Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Another "Two-fer"!

I just crossed two more quilt tops off my "Golden Oldies" list.  This one is another "Two-fer", so aptly coined by quilting friend, Linda @Stitch Lines


 On the front is my version of Bonnie Hunter's "Orca Bay" from her mystery quiltalong which started in Nov 2011.  This top has been waiting to be quilted since Feb of 2012.  I am calling my quilt "Prospect Village" as I drew the colours from an old photo of where I grew up.  Blue for the ocean, yellow for the sunny summer days, and burgundy/reds for the old fishing stage/wharf across the cove from our house.   



The colour of the sky and ocean was just amazingly blue in Prospect today.  Hurry up, Spring!


And on the back....a quilt top I made from scraps of two other quilts.  I added some solid white to make it larger to become the back.  I quilted this one from the back as it was easier to see where I was going than on the front.  Tons of seams, but my trusty "Petunia" didn't have a problem.  


5 more tops left to deal with.  Next up is a stamped, hand embroidered quilt top that my mother stitched up several years ago and I am now finally getting around to quilting it up.  She has been very patient waiting for me to work on her top. 💖

Hope you have time today to do something quilty! 😊



Sunday, March 10, 2019

Turquoise Scrappy Strings

I was into making string quilts in 2010/2011.  I made 5 large size tops in that year or so.  A pink one, a green one, a blue/yellow one, a turquoise one and a multicolour one.
 As of today, 4 are quilted and only one is remaining to be quilted, the multicolour one.  I finished the turquoise scrappy string today.  I sewed the strings on a muslin foundation.  That makes it a heavy quilt but I didn't have any trouble quilting it.  I stitched a large meander over the entire surface and was done in just a few hours.  It measures 58" x 75".  One more checked off my "Golden Oldies" list.  



A quiet Sunday with most of my day spent sewing like crazy. I have to make up for that lost hour of sewing! lol 
How about you?  Getting any sewing done today?  😊


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Two Birds with one Stone!

Today, I am able to cross another quilt top off  "My Golden Oldies" list.  Make that two quilt tops!  From March 2011.  Read more. 

I discovered and fell in love with improvisational piecing in mid 2010.  I had a lot of jewel toned scraps and decided to delve into trying my hand at creating some improv blocks.  I made twelve blocks. We will call this Quilt Top #1. 

 At the same time I was working on another quilt top, #2, using  many of the same jewel tones as well.   I remember having lots of trouble to get the pieced border of # 2 to fit so I switched gears and added it to Top #1. 

The other day I was looking for fabric to piece a backing for Top #1, as it was next up for quilting and it came to me...why am I piecing a backing for this top,  why not use Top # 2 for the backing!! Brilliant!  So I made Top #2 larger by adding a beige print border and got to work basting them together and quilting with a freemotion curvy side to side stitch.   Now I have a reversible quilt as well as the fact that I didn't have to make two quilts!  I am quite pleased with myself.  

Top # 2 (and the outer border from Top #1) are from the pattern, "Crown Jewels" from XBlocks by Patricia Pepe. 

62" x 73"



Only 9 more tops on my Golden Oldies list left to go.  I will be happy when they are all complete.  That will be my joy! 

Too much snow in the past few days so I was unable to get some nice outdoor shots.  More snow tonight!  Aaaarrrgh!  


Friday, March 1, 2019

10 Years Old Today!

It has taken me 10 years to finish up this scrappy delight.  A simple block to sew.  A great scrapbuster!  These are not my scraps though. My quilting friends, who live in Saint John, New Brunswick gave them to me.  So awesome! Quilting friends are so generous.  They even cut the scraps to size and then I just had to sew the blocks and then make the top and quilt it.  Well, obviously I did just that except for the quilting part....until today...10 years later!  Done is done. That is my joy!


50" x 72"


I freemotion quilted a large meandering stitch from side to side.
 Git 'er done! 
So soft and cuddly just out of the dryer.  


