Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Finish

I finally got the quilting done on By The Bay, a row along hosted by Fun Threads Designs running from October 2014 - May 2015. I didn't do the crab row, it was applique and I wasn't feeling it and I passed on the borders as well, so mine is a good deal smaller than it should be.  I did sew the rows I finished together and it has been neatly folded on my flimsy shelf since last summer...until this week :)
It finished at 46" x 39" and I quilted it with straight lines, nothing fancy.  I wanted to do the binding in orange, thought I had enough but didn't, so used the background fabric for binding.  AFTER it was finished, I found the piece of orange I KNEW I had.  LOL  That's what I get for organizing ;)

Linking up with TGIFF being hosted by Anja Quilts, a fellow Maritimer :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday Again :)

This week I got the 'above and below' rectangles cut and blocks sewn together for Star Light Star Dark, hosted by Jessica at Quilty Habit.  Nice big blocks, mine are 26" x 24", that are great for showing off fabrics.  My Star Light Star Dark will be a bed runner :)  The star point shadows on the yellow block are from the block under it ;)  I have no clue why the color of the cork is so different from picture to picture, they were taken with the same camera one after another.

I've also been keeping up with the 100 Blocks 100 Days Instagram fun using Tula Pink's book, City Sampler. Blocks 1 2 & 3 I blogged about on Friday.  Here are my blocks 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8.  Wonky little blocks, but they'll be fine when they're sewn together.  I cut them out in the evening, then sew them together after my morning walk.  Nice little routine that sets me up for the rest of the day :)

Linking up with Midweek Makers #34 at Quilt Fabrication, Let's Bee Social #139 at Sew Fresh Quilts and the Progress Link Up at Quilty Habit.

Monday, August 22, 2016

BOMs Away Monday 08/22

Dear Daughter, Chapter 8 is the last block of my August BOMs and with just the words to embroider I'm almost done.  Oh,  and a bit of applique...unless I don't ;)   I think for the first time, I'm actually following the pattern for the words (Have Courage), it's just easier than trying to come up with my own.  The finish for this one is going to be for my granddaughter, Penny Lane and she's only 7 (a week shy of) so I was trying to keep the words simple.  Of all the Chapters so far, this one is my least favorite... I just don't get on well with little pieces so the end result is wonky and I'll be losing a LOT of points, but with Penny, it's all about the color, so her beautiful eyes will be sparkling with all  the purples :)

Linking up with Lynette's BOMs Away at What A Hoot Quilts.  You HAVE to pop over and check out her progress on the Fancy Forest Quilt!  What a job she's doing on it :)

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Finish - A Start - A Win :)

While enjoying a little shopping therapy at Atlantic Fabrics last weekend my sister picked up a Fat Quarter of Northern Lights fabric and asked for a cushion cover for her bed.  Easy enough to whip up, I used the tutorial for the August Sugar Block Club for the center block and followed Made by ChrissieD's tutorial for a hidden zipper and some blues from my stash.  Simple quilting and it was done :)

Linking up with TGIFF at The Quilt Journal and Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts.

Yesterday, while reading the blogs I came across a post about 100 Days 100 Blocks, hosted by Gnome Angel (and others)  using the book Tula Pink's City Sampler and meant to be a bit of fun on Instagram. I was able to get the Kindle version at Amazon so decided to join in even though I was a day late and already out of contention for prizes and the sewing machine prize is only open to Australia, but it's all fun and for me, a chance to work on my 1/4" seam making 6" blocks ~~~eek~~~.

And the Win :)  On August 2,  I was contacted about my win for Rainbow Rose at  Modern Quilters Ireland, an awesome gift specially collated in Japan by Tomomi of Slaney Handcraft!  With some emails back and forth (I wanted to insure that I understood if the cost of shipping to Canada was too steep) my address was given and on August 11 my generous package arrived from Ireland.  What a great sewing/quilting world we are a part of today :)

My Rainbow Rose, washed and showing all it's quilty textures :)  You can read about the Finish here or clicking on the label at the bottom of the post.   

Monday, August 15, 2016

BOMs Away Monday August 15

The last of my BOMs for August is Shenandoh for the Sugar Block Club hosted by Stichery Dickory Dock.  I liked this block, not sure why particularly, but enough to do a second one for a cushion cover for my sister (I'll share that on Friday).  I'm going to use my Sugar Block Club blocks to make valances for my upstairs windows (hall, fun room and pass thru between the two, which is really just a hole in the wall created to give a little more light in my fun room).

The August Row for Quilt Doodle Designs ROM is 5 Santa Faces.  I went with all different fabrics for the hats and since I had all the previous rows nicely sewn together, I sewed the Santa's together too.  However, after taking a closer look at the picture of the quilt, I now realize that there is sashing meant to be between the blocks... and little windmills/peppermint look alikes.  My finish won't have either ;)  I really should READ more and not just look and sew.  One more Row and the borders for this one, so it should be done for Christmas.  Ha Ha Ha, maybe NEXT Christmas ;)

Linking up with Lynette's BOMs Away at What A Hoot Quilts.  I hope you all have a wonderful 'quilty' week :)

Friday, August 12, 2016

An Almost Finish :)

I got the border blocks (large HSTs) done and the top for Bonfire sewn together last week, just need to get the backing and batting.  This is a big one,  81" x 81"give or take 1/4 inch ;)  I don't know who decided on 1/4" seam for quilting, but there are times when the air is blue around my sewing machine!  The feed dogs don't get a good grasp so quite often (way too often) my seams go haywire right from the start, especially if there is a seam (such as an hst) at the beginning.  Anyway, that's my moan for the moment.
I love Bonfire!  The colors are bold and make me happy and the blocks are a nice mix of textures and techniques.  I haven't got a clue how I'll quilt it, I just know I want it for MY bed!  I might even have it long arm quilted.  Of course that would mean having to go to the local shop and asking... that might be a bit of a step outside my comfort zone  LOL
Bonfire was a BOM that was FREE to join, but you had to buy the book Sister Sampler Quilts by AnneMarie Chany.  I grumbled and moaned at first because  last year I paid for the Vice Versa BOM and it's Chapter 3 in the book, so I kind of paid twice for it ;)  BUT, the book is awesome!  I love every single block in it and will do them again, and in some cases again.  Also, I won a $25 Gift Card for Fat Quarter Shop in January (for linking up Moon & Star) .  I missed most of the link ups because I didn't take this one with me when I went to England in April and didn't catch up until July.  All in all, I'd give Bonfire a big ~~~SMILE~~~ and truly recommend the book.

Linking up with Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts, take a little hop over and check out what others have Finished or Not :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wednesday Update

Still lots going on in my Fun Room, I'm pretty much caught up with my BOMs, Sugar Club, Maggie's 1st Dance, Bonfire  and My Favorite Things are all done and Quilt Doodle ROM is next up. Chapter 8 of Dear Daughter will be released next week. Three of my 4 Quilt Alongs are up to date (Snowflake Shimmer, Star Light, Star Dark, and Just The Basics) with the 3rd (Meadow Mystery) is on my cutting board.  

Linking up with Midweek Makers #32 at Quilt Fabrication.  I hope you are all enjoying some sewing time :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Cut... cut... cut

One of the projects on my cutting table over the past week has been the fabrics for Snowflake Shimmer QAL, designed and hosted by Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl.  All cut, labeled and in their project basket, ready for August 12 and the piecing instructions :)

Linking up with Snowflake Shimmer Link Up #2

And because today is my son's 31st Birthday I thought I'd share a few pictures... not near the number I shared on Facebook this morning so don't run away screaming :)

I see you :)

Dimples :)

Less hair, deeper dimples :)

With his little girl :)
Using the Selfie Stick 

Monday, August 8, 2016

BOMs Away 8/8/2016

The August (and final) blocks for Bonfire were quilter's choice again, and I  chose blocks from Chapter 2, Vice Versa, this time Capital T.  That's 16 lovely 12 inch blocks done and dusted :)  The Sister Sampler Quilts book, by AnneMarie Chany has become a 'go to' book for me.  Three chapters of beautiful blocks, clearly written instructions great pictures and lots of tips, truly worth every cent I paid for it.  Bonfire sharing on instagram and Facebook.

I'm enjoying Jacquelynne Steves' Maggie's 1st Dance BOM, the blocks are fun to piece and it's relaxing to do a bit of embroidery (some have fancy machines for embroidery and some are doing their centers using applique or fussy cuts). My needle work is pretty basic, but I'm liking the results so far.  I can always go back and add details if I want to,  It's Free and runs for 6 months (this is the half way month), but you can still  sign up to get the patterns via email, she doesn't put them on her blog so you do have to sign up.  We share our progress on instagram and Facebook, so lots of inspiration and encouragement.

Linking up with Lynette's BOMs Away Monday at What a Hoot Quilts, where this morning I found another QAL I'd like to try.  ~~~shaking my head~~~  Those ding dang blog sidebars get me everytime!!! :)

Friday, August 5, 2016

A Top Pieced :)

Just The Basics, hosted by Leanne at Devoted Quilter started in March, with new instructions posted each month.  August is the last month and while I can't claim to enjoy hsts and geese in the numbers used in this quilt I stuck with it and got the top finished.  Too many fiddly seams makes for miss matches, of which there are a few :)  And I went wrong on the cutting one month and got my oranges mixed up but neither takes away from the look.  I'm linking up with Finished Or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts .