Monday, February 13, 2017

All the Pretty Colours #2 a.k.a. Road Trip

    Name:  All the Pretty Colours #2 a.k.a. Road Trip
Design:  from Kaffe Fasset Glorious Patchwork: Pieced Stripes Quilt
Size:  76.5" by 82"
Fabric: Stash fabrics, backing Anna Maria Horner
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 40 and 50 wt straigh lines, 1/2" apart

So we had a bit of snow.  Just a bit.  Like over a metre.  Or in other measurements, around 40" over a few days. We don't usually have snow.  In fact there are year's when we don't see any of the white stuff but this year takes the cake.  School was closed for several days as a result and I had a chance to try to take pictures of this finish in the giant piles of snow that was our yard.  We are talking past your boots, people.  Past your boots!

I made a second one of these because Husband really liked the first one and he wanted me to give it to his sister as a gift.  I knew that I was going to use the first one in a guild challenge so I said, how about I make another one?  I had cut too much fabric the first time around and I already knew what I was doing so I cut more fabric including some wonderful Moda Grunge and got busy.  It went much faster than the first one.  Or it seemed like it and that is why this quilt has the subtitle Road Trip.  Because it always seems that when you are driving somewhere, the trip home takes so much less time.

This design is from the book by Kaffe Fasset, Glorious Patchwork and it has the very simple title, pieced stripes.  Which is what is it.  Pieced stripes of fabric in 3 colour stories with random 60 degree angle cuts.  It really is effective.  I quilted it just the same as the last one with slightly closer vertical straight lines in 3 colours of Aurifil.  Soft purple, vibrant hot pink and that lovely citron yellow.  I just love it.  I backed it in the same Anna Maria Horner fabric but because of the snow, I could not get a shot of the back. Take my word for it, it is awesome.  And it is bound in a dark burgandy Free Spirit solid.  This one is boxed up and ready for the mail tomorrow.  For Fran.

Monday, February 6, 2017

and why we need a snow blower.

So I was all ready to quilt my latest work in progress.  I had all the bobbins wound.  Bright selection of Aurifil for the top and lovely dove grey for the bobbin.  I had all of about 10 rows completed.  And the power went out.  I should back up.  Starting last Friday, we have been hammered with snowfall after snowfall.  We have had a total accumulation over the weekend of about 30-32" of snow.  So, we lost power for a good chunk of my quilting Saturday.    I was back at it on Sunday and got all the quilting completed.  All schools were closed today so I got a bonus long weekend.  With more snow forecast, who knows what will happen this week.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Work in Progress: Like a Road Trip

I started another one of these last weekend.  This is destined to be a gift.  I was so surprised how quickly I had all the strips done.  And then by the time I finished sewing on Sunday at 2:30 pm, I had the top altogether.  Somehow it seemed that the last one took way longer and I am baffled.  I guess it is like when you go on a road trip.  It seems that it takes such a long, long time to get there but the return trip is so much shorter.    Next weekend will be the back, and sandwiching and maybe, just maybe I will get it all quilted.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A little stash building

I took advantage of the no shipping a few weeks ago at Sew Sisters.  I found lots on sale and added some prints from Tula Pink's Slow and Steady line and then a few others fun prints.  I took a picute of the selvages if anyone is interested.  The Anna Maria Horner print is such a wonderful low volume option.  And there is just something wonderful about the Bear Essentials prints from P and B Textiles.

Sew Sisters has new fabrics added to their clearance section and an awesome deal on Aurifil basic threads (white, grey and natural) if you need any. 33.3% off but only in January.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Workshop coming up

I am going to a Katie Pedersen next month and I picked my fabric for the class.  I think it is quite awesome.  Cannot wait.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I started another...

I started another one of these to give as a gift.  Husband wanted me to give away the one I already finished but I wanted to keep that one.  So here we go again.  I had to let it stew for a bit on the table as a pile of fabric. It was just a little bit tricky to motivate myself when it was going to be a do-over but once I got started, I got over it.  On to the next set of colours next weekend.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sewing pants

This weekend was all about baby pants.  The little dude is growing fast and furious and is now 6 months old. He is a seriously cute.  And when his mommy says he needs new pants then Gramma has to get busy.  The 2 black prints are Robert Kaufman knits and the Adventure Awaits print is from Spponflower.  Nouveau Bohemian is the designer and it was printed on the organic cotton knit which is to die for.  Just saying.  

Then I made the sweatshirt which is a Brindille and Twig pattern.  The Canada Goose print is from Spoonflower as well and the same designer. Now here is the story.  I decided yesterday to be brave and change the thread on my serger from white to black since I was sewing black stuff.  Yesterday it worked perfectly.  I tied the thread to the thread.  Bing bang boom, I had black thread on the serger and then I changed it back.  No problem! Until today when I was serging the sweatshirt and I decided to switch to black thread again for the ribbing.  The thread broke and I had to re-thread the whole thing.  OMG.  I had the Youtube video.  I had husband holding the flashlight.  Cursing.  Thinking I needed to buy a new serger.  One for white thread and one for black.  But with husband's help, we got it done  I seriously cannot thread a needle, never mind a looper.  Serger threaded.  Sweatshirt done.  And black thread is still on the serger.  Blah!