Saturday, 15 June 2019

Curated Quilts Star Challenge

     Today is the last day to link up a quilt for the Curated Quilts Star Challenge.  I'm happy to say that I just managed to sew the last stitches on my binding at 7:30 this morning, before I got ready to go to a sew in at Guild.  This is the second time I've entered a mini into the Curated Quilts link up.  I came up with my idea weeks ago and then forgot all about it until I read about Patti of Elm Street Quilts entry.  

     I went with a minimalist Friendship Star.  I sewed each of the arms of the star in an improvised manner.  Figuring out things as I went along.  I joined the arms of the star together with straight line quilting with the walking foot and quilted the inside and outside of the star with shadow quilting.  I am quite pleased with the result.  The quilt finishes at 13 3/4" square.  I used a light grey and a denim which where two of the colours for this challenge. 

     Here's a picture of the quilt on point because I think it looks kind of neat like this. I enjoy working on these challenges as they stretch my imagination and my abilities as a quilter.   I am quite pleased with the result.  I'm linking up with the Curated Quilts linkup.  There are a lot of other star entries there. It's quite inspiring.  I'm also linking up with Beth at Main Crush Monday.

Friday, 7 June 2019

A Friday Finish in June

     I have a special finish to share with you. This quilt, as simple as it is, represents my online quilting journey in a couple of ways.

     I guess I can say it started with Rachel Houser of Stitched in Color, but I'll get back to her later.  For now I'll say it started with Cheryl Brickey of Meadowmist Designs.  You see back in 2015 I was a pretty new and tentative quilt blogger. Quite unsure of myself and where I fit in.  Cheryl put out a call for pattern testers. Filled with a new bravery to try things, I offered to pattern test Grande Scrappy Tiles and participated in my first blog hop.

     I wanted to do a great job on my pattern testing and I chose my fabrics using a technique I learned from Rachel Hauser when I participated in her Penny Patch Quilt along.  See, I told you I would get back to her.  I think I did a great job on my colour and fabric choices and I love so many of the fabrics in this quilt.  I have not met Rachel but I believe she is also down to earth.  I have taken two of her online courses and I still have the great resources that came with those classes.

     I also wanted the quilt to finish nicely so I paid extra attention to my 1/4" seams.  I started to become a more accurate piecer.

      Grande Scrappy Tiles was the second quilt I chose to quilt on our mid arm, and the first of my own.  My goal for the quilting was to try out a bunch of different designs and to get comfortable using the machine.  It took several sessions at Wendy's place to finish the quilting and I I can say that I am much more comfortable with the machine. It's a pretty big quilt 72" by 72" and there are several issues with tension and stitch length but I know that these things will improve with practise.  This quilt marks the beginning of my journey with mid arm quilting and I am pleased with the result, warts and all.

          I love this quilt and I will be keeping it at my place. I'm thinking it will be a great quilt for our grand boys when they are a bit older and stay over at our place. At the moment we always go to their place when we babysit.  It's Friday so I will be linking my post  with TGIFF which is hosted this week by Leanne at Devoted Quilter,  and with Bragg About Your Beauties with Michelle of From Bolt to Beauty.  I wonder who else will be there.
    This is also my second finish for quarter 2 of the 2019 FAL so I'll be linking up there as well, a bit later in the month.  I wonder if I can squeeze another finish in....maybe a small one.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Goal for June

     Well I didn't manage to finish my OMG for May.  I got distracted by a couple of other things so I'm rolling the goal over to June.  I goal is to finish the Charlie Harper table runner/ pieced and quilted.  Here's how far I've gotten as of today.

     I'm working with an improv or intuitive process.  I'm just making decisions as I go along.  It's fun.

     So that's the OMG.  I'm also hoping to get those crosses done for the Modern Plus Sign quilt along quilt, and I'm binding a quilt right now.  Lots to do but again a busy month with my niece getting married and lots of other family things.
I'll link my post with Patti at Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal linkup.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Still Quilting Along

     This year I decided to do the Summer Sampler quilt along.  This is despite the fact that I have yet to finish the other two quilt alongs I joined this year.

     The appeal of the Summer Sampler is  the skill building aspect of this.  I didn't want to think about colour for this sampler so I purchased a kit from Mad About Patchwork. Even though last week was fairly busy, I am happy to say that I managed to finish the first block within the week. The block was designed by @lynncarlsonharris. A lot of people struggled with this block and I learned from their trials.The summer sampler folks also point you to lots of online resources to improve your skills.  I did a really good check on my quarter inch seams so the tiny piecing turned out the right size. 
      I used Best Press on all the fabrics that needed to be cut on the bias.  Despite all this, in true quilty confession I'm letting you know that the block is not quite square.  The first triangular border I pieced turned out a bit small in the width.  The other borders turned out ok as I became more comfortable with the technique. I haven't decided yet if I will redo that border before I put the quilt together or if I will try to iron it into submission.
     One of the things I did in my busy week was go to a workshop on disappearing nine patch variations with @billstearman.  He will be giving similar workshops at Quilt Canada in June.  Bill also gave a talk at our guild and he is a really interesting guy.  He's only been quilting for about 5 years and he has all sorts of quilts juried into shows including the Canadian Quilters Association and Quilt Con.  He makes a lot of incredibly interesting quilts with variations on the disappearing nine patch.  Here are two of my class samples.

     Both blocks are made with Bill's hand dyed fabrics.  The block below is made with Indigo.  Isn't it gorgeous.  Bill suggests that you make your samples into pillow covers and I will definitely make the Indigo block into a pillow cover.  I might just quilt up the one above and make it into a mini.

     There was a third sample as well but as I'm in full disclosure with the mishaps,  I managed to make an incorrect cut.  I still think my sample can be salvaged but I have put it aside for now.
     Well last week was pretty busy but this week will be busier yet.  Eli turns two on Wednesday so we are going there for dinner, and I believe our daughter will come back to spend a day or two at our place.  I'm out every evening but one this week, and back babysitting the boys on I think week two of the summer sampler is out of the picture for me...but no worries I'll muddle along as I always do.
     I know I promised you a finished quilt last week....but I decided to hand sew the binding slowing down the process on that.  With work, weeding and babysitting the finishes are slow and far between.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

A Some What Late Update

     You can see by this photo taken early last Sunday that it was a pretty dull day for Mother's Day. I thought you might like to know that I finished putting the quilt top together for the Clamshell Quilt.  I first worked on this quilt back in 2015 when I took a class on curves with Susan Forbes at Greenwood Quiltery (my local quilt store that is with us no more).  Finishing this quilt top was my UFO challenge for my guild and also my one thing with Amy finish for that week.  It's been on and off FAL lists since taking the class and I have worked on it on and off since then as well.

     It actually came together very quickly in the end.  Don't you just love it when a task you have been avoiding turns out to be easier than you anticipated?  Somehow over the years I managed to finish all the block components so all that was left was to sew the four curved pieces into blocks (many blocks where already together) then sew the rows together and add the borders.

     This week has been pretty busy so I didn't manage to sit down and finish this post until today.  I'm working for a co worker later today so I had just enough time to  squeeze in this post.  I spent a good deal of time visiting my friend Wendy and our mid arm over the last two days and I managed to finish quilting my project so I will share that with you later in the week.  I still need to sew the binding on and then I'll have a Friday Finish.

     I'll be linking up my post at UFO busting  at  Tish's Adventures in Wonderland and at Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts. 

Sunday, 5 May 2019

A Goal For May

     Today the Sun is Shining. We haven't seen much of it lately as in the entire Winter and the now Spring.  Oh it's shown it's little head here and there, but not enough for me.  As soon as I finish this post I'm heading out to the garden!
    Last month I set two goals and I managed to finish them both, so I am feeling pleased about that.  I have a few goals I would like to accomplish this month as well, and I will list them all but I have decided to choose only one for the One Monthly Goal.  So my OMG will be making a runner for my co worker Brenda from these fabrics.  I owe her this gift since some time in January.  Remember when the machine stopped working and went into the shop.

     I'm going to make it in an improvisational style figuring it out as I go along.  This is my favourite process so there should be happy sewing for me this month.

     In addition to the runner I am hoping to finish a quilt top with these blocks by April 12th.  Finishing this top is the month's goal at my guild.  This project has been on and off the Finish Along Goals on this blog for a couple of years.  Obviously I am not as comfortable with curves as I would like to be.

     Lastly I would like to finish making the gazillion little plus signs for the Modern Plus Sign Quilt Along.  This quilt along is over, but not for me.  This is the most time consuming part of the quilt and once it's done I should be able to finish the rest quite quickly.

     The last month has brought us lots of extra time with our grandsons.  Oh how I love those boys.  Gabriel is learning to pedal a tricycle and will be joining a soccer league for little ones in a few weeks and Eli is starting to string three words together.  Life is good.  Now off to the garden to see how the weeds are coming along, but first I'm linking up with the OMG link up at Elm Street Quilts.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

A Quilt for Eoin

     I have a quilt finish to share with you.  It's a quilt for Eoin (Owen) who is Rory's younger cousin.  If you forget who Rory is I made him the star quilt you can see here.  Eoin's quilt was a much quicker finish but it packs a colourful punch.

     It's the row additon pattern from Modern Plus Sign Quilts by Paige Alexander and Cheryl Brickey.  I pieced it in a few hours and quilted it in a few more.  I quilted wavy lines with my walking foot with a 50 weight lime green Aurifil thread. I followed the shape of the plus signs a half inch inside the edge of each one.

     This quilt was made entirely from fabrics in my stash, except for the backing fabric.  I had purchased a green fabric for the binding but it didn't work so I went with a blue on aqua polka dot I had on hand.  You have to love a polka dotted binding.

     Row addition is my first finish for the second Quarter FAL this year.  You can see my original list here.  Finishing this quilt was also 1/2 of my April One Monthly Goal.  I'm happy to let you know that I finished the other 1/2 of my goal as well which was to complete and send my sisterhood swap blocks before April 27th.  Here's a photo of all my blocks before I mailed them.

     I know at least one of these has made it to it's destination.
Linking with the OMG linkup at Elm Street Quilts and the Favourite Finishes linkup at Meadowmist Designs.