Friday 28 February 2014

TLP February Winner!

Thanks to everyone for linking up this month for your February progress in The Library Project Quilt Along. There are some amazing things going on in your studios!

This month's winner of the copy of Tula Pinks book is....drum roll please...

I will be in touch Katie to collect your mailing info so that I can get this gem off to you in the post!

In other exciting news, we have another new sponsors to add to our prize horde
Pink Chalk Fabrics is definitely worth a stop, they have an amazing selection of fabric goodies to chose from.

It's Friday, one more sleep until the weekend. Will you be working on TLP projects this weekend? I will!
Have Fun

Monday 24 February 2014

Stamps for Melanie II:: A Finish

Yep, this is it, the third Postage Stamps Quilt that I have made in the last year. Out of the same fabrics. Of course there is a story. But let's just say that my customer REALLY liked this quilt :)
And who can blame her? All of those yummy squares of Amy Butler and Heather Bailey. I don't think I will ever get tired of this fabric. 
I wish I had a bright sunny day to take pictures, but this baby needs to get home to mumma. At least the fabric brightens things up! 

So besides the good news of this quilt being done, it also means that I met my February Goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes! Yay Me! I better get over and Link this Baby up!

How are your New Years goals going so far?


Sunday 23 February 2014

A funny thing happened...

As I was sewing today I thought "oh I must write a blog post tonight and talk about what I worked on this weekend, I got a lot done!". But then I stopped and thought "no you might as well wait so that you can link up with WiP Wednesday, and don't forget you need to post for  A lovely Year of Finishes, and you should time the next Library Project post with this project..." it went on and on.

I fear that I may be a slave to linky parties.

Now before you get all excited, I love linky parties. I mean I created one this year with The Library Project QAL! I am not getting all high and mighty and not joining in.  I love linking up with this amazing on-line community. And let's face it, the more you link up,  the more those connections happen.

But when did I start feeling like I should only post at specific times, instead of writing when I feel like it? When I have something to share or just talk? I don't like the way this makes me feel. I blog to connect, true, but also because this is my creative journal, I should write when inspiration strikes right?

So, here is what I did this weekend.
First things first, I got back in the saddle with the rotary cutter. I am not going to lie, my index finger was mighty shy at the prospect of dealing with that sharp pizza cutter again. But cutting was a breeze.

Sewing, now that is another story. I must have hit my finger on the sewing machine 10 times yesterday. The darned thing sticks out because I am trying to protect it, but that also means it jabs right into the machine. Oh well, quilting is pain right? No that's not right. Beauty is pain? Whatever, moving on.

I kept working on Summer Tracks / The Slasher quilt top at the MMQG Sew In. I have all of the rows together now so the complete top is soon to follow.

I also got caught up on my Bee Blocks. Some Domino blocks for Global Scrap Bee

And a Bottled Rainbow Block for ModQImprovB Canada. This was only the second time that I have  attempted machine applique, and I was pretty happy with how it turned out. I mean not perfect, but pretty good!

Today I finished Melanie's second Postage Stamps Quilt!!!! So excited about this. I finished after dark so no pictures today, and really a finished quilt deserves it's own post doesn't it?! Just as fun though, here is a pic of my helper today. I could not get Penny away from the last day of Olympic coverage, and when I am quilting a big quilt she likes to get under it on the table.

So, that's me. Posting on Sunday night, before the crazy that is my workweek begins. And I am not linking up anywhere!

Oh, and if I haven't said so lately - thanks for dropping by :)

Friday 21 February 2014

The Library Projetc QAL: February Report

It's month two of The Library Project Quilt Along and I am so excited to share some amazing sponsorship news (yes I am starting right in with the good stuff!)

Welcome to our Sponsors!

Both of these amazing fabric shops have offered prizes for along the way and our Grand Finale. So generous! If you have not been to these on-line shops just click on their logos and check them out. So much delicious fabric and inspiration.

Because it is the dead of winter (at least it feels that way), I think we need a prize to keep us warm and motivated. From my own library a copy of Tula Pinks City Sampler. We all need more books! I mean that is why we are here in the first place right?!

So, from this month's linky party I will draw a random winner and this book will be swiftly delivered to your mailbox.

This month I picked my first project to work on, City Tracks from City Quilts.

I had plans to use this "yellow' stack of Konas for this project, but when it came down to it, I just wasn't feeling it.
So I dove back into my stash and went in a different color story direction

Much better I feel. So I have been doing a lot of cutting, sewing, ironing and more cutting. Maybe too much since I ended up in a rotary cutter incident (which I talked about earlier this week here).

But now I have this

I am completely in love with this! The tops isn`t sewn together yet, but that is on the agenda for the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild Sew In this Saturday. This pattern is called City Tracks, but I am going to call my version Summer Tracks since the colors are so fresh. My husband wants to call it The Slasher, but have overruled him. I mean I didn`t even get any blood on it in the ``incident``

As a side note this quilt is also totally in keeping with my Fabric Fast. Every bit is from my stash! Feels so good to use what I have! 

So how are you doing with your Library Project...Tell us all about it.
The Linky will be open until February 27th and then I will draw for this month`s prize.

Happy February!

Tuesday 18 February 2014

TLP:: Are you getting ready... post about your Library Project progress?

The February Linky Party is coming up on Friday. I have some progress of my own to report and perhaps even some amazing sponsor news!

Don't miss it!

Sunday 16 February 2014

Quilting: Extreme Sport?

I had big quilty plans this weekend. Postage Stamps needed finishing, I wanted to work on one of my Library Project Quilts, and I had bee blocks to catch up on. I could not wait to get started on Saturday, so Friday night I broke out the mat, ruler, and rotary cutter and started cutting up strips.

By 11 pm I was three strips away from having all of my blocks cut when a slip of the rotary cutter sent me to the Emergency Room for a fun filled six hours of waiting for my poor finger to be attended to.

This my friends is the result. I won't share the gory picture that my Nursey friends wanted to see, but needless to say I have a bit of an extreme angle now to the tip of my finger. In time  it will heal, but I will tell you it hurts like a bugger and has definitely slowed down the quilting!(I am slightly glad that at least I had a nice manicure going on)

Last night, after some pain killers and a big nap I ordered this, a ruler gripper:

Hoping that having my fingers further away from the rotary cutter blade will help! My Husband, who sat with me in the ER, says he is getting me a pair of Kevlar gloves for my birthday :) 

My final advice? Be careful out there! This quilting thing could be the Olympics next extreme sport:)

Sunday 2 February 2014

How Many Stamps Can a Woodchuck Stamp...

you get where I am going right? Well, in this case there are 720 stamps. Yup, still working on the third remake of the Postage Stamps Quilt.
The good news is that at the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild has their very first Sew In yesterday and I got this bad boy top all done!! Very exciting indeed.
And today, basting done and quilting started...

I decided that I wanted to stick with straight line quilting, but I didn't want it too dense. So I needed one of those quilting bar / guidey thingies. My machine came with one, but it will not stay in the hole it is designed for, and I really like to quilt with my walking foot. So, a little tape and ingenuity and I have this
Which is wokring very well for this

Good deal. I got a quarter way through the quilting today - swweeeettt! The the goal is to have these stamps done and in their new home by the end of this month.

Do you ever have to get crafty for quilting tools? Would love to hear about it :)

Linking up with A Lovely Year if Finishes for the February goal setting party.