Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
I pinned a number of chevron quilts recently... There's something about those zig zags that I really like. So I pulled a charm pack in nice bright colours and paired them with some Kona Snow to make 4" HSTs.
The members of the MMQG will be showing off their quilt tops at the next meeting. I cannot wait to see what everyone else came up with.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
I hope to have the top finished by the end of the weekend. I'll then show it to my sister-in-law and get her stamp of approval before cutting the fabric for the second quilt.
This is from a Camille Roskelley book. I won't make 92" panels so I modified the pattern somewhat to make it much smaller. I'm using the Birch Farm collection by Joel Dewberry for these along with some fat quarters from my stash.
I only cut fabric for 1 panel so far and couldn't help piecing one block, just to see if I would like the look.
And the rest...
Monday, October 27, 2014
We started with straight lines so matchstick quilting and square stipple. We then moved on to square spirals, double loops and pebbles.
And finished with some C shapes (which look like waves), round spirals, paisleys and wishbones.
I need to practice some more, but I definitely acquired some new tricks and tips and got to try designs for the first time. I cannot wait to start applying some of these new designs on my quilts.
Have you attended a workshop before? Up until then, I had only done Craftsy classes - I have to say that having the teacher in person really added to the experience. I wouldn't hesitate to attend another one.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
I used scraps from some of my favourite fabrics for the geese and added more colours in the binding with this fun chevron print. For the quilting, I went with paisleys in the cream background, some straight lines in the darker areas and some simple stitch in the ditch around the geese.
I really hope my partner likes it. If you were my partner, would you be happy to receive it?
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I also sent and then received my last blocks for the SuperNova Friendship Swap. I am literally in love with the blocks my partner Julie and I came up with. How amazing is this quilt going to be?!
The last project I have on the go is a pattern by Meadow Mist Designs (Scrappy Tiles) and I'm using a layer cake I've had in my stash for a long time...
Sunday, October 5, 2014
I cannot wait to start our lessons! The next step will be to find a pattern that is easy enough for a beginner, but striking enough to warrant a really good mark. :-) Do you have any suggestions? If you do, please leave a comment. If you have advice on teaching a teenager how to quilt, please leave that too!
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
If you follow many blogs, you have probably already read a few of these Around the World Blog Hop posts. I love reading them and learning something about each blogger so when Jamie tagged me, I was more than willing to write my own post.
I can't remember exactly when or how I met Jamie, but I've been reading her blog for a while. She is so fun and has gorgeous projects in the works all the time. You really should go over there! :-)
There are standard questions to answer so here we go...
What am I working on?
The only thing I've got going at the moment is the Supernova Friendship Swap blocks. Over the last couple of months, sewing has been almost non-existent. Between work, building a new summer house and the nice weather, I just haven't been able to get to my sewing room.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I really don't think my work differs from others' work very much. I get so much inspiration from the different blogs I follow, so my work looks a lot like other modern quilters' work. And that's ok. A few months ago, I sort of had an identity crisis because I somehow thought I wasn't a "real" quilter if I didn't create my own designs. In the end though, I realized that I loved picking fabric, piecing and quilting my quilts. I didn't want to design... I like working with other people's designs.
Why do I write/create what I do?
I quilt and blog about quilting because while I'm in my sewing room, I can't think about work! A good sewing session for me is the same as a really good workout or reading a good book. It helps me relax and get away from it all!
How does my writing/creating process work?
There really is no method to my madness! I blog whenever I feel I have something to show or talk about. I don't prepare my blog posts in advance and I don't really have a schedule either. I just blog when I feel like it. As for my process for quilting, because I use patterns, my creativity is expressed in my fabric choices and the quilting designs I choose. I'm trying to move away from using fabric from the same collection all the time. And for the quilting, I like to put the top aside for a little while and just look at it. Usually, quilting designs will come to me at some point. :-)
Now it's my turn to tag someone... And I chose my friend Julie who is my partner in the Supernova Friendship Swap. Julie is a super busy mom, but she is also super productive both in the sewing room and with her knitting. And she has the cutest designs in her Etsy shop. Please visit Julie on her blog and say hello!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
I pieced the August Supernova Friendship blocks this week and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out!
My partner for this swap, Julie, and I both went with green blocks this month. Check out her blocks here. I'm on vacation this week and probably won't be able to get to the post office until Monday - I hope that's ok Julie? :-)
We have now pieced 3 of the 5 blocks and so far, I am loving how they all look together.
Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday!
Thanks for stopping by.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
After I finished my Swoon a couple of weeks ago, I wondered what to work on next. I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds it difficult to start something new after finishing something really big?
Anyhow, over the last 2 weeks, I went into my sewing room about a million times and each time, I left without actually doing anything. The weather had something to do with it, but most of all, I think I needed a small break.
This week, my Bloglovin and Instagram feeds were filled with Nail Polish bottles... The quilty kind. And all of the sudden, I needed to cut fabric and make a Nail Polish wall hanging!
Purple is my favourite colour so of course my nail polish had to be purple. I quilted it in the ditch and then with straight diagonal lines in the background.
I'm very pleased with it and it was the perfect thing to get me back in the sewing room again!
If you would like to make your own Nail Polish mini quilt, go here. The pattern is incredibly easy and goes together very quickly. I'm not particularly fast and it took me about 3 hours from cutting to binding.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
I am super excited to be hosting the TGIFF linky party this week and for the occasion, I've been working day and night to get my Swoon all finished. (I haven't really worked all night, but did spend quite a bit of time on it over the last week.)
Unfortunately, the weather wasn't great and I didn't have any quilt holders on hand, but here are a couple of pictures.
The designer is obviously the wonderful Camille Roskelley and I used Lucy's Crab Shack to piece the blocks... Kona white as the background... And more Lucy's Crab Shack for the binding.
I quilted it with straight lines, about 1 1/4" apart, using painter's tape as my guide.
This finish has been in the works for a year people! I still can't believe she is finally done!
Have you finished anything recently? Wanna share? Go ahead and link up those wonderful finishes. Be sure to tour the other finishes and spread the comment love far and wide! Please include a link back to TGIFF (button in my sidebar).
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
It's been a while since my last post... I've been really busy quilting my Swoon!!
I'll be sewing the binding on tonight...
Come back later this week because I've got a couple of exciting things scheduled for Friday - my Swoon reveal AND I'm hosting this week's TGIFF linky! For more info on TGIFF, click the button in my sidebar.
Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
I finished piecing my New Wave in Glimma quilt top yesterday! I love it and I'm super excited about quilting it. BUT I don't know what to use to back it or for the binding so until I find the perfect fabric, it'll have to wait...
Since I couldn't get started on quilting New Wave, I decided put my Swoon quilt on the sewing machine.
I'm quilting super simple, clean and crisp straight lines.
The lines are about 1 1/4" apart (the width of the painter's tape) and I'm using a technique I learned in Jacquie Gering's latest Craftsy class by using painter's tape as my guide. I think it'll take a while! :-)
Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday.
Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, June 27, 2014
The Montreal Modern Quilt Guild is making quilts for a palliative care centre this year. (Every year, we focus on a different charity.). This year, I decided to use up some of my scraps to make my charity quilt and the log cabin block is one of my favourites.
I wanted the quilt to be pretty gender neutral so I went with my blue scraps. I gave myself these guidelines when selecting scraps: they needed to be blue, except for one log which I wanted yellow or orange. It didn't matter if they were more traditional, or florals, or kids' fabrics, they just needed to be blue.
After a couple of days, I had 16 log cabin blocks measuring 12.5" each, so a quilt top of about 48" square.The top sat there for a little while because I wasn't sure how to quilt it. Then a couple of weeks ago, I decided to go with the serpentine stitch on my sewing machine and use my walking foot.
The quilting was really fast and easy, but it gives the quilt a wonderful texture.
For the binding, I went with a couple of Riley Blake Chevron fat quarters. I love the look of chevrons for bindings.
On the back, I made a big log cabin block and surrounded it with the happiest, brightest print I could find in my stash. At first, I wasn't sure about the yellow, but now that it's all done, I love it.
So there it is! My charity quilt for 2014! :-)
Have a great weekend!