Friday, October 20, 2017

NSQBQ AT NSFAF

My three talented quilting friends, Lesley ,SheilaKaren and I, aka,The Nova Scotia Quilting Bloggers Quartet, recently participated in the 10th Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival in Amherst last weekend. (No, we don't sing, we just make quilts!)
l-r  Karen, Lesley, Me, Sheila


We set up our little quilt show in the main lobby of Amherst Town Hall and spent two days talking everything quilty to visitors.
  

We had a great time, spending quality time together for a few days.  We won't see each again until next June probably.
 Our little group likes to do quilty challenges. One time we made cushions using curved piecing.  Another time we made a project that incorporated an embroidered motif.  And of course, our awesome round robin quilts. I couldn't get a good shot of our Round Robin quilts because we had to hang them in a very narrow space.  I think our little quilt show was quite the satisfying challenge for us. We all enjoyed and there may be some talk of doing it again sometime. 


























Fabric Seascape by Sheila  



More of Sheila's original fabric stitcheries 

I hope you had time today to create.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Quilt For Me!

I make a lot of quilts for family and friends. I love being on the giving end.  Each quilt I make has a lot of special thought and love sewn in.  But just recently I was on the receiving end of a very thoughtful, loving quilt.  I still can't believe it.  My amazing friends got together and made me a quilt to celebrate my upcoming 65th birthday which happens on November 1.  The instigator, Karen Roy of KaHolly, contacted my friends several months ago to contribute a signed block and then she sewed it all up into a top. Check out Karen's latest blog post to find out how I was surprised with this wonderful gift.


photo courtesy of KaHolly Quilts

Karen Roy also did the spectacular free motion machine quilting on this awesome quilt.  Her quilting just gives me shivers of delight.  Here are a few close-ups.




















And...the back....how awesome is this!!  Karen Chase of Sugar Free Quilted Designs designed and sewed up the lettering for the backing.  I love it so much!  


And Karen Roy designed the label block with a wonderful inscription as well as the names of all those who contributed blocks.  

A great big thank you goes out to all involved in giving me the best birthday gift I could ever imagine. I have already slept beneath my new quilt and it is soft and cuddly and very warm.   I feel a huge quilty hug!  💖

Sunday, October 8, 2017

What's Happening!

It's Finished!  The wedding quilt for my nephew and his new bride is totally finished and will soon be on its way from me in Nova Scotia to them in Alberta.  I quilted it in free motion on my Pfaff Powerquilter 16.0 using Aurifil 50# white thread.  In the negative space between the columns of colour, I quilted a continuous feather, 90" in height to be exact x 4.  In the outer edge spaces I quilted loop de loops with hearts.  In some of the hearts I quilted the newlyweds initials. 








And here's the back with all the best wishes and signatures by the wedding guests.



This is the bottom row before quilting so you can see some of the best wishes.



Don't the quilt colours match the wedding in the Rockies perfectly! Almost like it was planned! 



It was a fantastic wedding and I enjoyed my ten days in Alberta so much.  Spent quality time with family, visited Calgary and Edmonton and Canmore, visited 9 quilt shops and bought something in each one.  What a great time I had.  

Now I am on to making baby quilts and accessories.  One new great-niece and another great-soon to be determined on the way next month.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and family. 

from Pinterest



Thursday, September 14, 2017

There's a mystery on PEI !

It's been a few years since I participated in an on-line mystery quilt  sew-along.  Time has passed and I remember how much fun I had so I decided to follow along with the PEI Modern Quilt Guild who have just started a mystery on September 1, so if you are interested you can still check out the details, choose your fabrics, and jump right in. Here is my fabric selection for the mystery sew-along.  A fat quarter bundle of Amy Butler "True Colour",  for background I chose Kona "Robin Egg" and for accent I chose Kona "Pepper.  




There is a traditional option in a few different sizes as well as the modern . The first clue requires participants to make half square triangles.  I am working on the modern option (end result is a 72" x 72" quilt) which requires 112 x 3 1/2" hst blocks. 

I chose to make my hst blocks using the Easy Angle Ruler by Sharon Hultgren.   Here's a video that shows how to use the ruler. I sped up the process by layering two strips together carefully and cutting four at a time.  I always sew a sample or two and make adjustments if needed,  to make sure my seam allowance is perfect before chainpiecing.  Accurate sewing is a must with this method. With this method, there is no drawing of lines or trimming. Just clip the little bunny ear and you are done! 

