Tuesday, February 9, 2016

"Mum and Me"

"Mum and Me"  50" x 56" 
Another 2016 Finish for me.  WooHoo!  I loved making this quilt.  Not only because my one and only daughter and I collaborated every step of the way to make the quilt of her dreams but I worked entirely from my stash. She chose the name "Mum and Me"  She chose all the fabrics for the top (all her fave Cotton+Steel fabrics) and it was a must to her that "Nummers" was on the back. Of course, I did all the sewing and quilting.  The binding was a bit of a stumbling block as we couldn't decide which C+S fabric would please both of us.  I asked my quilty friend, Dominique @ The Running Thimble,  what she would suggest and Boom! decision made.  She suggested a low volume print to round out the scrappy look.  I was leaning towards a more solid darker fabric for the binding but using "Mustang" by Melody Miller was just the perfect choice for our quilt. Thanks, Dominique!  

"Mustang" aka "neigh, neigh"  

I did all the quilting in free motion with  Aurifil 50# thread in white 2024 on my Pfaff GrandQuilter 16.0.  Some spiralling, some meandering, straight lines inside each plus block.  I also added a motif to some of the blue and gold plus blocks.  Mostly random.  I was just having fun! That's what quilting is all about to me.  F+U+N!

While I was writing this post, the quilt took a turn in the washer and dryer.  It came out nice and crinkly and cuddly, just the way I like my quilts.  

Ready for snuggling on the sofa 
Hope you get the chance to finish up something today.  No better feeling!  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Volume #7

It's Throwback Thursday time again.  I am linking up with Jenn at Quarter Inch from the Edge again this month to show you something quilty from my pre-blogging days.  I started blogging in February of 2008 (Happy Bloggy Birthday to me!)  and I made the following three lap quilts in 2006.  I made them for my nephews, sons of my Quilty Sister.  If memory serves me correctly, they were living in The Hague in Holland at the time so these quilts were hugs across the ocean.

The first one is for Adam, the oldest, and it is called "Fraser Castle"  after their Scottish ancestral ties
All three quilts are hand quilted by me with muslin backing.  I don't have a photo of the label but I remember that there is one on it.  I used a Black Watch plaid for the binding.  

for middle nephew, Andrew, I made "Canadian Snowball"  I cut each piece out using a template following the pattern in the book "Old Nova Scotia Quilts"  For the binding I used New Brunswick tartan because that is where Andrew's Fraser ancestors were from.  

For the youngest, David, I made "Nova Scotia Nine Patch"  Again, using templates and cutting out each block.  for the binding on this one, of course, I used Nova Scotia tartan fabric.  

Today Adam is 27  Andrew is 25  and David is 23 and they are all living in Calgary, Alberta.    I think they have outgrown their lap quilts,  Might be time to start thinking about making them each something new.  

Stop by Jenn's blog and check out all the link-ups. Or better yet, write up a post and join in.  It's fun to look back.  

Sunday, January 24, 2016

What's Happening?

Here we are...one more week left in January.  It has been pretty good, weather-wise.  In my sewing room, my machines have been busy and my fabric cutting has been brisk.  I saw a great idea online and I can't remember where I saw it, but the idea was to collect a piece of each fabric that you cut into during the whole year and then at the end of the year you would have some fabrics to make something that would represent your entire year of fabric.  I chose to cut a 2 1/2" square from each of the fabrics that I cut into.  I am not waiting til the end of the year to decide what to make with my collection.  I have already decided that I want to make 16 patch squares. (wink wink)  Here is what I have cut into and sewn together so far this year.  I may have missed a few.  I am really excited to see what I end up with at the end of the year.  A great way to show your taste in fabrics and how they may change over time.  

Here is a quilt top that I just finished sewing up yesterday.  It is for my daughter.  She picked out the fabrics and sorted out the layout to her preference.  All her  Cotton+Steel favourites. I love how it looks.   I am working on making the backing today. It will be a throw measuring 52" x 60" 

Also, I wanted to show you my latest favourite thing...my Quilter's Planner!  With all the things I have going on in my quilty life, I figured it was time to get organized.  Many thanks go out to my quilty friend and guildmate, Anja @ Anja Quilts for making it possible for me to own this wonderful planner. Check out her blog and you will see lots of quilty inspiration.  
check out Late Night Quilter's website for more info

the front -  The main fabric is a linen/cotton combo from Roison Textile Goods.  and the rest is Cotton and Steel 

the back

the inside.  two pockets, elastic strap and a bookmark 
This was a free pattern when you buy the planner.

