Saturday, 22 January 2022

Project Quilting 13.2 In Silhouette 'Winter~ Spring'

I love these challenges from Project Quilting! They are hosted by Kim of  Persimon Dreams. This week’s challenge was to focus on contrast and design.

Some people enjoy a sense of joy on a snowy day, not I. All that shoveling especially when I got 29cm of the white stuff..yuck. While I was looking for inspiration I came across a quote by Hal Borland "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." This brings me to my project for Project Quilting 13.2.

drawing of my design in Paint Shop Pro

First I drew an image in my graphics program Paint Shop Pro X9. I liked what I came up with, however cutting all those bits and pieces out was a little daunting. Not to mention that time was also a factor, one week doesn't allow for all that integrate cutting. I may have to invest in a cutting machine at some time in the future.

I had recently purchased some Transfer Artist Paper but hadn't tried it yet. It is transfer paper that you print on your printer (or you can even draw on it) then iron it onto fabric. It is less "plasticky" than other iron-on transfer products and can be used on many other materials besides fabric.

auditioning strips for the background fabric. Winter to the left and Spring colours to the right 

I printed it on the TAP and transferred it to my fabric following the directions included. I wasn't happy with just the printout, I wanted to add to it. I pulled some light scrap stripes and sewed them together. I pieced the TAP piece to the strips and still thought it needed more. But what? The challenge was a silhouette, so I thought, why not a silhouette of a tree?

this is taking shape, now to give it some life via free motion quilting

Next, I layered the top with Hobbs Thermore batting and a backing. I free-motion quilted through all of the layers. I used Aurifil #'s 2692, 2309, and5007. 

after some thread painting of the tree, I am happy with how this piece turned out

I'm looking forward to playing with TAP some more!

The pieces finished at 15 1/2'' x 10''.

Challenge 2 completed!

Saturday, 8 January 2022

Project 13.1 'Colour Snippets'

 It's time for Project Quilting hosted by Kim of  Persimon Dreams. The first challenge is called 'All the Colours', we were to use at least 5 colours. At first, I wasn't sure what I was going to make. Then during the middle of a sleepless night inspiration struck of course that was Friday night. Could I do this in one day? Yup!

definitely at least 5 colours

I think I better clarify something, I do not keep pieces this small. What I did was I took small pieces of Steam a Seam Lite and adhered scraps to them then cut those up with scissors.

scraps adhered to small leftover pieces of Steam a seam 

I then dropped the small snippets of adhered fabric to piece of a white fabric scrap. I adhered them to the fabric following manufacture instructions. I then cut the piece below into 2 1/2'' squares.

scattered snippets, the background fabric I used looked like it had snippets of white already

Next, I pulled out some 2 1/2'' HST's from my collection of leftover HST's from various projects.

some of my leftover or bonus HST's

Before you get thinking boy, is she ever organized, to a small extent with these I am. However, I have lots that aren't trimmed and nice and neatly stored.  That's a distant future organization job.

Snippets of colour

Some quick FMQing of sort of concentric circles in the squares with the snippets and arcs in the HST's. I could have done a better job of the arcs in the border. But overall I am happy with how the piece turned out.

I treated myself to flowers on New Years Eve, they still look good

My flowers look good on this piece, it is 9'' x 12''. I used Hobbs Thermore batting which I like to use in table runners and wall hangings and Aurifil #2110 for the quilting. Challenge 1 finished.

Sunday, 26 December 2021

Granddaughter Quilt 'Shining Star'

The gifting of the quilt I made for one of my 5 granddaughters is done. I can now show you her quilt.

Nevaeh is my youngest son's oldest daughter and is 13, she has been through two major surgeries in her life already. The first when she was only a month old and the second when she was six. She is doing fine and hopefully will stay that way. When I asked what colour to make her quilt, all I was told was black. I just couldn't make a completely black quilt and was totally lost as to how to proceed.

Northcott Kensington Park border print and Northcott Shimmer 

When I saw this border print from Northcott I fell in love with it and my hope was that Nevaeh would too.  It was now Nov 9th, approximately 6 weeks until Christmas, and no plan in sight. Time to open EQ8 and start designing. 

I also used Kona black. The centre block is 24'' by 24''. 

More playing with inset seams

As if I didn't get enough inset seams making the block for the Virtual Cookie Exchange project you can read more about that here, I made four of the above blocks, what was I thinking?

Dec 4th and a long way to go

Piecing this top was a priority, I wonder if the Elves feel like this at this time of year?

Dec 5th a completely pieced top, excuse the poor lighting 

A sense of relief, with a finished top, now on to the quilting and 20 days till Christmas, with no idea how I wanted to quilt it. I started by stitching in the ditch, and then I let the quilt start talking to me. 

