Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Some Quilty Happenings!

Some fun quilty stuff coming up soon for me.

On March 19, I will be teaching my free motion quilting class at Patch Halifax.  It's always fun to pass along what I have learned about FMQing and see how thrilled beginners are with their new skills by the time they go home.

April 7 - 9  I will be sewing my little heart out at the 2nd Annual Maritime Modern Quilt Guild Retreat to be held at White Point Beach Resort, Hunt's Point in southwestern Nova Scotia.  Here's a virtual tour of the resort you can check out if interested.  Maybe you would like to join us?  You can come for the weekend or just for the day.  Get in touch if you need more details.  I am very excited to get away for a "Me" weekend.  The resort will be filled with quilters as Quilt Atlantic will be held at the same time.  Lots of quilty goings on! Quilting is alive and very well in Nova Scotia!

April 29 -  I will be presenting my trunk show at the AGM of Ocean Waves Quilt Society being held in Port Hawkesbury, N.S.  I am honoured to be asked and hope all will enjoy.  I will also be teaching my freemotion quilting class for beginners. Ocean Waves Society has about 150 members and they meet 4 times a year. You can read about the society here.  I'm sad to say that it's been over 30 years since I have crossed the Causeway to visit Cape Breton Island so this is a real treat for me.    

May 13 & 14 - Krista Hennebury, aka Poppyprint, will be visiting and teaching two workshops at my lovely little guild, MMQG.  I will be attending the workshop that is called Speed Dating. A fun class
to help with your improv skills. There are still spots available for both workshops so if you are interested in one or both please get in touch.  

This is the Sunday class

 The other workshop is called
 "Quarter Round"       This  Workshop covers accurate cutting, perfecting a scant 1/4" seam allowance, accurate piecing without pins.    

This is the Saturday class

Well, that's it for now.  I am a busy quilter for the next while.  

Have a great day and I hope you get to do something quilty today!  

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A Quilty Hug for Callen

One of my secret sewing projects was gifted today, so I can finally show you.  I made a cuddle quilt for my second cousin, Callen. He will be turning 6 soon and I figured I had better get going on making his quilt or next thing I know I will be making him a wedding quilt!  Callen has been in and out of hospital more times than I can count and one of those times included a kidney transplant.  He is a beautiful, loving boy who makes it through all the hardships he has to face with the love and care of amazing parents, grandparents and lots extended family.  

Here is a great big quilty hug for Callen:

Callen told me he loves wild animals.  I found a fabric that had rows of elephants and zebras.  I then cut out the rows and added Kona Denim between the rows along with some Kona Sunflower.  Added borders to make it bigger and bound it in the yellow.  I free motion quilted it with wavy horizonal lines . I didn't get a pic of the back but it is pieced with a row of zebras and some Kona Slate.  And, of course, a label with lots of pertinent info. Oh yes, I also made him a matching pillowcase. I enjoyed making this quilt a lot.  And Callen really seemed to like it too.  He immediately jumped on it and pulled it around his shoulders and wanted to read a book.  That's what making quilts is all about for me.  

A Winner and another SewTogetherBag

ANJA is the winner of my 9 years a blogger giveaway!  Congratulations, Anja!  You chose Cotton and Steel as your choice for the charm pack.  I have it all cut up and ready to go.  I have been in contact with Anja and I will deliver her winnings. Thanks to all my lovely followers for all the nice comments.  I appreciate them, each and every one.  

I made another Sew Together Bag. That's 4 I have made althogether. I think that is enough.  They are such fun to make.  I love choosing the fabrics.   I had purchased some cork fabric from MM Cork Supply to try.  I have seen so many lovely things being made with the real cork and I wanted to give it a go.  A ton of different colours and even some printed ones.  The one I chose is a natural cork sprinkled with bits of a glittery gold. So pretty.  It was a dream to sew with.   Here is a link to the info page on the website of the Canadian cork supplier if you are interested in what cork fabric is all about.  It is very expensive so I just bought a small amount.  
Added a pieced one inch insert on each side.  

Fabrics are Tula Pink "Slow and Steady" with a bit of "Eden" thrown in too.

Hope you get time today to do something quilty! 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Nine Years a Blogger with a Giveaway

I don't write on my blog as much as I used to,😦 but I do still hold it near and dear. Things have changed since Feb of 2008, but I still make quilts all the time.  I sew everyday.  Right now I am working on four projects that I can't show you because they are being done in secret for future reveals.  I will say that I am working on two wedding quilts, one long overdue quilt for a special little boy, and a special project for my local modern fabric shop. 
I did complete two Sew Together Bags lately.  For my sweet sisters.  I know they will love them as much as I love mine.  Lots of room for all your supplies.  The best accessory bag ever!

This one is for KnittySister.  It matches the totebag I made her last year.

This one is for QuiltySister who loves to knit too.  

So, to celebrate my #9 Blogging year, I am having a giveaway for my lovely followers.  The winner will receive a curated charm pack of 40 - 5" squares cut from my stash.  Here are your choices:

30's reproductions
Kaffe Fassett
Cotton and Steel
Kona Solids
Low Volume
Text prints

Choose the charm pack you would like to win and let me know in the comment section.
Only stipulation is that you must be a follower of my blog.
I will choose a winner on Saturday, March 4 .

My giveaway is closed and the winner is ANJA.  Congratulations, I will be in touch! And thanks to all who entered.  I appreciated all the good wishes.  

Take care and I hope you get some time today to do something you love to do.  I am going to do some free motion quilting.😊

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!