Saturday, May 7, 2016

One Monthly Goal for May

It's already a week into May, and I can't figure out where the time has gone.  I did manage to finish my April project (Glorious and Free), but now I need to decide what I can possibly get finished in May. Right now, I just want to get back to sewing - life has been more about customer quilts, a modern display at the local quilt show, and life in general. I haven't been in the sewing room working on my own projects for a couple of weeks now.

I did finish the border on my house quilt (and I see I never showed a photo of that, so here it is).

So this month for my One Monthly Goal, I think I will try to find time to finish the border on the companion star quilt. I have a plan, I have the fabric. I just need to make a couple of dozen flying geese to get started.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Design Wall Monday

My design wall hasn't changed very much since last time I posted it. A few more blocks put together, but steam has run out since I've given up on having this done for the guild meeting.  I will keep plugging away, and then cut some more blocks since I found some more of the fabric I needed for it.

I've started a hand-piecing project that is keeping me busy in front of the TV. This is bad news for my embroidery projects, but I'm loving this one.  I picked up a fellow guild members UFO a few weeks ago - she had all the charms cut and a few of the apple cores basted for this quilt.  And she was selling it off (along with some other UFOs she was clearing out). For $3, including all the fabric and the papers, I could not resist - an apple core quilt has been on my bucket list for years.

The original fabrics are very traditional, and there are only enough for a wall hanging (about 100 pieces), so I pulled a bunch more in matching colours from my stash in more modern designs.  I hope that will spruce it up a bit.

I wrote this up and posted it. And it wasn't until I went looking for the Design Wall Monday post on Judy's blog that I realized it is in fact Tuesday today.  Early in the week, and I've already lost a day :)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Glorious and Free

Finished another quilt this week.  I've been telling myself to move this one up the list for a while, since it was promised to Quilts of Valour (Canada).  Quilted it a few weeks ago, and finally dug it out of the binding pile and finished it this week. Just in time for show and tell at guild on Wednesday (literally - I finished stitching the binding, threw it in the car and headed to the meeting).

The pattern was designed by Brandy Lynn Designs (Quilter on Fire), specifically for Quilts of Valour. I'm thrilled to have made one to donate.

To finish it off, I designed a pantograph of maple leaves for the quilting design.

Linking up with WIPs be Gone today. And when the time comes, I'll link with the Q2 Finish Along reports, because this quilt was on my Q2 list.
Also linking up with One Monthly Goal, as this quilt was my goal for April.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Allietare is done!  I finally finished sewing the binding on this quilt, and tried it out on my bed.  It fits almost perfectly, and I think will make a great spring/fall quilt.  I love the way the borders came out, with the brown tucked in there and then used for the binding. I decided not to do the scalloped border that Bonnie had on hers - partly due to "I don't wanna do that"  inertia, and partly because I like a square edge on my bed quilts.

This is the first time I made a full-sized Bonnie Hunter mystery, and I'm really glad I did. I quilted it with the "Tickle Too" pantograph which is light and airy, with a few spirals thrown in.  The quilt is busy enough that I thought it did not need any detailed quilting.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Stash Report - April 17

There hasn't been a lot of finishing going on here this week. Lots of longarming - but mostly for customers and charity, which I don't get to count. 

A little bit went out since my last stash report, however. I quilted Glorious and Free, so the backgin for that went out. And Ascension was quilted, which is another (tiny) backing. This is just a little wall hanging, so it didn't use much.  But it needs to be done, before the end of this month so it can go into the quilt show.

Glorious and Free backing - 3 yards
Ascension - .5 yards

And of course my shopping trip from Friday brought in fabric. - 5.5 yards to finish 3 quilts. I'm hoping to finish at least one of these quilt tops this week, so I might have more to say for my next stash report.

2016 totals:
75 1/4 yards in
101 3/4 yards out
Total: 26 1/2 yards out
Head over to Patchworks Times today for more stash reports. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

A Successfull Day!

I went out this morning, on what I figured was a lost cause shopping trip, but I had to check. I have 2 quilts where I wish I had just a little bit more fabric.  My stars quilt, I have a beautiful border in mind, but I don't have enough of the grey fabric left to do it.  And Winding Ways really, really wants to be a double bed size, and right now it might stretch to a twin.  I am completely out of the black fabric.

So, I packed up a bag this morning with the fabric I wanted, plus a couple of other options for Stars, just in case.  I knew that was a long shot, because the kit is at least 3 years old. But it's Jenny Beyer fabric, so I hoped it might be one of her staples.  I headed out to the shop that I know stocks a good selection of Jenny's fabric, and started to peruse the shelves. And there it was!  A bolt of exactly teh fabric I need, in what looks like a perfect dye lot match. Just in case, I'll make sure to separate the new fabric from the old by a border, but I have plenty now to finish both Houses and Stars with the borders I wanted.

Then I started to look for the black - and realized that I packed the wrong fabric :( But I'm pretty sure I remember what it looked like, so I had a look around. No luck there, but striking gold on the Jenny Beyer was good enough for me. I headed into town to quilt shop number 2 - where I struck out completely. I was also looking for a particular thread colour, and I did find something kind of close for that, but not perfect. 

So, I figured one more stop would not hurt, and headed a bit further into town to quilt shop #3.  Found the PERFECT thread match. And then checking out their blacks I found what looked like exactly what I needed. I grabbed the bolt, ignored the fact that their sale starts tomorrow (no way I'm risking someone coming in and buying this out from under me), and headed to the cutting table. Where I stood in line, admiring my find, and started to wonder if I was as sure as I thought I was.  So when my turn came, I mentioned my uncertainty - and discovered the joys of a quilt shop that is completely electronic in their inventory. She looked up my Christmas purchases (I knew that I bought the fabric over the holidays when building my stash, but I could not remember which store), and found the exact bolt in her records.  So, 3 meters came home and Winding Ways gets to grow up.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Scraptastic Tuesday

It's Scraptastic Tuesday again, and I have a couple of little projects to show you today.  I worked on two scrappy projects this past weekend, and I think both of them are going to see some more friends, when I get back into my sewing room.

At the retreat, two workshops were presented, both of which I figured I could easily do from my scrap bins. The first was placemats. These are made from 2.5" strips of fabric and 1.5" strips of leftover batting. Perfect!  I have so many batting strips around my room, I was thrilled to have a way to use them up.  I grabbed a handful of blue & beige fabric strips from my 2.5" bin, and a bunch of batting to take with me. I figured I had enough for at least a couple of placemats, to get me started. Well, apparently I don't judge fabric amounts very well. I had enough to make this one placemat, with a few bits & pieces left over.  I do like the result, and I figure I can pull out some more fabric and make a few more of these pretty quickly. I still need to bind the top and bottom of this one.

The second project was an itty bitty quilt.  Using 1.5" squares, we made a little 24" quiltie for a baby.  The workshop included information about Joan Ford's fusible sheets for assembling tiny squares - I can't get her website to work however, so I can't find it online to show you those either.  The 9-patches in this baby quilt was made from 1.5" strips, rather than individual squares.  Again, it used a lot more fabric than I expected - pretty much all the purple I took with me was used up.    So a few more of these might appear, out of my 1.5" strip bin.  Or maybe a larger one. Making the little 9-patches was fun.