Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What's Happening!

It's been very quilty-intense for me lately.  My lovely little guild, the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild, hosted its very first Retreat.  I enjoyed an action-packed weekend with 25 of my awesome guildmates at the Holiday Inn in Truro, NS.  Click on the link above to read all about it and see lots of pictures.   I took three projects to work on.  The first one is called "Urban Candy" by
 Sew Kind of Wonderful.  I got about half of the blocks made.  

These are the fabrics I am using to make "Urban Candy" with a solid white for background.  I purchased these fabrics in 2012 and figured it was time to get them cut up

For the second project I sewed together 48 square-in-a-square blocks into a quilt top for a charity quilt for the IWK hospital, a project sponsored by my guild. 

I didn't do any work on the third project that I brought with me. I was hoping to get some work done on completing the cover for my round tuffet but that will have to wait.  

There were three retreat mysteries to partake in during the weekend.  Here I am working on the first mystery.  A paper-pieced pattern of the sailboat from our guild logo.

The second mystery project was a cute little pincushion to attach to your sewing machine and I saved the third mystery project, a lovely binding kit,  to sew at home. 

A highlight of my weekend at retreat was spending time with my sweet friend and guildmate, Lesley,  who blogs @The Cuddle Quilter.  Because she lives a few hours away we don't get to see each other very often so this was a real treat. 

Another fun thing was Swag Bags!  19 members participated by providing a gift for each other.  It was like Christmas when we opened our swag bags.  Everyone was so generous.  

I made these little snap pouches for everyone.  

 We also had a ton of prizes donated (click here to see our list of generous sponsors) that were given out during the retreat.  I won a lovely fat quarter pack donated by Patch Halifax.   

 It took me two days to recover from the retreat weekend and then it was on to preparing for my trip to Moncton,this past weekend,with our President, Adrienne, to present a trunk show of works of our guild members to the New Brunswick Gathering of the Guilds.  We had a fantastic time and met lots of wonderful NBquilters. 
Today I am rested up and enjoying some improv curve sewing.  
Hope you have time today to spend on a project.   

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Progress report - "Spoola Pink"

I am making progress in dealing with the three panels that I made with the Tula Pink "Eden" leftover fabrics.  I dealt with the green panel like this.  Next up was the pink panel.  Here is what I have ended up making.  I was inspired by a spool sampler made by my friend, Sheila @ Sheila's Quilt World. You can see her quilt in the bottom right hand corner of her blog header picture.  
 I thought that my panel would make an awesome
 variegated thread-looking spool block.  Then I thought, I adore Aurifil thread, so I will make a spool to mimic an Aurfil #50 wt spool, my fave!  I started cutting 2 1/2 inch strips in two different grey solids and some orange and sewed like crazy to complete this cute wallhanging for my sewing room.  It measures 50" x 53".

 I am calling this  "Spoola Pink" 

Now on to the purple panel!  Stay tuned!
Hope you got time today to do something quilty.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Throwback Thursday Vol#9


It's time for Throwback Thursday Vol#9 with Jennifer @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge.  After seeing Jennifer's awesome post yesterday (make sure to check it out) about her log cabin and all the wonderful photos, I remembered that I made a log cabin several years ago.  I started blogging in Feb. 2008 and I made this quilt before that.  I didn't keep any notes about it (sounds like me) so I am not sure of the date.  But I remember that I made it for my Aunt Louise, my Mum's sister, who unfortunately now resides in a nursing home.  I believe her granddaughter has the quilt now.   I used lots of turquoise, purple and teal fabrics which would have been my favourite at the time, I am sure.  The lighter side of the block is made from beige and white tone-on-tones with yellow for the centres.  I hand quilted it and I am sure there is probably muslin on the back.  Not the best picture but the only one I have.  

After I gave it away to my Aunt, I knew I would miss it,  so I set to work making another log cabin quilt top.  It remains unfinished but it is getting closer to the top of the pile! 

I am linking up with Jenn.  Stop by and check out all the awesome quilts from days gone by. 

Hope you had time today to do something quilty!  

Friday, April 1, 2016

My latest work-in-progress

Last year, I bought a half metre cut of each print in Tula Pink's "Eden" collection.  You may remember that I made this......

from the leftovers strips, I made these panels, which I had intended
to become a quilt. 

Unfortunately, I didn't like this enough to spend any more time on it so I decided to cut the panels into squares.  Still not lovin' it.  By accident, I folded one of the squares on the bias and just threw it on top of the pile of squares and my idea was born.  Now I am happy. I still have to figure out something to do with the pink and purple panels.  

I can't wait to get it basted and ready for quilting.  I do love to piece my backings so I still have to figure out how that will all work out but I am very excited for this project to be moving along.  

Hope you had time to do something quilty today!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

What's Happening!

Three weeks since my last post! Yikes.  
I haven't been blogging much lately, seems I spend more time on Facebook,  but I have been sewing a lot.

First, some charity quilting.  My lovely little guild,
 Maritime Modern Quilt Guild, has committed to making quilts this year for our local children's hospital, the IWK.  The common theme is a 9"unfinished square in a square block., any colour, any quilters cotton fabrics.  We encourage everyone to use their stash. I have made 48 blocks and will sew them into a top and quilt it as my contribution.

Another initiative I am participating in is called #87pillows.  Our guild member, Jeanette, has spearheaded the collection of 87 x 14" handmade envelope backed pillows to donate to a local nursing home.  A pillow for each of the 87 residents.  Something to brighten up their rooms.  Below is my contribution.

Next, I covered a TV table with some insulated batting and a home dec weight Philip Jacobs fabric to make a portable ironing surface to take with me to my guild's retreat next month.

I also make an awesome new bag for myself.  It is called the
 Sew Together Bag.  It was a bit of challenge for me so I love it even more,

It holds everything I need to take to retreat! (the yellow duckie is a tape measure)

A bit of sewing for my great-nephew (that's him in my header pic)  A taggie blanket made with blue flannel camouflage (by request) and minky.  So soft and cuddly.

I joined The Mighty Lucky Quilting Club this past January.   Each month a new skill .that focuses on challenging you with design concepts in the quilt making process is presented.  This is February's challenge - minimalism.  I call mine "L's for Linda" .  I loved working on this concept and hope to make more minimal quilts in the future.

I made a Sugar Free Quilted Designs pincushion as a gift for my Quilty Sister, who is visiting right now.  

I needed a new guild nametag.  I was inspired by my membership card and wanted to make something that would hold it safely and  showcase it.  I attached a vinyl pocket to hold it securely on an improv curved pieced design using my guild colours in Kona.  Thanks to my sweet friend Karen who blogs @ KaHolly for thinking of me while she visited QuiltCon last year and brought me  home this momento  which works perfectly for hanging my new nametag.

I made this iron caddy to take to retreat too.  Love it~  Thanks to my sweet friend, Lesley, who blogs @ The Cuddle Quilter for the piggie fabric. Just need a button or two to hold things together for toting.  It lays out flat as an ironing surface too.  It is from the pattern by Sisters Common Thread

I am working on two larger quilt projects at the moment but I will have to wait to show you how things are going with those.  One is a surprise quilt and the other is still in the design stage.  

I hope you had a lovely weekend and that you had time to work on your projects too.  

Friday, March 4, 2016

Throwback Thursday #8

For this edition of Throwback Thursday...it's #8... I am going back to 1995.  The second quilt I ever made.  I made it for my son, Alexander, who was 12 at the time. He was a Chicago Black Hawks fan back then, hence the red, black and white colour scheme. It's a double Irish Chain, made with the strip piecing technique.  I hand quilted it diagonally in  each direction through the chains and quilted a large shamrock in the open areas.It was hard to quilt, because of my lack of experience, I used a percale sheet for a backing.  The tight weave was difficult to stitch through nicely.  Also, I always thought it needed  more quilting but after 21 years of use and lots of washing, it has stood up very well.

Lots of memories in this quilt.  I made this during my three years of living in Saint John, NB.  It was there that I joined my first quilt guild, the Marco Polo Quilters Guild.  I learned so much and made lifelong friends.  I think of those days whenever I look at this quilt.  

I am linking up with Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge.  Stop by and check out all the other long ago quilts.  Better yet, why not write up a post and join in!  

Hope you had time today to do something quilty!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Exciting Quilty News

I have to share my exciting news!  I have a pattern for sale! 

 Back in 2014, my lovely friend and quilt designer, Karen Neary of Sew Karen-ly Created, helped me with submitting my cushion pattern to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of Quilter's Connection magazine. Thanks so much for the encouragement, Karen. (BTW Karen is having a  Leap Day Free Shipping Day, today only, on her patterns.) 

I was so proud to see my cushion in the magazine, but afterwards I just neglected going any further with plans to make my pattern for sale,  because I do not possess any of the skills required to make that all happen.

After mentioning my design to my wonderful friend, Karen Chase of Sugar Free Quilted Designs, she did all the hard work for me. She wrote up the pattern from my design and did all the legwork involved in getting it out there for sale.  It is now for sale in PDF form on her Etsy and Craftsy shops.  It is also for sale at a few local shops, printed and packaged.

Thanks so much, Karen.  We make a great team!   

Karen has her cute little pincushion for sale too.  Check it out!

Get in touch if you would like any additional information.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have time today to do something quilty.  

PS...Don't I have awesome friends!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

"Mum and Me"

"Mum and Me"  50" x 56" 
Another 2016 Finish for me.  WooHoo!  I loved making this quilt.  Not only because my one and only daughter and I collaborated every step of the way to make the quilt of her dreams but I worked entirely from my stash. She chose the name "Mum and Me"  She chose all the fabrics for the top (all her fave Cotton+Steel fabrics) and it was a must to her that "Nummers" was on the back. Of course, I did all the sewing and quilting.  The binding was a bit of a stumbling block as we couldn't decide which C+S fabric would please both of us.  I asked my quilty friend, Dominique @ The Running Thimble,  what she would suggest and Boom! decision made.  She suggested a low volume print to round out the scrappy look.  I was leaning towards a more solid darker fabric for the binding but using "Mustang" by Melody Miller was just the perfect choice for our quilt. Thanks, Dominique!  

"Mustang" aka "neigh, neigh"  

I did all the quilting in free motion with  Aurifil 50# thread in white 2024 on my Pfaff GrandQuilter 16.0.  Some spiralling, some meandering, straight lines inside each plus block.  I also added a motif to some of the blue and gold plus blocks.  Mostly random.  I was just having fun! That's what quilting is all about to me.  F+U+N!

While I was writing this post, the quilt took a turn in the washer and dryer.  It came out nice and crinkly and cuddly, just the way I like my quilts.  

Ready for snuggling on the sofa 
Hope you get the chance to finish up something today.  No better feeling!  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Volume #7

It's Throwback Thursday time again.  I am linking up with Jenn at Quarter Inch from the Edge again this month to show you something quilty from my pre-blogging days.  I started blogging in February of 2008 (Happy Bloggy Birthday to me!)  and I made the following three lap quilts in 2006.  I made them for my nephews, sons of my Quilty Sister.  If memory serves me correctly, they were living in The Hague in Holland at the time so these quilts were hugs across the ocean.

The first one is for Adam, the oldest, and it is called "Fraser Castle"  after their Scottish ancestral ties
All three quilts are hand quilted by me with muslin backing.  I don't have a photo of the label but I remember that there is one on it.  I used a Black Watch plaid for the binding.  

for middle nephew, Andrew, I made "Canadian Snowball"  I cut each piece out using a template following the pattern in the book "Old Nova Scotia Quilts"  For the binding I used New Brunswick tartan because that is where Andrew's Fraser ancestors were from.  

For the youngest, David, I made "Nova Scotia Nine Patch"  Again, using templates and cutting out each block.  for the binding on this one, of course, I used Nova Scotia tartan fabric.  

Today Adam is 27  Andrew is 25  and David is 23 and they are all living in Calgary, Alberta.    I think they have outgrown their lap quilts,  Might be time to start thinking about making them each something new.  

Stop by Jenn's blog and check out all the link-ups. Or better yet, write up a post and join in.  It's fun to look back.  

