience.









Did I mention how much I love listening to Fawn sing?

Here’s a little taste of Friday’s Arts in the Park. Enjoy!

My Favourite Quilt: Michael’s “Sky at Night”

I have just discovered something very cool… The Blogger’s Quilt Festival! This is a huge linky party and there are prizes and everything – I am in heaven! I am going to join! It runs from May 18th to June 1st. Check it out!

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The rules say that I have to tell the story of my favourite quilt, and you know me – that won’t be difficult at all!
My favourite quilt is not my best quilt by a long shot. In fact, my favourite quilt happens to be the first quilt I ever made.
It has crooked seams and the corners don’t match very well, and that’s just the way I like it. It’s perfect to me because of the story it tells.
045In 1995 when my son was 10 years old, he had a friend whose mother owned a quilt shop. In fact, the quilt shop was attached to her house, and when I would drop Michael off to play at Seb’s house I would go in and browse through the beautiful bolts of fabrics and quilting books. Seb’s mother, Dawn, urged me to sign up for a class and so I signed up to make my very first quilt ever: a fence rail quilt for Michael’s bed.
017I couldn’t believe how involved he got in the making of it. He insisted on going with me to choose the fabric. While I was busy looking for blues and greys and other “boy” fabrics, he was busy picking out his own colours.
007He chose dark navy blue with gold stars, red with black line-drawn jungle animals, gold with black jungle-like veins, a green leaf print, and a stripy black-on-black for the background. The other ladies in the shop that day were very amused and tried to persuade him that the colours would not work together. But he insisted, and so that’s what we purchased.
024When I got into the class with my fabric, I sure got a lot of ribbing from the ladies. However, as the quilt started coming together, everyone admitted that the colours actually DID work very well together. Michael’s quilt ended up being the class favourite with it’s striking and bold colours. Looking back, I don’t think the era of modern quilts had really gotten started the way it is now. I think Michael was ahead of his time. Pretty good for a 10-year-old!
037I remember also being ribbed about my sewing machine. While all the other machines were purring quietly away, my old workhorse sounded like a train clattering over the tracks! Actually, that’s still my sewing machine, and while it would be lovely to have a new one that hums instead of clanks, it has taken me a long way and I feel kind of faithful to it.
When the top was finished, I decided to hand quilt it. I bought a template and hand quilted every single night for months! I have also never wavered from that, either. All of my quilts since then have been either hand quilted or hand tied.
Michael was so impatient for me to finish! I remember him keeping tabs on my progress. I remember how excited he was when it was done.
I remember that he used to come out of his room in the mornings in his PJs with the quilt wrapped around his shoulders.
I remember him eating his cereal with the quilt over his shoulders.
I remember him laying on the quilt and then rolling himself up in it on the living room floor.
I remember him snuggling in it with a book.
I remember us snuggling up in it together.
It was on his bed every night. Sometimes top-side up and sometimes backing-side up.
Here’s an old picture I found of it and scanned. My, how bright it was when it was new!
And here is a picture I found of him in bed with it. It’s topside-down in this picture, so you can see the backing:
When the quilt was finished, Michael named it “Sky at Night” and I embroiderd it onto the corner.  That quilt has had a hard life. After many washings, the navy has faded to a pale denim colour and the stars are completely gone. I pulled it out of the closet and took some photos this morning.
When he grew up and moved away from home, I tried to send the quilt with him, but he asked me to keep it here for him instead. He was afraid it would get lost or ruined. But he’s grown now, so someday soon I’ll be packing it up and handing it over where it belongs. Meanwhile, it’s  here…holding our memories safe.