Sunday, 28 February 2016

Blogging and prezzies for friends

Social Media just reminded me that four years ago today I blogged for the very first time. Wow, where does the time go?! This blog started out as an electronic journal. It was taking the place of the binder that I kept pics of my finished quilts in. Over the years it grew in llinky parties, prizes, etc all the things we try to do to get readers. Its fun having readers! I love you guys! I have met so many great people here. Learned so much.

No, I am not stopping blogging, but I think I am going to pare down a lot. It will be once again more about a journal, where hopefully, when you have some time you may want to drop in and see what's up. Now I am still my crazy picture taking self so Instagram has really become one of my fave places to hang out. So if you'd like to stay in touch with me there come find me @adejklenck

So, anyway, on to quilts! I made this mini quilt this week as a gift for my bestie Barb. We celebrated her retirement this weekend and I felt she needed a little reminder to get in the sewing studio!

This is the Geometric Sewing Machine pattern from Quiet Play. I love her patterns and man I could paper piece all day long! For this special project I cut into my hoarded stack of Alison Glass Handcrafted. It's the Year of the Stash people! I am having fun using my stash.

Here is Barb and I at the party. I think she liked it :)

I really enjoyed making this little one. I think I am going to make one for myself as well. I am finding mini quilts a great way to display that precious fabric that I get nervous about never seeing again if I use it. Gulp!

How do you use those precious bits? Or are you still hoarding. Fess Up! There is no judgement here!
See you soon

This Project was on my Q1 Finishes List for the 2016 Finish-A-Long

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Stashin' it

Its been a month or so since I pledge my allegiance to the fabric gods and swore to make 2016 the Year of the Stash. I'm doing pretty well. I have been busy making since this pledge and have been hitting the stash religiously. I made this mini quilt for the Mighty Lucky Quilt Club Bias Tape Applique Challenge.

I finally used my coveted Octopus fabric and made myself an infinity scarf.

I cut into my coveted Abacus and made the starter block for my Travelling Quilt Canada Project.

I've gotten this baby quilt flimsy together. Ready for basting!

And I've got some projects in the hopper

Now some things did come into the stash this month. So we should really talk about that. I think I have covered my butt from all angles. Let's see.

I subscribe to a monthly Kona club with Candy Coated Quilts. Five curated Konas that have really been the source of lots of inspiration. Not giving that up so we might as well add that to the manifesto as an "allowed". I was behind on seeing Mrs Candy Coated so three months of Kona goodness came home. Also I received that wee bundle of Blueberry Park as a gift. Gifts clearly don't count! Then I was in Frenchy's (our local infamous used clothing store) and found a great mens shirt which was the perfect Low Volume print and a duvet cover which will work great as a quilt back (queen Size) - all for $4.50. Win!

Now that glorious piece of Melody Miller pink goodness...I bought it people. One meter. For no reason other than I HAD to have it. I felt guilty for a second, but then I got over it. It's awesomeness wins.

So, I am feeling pretty good about this month. I am having fun sewing from my stash. I am discovering things I forgot I have, cutting up things I have been "saving for something good" and feeling creative!

How are you doing with your stash? And if you are buying fabric I want to hear about that too! I can live vicariously!

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Star Bright: a finish

Dropping in for a quick finish this week! Star Bright...

This baby quilt will be the next beginners class offered at my LQS Patch Halifax. I like it so much I have made another one to gift! The free pattern is from Swim Bike Quilt. You should totally go check out the Patterns Page on this blog, lots of good stuff! 

Simple design, but the fabrics make it all pop.

We were out for a trip to a great Vintage Store, the Reclaimed Cottage, this past weekend, the "stuff" outside waiting for some love begged to be photographed with this great little flimsy. Check out that bed!

So that's my big show for this week. I'm off! People to see, things to do, fabric to cut and sew back together. Linking up with TGIFF! because mama needs to celebrate some Friday action!

Friday, 5 February 2016

TBT: the one with plaid

So my friend Jenn over at A Quarter Inch from the Edge runs a TBT linky party once a month. I like these trips down memory lane, remembering the how and why and what happened to those quilts of the past.

Today, I give you Bricks and Morter. One of my earliest children.The book says June 27, 1999. Here is the Photoshoot back then. Draped over a car at camp. That's right, I had the knack even back then!

It was bright and happy and well...plaid, which I still love. Today it is not quite as bright and shiny, but I use it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. This quilt started its life as a camper, moved on to live in Roxbury while my hubbby and I were long distancing it, and now is my car quilt. Being there in case of emergency and protecting the back seat from dog and husband paws alike. 

It has been used. Which is what I think quilts should do. Be used. Being almost 20 years old, there is a lot of this happening

The fading is pretty heavy

And check out the dodgy binding and burn holes. Yes, burn holes.

This patch, which was clearly expertly attached, covers the biggest hole. Early weekend at the camp meant many quilts by the campfire. This one was a victim. Mind you I don't blame it entirely on the fire or the user. I blame the vodka. But that's another story, for another night.

Right, so here are a few poorly lit photos of this cherished member of our family. I'm glad I could share it with you.

