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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!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Off to QuiltCon!

I'm heading off to Austin, Texas tomorrow morning for QuiltCon.  This is a modern quilting convention, with a massive quilt show, tons of lectures and workshops, and a few vendors thrown in for good measure!  Put on by The Modern Quilt Guild , this should be a wonderful time!  I am expecting to come back with a few goodies, and am really looking forward to meeting some blogging friends face to face.
Last night was our monthly Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  As usual, it was lots of fun and very inspiring.  I managed to finish up the block lotto quilt I spoke about last time and took it in for show and tell.
VMQG block lotto

VMQG block lotto - back

It was also the first night for the 2015 round robin, so lots of mysterious brown paper bags were floating around containing people's starter blocks.  This was mine - improv. pieced and some low volume with Aqua/turquoise.  I won't see it again for 12 months!  It is going to be interesting to see what it looks like then!

VMQG - 2015 round robin starter block
Also last night, I received my copy of the new book Make It, Take It by Krista Hennebury, aka Poppyprint, who is a friend and fellow member of the VMQG.  This is a great book! Krista has compiled unique new patterns and designs from a variety of folks - many of whom are my blogging friends, and friends in real life! So fun!  I'm going to try to make all sixteen projects, which shouldn't be too tough 'cause they are all stinking cute!  I've already made my first project from it - a wonderful Double Scissor Keeper, designed by Amy Friend, During quiet time. It went together beautifully!  I can see this becoming a "go to" gift for sewing friends.  Definitely a book with something for everyone.

Make It Take It by Krista Hennebury - Poppyprint
Better make sure I'm all set for tomorrow - that alarm will be going off early!

Happy quilting! Janet

Monday, February 9, 2015

Retreat weekend at home!

It was one of those weekends that I had the place to myself, so I got to sew as much as I wanted too!  I've decreed 2015 to be my year of finishes, so this weekend I focused on making progress on a few projects that have been sitting around for awhile.  They are also on my 1st qtr FAL list and my VMQG UFO list.  I am bound and determined to get some of these things finished this year!  I've decided that I have to finish one old project and make headway on a second old project before I can start something new.  Let's see how long that lasts!  Ha!

Retreat Weekend at home
Saturday morning I worked on my BMQG round robin quilt.  Still doing the SID, but it is progressing and I'm deciding on other quilting ideas as I go.  I will need more thread, so I'll have to do a little shopping - maybe when I'm at QuiltCon?  I'm Pleased with my progress here.

Retreat weekend at home But, I needed a finish!  Back in November I started two tablerunners - I finished the blue one last week, and now I've finished the coral one.  So definitely not my usual colour, but it looks nice and springy, and I continued that idea by quilting daisies on it.  Quilted and bound - it is done!

Retreat weekend at home
Last night I was still in the mood to piece, so out came the blocks I won at a VMQG block lotto several years ago now.  Laid them out, shuffled them around, tried various smashing ideas, and then got to work.  By the end of the night I had a finished top.  Things didn't go as smoothly today.  In piecing the back I mis- calculated and cut my backing about 5 inches to narrow. This didn't come to light until I was getting ready to sandwich and spray baste.  Duh!  You'd have thought I would have had that right seeing as I was piecing three extra blocks into the back and had measured it only half a dozen times!  A little improv piecing and my back was wide enough.  It is all basted and ready to be quilted!

I think that was a pretty successful weekend!  Hope yours was at least half as good. I'll be linking up to The Needle and Thread Network later this week.

Happy quilting!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Everything has its time

for the Tangled Textiles challenge group that I have been part of for the last four years, that time has come to an end, but it will not be forgotten!  This group challenged me to try different things, to come up with a new idea and a new small quilt for each theme.  I met seven other like minded individuals from around the world, and I've made some lasting friendships.  Thank you Beverly, Brigitte, Gina, Lisa, Judy, Nicolette and Vicki!  We had a lot of fun as we stretched our creative muscles!

If you pop over to the Tangled Textiles blog, you can read about our next challenge, and get a look at some of the wonderful quilts we produced.

Happy quilting! Janet

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2015 free motion quilting challenge

You may have heard that there is a new Free Motion Quilting challenge going on in 2015. It is being hosted by Darlene at QuiltShopGal (formerly SewCalGal) it seems hard to believe that the last challenge was way back in 2012!  I learnt so much then, I'm planning on participating again this year.  Not sure if I'll make every month, but we'll see!  There will be several options that you can do, and every month the pieces will be made into pillow.  I can do that!  For January, the option I choose was option #3 - which involves feathers and hearts.

I finished my first pillow yesterday.

And because I plan on giving this to my granddaughter for Valentines Day, I didn't want her brother to feel left out, so I created a second one for him. Both have hanging triangles sewn in so that they can be hung on a bedroom wall, if wanted.
You can see the second one on my Flickr page, link to the left.
(I am feeling pretty frustrated with posting these days, with the inability to include as many pictures as I would like, so please accept my apologies for just sending you to my Flickr page.)

I'm pretty happy with how they turned out!

Linking up to January of the 2015 Free Motion Quilting challenge

Happy quilting! Janet

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The magpie effect

You know, when something bright and shiny catches your eye and you just have to pursue it?  In my case, it's fabric colours and combinations.  I had no sooner posted my first quarter goals, when I was distracted by some charm squares on my cutting table.  Having a challenge to produce baby boy preemie quilts for the Blue Mountain Quilters Guild's next meeting, I jumped right in!  Before last Saturday was over I had produced a quilt top.
It took me the week to find time to quilt it and then I finished the binding yesterday.
The quilting in the white spaces was inspired by a design in Christina Cameli's (a few scraps) new book


My inspiration

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for some very good designs, well explained in Christina's wonderful clear manner, definitely a great reference book.

This was actually the second boy quilt I made this year. I finally made a quilt from my Disappearing 4 Patch tutorial that used more than 4 blocks! I kept the colours subtle to keep it soft and soothing, and I also kept the quilting to a minimum, although I did use it as a practice piece for stitching in the ditch.

Happy quilting! Janet

Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 Finish-Along: Quarter 1 list

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

I'm going to use the motivation of the Finish-Along to try and bust some of my UFOs that are lurking around.  I know that I will get distracted, so I'm officially only putting three items on my first quarter list. If I can get these done, I'll be very happy!
FAL2015 first qtr list!

My items are:
1.  My round robin quilt from my traditional guild.  This has been hanging around for years! I've pieced the back already, and have done some design work for the quilting.

2.  Blocks from a block lottery through VMQG. These need to be put together, sandwiched and quilted.

3.  A table runner I started last fall. Quilting is started, should be a quick finish, I hope!

Because I'm still struggling to figure out an easy way to post pictures to my blog with my iPad mini, I hope this one stays!

Happy quilting! Janet

Thursday, January 15, 2015

It's mid-January

I'm not sure how that has happened, but Happy New Year!
After a break in December for a trip to Nova Scotia for a 30 years in the making visit home for Christmas, and then dealing with the passing away of my father on New Year's Eve, not a lot of creating was happening.  Dad was a good man - kind and fair, and he loved to tinker.  He passed peacefully in his sleep after a battle with cancer. He will be missed.

As we all know, life continues and we are getting back to a semblance of normal.  I came home to a computer that won't work, so I am now trying to sort out posting via my iPad.  Please bear with me as I try and figure out adding pictures!

I have been doing some quilting.  These are destined to become pillows in the next couple of days:


Hope to be back soon, happy quilting!