It's a beautiful, sunny, freezing cold day here in my part of the world.  I would rather be inside quilting in my warm sewing room.
 Are you looking forward to Spring?  😊  I know I sure am!!


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

I'm on a roll!

Another golden oldie done! This log cabin top has been sewn up and waiting for quilting since mid 2009.  It was the first quilt top that I sewed up using my newly purchased Pfaff QE 4.0, which is still my main machine for piecing.  
My UFO pile is getting smaller.  I have another one basted and ready to go under the needle soon as I finish writing this post.  

This top was made entirely from scraps and yardage from stash for the backing, an older Ikea print.  
  Stash + Scraps = SCRASH!   
My favourite colour combo at the time was jewel tones.   I ended up appliqueing the small red centre square as an afterthought.  Glad I did that.  It needed a little pop. 
It measures 72" x 96".  Not sure where it will live right now.
  I free motion quilted my giant feathers in the lighter areas and orange peel in the centre using Aurifil 50# colour 2975 a bronzy dark gold and did a meandering stitch using Aurifil  50# colour 1125 a gorgeous shade of dark turquoise.  In the bobbin , Aurifil 50# white.  For binding, Nightfall by Kona, a really dark navy.  








How about you?  What are you up to today?  Are you getting close to finishing up a project? 😊



Friday, February 15, 2019

Finally Finished!

Another finish for me.  A golden oldie!  I started this quilt top in November of 2012 and finished sewing it in February of 2013.    It is a mystery quilt-along with Bonnie Hunter called "Easy Street".  
I was still handquilting in 2013 so this went on the pile of UFOs waiting for me to handquilt and there it stayed until I hauled it out last weekend and decided to finish it up.  It is 96" x 96".   Got my husband to help with layering it for basting.  I free motion quilted in a large meander from side to side.  I didn't want to be fancy with the quilting as it wouldn't show because it is so busy.  I used a turquoise Aurifil thread in 40wt on top and a 50wt in an off white in the bobbin.  I used Hobbs 20/80 for the batting.
96" x 96"
I pieced the backing using an Ikea print for the centre panel, Pandalicious by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery, some Kona solid pink and the little pink squares are some pretty pink batiks that my nephew and his wife brought me from the honeymoon trip to Bali.  Not sure what the black and white flower print is. 


For the binding, I used a Rifle paper pink striped fabric


It's a mighty nice feeling to check this one off my list.  I wasn't looking forward to quilting it because it is so big but my trusty sit down quilting machine, Petunia,  (Pfaff Powerquilter 16.0) rose to the occasion and we got it quilted in about 4 1/2 hours. 

What about you?  How are you doing with knocking things off your UFO list?  😊

"Lizzie and Me"

I have been super motivated lately.  Motivated to quilt up some older pieced tops that have been hanging around for far too long.  

  " Lizzie and Me"  a collaboration.  

The centre Lone Star or Bethlehem Star (not sure which is proper name)  was pieced back in the 60s (correct me if you can date these fabrics)  I am going by the fact that it matches a baby quilt that was made for my brother-in-law and he was born early 60s.  My brother-in-law's Great Aunt Elizabeth "Lizzie" Brown of Kincardine, Ontario was the maker.  It was given to me to "do something with".  When I received it, it was in bad shape stuffed into a plastic grocery bag all wrinkled and ragged and stretched out of shape.  I threw it in a corner for many years and decided last year to try and salvage it so I pressed and starched the star into submission, replaced a few tattered pieces, added the background pieces of muslin, added a small border to corral it all together into some kind of straightness.  Then just this past week I free motion quilted it with a large meander stitch in the background and wavy lines in the star and DONE! It turned out just beautiful.  The vintage aspect is totally there.  It is so soft and cuddly.  

