Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Deer Me!

Lots of sewing in my world since my last post. I want to show you the wallhanging that I finished.  It has been on my To-Do List for a long, long time. I first saw this pattern, "Oh Deer" by Laura Heine a few years ago and I was drawn to it even though I am not a big fan of deer on my quilts. Go figure!   I bought an entire bolt of the fabric with the deer.  It is called Doiland Gloss Silver by Katarina Roccella and then I spent a long time gathering just what I wanted to create my collaged deer.    I enjoyed the entire process.  My first time making a collage.  Cutting all the flower motifs from my yardage was fun but I sure made a mess.  

I raw edged appliqued the outer deer shape and the collage in free motion and quilted the background in free motion too.  A fun project!  It hangs in my family room.  
Here's a shot of the back.  

I hope you are having a great summer and also getting time to work on your projects.  😊

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Quilt Canada and Family

Just popping in to let you know that Quilt Canada 2019 is happening starting tomorrow, June 12,  and running until the 15th of June, in Ottawa.  Since RetiredHub has family in Ottawa/Kanata, we have combined attending the quilt show and visiting with family for a few days.  I will probably be at the quilt show on Thursday so if you happen to be there as well, shout out to me.  I may be lurking around my lovely little guild's concurrent show which is also happening and we are all very proud of the work of our awesome members.   I was happy to have a quilt, that I worked on with my sweet friend and fellow quiltmate,  Karen of KaHolly, chosen to be part of the display.  You can see more about this quilt, called "Best Friends Share, here.  I am just about to hop a plane so maybe I will see you there.   

Have a wonderful, quilty day! 😊

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Potter's Wheel Interrupted

Just finished up this 42" x 52"  quilt that I made using 12 blocks from the Potter's Wheel pattern by Briar Hill Designs.  I wimped out at 12 blocks, 8 on the front and 4 on the back,  mostly because I didn't have enough fabric to do what I wanted to make a large quilt and I just didn't want to buy more fabric so I opted for something smaller. I set the blocks so that I had lots of negative space to try my hand at free motion baptist fans. I didn't pre mark the fans and things got a bit wonky and I decided to just go for it and quilt the way that makes me happy.   I used three different colours of, pink and grey.  The prints are Tula Pink and the solid background is Kona Gotham Grey.  

Hope you had a day filled with quilting! 😊

Sunday, March 31, 2019

14 quilts in 12 weeks! Goal Accomplished!

The last quilt in my "Golden Oldies" Quest is now complete!  WooHoo! 
This last one will be called "A Finish for Ann". 
The front is made using string blocks that I sewed on telephone book pages.  
You can read about the significance of this quilt top I made in May of 2010 HERE
 I used another UFO on the back.  This was not pieced by me, it was pieced by my quilting buddy Ann so I thought I would make a reversible quilt with both sides being connected to my friend.  For me, it is a memory quilt.  Well. that's it!  No more older quilt tops to finish.  All in all, since Jan. 1, I have completed 14 quilts, 10 of which were my older UFOs.  I am going to take a little rest from basting and quilting and binding.  I still have to make labels but that will get done in the near future. 

58" x 75"

I quilted in freemotion wavy lines using Aurifil 2024 white.  

Thanks for following along with me on my quest.  It was fun and also cost me a bit of money....1 x 30 yrd bolt of Hobb's 20/80 batting, 6 cans of spray baste, 3 boxes of Colour Catchers, 2 large bottles of Dawn.  Maybe I should sell a few!! 

Hope you are getting some older projects finished up too.  It's a great feeling!  😊

Friday, March 29, 2019

The end is in sight!

My next finish in my "Golden Oldie" quest is this hand appliqued gem.  It is from the pattern called "Garden Window" by Carolann M. Palmer 1992. 

I blogged about working on this quilt in March of 2010 saying that it was probably 5 years previous since I started it so that would make it 2005ish!  
I remember that I used fabrics that I had dyed myself.  I also only made 9 of the 12 blocks in the pattern and I set it differently than the original pattern as well.  I also omitted the appliqued border.  I loved how the background of each block was a different quilt pattern,  You can see dresdan plate, drunkard's path, log cabin etc. peeking out from behind the flower sprays.   I freemotion quilted each block differently without much forethought.  I just waiting until I got to the next block before I figured out what to quilt. 

