Wednesday 24 June 2015

First Quilt Block Designs

My local guild had our year end potluck lunch meeting. It was delicious! So many good things and not a calorie in sight. Well none that I saw.
We also had elections, I was treasurer and decided to step down after two years in the position. I was so happy someone actually wanted to be treasurer. Woo Hoo!!!!!!!! 
That excitement was short lived however. I am now on the program committee and the new VP. I knew I should have hidden under the table.

A Self Portrait 

There are five members on the program committee, and they want to do a BOM this coming year. So someone has to design one. Wish me luck.
I usually don't follow a pattern when I make a quilt. I guess there's a first time for everything.
I don't have EQ but I do have graph paper and my digital programs ie: Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop.

Double Star

I have been busily working on on some blocks, I have 9 so far and need twelve. I also need to write up the pattern instructions for each block.  I have even made some blocks using some pink scraps. With four granddaughters I'm sure this quilt won't be at grandma's for too long.

Double Cross Block

I don't know if the block above has a name or not. I haven't seen one like it, but that doesn't mean someone else hasn't made one before me. I'm calling it Double Cross.
This has been fun but scary also.

 Have you done anything you've been afraid of doing but have enjoyed at the same time?

Tuesday 23 June 2015

New Quilt Bloggers Week 2

Have you visited the New Quilt Bloggers for week 2 yet?  Stop in and say hello.

Quantum Quilters for week 2

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Liz @LizzyClips Design (Instagram @lizzyclips)
Allison @New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting
Helen @Midget Gem Quilts (Instagram @helenmidgetgemquilts)

Monday 15 June 2015

2015 New Quilt Bloggers Hop

Today starts week one of the blog hop. Please visit them and say hello.

The Quantum Quilters in week one are:

Nurdan @Hug-a-Bit Quilts (Instagram @hugabitquilts)
Ali @Needle Down
Denise @CrafTraditions
Bernie @Needle and Foot (Instagram @kringleb)
The Hive hosts are:

Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

Sunday 14 June 2015

Norwich Quilt Show

This is what has been keeping me busy the last few days, my guild had a quilt show. Warning this post is picture heavy. From set up to take down involves hours of work, but it goes quickly when everyone is having fun. I am a member of the Quaker Quilt Guild, we are a small but fun group of ladies. We hold our quilt show in the Norwich museum and the church they have on sight which is a part of the museum. So without further ado I would like to show you what our show looked like.

Colour Challenge

For the colour challenge we were given two paint chips, we could add a neutral or black. Some of the results were stunning. I made the wonky pinwheels in the upper left hand corner. My favorite is the birdhouse with the butterflies on it.

Next up is the ugly fabric challenge you can read more about that here.

Ugly Fabric Challenge

The first impression as you walk through the doors of the church.
First impression
The right side of pews from the front of the church. The triangle quilt is mine. I made it for my husband.

Right side of church

The left side of the church pews.

Left side

The quilts and wall hangings we displayed in the church. There was string up across the wall and windows. We used clothespins to hang the wall hangings and smaller quilts with.

The altar display.

Altar Display

The quilt on the right is a christmas applique quilt and was a favourite of my granddaughters.

Christmas Applique Quilt

The last picture is from the front of the church. The quilts in the first three pews on the right side are mine. I have posted about the Irish Twist here and Justin's Path the black and red quilt here. I don't have a post about the first one it is a queen size quilt. It started as a 4 patch exchange with some guild members. I had no idea how I was going to use them, this was the result. I do have a picture showing the whole quilt here.

Front view of church

Do you go to quilt shows? Do you prefer smaller shows or do you only go to larger shows or does it matter what size the show is? 

Wednesday 10 June 2015

Roses in my Garden

I was asked why I had a rose in my header. It is quite simply because I love roses. My favorites are hybrid teas. Although I have a few floribundas and some minis.

The red rose in the picture is a mini, well it started out that way but is almost as big as the floribunda beside it. Just a few photos of the different roses I have.

 A couple different coloured roses. I added a white tea this year but so far no blooms, hopefully soon though.

Do you have a favourite flower? 

Thursday 4 June 2015


I kept looking at my latest practice quilt sandwich and thinking what am I going to do with this now. It was approx a 19 inch square. It wasn't all that bad, maybe a few areas didn't look the best. Hmmm I tossed ideas around, my dear daughter was visiting and she would turn them done as quick as I would think of one. Finally an idea if I covered up the not so good areas maybe I could turn it into a pillow cover. I really could use some new ones.
Next problem what to cover them with. I thought an applique would be perfect. At least I hoped it would. I drew out this flower and liked it. 

Next what fabrics to pull for the flowers. So I pulled out my odds and ends of scraps. I used steam a seam 2 lite. This was the first time I had used the new one, it worked great. I had some green bias stems leftover from another project. It was starting to come together, not too much so the FMQing that I liked still showed. I also had this butterfly leftover from another project and thought why not use it too.

Still needed more so more flower petals cut and fused. Then on to some applique stitching I like using monopoly from superior threads especially on scraps. 

A few closeups of the flowers and stitching.

Now I need a new pillow form to fill out my new cover. I trimmed it down but it is still too big for the pillows I have. Overall I like how I was able to re-purpose my quilt sandwich. 

What do you think? Have you ever re-purposed a quilt sandwich, or what do you do with them?