Friday, April 29, 2016

Triple Zipping

I cannot remember how many triple zip pouches I have made over the years since Deb at A Quilter's Table wrote the tutorial but here is another one.  I used some of Cynthia's Sewing Studio fabric for Robert Kaufman.  The yellow scissors.  Cute!  And a needle book using the Nana and Company tutorial.  Just so fun!  Have a look!   Linking up with Amanda Jean for finish it up Friday. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Donation Quilt finish

   Name: Denyse Schmidt-y
Design: St. Louis 16 Patch (tutorial at Sew with Sass)
Size: 56" by 68"
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white on either side of each square
Binding and Backing:  Blue and white print from the stash and backed with an Ikea sheeting
My guild has been working away at making quilts for Syrian refugees that have arrived in our community.  I think we are up to 36 or 37 quilts with this one.  I started piecing it at a sew in and finished it during spring break.  I called it Denyse-Schmidt-y because I used a fat quarter of a Denyse Schmidt original Katie Jump Rope print that someone donated for the refugee quilts.  My quilting buddy Darling and recognized it right away as being "Denyse Schmidt-y."  And it was. So the wee brown print with green and blue dots, third block down on the left side.  Yep.

This quilt was made with the intention of working for a guy.  Greens, browns and blues.  Quilted following the squares in Aurifil 50 wt in white.  All ready to wrap someone in warmth.  

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

On the design wall

I started this very simple baby quilt for grand boy last weekend when I was sewing at Cynthia's with some of the FVMQG buddies. Just grey and white for the front but I am planning a zowie print for the back.  Not quite sure what yet but it needs to be zowie.  Yellow for the binding.  I used a Free Spirit Medium Grey and Kona white.  Big batch HSTs made this go fast.  The HSTs are 5" once trimmed.  So much fun!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Washi Tape

  Name: Washi Tape
Design: Inspired by Modern Stripes by Frozen Knickers
Size: 52" by 56"
Fabric:  Scraps people, just scraps, even the whites!
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white, lots of straight lines in both directions
Binding and Backing:  A print of Innocent Crush, Anna Maria Horner and a vintage sheet for the back

I started this one during spring break as a concentrated effort to use up some more scraps.  I had pinned a quilt called Modern Stripes by Frozen Knickers and I got the pattern and then didn't really follow it but the inspiration was there for sure.  Lots and lots of 1.5" strips.  I followed a controlled scrappy colour palette with a variety of white scraps.  And I kept going until I got tired of playing with 1.5" strips.  This is a throw quilt, people, not a big one.  That tells you I got tired of strips and decided not to go big! 

Backed with a vintage sheet and bound in Innocent Crush.  Quilted with lots of horizontal straight lines and a few vertical ones in Aurifil 50 wt in white.  Done.  Washi tape.  For obvious reasons.  

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Hello spring!

Spring break came and went.  Lots of family and not as much sewing.  I now know a lot about strollers and car seats.  And let me just say that the options that exist for those essential baby gear items has certainly changed in the 31 years since our first baby arrived!  This Gramma had a lot of learning to do!  One of the things I did do over spring break was clean up my linen scrap box and when I did that, I found the gorgeous butterfly scrap and it needed to be made into something.  So here is a butterfly zippy completely made from scraps found in the linen scrap box.

Lots of lovely quilting with some Aurifil 40wt in a yellow-gold and on the back a 40wt Aurifil in linen. So much fun.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Inspired Broken Diamonds Mini

 Name: Inpsired Broken Diamonds Mini
Size: 12" by 12"
Fabric:  Kona Scraps and Kona White scraps
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white, 
Binding and Backing:  Kona Medium grey binding and backed with IKEA Britten numbers

My guild is swapping mini quilts with the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild.  I had no idea what to make because the swap specified a 12" by 12" mini.  I usually make BIG quilts so a mini this tiny was a bit of a stretch.  A few of my quilts are part of a guild trunk show at the moment including this one, Inspired Broken Diamonds.    I made Inspired Broken Diamonds after seeing Kati's quilt, Broken Diamonds.  She did not have a pattern for the quilt at that time so I just went for it and came up with my own.  Kati has since published a pattern called Wonky Cabins and provides instructions on how to make the broken diamonds blocks in the pattern.  Seeing my quilt in the trunk show was one of those light bulb moments. Hello, people.  Let's mini size it!  It seemed like a good idea.  The little diamonds are make by foundation piecing string blocks.  You need 2 identical quarter string blocks for half of the diamond and another 2 identical but different quarter string blocks for the other half.  That way no two diamonds are the same.  Kind of cool.  The smallest diamond in this 12" by 12" mini is finished at 1.5" and the biggest finishes at 3.5".  Just a little fussy.  Let me just say that pulling the paper off such tiny blocks was not fun.  But it looks pretty awesome.  I used scraps of Kona solids, Kona white and used Kona Medium grey for the binding.  The quilting is dense straight line, 1/4" apart with Auriful 50 wt in white.  Just snazzy.  

On the barn wall  and a close up.

Before quilting, on the ironing board and with my trusty stitch ripper for scale.  

And my original biggie sized Inspired Broken Diamonds from February 2013. Just a little bigger at 64" by 74".

Monday, March 14, 2016

Fabric Finds at Sew Sisters and free shipping today and tomorrow

I was really excited to see the new Anna Maria Horner collection, Skipping Stones,  at Sew Sisters.  I have long been an AMH fan but I am used to the incredibly saturated intense colours and vibrant prints but here she has taken her trademark prints and re-imaged them in neutrals.  Oh my goodness and are they ever lovely and so on trend with all this low volume love.  I picked out a selection and am just in total "oo ahh".  Here is a bit of a closer look at a few of the prints...

And in case you want to rush to your computer and buy some, Sew Sisters has free shipping today and tomorrow and all sorts of other lovely sales this week.