Now, off to sneak off for some Friday Night Sewing! Oops, guess I missed the Thursday in TBT.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

I'm feeling mighty lucky

In an effort to learn stuff, I joined the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club this year. Each month you get a skill lesson with practice challenges. The first month was all about bias tape applique. Never done that before! So off I went to buy a bias tape maker, some double sided tape and hit the stash for some fabrics. Sewing time is limited so I skipped practice suggestions and went right for a challenge and made a mini-quilt of my own design. Don’t get all excited people, it’s only some circles…

After I picked some colors (Kona Tangerine, Watermelon and Melon) I hit the white and made a quilted base for the applique. Then using my handy mixing bowls, traced the circle I wanted to follow for the applique.

Then it was on to making the bias tape. Those little bias tape makers are so cool! I added the double side tape and started sticking it down.

And then, sewing! I used a pretty variegated thread since I did not have any to exactly match the colors of my circles (trying to work from my stash!). I added three circles to the piece.

Once the applique was on, it still needed a little something, so I echo quilted in the variegated thread just a bit.

Final step, binding and a trip to the yard for some photos.

Overall, this 17" mini makes me pretty happy. I learned something new and I have something made in these crazy colors, which are not me, but I have been completely obsessed with lately.

Have you taken on any new skill challenges lately? Would love to hear all about it!

PS - I will be linking this finish up with my 1st Quarter accomplishments for the 2016 Finish A Long.

Oh, and this was the sky in my front yard just before I took these pics. How great is this!

Saturday, 16 January 2016

I need a plan!

I do better with goals, deadlines, plans. So time to get back on the horse. 2015 was my "wild and crazy, no rules year". It was stressful. I guess being a Project Manager is not just a job but part of my inner most workings. I need a plan, a map for the weeks and months to come, and I need to report on it.

So with a few minutes to spare, I am jumping on the wagon with Stacey at SLOstudio for the 2016 Finish-A-Long. In years past I participated in A Lovely Year of Finishes (which I am sad to say ended this year). ALYOF was a monthly goal setting party and I really liked that structure to help keep my WiP work focused. But two posts a month seems daunting right now. The 2016 Finish-A-Long has quarterly reporting which I feel will be less hectic.

The stack of sheets. Oh, and a dirty sock. Don't judge me.

So my goal for this quarter is a biggie! I took on a commission before the holidays - to make five queen sized quilts from vintage sheets for a family. The sheets belonged to their aunt who they were all close to.

I am keeping it simple with just square patchwork, and have the five quilts cut.

Today was Maritime Modern Quilt Guilds Sew In, so against all winter weather odds, I packed my sheet bits and bobs and headed in. I finished the first top!

After Sew In, I continued sewing at home and I'm well into top number two. Now, to get all five quilts completed by the 31st...a lofty goal...but lets see how far I get... stranger things have happened

How cute is this embroidered detail? I have the Mr. too.
Have you linked up with the 2016 Finish-A-Long? There's still a few minutes before the linky closes. Off you go!


PS - for is my list of WiPs that I will be working on throughout the year:
Vintage Sheet Custom Quilts (Five Queens)
Baby Quilt (Alex)
Sew Together Bag
Star Bright Baby Patch Class Sample
Hazel Hedgehog Pillow Patch Class Sample
Hazel Hedgehog #87pillows
Bias Tape Challenge Mini Quilt (January)
Gift for a Friend (February)
Metro Twist (Quick Curve Ruler Project)
#87 Pillows MMQG Charity Project
Half Moon Bay
Chicopee Triangles
Square Baby Quilt (three!)
Modern BOM Quilt
Cammo Quilt
Mighty Lucky Monthly Project

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Yes, its a New Years Goal post. It's ok to skip

As of 8:13 pm Atlantic Time, this ladies and gentlemen is, on the right my stash, on the left the stack of bins, Works in Progress.

I also have two dresser drawers with yardage for backings and scraps. I did a big fabric de-clutter this past summer so I am feeling like my stash is not out of control or anything wild like that. BUT I do have lots of fabric. I mean enough fabric and current WiPs or ideas of things I REALLY want to make (for which I already have fabric) to keep me busy for the next couple of years, maybe three.

So really, why do I keep adding fabric to my stash? Because I love fabric. I want it. All of it. The end.
So am I going to say that I will not add any fabric to my stash this year, hell-to-the-no people, but I am going to be very mindful of sewing from what I have.

I do like myself some rules, mostly so that I can break them every so often if I am honest, so I am jumping on board with Jennifer at A Quarter Inch From The Edge for The Year of The Stash. Here is my manifesto as it were
  1. I'm going to look at what I have. There is some good shit in those bins. Time to use it. No more hoarding.
  2. I am in a Travelling Quilt Bee this year and have also signed up for the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club. So if I need things to accomplish those things. I'm doing it. Likewise I will get any fabric, batting, notions to complete WiPs. 
  3. Lets face it, if I am on any sort of road trip and get a chance to go to a fabric shop that is not on my usual route, I will probably buy something. I mean seriously. 
  4. Buy Local. This really should not be a fad. When I do need to spend, I will spend my hard earned dollars at my local LQS (or a Canadian on line shop if needed.)
  5. And, you know you want it, you would miss my OCD ways. I will track for my own enjoyment my WiPs, finishes, ideas and any stuff bought, just to see how I make out this year. Cause the tracking is half the fun! 
All right, that's it for now. Off to link up with Jenn!

Final note...In the spirit of this goal post I sewed out of my stash last night. Two pieces of fabric that I was hoarding are now a useful garment for the winter that is upon us. Happy New Year!