Sunday, January 18, 2015

My break is over..

I cannot believe that two weeks has passed since I blogged last!  I can't tell you that I have been sewing like a crazy person.  I have hardly sewn a thing.  I have just been taking it easy.   2014 was such a busy, productive year for me and I think I needed a breather.
I am not in a funk or anything like that.  I just decided to take it easy for a bit and now I am ready to get back at creating and I did just that today. One of my nephews asked me to make him a black and white herringbone quilt, a sofa throw (no rush, just whenever).  I didn't have enough fabric on hand to start his quilt,  so I decided
to make one with some of the leftover fabric from my niece's Weddin' Quilt, just to see what size blocks I would like the best.   I will  save this one for a gift for her later on.   I made 48 - 8" (unfinished)  half square triangles and will be setting them 6 x 8 blocks.  I will make the black and white one larger though.  Probably 8 x 10 blocks

I finished up making my contribution to the Prospect Raffle Quilt 2015. The theme this year is flowers.

I also joined up with Sheila for her Valentine Postcard Swap.  My cards have been mailed off .  I hope they arrive safe and sound.  I can't show them until they are received but here is one that I made for a friend, not part of the swap,  and it will be in the mail tomorrow.

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

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Featherweight Fun, Fun, Fun!

It's a snow-day, a stay inside day, so of course, I am in the basement sewing up a storm. lol
I am playing with scraps and Featherweights.
I have three Singer Featherweight sewing from 1948, one from 1950 and one from the year of my birth, 1952.  Only the 1952 is not working at the moment.  It needs a new bobbin holder.  I am sewing today with the 1950.
 I oiled her and put a new needle in and she is purring away and making the most perfect stitch.

 I am sewing up improv 12 1/2" square blocks just for fun. No plan in mind.  Just some stressfree sewing.

Hope you are enjoying some stress-free sewing today too!

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Grand Sort and Organize

A while ago I was lucky enough to be able to purchase this awesome steel cabinet, formerly used at a local fabric store to keep the Simplicity patterns all nice and tidy.  I couldn't resist having it for my sewing room.  It now holds some of my fabric collections....just some....

Here's what is inside now!

I also spent time (4 days) sorting all my scraps (just the prints, solids have their own bins)  I only have this bin of print scraps left to sort through.

Here are my printed scraps, all sorted by colour families, all in one place now.  

I feel a huge relief now that my "Scrash" (scrap stash) is all organized and I am ready to start sewing up some scrap quilts.  My grand plan is to make a few scrap quilts and donate them to Quilts of Valour - Canada this year.  This is my only goal for 2015.

Hope you had time today to do something quilty!  

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I have a new love!

In my last post, I mentioned that I was super lucky to have won a prize in the Grande Finale of the Library Project Challenge hosted by Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts.
The prize was a $75.00 gift certificate from one of the sponsors of the challenge, Mad About Patchwork.   I immediately set about scouring their online shop to spend my winnings.  This fat quarter pack of 18 amazing fabrics from Alison Glass' line called "Handmade" jumped out at me.  I had recently spied a quilt online that was made with these fabrics and fell in love. Funny thing is, until I opened the parcel, I didn't realize that these fabrics are batiks! Beautiful hand... soft, drapey, modern batiks. I can't wait to get working with them.  Ideas are a-swirling!

This colour palette reminded me of Quality Street candies...another love of mine.

For the past few days I have been heavily into sorting out my "Scrash" (scrap stash)  More on that for next time.
Hope you are recovered from the Christmas hubbub and, like me, looking forward to all the quilts we will make in 2015.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

I made it...just under the wire!

I had three large projects that needed to be finished and ready for gifting by today.  I just finished up and I have now officially accomplished my goal with minutes to spare!  The photos are not what I like but the great cloud cover that we have been experiencing here in the past week or so makes it impossible to get a perfect shot.

