Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WIP Wednesday - TN&TN

I spent a lot of time this past week,  working on my latest project .  I sewed up 17 out of the 65 blocks required .  I am really enjoying the process so far.  I love that every block is a different colour combo. I was a bit worried that I may not have enough solids to work this project up from my "Scrash" (scrap stash)  but as I was sorting out the storage room the other day, I came across a tub of solid scraps that I had not seen for a while.
 I will have to spend some time sorting and pressing, but that is something I love to do.  Plus, I forgot about another huge bin of solids that I have from many years ago if I need  more.  I also found a Kona jelly roll that will come in handy.  I may have to cut into some of my yardage but that is OK.  Here's a look at what I have done so far.

Talking about Kona solids....Have you heard about the quilt that my quilty buddy Valerie @ Purple Boots and Pigtails is making?  She has asked those who are interested, to make a word block from their favourite Kona colour using that Kona colour for the word.  Also the background must be Kona.   Her plan is to have this Kona word quilt ready for our guild quilt show in October.  It will be fabulous!  Click on the link above to check out the details. Here are two blocks that I made to help her out in her quest. 

I am linking up with the Needle and Thread Network.   Stop by and check out all the wonderful Canadian projects going on.  Such talent!  Hope everyone had a wonderful Canada Day!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

What's Happening..A new project

I started a new project today because my son, Nathaniel, ordered up a new bed quilt.  I haven't been sewing much lately so when he got in touch with me to ask if I could make this quilt. "aerial" by Carolyn Friedlander. of course I could not resist.  Modern, Paper pieced, solids, CF, scrappy...yum!

I bought the pattern @ Patch, then had the paper piecing patterns photocopied, then I did this..

I pinned all the PP patterns on my design wall as they fit in the quilt, because I figured it is the only way I would be able to keep things straight and plan my colour combos. Once each block is finished I will pin it back on the wall and when they are all finished I can easily sew them into a top without getting mixed up. 

Then I sorted through some of my Kona scraps. My plan is to not buy any new fabric for this quilt.

Then I sewed up one block on my beautiful little Featherweight.  This will be fun!

Nathaniel will be home for a little visit on July 9 but I don't think I will have it finished by then!  

For the first time in ages, I am linking up with The Needle and Thread Network. Why don't you link up too?  Love to see what you are working on.  

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get time to do some quilting today.  

Friday, June 19, 2015

What's Happening...or not Happening!

Oh my!  It has been 17 days since my last blogpost.  Oh my!   I've been a bit bummed lately and don't have much to show.  It's my own fault.  I started to do the free motion quilting on my latest quilt and I overdid it. Really overdid it.  I spent an entire evening swirling away and not paying attention to how long I was spending.  I was using my smaller Pfaff Ambition 1.0  as my Pfaff QE 4.0 is sick and in the shop again.  The smaller throat space on the Ambition makes it more strenuous to manipulate a  quilt and the next day was the proof.  I couldn't lift my arm and the pain was sickening.  It took about a week and a half for my arm to calm down back to normal (almost) .  I have been sewing just little bits here and there and today was the first time that I got back to doing some FMQing, just for a few minutes.  It will be fine in a day or so but I have learned my lesson.  When I teach classes in FMQ, I stress to my students...Take a break...don't overdo it...and look what I go and do...

This photo shows about half of what I have done on this quilt so far.  I will take my time to finish up the rest.  There is no rush really...I am making this for my lovely little guild's quilt show in October. 
More details on that soon.

This pattern is called "Spiced Chai Quilt" designed by Katie Clark Blakesley from the book
 "Vintage Quilt Revival" .  I am drawn to patterns that alter traditional block layouts so this book was a perfect choice for me.   I love the Tea Leaf block and have used it in a few of my traditional quilts so when I saw this pattern I fell in love with it and just had to make it.  It was perfect to showcase my treasured "Handcrafted" by Alison Glass and also use up some larger chunks of grey Konas that I had kicking around.  They go so nicely with the Kona white. 

