Friday, 7 September 2018

A new challenge

I'm about to take a plunge that I've been thinking about for some time.  I LOVE mystery quilts, as you may know if you've followed my blog in the past.  And I like designing, although time is always at a premium so I don't do as much of that as I'd like.  Well, I was just handed an opportunity to combine those 2 loves, and design a mystery quilt for one of my guilds!  Little did I know when volunteering to be co-program director, that we were also responsible for the annual mystery, but so it is.  And I am thrilled!

I came up with 2 designs, tweaked the one that I think will be more interesting to work on, and am about to start drafting the pattern. The only catch is, the first meeting is in 1.5 weeks!  Good thing mysteries can be drafted a piece at a time :)  I'll have the fabric requirements for the first meeting, and hopefully all the steps ready for testing by the end of the month.

Ready or not, here we go!

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Another mystery

Continuing my mystery obsession, this was a mystery quilt last year from Love Shack Quilts.  I finished all the blocks, but was not happy with the layout due to the muted tones in my quilt. So I switched up the layout, made a bunch of background blocks, and created this giant heart from all the heart blocks.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Guild Mystery

This quilt was a mystery from one of my guilds in 2017/2018.  There was originally a second background colour, but because it was a mystery and the location of fabrics was not specified at first, I made a *really* poor choice for that fabric.  See this post for the blocks that I ended up rejecting from this quilt. Never fear - they didn't go to waste. The rejected blocks became lovely bright quilties for the local hospital.

I remade the corner blocks with the same background as the rest of the quilt, and I'm much happier with the new result. Entirely made from stash, including the backing, I'll donate this to the guild's charity program this month.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

One Block Wonder

I've been working on a new quilt. A one block wonder from a panel this time. I thought I'd try something a bit new. Layout is now complete, and I've finished appliqueing where the blocks intersect the panel. Building rows now, so it should be a top shortly. I haven't decided if it needs borders or not.

Saturday, 4 August 2018

July Finishes

I managed to squeak out two finishes last month. I finished my Bonnie Hunter "En Provence" quilt - this is my second of two, using the blocks I made.  The first was a charity donation last year. This one I'll keep, and I finally found a chance to get it quilted and bound.

After that it was coming down to the wire, but a final charity project off the longarm and  that was number two.

And now it's time to look ahead at August UFO plans. Patchwork Times tells me UFO #3 is up.  And APQ has picked #8. The good news is that I finished #8 in March, when Patchwork Times drew that number. So I'll set my sights on #3 - my Kaffe Jacob's ladder quilt - and see if I can get that one done this month.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018


The top of my turquoise quilt is now done!  And boy is it turquoise. I love that colour, but this is perhaps a bit of overkill, even for me.  I'll tuck it away in the quilting pile, until I figure out where its new home will be. And in the meantime, I'll keep my eye open for some (less turquoise) backing for this. I have a flannel I had planned to use, but I think it's just too much at this point.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Canadian Backing

This is the plan for backing my 150 Canadian Women quilts.  This is for the large quilt - I just need to add one more column on the left side to bring it up to the required size.  The pattern is "Glorious and Free" by Quilter on Fire. I enlarged the blocks for this version. The other (smaller) quilt gets a regular size, but with 2 extra columns to make up the width I need.

The fabrics are from various years of Northcott's "Oh Canada" fabric line.