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



Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Pop Star QAL

My friend Sandra @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon is hosting her annual QAL.  You can get the details for the Pop Star QAL here.

It's not too late to join the quilt along.  The first sewing step was released on Saturday.

I'm making the small size, using two green prints and a white tone-on-tone for the background.


The first step results in HSTs and flying geese units.


I should have purchased the pattern -- I want to make the next step now.  LOL



Monday, April 25, 2022

2022 Monthly Colour Challenge - April Block

This is my April block for the 2022 Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Jen @ Patterns by Jen.

I used Kona Black and Steel.


As I started to create this post, I realized that I neglected to take progress photos while making this block.  😂

I forgot to announce the winner of the giveaway I hosted in March.  Congratulations to Sandra @ Musing of a Menopausal Melon.



Wednesday, March 30, 2022

2022 Monthly Colour Challenge - March Block

Here's my March block for the 2022 Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Jen @ Patterns by Jen.

March's colour is pink.  I used Kona Bright Pink and Carnation

I use my Hera marker when I need to mark a sewing line.  You can crease two pieces of fabric at the same time.  It's faster than using a pen/pencil on each piece.


We end up with signature blocks.


And then a finished 12.5-inch block.

Friday, March 25, 2022

TGIFF - Double Friendship Knots Pillow

I recently took a workshop with Sheri @ Whole Circle Studio -- Double Friendship Knots.  I almost didn't register because although I was interested in learning needle-turn applique, I wasn't interested in the paper piecing part of the workshop.

I learned that Sheri uses starch on her fabrics when paper piecing.  I had to leave the first session early (the session was the day after my roof was damaged in a rain/wind storm), so I didn't hear that she only uses starch if the paper piecing is then used for something else such as applique.   But I have done a few small paper pieced projects since then and have found that the starched fabric made it easier.  So win for me.


I had to move into a temporary apartment while repairs are being done to my house, so I only had limited sewing tools with me.  I had to use the blunt scissors from my first aid kit to cut out the paper pieced templates.  Out came my inner Girl Guide -- use your resources wisely.  LOL


I turned my piece into a 20-inch pillow.  This is a rainy/foggy view from the balcony of my temporary apartment.


These are the paper pieced knots before they were appliqued onto the background fabric -- Kona Storm.


I attempted to FMQ on my Singer Featherweight.  I had some trouble, so I had to sneak back into my house to finish the FMQ on my domestic Singer.


I have always hated hand work, but over the years, I have learned and embraced EPP, hand piecing, big stitch hand quilting (my favourite), and now applique.  I used Wonderfil InvisaFil 100wt.  Can you tell that I used brown thread?  InvisaFil is so fine, it just melts into the fabric.


I am looking forward to my next applique project.



I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Storied Quilts
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 

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Wonky Wedges Baby Quilt - Citified Blog Tour

Today is my turn on the Citified blog tour hosted by Sherry @ Powered by Quilting for her fourth signature line from Island Batik.

I used a technique I learned from a Melissa Marginet workshop -- Wonky Wedges -- to showcase these wonderful fabrics.  This baby quilt finishes about 37 inches.


This is great fabric collection of wonderful colours and prints.


I need to add the binding, which I hope to finish later today.  I am planning a matched binding.  I overestimated my ability to get up early this morning to finish. 😊


I am in a temporary apartment while my house undergoes repairs, so I have limited sewing supplies and have been sewing on my Singer Featherweight.  So I did big stitch hand quilting using Wonderfil perle cotton.  Here are close up photos of each of the four quadrants so you can see the fabrics and the quilting.









Stay tuned for more photos once I finish the binding.

*Giveaway Alert*
Leave a comment for a chance to win the leftover fabric from my project.  The giveaway will end at midnight, Monday, March 21, 2022.  If you are a non-reply commenter, I will have to re-draw for a new winner.




Although I am at the end of the blog tour, here is the schedule so you can check out all the projects:



Thursday, March 17, 2022

TGIFF - Project Quilting 13.6

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.

Have you been playing along with Project Quilting hosted by Kim @ Persimon Dreams?
Project Quilting is a 12-week challenge that consists of six themed challenges.

You can see my completed project for Project Quilting 13.1(theme:  all the colours) here.  Unfortunately, life got the better of me, and I wasn't able to complete challenges 2 through 5.  But I've managed to complete this week's challenge.  The theme is flying geese.


