Sunday, September 9, 2018
Works in Progress
I have no quilt finishes to show, but a few things on the go! I am slowly handquilting one quilt,
trying to talk myself into layering a finished top,
and working on some fun blocks from Lori Holts Spelling Bee Book. These will be part of a special quilt, hopefully to be gifted next year.
Also waiting to be done:
Below are just 2 of many orphan blocks I'm trying to pull together into a quilt. I was learning paper piecing here on the orange star. Not my favourite technique, but it sure does give nice clean points.
Green and blue nine patches (4 1/2 ")
A future Irish Chain Quilt... no finish in sight here for a while!! These nine patches are 3".
ok, so now I see I need to spend less time surfing on all the lovely quilty blogs out there and just get some of these poor, lingering WIP'S done :)
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018
First of all I'd like to welcome any new quilters to my blog who found me via Quilters Online Meet and Greet. A huge thank you to Benita for arranging this.
Be sure to visit all the featured quilters ... there are prizes to be won !
Wife, mom, stepmom, sister, grandma (aka beppe), kitchen nerd, quilting addict... that about sums me up right now.
In my 20's I dreamed of making quilts, but work, family and life in general kept me pretty busy until the end of 2011 when my quilting journey began.
I was still working full time, recently turned 50, widowed and remarried to a wonderful man. An empty nester with a husband who loves to do all the yard work...this girl nedded a new hobby!
In December of 2011 my sister-in-law, Betty, passed away. Betty had a passion for quilting and while I was in BC for the funeral I think I read most of her more basic how-to quilting books and thought I really wanted to give it a go.
This picture is from 2015, just before we closed up the cafe where I'd worked for over 30 years. Yes, of course there were quilts on the walls :)
My husband's late wife, Gloria, was also an avid quilter, the appliqued quilt in the background was made by Gloria.
My husband still had all the supplies and a good stash to get me started, so off surfing I went. Books, magazines and the internet were my teachers.
Amanda Jean's Crazy Mom Quilts was such an inspiration for me as I began to learn this addictively relaxing art. I love her use of scraps and her blog is always one that I still refer back to. This is one of my favourite quilts, it's from Amanda Jean's book, Sunday Morning Quilts.
Bonnie Hunter's blog is another one I'm always checking out. I haven't made any of her patterns yet but I've learned many little tips from her...who would have thought you could flip seams?!!
Seven years later, still quilting, still learning. Now semi-retired, with more grandbabies joining the family, life is great.
My 2 sewing spaces are an unfinished basement room with 2 walls covered in flannel sheets for design boards and an unused living room where I usually finish off the quilts since the basement room is generally a creative mess!
My Janome Memory Craft 9000 is my only sewing machine. I've finished all my own quilts, either hand quilting or on the Janome. I started off just quilting straight lines, then tried freemotion, and hand quilting. Free motion is usually my choice if in a hurry, but hand quilting is definitely my favourite look.
This year my goal is to join a local quilt guild. I'm really looking forward to it, but a bit anxious as well as I'm pretty much self taught.
Thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, September 1, 2018
(Log Cabin and Churn Dash)
This quilt started with the 9" log cabin squares
Then while surfing online I came across these fun scrappy churn dash blocks at Crazy Mom Quilts
Amanda Jeans tutorial was for an 8 1/2" block, but I made mine 9" so I could use them with my scrappy log cabins. I was getting a bit bored with the log cabin blocks...I figured I'd end up with a finished quilt much quicker if I combined the 2.
ending up with this layout:
Backed with a "repurposed" duvet cover
and bound with a tea green gingham.
..just ignore those stray threads, they'll be gone eventually!
I did the label a bit different, and applique shape to fit in the quilting motif which was basically a large orange peel motif.
54" x 54"
timeline: March - August 2018
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Monday, August 6, 2018
(July Shop-Hop / 2018)
This was my first year shop-hopping, for sure I'll be participating each July now that I've started.
I was quite out of my comfort zone with all the beige, creamy tones.
I had some blue in my stash that worked well with all that beige. At Kaleidescope of Quilts in Exeter I picked up a bargain bag of beige, brownish scraps that could work for cornerstones and borders.
Freemotion quilting, I've been hooked on large stitch quilting with perle cotton lately, but I wanted to get this one done, and I needed to practice my fmq skills since I hadn't done any for a good half year.
My first attempt at spray bastng. I liked the result, no pins to deal with and so much easier on the knees! I still haven't washed the quilt, so I'm curious to see how it is after washing and drying.
Early morning photo shoot... best time of the day for quilting, not sure if it's the best for photography.
The backing is a "repurposed (?) " duvet cover. 100 % cotton and soooo soft.
46" x 50"
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Linen and Lattice