80" x 80"









 It will be given to my niece.  I am her aunt on her mother's side of the family and Lizzie Brown is her great great aunt on her father's side.  I think Lizzie would be thrilled that I finished up her UFO and that it will be used by her great great niece and her children, her great great great niece and nephew.  They are all quilt lovers so I know it will be loved.  

Have you ever finished up a quilt for someone who is no longer with us?  It sure is a nice feeling. 



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A quilty hug


Just presented this comfort quilt to a friend who recently lost her sister.  A quilty hug.  Her sister loved roses so this piece of fabric with pink roses seemed perfect.  I used the pattern "Zig Zag Zoom" by Mary Ann Altendorf.   A quick and easy pattern to sew up.  I made 12 zig zag blocks and added three borders to make it a nice sized lap quilt.  
58" x 70"


I pieced the back using leftovers from the front combined with Kona Silver.  






I free motion quilted feathers and tea leaves in the main body and did a large meandering and loop-de-loops with hearts in the borders.



I know this little quilt will bring comfort to my friend.  She is not a quiltmaker but she is most definitely a quiltlover  and appreciates all the love and skill that goes into making a quilt. 

Have a quilty day! 😊



Thursday, January 24, 2019

Something for Me!

A few posts ago I showed you the table runner that I made for my brother and his wife for Christmas and at the time I said I wanted to make one for myself and today I finished it and it is now in use on my coffee table.  I love it a lot! It was fun to make. 



                            

Details:
from the pattern "Chain Linx" by SugarFreeQuilts (soon to be available)

Strip pieced
Finished size - 20" x 40" 
Fabrics - Linx fabric by Alison Glass (original "Insignia" except for the teal which is AG batik.)
                Background fabric "Manatee" by Free Spirit
                Backing fabric "Kona Colours" by R. Kaufman 
Thread -   Aurifil 2610 #40wt
 Quilted in freemotion by ME on my Pfaff PowerQuilter 16.0 

One more thing off my list.  Nice!  

Hope you are able to cross something off your list today too! 😊


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

"Block Lotto Love'


Finish #2 for 2019  -  "Block Lotto Love"



                                   Measures 66" x 80"



Quilted in FreeMotion by ME - tea leaf quilting in the blocks and clamshell quilting in the inner border of "Nummers".  
Thread used Aurifil white #50# 
Batting - Quilters Dream select in white 
Quilted on my Pfaff PowerQuilter 16.0 


The backing fabric is "Cruzin" by Barbara Jones of Quiltsoup for Henry Glass & Co. 

                                    This Quilt's story
The block is called "Sparkle".  I won the blocks last fall at my guild's Block Lotto draw.  It works like this...if you want to participate, you make as many blocks as you like and then you receive a ticket number for each block you enter.  So if you make three blocks, you get three chances to win all the blocks. My ticket number was drawn so I won enough to make two quilts but decided to only make one quilt and passed along the remainder so someone else in my guild could make a quilt to
I added an inner border of my beloved "Nummers" to brighten things up a bit.  
When you sew together blocks made by so many others, you are bound to find things don't go together as well.  Just takes some trimming or stretching to make it all work.  The other issue is have fabrics been washed previously or not and the worry of bleeding.  I was worried about all the navy fabrics bleeding, including the Kona Storm that I used for binding but I used 4 
Dr. Beckmann colour collectors and no problem at all.  After a turn in the dryer, out came a soft, supercuddly quilt.  

Have you ever participated in a Block Lotto before?  It's always so much fun to win! 😄 





Friday, January 4, 2019

First Finish of the New Year!

I started my blog in February of 2008 and I am just getting around to making a separate page for my yearly finishes.  I have had it on my mind to do this over the past years but just never got around to it.  Better late than never, I guess.  

My first finish for 2019 is a cushion that I made for a sweet little great niece who is almost 16 months old now. 

For the lettering, I used the paper pieced pattern "Alpha Cube" by SugarFreeQuilts.  This pattern has only lower case letters so I made my own Capital "G". 

