Monday, August 25, 2014

Miss Kate in the Stars: a Mini

So the VMQG had a mini quilt swap just within the guild and - you guys - I'm powerless to resist a guild swap. POWERLESS!

This was the kind of swap where you're making for someone but you don't know who's making something for you. I made this mini for the lovely and very talented Jade Stitch Mischief who's currently rocking the house in Sewvivor.

Jade's swap questionnaire had Bonnie and Camille at the top of her "favourite designers" list, and then right after reading that, I saw that she'd re-grammed a giveaway for some Miss Kate with the hashtag "ilovemisskate." Well it just so happened that I had a charm pack of Miss Kate curing in my stash! Kismet!

Miss Kate in the Stars

I adapted this lovely block by Judy Martin called Star Struck so that I could use charms without trimming them down and so I didn't have to calculate corner triangles for flying geese, and came up with the mini I called Miss Kate in the Stars.

When it came to quilting, I chose to FMQ the crap out of it - lots of loopy loops here.

Miss Kate quilting closeup

Miss Kate closeup

And some tiny feathers to highlight that centre pinwheel.

Miss Kate Mini quilting

I'm absolutely delighted to say that Jade loved it - I'm sad that I wasn't at the meeting to give it to her in person, though. I had so much fun making this mini, which finished at about 18" square.

Does your guild do swaps? You should totally join up if they do. They're a great way to stretch yourself creatively and to get to know your fellow guild members. Go for it!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sew Canadian Blog Tour

Welcome! It's my day on Mad About Patchwork's Sew Canadian studio tour. Hop on over to the Mad About Patchwork blog to see my space and to find out how you can participate too (and enter a giveaway to win stuff)!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Modern Shadow: An Off-list Finish

It's too hot around here and as a result, I've been too cranky to sew, so I think I'll blog instead!

This is one of those projects that just popped into my head, demanding to be made. As I fell asleep one night a couple of months ago, I saw my pattern Easy Going Modern made up in an ombre arrangement.

Modern Shadow front

So I went to my stash and dug around in my greys and pulled 5 shades of Kona Solids: Silver, Medium Gray, Coal and Charcoal plus Ash.

Modern Shadow

I got a bit stuck on the quilting, but I'm glad I didn't rush into anything because this curvy motif - done with two different shades of grey Aurifil 50 weight thread - really complements the right angles.
Modern Shadow quilting

Modern Shadow upward

The backing is a fabulous IKEA duvet that I thrifted.
Modern Shadow back

This finish was a just-for-fun one - "off-list" meaning it's not part of my Finish Along list. But I think I may be keeping this quiltie for myself because it's a nice lap size - about 56"x78".

Linking up to Finish it Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Petal Pinwheel Triangles: A Challenge Quilt

This was a fun little challenge. Michael Miller sponsored this most recent activity through the Modern Quilt Guild and we received 6 fat eighths of fabric from the Petal Pinwheels line to create with. My quilt is 36" square.

Petal Pinwheels and Triangles

I used my Tri Recs ruler again to make two sizes of triangles. The larger ones came together nicely but those teeny ones? Let's just say there were three rows planned.

Petal Pinwheels quilting

I do love how the finished design shook out, though. I was really inspired by Mary Molly Flanders' triangle quilt here and this is my more minimalist version of it. Requisite upview here.

Petal Pinwheel Triangles upward

Quilted with Aurifil 50 wt thread in a fabulous medium grey. I did some straight line quilting, and echoed the triangles in a few rows. I really quite like it.

Petal Pinwheel Triangles closeup

And a shot of the hilariously hideous fabric I used on the back. Seriously. What was I thinking? Actually, I'll tell you what I was thinking - it's a sweet gender neutral print for backing a baby quilt. Nailed it, amirite?!

Petal Pinwheel Triangle back

Bonus: this is a Q3 FAL finish! Yay!

Finish Along 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Morris 16-Patch for Quilts of Valour

When I first started quilting, I fell hard for Rose & Hubble's reproduction William Morris prints (The William Morris Collection) and collected quite a few of them. I used some here and there, but many sat in their original FQ bundles in my stash because I wanted to keep them together in a project. I never did find the perfect project for me, but when I heard Lezley Zwaal, founder of Quilts of Valour (with the extra "u" - CANADA!) on Brandy Lynn Maslowski's Canadian Quilt Talk podcast, I knew I'd found just the right project for these beautiful fabrics.

Morris 16-Patch

The St. Louis 16-patch comes together very quickly when you strip piece (I followed this tutorial but cut my strips slightly narrower to accommodate the size of my FQs). And even faster when you cut the correct number of strips for your quilt! I somehow concluded that 1 FQ of print + 1 FQ solid = 1 block. So I have enough strips to make another quilt at some point. Nice math, there, Felicity. Whoops.

Morris 16-Patch closeup

I quilted it very simply - diagonal lines (eyeballed, not marked, because: lazy) in one direction.

Morris 16-patch up view

Bound simply as well, just using leftovers from the various print fabrics, this quilt is a solid lap size - 55" by 68". I'll be sending it off soon to QOV. And that's another finish for my Q2 FAL list - I linked a photo but didn't blog it so here we go!

Morris 16-Patch full frontal

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Finish Along 2014: Q3 Wish List

Finish Along 2014

I've been rather pressed for time lately so I didn't do my traditional FAL Round Up post (though I did link up my finishes - 3 out of 5 done plus a bonus finish not on the original list yay me!). I still do want to put my Q3 list out there, though - there are prizes at stake, folks! (Check out the FAL if you haven't already. Prizes and tutorials abound!)

For Q3, I hope to finish:

1. A Road Trip Case for G to store her Rainbow Loom supplies - hoping it will keep the detritus to a minimum. These fabrics are *very* 6½-year-old girl, aren't they? :) Status: pieces cut out and interfaced.
Road Trip Case fabric for a 6.5 year old. Great pattern by @noodlehead531.

2. Circle of Geese bee quilt. I received these blocks in my very first online quilting bee. They've sat in a box ever since but this quarter, they're going to become a quilt for my youngest niece (age nearly 5). I just saw her this past week and when I asked her what colours were her favourites, she answered: "Pink. And purple. Also blue and green. Yellow!!"  I think I might try Quilt As You Go using some scrappy strips in a variety of colours I have in my collection. Status: 11 blocks on hand.

3. Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels challenge quilt - this one's due on July 25th. I need to hustle! Status: design complete.

4. Liberty + Kona Solids St. Louis 16 Patch. I love how quickly this pattern comes together, as well as its traditional simplicity. Will be putting some lovely Liberty Lawn FQs to good use in this quilt for me. Status: fabrics acquired, pattern chosen.
Liberty plus Kona solids quilt status: fabrics paired up. #squee #liberty #wip

5. My Wonderland Sampler kind of stalled out, so I hope to revive it this quarter. Status: a few bits and bobs put together.
Feeble progress on my #dyosampler.

6. Adding this is making this a Stretch Goal kind of list, but here goes: getting my Wonderland quilt all quilted up and sent off wherever it's going (possibly Siblings Together). Status: basted and ready to quilt.
Wonderland Quilt Top

I'm going to leave it at that, because this quarter I've signed up to do a mini quilt swap with the VMQG, I've got a family holiday coming up in August when no sewing will happen, plus there's school preps to think of (!!).

Friday, July 4, 2014

Sew Canadian: a Summer Studio Tour

Have you heard? Mad About Patchwork, a modern Canadian quilt shop, is hosting a very fun tour of Canadian quilters' studios this summer. It's called Sew Canadian, and they've invited me to participate!

Beginning on July 6th, you'll be treated to two studio tours a week and an opportunity to link up photos of your own creative space for an opportunity to win a lovely prize. Here's whose studios you'll be getting a glimpse of:

July 6th – Patti @Retired to Quilt and Krista @Poppyprint
July 13th – Dominique @The Running Thimble and Cinzia @Deux Petites Souris
July 20th – Anita @Daydreams of Quilts and Lorna @Sew Fresh Quilts
July 27th – Shena @Apple Pie Patchwork and Katherine @Sew Me Something Good
August 3rd – Felicity @Felicity Quilts and Josee @The Charming Needle
August 10th – Janet @What Comes Next and M-R @Quilt Matters
August 17th – Erica @Happy Fabric and Jacqui @Treadle Quilts
August 24th – Leanne @She Can Quilt and Jaclyn @Jaclyn Quilts
August 31st – Pam @Mad About Patchwork and Laura @Waffle Kisses

