Friday, March 22, 2019

Project Quilting 10.6 - Craving Chocolate

And just like that, it's the final week of Project Quilting Season 10.  The final theme was Chocolate, either the candy or the colour.  Hmmm....what to make.....

I used a chocolate print to make a mug rug.

  I added some Kona Chocolate and a polka dot for the border.

I am pleased to say that I participated in all six challenges this season.

Here are links to my previous challenge projects:

If you have a finish this week, here are some ways to share:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Kathy's Kwilts and More
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict 
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Brag About Your Beauties @ From Bolt to Beauty
Show Off Saturday @ Sew Can She

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Have Bag, Will Travel

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty hosted a QAL two weeks ago for the Cargo Duffle pattern by Noodlehead.  My fabric was cut, but I didn't sew along based on the schedule -- life keeps getting in the way of my sewing fun.

But I've managed to finish my Cargo Duffle in time to link up!

The print is a Robert Kaufman canvas, paired with Kona Tangerine.

I highly recommend that you read Michelle's blog posts for the QAL.  She has lots of helpful hints, including instructions for lining the bag.

Now I need to plan a trip so I can use my new bag.  😊

Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Trinket Sew Along Blog Hop

It's the end of the first week of the Alison Glass Trinket Sew Along.  There's still time to join in.  You can get the pattern and more details about the Sew Along here.

I'm sewing along with Clinton Modern Creative, (IG @clintonmodern) a shop sponsor for the SAL.  The other Canadian bloggers sewing along are:

Here are my blocks from this week:

Lines 1

Lines 2

Lines 3

Lines 4

Lines 5

Tune in next week for more blocks.

I hope you have some sewing plans for the weekend.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Mulberry Quilt by Briar Hill Designs

Do you follow Briar Hill Designs?  Caverly paints the artwork for their fabric collections, and Julia is the pattern maker and quilt designer.  I met Julia as we are both members of Maritime Modern Quilt Guild.

When Julia needed help with some sewing, I happily volunteered.  I love pattern testing and helping out designers, especially when they are friends.  I got to play with some beautiful fabrics -- Bequest.

I pieced the four sections of quilt.  You can purchase the Mulberry pattern here.  Julia then pieced the four sections together, and voila...a finished Mulberry quilt.

You should head over to Briar Hill Designs -- I hear there's a giveaway.  😉

There will be a Quilt Along for the Shawl Quilt starting March 25.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

52 Blocks in 52 Weeks Update

You may recall that I shared my first three blocks last month for the 52 Blocks in 52 Weeks quilt along being hosted by the Canadian Quilters' Association (CQA).  You don't have to be Canadian to play along.  😉

The blocks are 6.5 inches, so they piece together quickly.

Block 4 - Maze

Block 5 - Melissa's World

Block 6 - Colour Me Cool

Block 7 - Diamond

Block 8 - Farm Lots

It's day three of the Alison Glass Trinket Sew Along.  You can find my blocks over on Instagram @AnjaQuilts.  Don't forget to check out Clinton Modern Creative, a shop sponsor for the SAL. 

Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter

Monday, March 11, 2019

Trinket Sew Along

Have you seen the Alison Glass Trinket Sew Along?

Clinton Modern Creative,  a wonderful Canadian online store, is a shop sponsor for the SAL.  Owner Darla has recruited some Canadian bloggers to sew along.  Joining me are:

I'll be using two Alison Glass bundles:  Insignia and Kaleidoscope.

I don't have a plan for my blocks/layout, i.e. I didn't do a colouring sheet.  I'm just picking colours as I go along.

You can get the pattern and more details about the Sew Along here.

I'll do a weekly blog post, but my blocks will be posted daily on Instagram.  You can find me @AnjaQuilts.

Today is the first day of the Sew Along, and we are making block Lines #1.  I like to cut templates to help me with paper piecing -- otherwise, I always make mistakes -- those pesky angles.  I marked on my paper template the size of fabric needed.

It didn't take long for Lines #1 to be completed.

There's still time to join in.  Clinton Modern Creative has lots of Alison Glass fabrics, including some Trinket bundles, as well as notions such as the Violet Craft seam roller.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Project Quilting 10.5 - Abecedarius

It's the fifth week of Project Quilting -- just one more challenge to go for this season.  This week's theme was Abecedarius.  I had a few thoughts on what to make, but I kept changing my mind.  I finally made a decision around supper time on Saturday.  I wanted to make something practical, and I didn't have a need for any more quilts or wall hangings.

So...monogrammed tote bags for my nieces.  I found this tutorial online.

I forgot to box the corners on the bottom of this bag...oops...and I wasn't undoing any stitching to fix it.  I don't like the handles made with fleece.  It took forever to turn the tube inside out, and they're floppy.  I think I'd use cotton webbing next time.

I made the letters using Alphabet Soup by Jaybird Quilts.  I used Kona Purple.

I remembered to box the corners on this bag.  I used Kona Honeysuckle.

When they come to visit, there are lots of bags of lots of stuff.  So now they have personalized bags.  It's very stressful to Auntie trying to figure out which diaper belongs to which niece.  LOL

Linking up with Persimon Dreams before today's deadline.