I decided to use a pattern by Piece by Numbers Quilt -- Circle of Geese.  I used Kona Storm for the background and some bright Kona colours I found in my scrap bin.  I miscalculated seam allowances, so the blue goose runs into the side gusset.  I'll have to remember that for the next one I make.


I added a bright print for the lining, and now I have a little gift for someone.



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 to link up your finish:

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 


Friday, March 11, 2022

TGIFF - Open Wide Zippered Pouch

I managed a small finish this week -- two open wide zippered pouches.  I love the tutorial by Noodlehead, and it's my go-to pattern for a pouch.

As you can see in the background of the photo, my temporary sewing space is a dining room table.  I am grateful for my portable Singer Featherweight.


I used Kona Cantaloupe for the lining.


These are bribes prizes 😊 to encourage the timely submission of year-end documents.


I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
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 

Friday, March 4, 2022

TGIFF - Peace for Ukraine Zippered Pouch

Berene @ Happy Sew Lucky created a pattern to show support for Ukrainians.  I decided to make a zippered pouch using Noodlehead's open wide zippered pouch tutorial.  A friend of mine lives next door to an Ukrainian family, so the pouch will be gifted to them.


I used Kona Pacific, Citrus, and White.  In a workshop a few weeks ago with Sheri @ Whole Circle Studio, we were instructed to starch our fabrics when paper piecing.  It definitely made piecing this small pattern so much easier.


I used a butterfly print for the other side of the pouch.


The finishing touch with a zipper pull.



I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Sugar Sand Quilts
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 


Monday, February 28, 2022

2022 Monthly Colour Challenge - February Block

It's the last day of February, but I've managed to finish my February block for the 2022 Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Jen @ Patterns by Jen.

February's colour is green.  I used Kona Kale and Parakeet.

You start by making some strip sets.


The strip sets are cut into sections.


And then you have a finished 12.5-inch block (or 6.5-inch block).



February Bloggers

Carolyn - Appliques, Quilts and More

Kate - Katie Mae Quilts

Frances - Frances Quilts

Andi - True Blue Quilts

Carole - From my Carolina Home

Raylee - Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting




Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Rising Star QAL - Block F

This week is Block F of the Rising Star QAL hosted by Bea @ Beaquilter.  

I'm using Kona White, Dove, Quicksilver, Black, Orange, and Tangerine. 



Although the pattern has the piecing of all the blocks together once all the blocks are made, I'm at a point where I can start to piece some blocks to the centre block.  I'm anxious to see how my colour choices play out.

Monday, February 7, 2022

Stay at Home Round Robin - Round 4 - Signature Block

Only two more rounds after this one for the Stay at Home Round Robin (SAHRR) hosted by Gail @ Quilting Gail.  If you have not been able to sew along, you can always do the round robin at your convenience.

Wendy Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life has chosen:  Signature Block

I pulled out Kona Kale (from the curved round) and Grellow to make my signature blocks.  I wanted to use my Accuquilt Go cutter and dies to make the signature blocks, but that would have resulted in a 4.5 inch row.  So I improvised.  I am a Girl Guide after all. 😊  Use your resources wisely.

I decided on a 3.5 inch row (to match the previous row).  Instead of putting a 2.5-inch square on the corner of the 3.5-inch squares, only to cut off the excess of both fabrics, I used my HST die for the corners.


Because I was sewing late at night, I didn't pay attention to the fact that I didn't have enough Grellow to do signature blocks for the entire border.  Sigh....  But I'm going to say this was a design choice, because I love how it turned out.  This now finishes 26.5 inches.


Make sure to visit Wendy Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life to link up your signature blocks.

SAHRR Progress:

The SAHRR schedule:

January 10 - Centre Block - Gail @ Quilting Gail

January 17 - Round 1 - Anja @ Anja Quilts

January 24 - Round 2 - Emily @ The Darling Dogwood

January 31 - Round 3 - Roseanne @ Home Sewn by Us

February 7 - Round 4 - Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

February 14 - Round 5 - Gail @ Quilting Gail

February 21 - Round 6 - Chris @ Chrisknitssews 

February 28 - Link-up for finished quilts -  Gail @ Quilting Gail