Friday, March 17, 2017

River in the Sky

A friend happened to be at my house while I was sandwiching this quilt.  She helpfully said "This looks like a river in the sky" and thus, the quilt has a better name than Blue Squirrel.


The same helpful quilt namer also suggested the quilt patterns.

I'm linking up with One Monthly Goal, Crazy Mom Quilts and Finish-A-Long

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

One Monthly Goal: March


My March goal is to completely finish this squirrel that I started in 2016.  This UFO isn't that old, but I'll be glad to have it done because it was a spur of the moment afternoon thing that didn't really have a purpose other than curiosity - not that that's a bad reason to make a quilt 😃 .


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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ruby Laces

Yes!  It's a finish!


I started this quilt fairly early on (about 2010).  I was given a shoe box full of strings.  I used the coloured strings to created God's Promise.  The neutrals were sewn into long strips and then cut into 60 degree diamonds.


After that many many fabrics were auditioned for the lattice.  I believe I even took a poll.  Burgundy won.



I made it into a top and promptly tossed in a box.  Last month I took a craftsy class - Angela's Dot-to-Dot quilting and realised this would be the perfect guinea pig for her techniques.  Just for posterity - here are all the fills I used on the edges - a different one in each square!











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Finish-A-Long

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

One Monthly Goal: February

 

I'm getting lots of help from the blogging world with my to-do lists this year.  It has really served to help motivate me!  Yay!

My goal for February is to finish this quilt.  I'm about half done the quilting which means there is lots left.  I was feeling ambitious when I started it.


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Little Charmer Wallet

People look at me funny when I say I don't sew, but really it's true!  I just used my zipper foot for the very first time!


The tutorial for this wallet can be found here by Clover and Violet.  Jennie was doing a tutorial for the 2012 Finish-a-Long.  Clover and Violet have a whole ton of similar free patterns here.



Since I've never tried to use a pattern like this before, I make some mistakes, but I'm really pleased with how it's turned out.  The little pocket on the bottom and the hair elastic / button combo veer from the pattern instructions.


The fabric is entirely a set of charm squares from Connecting Threads - the line is called Faux Burlap.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Finish-A-Long 2017

Every year we, as quilters, decide that this year is going to be the year of the UFO (or PHD - project half done).  Every year, the shear amount of projects is overwhelming.

Just recently, I found a support group!


Oh boy!!

Previously I had resolved to to finish 9 quilts this year.  Some of my PHDs go back to 2010.  For reference, I started quilting in 2005.

For the first quarter of 2017 here are the three I want to finish:


The top one has been languishing for 6 years. the bottom left is only two years old but the hand quilting pattern I chose is beating me senseless.  The other is a squirrel from last summer that would be nice to have out of the way.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

String Theory Part I

String Theory is a quilt I started in 2015 after I had a work shop with the wonderful Bill Kerr.  He had some interesting thoughts on neutrals and their place in a colourful quilt and off I went making blocks so I could test his theories.

Along the way somewhere I discovered that all those string blocks created a lot of movement and stretch and after something didn't measure properly I put it in a box.  My version of a temper tantrum.


Size:  35 x 42

Fabrics:  I have a drawer of strips.  I was hoping to put a dent into them, but it's impossible to tell that I was in there at all except that they are messy now.

I wanted to do a series of String Theory quilts with different neutrals, but I'm going to have to change the design because this didn't turn out to be a lot of fun.


My favourite part of the quilt is the big stitching I did in red.  It's mostly invisible on the front side, but adds a lot of fun to the back.

This is the first of nine that I want to complete for 2017!

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