 I am very pleased with how these three projects turned out.
First, The Weddin' Quilt...The ongoing project since earlier this year.  It will be given to the newlyweds tomorrow on their First Christmas together.  It is queen-size and very heavy, so it will be a great warm quilt.  I call this quilt "Katherine's Snowflake II".  It is a remake of the quilt I made for the bride when she was ten and it was used to death so I decided to recreate it in updated fabrics as a wedding gift.  During the wedding I had each guest sign a quilt block which I incorporated on the back of the quilt.  It is quite the keepsake quilt!  It has been through the washer and dryer and it is soft and cuddly as can be.  I was worried that such dense machine quilting in the centre portion of the quilt would make it un-cuddly but it turned out just great.  "Those who sleep under a quilt are comforted by love"

The second project that was completed is this wall hanging/table topper that I made for my Aunt/Godmother.  It is from the design called "The Beauty of Christmas" by Nova Scotia quilt designer, Karen Neary of Amherst.  This is the second time I have made this pattern.  The red fabric is so pretty in real life, it does not photograph well.  It has a shimmer of gold here and there.  I buttonhole stitched around the arcs with Wonderfil Metallic thread on top and DecoBob in the bobbin.  The background is stippled, the arcs are swirled and there is a continuous feather in the green border .  All freemotion quilted.  

The last project, finished in time for Christmas, was to fulfill my commitment to the Library Project organized by Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts  .  Lucky for me, I won the Challenge Grand Finale prize sponsored by Mad About Patchwork...a $75.00 gift certificate.  Needless to say I made an order and I can't wait to receive my fabrics in the mail.  
My daughter will be receiving this quilt to add to her collection of quilts I have made for her.

I spiralled away on all the white areas.

Now that I am caught up on my Must Finish It Before Christmas list...I can focus on baking cookies and making a turkey dinner and spending time with my awesome family.  

All the best at Christmas to everyone and I hope 2015 sees your UFO list getting shorter and shorter.  Yeah right!  That's not going to happen.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sheila's Postcard Swap

I made two Christmas postcards for Sheila's Christmas Postcard Swap.  They have all arrived at their final destination so I can show you what I made and what I received in return.

My swap partners are Mary @ Needled Mom and Selina @ Selinaquilts.  Here's what I sent to them. I forgot to label the photo so I don't remember which one I sent to Mary and which one went to Selina.


Here's what I received in return 
from Mary
A very modern scrappy Christmas tree

And from Selina 
A polka dot forest

I also made a postcard for some special quilty friends 

for Sheila 

For Lesley

For Karen

For the ornament swap at my lovely little guild, MMQG, 

I made this (Jeanette picked mine!)

And I picked Kathy's cute modern pieced tree.  1" squares!

I received this in the mail from Sheila.  How cute!  expert stitching! I love it Sheila, thanks so much.

 And thanks to Sheila for organizing the wonderful postcard swaps.  Such fun!

Hope you get some time to do something quilty today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Final Post - The Library Challenge

It's December, and time to conclude the year-long Library Challenge hosted by Adrienne from Chezzetcook Modern Quilts.  

This quiltalong has been a great success for me.  I chose 5 items from my personal book/magazine stash.  I totally finished 4 of my choices and I am now working  on finishing up the 5th quilt and will have it ready for Christmas.

Still working on my Christmas quilt.  Only 10 more blocks left to quilt.

So, I give Adrienne an A+ for hosting and another A+ for inspiration.  I appreciate all the time and energy that hosting a year-long quiltalong takes.  A job well done Adrienne!
 2014 is officially my best quilting year ever.  I accomplished my quilty goals.  My personal year was missing a few things (you know what that means KB) but I am looking very forward to 2015. Still a ton of quilts to make!

