Sunday 31 May 2015

I Won a Lovely Giveaway

 I don't enter every give away that I see. It must be something I really think I can use. Just because I can't use it doesn't mean that someone else wouldn't love to win it and have a use for it. The hand dyed bundle and the Aurifil thread had me entering this one

I am happy to say I won the give away at Persimon Dreams. The give away was for a bundle of six fat quarters of hand-dyed fabric, a mini bundle of Aurifil Thread, a Persimon Dreams Can Cozy, a new 1.5” ‘just making dreams’ pin and a set of six Persimon Dreams pins from Quilt Dots line. 

Look at all those pins. I'm getting quite a collection without even having to leave the house.

Now some decisions as to what to make with those lovely hand dyed fabrics. I may be spending some time on pinterest before I cut into those beauties. Wish me luck in finding the perfect

Wednesday 27 May 2015

Vote Time at Blogger's Festival

Have you voted yet? The quilts are definitely worth taking the time to look at. You can vote for your three favourites in each of the categories simply by clicking the little heart in the top right hand corner of each quilt's thumbnail.
I of course would love your vote on either one of my entries. They are entered in the Quilt Festival home machine quilted quilts category.

Have fun looking around.

Friday 22 May 2015

Charity Quilt Top

Another off my to do list. I needed to get this top done so the long armer has time to get it quilted before my guild's quilt show in June. The quilt show committee would like to show the charity quilts before we send them on to their homes.
I had a bag of assorted purples, pinks and blended stuff ( technical term). They varied in size from 1  1/2 inches wide to 2 1/2 inch wide strips some only 6 inches long. Squares that were 2 1/2 up to 5 inches. Bigger pieces of 11 x 10 inch up to quarter yd there was only a couple of those. I didn't have a clue how to put this assortment into something nice.

So I just decided to make a variety of blocks and then I was going to pull together a layout. Well that was a terrible idea, nothing went together right and looked horrible. You can see some of those blocks here
I needed a new plan. After mulling it over for awhile I decided to make 12 1/2 inch blocks. I used the strips to make these, there are 36 2 1/2 inch squares in this block.

I framed the little 9 patches to make them into a 12 inch finished size. 

The end result. I think it turned out ok, maybe more solids or a nice neutral would have helped. I used the darker 2 1/2 inch strips to sash each block. 

Friday 15 May 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Twisted Irish Chain

Since I am entering two quilts I need to do a post with each one. Sorry for the repeats. I am entering two of my quilts in the Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side. I am entering them in the Home Machine Quilted category. This is the twisted Irish Chain. You can read about it here.

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Spring is Sprung

I am entering two of my quilts in the Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side. I am entering them in the Home Machine Quilted category.

First up is 'Spring is Sprung'. You can read about it here.

Monday 11 May 2015

'Spring is Sprung'

I have a hard time naming my quilts. The colours in this one said spring and after the winter we had I am so glad to see spring, although the last few days have felt like summer.

I did the FMQing on my domestic sewing machine. This is a picture heavy post today. There are 6 pieced block in two different colour settings and 8 white blocks diagonally through the center. The pattern was a BOM from my guild. I am more of a traditional quilter but this looks more modern. 

The negative space through the center I had fun with. I sketched out an idea on paper first with leaves and dragonflies I didn't do the flowers when I quilted it.

I should have quilted it a little less as it is denser than I like. 

I hope this shows the diagonal movement created by the vines.

I tried out different ideas in each of the 6 blocks and repeated them in their counterparts. 

Some feathers in the outer border and a small scroll in the green border.
the first picture is before washing.

After washing. 

Saturday 9 May 2015

'Pieces of Magic' Quilt show

I went to the Oxford Quilter's Guild quilt show held in Ingersoll, Ontario with a couple friends. What a great way to spend the day! 

There were 306 quilts to oogle over from challenge banners to full size quilts. They had a nice lunch menu of soup, sandwiches and desserts. There were 11 vendors.

I have a few photos to share. I liked the birthday banners, they were part of the banner challenge from members. The numbers on both could be changed to whatever age you would need.

More banners.

I really liked this crossword/name quilt. What neat idea for an anniversary or special birthday. It must have taken awhile to get the placement of the names just right.

A great scrap busting quilt, it was a Fons and Porter pattern from 2008.

This quilt was so serene. I think it would make a nice low volume quilt.

A couple more favorites, these were wall hangings.

I have a log cabin on my quilty bucket list. I like the layout of this one. The panel in the center surrounded by log cabins then the bear paws. 

Have you been to a local quilt show lately? Aren't they inspiring! 

The guild I belong to is having our show on June 12 & 13 at the Museum in Norwich, Ontario. We display our quilts in the church they have on sight.

Okay time to get off I need to get the binding on my latest quilt and get a label made for it. Hopefully I'll have photos in a day or two.

Happy Mother's Day to everyone!