Tuesday, 22 April 2014

WiP Wednesday: The One with Triangles and Brits

A quick check in on a little progress. First - Triangles! I am working along on the Triangle QAL hosted by The Sassy Quilter. I am behind but determined to keep at it!

The Triangles made it to he design wall and I have started piecing the rows. Paula's tutorials are very good and I am stoked that I am keeping my points! No Bliangles here folks!

The other project on the agenda this week was another Union Jack Pillow. I have sold two of these puppies, and mine makes three. Good news, still enjoying making them :)

I love seeing the difference that fabric can make. This version has a very cherry red, it looks so crisp in comparison to the muted colors of my original version. One looks vintage while the other looks more graphic. Love them both!

What are you working on this week? Me, I best get back to those Triangles!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced and The Needle & Thread Network.

Friday, 18 April 2014

The Library Project QAL: April Report

Confession time. My Library grew since the last time we checked in on TLP! After having the opportunity to touch and feel some books at our MMQG Sew In, I hit the on-line stores and picked up these beauties

It was great to be able to look at the books before deciding to buy. Plus some of the projects from your TLPs are in these puppies and I have been thinking about them!

But what about the sewing you ask? Well after last month's big finish on Summer Tracks, I have been working on Volume. This one is time consuming. True story. After two solid sessions I have three of the eight colors ready to go.

It may take some time, but because of that I am going to treasure this one when it is done.

In another twist, I am participating in the MQG Michael Miller Fabric Challenge. We received six fat eights of Petal Pinwheels to quilt something.

I must tell you that this whole thing has been kind of stressing me out. I have never created an original quilt design and the kinds of things that win these contests are original designs. But then tonight, as I was composing this post in my head, I thought about my picks for TLP. You know what I could use the Michael Miller Fabrics for? For this...

Yup! Gonna use my challenge fabric for my improv piece. Sometimes I am a genius - two birds and all that again :)

So how is your month been, get lots done, a little done? Tell us all about it!  Just hook up your post in the linky below and you will be entered into this months draw. The Prize...

a $25 Gift Card from

Pam is celebrating her sixth anniversary so there are some amazing promotions on right now. Here's a peak...
  • You can Save 16% on all in stock polka dots with coupon POLKA16. Valid thru April 23
  • There are over 130 Bolts on sale
  • Save 20% on this week's Monday Mosaic — Little Red Fox — featuring Enchant by Natalie Lymer.
  • Kona Stash Builder: Save 10% on Sky spectrum bundles and yardage in April.

Now it's your turn, let's see it! The link will be open until Friday April 25th when I will draw for the prize.
Cheers to another month of sewing!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Chicopee Plus Pillow: A Finish

I almost forgot to tell you about the pillow I made last week!

I was working on cutting my triangles for the Triangle QAL. Once they were cut I was being faithful to busting my scraps and ended up with a bunch of 2 1/2" squares.

This Denyse Schmidt fabric is so great I wanted to keep doing something with it. And then I remembered that I wanted to make a gift, so I layed out those squares and ended up with a Plus Pillow.

The pillow was gifted to Sarah at the April meeting of the MMQG. Sarah was a guest speaker who enlightened us to the opportunities around Social Media. Did you know that e-mail is becoming obsolete and that most people use You Tube as their main search engine? Who knew!!

When Sarah and I were planning to have her come to the meeting I knew that I wanted to give her something for coming. Our Guild has no money to speak of yet, but I was also thinking that as a Guild we are ultimately Makers. So I made her something. I think she was OK with it :)

Have you made any handmade gifts lately? Would love to hear about them!
Thanks for dropping in.

This week I am going to link up with My Quilt Infatuation, Pretty Bobbins and TGIFF!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Giant Star: A Finish

I am so happy to share a finish! Here is my Giant Star...

I can report that I have nothing negative to say about the quilting on this one. What a refreshing change huh?! I ended up taking the top apart into quarters and then straight lined QYAG. The results - awesome!

It was hard to find a good place to take a picture, this winter just goes on and on. But This little green park building does the trick.

On the back was a special treat, a sheet I got at a yard sale. I love the black and white large scale flowers and the sheet gives the whole quilt a little added weight.

I have another giant star hanging in the UFO closet. But now I know how to quilt the sucker!
This quilt is my April Goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes so I will be linking up there when the times comes and it's Anything Goes Monday at Stitch by Stitch in just a couple of hours, so linking up there too! 
Any finishes coming up for you?
I hope you get lots of sewing time this week!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Two Birds & All That

This is me, killing two birds with one stone, or one post in this case.

