Wednesday, July 1, 2020

WIP Wednesday - 2020 Temperature Quilt

Lots of orange and red are appearing in my 2020 Temperature Quilt.  🌞  This is January 1 to June 30.

The top half of the HST represents the highest temperature of the day, and the bottom half is the lowest temperature.  Using my Accuquilt Go to cut the triangles speeds up the process, and there's no trimming of the 2.5-inch HSTs.


January 17 and 18 made an interesting pattern.  Both days used the same Kona colours but in reverse.  Kona Natural is used for the filler blocks.


So far, there have only been three days when the highest and lowest temperatures were in the same 3 degree range, which meant the same colour for both the top and bottom of the HST.

March


April


June



Linking up with:

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


Friday, June 26, 2020

TGIFF - Double Crossed Pattern Testing

This week's finish is one of my many quilt tops that are waiting in the queue to be quilted.  Last weekend, we had such beautiful weather that the house was unbearably hot.  So it was a good motivator to do some quilting, as my mid-arm is in the basement where it is cool.  😉

This is the Double Crossed pattern that I tested for Cindy @ Stitchin at Home, but I never got around to quilting it.  You can buy the pattern here.  I made the baby size, so the design from the two different blocks is not as prominent as in the larger sizes.


The reason I have a pile of unfinished quilt tops is that I don't know what quilting motif to use.  I overthink it and then procrastinate.  I decided to quilt all-over loops and flowers just to get it done.


I quilted my name and put a triangle in the binding like I did in my Fly This Way quilt.  That binding was sewn to the front and then hand stitched to the back.  I mostly machine stitch my binding, so I wanted to figure out how to do the triangle for that method.


I find it hard to capture the true colour of Kona Silver.


This is my favourite backing fabric -- Prisms by Studio e Fabrics -- and it's a wide-back. 



I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Faith and Fabric
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 
UFO Busting @ Tish's Adventure in Wonderland


Thursday, June 18, 2020

TGIFF - Heart Quilt for #QuiltsforNovaScotia

Do not adjust your screen --  I am hosting Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday for the second week in a row.  Now is the chance to share your finish from this week.

If you would like to host TGIFF, there are lots of dates available for the remainder of 2020.  You can sign up here.

In April, Nova Scotia had a mass shooting -- the worse in the province's history and the worse in Canada's history.  So as quilters do, my guild (Maritime Modern Quilt Guild) started a quilt drive for families of the victims and first responders.  Our own Andrea @ 3rd Story Workshop created a design for a heart quilt -- which she shares at no cost.


I'm part of quilt bee of four, and this was our group effort.  I pieced the blocks and did the quilting.  It's now in Jenn's hands for binding and adding the label.  The binding is made from Nova Scotia tartan.


I did an all-over stipple in white thread, and it gives the quilt lots of texture.


Andrea did a great job with this pattern.  The quilt is 65 inches square.


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter


Here are some other linky parties where you can share 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 
UFO Busting @ Tish's Adventure in Wonderland


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

WIP Wednesday - Summer Sampler 2020 Continues

Here's my version of Block #3 Lakeside for the the Summer Sampler 2020 hosted by Swim Bike QuiltLee Heinrich, and Fresh Lemon Quilts.  There's still time to get the pattern and sew along.

This week, I used Kona Snow, Turquoise, Sangria, Peapod, Aqua, and Honey Dew.


Hopefully, I can stay on track for this QAL, but since I still haven't finished all the blocks for the 2019 QAL, I'm not making any promises. 😊


Linking up with:

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


Thursday, June 11, 2020

TGIFF - Fly This Way

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday is once again being hosted here on the east coast of Canada.  If you are new to TGIFF, this is an opportunity to share your finish from the week, either through a blog post or an Instagram photo.

If you would like to host TGIFF, there are lots of dates available for the remainder of 2020.  You can sign up here.

You may remember from a previous blog post that I took an EQ8 workshop at QuiltCon Austin.  I designed something simple to practice the techniques I learned and then actually make the design.

This piece finishes at 28 inches, using Kona Nightfall and Tangerine.  If you start at the top left-hand corner, the path follows the direction of each flying geese block.


This was another opportunity to practice big stitch hand quilting (which I also learned at QuiltCon Austin).  I tried a new-to-me perle cotton -- Presencia perle cotton size 12 #7567 Medium Orange Spice that I purchased from Mad About Patchwork.


My friend Dena thought it would be interesting to put a triangle in the binding.  I must stop consulting with her, but she always has great ideas.  😉  I could have added a triangle the full width of the binding, but then it wouldn't look like a triangle.  But how to add a tiny triangle????  I was intrigued, so I played around with some scraps.  Even after I thought I had it correct on the good binding, I still had to make an adjustment.  It worked!!


I don't have a specific plan for this quilt, but I'm thinking it may make an appearance on a wall in my house.


Another photo of the binding triangle because it's so darn cute.  😊



Now it's time to link up your blog post or Instagram photo showing your finish by using the linkup below.  Don't forget to visit a few blogs -- it's a great way to discover new quilters and to get some quilty inspiration.  Please include the TGIFF button or a link to the TGIFF blog in your blog post so your followers can also view all the great finishes.
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter


Here are some other linky parties where you can share 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 
UFO Busting @ Tish's Adventure in Wonderland


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

WIP Wednesday - Summer Sampler 2020

Are you sewing along with Summer Sampler 2020 hosted by Swim Bike Quilt, Lee Heinrich, and Fresh Lemon Quilts?

