Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sampler quilt progress

Hi everyone, 

I managed to get two borders on my Sampler quilt the last few days. 
There are a lot of pieces. But I love the look of it. 
I'm working on the side borders now too. It's going to be a nice twin size quilt when it's done. I can't wait to have it finished. 
I have so many projects and other things going on right now. I've been busy.  
I decided not to do two versions for our guild BOM. It's just too much. I think this pattern is very nice and will do the trick. I'm excited to have made that decision. I know that it's the right one. 


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Napanee Heritage Quilt Show

Hi everyone, 

On Saturday, I attended the Napanee Heritage Quilt Guild Show with my daughter. 
We had a great time! 
I took a few photos. I wish I had taken more. But you know how it is, I get distracted by all the beautiful quilts and forget to take a picture. Lol!

My favourite quilt of the show was this 365 Challenge Quilt. 
The piecing was amazing and the quilting was perfect. It was not overly quilted. Which I loved. 

I loved this fancy forest quilt. It was adorable!!

This Cosmos quilt was beautiful and so well quilted!!

This wall hanging was gorgeous!! I really loved it! It's called the Dance of the Dragonflies. 

The next few quilts are scrappy quilts that were in the community quilts section. This group makes donation quilts for various organizations!! I really loved these. 

The squares in this quilt top are 2.5 inches. Crazy awesome string quilt. 
Hope you like the photos I shared! 










Saturday, April 22, 2017

My Canada's Big Bee quilt is done

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well! 
I worked a lot last week. 
I was off work yesterday and managed to finish this donation quilt. 
I quilted it with a simple meander. The binding is scrappy. 
The backing came from my old stash. It's a super soft robot print. Perfect for a little boy. 
I really loved making this quilt. It's going to a Ronald McDonald House for a child who is going through treatment at one of the Sick Kids Hospital in Canada. 

I think this is such a worthy cause. I've had two family members use these services. So it's very close to my heart. I hope the child that receives this quilt loves it. 


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Blackbird Gathering, a finished quilt

I finally finished this quilt. 
I free motion quilted it with my Janome 1600p-db. It worked like a charm. I also made a matching mini table topper quilt with the leftover strips. It's super cute. 
Here they are together!
I'm glad to have this off my list of UFO's.

Again, this was all made from cotton and wool from my stash. Yeah!!!
 I hope you like it!!

 Linking to:
Can I get a Whoop Whoop!
Let's Be Social!
Finish it up Friday!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Slow Stitching Sunday

I will be working on my Millefiori Rosette #1 this evening. I have prepped many of the remaining blocks. This is where I finished off last week. 
This rosette is all made with older fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics. I've had the fat quarters in my stash a while. I thought these were great for fussy cutting. I love how they look together. 

I hope you like it. 


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Canada's Big Quilt Bee

Hi everyone, 

I've finally finish the quilt top that I made for Canada's Big Quilt Bee. They are collecting 1000 quilts to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. It will be given to a sick child that is at one of the Sick Kids hospitals in Canada. 

They had wanted slab block quilts. But you know me, I can't just follow instructions. Lol!  

Lorna from  Sew Fresh Quilts had come to our guild and given a trunk show. Well, I bought six of her patterns. I pulled these out and chose three blocks that I thought would work well. 

As you can see they are super cute. The beaver, the bird and the raccoon are all patterns by Sew Fresh Quilts. 

Then I wanted to add the bounding bunny block by Sally Trude from the blog, The objects of design. This is also such a cute block.  

I had to cut one of my slab blocks to make space for the beaver block. But I think the quilt top turned out super cute. 

I need to make a backing for it now and quilt it. 

I hope you like it!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A gift for my Mom

Hi everyone, 

I made a quilted table topper for my Mom's birthday today. She loves bright colours and flowers. So, I fussy cut a large flower print and made a shadow box block with them.
 I initially quilted it with organic lines and it looked awful. I took all the quilting out, which took forever. Then, I quilted it with a tight pattern. I needed to do this because you could see all the spots from the old quilting. 
I was really nervous about the colours of this table topper. But when I gave it to my Mom, she loved it. I was relieved. 
I used a large Kaffe Fassett print as the backing. I hope you like it. 


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

My Scrappy Sampler quilt progress

Hi everyone, 

I've got the centre of my sampler quilt done. Woohoo!

I'm really loving how it looks. 
What do you think?


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Slow stitching and RSC block ideas

Hi everyone,

I've been working this weekend.
It's interfering with my quilting. LOL!
Oh well, I can't buy fabric if I don't work. LOL!

Anyways, I have had time to do some slow stitching in the evening after work.
I picked up my Millefiori rosette #1 and I'm doing the final round.

Don't look too closely at the stitching on this EPP project. I'm terrible at EPP. I don't know why. But it's just not my thing. I will finish this round and make it into a wall hanging and that will be the end of this project. I love hand piecing better than EPP. I'm just better at it. 

Also, I worked on my sampler quilt the last few weeks, and some of the blocks that I made would be good for the RSC challenge. These are 12 inch blocks and look great all scrappy.
I think I will add these to my must make RSC blocks for next year.
I might even make some this year and catch up with the colours we've already covered.
What do you think? I used the Essential triangle tool by Bonnie K. Hunter to make all the HST's and flying geese. It's so much easier. These were all made from 2 1/2 inch strips. 

Anyways, I didn't do my spending report for March yet.
March was my birthday month. I turned 40 this year. AHHHHHH!
Okay, I'm getting up there. But I'm actually quite happy to be 40. I'm coming into my own, more or less. And I'm in a good place right now.

