Monday, April 27, 2015

On the Design Wall...

I finished putting together what I started last Saturday at the workshop with Krista.  Seriously fun to do this.  The possibilities are fabulous.  So measuring abut 30 by 34", I will finish this as a wall quilt.  I didn't get it sandwiched because I was too busy admiring it on the design wall.  I can be so focused and productive when I am sewing at home but workshops and sew-ins, I don't get much done with the exception of a whole lot of socializing.  For some reason, I was super on task with Krista and I had all the strips and the centre checkerboard finished.  My mind is now full of quilting possibilities.

Linking up with Judy for Design Wall Monday and Lee for Work in Progress Wednesday!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

So busy...

Yesterday was our daughter's wedding shower.  It seems that the last while has been all about the wedding and that is just awesome.  I did manage to take a few pictures before all the food hit the table and the plastic wrap came off.  It was such a lot of fun but man, was I tired last night!  Now we are counting down to the wedding.  Hopefully I will find some quilting time.  In fact, I hear my sewing machine calling my name as we speak.

And this wee fellow thought that wedding shower was the place to be!  Have a super Sunday!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Many Hands Make Light Work... Modern Baby

  Name:  Many Hands Make Light Work
Design:  Modernized Disappearing 9 Patch :  a tutorial by Kristy Daum but with 4" squares
Size:  35" by 48"
Fabric: Stash/scrap fabrics, Kona Ash for the background
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in light grey in crosshatch

 So during the Creative Stitches show in Abbotsfod in March was a lot of fun.  Our guild, The Fraser Valley Modern Quilt guild had a fabulous display of modern quilts and we also had 2 presentations on the main stage.  While I showed a powerpoint and did the talk thing, my fabulous guild members, Cynthia, Barbara and Vera on the Featherweight constructed the bulk of this quilt with a bunch of 4" squares I had cut and brought along for that purpose. We used the Modernized Disappearing 9 patch tutorial but with 4 " squares.    Not too shabby.  Let me tell you, Vera sewed with her little Featherweight until it could give no more.  It is actually in the repair shop.  Just as we finished the last presentation, it stopped working.  Too funny!

So once I got it home, I threw the rest of it up on the design wall, did the final construction and the quilting.  I used a fabulous light grey Aurifil for the crosshatch quilting and a Stof print for the binding.  And there it is.  Many Hands Make Light Work.  It was breezy during the photo shoot so the quilt kept blowing as it was on the barn wall.

We wanted to demonstrate how to modern up a traditional block.  In selecting the fabric, I wanted to make sure the fabrics did not read as "baby" but that it would still look like a baby quilt.  It works.

And I am off to spend the day quilting with Krista from Poppyprint.  Have a wonderful Saturday!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Doing my homework

On Saturday, I will be taking a workshop with the fabulous Krista from Poppyprint and author of the brand new book above.  Krista will be teaching us Improv under the Influence and we will be making her Chess on the Steps pattern.  Quite exciting.  I picked and cut fabric in preparation.  Homework done.  Check.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Fabric Friday

How fun is this?  It is an Aunt Grace print from Marcus fabrics and I now have almost 8 metres of it.  I did not plan on it but I went to check out a funky fabric store on my way home from work.  Overseas Fabric in Abbotsford.  Seriously fun.  Warehouse like with scads of brilliant coloured silks and satins and bling.  Lots of bling.  But they also have some quilting cotton and some really quirky extra wide quilt backing.  And deals.  Lots of deals.  And there may have been some bargaining too.  Just saying. So what started out as, oh, I will take 3 metres, please, became something different.  It went a little bit like, 3 metres?  Let's see how much is left on the bolt?  Oh-7 metres or so?  How about you take it all for $25.  I didn't stand a chance.  So it is mine.  All mine.  Happy Friday!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Where does time go?

First of all.  Happy Spring and Happy Easter even though both have already passed.  While I was on spring break, we picked up a few new hens to add to our little flock.  We were lucky enough to find 2 Americana layers.  We named them Hilary and Michelle after a pair of powerful American woman.  Hilary and Michelle lay very pretty eggs.  Just saying.

I also made a pile of double thick receiving blankets for my quilting buddy's new wee grandson.  She is all over the quilts so I thought a stack of super thick, cozy receiving blankets would be the ticket.  So fun!

Other than that, I made 10 cloth napkins with mitered corners today.  Managed to steam burn my thumb pressing all those quarter inch hems.  Seriously.  Ouch.

Tons of family came for Easter.  Second wedding dress fitting for daughter.  So special.  And wedding picture viewing with son and daughter in law.  Wedding plans for wedding number 2 of 2015 are shaping up as is the yard.  And that is a good thing since we are the venue!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Continuing the Conversation

   Name:  Continuing the Conversation
Design:  Modern Disappearing 9 Patch :  a tutorial by Kristy Daum
Size:  40" by 54"
Fabric: Stash/scrap fabrics, low volume fabrics for the background
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white in crosshatch

I made this baby quilt the other day as a sample and as a way to continue the conversation and that is where the name came from.  We had a guild challenge to modern up a traditional block for the Creative Stitches show as I mentioned before.  As part of the Creative Stitches show, the guild did a stage presentation on Modern Quilting with a demonstration.  I thought it might be fun to do the Modern Disappearing 9 Patch as a demo but I thought it would also be good to have a finished quilt for display.  Hence this baby quilt.  A way of continuing the conversation so to speak.  I wish I had a pictures of my able bodied guild demonstrators because they sewed up a storm, while I did the talking,  and pretty much had much of the makings of a baby quilt after the 2 demonstrations.  I have it all put together as a quilt top and hope to have what they started finished for the next guild meeting.  But I digress.  

Kristy Daum has a fabulous tutorial on the Modern disappearing 9 patch.  Check it out.  And a perfect and straight forward modern twist on an old favourite.  I also tried to use fabrics that would read as modern but not as "baby".  Except for the backing that is.  I know that many modern baby quilts do not necessarily look like what traditionally we would view as a baby quilt.  So for this example, I wanted to make sure it did not look "on purpose" baby.  After all, we were trying to share and demystify modern quilting just a bit.  

So here it is.  On a rainy day inside the rose arbour.  Stash fabrics and quilted with my favouite 50 wt Aurifil in white.  Continuing the Conversation.