Friday, February 15, 2019

TGIFF - MQG Mini Swap

Back in the fall, I signed up for the Modern Quilt Guild mini swap.  My partner is Linda from Vancouver.  She said:
Like improv, paper piecing, really just about anything modern and adventurous. Like the Scandinavian vibe. Also a big fan of whimsy, irony and anything that brings a smile in these troubled times.
Hmmm...what to make???  I Googled...and Googled...and Googled some more.  I finally made a decision -- a free tutorial by Caroline @ Sew Can She.

I combined both the gnome and tree tutorials -- 12-inch finished blocks.


I used Kona:  Snow, Alegria, Poppy, Leprechaun, Shell, and Jungle for the binding.


I decided to follow the pattern and do organic wavy lines up and down, rather than side to side.


This mini finishes 24 x 25 inches.  I hope Linda doesn't mind it's an inch larger than it's supposed to be.



I hope I was able to meet Linda's wishes and that she enjoys this fun mini.

Giveaway Winner:  Thanks to everyone who commented on my Turnabout Patchwork post last week.  Congrats to Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts for winning the e-book.

If you have a finish this week, here are some ways to share:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Lisa in Port Hope
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict 
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Brag About Your Beauties @ From Bolt to Beauty
Show Off Saturday @ Sew Can She


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

WIP Wednesday - Blooming Wallflowers Update

Things are progressing for the Blooming Wallflowers QAL.  The QAL is being hosted by Christa @ Christa Quilts.

The blocks didn't take long with some chain piecing.


I love the low volume print I used.  Why didn't I buy more??


And voilà....a finished quilt top.  This is the crib size -- 40 x 52 inches.


Quilting begins March 1 for the QAL.  That gives me lots of time to find a backing fabric.


Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Project Quilting 10.3 - Bigger Than a Breadbox

I found this week's theme for Project Quilting very difficult -- Bigger Than a Breadbox.  The only requirement was that it had to be 9 x 17 inches or larger.  Oh my...where to start??  The possibilities were endless, but I had no idea what to do.

About mid week, I thought about making a tote bag -- it's functional, and I'd get some use of it.  I'm trying to get quilts out of my house, and I have no need for yet another mini.  My plan was to make the tote bag on Saturday, but I was not excited or motivated by the thought of making it.  So I procrastinated and worked on another project.

Time was running out.  I finally decided on a simple strip quilt where I could practice my free-motion quilting.  I sewed together ten 2.5-inch strips from my binding scrap box.  The motifs are a combination of ones that I'm comfortable with and new ones.  The challenge was fitting the motifs into the narrow 2-inch strip and trying new motifs.


First row - a mix of stipple and loops
Second row - wishbones
Third row - stars and loops
Fourth row - flowers and loops
Fifth row - boxy stipple


Sixth row - small and large elongated loops
Seventh row - square stipple (but don't make a box)
Eighth row - triangle stipple
Ninth row - sparkler/snowflake motif that I borrowed from Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
Tenth row - spirals


So now I have a 20 x 20 inch visual to help me decide on what quilting motif to use on quilts and to show me where I need to improve.

As much as I hate to "waste" supplies, this was a good exercise.  I will definitely make a larger piece in the future and practice again.





Friday, February 8, 2019

Turnabout Patchwork - Double Disappearing Nine Patch

Back in January, I gave you a sneak peek of a project I was working on.  Today is my turn on the blog hop for a new book by Teresa @ Sewn Up, Teresa Down Under -- Turnabout Patchwork.  You can buy the book here.



I made the Double Disappearing Nine-Patch, and here's my finished quilt.


You start out with a simple nine-patch block using 5-inch squares, that you cut into eight pieces -- the traditional horizontal and vertical cuts, and then you cut each quadrant on the diagonal.


You sew the opposite inner triangles (with pink corners) together and the outer triangles together.


This results in four 6.5-inch blocks -- two blocks that have reverse colours on the top.


And two blocks with a little bit of colour in the corners.


The layout is alternating blocks.  The white centre is a result of operator error (block trimming error), and I didn't have any fabric to make more blocks.


I attempted a flower quilting motif.  Some flowers are a little more organic than others.  😊


I can't wait to try some of the other patterns in the book.


Giveaway:  Teresa has generously offered a free e-book so I can host a giveaway.   For a chance to win, leave a comment.  The giveaway ends at midnight on Monday, February 11.


Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Kathy's Kwilts and More
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict 
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Brag About Your Beauties @ From Bolt to Beauty
Show Off Saturday @ Sew Can She


Blog hop schedule:

Wednesday, January 30 - Quarter Snow Ball
Tutti-Frutti - Quilt Design Duo and Puppy Girl Designs
Sun Dunes - Sarah Goer Quilts and Tamarinis

Friday, February 1 - Modern Shoofly
Flying Rainbows - Snug Harbor Quilts
Flying Butterflies - Samelia's Mum and Stitching Farmgirl
Flying Flags - Tamarinis and Pretty Piney
Flying Confetti - Saroy and Slice of Pi Quits

Saturday, February 2 - Half Square Triangles and Squares
Rose Garden Star - Said with Love
Houndstooth - Pretty Piney
Diamond Star - Sew Joy Creations and Piccolo Studio

Monday, February 4 - Striped Fabric Block
Jaws - QuilterChic
Arrowhead - Steph Jacobson Design

Wednesday, February 6 - Coordinated Strips
Peaks - Quilting Mod
Diamond and Crosses - The Quilting Biker and Pampered Pettit
Knots and Crosses - Devoted Quilter and A Bright Corner

Friday, February 8 - Double Disappearing Nine-Patch
Holiday Trellis - Powered by Quilting
Stepping Stones - Snowy Days Quilting and Anja Quilts
Two for One - Mania for Quilts


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

WIP Wednesday - Hand Pieced QAL

Who would have thought that I'd enjoy hand piecing...definitely not me.  😊

Patty @ Elm Street Quilts is co-hosting Hand Pieced QAL with Kristin @ Simple Handmade Everyday.


This is last week's block.  I did not enjoy the HSTs.  My block is a little wonky and not quite 6.5 inches.


Oddly, I did enjoy the flying geese.  It took a long time to mark the seam allowance on all those little triangles.  But then the piecing went fairly quickly.


Here are all three blocks together.  I'll be doing the on-point layout.


I wonder what we'll be making next week.


Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

OMG: February Goal

One of my FAL 2019 Q1 goals is to quilt my Yin and Yang quilts.  I've finished piecing the second one.  So my February OMG is to quilt both tops.


I've decided they are just going to get an all-over stipple or loop motif.  Both quilts are 50 x 70 inches.  Getting quilts finished and out the door is still a priority, so no time for fancy quilting.


Here are a few of my favourite prints.




These are awesome Art Gallery fabrics, and I was fortunate enough to have won them.



I highly recommend One Monthly Goal as a tool to assist in getting projects finished.  Your goal can be something simple such as sewing blocks, cutting fabric, whatever you want to accomplish.  And the bonus is...there are prizes!  Patty is a great host, and you can find more information about OMG here.


Sunday, February 3, 2019

Turnabout Patchwork Blog Hop

I mentioned previously that I was participating in a blog hop.  I realized that I forgot to share the blog hop schedule with you.

Teresa @ Sewn Up, Teresa Down Under has a great new book called Turnabout Patchwork.  You can buy the book here.



I'll be sharing my project this Friday.  Here is the schedule.  Make sure you stop back here on Friday -- there's a giveaway to win an electronic copy of Turnabout Patchwork.


January 30 - Quarter Snow Ball

Arrowhead
Sweet Bows
Tutti-frutti
Sun Dunes

February 1 - Modern Shoofly

Flying Rainbows
Flying Butterflies
Flying Flags
Flying Confetti

February 2 - Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and squares

Rose Garden Star
Swirl
Houndstooth
Diamond Star

February 4 - Striped Fabric Block

Shells
Xs and Os
Jaws
Arrowhead

February 6 - Coordinated Strips

Peaks
Diamond and Crosses
Knots and Crosses

February 8 - Double Disappearing Nine-Patch

Holiday Trellis
Stepping Stones
Two for One
Cross

Saturday, February 2, 2019

2019 Island Batik Ambassador

So this happened...I'm a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador.  When I applied back in December, I had no expectation that I'd actually be chosen.  I'm both excited and nervous.


A few weeks ago, two boxes were delivered to me.


One box was full of fabric and batting, including a Surprise package that I can't share until August.


Thanks to Island Batik and sponsors Hobbs Batting and Aurifil for all the wonderful goodies.


Here's a peek at two of the fabrics I received.  I'll share more of the fabrics over the coming months.  Each month, the Ambassadors will have a specific challenge to create something.  February's theme is Magnificent Minis.



The second box was a huge surprise...a GO! cutter from Accuquilt.  So very exciting!  We also received dies and a pattern book.  Thanks Accuquilt!!


I hope you'll join me this year on my journey as an Island Batik Ambassador.  Let the creativity begin!



Friday, February 1, 2019

TGIFF - Curved Pillow

I finally got around to piecing and quilting some curved blocks I made back in December.  A 14-inch pillow is the result.


Since it was a small piece, I thought I'd attempt free motion quilting again on my Singer domestic.  I decided on wishbones.  I carefully matched the thread to each colour, and then when I was done, I realized you couldn't see the quilting.  Well darn.


So here's a photo of the back.  I was impressed at how well it turned out and will use wishbones again.


A simple envelope back for a quick finish.




If you have a finish this week, consider sharing it at:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Devoted Quilter
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict 
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Brag About Your Beauties @ From Bolt to Beauty
Show Off Saturday @ Sew Can She



Thursday, January 31, 2019

Modern Plus Sampler QAL

Here are the last blocks for the Modern Plus Sampler QAL, hosted by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs and Paige @ Quilted Blooms.  I highly recommend the book Modern Plus Sign Quilts (Canadians can purchase at Chapters Indigo).

February's instructions will be piecing all the blocks together into a quilt top.

This is the 14-inch Kaleidoscope block.  The colours didn't come through well, but that's Kona Tiger Lily and Saffron.


And Faceted Rings is another 14-inch block.



I can't wait to get all the blocks pieced together.




Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Wire Flower Sew Along

My January OMG goal was to piece all my blocks for the Wire Flower Sew Along hosted by Karen Lewis Textiles.  You can purchase the Wire Flower pattern here.

I made nine blocks -- eight to swap and one to keep.


The first two took me a long time to make.  But then I had a feel for the pattern and was able to make each one in about an hour.


I had fun searching my stash to find colours to match everyone's preferences.



And here are all nine blocks together.  In case you didn't figure it out, the last orange one is mine.  😊

I can't wait to start receiving blocks in the mail.


Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter