Monday, 2 August 2021

July + Garden of Scraps

 July seems to have flown by, maybe because I was a little busier than normal. I had a dreami moment that took up a whole bunch of time, plus vacationed at my son's place.

This is a photo-heavy post.

I have been trying to use up some of my scraps, a little bit of truth tea here. I don't think I'll ever use them up. They multiply like crazy! I'm still working on the 2'' squares. If you want to read about my plus quilt using the 2'' squares go here.

scrappy 4 patch 

more scrappy 4 patches
I tried to control the scrappiness of the 4 patches, keeping the colours close yet not identical. 

a little bit of Canadian pride included.

Now to put those 4 patch units into a top.

there were a number of layout possibilites

layout option #2

option #3

I wanted to add a border or two. This is where I flew by the seat of my pants as I had no concrete idea of what I wanted just a few thoughts whirling around in my mind. That can be dangerous, to say the least.   

auditioning border ideas

I went up north to visit my son and his family. The peace and quiet of the lake while I kayaked daily, helps calm and settle one's mind. This has been a trying year at best. 

I love this photo of the sun reflected on Tyson lake

My oldest grandson(13) and my youngest granddaughter(4). we normally catch and release unless the fish is injured too much. I did catch the first and biggest bass

After a hard morning of fishing, a nap was required. I made this quilt for my grandson when he was two, it has been well-loved and travels with him

    After getting back from up north, I had a week to finish the top and get the quilt all done that included free motion quilting on my domestic machine. This quilt is 80'' x 71'' a little bigger to quilt on my machine. I used my favourite thread Aurifil in the following colours #2123 a light yellow for the quilting the 4 patches and strips, it blended in well. I also used #2024 in the white border and #1148 for the turquoise borders.
feathers and straight lines in the borders. Ribbon candy in the turquoise border.

the best overall photo I could get 


I will be linking this dreami up at Sandra at mmmquilts.








Monday, 21 June 2021

Fairy Tale Blog Hop

Joan of MooseStash Quilting was in charge of this hop. The theme of this hop is fairy tales. My Fairy Tale started out innocently enough.

You all know the tale of 3 pigs, a big bad wolf, and the three houses, brick, wood, and straw. I made the brick house first as it was the strongest.
strong brick house with the little pig looking out the window for the big bad wolf

I was going to make book pages with the houses, pigs, and wolf. I printed out a part of the tale on an EQ printable sheet, cut it apart, and added part to the first page I made.

open book page

This is where my tale took a turn, I wasn't getting the fairy tale feel. So let's start again. 

As all good fairy tales begin: Once upon a time there were some scraps looking on sadly as they were not being used. While the creator of the pig tale was trying to come up with an idea that worked better. As she was looking at us, she suddenly had a gleam in her eye, and not skipping a stitch she brought us out to play. We squealed with delight as we joined the three little pigs, in a quilt sure to be loved by a child. 

I keep small HSTs made from cutoff triangles in a container, they made quick work in making some 4 1/2'' churn dash blocks.

auditioning spacer strips

In order for my pieced border of churn dash blocks to fit. I first needed to add spacer strips to do this I measured the centre, top to bottom of the piece. Time for some simple math. In my case the piece was 16 1/4'' long, add a seam allowance of 1/2''. So, I cut my pieces 1 3/4'' by 16 1/4''. Do the same to determine the strips that go on the top and bottom in my case 15 1/2'' x 2 1/4''. Sew the left and right spacer strips and then the top and bottom. Now I was ready to add my borders, which fit perfectly. 

the borders looked wavy, I just tossed and snapped the photo, this caused the quilt to look wavy


my new quilter holder upper is my grandson, he can be quite the character. As you can see the borders are not wavy.


I quilted straight lines in the green borders, in the print border I quilted pig and wolf outlines with loops. 

And that my gentle readers is the story of how the three little pigs and the scraps lived happily ever after together. 

The END!

For more Fairy Tales be sure to check out the rest of today's bloggers:



Friday, 28 May 2021

Scrap Pluses H2H

 For my second H2H quilt I used 2'' squares, I had an overabundance of them. Even after making the quilt I still have lots left.

sorting out the 2'' squares, these were not the only ones I had

The pluses for the top used 648 squares, 24 across and 27 down.

auditioning borders
For the red and black border, I used 2'' squares. I used up different values of black from my black scraps, the red squares were cut from a 1/2 yard piece that I've had for a while. I think it was a Jinny Beyer piece.

I see some pluses should have been moved around for better colour placement

I bound the quilt with the same red I used in the border. For the quilting in the body of the quilt, I did loops and hearts. In the border, I did some straightish lines, and in black squares, between the red, I did elongated figure 8's.
border quilting

This quilt will also be going to Ronald MacDonald House in London, Ontario.  It finishes at 43'' x 47''. I used Hobbs 80/20 batting, my favourite batting, and Superior So Fine #50 403 Putty for the body of the quilt and 411 Black in the borders. 

I will be linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict.









Thursday, 27 May 2021

Sailing Along H2H Quilt

 While sorting fabric in my quest to use up more of my stash I came across a bag of scraps that someone had given me. I think they have been percolating for at least 5 years or more. 

these were the scraps and as you can see they were not all straight cuts

The challenge was on! Could I make a quilt top using just these scraps?