There is a link-up each month, with prizes!  I am looking forward to the next clue on Oct. 1.  

Hope you get time to do something quilty today! 😊


Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Travelling Wedding Quilt

I can finally, finally, show you the wedding quilt I have been working on since January.  My nephew, my Quilty Sister's oldest, got married this past weekend in Alberta and several members of my family made the trip from Nova Scotia to share in the joy. My nephew and I are very close as he spent 4 years in Halifax during his undergraduate studies at Dalhousie and we shared many good times.  I gave the toast to the groom at the wedding.  He is a wonderful man and his new bride is perfect for him.  I know they will have the best future.  So....on to the quilt....the wedding colours were purple and green and white and the new bride shared a few of her favourite quilt patterns with me and we ended up choosing this one....."Ups and Downs" by Sarah Fielke from her book, "Handquilted with Love"  This quilt pattern consists of  sewing together 900 - 3 1/2" squares with 100 of those squares being half square triangles.  First make the HSTs and combine them with  print squares and  background squares to make a 9 1/2" square nine patch block.

then combine 4 of those to make an 18 1/2" square block
Make 25 of these and set them 5 across by 5 down to result in a 
90 1/2" square quilt top. 


The fabrics chosen are from the "Lottie Da" collection by Heather Bailey.  The background fabric is my old faithful, Kona Snow.  For the first time, I have prewashed all the fabrics before sewing to see what kind of difference that makes.
 As for the quilting, this is screaming for me to quilt top to bottom free motion feathers in the background.  I will probably outline the coloured rows 1/4" away with medium purple thread and then not sure what I will do inside the coloured areas. It will come to me when I get this under the needle and I am anxious to get at it.  

Now for the backing....The groom really like this design (click on link   https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/moda-bake-shop-12941415/layers-love-quilt-4792441912) I sewed up the strips of hearts and took them to the wedding so that the wedding guests could sign them with their well wishes.




I am now sewing together the three heart strips with the signatures  and adding more Kona Snow to surround and make it big enough.  I hope to get the basting done in the next few days and start the quilting.  I will be mailing it to Alberta as soon as it is finished.   So, in the end, this quilt will have been from Halifax to White Point Beach Resort, to Halifax, to Edmonton, to Canmore, to Calgary, back to Halifax for assembly and quilting and then finally to its new home in Calgary. 
And since I had lots of leftover fabric I decided I would make a lap quilt for the Mother of the Bride.  We had not met in person but had made a great connection online and since she is a quilter, I knew she would appreciate receiving a quilt. She just loved it!  I quickly sewed up this little top with lots of area to showcase some quilting.  I still have fabric left.  A baby quilt someday maybe??









 I had an amazing time in Alberta and needless to say I visited a few quilt shops while there.  I will save that for another time.

Hope your Sunday is relaxing and filled with quilting! 😊 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

"Sew Me"

Just had to show you how I quilted up my awesome Round Robin that my talented NSQBQ buddies made for me.  You can read about it here in case you missed my post.  I am so in love with this quilt.  It has such special meaning and is filled with so much thought and love. 💝 It's a quilter's quilt for sure.  I call it "SEW ME" because my friends certainly captured me in fabric. It just needs a binding, which will be similar to the two black print inner borders and then I will hang it over my sofa for all to see and admire.











For the backing, I raw edge appliqued the leftover blocks and fabrics onto a length of "Nummers". The quilting will keep them well attached.   The girls even saved me the selvedges so of course they had to get added.  I threw in an orphan snail block to fill up space.  













I can't wait to show off our Round Robins as well as a sampling of our quiltmaking at our first ever NSQBQ quilt show being held as part of Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival, in Amherst, October 13 and 14.  Hope you stop by and say hello. 😉



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Oh Baby!

Although I have three adult kids, I am not a grandmother as yet.  That's ok with me, I can wait.  But in the meantime, my Knitty Sister doesn't mind sharing her beautiful grandson with me from time to time.  Little Weldon is 21 months old and a going concern.
 
He will meet his new baby sister in September and I have been sewing in anticipation.  I gifted a new quilt for the new addition at my niece's baby shower last Sunday.  
I had purchased a jelly roll of Darling Little Dickens by Lydia Nelson for Moda fabrics last fall to have on hand for the next baby.  I cut the jelly roll (except for the strips that had white backgrounds) into 2 1/2" squares and made 16 patch blocks.  I then used Kona Snow for the alternate squares. I purchased some yardage in the same collection to use for the outer border and used a solid light green for the 1 1/2" inner border and binding .   I also pieced the backing from leftovers. It measures 48" x 56"

Then, the fun part!!  The quilting.  I quilted in free motion on "Petunia", my Pfaff Powerquilter 16.0.  I used Aurifil 50wt  colour #2024.













