Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Orange you Glad Blog Hop

 Hosted by Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks. This blog hop challenge was to "Create something inspired by the color orange''. 
I am proud to be a Canadian, however, we have a nasty history with indigenous peoples. If you would like to read more about the 'Truth and Reconciliation Report of Canada go to Sandra of mmmQuilts blog as she has been explaining the report. The project she has been making inspired me for my blog hop project. Sandra has been making flying geese and some hearts.

fabric pull the oranges are 6 inch strips

 I liked what she was doing and I knew what I wanted to make. My heart goes out to the indigenous people and what they have been through, so I knew hearts were going to be in my design. The flying geese in red I was using as a symbol of Canada.



hearts and geese

I paper pieced the hearts using 6 different oranges.

'A New Direction' hanging out in the garden

Some simple crosshatch quilting, I did a one-inch grid. In the orange border some swirls.

orange in the backing
The backing is a piece leftover from my Garden of Scrap quilt, it is from Connecting threads. I had picked up a few different backings when they were on sale.

If you would like to make your own table runner, the pattern is on sale in my Etsy shop till the end of the month. 

The rest of the participants on this the last day of the hop are:

Monday, 2 August 2021

July + Garden of Scraps

 July seems to have flown by, maybe because I was a little busier than normal. I had a dreami moment that took up a whole bunch of time, plus vacationed at my son's place.

This is a photo-heavy post.

I have been trying to use up some of my scraps, a little bit of truth tea here. I don't think I'll ever use them up. They multiply like crazy! I'm still working on the 2'' squares. If you want to read about my plus quilt using the 2'' squares go here.

scrappy 4 patch 

more scrappy 4 patches
I tried to control the scrappiness of the 4 patches, keeping the colours close yet not identical. 

a little bit of Canadian pride included.

Now to put those 4 patch units into a top.

there were a number of layout possibilites

layout option #2

option #3

I wanted to add a border or two. This is where I flew by the seat of my pants as I had no concrete idea of what I wanted just a few thoughts whirling around in my mind. That can be dangerous, to say the least.   

auditioning border ideas

I went up north to visit my son and his family. The peace and quiet of the lake while I kayaked daily, helps calm and settle one's mind. This has been a trying year at best. 

I love this photo of the sun reflected on Tyson lake

My oldest grandson(13) and my youngest granddaughter(4). we normally catch and release unless the fish is injured too much. I did catch the first and biggest bass

After a hard morning of fishing, a nap was required. I made this quilt for my grandson when he was two, it has been well-loved and travels with him

    After getting back from up north, I had a week to finish the top and get the quilt all done that included free motion quilting on my domestic machine. This quilt is 80'' x 71'' a little bigger to quilt on my machine. I used my favourite thread Aurifil in the following colours #2123 a light yellow for the quilting the 4 patches and strips, it blended in well. I also used #2024 in the white border and #1148 for the turquoise borders.
feathers and straight lines in the borders. Ribbon candy in the turquoise border.

the best overall photo I could get 


I will be linking this dreami up at Sandra at mmmquilts.


Monday, 21 June 2021

Fairy Tale Blog Hop

Joan of MooseStash Quilting was in charge of this hop. The theme of this hop is fairy tales. My Fairy Tale started out innocently enough.

You all know the tale of 3 pigs, a big bad wolf, and the three houses, brick, wood, and straw. I made the brick house first as it was the strongest.
strong brick house with the little pig looking out the window for the big bad wolf

I was going to make book pages with the houses, pigs, and wolf. I printed out a part of the tale on an EQ printable sheet, cut it apart, and added part to the first page I made.

open book page

This is where my tale took a turn, I wasn't getting the fairy tale feel. So let's start again. 

As all good fairy tales begin: Once upon a time there were some scraps looking on sadly as they were not being used. While the creator of the pig tale was trying to come up with an idea that worked better. As she was looking at us, she suddenly had a gleam in her eye, and not skipping a stitch she brought us out to play. We squealed with delight as we joined the three little pigs, in a quilt sure to be loved by a child. 

I keep small HSTs made from cutoff triangles in a container, they made quick work in making some 4 1/2'' churn dash blocks.

auditioning spacer strips

In order for my pieced border of churn dash blocks to fit. I first needed to add spacer strips to do this I measured the centre, top to bottom of the piece. Time for some simple math. In my case the piece was 16 1/4'' long, add a seam allowance of 1/2''. So, I cut my pieces 1 3/4'' by 16 1/4''. Do the same to determine the strips that go on the top and bottom in my case 15 1/2'' x 2 1/4''. Sew the left and right spacer strips and then the top and bottom. Now I was ready to add my borders, which fit perfectly. 

the borders looked wavy, I just tossed and snapped the photo, this caused the quilt to look wavy


my new quilter holder upper is my grandson, he can be quite the character. As you can see the borders are not wavy.


I quilted straight lines in the green borders, in the print border I quilted pig and wolf outlines with loops. 

And that my gentle readers is the story of how the three little pigs and the scraps lived happily ever after together. 