Hope you got time to do something quilty today!  

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Nummer 1, 2 and 3 - Complete!

One more project out of my head and onto fabric. My Quilty Sister, who lives in Qatar, has been keeping my supplied with Ikea's "Britten Nummers" fabric for a while now.  It is no longer available in Canada or the US so, everytime she comes home to NS to visit, she brings me a few metres.  I still have a good supply on hand but I wanted to make something to commemorate the end of an amazing run.  So, from the scraps from the quilt below, "I Love Chai", that I made using a fat quarter bundle of Alison Glass "Handcrafted" and "Nummers" as the backing......

.....I made this.....A triptych called

                     "Nummers One, Two and Three" 

 I plan on hanging all three in a group on my living room wall.                   

"Nummer One" measures 32" x 41"   Quilted in freemotion .in the border areas used Aurifil #50 in white 2024 on my Pfaff GrandQuilter 16.0 which uses a Topstitch size 100 titanium needle and in the pieced centre area Wonderfil Konfetti 50# dark gold KT401

close-up yumminess

"Nummer Two" measures 26" x 28"  spiral quilted using walking foot. Quilted on my Pfaff QE 4.0 using Aurifil 50# in white 2024 top and bottom and a Superior Titanium Topstitch needle size 80/12 
spiral quilting is such fun!

"Nummer Three" measures 18" x 26"   freemotioned quilted.  Had to add the selvedge! Quilted on my Pfaff GrandQuilter 16.0 using Aurifil #50wt in white 2024 

On "Nummer Three", I tried my hand at using an acrylic quilting ruler.  I used "Fine Line" Quilter's Ruler made by Accents in Design, Inc.  I like having the ruler to guide my stitching and it works well once you get the feel for it.  I found that going right to left is better for me.  You will notice in the photo below that the left hand side of the arcs are quite wobbly. I find it a lot easier and smoother if I stitch right to left. Lots of practice required.  

Backing fabric on all three is another Ikea fabric.  

For the binding, the same on all three...My favourite from "Handcrafted" by Alison Glass  A lovely dark teal.  I bound #One and #Two completely by machine but on #Three, I handstitched it to the back.  

I love fabric so much, but it's the scraps, the leftovers,  that really inspire me and spur me on just to see if  I can make my mind come to life! 

I am linking up with Cynthia @Quilting is more than Housework. 
 for Oh Scrap!  Stop by and check out all the the other scrappy projects there are to see.  

Hope you had time today to get something done and maybe off your to-do list.                                                                              

Friday, January 8, 2016

Sewing for Baby

My great-nephew was born this past Nov. 24 and I was pretty excited to finally have a baby in our family to make quilts for and to sew up burp cloths and bibs etc. WooHoo! Knitty Sister is a Grandmother!  I will make the quilts and she will make the afghans and sweater sets.

Here is a quilt I made for him. Giant Gingham.  I saw it on Crafty Blossom's blog and made it from exactly the same fabrics that she used.  My quilt is smaller.  My blocks are 4 3/4" sq. because that is the size of the die for my Accuquilt cutter. I machine quilted 1/4" on either side of each seam line.  The backing fabric is "Hilltop Gold Foxes" by Wee Gallery for Dear Stella.  It also comes in navy, which is just gorgeous. Baby's nursery colours are grey and navy with yellow accent.   
 The cushion is a 16 1/2" square of  "Buck Forest Mist" from Hello, Bear by Art Gallery.  I appliqued a little scrap of the cute little raccoon fabric from the same line on top of a scrap of a lovely dark grey (not sure of the name) Thanks to my scrap-enabler Jeanette I get all the cutest modern scraps.

Be advised:  This photo is staged.  Our little darling doesn't sleep with all this in his crib.

The raccoon fabric is called "Oh, Hello Fog"   too cute!

I showed this quilt on my blog before.  It is made from the remnants of the Wedding Quilt I made for Baby's parents.

Burp cloths made with flannel and towelling

A diaper pouch

I made this burp cloth just for Daddy to use.  He needed a man-sized one!

