Friday, August 11, 2017

Done and Done!

My two latest finishes are golden oldies.  I hauled out my stash of  UFOs and decided I needed to finish up a few of my languishing tops.  The first one, I call "Houses Galore", was a quilt along hosted by Terry of Terry's Treasures from 2012. Hi, Terry!  
 5 years, not bad.  But it's not my oldest UFO! 
 It took me only a few hours to baste and freemotion quilt this up and now it is on my finished pile. 

45'" x 57"

a quilty photo shoot in windy Pictou, NS

The second UFO was a scrap quilt too. I used the leftover square-in-a-square blocks from a quilt that I made for my husband's brother.  This quilt top was circa 2008. I had lots of fun slicing all the blocks and inserting 3/4" strips into each block.  It's hard to see the quilting in the photo.  I simply quilted a large crosshatch over the entire top. 
51" square

Hope you get time to work on some older, almost forgotten projects.  It sure feels good to get them finished up.  👍

Sunday, July 9, 2017

NSQBQ Round Robin 2017

I need to share with you what a wonderful day I had yesterday.  Just in case you don't already know, I am a member of the Nova Scotia Quilting Bloggers Quartet (aka NSQBQ).  The other three members are Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World and Lesley the Cuddle Quilter and Karen of KaHolly.  We all originally met through our blogging and since we all live in Nova Scotia, from Halifax to Plymouth to Port Hawkesbury to Isle Madame, it was a must to meet up in real life, which we did about 4 years ago and since that time we have been getting together to visit a few quilt shows during the summer and also each year, over the winter we work on a challenge project.  Over this past winter we worked on a Round Robin Challenge.  Each of us made a 12" pieced square and also included a few fabrics and then a 6" border would be added by each of the other members.  Here is a pic that Karen took just before I saw my result returned.  Do I look excited?  Youbetcha I was.  

Here is the end result...Isn't it just fabulous!!  Lesley added the first round..a wonky star shape with lots of negative space..she knows how much I love that!   The arrow border was added by Sheila.  She mentioned that she added it just before I published my arrow pattern. How in sync are we??? The final border was added by Karen.  Just fabulous!  pik-up-stik.. a favourite of mine.  She said that she was low on text prints (another fave of mine) so she made up her own.  Such a sweet touch!

I am so impressed with all  the personal touches. My friends have certainly captured me in fabric.  I can't wait to get this quilted up.  

Here is Lesley's end result:...

Karen made the first round...all those sweet little pieced scrappy spools and a pieced section as well and I made the next border, an intertwined addition.  Sheila made the fabulous outer border of hand stitched quilty sayings with pertinent appliques. I love the four corners with friendship stars. Her work is so amazing.  Lesley was over the moon with her result. Suited her to a "T"

Next up....our wonderful hostess for the day - Sheila -  who provided us with the best lunch imaginable and who shared her lovely home for the unveiling of our quilt tops. 
I added the first star border in the hopes of Sheila doing some of her amazing hand quilting and the next border, the flying geese in graduating sizes with cornerstones was added by Karen.  And finally, a sawtooth star border in all its scrappy glory was added by Lesley.  So pretty! So Sheila!

And lastly but not leastly, we have Karen's end result in the Round Robin.  The first border of meticulously hand appliqued hexie flowers was added by Sheila and next up, a border of colourful nine patches with black and whites was Lesley's contribution and finally, I added a raspberry kiss border in black prints with a background of a fabric with crosses that Karen had gifted to me.  Karen is all about colour!

and a group shot

Now we need to get these quilt tops quilted up and ready to show. 

 And now is a good time to announce that the NSQBQ will be participating in the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival this year.  The festival runs from October 10 - 14 in Amherst, NS.  The NSQBQ Quilt Show and Sale will be held at the Amherst Curling Club on Prince Arthur St. on Friday, Oct. 13 from 10 am til 5 pm and also on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 am til 3 pm.  We hope that you will come visit and check out all our quilts.  I hear there will be a free giveaway being held as well!  

Hope you have some awesome quilty friends in your life.  I am a very lucky person to have these three lovely ladies in mine.  😊

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Two finishes for me

Two more projects are getting crossed off my list today.  The first one is a throw sized quilt called "Island Geese"  I made it in anticipation of selling it.  So, fingers crossed that I will sell it and then I can buy more fabric! 😊  
Background fabric - Kona Snow 
Geese fabric - various blue and purple/lavender Kona solids
thread - Aurifil 2024 (white) 50wt 
completely free motion quilted by me on my Pfaff PowerQuilter 16.0 

48"x 56"

The second project is a baby quilt made for  the newest addition to my extended family, a great-niece, due to be born early September. The colours are very soft pastels and hard to photograph.  I enjoyed quilting this one so much.  It only took me two days to do it!  That's a record for me! 
Background fabric -Kona Snow
Prints are Darling Little Dickens by Lydia Nelson for Moda
thread -Aurifil 2024 (white) 50wt 
completely free motion quilted by me on my Pfaff PowerQuilter 16.0

After finishing up these two I have started on a UFO from 2012!  

Hope you had time today to get some quilting done!😊

Friday, June 9, 2017

Two secret sewing reveals

I can now show you two of the secret projects that I worked on earlier in the year.  The first one is a wedding quilt that was gifted to my nephew and his bride-to-be.  It went from Halifax to Vancouver.  I would have loved to present it to the happy couple in person but it just wasn't in the cards for us to be present at the wedding in July.😞  We were already committed to another nephew's wedding the first of September and two trips out West in one year was just not doable financially for us.  I just made up the design of this quilt as I went.  I just started cutting strips and squares using my Accuquilt cutter. The quilt was made with batiks and hand-dyed fabrics in shades of pink and blue, the bride-to-be's favourite colours.   A tone-on-tone off white was used for alternating rows.  I free motion quilted loop-de-loops using white thread.  I forgot to take a pic of the back which I pieced using leftover squares and strips from the front. 

"Pink and Blue for You"
The second secret project that I worked on was designing the 2017
Row x Row quilt for my local modern fabric shop, Patch Halifax.  I was very honoured to be asked and I must say, I was a bit intimidated.  What a challenge for me!  I set to work with the official theme of "On the Go" in mind and decided on showing how our harbour ferries work so hard, going back and forth between Halifax and Dartmouth, bringing people to work, school and play on both sides of the harbour.   In case you don't recognize the landmarks, the striped smoke stacks on the left are located at Tuft's Cove generating station, Dartmouth and are seen from all around. In the centre is my rendition of one of our ferries and the buildings on the right are Purdy's Wharf , iconic Halifax waterfront office towers.  My first job, when I was 17, was located in the original wharf/pier where it was filled with barrels and boxes of salted fish.  I worked for a fish exporter and had an office there where I prepared shipping documents for the salted fish that was shipped to the West Indies. I spent 7 years doing that job.  Loved it!   
"Back and Forth"
I drew up a paper-pieced pattern for the smokestacks and made applique templates for the remainder of the shapes.  The applique is applied with a fusible and then stitched around the edges.  For the background I free motion quilted lots of swirls (the stitching design is called Jester's Hats) and some waves at the bottom and then my sweet, talented friend, Karen Chase of Sugar Free Quilted Designs, came to my rescue again and wrote up the official pattern that will be a free pattern at Patch Halifax from June 21 to September 5 as part of the Row x Row Experience. 
Check out this link for all the rules and participating shops. 

I have one more secret project but that is really a long-term secret.
Another wedding quilt but probably won't be ready to show you until later this year.  

I hope you had time to get something quilty done today.      

