Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Warp and Weft Sewing Society: Running with Squares

 When Esmari from Warp and Weft sent me fabric, she included a roll of 10"squares.  Since I was in table runner mode and really having fun with matchstick quilting, I took several of the squares and cut them into 3" squares and just had some fun sewing them altogether.  Then I randomly separated the patchwork with strips of linen and put the whole shebang together.

The back came together happily with a funky fat quarter, some more linen, some scraps from a pillow project and some lovely chambray shirting.  And that is the loft ladder in the barn just so you know.

 This runner measures 13.5" by 44" so it would work on a long table just fine.  Sometimes runners seem a bit undersized for long tables.  This one is not!

The quilting is dense, straight lines, matchstick style in Aurifil 50 wt in #2326  Sand.  It is a lovely colour.  Just enough of a contrast with the linen but not too much.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pouch Swap... with the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild

The Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild swapped zippy pouches with the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild.  It was a heck of a lot of fun and we plan to make it an annual event.  Kari spoiled me rotten with this lovely Noodlehead wide open pouch.  The quilting rocks.  Just saying!  And then to top it all off, Kari crammed the pouch full of treats!  Fat quarters, charms, stitch ripper, pins, thread and their guild pin.  I also really like the sleeps with quilts button!  So much fun!

I am going to use this pouch tomorrow and stuff it with hand stitching that I can do when I visit our daughter over the next few days.  Thanks, Kari!

Ps.  I will still be posting even though I am off visiting!

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Finish for Friday...

   Name: Running Neutrals
Design: Bento box blocks in neutrals
Size: 14" by  38"
Fabric: scraps, linen, and Kona Parchment
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in  off white, Matchstick quilting

I was commissioned to make a table runner for a friend to give as a gift to her sister.  The cruncher for me was that the sister is a big fan of neutrals and does not do colour in a big way at all.  What a puzzler!  Well, not really because I just grabbed my scrap box with all sorts of neutral scraps and got busy.  I used a fair amount of linen and added in a bit... just a bit of the fabric with a bit of colour for interest.  The blocks are bento box blocks and then I framed the whole thing with more linen.  The runner is not bound traditionally as I did not want the binding to be a feature, so I made a facing binding in Kona Parchment.  The runner is still reversible but the binding is on the back.  I think it looks super elegant.  I did matchstick quilting in Aurifil 50 wt in a lovely cream that just blends perfectly with the linen and neutral scraps.  Matchstick quilting adds an incredible texture and stiffness that works so well for something like a table runner.  It lies flat and has such substance.

And Sue was super happy with it but I would not let her have it when I saw her the other day.  She had to wait until my guild show and tell was over.  Now she can have it.

Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday!

The back... see the facing?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sisters Part 3: Did I mention the fabric?

Well... I did have the foresight to take an extra bag in the bottom of the fairly small suitcase I took for the fabric purchases.  I just had this feeling that I might need it.  The first fabric stop was at Portland's Fabric Depot. This is a HUGE warehouse type store that lives in what was most likely a former grocery store.  Did I mention it was huge?  Really big.  And then they had an outdoor clearance area.  I went there first.

I was pretty focused in my shopping there.  I had a list.  I wanted a few Kona solids... parchment and stone.  Little bit boring but they play well with linen, low volume fabrics and some Anna Maria Horner... cone flowers.  Not bad.  Only a few other things found their way into the buggy.  I found the pink stripes, and the seriously awesome airmail fabric and the Dear Stella white and black zig zag print in the clearance area.  Nice!

The next day we hit the Stitchin' Post in Sisters.  This store is beautiful.  Really, really lovely.  It is owned by Jean Wells...

And they had some Cotton and Steel.  Eep!  I bought some.  Oh yes I did!  Not all of what they had is on the shelf because some of my quilting peeps were carting around the bolts in their arms. 

But I also added a few more low volume options and some Echino glasses.  Cotton and Steel has great selvages, just saying.

We also hit B.J.'s quilt shop in Bend which was right across the street from a Jo-Ann's.  Yep.  B.J.'s has a cooler of iced bottled water at their front door.  So appreciated that but the store itself was super crowded with another bus group.  It was a bit frenetic.  I did however, find the chicken wire low volume fabric there and bought the rest of a bolt of Children at Play paper airplane fabric for baby quilt backs etc. And in case I ever need to make a paper hat or paper airplane, I can refer to the fabric.  You never know!

Then I ventured across the street to Jo-Ann's.  They had an awesome selection of DS Quilts by Denyse Schmidt and it was all on sale.  Oh happy day!  Darlene and I were in Denyse heaven.  Lot's of half yards except for the orange check because I took the rest of the bolt for a super good deal.  Happy day!

Our last fabric stop was at Bayside Quilting in Olympia.  By this time, I think I was shopped out.  Can that really happen?  Anyway, I found some quilting news text fabric and some nurse text fabric.  They asked to come home with me and I could not say no!

Look at all the low volume stuff playing together.  Love it!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The adventure continued: Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Part 2

Did I mention all the quilts?  Oh my goodness... 1401 of them apparently.  It is hard to pick which ones to show but here is another sampling...  The trees above were in the teacher's tent but the name of the quilter escapes me.  It is stunning!

This glorious Kaffe Fassett quilt was part of the Dreaming in Colour Cover to Cover exhibit.  A group of quilters take a book and celebrate the book from Cover to Cover in quilts.  Pretty awesome.

This is another Elizabeth Hartman quilt...  Patchwork City... it is on the cover of her newest book.  Totally awesome!

 Oh my goodness even the little funny diner had quilts on it!

Darlene on the right and good old me, being silly at a diner. Thanks Barb, for taking this picture of us taking pictures.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Epic! Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Part 1

We got back last night and let me tell you, it was an adventure!  It was the first time that I had visited the famous Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and it was worth every minute!  Well, maybe a few of the minutes we could have missed!  Like on the first day, arriving at our hotel only to have our wonderful bus driver collapse with a heart attack as he was unloading our suitcases.  Thankfully, Christine, from our guild administered CPR and we were happy to hear that our driver sat up for the first time yesterday so it looks like he will be okay.  Needless to say that sent us all into a bit of a flutter.  The company flew in another driver and we left a bit later the next day and everything went just fine until the bus broke down just after getting back into Canada. And it was stinking hot!  But all our husbands and families managed to find us and pick us up off the side of the road instead of the prearranged meeting spot.  It was like a convoy of quilting husbands!  They knew what to do!  Of course, we were all obsessed with getting our fabric purchases off the bus before the bus was towed somewhere!  Who cares about our clothes, let us get our fabric!!!!!

Anyway..., big kudos to everyone, especially Marge who organized the whole adventure and kept us going with wonderful stops and great draw prizes despite all the other stuff!  And the time with quilty friends was so awesome!  I saw amazing quilts that I had drooled over on blogs like...  Elizabeth Hartman's Aviatrix.  Stunning.  Simply stunning.

Or Violet Craft's Forest Abstractions quilt.  Amazing.

How about meeting Jacquie Gehring?  This is my buddy Darlene chatting away with her.  Jacquie is wearing one of our guild pins.  It says "I quilt so I don't kill people."  He he he!  I felt like I already knew her though especially since I spent all 8 hours chatting with her when I watched her Craftsy class on straight line quilting.  Jacquie wants to know when we are bringing her to Canada so let's got on it people!!!!!  Notice Darlene's tattoo.  Yep, we all went to Sisters and got tattoos temporary tattoos.  Born to quilt.

Did I mention shopping? Lots of shopping!  This was at the Sisters shop, The Stitchin' Post.  What a fabulous store!  Bought some Cotton and Steel there.  Yep.  Did I mention how hot it was?  Oh my stars!  Stinking hot!!!!

More tomorrow!