Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fabric Postcard Workshop

Today, four of my fellow guild members came to my house so that I could show them how to make Fabric Postcards.  Guess I am becoming a teacher!

This is a display of some of the awesome fabric postcards that I have received that I used for inspiration.

I designed a postcard to use as a sample and then I made up a little  kit with all the fabrics and stabilizers and backing that is needed to make a similar postcard.  The girls set to work and here is what they came up with.  I was very impressed and I think they all may end up making more postcards in the future.

Valerie's postcard

Karen's postcard

Beth's postcard

Susan's postcard

I started my blog in February of 2008...7 amazing, wonderful years of blogging!   To celebrate and thank all my lovely followers, I am having a giveaway.  I will make and send the winner of my giveaway a fabric postcard. If this is something you would like to have, just leave a comment of any sort below.  Only stipulation is that you are a follower, old or new.  I will choose a winner Feb. 27.

Hope you had time to do something quilty today.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Solid Fun!

I am linking up with Jennifer  @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge for her challenge to create your own curated FQ bundle of Kona Solids.

I am a solid fabric lover from a way back.  My very first quilt that I made 23 years ago, had solid borders.  I seem to add a solid fabric somewhere in my quilts.  I have a small collection of Kona solids in yardage and a bucket or two of scraps  as well as a giant trunk full of older Papillion solids.
My Kona collection is now mostly the blues and greys.  I seem to be attracted to those mostly.  Today I purchased these six Konas (more blues!) while shopping at It's Sew Time, my LQS. I just wanted to add these to my stash.
from the top to bottom --Cactus, Cyan, Lagoon, Peacock, Cayenne and Cerise

For the challenge...I had just recently purchased two pieces of  printed  fabric and will definitely be adding solids to whatever quilt I make with them, so I chose to use  Palette Builder to give me a hand in picking just the right shades to go with the prints.  Now I need to go shopping again because the only colour I have is the Iron!

Fabric #1

Fabric #2

I am a bit lazy at keeping my Konas tagged so that I know what colour names I have and therefore I keep buying the same colours.  I am going to try and improve on that in the future.

Yes I heart Kona solids!

Hop on over to the linky and check out what everyone else is doing.  Better yet, why not join in.  I hear there will be a giveaway!

Hope you got a chance to do some quilting today!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sheila's Valentine Postcard Swap

It is OK now to show you the fabric postcards I made as a participant in Sheila's PostCard Swap.  The three postcards I made and sent have been received and enjoyed.

This one was sent to Eglea in Brazil ... I tried my hand at a little lettering in Portugese.

This one I made for Judy in Boise, Idaho

And Judy made this one and sent it to me...She handpainted the background fabric.  So cool!

I made this one for Jeanneke in Holland...her birthday is on Valentine's Day.

I enjoy making postcards and then sending them all over the world. Oh yes, and so nice to receive them as well!  It is such fun to open your mailbox and see a little piece of fabric art.  Each one is unique and very thoughtful.  Thanks so much to Sheila for taking the time to coordinate all the swappers.  You rock!
I enjoy it so much, that I will be hosting a Fabric Postcard Workshop at my house on Sunday (weather permitting).  I offered up this class to my lovely little guild to help with some skill mastering  and also to maybe pass along my excitement for making these little beauties.

Hope you get a chance to do something quilty today!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Finish for Me!

My lovely little guild, the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild, is working on its first charity quilt project. Members are asked to contribute 8 1/2" half square triangle blocks to make a quilt for a charity that yet to be named.  The colour scheme is based on QuiltCon 2015 colours... Each block will contain any solid grey plus one of these colours...white, chartreuse, burnt orange, sky blue, cerise and a deep turquoise in Solids or prints. (Here are the KONA colour names   Snow, Shadow, Wasabi, Cedar, Bahama Blue, Cerise and Glacier.)

Here's my squares all cut and ready to make HSTs  

I now have a nice pile of HST's made and ready to go.  Then.....from the trimmings and squaring ups and remnants, I had a nice pile of scraps and immediately set to work making a new scrap quilt. I saved out the Cerise scraps for another project.
I wanted to make a new improv pieced quilt and ended up with 3 x 12" blocks and 12 x 3" blocks.  What fun!  I am in my glory when making these kind of blocks.  
I sewed the squares together and then surrounded them with some yummy "Britten Nummers" from Ikea.   I even managed to make a scrappy binding.  

