Sunday, 18 June 2017

Pictures from Quilt Canada

Quilt Canada was held in Toronto this year at the International Centre. I went on Thursday. Wow! The inspiration, I have a mental list of things I'd like to do and try. The only snag is time, or lack thereof. I know I'm not the only one with this little problem.
How about some inspiration?

Fall's First Frost by Susan Jensen
   This piece was stunning, the trees literally stood out.
Coast moments of the Woods by Carol Seeley


A few of the Quilts of Valour this was a Northcott challenge.




     

A couple of my favourites and there were lots more.  When looking at Walking with Mom it left you feeling like you were with them on their walk. A beautiful and amazing piece!!!

Walk with Mom by Debora Barlow


Over 30 different purples in Ellie and Squeak.

Ellie and Squeak by Terry Rowland Can you spot Squeak?

What show would be complete without some acquisitions?

these are destined for a bag. They are Northcott Stonehenge fabrics
The green ( L's Modern by Lecien) and purple ( Bear Essentials by P & B Textiles) go so well with the floral print (Walk in the Park by Maywood Studio) they just had to come home with me.

these may make it to a new quilt pattern I'm working on

I swore off FQ's but in my defense these are landscape fabrics and one can never have too many of those.

puffy clouds, turbulent water and little flowers 

 A four metre piece will be used for a backing from Sew Sisters.

at $4.99/m, four metres came home
Freebies are always welcome!

Northcott freebies

I really enjoyed the show! The quilts were amazing!












Saturday, 17 June 2017

Medallion Quilt Month 6

The block this month is the Pinwheel Block. The Pinwheel block is a traditional quilt block with history dating it back to around 1795. The pinwheel block gave a little more flare to quilts at the time it was introduced.




This is a 12 1/2'' unfinished or 12'' finished block.

All seams are 1/4''

Cutting:
Dark fabric: A 4- 4'' x 4''
Medium Fabric: B 4- 4'' x 4''

Background Fabric: C 8- 4'' x 4''  

Step 1:

1. On the back of all piece C's draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. See diagram !a.
2. Place the square on top of piece B. Sew a 1/4'' seam on both sides of the line. See diagram 1b.
3. Cut on drawn line. See diagram 1c.
4. Press HST's to dark side.
5. Trim the HST's to 3 1/2'' x 3 1/2''
6. Make 8.

diagram 1

Step 2

1. Repeat Step 1 using pieces A and C.
2. Make 8.

Step 3

1. Sew HST's see diagram 2.
2. Make 2 of each colour.

diagram 2

Step 4

1. Sew units together to make rows.
2. Sew rows together to make block.



You can get a PDF of this block free in my Craftsy Store.

I would love to see any of the blocks you have made, you can post to Instagram using  #stitchinathomemedallion2017 


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Quaker Quilt Guild Quilt Show 2017 is a wrap



After an exhausting 3 days my small guild (30 members) pulled off an incredible show. A lot of time and work goes into a successful show, once the doors opened to the public it soon became apparent that it was well worth the effort put forth by everyone.
The weather was perfect, we had people from various places in the province including Barrie, Toronto, Etobicoke, Hamilton and our local area.

A glimpse of what we had on display follows, this is a non-judged show. We display our quilts in a church on the museum site.

quilts in the early morning light 

 The quilts are draped over the pews. This is a view from the front of the church.

from the back of the church
All the glorious colour of the quilts greeted people as they entered the church.

right side and the wall hangings 
We hung the wall hangings on a line along both sides of the church.

left side


a couple of my quilts 

We had some vintage quilts included this year.

this is just a few of the vintage quilts

this one was hand pieced by Edna Carroll there are 1200 HST's in this beauty


For Canada's 150th we had a display with all the provinces and territories, from coast to coast to coast. This was the guild challenge and was called 'A Road Runs Through'. 

3 territories and one province

7 more provinces
I did Manitoba. The dimensions of the road on the sides of mine were 2 1/2'' wide on the left and 3 1/4'' wide on the right.

Manitoba


Some of the smaller pieces are displayed on dividers.

the watercolour, swoon mini, bluebird and Spring Whimsy are mine.

the leaves are placemats by Joyce Houghton

a nice collection of wall hangings


This is just a small sampling of the many quilts on display. We may be a small guild but as you can see in the photos above we don't lack in talent. 



















  

Saturday, 3 June 2017

What Suff I've Been up to Lately

No I haven't forgotten about my blog, just been busy doing other stuff...that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Want to see a little of that Stuff?

flying geese a plenty
Well let's see first I've been writing a couple patterns. These flying geese are leftovers from pattern number 1. Sorry that's all you get to see from that one until July 18th, so stayed tuned for it.
The second pattern I'm writing is in the beginning stages, it is one of the designs I made for the 30 Quilt Design Challenge that was hosted by Sandra and Lisa you can read more about it here. Sorry no photos of it just yet.

fabric purchase from sisters

I'm also working on a new guild BOM for the fall. This is the fabric I will be using for it, Sew Sisters had a sale on Victoria day and I took advantage of it. At a little over $7 a metre I'm sure you would too. 
Talking of sales Craftsy has its classes on for under $20. I love their classes I can play them when I want and watch as many times as I need.

My guild the Quaker Quilt Guild in Norwich, Ontario is having a quilt show on June 9th(12 - 5 PM) and 10th(10 - 4 PM). It is held at the museum at 89 Stover St., the quilts are displayed in the church on site.
this is one of my entries for the quilt show
I've been busy doing some behind the scenes things for the show.

With all the pattern writing and quilt show prep, I have taken time to smell the flowers.

verbena flowers

This is some of the stuff I've been up to, what stuff have you been up to?



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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Medallion Quilt Month 5

The block this month is the Broken Dishes Block. The Broken Dishes block is one of the oldest known traditional quilt blocks. I've wondered at the name. Doing a bit of research, I discovered that broken dishes were a traditional grave site decoration used by African American slaves.

Broken Dishes Block
This is a 12 1/2'' unfinished or 12'' finished block.

 All seams allowances are 1/4''

Cutting:

Dark fabric:  A  4-  2 1/2 '' x 2 1/2''
                      B   1- 4 1/2'' x 4 1/2''
Medium fabric: C   4- 3'' x 3''
                          D   2- 5 1/2'' x 5 1/2''
Background Fabric: E  4- 3'' x 3''
                                 F  4- 2 1/2'' x 4 1/2''
                                 G  2- 4 1/4'' x 4 1/4''

Step 1:

1. On the back of both piece E draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. See  1a.
2. Place the square on top of piece C. Sew a 1/4'' seam on both sides of the line. See 1b.
3. Cut on drawn line. See  1c.
4. Press HST's open to dark side.
5. Trim the HST's to 2 1/2'' x 2 1/2''
6. Make 8.

daigram 1
Step 2

1. Cut both G's in half diagonally. See diagram 2a.
2. Finger press a vertical and horizontal fold in piece B.
3. Place piece G right sides together on piece B matching point of G to crease line on B.
4. Sew using a 1/4'' seam.
5. Open the seam and finger press. Do not use your iron or you will loose the crease lines.
6. Repeat with the other 3 sides of B. This is piece BG.
7. Press and trim to 61/4'' x 6 1/4''. Line up 45 degree line of  ruler along the seam between G and B leaving a 1/4'' seam at points. See diagram 2c.

diagram 2

Step 3

1. Cut both D's in half diagonally. See diagram 3a..
2. Finger press a vertical and horizontal fold in piece BG from step 2.
3. Place piece D right sides together on piece B matching point of D to crease line on B. As per diagram 3b.
4. Sew using a 1/4'' seam.
5. Open the seam and finger press. Do not use your iron or you will loose the crease lines.
6. Repeat with the other 3 sides of B.
7 Press and trim to 8 1/2'' x 8 1/2''. 

diagram 3


Step 4

1. Sew units together to make rows. 
2. Sew rows together. 
3. Press in direction of arrows.

diagram 4

You can get a PDF of this block free in my Craftsy Store.

I would love to see any of the blocks you have made, you can post to Instagram using  #stitchinathomemedallion2017 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

A MIni for a Friend

Sometimes I just feel like creating, and that is exactly what I did with this piece. As soon as I took this picture I knew I wanted to do something with it.

inspiration photo from my flower beds the flowers are hyacinths

The background I used is a piece of Northcott fabric, perfect for the earth. I used my favourite applique method 'Crafted Applique'. I rough cut the pieces I needed then touched them up with Inktense pencils, NeoColor Crayons and Sharpies. 

the bottom piece is the stone on the right of the finished piece, the top piece is the stone on the left before any  work on them


the leaves on the stone on the left before colouring
I gathered the equipment I was going to use to colour the stones, leaves and flower petals.

these are some of the items I used to re-touch the stones and leaves


after colouring the applique pieces

You can see where I added the yellow to the leaves. I wish I would have taken more pictures as I went along but I was so absorbed in creating I never even thought about my camera. The stones now look more like what I think they should look like. Remember art is in the eye of the beholder and at this point I was the beholder or wanna be artist.

the finished piece
To make the sandwich I laid the top face up then the backing face down on top of the front( right sides together) then the batting. I stitched around all four sides leaving a section open so I could turn the piece right side out. I pressed from the top rolling the edges to the back, then slip stitched the opening closed. The FMQing was then done.

This piece was mailed to Sandra for her new home. 

This lovely came home with me, more on her latter.





Linking up

Monday, 8 May 2017

Scraps plus a Finish

I'm still playing trying to use as many of my strings as I can. Up first is my finish for the Hands2Help  quilt, you can read more about it here. I went with wavy line quilting kinda. You would think that someone who can do free motion quilting would be able to make wavy lines. Seems like an easy enough thing to do, but getting the lines to flow and wave took a lot more effort than I thought.


back shows the kinda sorta wavy line quilting
I pieced the back as I didn't quite have enough of the fabric I choose for the backing.

scrappy flange binding
Keeping with the scrap theme I used leftover flange bindings. I keep all my leftover bindings in a plastic container that was overflowing.

ready for a child to snuggle in, this quilt is going to Ronald MacDonald house

They were a lot of strings left even after making the string quilt. Now what to do with them? I grabbed a few 1 1/2'' odds and ends and sewed them together in pairs. Trimmed them to 5 1/2'' just because they were the shortest size pieces. I then added a 1 1/2'' by 5 1/2'' white piece between two strip sets. The blocks are 5 1/2'' square. I threw some of them up on my design wall. 

one possible layout

Then I moved on to the bits and pieces of the 2 1/2'' strips and cut them into 2 1/2'' squares. I am making these into 16 patch blocks using them as leader and enders. 

16 patch blocks

There you have my scrap story. Are my strings all gone. NO!!! I don't believe they will ever be all gone but they are more manageable now.