Friday, 27 June 2008

a few other recent projects

A few recent postcards that I made, the themes were "Under the Sea" and "monochromatic"

Then I was asked for a donation for a Canada Day "Made in Canada" auction. I put together these placemats while in a green and silly mood. I quilted a Maple Leaf motif in each placmat in reference to Canada Day, these might appeal to someone. I think they are just a bit strange looking.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Summer Solstice Swap

Thanks Judi M.

An online quilting group that I belong to lets me host a Solstice Swap. We do it winter and summer. This is a way to share gifts and celebrate the changing of the seasons. It is also so much fun; a bit like a scavenger hunt and a party all rolled into one.
I set up some categories, each participant answers some personal summer trivia and then everyone is matched up. Each player prepares a parcel to be sent off so that we can open them all the same day.

This years questionnaire was:

The QP 2008 Summer Solstice Swap

That time of year is coming soon, and like all good traditions the Summer Solstice Swap is back!!

Sign up: Names will be taken until May 30, your partner’s name will be sent to you by June 1, June 11 is the mail out deadline. You will mail out to a different person than you receive from.

All Solstice parcels are to be opened on Saturday June 21, the day of the summer solstice – We all; no matter where on this earth that we live, share the same sun to look out at.

To take part, all you need to do is send me an email reply to the following questions, pack up a seasonal party bag and mail it off to your assigned partner. I will then match up and forward each person their partner’s answers; you will not know who your partner is until you receive your package. All packages should contain 8 items, keeping the value to $20.00.

ü Your name:
ü Your address:
ü Your phone #:
ü Your email:

ü Your favourite summer delight:

ü Your favourite summer colour:

ü Your favorite summer drink:

ü What one specific thing do you plan to do by summer’s end:

ü How old were you during your favourite summer:

ü Favourite summertime food:

ü The name of a memorable summer love?

ü Would you rather have 5 long weekends or 1 week off?

Please include in your surprise package:

Your favorite summer drink recipe (please send one of its ingredients or something that is used to prepare it):

A summer time dollar store treasure:

A handmade item:

A summer treat (non meltable):

Something you found on sale, at such a good deal it would be a shame to leave the store without buying it:

Any “quilty” item:

Something to pamper your friend:

A FQ that looks summery:

Please remember that you must send 8 separate items, in this way you will receive 8 separate items. Please note let me know when you have shipped your package and when you have received your package.

I met a good friend for breakfast so that we could open our packages together. We had a great time giggling, oohing and ahhing over the treasures.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Canada Post

I have been trying to track a parcel I shipped to the UK on May 1.
The website shows that it was accepted on May 1 at Canada Post and that it was sent international mail on May 8 (now why would it sit for a week?? Inquiring minds want to know)

Well , this parcel has never shown up so 7 weeks later I send a service inquiry to which I receive the following response:

Thank you for your message to Canada Post.

Airmail to International destinations is not a traceable service. If you
purchase insurance for the contents, you will be provided with a receipt
that contains a registration number; that number will not be scanned at
any point during the transportation of the item. And if the item has not
arrived at destination, you can make a claim for indemnity 60 days after
the date of mailing

Now I contact them back and verify that I do indeed have a tracking registration # for this item and all they say is that after 60 days I can make a claim.

Very helpful----

So I stop at my regular Post Office and ask the clerk what might be happening. I am mailing my replacement of the same parcel.
She asks me "which way" I would like it sent so I replied -" the way in which it will actually arrive".

After I explain the situation with the first parcel she tells me then that perhaps it was sent on a boat by mistake, even though I paid for airmail.
She thinks the airmail stickers must have fallen off so someone routed it on by sea.
I could not decide whether to laugh or rant so I just walked away shaking my head.....
So dear QP friend, you may one day receive 2 parcels from me but hopefully you will receive at least 1. Today I sent it just regular mail...
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My soul is fed with needle and thread, my body with chocolate.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Tutorial & pattern: Work Place Lunch Mat©

I eat lunch at my desk almost every day. I sit with the computer screen, keyboard, scanner, stack of files, an overflowing "in" tray and try to keep my lunch container, napkin and this 30 minutes respite within 220 square inches. This is supposed be relaxing?

As I sit there I wish I had something nice, homey, quilty but and not frou-frou to set my place with.

My ever-so-practical, designer brain started to work this out.... a placemat, with a little pocket to tuck away some cutlery; fold it up nice and tidy so that it fits in my lunch bag, or desk drawer.

I am happy to share this pattern and the "how-to" with you. Please feel free to make these as gifts, make one for yourself and please, remember to acknowledge me as the © designer. These pictures are all clickable for larger images and closer viewing.

