Thursday, October 16, 2014

Baby Blue Two

 Name:  Baby Blue Two
Design:  4" squares
Size:  36" by 42"
Fabric: Stash/scrap fabrics including some prints from backed in  flannelette and cotton
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in grey

This quilt was like dealing with sourdough starter because I used a bunch of leftover 4" squares from a baby quilt made last year.  I just had to add a few more squares.  I guess I got a little square crazy when I made the last one.  As it turns out, I even used the leftover backing from the first quilt for the back of this one.  I just had to add a bit of extra fabric to make it big enough.  I quilted this one with diagonal lines which I marked with a hera marker with a lovely light grey Aurifil.  I love this kind of quilting.  And you know, you don't really even need to mark the lines because once you get in the groove, you can aim corner to corner and its just fine.  

This one is bound in a favourite white dot on grey that I bought a ton of... it is a perfect shade of grey. Soft and clear.  The little owls are from some fat quarters I bought when a quilt shop was going out of business.  It adds just a little bit of fun with this simple patchwork.

And that reminds me of the pictures my husband took of a little visitor to our yard the other day.  This wee Northern Pygmy Owl visits from time to time.  What are you looking at?  Aren't those eyes amazing?

Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it Up Friday.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Okay, so much fun!

I broke open my bundle of Oakshotts and started playing the other day.  I thought I would need more time to think about it.  In fact, I even told Mum that I needed to think about it for a bit and that I was not thinking of starting to use them yet.  But I did.  And it was so much fun.  Before I took the ribbon off the bundle, I threw it at my husband like a football.  That was fun.  It is a very substantial stack of fabric and it surprised him.  Then I took the bundle apart and paired up the colours.  I tried not to take too much time doing this because, let's face it, all the colours are fabulous.  

Then I got cutting.  Eek!  And piecing.  Eek!  Trees!  Look at all of them.  It is almost a forest!

Linking up with Lee for Work in Progress Wednesday and the Needle and Thread Network for Canadian bloggers.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It was like sourdough starter

I made a baby quilt like this last year and my future daughter in law will gift it to a friend's new baby boy soon.  I knew that I had cut to many squares the last time and I cleverly stored all the squares together in a spot where I could actually find them.  I thought it might be a good idea to get another baby boy quilt into inventory.  Let me just say that having the fabric already cut makes a quilt go together pretty darn quickly.  I am calling this a scrap project because it was made out of leftovers.  I had to add a few squares but not too many.  It was sort of like sourdough starter but with scraps.  Sometimes you have to add a little "je ne sais quoi" to the sourdough starter to get the thing going.  That is what I did here.  Just added a few squares and I was good to go.  I also managed to use a leftover chunk of batting and some leftover flannelette for the backing.

Officially this is now finished but I have not yet taken pictures of the completed quilt.  Officially I am calling this a scrap project and I am linking up with Leanne for Scraptastic Tuesday.

Monday, October 13, 2014

on the design wall...

Well, this is not on the design wall but on my new sewing room counters.  Most exciting.  Anyway, this is the September Lucky Stars Block.  It is Canadian Thanksgiving so that meant 3 days of sewing.  I was able to get a lot done.  I also made the October block but I forgot to take a picture of it.  I am seriously looking forward to this all being done as it is my longest work in progress.  Two years in January.  Good grief.

I usually fuss a lot about the direction of the text print but I threw all caution to the winds with this one.  Wow!  It was freeing!  I just let it all happen.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Linking up with Judy for Design Wall Monday.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sorting Buttons and other works in progress

My sewing room is going through a bit of a renovation as we speak.  We are closed to the end but my husband has been working VERY hard on replacing the sink and painting and all sorts of other stuff.  It is very exciting.  I have really been missing the sink which seems strange in a sewing room but I am used to being able to fill up my iron and empty it right there and I haven't been able to do that!  I know.  This is really a first world problem.  Anyway, the renovation is one of the works in progress.  As part of it all, my husband listened to my crazy request for a button jar spice rack.  I thought it would be fun to have a place for all my button jars.  So... he made me one.  I love it!  The little drawers are awesome!  So there it is and as a result I have been sorting a lot of buttons!

You can see that the counters are not quite finished in this picture and the paint buckets remain but we are almost there.  And doesn't everyone have squash in front of their design wall?  I do.

If you have been following along with me, you might remember that my sewing room has a kitchen area.  It is a great place to do the canning and all that jazz.  Plus it gives us an extra stove when we really want to cook up a storm.

And finally,.. I have been quilting this.  While my husband was working on all sorts of construction stuff, I was constructing this quilt which is almost ready for a reveal.  Scrap quilt number 2 for this quilting year.

Linking up with work in progress Wednesday!  What are you working on?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Bee Blocks...

This month we made these funky maple leaf blocks for That Stash Bee.  I don't have much in the way of Halloween fabric but I did find this pumpkin fabric and then used some Sketch in black, Pearl Bracelets and some chicken wire from Moda to round out the block.  The blocks came together quickly and I think they look pretty cool pinned to the old wire fence leaning against one of our out buildings.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Oakshott... seriously drool worthy

Last weekend, Sunday to be precise, I ordered a fat eights bundle of Oakshott Colourshots from the UK.  On Tuesday, a Fedex truck pulled up to the house and delivered my fabric.  Seriously.  Now, in case, you didn't know, I live on the west coast of Canada.  That is service.  Seriously.  I had emailed back and forth with Michaeal, the owner, to inquire about the Twelve Trees pattern.  Michael sent the pattern along as a freebie and included a gift voucher and 2 sample packs showing all the colours of the colourshots range.  Seriously.  That is service.

And the fabric is gorgeous.  Drool worthy.  Intense colours and  the cross weave gives such a sheen to the fabric.  Yummy.

We have been having incredibly lovely weather.  Little bits of rain and then warm sunny days.  My roses are still going for it.  I took these pictures yesterday and today.  The red roses are HUGE.