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



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