Sunday, September 20, 2020

Pattern Testing - Interlocking Leaves

I had the pleasure of testing a pattern -- Interlocking Leaves -- for Bea @ Bea Quilter.  At 21 x 21 inches, it's a great size for a wall hanging or a table accent. The pattern can be cut using a rotary cutter or by using an Accuquilt cutter and the 6-inch GO Qube.

I have an 8-inch GO Qube, so decided to up-size the pattern.  My version finishes approximately 28 inches.


I started with the leaf border print and used matching Kona cottons for the interlocking leaves.  In my stash, I found a green print that was just the right size for the backing.


Quilting was an all-over stipple in Gold thread from Connecting Threads, and I used my favourite Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 batting.


This is a great pattern if you need fall decor for your home.  It doesn't take much time to piece.


Make sure to visit Bea's shop to purchase the pattern.  It will be on sale for a limited time.


Friday, September 18, 2020

Pattern Testing - Loome Quilt

I tested a great pattern by Riane @ Riane Elise -- Loome Quilt.  The pattern is being released today.  You may have seen my sneak peaks over on Instagram.

I used Kona Natural for the background, as well as Kona Orange, Tangerine, and Pimento.  I had planned to use purple, but I didn't have the right colours.  But guess what?  I had plenty of oranges in my stash.  😉  I'm sure that doesn't come as any surprise to those who regularly follow me.


I made the crib size which finishes 35 x 44 inches.  The pattern also has throw and twin sizes included.  I had a great print in my stash for the back.  Now I wish I had purchased more of it.


I quilted straight lines of varying widths with my walking foot using Aurifil 2150 Pumpkin thread.  I used my favourite Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 batting.


This is a great pattern that is easy to follow.  I would definitely make this pattern again.  Make sure to visit Riane to grab your pattern -- I heard it's on sale for the weekend.



I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Sarah Ruiz 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 


Thursday, September 10, 2020

TGIFF - Quilt Buzz Bingo

Welcome to Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday.  TGIFF is the opportunity 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.

Did you play along with Quilt Buzz Bingo?  It was a fun quick QAL.  Here is my quilt top finish.  This was supposed to be a fully finished quilt, but I went to PEI to babysit my two little nieces last weekend, so no quilting.  I thought I had suitable backing fabric, but I didn't, and my LQS closes at 6:00 p.m. now due to the pandemic.  It's been a hectic work week, and I wasn't able to get into my LQS before it closed, so again no quilting.


I hope you've had a less hectic week and have a finish to share.

I rotated some of the blocks in an effort to balance some of the colours.


Here's a wrinkly view without the Bingo numbers pinned to the blocks.



It's time for you to share your finish from this week.

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


Friday, August 28, 2020

TGIFF - Little Girl Skirts

I am hoping to be travelling next weekend to visit my nieces.  Fingers crossed that work cooperates and that we're not affected by hurricanes.

I made skirts during my last visit, and I promised I would make more.  Aliyah loved the skirt and wore it to bed, but Miah was not impressed.

The skirts are reversible.  This print is from the Woodland collection by Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches for Lecien.


I thought taking photos of quilts was difficult...skirts are even more difficult.

I didn't have enough of the turquoise fabric for the waistband for the second skirt.


I didn't sew the ends of the elastic together as I want to measure the girls to make sure I have the right size.

I also have the print in yellow and red.  I think I'm going to use the yellow print with a red solid to make another reversible skirt pattern where the waistband matches each side of the skirt.


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 


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

WIP Wednesday - Quilt Buzz Bingo

Are you playing along with Quilt Buzz Bingo?  I am, and I have all my blocks made! 

I found some bright colours in my stash.


After I pieced the first five blocks, I decided I needed a better plan so I could chain piece more efficiently.


I chain pieced the next ten blocks, and they went together quickly.


And then the final ten blocks were finished.


Now to figure out a layout and piece the top (with sashing) before the September 5 deadline.


Linking up with:

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


Friday, August 21, 2020

TGIFF - Criss Cross

Back in May, I shared my Criss Cross quilt top.  I tested the Criss Cross pattern for Sherry @ Powered by Quilting, but I didn't get the top quilted until now.


I quilted an all-over stipple in light grey thread.


I used the last of the turquoise Prism wideback by Studio e Fabrics that I was hoarding.


The above photos were taken mid afternoon.  The next two photos were taken about an hour before the sun began to set.  I read recently that just before sunset is a great time to take photos.  I think I prefer a little earlier in the day with a bit more sun/brightness.


I'm slowly making my way through the pile of unquilted tops.  I think there are ten remaining. 😲

Sherry released some great new patterns earlier this year.  You can purchase them out here.


I'm linking up with:

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 
UFO Busting @ Tish's Adventures in Wonderland

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

WIP Wednesday - Summer Sampler 2019

You may recall that I abandoned the Summer Sampler 2019 last month.  I pieced the 17 completed blocks into a quilt top.  I took photos, but I wasn't happy with them.  And then I got sidetracked and forgot to take more photos.


But after looking at the photos again, I find them interesting.


This one almost looks like a painting.

