Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Where did February go?

I can't believe it is now March , seems like yesterday that I turned the calendar for February.  Today was rather a strange day , March  didn't come in like a lion or a lamb , somewhere in between , we had some strong winds and some drizzle but no storms . We had three major snow storms in the month of February with oodles of snow but guess what it is just about gone , we had a few days last week of spring like weather with warm temperatures and really warm winds which just took away all those banks of snow , yeah !
 So what did I do during that month , well I obviously have been a very bad blogger and I also have been rather slack at even visiting , I try I really do but life seems to get in the way .  I have been sewing but no finishes to share  . I have now finished my Splendid Sampler blocks,  I am super happy about that, of course now the job of sashing them comes next .  Here is a photo of my last few blocks

And lastly the entire collection of 124 blocks in this container . 

I have also been working on a special project for my Mom . My Mom embroidered these blocks  of the provincial flowers of Canada many years ago ,I would say at least 30 years ago . After many years of asking she finally allowed me to take them home with me to finish making them into a quilt top . I did have some challenges as there was not enough fabric in the box she gave me , next problem is these blocks are polyester cotton and after many attempts of finding fabric to match I had to just give in and use fabric that was a close match and in cotton . I wasn't too sure about using cotton with poly but it seems to have worked out alright.  I seen a quilt with a similar sashing so decided to try that to add extra width to the quilt , I only had 24  blocks at 9" so I had to do my best to increase the size . Here is a photo I took today and I still have one more larger border to add . My Mom does incredible embroidery,  the back looks just as good as the front .

 The final border will be dark green by Mom's request  . I hope when I am finished Mom will be pleased . This will eventually be hand quilted at the church .

 So in a nut shell that has been my month , not much accomplished really,  maybe March will be better .  By the way as I am writing this the Lion has arrived , it is raining heavily and the winds are howling !
 Thanks for stopping by , I always love to have you visit .
 Hugs Sheila


19 comments:

  1. Your mom's blocks are gorgeous. She will love having it finished.

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  2. Looking forward to seeing your blocks together as a quilt. Your Mom's embroidered blocks are beauties from what I can see. I'll bet she cries with happiness when you present her with this quilt of her blocks all together. I think you found a great way to add inches to the blocks.

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  3. Hi Sheila,such beautiful work and your mum quilt is looking amazing,well done my friend xx

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  4. What a special project for your Mum. Congrats on your Splendid Sampler blocks. I spy some pretty Portabello fabric in those blocks.....I am still lagging behind x

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  5. I love when these kinds of family heirlooms evolve. Sometimes their journey is short and other times quite a travel. Mixing poly and cotton would so be the 50's kind of quilting. I think it is just marvelous!

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  6. Your Mum's blocks look fabulous in the setting you've used. A special quilt for sure. Hugs, xx

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  7. I was going to use the word 'fabulous' too! You've done a great job with the sashing. March definitely came in like a lion here! Lots of wind and rain. We really didn't have winter this year, and there's nothing in the forecast. I just hope we get a pretty Spring, and don't jump into a hot summer. At least we haven't had to do any shoveling.

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  8. February ran the other direction to us all I think. Fantastic effort getting all those Splendid Sampler blocks done. Good work with your mums quilt too. It looks lovely

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  9. Clolse ups please of your Mum's embroidery!! I like the way you are putting the blocks together - it is going to be beautiful. xx

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  10. Beautiful projects Sheila! Congratulations on getting the Splendid Sampler blocks completed! Love the other beautiful quilt too. We have had some bizarre weather here too... lots of high wind and plenty of rain! Enjoy your day! Christine x

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  11. Sheila, I love your Canadian quilt - how appropriate to finish it this year for Canada's birthday! Looking forward to seeing your Splendid Sampler blocks set into a quilt, too.

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  12. I think February disappeared for everyone...
    Congratulations on finishing your SS Blocks. I gave up after 80 odd...
    Love your Mums Canadian Quilt...

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  13. Ohhh Sheila...the time has just disappeared so quickly. I always was told as you get older it goes faster...lol
    Wow!! I am now seeing it....great projects for the month of Feb. very nice indeed!

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  14. Beautiful blocks and a gorgeous quilt! I am glad that I am not the only one who had February flash by in a blur!

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  15. What a great quilt you and your mom have created. She will love it on so many levels.

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  16. Yes, the year is disappearing too fast. I love your block colours - it will be a splendid quilt (pardon the pun). well done with doing the bonus blocks too. your embroidery quilt is stunning and will be beautiful once quilted up. I'd love to see some close up pictures of the embroidery?????
    Hugz

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  17. What a successful month you had! Congrats on your Splended Sampler. What an accomplishment! The quilt for your mom is looking great! Good for you!

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  18. Yes, indeedy, February just flew by! The fact that you kept up with and finished all your sampler blocks was quite a bit accomplishment, Sheila! Your mom's quilt is looking sweet! She is going to be so pleased! XO

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