Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Hearted Beauties Release

I have always wanted to make a New York Beauty Quilt. Whenever I spy one whether it's at a quilt show or on the net, they catch my eye.

'Hearted Beauties' is what happened after I played with designing my own New York Beauty blocks in a heart shape. Why a heart shape? Because I thought it might be neat to see what they looked like. Of course those hearts needed a setting and a quilt pattern was born.

Hearted Beauties


The Heart blocks are paper pieced, the rest of the quilt uses traditional piecing.

The quilt back shows how I quilted it. I quilted this with all Aurifil threads. It's a good thing I have a nice stash of them.
Those large open spaces left plenty of room for some custom quilting. You can do as much or as little as you want.

A big thanks goes out to my testers.  Wendy of  Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life, you can find her on @piecefulwendy and Lauren who posts on IG @letospassion.

Wendy's version

Lauren's version I like how she has turned the hearts so they point into the centre

You can purchase a copy from my Etsy shop. Hearted Beauties is on sale for the rest of April.






Thursday, 4 April 2019

More Bits of Goings On

It's amazing how fast April seemed to come along this year. The months just continue to roll on, if I'm not careful I may get rolled right over.
April started out busy as the 1st is my anniversary, no sewing got done. We spent the day just doing little fun things that we enjoy, like a walk. Then a nice meal out at one of our favourite restaurants.

Sewing has been happening including more secret sewing this time for the 'Be A Diamond' blog hop hosted by Just Let Me Quilt.



A sneak peak at my project. 

a fun novelty print
This is as far as I am, I need to get moving on this project as my day is April 26th.

Some easy sewing also happened I saw these cute little bunny bags on pinterest. The tutorial is here. They were a quick make. My grandchildren will like these, especially filled with chocolates.

I made six in a couple hours

I have also been slowly working on my challenge project for my guild show. I have been using Steam a Seam 2 Lite on the back of the flowers and cutting them out. I need a whole lot more. 

I need to continue cutting more as this is only a small sample of what I'm going to be using

Now I just hope my idea for the guild challenge works out the way I have in my mind. That's the funny thing about these visions they don't always go the way we think they will. But I'm pushing forward as I'm sure it's going to look like I envision, fingers and toes crossed.
 
If you are looking for a great QAL hop on over to mmm!quilts. She has a lovely design, that makes 42 1/2'' square quilt a very manageable size and time schedule. I am sponsoring one of the prizes.



Now I better get busy and start putting thread to fabric.








Wednesday, 27 March 2019

All about Strings

My string quilt project for the All About Strings Blog Hop hosted by Carla at Creatin' In the Sticks, is a pinwheel quilt. 

Pinwheel String Quilt

I've been trying, notice I said trying to use up my strings. They seem to sprout overnight, every time I think I have them under control wham a bunch more appear.

7 1/2'' string blocks
I had a bunch of string blocks that I made more than a year ago. I pulled out any blocks that had pink in them no matter how little as long as it had pink it was good to go. I did have to make a few more, but I still have oodles of strings left.


matched up pair

I paired them up with a Boundless cream solid. Making sure I kept the line I wanted to sew to the correct corner see above photo. You could of course sew them to the other corner, just keep them all the same. I usually use my hera marker to mark these but it wouldn't have shown up for the photo. I stitched a 1/4'' on each side of the line. Cut on the centre line and press to the solid. I trimmed them to 6 1/2''.

sunshine you have been missed
I laid four HST's out in a pinwheel. I forgot to take a picture of the single block, which is a 12 1/2'' unfinished block. I laid them out in a 3 x 3 setting added a 4 1/2'' pink border. 

you can see the sun back lighting the quilt.
all that crinkly goodness after washing

I quilted it using Aurifil #2410, it blended in well with all the different colours. I did some quick and simple loops allover.

This quilt will be used as a donation for H2H2019 Comfort quilts.



