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Tuesday

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June 2018

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Updating…

Written by , Posted in Baby Quilt, Quilt, quilting, Quilts

Just because I have not blogged in a very long time does not mean I haven’t been busy sewing:) If I post new creations on Instagram or Facebook, I tend to think it’s posted so there is no need to blog about it. This is one excuse. The other excuse for not blogging is I am spending more of the mornings at the gym, yoga, juicing or simply just getting outside. So I have created a better balance. I sew when I sew. I don’t feel guilty anymore when I don’t spend time in the studio. There is no love loss for sewing or creating. Whereas I used to want a quilt finished in record time and spent every moment I could working on it, I now get to it whenever I do. No sense of guilt and no stress. Probably one of those ‘as you get older’ things people talk about but whatever it is, I am fully and completely content and at the end of the day, I believe this is what they say matters. Disclaimer: Most of the time I remember to blog in the most inopportune moments such as when driving, juicing, at yoga or working at the ‘real’ job.
During the long blogging absence, I completed a quilt which had been on my bucket list for a long time. I finished The Gypsy Wife quilt (pattern created by Jen Kingwell). This is my version:


I enjoyed every moment in creating this quilt. I can’t calculate how many hours were spent cutting, placing, re-making blocks but every hour was so worth it. By far the most detailed quilt I have made and now having tackled The Gypsy Wife, I am looking forward to creating more Jen Kingwell Designs patterns.
Also on a bucket list, but more near the bottom of the list, was to make a herringbone quilt from scraps and only scraps.  I ordered Modern Quilt Magic from Amazon and began immediately upon the arrival of the book. I had a lot of low volume scraps saved for this quilt. What I loved best about this quilt is all the scraps needed to be cut to only one size, 2″ x 8″.


This quilt has me wanting to create more low volume quilts. Initially, I was not sure how the quilt would look using mostly low volume fabrics but I’m glad I just went with it and assessed after the quilt top was complete.
Currently, I am slowly working on creating a Blaze quilt for myself because I need another quilt in this house. .

I selected the Blaze quilt pattern as I have more solid fabrics in my healthy stash of fabrics than I realized. I love that the Blaze quilt is not overwhelmingly bright and bold as the low volume contrasts outnumber the bold, bright solid fabrics.
Time and experience has proven I love to make quilts far more than any other project. Thus, I have decided my little shop on Etsy will eventually comprise of quilts only. There is something weirdly fulfilling about cutting up vast amounts of fabrics into small pieces only to turn around and sew them all back together. And quilts keep me warm during the long, cold winters. I found the pouches did not keep me warm enough (I know, bad joke but kinda funny?). There are, as of the time in writing this post, 264,992 pouches available on Etsy. That’s a lot of pouches! I searched ‘baby quilt’ in the Etsy search bar and the results show 109,108 baby quilts. Obviously, the amount of available baby quilts is still generous but in my mind, I have better options and avenues for being creative and unique in making a quilt as opposed to a pouch. I believe originality and uniqueness is a coveted aspect when selling in a huge marketplace such as Etsy. As I do not have the talent to create a ‘one of’ or something no one else has created which also has a practical and functional use, I will bet my odds in the quilt department and hope to create warm and cozy images via the quilts I create.

This post became a bit more long winded than intended but is in no way attempting to make up for the long absence. I am so grateful to all who continue to follow my creative journey.

Thanks for stoppin’ by!

 

Monday

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July 2017

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Not the quilt I had planned.

Written by , Posted in Baby Quilt, Just another day..., patchwork, Patchwork Quilt, Quilt, quilting, Quilts, Scrappy Quilt

I cut all the pieces to create the Sunday Morning Quilt from the book Sunday Morning Quilts.  After spending my sewing time for the week cutting all the strips to create this…

…I ended up turning all the pretty strips of fabric into this…a simple patchwork quilt.

It’s not that I didn’t like the style of the Sunday Morning Quilt pattern. I just finished cutting the fabrics, played with the patterning a bit and then decided I wanted to make a ‘comfort zone’ quilt.  Patchwork quilts are simple.

This one started as 2.5 x 8 inch strips.
I sewed six strips together.
Cut the sewn strips to 2.5 inches wide.
Sewed six of the cut strips together to create a block.
Easy peasy.

And maybe that is just what I needed. I had not made a quilt in a while and really wanted to make one I didn’t have to think much about and more importantly, that I didn’t have to buy a ton of new fabric in order to create the quilt. I am truly attempting to use only the fabrics in my abundant stash of beautiful fabrics. Patchwork quilts like this one are easy in that you can pretty much use any or all the fabrics in your stash and it all looks great together.
If you want to use 2.5 x 2.5 inch squares, this is a great tutorial.
If you want to make the blocks using strips instead of squares (which I always do), this is well written tutorial.
I had all intentions on taking images of my progress to show how easy, yet rewarding, a patchwork quilt can be but sadly, I use excuses of poor lighting and a messy work table and fail to take pics 🙂

I still plan to make the intended Sunday Morning Quilt. I love the look of scrappy quilts and especially the ease of which the little pieces join together to make something warm and wonderful. Although it is considered ‘summer’ here in Ottawa (too much rain has me doubting the season), we still use quilts all the time. For cooler nights or when hubby wins the air conditioning setting war and the kids and I find it a tad too cool in the house.
On that note, I am going to venture out and enjoy the sunshine we finally have.
Hope the sun is shining wherever you are and thanks for stoppin’ by!

