Monday, January 16, 2017

Canada 150 progress

You can read about the beginning of my Canada 150 program adventures here.  Amazing how quickly you get a week behind on a project, but good thing that we get weekly Tuesday reminders when the new patterns come out. 

Just completed blocks 22 - 27 this morning, just in time :-).  I had done blocks 16 - 21 a few weeks ago, but my camera was giving me grief.  It is working again so I just took photos of these blocks as well.  This is a really fun project learning about the accomplishments of Canadian women in history.  The blocks work up quickly and it is fun to choose fabrics for each block.

Blocks 16 - 21

Blocks 22 - 27
Since several of the ladies were from Quebec this week, I used a fleur de lis background for one block :-)

Saturday, January 14, 2017


What a fun morning!  I woke up at 6:00 this morning with the feeling that something good was happening today!  Oh yes...the Have a Jolly Little Christmas Quilt a long from Sew Fresh Quilts was starting today! 

I was down at my computer at 6:45 and soon the blog post was up.  Stockings were up first!   What a fun block.  Of course I calculated wrong and ended up with 8 blocks when I thought I was going to have 4.   But, that's not a problem LOL.  I'm thinking of making some pillows out of some of the blocks and maybe a quilt top....we shall see.  

It was a lot of fun pulling fabrics from my Christmas stash.  I did some more traditional blocks using a fun Christmas print for inspiration and then found the lovely fabrics I bought last fall at Quilting by Design. They are by Ink and Arrow fabrics. I used the navy blue focus fabric for one of the stockings and found some tone on tone prints for the rest.  I used the other fabrics in the series that I purchased for the cuffs.  I may have to pick up a few more of the prints and some yardage to use in each of the blocks as we go through the sew a long :-).  And, we wonder why we don't use up our stashes eh? LOL  (Click on the photo to enlarge.)

Four blocks of the more traditional colours - the blue stocking is done with a Jason Yenter print from a few years ago.

This is the fun print I used to choose the colours for the above stockings
The Ink & Arrow fabrics with the addition of some polka dot tone on tones.
Here you can see all the blocks together - BUT - I spot an oops!!  I sewed the wrong cuff to the yellow stockings :-(
I decided to fix them right away and here are the finished blocks.
 Thanks you Lorna for the very fun morning!  Now back to my regular scheduled tasks...working on my mega UFO's LOL.  My husband rolled his eyes when he saw I was working on a new project and offered to put Christmas music on.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Eleanor's Baby Quilt

Blogging has been on the back burner for awhile and I had a chance this weekend to go through my UFO list and update it and found that I hadn't blogged about my granddaughter's quilt that was finished in May!  Eleanor Charlotte was born May 14th.  I had a bundle of FQ's in cute animal prints.  I really liked the quilt I made for my niece Emily earlier in the year so decided to use the same pattern. It suited these prints perfectly.

Blocks are 3", 6", 9", 12" and combinations of those measurements

It is fun choosing combinations of colours and prints for this quilt pattern

The quilt turned out bigger than originally planned so had to piece the backing

It was quilted with simple funky circles

Finished quilt

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Canada 150

Next Step Quilt Designs is putting on a special quilt project for Canada's 150th birthday coming up July 1, 2017.  I really didn't need a new project LOL, but this one was irresistible and a great opportunity to do something fun with my scraps for Canada's special birthday.  I'm doing my quilt all in red and neutrals and must confess that I have bought a couple of new FQ's of reds and whites on my last visit to a quilt shop.  But, I've been rooting around in my stash and scraps to make these 6" blocks.

Every week, on Tuesday, three patterns are posted together with a story about a Canadian woman and her accomplishments.  It is interesting reading about these woman - some familiar and others totally new to me. The patterns stay up on the website for two weeks and then they are taken down.  But, at the end of the program a CD will be available for those who have missed them.  I just finished #13 and #15 tonight.   Here are the first 15 blocks:

Blocks 1 - 3

Blocks 4 - 6

Blocks 7 - 9

Blocks 10 - 12

Blocks 13 - 15
Now to get back to working on my UFO's and keep up with these every week.  There will be a total of 150 blocks!  But, it will be a very pretty quilt and they work up quickly.  It takes longer to choose the fabrics than to sew the blocks. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sisters Quilt Finished

A few weeks ago I finally put the last stitches in the binding on a quilt that I've been working on for a very long time; in fact, I can't even remember when I started it (could be 15 years ago?).  My sister Eva and I thought it would be fun to make the exact same quilt together.  Sewing the top didn't take all that long, but then life got in the way and we both forgot about them in the busyness of life.  She dug it out again two years ago when she came over to work on a number of projects.  You can read about that here.  I just noticed the date on that post was Oct, 2014.
This is the stage they were at two years ago; mine is on the left, Eva's on the right
Here it is, finally finished - it even has a label :-)

I hand quilted this quilt in the ditch, but it seemed to need more so I quilted lines in white strips and about an inch and a half apart along the borders and circles in the dark green squares.

By the time I finished this quilt, I had nothing in the stash anymore for binding!  My tastes have definitely changed for the more colourful in the last dozen years.  I dug through my stash of Kona cottons and found a FQ of the perfect blue and green and just managed to get the binding out of that.  I still really like this quilt and it's hanging over my Mom's little chair in my living room...a perfect little quilt to put over your lap while reading a good book on a snowy day like today!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Christmas table runner and pillow

A couple of days before my friend Els went back to Holland, we visited Cherished Pieces in Tillsonburg together.  It is one of our favourite quilt shops in this area :-).  Els bought a charm pack of winter fabrics featuring cardinals.  We rooted around on the internet to find a pattern for them. We came across sotak. (the same site where the instructions for zippered pillows comes from).  She had a free tutorial for a modern table runner using 2" squares.  We cut the charm pack in half twice to make 2 1/2" squares and adapted the background size to fit.  

That triggered a memory that I had some Christmas mini charm packs (candy) in my stash somewhere.  I found them and had two packs (you need 52 or so squares).  There was also a lovely Christmas tree print which worked great for the back. I searched around in my solids and found this lovely Pepper Cory shot cotton in a shimmery grey. (click on the photos to enlarge them for a better view)

The finished runner

Close up of the fabrics and quilting lines (the white trees on red in the lower left is also the backing fabric). I quilted it 1/2" apart.  The pattern said 1/4", but since this was larger, I think 1/2" was perfect.

Binding was also done in the red and white trees.

The completed runner on the design wall

I had auditioned a white with red snowmen fabric for the background of the table runner, but figured it would be a little busy.  But, the leftover squares were still on it and I needed a handmade gift for a Ladies Conference I attended last weekend.  And, I really did want to try quilting 1/4" lines as I love the texture.  I had just enough little squares left to make a 20" pillow.

Love the way the pillow turned out with the 1/4" lines.  It was a lot of sewing, but worth it.

I used a turqouise Aurafil thread from a little thread set given to me by my friend Lynn last year for Christmas.

I found these Basic grey snowmen in my stash which went perfectly.  Of course it got a zippered closure as well :-).

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Landscapes - the Next Step

The first landscape piece I made in our second class was inspired by a calendar photo.  It always amazes me how each project I tackle teaches me lots of new things.  With this piece, I ended up with too much contrast between the purple and yellow and it looked more like a couple of evil eyes than streaks of sunshine peeking through the purple clouds.  I'm thinking perhaps the purple should have been a softer shade?  So, this is turning into my practise piece :-). (Click on the photos for a larger view - sorry about the small captions - blogger is not letting me enlarge it for some reason!) 
This is the original calendar photo that inspired my landscape

The "evil eyes"

amazing how much nicer it looks with a mat

I got very brave and added the thread painted trees with black So Fine thread from Superior.  It's a 50 weight thread and doesn't fill in the trees very quickly.  Perhaps I will try a thicker thread next time?
two trees added

with two more trees added and framed with another thrift shop frame
It also did not eliminate the 'evil eye' syndrome LOL.  I'm thinking of adding a lighter charcoal/grey thread to one side of the thicker tree branches as suggested by a few friends.  But, of course I'm suffering from "paralysis by analysis" as Lori Kennedy of the Inbox Jaunt likes to label it!!  Do I leave it or keep going and possibly wreck it? I do like the way the trees turned out.  Any advice is welcome :-).