"Scrappy Nummers"

I quilted straight lines in sections.  I used a variegated thread from Wonderfil called "Tutti". #TU08.
It is a 50# cotton with distinct long colour changes.  I love the look it gave.  I had some tension issues with my machine and I am not super pleased with my stitch but it is what it is..My machine needs a good cleaning, we are way overdue.  On the back I used a very pretty Riley Blake floral with an orangey background.
I ended up applying the binding by machine. It's OK but I still haven't perfected machine binding and I don't think I ever will.  Just not a fan.

Here's a little look at some of the quilted areas.

My first quilty finish for 2015. Not sure yet where it will live.   
Hope you had time to do something quilty today.

 PS......HELEN BOWIE....if you see this, I would love to reply to your last comment but you are a No-Reply Blogger and I can't get in touch with you,  so if you read this, please email me so I can respond to you.  Thanks!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Making Nova Scotia Proud!

Have you seen Karen Neary's new book?

I just received mine in the mail.  What a gorgeous book!  With a CD included!  

I have made 4 of Karen's patterns and I must say they are so explicit and every thought is given to making your experience a success.  The patterns appear to be complex but step-by-step they are very doable, even for a beginner.  

Sunday, January 18, 2015

My break is over..

I cannot believe that two weeks has passed since I blogged last!  I can't tell you that I have been sewing like a crazy person.  I have hardly sewn a thing.  I have just been taking it easy.   2014 was such a busy, productive year for me and I think I needed a breather.
I am not in a funk or anything like that.  I just decided to take it easy for a bit and now I am ready to get back at creating and I did just that today. One of my nephews asked me to make him a black and white herringbone quilt, a sofa throw (no rush, just whenever).  I didn't have enough fabric on hand to start his quilt,  so I decided
to make one with some of the leftover fabric from my niece's Weddin' Quilt, just to see what size blocks I would like the best.   I will  save this one for a gift for her later on.   I made 48 - 8" (unfinished)  half square triangles and will be setting them 6 x 8 blocks.  I will make the black and white one larger though.  Probably 8 x 10 blocks

I finished up making my contribution to the Prospect Raffle Quilt 2015. The theme this year is flowers.

I also joined up with Sheila for her Valentine Postcard Swap.  My cards have been mailed off .  I hope they arrive safe and sound.  I can't show them until they are received but here is one that I made for a friend, not part of the swap,  and it will be in the mail tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had time today to do something quilty.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Featherweight Fun, Fun, Fun!

It's a snow-day, a stay inside day, so of course, I am in the basement sewing up a storm. lol
I am playing with scraps and Featherweights.
I have three Singer Featherweight sewing from 1948, one from 1950 and one from the year of my birth, 1952.  Only the 1952 is not working at the moment.  It needs a new bobbin holder.  I am sewing today with the 1950.
 I oiled her and put a new needle in and she is purring away and making the most perfect stitch.

 I am sewing up improv 12 1/2" square blocks just for fun. No plan in mind.  Just some stressfree sewing.

Hope you are enjoying some stress-free sewing today too!

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Grand Sort and Organize

A while ago I was lucky enough to be able to purchase this awesome steel cabinet, formerly used at a local fabric store to keep the Simplicity patterns all nice and tidy.  I couldn't resist having it for my sewing room.  It now holds some of my fabric collections....just some....

Here's what is inside now!

I also spent time (4 days) sorting all my scraps (just the prints, solids have their own bins)  I only have this bin of print scraps left to sort through.

Here are my printed scraps, all sorted by colour families, all in one place now.  

I feel a huge relief now that my "Scrash" (scrap stash) is all organized and I am ready to start sewing up some scrap quilts.  My grand plan is to make a few scrap quilts and donate them to Quilts of Valour - Canada this year.  This is my only goal for 2015.

Hope you had time today to do something quilty!  

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I have a new love!

