Sunday, January 22, 2017

My Selvedge HST tutorial

I have a request to show how I made my latest selvedge quilt 
(Hi , Lin!)  So here goes.  Hope you will give it a try.  

How to make Half Square Triangle Blocks with Selvedges.  
Or... how I make them anyway!

For my latest little quilt (36" x 36" )   I made 13 faux HSTs

First,  gather your selvedges.  For this project I used my low volume ones.  I usually sort all my selvedges into colour families but they look great when sewn together randomly too.

Next, press and sort.  

For the foundation, I used 9 1/2" squares of solid grey fabric.  I use this size because it is the size of my favourite ruler.  You can make your squares whatever size you want. 
Draw a line across the diagonal in one direction.  The line will be covered so don't worry about it showing. 

Choose the first selvedge you want to add, making sure it extends at each end.  Place it directly on the line, pinning if you desire, and sew very close to the edge.  I used a dark grey thread but you may prefer white thread.

choose your next selvedge, again making sure it extends past the edges at both ends.  Position it so that it covers the previous selvedge by about 1/4 " and sew very close to the edge.  If you are making several blocks you can chain piece too!  

Keep adding selvedges until the surface is entirely covered.  

Time to trim it up even with the foundation square

And now you have a perfect Selvedge HST to make any number of different designs.  

Hope you enjoy sewing up your blocks and make sure to share your creation with me.

Friday, January 20, 2017

"A Patch of Geese"

My second finish for 2017 came together very quickly.  A quilty friend asked me to make her a wallhanging to hang above her sofa and she said she wanted modern and flying geese and negative space and free motion quilting on Essex Linen as the background.  How could I resist.  Just a small project so I figured I could squeeze it in with no problem.  From start to finish, it took me 9 days to make this quilt. That's a record for me!

 For the first time, I tried the No Waste Flying Geese method.  It worked perfectly for me.  My geese ended up measuring 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" each.  The solid colours are FreeSpirit.  The Essex Linen is Natural.  For thread, I used Wonderfil Konfetti 807- 50# cotton with a Superior Titanium Topstitch needle size 100/16.   I started out with an 80/12 needle but that broke and so did a 90/14 so I switched to a 100/16 and it was smooth sailing after that.  My first time quilting on linen.  I spray basted and pinned.  I really didn't find it difficult to quilt once I got the needle size figured out.  I added tabs for hanging, as per request by Chris and also a scrappy binding.  The backing is a solid piece of FreeSpirit in a straw yellow.

"A Patch of Geese"

Hope you had time to do something quilty today!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

What's Happening!

I've been a bad blogger!  Yes, I have.  Six weeks have flown by since my last post and I am just now getting around to writing a new post. 
 I am working on two secret projects at the moment so I can't share yet but I will tell you that one is a medallion quilt round robin and the other is a new pattern I am designing for my local modern fabric shop.  Can't wait for the big reveals.
My first finish for 2017 is a wallhanging that I started last month and just got the binding on it a few days ago.
I sewed the selvedges onto 9 1/2" squares of FreeSpirit Manatee resulting in a half square triangle.  Then arranged them in a pleasing manner and quilted as desired.

 I am happy with the way it turned out since I started with no plan...just a bag of  selvedges, some from my own fabrics and some from my lovely fabric friends who save them for me.  The backing is "Dapper" by Luke Haynes for Moda. 

Quilted on Pfaff QE 4.0 in free motion using Aurifil 1158 and a Superior Topstitch needle size 80/12

"Dapper" by Luke

For the binding I used the Manatee and two different little bits of Cotton and Steel fabric to match up with where the selvedges met the edge. (you will notice in the first photo).

I also want to thank Patty Dudek at Elm Street Quilts for hosting her fabulous Bag It Event last year.  Also a big thank you to Aurifil threads for sponsoring this fun online event. I won one of the wonderful prizes!  A Katarina Roccella "Indelible" Aurifil thread collection.  12 spools of 40# thread in the most delicious colours.  Last year I bought a whole bolt of a print in this line of fabric and I have been collecting fabrics to make a quilt or two so I am super tickled to have the matching threads.  

Hope you get time this weekend to work on your latest project.  

Friday, December 2, 2016

A Finish for Me.

On Nov. 12, Libs Elliott came to visit my lovely little guild, the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild and teach our members how to make her Weight of Love Quilt.  I chose to mimic Libs' colour scheme and I was able to pull all the Kona shades from my stash.  If it wasnt the exact same shade she chose, then it was on either side of that colour on the Kona colour card for the most part.  The cutting was easy using Jaybird's Hex'N More ruler.  The top is comprised of hexagons, half hexagons and equilateral triangles sewn together to make hexagons.  The technique to sew them all together is the Y-seam method. The background is filled in with hexies and half hexies in Kona white.   It is a fun pattern and fun to sew.  
I quilted on both sides of each diagonal seam in one direction in free motion, without the help of rulers, I might add.  I just eyeballed it all the way.  It's a bit wonky here and there, but so am I! I used Kona Hibiscus for the binding and added it entirely by machine.  Once it was washed and dried.... pure yumminess!  So soft and cuddly.  

I had purchased a one metre cut of double wide Tula Pink backing from Tangled Blossoms Designs, right here in the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, a while back, and I wanted to use it up so I added some Ardently Austin text print by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake to make the backing.  One of my fave text prints.  Love making pieced backings!

I am so happy with the way this quilt turned out.  Not sure where it will end up, but for now it is on my lap.

My sweet friend, Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World, is the hostess of  many a fabric postcard swap and the latest is a Christmas swap.  My swap partner is Lin from France.  Lin and I have been online buddies for a while now and it was a real pleasure to make something for her and to receive something that she made in return.  Lin is an awesome stitcher.  Her embroidery is just wonderful. You can't really see how pretty the card is that she made for me.  It is all sparkly and Christmassy.

The postcard that I made for her is tiny paper piecing, which I enjoy a lot.  That dark blue background is a really old metallic Hoffman print from many years ago.  It is still a fave of mine for Christmas projects and I still have quite a bit of it left.  

Hope you had time today to make something quilty!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

2 Bags - Finished! Finally!

I have two finishes!  WooHoo!  Took me long enough. The first one, the Little Sister bag by Whistlepig Creek has been mostly finished for a while except that I kept putting off installing the zipper. It's totally done now The main body fabric is the perfect one that I had been searching for, for a long time, and finally found it on Spoonflower.  The bag is finished off with 380" of bias binding that is sewn on and then turned to the back and sewn by hand!  It's a Christmas gift for Knitty Sister. She will love it.  Even more so, because she has been waiting so long for me to make it! 

The second bag I finished is called the "Everything but the Kitchen Sink" bag by Eazy Peazy Quilts .  I made this one for me to carry all the quilty stuff I need to take to Sew-Ins.  It is a large bag with lots of inside pockets as well as two outside pockets.  It is also reversible! I have never made anything that was reversible so that kind of threw me for a loop or two.   The pattern calls for Bosal Craft-Tex Placemat forms.  I couldn't find any nearby so I used a heavyweight fusible interfacing and it worked really well.  The fabrics are mostly Cotton and Steel, gifted to me by a quilty friend.  The lining is from Purebred by Erin Michael.

I am linking up my two finished bags with 
Patty at Elm Street Quilts Bag It Event.  Stop by and check out all the wonderful bags being made.  Better yet, make a bag or two and join in!  

Hope you had time to get some quilting done today.  


Thursday, September 29, 2016

A little post about a little finish.

I love scrap bags!  I helped a friend lighten her scrappy load by taking a bag of her scraps with the promise to make something. 
I set to work to use them up by making a baby sized quilt using a free pattern by Jeliquilts on Craftsy.  A fun fabric for the backing and it ended up measuring 40" x 48".  A nice size.  I quilted in a straight stitch on both sides of the seam in both directions. Add a scrappy binding .  A nice bright, clean look! 

This is the first quilt photo taken on the new garden wall built by RetiredHub.

Hope you had time today to do some quilting!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Bubbly Finish

A finish for me! About 2 years ago, I bought a Stackers pack -- SIDEWALK by Riley Blake by October Afternoon...that is 21 -  10" x 10" precut squares.   It was time to get it sewn up into a quilt.  I added a lovely FreeSpirit Winter White solid and used 18 of the 10" squares to make half square triangles, big ones, 9" ones, and then set them in a zigzag design.  Easy-peasy.  measures 54" square. 
It has had its turn in the washer/dryer and is lovely and snuggly.  Just perfect for a little someone!

For the backing, I used a solid yellow Kona (don't know the colour name), which wasn't wide enough so I made a 10" strip from the remaining three 10" squares and some of the white solid.  For the binding, I used Kona Artichoke.

I quilted entirely in freemotion on my Pfaff PowerQuilter 16 sitdown quilter using Aurifil 50wt colour number 2021 a soft white. 

I am linking up with Adrienne @Chezzetcook Modern Quilts for TGIFF  Stop by and check out all the wonderful finishes.                                              

Hope you had time to do some quilting today!  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Original Design Category

It's time again for the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by
 Amy @ Amy's Creative Side.   Don't you just love to check out all the quilts in each category and visit lots of blogs that are new-to-you?  I know I do. Voting starts in four days!   So, I decided to go that step further and enter a quilt.

I am entering "Lots of L's" in the Original Quilt Design category.  I am most proud of this quilt that I designed and made entirely by myself.  My free motion quilting was a lot more creative than anything I have done before.  I just went for broke and did what made me happy. And this quilt makes me super happy! 

