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.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

2019 FAL the Big List

     Today is the day the link ups open for the 2nd Quarter of the 2019 Finish Along.  Putting my list together was fairly easy as a lot of it is carried over from the first quarter.  I did finish two projects on that list and for now one of them has dropped off.  Here's where we stand at the moment.

1.  Grande Scrappy Tiles:  This is the project that I am currently working on, when it's my turn to work on the  sit down long arm we own.  I think I have about a quarter to a third of it quilted, so it should be done fairly soon.  It depends on how much life interrupts my quilting time. I have to admit that when the choice is between using the machine or babysitting the grand kids, the kids always win.

2.  Clam Shell.  I have yet to make any progress on this one this year....but it's still hanging in on the list and I think it's the quilt that corresponds to the number pulled for this months UFO completion at my guild so I might be finishing the flimsy.

3.  Batik Quilt:  I was  hoping this one got picked as the April UFO for the guild for, as there is not a lot that needs to be done to get the quilt top finished.

4.Row Addition:  I've actually got the quilt top finished for this one. It was the March UFO and a very easy one at that. I've already washed the backing fabric so I'm thinking it will be done soon.

5.  Might as well keep this bag on the list in case I feel inspired to finish it.

6.  And I still owe my co worker a gift made of these fabrics. No worries here that Row Addition quilt above is for one of her grandkids.

All of the above projects were on the first quarter list.  Here are a few others that might push those aside.

7.  I'm participating in the Sister Hood swap and I'll need to finish up the mini quilt for that when my blocks arrive.  I'm about 1/2 finished the blocks I'm sending out.

8.  My modern guild is making donation pillows so I'll be making a pillow.  Here's a possible starting point.

9. I'll add in the Modern Plus Signs Q.A.L. quilt because even though the quilt along is over, I did start the quilt and I'm still working on it.

  I was going to round this list off at an even 10 but when I went to look for the final project to take a photo I couldn't find it!  This probably says a lot about the state of my life and my sewing room.  So that project is off the list.  If I find it, it will be on the third quarter list.  So,there we go...working away on all these projects but still open to creative challenges when they pop up.  What's on your list?  Linking up with the Quarter 2 F.A.L. linkup at HandWrought Quilts.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Goals for April

      I did manage to finish my goal for March well in advance of the deadline but I didn't manage to link it up.  Oh well it's really all about moving projects forward isn't it?  It's time to come up with a goal for April and I have two projects that are well on their way and have deadlines for this month so in a spirit of optimism I'm going to list them both.

Goal one is to get all the sub blocks done for the #sisterhoodswap.   Here's a shot of potential dress fabrics for the sisters, along with the cover of the pattern.

     You may have seen the swap on instagram.  Berene of @happysewlucky came up with this great pattern as a  fundraiser to celebrate International Women's Day. She managed to raise $4,000 Canadian for the charity @beautifulworldcanada   and the funds will be used for the education of two girls in Africa.  One would like to be a teacher and the other would like to have her own sewing business.  You could just buy the pattern or participate in a swap with 7 others.  I decided to do the swap and I have to have it done by April 27th.  I'll meet the goal. As soon as I post this I'm heading to the sewing room.

     My second goal is to finish turning this pile of fabric into a baby quilt.  It's an easy pattern and I'm hoping to get it done by Tuesday.

     Actually I've traded out a couple of the fabrics. The top two are gone.  The top one because I decided against the purple and the second because when I opened it up to iron it I noticed that it had faded in the crease lines.  I was a bit surprised by that as I don't think it was stored in a lot of sunlight, but then I realized I had bought it on sale and that it is an organic cotton.  I'm thinking that the particular dye used for this colour may not be very stable.  Wendy suggested that I use it as a bag lining because it is a beautiful fabric and I can look at it in the bag.

