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A viewers Choice for Abby was presented to me last
evening at our quilt guilds closing banquet. (thanks Linda H. for the photo)

I decided to make Abigail last fall.  See, it all started last year when a friend, Kathy S. from Alberta, made a quilted cow and it was so different, that I knew I had to make one.  But could I actually do it?   I kept my project to myself knowing that if it came out good, I would use it for our Guild quilt show.  And also I would need a project to do while away on our winter snowbird trip.  I started planning my kit.   I rummaged through my stash to find a whole bunch of different fabrics.   Finally time was closing in, and I bundled up my final choices and this would be become my kit.  It fit in a brown paper lunch bag.  We arrived in Florida and I couldn't wait until Christmas was over so I could start my fun secret project.   The dining room table was cleared, and the work on Abby began.  Friends and neighbours came by every couple of days to check on her progress.    They loved seeing Abby come to life.   

Well, here are a few progress photos.

Outlined my marked pattern with strips of dark fabric.
 
Started placing strips from the top down. Horns, forehead, ears. 
 Every strip was given careful consideration.

Placing strips continue and gets faster as Abby
emerges.  I can see her personality coming out.   

Then after all the strips were placed, the quilting started.. 
Hubby helped hold the quilt while I stitched the
straight lines.  

 
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Getting ready to put quilts in a quilt show is a great motivator to get quilt labels made for the quilts going into our Guild's quilt show. I had three quilts entered into the show, and listed another two as "just in case you need more".   So I needed a total of 5 labels..

I had thought about stitching them on my embroidery machine...but that's not my favorite thing to do and working with my outdated software is a pain.    Then I thought about hand stitching lovely labels. I would have loved to do that, but I know it would have taken a lot longer than I would have time.  The show was approaching fast.    So, I thought I might create my labels in MS word, then print.  I used my new light box and simply hand traced labels using a micron pen onto the freezer paper stabilized cotton.

What do you think?   I am really glad I did it this way and I'll definitely do this again.   

This was the scrap quilt piece I worked on over the winter.
Abigail is a collaged cow.   Stay tuned for a post just about Abby.
Nobody had seen her until the week of the show.  She was a hit.

This Kitchen Sink quilt is one of my favorite scrap quilts. 
I will make another sometime.

My friend Diane gave me the fabulous Elizabeth Hartman pattern,
North Stars for my birthday last year. 
I did it block of the month style and had it finished by Christmas.   Loved doing it that way.

You probably saw my Winter Wonderland quilt.  It normally hangs
in my foyer in the winter.  I loved hand stitching the blocks, mostly at the cottage.

This quilt was "TheQuiltShow.com's" block of the month a couple of years ago. 
It's so sweet.  And quilting really brings it to life.

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Quilt, Knit, Run, Sew by Gailm. - 1M ago
  Here in the community craft room, there are many donations of various craft supplies.   So, one afternoon recently, from the donations, I got a few vintage buttons, some embroidery floss, felt, ribbon, and bits of lace and some batting.  All I had to get was the cotton fabric.   And with all that I knew I could sew up a couple of small needle keeps.       

I tried a simple hand stitched design that I appliqued to the front of the needle keep.   And the other, I tried a simple drawing of flowers.  I like it for my first try, but I think the hand stitched is still my favorite.
  


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Quilt, Knit, Run, Sew by Gailm. - 1M ago
I am a member of Atkinson Designs Facebook group called the Groovy Girls Sewing Group.   Terry Atkinson designs patterns and sew alongs.   The Letter Zip is the April sew along.  It's cute.  It's made from recycled jeans.   

I'm in Florida and I didn't have any jeans to recycle.  So one of my quilting friends here rummaged through her husband's jean shorts and she found the perfect well worn pair of jeans.    Out of the shorts, I was able to get enough denim for two bags.  One for Linda and one for me!!      When I give her the bag tomorrow,  I'll say "Here's your hubby's shorts back!"    Isn't that fun... I know she'll get a kick out of it.   She'll be heading to Michigan shortly after we head back to New Brunswick. 




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A few of my friends here in Florida got together with me to sew up some thread catchers.   Cute, eh!





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Quilt, Knit, Run, Sew by Gailm. - 1M ago
Well, it's been a lovely winter in Florida.   Once or twice we had a few cold days but that just means it was a good day to sew.   We will be heading north soon, so the sewing machine and all the supplies are getting packed up this week. 

Here's a project that I finished this week.

This is a sweet Simple Sack by Atkinson Designs.  I couldn't resist.  I had to make two.     It's a quick sew and it's intended to hang on the self-serve checkout racks at the grocery store.  A loop in the back and two on the side accommodates any style of rack.    And while it's lightweight, it's more sturdy than your plastic grocery bag.   It folds into itself for neat storage.   Keep one or two in your car.






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Well, I've not posted on my blog much.   But that doesn't mean that I've slowed down.  I continue to make, bake and cook stuff as usual.  Same old recipies that I've mostly listed before on this blog.  I have recently been making quick posts Instagram.   I like a blog when there's a new recipe, pattern and lots of things to write about.   But for now, quick posts and photos, will probably just happen on Instagram.   I'm not sure how you will find me there.  Try to search for me under my Instagram name.   See you there.
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I am making good progress on the North Stars Quilt by Elizabeth Hartman.  I finished Lucille the Seal seal a week or so ago.  Isn't she sweet!

My next block will be the Willa the Walrus.   I have it all cut out and if it rains today, I'll start stitching the blocks together.   When I'm done Willa the Walrus, that will make three blocks finished.  I plan to make this a quilt-as-you-go project, so after the first three blocks are done, I'll be machine quilting the blocks.    If I can keep up the pace, I should have this quilt done by earlier than expected... say mid-November.  This will be a fun quilt to display at our Quilt Show in May 2018.   



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Another Disa Designs book, More of My Runners.   Thanks to my friend Linda from whom I borrowed the book.  She made the runner before, and her recommendation was to thicken up the "JOY" word.   So I did.  I love that the red JOY really shows up nice.  My Friday coffee friends helped me decide on the quilting pattern.  Just wavy lines to mimic the evening blustery weather.  They were emphatic that I should not quilt over the JOY, and that I should just quilt around it.  So I did, and I'm very pleased.   In the grey stripe, some continuous holly leaves.    Love it!

 This is the third runner for my sister's new kitchen.  This will look great on my sister's side table this Christmas.



Even though I used white thread to free motion the holly leaves, they are very hard to see.  



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