I have the binding fabric chosen, but I haven't decided on a quilting plan yet.  But it's a pretty safe bet that it's going to get an all-over stipple -- quickest way to get it finished.  😉


Linking up with:

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


Monday, August 17, 2020

New Ironing Board

*I just realized that I have not been receiving notification of blog comments.  My apologies for not responding.  I don't know know where to begin to play catch up, so I'm just going to respond to new comments going forward.

I have been using an oversized ironing board from Walmart, which is 18-inches wide.

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I've been looking for a cabinet to make my own ironing board, but I wanted something that was 36-inches high.  It is near impossible to find anything that height -- everything seems to be 32 inches or 48 inches.  I finally found this used cabinet that has shelves inside.

It's 34 1/4 inches high, 16 inches deep, and 48 inches in length.  And only cost $30.


I purchased a pre-cut piece of wood ($10) that is 24 x 48 inches and covered it with two layers of batting and this fun cotton canvas/decor weight fabric (no clue what is...it was in my stash).  So I placed the cabinet 4 inches away from the wall, so the ironing board hangs over 4 inches on each side.  I was hoping for a length of 50 to 56 inches, but I didn't want to deal with cutting a huge piece of wood down to the size I wanted.


Unfortunately, I purchased press wood and not ply wood, so I have a strong scent of wood in my house.  And with my allergies to grass and trees, it's not a great situation.  It's been recommended that I let it sit outside in the sun all day to help alleviate the smell.

Even with the smell and it not being quite 36 inches high, I love my new ironing board!


Thursday, August 13, 2020

TGIFF - Penguin Party

Welcome to Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday.  TGIFF is the opportunity 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.

I pieced the Penguin Party pattern by Elizabeth Hartman back in November at Sewtopia.  And then the quilt top sat in my UFO file.  But it's now finished!


I love the Prism wideback by Studio e Fabrics.  I've been hoarding a few pieces.  I'm glad I used the turquoise on the back of this quilt, but now I'm sad that I used it.  I need more!


Elizabeth Hartman has great patterns, but there is always a bunch of tiny pieces.  I always seem to "forget" this until I'm cutting the pieces.



It's time to link up your finish from this week.

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, August 12, 2020

Summer Sampler 2020 Update

I've been keeping up with the the Summer Sampler 2020 hosted by Swim Bike QuiltLee Heinrich, and Fresh Lemon Quilts.  Although I have posted my blocks over on my Instagram, I haven't done a blog post to showcase all the blocks to date.

Block 4 - Tidepool



Block 5 - Brae



Block 6 - Convergence


Block 7 - Diverge



Block 8 - Direction



Block 9 - Midsummer



Block 10 - Zephyr



I have the pieces cut for this week's Block 11...hoping to sew tomorrow.


Linking up with:

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

Saturday, August 1, 2020

2020 Monthly Color Challenge - August Block

It's time for the August block for the 2020 Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Jen @ Patterns by Jen.  Head over to Jen's blog for details.

This month's colour is pink.


I forgot to take progress photos because the block didn't take long to piece. 😊



Make sure to stop by to see the blocks made by the other August bloggers:

Joanne - Quilts By Joanne
Carolyn - Sweet Boater Chick
Kathleen - Kathleen McMusing


And don't forget to watch for the August link up for finished blocks.  There are some great sponsors for this quarter.

Sponsors July thru September

Quilters Chic - PDF Pattern
For The Love of Geese - PDF Pattern
Carole Lyle Shaw - Pattern and Grunge bundle
Quilters Dream Batting - Dream 80/20 - 60" x 60"
The Fat Quarter Shop - Fabric Bundle




Friday, July 17, 2020

TGIFF - Alison Glass Stitch Club

Have you joined the Alison Glass Stitch Club?  I'm playing along.  For June's project, we learned abut kantha style embroidery.


The project started out as a pillow cover, but quickly turned into a placemat.


It's basically a big running stitch.  I used a few colours of perle cotton.


I didn't finish the edges with a whipstitch.  This piece has been sitting on my coffee table for weeks, waiting to be finished...so I just machine stitched around the edges for a quick finish.



July's project is sashiko.  I purchased a sashiko kit from Red Thread Studio at QuiltCon 2020 but haven't had a chance to work on it.  Time to get stitching -- there's orange thread. 😉


I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Quilting Gail
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 Adventures in Wonderland


Friday, July 10, 2020

TGIFF - Push Pull QAL

Do you remember my wrinkly quilt top?  It's now finished!

I made the quilt top during the Push-Pull Quilt Along hosted by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl, but I didn't finish the quilting in time for the final link up.


  I used Kona Red, Morning Glory, and Surf.  It finishes around 44 x 49 inches.


My brilliant idea of using my walking foot to stitch a continuous spiral didn't end up being so brilliant after all.  I started at the centre of the four arrows in the bottom left-hand corner, but I echoed using the edge of my walking foot -- so I ended up with a 3/8-inch spiral.  😲


It took several nights of quilting, including a 5-hour session on the last night because I was tired of quilting and just needed it to be done.


After quilting, it did not lay flat.  I was going to block it, but that seemed like a lot of work for a quilt I hope will be used and washed on a regular basis.  I'll learn how to block on a smaller quilt another time.


As much as I hated the quilting process, I love the finished look. 



I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
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 Adventures in Wonderland