Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Summer sewing

It's been a fabulous summer, weather-wise! We have been sticking close to home because RetiredHub is working on a massive DIY replacement project in our backyard.
  He has been working at it since mid-April.  He is getting very close to being done. I will get a real nice photo to show you when he is all done.

So with RetiredHub busy with his project, I got a lot of time to sew this summer.  Here's a few things I wanted to show you. First, A really nicely made armchair pincushion that I received in 
my lovely little guild's pincushion swap at our last meeting.  It is made by Crystal and what a great job she did.  The pincushion is detachable, which is a nice feature and I love the detail she added to keep some WonderClips.   There's a nice big elastic to keep any size thread close at hand.  It drapes over the arm of my chair perfectly and keeps everything nice and tidy and within reach when sitting and sewing.

Here's the pincushion I made for the swap. 

 I also made one for myself!

Next up is the postcard swap hosted by Sheila.  My swap partner was Maria in Australia and here is the card she sent me. So cute!

And here is the that I made and sent to Maria.

Also, I made this RowxRow pattern from Patch Halifax.  I used a scrap bag of fabrics that I purchased at Patch to make the buildings and the night sky and roadway came from my stash.  

At my last guild meeting I won this lovely prize provided by Spoonflower.  Guild member Lori gave a presentation about the ins and outs of this fabric printing website and they so kindly sent along several prizes.  So nice of them.  I have already ordered some fabric with the $35.00 coupon that I won.

I sewed up the Block of the Month that I was working on.  The 12 blocks are from Sew Mama Sew's 2014 BOM.  I wanted the quilt top to have lots of negative space so I can do some creative quilting. 

 I have the backing all pieced and ironed and ready to get it all basted so I can start quilting soon.  This little guy will be appear on the back.

That's it for now.  Hope you are enjoying the summer and that you get to do all the quilty things you like to do.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Quilt Show in Pictou with the NSQBQ

Time again for the annual quilt show presented by the Northumberland Quilt Guild in Pictou, NS.
The ship "Hector"
 And time again for the NSQBQ, the Nova Scotia Quilting Bloggers Quartet to get together for a few hours of quiltyness.  This year though, we were a trio.
L - R  Karen of KaHolly, Lesley the Cuddle Quilter and ME

 Our lovely Sheila couldn't make it today.  I promised her lots of pics to make up for missing the show. 

lots of handquilting

a view of the vendors mall

its a shame that this cutie was in a very awkward spot and hard to photograph.  

After the show, we enjoyed a lovely lunch and traded our project for the coming year, a round robin.  Should be a ton of fun working on this.  You will have to wait til next June to see the results.  then we tried to get a few shots of each of us with our quilts but the wind was so high today that it turned into a comedy show instead of a quilt shoot. A fabulous day with fabulous friends!   

Here's some live action!


Hope you had a chance to do something quilty today!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Happy First Anniversary, TT!

Happy First Anniversary Throwback Thursday @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge!  Thanks to Jennifer for starting up this great linky so that we get a chance to bring out the golden oldies of our quilting adventures.  This month's link up is sporting some very nice prizes!  

I only have one photo of this quilt that I made probably 10 years ago. I went back through my blog, all 8 years of it, to see if I had posted about this quilt. Nope. So I am just going by memory. 

 I made it for my Aunt/Godmother.  It lives with her in Prospect and is used on her bed.  That makes me happy.  At the time her favourite colours were burgundy and navy.  
My inspiration was a large floral print with a navy background.  I made ohio star blocks using the large floral print as the star points and centres  and mixed up the fabrics surrounding the centres with different blues and burgundy fabrics.  I do remember that the small cornerstones were left over units from the Storm at Sea portion of the quilt I made for RetiredHub.  I am sure there is muslin on the back.  It is handquilted by Me.   

Stop by Jennifer's blog and check out all the other throwbacks.  Better yet, write up a post and link up...the prizes are pretty sweet! 

Hope you had time to do something quilty today! 

Monday, August 1, 2016

What's Happening!!

I have two finishes to show you. 

 First, I was commissioned by a loving husband to make a quilt for his wife for her birthday .  He requested a butterfly and yellow gerbera daisy theme because his wife loves both.   This is what I came up with, an original design by me.  I am not a huge lover of butterfly fabric and did not have any in my stash, but when I saw "Butterfly Box" from the Natural History line
  by Lizzie House, I knew I could work with it. I took my inspiration from the butterfly fabric for the blues and the yellow from the daisy fabric that I used for the backing.  I made 12" wonky blocks from my Kona "scrash" and surrounded the butterfly yardage.  I just couldn't cut up the butterflies!  It measures approx. 60" x 72".  It is now in Ontario and being well loved (as is the loving husband I would think!)  This quilt is called "Butterflies for Nicola"

Quilted in freemotion with wavy lines using Aurifil #2024 50# white thread on my Pfaff PowerQuilter 16.0

Secondly, I finished up my version of "Urban Candy" a design by Jenny Pedigo of Sew Kind of Wonderful.  The prints that I used are ones that I purchased in 2012 when Quilt Canada visited my city.   from fabric designer, Patty Young from her Andalucia and Lush lines and the background is solid white from FreeSpirit. Quilted in freemotion with a loop-de-loop design with a wrapped candy design thrown in here and there for fun. Using my Pfaff PowerQuilter 16.0 sitdown machine with Aurifil 50# Colour #2024 white thread. 

measures 58" x 72"

solid white, FreeSpirit    Kona "Capri" strips surrounding leftover squares.  Binding is pieced 

Can you see the wrapped candies that I quilted in to the design?

Hope you got the chance to do something quilty today!  

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bay Quilt Fest 2016

Yesterday, I attended a really nice quilt show and took a few photos to share with you.  It was the first year for the Bay Quilt Fest Show and Sale held at St. Peter's Church in Hackett's Cove, NS.  Over 200 quilts and quilty things were displayed.  I heard there were several quilts sold too!  There was lots of lovely handquilting and some wonderful machine quilted pieces as well. Lots of talent in the area for sure! Kudos to everyone involved for presenting such a beautiful feast for the eyes,

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