Friday, March 30, 2018

I Spy for Harrison


  Name: I Spy for Harrison
Design:  4" squares
Size:  56" by 63"
Fabric: Stash fabrics, Kona Medium Grey and Timeless Treasures Clown Stripe In black
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in dove i
Backing:  Hoarded Little Golden Books fabric

So our wee grand boy is growing up fast and it was time to make him an I Spy quilt.  I have made a lot of these over the years but this is the first time I am making one for family and I have been saving some special 4" squares just for this purpose.  There are some hoarded Heather Ross fabrics and even some Pima cotton llamas from yardage I bought in Lima almost 29 years ago.  It is beautiful beautiful cotton and this was the first time that I cut into it!  I loaded this one with all sorts of stuff that our little guy is interested in.  Lots of owls and apples.  So much fun! 

Quilted in Aurifil 50 wt in dove and bound with Clown Stripe.  I used Golden Book fabric for the back.  I have been saving that for several years.  I stumbled upon it on a discount rack and bought the rest of the bolt.  Yep. 

This one is done and tied with a bow.  We will see him for Easter.  I cannot wait. 



Thursday, March 29, 2018

Urban planning... Sewing a Village

  Name:  Village
Design:  Village, Jumble, Miss Rosie's Quilt Co by Moda
Size:  70" by 80"
Fabric: Stash scraps fabric, Kona White
Binding:  Clown Stripe in black and white by Timeless Treasures
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white in a 3" grid more or less
Backing:  A crazy black on white quilting village that was just waiting for the right quilt



I had a lot of fun with this one.  Sewing a Village is quite the thing on Instagram but I am never one to follow a schedule and started making it and could not stop!  Big shout out to my buddy Cynthia for her lovely scrap donation that rounded out the last 20 or so houses.

This pattern is a Moda one and easily available.  It is just a whole pile of fun and I am sure I will end up making another one of these just because.  I was telling my husband that I was working on siding or roofing.  I totally went for it with the scraps and used up a ton of white and low volume fabrics.  The backing is a great but crazy print that I bought awhile ago to stash for backing and this was totally the one.  It is a quilter's village for sure.  I quilted this in a 3" irregular grid in Aurifil 50 wt in white.  The binding is a favourite.  Clown stripe in black from Timeless Treasures. This is a big quilt and I think it will live on the guest room bed.  Look at all the clothes pins!

I took these pictures on a dull early spring day a few weeks ago.  We are already looking a lot more springy but man, spring is late this year by a few weeks!




Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sewing a Village



And the village is growing!  I jumped on the bandwagon.  I have to say it is fun.  I keep talking about siding and roofing.  Pattern is called Jumble and I purchased it from Stitch Supply Co.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

For Modern Babies

      Name:  For Modern Babies
Design:  4" squares
Size:  35" by 42"
Fabric: Stash fabrics in yellow and grey
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white in cross hatch
Backing:  by Alison Glass

I finished this yesterday and stomped outside to take pictures on the barn wall.  The snow was over my boots but this baby quilt was nice and sunny.  And yes, it is late February and yes, this is the west coast.  But we got hammered with about a foot of snow on Friday night.    Anyway, this is my standard baby quilt in 4" squares.  I used a selection of yellow and grey fabrics and it could be for either a girl or a boy.  Quilted in Aurifil 50 weight in white on the diagonal.  I backed it with an awesome Alison Glass print, in black on white so the quilt is reversible as well. 

This is available for sale in my etsy shop because the other yellow and grey quilt sold.  Happy dance!







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.