Monday, August 20, 2018

A new pouch pattern by Cynthia!












My good friend Cynthia has drawn up a new pattern for a Take it With You Pouch.  It is the perfect size for your iPad, a charger, some pens and a notebook.  I love it!  I made it up the other day with some Sevenberry cotton and linen dot.  Lined it with a super lovely dark yellow floral print that I found in the stash and used some peltex for stiffening.  It sewed up super easy and it will be perfect to grab as I go off to meetings or conferences once I am back to work next week. 

I left off the handle just because I wanted it to be more like a clutch but the handle is there for you if it is your jam.  Way to go, Cynthia!  Another great pattern.





Saturday, August 18, 2018

A quilt for a wedding


 Name: Sunshine and flowers
Design: St. Louis 16 Patch
Size: 56" by 68"
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white on the diagonal
Binding and Backing: Kona Iron and backed with some hoarded Number print from Ikea

Well.  We had a wedding here last weekend.  3 years ago, when our daughter married here at our small farm, our good friends were such a tremendous help.  I told them that if ever one of their kids wanted to get married here, go for it.  Well.  Sarah got married.  To P.Y. and it was really great.  It was a lot of work but it was really lovely.  And of course with all the sun and heat wave and the struggling to keep everything watered, on the day of the wedding we had rain.  But nothing that a giant tarp couldn't handle strung up over the backyard. 

I made a quilt for the couple.  Something fun for picnics and movie watching. With lots of blue and flowers and especially daisies for the bride.  I don't always get pictures of the quilts once they are given but I took some this time!  And I used some hoarded number print from Ikea on the back.  Just a simple St. Louis 16 patch. 

And all the flowers for the whole wedding including the wedding party and bride's bouquet were all from the yard.  It looked fantastic!








Thursday, July 19, 2018

A library book bag for the grandboy


The little guy needed a library book bag and so I made one.  I used painter's drop cloth fabric from Canadian Tire.  I love that stuff.  Cheap, sturdy, washes well.  And you get a huge quantity of fabric in the package.  I actually made drapes out of it last spring for the family room.  Anyway.  Here it is.  I used the Jane Market Bag pattern from Posy Gets Cosy.  This is a great pattern and I have used it a ton.  You can vary the look of the bag by altering the size of the boxed corners.  In this case I cut out 3" square so the bag is a bit narrower.  I used some remnants from my buddy Cynthia for the pockets.  Just in case you need snacks or a place to stash your choo choo when you are finished with the library. The bag is lined with a thrift store striped cotton. 


 I think he is going to like this. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Clouds

    Name:  Clouds
Design:  4" squares
Size:  36" by 44"
Fabric: Stash fabrics 
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in dove in cross hatch

Another baby quilt on the barn wall.  This one is for my son-law's sister baby to be.  Grant has many sisters so I will be kept busy as the family expands!  Simple patchwork with Kona lake and a number of Kona greys along with some Dear Stella prints, Carolyn Friedlander, dots and Alison Glass Twigs and Branches.  The feature print is from SarahJane for Michael Miller from years ago.  I cut the print to show the cloud whales mainly.  Bound in Clown Stripe and quilted in Aurifil Dove with a cross hatch straight line quilting, this one is ready for baby.

Monday, July 16, 2018

I've Got Sunshine!


Name:  Iv'e Got Sunshine
Design:  Gemstones block from Rachel -Stitched in Color
Size:  64" by 84"
Fabric: Stash/scrap fabrics, low volume fabrics for the background
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in dove in straight lines 

Okay.  Really love this one.  I finished this one just a little bit ago and it is already waiting to be gifted in Quebec.  My sister in law asked me if I would make a quilt for her to give as a special wedding present.  Modern.  Young couple.  Maybe mid century modern tastes.  Neutrals.  I asked, could I put in a bit of colour?  Maybe yellow with the grey?  And away I went.  This is the third quilt I have made using this block.  You can check here and here.   I once again went for the offsetting setting triangles using 2 different fabrics and took it up a notch with matched binding!!!! The backing is a Joel Dewberry print and the little strip of grey that you see on the back is the custom label with the name of the quilt, the wedding date and the names of the couple.  I free motion wrote all that on there.  Dense straight line quilting in Aurifil 50 wt in dove.  So much fun.  I do love it when quilts catch the wind on the clothesline.  






Friday, July 13, 2018

Scrappy Bow Tie Baby 2


Name:  Scrappy Bow Tie Baby 2
Design:  Inspired by Blue Elephant Stitches
Size:  39" by 39", blocks are 6"
Fabric: Stash fabrics and scraps
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white beside each square

Totally trying to catch up on my blogging.  I finished this one awhile ago as I sold the first one in my etsy shop.    So this is number two on the barn wall.  Simple patchwork, using up scraps and lots of gentle solid squares.  Simple quilting too.  Aurifil 50 wt in white.  Backed with a fun print from Rashida Coleman Hale before she was with Cotton and Steel and bound in a pink and white stripe.  Also available on here. 



Thursday, July 12, 2018

Brocket

   Name:  Brocket
Design:  8.5" squares, inspiration from @janebrocket
Size:  85" by 85"
Fabric: Anna Maria Horner, AMy Butler, Snow Leopard Designs
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in off white, 1/4" from each seam
Backing:  classic stash fabrics in small florals

So I was totally impressed with Jane Brocket's carefully curated botanical fabric choices in a quilt she was putting together.  I found it after Anna Maria Horner shared the picture in her feed earlier this year.  I knew I had many of the fabrics already including a 1/2 metre of the a rose print from Snow Leopard designs for Free Spirit fabrics that I had found at a thrift store last summer for 50 cents.  I almost destashed it in January but pulled it back out and held on to it.  Inspiration hit!  I collected a few more prints, found many in my stash already and started cutting up all these flowers into 8.5" squares.  I tried as much as possible to capitalize on the flowers when I cut it all up.  Then I had to place it all on the design wall for maximum impact.  And this is a biggie, people.  And it is on the bed.  It sleeps well and is a burst of colour for summer. Super simple quilting in Aurifil 50 wt, off white.  Happiness.