"Lots of L's" could stand for Linda or lavender or leftovers or all three!  The giant "L's" are leftover strips of Tula Pink's "Eden" line from another quilt project.  It measures 42" x 60" and I quilted it in freemotion on my Pfaff QE 4.0 using Aurifil 50wt thread in colour #2311 and a lovely purple Zwicky 50wt in colour #700.  I used a Superior Titantium topstitch needle size 80/12.  The background fabric is Kona Snow and the backing fabric is Kona Amethyst with a strip of Tula Pink's "Crouching Tiger" in amethyst.  The binding is Kona Bone.  

Good luck to all entrants and thanks to Amy for all her hard organizing work over the past several years.

Hope you get time to do something quilty today!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

What's Happening!

It was a busy spring/summer for RetiredHub.  Since mid-April, he has spent all this time tearing down the crumbling retaining wall/flower beds in our backyard and replacing with new timbers.  I am sooo proud of this man!  He did it all by himself and saved us a ton of money.  When he first told me that he was going to do it, I was scared.  Scared it would kill him!  He is not used to all the heavy work that is involved nor is he a carpenter.  The first few weeks were rough but he stuck to it and the result of his hard work is amazing.  It will look so awesome when we get it full of plants. Just a few more little finishing touches and it will be complete.

The nerve of those trees to cast off their leaves on RetiredHub's new wall!

Also, last evening I was very proud to spend time with the
 Mariners Quilt Guild in Dartmouth, NS, as I presented my trunk show.  What a lovely group of quilters.  I was made to feel very welcome and I enjoyed showing off all my quilts.  I took 30 quilts to show!  I only had an hour to present them and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to show them all in that time but it worked out perfectly.  My friend and guildmate, Susan B. was kind enough to come along to help me with the lugging and the holding up and the packing up.  Thanks so much, Susan!  And thanks to the Mariners Guild for the invitation.  Here's a few shots of me from last night.

Talking about guilds, my lovely little guild, 
Maritime Modern Quilt Guild, has a paint chip challenge happening right now.  Each participant blindly chose three paint chips (a light, medium and dark colour) from a bag and then set to work using the three chosen colours along with the option of adding black and/or white to make a quilt with the minimum size requirement of 12 inches square.  Here's the quiltlet that I made. I chose a block from the BOM quilt that I just completed and my awesome quilty friend,
 Karen of KaHolly, re-sized it from 12" to 18" for me.  I tried to make it appear that the weaved strips were on top while the quilting was underneath.I freemotion quilted a feather and lots of pebbles. I matched my chosen paint chips to Kona colours, Emerald Green, Candy Green and Light Parfait.  The challenge for me in using these colours is that the Light Parfait is my least favourite colours so I did not enjoy that and also I decided to piece a matching binding and that took me longer to make than the rest of the entire quiltlet!  It was fun though!  I was excited to see what the rest of my guildmates had created and I was not disappointed.  Click HERE to go to the post where you can vote for your favourite. Voting is open until Sept. 24. Check out the awesome prizes that Aurifil Threads sent us for the top three winners!  BTW-  My entry  is lucky number 13!  

Hope you had time today to get some quilting done!

Monday, September 5, 2016

A finish, 2 wins and a gift

A finish, 2 wins and a gift!  All in one week!

The finish------My 2016 BOM ----- a quilt along from Sew Mama Sew

Measures 48" x 60"

 Here's a few nice close up shots taken by my friend, Karen.  She has a fancy-dancy camera! 

I quilted this in free motion on my Pfaff PowerQuilter 16.0 using Aurifil 50# thread on the cone in colour #2600 a light grey.  I have found I have better success using a large thread cone instead of a regular spool.  
 The PowerQuilter sit-down machine uses a size 100/16 needle.  Ordinarly, on my domestic I would use an 80/12 topstitch needle with 50# thread, but because of the high speed of this machine a larger eyed needle is required. 

The First Win --  I spent the Spoonflower gift certificate that I won at my lovely little guild's last meeting.  I was lucky to find and buy a fabric that I have been looking for since over a year ago.  They carry such unique fabrics.  It's the place to go if you are looking for something different.  I will be using this to make a totebag for my Knitty Sister for Christmas.  

BTW..Knitty Sister made this for her grandson.  Isn't it the cutest! She is so talented.  

The second win - a fat quarter bundle that I won in a giveaway on Jennifer's blog, A Quarter Inch from the Edge.  The prize was sponsored by Zoey and Bean online fabric shop.  It is called "Snofall" and it is designed by Rae Ritchie for Dear Stella Designs.  I love it!  Thanks to Jenn and Kristi for the awesome giveaway.  

The Gift - I have mentioned to you before about my Facebook page called, The Fabric Pig.  I created this page to share my fabric obsession with others afflicted with the same thing.  My friends/guildmates and followers seem to enjoy my just-for-fun adventure. My wonderful friend, Karen of KaHolly, visited with me for the weekend and presented me with this awesome banner that she made.  Isn't it just the best!!  I was so tickled to receive it.  Thank you so much, Karen.  "The Sty" misses you!  
Hope you had time to get some sewing done over this long weekend.