Friday, July 25, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes...July 2014 finished

For July, I set what I believed to be an achievable goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes!
I am so happy to be finished this quilt, and it really was fun to do!
It started out as a challenge to myself to try HRT's using the tutorial from Latifah at The Quilt Engineer. She posted this as a tutorial for the MQG.
I sliced and diced, pressed and trimmed!
I must admit that I am not a fan of pressing seams open,
but I did it anyway.
Low volume with pink, purple, yellow, black and coral..ish!
Whew! I was happy to get all these blocks done!
I did look at a couple layouts, but it seemed that simple was the way to go!
I spray basted and pinned with a little help....

The backing is from a fabric line called 8 Days A Week.
I used the months line. Really nice backing and I would definitely use it again!
I didn't have enough to match when I pieced the back, so ended up with some new months!!
I really want to change my birthday to Fovember! Don't you??
On to the quilting!!
I have a Janome Horizon, and programmed a stitch provided by Janome, called Serpentine stitch.
Here is the actual link to setting up the Serpentine Stitch-
This was the first time I have used it, and I sure do love it!
I put 3 rows in each path, and it was so quick, and gives the quilt great texture.
The best part of the Serpentine stitch is that it is and end to end stitch!
No burying thread!! Yay for that!
 As always, I used Aurifil thread!! Love it!
This is #2600, and I use so much of it, for piecing and quilting.
For me, it is the perfect grey.
The binding fabric is a really nice grey stripe that I had in my stash.

This little darling measures 52"x59"
I am tremendously pleased with this July finish, and am linking up for
A Lovely Year of Finishes

Thanks so much for stopping by, and please go and check out all the finishes for July!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Sew Canadian Studio Tour

This summer, a fabulous Canadian quilt shop called Mad About Patchwork, is hosting a series on their blog about the sewing spaces of some Canadian quilters.
For some reason, I can't get the button to work, but just follow the link above, and it will take you to the series!!
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 РFelicity @ Felicity Quilts and Jos̩e @ 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

I was fortunate enough to be invited to join, and my sewing room is featured today!
Also featured today is Krista @ Poppyprint, who gets a gorgeous view of Vancouver from her sewing room!
Oh no, I'm not jealous! Ha!
So, stop in and say hello!

Friday, July 04, 2014

ALYoF -July goalsetting

Alrighty then!
After a miserable showing for June, I have reset and refocused. 
It also helps that I love what I'm working on for my July goal!

While I'm completely over making these HRTs with the seemingly endless marking fabric,trimming blocks, and pressing seams open, I do love how they look. 
I think the layout I finally decided on is pretty as well. 
So, I just need to get the layout nailed down, blocks sewn together, and quilt it!
Easy Peasy!
Oh yeah, I also have to buy a new face plate for my machine! A spring must have sprung, and shifted the plate, because while I was sewing the needle suddenly hit the plate and everything broke!
Scared the crap out of me, too!
Good luck to everyone setting their goals for July.
Hope you are enjoying your summer as much as I am, especially now that we finally have it!
A Lovely Year of Finishes

Sunday, June 29, 2014

ALYoFJune 2014...not so much!

Apparently setting goals is so much easier than actually accomplishing them! 
I was supposed to have my Michael Miller Challenge project done for this month, but it just didn't happen. The same pieced strips are sitting in a pile somewhere waiting to be magically transformed into something beautiful...
I just wasn't all that inspired, so it still sits. 
My time hasn't been completely wasteful though. 
I did put a quilt together! It is a baby quilt, and I was pattern testing! So much fun!
Photos at a later date. 
I also managed to add a few more items to The Tutorial & Fabric Busting Project. 

Two zipper storage trays. Top tray is from a tutorial by Ayumi @ Pink Penguin
Bottom tray a tutorial from Sherri @ Threadridinghood

I hadn't made any open wide zippered pouches for a while, so I made 2!
Tutorial by Anna@ Noodlehead

I'm just a tad disappointed in my ongoing Economy Blocks quilt.
I seriously thought I had done so many, but it turns out to be only 46!
Good thing I'm not on a deadline with this.
They are fun to do though, so I'll keep at it...
So, I'll be back in a couple of days to post July's goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes!
I'm sure I'll get this one done, as I love it so!

A Lovely Year of Finishes
A Lovely Year of Finishes

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes June goal setting

A Lovely Year of Finishes
Luckily, this goal decision is an easy one for me...sort of...
The Saskatoon MQG is participating in the Michael Miller fabric challenge with the MQG.
We were given fabric from the collection Petal Pinwheels, which is really a gorgeous line..
I decided to make a new table runner, and try some improv piecing.....
Oh, oh!
What was I thinking???
Why can't I be more like Carly, who does amazing improv!
Or Marianne who says "just slice it. It's only fabric"
Apparently I need direction and some sort of rules!
I took my fabric, and sewed a few panels together, but now I am stuck.
See, I had no plan! I thought an idea would just magically appear.
uh...nope...didn't happen!
So here they have sat for 2 weeks now, giving me the stink eye!
I have until the end of the month to make some magic :-)
Well, I guess I'll just start slicing...
Wish me luck!