The END!

For more Fairy Tales be sure to check out the rest of today's bloggers:



Friday, 28 May 2021

Scrap Pluses H2H

 For my second H2H quilt I used 2'' squares, I had an overabundance of them. Even after making the quilt I still have lots left.

sorting out the 2'' squares, these were not the only ones I had

The pluses for the top used 648 squares, 24 across and 27 down.

auditioning borders
For the red and black border, I used 2'' squares. I used up different values of black from my black scraps, the red squares were cut from a 1/2 yard piece that I've had for a while. I think it was a Jinny Beyer piece.

I see some pluses should have been moved around for better colour placement

I bound the quilt with the same red I used in the border. For the quilting in the body of the quilt, I did loops and hearts. In the border, I did some straightish lines, and in black squares, between the red, I did elongated figure 8's.
border quilting

This quilt will also be going to Ronald MacDonald House in London, Ontario.  It finishes at 43'' x 47''. I used Hobbs 80/20 batting, my favourite batting, and Superior So Fine #50 403 Putty for the body of the quilt and 411 Black in the borders. 

I will be linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict.









Thursday, 27 May 2021

Sailing Along H2H Quilt

 While sorting fabric in my quest to use up more of my stash I came across a bag of scraps that someone had given me. I think they have been percolating for at least 5 years or more. 

these were the scraps and as you can see they were not all straight cuts

The challenge was on! Could I make a quilt top using just these scraps?

16 1/2'' x 16 1/2'' centre 

Time to start adding borders.

three borders added

After adding three borders it was getting there, but I still wanted it bigger. It was only 33'' x 33'' and I was running out of scraps, but that didn't stop me.  I added a couple more to each end bringing the size up to a 33'' x 42'', a small baby quilt. Perfect for Ronald MacDonald House, my charity of choice.

Some simple curls and swirls for the quilting to keep the quilt soft

One less bag of scraps, and the real plus they are going to a worthy cause.














Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Born to be Wild Almost

 Thanks to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for organizing another wonderful hop. When I first saw the theme for the 'Born to be Wild' blog hop all that kept going through my mind is the song 'Wild Thing you Make my Heart Sing' sung by 'The Troggs' in 1966.  We were to sew something that's jungle-related. Like jungle animals, wild colors or designs, or jungle fabrics. In my defense for going roque, flowers and butterflies are in the jungle. RIGHT? Ahh all is good then, on to my project. Hopefully, Carol forgives me for doing my own thing.

The things that make the heart sing are the things that give you joy and happiness. I love flowers of any type, colour or shape. While my heart was singing I drew.

drawing out a plan

I drew out a design on a piece of freezer paper, it was convenient and big enough to do all on one piece of paper. After that, it was a simple matter to cut out what shapes I wanted to use for the 'Crafted Applique Method' my favourite method by far.

a few fauna and a wild butterfly, yup that fits the guidelines

For the quilting I did some 'Wild FMQ' from Christina Cameli's books. I stitched in the ditch around my applique pieces.

Okay are you ready, I did actually use an animal print for my project. It just happens to be on the back. It required a little bit of piecing to make it the right size. 

What makes your heart sing?

    The other bloggers for today are:

Friday, 14 May 2021

Pattern Release: Woven

 After a year-long break from pattern writing, I have a new release today. 'Woven' is available in my Etsy store.


Woven goes together quickly and is a confident beginner pattern. 

The pattern includes 3 sizes:

Baby: 44" x 44"

Lap: 58" X 72"

Queen: 85" x 99"

To see other examples made by my testers visit them at:

Anja who blogs at https://anjaquilts.blogspot.com/

Wendy who blogs at https://www.piecefulthoughts.com/blog/

Robin Sue who is on Instagram at  @robinsue58




Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Kitchen Stitchin

 Another fun blog hop from Carla of Creatin in the Sticks, this one in the kitchen. 
We were to create something inspired by the kitchen. It could be pot holders, tea towels, coasters, placemats, table runners, mug rugs, or even a toaster cover. It was our interpretation of a kitchen project. Anything kitchen.

I have three quick kitchen projects to show you today. First up an apron for my granddaughter who is finding a love for baking and cooking. 

which first baking or cooking or maybe a little of both

I'm still shopping my stash and didn't have a piece big enough for the full length of the apron. I also didn't have a pattern, this was a fly by the seat of my pants project. For the bottom skirt, I used 'Raindrops and Sunshine' by Wilmington prints, which was a 20'' x 20'' piece. The top bodice piece was made using 'Brushstrokes' by Cloud 9 fabrics, which I cut 10 1/2 x 20''. A pink Kona cotton 2'' strip was used between them. 

I used my fashion ruler from my clothing sewing days, for the curves of the bodice 
I cut the bodice on the fold and cut the side curves with the fabric still folded right sides together. The top edge of the bodice was 5'' from the fold, the fold is to the right in the above photo, and the bottom was as you can see on the corner. This gave me a nice gentle curve. I sewed the bottom and bodice together using the pink strip between them. I did line the apron with the same Kona pink. The ties were 32'' long, long enough to wrap around to the front and tie.