To get started you will need:
fabric -I use 3 coordinating pieces:
outer fabric (Colour A) 12" x 15"
inner fabric (Colour B)12" x 15"
pocket (Colour C)2 pieces 6" x 8"
batting 11 1/2" x 14 1/2"
hook & loop tape 1"
3-piece place setting of cutlery

[Interruption now for a little Al Green "Let's Stay Together"; how can I type and dance at the same time?]

I found it easy to make multiples of this project by creating a template. I cut a piece of cardboard, marking my fold/stitching lines and the location points for the hook & loop tape.

Cut a rectangle 11 1/2 " x 14 1/2", mark vertical lines 5" in from either side, and a horizontal line 2" from the top. The location point for the loop tape is 1 " to the right of the left edge of lining, 4 1/2" from the bottom edge; the hook tape should be 4 1/2" to the left of the left fold line of the outer fabric, also 4 1/2" from the bottom. It is important to remember that these are placed on the good side of the fabric as it faces you; when assembled and folded together the hook and loop should meet up. The hook tape will be on the outside of the mat - at the left edge, left of the fold at the pocket, the loop tape will be on the right edge of the inside of the mat. This is why I marked a template front and back.

If you have all these pieces ready, you are good to go!

Step 1: Attach the loop tape to the lining (at the left edge) and the hook tape to the outer fabric (just to the left of the left 1/3 fold line), 4 1/2" from the bottom. They will meet roughly in the middle, at the left edge of the closed pouch once the top is folded over. (are you confused yet? I am so bad at reverse imaging that I usually screw this up so I check my markings -twice- before I sew them.)

The trickiest part is over.

Step 2: Prepare the pocket by laying both pieces good sides facing. Lay the "Colour C" face up and the other piece (this can be any colour that you like) face down.

You only need to stitch down the left side and then across the bottom. [PRESS the stitching]Turn it right side out. The upper and left sides should be sewn, the lower and right should have raw edges showing. [PRESS the seam].

Step 3: Mark the piece at thirds vertically, Attach the pocket face down by laying the sewn edge OVER the right third marked line (as in the photo below). Sew along the line [PRESS the stitching].

Fold over so that the "Colour C" is now facing up and all raw edges line up. [PRESS the folded edge]

Step 4: Layer the outer fabric face up, the lining fabric with pocket face down and then the batting.

Step 5: Stitch around the outside 1/4" from the edge, just catching the outer edge of the batting and leaving 3" unfinished to allow for turning right side out.

Step 6: Turn right side out, pointing the corners and PRESS flat. Top stitch close to the edge, catching the open section so that it is stitched closed.

Step 7: Using the template, or simply folding into thirds, mark 2 vertical stitching lines, catching the folded-over edge of the pocket, and mark a horizontal line 2" from the top. Sew along these lines to stabilze the batting and to emphasize the fold lines. PRESS it nice and flat. Now it is quilted!

Step 8: Insert cutlery, fold up. Enjoy your lunch away from home.


I made a set of these for the whole department at work for Christmas gifts.

© Linda Grover 2007

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

The 42nd annual Quilt Auction in New Hamburg

Saturday was very well-spent with a long-time quilting friend, Kathy (great blog here), her Mom and 2 of her friends. Kathy is one of the very first internet quilter friends that I have met online and also have been able to enjoy as a friend in real life.

New Hamburg is the location for the annual Mennonite Relief Sale and Quilt Auction. I have been attending for many of the last 25 years, often leaving London at 6 AM so that we can make it in time for the pancake and sausage breakfast. The town streets are filled with garage sales, the fairgrounds with treats such as tea balls, freshly made donuts, and especially Strawberry pie!!! The best draw for me are the more than 200 quilts that are donated.

During the years I have been attending I thoroughly enjoy the quilts on display. I always learn so much from these pieces. These range from exquisitely hand quilted heirloom quality pieces made by the Mennonite church women, to cheerful quilts for the crib, afghans and special group projects donated to the cause. Kathy and 3 of her friends donated a beautiful Butterfly quilt which raised $475 towards the relief funds.
One of the posted signs highlight that $590 raised for a quilt sold would cover the cost of rebuilding a home destroyed by a cyclone. I (NAYY) like very much that all funds raised go 100% to relief efforts world wide as the supplies, man power and materials used during the sale are all freely donated.

Back at the auction, the big excitement was over a quilt finally selling for $25,000. I think her daughter came home from Texas to purchase it as a surprise.

This was cross-stitched over a year by a woman who has already donated 15 quilts. Her works so far have raised over $60,000. AMAZING! The quilt is very large and had 2 matching shams, also beautifully cross-stitched.

P.S. This statue was found at a New Hamburg garage sale (many years ago) and drives our kids crazy as well a s being the object of my friends ridicule as "the most-awful-garage-sale-find-ever". It actually was a dark brown tinged with bronze and I painted it antique gold. It makes me smile.