Friday, October 30, 2015

Never thought this day would arrive.......

The Indian Orange Peel top is together!  Wow, I never thought this day would arrive.  It's been on my spare bed off and on for four years, patiently waiting for the final putting together.  I worked on it every once in awhile over the years, but went to a friend's place for a sleepover recently and decided this thing needed to get finished.  I worked on it non stop for two days and that gave me the focus needed to get it done :-).

The reason I procrastinated on it is because I didn't look forward to all those curved seams and then finally setting the center 25 block square into a border frame made up of all these odd shaped pieces.  And the pattern comes with very few instructions!  But, I must say, it came together very nicely.  The worst of it was putting the last two arcs into the corners of the border section, but even that went better than expected.  The original pattern came printed out on fairly heavy paper, but I think this is what made it come together so nicely.  It did not get a chance to get stretched.  Now to pick the rest of the paper off the border :-(.  That is the part I don't like about paper piecing.  I'll have to invite some friends over for coffee and work on while chatting...or procrastinate for another four years before it gets quilted LOL.  Hopefully not.  But, that is an interesting do you quilt something like this???

(Click on the photos to enlarge them)
Getting the last two seams pinned
the finished top!!!!

Amazing how the inset corners came together so nicely

To read about my IOP journey, click here

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Baby quilts for Sarah and Jenny

My good intentions of doing more regular blog posts have been sidetracked once again.   I completed a baby quilt earlier this summer for a young friend who moved to PEI.  We delivered it personally on our trip to PEI in July (finishing the binding while sitting at the ocean :-).   The pattern was called Shenandoah by Creative Sewlutions.  I ended up cutting it wrong, so my strips are not exactly the same width as the pattern, but I made it work :-).  (Click on the photo to enlarge.)

The finished quilt

Simple meandering lines seemed to suit this pattern for quilting it.

Found this lovely modern animal print in my stash for the backing
Back of the quilt

The white tone on tone had sea shells which was very appropriate for a PEI baby :-)

One of the girls in my Church had her first baby and we ladies had a shower for her.  I had done these One Block Wonder blocks a couple of years ago and since this baby was a boy and his mother likes bright colours, I thought it would work perfectly for little Bryce.  I added some bright solid cubes since the blocks were very busy.

The finished quilt

This is all the original fabric I had left, and since the quilt was a little short, I added it as a panel on the top of the quilt

close up of the cube quilting

some of the blocks

I used this flip flop fabric on the back of the quilt

Monday, September 28, 2015

Summer Vacation

It's been a busy summer!  Someone stopped me at a quilt show last week and mentioned my neglected blog!!  Fall has arrived, so hopefully, I can put up a few posts so you can see what I've been up to.  My policy has always been that I post quilts that are finished, but I think I have to change that since I tend to start new projects all the time instead of finishing old ones LOL.

We went to Prince Edward Island for our vacation in July and took a few days getting there and 5 days getting back.   It was a very nice and relaxed holiday.  The Row by Row quilt shop hop experience was a very handy way to drop into a few quilt shops along the way and pick up the free row pattern, check out the shop and buy a few great memories of our trip.  This year's Row by Row theme was "water" fitting well with the Maratimes :-).  I hope to make the row patterns in separate small wallhangings and find a spot on my sewing room wall to change out the different ones as I make them instead of making a large quilt out of them.  

Here are a few of the quilt shops we visited:

We saw quite a few covered bridges in New Brunswick
The Covered Bridge Quiltery close to Moncton was appropriate!  They had a lovely row pattern, but unfortunately, no kits left..but I have stash :-)
The Fabric Cupboard was also in New Brunswick
This farmhouse was just off the main highway to the bridge to PEI.  It was called "Spruce it Up quilt shop" in Port Elgin, NB.  Great place with lovely beach, bird, ocean type fabrics.
The Quilt shop in Charlottetown was the only PEI shop on the Row by Row.   It had lots of Anne of Green Gables kits and a nice row pattern and kit.

Country Crafts and Curtains was a very tiny shop in NB that we visited on the way home. 

We even popped across the border to this cute shop in Houlton, Maine, just a little bit West of Woodstock, NB.  There were some nice antique shops on the main street and a lovely stop to stretch our legs and get some fresh air.

Entrance to the shop.  They carried the metal quilt blocks in the shop, but with the exchange rate the way it is, that made them very pricey, so I left those behind.  I did pick up the row by row and a kit as well.  It will be fun making the rows over the winter months while reliving memories of a great summer vacation!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Elgin Piecemaker's Challenge

In October of 2014, all of the members of the Elgin Piecemaker's Quilt Guild, signed up for a challenge!  These are always fun to do, but can really stretch us.  We received two F8ths of Kaffe Fasset fabrics and we could add as many fabrics as we wanted, but could not purchase more of the focus prints.  The instructions were to make anything we liked, but the perimeter had to be larger than 40" and smaller than 100".  In April, we got together for the "grand reveal".  Everyone did a great job of keeping it totally secret :-).  (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)
Kaffe Fassett challenge fabrics

Exciting when my little quilt won first place
Diane's quilt received second place

I decided to make a "blooming 9 patch".  It was fun auditioning fabrics from my KF stash to make that work.  I decided to do 3/4", but I'm a little math challenged, so I cut the strips 3/4" instead of 1 1/4"!  So, the finished 9 patch blocks are 3/4"!  Yikes...this was a fiddly project!  My trusty Singer 15-88 treadle came through for me with lovely seams.
Laying it out was a real puzzle.
The inner pink was the only non Kaffe fabric. The pinks look mauve in these photos!
Quilting it was a real challenge as it was very thick with all the seams from the 9 patches.  I decided to quilt only in the alternate rows so I could avoid the thick 9 patch blocks.
Fussy cut fans in the center.
I used the lovely embroidered label we received to make a pocket to hold the original instructions for the challenge.  I added a couple of strips of the challenge fabric to frame the label.

After the judges were finished deciding on first and second place, based on workmanship, use of fabric, etc. there was a viewer's choice vote.  It was really difficult to chose which one was our favourite!!  Here are all the other challenge projects:

This was a very fun challenge and the prize?  Well, Diane and I "get" to plan the challenge for next year and be in charge.  We're going to put together a real difficult one as payback LOL.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Fall Batik exchange quilt

In my last blog post, all the quilts in the Hearts and Hands exchange are shown.  Here are a few more pictures of my quilt the right way up as well as closeup photos of the spectacular quilting job by Cathy Shepherd of Eagles Wings Quilts.  The pattern information is in the blog post below.  I have enough fabrics left to make another one of these quilts..perhaps I will do a different layout with the blocks.  The binding is done with 12" strips of all the fabrics. (Click on the photos for a larger picture.)

My quilt right side up :-)

I thought the photo above looked a little pale so I took it outside to take a few more photos of it :-)

Corner showing the scrappy binding and quilting
close up of the quilting in the white areas

Close up of the quilting

Some of the original fabrics - 2nd from left in the 2nd row is the focus fabric and the one beside it on the left was my contribution to the mix
more of the fabrics
I found this lovely wide backing fabric which is also a batik