 I made the cushion from the scraps of her first quilt..a Giant Gingham baby quilt.,  





I free motion quilted the cushion using a luscious pink thread..a Wonderfil Konfetti 50# in colour KT308 in the pink squares and used Aurifil 50# white in the white areas.  The cushion measures 16" x 16".  I added a lovely piece of grosgrain ribbon as an added touch on the back.  

I am now working on free motion quilting a larger quilt so hopefully I will have another finish soon.  

How about you?  Are you finishing up something today? 😊

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Scrappy New Year to you!





Just popping in to say hello and Happy New Year! On to 2019 with the high hopes of diminishing my stash.  I have found that I am easily distracted so I won't make any predictions of what I want to accomplish over the next year.  I guess I will just go with the flow. 
I want to show you a fun little table runner that I made for my brother and his wife to use on their coffee table.  At Christmas, they decorate all in blue and silver so I wanted to make sure the fabrics fit well with their theme.  The pattern is called "Chain Linx" and was designed by my sweet pattern designing friend, Karen of Sugar Free Quilts.  It will soon be up for sale but for the time being she is still working on making more options for using the pattern. It is traditionally pieced. It measures 20" x 40".  I free motion quilted it using Aurifil 50# in white.  



I made the runner from the scraps of the tree skirt that I made for them last Christmas.  I need to get a better pic of the skirt and I didn't write down any of the details for how I made it. I remember that one of the fabrics, the darker grey metallic one is a Robert Kaufman and the background is Kona white.  Maybe that is something I should work on in 2019....write stuff down!!



All my best to you in the New Year and I hope all your quilty dreams come true. 😊

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Corn...No Beans!

This is a quilt that I started in December 1997! I finished the piecing in December of 1998...wow...this has been a UFO for a long time. 20 Years!  I think this is my oldest UFO.  It is a combo of two quilt blocks...54/40 or Fight and Corn and Beans.   The pattern came from American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine August 1997 - called "Scrap Showcase".   I call it  "Corn...No Beans" because I changed the corn and beans block by eliminating a few pieces to make less piecing. A few friends and I worked on this quilt top together and we swapped scraps of fabric.  Our challenge was to have no two fabrics alike.    My quilt has approx 780 different pieces of fabric and measures 68" x 68"!  






I quilted wavy lines in free motion from side to side and some from top to bottom.  I wasn't about to spend too much time doing anything intricate as I knew it would be hard to appreciate a lot of work on this busy quilt. 











Took me just a few hours to finish up this project.  Why, oh why, did I wait 20 years to finish it.    It will have a new home at my mother's house.  


Hope you have time soon to finish up an older project.  It's a great feeling!  😄

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A Closer Look

The other day, I quickly posted about a quilt that Karen and I made. PS..Karen, we need a name for our quilt!


51" x 56"

and thought you might like to see some close up shots of Karen's applique work and my free motion quilting.  Karen hand appliqued the leaf shapes into a sweet design and then added the solid off- white fabric to each side of her strip of loveliness.










All that negative space made me giddy...seriously...I just knew it would be a fun challenge for me to fill all that space.   The only thing that I knew I wanted to stitch before I started, was that I wanted to repeat the line shape of  Karen's strip of leaves.  I stitched it out in a dark teal Aurifil colour #4093 40wt. for the outer part and a lighter teal Aurifil colour #5006 50wt for the inside lines. 







And the rest just happened!  






 



On the left hand side of the strip of lovleyness, I quilted in my favourite fashion.  I call it "This Way and That Way" FMQ. I call it that because when people ask me how I do it I just tell them I go this way and that way.  And oh yes, there is also body movement to help with the verbal description!

And on the back, I used a wide back by Carrie Bloomston and finished off with a teal binding to match the inner sashing.  



All in all, a super fun project and one that I will treasure forever.  Good friends + Good Quilts =  Happy 




Have a quilty day! 😄