Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Week 1 of #100days100blocks

A few weeks ago, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed when I saw that a super fun and challenging quilt-along would kick off on August 17.  The goal of this QAL is to make one block a day for 100 days.  And which blocks you might ask?  The Tula Pink City Sampler blocks!

I bought the book about a year ago and I've been wanting to sew with my scraps so I just had to jump on this one.  If you would like to follow along, just search for the #100days100blocks hashtag on Instagram.

I plan on making the "Skyline" quilt with my blocks and will be using a different colour for each "column", starting with orange.  I even created a Pinterest board for inspiration.

And here are blocks 1 through 7 of my City Sampler:


And here they are arranged in a column, the way they would appear within the sampler quilt:


I'm having so much fun making these blocks and posting to Instagram!  There are already more than 4,500 pictures tagged with #100days100blocks - so much eye candy - so much inspiration!
 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A new zipper pouch for Marianne

It's back to school time!  I don't make a lot of handmade items for school, but every year, my daughter Marianne asks for a new pencil case.

She has lots of pencils and pens and a huge scientific calculator which also needs to fit into the case, so this year, I made her pouch a little bit bigger than the typical pencil case.


I used this tutorial, which I also used to make my Sunny Zipper Pouch a few weeks ago.  I had fun fussy cutting some of the 2" squares (isn't that fox cute?!).


I love how neat the zipper tabs look.  And I'm getting so much better at sewing zippers!


I just love those Avalon dots (by Fig Tree & Co for Moda).  And every last bit of this zipper pouch was made with scraps, which is the best part!

And I'm happy to say Marianne was thrilled with her new pencil case!



I will be linking up Crazy Mom Quilts when she comes back from her social media break and at The Quilt Journal who is hosting TGIFF this week.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Crosscut Quilt - A QAL Finish

When Debbie of A Quilter's Table announced on Instagram that she would be hosting a quilt-along for her Crosscut Quilt, I knew I had to get on board.  The timing couldn't have been better because I'm on vacation for two weeks.

I went with a black background for my quilt because I already had 10" squares in my stash and decided to use yellow and orange scraps for the bars.

This is what the top looked at after I made the original blocks.


After sewing the blocks together, I have to say, moving onto the next steps was pretty difficult because I really liked it.  But this is what it looked like after cutting my new "fabric" into 6.5" squares and sewing those together.


Pretty cool right?

For the quilting, I knew I would have to use my orange Aurifil in 40wt so it popped, but wasn't sure if I should use straight lines or FMQ.  In the end, I decided to use a radiating design I've used in the past and I'm quite pleased with the effect. I find the quilting adds another dimension to the quilt and the orange thread is just perfect!



This was not at all what I needed to be finishing this week, but I'm so glad I did it.  This little 24" square quilt is probably going up on a wall somewhere in the house.



If you would like more information on the Crosscut Quilt or make one of your own, check out @aquilterstable on Instagram.  All of the instructions for making the quilt are on there.  Also, check out the #crosscutquiltalong hashtag on Instagram to see everyone's version of the quilt.

I will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at What a Hoot! for TGIFF.

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...



 
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