Farewell to Summer

5 Sep

Fellow Quilters,

Today is Labour Day, the official end of summer.  It was a busy weekend at the lake, as many of our cottage neighbours packed away their summer toys.  The lake is getting cooler – refreshing, especially in the morning, before the sun has had a chance to warm it.  It is not yet too cool to jump into after my morning power-walk, and I am hoping to take advantage of some warm weather in the upcoming days to go for a few more dips before cottage season is over for another year.

PC175 Flight Path twin-sized quilt

PC175 Flight Path twin-sized quilt

I took the opportunity to photograph my latest quilt on a couple of Muskoka chairs on the dock as the sun slipped past the trees.  The chair colours matched the quilt quite well.  Oddly enough, the lavender fabric in the quilt appears as blue, while the lavender chair is still lavender.  Go figure!  This quilt will be on display at the Simcoe County Quilt, Rug & Craft Fair September 16-18 at the Simcoe County Museum in Minesing, as part of the Barrie Modern Quilt Group’s display.  I have been a member of the Barrie group for 3 years, and we have been invited to participate in the Fair this year for the first time.  I am trying to get another small project done for the Fair, if the other items on my To Do list don’t take longer than expected (they almost always do).

I was finishing the instructions yesterday to one of my new patterns – it is called Pine Grove, using Stonehenge Elements (shipping to stores next month).

PC195 Pine Grove lap-size version made with Stonehenge Elements

PC195 Pine Grove lap-size version made with Stonehenge Elements

I used the Blue Planet colourway, so my pattern should probably have been called Spruce Grove.  The wall-hanging-to-king-size pattern includes templates to cut the tree pieces, and I included instructions on how I prefer to cut the pieces when using the templates:  I tape them to the underside of one of my many acrylic rulers, squares or triangles so that the angled edges of the template are aligned with the edges of the acrylic.  No more trimming off extra bits of template when cutting the pieces!  Here is the picture that I included in my pattern. Give it a try the next time you have similar templates to cut.

Tape paper templates to the underside of a ruler and cut along edges of ruler to cut the pieces.

Tape paper templates to the underside of a ruler and cut along edges of ruler to cut the pieces.

This pattern is a variation of my Oh Christmas Tree pattern that I designed 5 years ago to use 2½” strip packs.  I have had several requests to provide instructions for a king-sized version, so I included this size in the new pattern.  It’s a great masculine quilt in the Stonehenge Elements, don’t you think?

I also designed a quilt using Slate, the other colourway of Elements.  Winter Solstice, originally made with Stonehenge Woodland, was published in McCall’s Quilting as Misty Pines.

The Elements version of PC190 Winter Solstice - in lap and queen-size

The Elements version of PC190 Winter Solstice – in lap and queen-size

When Northcott’s Creative Director Deborah Edwards designed the new Elements collection, I think she had my quilt in mind, because it is a perfect fit for Winter Solstice.  It appeared in the magazine as a lap quilt, and I have added a queen-size version to the instructions of the Elements version of Winter Solstice.  Another great guy quilt!

Next up on my To Do list is a row quilt that I am making as part of The Road Home Row-along and blog hop.  My day to blog is September 15th, but the hop starts earlier, so please check it out.  Here is a sneak peek at part of my row.

Part of my Road Home Row-along row

Part of my Road Home Row-along row

I have a few upcoming local trunk shows  if you’re in the area – Lindsay Creative Quilt Guild on September 12th, Settler’s Village in Bobcaygeon on September 13th, The Quilt Store in Newmarket on September 15th, and the Georgina Pins & Needles guild in Sutton on October 4th.

Time to get back to that list…  see you soon!



9 Responses to “Farewell to Summer”

  1. myquiltprojects September 5, 2016 at 11:21 pm #

    You have a great skill in coming up with the photos, patterns, and quilts. I am looking forward to more!

  2. Michelle Price September 6, 2016 at 6:22 am #

    Hi Patti
    I love receiving your newsletters – thank you for taking the time to share. I love the color-wave of the quilt you will have on display at the September quilt show – just beautiful! I really like your Pine Grove quilt pattern too – what a clever look ! Thanks again for sharing!

  3. Patricia September 6, 2016 at 8:27 am #

    Love the tree quilt! Awesome tip on using templates

  4. Darlene Mangum September 6, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    Thanks for the great suggestion of taping the pattern to the underside of rulers! It was one of those “duh” moments of why didn’t I ever thing of that!!! I will definitely be using your idea!

  5. Susan Webster September 13, 2016 at 7:51 pm #

    I really enjoyed your trunk show at our Bobcaygeon Quilt Guild, your work is wonderful.

  6. Susan Webster September 13, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

    Love your quilts you had at Bobcaygeon today, love the tree quilt

  7. Susan September 15, 2016 at 10:09 am #

    I am really drawn to your use of color in your quilts and the designs.

  8. Karen Williams October 14, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

    Patti, I want to publicly send many, many thanks for your help on Nick’s “Rasta Equalizer” pattern (variation of the “Toscana Twist”). It’s been on the quilt frame for 3 weeks, with my quilt group helping it along. We’re keeping with the musical theme – quilting quitar shapes in the background & border. No, unfortunately it won’t be ready for his 21st birthday next month, but he knows it’s ‘in progress’.

    • Patti October 15, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

      You’re most welcome, Karen. It was my pleasure. If you get a chance to send a picture, I will share it with my other readers.

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