Monday, December 15, 2014

CHOOSE YOUR OWN BLOCK - ALONG

With Christmas sewing nearly done, I took a bit of time to work on my 100 modern blocks. This chapter is all about triangles

#36


#37


#38


#39


I'm four blocks closer to the end   : )


We are closing in on the big day!  How are your projects coming??

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Friday, December 12, 2014

STOCKING STUFFERS AND A 4th QUARTER FINISH

Just in time for Christmas, I was given a pattern called 'little wallet' by Valori Wells. I whipped up a few as stocking stuffers for the girls.



They worked up so fast.  I enjoy putting hand made things into the stockings so along with their knitted socks, they will each get one of these


they are just big enough to tuck a little treat card into and perhaps some cash


and, AND I finished this pair of socks that were on my fourth quarter list


I had coffee with a friend the other day and was able to gift them to her.  Apparently she's waiting until Christmas to open them    : )   This was by far the nicest sock yarn I have ever knit with.  It's Madelinetosh and the colour is Dahlia.  I need to get more

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SCRAPTASTIC TUESDAY

I'm still busy scrap busting over here. If it's laying around on my cutting table, I figure it's fair game for my scrap quilt. Bit by bit I'm getting things cleaned up -- one 2 1/2" square at a time.

Block A



Block B


and my blocks so far.  This quilt is affectionately (?) known as Scrap Vomit by I'm a Ginger Monkey. She's made several of these and I can see why. They are addictive !!


I'm still not sure how big I will make this, but I certainly won't run short of scraps!  With working on two wedding quilts I'm making more scraps all the time  : )

linking up with She Can Quilt for scraptastic Tuesday

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A MINI QUILT FINISH

The little mini I have been working on is finished just in time for gift giving.


The idea I had in my head was of someone cycling around the old country......



.......and exploring the old houses and shops.  Previous post about this is here 


The bicycle was fun to appliqué, but not easy to top stitch. I guess I should have thought of that !


I did minimal quilting on this. Just a bit of texture on the 'wall'.  It was fun bringing an idea to life with fabric.  Sure hope the recipient likes it too  : )

For a previous swap I was in, I got this cute mini quilt from Nicole.  I had said my favourite colour combo is turquoise and orange ( thus the bicycle ) and my favourite block is the churn dash. She made me this


Those churn dash blocks measure 3 1/2"


I just love it. Thank you Nicole!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2 NEW STARTS

He did it!  He popped the question, and she said yes  : )  We're going to have us a spring wedding.
Because the bride to be is somewhat of a cowgirl, I decided the wedding quilt had to be something sort of southwestern and not too girly for my boy.

The girl loves purple, so I have added in a plumb fabric from my stash to go along with the jellyroll I am using for this quilt


I'm using the easy angle ruler to cut the half square triangles for this block and there is NO room for error.  I get exactly the amount of triangles and rectangles I need for 1 block from each strip without a mm to spare.

My camera has become my new best friend. I didn't notice the top two pieces were facing the wrong way until I viewed it through the lens. This is how it should look


 I don't have a pattern for this so I'm making it up as I go along


The other day she came to me with a request.  She had seen a signature quilt on Pinterest and was wondering if she might be able to have one at their wedding.  Sure!  : )  She came shopping in my stash and picked this bundle


It matches her bouquet quite nicely which she also saw on pinterest


.......and so it begins


It's all so exciting and a welcome distraction at the end of a very difficult year.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

ONE OF THESE THINGS............

.............is not like the other, and Christmas is coming fast!  At the beginning of the year, I decided to knit socks for the girls' Christmas stockings.  This is where I am at



I've been knitting every chance I get to sit down, but I am still slow. I need to finish this one


I want all my girlies to have toasty toes this winter  : )




The black and white pair on the right is from my finish along list for quarter 4. Yay! So is the plumb pair, but I haven't got very far

These four quadrants


became this 24" block for the Heal group of do.good stitches


This was a fun block but very time consuming.  That completes my blocks for the four groups I'm in this month.
Now on to some Christmas sewing!!!

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

A SCRAPPY BABY FINISH

A bit of time in my sewing room this week allowed me to get this little quilt finished up.  It started with a charm pack of low volume prints to which I added very small scraps.


The inspiration was from the book 'Imagine Quilts'. I just resized the block


For the quilting I did wavy lines in a light grey thread


The backing is a flannel I bought about 4 years ago. The colours were right for this  : )



 It's not a big quilt at all, but I figure some baby will like it eventually


One more so you can see what I woke up to yesterday---10" of snow!!!

quilt stats:

pieced and quilted by me
A charm pack and scraps
27 1/2" x 34 1/2"

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