I plan to sew today, but hoping to sneak in a nap this afternoon -- darn the time change.  😫  Although I'll be happy to see more daylight.

Monday, March 4, 2019

OMG: March Goal

My March One Monthly Goal is to finish my Triangle EPP project, which is also one of my FAL 2019 Q1 goals.

My dilemma was that I didn't have any more of any of the fabrics that I used.  But I did manage to find a little bit of one of the orange fabrics.

So I'm going to finish off the edges with the orange fabric that I used in the centre block.

I had to trace the shape to get the right size template to use.  So now to prepare the templates and get the pieces sewn on.

And then I'll have to figure out how to quilt it.  I'm hoping to finish the EPP portion this weekend so I'll have lots of time to decide on a quilting plan.  😊

Thursday, February 28, 2019

OMG Finish

My February OMG goal was to finish two quilts.  They are done!

I quilted the first quilt in an all-over loopy motif in white thread.

The quilting blended in with most of the fabric, but pops on the black fabrics.

I attempted something new...following the lead of Sandra @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon...quilted my name on the edge of the quilt.  It worked!

I did a flower motif on the second quilt.  And again, the white thread blended.

I need some more practice before I can say I'm comfortable with this new motif, but I'm happy with it.

This was also one of my FAL 2019 Q1 goals.

If you have a finish this week, here are some ways to share:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ What a Hoot Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict 
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Brag About Your Beauties @ From Bolt to Beauty
Show Off Saturday @ Sew Can She

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Island Batik Magnificent Mini

Note:  All products in this post were given to me by Island Batik as part of their Ambassador program.

My first challenge as a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador is:  Magnificent Minis.  The rules were to use any technique, using any fabric (except the Surprise fabric) to make a maximum 24 x 24 inch mini during the month of February.  An easy task I thought...until I sat down to design something.  😊

As I was looking for inspiration, I found a book in my sewing room that I didn't know I had and have no idea where or when I got it -- The Modern Quilt Workshop by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr.  When I picked up the book, it fell open to a brightly coloured pattern called Confetti, using batik fabrics.

Here is Tumbling Triangles -- my version of the pattern.  I printed the templates at 85% to get a 18-inch mini.

Once I decided on which fabrics to use, I only cut fabric for a couple of blocks to see how piecing went and to see what size block I'd end up with.  I used the Snowman print from the Icicle fabric collection for the triangle centres.

Piecing went quickly, so I cut more fabric and continued sewing.  And before I knew it, there a quilt top.  And then I realized I hadn't taken any in-progress photos.  Oops.

I used the Island Batik Stash Builders for the background.  These are rolls of 5-inch strips of fabric.  There are so many awesome prints and colours.  It was difficult to choose which ones to use.  I can't wait to play with them again.

I did a loopy stipple in the background and a wishbone motif in the triangle centres using Aurifil thread #5008 Sugar Paper.

I used Hobbs Thermore batting.  It's a thinner batting used for clothing and miniatures.

I was feeling pretty good about my efforts...until I saw what other Ambassadors had made.  Wow!   The talent is amazing.  I generally don't compare myself to others, but I felt my mini was inadequate and didn't come close to the skill level of the other Ambassadors.  I encourage you to check out some of the fabulous projects -- see the Ambassador list at the end of this post.

So I decided to make another mini.  The end of the month was quickly approaching, but there was still time.  I decided on floating triangles using the black solid fabric as the background.  And then on Sunday, the theme for the next Project Quilting challenge was announced -- Pixel Play.  So I decided to use floating squares instead of triangles to complete two challenges with one project.

I was travelling on Monday to attend my aunt's funeral, and we stopped to have something to eat.  We ended up at McDonald's, and this was their wallpaper.  I decided to re-create a part of the wallpaper (as shown in the green box) for my mini.

As we continued driving, I was thinking that the wallpaper reminded me of roads.  And then I started thinking of the times in the summer I spent with my cousins and being at my aunt's house.  It's a small town, and we walked everywhere (not that there was a lot of "everywhere" to go LOL).  The term running the roads was commonly used.  I remember walking down the road to Blueberry Hill to pick blueberries with my aunt and cousins.

Here is my fabric pull.  And once again, I forgot to take in-progress photos.  I need to put a note on my sewing machine that says:  Stop and Take Photos!! 😊

I used the Island Batik solid gray for the background (to represent the roads/pavement) and the Island Batik Stash Builders for the squares.  I quilted a diagonal grid using Aurifil thread #2600 Dove and used the Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 batting, which is my go-to batting of choice.

This mini finishes at 15.5 x 19 inches, and it's called Running the Roads.

I'm linking up at:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Alycia Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict 
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Brag About Your Beauties @ From Bolt to Beauty
Show Off Saturday @ Sew Can She

2019 Island Batik Ambassadors:

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Creatin’ in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack's Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger ~ Quilt in a not-Shell
Laticia "Tish" Stemple ~ Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
(Debora) Anne Wiens ~ Seams like a Plan
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore