Friday, 13 February 2015

TGIFF - Hexie Garden

It's done!  I finished my Hexie Garden quilt.

My mom bought me the kit to make this quilt some time last year.  I started cutting it out and piecing the blocks in August.  I finished piecing the top at a retreat in January and I quilted it last week.  I put the final stitches in the binding this morning... just in time for TGIFF!

I used my Hex N More ruler by Jaybird Quilts to cut out the hexagons and triangles for this quilt.

 I did change one of the fabrics in the kit.  The turquoise fabric in the center of the flowers is from my stash.  The kit had a solid dark grey for those triangles and I just felt the quilt needed a pop of something instead of the dull grey.  I am so happy I changed it!

I love orange and the orange fabric that was included in the kit for the binding was just perfect.

I love hexagons and this quilt was all machine pieced and so much fun to make.

 I am linking up to TGIFF over at my friend M-R's blog Quilt Matters.  She made an amazing little quilt using leftover half-square triangles... You should definitely go check it out!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

WIP Wednesday - 02/11/2015 Modern Medallion

I haven't spent much time in my studio this past week. My daughter has been sick for the past 5 days so we have spent quite a bit of time watching movies on the couch. That means more hand quilting time on my Modern Medallion.

Here are a couple of pics of my progress so far. I am almost done crosshatching the patchwork border.

Last week I managed to machine quilt my Hexie Garden quilt. I am hoping to have it finished by Friday for TGIFF.

Linking up to The Needle And Thread Network. Click on the link to visit other Canadian bloggers and see what they are working on.


Friday, 6 February 2015

Minecraft quilt blocks

My friend has asked me to make quilts for her 3 kids. She has a son and two daughters. Her son is a huge Minecraft fan and thought it was really cool when he saw a quilt online. I decided to start with this quilt, so I went looking to see if I could find a pattern or some cutting instructions, something to help me get started. I have two girls and know very little about Minecraft so getting started on this quilt has been interesting!

I came across the Quilting Board somewhere on Google. One lady was asking for help making blocks based on the Minecraft game. This lady suffers from discalculia, which is like dyslexia with numbers. She couldn't turn the pixelated images into quilt blocks to make a quilt for her grandson. Tina Benson, from the blog Slightly Off Quilter, came to this lady's rescue and used EQ7 to design the blocks for the quilt. She was kind enough to share her design on the Quilting Board and also on her blog.

So I have been using Tina's design as a guide to make these 16" blocks for a Minecraft quilt for my friend's son.

Here are my blocks so far:

Minecraft quilt blocks
Minecraft cow quilt block

I received my order of Kona solids from Mad About Patchwork earlier in the week so I will be able to continue making my blocks. This quilt is a lot of fun to make and I am already getting lots of great feedback on Facebook and Instagram.


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

WIP Wednesday - 01/28/2015

Today's WIP Wednesday post is simply a photo to show you where I am at with hand quilting my medallion quilt.

Modern medallion
Modern Medallion

I am loving it so far.

Linking up to The Needle and Thread Network


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap, Round 3

I am slowly becoming addicted to swaps, specifically Instagram swaps. I love everything about it: making something for my partner, stalking their IG feeds and Pinterest boards, trying to figure out who is sending me something... It is all just too much fun!

My partner for round 3 of the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap received her mini yesterday so I thought I would share with you what I made her and a few of the steps I took to get there. First you should know that her favourite colour at the moment is teal and by checking out her pinterest boards, I saw that she liked geometric quilts, more specifically triangles.

So I went with flying geese and came up with my own little design.

flying geese design
flying geese design

I love making flying geese!

blue flying geese
blue flying geese

I really wanted to add in a little pop of colour so I went with pink.

I loved every part of making this quilt, even figuring out how to quilt it without having any knots in the middle of the quilt. I managed to do it by starting and stopping off on the sides... I love it when a plan comes together!


Swap package
Swap package

So this is what Gretchen received. That adorable little mini, a thread catcher and a little zipper pouch.

I am still patiently waiting for my mini to arrive but in the meantime, I have 2 other swaps I have signed up for! I told you I was slowly getting addicted to these things! The next one is a rainbow swap. I already have my partner's info and I know what I am making for her. Looking forward to sharing it with you!