Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Lilac Baby Quilt

I’ve completed my One Monthly Goal (OMG) for the month of November, this little baby quilt. 

The blocks from this quilt were brought home from a fabric give-away by my friend Janet, there were also a bunch of extra bits, so I was able to set the blocks on point and fill in with the non-pieced blocks,  the triangle border pieces, the sashing, border and backing.

I particularly love the lilac print in the border and on the back.  I used almost every little bit of fabric that I brought home.


Quilted with the Double Plume pantograph by Keryn Emmerson.
 

A traditional quilt for a future baby gift.  This month I chose a small project as it was a busy month for me, anything bigger would have been difficult.

Now I have to look through my projects and decide what will be my December finishing goal.  Take a moment to check out other finished projects at Elm Street Quilts November OMG link-up.   

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. ~ Confucius

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Brown High Five quilt blocks

For the month of November we are working through darks (browns, greys, blacks) for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and for this last Saturday in November I have made a set of brown High Five quilt blocks.
 
You can find the High Five quilt and many other scrappy quilt patterns in the book Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison.

I sewed these up earlier this month at a weekend quilting retreat at a friend's country home in Invermere, B.C.  I’ll do another blog post with pictures from our weekend – coming soon…


I believe December for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge will be finishing up projects, let’s see how I do with that.  December can be such a busy month, we always want to do so much before Christmas, it can be hard to pack it all in. 

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Going to the Dark Side

This November for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge we are working on dark colours; greys, browns and blacks and also on finishing Rainbow projects.  I have decided to make some of my High Five blocks in grey. 
 

 The High Five quilt is a pattern by Amanda Jean Nyberg, from the book Sunday Morning Quilts, I quilted one for a customer Joanne and thought it would be a great Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt.  I’m making one large block and ten little blocks in each colour.


As long as you live keep smiling because it brightens everybody's day. ~ Vin Scully

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Asian Bird Song quilt

Sharon loves Asian fabric and her home decorating has a definite Asian theme to it.

She has made this lovely quilt and table runner to add to the decor.
 

For the quilt Sharon selected the Anne's Garden pantograph and a chestnut coloured Glide thread.
 

With left-over bits Sharon made a complimentary table runner.
 

Quilted with the same pantograph and thread.
 


Here is a picture of the table runner decorating a table in the entrance way to her home.
 


My heart is like a singing bird. ~ Christina Rossetti

I hope to complete ...

This little quilt as my One Monthly Goal (OMG) for November.
 

Fabric for the back is ready.
 


The lilacs on this fabric are so pretty.
 

I decided I had to have a small project if I want to achieve a finish and this little quilt measures 42 x 59 so I’m hopeful that it is a doable endeavor.

My goal is to have it quilted and bound it by the end of the month.  I’m not sure which pantograph I’ll use, so drop by later this month to see what I decided on.

I’ll tell the quilt’s story in the end of month post, wish me luck.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Popsicle quilt by Joan

Such a colourful quilt in an assortment of batik fabrics.
 

Joan picked Anne's Garden by Anne Bright for a pantograph and a rainbow variegated thread for quilting.


Most often Joan incorporates some back-art into her quilts.
 


I think she was planning on using this quilt at the summer cottage. Hopefully keeping cool on warm Summer nights under the popsicle quilt.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

My little Irish Chain

I have completed my OMG (One Monthly Goal) for October, just under the wire, and I’m posting it just under the wire as well.  I finished sewing the binding on yesterday evening while watching Stranger Things, and now at the last hour I’m posting it on Elm Street Quilts finish Link-up.
 

I love the freshness of the aqua colours in this quilt, a bit of a contrast to the Autumn colours so abundant.
 

Quilted with the Angelica pantograph by Patricia E. Ritter and a Mint coloured Glide thread.
 


This will be added to my Baby quilt stash, as I believe I’m down a couple.  It feels good to have another quilt complete, no matter how small.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

High Five in Pink

This month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge I pulled out my pink scraps.
 

I’ve completed some pink High Five quilt blocks and they will join the orange, blue and yellow that I have already finished over the past few months of the Challenge.  It’s hard to call anything so much fun a challenge.


I always try to have a leader/ender project going while sewing at my machine, so I put together a few pink squares for my postage stamp quilt. 
 

I now have enough square for a full/queen size quilt, so I’m going to have to find another leader/ender project.  Any suggestions?

Be a pink party dress in a room full of little black dresses!

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