Thursday, October 1, 2015

Charity quilting with the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild

What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday! Last week I travelled to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, about 3 hours from home, to spend the day making charity quilts for The Lodge That Gives, a place where cancer patients and their families can stay while undergoing treatments in Halifax. I am using some pictures President Adrienne took that day, but please visit the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild blog to see more pictures and learn more about the day. I am using Blogger on my iPad to write this post and can't figure out how to insert a link...sorry...perhaps you can google it? 

These are the quilts that were either finished by the end of the day or waiting for quilting.

Adrienne tells us 8 quilts are the result of the sew day. Members donated batches of 8.5" unfinished HST blocks, using a shade of grey on one side, and one of about 4 or 5 colours for the other side. 

I arrived with my portable Sew Ezi table and my trusty little travelling Janome.

My friend, Linda, top of the picture, who blogs at Scrapmaster, is always an inspiration to me. She had her blocks ready in no time, put the pedal to the metal, and quilted away!  Adrienne, who took the picture, was on the other side of me. She quilted her quilt using wavy lines and it was exquisite! 

It was a super day and I so enjoyed meeting everyone that day! 

It's a great day for quilting! 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Castles on the Horizon and a Supernova Start

There is nothing better than finishing a quilt and hanging it on the line.

My latest finish is called Castles on the Horizon, was designed by Michele Kuhns, and was featured as a Moda Bake Shop free pattern HERE. I follow Michele`s  blog, Crayon Box Quilt Studio, and as soon as I saw her quilt, I knew I had to make it.  It was especially exciting because I already had a layer cake of the Kate Spain designed Horizon fabric in my stash. I bound the quilt this week and took a few different pictures as the sun moved from the front of the house to the back. 

In the following picture, you get a better look at the wonderful edge to edge quilting done by Ange Ross of Quilting on the Mira. 

I always sew a label on my quilts, usually using some of the binding fabric to frame it. The binding is a Mixology fabric called Herringbone by Camelot fabrics which seems to tie everything together!

What`s next? I have a few projects in the works but one of my favorites is my Supernova blocks!

I am using my stash of Kaffe Fassett fabrics that I have been hoarding saving for awhile. It was time to cut into them and I am having a blast with each block. The pattern is part of the free Supernova Quiltalong  offered by Lee who blogs at Freshly Pieced. I have made three blocks so far and am in love with all three! I think I'll call my quilt Supernova Scotia! 

It's a great day for quilting!

Friday, September 18, 2015

A Scrappy Tote, Zippered Pouches, and a Sewing Machine Cover

This week was a play week for me. I tidied up my sewing room and found a bag of orphan blocks. I wanted to do some silly, no thinking projects, so decided to use the blocks to make a new tote. I found hour glass blocks and flying geese so off I went!

The bag measures about 15" x 16", plenty deep to hold my magazines and project boxes when I go off on a trip.

I added lots of white background to make things fit and did some loopy machine quilting.

I lined the bag with fabric I bought a few years ago when I was on a quilting cruise. Really, where else would I use this fabric? What was I thinking?

When I finished the tote, I made a few zippered pouches. I had purchased some sewing theme fabric awhile back and combined it with some great black and white fabric Karen of KaHolly had gifted me called Timeless Treasures Quilting News.  

It was a cinch to make some HST's, sew the rows together, and quilt the fabric.

 The pouches came together pretty quickly and will hold a multitude of sewing items!

Of course I had more fabric left, so in keeping with a "sewing for me" theme, I decided to make a cover for my sewing machine. I made more HSTs, did some more quilting, and added a binding. 

The shape of the cover kind of resembles a loaf of bread, but it works. The funny thing is, my machine is hardly ever at rest so I probably don't really need a dust cover, but it was a fun project to make and the fabrics make me smile!

It's a great day for quilting!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Framed by Downton

I have been working on several small projects this week, and when I finish one, I start another. Framed by Downton is a little topper/hanger that I finished this week.

When I first started blogging, I won a Go! Baby Accuquilt starter set which included the Go! Baby Value Die. A long time ago, I used the die to cut up the remaining scraps from a FQ bundle, sewed together a bunch of HSTs, and then put everything away for another day. Fast forward a few years and this project was calling my name from its hiding place. I really didn't have much of a plan so I started using the HSTs to make some scrappy stars.

What I did know is that I wanted to make a small project that I could quilt myself. I decided to stop when I had the nine stars made and found a luscious piece of the Dowager Duchess line of Downton Abbey fabric that I had in my stash to border it. 

I finished binding the quilt on Wednesday when I was working at the Artisans Collective Gift Shop at the Port Hastings Museum at the entrance to Cape Breton.  I found a place in the shop to put the quilt and took a picture.

Ten minutes later someone walked in and brought it to my desk for purchase, and yes, I was thrilled that someone liked it enough to part with some of their cash!  

I had attached a small label to the back, used a yellow toile fabric to keep with the gentleness of the quilt, and machine quilted it in my old faithful loop de loop pattern.

Last week's post about my quest for a pattern for another school house block resulted in some wonderful ideas.  I want to thank you all for giving me some places to go to find a new pattern.  I hope to use your ideas and eventually build a new neighbourhood with blue and cream houses!

It's a great day for quilting!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Schoolhouse Blocks

I fell in love, once again, with a quilt designed by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. It is a variation of her schoolhouse quilt, Homestead, where the houses are all made in her gorgeous blue and cream fabrics and the rows are offset. She used this as her block in the 2015 Designer Mystery Block of the Month by the Fat Quarter Shop.  You can see a picture of the quilt HERE

Long story short, the roof uses templates, and I am not an advocate of templates. I tried three times, used seam rippers a lot, and just couldn't manage to make the houses where the eaves matched the walls! So, I sewed the three blocks together and made a table runner for the "back to school" season. Woodworker Hubby, myself, our two children, and my three sisters all started off as teachers, so the runner will bring back many school house memories. I just hope the houses don't fall down! 

I used the runner as a practise for my free motion quilting, using my infamous loop de loop design with a few hearts along the way. Much more practice is needed! 

It was also a wonderful project to use some of my stash fabrics. I love being able to open a cupboard door or take the lid off a tote and find just what I need. 

Can you help me out? I would still like to make a version of Edyta's quilt, but I want to stay away from templates and still keep the idea of the stencil-look for the two-colour house. I have searched the net and haven't been able to find exactly what I want. If you have any ideas for me, I would be forever grateful, especially if it's a free pattern! 

In keeping with the house theme, I made a couple of Fall table toppers/wall hangings, using the house block from Kaaren's The Painted Quilt Mystery QAL. 

I used a very simple cross hatched quilting design.

I love the Fall colours so this should brighten up a corner of the house, although it looks a little faded in this picture. 

I put a couple of houses together for a quilted welcome sign for my mom's new apartment. The little 12" hanger was purchased at The Covered Bridge Quiltery in Riverview, New Brunswick. They have lots of designs and different sizes so I know I'll be back! 

It's a great day for quilting!

Friday, August 28, 2015

It's Never Too Early for Santa

When I was at the Maine Quilt Show in Augusta this summer, I found a Santa panel at one of the vendors, the Pickering Farm Quilt Shop, that was just so cute that I had to buy it. 

The panel is made by Clothworks . I used 4 of the Santas, combined with the One Big Star pattern by Pieced Tree Patterns, plus some new and stash fabrics, and in very little time created the 20" x 20" table toppers.

The Santa is the centre for the large star which came together pretty quickly.

Of course I used my loop de loop free motion quilting is just so easy and gives such great texture.

Not much of a labor of love, 'cause you know how much I love Santas!

It's a great day for quilting!