Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Journey 2 Nebula - part 2

 Last week I had a chance to catch up on some machine quilting and tackled three table toppers I had made for the Journey2Nebula stitch along with Jaybird quilts online.  This pattern is called Rock Candy.  It was fun to do some nice quilting on these with the solids I used for two of the toppers.  I found a charm pack with these suede looking solids which I picked up years ago and separated them into the cool and the warm colours and got two toppers out of them.

The diamonds for the Canada themed topper were cut out years ago and never actually sewn together.  The brown stonehenge worked well for the borders and black for the binding and it's done.  You can't really see the quilting too much on this one with the busy and textured fabrics so I kept that one fairly simple.  And when I was sorting my "to quilt" projects last week, I came across a Christmas one I had done a few years ago as well.  It's all layered and ready to quilt.  Why couldn't that one show up a little earlier? ☺It might not end up being quilted til next year.  (Click on the photo for a larger view.)


Monday, 30 November 2020

Tablerunner update

 In June 2019, I finished this table runner. I was happy with it, but it always felt like it wasn't quite what I had in mind originally and it looked like it needed a bit more quilting.  I came across it this week and finally had a brainstorm to add some more quilting with a green thread and maybe a gold?  I added the green rows and that was exactly what I had in mind!  Finished finally!  Here are a few pictures of the added green straight quilting lines.  This really is a matchstick quilting project!!

green rows added - there are white rows of straight line quilting between each of the coloured rows

The original quilting

With the added green stitches

It looks great on my kitchen table with a bowl of fall gourds

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Another long overdue project finished :-)

 I worked in a quilt shop in Hamilton for almost two years when my husband went back to University to obtain a teaching degree. One of the classes taught was a quilt as you go table topper.  Backing and batting were cut a little larger than the finished size and then a center square chosen.  Each border was added and stitched through the batting and backing forming the quilting as if it was stitched in the ditch.  I made this topper as a Christmas gift for my Mom.  After she passed away, I got it back and thought it needed a little more quilting.  I quilted a design in the center and then got sidetracked and did not get it finished.  A few years ago I did the outside border and one other border.  This year I finally finished all the borders.  It is a great memory of my Mom as well as of my time working at this quilt shop ☺.  (Click on the photo to enlarge.)

I used a stencil to draw a motif in the center block and filled it in with lines.

Straight lines in the green borders and the red border has snowflakes which are hard to see on the busy fabric

The outside border got some feathers and the white border some simple loops


Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Livingroom Furniture

This was a very fun pattern that I picked up at Smith Owen Quilt shop in Grand Rapids, MI when I went on a trip for three days to the big Quilt Show in August 2018.  The pattern is a "Get Cozy Mini" from Pen + Paper Patterns .  The shop had a little bundle of F8ths available.  I finally got a chance to make this at a virtual retreat with our small quilt guild (hosted on a face book group).  I wanted something "fun" to work on, not something I had to finish ☺.  It is approximately the same size as the popular Row by Row quilts so it will get a turn to hang on the hanger which I bought at the show as well.


Living room furniture

I love the funky sofa fabric and the quilt ladder

very retro pattern

Saturday, 14 November 2020


 I've been participating in a stitch along with Jaybird quilts called "Journey2Nebula".  It's supposed to be practice for doing the Nebula quilt, which I will likely not be doing as I still have too many ufo's.  But, I had a bunch of the patterns she was going to work with plus a few half started and half finished projects, so I decided to jump onboard and get a few of these projects finished.  The first one was easy as I already had the top completed ☺.  I quilted it and gifted it for someone's cottage.  I just completed the pillow with the Lucky Charm pattern today. 

Finished runner

I used the leftovers of the fabrics for the back

Quilted with simple straight lines

Lucky Charm was the the next pattern and I made this with a charm pack called Farm Fresh

I made this one into a pillow

I found this apple print in my stash which works perfectly for the back and added a covered zipper closure as per the S.O.T.A.K. website instructions.  I love the professional look it adds to my pillows ☺.

I used up all the rest of the charm squares to make this little table topper.  There was just enough apple fabric to piece for the backing.  It is quilted in diagonal lines with turquoise thread.


Monday, 21 September 2020

Postage Stamp challenge quilt

The Hearts and Hands quilt guild that I belong to makes comfort quilts for the chemo unit at our local hospital.  Someone donated a quilt to the cause which had 2332 little 1" finished squares in it.  On a whim, our chair challenged our members to make a quilt with at least that number of 1" squares in it and the challenge was due in January of 2020.  An amazing number of members jumped in and got busy ☺.  I decided to use Bonnie Hunter's trip around the world pattern and used 1 1/2" strips that I have been collecting for a long time.  It was a lot of fun making units that made up 1/4 of a block.  I added sashings and used more 1" blocks to make 4 patch corner blocks, since I didn't have quite enough.  After I had the top finished, there was one 1/4 block that really was too light so I made one more and replaced it.  I used the light block to make the label on the back which totaled 2440 squares. 

Since this quilt is going in the stack of lap quilts for my grand kids to choose from for their grade 12 graduation, I used a Science print for the backing.  And, I used my Westalee circle rulers to quilt circles in each square.  That worked very nicely.  I found the perfect striped binding fabric in my stash and had just enough to finish it.

(Click on the photo for a larger view.) 

Finished quilt

Circle quilting

Found a striped binding fabric

Science themed backing



Monday, 7 September 2020

A very old UFO completed

On Sept. 16, 2013, I took a class with the London Friendship Quilter's Guild with Becky Goldsmith.  The class was on her method of applique.  I learned a lot in this class and I finished the applique a few years after the class! I finally came across it last month and decided while I had it in my hands, I'd finish it!  I just did a simple stitch in the ditch and then 1/4" from the edge of the house and tree and also in the borders.  Fortunately I still had some of the exact grey in my stash and I used that for the binding.  I will hang it in my sewing room.