Thursday, August 16, 2007

Watermelon slice placemat

I saw this watermelon-slice placemat at my local quilt shop, The Stitchery, and liked the look of it as well as the fact that it is a log-cabin, quilt-as-you-go design. I enjoy the quilt-as-you-go method and had never tried this log-cabin technique so I was eager to give it a try. Karen at The Stitchery said the design was "Quilt a Summertime Table Runner" by Shelley Robson from Better Homes and Gardens' spring 2007 edition of their American Patchwork magazine.

I made some changes to the pattern to make a placemat for a 36-inch round table instead of a runner. My adaptation didn't turn out perfectly, but I had fun and enjoyed learning something new. I love this log-cabin, quilt-as-you-go method and want to try it again.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Museums Nature Montreal

Montreal was glorious. We took the train from Windsor and stayed at the Hotel XIX Siecle on the Rue St. Jacques in the Old Port. We walked everywhere in the narrow streets, stopping at churches and museums and enjoying the exuberant architecture. We took a boat ride on the St. Lawrence and a subway ride across town to the Museums Nature Montreal where a visitor could spend a lifetime enjoying all there is to see. Take a virtual tour of the botanical garden.