Friday, May 30, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes....MAYbe I got it done!

A Lovely Year of Finishes A Lovely Year of Finishes
Three short days ago I was expecting to write a post full of lame excuses about why I didn't get my May project done......

Then a whiny inner voice got the better of me, and I got to work on it!

The top was already done in 2012, so I don't know why I had such a hard time getting this little quilt finished.. It is made with vintage striped sheets, a few solids, and is a disappearing 9 patch pattern.

I had this cotton/poly sheet purchased quite a while ago for another project, I think. So, I washed it and used it as the backing.
The leaves inspired the quilting, and I remember seeing a FMQ pattern somewhere on a blog, and stored it in my tiny brain!

 I Love, love this FMQ pattern! It is very forgiving, and you can easily get out of any corner you find yourself in by just adding some leaf vines or pebbles! The only time I broke thread was when the bobbin ran out!
I used my favourite Aurifil thread #2021 in the 50wt.
I really like the kind of squared off flower petals too. This is definitely one I will use again.
I wish I could remember where I saw it, to give credit...I really should write that stuff down!
I can lead you to some FMQ tutorials from Lori Kennedy @ The Inbox Jaunt..... seriously, she has some amazing, detailed, and fun tutorials.
Go check them out! the turtle!!!!

After squaring it up, I decided to try the rounded corner approach for the binding. I did cut the binding on the bias, which takes no longer than regular cutting.
No mitered corners is a really nice change!
I don't know what the fabric is, just something taking up space in my much too cluttered stash! It definitely has a vintage look to it, so it seemed appropriate for this quilt. 

So, here it is all finished, and I must admit, looking kinda pretty!
I think I like it after all!
Measures 45"x54"

And, of course, the obligatory cat on quilt photo!
I don't know why it is always Kissa and not Sheriti, but she is very photogenic!
Well, that's it for today. 
I have to start thinking about my June goal!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Giveaway Winners....and other stuff

My first time participating in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway, and I received so many lovely comments on the Sew Together Bag I was giving away. It appears that I was not the only one who had some difficulty with this bag!
The winner of this bag was Lisa E, and it is already in the mail and on the way to her!
Another giveaway I was hosting last week was for an amazing pattern called Canvas by Leanne @shecanquilt
Here is the cushion I made using the pattern.
The winner of this pattern is Crickets Corner, and I have sent her an e-mail.
Thanks so much to everyone for stopping by for these giveaways.

We are finally getting some Spring like weather here!
Although it rained yesterday, we have some beautiful sunshine today and the flowers are loving it.
So I won't be spending the day at my sewing machine!!
Over the week-end I did a bunch of sewing. I don't know if anyone else is like this, but I have probably a hundred tutorials for different crafts bookmarked on my computer. It seems I just keep adding to the pile and rarely get back to them. I have decided it is high time I either did them or deleted them!
Hence, The Tutorial & Fabric Busting Project
The first one I did was actually a new one! Well, I had to start somewhere, right!
I really liked this sturdy basket called Scraptastic Basket by Janelle.
All of my perle cotton and embroidery stuff fits in it easily.

I've been wanting to make this triangle pouch by Elnora for a while now.

This was fun and easy to do! I am using it for my Wonder Clips and the fifty I have barely cover the bottom! 

I was fortunate enough to win a scrap bundle of Liberty from Camille of
queenbeefabrics on Instagram!
I also purchased some lace zippers ages ago that have been sitting in a bin waiting to be used!
 I called it Come Sail Away, because the Liberty twists reminded me of sails!
A great tutorial @ Shocking Hocking for the twists.
The rest of the pouch was just winging it! I should have made it a little smaller to hide the metal ends of the zipper, but too bad! 
Maybe next time...I have 4 or 5 more zippers!
I also found this tiny piece of Liberty in a small 2.5" bundle I purchased ages ago and haven't used.'s sails! I felt compelled to add it to the pouch as a hexie! 

I know, you're wondering if I'll ever be done with this post, but that's what happens when I am a lazy blogger...
Now these are just toooo cute for words!!!
Am I right, or am I right!!
Fabric Berry large and two small.
I already have the large one filled with cords for phone, ipod etc...
One of the small ones is holding keys at the front door.
Seriously, a million uses for these, and they were pretty easy to do too. The binding on the small ones were a bit of a challenge, but certainly doable.
Okay, that it for my TTFBP (I'm certainly not writing it out every time!)
I'll leave you with a last look at the two Sew Together Bags I have made so far.
While they are not part of my "official" TTFBP, I just love them and the first one beat the crap out of I'll take every opportunity to show it!
first one......
 second one...(for the giveaway)
 That's all for today....
maybe bee blocks next time!