Monday, 22 February 2021

Stripes Blog Hop

Thanks to Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks for organizing 'Show Your Stripes' blog hop. We were asked to create something that had stripes in it. The stripes could be fabric stripes or striped fabric. Let the ideas flow. Stash using time, here I come.

These have only been in my stash since maybe 2014

I had a meter of each of these Northcott stripe prints, at least they look like stripes to me. Now I needed a pattern. I played in EQ8 and decided on this simple block.

I like this block with a little turquoise and pink going on

It really didn't take long to make the blocks up, I had decided on a 4 x 4 layout. The blocks are 10 1/2''.

I added 3 borders framing the pink narrow border between the turquoise

I thought I had a picture of the top before quilting but I may have deleted it by mistake. The above photo is the quilt top in EQ8.

quilting in one of the four negative space squares

I quilted the four squares of negative space the same. Swirls towards the centre of the quilt, then a row of ribbon candy, and finally straight lines in the other half of the square. It is hard to see the quilting without the sun, I took over 10 different pictures and this one was the best. You'll have to trust me the texture of this quilt looks great.
No sun today, only overcast and rain.

The white triangles along the sides are all quilted with straight lines. 

the back shows the quilting better

What have you made with stripes lately? Want some more ideas just go visit some of my fellow bloggers and see what they made.

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Garden Snail

 Time for Challenge 12.4 of Project Quilting 12. This time we are to we were to start with a simple Snail's Trail Block: a humble four patch.  A quick check of the block can be found here.

I had no idea how I was going to do this challenge at one point I was ready to just make the block and put it into a potholder. Simple quick and done. But inspiration hit at 5 AM I know I should have been sleeping, but that wasn't happening. I got up and set to work putting my idea into action.

I got out my brown scraps and made the snail's trail block.

one 3 inch scrappy block

I rounded three of the corners and appliqued it along with a head for my snail. Added a few flowers and some grass. And he was right at home. Snails can do a job on my hostas and I am always trying ways to get rid of them.

My snail is content spending time in the garden

In true snail fashion, the quilting and finishing seemed to go very slow. The finished size is 6 1/2'' by 7 1/4''. He is quilted with Aurifil threads and Thermore batting.
Off to link up before I run out of time.

Sunday, 7 February 2021

Virtual Vacation

 Time for Challenge 3 of Project Quilting 12. This time we are to we were to sew up a dream vacation in the future or maybe a memory from a past vacation or maybe build a bag. The project choice was ours to decide.

My dream vacation is simple. I'm trying to look forward to clear skies and sunny days with and have no destination in mind at this time. Just as long as the sun is shining that is all I need.
The world has been in turmoil with Covid-19 holding all our lives in its grasp.

I had a vision in my mind of what I wanted to do. I wasn't so sure if it would work out or not. Only one way to find out just to go for it.
fabric pull from stormy to clear skies

I was on a time crunch as I only started to put my idea to fabric this morning. So I do apologize for the lack of pictures.

My idea was to show the transition of the start of Covid-19 when we didn't even know what was going on and what the future was going to bring. To the world with vaccines and a return to as normal a life as we will have in the future.

thread selection time

The bottom of the piece represents the world. The cloudy stormy skies showing a change towards clear blue skies and radiant sunshine.

we had a fresh snowfall last night 

I am not so sure about this piece, it's okay but not exactly how I pictured it. I did a facing on this one and do not think I will use it as a placemat, even though it is the right size for one.

I hope we get to clear skies and sunny days sooner rather than later. 

Saturday, 23 January 2021


Challenge 2 of Project QUILTING Season 12 is fussy cutting. I am going to try and make a placemat for each challenge, whether or not I'll be successful depends on what the challenge is. Time will tell if I succeed or not. The second goal I set for myself is to use fabrics from my stash/older fabrics.

Let's see how I do with this challenge and my goals. My favourite block is a star block, so that was the starting point. The fabric I choose to fussy cut was an Anna Griffin from 2013, yup time this one got used. 

decision time, what to fussy cut from this piece

I forgot to take pictures as I was working on this, everything just seemed to fall into place and I never thought to grab the camera.  I turned under the edges of the cutout and used the buttonhole stitch to stitch it to the square for the centre of the star. 

please excuse the colours, I think the sun went on holidays 

I tried to keep the quilting simple

For the quilting I echoed the daisy and stitched in the ditch around the cutout. The yellow squares got straight lines. As you can see I did do feathers on both sides, I love feathers and just couldn't help myself. I used Thermore batting once again for this one.

for the backing I used a piece of the Anna Griffen fabric

So how did I do on my goals? Made a placemat ✓ Used stash/older fabric ✓ A win on both counts.

The next challenge is January 31st. Wonder what it is and how I'll do on my goals? 

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Shattered Heart

 In Ontario, where I live, we are in a lockdown situation to try to curb the numbers of Covid cases. Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives. These lockdowns are hard for a person living alone. I have been trying to do more walking to keep myself active. I have also been slowly getting back into quilting. The blog hops I have been in recently have helped, I think my mojo may be returning.

Now let's get to the 'Hearts on Fire' blog hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let me Quilt. The rules were simple to make a heart project, only the heart can't be red. 

I ran a few different ideas through my mind but kept coming back to the same one. What else was I to do but go with it, I started with a quick sketch of an idea. 

graph paper comes in handy for quick sketches

Now that I had an idea I needed a plan on how to make it. Improv came to mind, although not my favourite method. But what the heck I might as well go right out of my comfort zone while I'm at it. 
I pulled out some Island Batiks that I won from Sandra of MMMQuilts

My hubby's favourite colour was blue and mine is green and those batiks were perfect for what I had in mind. 

I started to cut a few strips of the background and the coloured pieces and stitched them together. I was all in if it worked so much the better if not maybe I could paper piece it.

As I stitched the pieces together I added a background piece to each side.

slowly coming together from deepest green to blue

I kept thinking I hope this works and looks okay.

 A narrow 1/2 inch inner border and an outer 2-inch border. For the quilting, I kept it simple and just echoed the heart shape. 

After all that worrying about whether I was going to like it or not...I do. 

Sit back relax and see more hearts on fire from my fellow bloggers.

Friday, 8 January 2021

A Touch of Yellow

 Challenge 1 of Project QUILTING Season 12. The first challenge is Illuminating + Ultimate Gray, make a  finished project, any size, using yellow & gray, and post by January 10. My project is a placemat I call 'A Touch of Yellow'. I pulled the fabric for this one from my scraps, yellow is not overly abundant in my stash or scraps, thus I only have a touch of it in my placemat. 

The colours are a little off as we have had a lack of sunshine lately.

I used up all of the print fabric I had, I received it from another quilter and have no information on it, but I thought it was perfect for this project and used it as the inspiration for the design. 

I used Thermore batting and like it for projects like this. I used Aurifil # 4670 a variegated grey 40 wt thread, and did simple straight line quilting, which is hard for me as I love doing feathers and swirls but felt that the lines would look best on this piece.

The finished size is 14'' x 11''.

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

My Quilting Resolution Blog Hop

   Thank you Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks for hosting this blog hop!  I normally do not make News Year's resolutions, I don't want the stress of not accomplishing them hanging over me all year long. This year, as we all know has not been kind to anyone. So out with the old and in with the new kinder, gentler, I hope year ahead. 

To avoid getting overwhelmed by my resolutions in 2021 my goals are simple, as the best resolutions are stress-free. I aim to not accomplish my goals in one month but over the course of the entire year. 

My resolutions are as follows:

1. I hate, yes I know rather harsh but true none the less, UFO's. I have one hanging over my head, that has been there since my hubby passed away. I resolve to finish it up and list the pattern in my Etsy Shop.

started in March of 2020, the top is finished and it is basted just waiting for the quilting to start

2: Is this panel, I had printed by Spoonflower. The print is a photo taken by my daughter in law, I edited it and had it printed. My goal is to add a few borders round-robin style. Sound like a fun project! Do you have a panel, any panel, and want to play along with me. If so let me know in the comments. When leaving a comment please make sure you are not a no-reply commenter.

sunset on Tyson Lake

Those are two simple relatively easy to accomplish resolutions. 

Want to see what other bloggers have in mind for 2021, here is the list.