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Welcome to my world where I try to figure out what I'm going to do next! These days, it is mostly quilting, but you never know what it might be... come find out with me!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival - Modern - A Vancouver Winter

spring 2015 BQF Button

This is my second entry this spring, to see my other entry, click here.

This entry is in the Modern category.  As a member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild, I get to participate in our Block Lottos at our monthly meetings.  A few years back, our challenge was to use a bit of Kona Curry with any blacks and greys we had in our stash, and create an improv pieced block.  At the meetings, everyone who makes a block is entered into a draw to receive all or some of the blocks.  I was a lucky winner!  Unfortunately, due to other demands, these blocks sat for a year or two until I finally pulled them out while on a retreat.  I just wasn't getting them to work the way they were, so seeing as it was all about improv, I just sliced into them and shuffled them around until I was happy with the layout and then started filling in the spaces with more black and grey.  This worked for me!
Once I had the top pieced, it was an easy decision to quilt some concentric circles and straight lines.  This quilt is a lot like Vancouver in the winter - here in Vancouver, winter can be pretty grey, with a lot of rain, but every now and then we get a fabulous sunny day.  The quilting is reminiscent of the rain and puddles, but the yellow gives me a ray of sunshine to know that summer is on its way!
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A Vancouver Winter
A Vancouver Winter

Check out more of the Spring 2015 Bloggers Quilt Festival entries here

Happy quilting!

Spring Bloggers Quilt Festival - Tranquility - Home Machine Quilted

It is Quilt Market time which also means it is the Spring Bloggers Quilt Festival time.
spring 2015 BQF Button

Hosted each year by Amy Ellis, the Bloggers Quilt Festival takes you on a virtual quilt show, with some amazing quilts, all from the comfort of your own home.  There are numerous categories and lots to see, so make sure you head on over and check out all the quilty goodness.

Your can enter a maximum of two quilts, and here's my first one - this is being entered in the Home Machine Quilted category.

This quilt was started a long time ago - back in 2011 - and was a group quilt made as a round robin quilt through my traditional guild, the Blue Mountain Quilters Guild.  I started with this block,
start of a round robin
handed it off to the round robin organizer and then I didn't see my quilt again until the top was completed, some months later.  I was in a group with some fabulous creative quilters, and was thrilled with the top I got back.
Round robin
I just didn't feel my quilting skills were up to snuff to tackle it at the time.  Fast forward 2 years, to last November, when I decided I was ready and started planning my quilting.  A lot of SID to stabilize the different areas, and then I went wild and had some fun. 

I love how this quilt turned out!

The quilt is approx. 50 x 54 inches, I double batted it with a layer of wool over cotton, and used Aurifil 50wt and Superior Bottomline throughout.  It was stitched on my HV Mega Quilter.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the show!

Happy quilting! Janet

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

a finish or two

I had the happy happenstance of going to a retreat recently with my traditional guild the Blue Mountain Quilters Guild, and managed to make some really good progress on some of my many Q2 FAL projects.  Retreats are always so much fun - getting away and not having to worry about food or sleep or looking after anything but sewing and socializing, being inspired by what others were working on - this one was not a disappointment! Such a good time!

I knew I was going to have a couple of easy and quick finishes, and that was true!  These first two are both donation quilts.  For some reason I have a ton of Vienna Nights fabrics (by 3 Sisters for Moda), and will be using it up in donation quilts. 

the first Finish - Vienna Nights 1

VIenna Nights 1
apologies for the lousy pictures!
Vienna Nights 1 detail
my first quilting on a long arm - need more practice for sure!

second finish - Vienna Nights #2
Vienna Nights 2
Vienna Nights 2 quilting
had fun with the quilting - done on my domestic
Vienna Nights 2 binding
a fun striped and piped binding
After getting these two done, I started working on my two red and white quilts for the bunkbeds at the cabin.  I had a firm idea for one of them, and after a lot of cutting and piecing and cutting and piecing some more, I had one top done.
Bonnie Hunter's Scrappy Mountain Majesties
bunky quilt 1  
The second quilt uses the same fabrics, and HSTs.  I had fun playing with some different layouts, and I know I'll be coming back to some of these at a later time,

My creation
But, I decided on this one and work is progressing

bunky quilt 2
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and WIP Wednesday with Lee at Freshly Pieced
Happy quilting! Janet

Monday, April 13, 2015

Qtr 2 2015 finish along - just what do I hope to get done?

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
I've got three months - that's lots of time to get things done, right?!!  My first quarter achievements far exceeded my goals, so this time, I'm upping the ante!

I've got a few things on my list that will be - should be - pretty easy to achieve, fingers crossed!  These include finishing the quilting and adding the binding on this one:
Vienna Nights #1 finish the quilting and bind - see the binding is all ready to add!
Binding this one:
another one using Vienna Nights - geez I have a lot of it in my stash!
Quilting and binding these three:
Robyn Pandolph baby

Star baby

Carpenters star baby

These first five are all donation preemie quilts, and the three that need quilting and binding will be some long arm practice pieces.  I'm looking forward to that!

Then there is this tablerunner -
Silkscreened table runner
I made this in a workshop with Brandy Lynn Maslowski - of Canadian Quilt Talk podcast fame - through the Blue Mountain Quilters Guild.  It was a fun workshop on screen printing - it needs to get finished!

Next, is my Gees Bend inspired quilt done in a workshop with fellow Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild member Paul K. This one is a couple of years old now.  I've started the quilting, but still a ways to go.
Gees Bend improv
There is this convergence quilt which I made a lot of years ago!  Time to get it finished!
Convergence quilt
Okay, now the fun - and challenge begins! I've got a couple of bigger projects that I'm itching to get done.  I'm off to a quilting retreat this weekend, and I'm bound and determined I'm going to piece two Scrappy Mountain Majesties quilts (free pattern by Bonnie Hunter) using my stash.  These two are destined for the bunkbeds at our family cabin in Cape Breton.  While I'm using the same pattern and fabrics, the layouts will be different, so they won't be too matchy matchy!
Scrappy Mountain Majesties x two
These ones will also be practice quilts on the long arm.

Finally, I've been wanting to do a Double Wedding Ring quilt for forever, but have always been deterred by all the pieces. I've found the solution!  I've cut all the pieces for a Metro Rings quilt. This is a great pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful, using their Quick Curve Ruler.  It is coming with me this weekend, - lets see if I can also get it done this quarter! I'm looking forward to doing some fun quilting on it!
Metro Rings
Wow - that's 11 on the goal list - I think that's going to keep me busy!  Maybe just a little bit crazy???? I better be well organized this quarter, now to go get started!

Happy quilting!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

2015 Finish Along First Quarter update

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
Wow!  I am so pleased!  I was actually able to finish all three of the items on my first quarter list, as well as completing several other projects.  Let's just see if I can keep this up for the year!

This post lists what I hoped to get done, and these three posts show the finishes.

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third finish.

Some of the other items I finished this quarter - it sure didn't feel like I was this busy - that must be a good sign for the rest of the year, right???!

image  Pink&Grey 1VMQG block lottoD4P with a twist  Untitled  2nd pillowimage

Now to start thinking on what I want to get finished in the second quarter of the year...

To seeout how everyone has done this quarter, check out the links over at Adrianne's On the Windy Side - some fabulous finishes!

Happy quilting! 

Saturday, March 28, 2015


I have another finish to show!  I am very pleased with this one, too.  It is pretty different from my last finish, just a few days ago, but also another one off my 2015 Finish Along, 1st Qtr list.  Please forgive the number of pictures, but I just couldn't decide which ones not to include :)
Some details before I get to the pictures:
  • This was a Blue Mountain Quilters Guild Round Robin, started way back in 2011. I made the centre block, and my BMQG friends (Gladys, Louise, Bridget, Bonnie and Mary) added the borders.  It has cured for several years, waiting for me to get up the nerve to quilt it the way I felt it should be quilted.  This year I felt ready.
  • The quilt finishes at about 50" x 54"
  • I used a double batt to emphasize the quilting - a layer of Legacy Wool over cotton batting.
  • Stitched with a combination of Aurifil 50# and Superior Bottomline on top and Bottomline in the bobbin throughout.
  • all stitching done on my Mega Quilter (set into a table)
  • I stitched in the ditch almost all seams
  • I marked the feather spines and the diamonds (in the first border) but all stitching was free motion on this one.
I love the colours on this and have called it Tranquility.  I hope you like it!

Happy quilting!