Thursday, October 20, 2016

Scrappy Blue Quilt Finish

I use blue a lot in my quilts - a lot!  So it's not surprising that I ended up with two overflowing bins of blue scraps. And I mean overflowing - I could barely put the lids on my bins.

I've been trying to use up more of my scraps lately and the #100days100blocks quilt along that I've been participating in is helping a bit, but I'm not using nearly as many of my scraps as I thought I would.  So a couple of weeks ago, I took out one of my blue bins and started piecing blocks.

And before long, I had a fun quilt top made with nothing but scraps...

It's raining cats and dogs here today and the forecast is calling for more rain for the next 4 days so I'm stuck with indoor pictures in very poor lighting - apologies!

I used more scraps - grey ones - to frame every other square to try and reduce the chaos a bit and I really like the effect.

Some of these scraps are really old - like those more traditional flowery fabrics in there.  And there are some of my favourite modern fabrics too - the ones I used in some of the quilts I love the most.

I quilted it with organic wavy lines with my walking foot with a soft blue Aurifil thread.

Making this quilt was such a fun exercise. I loved the freedom of piecing together random bits of fabric with no plan and no need to be exact with my seams.

The total size of the quilt is 60" x 75".  I used 20 blocks in a 4 x 5 grid - each block is 15" finished.

And I'm happy to report that the first blue bin is now only about a quarter full!

I will linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts (who is also a big fan of scrappy quilts!) and at Rainbows Bunnies Cupcakes for TGIFF.

And this is project number 4 on my FAL list for Q4!  Yay for finishes!  :-)

Friday, October 14, 2016

FAL Q4 2016 List

FAL 2016

I had a lot of fun working my Quarter 3 projects for the 2016 FAL and I managed to finish 6 of the 9 projects on my list.  I'd say 2/3 is a pretty good result wouldn't you?  I plan on finishing 2016 with a bang so will sign-up for the FAL again this quarter.

Here is my list for Q4:

1.  Weight of Love

My Weight of Love WIP has been on my lists since Q2 and I has to get done!  I did make some progress during the last quarter and my big hexie is now all pieced.  All that's left is to applique it on a background, back it, quilt it and bind it.

2.  Heading South

This one was also on my list for Q3.  I did not manage to make any progress on that one but I'm determined to get started at least.  I'm using scraps for this one (I've got more than enough to make 100 quilts like this one!) and some Kona Charcoal for the background. 

3.  Urban Chained


This was also on my Q3 list and although I have the fabric all picked out, I wasn't able to even touch this one last quarter.

4.  Scrappy Blue Quilt


This is something I started a couple of weeks ago.  I am determined to use a lot of my scraps and my blue bins (yes, plural) were overflowing so I decided to go with a blue scrappy quilt to start with.  I've already made 14 of the 20 15" blocks I'll need.  Finishing this one should not be a problem.

And that's all I'm putting on my list for this quarter.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Snowflake Shimmer QAL - Finished!!

Back in July, Yvonne who blogs at Quilting Jet Girl launched a quilt along for her gorgeous Snowflake Shimmer pattern.  I just had to jump on that one - the design is just so beautiful!

I'm so happy to have finished this one in time for the final link-up!  And bonus - I absolutely love it!

I chose three Kona solids to make my Snowflake Shimmer:  Charcoal for the background, Ash for the middle stars and White for the snowflake.

For the quilting, I was inspired by Yvonne who quilted hers pretty densely.  I went with some dot to dot designs in the snowflake, pebbles in the stars and a large stipple in the background.

For the backing, I chose to use a inexpensive sheet in a beautiful lavender colour.  I just love how the quilting shows up on the back.

I used matching Aurifil thread on the top and bobbin so although the thread blends in very nicely on the top, you can see all the details on the back.

The finished quilt measures about 72 1/2" x 88 1/2".  I really, really, really want to keep this one just for me, but I've already gotten comments from my sweetie that it would look perfect in the living room at the island house on the new grey couch.  He's right - it would look awesome there.

I will be linking up with everyone else participating in the QAL over at Quilting Jet Girl.

And this was project number 4 on my Q3 2016 FAL list so I'll be linking up there too.