I managed to do some straighline quilting in free motion and finish up this pillow that will be sent off to Edmonton as part of my guild's Pillow Swap with the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild.  I made it from some scraps of low volume prints and Kona Graphite.  I was going for a clean, modern look with a bit of scrappiness.

I always like to use a selvedge on the back of my pillows.  

So, as you can see, I haven't been sewing up my usual storm but hopefully that will change soon.  I have so much in my head that needs to get out!  My niece Katherine, who got married last summer, is having a baby in November so I need to start making baby stuff.  Very excited about this!  

I received this cute little postcard from Sunny in Maryland as part of Sheila's Postcard Swap.   I think it will be a bit longer before we can put our toes in the sand here!   I can't show you the one I made for her because I forgot to take a shot of it. darn. Hopefully Sunny will post a picture of it and I can steal it from her!   Thanks for being my partner Sunny and thanks to Sheila for organizing this great swap.  It was fun!

Hope you have a quilty day!  

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Fabulous Friends

More on my trip to Westville......

In addition to the lovely bag and wallet
and needle holder that Sheila made for me, as part of our swap,

I was surprised with this awesome autographed copy of
 Amy Garro's book "Paper Pieced Modern", a gift from my beautiful friend Karen of KaHolly.  She visited QuiltCon in Texas this past winter and thought of me when she saw this book, knowing full well I would adore it! How special that she had Amy autograph it just for me.

 I have already chosen the top two designs that I want to make.

I think I already have most of the Konas suggested in the pattern to make this one

I am not a stranger to paper-piecing.  The quilt that is on my bed at the moment is a queen sized paper pieced Carolina Lily and I have also made many smaller projects using this method.  But now I am inspired to make more modern designs and this book full of patterns fits the bill.  Thanks so much Karen!  I love, love, love it!

Today, Karen sent me a photo of the KitchenAid cover that I made for her as my part of the swap.  It fits perfectly! Yay! She loves it!
 I don't think I ever shared how Karen came to own this Mixer.  Well....She wanted a KitchenAid  and I wanted a Featherweight....and.....I owned a KitchenAid and she owned a traded!  I never liked my KitchenAid and hardly used it so when the subject of me wanting a FW and Karen wanting a KA, well it just worked out perfectly,  We are both happy. Now I need to make a cover for my Featherweight...Ok...I need to make three covers! lol

I hope you had time to do something quilty today!

Monday, June 1, 2015

A Wonderful Quilty Day

Yesterday I attended the Thistle Quilt Guild's annual quilt show which took place in Westville, N.S.   The guild is very prolific and their show is always a feast for the eyes.  I met up with my quilting blog buddies, Sheila, Lesley and Karen, aka The Nova Scotia Quilting Bloggers Quartet.  It was so wonderful to see them.  We walked around and looked at all the quilty goodness and then went to the tea room for a chat and also to exchange our swap gifts.  Last fall Karen came up with the idea to make something for each other using an embroidered initial pattern.  We had lots of time to make something and the results were fantastic!

Sheila made me a gorgeous batik totebag in my fave colours and used a beautiful antique turquoise button for the closure. I love how she used different thread colours to stitch out the embroidery.  See the little "L" in the upper left corner.  Very cute!  She also included a really nicely made wallet and a cute little needle holder that she needle felted.  Thanks Sheila! Love 'em all!  

 I made Karen a cover for her KitchenAid mixer.  I used linen dish towelling that I bought by the metre and then stitched the embroidery with a dark red floss.  So I guess the "K" is for Karen or KitchenAid!

Karen made Lesley just the cutest bag.  It can double as a drawstring bag or a little tote bag.  Great stitching job too!  

Lesley made Sheila an awesome tote-bag with stitching on both sides.  


Also, during the show I met up with Debbie and Sheila.  And then Carol popped in to say hello. So nice to see them all.  So, it was a friend-filled day for me!  

