Monday, August 1, 2022

2022 Monthly Colour Challenge - August Block

This is my August block for the 2022 Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Jen @ Patterns by Jen.  You can make either 6-inch or 12-inch blocks.  

I used Kona Spice and Cinnamon.  I use my Hera marker to mark lines instead of a pen or a pencil.  You can mark two layers at a time -- saves time and energy.


Flying geese units are made 4-at-at time.


I starched my fabrics because I always end up with one or two units that are a bit wonky, and I don't know why.


Finished 12.5-inch block.






Monday, July 18, 2022

WIP List - Projects on the Go

I recently shared my list of quilt tops that need to be quilted.  The total has now grown to 13 quilt tops.  😉

Here is my list of active WIPs.  There are 11 projects (fingers crossed I don't find any more in my sewing room, or start new ones.....😂)

2022 Monthly Colour Challenge and 2021 Monthly Colour Challenge - I'm participating in the monthly QAL hosted by Jen @ Patterns by Jen.  I didn't piece together my 12 blocks from 2021, so I am going to join them with the 2022 blocks and made a larger quilt.  Both sets of blocks are made with Kona solids.

Stay at Home Round Robin 2022 - This was a QAL hosted by Gail @ Quilting Gail.  I fell behind and didn't finish rounds 5 and 6.  Since I have so many projects on the go, I might just skip the last two rounds and add this to the pile of quilt tops to be finished.


Macaron Mystery QAL - Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs hosts an annual mystery QAL.  I fell behind with the 2021-2022 version and need to finish piecing my blocks.  The push is on to get this to quilt top status because the 2022-2023 mystery QAL has started.


Blue Skies & Sunny Days - This is a pattern by my friend Sandra @ Musings of Menopausal Melon.  I'm going to use a Kona jelly roll with Kona White for the background.  Stayed tuned for more details about this project.


MMQG Brown Bag Swap - My quilt guild, Maritime Modern Quilt Guild, is in the midst of a brown bag swap.  We put 2 metres of fabric in a bag (yardage, jelly roll, fat quarter), and another guild member will make something for us.  They can add additional fabrics.  This is a secret swap so I can't share anything until the final reveal.

Ruby Star Summer Sew Along - Perfect Picnic Quilt - I'm participating in the Ruby Star Society Summer Sew Along.  I had a bundle of Rashida Coleman Hale fabrics and decided this was the perfect opportunity to use it.  This is now a pieced top (stay tuned for photos), so it will move to the pile of quilt tops waiting to be quilted.


Melodic Mystery QAL - I've chosen my fabrics for the 2022-2023 mystery QAL hosted by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs.  I'm using Kona Chartreuse and Storm (background).  The cutting instructions will be released in August.


Modern Mini Quilt - I found a skill builder project online by Trendtex Fabrics.  I had some troubles with the pattern, so I need to figure out the best way (aka the least work involved) to fix it.  Here are the colours I used.


Bloom - This is pattern by Leanne @ Devoted Quilter.  It was easier to cut fabrics and piece blocks while I was in my temporary apartment, so I prepped a few projects for when I eventually got home.  I'm using Island Batik fabrics.


Cargo Duffle - I started a cargo duffle as a gift for a friend and didn't finish.  2022 has been a challenge, but now that I'm back home, I hope to get back on track.  This is a free pattern by Anna @ Noodlehead, but I'm following a tutorial by Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty to add a lining.  I need to get this finished.

Exploding Hearts - This was a 2021 QAL hosted by Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts.  I fell behind as my design wall wasn't large enough to lay out the blocks and then...well life happened.  I haven't purchased a new bed for the spare room yet, so I now have space to lay out the blocks on the floor.


Hand applique project - I was gifted some fabrics from Sandra @ Musings of Menopausal Melon.  I've added some Kona solids, and I have a hand applique project in mind.

I'm hoping to make progress on some of these projects over the summer.  We'll see how that goes.  😂

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

WIP Wednesday - Quilt Tops

Now that I'm back in my house, it's time to get back on track with sewing.  I've been accumulating quilt tops that now need to be quilted.   I also need to make a list of projects that I'm working and what needs to be done to move them to quilt top status.

Here is my list of 12 quilt tops.

Morewood Mystery Quilt - This is the 2020-2021 Mystery QAL hosted by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs.  I'm still piecing the top for the 2021-2022 Mystery QAL project, and the 2022-2023 Mystery QAL starts tomorrow.  To say I am behind is an understatement. 😂



Storm at Sea - I created this Storm at Sea quilt using the Calm Lagoon fabric collection created for Sherry @ Powered by Quilting.  I think I am going to quilt wavy lines.



Posh Santa - This is a pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful, using the Quick Curve Ruler.  I didn't get it quilted for Christmas last year.  Let's see if I can get it finished for this Christmas.



Reflection - This is a pattern by Bea @ Beaquilter.  I forgot to share my version when she released the pattern.



Follow Your Own Path - This was the 2021 annual QAL hosted by Sandra @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon.  I have the backing for this quilt top, but I haven't decided on a quilting plan.



Rising Star - This was a QAL hosted by Bea @ Beaquilter.  I did not finish during the QAL earlier this year.  This will be my new sofa quilt.  I'm going to put minky on the back, but I don't have a quilting plan yet.



Lots of Hugs - I tested this pattern for Cindy at Stitchin at Home.  The pattern has not yet been released, so I can't share a photo.

