Thursday, February 28, 2013

Starburst is all done!

To say that I'm proud of this finish would be an understatement!  Here is Starburst all quilted and done!

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If you've been following my blog recently, you know that this quilt was designed by Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting and Melissa wrote a fabulous tutorial for the quilt and then hosted a quilt along.  I loved making this quilt.

I used Ruby by Bonnie & Camille and a cream background.  The binding is from leftovers from the Ruby fat quarters.

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I chose to do the smaller version of the quilt so it finishes at about 56" square.  I'm really disappointed by the quality of these pictures, but by the time I get home from work, it's already dark outside so I couldn't take pictures outdoors.

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For the quilting, I did some SID around each part of the stars, some stippling in the background within each star and some echo quilting outside the stars.  In the border and sashing strips, I used a straight stitch about 1/4" inside each seam and then a wavy stitch about 1/4" from the straight lines.  And I'm super proud to have done all the quilting on my home machine!  :-)

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I love this quilt and I think Puffs agrees with me!  :-)

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Izzy

Wrapping up February

February wasn't nearly as productive for me as January was, but I did manage to achieve most of my quilty goals. So I'll be linking up for Fresh Sewing Day and at Pigtales and Quilts!

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My biggest and most important goal this month was quilting and binding Daisy Chain. And I did that.
You can see pictures here.

Next was the Starburst Quiltalong. Not only did I manage to keep up with each weekly assignment, but I also quilted it and it is now ready for the parade on Monday next week at Happy Quilting. You can catch a glimpse of Starburst in the mosaic. The full reveal to come tomorrow.

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There was also my Scrappy Trip top which I wanted to get done this month. And it got done! You can see a picture of the finished top (minus a potential couple of borders which I haven't decided on yet) here.

I wanted to make sure to complete Block 9 of the Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery BOM (because I've been known to accumulate those little envelopes for months!)... and it got done! You can see it in the mosaic as well.

And lastly, I set a goal for myself for February to finish rows 1 to 4 of Lori's Row Along. I managed to get rows 1, 2 and 3 done, but I'm still trying to find time for row 4 (maybe tonight?)

In addition to all of the above projects, I also made a mini quilt (pictures here), moved my sewing room to the laundry room and got started on a tote bag for myself. Overall, a pretty good month.

And how was February for you all?

Thank you for visiting!

Izzy

Monday, February 25, 2013

A Giveaway

A few weeks ago, I mentioned here that while cleaning up my sewing room, I realised I own way too many quilt books. Instead of letting them all sit there gathering dust, I decided to let someone else enjoy them.

Today, I would like to offer you this book:

The book contains a bunch of really fun crafts, including quilts, for the home. I purchased the book a long time ago and still haven't done anything in it yet... So I figured I probably never will.

To win the book, simply leave a comment telling me one thing you have learned this week (can be on any topic). The giveaway will be opened until Sunday, March 3 at Noon (Eastern Time). Anyone can participate - I will ship internationally - and you don't have to be a follower (although I would love for you to become one if you aren't!)

Good luck!

Izzy

 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Productive Weekend!

I had a super productive weekend!

I managed to finish the quilting on Starburst so that the only thing left to do before the big reveal and the parade over at Happy Quilting is sewing on the binding. The plan is to get that done Tuesday night. Here's a sneak peek at the quilting...

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I also finished piecing my Scrappy Trip top.

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Another blogger (can't remember who now which is terrible) added a solid inner and a pieced outer border to their top and I loved the idea so I thought about doing the same thing.  But after piecing all of the blocks together, I could not decide on a colour for the inner border.  Should I use white or maybe yellow or maybe pink?  So instead of making a hasty decision and then regretting it, I decided to fold the top and put it away for now.

And finally, I pieced Block 9 of the Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery BOM.

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This block is called "Lakeside Retreat" and was designed by Joanna Figueroa of www.FigTreeQuilts.com.  I loved the picture of the block on the package, but when I finished it, I didn't like it so much...  Then I realized I hadn't pieced it correctly.  I messed up on the flying geese - they are upside down!  Oh well...

How about you all? Did you have a good weekend?

Linking up at Sew Many Ways for Sew Darn Crafty and over at Sinta's for BOM Rehab.

Izzy

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Daisy Chain Ready for a Bed!

Don't you just love it when a plan comes together? I had planned to finish Daisy Chain this month for A Lovely Year of Finishes and I finished sewing the binding on it last night. My sweetie was nice enough to get it washed and dryed today so I could take pictures of it when I got home from work.

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I used a bunch of different solids for this quilt as well as a cute dragonfly print. For the binding, I used leftover fabric in a gorgeous lime green and for the backing, I purchased a navy blue sheet.

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I did some echo quilting around the dragonfly blocks and then some squiggly stitches on an angle to finish it off. Quilting this thing on my small sewing machine was a nightmare (it's a twin size quilt), and I had a bunch of problems with the tension... I just couldn't get it right no matter what I did! But it's done and I'm super happy about it.

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It is now nicely folded and waiting for my daughter to come home from China so she can put it on her bed!

I'm linking up at:
A Lovely Year of Finishes
 
and
 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Izzy

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday

I've got what seems like a million things on the go right now. This week, I've been trying to get lots of things finished because next week is not going to be a good sewing week (a 3 day strategic meeting at work). And next week is the last week of February... Can you believe it?

The first thing I need to finish is putting the binding on Daisy Chains. It's quilted, the binding is prepared and all that's left is to sew it on the quilt. That is tonight's project, immediately after I am done with this blog post.

Second is the quilting on Starburst. I made good progress over the weekend and I think I'm on track to get this finished in time for the parade over at Happy Quilting on March 4.

Third is Lori's Row Along. I was hoping to get rows 1 to 4 done this month. I managed 3 of them, but I haven't been able to find the time for row 4 yet... Maybe I'll be able to squeeze that one in next week?

Fourth is my Scrappy Trip quilt. I finished all 20 blocks and plan on putting the top together Sunday night when I get back from the cottage. I can't wait to finish that one!

And the last thing that's been keeping me busy this week is moving my sewing room out of the spare bedroom and into the laundry room. My sweetie's 18 year-old daughter decided she was moving back in with us a couple of weeks ago (she'd been living at her mother's) so she's moving into the spare bedroom.

Here are a couple of pictures of my new sewing room...

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the progress I am making towards achieving my February goals. How about you? Are you knocking things off your to do list this week?

Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday.

Izzy

 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Starburst Top is Finished!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  I had a great day today... my sweetie personally delivered some beautiful flowers to my work and took me out for lunch.  I'm so spoiled!  :-)

I'm also super excited because I finished piecing my Starburst top last night!  Yay!

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I'm so happy with this top.  The lower left star doesn't pop as much as the others, but I don't think it matters very much.  Overall, I think there's lots of "pop" in that top!  :-)

I'm going to try to find a suitable backing for it tomorrow and start quilting this weekend.  I just have to decide how to quilt this baby now...  Any suggestions?  My FMQ just isn't as good as I would like it to be and I really don't want to ruin this one.

Linking up at Melissa's for the Starburst Quilt Along and at AmandaJean's for Finish It Up!

Have yourselves a great weekend!

Izzy

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

WIP Wednesday

This week has been a very good week in the quilting department! In my "professional" life, I have to be super organised because I'm always juggling a million projects and I supervise a team of 5 eLearning developers. To keep myself on track, I use a tool called the Franklin Planner - I carry my planner pretty much everywhere!

In the past couple of years, I hadn't really been using my planner to organise my quilting projects. At the beginning of the year, when I started looking at what I wanted to accomplish in 2013, I decided I needed to start tracking and planning my quilting a little better so I have been using my planner.

It has done wonders for my productivity! This week:

I completed a mini quilt. You can read all about it and see pictures here.

