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 

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Wonky Wedges Baby Quilt - Citified Blog Tour

Today is my turn on the Citified blog tour hosted by Sherry @ Powered by Quilting for her fourth signature line from Island Batik.

I used a technique I learned from a Melissa Marginet workshop -- Wonky Wedges -- to showcase these wonderful fabrics.  This baby quilt finishes about 37 inches.


This is great fabric collection of wonderful colours and prints.


I need to add the binding, which I hope to finish later today.  I am planning a matched binding.  I overestimated my ability to get up early this morning to finish. 😊


I am in a temporary apartment while my house undergoes repairs, so I have limited sewing supplies and have been sewing on my Singer Featherweight.  So I did big stitch hand quilting using Wonderfil perle cotton.  Here are close up photos of each of the four quadrants so you can see the fabrics and the quilting.









Stay tuned for more photos once I finish the binding.

*Giveaway Alert*
Leave a comment for a chance to win the leftover fabric from my project.  The giveaway will end at midnight, Monday, March 21, 2022.  If you are a non-reply commenter, I will have to re-draw for a new winner.




Although I am at the end of the blog tour, here is the schedule so you can check out all the projects: