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Friday, April 28, 2017

My Place In Canada - Youth Canada Quilt Challenge





My daughter has entered the Youth Quilt Challenge for Quilt Canada 2017. The challenge was My Place In Canada. She went a different way with the challenge. She made a Dresden Plate quilt to represent herself as the daughter of a quilter. The Dresden Plate was the first block that I had made, and I was touched that she chose to create it in her style. The first Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald was chosen for one of the petals as he is from the area we live in. I am excited to go to Quilt Canada in June and see her quilt as well as the other youth quilts. You can vote for the quilts. If you wish to vote for hers it is #44. Click here for the voting and to see the other quilts.

Linking to TGIFF, Can I Get A Whoop, Whoop and Finish It up Friday.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Oh My Lucky Stars



I am very fortunate and lucky to get to work again with my favourite quilter - my daughter! She decided that she want to make a quilt for her teacher out of the aqua and grey scraps leftover from the quilt I had made her. She had chosen all of the fabrics and pattern and I had made the quilt. She chose another pattern and while it was a great pattern it did not lend itself well to scraps. I made a couple of blocks and neither her nor I were happy with how it was looking. One of the blocks was a a star block and that we really liked. I then remembered the Lucky Stars pattern by Atkinson Designs. I have had the pattern for years and have always wanted to make it but never have. She really liked it to so I started cutting out the fabric for the other stars. I had already cut out the flying geese for the other pattern, so it will be a bit different but still fabulous! We needed a couple more fat quarters for the borders, so I brought the fabric to a beautiful quilt show we attended on the weekend. One of the booths had some more of the aqua and grey fabrics so we got them. I already know that this will be one of my favourite quilts once she has it finished. Oh My Lucky Stars!


Linking to WIP Wednesday, Let's Bee Social and Linky Tuesday.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Happiness Is ...





 A quilt ready for the quilter's






A quilt ready to be bound






A WIP brought back to life

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Snowmen Stars




Winter wanted to go out with a bang so we got a bunch of snow two weeks ago. It made me want to take out my Snowmen quilt and get it organized. This quilt has been more finicky, as I was unsure what direction I wanted to take it in so I did not want to cut too far ahead if I changed my mind. My original thought had to put embroidery in the middle of it but I was not enjoying the look and the blocks were not fitting well together so I have set the embroidery aside for now. I now have all of the star blocks done and just having a few flying geese left to go. Once I get them done, the quilt will go back into its box for now. I have a few other more pressing projects to work on.


Linking to Linky Tuesday WIP Wednesday and Let's Bee Social.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Northern Lights Top




I have the top done now for my Northern Lights quilt and have started to work on the backing. It is going to be pieced in many sections so that it will be like a second quilt. I decided I wanted to use up all the extra fabric I had for the quilt rather than going out to buy a backing. It is cheaper, and gives me a chance to stretch my creativity to piece all of the left over fabrics together.

Linking to Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Friday Night Sew-In - Interlocking Chains



My son and I started sewing together the blocks for the Interlocking Chains quilt. We have six columns sewn and three left to go. We have been taking turns sewing and it has worked out quite well. It is his turn again and then I will start sewing the rows together. Check out what others made for Friday Night Sew In.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pink Log Cabin Love Part II




I have the squares sewn together for my log cabin. I can't believe how quickly it went together, once I knew what I wanted to do. Now I need to decide on the borders, and the quilt will only have been 16 years in the making!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Interlocking Chains








With the help of my son, I got all my blocks completed for the Interlocking Chains quilt.






Now it is all laid out and I will double check it before starting to sew. I am hoping to sew this all at once since there are so many blocks and I don't want to mess up the pattern. The blocks went together quickly and I am fascinated with the striking outcome. These would not be my colours but as always I like how quilting expand my tastes and love of different colours. My daughter has told me she would like me to make this quilt for her as well. This one, once completed will be going to one of my son's favourite teachers.



