Friday, February 23, 2018

Zippees



Daughter and family are off to Montreal in a few weeks to visit family.  She asked me to make her some zippee pouches to store some toddler snacks and small books for the trip.  I asked her if she wanted them to look nice for her or for the little guy.  She thought that since they would be in her handbag, they should be nice for her.  Clean and modern, she said.  You know, she said.  So here they are for her.  But I couldn't resist making one just for the little guy.  He is currently obsessed with owls.  The way he says it, the word owl has about 4 syllables.  Hilarious.  Anyway, the bonus zippee has lots of "owwwwwulllls".  And I may have just found some little itty books to tuck into the pouch for him.  And these are in the mail.  So fun!



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Wow! Another Finish


 Name: Blue Ducks
Design:  Maryline Collioud-Robert
Size:  48" by 64""
Fabric: Stash solids, mostly Kona
Binding:  Kona Lagoon
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in variegated Blue and Raspberry, #4647, diagonally and on the block lines


This one was just fun.  A total explosion of colour with really great contrast between the warm and the cool tons.  The piecing was a bit of a nightmare.  Lots of bias edges and fiddling around but it is done.  I had no idea how to quilt it or what colour to use for thread but I found that I had a spool of variegated Aurifil 50 wt in shades of pink, bright raspberry, turquoise and white.  And you know, it totally worked.

It is brightening up the barn in the winter sun.  It is now living on the downstairs couch for snuggling. 


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Dimension


 Name: Dimension
Design:  Nydia Kehnle
Size:  65"" by 78""
Fabric: Kona Cotton in Jade Green, Teal Blue, Pool, Windsor
Binding:  Jade Green  Backing:  New Bedford, Rising Sun Wallpaper by Denyse Schmidt
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in bright Turquoise, 5005 in an irregular grid




I finished this quilt a few weekends ago.  It sitting waiting for a sleeve as I will pop it into our guild show next month.  This is a fabulous design from Nydia Kehnle, called Dimension.  It is paper pieced and I biggie sized it with extra blocks to make it much larger.  The 3 D effect is quite the thing.  It is made entirely from Kona solids for the front and binding.  And I bought them all at Sew Sisters.  If you read this quick and pop over there, they may still have their Konas on sale for the weekend.  Quick!

It was a breezy day when I took these pictures.  The grass was so green even though it was mid winter.  It was just a tease though as we were hit with snowfall and cold this week and we look like we live in a winter wonderland today. 

I backed the quilt with a wonderful Denyse Schmidt print.  Mostly grey with a bit of a sheen and a small print.  Almost a bit masculine.  It was a perfect fit.  Quilted with a bright turquoise Aurifil, in an irregular grid.  Lots of clothespins for this one! 


Sunday, January 21, 2018

A New Year and A Work In Progress


I am quite taken with the designs of Nydia Kehnle.  This is one of her patterns called Dimension.  I used one of her 8 recommended colourways.  All Kona cottons from Sew Sisters.  Windsor, Pool, Teal Blue and Jade.  I biggie sized this with extra blocks.  I spent the morning sewing all the blocks together and wrestling all that paper piecing and then spent a good chunk of time picking papers off the back of the quilt.  Sandwiched and ready for quilting next weekend.  It feels pretty good to be making something bold and dramatic after sewing so many baby quilts of late. 


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Modern Baby





Name: Pinkness and Grey
Design: 4" squares
Size:  35" by 42"
Fabric: Kona solids
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in Dove grey
Binding: Clown strip in black by Timeless Treasures
Backing:  By Dear Stella


I have been on a baby quilt roll because I decided I needed to do something with all the quilts I keep making.  This one is for sale in my new Etsy shop, Baby By Blueberry Patch.  Just for fun.  Simple 4" squares in pinks with a splash of grey.  I used the clown stripe binding and a lovely black and white print from Dear Stella on the back.  Already to go. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Gifts

  Name: Gifts
Size:  96" by 96"
Fabric: Purple, red, a touch of dark blue and low volume stash fabrics
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in Dove grey, straight lines
Binding:   Kona Rich Red
Backing:  Story Wideback by Carrie Bloomston


Phew!  Finished this one just before school started this September.  I am entering it in Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I made this large queen size quilts for a commissioned wedding gift.  It is HUGE!  Definitely at the size limit of what I can manage on my Janome Horizon, that is for sure.  This is a quarter log cabin design by Liz Katsuro and the block orientation gives a wonderful three dimensional effect.  The colour palette was by request and is supposed to invoke romance.  What do you think?  Rich purples, rich reds, a touch of dark blue against contrasting low volume fabrics.  

In order to make the colours work, I grouped the dominant colours in the blocks for each of the rings of blocks, radiating from the centre blocks.  

Quilted in straight lines, in Aurifil dove grey and backed with Carrie Bloomston's Story wideback, it is a finish!

Check out all the other quilts entered in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  It never disappoints.



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Flip, Stack, Stitch

flip your squares upside down onto the next rows squares

This is a strange photo.  But I am going to spend sometime sharing my favourite method of sewing squares or even blocks together.  Now this may be old news but a few years ago, an experienced quilter shared the method with me and it was one of those mind blowing, ah ha moments.  I am mostly a self taught quilter.  I took a quilting class way back in 1989 before our daughter was born but it was before rotary cutters and cutting mats.  Yep.  For real.  So when Carolyn showed this method to me, I was hooked and I do this all.the.time. 

I am going to call it flip, stack and stitch. 
1.  Layout your quilt blocks or squares on the design wall.
2.  Flip the squares or blocks upside down onto the block next to them.  Be careful, you don't want to mess up your layout but the blocks or squares do tend to stick to each other.


3.  Stack the squares or blocks on top of each other in the order of layout. Top squares are the top squares in the row.
squares are stacked and ready to chain piece, stitching will be on the right hand side
4.  Stitch by chain piecing squares or blocks on the right hand side.  These will now be in pairs.

chain pieced in pairs, ready to press


 5.  Lay out ready for pressing. See how I have alternated the pairs of squares.  That way the seams will be pressed to the side in opposite directions, perfect for nesting the seams. Stack them up and take them to the sewing machine.

 6.  Sew the pairs of blocks or squares together so that you have 2 rows all sewn together.  Press, alternating seams down, then up so that the final rows can be sewn together with seams nesting.  Place the sewn together squares back on the design wall in the order of your layout.


7.  Repeat the flip, stack, stitch with the next 2 rows of squares until all the squares are sewn together in 2 square columns.  Stitch the columns together and press.  Wow!  You have a flimsy!!