In my last post, I mentioned that I was super lucky to have won a prize in the Grande Finale of the Library Project Challenge hosted by Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts.
The prize was a $75.00 gift certificate from one of the sponsors of the challenge, Mad About Patchwork.   I immediately set about scouring their online shop to spend my winnings.  This fat quarter pack of 18 amazing fabrics from Alison Glass' line called "Handmade" jumped out at me.  I had recently spied a quilt online that was made with these fabrics and fell in love. Funny thing is, until I opened the parcel, I didn't realize that these fabrics are batiks! Beautiful hand... soft, drapey, modern batiks. I can't wait to get working with them.  Ideas are a-swirling!

This colour palette reminded me of Quality Street candies...another love of mine.

For the past few days I have been heavily into sorting out my "Scrash" (scrap stash)  More on that for next time.
Hope you are recovered from the Christmas hubbub and, like me, looking forward to all the quilts we will make in 2015.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

I made it...just under the wire!

I had three large projects that needed to be finished and ready for gifting by today.  I just finished up and I have now officially accomplished my goal with minutes to spare!  The photos are not what I like but the great cloud cover that we have been experiencing here in the past week or so makes it impossible to get a perfect shot.

 I am very pleased with how these three projects turned out.
First, The Weddin' Quilt...The ongoing project since earlier this year.  It will be given to the newlyweds tomorrow on their First Christmas together.  It is queen-size and very heavy, so it will be a great warm quilt.  I call this quilt "Katherine's Snowflake II".  It is a remake of the quilt I made for the bride when she was ten and it was used to death so I decided to recreate it in updated fabrics as a wedding gift.  During the wedding I had each guest sign a quilt block which I incorporated on the back of the quilt.  It is quite the keepsake quilt!  It has been through the washer and dryer and it is soft and cuddly as can be.  I was worried that such dense machine quilting in the centre portion of the quilt would make it un-cuddly but it turned out just great.  "Those who sleep under a quilt are comforted by love"

The second project that was completed is this wall hanging/table topper that I made for my Aunt/Godmother.  It is from the design called "The Beauty of Christmas" by Nova Scotia quilt designer, Karen Neary of Amherst.  This is the second time I have made this pattern.  The red fabric is so pretty in real life, it does not photograph well.  It has a shimmer of gold here and there.  I buttonhole stitched around the arcs with Wonderfil Metallic thread on top and DecoBob in the bobbin.  The background is stippled, the arcs are swirled and there is a continuous feather in the green border .  All freemotion quilted.  

The last project, finished in time for Christmas, was to fulfill my commitment to the Library Project organized by Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts  .  Lucky for me, I won the Challenge Grand Finale prize sponsored by Mad About Patchwork...a $75.00 gift certificate.  Needless to say I made an order and I can't wait to receive my fabrics in the mail.  
My daughter will be receiving this quilt to add to her collection of quilts I have made for her.

I spiralled away on all the white areas.

Now that I am caught up on my Must Finish It Before Christmas list...I can focus on baking cookies and making a turkey dinner and spending time with my awesome family.  

All the best at Christmas to everyone and I hope 2015 sees your UFO list getting shorter and shorter.  Yeah right!  That's not going to happen.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sheila's Postcard Swap

I made two Christmas postcards for Sheila's Christmas Postcard Swap.  They have all arrived at their final destination so I can show you what I made and what I received in return.

My swap partners are Mary @ Needled Mom and Selina @ Selinaquilts.  Here's what I sent to them. I forgot to label the photo so I don't remember which one I sent to Mary and which one went to Selina.


Here's what I received in return 
from Mary
A very modern scrappy Christmas tree

And from Selina 
A polka dot forest

I also made a postcard for some special quilty friends 

for Sheila 

For Lesley

For Karen

For the ornament swap at my lovely little guild, MMQG, 

I made this (Jeanette picked mine!)

And I picked Kathy's cute modern pieced tree.  1" squares!

I received this in the mail from Sheila.  How cute!  expert stitching! I love it Sheila, thanks so much.

 And thanks to Sheila for organizing the wonderful postcard swaps.  Such fun!

Hope you get some time to do something quilty today.  Thanks for stopping by!