Saturday, 7 October 2017

OMG

Oh my goodness, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, so let’s begin with an OMG (One Monthly Goal).

Starting back little with this baby sized Single Irish Chain quilt in aqua.
 

I’ve had the top done for a while, and just recently picked up this delightful Kaffe Fassett fabric for the back.
 

I will be teaching a beginner quilting class this month, and this little quilt is what everyone will be completing, in their own fabric choice.  In class students will quilt the three layers together on their domestic machines, however I thought it would be nice to quilt this on my long-arm machine.  Then I can also show them options, particularly once they start making bigger quilts which are not so easy on a domestic machine.

I haven’t decided what pattern to use for quilting, so you might want to drop by at the end of the month to see how this little guy looks.


You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream. ~ C.S. Lewis

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Scrappy Orange Saturday

I’ve been enjoying playing with my orange scraps this week, they seem so bright and cheery and they are our theme colour for the RainbowScrap Challenge (RSC) and the month of September.

A Rainbow project that still needed orange was the High Five blocks I’m assembling.
 

I thought this pattern by Amanda Jean Nyberg in the book Sunday Morning Quilts would be an excellent project to play with for the RSC.  My plan is to make ten little squares and one large one each month as our colours change.

I also added a few orange leaders and enders for my future postage stamp quilt, I only need 168 more of these little sets and I will have enough for a full size quilt, getting close.
 

While taking these pictures I turned to see the Queen of Hearts and my deck planter enjoying the sunshine.


Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.  ~ Walt Whitman

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Judy’s quilts

I have three quilts by Judy to show, the first has a whole cloth on the front and the back, surrounded by a border made of shade of green squares.
 




I like how this turned out, Judy chose the ‘I Love It’ pantograph by Anne Bright and a Maroon coloured Glide thread.



The second quilt is called French  Provincial.
 

I really like how the Double Plume pantograph by Keryn Emmerson looks on this quilt.  We used a bright pink Glide thread called Peppermint.
 

Judy’s third quilt she called Tumblin’ Teddy Quilt, named after a pantograph by Patricia Ritter.
 

Judy likes my pantographs and likes to feature them on some of her quilts, so she uses plain fabric and zings them with complimentary fabric.
 

Shows quite nicely on the back as well.
 

Judy is doing a nice job of sewing through her stash.

It always seems impossible until it’s done. ~ Nelson Mandela

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

School teachers, cottages and decorating

Three quilts by Janet, the first is called …

Olivia’s Pencils
This fun quilt made as a gift for her granddaughter Olivia’s teacher.
 

Quilted to outline the pincils.
 

And backed with an excellent fabric, for a school teacher and her quilt.



Day Sails
A quilt for the cottage, in aqua blue and sail boat fabric.
 

Quilted with the windy High Seas pantograph by Hermione Agee and a mint coloured Glide thread.
 

More sail boat fabric for the back of this little quilt.
 

APQ Quilt Along 2005
Janet loves to decorate with quilts and I just love how this quilt looks in Janet’s home and on the deck.
 

Quilted with the Easy Orange Peel pantograph by Patricia E. Ritter and a soft yellow thread called Lemon Ice.

A great fabric for the back and orange peel looks good here too.
 

On the deck again.
 

And draped over the rail in the house.
 

I wish I had Janet’s knack for decorating, of course I would also have to have her knack for tidiness.

Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.  ~ Rachel Zoe

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Alison’s Mom’s Double Wedding Ring quilt

Alison took my Double Wedding Ring class, which I teach every other year, with the idea of making her mom a quilt, and here is the beautiful result.
 

While still on my long-arm machine being quilted.
 

I love how it looked with the sun shining through it.
 

Finished and draped over the long-arm
 

We decided to custom quilt it with roses and leaves.
 

More roses and leaves.
 

Looks good on the back.

What a lovely gift of love for mom.
 


A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take. ~ Cardinal Mermillod

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Wonky Churn Dash

All I needed to finish my Wonky Churn Dash quilt was a couple of orange blocks, and the colour for the month of September for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is orange.
 


Now they are done and I quickly cut the sashing out of all the bits of colour used in the blocks, as well as some corners out of a black print.
 

I played around with different layouts, and think I have settle on one that will work.
 

I took a few pictures and now this quilt top is packaged up and ready to be sewn together at an upcoming quilting weekend.  I’ll work from my photos, and with feedback from my quilting friends make any changes necessary.  Do you see any block/sashing that could be in a better place?

Once I’ve got the top together I’ll be looking for just the right fabric for a border, in my mind I see a black print with just a touch of rainbow colours in it.

September tries its best to have us forget summer. ~ Bernard Williams

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Looking forward to Orange

A new month and a new colour for the Rainbow ScrapChallenge.  The first project that I wanted to work on for the RSC were my Birch Tree quilt blocks, I only had orange left to finish.
 

I trimmed up all the blocks and laid them out, and then of course arranged, and rearranged until I liked the look.
 

My husband came and had a look and said “That’s my quilt”, I told him it would be a baby quilt, he thinks it should be a wall hanging, we’ll see.  It will measure about 35” x 44” when finished.

I’m now trying to decide how to quilt it, any ideas?

As you can see by the corner of the top picture, I started playing with other orange blocks, these will finish up all the required blocks for my Wonky Churn Dash quilt which will be a future Saturday post.  I didn’t want to go to bed last night, just sew, I stayed up too late.


I’m enjoying orange with other bloggers this month at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

The sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset, the colour that gives you hope that the sun will set only to rise again.  ~ Ram Charan