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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!

Monday, July 20, 2015

MQG fabric challenge

You know I am always up for a challenge!  The MQG is a great source of challenges, some of which even come with fabric - added bonus!

A few months back I responded to an email about the latest Riley Blake Fabric challenge - it was a good thing I responded quickly, as the fabric was gone in no time! 

The challenge was to use the provided fabric  - The Cottage Garden by Amanda Herring aka The Quilted Fish, and only that fabric, (plus you could add any Riley Blake Basics), to make something quilted, make something new and to challenge yourself.  Check out this video Amanda has put together that details the challenge and gives some background on the fabrics.

MQG - Fabric challenge
I love this quote that just appeared this morning - it is a great way to approach life!
What to make?  I've made quite a few things in my time, but one thing that I had not made, and which I've been intending to make, was a sewing machine cover.  Making it quilted was no problem!  Challenging myself - okay, work with no pattern, (okay so that's not really a challenge, I tend to do that a lot!) try some techniques you've not done before - I've never made a Dresden plate before, and I've not used the porthole technique before either, so lets include those.  Oh, and that cover has to actually fit my machine!

With my plan laid out, at least in my mind, it took some time before I could actually put it into place, but I finally managed to get started about a week ago, and this morning I finished it off.  Just in time for the Vancouver MQG meeting tonight.
I'm thrilled with how it has turned out!

MQG - Fabric challenge
it's got to have some matchstick quilting, right?
MQG - Fabric challenge
my appliqued Dresden plate with porthole
MQG - Fabric challenge
used all 6 fabrics
MQG - Fabric challenge
keeping my machine dust free!

Oh, and this one is on my Q3 list for the Finish a long!  Score!

Happy quilting!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Cottage quilts - a finish!

It is so nice to actually have a finish or two to report!

These two quilts were started in April at the Blue Mountain Quilters Guild Spring Retreat, and I am so very happy that they are done! 

Bonnie Hunter's Scrappy Mountain Majesties block

Canadian Aztec

HSTs and loopy de loo quilting for the win!


They will be packed in my suitcase and taken to Nova Scotia at the end of the month, where they will adorn the bunk beds in our new bunkhouse at the cottage.

(wasn't that polka dot a perfect find in my stash for the binding??!!)

you can see previous posts including these quilts here, here and here.

Happy quilting!

Qtr 3

It is already quarter 3 of the  2015 Finish along, and I figure I better put a list in to try and stay on track. The obvious route would be to just swing over all of the projects that I didn't get done in quarter 2, and to a certain degree, that's what I'm going to do, although they will be scaled back!  We've got vacation time coming up and I will be without a machine, as well, my time at home to sew is going to continue to be somewhat limited with house renos and work work getting busy busy.

So,  on the list for qtr 3:
Finish the two red cottage quilts - binding

Bind the three baby quilts

Finish the Gees Bend inspired - quilting and binding

Finish the convergence quilt - sandwich, quilt and bind

And start and finish my Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake challenge - I have my design all figured out, just a matter of getting going on it!

Hmmm.  Doesn't really look like I'm scaling back - 8 projects on the list!  But 5 of these should be quick and easy!  and you know there will be other projects that get thrown into the mix!

Check out what everyone else is going to be working on here.  Why don't you join us?

Happy quilting!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hi there!

remember me?  I'm the one who used to blog pretty regularly, and have some completed projects to show.  I always have the best of intentions, but sometimes life just gets in the way.

While I haven't been as quilty busy as I would like in the last little while, I have been doing a little bit.  I had a great trip to Quilt Canada in Lethbridge AB this year, I thoroughly enjoyed the show and the classes I took with Cindy Needham, and I am looking forward to getting to try out some of the things I learnt with Cindy. 

The project completion has been a bit of a struggle.  Back at the end of April we decided to do some house renovations.  That, unfortunately, has meant that my sewing room has been packed up for a good long time now.  There has been lots of this

and this

but not so much sewing.  :( 

We do have the end in sight, luckily, so I have been able to start making some inroads back into my sewing space, but I still have a lot of cleaning to do until its back in good shape.  Drywall dust just gets everywhere!

My 2nd Qtr Finish along goals are pretty much a bust this quarter - I had such high hopes, but in the end, only managed to get two things done, and they were done way back in April when I went on retreat!  I did manage to get a few days in on the long arm, and have made some progress on that front.  In fact, if I find time to get the quilts squared and bound, I will have a number of finishes in short order!
  • Vienna Nights 1 and 2 - finished!

Vienna Nights 2 quiltingVienna Nights 1 detail

Baby quilts 1 - 3 - quilted on the longarm - I still need lots of practice!

Tablerunner - no progress
Gees Bend inspired - no progress
Convergence - no progress
Bunky quilts - finished the quilting in June (longarm)

Metro Rings - no further progress since April

If I manage to get my act in gear, I just may have a number of quick finishes coming up, but you can expect to see most of these items rolled over to the next quarter!

Hopefully, you'll be hearing from me again before that time!

Happy quilting!

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!
Grey and Yellow003
Grey and Yellow002
Grey and Yellow009
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