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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!

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 🙂 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?’.  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 🙂 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

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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 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!

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