Friday, September 4, 2015

Hangin' in there!

Things have been crazy around here since Aug. 21.  My beautiful 88 year old Dad took a stroke and our world was turned upside down.  Things have improved and he is home now and doing well but I had the proverbial ---- kicked out of me.  But I am now back at it.  My quilty life is so important to me and I miss it so much when I am away.  My Quilty Sister is home from Qatar for a visit, thankfully she was with Dad when he stroked and was able to get him instant help.  

Between her and I, we squeezed out some time and  made a little quilt for our niece's future baby boy.  

I have been working on a special project that is due next Thursday at my lovely little guild's monthly meeting.  It is a mini quilt challenge.  My partner is Miss Valerie of Purple Boots and Pigtails. I knew instantly what I wanted to make for her and set to work.  I hope she enjoys it as much as I do.  I know she will, what am I saying!  Can't show you or I will ruin the surprise but it won't be long until the reveal.   

The next two months will be very busy with quilty things.  Stay tuned!

Hope you had time to do something quilty today!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Quilty Maritime Weekend

I haven't been in my sewing basement for a few days.  Gasp!  I have been collecting fabric/thread from all three Maritime Provinces . 

 from Nova Scotia

I needed to replenish my supply of 50# Aurifil and as luck would have it, Karen Neary of Amherst, NS, has added my favourite thread to her online shop.  I saved myself the shipping charge by meeting up with Karen as a pit stop on my way to Moncton.  BTW...if you do want to order online, don't be scared off by the way the shipping charges total up.  Karen explains how that will work and she is very, very trustworthy.  

From New Brunswick

I finally found some knitting themed fabric that I have been looking for.  Hey Karen R....had to go to Moncton, to The Fabric Cupboard,  to get it!  My plan is to make a tote bag for my Knitty Sister.  

and...this one just arrived that morning so......a knitting bag for my niece

From Prince Edward Island.......

I am totally obsessed with Tula Pink fabrics and patterns lately.  I bought two of her books and then while my Quilty Sister and her hubby were visiting on The Island on the weekend, From
 the Quilting B and More in Charlottetown, they brought me this...

I heard that It's Sew Time in Elmsdale, NS, will be carrying Tula Pink fabrics coming soon.  Very excited about that!  It's so great to be able to buy some fabrics that I love a lot closer to home.  

Hope you get time to do something quilty today (or buy something quilty today!)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A few finishes and a few wips

I spent this past weekend sewing like crazy and ended up with two quilts completely finished and ready for gifting.  The first one, "Aerial", a design by Carolyn Friedlander,  was all quilted up and needed the binding put on.  I chose to use the same fabric as the borders.  For some interest, I added several approx 5" strips randomly to the binding. You can't tell from the photo, but the bits of colour are on the sides as well. A bit of extra sewing but I love the effect.

Next, I finished the baby quilt for my niece's baby-to-be, a boy. The shower is on the 22nd.  In a previous post, I told you that this little quilt was made from the leftover fabric from the wedding quilt that I made last summer for my niece and her new hubby.   I echo quilted the seam lines with 1/4", 1/2" and 1" straight lines.  
45" x 60"

Glad to have these two projects off my list.  I am linking up with the Needle and Thread Network for this week, so here is a work in progress that I started working on today, with the hopes of getting it basted and quilted up really quickly. I am seeing lots of swirly quilting going on here.   It is called "Moda Love Layer Cake Quilt".  You can get the free pattern HERE.  I used a Kate Spain "Horizon" layer cake with a Kona solid white.  It measures 72" square.  

I am also working on my lovely little guild's BOM project.  I have three blocks made so far.  (r to l) June, July and August.  We are working at our own pace, so no pressure.    

Stop by and check out all the other Canadian quilty goodness at
 the Needle and Thread Network.  You just might be inspired to start a new project!  

Hope you had time to do something quilty today!

My Selvedge-Along Progress

I am a bit overwhelmed with my selvedge collection,  so this Selvedge Along at Quilty Habit and Quilts of a Feather is great for helping me deal with some of my overabundance.
 And also, thanks to
 Jenn at A Quarter Inch from the Edge, for the inspiration and for the encouragement (even if she doesn't know she is doing it).  

So here is what I have sewn up so far in my quest to lighten my selvedge load.  I took my favourites and made a 14" square of fabric.  I could make a cushion, but I don't need any more cushions! I could make a wallhanging for my sewing room, or I could slice it up and create something very improvisational.  I already have lots of pouches. Maybe a sewing machine cover, not sure yet.  

 So, this 

Became this

It's not entirely Cotton and Steel selvedges, but mostly. I love how it matches the C&S floral print that you see behind.  That will factor in my project somehow.

Stop by and check out what others are doing with their selvedges

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Throwback Thursday #1

My MMQG guild mate and quilting friend,Jennifer @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge is hosting a fun link-up party that starts today.  It's called Throwback Thursday and will be held the first Thursday of each month.  For all the info you can go here and check it out.  And here is the link to Jennifer's blog post from today where you can read all about her special quilt and link up your post.  There is a pretty sweet giveaway going on too!

For my Throwback Thursday #1 quilt, I am going to share with you the quilt that got me started with blogging way back in 2008. I wanted to share this quilt at the time and blogging was the way to do it.    
I see this quilt everyday because it is the quilt that I sleep under every night.  Even in the summer, it is on my bed.

