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Monday, 26 June 2017

Shoreline Baby Quilt

Done!
This quilt was bought specifically to make this quilt. The direction was to make a quilt that reflects the shallow water, sand beach and rocky shore. I think the fabrics capture the feel wonderfully. The quilt does not scream baby but I think the mom will love it.
I had a few problems while I was putting this on point. Never thought I was doing one side different than the other. Oh well, seam ripper and I got a work out. Next time I will sew all the rows together. Then add the setting triangles and only then sew it together.
I love this backing fabric. It doesn't show up in the pictures all that well but it is seagulls in blue and beige. Horrid colour in the picture but you can almost see the birds.
Posting on Needle and Thread Network.

Monday, 19 June 2017

I Won!

I won, I won, I won!

Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts drew my name and I won $25 to Fabric Please!

Fabulous service, my parcel arrived within days of ordering. And Rita added a surprise fat quarter. Very sweet of her. I didn't take a picture when it arrived but it was wrapped up with brown paper and string. My favorite things!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Rolling Stone - a very short tutorial

Hello Bee Mates! Greeting from sunny Roberts Creek. Not hot but sunny. We will take it!

My block this month is the rolling stone. It is for my daughters wedding and her colours are indigo and merlot.

I was asked for the colour placement so made up a little tutorial. My first ever so ...

Cut the following for each 12.5 inch block:

White: 4 at 2.5 x 4.5, 4 at 3 3/8 square
Merlot: 1 at 4.5 inches square, 2 at 3 3/8 square (cut in half diagonally)
Indigo: 4 at 25 x 4.5, 6 at 3 3/8 square (cut in half diagonally)
Take each of the white squares and fold in half to get the centre. Line up the red triangle so the point is on the mid line of the white square. Sew all four red triangles to the white squares. Do this 4 times. This is great to chain piece.
Add a blue triangle to the opposite side of the square. Do this 4 times.
Fold the white square in half in the other direction to line up the other two sides.
Iron and trim to 4.5 inches. Centre the white corners on the lines of the cutting mat and trim to 1/4 inch over all around to get a 4.5 inch block.

Sew a white rectangle to a indigo rectangle. Do this 4 times. Assemble the block as below. Hope this is clear.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Log Cabin Slice - Complete

Log Cabin Slice or Melinda's Quilt is complete. I had a few problems with the layout on this one. So when in doubt contact the recipient. She had no problems picking out the layout she liked.
I had bought the two different green and white fabrics and loved it in the border. Win! All the rest of the top was from my stash!
I think I mixed up what I was going to do with the borders, as I was hoping for the white/green border then have the purple border with the binding wrap the quilt. I do not mind it like this and I sure wasn't going to take it apart. But it was a real note to self ....write notes so I know what I had planned and what I had cut. I cut the border width by dividing the fabric I had by the six pieces I would need.
The backing was also from my stash.Amazing that the stash keeps growing!
Delivered to the birthday girl and already well loved!
I am calling this down 6 metres of fabric.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

April Bee Blocks and Start Ups

April Bee Blocks are done and in the mail!! Yeah! Winging their way to their new home. The pattern was from Sew Fresh Quilts and is really easy to follow. I did not tempt fate and made the chickens all facing the same direction.
 I will be doing a guest post for Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict so thought I should get a move on the Christmas quilt. This has been a plan for a while so looking forward to having a Christmas quilt AND decorating Martins house. Not sure I've told him yet, but I'm thinking turkey dinner and all the trimmings. July 15 is my date, I am quite excited. Aren't those fairies the cutest!

I have been working on my Grandmas Attic quilt and I am in love. It is taking way more HSTs than I thought and I am making the second batch.
Melinda has reminded me, subtly, several times, that she is waiting for her quilt. Her birthday is next weekend so best get this thing finished up! I am ready to be done with it. How did it get to be May already.
I started a new baby quilt that I am very pleased with. Everything was going well until I decided to start from the other corner and work into the middle. Erg, both sides are now not the same. I threw it in a bag and there it sits. I am sure it will not take much to fix it but it went from being a cut up and sew super fun project to a oops now I have to think about it project. The only way it will get dragged out is when the mom to be gets to be nine months, or they have a baby shower. I hope I have at least a month or two.
This is my second commission quilt. By another daughter, I have three, and no, for those that asked, I did not get paid for the first one.


