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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

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 🙂 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!

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!

Wednesday

17

June 2015

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The Unexpected Quilt

Written by , Posted in Family, Quilt, quilting, Quilts, sewing

It had been nine years since my sister and her beautiful family visited us here in Ottawa. The last time they were here, we had only lived in Ottawa a few months. I didn’t know much about ‘what to do in Ottawa’ at that time. This time around, I knew a bit more about the city I live in so I had planned grand excursions. Key word here is ‘grand’. We did a few touristy things but if you know anything about living in Ottawa, then you will know not to store your parkas and winter wear gear too far away as they seem to come in handy, even in June!
Ottawa
Family Visit

Family Visit

Family Visit
In short, we had planned more activities but the cold and dreary weather hampered our efforts. Between the cold and the rain, we found ourselves at an impasse regarding what to do. Well, the kids seemed to make the most of the idle time. I don’t know how it started initially but at some point, I went to see them in the studio and Rylee was cutting and arranging scrap fabrics. I quickly taught my niece how to sew and before long, this happened:
Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids
They each had a station and they all worked together to create a quilt. Even my Gabe who really has never shown any interest in fabrics and sewing was using a machine and iron. No fighting. No arguing. Seamless effort and work (no pun intended). When time started to close in, my brother-in-law stepped up to the plate and assisted in cutting.
Unfortunately, time did run out before the quilt was completely finished but I promised the kids I would finish it and mail it to them once done.
And here is the masterpiece, quilted, bound washed and ready to be cuddled with.
Quilting Kids
It was a little wonky, with seams varying from 1/8″ to 3/4″ but my mom and I tucked and pinned to flatten the quilt for basting and quilting. I am so impressed with how the kids stuck together and never for a minute became tired or whined about the project.
My niece also made a quilted pouch during the construction of the quilt.
Quilted pouch
Not only is she a great dancer, but she seems to have taken a liking to sewing also.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a fabulous day!

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