                               "Welsh Beauty"  queen size 

here you can see the binding choice

Here are the details of this quilt that I copy and pasted from my blog post of Feb 24, 2008

I started to handquilt this on April 9, 2005 (Mike's 53rd Birthday)
I finished the quilting on November 9, 2007 (2 and 1/2 years later)
It was totally complete on February 24, 2008!
I bought the printed quilt top at Avonport Discount Fabrics in Avonport, N. S.
The backing was 120" wide gorgeous muslin purchased at The Cotton Patch in Bedford, N.S.
The batting was Hobb's Heirloom Cotton ( I did not prewash this)
The thread was Gutterman 100% Cotton quilting thread Colour No. 1225 (dark taupe)
I made a 3"wide double fold binding from a 100% cotton in a dark taupe small paisley fabric
The binding was sewn on by machine and handstitched to finish
I kept track of my time spent on the handquilting and it totalled 180 hours!
I really dont think I could sell this quilt. It is priceless to me."

So, from these details I am reminded that Mike ( RetiredHub)  is now 63! and it took me almost 4 months to get the binding on this quilt!

 Once in a while, if we have guests I will put it on the spare bed.  I have washed it a few times and it looks as good today and it did way back when!

So, I am linking up with Jennifer for Throwback Thursday .   Pop over and check it out.  

Hope you have a quilty day!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

NSQBQ in Pictou

Yesterday, Aug. 1, my DD and I hit the road to meet up with Sheila and Lesley and Karen, my cohorts in The Nova Scotia Quilting Bloggers Quartet,  in Pictou.   A gorgeous day for driving.  The kind we dream of in February!  For the past few years we have been meeting up at the Northumberland Quilt Guild's annual quilt show and sale.  It is a large show of mostly traditional handquilted and machine quilted bed quilts and smaller quilted items. Lots of hand appliqued quilts too. The prices of the quilts are very reasonable, so if you are looking to buy, there is lots to choose from.  The venue, the DeCoste Centre is a large space but I am afraid that the lighting leaves a lot to be desired.  It was difficult to take many good full view photos. The vendors mall was full of lots of great fabrics and accessories as well as machines for sale.  Those who know me well will not understand this sentence....Linda didn't buy a darn thing!  

I want to make this in all solid fabric

My mother would love this one.

Handquilting is alive and well in Pictou County

this one is for my Mother too

I spied some Carolyn Friedlander fabric in this quilt

Just a sampling of the wallhangings in the show.  There were so many

Nice to see a design by Nova Scotia quilt designer, Karen Neary,  in the show.

The colours in this one were awesome

Loved the quilting design on this one.  I have a quilt in mind that I think I try it on (in free motion of course)

Here is Me eyeing the sale fabric table. I resisted!

I see you Karen!  

Some work by guild members

After the show we had a lovely lunch with lots of gabbing and planning of our next Winter Challenge.  Then it was time to say goodbye.  I will see the girls again in October at Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival in Amherst, NS.  Can't wait! 

Had to show you the cute little cookies that Karen made for all of us.  I had a few on the drive home and saved these two for  today.  

I hope you get time to do something quilty today!  

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Nuts about Selvedges

You may think I am nutsy, but I like to consider myself quilting anyway.  I want to share a little problem solving tip that I use when sewing with selvedges.

Sometimes, a friend will give me a selvedge that may be trimmed just shy of enough fabric to add the next one on.  So here is what I do....I never throw them out, I just make a new one.  Take a narrow strip of fabric, turn under the edge 1/4" and topstitch it to the selvedge .  I would use matching thread unlike my little sample in the pic.   There you go, ready to use in your project.

OK the fabric doesn't match the selvedge, but who will notice that in the grand scheme?  You can pick and choose your colours too which is helpful if you are going for a certain combo.  

A win-win for scrapbusting!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fun with Selvedges!

I adore scraps of fabric and what is the ultimate scrap?  A selvedge, of course.  Some dispose of them, some don't know what to do with them.  Those that do know what to do with them, like me, take great pleasure in these stringy, colour dotted, usable scraps. Selvedge collectors now have more than dots to collect.  The selvedges on the newer fabrics are little gems.  Look at this cute is this one !

Here's a few of my current favourites:

Cut here!

Awesome little mustachioed Pepe in a Beret
Who doesn't love a Charley Harper selvedge

17 colour dots on this one.  Do you have one with more dots?  Love to see it

All this talk of selvedges is leading to the fact that I am going to follow along with Jessica @Quilty Habit and Renee @Quilts of a Feather and link up my post to show how I store  my selvedges.

This is my boxful of newer style fabric selvedges.  I have great connection with some quilty friends who toss them my way.  Thanks to all who contribute to my addiction!

I keep all my blue and green selvedges in this bag and I am working on sewing them to phone book pages in order to make a string quilt

In this sectioned box, I keep all my older selvedges, grouped in colours for easy access.  There are a ton of selvedges in this box.
So, with the help of this selvedge-along, I hope to tame some of this hoard and make some useful items.  I have been collecting for the past several years and have made some useful things.  Here is my favourite.....I use it every day!

I have made several pillows from selvedge blocks and I also use them on the back of envelope pillows for a bit of interest. I use them for tying up packages and keeping bundles of fabric together.   

So, I hope you will follow along too.  Go here and here for the link-ups and schedule.  There will be some wonderful tutorials as well.  Here is the first one, a selvedge cushion by Jessica .  

Have fun and I hope you get some time today to make something quilty!