Thursday, July 17, 2014

TGIFF is here and I think I might Swoon!

All right, so I'm not super talented when it comes to original post titles!

I am super excited to be hosting the TGIFF linky party this week and for the occasion, I've been working day and night to get my Swoon all finished. (I haven't really worked all night, but did spend quite a bit of time on it over the last week.)

Unfortunately, the weather wasn't great and I didn't have any quilt holders on hand, but here are a couple of pictures.

The designer is obviously the wonderful Camille Roskelley and I used Lucy's Crab Shack to piece the blocks... Kona white as the background... And more Lucy's Crab Shack for the binding.

I quilted it with straight lines, about 1 1/4" apart, using painter's tape as my guide.

This finish has been in the works for a year people! I still can't believe she is finally done!

Have you finished anything recently? Wanna share? Go ahead and link up those wonderful finishes.  Be sure to tour the other finishes and spread the comment love far and wide!  Please include a link back to TGIFF (button in my sidebar).

Let's party!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Exciting stuff!

It's been a while since my last post... I've been really busy quilting my Swoon!!

I'll be sewing the binding on tonight...

Come back later this week because I've got a couple of exciting things scheduled for Friday - my Swoon reveal AND I'm hosting this week's TGIFF linky! For more info on TGIFF, click the button in my sidebar.

Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday.



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Quilting my Swoon!

I finished piecing my New Wave in Glimma quilt top yesterday! I love it and I'm super excited about quilting it. BUT I don't know what to use to back it or for the binding so until I find the perfect fabric, it'll have to wait...

Since I couldn't get started on quilting New Wave, I decided put my Swoon quilt on the sewing machine.

I'm quilting super simple, clean and crisp straight lines.

The lines are about 1 1/4" apart (the width of the painter's tape) and I'm using a technique I learned in Jacquie Gering's latest Craftsy class by using painter's tape as my guide. I think it'll take a while! :-)

Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday.

Thanks for stopping by!



Friday, June 27, 2014

Modern Log Cabins - A Friday Finish

The Montreal Modern Quilt Guild is making quilts for a palliative care centre this year. (Every year, we focus on a different charity.). This year, I decided to use up some of my scraps to make my charity quilt and the log cabin block is one of my favourites.

I wanted the quilt to be pretty gender neutral so I went with my blue scraps. I gave myself these guidelines when selecting scraps: they needed to be blue, except for one log which I wanted yellow or orange. It didn't matter if they were more traditional, or florals, or kids' fabrics, they just needed to be blue.

After a couple of days, I had 16 log cabin blocks measuring 12.5" each, so a quilt top of about 48" square.The top sat there for a little while because I wasn't sure how to quilt it. Then a couple of weeks ago, I decided to go with the serpentine stitch on my sewing machine and use my walking foot.

The quilting was really fast and easy, but it gives the quilt a wonderful texture.

For the binding, I went with a couple of Riley Blake Chevron fat quarters. I love the look of chevrons for bindings.

On the back, I made a big log cabin block and surrounded it with the happiest, brightest print I could find in my stash. At first, I wasn't sure about the yellow, but now that it's all done, I love it.

So there it is! My charity quilt for 2014! :-)

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts, My Quilt Infatuation and TGIFF.

Have a great weekend!




Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Glimma

I ordered a fat quarter bundle of Lotta Jansdotter's Glimma a while ago with no particular project in mind, just because I loved the prints and the colours. Then a couple of months ago, Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson! published the New Wave pattern and I knew the Glimma fabric bundle was destined to become a New Wave quilt.

Yesterday was grey and rainy in my neck of the woods so I got started cutting into my beautiful Glimma bundle.

And just a few episodes of The West Wing later, I had this on my design "floor":

It's raining again today... :-)

Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday.



Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Little Finish

Last night was the last meeting of the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild before the summer break. We had our annual pot-luck dinner, garage sale, show and tell and we had a zipper pouch swap.

I made my zipper pouch based on this tutorial.

I used a couple of Juggling Summer fat quarters by Zen Chic.

We don't assign partners, we just bring our item in a brown paper bag so everyone who makes one, also gets one. No disappointment!
I ended up picking the pouch made by Stephanie and I love it!

The colours are right up my alley!

Do you belong to a quilt guild? Do you like swaps? What other activities does your guild organise?

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts and My Quilt Infatuation this week!

Have a fabulous weekend!




Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happenings in Quilty Blogland

There are so many fun and interesting things going on in Blogland these days, I thought I would post about a few of my favourite things from the last week.

Over on the Craftsy blog, you can find two free patterns for your sewing room: a sewing machine organizer and an ironing board cover.

On the Moda Bakeshop, the Moda chefs are putting together a really fun QAL they are calling the Trifle Dish Sew Along. This last week, layer 3 was posted, but this QAL goes on until early July, so plenty of time for you to get caught up, if you want to.

If you're on the market for a new lunch bag, then you might want to go over to the Sew Mama Sew blog right now and get the free tutorial by Sherri of Thread Riding Hood. The fabric she chose for her lunch bags is stunning!

Is your stash out of control? Are you looking for help organizing it? If so, hop on over to A Quilting Life. Sherri has a new series on her blog to help you get organized. You might to check out her posts even if you don't think you need help... She's got amazing eye candy on her blog!

Jessica from the blog Quilty Habit is curating a series of posts titled My Favorite Quilt over at Sew Mama Sew and this one really caught my eye this week. This quilt by Rachel Singh is simply gorgeous!

And last, but certainly not least, Elizabeth Hartman from Oh, Fransson! created a really fun pattern which you can get for free on the Janome website. This pattern is charm square friendly and who doesn't have piles of charm squares just sitting there waiting for the perfect project?! :-)

And just because I don't like posting without pictures, here is a snapshot of what I've been doing with my weekends. My sweetie and I are building a new summer cottage on Goat Island in the middle of the St-Lawrence River!

This is the view of Montreal from the boat on our way back home... Isn't it pretty? :-)

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.