Tuesday 24 April 2018

Guild Challenge Block

This year my guild members have been making challenge blocks. Every month is a different colour or theme. Some of the challenges for the year have been primary colours, leaves, red and green, winter blues, hearts.
After our last meeting some of us stayed and started making quilt tops. We had pizza for lunch and got to work.

primary colour blocks

winter blues


As you see there were a variety of blocks. With rotary cutters, zipping through sashing, sewing machines humming along and irons pressing. We turned those blocks into lovely tops for our charity quilt program.

primary colour blocks with a yellow strip sashing

for the winter blues we used white sashing

hearts are set with a red sashing

A very productive afternoon interspersed with laughter, learning and making. When quilters get together good things happen. 

Wednesday 18 April 2018

30 Quilt Design Challenge 2018

Sandra of mmmquilts hosted the #30quiltdesignchallenge2018 over on Instagram. I participated last year and had fun so I was all in this year.

Only one drawback now I have more want to makes on my to make list. I don't think that list will ever be done even if I live to be 200. You read that right, 200. It is one heck of a long list.
block testing using up some scraps

I haven't made a full quilt from any of the designs yet, but have written up three patterns and they waiting to be tested. Interested let me know. I won't share what those patterns are yet, you'll have to wait.

This was a good week I received some squishy mail, my favourite kind. A gift from Anja of Anja Quilts, she had made some pea pods and I commented how cute they were. See how adorable it is! Thank you Anja!

one adorable pea pod for my clover mini clips

Now where was I? Oh that's right, my post on 30 Quilt designs.

4 of my last designs

Here are a few of them. See one you like?

A huge thank you to Sandra for hosting the challenge and to the sponsors Clinton Modern Creative and The Red Hen Shop.

Now to get busy making test blocks and making quilts.

Monday 16 April 2018

H2H Quilt

I am once again making a Hands2Help quilt hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict. This is my third year participating and I will again be donating my finish to Ronald MacDonald House in London, Ontario.
Last year I started making blocks using up some of my 1 1/2'' strings. You can read more about the blocks here. I would make a block or two now and then with no real plan in mind. Come around to this years H2H which features scraps I knew I wanted those blocks to find a home and give a little one some comfort along the way.

4 patch
The blocks are 5 1/2'', a nice size to make into 4 patch blocks. I put them up on my design wall and played around with the layout and sashing. I was so into playing with these I completely forgot to take pictures. Does that ever happen to you? 

a flimsy
In keeping with the 1 1/2'' strips I used in making the blocks, I decided to go with 1 1/2'' sashing strips and inner border of white. The strips were left over from another project. It feels good to find a worthy home for them. The borders are 3 1/2'' bringing the quilt to a 40'' by 40'' size.

Next up quilting and binding. I hope to have this finished up this week.

Saturday 7 April 2018

Postcard Swap

Today is parade day for the postcard swap hosted by Elm Street Quilts. The card I made (you can read more about it here) and sent was to Nanette she doesn't have a blog but is on IG. Always a concern when making something for someone you don't know.

the card I made

The word I gave for my card was rose. I love roses especially teas, if the weather starts to behave itself my roses can come out of hibernation. Enough snow already, yesterday we had snow then rain and more snow uck.

rose the card I received 

Glen from Quilts and Dogs sent me a lovely rose postcard. Thank you Glen!

Now go check out all the other great little works of art at Elm Street Quilts.

I am looking for testers, if you are interested send me an email.

Craftsy is having a Spring sale on their classes Save 50 to 60% off 100's of classes.

Hope you get to quilt today!

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