I finished quilting Daisy Chain (photos will be posted as soon as the binding is sewn on).

I made 2 more Scrappy Trip blocks bringing my total to 14... Only 6 more to go!

I pieced rows 2 and 3 of Lori's Row Along.

And I pieced the last 2 blocks of Starburst. I now have to add the sashing and border and the top will be done! Yay!

What do you use to track and plan your projects?

Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday!

Izzy

 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Mini Mosaic

I took the day off work today because I had some personal business to take care of, but once that was over, I went right to my sewing room.

I finished the second row of Lori's Row Along (I will post pictures soon), I made a few granny squares (yes, I know, I'm super late getting on those) and I decided to get started on a new project.

You might remember that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had lots and lots of quilting books. Well, one of these books is Konda Luckau's Simply Charming Minis.

This afternoon, I thought it was time to make a mini from the book. The one I chose is Mosaic. I used scraps for the coloured squares and a fat quarter in a very light blue for the background. The binding is a darker blue.

The mini finishes at about 13" square so it is perfect for a mini wall quilt or small table topper.

I see many more of these cuties in my future... The book is full of fun minis and I love that they go together super fast!

And what have you been finishing up this week?

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Izzy

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

WIP Wednesday - The Starburst Edition!

I've been working on a bunch of different things this week.  I blogged on Sunday about the starting the quilting of Daisy Chains over the weekend, but I also got started with Lori Holt's Row Along.  Row 1 is done and I've most of the pieces for Row 2 all cut and ready to assemble.

But most of my focus so far this week has been on Starburst.  Our assignment this week was to sew together 2 blocks...  and my assignment is complete!  Yay!

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Block 1 of my Starburst

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Block 2 of my Starburst

To say that I'm loving these blocks would be an understatement.  I like everything about them... the fabric (Ruby by Bonnie & Camille)... the pattern (by Melissa at Happy Quilting)... even my piecing is pretty darn good.  :-)

In terms of WIPs, I've got:

- Starburst (2 blocks done, 2 to go)
- FQS 2012 Mystery Designer BOM (waiting for the February block)
- Lori Holt's Row Along (row 1 complete, working on row 2)
- Scrappy Tripalong (12 blocks done, need 8 more)
- Daisy Chains (quilting has begun!)

Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

And at Melissa's for the Starburst Quiltalong:


Thank you for visiting and I hope you are having a fantastic week!

Izzy

Sunday, February 3, 2013

My weekend...

was fabulous!  :-)  Our oldest daughter offered to babysit for the weekend so my sweetie and I went to the cottage ALL BY OURSELVES!!!  We watched 2 hockey games (and my team won both games!), went for a nice dinner and then took a romantic walk with the dog.   Tonight, we ordered some take-out food and we're going to watch the Super Bowl.

Needless to say, I didn't want to spend my weekend sewing.  :-)

I did start quilting Daisy Chains while my sweetie was up on the roof cleaning the chimney (we thought a bird might have nested in there in the Spring and my great procrastinator sweetie waited until we needed the fireplace before going up there).

Daisy Chains getting some quilting

Since this quilt is going on my daughter's bed in the city, I decided I would practice my FMQ skills.  I'm doing some echo quilting around the "plus" blocks and then I'll do some designs in between those blocks.  I won't show you the back because I was having a terrible time with the tension on my sewing machine.

When we got home this afternoon, I went into my sewing room and finally got started on Lori Holt's Row Along.


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I'm using my scraps from the 2010 FQS Designer Mystery BOM for the Row Along (12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain for Moda).  I have a whole bin full of these scraps so I'm thinking I might actually have enough for the whole row along.

And finally, I got caught-up in Happy Quilting's Starburst Quilt Along.  I pieced a whole bunch of flying geese blocks using Melissa no-waste method and they went together perfectly and super quickly.

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This week, we start piecing blocks... I can't wait!  :-)

And how was your weekend?

Izzy
 
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