Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Quilt Along Updates

My fabric arrived for the Classic Meets Modern BOM hosted by Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation. I went with my trusted Kona solids:  White, Steel, Turquoise, Berry, Pool, Parrot, and Royal.

The first January block is Star of Bethlehem -- measuring in at a huge 24.5 inches.  Very easy to piece, but time consuming.


The second January block is Antique Tile.  At only 12.5 inches, it pieced very quickly.





Progress continues on blocks for the Sewcial Bee Sampler.  Another sewing session with Sandra @ Musings of Menopausal Melon and Tish @ Tish's Adventure in Wonderland.  Dave @ The Quilt Engineer joins in when he has time.

Block 5 is called July Fourth.

12.5-inch block

Block 6 is The Seasons.

12.5-inch block

And Block 7 is Dove in the Window.

12.5-inch block

You can still join in with both quilt alongs if you're interested.


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


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Project Quilting - Hometown Proud

Project Quilting is a weekly challenge hosted by Kim @ Persimon Dreams.  This is Season 9, and there are six weekly challenges.  The theme of the first challenge was Hometown Proud.



I'm happy to say that I accepted the challenge and was able to complete it around midnight last night, in advance of today's noon deadline.

This wall hanging is 11 x 30 inches and represents my hometown of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.  I've included a lighthouse, a sailboat, and a fishing shed.


Nova Scotia is on the east coast of Canada.  We have a lot of lighthouses.


Dartmouth is called the City of Lakes -- we have a large amount of  lakes.  There is lot of sailing in our lakes and in the harbour (that we share with Halifax).  I used Kona Malibu for the water, and Nova Scotia tartan for the sails.


We have numerous fishing communities in my area and in Nova Scotia.


This is a 2016 Row by Row pattern by Lynn's Quilting Studio.



You can vote for your favourite project here.


Friday, January 12, 2018

TGIFF - Scattered Squares

I had the pleasure of testing a pattern for Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts.  The pattern was easy, and I loved that I could chain piece the blocks.  It didn't take long to piece the top.  This is the lap size, measuring 60 x 84 inches.


The quilting motif is a boxy meander in grey thread.  I like this motif but need more practice.


Kona:  Silver, Indigo, and Sour Apple.


It's hard to get decent photos of such a large quilt.  I thought I had the solution by pinning it to the shed in my backyard.  But the shadows of the tree got in the way.


You should sign up to receive Sarah's newsletter so you'll be notified when this pattern is released.


If you have a finish this week, here's your chance to share it with everyone:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Quilt Alongs and Finish Along 2018

Squirrel!!!  Sandra @ Musings of Menopausal Melon and Tish @ Tish's Adventure in Wonderland are sewing the blocks for the Sewcial Bee Sampler.  And of course, I had to join the party. 

As much as I didn't want to buy fabric for these blocks, I couldn't find anything in my stash that I liked, so I went shopping. And found Fairy Frost by Michael Miller.  How have I not seen this wonderful fabric before???  It's awesome.  Sandra, Tish, Dave (he crashed the party), and I sewed together last Saturday night, chatting and sharing photos in iMessage.  We hope to sew together again this week.

Blocks 1 to 4 (12.5 inches)


I'm also going to play along with the Classic Meets Modern BOM hosted by Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation.  My LQS didn't have the Kona colours I wanted, so I ordered them online.  Patiently awaiting for them to arrive.  I'm going to use:  White, Steel, Royal, Turquoise, Berry, Pool, and Parrot -- the same colours used by Kelly.

Photo taken from My Quilt Infatuation

Finish Along 2018 Q1 Goals

I've chosen five projects for the first quarter of FAL 2018.

Wayward Transparency
- I think I finally know how I'm going to quilt this, but it's going to be tricky as I need to do it on my domestic Singer.  So much fabric, small machine...my arms will definitely get a workout.

68 x 68 inches

Beluga Wall Hanging - I have a quilting plan -- just need to buckle down and get it done.

16.5 x 16.5 inches

Digital Wave - This pattern is by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl.  I have all the fabric cut.



QCR Mini Runner - This is a kit a bought well over a year ago because I wanted to try this curve ruler.  Some fabric cutting is done.



Craftsy Class - Zippered Bags with a Twist - This class by Joan Hawley features her two patterns Sweetpea Pods and Becca Bags, using a one-zip way technique for the zippers.  I need to pull some fabric and zippers.


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



Thursday, January 4, 2018

TGIFF - Splash of Colour Quilt Along

Welcome to Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday, being hosted here in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.  We are in the midst of a rainy, windy storm, and I’ve lost electricity.  So I shall sit and twiddle my thumbs by flashlight.

TGIFF is your opportunity to showcase your finishes from this week and to see what other great projects have been created.


I participated in the Splash of Colour QAL hosted by Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts.  This is the baby quilt I made for my niece for Christmas, using this pattern.

31 x 41 inches

I used Kona Black, White, and Orange.

I quilted diagonal lines in white thread using my walking foot.






Now it's time for you to link up your finishes.  Link up your blog post showing off your finished project using the linkup below.  Don't forget to visit a few blogs to spread some quilty love and encouragement.  Please include a link and/or the TGIFF button in your blog post so your followers can also view all the great finishes.




Here are other ways you can share your finish:

Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Playing Catch Up

Time got away with me this fall, and I fell two months' behind in the Magnolia Mystery Quilt Along hosted by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs.

My OMG for January is to do the November and December instructions.  The layout has been revealed, so it's no longer a mystery for me.



Here is what I have completed to date.

Half Flying Geese Units

HST Units

Additional pieces to create the flower units.




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


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Best of 2017 and Plans for 2018

As the end of 2017 fast approaches, it's time to reflect on the year that was 2017 and to think about 2018.

Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a Best of 2017 Linky Party.



Here is my list of 5 posts:

Most Views - My Star Quilts for my little friends in South Africa received  the most page views in 2017, with 1,459 views.  I think these were my favourite finishes of 2017.

Second Most Views - I don't pay attention to blog stats, so was surprised that the post with the second most views (1,350) was my Modern HST Sampler.  It was a fun quilt along, but I didn't think the quilt was a show stopper, but clearly it was well received.

Pattern Testing - I had fun testing several patterns in 2017: Wind Farm, Squared Off, Gemstones, Beluga Whale, Star Blossom, and Faith, Hope, and Love.

Clothing - I made a few tops, a dress for myself, and a Geranium dress for my new niece.

Best Adventure - The best quilting adventure of 2017 was a 5-hour drive to Calais, Maine, to buy $2/yard fabric with quilting friend Dena.


I wonder what quilting adventures are in store for 2018.  Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl is hosting a 2018 Planning Party.  I didn't finish all the projects on my list this year, so I will continue to work on them.  Unfortunately, my sewing room did not stay organized -- Must. Stop. Buying Fabric.  ha ha ha

My goals/hopes/plans are to:

  • Organize all my fabric into one space (rather than the three spaces right now.....)
  • Continue to sew projects that make me happy
  • Continue to have fun


2018 Planning Party


Here's to a wonderful 2018.





Friday, December 29, 2017

TGIFF - Final Zippered Pouch Kit

My plans to sew this week while on vacation were derailed by illness.  I missed Christmas dinner, but I managed enough snuggles with my niece before I took ill.

The fabric was already cut out for the last of the zippered pouch kits from my FAL Q4 goals.  So it didn't take to long to sew them up, especially since I skipped a step.  LOL


As the end of 2017 approaches, we are looking for hosts for 2018 for TGIFF.  If you're interested in hosting, sign up here.



This pattern called for batting instead of interfacing.  I decided to wait until the batting was needed before I cut the pieces.  That was a mistake.


I pieced the front panels and then moved on to the zipper tabs.  Somehow, I missed the one sentence in between steps one and two that said add batting.  But the time I realized my mistake, I had already sewn on the zippers.  No way I was turning back at this point.  It was just one sentence, and it didn't even mention quilting.


