Thursday, July 21, 2016

Memory Quilts

I recently wrote about the memory quilts I've been working on.  Well, I managed to finish piecing, basting and quilting both of those memory quilts this week.  And I have to say - they came out exactly like I wanted them to.

This first one is for Diane, my father-in-law's youngest daughter:

And this one is for Sandra, his oldest daughter:

For both quilts, I cut strips of varying widths and then randomly sewed them together into strip sets. To make the top larger, I used some solid strips between each row.

The quilting is a soft, big meander.

The quilts are super soft.  They both measure about 50" square.  Both sisters-in-law are visiting this weekend so I plan on giving them the quilts then.

And I kept a few strips to make a little something for my sweetie too.  I just haven't decided what that's going to be yet.

I will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at A Quarter Inch from the Edge for TGIFF.

And these quilts are projects number 2 and 3 on my Q3 FAL list.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mighty Lucky Club July - One Fabric

The Mighty Lucky Club challenge for July was designed by Cheryl Arkison.  Cheryl challenged us to make a quilt using just one fabric - a stripe or a really bold print.  Cheryl taught us about using improv, direction, applique and shapes to make an interesting design with just one fabric.  I was immediately intrigued and knew exactly which fabric I was going to use:

I decided to make a checkerboard quilt by playing with the fabric direction.  I wanted to stay small at 18" square so cut 3.5" squares and set them up in a 6 x 6 grid.

I used the same fabric for the binding.  I just love it!  For the quilting, I went with simple straight lines on either side of the seams, about 1/4" apart.  The thread is Aurifil 40 wt in colour 2150 - a really nice shimmery orange.

I'm super happy with my mini quilt and loved the process so much, I'm going to try this again! Meanwhile, I put this little thing on my dining room table with the beautiful flowers my sweetie got me this week.

I will be linking up this little finish at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Celtic Thistle Stitches for TGIFF.

And this is project number 6 on my Q3 FAL List.

Monday, July 11, 2016

FAL Q3 2016

FAL 2016

Quarter 2 of the 2016 FAL was a huge success for me - I finished 6 out the 7 projects on my list.  So I'm gonna keep going and sign-up for Q3!

This is my list for Q3:

1.  Weight of Love

This project was on my Q2 list, but I didn't make any progress on it at all.  So I'm rolling it over to this quarter and I am determined to finish it this time.

2 and 3.  Memory Quilts

I mentioned these quilts in my last post.  I have the two quilt tops complete so I need to piece the backings, baste, quilt and bind.  My deadline for these is July 23 so I really need to get going.

4.  Snowflake Shimmer QAL

This is a QAL hosted by Quilting JetGirl which started this month and the deadline for completing the quilt is October 7.  I really don't want to fall behind on this one so I'm putting it on the list.  I'll be using Kona White, Ash and Charcoal.

5.  State of Being

This is the June MQG Quilt of the Month designed by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs.  I've got all my fabrics cut up - I'm using Kona Ash, Persimmon and Jamaica Blue.  I'm super excited about this one and I'm hoping to get this one done by September 30.  So on the list it goes!

6.  Mighty Lucky Club Challenge for July

I really want to get this challenge done - I had to skip April and May and barely completed the June challenge.  I chose a really cool yellow print for my challenge, I cut all my pieces so now need to sew them together, quilt and bind it.

7.  Broken Frames for Christmas

During the May is for Makers campaign, I purchased a bunch of patterns and I'm determined to use them all before I purchase any more.  For Broken Frames, I'm using two charm packs of Cherry Christmas designed by Aneela Hoey, along with some Kona Red and White.

8.  Heading South

This is another pattern I purchased in May and I plan on using my scraps for this one along with some Kona Charcoal for the background.

9.  Urban Chained

Yet another pattern purchased during the May is for Makers campaign.  This one involved curves and it scares the crap out of me!  I chose a bunch of blue fat quarters from my stash for this one with some Kona Cloud for the background and Kona Nautical for the binding.

My list for Q3 is substantially more ambitious than my Q2 list but I've got some vacation time coming up and hoping to get lots of sewing time.

I'll be linking up my list with the wonderful ladies of the FAL group of hosts:

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Small Makes to Recharge

Last week, after finishing up the wedding quilt for Jen and Sue, I got started on three memory quilts. You see, my dear father-in-law passed away in May. He was admitted to the hospital for a fall on his bathroom floor and just when we thought we could take him home, his heart just stopped...