Next up is a linen bread bag. 

I make a lot of bread for myself. I usually make a small loaf. The recipe for the one I have made a few times is here. Even with it being a small loaf, I've still found that I don't use it up fast enough. So began the search for how to keep bread fresh longer, the answer was simple.. linen. Linen is breathable, keeps the bread in the dark, is washable, it doesn't seem to dry out in them either. I'm sorry I don't have a link for the info on linen, but I read so many different ones, I just combined the info from a bunch of different sites. I have been using mine for a few weeks now and really like it.
On to the project, I knew somewhere I had a couple pieces of linen, that someone had given me at one time.  They were stained and not something I would want to display.

this piece has a stain in the upper left corner

you can clearly see the discoloration in this one

The size of my bread bag was determined by the size of the linen pieces I had. I did a french seam to keep the threads of the linen from raveling. A piece of ribbon or you could do a drawstring depending on the size of your linen. I stitched the ribbon on the back of the bag and use it to tie the bag closed.

I kept the original lace as I liked it and didn't have the heart to cut it off. I like vintage lace and have a few pieces, including Belgium lace that my husband's grandmother made.

My finished bread bag is 16'' x 10''. 

As a bonus no more plastic bags.

Up last I like to have a towel hanging on my oven door, mine were well used and needed replacing. You can see one in the photo of my granddaughter.  I had picked up a new towel, just prior to our latest stay-at-home order in Ontario.

a fresh spring/summer look for my stove

Now let's go see what my fellow bloggers have been stitchin in the Kitchen


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Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Salt and Sand Blog Hop

 Starfish or more accurately Seastars were my inspiration for my project in the Salt and Sand Blog hop, organized by Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks
My starfish is hanging around in the rocks, usually, it's in my bathroom.
 
Did you know that all starfish resemble stars, the most common only have five arms, although some of them can grow up to 40 arms?  Interested in reading more fun facts about Starfish check this out.

Thread selection, not all of these made the cut

I drew out the shape of the starfish and traced it onto my fabric with a Clover Air Erasable marker. 

little bubbles
 I free motion quilted a star in the centre of the starfish radiating the bubbles out into the arms. There are some tiny bubbles in these arms, I used Aurifil #4666 40 wt variegated thread.

For the background, I used Superior Thread #4037 Twist and free motion quilted some curved lines trying to give the effect of underwater mountains. I added a few delicate water plants using Aurifil #3817 40 wt. I wanted the starfish to be more pronounced and the background to stay in the back, I think I accomplished that.  The piece is 10'' by 9 1/2'' and I used my favourite batting  Hobbs 80/20.

Want to see what fun my fellow bloggers are having in the salt and sand?

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Project Quilting 12.6 Ab Intra

 Up until this morning, I was not going to do this challenge. This week's challenge is Ab Intra, or "from within." At first glance, I think the theme is a little intimidating and I have too many raw emotions to contemplate putting them into this. 

But, you know there is always a but somewhere. While having a coffee this morning I thought of this challenge and how we as quilters give freely and put our heart into all we do. We are all stars! 

 So the challenge started at 7:27 AM, nothing like the last minute to do this.

a fabric pull of scraps began. I thought of my inner heart and fresh beginnings. Of course, green being my favourite colour didn't hurt

Not much time for anything else, it was put the head done and sew.

by 9:20 I had made progress

Keeping the pedal to the metal, well maybe not metal. But I was going full out.

11:45 AM

I can't believe I made it. Simple straight line quilting echoing the shapes. This little piece finishes at 7'' by 7''. Need to go small when there is no time to spare.

And so I have 6 for 6 done! 

Sunday, 7 March 2021

My Crazy Tulip Patch

This week's Project QUILTING challenge is You're Crazy, which is inspired by the late 1800s “crazy quilt” movement.

I am not into crazy quilting at all. Plus a couple years ago I cleaned out fabric that I was no longer interested in ie: velvet. So my take on the crazy quilting challenge has a more modern feel to it. 
I first made a small crazy patch using my scraps of quilting cotton.

my rotrary cutting mat is not in the best of shape as you can see in this picture, this is my second one and I will not buy another of this brand

I drew out a tulip on freezer paper and cut out my tulips.
one pink tulip

If one tulip was good then why not three and each a different colour. I pulled out my Sulky threads to do the machine stitches on them.

three different tulips, I used some of the stitches on my machine for embellishment on my tulips.

The leaves and stems were cut from some extra fabric that I had prepped for an earlier project using the 'Crafted Applique' method. I keep the extra pieces between sheets of wax paper and use them when I need a quick piece. I didn't have enough of the darker green and thought what the heck a little variety in my leaves would be fine.
the back shows the quilting nicely. 

I quilted the background with small loop de loops as I didn't want the quilting to steal from the tulips themselves.
Without further ado let me introduce you to 'My Crazy Tulip Patch'.

I consider this an art piece


Spring is on its way and soon the tulips will be up and blooming.