Monday, February 6, 2023

Stay at Home Round Robin - Round 3

It's time for round 3 for the Stay at Home Round Robin hosted by Gail @ Quilting Gail.  Are you having fun sewing along?  We are now at the halfway point.

Chris @ Chrisknitssews chose round 3 -- hourglass.  

I made 4.5 inch hourglass blocks.  I had a plan, but then I changed the plan.  I'm hoping my idea works out.



My progress:


Each Monday, a different blogger will reveal that week's theme.



Sunday, February 5, 2023

Project Quilting 14.3 - 54-40 or Fight Block

The third challenge for Project Quilting -- hosted by Kim @ Persimon Dreams and Trish @ Quilt Chicken -- is the 54-40 or Fight block.

I started this on Sunday when the theme was released.  So I thought I'd make nine blocks and make a baby quilt.  I strip pieced the 4-patch blocks.  And then I had a hectic week and was scrambling last night to manage a finish by the deadline. 😉


The blocks finish at 12-inches.  I made the blocks as designed.


But I rotated some of the blocks to create a secondary pattern.


I've made baby quilts for all three challenges so far.  Which has turned out in my favour, as there have been several babies born in my circle recently.





Monday, January 30, 2023

Stay at Home Round Robin - Round 2

We're already at round 2 for the Stay at Home Round Robin hosted by Gail @ Quilting Gail.

Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life chose round 2 -- stars.  As always, you decide how to interpret each weekly theme.

It was a crazy week for me, so I went the easy route -- I used a star print for a 3-inch border. 😉 I wanted to use green for the next round, so win-win.



This now measures 24.5 inches.

My progress:


Each Monday, a different blogger will reveal that week's theme.



Monday, January 23, 2023

Stay at Home Round Robin - Round 1

Are you sewing along with Gail @ Quilting Gail for her annual Stay at Home Round Robin?  There is still time to join in.

Roseanne & Sue @ Home Sewn by Us chose round 1 -- spools.  As always, you decide how to interpret each weekly theme.

I realized that although I said last week that my centre block was 6.5 inches...it was actually 7 inches. So I had to unstitch it and re-do it; otherwise, it would have been a challenge to add this week's round. Luckily, it was only four seams to unstitch.

I made 6.5-inch blocks (yes, they are the right size LOL).  I used Kona Blueprint and Dove and a Makower UK print.


This now measures 18.5 inches.


In case you missed it, here is my centre block.

Each Monday, a different blogger will reveal that week's theme.



Saturday, January 21, 2023

Project Quilting 14.2 - Pink Tint

The second challenge for Project Quilting -- hosted by Kim @ Persimon Dreams and Trish @ Quilt Chicken -- is Pink Tint.

I paired a Benartex charm pack (Hot Basics by the Kanvas Studio) with Kona White to make some HSTs and ended up with a 32-inch square baby quilt.


I used Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 batting and did an all-over stipple with a Connecting Threads pink thread.


The backing is a pink polka dot print by Robert Kaufman, and I used it for the binding as well.




Monday, January 16, 2023

2023 Stay at Home Round Robin

Gail @ Quilting Gail is once again hosting her annual Stay at Home Round Robin.

Today, we reveal our centre blocks.  You can create a new block, or use an orphan block.  You can make your centre block and each subsequent round any size you wish. You decide how to interpret each weekly theme.

I made a 6.5-inch square-in-square block, using a Tula Pink print and an Island Batik print.


Each Monday, a different blogger will reveal that week's theme.

Here are my 2022 SAHRR and 2021 SAHRR quilts.

New this year is prizes!  Here are the generous sponsors:


Saturday, January 7, 2023

Project Quilting 14.1 - The First One

It's time for Project Quilting -- hosted by Kim @ Persimon Dreams and Trish @ Quilt Chicken.

The first challenge began on January 1, with finishes due by noon on January 8.  The theme is:  The First One.

I decided to make a rail fence baby quilt.  The first quilt I made was a flannel rail fence for my nephew in 2003.  I used EQ8 software to design my quilt using one colour.  I had enough Kona Pacific, Astral, Paris Blue, and Cornflower to make a baby quilt, 32 x 40 inches.


I wasn't able to get good photos of the colours, but these two photos show the texture from the free motion quilting.  I used a bright striped print for the backing.


There were some leftover pieces from the strip sets, so I added some Kona Astral (and a small piece of Kona Orange) to make the binding.


I'm still learning the features of my new Babylock Accomplish.  I thought this project would be a good opportunity to test out the free motion quilting foot.  So this is my first project quilted on my Accomplish.


I used Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 batting.  I attempted photos several hours later -- half of the snow had melted away.


I am happy with my first Project Quilting challenge.  The second challenge will be released on January 15.