Fun, amirite? Subscribe to Mad About Patchwork's blog and check out the wonderful studios they'll be sharing throughout Sew Canadian.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Up, Down and All Around

Hooray! Another finish!
Up Down and All Around

I called this quilt "Kaleidoscope Strippy" for the longest time because the fabrics in it are the same as the ones I used in another project - Star City. When I was cutting the strips from which to cut the kaleidoscope triangles, I cut some more strips in random widths to make a second quilt.


I intended to simply sew the WOF strips together in an order similar to the strips on the original inspiration, one of our towels:
hand towel inspiration

But then I embarked on my UFO-finishing strategy of turning UFOs into quilts for the nieces and nephews, and something that was only 40" wide (as a WOF-strip quilt tends to be) wouldn't work. So I made strip sets and cut them up, then rearranged them in a parquet setting. Then the name came to me - Up, Down and All Around, because the stripes seemed to go every which way.

more quilting

I quilted this quilt in my favourite loopy loop quilting motif using Aurifil 40wt thread in the colour 2324 that magically seems to go with everything.

quilting closeup

Backing is another favourite - Ikea Nummer fabric.

And binding is a fun orange print.

The quilt finishes at 60" x 72", and it's one of my Q2 FAL finishes. Woo hoo!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

African Placemats

My good friend Karen spent some time in Ghana late last year, and brought home some amazing fabric. She asked me to make her some placemats with it, and offered anything left over as stash enhancement. Sold!


I made sure to wash and dry the fabric before using it. Then I pressed and refolded it selvage to selvage as it came off the bolt, and slipped some batting in between the layers, so each side was identical. Next came the quilting - a different motif on each placemat.

Square maze:
square maze quilting closeup

stipple placemat

Leafy vines:
placemat leafy

Loopy loops:
loopy placemat

To add a bit of contrast, I chose to bind with some Kaffe Fassett yarn dyed stripes cut on the bias to improve resistance to the frequent washing these placemats will likely experience, and I attached the binding all by machine.

All in all, a very satisfying project. Karen loves them and I had a lot of fun making them. Win/win!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Hello, friends! I'm happy that I have a couple of photos of WIPs, and the time to share a post with you on a Wednesday!

I've been sewing, but just haven't had the chance to share much, mostly because I sew at night and nighttime photos are icky when you don't have much in the way of photography skills as you will be able to see in these non-nighttime photos.

Anyway, what's on my plate right now includes:

My St. Louis 16-patch for Quilts of Valour:

16 patch for Quilts of Valour in progress

Made a lot of progress on this one while at the VMQG overnight retreat in early May. All 20 blocks are stitched, and I now have to put the top together and etc.

My Wonderland DYO Sampler (haven't made much progress on this one - this is only my third block).

Wonderland DYO sampler block.

I'm having fun with this but because I love the fabric so much, I'm having a hard time deciding on which blocks to make because I want them each one to be A Very Special Block, and I want to use the fabric in the most efficient way possible. My collection includes an assortment of precuts like Layer Cake pieces and charm pack bits plus Honey Bun strips and Jelly Roll strips, FQs and some yardage. So I'm trying not to cut up yardage when I can use a Layer Cake piece but I also don't want to cut into a LC piece if at some point I'll be able to use it more efficiently in another block. It's ridiculous but that's how I roll.

I'm planning to put the stitches into the binding of another of my FAL projects tonight at Book Club (books: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell [dreamy sigh] and Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver [did not disappoint]) in between sips of wine and nibbles of cheese. We have our priorities straight in this group, I assure you. So I'll be photographing that and sharing it soon too.

I've got another finish to share - here's a sneak peek - stay tuned for the blog post in a little while.

square maze quilting closeup

Linking up for the first time in forever with Lee at Freshly Pieced (button over yonder on the right hand sidebar). Won't you join me over there?