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Nova Scotia Crown of Thorns

I am sure that this quilt has a story. I love a quilt that has a story.   It has been at the back of a cupboard in my home. It was given to me several years ago with little detail.  It has a Nova Scotia Heritage Quilt Project label on it so I know that someone cared for in its present state when that happened, but before that , I have no idea.
 I do know, from inspection, that it was a much larger quilt than it is now.  It appears that a few rows of blocks were cut down and a new binding attached.  Other than that, the only other thing I can say about this quilt is that it is definitely a Nova Scotia quilt.  The colours, the design, the quilting, the batting all appear to sing Nova Scotia.  The turkey red has rotted away in every piece that it was used.  The muslin is thin and the batting, whatever was used, is wadded in many spots.  All this being said, it may be a bit of a wreck but it is very warm and soft and cuddly and still deserving of a place in my quilty home.  Hopefully, some day, I will be able to have a good idea of when it was made.  Any guesses?
Crown of Thorns

Are you a lover of antique quilts?  Will our new quilts last forever?  Where will they end up?  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A modern table runner by me

I am happy to tell you that my table runner pattern is now for sale. A modern paperpieced table runner. Thanks so much to Karen @SugarFreeQuilted Designs for all her help with getting it written up and for sharing her Etsy shop with me.  Pattern writing is quite a skill and I do not possess that skill so I am very thankful to have a friend who takes over for me and makes it all perfect.  
 Karen, you're the best! 😊

Check out this blogpost by Karen @KaHolly to see her rendition of my pattern.    

 And another example in this blogpost by
Lesley the Cuddle Quilter.  

Thanks girls!  They look amazing!  

I bet you have some wonderful quilty friends too!  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cushions, cushions, cushions

With Canada's 150th anniversary coming up, my friend, Karen @Sugar Free Quilted Designs, set to work to design a quilt block.  She asked me to test her pattern and I happily said yes.  I took her paper-pieced block design and sewed it up to resemble a flag and made a cushion.  She has since revised her design to make it even better.  If you would like to try sewing one up for Canada Day, you can order it here

Here's another cushion I made...from someone else's scraps that I saved from the trash!  Alison Glass "Insignia" scraps!  I couldn't resist! I donated this cushion to #87Pillows, a charitable initiative spearheaded by my friend, Jeanette.  This is the second year for this project.  The goal is to collect enough handmade cushions to give to each resident of a local nursing home, something to brighten up their space.  If you would like to participate you can get in touch with me for details.  

I made these from selvedges that were gifted to me by an Instagram friend.  

I am linking up with The Needle and Thread Network.  A Canadian linky party.  Stop by and check out what's happening.  

What's Happening

Today I am sharing some projects that I have made in the past little while but have not shown on my blog.  Lately I tend to do quick shares on Facebook or my Instagram and then neglect to post to my blog as well.  Since my blog is my online scrapbook I want to be able to look back and see most everything I have made so I need to catch up!

First, I made three wallets from the pattern called "Necessary Clutch Wallet" by Janelle of Emmaline Bags, a Canadian company.  

This one is made from turquoise cork fabric with a sprinkling of silver and my coveted Katarina Roccella print, Doiland Gloss in Silver.  

Each wallet has twelve credit card slots, three pockets and one zippered pocket.  My cell phone fits right in the centre.

Not sure of these fabrics but I do know they are a few years old.  

This one is made with three prints from Sarah Golden's "MakerMaker" line.

I am making myself a messenger bag to match the last wallet.
I will be back soon to show you a few more small projects.  I am off now to cut out the pattern pieces for my new bag.

Hope you have time today to work on something special.   😃

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Me and Poppyprint

Krista Hennebury, aka Poppyprint, visited my lovely little guild recently. Krista is a member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.   She taught two classes and also presented her wonderful trunk show for us.  Krista has some Maritime roots so we all connected instantly.  Her trunk show was a delight of traditionally modern quilts.  She gave a very insightful talk on modern quilting that resonated with me.    

 Krista is a wonderful teacher and if you ever get the chance to take one of her classes, I suggest that you do.  She sure made me think.  Here is my result of her class.

This is my "Improv Garden". Sometimes  I sew on my deck using my Featherweight when the weather is good.  You can see a spool of thread in the top row.  Also a bird next to the spool. Lots of birds in my yard.  Along the bottom are flowers.  Top left is my new privacy fence that I use to take quilty photos. Arrows.. I love arrows! I needed them to extend into the border.  Now to get it quilted.  I have a plan.  
I must say that I had a bit of trouble making this piece work for me but I have some amazing quilty friends and they can always talk me down.  Thanks to Karen @ KaHolly for making me look at this with different eyes and encouraging me to not give up on where I wanted to go.  

I hope you have some amazing quilty friends who encourage you to go where you want to go.  Sometimes we can't see what others can.  A bit sappy but true!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Time flies when you are having fun!

Time flies when you are having fun!  Fabric and two favourite "F" words! lol
 In my last post I told you about all the upcoming fun things that were on my plate for March and April.  First, my freemotion quilting class at Patch Halifax.  It's always super fun to teach excited beginners at Chris' awesome modern fabric shop.  If you are ever in Halifax I hope you will make sure to drop by and see all the wonderful fabrics that she has for sale.  I am a bit addicted to Patch! The class went well and the ladies all went home inspired to finish up some projects.

After that it was time to get ready to head to White Point Resort for the 2nd annual Maritime Modern Quilt Guild retreat. My lovely little guild.  What a wonderful weekend by the sea.  Of course, wherever you are in Nova Scotia you are never far from the sea. The weather was a bit chilly but that can't be avoided in NS in April.  I had a lovely king-size room all to myself and I enjoyed that so much.  Even had a jacuzzi in my room!  I finished sewing up the top of the wedding quilt for my nephew and sewed together a runner made from a charm pack. For the backing of the wedding quilt  I will be making and taking a pile of heart blocks to the wedding to be signed by the wedding guests and then incorporating them into a the backing.  It will be a while before I can show you what it looks like because I am trying to keep it a surprise.  The food, the friendship, the service, the beautiful sewing room, everything was perfect as far as I was concerned and I hope to return next year.

I spent a fabulous quilty weekend in Port Hawkesbury, just across the Canso Causeway in Cape Breton.  A 2 1/2 hour drive for me. My super awesome  friend, Miss Karen Chase of Sugar Free Quilted Designs, was sweet to tag along with me and be my support.  I get distracted easily and need someone to keep me focused and organized when doing my classes and trunk shows and Karen was the queen of that!  My free motion class was attended by 10 lovely ladies who were absolute beginners and fearful of FMQ and it was my pleasure to help them overcome their fear and set them on the road to finishing up their quilts.
  The following day I was pleased to present my trunk show to almost 90 mostly traditional quilters at the Annual General Meeting of the Ocean Waves Quilt Society, an umbrella group of 11 guilds, So I got to meet quilters from all over the island as well as nearby communities on the mainland.
 I was tickled to be introduced by my sweet friend and guildmate, Lesley Carruthers, The Cuddle Quilter

Miss Lesley the Cuddle Quilter
She brought a tear to my eye with her glowing remarks in her introduction.  I was so taken I think I may have forgotten to formally thank her.   My sweet friend, Karen of KaHolly surprised me by showing up at my class.  She lives on beautiful Isle Madame in Petit De Grat, which is a 25 min. drive from Port Hawkesbury.   I was mighty happy to have her in attendance as she helped me out with machine issues and lots more.  And she also helped out at my trunk show by video taping the entire thing.  I can't wait to see how it turned out.  I also had the chance to visit Karen's home on beautiful Isle Madame.  Thanks so much to Lesley and Karen C. for being such wonderful quilt holder uppers. 
Thanks to all my quilty buddies for being there for me and helping make my visit a success. Could not have done it without you.  Love you all!!  
Here's a few shots of some of the quilts on display at the Ocean Waves Quilt Society AGM

Hope you had a great time quilting today.