Friday, 17 October 2014

The Library Project QAL: October Report

Hello TLPers! October is here and what I have been up to is... not too much! Since my big Volume finish last month I have been busy getting ready for the very first MMQG Quilt Show and teaching and making some pillows (which were not on my TLP list by the way).

But I have been doing this...petting my Anna Maria Horner fabric collection in preparation to start my Herringbone quilt that I talked about last month.

Fabric needs petting. Just to get it warmed up for action.

So how are you doing this month? Tell me all about it and you could win! A...
$25 Gift Card from

Woo Hoo Shopping! So link up below and tell me all about your progress. The Link will be open until next Friday and I will let Mr. Random Number Generator Guy pick a winner.

 Happy Quilting!

Monday, 13 October 2014

I Heart You QAYG

This little ditty comes to you from my sunny October deck amongst the colored leaves and the warm breeze. Seriously, this is my most favorite time of year. Ever. I mean the first snowfall comes pretty close, but I could sit out here forever! OK, enough about the weather, lets talk pillows. This week was all about pillows. Quilt As You Go Pillows to be exact.

First was this little beauty. This is a class sample for a QAYG pillow for winter classes at Patch Halifax. I can't wait to teach this one! People are really excited to learn this technique, and it is so nice to be able to piece and quilt at the same time! A time buster, and scrap buster too!
Completing this pillow is actually my A Lovely Year of Finishes Goal for October. Earliest goal finished ever!

Then I really needed to make a mate for this pillow from my couch!

So then there were two!

I am in love with these colors right now. I am calling these my Indian Summer Pillows.

I did make one more thing this week... this wee sunglasses pouch for the October MMQG swap!

Funny story about the little scrap prints in this project... As my students were working on their baby quilts they would be randomly throwing scraps (I mean gigantic pieces people, ok so maybe not gigantic, but definitely useable fabric scraps) into the garbage bins. I started going behind them and rescuing them from certain peril. I am fairy certain they thought that I was crazy, but I pointed out that someday, if their quilting journey continued, they would be as hungry for scraps as I am. Now I am not sure that they believe that, but you do right dear reader? You can't throw away perfectly good scraps!?

But seriously, I could make QAYG things forever. The stitching process never gets old for me, and they always look way harder than they are. Win win! Have you forayed into QAYG? Do you love it, or would you leave it?

Well I hear my parents pulling up the driveway. They are bringing turkey dinner to me! Who has the best parents ever? I do!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I hope you got to do some sewing this glorious weekend:)

Linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday at She Can Quilt and Anything Goes Mondays at Stitch by Stitch

Thursday, 2 October 2014

All Around the World

Anyone else hear Sugar Ray in their head? Anyone? Anyone? No? Ok. I'm fine with being the only one currently obsessed with music from 1997.

Right. So likely you have been doing a lot of travel with all of the Around The World Blog Hop posts going on. It has really been fun to read all of the different perspectives to similar questions. And now it is my turn! I have been tagged by three bloggy friends to play along Julia from Jada's Quilting Adventures, Laura from Waffle Kisses, and Kim from Robot Mom Sews. I have to shout out to Julia and Laura because they both tagged me quite some time ago, and I just got too busy to get a post together. But anyway, let's get to the good stuff... give the kids what they want (as they say).

What am I working on?

Oh about a million things. Here is the current list. And it would appear that it is growing!
There are far too many "must dos" on this list, but I am looking forward to finishing this QAYG pillow

And making this lovely pile into a QAYG pillow sample for a Patch Halifax Workshop.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Um...I... um... nope. I got nothing. really I don't think my work is any different from anyone else. In fact most of my work is reproductions of others work. I mean, I see things I like, I buy the pattern and I make it. I am not a designer, pattern maker, improve doer. I am just a quilter who makes things she sees that are pretty (to her).

My most recent finish. Totally a pattern from Scrap Republic. And that's ok!

Why do I write/create what I do?

You know those great t-shirts from Patchwork Threads...well in their words: "I Quilt So I Don't Kill People". True story. I have a crazy day job and stitching is what I do to relax. It makes me feel good.

When it comes to writing...I am in my second year of blogging and I am still digging it. I am not sure that I am reaching the masses, but I do love to write about and take pictures of my sewing and quilting projects. This is really my creative journal and I invited a bunch of strangers to come read it. But the cool thing is that some of those folks aren't strangers anymore!

My favorite quilt from last year -  Foreign Currency

How does my writing/creative process work?

I really don't think I have a "process" (currently giggling to myself). Like I said, I see something I wanna make and I go ahead and do that. Picking out fabric is probably my biggest process. I like to open every stash bin I have, pull, pull, pull until I get what I am looking for. I usually make piles of different fabric options and they sit on the table for days. I walk in and out, off and on and look at them. Thinking. By day five or so I make my choice... other than that, I make a list of what I want to make, try to find a way to squirrel away money to buy the fabric, and I hit to rotary cutter!

My first little Improv Number
Well that's me, from my little bloggy corner in Porters Lake Nova Scotia. Now I think I will set off on more journey's... I would tag more people, but frankly everyone I know has already done this. I am clearly a slacker.

Happy Quilting!

PS - I hereby name this post my declaration of my A Lovely Year of Finishes Goal for October - namely that I will finish the QYAG Pillow Sample for Patch Halifax!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Volume: A Finish

Do you hear that? It's clapping! I have finished Volume! I started working on this baby in March. Seriously, March. I have never celebrated the completion of just a top in a quilt before (you have already seen those pics), but now the quilting and binding too! This is seriously some of my best work (pat on back ensues).
Enough talking. Let's do pictures. Be warned, there are many.

The Dartmouth Common was beautiful this afternoon.
Is there anything better than fall afternoon light? I think not

I tried random quilting lines for the first time. I just let myself go with my instinct and used my walking foot. I like the back of this quilt as much as I like the top! With the great texture of the quilting and the Ikea Britten Nummers ...yum!


Oh and I am moving on from white thread for quilting.
These days I am all about color! And I think I may be addicted to mustard colored thread.

For binding I went with this Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley print. I was not sure of it, but now that it is on, I think it was a good choice.

I thought this picture was terrible because of the shadows,
but you can see the whole fence reflected. Cool.

Oh I am so in love with this quilt. Now that it is all done with pictures, it has a place ready for it on a wall on the main floor of our house. Where I can look at it every day.

The other good news is that finishing this quilt was my Lovely Year of Finishes Goal  for September. Made it just under the wire!. So I am off to link up there and also I am going to link up later tis week at TGIFF!

Do you have a favorite quilt out of  the quilts you have made this year? I think this is mine:)

Saturday, 27 September 2014

TLP September Winner!

The winner of this month's Library Project Link up is....

Anja from Anja Quilts! Woo Hoo!!

Anja gets to pick a book from my Library :) I just so happen to be meeting Anja at MMQG Sew In Today, so going to pack books now!

Happy Saturday. I hope you all get some sewing time in on this glorious fall day!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Wanna Win?

Now that I have your attention... this month I had the most delightful request from Carol at Sew Sisters to participate in their Kona Club Challenge. How exciting!

Sew sisters is an on-line and bricks and mortar Canadian fabric shop. One of my faves! Their fabric choices are fabulous and the prices are sweet too! Now they also have this thing called the Kona Club. To help you build your solids stash just join the Kona Club and you can have 4 Fat Quarters or 4 Half Yards of Kona Cotton Solids delivered to your doorstep each month! I think I may need to get in on this action.

So the challenge was to develop a tutorial using just four FQs. What did I make? I am shamelessly trying to make summer last. so.....summer colors and flag bunting! That's right, let summer reign! Mind you a quick change of colors and this cute bunting will be good for any season or special occasion.

Today my tutorial is being featured on the Sew Sisters Blog. If you head over, you will have a chance to win your own cute little Kona fat quarter stack!

Oh and it just so happens that Sew Sisters is having a big sale right now! Go, go now!,3&name=Kona+Solids

Friday, 19 September 2014

The Library Project QAL: September Report

It's Friday! It is a beautiful fall day in Nova Scotia today and I am so excited to reporting on my Library Project because I have actually done something! Of course I get too excited and tell all of my secrets as soon as they happen, so a lot of you will have already seen my completed Volume top. But it is worth sharing again!

I have this quilt basted now and it is ready for quilting. My goal is to have it all done by the end of the month. This was my project from Scrap Republic and will mark my third finish of the five books / quilts I chose back in January.

This week I looked back on my picks for this year and I still like my choices, but don't know if I am "feeling" the two that I have left. I think some of you have done the same thing, re-evaluate what you wanted to make through the year. I think this is really natural. You need to be in a groove to make something. Besides it's not like our Libraries are not brimming with options!

So, given how many months are left this year, and the state of my schedule (holy crap I am going to be on the run from now until January) I am going to save this year's picks for later and go a different route, a personal route. Like so many other quilters, I quilt all year long and still do not have a quilt made by me for my own bed! I have been hoarding Anna Maria Fabrics just for this and have been coveting the Herringbone Quilt Tutorial from Maureen Cracknell. So, I am going to make a King Sized Herringbone Quilt for my husband and I for Christmas! I am so excited about this! Some truly selfish sewing.

So, how is your TLP going? How many of your original picks got done, have you changed your mind?

This month our prize is a book of your choice from my personal library. You will be able to chose from these options:
This is a brand new copy - not the one with all of my crazy notes!

Time to link up! Let's see what you have been up to. The link will be open for the next week and the random number guy will pick a winner on Saturday September 27th.
Happy Friday!