Wednesday, January 4, 2023

2023 Monthly Colour Challenge - January Block

Jen @ Patterns by Jen is hosting her annual Monthly Color Challenge.  If you would like to sew along, you can download the block here.

I've decided to use Kona solids again for my monthly blocks.  I used Kona Pink and Honeysuckle for the January block.  Jen created a video to show you how to make the flying geese blocks.


An outside photo to show that we don't have any snow.  We always have some snow in November and December.  I'm not a fan of cold or snow, so although I am enjoying this strange weather, I am concerned as to how the rest of winter will unfold... 😟


Rylee is January's featured blogger.  You can see her block on her blog @Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting or on Instagram @sunflowerquilting



Thursday, December 29, 2022

TGIFF - Christmas Gift Bags

Welcome to the final Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday for 2022.

If you are interested in hosting in 2023, you can sign up here.

I made drawstring bags for my nieces to hold their Christmas gifts.  I used the lined drawstring tutorial by In Color Order.  I highly recommend that you purchase the pattern for the other sizes.  It's my favourite drawstring bag.

I decided to make nametags and embroidered the girls' names.  Now to make sure I get the bags back from my brother so I can use them again next year.


It's time to link up your finishes from this week.  Please visit a few of the link ups to get some inspiration and to share some quilty love.

See you in 2023!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

2022 Monthly Colour Challenge - December Block

This is the last block for the 2022 Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Jen @ Patterns by Jen

I used Kona Sand and Scone for the December block.  I made a cutting error, so mine is slightly different than the pattern.



Now to join the 2022 blocks with my 2021 blocks to make a large quilts.  Stay tuned.





Thursday, December 22, 2022

TGIFF - Brown Bag Challenge

Welcome to this week's edition of 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. If you are interested in hosting, the 2023 schedule has been posted.

Merry Christmas.  Happy Hanukkah.  Happy Holidays.  The holiday season is a time for celebration and a time for giving.  The spirit is in the togetherness and the thought to which you put into thinking about others.

This year, my guild (Maritime Modern Quilt Guild) did a brown bag challenge.  Each participant put 2 metres of fabric (yardage, charm squares, fat quarters, etc.) into a bag.  I got Gillian's bag.  She does not use social media, so I had to talk to other guild members to get some ideas.

There were three fabrics:  maple leaf print, green, and cream.  I decided to make a table runner and placemats.


I was able to make four placemats:  two with green background and two with cream background.  This was a good challenge in learning to use fabric wisely -- measure three times, measure again, cut once.  😉


I used gold thread and quilted a few different motifs, which do not show well in the photos.


I received a wonderful tote bag from Gail.  I put three fabrics in my bag:  polka dot, orange and purple.


I love it!


This was a great opportunity to challenge ourselves to use fabrics we might not normally use and to learn more about a fellow guild member in order to make something specifically for them.

It's time to link up your finishes from this week.  Please visit a few of the link ups to get some inspiration and to share some quilty love.  There will be one more linkup for 2022.

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

TGIFF - Sewtopia Swap Items

Welcome to this week's edition of 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.  If you are interested in hosting, the 2023 schedule has been posted.

I attended Sewtopia Palm Springs the first week of November.  Quilting retreats are a great opportunity to sew and socialize with like-minded quilters.  This was the third Sewtopia that Dena and I attended.

There is an official secret swap -- bring an item, get one.  But there is also the super secret swap organized by Rhiannon.  You are assigned a secret partner, and you gift several items over three days.

Here are the items I made for my partner.  Each bag had some goodies such as chocolate and sewing notions.


My partner shared photos of items that she liked.  I couldn't find a pattern, but I managed to draw a paper pieced pattern for this cassette tape zippered pouch.


Sew Together Bag...oh my...this is the third one I've made, but I still struggle with both the pattern and the sewing.  Here's the tutorial I follow -- without it, I don't think I'd ever get the bag finished.


My partner said she liked Alison Glass prints, so I used a lot of different prints, which makes for a colourful bag.


It's time to link up your finishes from this week.  Please visit a few of the link ups to get some inspiration and to share some quilty love.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Heading North - Sandra's Pattern Release

Sandra @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon launched a new pattern last week -- Heading North.  My blog post was scheduled to post on November 3 while I was on vacation, but when copying the permalink on my phone, I somehow deleted the entire post.

The pattern has two sizes, each with a different layout.  The block is in EQ8, so I played around with colours before choosing my fabrics.  I mixed two Island Batik fabrics with other prints.


I made the throw size, but I added an 8-inch border on the top and bottom rather than the 3-inch border in the pattern.  I prefer rectangle quilts over square ones.


My friend Dena suggested orange for the background.  You all know I  orange, so I was easily swayed.  LOL


Now comes the hard part of deciding on a quilting plan.  There's a lot of negative space to consider.



You can purchase Sandra's pattern here


If you are looking for inspiration, here are some other versions.