Linking to Let's Bee Social, and WIP Wednesday.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Pink Log Cabin Love



I started making this Log Cabin Quilt approximately 16 years ago. It was a Quilt in a Day pattern and I attended a workshop for it at a quilt store. Obviously, for me it wasn't a quilt in a day! It was originally meant to be a lap size with 12 blocks. I put most of it together but did not like it. The 12 blocks did not have a lot of patterns so it got set aside for many years. I would take it out every so often, look at it, think about giving it to another quilter and then would put it away again, until last week when I saw a gorgeous pink log cabin quilt on Mary's blog. It made me take out my quilt and look at it all over again. I realized that I had enough fabric left that I could make another four blocks which would give me much more choices in terms of settings. I made four more blocks and voila here is a new quilt.



I chose the Barn Raising setting. I love this quilt so much now and can't believe I had thought about giving it away. I have started sewing the rows together and I am excited to see it all together. This is what I love about quilting. It continues to surprise me, excite me and inspire me even after all these years!


Linking to Monday Making.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Inspiring Quilters

As today is International Women's Day I thought I would talk about some of the quilters that inspire me. I don't have much time to look at blogs anymore but these women have inspired me for a long time. In the past week their blogs have encouraged me to continue with my quilts.


Nicole from Sister's Choice Quilt showed a buzzsaw quilt that she has been working on. I have one that has been tucked away for years and now I have the urge to work on it.



Ariane  from Ariane Quilts creates beautiful quilts with lots of fabrics and small squares. After seeing her beautiful blocks I want to get out my 2 1/2 inch rainbow blocks and get them finished.




Cupcakes and Daisies creates gorgeous quilts. Every time she makes one I want to make the same one. She has made some great Miss Rosie's patterns and is having a Miss Rosie sew-along. It has encouraged me to get my Miss Rosie pattern started.




Mary from Making Scrap Quilts from Stash not only has an amazing blog but many great free patterns as well. I am making a quilt right now from one of her patterns and my son made a quilt using one of her patterns. I saw this stunning quilt that she was quilting and knew I want to get back to my pink log cabin quilt.







My daughter is an amazing quilter as well as having many other talents.







Years ago, she made this small mat for me and now she is teaching me how to cork so I can make one for myself. She is an excellent teacher and has a lot of patience.







Here is the start of my corking.






There are so many others who have inspired me as well. I thank you for all that you are and all that you do.


Linking to Let's Bee Social and WIP Wednesday.



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tuesday's Treasures





My mother-in-law gave me a gift card for Christmas to a quilt store. The store had a clearance sale on their Mystery boxes and I was able to get both of them, Happy and Timeless. Each box contains 25 fat quarters and I was thrilled to see so many that would fit with projects I am working on right now. I will definitely be sharing these with my children. For right now I have not taken them out of their boxes; I am still at the admiring stage. As always it is wonderful to have family who support your passions.





I also made myself another hat on the weekend to go with a new coat. The balls of yarn all had a different colour to start with and my son thought I should pick the one that started with red. I think he gave really good advice as I like how it came together.

Linking to Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by The River.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Warm Heads, Warm Hearts

My children are very talented crafters. Along with quilting they both have other crafts that they enjoy. Last weekend we went to a craft store to get some supplies for them and I fell in love with some yarn.


There was a free pattern in front of it to either make a knit hat or a slouchy crochet hat. It has been a long time since I have crocheted so I decided to make the crochet hat and I knew my daughter would like that style.

 I started to make the hat, read the instructions but only noticed one of the small notes that you needed to know to make the hat. I got about two thirds of it done and knew that something was wrong. I went over the  pattern again and realized my mistake. I ended up taking it all out and starting it again.



 In the end it turned out well and my daughter was very happy with it. She wore it to school which for me feels like having one of my designs at the Oscars.







As it turns out there was enough yarn to make two hats so I made one for myself as well.











 It was nice to have a break from quilting. When I was getting out my crocheting hook I found some other half finished projects so they may be some more crocheting in my future!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Letter of the Day - L




The quilt I am working on reminds me of Sesame Street and the letter of the day. I have never made a quilt with so many different blocks. Last night for Friday Night Sew-In, the letter of the day was L. The blocks go to Q so I still have a ways to go. There are 99 blocks in total and I am anxious to see them all laid out.  I have found this quilt closest to being a puzzle so I am hoping it will all fit together.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Mint Sophistication



I finished the quilt for my daughter last weekend while she was away winter camping. I was very happy to give her something warm to cozy up with after she returned in a blizzard. I was a nervous wreck until she and my husband got home. She chose the pattern and colours and I did the sewing work. Again I love the colours she chose and of course I would love one of these for me. I have been working on bindings for the past few weeks and now I need to get back to some quilting for some upcoming deadlines. For now I am going to enjoy the fact that she shares this quilt with me.







Linking to TGIFF , Finish It Up Friday and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop.

Monday, February 6, 2017

I Got My Wish!




I got my wish! My daughter started on my quilt this weekend. I am so excited to see it come together. We had a big quilting weekend as my daughter gave away two quilts this weekend. The one she had just finished, and another one that she had helped me out with. Both of the recipients were so happy and pleased with the quilts. One of them was quite overcome with emotion. My daughter enjoys giving quilts away and I am so pleased that they are so well received.

Linking to Monday Makings.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Some More Binding




Now I am working on the binding for the quilt I made for my daughter. She picked the pattern and fabric and I simply did the sewing. It was fun to get to sew and have all of the decisions already made. I have fallen in love with the aquas and greys that she chose and would love to make a quilt another time with these colours. For now I get to sit with her and bind which is my favourite place to be!

Linking to Slow Stitching Sunday.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Not My Friday Finish




This is not my Friday Finish but my daughter's. She made this incredible, gorgeous quilt for a family friend. She picked the pattern and took a lot of time and care choosing the fabrics. I am so amazed at her talent and thoughtfulness. She has become a quilter in her own right. I have her next quilt cut out for her and I hope she starts it soon. She says it is going to be for me.


Linking to Finish It Up Friday, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop and TGIFF.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Binding - Slow Stitching Sunday





After working on the binding for the Friday Nigt Sew-In, I am spending my Sunday hand stitching the binding for the quilt my daughter made. I find this part of the quilting to be very relaxing, especially for one I have not made. I get to sit, stitch and admire all the work and time she has put into this quilt made for a friend.

Linking to Slow Stitching Sunday.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Binding - Friday Night Sew-In




I spent my Friday Night Sew-In organizing and cutting the binding for the quilt my daughter made. I love the backing fabric she chose and we decided to use it as the binding for the quilt as it brings all the colours together. My daughter has made this pattern a few times for quilts for others and she asked me to make one for her using the same pattern. We sent off both quilts to the quilter at the same time and the quilter thought my daughter had made both of them. I am not surprised! She is a very talented quilter! I have the next quilt she is going to make cut out. She is excellent at choosing fabrics and I am eager to see it come together.

Check out what others made at Friday Night Sew-In!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Interlocking Chains






I started on another quilt last week. This quilt is for someone special in my children's lives. Her favourite colours are black and white. I have never worked in just these colours before and I have to say that I love them. They have spark and vibrancy. My children are going to help me sew it, but I have to admit I got carried away and did a bunch more squares than planned. I love making quilts for others for this very reason. I never thought blue and orange were so beautiful until I made my niece's quilt and now I am in love with black and white. I would love to make this quilt for myself. Once again quilting has given me so much more than I give away.

Linking to WIP Wednesday and Let's Bee Social.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Stars Can't Shine





Stars can't shine with without darkness is a quote my daughter recently introduced me too, and I am finding it true with this quilt. It is coming together quicker than I expected. I have all the nine patches done and have started working on the star blocks. The stars points are all light but I think my lights are lighter than the pattern so I may change them to something darker.

Linking to Let's Bee Social and WIP Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

One Word


 In continuing the One Word Challenge I hope to have more peace this year. More peace in myself and with those around me. I hope to enjoy the quilting process more, where I have been, where I am going and to make peace with some items not yet finished.


 


When looking for images of Peace I found this quote by John Lennon. I found it to be so appropriate. I want to make peace, be peace and give peace to my loved ones this year. Hopefully my quilts and sewn items will bring that to others.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Year in Review



2016 was a quieter but a good year in terms of quilting. The projects I chose to start I decided to focus on and get done right away. I also spent quite a bit of time quilting with my children. My son got a quilt finished and my daughter completed two. I reorganized my sewing room now so that there is room for a second sewing table, and machine as well as all of their fabric. I also got a new ironing board. I am happy with what I got accomplished and I am looking forward to the quilts of 2017!