Sunday, January 24, 2016

What's Happening?

Here we are...one more week left in January.  It has been pretty good, weather-wise.  In my sewing room, my machines have been busy and my fabric cutting has been brisk.  I saw a great idea online and I can't remember where I saw it, but the idea was to collect a piece of each fabric that you cut into during the whole year and then at the end of the year you would have some fabrics to make something that would represent your entire year of fabric.  I chose to cut a 2 1/2" square from each of the fabrics that I cut into.  I am not waiting til the end of the year to decide what to make with my collection.  I have already decided that I want to make 16 patch squares. (wink wink)  Here is what I have cut into and sewn together so far this year.  I may have missed a few.  I am really excited to see what I end up with at the end of the year.  A great way to show your taste in fabrics and how they may change over time.  

Here is a quilt top that I just finished sewing up yesterday.  It is for my daughter.  She picked out the fabrics and sorted out the layout to her preference.  All her  Cotton+Steel favourites. I love how it looks.   I am working on making the backing today. It will be a throw measuring 52" x 60" 

Also, I wanted to show you my latest favourite thing...my Quilter's Planner!  With all the things I have going on in my quilty life, I figured it was time to get organized.  Many thanks go out to my quilty friend and guildmate, Anja @ Anja Quilts for making it possible for me to own this wonderful planner. Check out her blog and you will see lots of quilty inspiration.  
check out Late Night Quilter's website for more info

the front -  The main fabric is a linen/cotton combo from Roison Textile Goods.  and the rest is Cotton and Steel 

the back

the inside.  two pockets, elastic strap and a bookmark 
This was a free pattern when you buy the planner.

Hope you got time to do something quilty today!  

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Nummer 1, 2 and 3 - Complete!

One more project out of my head and onto fabric. My Quilty Sister, who lives in Qatar, has been keeping my supplied with Ikea's "Britten Nummers" fabric for a while now.  It is no longer available in Canada or the US so, everytime she comes home to NS to visit, she brings me a few metres.  I still have a good supply on hand but I wanted to make something to commemorate the end of an amazing run.  So, from the scraps from the quilt below, "I Love Chai", that I made using a fat quarter bundle of Alison Glass "Handcrafted" and "Nummers" as the backing......

.....I made this.....A triptych called

                     "Nummers One, Two and Three" 

 I plan on hanging all three in a group on my living room wall.                   

"Nummer One" measures 32" x 41"   Quilted in freemotion .in the border areas used Aurifil #50 in white 2024 on my Pfaff GrandQuilter 16.0 which uses a Topstitch size 100 titanium needle and in the pieced centre area Wonderfil Konfetti 50# dark gold KT401

close-up yumminess

"Nummer Two" measures 26" x 28"  spiral quilted using walking foot. Quilted on my Pfaff QE 4.0 using Aurifil 50# in white 2024 top and bottom and a Superior Titanium Topstitch needle size 80/12 
spiral quilting is such fun!

"Nummer Three" measures 18" x 26"   freemotioned quilted.  Had to add the selvedge! Quilted on my Pfaff GrandQuilter 16.0 using Aurifil #50wt in white 2024 

On "Nummer Three", I tried my hand at using an acrylic quilting ruler.  I used "Fine Line" Quilter's Ruler made by Accents in Design, Inc.  I like having the ruler to guide my stitching and it works well once you get the feel for it.  I found that going right to left is better for me.  You will notice in the photo below that the left hand side of the arcs are quite wobbly. I find it a lot easier and smoother if I stitch right to left. Lots of practice required.  

Backing fabric on all three is another Ikea fabric.  

For the binding, the same on all three...My favourite from "Handcrafted" by Alison Glass  A lovely dark teal.  I bound #One and #Two completely by machine but on #Three, I handstitched it to the back.  

I love fabric so much, but it's the scraps, the leftovers,  that really inspire me and spur me on just to see if  I can make my mind come to life! 

I am linking up with Cynthia @Quilting is more than Housework. 
 for Oh Scrap!  Stop by and check out all the the other scrappy projects there are to see.  

Hope you had time today to get something done and maybe off your to-do list.