The other amazing part of my day was that I spent most of the day helping Chris, the owner of  Patch Halifax, set up and take care of customers in the vendors area.  Quilters were very happy and excited to see what Chris had for sale.  It was a very successful retail day.
How much fabric can you fit in the backseat of a Jetta?  This much!
 Needless to say, I was totally wiped out when I got home and went to bed early!  Unfortunately, I was too busy all day to get a nice amount of photos to show.  Just a few but be assured,  Handquilting is alive and well in Pictou County!  
Sheila's Shirts

This one reminded me of my friend KB.  

a cozy flannel quilt.  I love snowmen

So pretty in person

Just half of the quilt show.

results of Karen Henry workshop

I love a string quilt

It was a fabulous, quilty day!

Friday, May 22, 2015

What's Happening!

Last Saturday I spent the day with the lovely ladies of Sackville Threaders Quilter's Guild in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia., teaching them how I approach free motion quilting.

When I arrived at the community centre, a bit before nine, the room was already humming with the chatter and buzz of 21 quilters setting up machines and getting ready for a day of quilting. I was a bit nervous about how I was going to handle 21 beginners with 21 different sewing machines, but mostly we had no problems and everything went along very smoothly.  Here's an example of three quilters and their progress.

I gave a little trunk show before starting off and then we were in full swing with swirling and meandering and loop de looping. We even made feathers.   I was very impressed with how well everyone did.  Thanks for the great day ladies, and thanks for the delicious pizza for lunch! Hope to see you all again sometime.  

I have another class to teach on Monday at It's Sew Time in Elmsdale. Looking forward to meeting more excited quilters and helping them to get started on making free motion quilting a part of their quilty lives.

My lovely little guild, Maritime Modern Quilt Guild, is participating in a cushion cover swap with the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild in the near future. We are swapping 16" cushion covers with envelope backs.   I finally decided on the pattern I wanted to make.  I had bought a kit, complete with the fabrics to make two pillows, the pattern from Jaybird, a few years ago.  I made the first one and trimmed it all up nice and pretty to exactly 16 1/2" and then decided to quilt it with very close wavy lines and the darn thing shrank up to 15"!  So, now I will make the second one and make sure not to trim before quilting. Tomorrow is our guild Sew-In Day so that is what I will be sewing up.

My lovely friend, Karen @ Kaholly, was lucky enough to be able to attend Quilt Con in Texas last February.  And being the lovely friend that she is, she sent me a little souvenir because she knows how much I would have loved to have been there.  This license plate-looking rectangle of cotton was just the perfect little gift to inspire me to make something new. 

So, I made a new tote bag to take with me when I go to Westville on May 30 to attend the Thistle Quilt Guild's annual quilt show. Here is the free pattern that I used.  

I made the front pocket from scraps/trimmings of a new quilt I just made with Handcrafted by Alison Glass

 Not only will I meet up with Karen at the show but I will also be meeting up with Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World and Lesley of the Cuddle Quilter.  We call ourselves the Nova Scotia Quilting Bloggers Quartet!  The  Thistle Guild is Sheila's guild so we will get to see her quilts that will be on display.  Looking forward to that. Also, we will be exchanging our swap projects that we made over the winter.   Also, I will be accompanying Chris, the owner of Patch Halifax, and assisting her in setting up her sales table as she will be a vendor at the quilt show.  If you are attending the quilt show, I hope you will look for me and say hello. 

Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you had time to get some quilting done today.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Giveaway Winner!

The winner of my giveaway is   #51
                                     Bernie KringelMay 12, 2015 at 2:24 PM
So glad to have found your blog. I love your work and just pinned a few pieces for future inspiration. I also just started to follow you via email subscription. Tried to find you via bloglovin but couldn't??

I am waiting to hear back from Bernie and then I will get her three fat quarters in the mail.

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by and left a comment.  I really appreciate it.  Our MMQG Blog Hop was a ton of fun and I now have several new quilty friends.  How awesome is that!

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Finish for Me

My most recent finish is my rendition of a pattern called "Soul Searching" by Kathy Doughty from her book " Making Quilts".