So, since it was my birthday month, I did spend more than I should have. 
I hope this is not a trend though. LOL! Because, I'm supposed to be good this year. LOL!
I don't know if this program is working, or if I'm just spending as much as I normally do.
Oh Well!
So, I bought a new to me sewing machine for $400. It was a steal and I couldn't pass it up.
That's my big birthday gift to myself. And I did do some fabric shopping. I spent a total of $192.50 on fabric. I bought 9 fat quarters, a 1 gallon scrap bag, and 11 meters of yardage. I also purchased the Essential Triangle tool by Bonnie K. Hunter and the EZ dresden ruler.  

So, my total spending for quilting stuff so far this year is .........$695.40
Ouch!! That does include a sewing machine though. Ughhhhh!
Okay, I need to get back on track. LOL!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sampler quilt....

Hi everyone, 

I've been working on a sampler quilt the last few weeks. This quilt is my own design. It uses traditional blocks, done scrappy. 

Why am I making it?
Well, I volunteered to do my quilt guilds BOM for next year. I wanted to make a sampler that could be done out of scraps.  My style is scrappy. I thought I'd share my techniques for making all kinds of fabrics work together in one quilt. So this quilt is being made ahead to encourage members to want to join in. 

The funny thing is that I second guessed myself on this design. So, I submitted a second layout that was more symmetrical, thinking that we could chose one to make. But it was a split decision, and I couldn't chose so I'm doing two options using the same blocks. 
 I'm a sucker for punishment. Lol!
Not only is this the first time I'm doing a BOM, it's my first time writing a pattern for others to make. And now I'm doing two!!!! What did I get myself into. Lol! 

So this is version #1. 
Hope you like it so far. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

RSC 2017 - Week #11 - red

Hi everyone, 

I've had a pretty good week. 
I did manage to get some red blocks made. 
I made 12 plus blocks. 

I also made some blocks designed by Sew Fresh Quilts. 
I made a raccoon 
And a Canadian beaver. 
These definitely take more time to make, but they are super cute. I have a special project planned for these. 
I also bought a used Janome 1600p-db sewing machine. I only paid $400, which is a steal. I'm so excited about it.  
I played around with free motion quilting on it. I had to work at getting the tension right. But I managed to do it. I love being able to make manual adjustments. 
I quilted this mini quilt with it. 
This mini is 8.5 inches square. 
I love how it turned out.  
I hope you all had a chance to get some sewing in this week. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

RSC2017 week #10 - red

Hi everyone, 

I hope you are having a good weekend. Today I managed to make four of my variation of the Arkansas Crossroads block. Thanks so much Marcia for letting me know the name of this block, 
I'm really loving these together. They look so great!! 

I hope you are enjoying making blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017. I know I am. 


Friday, March 10, 2017

The big quilt bee

Hi everyone, 

I have my first 6 blocks done for the big quilt bee. This Canadian bee is getting Quilts made for the Ronald MacDonald houses around the country that supports family's with kids in Children's hospitals. They are hoping to have 1000 quilts donated. Each quilt must have some Canada sesquicentennial fabric in it. I made sure to add some to all my blocks as required. They want quilts made with 12 blocks or 24 blocks. I'm hoping to get 24, 12.5 inch blocks done. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A mini quilt finish

Hi everyone,

I decided to finish a mini quilt that I started in January. 
This is a cute little table topper quilt. It is 16"x20". I used fabric from my crumb box to make the 4 inch finished quarter log cabin blocks. I did some straight line quilting which kind of distorted the shape a bit. But oh well, I still think it's cute.  

Yesterday, I also made a pincushion and needle keeper for a swap. I used up my red crumbs to make these too.
I really like these little projects. It's really satisfying to get something done in a short amount of time. 

 I hope you like my finished projects! 


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

En Provence quilt is finished

Hi everyone, 

I have a finish for February, just in time. Haha! 

I very simply quilted my En Provence quilt below. 
This quilt is for my daughter. She loves a soft quilt and didn't want it densely quilted. So I kept it simple. I used the Philip Jacobs picotte poppies print and the lavina print separated by a solid purple strip for the backing. I used the same solid purple for the binding. 
Haha! Had to add a puppy pic in there. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Slow stitching Sunday

Hi everyone, 

Today, I sewed on the binding to my En Provence quilt and started hand stitching it to the back. 
This pic gives you a peak at some of the backing fabric. I hope to have the binding done in the next few days. 


Saturday, February 25, 2017

RSC 17 week 8, aqua/blue green/teal

Hi all, 

I finally got a chance to work on some Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks in the February colours of aqua/blue green/teal. 

I made four more 16 patch variation blocks. These are 12.5 inch blocks. 
I really love these blocks, and they look great with the purple ones. 
I also made a few more 3.5 inch spool blocks. I'm way behind on these as I want 30 in each colour of the month. I do have a bunch cut and ready to sew. I just need a chance to get to it. 
I made some plus blocks too! These are cute 6.5 inch blocks. 

So, once I'm done working on my En Provence quilt, I'll make more spool blocks. I finished quilting my En Provence quilt last night. It just needs to be trimmed and bound. 




Monday, February 20, 2017

My En Provence quilt is a finished flimsy!!!

Yeah! I did it! 
I got my En Provence quilt top completed. I'm so excited! 

 This is a big quilt, with a lot of pieces. 
This is going to be for my daughter. She picked the colours I used. All the fabric came from my stash! Yeah! For stash busting!! 
I'm not sure if I will quilt it myself yet. If I do, it will be simple quilting. 

I'm so thankful to Bonnie K. Hunter for the amazing pattern. If you want to make this quilt, she sells the PDF pattern on her website


Thursday, February 16, 2017

More En Provence progress.....

Hi all, 

I have the centre of my En Provence quilt done. Now I'm working on the borders.
I love it so far. 
My dogs love it too! 

Hope you like it!!