Thursday, 4 February 2016

Happy 2016

Wow! How is it already February 2016?

I have so much stuff to share with you, I honestly had a hard time deciding where to start. I went to a retreat in January. I always love going to a retreat at this time of the year. It allows me to have some much needed "me time" and I think it's a good way to start off the New Year, a good way to recharge my batteries and figure out where I want to go with my quilting.

During the month of December, I got inspired to make a quilt using the pattern called In From the Cold by Kate Spain and some Christmas fat quarters by Riley Blake, all of which I had bought at my LQS the year before.

So I had made one block during the Christmas holidays as a little teaser.

First block - In From The Cold
First block

So I knew I wanted to make the other blocks while at the retreat. And here they all are:

Blocks - In From The Cold
Blocks - In From The Cold

I still need to embroider the steam on 2 of the cups but I am so excited about these blocks!!! This quilt is going to be so much fun!

I also started my next big project while at the retreat, the aviatrix medallion. I have been planning this quilt for months. It is my reward for having worked on the three quilts I made for my friend's kids last year.

Fabric pull for Aviatrix Medallion
Fabric pull for Aviatrix Medallion

Before the retreat I took the time to cut all of my colourful fat quarters and made a little fabric chart as well. This made things go faster and smoother. At the retreat I managed to piece the centre block.

Aviatrix- centre block
Aviatrix - centre block

I have done more work on it since I am home but I will keep that for another post.

Instead, I will share with you some photos of some of the projects my friends worked on while at the retreat.

 

 

 

 

 

There were so many others that I didn't get photos of. As you can see, we were very productive!

I promise I will be back soon with progress on my aviatrix medallion. I also have a finished quilt to show you and some machine quilting to show you as well. I think this is going to be a great year full of new adventures in quilting, especially in machine quilting. I can't wait to share them all with you!

 

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

The Pink Quilt aka Katie's Favourite Things

In my last post, I told you that I made quilts for my friend's daughters.  This quilt is for the oldest sister.  She likes all things pink.  Her mom sent me a list of her favourite things and I made her a custom quilt.

Katie's Favourite Things Quilt

Some blocks are machine appliqu├ęd, and some are pieced.  Since some of the blocks were different sizes, I decided to add pink patchwork for the sashing.  I dug in my stash for all of the pink fabric I had.  I have very few scraps left now!


Penny block
Penny

The above photo is Katie's favourite doll Penny.  Her mom sent me drawings of the doll so I could get her just right.  This quilt was definitely the result of some team work!

R2-KT
R2-KT

Pink Hippo
Pink Hippo

For the quilting, I used a pattern called Floral meander.  I thought it needed something soft and flow-y.  I think it turned out so pretty.  I am sure she will love it!

Katie's Favourite Things Quilt

Label

They get their quilts in a couple of days now and I can't wait to know what their reactions will be.  I really had fun making them!

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Princess dresses


Hi!  Remember me? Wow, time has flown by since my last post.  I have been quite busy and have a lot to tell you about.

As I told you before, I am now offering longarm machine quilting services and I have been quilting for others.  I haven't been too busy, just busy enough and I must say that I am really enjoying it.  But what I have been really busy doing since I last blogged is finishing two commissioned quilts for my friend's daughters.

Today I would like to share with you one of those quilts.  It is for a 4 year old little girl who just loves the Disney princesses.  Her mother asked me to make a quilt just with the dresses.  She told me which princesses she wanted.

I bought the pattern from Chi Town Stitching on Etsy.  My daughters had lots of fun helping me pick the fabrics for the dresses and loved watching me make each one. 

I had so much fun making this quilt. Who doesn't love princesses? Here are some of my favorite dresses:






I quilted a lovely pattern on it with some hearts in a soft pink thread.  I think it adds beautiful texture to the quilt.
The backing is a Disney fabric featuring a few of the princesses.  It is so nice and soft.  My mom bought it for me last winter when she was down to the States.  I hadn't even started the quilt back then so unfortunately I didn't have enough.  I just ended up adding a strip of the pink polka dots I used for the outer border to the bottom edge of the backing.  I think it looks okay.  


I used the fabrics from the sashing and border for the binding.  I think it makes it look a little fun and whimsical.


She will be getting it for Christmas and I can't wait to see her reaction when she opens the box.  I had so much fun making this quilt!

Next week I will share with you her sister's pink quilt.  Be warned, there will be a lot of pink in that next post!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2015 - Swoon

Every time Quilt Market happens, Amy from Amy's Creative Side hosts the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Thank you Amy for letting us share in this big virtual Quilt Show!  It is so much fun and so inspiring!

My first entry into the fall 2015 edition of the Blogger's Quilt Festival is in the Large Quilt category and is my Swoon quilt.

If you are a regular follower you have seen this quilt before, but if you aren't, here it is!

Swoon

Swoon

Fabrics: Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander and Home Essentials by Mark Lipinski

Pattern: Swoon by Thimbleblossoms

close-up
I loved making this quilt.  
I love piecing and these 24" blocks were fun because they were just challenging enough but there weren't a ton of them to make.  
I am learning to quilt on a longarm and this was a great quilt to tackle with some custom quilting.  The big spaces were lots of fun to fill and allowed me to get in a lot of practice.

another close-up

I am very proud of this quilt and love everything about it!

Swoon

Thanks again to Amy for having the Blogger's Quilt Festival.
I hope all of you will go check out some of the other quilts!

AmysCreativeSide.com

Sunday, 27 September 2015

BOM

Back in 2013, some of the members of my quilt group and I shared in a Block of the Month project.  There were 6 of us who participated.  Each of us shared a pieced block pattern and a machine appliqued block pattern, so a total of 12 blocks.  All of the blocks finished at 12".  We each chose the fabrics we wanted to work with and the final layout of our quilts.  I shared most of the quilt tops with you back in January 2014.

I really wanted to try to do some custom quilting using the computer on the Statler and I thought this would be a great quilt to try it on. So a few weeks ago I did just that.


I chose a design for the borders, one for the sashing, one for corner stones, one for the pieced blocks and a different one for the appliqued blocks.  I used a beige thread that blended in very well with the background fabric.  In hind sight, I could've used a darker thread so the quilting would show up a little more but as this was my first time doing custom work and getting used to using the machine I wanted it to blend in, just in case.  I really love the texture the quilting gave to the quilt, and those little corner stones are my favourite part!!



I had so much fun quilting this!  I am really getting the hang of the computerized machine and I am loving the results.  



You will notice a new tab at the top of my blog called machine quilting services.  I am now offering machine quilting services so if you would like something quilted, I hope you will consider sending your quilt my way.  I would love to quilt for you too!

Here is my BOM quilt in its new spot, hanging in my dining room.... just perfect for the fall! 
I just love that texture!