All About Strings Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, March 25th

Karrin's Crazy World

Tuesday, March 26th

ShirleyC

Wednesday, March 27th

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Bits of Goings On

A little look at what I've been doing. First up is some fmqing on my newest pattern, to be released in April.

some simple curves and bubbles

Next up is my string project for the 'All about Strings Blog Hop' I'm participating in. My day is Wednesday.

can't show too much, but a few string blocks were a good start to my project come back Wednesday to see what I made

Next up is Sandra of mmmquilts 30 Quilt Design Challenge. Nothing to show for this one yet, I have played in EQ8 so things are percolating just a little slowly. 

hop over to Sandra's blog for more info 

Once I finish up the new pattern and string project then it's on to the next items. My guilds quilt show is in June, I need to work on my challenge project. Write up the info for my quilts that I'm putting in the show, make a few items for the vendor table. 

That should keep me busy for a little bit. 




Sunday, 17 March 2019

Giveaway Winners from the Text-it Blog Hop

The day for all things green, my favourite colour, St Patrick's Day! Green , green and more green one can never have too much green in one's life. 

If it's all green it's all good! Happy St Patrick's Day.

I used random.org to draw the winners for the Text-It Blog Hop. Emails have been sent.

the winner of the book
I will be mailing out a copy of the book to you.

the winner of Aurifil thread

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Text It! Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Text It! blog hop, sharing the gorgeous and fun projects from Sherri Noel's (Rebecca Mae Designs) new book, Text It!
Sherri's book has 10 Quilt and Pillow patterns as well as 7 full sized alphabets so you can personalize any project or make something of your own inspired by the book.




I was looking for a quick project as I have a lot going on, as I browsed through her book I found the perfect project. It goes well with my project from 'Dusting off a Quilt Book' .


I used some of the same scraps as my dusted off pillow.



 The pillow top came together quickly. I prefer not to have the thread steal the show when appliqueing so I machine appliqued the letters using Superior's Monopoly and Bottom Line thread. All in all I am very happy with how my pillow turned out. I found the instructions easy to follow and Sherri offers some great tips in the book.


I quilted some simple swirls and echoed around the lettering.



I have a giveaway you can enter, with two prizes. One is a copy of Text It!, which is only available to a winner who lives in Canada. I will be sending it out to the winner. The other prize, 2 large spools of Aurifil thread, will be shipped anywhere in the world. To enter, leave me a comment telling me do you bind your pillows? Also please include whether you are Canadian. I will draw the winner on March 16th.

If you would like a copy signed by Sherri she has some listed in her shop HERE.

Here is the lineup for the hop.


MONDAY MARCH 4 – BEE HAPPY

PAMELA JANE MORGAN – MYSWEETLITTLESTITCHES.COM                            
SHARON LILABELLE LANE – LILABELLELANECREATIONS.COM

TUESDAY MARCH 5 – INFINITY Quilt

LAURA PILAND – SLICEOFPIQUILTS.COM
LEANNE PARSONS – DEVOTEDQUILTER.COM
KATIE MUTER STARCHER – KATIEMAEQUILTS.COM

WEDNESDAY MARCH 6 – PILLOW TALK

KATE COLLERAN – SEAMSLIKEADREAM.COM
CHERYL DAINES BROWN – QUILTERCHIC.COM
DORIE HRUSKA – FOREVER-QUILTING.COM

THURSDAY MARCH 7 – FREEDOM Quilt

JEN SHAFFER – PATTERNSBYJEN.BLOGSPOT.COM
TARA MILLER – QUILTDISTRICT.COM

FRIDAY MARCH 8 – LOVING YOU Wall Hanging

ELLEN AULT – .HANDMADE3D.ME
SHERRI NOEL – REBECCAMAEDESIGNS.COM

MONDAY MARCH 11 – COUNTING SHEEP Baby Quilt

DEANNE EISENMAN – SNUGGLESQUILTS.COM
SUSAN PELLAND – SUEPELLANDDESIGNS.COM

TUESDAY MARCH 12 – HOME PILLOW

JOANNE HARRIS – QUILTSBYJOANNE.BLOGSPOT.CA
PATTY DUDEK – ELMSTREETQUILTS.COM
ANDY KNOWLTON – ABRIGHTCORNER.COM
SANDRA STARLEY – UTAHQUILTAPPRAISER.BLOGSPOT.COM
CINDY PIETERS – STITCHINATHOME.COM

