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Monday

3

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.ย  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. ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

Tuesday

24

May 2016

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The ’38 Shades of Grey’ Quilt

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

Initially intended for my boy but apparently, Gabe prefers color ๐Ÿ™‚ I had pieced about half of the quilt, displayed on the quilt wall, when I asked him what he thought of the quilt I was making him. He said, ‘What color will it be?’. ย I had thought he would have liked a nice, neutral grey quilt but I’ve learned he prefers more colourful quilts.

Grey Quilt
Grey Quilt

Grey Quilt

Grey Quilt

Grey Quilt

Grey Quilt
I have named this quilt the ’38 Shades of Grey’ because I used 38 grey based or neutral fat quarters. It’s as simple as that. Not sure what you were thinking but this is how the name derived ๐Ÿ™‚ I generally use a bolder binding to frame the quilt, just like a picture frame but I couldn’t resist the striped, ticking style binding. It may not frame the quilt the same way a bolder or darker binding may but I think the lighter, less obvious binding makes the quilt look a little larger. This one sized in as an over sized lap quilt measuring 66 inches by 72.5 inches.

I believe this is the first neutral, somewhat modern style quilt I have made. I love it and it just may be my favourite so far but I think I say that after completing any quilt. Typically, I would have a quilt hand bound in record time so I can get it into the washer and dryer and watch the magic happen. The magic to me is when the quilt becomes all fluffy, crinkly and you just have the desire to get under the quilt and binge watch something silly on Netlix. This quilt took a little longer to bind simply due to the beautiful weather we finally have. It was a long winter and up to recently, a very cold spring. So when our coveted good weather happens, I am not missing a second of it. Having lived in Ottawa for ten years now, I know what’s around the corner and will be here before we know it.

This quilt is now listed in my Etsy shop. After completing a few custom orders, I will make another attempt to make a quilt for Gabe which meets his ‘colourful’ request.

Hope you are having a great day and thanks for stoppin’ by!

Monday

2

May 2016

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Tula Pink ‘Elizabeth’ Quilt

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Not that Miss Rylee needed yet another quilt, but after making so many pouches because I seemed to be on a pouch binge, I wanted to make something bigger. Miss Rylee loved the ‘Elizabeth’ Collection by Tula Pink and fortunately, I have over the course of about a year, accumulated most of the collection. It took me a while to figure out a pattern which would highlight the ‘selfie’ image. I settled on a wonky star pattern with centres measuring 3.5″ so that ‘Elizabeth’s selfie’ would be featured.
Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink
What I loved most about this quilt is the Robert Kaufman ‘Quilter’s Linen’ used for the background. I now want to use this fabric for all backgrounds in quilts ๐Ÿ™‚ I chose the ‘Sky’ version and it blended beautifully with all the brights in the fabric collection.
For me, creating quilts is like reading a great book. Every step or stitch is like a page in a book in that each step or stitch brings you closer to the end. But like a good book, sometimes you don’t want it to end. That is how I felt making this quilt. I love the process. When it’s finished, yes the feeling is great but it’s also kind of sad that it’s over. And like any reader, the next step would be to pick up another book or in this case, begin another quilt ๐Ÿ™‚ A quilt for Gabe is up next but hasn’t made it’s way to the long arm quilter yet.
Gabe's Quilt
This will be my first low volume quilt but enjoying it as much as I did, I know there will be more.
Hope you have a fabulous day and thanks for stoppin’ by!

Tuesday

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September 2015

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She wanted a new pencil case…

Written by , Posted in Back To School, Pencil Case, Quilt, quilting, Quilts

…and we again could not find one she liked at a retail store. Rylee isn’t that particular about new school supplies. She knows we recycle what was still functional from the previous school year before we purchase ‘new’ but she really wanted a pencil case. So, I made her a few.
Pencil Case

Pencil Case

Pencil Case
Rylee selected the fabrics for ‘her’ pencil cases and I think she made great choices as they turned out great.
Here are a few more I have created and are listed in my Etsy Shop.
Pencil Case

Pencil Case
With the amount of stitching and reinforcements added to these cases, they should last the entire school year!
Pencil Case

Pencil Case

Pencil Case

Pencil Case
If you are viewing the cases on Etsy, you will see the US Exchange Rate conversion. If you are shopping and shipping within Canada, the price of the pencil case is $18 CAD.
After I have spent time creating ‘little projects’, I seem to have the need to create a larger project. So on to a queen sized quilt!
Modern Vintage Quilt
Created using mainly Bonnie and Camille ‘Miss Kate’ fabrics and using the Bonnie and Camille ‘Modern Vintage’ pattern. Lots of half square triangles which means this one is gonna take a while ๐Ÿ™‚
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!

Friday

10

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!

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