Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Wave Finish

I'm very happy to share my first finish of 2015!  I finished sewing the binding on last night and braved the super cold temperature outside to snap some pictures when I got home today.

The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman.  This is a lap quilt and it finishes at 50" x 55".  I used fabrics from an older Lotta Jansdotter collection - Glimma.  The colours are just gorgeous and the pattern is perfect for showing off those beautiful prints.

For the quilting, I started by echoing the seams about 1/4" on either side.  On some of the rows, I quilted swirls and on the other rows, I quilted some dot to dot designs.  The ladies at the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild were awesome at providing me with ideas for the quilting.  A special Thank You to Francine!  :-)

For the binding, I wanted something simple so chose a Kona grey (not sure the exact shade though).

On the back, I used a Windham word print and a column of leftover blocks.  I absolutely love the back!

This little quilt is now ready for a wash and dry.  Once it's nice and crinkly from the dryer, I will deliver it to my friend Liane.  Hopefully, New Wave will keep her warm and wrapped up in love while she fights this damn cancer.

Will be linking at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at TGIFF hosted by Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty this week.

And this is the first finish on my 2015 Q1 FAL list!  Yay!



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Weekend Quilting

Ever since I set up an additional sewing station in the city, I have been unable to sew on the weekend. When we were packing up to leave for the weekend on Friday last week, I decided I really wanted to finish quilting New Wave so I brought my sewing machine.

I spent Saturday having my own sew-in at the cottage and managed to finish quilting the whole thing.

I am now in the process of sewing the binding.

With any luck, I'll be able to finish this week and bring it to its recipient.



Thursday, January 8, 2015

Goals for Q1 of the 2015 FAL

I've said it before, I'm a maker of lists. Lists keep me focused, organised and they keep my brain from getting cluttered with stuff I need to do.

So in the spirit of getting things done in 2015 (and maybe even winning some cool prizes!), I decided to make a list of the stuff I want to get done this first quarter of 2015 and link up at Adrianne's for 2015 FAL.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side


Here we go...

Number 1: New Wave

I need to finish the quilting, prepare and sew the binding and label the quilt. The recipient of this quilt is undergoing chemo therapy right now and could use the warmth and love so this is the first priority.

Number 2: SuperNova Quilt

I must sew two more blocks (to bring the number to 12), sew the top together, quilt, etc. I would like to have this one finished for the guest bedroom at the Island so it needs to be done for the beginning of April.

Number 3: MMQG Challenge Quilt

For this one, I need to purchase backing fabric, quilt it, bind it and get it ready for the MMQG exhibit planned for April or May.

Number 4: Multi-Coloured Crochet Blanket

This is a blanket I started during the holidays. I really enjoy crocheting in the evening while the whole family is watching TV or a movie.
Number 5: Grey Crochet Blanket

I am adding two blankets on my list because I get a serious case of ADD when it comes to crochet and I want to focus and get these done before moving onto other crochet projects.

That's it! Five projects in 3 months... Totally doable! :-)




Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Last WIP Wednesday Post of 2014

Happy New Year!  To be honest, I'll be glad to see 2014 go.  It wasn't a bad year, but it wasn't a great year either.  And because I really don't feel like looking back at 2014, I won't be posting a mosaic of all my makes for the year.  Instead, I decided to write a final WIP Wednesday post even if there doesn't appear to be a linky over at Freshly Pieced today.

I am closing the year and starting the new one working on my New Wave quilt.  We found out right before the Holidays that my brother's mother-in-law has a very aggressive breast cancer and will need to undergo 6 months of chemo therapy.  She will lose her hair and pretty much feel like crap.  And what do quilters do when someone needs a little support and comfort?  We make quilts.  So New Wave will be going to Liane and I hope will make the next 6 months somewhat easier.

I started with straight lines with the walking foot to echo the seams and will be filling the blocks with a number of different FMQ designs.

I have been working on other projects, but my sewing room is such a mess right now, I can't be bothered to try and find them all!  I'm guessing organizing the sewing room is going to be a must once New Wave is done and gifted.

I also hope to get my act together and start blogging more regularly.  December was so busy, both at home and at work, I just didn't have the energy to try and write anything other than shopping lists and meeting minutes!

So here's to 2015!  Hope it's a good one!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

WIP Wednesday: The MMQG Challenge

Back in June, the President of the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild had the idea that it would be fun to put together a small exhibit of modern quilts in the Montreal area.  The goal of the exhibit would be to showcase modern quilting, educate the public about modern quilting and maybe even recruit some new members for the Guild.

Before we could put on an exhibit though, we needed quilts.  So we issued a challenge to the guild members:  make a small quilt inspired by one of the design elements of modern quilts.  We could choose between improv, negative space, minimalism, asymmetry or alternate grid.

I chose negative space.

I pinned a number of chevron quilts recently...  There's something about those zig zags that I really like.  So I pulled a charm pack in nice bright colours and paired them with some Kona Snow to make 4" HSTs.  

The members of the MMQG will be showing off their quilt tops at the next meeting.  I cannot wait to see what everyone else came up with.

Now that this quilt top is done, I will be spending most of the coming week working on the two hockey quilts for my nephews.

Linking up at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WIP Wednesday

After I finished my mini quilt for the #IGminiswap, I realized that I had stayed away from my sewing for so long over the summer I was now behind on a bunch of things I promised people!

So I got started on all of them at the same time!

Quilts for my nephews

A couple of months ago, my sister-in-law asked me if I could make twin size quilts for my nephews.  She was re-decorating their bedroom in a hockey theme as their Christmas present and really wanted matching quilts in the colours of our favourite hockey team.

A few weeks later, I got the Sew Sisters newsletter in my inbox and in there was the perfect fat quarter bundle!  So I ordered 2 plus some Kona solids in red and blue.

As soon as the fabric arrived, I started cutting and sewing.  Before long I had all the blocks for the first quilt sewn.

I hope to have the top finished by the end of the weekend.  I'll then show it to my sister-in-law and get her stamp of approval before cutting the fabric for the second quilt.

Curtains for the Island House

My sweetie loves my quilts and he's asked me to make a quilt for every bed in the new island house he built over the summer.  Before I make those quilts though, he asked me to make curtains for all the windows.  Plain old curtains won't do though...  He requested patchwork curtains!

I started looking through my books to find some fun patterns and settled on this one for the first sets of curtains.

This is from a Camille Roskelley book.  I won't make 92" panels so I modified the pattern somewhat to make it much smaller.  I'm using the Birch Farm collection by Joel Dewberry for these along with some fat quarters from my stash.

I only cut fabric for 1 panel so far and couldn't help piecing one block, just to see if I would like the look.

Marianne's Quilt

This one isn't really one of my WIPs, but so many of you asked about her progress, I thought I should add my daughter's quilt to my list.

We received many really good suggestions from you in terms of a pattern to go with.  In the end, she settled on a really fun tutorial by Melissa Corry which she found on the Moda Bakeshop.  I cannot emphasize enough how perfect this pattern is for my girl.  She loves to read!

She is using a Noteworthy jelly roll and she's done such a good job so far!

And the rest...

I've also got my Supernova quilt top to piece, along with its matching pillow.  I want to get started on piecing Scrappy Tiles using that Marmalade layer cake.  And I have to quilt my New Wave quilt.

So many quilts to make and so little time!  :-)

Thanks for stopping by.



Monday, October 27, 2014

FMQ Workshop with MR of Quilt Matters

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend a free-motion quilting workshop given by MR of Quilt Matters.  This was a workshop organized by the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild.

It was an amazing day!  We had 14 members in attendance and according to the feedback I got, everyone was very happy with the event.

We learned 9 designs and then MR showed us how we can combine the skills we had practiced to create 3 other designs.  Here are pictures of my practice blocks.

We started with straight lines so matchstick quilting and square stipple.  We then moved on to square spirals, double loops and pebbles.

And finished with some C shapes (which look like waves), round spirals, paisleys and wishbones.

I need to practice some more, but I definitely acquired some new tricks and tips and got to try designs for the first time.  I cannot wait to start applying some of these new designs on my quilts.

If you have the chance to attend one of MR's workshop, I highly recommend it.  She's an amazing teacher. 

Have you attended a workshop before?  Up until then, I had only done Craftsy classes - I have to say that having the teacher in person really added to the experience.  I wouldn't hesitate to attend another one.

Thank you MR!  :-)