Friday

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July 2015

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Penny Rose ‘Milk, Sugar & Flower’ Baby Quilts

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I love to select, pull and choose fabrics from my stash when preparing a quilt. Sometimes this process takes me days. Sometimes only hours. At times, the process of selecting fabrics can be challenging though because there are so many that I ‘want to keep for a special project’ even though I don’t have the special project in mind. I think that is how ‘hoarding’ starts. You know how the story goes. I buy fabrics and then think they are too pretty to use so I keep them nicely folded and tucked away amongst the kilograms of other fabrics which are there for the same reason. Thus, sometimes it is a relief when I buy a fabric bundle which has exactly everything I need to make a beautiful quilt. The ‘Milk, Sugar & Flower’ Collection by Penny Rose Fabrics for Riley Blake Fabrics was exactly that. Every piece of the bundle was perfect. Not too many duplicate color ways and enough variety that I did not need to add any other fabrics to create these baby quilts.
Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt
With one fat quarter bundle which comprised of 21 fat quarters, I was able to make two baby quilts measuring 37.5 x 47 inches. All fabrics, including the binding and backing were purchased at Mad About Patchwork. So no guessing or matching. Every piece worked perfectly together to create fun, vintage inspired quilts. I quilted both using a 1.5 inch grid pattern. Each half rectangle triangle measures 2.5 x 5.5 inch. A lot of stitching but for baby quilts, I like to have extra stitches or rather a lot of stitching to ensure longevity.
These quilts are available in my Etsy Shop.
Hope you are having a fabulous day and thanks so very much for stopping by!

Sunday

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March 2015

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Triangle Quilt

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We have had a few hints of spring, here and there, not often but I decided to try and photograph the Triangle Quilt just the same. Fortunately, the cold did not break the camera lens and the icy winds did not blow the quilt away into a neighbours yard.
Triangle Quilt
This quilt is made using Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton fabrics. Shot cotton is special because the warp and weft yarns are 2 different colors woven together to create a special depth, a “shot” of color. When the edge of this fabric ravels, you can see a bright contrast to the body of the fabric. The shot cottons also add a lovely texture to the quilt.
Triangle Quilt

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Triangle Quilt
I believe I finished the quilt top around Christmas time but knowing I wouldn’t be able to photograph and list the quilt until better weather, I didn’t rush to have it quilted. The binding is hand bound. Although I know machine binding is so much quicker, I still love the look of a hardbound quilt. Plus, hand binding is something I do when I try to catch up on some Netflix so it gives me a reason to sit down and watch shows with hubby or the kids.

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Triangle Quilt

Triangle Quilt
I used the Jaybird Quilts ‘Super Sidekick‘ ruler which made this quilt easy peasy to pull together. If you are thinking about taking up quilting, this style of quilt would be a great starting point, especially if you have this ruler:
Super Sidekick Ruler
I cut all the strips of fabric at 6.5 inches which is the width of my favourite ruler. I then used the Super Sidekick to create the triangles. Piecing was easy as the most difficult part was making sure I didn’t have two of the same coloured triangles touching because that would drive my OCD into overdrive 🙂
The Triangle Quilt measures 64 inches by 91 inches, a perfect fit for a twin size bed. This quilt is available for sale in my Etsy Shop
I have two other quilts ready to go to the quilter so hopefully will be able to post those soon.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a fabulous day!

Monday

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January 2015

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Vintage Inspired Baby Quilts

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After hoarding the fabrics for many years, I took the plunge and cut into what has to be my all time favorite fabrics. Vintage inspired fabrics. Retro fabrics. Happy fabrics. All my favorites. In the midst of our dismal and grey weather, the 30’s reproduction patterns and colors made everything just a little bit brighter.
Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt
Staying true to form, I used red in the binding. Have you noticed most of quilts are bound in red fabric 🙂 I found the cutest red polka dot print from the Hope Chest collection by Penny Rose Fabrics. The backing is part of the same collection. Instead of machine binding, I decided to hand bind. Maybe something to do with keeping the vintagy feel authentic. Perhaps. Or, although machine binding is always a million times faster, I will always prefer the look of a hand bound quilt.

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt
If I am not using a pattern for a quilt, I usually end up over cutting pieces and this is exactly what happened when making the HST’s. Thus, two quilts were made and a third on the way. After a while, making HST’s only becomes a little monotonous and boring but I really don’t want the ‘leftovers’ to end up in the pit of my scrap bin. So I am going to use up every piece I have cut, one way or another.
Both baby quilts are now listed in my little shop.
Hope you have a fabulous day and thanks so much for stoppin’ by!