Friday 26 April 2019

Diamonds are The Best

Welcome to my day to participate in the Be a Diamond Blog Hop, hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. The goal in this hop was to create a "diamond" project.

Diamonds are a girl's best friend, as my birthstone is diamond I totally agree with that statement. Whether diamonds are a member of the precious stone family, a song or made from fabric they are the best IMHO. My project may not officially be a "diamond",  however the squares on point do give the impression of diamonds.

a fun novelty print
I used an animal print that I had in my stash and thought it would make a lovely baby quilt. I paired it with Kona white, a fat quarter of green that I have no idea who makes it and a solid by Micheal Miller. The pattern is one that I designed and haven't written up yet. It's on my lengthy to do list.

I quilted some feathers and swirls in the background
For the quilting I did some dot to dot in the diamonds and curves in the triangles and on the print. I love feathers and quilted some free flowing feathers in the background.

a fun tetris print for the backing and square in a square corners.
The sun cooperated fully for the quilts photo shoot. I sure am happy to see more of the sun, winter was way too long.

soon those tree branches that are shadows on the quilt will be full of leaves
The quilt is 42'' by 42''. It is the second quilt for H2H2019.

Take a little time to visit the rest of those participating in today's lineup.

Wednesday 17 April 2019

Hearted Beauties Release

I have always wanted to make a New York Beauty Quilt. Whenever I spy one whether it's at a quilt show or on the net, they catch my eye.

'Hearted Beauties' is what happened after I played with designing my own New York Beauty blocks in a heart shape. Why a heart shape? Because I thought it might be neat to see what they looked like. Of course those hearts needed a setting and a quilt pattern was born.

Hearted Beauties

The Heart blocks are paper pieced, the rest of the quilt uses traditional piecing.

The quilt back shows how I quilted it. I quilted this with all Aurifil threads. It's a good thing I have a nice stash of them.
Those large open spaces left plenty of room for some custom quilting. You can do as much or as little as you want.

A big thanks goes out to my testers.  Wendy of  Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life, you can find her on @piecefulwendy and Lauren who posts on IG @letospassion.

Wendy's version

Lauren's version I like how she has turned the hearts so they point into the centre

You can purchase a copy from my Etsy shop. Hearted Beauties is on sale for the rest of April.

Thursday 4 April 2019

More Bits of Goings On

It's amazing how fast April seemed to come along this year. The months just continue to roll on, if I'm not careful I may get rolled right over.
April started out busy as the 1st is my anniversary, no sewing got done. We spent the day just doing little fun things that we enjoy, like a walk. Then a nice meal out at one of our favourite restaurants.

Sewing has been happening including more secret sewing this time for the 'Be A Diamond' blog hop hosted by Just Let Me Quilt.

A sneak peak at my project. 

a fun novelty print
This is as far as I am, I need to get moving on this project as my day is April 26th.

Some easy sewing also happened I saw these cute little bunny bags on pinterest. The tutorial is here. They were a quick make. My grandchildren will like these, especially filled with chocolates.

I made six in a couple hours

I have also been slowly working on my challenge project for my guild show. I have been using Steam a Seam 2 Lite on the back of the flowers and cutting them out. I need a whole lot more. 

I need to continue cutting more as this is only a small sample of what I'm going to be using

Now I just hope my idea for the guild challenge works out the way I have in my mind. That's the funny thing about these visions they don't always go the way we think they will. But I'm pushing forward as I'm sure it's going to look like I envision, fingers and toes crossed.
If you are looking for a great QAL hop on over to mmm!quilts. She has a lovely design, that makes 42 1/2'' square quilt a very manageable size and time schedule. I am sponsoring one of the prizes.

Now I better get busy and start putting thread to fabric.