He was so close to his children, and they were all so very sad, I knew I had to make quilts with his clothes. So I collected all of his flannel shirts - the ones he wore all the time - and made a plan.

After cutting up all the shirts, I needed a break.  The whole process was extremely emotional for me and I felt drained.  But I felt like I needed to sew - this hobby recharges me, relaxes me and makes me feel productive and useful.

So I made a couple of small things...

First up, I made a Two in One Pouch by Sotak Patterns.  I wanted one that matches the Gathered Clutch I made for myself a little while ago so I grabbed some black and some yellow fat quarters for this project and got to work.

Pretty good match don't you think?

Next up, I decided to make a scrappy 1-Hour Basket for my sewing room.  Purple is my favourite colour and I have lots of purple scraps so went with that...

I made the two panels using a quilt-as-you-go method and I thought the batting would make the panels sturdy enough that I wouldn't need fusible fleece or interfacing, but it's a little more floppy than I'd like.  Oh well... live and learn!

I'll be linking up these small finishes at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts for TGIFF.

And with that, I felt a lot better and knew I'd be ok continuing with the memory quilts.  So I spent some time sewing up a quilt top with my dear father-in-law's shirts...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Wedding Quilt for Jen and Sue

A few months ago, I purchased a kit which was on sale from Craftsy.  I didn't think I'd want to make the quilt, but the fabric was V & Co's Ombre so I went ahead and purchased the kit.  I figured I could use the fabric for another quilt.  In the end though, I decided to go ahead and use the pattern that came with the kit.

And while I was finishing it, two friends of ours announced they are getting married!  After 20 years of living together, they finally decided to tie the knot!  I couldn't be happier for them and knew they would get this quilt as a wedding gift.

I love the fading effect of this design and that pink binding is just so pretty!!!

For the quilting, I tried some random square loops and I love it!  The texture is great and it was pretty easy and fast to quilt.

The finished size is 64" x 80" before washing.  I know it'll shrink a bit in the wash, but it'll be a really nice size to cuddle on the couch with.  I sure hope they like it!

This is project number 7 on my Q2 FAL list and my last finish of the quarter so I managed to get 6 out of 7 projects completed.

I will also link this finish up at Crazy Mom Quilts and at Celtic Thistle Stitches for TGIFF.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mighty Lucky Challenge - Purple Improv

The June Mighty Lucky Club Challenge was all about "Saying something with free-motion quilting" with Angela Walters.  At first, I was really excited about the challenge and thought about all the cool stuff I was going to quilt.  But then life got in the way with work and soccer and graduations...

I still wanted to try quilting words on a quilt though so grabbed my first try at the February "Minimalist Improvisation" challenge - my purple improv quilt.  I picked a small white area on the quilt top, chose some 40 wt purple Aurifil thread and started quilting!

After quilting the words, I figured I might as well keep my FMQ foot on the machine and went with a few different designs for the rest of the quilt...

Some paisleys, some square spirals and some flowers.

For the binding, I used some purple scraps and some leftover orange binding I had from another quilt.

So I didn't get much practice with quilting words, but I got another quilt finished!  And this one is going on the wall of our bedroom at the Island house.

And this is project number 2 on my Q2 FAL list!  That's now 6 out of 8 projects completed!

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Whims and Fancies for TGIFF.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

A new tote bag for Camille

Like I mentioned in my last blog post, my step-daughter's roommate requested a new bag.  When I saw her old bag, I couldn't get sewing fast enough - the poor girl was walking around with basically a rag!

I purchased Noodlehead's 241 Tote bag pattern a few years ago and have done two since then (you can see my first one here), so I knew this one would be perfect... and easy!

I chose a Carolyn Friedlander print from the Carkai collection for the exterior and strap and a gorgeous Kona for the pockets and lining (I think it's Kona Jamaica).

I'm happy to say that Camille absolutely loved her new bag and immediately transferred everything out of her old bag into this new one.

I was also quite pleased with the results and I'm now thinking I need to make one for myself!  I have some really nice Essex Linen in black that would be absolutely perfect for a 241 bag.  All I have to do now is choose an accent fabric for the lining and the exterior pockets!

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Arabesque Scissors for TGIFF.