I did not like this pattern for many reasons, the most frustrating of all was that it required a 14-inch zipper, when a 9-inch or 10-inch would have sufficed.  That's a lot of wasted zipper to cut off.  I was able to dig through my stash and find smaller ones so I could save the longer ones.


The pattern didn't say whether to use a 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch seam allowance.  I went with 1/2 inch as it seems most zippered pouches use that width.  I also used a 1.5-inch boxed corner as opposed to the 1-inch as indicated in the pattern.  I like my pouch to "stand up" -- the 1-inch corner is just too small.


But all things considered, the pouches turned out okay, even without batting or interfacing.  These will join my tickle trunk of gifts.

Even though I had some troubles, I enjoying making all three zippered pouch kits.


If you have a finish this week, here's your chance to share it with everyone:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Kathy's Kwilts and More
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 


Friday, December 22, 2017

TGIFF - Giraffe Family

I've been wanting to make Giraffe Family by Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for a long time, but never found the time.  My boss is going to be a grandmother next month, and she asked me to make a quilt.  The theme in the baby's room is giraffes, and so voilà.

The quilt finishes about 41 x 52 inches.  It's still difficult to get decent photos, but now that the winter solstice arrived yesterday, the days are slowly getting longer.  Spring is on the way!!


These giraffes are so darn cute.


I matched the fabrics to the colours in the baby's room.


This is a great and easy pattern, but a little time consuming sewing the giraffe bodies -- couldn't figure out the best way to chain piece without mixing up the pieces.



I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas.  Although the season is about spending time with loved ones, I hope you find some time for sewing -- I know I plan to!!  ☺


If you have a finish this week, here's your chance to share it with everyone:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Powered by Quilting
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 


Friday, December 15, 2017

TGIFF - More Zippered Pouches

I'm making progress with my FAL 2017 Q4 goals.  This is the second of three zippered pouch kits.  So far, the first kit of skeleton pouches is my favourite pattern.  Here are the two additional pouches I was able to make with the leftover fabric.

I love the three prints from this kit; however, I did not like the pattern.  This is the smallest size.  You can see the bottom is saggy.  The lining fabric was shorter than the exterior fabric.  The fusible interfacing was ironed to the lining fabric, not the exterior as the norm. Again that meant the exterior was saggy.  But I suspect the reason for that is the inside pockets (see below for photo).


The zipper ends are quite sloppy and unattractive.  I had prepped all the pieces for all three sizes in an assembly line fashion.  Rather than taking apart what was sewn, I cut off fabric from the exterior so it matched the length of the lining.  But that meant losing a lot of the great paisley print on the bottom.


Here are the inside pockets.  I like the concept of pockets, but not a necessity in my mind.


As I was finishing pouch #3, I realized what the problem was.  When sewing the three prints to form the exterior, I should have used a 1/2-inch seam.  If the pattern had indicated what the finished size of the panel was supposed to be, I would have realized before it had become a problem.


Here are the three sizes.


The skeleton pouch pattern uses zipper tabs, and I really like that.  That will be my new go-to pattern, along with Open Wide Zippered Pouch by Noodlehead.



If you have a finish this week, share it with everyone:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 




Friday, December 8, 2017

TGIFF - Skeleton Zippered Pouches

Time is running out for me to finish all my FAL 2017 Q4 goals.  Here are some fun skeleton zippered pouches.  Now I realize that I am late for Halloween 2017, or really early for Halloween 2018.  😊

This was a kit I purchased from Connecting Threads last year.  Although the kit was for two zippered pouches, there is enough fabric to make two more.


Two fun prints from Cotton + Steel.  The black print is by Rashida Coleman-Hale.


These will go in my stash to have on hand for a last-minute gift emergency.



Don't forgot to link up any bags you've made with Patti @  Elm Street Quilts for her annual Bag It linky party.  You have until December 15 to link up.

Elm Street Quilts


If you have a finish this week, share it with everyone:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Devoted Quilter
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation