Saturday, 19 July 2014

SEWjo Saturday!

Kim over at My Go-Go Life hosts SEWjo Saturday and I have had some great sewjo today so here I am! My day started withy a trip to a LQS It's Sew Time where I picked up a few treasures. A half meter of Kaffe Fasset's  Aboriginal Dot and a great text fabric from Samarra Khaja. Oh, and a jelly role of Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander! I have never bought a Jelly Roll before. What!? That's right. But I could not walk by this one. I have wanted some of this fabric FOREVER. I have no idea what I want to do with it yet, but it will be awesome!

Once I got home from a lovely brunch with my girlfriends I hit the machine and got to work - housework be damned! I pulled the Charm Squares baby quilt off the design wall and got to quilting

And binding

And then it was done!

This is an Elizabeth Hartman pattern, so really how can you go wrong. Super simple to put together and I think a great beginners quilt which is what it is for! I made this as a quilt sample for a local fabric shop soon to be opening, Patch Halifax.

So, some good SEWjo all around I would say, and the night is still relatively young. What shall I start on next? Have you been sewing today? You should totally hop over and link up with Kim - I am!

Friday, 18 July 2014

The Library Project QAL: July Report

Welcome to The Library Project QAL! It's July. It's sunny. It's warm. And yet I still want to be snuggled in my sewing room quilting away! Sometimes during the summer months I walk away from sewing and onto the beach for long periods, waiting for the fall "nesting" season to begin. But not this year, I want to quilt. All. The. Time.

And so I have been :) I talked about recent going's on earlier this week, and my only disappointing news for you is that none of these projects have been on my TLP list! BUT I am heading on vacation...T-minus one hour...and I plan on bringing this with me...

There will be piecing on the deck. True Story. This will be my view, I think it will help with the sewing Mojo. I so want to finish this volume quilt. I am in LOVE with it and I want it on my wall!

So, how is your summer going? Any progress on your TLP Projects?

For those of you who are already participating - it is perfectly ok to switch up your picks throughout the year. Things change, feelings for projects morph, sew what makes you happy! And if you have been following TLP and would like to join - you can join any time -  No need to be in on it from the very beginning.

So now for the fun stuff - prizes! This month's prize is a book from my personal Quilting Library. And you get to pick which one you want :) Here are the choices:

Happy Mid Summer! Now off you go, get linking! The link will be open for a week and I will draw a winner next Friday.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Quilty Bizness

There hasn't been a lot of talking here has there? But I am happy to say that Summer so far has brought some great quilty time. At the June MMQG Sew In I got a head start on a new order for some Union Jack Pillows:

Then at the July meeting of the MMQG, we heard all about the new modern fabric store coming to Town, Patch Halifax. I cannot tell you the excitement this little shop has caused! I can barely wait for the doors to open. But in the meantime I am making a sample baby quilt for the Proprietress Chris for a future quilting class.

Look at those owls! Joel Dewberry Barn Owls to be precise -  Kind of  sad to have them only for backing!

At the same meeting we had a very special guest drop in, M-R Charbonneau from Quilt Matters . I don't know about you, but meeting other quilters/ bloggers is such a thrill! They really are rock stars. M-R was gracious enough to give us some behind the scenes info on the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild. So great to share ideas!

M-R hanging with some MMQG members: Dominique, Anja, Linda, Karen and Ann

Then, at an another Sew In I hit the Bee Block pile. First, this block, a custom house for an Improv Bee mate in California. She actually sent me fabric for the blocks, and man I love the color combo!

And then some aqua and red for converging corners

Yup, there has been some good quilty bizness going on around here. This week I am all about finishing that baby quilt and getting ready for a vacation from the day job - just four more sleeps! I wonder what projects I should bring to the camp?

I hope your summer is treating you well so far!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sew Canadian

Are you ever curious about where your favorite quilters / bloggers spend their creative time? I am! I love to see where the magic happens. When a blog post gives a window into sewing room spaces I just love it. No, I am not a stalker, I just find it so interesting to see how and where others create.

So I was super excited to be asked by Mad About Patchwork to participate in their Summer Series - Sew Canadian. Every Sunday in July in August they will feature the sewing spaces of bloggers across Canada.