Hope you get time to yourself to do something quilty today.  Such a busy time for everyone.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fun with Vinyl

Have you ever tried working with fusible vinyl?  I bought some to give it a try.  I wanted to make a placemat for my Mum and Dad to use on their kitchen table.  For Dad, I chose a crossword puzzle themed fabric, he does the puzzle in the newspaper every day.
 And for Mum, who loves to do cross-stitch, I found a pretty fabric that looks like it has been stitched.
 First, I cut two 12" x 18" rectangles of  each of the fabrics.  Then adhered a heavy fusible interfacing to the back of each piece.
Then I followed the directions on the package of fusible vinyl and added a piece to the right side of each of the rectangles.  Then simply sew the rectangles , right sides together,  leaving a large opening to turn right side out and topstitch around the perimeter and done.  They love their new placemats.

Because vinyl sticks to mostly everything, it is a bit difficult to sew.  I had recently purchased the Pfaff Roller Foot
because I had read that it was a great alternative to a Teflon Foot for sewing vinyl and leather and also is great for using when sewing on fabric that has been cut on the bias.  I have an addiction to presser feet and my collection is growing,  I tried the Roller Foot and it worked great! Lovely and smooth.  No sticking problem with the vinyl at all.

Hope you had time to get some sewing done today!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

What's Happening

I've been working on a few Christmas gift projects this past week.   I have also been spending way too much time on the computer.  I changed my primary email address and that has caused me a bit of trouble but I think it will all work out soon.  So, if you see anything odd on my blog please make sure to let me know. I am keeping my old email address for a while and all emails will be forwarded to my new one.  Its going to take me a bit of time to let all my contacts know my new address.

  On to some  fun things....

For participating in Sew Sisters Blogathon Canada, they were so kind to send me a fat quarter bundle of the yummiest fabrics  and also included was a six-patch of thread from sponsors, Aurifil.  Thanks! I love it! 

Remember the awesome knitted/felted bag that KnittySister made for her daughter?
 We finished it off.  I made the lining and handsewed it in and added a cute little pocket that I made using a postcard stamp and added a little message.  She is just going to love this!

The photo below shows my daughter holding the tablecloth that my Mother stitched for her.  Mother will be 83 on Sunday and always has a stitching project on the go.  

I was  given this sweet little toy Singer machine by a friend.  Takes batteries and makes a very nice chain stitch.  You can see from the date on the original box that it is from 1976. 

After swirling the heck out of The Weddin' Quilt (Still waiting to get a nice photo) you would think I had enough of that stitch, but noooo,,,I couldn't resist swirling away on this Christmas project.  More on this one soon.

Hope you have time to get some quilting done today! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Blogathon Canada...What a Week!

I had a great time this week, being host for Nova Scotia during Blogathon Canada. I bet you had fun visiting all the wonderful quilting bloggers on my N.S. list.  We are a talented lot!

 I had lots of lovely comments and was lucky enough to gain a few new followers, which is always nice.  

Our Canadian quilting community is just amazing! 

And a great  big thank you to Sew Sisters Quilt Shop in Toronto for including me and my little quilty blog and also for organizing the Blogathon and sponsoring all the host blogger giveaways.  And also, thanks to  AurifilCamelot FabricsNorthcottRobert Kaufman Fabrics, & Timeless Treasures  for sponsoring giveaways on Sew Sisters blog every day during the Blogathon.  

The winner of my bundle of Kona Solid cottons, provided by Sew Sisters is....
  LIN...who said...
Prospect looks like a beautiful place to grow up it. What a stunning photograph. I love your quilts Linda. xx
Congratulations, Lin and have fun creating something wonderful with your lovely new fabrics, I know you will!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by during Blogathon Canada and left a comment on my post.  Such wonderful, positive comments.  My head is a little bigger today!  


Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Weddin' Quilt....DONE!

Just had to share....Took me three weeks to do the machine quilting on The Weddin' Quilt and it is now ready for binding.  Woohoo!  I love how it turned out. The stars pop out just how I envisioned.  It weighs a ton so it will be nice and cuddly warm.  Can't wait to get the binding on and give it a turn in the washer and dryer.  And can't wait to get it gifted to the newlyweds.  I am going to ask my nephew to take some photos that will do it justice.  Here is a sneaky peeky until then.