First up - Triangles! So there is a reason why I usually don't sign up for Quilt Alongs. Because I can never keep up! I am already a week, and very soon to be two weeks behind with the Triangle QAL being hosted by The Sassy Quilter. But that does not mean that I am giving up! This week I took the fabric on a work road trip so that I could at least get it pressed and starched. This is my first time using starch. I suspect I did not use enough, but time will tell...

Then last night I got the triangles cut. You can use an equilateral triangle or the 60 degree lines on your regular 6 x 24 ruler to cut your triangles. Not wanting to invest in another ruler, I chose my regular ruler and it worked like a charm!

Penny Photo bomb

Next step is to lay them out in rows and sew the rows together. I suspect that will be another week away for me. But in the mean time I like looking at this stack. Makes me happy.

Next up - my April goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.

A few months ago I needed a quick fix and put together two Giant Star Quilt tops based on Jeni Baker's tutorial.

Time to get those babies quilted! Well one of them anyway. My first dilemma was how to quilt it. Wanting to be kind to myself I decided to take the top apart into four quarters so that I could do some QAYG. 

Check out these straight lines!

The goal - to get this quilt finished!

To sum up - I am terrible at QAL deadlines, my kitty is a photo bomber, triangles stacked in a pile are just as good as those stretched out on a design wall, I want to QAYG everything and I am kicking ass at straight line quilting right now!

Off I go to link up with The Triangle QAL and A Lovely Year of Finishes.

I hope you have a great sewing week!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Fessing Up: Confessions of a Fabriholic

If you remember, back in January I took up the gauntlet thrown down by Making Rebecca Lynne and started Fabric Fasting. For six months. We are three months in and I have some confessions to make.

Confession #1 - I bought  a piece of cream flannel, This was a backing needed for the Piper Stars Baby Quilt. One of my original rules, it's OK to buy fabric to be able to finish UFOs or custom orders. This was a custom order.  NO SIN

Confession #2 - I bought five yards of shot cotton for a Library Project quilt. Supplies for The Library Project were in my permission rules so this was OK too. And even though when it came in the mail and the color was not what I expected, I put it right in to use as a backing for another Library Project Quilt - Summer Tracks. NO SIN

Just ran out to snap back pic in freezing rain. This weather is getting old.
Confession #3 - I bought 5 yards of Kona for a custom order (Lush Charm Pack Cherry), which is ok, BUT then I got a little out of control. While putting the Kona in the cart at my favorite on-line Shop Mad About Patchwork I thought about what a good time I had making my Summer Tracks Quilt and wanting to make more from that book - City Quilts. Sometimes Pam carries kits for this particular book and low and behold she had one. So I bought it. And then, the old "well I'm paying for shipping anyway" thing kicked in and I also bought a FQ bundle of sun print by Alison Glass. These were purely "I want" purchases so BIG TIME SIN
This is a picture for the kit, not my finished quilt
Confession #4 - And last but not certainly least, I bought 20 - yes 20 FQs from Ella's Cottage last weekend. Just because. Well because (she says in a super quick high voice) it was a special MMQG Sew In Day and Leigh Anne was all the way here from PEI... no excuses.  EPIC SIN

Sooo, not doing so great at the Fabric Fasting. But I think it could be a lot worse. And frankly, looking back over the last few months, these are the things I have made from my stash...

I made two of these
AND I have five more projects on the go made from stash fabrics: Triangles QAL, two Giant Star Quilts, Volume Quilt for TLP and Lush Charm Pack Cherry.

I hereby grant myself a pass on my fabric purchasing sins because I really am working hard to use my stash, AND life is short people. I will do better in the next three months:)

Are you fasting? How is it going? No judgement here :)

Friday, 28 March 2014

TLP March Winner!

I am having so much fun following all of your projects on the Library Project link up Parties. I don't know about you, but this QAL is really keeping me on track with projects that I have been wanting to do for so long.

The winner of this month's prize - a $25 Gift Card from Fabric Spot is...

I will be in touch Carole :)

Even though we all did not win, you may want to drop in to Fabric Spot for a little shopping... Proudly Canadian, the shop has a great selection of all of the hottest fabric lines including Charley Harper which I am obsessed with. And their selection of solids is awesome! There is also some Architextures in the sale section...I know where I am going.

Thanks to everyone for your participation in this QAL. I hope you have lot's of time to sew this weekend!