I bought my pattern just before the first block was released.  I assumed I had the necessary Kona in my stash....I was wrong.  So I'm going to substitute some colours based on what is in my stash.

This is Block 1 Trellis, using Kona Berry (instead of Cerise), Aqua, Acid Lime (instead of Cactus), and Snow.  The blocks are all 12.5 inches unfinished.

And did you know you can buy orange masking tape??  Yes please!!


This is Block 2 Infinite Pinwheels.  I used Kona Snow, Breakers (instead of Oasis), Celestial, Acid Lime (instead of Cactus), and Peapod.


I used my Bloc Loc HST ruler for both these blocks.  It makes trimming so much easier.


So now I'm caught up and waiting for Block 3 to be released next week.


Linking up with:

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


Friday, June 5, 2020

Finish Friday - Centred QAL

If you didn't sew along with Sandra @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon for her Centred QAL, you missed out on a great pattern.  The blocks are quick and easy to piece.

I love the Island Batik fabrics I used.  Sandra made a multi-coloured version, and I'm looking forward to making one as well, perhaps with some orange.  😉


I thought about straight-line quilting but didn't want the added work of marking lines.  So a wavy line with a loop gave me the appearance of lines, but I didn't have to be precise.  As I do with all my quilts, I used Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 batting.


A new practice is to quilt my name somewhere near the bottom of the quilt.  I attempted 2020.  Not bad for not having a plan or practicing in advance.


Time to print off a colouring page to figure out what colours to use for my next version.



I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Quilting Patchwork Applique
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, May 29, 2020

TGIFF - Diamond Run Pattern Testing

Another quilt crossed off the list!!  Although this quilt was on my PHD in 2020 list, the photo was blurred because the pattern had not yet been released.  Diamond Run is a pattern I tested for Jen @ Patterns by Jen.  Diamond Run was released in February.

This will be my third quilt for the Hands2Help quilt drive hosted by Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I made the smallest size, which finishes around 40 inches square.


In my effort to finish up quilt tops, I did a quick all-over stipple in yellow thread.


My list of unfinished quilt tops may (or may not) total 20 quilts.  😲  But I'm slowly making progress as I quilted another one today.


The photos above were taken on my deck because my lawn was so overgrown...didn't realize it would be so difficult to find someone to mow the lawn.  But then someone came this afternoon, and my lawn now looks beautiful (minus the brown bits and weeds LOL).


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I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Kathleen McMusing
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 
UFO Busting @ Tish's Adventure in Wonderland


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

WIP Wednesday - Push-Pull Quilt Along

The first block for the Push-Pull Quilt Along was a lot of work...but then blocks two and three were much easier.  You can see the beginnings of this quilt and the many tiny HSTs here.

This is a great pattern by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl.  I love my combination of Kona Red, Morning Glory, and Surf.



I started to realize there was going to be a lot of negative space in this quilt that would need quilting.  😲


And here's the finished (wrinkly) quilt top.


Now to figure out a quilting plan.  Until then, this quilt top will join the many others waiting to be quilted.


Linking up with:

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

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Book Club QAL

I've been sewing along with  Patty @ Elm Street Quilts and Kristin @ Simple Handmade Everyday 
for the Book Club QAL.

This is the final block.  I thought hand piecing curves would be difficult, but it easy.


Here are all nine blocks in the order they were pieced.  Adding the sashing is up next.


Now I need to start thinking about how I'm going to quilt this.  But who am I kidding...this poor quilt top will be added to the ever-growing pile of UFOs.  I don't need a plan any time soon.  😂


Friday, May 15, 2020

Hands2Help Comfort Quilt No. 2

This is my second quilt for the Hands2Help quilt drive hosted by Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


This quilt was made from the blocks for the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Jen @ Patterns by Jen.  If you want to sew along this year, here's the link for the 2020 Monthly Color Challenge.

I quilted an all-over stipple in white thread, which blended in with most of the fabrics.


Now to start making progress on some other UFOs.  😉  This is one of the projects on my PHD in 2020 list.



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I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Madame Tailor
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 
UFO Busting @ Tish's Adventure in Wonderland

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

WIP Wednesday - Centred QAL

Have you been sewing along with Sandra @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon for her Centred QAL?  The blocks are easy to piece, so there's still lots of of time to join in.

I choose Island Batik fabrics, and I love how the blocks are coming together.


These are Block A (four) and Block B (four).


Here are Block A2 (two) and Block A3 (two).  Blocks B2 and B3 will be released this Friday.


We'll have a month to piece our blocks before the final link up on June 15.  I need to start thinking about a backing and a quilting plan.


Linking up with:

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


Saturday, May 9, 2020

Hands2Help Comfort Quilt

Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict hosts an annual quilt drive for various charities -- Hands2Help.
You can read more about it here.

I rescued a quilt top from a friend.  She received the blocks as part of an online bee, but she was not happy with the top.  I've now quilted it, and it will be donated in the name of Hands2Help.



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I quilted two quilts at the same time.  I had a piece of wide-back that would not have not been wide enough if I had cut it into two pieces.  So I thought I'd try two at a time.  I think this might be my new solution to get some UFOs finished.



I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Pretty Piney
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 
UFO Busting @ Tish's Adventure in Wonderland