     So those are my two goals and I'm confident I will get them both done this month.  I'm joining the OMG linkup with Patti of Elm Street Quilts.  Hopefully I manage to link up my finishes this month.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Squeezing in another First Quarter Finish Post

     One day, maybe one day I will have my life return to a pace where I can keep up with quilting and blogging in a more systematic way.  Until that happens I'll keep dipping in when I can.  Today I'm sharing a small finish that was completed on the last day of the 1st Quarter, but I've had no energy to write this little post, until now.

  I sewed along with @johannaweidner, in March for the Bloembasketalong.  Here's my finished basket.

     I generally prefer sewing flat things like quilts, but making this little basket was a lot of fun.  It's not perfect, especially the binding but that's ok it's the first one and I made it at sew alongs so not on my best machine.  I think the main fabric is an older design by Anna Marie Horner....and the solids are Konas.

     Here's another shot which shows the one handle for the basket.

     I think I will make a few more of these baskets in the next while.  They will make great gifts.  It would be nice to make a couple for my grand boys and they would also make great  gifts for co workers and quilting friends. This is my second finish for the 1st quarter of the 2019 FAL.  The original post is here.  I'll be linking this post with the FAL link up at She Can Quilt.  I'll also link up with the TGIFF link up which is hosted by Laura of Slice of Pi quilts this week, and with the Bragg About Your Beauties linkup with Michelle of from Bolt to Beauty.

Friday, 22 March 2019

A Friday Finish!

     I came back from Quilt Con full of ideas and energy!  It was just what I needed.  But I came back to the news that things are not going so well for my friend with cancer.  I pretty much dropped all the work I was putting in to quilt alongs to finish her quilt.  Here it is on the front porch.  It's much too windy out and dirty out to risk hanging it anywhere.


     I chose the Pixellated heart pattern which is a free pattern from Robert Kaufman because I knew it would be a quick make and I needed to make it quickly.  I cut the heart fabrics which are two peach and two gold ombre confetti dots before going on our two week trip.  I chose colours that remind me of the clothes my friend likes to wear.  She's a red head.

     For the backing I chose this wild Kafe Fasset print of Feathers, also because I thought she would like it.  If nothing else it adds some brightness.  I used a light coral Aurifil thread that I picked up at a thread event at my local sewing machine shop.  If you ever get to go to an Aurifil event at a shop go.  It was really worth it.

     I used my walking foot on my domestic machine for this.  I did straighish line quilting diagonally through the blocks first then used the intersections of those lines to quilt horizontal and vertical lines with no marking on the quilt at all.  Thanks to Jaquie Gering for this technique.  

     I have continued to work on my longer term quilt alongs but I'm not concerned with keeping up with them, just enjoying the process.  And speaking of quilt alongs here's the prize I won for the Fireburst Mystery QAL which was hosted my Tish of Tish in Wonderland.


     Totally awesome, isn't it.  It's Shari Butler's collection "wistful winds of colour" from Aurifil thread.  It's 12 large spools of 50 weight.  Three of them a varigated.  It came with that thread chart which is also exciting.

I'm linking my finish to TGIFF which is hosted this week at Kathy's Kwilts and More , and to Brag about your Beauties link up with Michelle of From Bolt to Beauty  This is my first finish of the 2019 FAL first quarter list.  The original some what lengthy list is here.  I just may squeeze in one more finish before the end of this quarter.  We will see.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Goal for March

     I came back from Quilt Con with my head full of ideas and plans and I'm really hoping that I will find time to work on the design ideas and quilting ideas that I learned about there. But I came home to find out that a friend of mine is not in good health so this quilt has made it's way to the top of the list.

      I came home on Friday and  pretty much had the quilt top together by Sunday night.  Getting it quilted is the goal for March, although I'm hoping to get it done in a week or so.  
It's my OMG for March.  I'm also hoping to get a quilt done for the Curated Quilts challenge this month.  Wish me luck and maybe more hours in the day.  I'll link this intention up to the OMG link up for March and I'll link it with the Lets Bee Social  link up as well.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Canadian Quilts at Quilt Con

     Dwight and I are back from our two week trip to and from Quilt Con.  We are rested up and I'm ready to share some of the Canadian Quilts that were hanging in the show.
       I'm sure you have all seen the quilts that won ribbons.  If not you can go here  to see them.  It was exciting to see that the Best of Show ribbon was won by a Canadian Leanne Chahley @shecanquilt.  It was also exciting that Kathryn Upitis @kupitis won a  Judges Choice Ribbon for her moving Quilt " Some Things Are Not Easily Seen".  Both of are from Alberta.  Mathew Wheeler of the Vancouver Modern Guild won the third place in theMichael Miller challenge for his quilt "Delta Eclipse".    I'll share some other quilts here that you may or may not have seen in social media.
     The first three quilts were all made by my Guild Mate Jennifer Johnson, @jenniferjohnson80.
      These first two where her entries into the two colour challenge.

Here's her third quilt, Amethyst in the piecing category.  Jennifer is a super talented quilter and has had quilts in several other Quilt Con shows.

Here's a quilt by a friend from the Toronto Modern Guild.  I was happy to see that Laura Henneberry, @commonwealthquilts had a quilt "The Mighty Hok" hanging in the show.

     Erin Suliak @sulicat_north  from the North west Territories had this fun quilt hanging in the show.  Erin has had work in previous shows. She likes to work with reclaimed fabrics.

     Quarter Turn Medallion was made by Nicole Skinner @natalieskinnerquilts of Victoria B.C.  I love the precision and simplicity in the quilt.  She also did an outstanding job with her quilting.

And here is a quilt made by Bill Stearman @bill_stearman of Ontario who I met at Quilt Con two years ago.  It's called "For the Oppression of the LGBTQ2 Communities, We apologize.  Bill based this quilt on an apology made by Prime Minister Trudeau on November 28 2017 to LGBTQ2 Canadians.  The words of the speech are embedded in the quilt.

     I was familiar with the work of all these quilters, but a really fun part of the show for me was the discovery of beautiful work by Canadians whose work was new to me.  This minimalist quilt  " karella" was made by Susan Lukachko from Ontario

Hanna Farquharson @h_farquharson_studio is from Saskatchewan and she had two wonderful quilts at Quilt Con.  These were both beautiful and well made.  The first is called Breathing.  I just love the colour  green in this quilt.

Here's the second quilt with a close up shot of the detail.

     I hope you enjoyed this mini show of some of the quilts at quilt con.  In addition to seeing the quilts I gained great insight and inspiration from Yvonne Fuchs, Cheryl Brickey and Christina Camelli, in the workshops that I attended. I also had fun connecting with some of the folks I have met on line.  In addition to Yvonne and Cheryl, I met Patty of Elm Street Quilts, Paige of Quilted Blooms, Carole Lyles Shaw and Kim of Leland Avenue Studio as well as  some folks I follow on instagram. 
     I have been to two Quilt Con shows and each time I think it is my last for financial reasons.  But who knows  in two years Quilt Con will be in Atlanta and rumour has it that flights to Atlanta are cheap so you just never know.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Hand Pieced Quilt Along

Dwight and I are still on the road so I am just popping in quickly to post block four of the Hand Pieced Quilt Along.

          I took the photo on the bathroom counter at our hotel in Paducah Kentucky. Yes we will be going to the American Quilt Museum tomorrow and to Handcocks of Paducah before we travel to our next  destination which is unknown at this point.

  Getting back to the block.  It's not ironed yet and yes I hand pieced the whole block while travelling in the car.  You might wonder what happened to block three.  It was a bit more fiddly so I jumped to block 4.  There is a small chance that I will finish up block three before the end of the month.  I doubt that I will get block 5 done by the end of the month.  

    I know that many of you would like to know about my experience at Quilt Con and I promise you that I will post about it once we get home.  I'll also try to catch up with reading blog posts.  I was very low energy before going on this trip but I have found that attending Quilt Con has put a new spring in my step. I'm going to link up with the hand pieced quilt along link up.