Turning Wheels - I was fortunate to test a pattern for Jen @ Patterns by Jen, but I wasn't able to get the top quilted in time for the pattern release last month.



Pop Star - This was the 2022 annual QAL hosted by Sandra @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon.  I need to figure out how to quilt this.



Planview - This was a QAL hosted by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl.  Although I was a late starting, I managed to finish by the link up deadline and won a prize.



A Roll of the Dice - This is a new pattern by Sandra @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon which she released in early June.  You can purchase the pattern here.  I have no ideas on how to quilt this.



MMQG BOM - Dena and I created a BOM for our quilt guild, Maritime Modern Quilt Guild.  I'm using Kona White, Black, Steel, and Chartreuse.  You'll have to wait until the end of the year for the reveal.


Friday, June 10, 2022

A Roll of the Dice - Sandra's Pattern Launch

Sandra @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon launched a new pattern this week -- A Roll of the Dice.  The pattern has three projects, and I chose the baby quilt.

My quilt consultant Dena choose the colours:  Kona White, Sangria, Bright Pink, Bubblegum, Tiger Lily, Torch, Duckling, and Meringue.

The blocks are 12.5 inches unfinished.  Here are four hourglass blocks:


Pink and yellow go well together.




I think these are my favourite blocks.  😉


Here is the centre block.


The baby quilt is about 40 inches square.


I have no clue how to quilt this.  It will join the pile of quilt tops waiting their turn to be quilted.



The schedule for this week:

Wednesday June 8 - Cushion:

Thursday June 9 - Bed Runner:
Michelle @peetmichelle

Friday June 10 - Baby Quilt
Anja @ Anja Quilts 
Carol @ Quilt Schmilt




You can purchase A Roll of the Dice at Sandra's Etsy shop, SandraJaneQuilts.


Tuesday, June 7, 2022

2022 Monthly Colour Challenge - June Block

Have you been sewing along with Jen @ Patterns by Jen  for the 2022 Monthly Color Challenge?

There is the option to make 6-inch or 12-inch blocks.  Jen also gives the option to use the same background fabric for all the blocks.

I used Kona Mustard and Curry.  I use my Hera marker to mark lines instead of a pen or a pencil.


Flying geese units are made using the no-waste method.


Three units make up the block.


And a finished 12.5-inch block.


June Bloggers

Raylee - Sunflowers Stitcheries and Quilting

Karen - Karen Bolan




Thursday, June 2, 2022

TGIFF - Open Wide Zippered Pouches

Welcome to Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday brought to you from Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada.  If you are new to my blog, welcome.  If you are a regular, you will know that I am currently in a temporary apartment as my house is being repaired from a wind/rain storm back in February.  They started painting today!!  I don't want to get my hopes up, but it looks like I should be back home by the end of the month.

If you are new to TGIFF, it is a weekly opportunity to share your finish from the week.  You can find out who is hosting each week by heading over to the TGIFF blog on Thursday evening.

My finish this week is two zippered pouches.  My go-to pattern is Noodlehead's Open Wide Zippered Pouch.  It's a free tutorial!

These two pouches are a very late Christmas gift for a friend.  It will be likely be Canada Day by the time she receives them.  😉


I used Kona Red for the lining.


Did I mention how much I love this pattern?  It is quick and easy.  These are the medium size.  The tutorial also has small and large sizes.


It's time to link up your finishes from this week.  I encourage you to visit a few of the links ups to get some inspiration and to share some quilty love.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Thursday, May 5, 2022

TGIFF - Planview Quilt

Welcome to Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday.  TGIFF is the opportunity to share your finish from this week.  You can find out who is hosting each week by heading over to the TGIFF blog.

Have you thought about hosting TGIFF?  You can sign up to host here.

Did you sew along with Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl for her Planview Quilt Along?  I love QALs because it keeps me on track (in theory 😉) to finish a project, and it's fun to sew along with friends.


I made the baby size (40 x 48 inches).  I used Kona White (background), Lemon, Chartreuse, Clover, Breakers, and Mediterranean.


My house is still in repair mode, so I don't know when I'll be able to get this quilted.  Which is okay because I have no ideas on how I want to quilt it.  As always, your suggestions are welcome.


It's time to link up your finishes from this week.  I encourage you to visit a few of the links ups to get some inspiration and to share some quilty love.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter


Here are some other blogs where you can link up your finish from this week:

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Alycia Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Brag About Your Beauties @ From Bolt to Beauty
Friday Foto Fun @ Powered by Quilting 

Sunday, May 1, 2022

2022 Monthly Colour Challenge - May Block

Have you been sewing along with Jen @ Patterns by Jen  for the 2022 Monthly Color Challenge?

There is the option to make 6-inch or 12-inch blocks.  Jen also gives the option to use the same background fabric for all the blocks.

May is light and dark blue.  I used Kona Harbour and Storm.


The first step is flying geese units.  I mark my fabrics with a Hera marker.  You can mark two blocks at a time.


The pattern gives instructions on how to make four HSTs at a time.


Eight flying geese units in no time.


Add some side and corner triangles, and you have a finished block.


Jen does offer a second version of the block that does not use side or corner triangles.

May Bloggers

Andi  - True Blue Quilts

Sandy - Sandy Star Designs

Raylee - Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting

Kathy - Kathy's Kwilts and More