I kept the centre fairly simple. I outlined the bird and added some gentle curves. Straight lines radiating out from the centre and more curves.
I wanted the stars to pop so I echoed each star and in the background, I quilted small loop de loops and stars.
The black side borders I quilted feathers and the border print got straight lines spaced at an inch and a half.

the quilt required two holder uppers and of course, the wind was blowing

Binding and quilting were finished on Dec 21st, after more than 45 hours of quilting all on my domestic machine. I was one happy grandma!!

the back shows the quilting. My daughter helped hold it up

The quilt finished at 100 inches long by 90 inches wide. I think she was happy with her quilt.

Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Virtual Cookie Exchange 2021

 Welcome to the Virtual Cookie Exchange and blog hop hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. This is my favorite blog hop of the year, who doesn't like to see new ideas and swap recipes for Christmas yummies and projects. 

The recipe I am sharing this year is for a Gingerbread Mug Cake. I like gingerbread but with only me to eat it, my waistline would not appreciate it. I have been trying different recipes and tweaking them to my liking. Serves one, just my size.

getting ready to make my mug cake, an essential item is a microwave-safe mug

Gingerbread Mug Cake

4 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar
3 tablespoons Milk
1/2 tablespoon Canola Oil, or other neutral oil
1/2 tablespoon Dark Molasses
1/8 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
Pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe mug. Use a fork or small whisk to mix until smooth. 
Microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute until just set.
Cool and Enjoy. Allow to cool slightly, top with whipped cream if desired!

ready to enjoy, I was out of whipped cream but it was still good

This year's Christmas project didn't go as planned. I picked out fabrics and designed a block.

turquoise fabric pull 

 I made one block of what was to be 20 and had second , okay lots of thoughts one being was I completely crazy. The block has more inset seams than I care to even think about.

inset seams
and just look at all those inset seams

 The quilt would look stunning in my humble opinion.

EQ mockup I do love the secondary pattern the blocks form

And here is where reality came in, this was going to be a lot of work and oh yeah require an awful lot of patience to make 19 more blocks.

I think one of these blocks is plenty

I am rethinking how to use the one block I did make and incorporate it into a new quilt idea. As a result, I do not have a finished project. Yes I could have made it into a pillow, but I'm not sure I really want to do that.

Take a little time to visit the other blogs and pick up some more recipes for some sweet treats and Christmas projects.

Friday, 12 November 2021

Twisted Path is in Make Modern

 Wow, I didn't realize it was so long since my last post. I've been doing this that and nothing at all. I did do some secret sewing and today I get to show you one of those secret sewing quilts.

I am pleased to introduce you to Twisted Path, which is in the current issue #43 of Make Modern Magazine.

The inspiration behind this design was Covid and how our lives have twisted together at times and apart at others. My hope is that we can get Covid under control and return to the times of togetherness. I FMQed some feathers and swirls in the negative space. Some vines and leaves in the tans and browns The quilting was all done on my domestic machine.

A closer shot of the quilting

 Here is a summary of what is available in Issue 43 which begins with the Editor telling an age-old tale of coffee, blue jeans, and too many WIPs - the overwhelm of which is paralyzing her desire to quilt. Jane shares a recent epiphany that has resulted in her tackling some of her oldest unfinished projects, and she shares tips to help us whip our own WIP list into shape ready for the new year.

 Issue 43 is a fabulous collection of modern quilt patterns and projects to fill your creative cup – we MAKE quick quilts and cushions which would make great gifts, a modern applique quilt, a postage stamp quilt, and something a little trickier for those of us who like a challenge. There’s also a handy project travel bag to hold your quilt blocks flat and notions to quilt on the go. We MEET makers Troy Murrah who makes quilts from wood, Sharon Burgess from Lilabelle Lane, and Annie Hudnut. Our regular columnists discuss making plans, fabric substrates, HSTs, and we chat with Jess Zeigler of The Longarm League. We focus on Sewing Room Ergonomics and how you can make quilting less of a pain in the neck! And we MOTIVATE you to try fussy cutting with tips from Ange Wilson and a whole gallery of fussy cut inspiration.

 If you would like to read more subscribe to  Make Modern.

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Orange you Glad Blog Hop

 Hosted by Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks. This blog hop challenge was to "Create something inspired by the color orange''. 
I am proud to be a Canadian, however, we have a nasty history with indigenous peoples. If you would like to read more about the 'Truth and Reconciliation Report of Canada go to Sandra of mmmQuilts blog as she has been explaining the report. The project she has been making inspired me for my blog hop project. Sandra has been making flying geese and some hearts.

fabric pull the oranges are 6 inch strips

 I liked what she was doing and I knew what I wanted to make. My heart goes out to the indigenous people and what they have been through, so I knew hearts were going to be in my design. The flying geese in red I was using as a symbol of Canada.

hearts and geese

I paper pieced the hearts using 6 different oranges.

'A New Direction' hanging out in the garden

Some simple crosshatch quilting, I did a one-inch grid. In the orange border some swirls.

orange in the backing
The backing is a piece leftover from my Garden of Scrap quilt, it is from Connecting threads. I had picked up a few different backings when they were on sale.

If you would like to make your own table runner, the pattern is on sale in my Etsy shop till the end of the month. 

The rest of the participants on this the last day of the hop are:

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.