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.





Friday, March 30, 2018

I Spy for Harrison


  Name: I Spy for Harrison
Design:  4" squares
Size:  56" by 63"
Fabric: Stash fabrics, Kona Medium Grey and Timeless Treasures Clown Stripe In black
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in dove i
Backing:  Hoarded Little Golden Books fabric

So our wee grand boy is growing up fast and it was time to make him an I Spy quilt.  I have made a lot of these over the years but this is the first time I am making one for family and I have been saving some special 4" squares just for this purpose.  There are some hoarded Heather Ross fabrics and even some Pima cotton llamas from yardage I bought in Lima almost 29 years ago.  It is beautiful beautiful cotton and this was the first time that I cut into it!  I loaded this one with all sorts of stuff that our little guy is interested in.  Lots of owls and apples.  So much fun! 

Quilted in Aurifil 50 wt in dove and bound with Clown Stripe.  I used Golden Book fabric for the back.  I have been saving that for several years.  I stumbled upon it on a discount rack and bought the rest of the bolt.  Yep. 

This one is done and tied with a bow.  We will see him for Easter.  I cannot wait. 



Thursday, March 29, 2018

Urban planning... Sewing a Village

  Name:  Village
Design:  Village, Jumble, Miss Rosie's Quilt Co by Moda
Size:  70" by 80"
Fabric: Stash scraps fabric, Kona White
Binding:  Clown Stripe in black and white by Timeless Treasures
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white in a 3" grid more or less
Backing:  A crazy black on white quilting village that was just waiting for the right quilt



I had a lot of fun with this one.  Sewing a Village is quite the thing on Instagram but I am never one to follow a schedule and started making it and could not stop!  Big shout out to my buddy Cynthia for her lovely scrap donation that rounded out the last 20 or so houses.

This pattern is a Moda one and easily available.  It is just a whole pile of fun and I am sure I will end up making another one of these just because.  I was telling my husband that I was working on siding or roofing.  I totally went for it with the scraps and used up a ton of white and low volume fabrics.  The backing is a great but crazy print that I bought awhile ago to stash for backing and this was totally the one.  It is a quilter's village for sure.  I quilted this in a 3" irregular grid in Aurifil 50 wt in white.  The binding is a favourite.  Clown stripe in black from Timeless Treasures. This is a big quilt and I think it will live on the guest room bed.  Look at all the clothes pins!

I took these pictures on a dull early spring day a few weeks ago.  We are already looking a lot more springy but man, spring is late this year by a few weeks!




Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sewing a Village



And the village is growing!  I jumped on the bandwagon.  I have to say it is fun.  I keep talking about siding and roofing.  Pattern is called Jumble and I purchased it from Stitch Supply Co.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

For Modern Babies

      Name:  For Modern Babies
Design:  4" squares
Size:  35" by 42"
Fabric: Stash fabrics in yellow and grey
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white in cross hatch
Backing:  by Alison Glass

I finished this yesterday and stomped outside to take pictures on the barn wall.  The snow was over my boots but this baby quilt was nice and sunny.  And yes, it is late February and yes, this is the west coast.  But we got hammered with about a foot of snow on Friday night.    Anyway, this is my standard baby quilt in 4" squares.  I used a selection of yellow and grey fabrics and it could be for either a girl or a boy.  Quilted in Aurifil 50 weight in white on the diagonal.  I backed it with an awesome Alison Glass print, in black on white so the quilt is reversible as well. 

This is available for sale in my etsy shop because the other yellow and grey quilt sold.  Happy dance!







Friday, February 23, 2018

Zippees



Daughter and family are off to Montreal in a few weeks to visit family.  She asked me to make her some zippee pouches to store some toddler snacks and small books for the trip.  I asked her if she wanted them to look nice for her or for the little guy.  She thought that since they would be in her handbag, they should be nice for her.  Clean and modern, she said.  You know, she said.  So here they are for her.  But I couldn't resist making one just for the little guy.  He is currently obsessed with owls.  The way he says it, the word owl has about 4 syllables.  Hilarious.  Anyway, the bonus zippee has lots of "owwwwwulllls".  And I may have just found some little itty books to tuck into the pouch for him.  And these are in the mail.  So fun!



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Wow! Another Finish


 Name: Blue Ducks
Design:  Maryline Collioud-Robert
Size:  48" by 64""
Fabric: Stash solids, mostly Kona
Binding:  Kona Lagoon
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in variegated Blue and Raspberry, #4647, diagonally and on the block lines


This one was just fun.  A total explosion of colour with really great contrast between the warm and the cool tons.  The piecing was a bit of a nightmare.  Lots of bias edges and fiddling around but it is done.  I had no idea how to quilt it or what colour to use for thread but I found that I had a spool of variegated Aurifil 50 wt in shades of pink, bright raspberry, turquoise and white.  And you know, it totally worked.

It is brightening up the barn in the winter sun.  It is now living on the downstairs couch for snuggling. 


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Dimension


 Name: Dimension
Design:  Nydia Kehnle
Size:  65"" by 78""
Fabric: Kona Cotton in Jade Green, Teal Blue, Pool, Windsor
Binding:  Jade Green  Backing:  New Bedford, Rising Sun Wallpaper by Denyse Schmidt
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in bright Turquoise, 5005 in an irregular grid




I finished this quilt a few weekends ago.  It sitting waiting for a sleeve as I will pop it into our guild show next month.  This is a fabulous design from Nydia Kehnle, called Dimension.  It is paper pieced and I biggie sized it with extra blocks to make it much larger.  The 3 D effect is quite the thing.  It is made entirely from Kona solids for the front and binding.  And I bought them all at Sew Sisters.  If you read this quick and pop over there, they may still have their Konas on sale for the weekend.  Quick!

It was a breezy day when I took these pictures.  The grass was so green even though it was mid winter.  It was just a tease though as we were hit with snowfall and cold this week and we look like we live in a winter wonderland today. 

I backed the quilt with a wonderful Denyse Schmidt print.  Mostly grey with a bit of a sheen and a small print.  Almost a bit masculine.  It was a perfect fit.  Quilted with a bright turquoise Aurifil, in an irregular grid.  Lots of clothespins for this one!