A bandana bib.
(I was informed that a real bandana is paisley so I think I will have to sew up a few more authentic ones!)
I made a few regular style bibs , a roll-up changing pad and a fabric taggy toy block but forgot to take photos.  This baby is well taken care of in the hand-made department!

Next on the list...Big Butt Pants!  

Throwback Thursday - Volume 6

Time again to show you a "before-blogging" quilt that I made and to link up with
 Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge for Volume #6 of Throwback Thursday.  

I made this sampler in 1995.  I made it for my then 16 year old daughter.  It has been on her bed ever since along with two other quilts that I have made for her.  I am just in the process of making her a new quilt too.  Girl loves her quilts!  

We liked pink and green and black in the day.  The border fabric with the black background was a poor choice.  It has totally faded out and doesn't look nice any more but it is still well loved.  

It is handquilted by me and has a gorgeous soft white muslin on the back. The sashing and inner border is a very soft pink.  There is some needle-turn applique too.  

Stop by Jenn's blog and check out all the other golden oldies in the linky.  Or better yet, link up too and show us one of yours.  

Hope you get time today to do some quilting and get a project on its way to being finished!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Finish #1 - 2016

No longer a UFO.  That sounds good, doesn't it?   Here is my  "Moda Love"  which became a flimsy in October of 2014, started the quilting a little over a month ago and I can happily call it a quilt today! My first finish for 2016. WooHoo!  I was making it for my daughter, but it looks like her tastes have changed and now she would rather have a Plus quilt made with Cotton and Steel fabrics.  Ok, I'm on it!  This one will be put aside for awhile. 

Kate Spain "Horizon" layer cake and Kona White 
72" square 

leftover 10" squares used on back.  The white is an older double- wide tone-on-tone and the batting is Quilter's Dream in white. 

The quilting is done by me completely in free-motion on my new Pfaff GrandQuilter 16.0

Thread (upper and bobbin)  - Aurifil 50# in white 2024 

I love how the feather around the outer part of the background turned out!  My fave part of FMQ is making feathers,  I did trace most of the feather/spine from a hand quilting stencil to use as a guide and then freemotioned over that. What fun!  

I also tried my hand at using an acrylic ruler (thanks to my quiltybuddy KarenR for the lend of her rulers)
I need to practice more and I plan on doing a post on my progress with the rulers, so stay tuned!

Hope you get the time to quilt something today!  I am anxious to get started on my next project!  Lots of UFOs.  

Friday, January 1, 2016

Sheila's Postcard Swap

I joined Sheila's Christmas Postcard Swap and now, since my partner and I have each received our postcard, I can show you our little creations. I exchanged with Susan in Australia. Here is the one I made for her. (I pinched the photo from her blog because I neglected to take a photo of it before mailing)
We were starting to get worried that the one she had made for me had gone astray but it finally arrived safe and sound yesterday.  It was well worth the wait.  What an awesome job Susan did with this postcard.  All wool applique with lovely blanket stitching and seed beads too.  So cute!  I love it, Susan, thanks!  and a big thank you to Sheila too, for organizing this fun swap.  

Here is the link to my Postcard page if you would like to see my collection.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had time to create today.

First post of 2016

It's January 1, 2016!  The past year, for me, was just wonderful.  My quilty year anyway.  I became very busy with my job as Social Media Princess for my lovely little guild, 
the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild.  I may go over the top but I don't hear any complaints so I will continue on for 2016 as I will hold this position for at least another year.  I do adore my lovely little guild and I want everyone to have as much fun and to be just as inspired as I am with all the wonderful modern quilters that I am surrounded by.  
2015 is gone now and I don't like to look backwards, so I will tell  you that I am going to change a few things in the coming year.  #1 is my blog...Scrapmaster...which I have been working on since February of 2008.  Last year I fell behind.  So this coming year, my promise to you is to pick up the pace and do shorter and more frequent posts. 

I made these two 20" cushions for a friend for her husband for Christmas,  In return, she gave me this lovely 15 fat quarter pack of Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis. 

 I made this infinity scarf for myself today. I used Cotton and Steel and Art Gallery fabrics.   Here is the tutorial I followed.  I made the smaller sized one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-IS2HFLH6U

I made this cushion for my niece to use in her son's nursery. 

That's it for right now.  I am working on machine quilting a large quilt and I hope to have it completed very soon.  

Take care and I hope you had time to do something quilty today.