Friday, July 3, 2015

Pink and Gray Baby

  Name:  Pink and Gray Baby
Design:  4" squares
Size:  36" by 42"
Fabric: Stash/scrap fabrics 
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white

This was a perfect way to incorporate a bunch of shabby chic florals in a baby quilt, don't you think?  I think it is just so pretty.  The grey dot and the text print update the florals nicely and I threw in a bunch of solid pink squares as well.  I have to say that most of this quilt was made from pre-cut 4" squares from my scraps.  I pre-cut a bunch of 2.5", 4" and 5" squares when I was cleaning up all my scraps this past spring.  It is simply amazing how fast a quilt goes together when you have the fabric already chopped up.  I backed the sheet with a fabulous pink striped thrifted cotton sheet.  Quilted on the diagonal in both directions in Aurfil 50 wt in white.  Perfect.  Linking up with Amanda Jean for finish it up Friday.  Holidays begins today for the summer.  Woo hoo!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Random Thursday: Funky Bacon and Raspberries

My friend Cynthia was asked to contribute to Cheryl Arkison's new book.  So she did.  But being Cynthia, her contribution is pretty awesome because everyone knows that everything is better with bacon.  Even quilts.  So Cynthia designed a bacon quilt because... well, you will have to buy the book to find out.  He he he.  Cynthia asked a few of her peeps to test her pattern.  It was awesome.  Because Cynthia is like that.  Her pattern went together like... bacon.  Yum.

Here are my bacon blocks.  Cool, huh? Look at how perfectly the bacon blocks match at the seam.  Perfect.

And then there are raspberries.  We are picking berries big time right now.  It is stinking hot.  And the raspberries are HUGE!  Check this one out.  And yes, it has been in the freezer.  We freeze them on trays and then pop them into bags.  They are so much nicer that way.

Linking up with Cindy's Random Thursday.  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

An iPad Cozy

I made an iPad cozy for a friend.  I don't have a pattern.  I just based it on the cozy I made for my own iPad several years ago.  I used up some linen scraps... beautiful gray dot and some Essex steel.  It is the perfect shade of gray with a blue tinge.  Love it.  And I used a scrap of home decor weight fabric along with some Kona medium gray for the lining.  This made me very happy.  It was a whole lot of fun to make.  I used a beautiful Aurifil 40 wt for the quilting.  #5007 to be exact.  I found some awesome buttons in a jar and used hair ties for the closure.  Oh, this made me happy.  I almost didn't give it away.  But I did.  And it was happily received.  

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pillow Covers: Mixed up 9 patch

So.  I finished the pillow covers for our daughter last Sunday.  I hope they fit the bill.  They were a lot of fun to make because I started out with a 9 patch and then chopped them up as you would for a disappearing 9 patch.  The thing is... I did not follow any rules and then added in a plain linen square when I recombined the chopped up 9 patch.  I used a lovely mix of Carolyn Friedlander's fabrics.  Mostly Doe and a bit of Botanics.  Both of which I found at Sew Sisters!  Gotta love Canadian online shopping.

And you can see that I quilted the covers heavily.  Heavily.  Matchstick quilting in Aurifil 50 wt in cream.  I love the texture you get on a pillow cover with this extremely dense quilting.  I have this idea that the dense quilting makes the pillow cover more durable.  It could be all in my mind but I am going with it.  Seriously awesome texture.

Then the backs.  Simple lapped zipper.  A big lap.  And I like to place the zipper off centre.  Linen.  The best.  Yep.  There is the zipper.  Pillow covers for summer.  20" square.  Done.

Off to pick berries.  Western Canada is having an unprecedented heat wave.  We have not had more than a skiff of rain in the last 2 months and all the crops are 2-3 weeks early.  We are picking raspberries and blueberries in June.  This never happens. And it is hot.  Really hot.

Monday, June 22, 2015

A work in progress: Pillows and scraps

Our daughter asked for some new pillow covers for summer.  Apparently she knows someone who likes making pillow covers.  Oh,  that would be me.  She asked for blues and yellow but light coloured for the most part.  I grabbed some of Carolyn Friedlander's Doe and a bit of Botanics along with some other prints and some linen.  Then I got busy.  I wouldn't call this a standard disappearing nine patch but sort of.  I added in some squares of linen here and there for more negative space.  It looks pretty awesome with matchstick quilting.  More pictures later with the finished project.

Shall we talk about the scraps?  They had morphed into 2 baskets so I knew it was time.  I am trying to keep to my plan of cutting 3", 4" and 5" squares, strings and just folding the bigger bits.  So far it's working.  A baby quilt goes together in no time when you have all sorts of pre-cut squares.  Just saying.  This is also getting me to use more of the scraps as I go along.  It feels very mature.  Just saying.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

work in progress... scraps for a baby girl

Sometimes it is so satisfying to piece together 4" squares in simple patchwork.  It just ticks all those boxes for me in sewing land.  I took a bunch of squares from my pre-cut scraps and laid them out on the design wall.  I added in a few extra gray squares and then I was away to the races.  I used up a bunch of pinks that have been lingering.  Of course the pink roses are not by any means modern but somehow when the gray dots and gray text fabric was added in, it just worked for me.  Another baby quilt for the pile.  It is nice to have a few of these stashed away for baby gifts.  Son and daughter-in-law have several friends having babies in the next while so baby quilts are a must.  I said to my husband on Saturday afternoon, "Oh, I made a baby quilt today."  And I did.  Sandwiched and ready for quilting on the weekend.  Linking up with Lee for Work in Progress Wednesday.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Back at It, Baby... Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Challenge 2015

   Name:  Back at It, Baby
Design:  My own
Size:  37" by 42"
Fabric: Riley Black Challenge Fabrics 2015and coordinating Riley Blake solids
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white in straight lines 

I had a little break from sewing with all the wedding fuss and being super busy.  I decided to tackle the Riley Blake Challenge fabric as my first back to business of sewing project.  I did not really have a plan but just went for it.  I cut the fabric up and made a bunch of blocks and then decided on an arrangement that pleased me.  I used every last scrap of the fabric and every last scrap of the Riley Blake white that I had.  I used some of the fabric on the back as well with any of the leftover bits.  I bound the quilt in a lovely soft gray that coordinated nicely with the prints.

I quilted it in straight lines.  Not always the same distance apart but fairly dense.  In my favourite Aurifil 50 wt in white.  It has a great texture now that it is quilted.  Just so much fun.    

I think it makes a lovely baby quilt.  It fluttered nicely on the barn wall yesterday.  Calling this one done. Now to figure out how to post the picture on the MQG site.  Erg.


The back is fun and shows off the quilting nicely.