31 Dec 2015

Happy New Year 2016!

It's time to sit back, enjoy a coffee and snack and contemplate your 2016.  I wish everyone a happy, healthy and wonderful year!


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And here's what some of the famous have to say


  • "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year."
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been."
    ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

  • "Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."
    ~ Oprah Winfrey

  • "Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness."
    ~ William Shakespeare

  • "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart."
    ~ Helen Keller


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29 Dec 2015

I really was going crazy ...

Jenny's stocking image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Jenny's stocking 2015
This blog post will be a little different than those in the past. Today I am sharing what I was working on prior to Christmas -- a little crazy quilting. I plan to design some CQ blocks for you to download in the new year, but right now I thought I would give you some "eye candy". I had to wait to post these photos, as the projects were gifts for family and I couldn't take the chance that either of these ladies might catch a glimpse of their presents before the big day.

Project One

This stocking was my first project and it is for my daughter-in-law, Jenny. (I forgot to take a "before" picture, so you just get to see the finished product.)

It had to be mailed so I had to finish it first. (I must admit that I was nervous about the mailing part because it would be difficult to recreate this should it go astray in the mail). However, she got the package, just in time and was thrilled.

Maple leaf on crazy quilt stocking image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Gotta have a maple leaf!
(I believe if you click on the image you will see a much larger version.)

Now, if you were not already aware, I'm a Canadian (as is Jenny) so of course I had to add the maple leaf. This embroidery technique (long and short stitches) was a first for me and was made of single strands of thread and took me about 4 hours to produce, so I thought you should see a close up. <pats self on back>


Project Two

My next project (and I really didn't know what I was in for) was a purse for my daughter Rachel. (The embroidery and embellishing was a cinch compared to putting the thing together...)


This looks pretty unassuming and that is the interesting part of crazy quilting. You get to take small scraps of lovely bits and pieces, embroider as you wish and then, the really fun part, is adding the silk ribbon and the bead embellishments.
Crazy quilt purse image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
In the beginning ...

 Starting the embroidery. It's beginning to look a little more interesting.


Crazy quilt purse image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Starting the embroidery ...

And here is the final product (after much soul searching as to why I attempted this, sprinkled with quite a bit of cursing ... ), but in the end, it was worth it.
Crazy quilt purse image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com

The finished purse

24 Dec 2015

Happy Holidays!

Image courtesy of emptyglass at FreeDigitalPhotos.netJust a quick note to wish each and every one of you a safe and happy holiday season.

May you enjoy good times with family and friends and the wonderful spirit of the season.












Snowflake image courtesy of emptyglass at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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18 Dec 2015

'Tis the Season ...

I am one who celebrates Christmas, and for me, it is a time for spending time with family and friends.
Christmas Basket quilt block image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Christmas Basket quilt block
But really, this is a season of the spirit of good will and, with all of the tragic things happening in the world, it is a perfect time to think about peace.

This quilt block called Christmas Basket, is one of many basket quilt blocks, and due to the name, I chose colours to represent a poinsettia in a basket. (I decided to avoid the obvious red and like those pink poinsettias sometimes.) However, any colour combination can be used.

Many basket quilt blocks are designed on point as is this block, and that leaves it open to your imagination to create all sorts of designs because many secondary patterns can emerge as you rotate or flip these blocks when placing them in your quilt.

The spirit of the season

  • "Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values."
    ~ Thomas S. Monson

May your time with family and friends, and even strangers, give you a feeling of joy, hope, love and laughter during this holiday season.

'Christmas Basket' quilt block image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
 

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10 Dec 2015

The highest point ...

Zenith quilt block image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Zenith quilt block
According to Merriam-Webster a zenith is defined as "the highest point reached in the heavens by a celestial body".

Today's featured quilt block is called Zenith, as you may have guessed, and my thought is that it was so named because it has a highest point (on each of the four sides).

I thought it was time to move away from the most recent colour schemes I have been using ... all seeming to be related to sand and beaches. (Hmmm ... maybe there is a subliminal message there ...)  So today's block is vibrant with some of my favourite colours.

This block is an easy one to construct and contains another favourite of mine ... the flying geese patch. And ... as a surprise, the rectangle patches create a secondary pattern of pinwheels when laid out next to each other.

Download the free quilt block pattern.

Zenith Quotes

  • "Each man is always in the middle of the surface of the earth and under the zenith of his own hemisphere, and over the centre of the earth."
    ~ Leonardo da Vinci

  • "The zenith of elegance in any woman's wardrobe is the little black dress, the power of which suggests dash and refinement."
    ~ Andre Leon Talley

  • "Being on top of the world doesn't mean anything unless you know what it's like to be at the bottom."
    ~ Author Unknown


    and finally, some words to ponder ...

  • "If you are sitting on top of the world, remember it turns over every 24 hours."
    ~ Author Unknown


'Zenith' quilt block image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com

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4 Dec 2015

Mermaid's Hair

Mermaid's hair quilt block image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com
Mermaid's Hair quilt block
The colours I chose for this quilt block were derived from the character of Ariel in the Disney movie The Little Mermaid. I also seem to remember while reading Superman comics when I was a kid, that one of his many girlfriends was "Lori Lemaris", a mermaid with red hair. So, how could I tamper with that?

This is an easy five patch block to construct and uses only the two most basic quilt patches -- the square and half square triangle. I choose to construct the block as an uneven nine patch as I find that an easier method than sewing five rows of five patches.

Download the free quilt block pattern for Mermaid's Hair.

Mermaid Quotes just for fun

  • "I'm always happy when I'm surrounded by water, I think I'm a mermaid or I was a mermaid."
    ~ Beyonce Knowles

  • "The seaweed is always greener in somebody else's lake."
    - from the movie "The Little Mermaid" (1989)

  • "But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more."
    ~ Hans Christian Andersen [The Little Mermaid]

  • "I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living."
    ~ Anaïs Nin


'Mermaid's Hair' quilt block image © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com

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