I fell in love with this pattern when I saw it on Kevin the Quilter's blog back in 2013.  Love his rendition in blues and purples.  He is a scrappy quilter, like me.
 I immediately ordered Kathy's book and set to work cutting strips from my ton of older scraps. I had been wanting to make a quilt with a modern design but using up my older scraps.  I discovered that I was running short and needed a few brighter colours to add to the mix.  So, with help from a friend's scrap bag,  I had the brightness I wanted and I am calling my version "Searching for Scraps"
I completed the piecing in fall of 2013 and then it just sat......until just recently when I decided to quilt it up. 

I used two different wavy stitches on my Pfaff QE4.0 and stitched straight across from side to side and the resulting texture is wonderful! 
Thread - Wonderfil Tutti 50# Colour TU38 - a very subtle variegated beige  
Needle - Superior Titanium 80/12 Topstitch needle
Measures - 85" x 72"

Don't forget to enter my giveaway.  Click here

Sunday, May 10, 2015

My Day on the MMQG BlogHop

Welcome to my blog and Happy Mother's Day to each and every Mom out there.  Especially mine!
  83 years old and still rockin'

Today is my day on the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild's Blog Hop.  Check out the guild's blog  or the Facebook page for lots more info.

You can scroll through and see photos of all the fun we have at meetings and Sew-Ins.  We would love it if you would follow our blog and perhaps join in a meeting or Sew-In so you can see for yourself.

Since I joined the guild, my quilty life has exploded!  I am surrounded by like-minded, talented, amazing quilters.  I am so inspired and motivated that it scares me.
Creativity that I didn't know I had, comes pouring out.  I have produced a lot of quilts and quilty things in the past year and half, since joining. I have taught classes in free motion quilting and fabric postcard making too.  You can check out the tabs under my header if you would like to see more of my projects, older and newer.

Even though I have been making traditional style, handquilted quilts for family and friends for the past 20+ years, since joining MMQG I have found my happy place...Improv piecing, free motion quilting, original design, solid fabrics, pieced backings, using traditional fabrics in a modern design and vice versa and of course, collecting scraps of fabric. Lots of scraps.  I have been known to dig other quilters discarded fabric scraps from the trash and make something useful.    Also, and most importantly, I have made many new friends, wonderful new friends.  I also hold the position of the guild member in charge of Social Media, which is such an integral part of  modern quilting. 

Here are some examples of quilts/quilty items I have made since joining MMQG ....finding my happy place

                                        -Improv piecing - 

                               - Free motion quilting -

Improv pieced from scraps from another project

queen size quilt that I Free motion quilted on my domestic machine ( Christmas 2014 as a wedding gift)

                                  - My original designs -

                                       - Solid fabrics -

                                     - Pieced backings -

Centre strip pieced from leftovers from front

                                    - Alternate settings -

                        - Using traditional fabrics in a modern design -

traditional fabrics, traditional Rail Fence block in modern design, by Me

My rendition of "Soul Searching" designed by Kathy Doughty

....belonging to this fresh, welcoming, modern guild  has changed my world and my family loves how happy I am lately.

My little giveaway might help add to your stash or it may inspire you to make something modern that has been lurking in your quilty mind. To be entered, just leave me a comment, any comment.  I hope you will mention that you will be following along with either my blog or MMQG blog.  It's OK if you dont want to, but I would love it if you did.   For the giveaway, three fat quarter cuts from Metro Living by Robert Kaufman.  The giveaway is open to everyone, anywhere, until Friday, May 15 at midnight Atlantic Time.  Good Luck!

Tomorrow is Jeanette's Day on the MMQG BlogHop.  Stop by and check out what's going on in her quilty world.  Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, May 5 - Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge
Wednesday, May 6 - Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts
Thursday, May 7 - Tracy @ Quilting on the Dark Side
Friday, May 8 - Anja @ Anja Quilts
Saturday, May 9 - Val @ Purple Boots and Pigtails
Sunday, May 10 -  Linda @ Scrapmaster  (ME)
Monday, May 11 - Jeanette @ Stamp Stitch Create
Tuesday, May 12 - Dominique @ The Running Thimble
Wednesday, May 13 - Aimee @ Candy Coated Quilts