16 1/2'' x 16 1/2'' centre 

Time to start adding borders.

three borders added

After adding three borders it was getting there, but I still wanted it bigger. It was only 33'' x 33'' and I was running out of scraps, but that didn't stop me.  I added a couple more to each end bringing the size up to a 33'' x 42'', a small baby quilt. Perfect for Ronald MacDonald House, my charity of choice.

Some simple curls and swirls for the quilting to keep the quilt soft

One less bag of scraps, and the real plus they are going to a worthy cause.














Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Born to be Wild Almost

 Thanks to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for organizing another wonderful hop. When I first saw the theme for the 'Born to be Wild' blog hop all that kept going through my mind is the song 'Wild Thing you Make my Heart Sing' sung by 'The Troggs' in 1966.  We were to sew something that's jungle-related. Like jungle animals, wild colors or designs, or jungle fabrics. In my defense for going roque, flowers and butterflies are in the jungle. RIGHT? Ahh all is good then, on to my project. Hopefully, Carol forgives me for doing my own thing.

The things that make the heart sing are the things that give you joy and happiness. I love flowers of any type, colour or shape. While my heart was singing I drew.

drawing out a plan

I drew out a design on a piece of freezer paper, it was convenient and big enough to do all on one piece of paper. After that, it was a simple matter to cut out what shapes I wanted to use for the 'Crafted Applique Method' my favourite method by far.

a few fauna and a wild butterfly, yup that fits the guidelines

For the quilting I did some 'Wild FMQ' from Christina Cameli's books. I stitched in the ditch around my applique pieces.

Okay are you ready, I did actually use an animal print for my project. It just happens to be on the back. It required a little bit of piecing to make it the right size. 

What makes your heart sing?

    The other bloggers for today are:

Friday, 14 May 2021

Pattern Release: Woven

 After a year-long break from pattern writing, I have a new release today. 'Woven' is available in my Etsy store.


Woven goes together quickly and is a confident beginner pattern. 

The pattern includes 3 sizes:

Baby: 44" x 44"

Lap: 58" X 72"

Queen: 85" x 99"

To see other examples made by my testers visit them at:

Anja who blogs at https://anjaquilts.blogspot.com/

Wendy who blogs at https://www.piecefulthoughts.com/blog/

Robin Sue who is on Instagram at  @robinsue58




Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Kitchen Stitchin

 Another fun blog hop from Carla of Creatin in the Sticks, this one in the kitchen. 
We were to create something inspired by the kitchen. It could be pot holders, tea towels, coasters, placemats, table runners, mug rugs, or even a toaster cover. It was our interpretation of a kitchen project. Anything kitchen.

I have three quick kitchen projects to show you today. First up an apron for my granddaughter who is finding a love for baking and cooking. 

which first baking or cooking or maybe a little of both

I'm still shopping my stash and didn't have a piece big enough for the full length of the apron. I also didn't have a pattern, this was a fly by the seat of my pants project. For the bottom skirt, I used 'Raindrops and Sunshine' by Wilmington prints, which was a 20'' x 20'' piece. The top bodice piece was made using 'Brushstrokes' by Cloud 9 fabrics, which I cut 10 1/2 x 20''. A pink Kona cotton 2'' strip was used between them. 

I used my fashion ruler from my clothing sewing days, for the curves of the bodice 
I cut the bodice on the fold and cut the side curves with the fabric still folded right sides together. The top edge of the bodice was 5'' from the fold, the fold is to the right in the above photo, and the bottom was as you can see on the corner. This gave me a nice gentle curve. I sewed the bottom and bodice together using the pink strip between them. I did line the apron with the same Kona pink. The ties were 32'' long, long enough to wrap around to the front and tie.

Next up is a linen bread bag. 

I make a lot of bread for myself. I usually make a small loaf. The recipe for the one I have made a few times is here. Even with it being a small loaf, I've still found that I don't use it up fast enough. So began the search for how to keep bread fresh longer, the answer was simple.. linen. Linen is breathable, keeps the bread in the dark, is washable, it doesn't seem to dry out in them either. I'm sorry I don't have a link for the info on linen, but I read so many different ones, I just combined the info from a bunch of different sites. I have been using mine for a few weeks now and really like it.
On to the project, I knew somewhere I had a couple pieces of linen, that someone had given me at one time.  They were stained and not something I would want to display.

this piece has a stain in the upper left corner

you can clearly see the discoloration in this one

The size of my bread bag was determined by the size of the linen pieces I had. I did a french seam to keep the threads of the linen from raveling. A piece of ribbon or you could do a drawstring depending on the size of your linen. I stitched the ribbon on the back of the bag and use it to tie the bag closed.

I kept the original lace as I liked it and didn't have the heart to cut it off. I like vintage lace and have a few pieces, including Belgium lace that my husband's grandmother made.

My finished bread bag is 16'' x 10''. 

As a bonus no more plastic bags.

Up last I like to have a towel hanging on my oven door, mine were well used and needed replacing. You can see one in the photo of my granddaughter.  I had picked up a new towel, just prior to our latest stay-at-home order in Ontario.

a fresh spring/summer look for my stove

Now let's go see what my fellow bloggers have been stitchin in the Kitchen


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