Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Elephant baby quilt and pillows

We went to Holland for three weeks for vacation this year.  We had a great time exploring the countryside, enjoying the delicious Dutch food, riding their wonderful bikes and checking out the beautiful Churches and buildings in their historic towns.  We stayed with relatives and a friend, so before we left, I stitched up some gifts to take along for our hosts.  (Click on the photo to enlarge it for a better view.)

Baby quilt for my cousin's son's baby.  Jesley visited us in Canada 15 years ago so I thought Jumbo would be an appropriate gift for them :-)

A friend suggested quilting straight lines to make the elephant's skin look wrinkly

It was fun practicing free motion quilting on this quilt

The back featuring all kinds of Canadian animals

Close up of the animals
 Here are a couple of photos of the baby in Holland who received this quilt :-).
Baby Evie sitting on my lap, my cousin Liane to the right, her husband Henk beside Jake.  Baby's father Jesley on right with his sister Chantal behind him and baby's Mom, Mariska on the far left.  So fun visiting them in Jesley and Mariska's home in Holland!

Jake and I with baby Evie

We stayed with a friend of mine the first week we were in Holland.  She has four granddaughters so I made these four pillow covers for them.  Checked out the IKEA site in Holland for sizes for the pillow inserts and made them to fit.  Bought the pillow inserts in Holland so I didn't have all that bulk in the suitcase...worked great!  The elephant patterns are from Sew Fresh and the Fox is Elizabeth Hartman's pattern.  I used the Canadian Stonehenge line of fabrics.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Toby's Quilt

On Wednesday evening, there was a shower for a young Mom in our Church who had her first baby, Toby.  She was over for dinner a few months ago and I had her choose a fabric she liked.  She picked a lovely fabric called "Rusty and friends".  I used that fabric for the back of the quilt and chose solids to coordinate.  I used Elizabeth Hartman's pattern, Fancy Fox, and had so much fun making the different coloured foxes. (Click on the photo to enlarge for a better view :-)

This is the Rusty and Friends fabric with a coordinating print that I bought at another shop not realizing it was from the same line!
The finished fox quilt.
It was quilted with wavy lines with a King Tut variegated thread.
It was a good thing I had the mushroom fabric that matched as the quilt was larger than the backing fabric I had.  I found the green version of the mushroom fabric in a clearance bin at yet another quilt shop and used that for the binding.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Happy Canada Day!

Just finished a long overdue UFO this evening!  In 2007, I hosted a Canadian block exchange on the Treadleon list (a group dedicated to using people powered sewing machines).  The exchange was open only to Canadians.  We had 16 participants and exchanged 6" finished blocks.  The blocks were signed with our names and the machine we used to sew the blocks.  We were encouraged to use a Canadian made machine or one with a Canadian connection if possible.

The exchanged blocks were put in a drawer and awaited inspiration.  They went through a move to a new house and were finally hauled out of the envelope about 4 years ago and put into a top.  The aim was to get the top done before Canada Day.  The pinned top was buried in a basket of UFO's and I would come across it at various times during the year with no incentive to work on it at the 'wrong' time of the year LOL.  I came across the pinned top again in May and hung it over the back of my sewing chair so it would not go "out of sight, out of mind".  Last week, I sat down and quilted it over a couple of evenings, using if for practising free motion 'stitch in the ditch' quilting.  The binding was just finished tonight!  I hope to use it as a table topper for a July 1 celebration of thankfulness for being a Canadian!  My block is the sailboat in the top row.

The finished quilt - rather busy, but Canada Day is exciting :-)

Found this perfect backing.
 Closeup photos of the blocks in the quilt:

Monday, May 30, 2016


"Suburbs", a layer cake quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew patterns, finally got a label today and it's all finished!  I took this project along with me when we rented a trailer up north for a week.  This was probably three, maybe four, years ago already.  I got all the blocks done while on holidays and did assemble them into a top somewhere along the line :-).  It was waiting to be quilted, but I finally decided to send it off to a local long arm quilter who was looking for some quilts to work on.  It is a fairly large lap quilt and I have lots of smaller projects to work on.  Very happy that it's now all finished!  I have started to set aside lap quilts to give to my grand kids when they graduate from grade 12.  My oldest grandson starts High School this year, so I feel really organized to have four quilts finished for that purpose! (Click on the photo for a larger view.)

The beautiful quilting done by Julie Cassidy.

The quilting was done with a variegated King Tut thread.
The finished quilt (my apologies for the crooked photo...I'm a quilter, not a photographer LOL).

I found this backing in a sale bin for $4.99 a yard!  Love it when you find backings for such a good deal :-).  The binding was from my stash as well and happens to be from the same designer as the layer cake.

I love house quilts!

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Indian Orange Peel is FINISHED!!

The Indian Orange Peel was finally finished in March!  I had my design wall empty for a change so I could take a few pictures for a blog post.  I started this project in November 2010.  It's been a long journey.  It is difficult to keep something like this out so it can be worked on regularly.  I laid it out on my spare bed with the units pinned to a table cloth, but when we had company, it got carefully rolled up and then it would be "out of sight, out of mind" for long periods of time. The quilt is done mostly with Kaffe Fasset Fabrics with some additions from friends in the original class who were also working on this quilt.

To see the whole journey of this quilt, click on the label "Indian Orange Peel' and all the posts on this quilt's progress will come up.

The bottom left corner.

top corner

I did a simple curved line (organic line) quilting inspired by Jacquie Gering's blog.  I didn't want to do fancy custom quilting to take away from the overall design of the piecing.  This simple quilting (shown on the back of the quilt) with a variegated King Tut thread, worked very well and I could do it myself :-).

Finished quilt

The finished quilt.  The instructor said we should use an eye catching colour like yellow in the bottom left corner of the quilt.  I really like how there's a 'streak of light' going through the quilt.  I'm also very happy to have it finished :-)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Stacked cups and saucers

My friend Els, came to visit me from Holland last summer and brought me a set of 7 Kaffe Fasset FQ's pictured below (bottom prints).  She also brought Maaike Bakker's Teetering Cups pattern.  I chose a pattern that had 7 cups and matched up aboriginal dots colours for each print to use in the handles and saucer edges.  This is a paper pieced pattern.  It was a lot of fun to make.  I will hang it in my kitchen as a reminder of a great visit with my friend!

The bottom prints are the fabrics I received from Els
close up of the quilting
I quilted straight lines back and forth around the cups to cover up the seams from the paper piecing :-)
I used the same colour thread in the back so it wouldn't go through the you can see the quilting.
The finished wallhanging.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Lauren's One Block Wonder Quilt finally all finished

We finally got some pictures of Lauren's quilt!  It was back here getting a proper label and a sleeve pinned on so it can hang in a quilt show this weekend.  

You can read the beginning of the story of this quilt here and the story of Leah's quilt here.  The quilt was quilted by Cathy Shepherd in December 2015 and I stitched the binding on by machine.  Jannyne then hand stitched the binding all around and it's been on Lauren's bed since then.  Getting it into a show is a good excuse to finish it LOL.  We hope to go on Saturday with Lauren and Leah to see their quilts hanging in the show and take a photo of them standing in front of them.

Lauren's finished quilt


close up of the lovely quilting

some cubes

cool swirl quilting in the blocks

closeup of border quilting