65" x 65"
And yes, all those hand dyed fabrics bled like crazy so it was into the Dawn Bath for 15 hours and all was well.  No screaming this time!

Here's a few closeups.  I still have to remove some of the basting stitches from the appliques.  

I am working on my last "Golden Oldie" and then my quest is complete. The end is in sight!   So happy and proud of myself! And so happy to have your encouragement along the way.  It kept me going. 
 I will be moving on to new projects soon.  I am off to my quilting retreat in a week and it was my goal to finish my quest by retreat. 

Have a quilty weekend!  😊

Monday, March 25, 2019

A Quiltastrophe!...and a finish

I am super happy to have this "Golden Oldie" done and dusted!  I started this in September of 2011 as a quilt along with Jenifer Dick @42Quilts.  It is called "Traditional Tuesday".  A block a week and there are 64 blocks.  I didn't intend to have a red/white/blue quilt as I had started out wanting to make a blue and white quilt and then for some reason added a spark of red here and there and then the next thing you know I have a red/white/blue quilt.  Oh well, I can always make another blue and white quilt! I freemotion quilting a loop-de-loop stitch all over. 

75" square

The blue strippy panel on the left hand side is a jelly roll race quilt top that I made and didnt like so I cut it up and used it in other projects.  This the last panel.  The text print is by Lori Holt from the Bee Backing collection.  

When I say super happy I mean a super duper kind of happy. Jumping up and down happy!
  See all that Kona Midnight in the borders and the binding, not to mention the raging reds..well,  here's how that went....

1. pretty sure none of the fabrics in this scrappy delight were prewashed. so what could I do? just went for it...threw it in the washer with 6 colour catchers a small bottle of Synthrapol and cold water

2.  looked fine after first wash, although colour catchers were black.  I didn't see any amount of bleeding that worried me , figured the colour catchers caught it all, so into the dryer.

3. Post-dryer...Screaming could be heard...It was me!  My quilt is soft and cuddly but littered with huge blotches of navy blue and RED dye bleeds all over the front and  right through to the backing.  I am upset!

4. Remembered a post about how to save a bleeding quilt by Suzy Quilts.  Immediately filled the tub with the hottest water, added a cup of Dawn,  6 colour catchers....add quilt....Water is immediately black.

5. Drain tub, repeat.  I repeated this 4 times until midnight and I went to bed and dreamed all night about my ruined quilt.

6.  Morning.  Drain tub. put quilt into washer with more colour catchers. crossed my fingers and hoped for a miracle. 

7.  After soaking for 22 hours, my quilt came out PERFECTLY BLEED FREE!   not a speck of dye. Talk about super duper happy!
    Yes.  It takes a long time but it works!

Lesson learned about prewashing certain fabrics and not trusting to luck,  but also I won't get quite as upset about dye bleeds anymore as I know they can be removed.

My "Golden Oldie" quest is nearing the end.  Working on an applique quilt right now and then one more after that (Another reversible one) .  I am getting anxious to finish and move on to other things but so nice to have this giant UFO monkey off my back!!

Have a quilty day! 😊

ps...I may have overdone it with the Dawn dish liquid but I was desperate.  

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Mum's Stitches

I am not sure how long this quilt top has been on my UFO list.  My "Golden Oldies" list.  But I figure it must be around 10 years.  The cross stitching is my Mother's handwork.  She loved to sit and stitch up stamped quilt blocks for me to turn into quilts. At 87 she no longer has the dexterity to stitch so these will definitely be treasured.   This is the second full size one stitched by her that I have quilted up.  She reminded me of other blocks she has stitched in the past that I was supposed to finish up into a quilt for her that had been put out of sight (out of mind as well )  So more UFOs but they aren't part of this finishing quest that I am currently working on. 
This quilt is so difficult to photograph.  I was exhausted from trying to get a nice outdoor photo and I apologize , this is the best I could do.😞

86" x 104"

this shot is very true to real colour

I traced the motifs on using a template and an air disappearing pen by Clover and quilted in free motion.   

It really turned out lovely and my Mother was quite happy to have it for one of her bedrooms. 
I am currently quilting a large sampler and when that one is completed I will be  down to three tops left to deal with from my "Golden Oldies" list.  

Hope you are having a quilty day and finishing up something on your list. 😄  

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! 😊