And I will be sharing this finish over at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Celtic Thistle Stitches for TGIFF.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Broken Frames for Christmas

I finished a Christmas quilt and it's not even October yet!!  You might remember back in May, during the May is for Makers campaign, I purchased the Broken Frames pattern from Meadow Mist Designs. But it wasn't until I made my list of projects for Q3 of the 2016 FAL, that I decided I was going to turn Broken Frames into a Christmas quilt.

I chose two charm packs of Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey, some Kona White and Kona Red, which I also used for the binding.

For the quilting, I debated just doing some straight lines echoing the seams, but in the end, I went with two different FMQ designs: flowers and square spirals.

I love all the yummy texture this quilting creates!

The finished size is about 50" x 68" before washing - so a pretty good size for the couch.

If you're in the market for a really quick and easy quilt - the pattern comes in 3 sizes (baby, lap and twin), I highly recommend this one.  It would be perfect for that charm pack you've been hoarding or you can use scraps.  This pattern is perfect for some fun fussy cutting and would make an awesome "I spy" baby quilt.

I will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at for Crazy Dutch Bird Quilts for TGIFF.

And this is project number 7 on my 2016 FAL Q3 list so I'll be linking up for that too at the beginning of October.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Handmade Lunchbag

On Sunday last week, my daughter Marianne asked me if I'd be willing to make her a lunch bag for school.  She's tired of cafeteria food and wants to bring her own lunch.  I told her I would be happy to make one for her of course...

If you've been following me  here for a bit, you might remember the lunch bags I made for Christmas last year.  It would have been so easy to just make one for her, but no... I had to try a new pattern!

I found this one and got to work right away.

I used some Cherry Christmas (by Aneela Hoey) charms I had leftover from a quilt I'm working on now and paired it with Little Apples fat quarters (also by Aneela Hoey).

I didn't have interfacing on hand so the handles are a little bit "floppy", but other than that, I really like this little bag.

I used a matching red zipper...

And this super fun print for the lining.

Unfortunately, the size turned out a little bit too narrow - the bottom isn't wide enough to fit containers.  So I decided to keep this one and make Marianne another one.  I'll probably just end up using the same tutorial I used for the Christmas bags...  :-)

Do you have a favourite tutorial for a small bag?

I will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts and at Chezzetcook Modern Quilts for TGIFF.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Color Block Pouch

I think I may have a problem...  I just want to keep making zipper pouches!

I'm working on a Christmas lap quilt this week, but I'm at the stage in the quilt making where I have to sew rows together and I'm not crazy about that step (all those loooooong seams!)  So I decided to take a break and make something small.

Then I remembered I saved a post from s.o.t.a.k. handmade at the beginning of the month.  She gathered 30 free tutorials or patterns for zipper pouches and put them all together in one blog post, which is awesome (she did the same thing for bags if those are more your thing!)

The Color Block Pouch tutorial was part of the list and I remembered that Debbie from A Quilter's Table made that pouch a little while ago.  The design is very striking and it looked easy enough so I pulled some fabrics and got started!

I found some leftover Curiosities by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery on my cutting table (I'm using it to make the Meadow Mystery Quilt) and then went through my solid scraps and found the perfect matches - Kona Charcoal and Kona White.

Debbie was right - the tutorial is super clear and the pouch is easy and quick to put together (about 2 hours from beginning to end).  I didn't have a 7" zipper on hand so used a 12" one but I think I might have cut it a bit short...

See that little gap at the end there? I don't think it's supposed to be there!
The other end looks pretty good though :-)

I used the Curiosities fabric for the back of the pouch too.

I don't really have a purpose for this pouch yet, but that doesn't really matter does it?  Maybe I could use it to carry my sewing supplies for the Montreal MQG sew-in days!

So that's my small finish for the week!  I'm going to link up at Crazy Mom Quilts and at Quilt Matters for TGIFF.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Week 2 of #100days100blocks

I can't believe I've been able to keep up with this challenge!  I got through week 2 and posted my block every morning.

I'm done with the orange scrap bin now and moved on to the purple one (purple is my favourite colour so I'm really enjoying sewing these up!)

Some of these scraps are 7 or 8 years-old - I used them in one of my very first quilts.

I put them all up on my design wall just now and they look amazing!  I'm so excited about this quilt.

I saw that a few participants in the QAL are sewing borders on their block in preparation for putting the blocks together in a quilt.  I think this is a pretty good idea and I might start doing that too.  Although I'm not quite sure if I want to go with pure white, off white or light grey.  Any thoughts?