Friday, June 23, 2017

Thy Word a.k.a. Bee Happy

I'm losing a friend this week.  Okay.  That sounds really melodramatic.  She's moving to another town several hours away, but I won't see her every week and I won't get to sing with her, perhaps for a very long time so I'm feeling a little melodramatic.


I started this quilt in 2013.  I saw something similar somewhere and set out to recreate it.  I was very new to quilting and didn't understand that it was a simple 9-patch.  I laid all my 2½" blocks out on a bed and sewed strips together.  When I told my much more experienced quilting friend how I did it, she laughed herself silly and took pictures so she could show more people and tell them the story of the newb.


After the top was done, I put it away for years.  I just didn't have a clue how to quilt it. 

Enter the friend I mentioned at the beginning.  I was showing her my unfinished tops.  We stopped at this one and just looked and looked and looked at the wonderful little bits of fabric patterns.  We found thimbles and purses and as the title of the quilt suggests, bees.  I realised this is the good bye I needed to give her.


I quilted prayers into the black borders:

Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)

The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make his face shine on you

and be gracious to you;

the Lord turn his face toward you 

and give you peace.”’



Romans 15:13(NIV)

 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I never intended to give this one away so I have to make myself another.  This time, I'll make 9-patches!

I'm linking up to One Monthly Goal

Ruth's Pinwheels

Several years ago I was gifted with blocks.  These pretty 3-D blocks.  I loved the bright cheerful colours.


I set them aside for a while.  I like mulling on projects.

This year when I set a goal of finishing 9 UFOs, I decided Ruth's should be one of them.


When a mutual friend of Ruth's and mine needed silent auction donations for a fundraiser, I thought this would be the perfect piece for her.

This is a finished for Q2 (click here) with Finish-A-Long

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Butterflies

Last week my older daughter told me that her teacher was expecting and could we . . . (she gestured towards my "in case of baby" quilt stash).

I was all about giving her teacher a quilt, but I saw an opportunity to veer off my self imposed to-do list to do something that's been in my brain for a while.


Grandma gave me these flowers and butterflies already cut.  I have no idea where they come from.  There are a few butterflies that we didn't use that celebrate Saskatchewan's 50th year as a province.  That was 1955.  I have no idea if all the fabric is from the 50s but they definitely appear to be vintage.

I sandwiched a top without butterflies and quilted a diamond pattern with 6" parallel lines using a walking foot.  Then we placed the butterflies and I FMQed over them using a darning foot.  The edges of the butterflies were snipped so that hopefully they will fray really nice and soft when the quilt is washed.

The Small One gave this quilt to her teacher this week.  The teacher's older son has asked if he could keep it.  I suppose that means they like it :)

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and She Can Quilt today.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

One Monthly Goal: June

I have a friend who's moving away at the end of June.  We're having a good bye lunch for her, so my goal for June is to get this completely ready by June 18.


I keep humming and hawing over the quilting.  So far I've just stitched in the ditch along the light / dark.

I'm linking up with One Monthly Goal

Monday, May 22, 2017

Aurifil 2014 BOM


Do you remember the Aurifil 2014 BOM?  I had a lot of fun with it but never got past making the top.  It's been in a drawer since that December.

It had to go on my list for 2017.

I tried to step up my quilting game on this quilt.  Every block is done differently, the sashing has ribbon candy in it and there is some very dense quilting in the white triangles.  I like how it looks, but it sure increases the amount of time it takes to finish!

This is a finished for Q2 (click here) with Finish-A-Long

I'm linking to One Monthly Goal

Friday, May 12, 2017

I Made a Pillow

Do you ever have one of those moments where you just have to stop what you're doing and stitch something up?  That happened to me last weekend when I saw Amanda Jean's (crazy mom quilts) couch full of pillows.  There was nothing for it - I had to make one.


Because there were other things on my to do list that day, I looked through the huge container of orphan blocks that my Grandmother gives me and picked out 8 that matched - four for each side of the pillow.

I'm very pleased with my little pillow.  I may need to make another.

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

Monday, May 1, 2017

One Monthly Goal: May

My One Monthly Goal for May is the Aurifil 2014 BOM.  The finished top has been in a drawer for over two years.  Finally last month I took it out, sandwiched it and started drawing a quilting plan.


Perhaps I can finally conquer this guy this month!


Linked with:  One Monthly Goal

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Grandma's Nine-Patch

When Grandma send me more of her orphans, I knew I needed to play with the 9 patches she sent.  Even though I wasn't going to start any new quilts this year.


I've decided it doesn't count because I've already finished it!


This is a small quilt - only 30 x 30.  I made one of the blocks so I'd have enough.  The green one is mine.


I used a walking foot to quilt this baby.  I think it only took about 2 hours!


I'm linking up with One Monthly Goal - This is my April Goal

Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017 FAL Q2

In Q1, I had 3 goals, two of which I finished.  I still am not feeling the love for my hand quilting project, although I think I've figured out how to proceed, I just actually have to - you know - proceed.


So - here are my goals for Q1:
Top: The evil hand quilting of doom, carried over from Q1
Left: 9 patch that I don't know how I'm going to quilt - the top is done
Right:  Pinwheel blocks a friend gave me - the top is nearly done
Bottom:  The Aurofil BOM from 2014 - the top is done

There is lots of FMQ in Q2.  Sounds fun!

I'm linking up to Finish-A-Long

Friday, March 31, 2017

One Monthly Goal: Nine Patch Baby Quilt

I am blessed to be a part of a family of quilters.  My grandmother, two aunts and my sister all share a common obsession, but what's truly lovely is that our shared art form takes all of us in different directions.  It's fairly easy to tell who's is who's just by colour choice and pattern.

My grandmother goes about her quilts a lot different than I do.  Piecing isn't my favourite part, so I do only as much as the quilt requires.  Grandmother, on the other hand, makes many many blocks and auditions them until she is happy.  The rest go in a box and then every couple of years a yummy parcel of treats arrives in my mail box.


I think that some year, I will devote a year to using these blocks - yes, a year.  There are hundreds.  You can click this link to see what I've already done with past Grandma Blocks.

Meanwhile, these 8 looked so particularly delicious that I pieced them together immediately (with a block I made which I hope doesn't look too out of place.

Since this isn't on my list, I want it finished very quickly and thus it is my One Monthly goal for April.  Preferably I want it done in the next two weeks so I can give it away immediately.

I'm linking up with One Monthly Goal

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.

This is a finish for #2017FAL - My original post is here.
This is also a finish for One Monthly Goal, my original post is here.

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 😃 .


I'm linking up to One Monthly Goal

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ruby Laces

Yes!  

This is a finish for #2017FAL - My original post is here.


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!











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