Thursday, February 11, 2016

Read the fine print

This is the corner of my Steps to Modern Quilting mini quilt for the FVMQG challenge.  After I posted about it, one of the guild members mentioned that she could not see where I had used the required solid fabric for the challenge.  Drat.  Fiddlesticks.  Etc.  So... I replaced one corner of the binding with Kona Black to meet the rules of the challenge.  Must include at least one solid.  Note to self, read the fine print even if the cat keeps sitting on the paper.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Quilting, quilting

I quilted this on Monday.  It was our family day long weekend so I had an extra day for sewing.  I took this picture because every time I quilt a big quilt, I realize how lucky I am to have this giant harvest table in my sewing room.  It makes my life so much easier.  My sewing machine table butts up against the end of the harvest table.  It works so well!

And the quilt inspector, Lucy, was being so helpful while I was trimming the quilt after quilting.

Monday, February 8, 2016

It's a boy!

We are going to be grandparents in July.  This is most exciting as it is our first and we found out the other day that our daughter is having a wee boy.  I have been waiting to start the sewing until we knew what to expect.  I wasted no time this weekend.  I made receiving blankets, bibs and baby bandanas.  SO MUCH FUN!   I used this tutorial for the bandanas.  And I noticed another tutorial at the Purl Bee.  I will try that one next.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Steps to Modern Quilting: A mini finish

      Name: Steps to Modern Quilting
Design:  Mine:  Variation on half square triangles
Size:  21" by 21"
Fabric: Modern Background paper by Zen Chic for Moda
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in Dove grey, 
Binding:   Same line with matched binding

Each year, my guild, the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild has a display at the Creative Stitches Show in Abbotsford.  The show is in March and each year we have a guild challenge.  This year we were to use some of Zen Chic's line Modern Background Paper and then create a mini which demonstrates some of the qualities of modern quilting.

This one was a bit of a stumper.  I debated whether I should add some solids but then started playing with half square triangles.  And boom!  Stairs.  So here it is.  Steps to Modern Quilting.  Let's see.  Asymmetrical design.  Simplistic design.  Use of Negative Space.  Yep.  That will do.  Modern quilting.  I quilted it heavily in different directions in Aurifil 50wt, light grey.  The quilting on the background echoes the steps and then I also quilted the grey treads while leaving the risers without for a different texture.

I had the crazy idea of matching the binding as I mentioned in my post yesterday.  And it was a crazy idea because there were so many potential matches.  But I did it!  It took most of last Sunday and a little bit of Saturday morning.  I am glad I stuck with it but it brought back all sorts of memories of our first big house renovation when husband was installing crown molding and had inside and outside corners to deal with.  Oh my goodness.  It is done and I am quite pleased.  12 binding matches later.  With differing angles.  Just saying.  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I had an idea

I had this crazy idea to match the binding to all of the different half square triangles on this mini quilt.  Oh my goodness.  What was I thinking?  It took me most of last Sunday and a little bit more tweaking yesterday morning.  Erg.  12 different changes and at different angles depending on the HST.  Blah.  But it looks pretty awesome. Stay tuned. Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild Modern Mini using Zen Chic for Moda.  It is a wrap.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Who doesn't love a Sew Sisters sale?

Psst!  Just this Sunday, 20% off yardage at Sew Sisters!  And flat rate shipping within Canada at only $9.99!

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  • The Sale is ONLINE ONLY. The store will remain closed on Sunday, January 24, 2016. 
  • Flat Rate Shipping will apply - $9.99 within Canada. 
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  • Discount is only valid on Continuous Yardage including Clearance and Last Chance Fabric. 
  • Discount does NOT apply to pre-cuts, kits, fat quarter bundles, mini-bolts etc.
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Sunday, January 17, 2016

On the design wall

I have been working away on this over the last few weekends.  It grew and grew until I can say enough.  Next weekend I will stitch it all back together again. I need to spend the next week looking at it as I pass by.  The blocks may need some moving around to even out the dispersion of the prints etc.  This is from book Modern Bee. I have made it before and it is a great scrap buster.  I used a combination of stash and scraps and the colours just make me so happy.  I do like purple.