Saturday, November 20, 2021

Advent Calendar Drawstring Bags

I'm making progress on the Advent calendar bags that I started earlier this week.  I'm using the Lined Drawstring Bag pattern by In Color Order.

Here is the first batch of eight bags.



I'm using various Kona colours for the exterior.  I cut up an Advent calendar panel so I didn't have to figure out how to number the bags.


Cute little snowmen for the lining.



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 


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

WIP Wednesday - This and That

I had to make a new list of the projects I'm currently working on so projects don't get forgotten. 😉

I had a thought to make an Advent calendar for my two nieces, using the Lined Drawstring Bag (by In Color Order) to hold treats.  And once again, I find myself thinking, it sounded like a great idea at the time.  LOL  I need to get 24 bags made, filled with treats, and in the mail by next Wednesday so they arrive before December 1.

I cut up an Advent calendar panel so each bag will have a number.  I need to create a plan for some assembly line sewing.  I'll probably watch Hallmark Christmas movies while sewing.


I'm doing some pattern testing for Bea @ Beaquilter.  I cut all the pieces using my Accuquilt Go and the 8" Qube dies.  One benefit of using an Accuquilt cutter is that you don't have to trim blocks once they are sewn together.  Time saver!


I need to get working on the November instructions for the Macaron Mystery QAL hosted by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs.  I need to make and trim 60 flying geese units.  October's instructions were also to make 60 flying geese units.  Please don't let the December instructions be more flying geese blocks.  LOL



Linking up with:

Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter


Friday, November 12, 2021

TGIFF - Wonky Wedges Pillow

I took an online workshop with Melissa Marginet at the end of September -- Wonky Wedges.  I was so  intrigued by the photo in the workshop flyer that I used the same colour scheme for my own version.  I used Kona Natural, Storm, and Yarrow.


The technique to make the wedges is quite interesting and makes piecing easy.


I used Wonderfil perle cotton for big stitch quilting.  My free-hand Xs are a bit wonky.  When I used my hera marker to mark the Xs to give me some guidance with stitching, they turned out much better.



I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Rebecca Grace Quilting
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, November 8, 2021

2021 Monthly Colour Challenge - November Block

It's time for the November block for the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Jen @ Patterns by Jen.

November's colour is blue, which represents blueberries. Yum!

I used Kona Ocean and Blue Jay.  This month's block was easy strip piecing to make a 9-patch block.


Each strip set is cut into sections.


And then you piece the four 9-patch blocks.


The four blocks together make an interesting pattern.





Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Scrappy Improv Quilting Blog Tour - Prismatic

I am honoured to join Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation for this blog tour featuring her new book:  Scrappy Improv Quilting.  You can purchase the book directly from Kelly's Etsy shop or from major retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

This is Prismatic - a 20 x 24 inch wall hanging.


I also sewed along with Kelly with the release of her first book Stash Statement back in 2018.  I am not a fan of improv quilting, but Kelly shares great tips on how to get started.  You start by creating a slab of fabric pieces.


And then you cut your pieces from the slab and use those to put together your quilt top.  I used Kona scraps for my three slabs.


I had a rough quilting plan when I sat down at my machine.  But....then I decided to go off script.  It sounded like a good idea at the time, but it ended up not being such a good idea.  I started by echoing  the coloured sections.  I was "supposed" to continue with the echoing, but I found it challenging with all the twisting and turning of the quilt through the machine.  So I thought I'd try a technique from Melissa Marginet's Walking Foot Quilting Designs book for the columns.  It did not turn out as I pictured it in my head. 


Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting is also sharing a pattern from Scrappy Improv Quilting today.  Make sure to stop by to see her finish and to say hello.



Over the coming weeks, make sure to stop by My Quilt Infatuation to see all the projects from Scrappy Improv Quilting.  There are a lot of great projects...not sure which one I'll make next.


Scrappy Improv Quilting Blog Tour Schedule-
9/22- PrismaticAnja @ Anja Quilts
           DownpourNancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting

9/27- FunkytownVasudha @ Storied Quilts
           Cherub WingsMichelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

9/29- Chapel WindowKris @ Sew Sunshine
           Winter FrostLeanne @ Devoted Quilter

10/4- HeartstruckRebecca Grace @ Rebecca Grace Quilting
           Star SpangledChristine @ Triangles & Squares

10/6- Birds of a FeatherPreeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
           Fall FoliageSusan @ Quilt Fabrication

10/11- OrnamentalGail @ Quilting Gail
            Churn, Churn, ChurnCynthia @ Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

10/13- Sunset CrossingKate @ Katie Mae Quilts
             Positivity- Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

10/18- All Dressed UpLinda @ Flourishing Palms
             ShockwaveAnne-Marie @ Stories From the Sewing Room

10/20- Sweet Bee (a bonus thank-you pattern), Finishing, and Wrap-Up (here!) 




Thursday, September 16, 2021

TGIFF - Scrappy 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.

I finally got around to quilting a top I pieced back in April.  Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict hosts an annual charity quilt drive called Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge.


I had the opportunity to do a guest post on Sarah's blog, and I shared this tutorial.


I did an all-over stipple in yellow thread.  I used Hobbs Premium 80/20 batting (my favourite).  I actually purchased my first large roll a few months ago.  I can't wait to start using it.


I used Kona Bordeaux for the binding, using Aurifil #2350 Copper.


It's now time to share your finish 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 link-up parties where you can showcase 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 


Saturday, September 11, 2021

Pumpkin Mug Rugs

This week's finish is pumpkin mug rugs.  They finish 6 x 8 inches.

The pumpkin is a log cabin block using a variety of orange batik fabrics.


I used some Kona scraps for the stem and a leaf.  Instead of finishing with binding, I flipped the three layers (Hobbs Batting 80/20 in the middle) inside out and top stitched around the edge.


I free-motioned a continuous wonky circle using Aurifil #2150 Pumpkin.  Happy coincidence that the thread is named Pumpkin. 😊


These may stay at the office, or I may gift them.



Here are some weekly link-up parties where you can showcase your finish:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon
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 

Thursday, September 2, 2021

TGIFF - Maple Leaf Pillows

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.

With fall approaching, I made two pillows using a maple leaf.  You can find free tutorials for this simple block.  And not that I need an excuse to use orange, but orange is a great fall colour.


I used a batik print on the back and did a simple envelope closure.


I used the woodgrain quilting motif for the first time.  It's not an easy technique, but not bad for my first attempt.  I used Aurifil #2000 Light Stand for the quilting and #2350 Copper to attach the binding.


And lucky coincidence that they match my living room decor.  😉


I was going to gift these, but I may have to re-think that....hmmmm......



It's now time to share your finish 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

Sunday, August 1, 2021

2021 Monthly Colour Challenge - August Block

It's time for the August block for the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Jen @ Patterns by Jen.  Don't forget to sign up for the free monthly blocks here.

August's colour is tan.  I used Kona Gold and Scone.  I am fortunate to have a large stash of Kona, so I have been using Kona for all my blocks this year.


The pattern provides instructions on how to make four flying geese blocks at the same time.


As you follow the steps, it doesn't seem like you'll end up with flying geese blocks.


But voilà!  Time to pull out the flying geese Bloc Loc ruler to trim the blocks.  I really need to return this ruler to Dena.  Shhh 🙊...don't tell her I still have it. 😂


I am making the 12-inch blocks, but the patterns have a 6-inch block option if you are adventurous.







Friday, July 30, 2021

TGIFF - Coastal Pouch Swap

My quilt guild, Maritime Modern Quilt Guild, did a pouch swap with the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.  The theme was coastal -- we're on the east coast of Canada and Vancouver on the west coast. 

I choose the Inside-Outside Pouch by Aneela Hoey.  My first version of this pouch was made at Sewtopia Seattle in November 2019.


I turned these 2.5-inch HSTs into fish.  Fish and fishing are important to both coasts of Canada.


I paired the front and back fish panels with some Island Batik fabrics.


A great turtle and seaweed batik for the inside.


I hoped that the vinyl on the front would make it seem like the fish was in a fishbowl.



I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Chris Knits
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 


Thursday, July 22, 2021

Just One Charm Pack Blog Hop - Charming Stripes

Have you seen the new book by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs?  Just One Charm Pack Quilts has great projects to use up your precut stash.

Today is Day 6 on the blog hop.  If you haven't been following along, I encourage you to start at Day 1 to see all the great projects.

My project from the book is:  Charming Stripes.


This quilt finishes at 39 x 49 inches and doesn't take a lot of time to piece.


I paired a Benartex charm pack (Hot Basics by the Kanvas Studio) with Kona Kumquat and Silver.


I used three different free-motion quilting motifs:  boxy stipple in the background, wishbone in the orange stripes, and an all-over stipple in the print fabrics.


I used Aurifil thread:  2150 Pumpkin and 2600 Dove.  The colours blended in so well, but they give the quilt great texture.


This is great book, and I encourage you to grab one quickly.  You can get a signed copy from Cheryl's shop.