Sunday, 30 April 2017

March Bee Block and a Baby Blanket

March Bee Block is done and in the mail.
We were asked to make spool blocks. Ah ha, easy peasy. So did I read the directions that said measure your block, no. I ended up unpicking each of these blocks to shorten the spool ends. grr! Well they all match now!!!

I used my pink and orange nine patches to make this baby blanket. Super fast finish on this quilt, it was done in a weekend. I had been seeing corner stones on quilts lately and they really caught my eye. Love the look in this quilt.
I have been humming and hawing about making quilts for the people at work and had decided not to make one for this latest little baby. Caved in. There is just something about welcoming a new baby with a quilt. I really like being able to share my gifts with a new little one! this has to be my favourite backing fabric ever! Feedsack!

 Baby quilt number 3.

2 metres of material out. No material in! Yeah for sewing the stash.

Oh, I saw a coyote today while I was out gardening in the yard. Looked pretty healthy and not all that nervous. He did leave when I started walking towards him.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

A guest post

Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict put out a call for guest bloggers. I hummed and hawed as I have great respect for Sarah and her blog and would not like to let her down. My post was on her website April 9! Thank you Sarah for the opportunity.

I make a charity quilt every year so this series of blog posts and the cause are near and dear to my heart. This year I am donating to Canada's Big Quilt Bee coordinated by the Canadian Quilters' Association. The goal is to make 1000 quilts for Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald has been providing accommodation for seriously ill children and their families when they must travel to Vancouver for their child's major treatment. They served 2000 families last year.

We are making slab blocks with a piece of Canadian Fabric. I thought I would start with my green scraps as it reminds me of spring. Cheryl Arkison graciously allowed us to use her slab block.


I quilted this with a slight meander with my walking foot. Then with my guide made evenly spaced lines throughout the quilt. I quite like the look of the squares/diamonds. Look at those cute baby toes, adorable.
Now it is done! Yah! And I love it! I can definitely see another slab quilt in my future. Maybe orange or pink.
These pictures were taken at BC Children's Hospital in their newly redone green family space. The sculptures are very fun and always have children climbing all over them.
And the final pictures at Ronald McDonald House.

Thank you Sarah for organizing the Hands 2 Help and the opportunity to contribute!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Poodle Brain

Who knew it would be so hard to follow a pattern. I had it correct, once.  Well almost correct. My seam ripper and I did complete one block.
Then I tried to make a dog facing the opposite direction. Erg!!! I thought I had them down.

 Blocks 2 and 3 are looking like vintage fabric I have taken them apart so often. Dog 2 no longer looks like he is crying and Dog 3 has his feet going the correct direction. You will have to take my word as I tossed them in the mail as soon as they were complete.
Needed some decompression sewing, i.e. easy, simple, do not have to think about it sewing. Ah the calming Churn Dash.
And as I promised myself I would work on UFO's I pulled out Strawberry Field. Uh oh, do those greens really go?

Sunday, 5 March 2017

February Bee Block

The cutest block! From Objects of Design. Sally Trude is amazing. My poodle turned out at 14 inches, I think it was to be 10.5, my bee mate said send it anyways.
I was offered help in pinning Brandon's quilt. No more procrastination allowed. We had the help of three children under 5 but managed to get it done.  I was going to tape it on he diagonal and in the end I went with what was easiest. And I am very pleased with it.
Worked a bit on my 9 squares.

And had a look at my 16 squares.
Had another go at the Martin Mudder. We now have wood for another couple of weeks in the shed. It will be nice when we no longer have to make fires to keep warm. I bought seed for the garden this weekend at Seedy Saturday. The greenhouse was up to 15 today!! Almost time to garden!!!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

A Finish

Baby quilts 1 and 2 done! I am very excited as I have been battling to sew. I am putting in the hours but not feeling the drive. Which just goes to show that perseverance wins in the end.

My favourite patchwork with 30's style fabric. I love feedback backing! A meander over all the seam lines with my walking foot. Definitely my go to for quilting.

My go to pattern for charm square packs. The backing was in my stash. This was quilted with the same meander as above but not just in the ditch. Love how it turned out!


Two very different quilts and both are bound with blue houndstooth. Washed and dried.
Looking at my UFO completed block pile. Hmmm which project next.
I am going to be generous and call this 5 meters out of my stash! Win!