Sunday, May 29, 2016

I Spy for School

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Name:  I Spy for School
Design:  224-4" squares with 4" border
Size:  56" by 63"
Fabric: I Spy Scraps and stash fabrics, binding is Timeless Treasures Clown Strip in black
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white
Backing:  OOP Ikea sheeting

My school has a carnival coming up and I had the bright idea that I should donate an I Spy quilt for the raffle.  The good news is that I do keep pre-cut I Spy 4" squares all set to go but the bad news is that no matter how organized I think I am, I never have enough different squares and I end up having to cut more variety.  Nevertheless, it here it is all finished.  We had a really rainy weekend so I was able to catch up on my quilting.  I was able to throw this up on the clothesline for some pictures when the rain stopped.  We even had a bit of sun this afternoon but look at the stormy clouds!  

I used some Ikea sheeting for the back.  I still have a wee stash of Ikea sheeting in a few different prints but Ikea doesn't seem to be carrying any sheeting weight prints anymore or at least that I can find.  Boo hiss!  I quilted either side of all the blocks in Aurifil 50 weight in white and bound in Clown stripe in black by Timeless treasures.  Bright and happy.  Hopefully it will raise lots of money!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Victoria Day Sale at Sew Sisters

Get up bright and early on Monday for the Sew Sisters Victoria Day Sale!  Monday Only, 20% off yardage.  And if you want all the details, hop on over to Sew Sisters and check it out.  

I am going to do a little pre-shopping this evening.  I noticed some interesting new low volumes from Art Gallery Fabrics... Pastel thrift.  Just the name makes it intriguing!  And then there are always the Konas!
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

And more making

And then I churned out 4 pairs of newborn baby boy bloomers.  Oh my goodness, these are so darn fun.  Just a little something something to throw over a diaper for that well dressed baby look.  I found this free pattern at See Kate Sew.  

Sunday, May 15, 2016


I have been making a lot of little tiny things.  Baby leggings and hats among other things.  Brindle and Twig patterns.  Totally cute!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

In the breeze

   Name: In the Breeze
Design: St. Louis 16 Patch (tutorial at Sew with Sass)
Size: 56" by 68"
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in off white, cross hatch on the light coloured squares 
Fabric:  Various prints in orange, blue and green and low volume background fabrics
Binding and Backing:  Turquoise Moda Marbles from forever ago and the back was put together by one of the FVMQG members from donated fabric.

 So this is the last of the quilts I made for the Syrian Refugee families that have settled in our area.  My quilt guild, the Fraser Valley Modern Guild has made at least 40 or more quilts. We will have a final tally at our next meeting.  It is pretty awesome.  And many of the quilters are making quilts for a new hospice home as well.  Never mind all the burn camp pillowcases we are churning out.  It is pretty amazing to be part of such a giving group.

Back to the quilt.  I finished it yesterday.  I quilted it just on the lighter coloured squares with a cross hatch.  I keep wanting to say hashtag for some reason.  Anyway, the quilting shows up very nicely on the back.  I did not mark the lines at all as I find you can aim for the corner and your lines stay really straight.  I was really conflicted about the binding.  I kept auditioning various prints and nothing spoke to me and then I realized that this turquoise Moda Marbles fabric that I have had FOR-ever was the thing.  I just love it!  and I machine stitched the binding.  EEEK.  It turned out pretty well.  This is my second machine stitched binding so I am now convinced that it does get better!  I just used straight stitch.  I confess that I did have to do over a few spots but not too shabby!

It was sunny and quite breezy when I took the pictures so I really wanted to get a picture of the quilt in flight.  With the glorious azaleas in the background too.  If you have not made a ST. Louis 16 patch before, give it a try.  The tutorial is here.  Just a fabulous way to mix up a bunch of prints and get a quilt top very quickly which makes it my go to for a donation quilt.  Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Free Shipping at Sew Sisters for Mother's Day

Get your Mother's Day shop on at Sew Sisters.  Free shipping from May 6 to 8 on orders in Canada.
So many fabulous fabrics including so many Kona Solids!  Check it out!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Burn Camp pillowcases

One of our quilt guild members has a fire fighter for a husband.  We were easily convinced last year to make buckets of pillowcases, 130 of them, for the children who go to burn camp each summer.  We made so many that they were able to donate them to the Burn Fund Centre which is a temporary residence for young burn victims.  So here we are making them again for Burn Camp and because they never seem to have enough boy pillowcases, I made two shockingly bright dinosaur pillowcases.  Done like dinner.  But I might still have to make a girly one too.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Grandbaby quilt number two

 Name: Number Two
Design: Inspired by a quilt that I pinned
Size: 36" by 45"
Fabric:  Medium grey Free 
spirit solid and Kona white
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white, 2 rows either side of the vertical block seams
Binding and Backing:  Kona buttercup for the binding, and an Alexander Henry Owl print, with Deer from Moda..

 I finished this one last night.  It is for our grand boy to be.  I was inspired by a quilt I found on pinterest some time ago.  Simple simple HST construction.  I used the magic 8 method of making 8 HSTs at a time and I trimmed them to 5".  Pretty much that easy.  The yellow binding finishes it so perfectly.  I quilted it with Aurifil 50 wt in white, double row, on either side of the vertical block seams, playing up the vertical nature of the design.  Backed with owls and deer for fun.  Ready for snuggles.