It's always a pleasure for me to make things for people I love. 💖



Friday, August 11, 2017

Done and Done!

My two latest finishes are golden oldies.  I hauled out my stash of  UFOs and decided I needed to finish up a few of my languishing tops.  The first one, I call "Houses Galore", was a quilt along hosted by Terry of Terry's Treasures from 2012. Hi, Terry!  
 5 years, not bad.  But it's not my oldest UFO! 
 It took me only a few hours to baste and freemotion quilt this up and now it is on my finished pile. 


45'" x 57"


a quilty photo shoot in windy Pictou, NS

The second UFO was a scrap quilt too. I used the leftover square-in-a-square blocks from a quilt that I made for my husband's brother.  This quilt top was circa 2008. I had lots of fun slicing all the blocks and inserting 3/4" strips into each block.  It's hard to see the quilting in the photo.  I simply quilted a large crosshatch over the entire top. 
51" square


Hope you get time to work on some older, almost forgotten projects.  It sure feels good to get them finished up.  👍

Sunday, July 9, 2017

NSQBQ Round Robin 2017

I need to share with you what a wonderful day I had yesterday.  Just in case you don't already know, I am a member of the Nova Scotia Quilting Bloggers Quartet (aka NSQBQ).  The other three members are Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World and Lesley the Cuddle Quilter and Karen of KaHolly.  We all originally met through our blogging and since we all live in Nova Scotia, from Halifax to Plymouth to Port Hawkesbury to Isle Madame, it was a must to meet up in real life, which we did about 4 years ago and since that time we have been getting together to visit a few quilt shows during the summer and also each year, over the winter we work on a challenge project.  Over this past winter we worked on a Round Robin Challenge.  Each of us made a 12" pieced square and also included a few fabrics and then a 6" border would be added by each of the other members.  Here is a pic that Karen took just before I saw my result returned.  Do I look excited?  Youbetcha I was.  


Here is the end result...Isn't it just fabulous!!  Lesley added the first round..a wonky star shape with lots of negative space..she knows how much I love that!   The arrow border was added by Sheila.  She mentioned that she added it just before I published my arrow pattern. How in sync are we??? The final border was added by Karen.  Just fabulous!  pik-up-stik.. a favourite of mine.  She said that she was low on text prints (another fave of mine) so she made up her own.  Such a sweet touch!







I am so impressed with all  the personal touches. My friends have certainly captured me in fabric.  I can't wait to get this quilted up.  

Here is Lesley's end result:...

Karen made the first round...all those sweet little pieced scrappy spools and a pieced section as well and I made the next border, an intertwined addition.  Sheila made the fabulous outer border of hand stitched quilty sayings with pertinent appliques. I love the four corners with friendship stars. Her work is so amazing.  Lesley was over the moon with her result. Suited her to a "T"

  
Next up....our wonderful hostess for the day - Sheila -  who provided us with the best lunch imaginable and who shared her lovely home for the unveiling of our quilt tops. 
I added the first star border in the hopes of Sheila doing some of her amazing hand quilting and the next border, the flying geese in graduating sizes with cornerstones was added by Karen.  And finally, a sawtooth star border in all its scrappy glory was added by Lesley.  So pretty! So Sheila!


And lastly but not leastly, we have Karen's end result in the Round Robin.  The first border of meticulously hand appliqued hexie flowers was added by Sheila and next up, a border of colourful nine patches with black and whites was Lesley's contribution and finally, I added a raspberry kiss border in black prints with a background of a fabric with crosses that Karen had gifted to me.  Karen is all about colour!


and a group shot

Now we need to get these quilt tops quilted up and ready to show. 

 And now is a good time to announce that the NSQBQ will be participating in the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival this year.  The festival runs from October 10 - 14 in Amherst, NS.  The NSQBQ Quilt Show and Sale will be held at the Amherst Curling Club on Prince Arthur St. on Friday, Oct. 13 from 10 am til 5 pm and also on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 am til 3 pm.  We hope that you will come visit and check out all our quilts.  I hear there will be a free giveaway being held as well!  

Hope you have some awesome quilty friends in your life.  I am a very lucky person to have these three lovely ladies in mine.  😊