WEDNESDAY MARCH 13 – LIFE IS SHORT Wall hanging

BECCA FENSTERMAKER – PRETTYPINEY.COM

THURSDAY MARCH 14 – HUSTLE PILLOW

ERIN SAMPSON – auribuzz.wordpress.com/

FRIDAY MARCH 15 – SEWING MACHINE MAT

LAUREN WRIGHT – MOLLYANDMAMA.COM.AU
SANDRA HEALY – SANDRAHEALYDESIGNS.COM
CHERYL KRISEL LYNCH – cheryllynchquilts.blogspot.com/

SATURDAY MARCH 16 – WRAP UP

SHERRI NOEL – REBECCAMAEDESIGNS.COM







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Sunday, 3 March 2019

A Little Bit of Applique

A few teaser photos of what I'm working on. I can if real life doesn't get in the way show you at least a finished top by weeks end.

I have been chasing a squirrel this past week or so. I have been intrigued by New York Beauties and some day I may make a traditional one, but not now. I've taken the idea on a bit of a ride. I had no clue where I was headed when I started.

there's something wrong in this photo
My seam ripper got to come out and play, not that I really wanted it to. And of course we never notice these little flub ups until the piece is all stitched..grrrr...

applique tools

This project requires a small amount of applique. My threads of choice are both by Superior Threads. Monopoly and Bottom Line pair so well together, especially when I don't want the stitching to steal the show. As you can hopefully see in the above photo invisible stitching. Perfect!

cutting away the back reveals a lightweight sew in interfacing

As these are larger appliques I choose to cut away the fabric behind them. My tool of choice is my duckbill scissors no danger of cutting into the applique with these.

That's all folks for today, you''ll need to come back later to see more. Speaking of later, come back on March 12th for the 'Text-it' Blog Hop. There will be giveaways.


Here is the list of stops for the hop.

MONDAY MARCH 4 - BEE HAPPY
PAMELA JANE MORGAN - WWW.MYSWEETLITTLESTITCHES.COM                             
SHARON LILABELLE LANE - WWW.LILABELLELANECREATIONS.COM

TUESDAY MARCH 5 – INFINITY
LAURA PILAND - WWW.SLICEOFPIQUILTS.COM
KATIE MUTER STARCHER - WWW.KATIEMAEQUILTS.COM

WEDNESDAY MARCH 6 - PILLOW TALK
KATE COLLERAN - WWW.SEAMSLIKEADREAM.COM
CHERYL DAINES BROWN - WWW.QUILTERCHIC.COM
DORIE HRUSKA - WWW.FOREVER-QUILTING.COM

THURSDAY MARCH 7 – FREEDOM
TARA MILLER - WWW.QUILTDISTRICT.COM

FRIDAY MARCH 8 - LOVING YOU
SHERRI NOEL - WWW.REBECCAMAEDESIGNS.COM              

MONDAY MARCH 11 - COUNTING SHEEP
DEANNE EISENMAN - WWW.SNUGGLESQUILTS.COM
SUSAN PELLAND - WWW.SUEPELLANDDESIGNS.COM

TUESDAY MARCH 12 - HOME PILLOW
ANDY KNOWLTON - WWW.ABRIGHTCORNER.COM
CINDY PIETERS - WWW.STITCHINATHOME.COM

WEDNESDAY MARCH 13 - LIFE IS SHORT
BECCA FENSTERMAKER - WWW.PRETTYPINEY.COM

THURSDAY MARCH 14 - HUSTLE PILLOW

FRIDAY MARCH 15 - SEWING MAT
LAUREN WRIGHT - WWW.MOLLYANDMAMA.COM.AU
SANDRA HEALY     - WWW.SANDRAHEALYDESIGNS.COM

SATURDAY MARCH 16 – WRAP UP






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