Today is the very first day of the amazing schedule:

July 6th – Patti @Retired to Quilt and Krista @Poppyprint
July 13th – Dominique @The Running Thimble and Cinzia @Deux Petites Souris
July 20th – Anita @Daydreams of Quilts and Lorna @Sew Fresh Quilts
July 27th – Shena @Apple Pie Patchwork and Katherine @Sew Me Something Good
August 3rd – Felicity @Felicity Quilts and Josee @The Charming Needle
August 10th – Janet @What Comes Next and M-R @Quilt Matters
August 17th – Erica @Happy Fabric, Jacqui @Treadle Quilts and Adrienne @Chezzetcook Modern Quilts
August 24th – Leanne @She Can Quilt and Jaclyn @Jaclyn Quilts
August 31st – Pam @Mad About Patchwork and Laura @Waffle Kisses

As you can see, I am up in August. IN the mean time, I will be spending Sundays checking out the spaces of some fellow quilters. Oh and I need to get to some quilting myself. I need to turn this pile of delish into a quilt top. This will be my A Lovely Year of Finishes Goal for this month. It's going to be a push but I can do it!

Happy Summer Stalking - I mean touring!

Monday, 30 June 2014

HST Baby: A Finish

It's Monday, it's kind of a long weekend with Canada Day tomorrow, time to share a finish! This is HST Baby.

This quilt was a custom order for a friend's new little bundle. When we were picking out patterns together my friend was immediately drawn to this creation from Erica at Crafty Blossom . She wanted the same colors and the black and white stripe border.

I do feel weird making  an exact replica of someone else work. But I would always credit them, and I also think that imitation is the highest form of flattery!

I did make my HSTs bigger because I wanted a strong graphic finished look. And that striped binding? Love it! You see black and white striped binding around quite a bit, and I never knew how I would feel about it, but now that I have tried it...yay! It was a bit of a hunt to source out, but of Course Pam at Mad About Patchwork came to the rescue! She had just two half meter cuts left of this Clown Stripe by Michael Miller. Sold!

For the back I pieced another column of HSTs and finished it off with some alphabet flannel. This turned out to be a good choice since the new mom is a teacher :)

I left that random piece of thread there just for you!
I can officially say that the only thing that I do not like about this quilt is this crappy photo shoot. I was trying to be a "modern" with the grey cinder block background of my garage, but now that I have the pictures here, it feels more like "baby goes to prison". Ah well, we can't win them all.

Of course I always have pet helpers. I tried to get Charlie to sit down and be  apart of the shoot, but he was far more interested in eating weeds.
We are a North American household here at chez Klenck. So tomorrow we celebrate Canada, and on Friday the USA. So whether you are North or South of the border, I hope you have a great holiday week. Party On my friends. Party On!
This week I am going to link this finish up at

Saturday, 28 June 2014

TLP June Winner!

The Library Project is going strong! This month's winner of our special half-way mark

A $50 Gift Card from

This is an extra special pleasure for me that the Random Generator picked Julia. She is a new member to the MMQG and I am going to meet her for the first time today at our MMQG Sew In!

Congratulations Julia!
Happy Sewing Canada Day Weekend

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

O Canada! Pilllow: A Finish

I swear on a stack of Anne Rice novels that I did not plan this. But it just so happens I have a Canadian Flag pillow to share with you, just  under a week away from Canada Day!

You see, a little bit ago I was asked to make a Union Jack Pillow for a friend's daughter. It was a birthday gift.

But this friend has another daughter, with another birthday, so a Canadian Pillow was ordered :) I had a great time making this pillow. The quilt block is from Cheryl Arkison's Oh Canada! pattern.

I loved learning Cheryl's slab technique. For sure a method I will use again.

For quilting, simple straight lines and the maple leaf is machine appliqued. And on the back, some strips from a previous project found a good home.

I love this little pillow, I hope it's new owner will like it too. Do you have any Canadian themed projects on the go, or even sewing plans for the Holiday weekend? I am going to the MMQG Sew In, looking forward to a  full day of stitching bliss!

This project was my June Goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes. So linking up over at Fiber of All Sorts. And, linking up Fabric Tuesday
Happy Canada Day!