Thursday, May 28, 2015

TGIFF in Nova Scotia

It's Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday!  Being hosted here in Nova Scotia, Canada.  If you are visiting via the TGIFF link and have never visited before, welcome.  If you have been here before, welcome back.

To get to know me, please visit my post from the recent Meet Maritime Modern Blog Hop and my post from Blogathon Canada.

Let the fun begin!!

Here is a commissioned Transformer quilt finish:

I used my new long arm to do some FMQ stippling.

I am pleased with my FMQ efforts, and the customer was very happy.

Now it's time for your finishes.  Post your finish using the linkup below.  Don't forget to visit some of the other finishes and share some love and encouragement.  Please include a link and/or the TGIFF button in your post so your readers can also view all the great finishes.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Intergalactic

Saturday was Sew In!!  Maritime Modern Quilt Guild hosts the best Sew Ins.  Plenty of sewing, plenty of socializing, and so much FUN.

I decided to take advantage of the dedicated time and get caught up on my Gravity Quilt Along blocks.  I joined the QAL at Blocks 2 and 3, so had to go back and complete Block 1.  Piecing of Block 4 Intergalactic was easy.

Kona:  Berry, Geranium, Gumdrop, Cerise, Hibiscus, and Bordeaux

 So many wonderful Kona colours to cross off my list!

Kona:  Zucchini, Cactus, Wasabi, Lime, Peapod, and Chartruese

My blocks decided to play with the blocks @ Purple Boots and Pigtails.  Val is doing the QAL as well.  You should stop by to see how her blocks are progressing.

Play time.

And then Block 5 felt lonely and wanted to play as well.

I'm anxious to get all these blocks pieced together.  They are going to be so awesome together.

Block 1 - Horizon
Block 2 - Constellation
Block 3 - Orbit

Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

I encourage you to visit so you can see what everyone has been up to this week.

Sew Fresh Quilts

*Don't forget to come back on Friday -- I'm hosting TGIFF.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Gravity Quilt Along - Horizon

It's an amazing feeling to get caught up in a quilt along.  I backtracked and completed Block 1 - Horizon in the Gravity Quilt Along hosted by Busy Hands Quilts.

Block 1 - Horizon

These were fun blocks to make -- easy to piece.

Kona:  Bluegrass, Ultra Marine, Glacier, Jade Green, Kale, and Cypress

I love being able to check off so many Kona colours!  My goal is to use all 303 colours.

Kona:  Nectarine, Flame, Coral, Watermelon, Creamsicle, and Peach

Here are links to the previous two blocks:

Block 2 - Constellation
Block 3 - Orbit

I'm feeling a bit excited and nervous all at the same time -- I'm hosting TGIFF on Friday.

Please stop by on Friday to see what everyone has been working on this week.  It's so motivating and inspiring to see all the fabulous completed projects.

Friday, May 22, 2015

TGIFF - Rock Candy

It's Friday!  And I have a finish!

It appears I have been on a Kona and Jaybird Quilts kick lately.  Rocky Candy is a fun, quick table topper.

Kona:  Sour Apple, Rich Red, Torch, Tulip, Amethyst, Magneta,
Camellia, Niagara, Lagoon, Tangerine, Papaya, Kiwi, and Black.

Needed some FMQ practice -- athough FMQ was probably not the best quilting choice for this project.

I love my new quilt labels.  You can order them over at Sew Fresh Quilts.

Linking up with:

TGIFF @ Slostudio

Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Gravity's Orbit

Block 3 of the Gravity Quilt Along was easy to piece.  And it's been fun to play with so many Kona colours!

Each block is made in two colourways.  Here is Orbit:

Kona:  Pomegranate, Sangria, Wine, Blush Pink, Deep Rose, Garnet

Kona:  Cyan, Turquoise, Capri, Breakers, Pool, Azure

I have discovered recently that my camera is not picking up colours correctly.  It think it's time to admit that a new camera is in order.  Sigh....

I love patterns by Jaybird Quilts.  The patterns look complicated to piece, but once you actually start piecing, it's so very easy.

Stop by Busy Hands Quilts to see the progress of the Quilt Along.

It's WIP Wednesday -- time to link up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

Friday, May 15, 2015

TGIFF - A Pillow and a Winner

The Maritime Modern Quilt Guild is participating in a pillow swap with the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild.  Good reason to try something new.  Found the Sassy Lattice Pillow pattern over at Moda Bake Shop.

Practicing my free motion quilting.

I went with a darker pink backing so I could use the selvage as the finished edge.  This an awesome technique used by Linda aka Scrapmaster, and this was the first time I had the opportunity to do it.

The Winner!
Congratulations to #10 Andrea R who is the winner of my Meet Maritime Modern Blog Hop giveaway.  Looking forward to see what you create from the fat quarters.

Today's TGIFF is being hosted by my friend Jenn over at A Quarter Inch from the Edge.  Pop over to say hello and to see what everyone else has been working on this week.

Also linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Here's to some great sewing this long weekend.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WIP Wednesday - The Transformer

A few years ago, I attended a workshop hosted by Mariners Quilt Guild.  The teacher works at our LQS, and the Transformer pattern is one of his designs.

Basically, make a quilt block, cut it in half (diagonally or vertically), and then sew two halves together to get the final block.  My blocks are cut in half on the diagonal.