There is still time to enter my giveaway here
The giveaway is open until Nov 23 and the winner will be announced Nov 24. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It's Atlantic Canada Day on Blogathon Canada!

Blogathon Canada is visiting Atlantic Canada today!  Thanks so much to Sew Sisters for choosing me to be the host blogger for Nova Scotia, along with Linda from Stitch Lines who is your host for New Brunswick, P.E.I and Newfoundland.

Hello from Nova Scotia, Canada's Ocean Playground!  Halifax to be exact.  I could go on and on about my beautiful province but for today I am going to stick to where I grew up and where I live now.
I grew up in a small seaside village called Prospect.  about 25 minute drive south west of Halifax.  My ancestors grew up here too. My parents still live there, in the white house.

I now live in the city of Halifax with my RetiredHub, who spent almost 40 years in the Canadian Navy.

We have been married for 37 years. I have a daughter, 35 and twin sons , 31.  Still waiting for grandkids!

I started quilting over 20 years ago and haven't stopped. I started my blog back in February of 2008.  I have made many pieced bed quilts, all hand quilted and hand appliqued too. I have a ton of UFOs. Scrappy quilting is my main love.
A few years ago I fell in love with the new style of quilting, the modern quilting, improvisational piecing and free motion quilting, and just last year I joined the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild and have been even more inspired to create.

I even had my first pattern published recently, in the Fall issue of the Canadian quilting magazine, "Quilter's Connection"
What an amazing experience it was and who knows, it may not be the last.

The tabs under my header will take you to pages that show some of my quilts from over the past years, but for now I will show you my favourites.

"Roll, roll Cotton Boll" from a Bonnie Hunter design.  machine pieced and free motion quilted by me and  now lives in Qatar with my Quilty Sister

Spring Morning - handquilted by me and adorns the wall in my front entry
My Improv Quilt - an original design by Me , freemotion quilted by me

"Wonky Pegs" and original design by Me, freemotion quilted by Me

Made for my husband on his retirement in 2009.  An original design by Me and handquilted by Me
  Here are  some other Nova Scotia blogs for you to visit. Stop by and say hello.  And I am happy to say that I have met most of these bloggers in real life and have made some lasting friendships.  That's the best part of blogging...making new friends!

                               NOVA SCOTIA BLOGGERS
Chezzetcook Modern Quilts   
Sew Karen-ly Created
Sheila's Quilt World
Anja Quilts
On the Tide
Barb Robson
Maritime Modern Quilt Guild
Mahone Bay Quilt Guild
Twistfully Yours
A Quarter Inch from the Edge
The Running Thimble
Jada's Quilting Adventures
Candy Coated Quilts
The Cuddle Quilter

Remember to enter the giveaway from Camelot Fabrics on the Sew Sisters Blog 

Sew Sisters has kindly offered up this wonderful fat quarter pack of Kona  Cotton Solids for me to giveaway.  Sweet!
Honeysuckle, Watermelon, Creamsicle, Grellow, Cabbage, Pickle,
Malibu, Geranium, Jamaica, Dahlia
This giveaway is open to everyone, anywhere,
and all you need to do is leave me a comment, any comment.  Make sure, if you are a no-reply or Wordpress blogger, to leave your email address in your comment or there will be no way to get in touch with you should you be the winner. Here's a great post about how to check to see if you are a no-reply blogger, just in case you aren't sure.
The giveaway is open until Nov 23 and the winner will be announced Nov 24. 
The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered

Here's the schedule for the Blogathon with giveaways every day


The Host Bloggers:

Monday, November 17
Monday, November 17
Tuesday, November 18
Scrapmaster     Me!
Tuesday, November 18
Wednesday, November 19
Wednesday, November 19
Thursday, November 20
Thursday, November 20
Friday, November 21
Friday, November 21
Saturday, November 22
Saturday, November 22

Thanks for stopping by my little blog and have fun visiting Atlantic Canada.

Have a quilty day!