Chevron layout:

Managed to catch the last of the daylight.

The layout possibilities are endless.

This is my Transformer quilt from the workshop.

I. Love. Orange.

Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Gravity Pull

So it seems that it doesn't take much to get me to start another project...especially when there are many WIP's still yet to be completed.  But I couldn't resist the pull of another Jaybird Quilts pattern and the chance to use 114 Kona solids in one project.

Busy Hands Quilts is hosting a Quilt Along.  I need to catch up and complete Block 1, but I managed to get on board in time for Block 2 - Constellation, so I'm not that far behind.

Block 2 - Constellation

Kona:  Curry, Mustard, Ochre, Grellow, Yarrow, and Butterscotch

Kona:  Midnight, Amethyst, Regal, Indigo, Lavendar, Bright Periwinkle

Thanks to Val @ Purple Boots and Pigtails for the encouragement to start this project.  Is peer pressure a good thing?  She's coerced taught me to do improv piecing and convinced supported me to purchase her long arm quilting machine.  I'm afraid of what's next.  But luckily, we share a birthday, so I trust her not to lead me down the wrong path.  But I'll happily follow her to our LQS.  Thanks for helping me move outside of my comfort zone, Val!

If you haven't entered my giveaway for the Meet Maritime Modern Blog Hop, you have one more day to enter.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Meet Maritime Modern Blog Hop

Welcome to the fourth stop on the Meet Maritime Modern Blog Hop.

The blog hop is your opportunity to meet some of the members in the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild.  The guild began about a year and a half ago.  It has been a great time meeting new friends and learning new things.  Who knew that I'd enjoy improv piecing.  Or that I'd purchase a long arm.  The guild has been an encouragement to move outside of my comfort zone, even though I often resist it at first.  I do resist paper piecing though...that's one technique I haven't been able to embrace.

By day, I'm the Executive Assistant to the Chief Judge of the Provincial Court.  By night, I'm a lifelong Girl Guide, a quilter, and a walker who has been learning/pretending to be a runner.  Next weekend will be my first 5K that I will attempt some running...not sure I'm ready for that.

I have many WIP's in my sewing room, but they are mostly in the cutting fabric phase.  I love piecing quilt tops, but not so much the actual quilting.  I seem to have a recent addiction to Kona solids and Jaybird Quilt patterns.  I have fabric for Night Sky, Gravity, Delight, and Glimmer.  If I ever won the lottery, I'd buy a bolt of all 303 Kona colours.

Here are some of my favourite past projects.

Here's the blog hop schedule.  Stop by and meet some of the other MMQG members.

Monday, May 4 - Introductory post on Maritime Modern Quilt Guild blog
Tuesday, May 5 - Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge
Wednesday, May 6 - Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts
Thursday, May 7 - Tracy @ Quilting on the Dark Side
Friday, May 8 - Anja @ Anja Quilts
Saturday, May 9 - Val @ Purple Boots and Pigtails
Sunday, May 10 -  Linda @ Scrapmaster
Monday, May 11 - Jeanette @ Stamp Stitch Create
Tuesday, May 12 - Dominique @ The Running Thimble
Wednesday, May 13 - Aimee @ Candy Coated Quilts

In order to keep up with the cool kids, I have a giveaway as well.  These five fat quarters are bright and cheery.

It's so nice to have daylight after work and no snow in the yard!!

Leave a comment on this post by midnight Wednesday, May 13, 2015.  A winner will be drawn on Thursday, May 14.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Meet Maritime Modern Blog Hop

Welcome to the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild Blog Hop.

This is your chance to meet some of the members and see what we are working on.  Here's the blog hop schedule.

Monday, May 4 - Introductory post on Maritime Modern Quilt Guild blog 
Tuesday, May 5 - Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge
Wednesday, May 6 - Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts
Thursday, May 7 - Tracy @ Quilting on the Dark Side
Friday, May 8 - Anja @ Anja Quilts
Saturday, May 9 - Val @ Purple Boots and Pigtails
Sunday, May 10 -  Linda @ Scrapmaster
Monday, May 11 - Jeanette @ Stamp Stitch Create
Tuesday, May 12 - Dominique @ The Running Thimble
Wednesday, May 13 - Aimee @ Candy Coated Quilts

Have fun blog hopping!

Today's blog post is brought to you by the letter K Kona.  These lovely Kona's have been in my stash for some time while I debate what to do with them.  If you have any pattern suggestions, they will be happily accepted.

Meet my friends Lapis, Chartreuse, Grapemist, Lemon, and Bright Pink

Not a lot of sewing this past weekend, as I may have (although I'm not admitting to it...) spent more than my fair share of time at our LQS.  In my own defence, there was a sale.  Sufficed to say, there is absolutely no need whatsoever for me to visit any quilt shop (online or physical) for many months to come.

But I did manage to piece a baby quilt:

If you are not a fellow Kona Nerd Badass, those are Shadow, Deep Blue, and Torch.  An online quote by Grammarly Cards was recently brought to my attention by Jenn over at A Quarter Inch from the Edge:

Nerd?  I prefer the term "intellectual badass."

Happy blog hopping and sewing this week.  I hope you visit again on Friday when it's my turn on the Meet Maritime Modern blog hop.