Friday, February 24, 2017

A quilt for Joey

The London Friendship Quilt Guild ran a row of the month project last year.  Each month, we received a Canadian themed block, representing various regions and symbols of Canada.  Cathy Shepherd designed the sashings that were added between the rows and around the quilt and a row of flying geese at each side and wrote up the instructions.  I had collected some Canadian themed fabrics and decided to make this quilt for my grandson, Joey, as his bedroom doubles as the family guestroom and he sleeps in a queen sized bed.  I asked him if he'd like this quilt and he agreed as long as it had a beaver in it!  Yes, there was a row of beavers planned for this row quilt :-).    The quilt turned out massive!  I had Julie Cassidy quilt it as I did not want to tackle that one under my domestic machine!  I took Joey to Julie's home to see the long arm machine and he got to pick out the quilting design as well as the thread colour.  The quilt is quilted with polar bears, moose and trees in a thread called "prickly pear".  It is perfect for this quilt.

I did not end up using that many of the Canadian fabrics in the front as they were too busy, so used the collection I had accumulated to piece together a backing.  The result is a completely reversible quilt!  (click on the photos to enlarge for a better view)

This was the collection of fabrics that I used for the quilt (with a few later additions).
the Beaver in the quilt was paper pieced
The inukshuk and moon over the mountain blocks were appliqued
the Polar Bears were also paper pieced
Moose quilting in prickly pear thread

Polar bear and trees quilting on the barn blocks

The finished quilt front
Finished quilt back

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sew Fresh Sew along and Canada 150 progress

On Saturday, I finished sewing the next three blocks in the Next step Design's Canada 150 quilt.  I'm happy that I am keeping up with the blocks each week.  And, a friend let me root around in her red scraps so I have some new variety :-).

Blocks 37 - 39

On Saturday the third block in the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas Quilt along" from Sew Fresh Quilts was published.  This one was a Christmas bow.  I made two bows, one for each colour way I'm using.  They turned out very nicely.  This is a really fun project!

I had to pay attention to keep all the letters going in the right direction for this one :-).

I was afraid the red dots would be too light, but I like the way it turned out

Quite a few of the blocks plus a variety of odds and ends on the design wall :-)

Selvage caddies

A few weeks ago, a friend was celebrating her birthday.  I came across these cute selvage caddies in a book (I lent the book out, so can't remember the name :-).  I dug into my special stash of Kaffe Fasset selvages and could not decide which colour I would use so I ended up making three.  I gave the blue one to my friend, and made the orange one for myself.  I decided to give the green one to my other friend whose birthday is in September.  But, I gave it to her already because by December I'll probably forget where I put it LOL.  I did sew a few dividing rows in one side of mine and stitched a row of stitching half way the middle section to stop my pair of little scissors from dropping all the way to the bottom.  The pouch on the other side holds my red clips.  It's the perfect little caddy to drape over the arm of a chair while hand stitching the binding down.

If you click on the photo to enlarge it you can see the stitched lines to hold the scissors and thread

Drapes perfectly over the arm of an IKEA chair.

Green and orange caddies.

I forgot to take a picture of the blue one so asked my friend to send me one :-)

They were a lot of fun to make.  Next time I will pay attention to make sure there are words or colour circles on the top of the pin cushion :-)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mittens - second week of Sew Fresh sew a long

Today the pattern for the mittens block was uploaded on the Sew Fresh Quilts blog.  I am really enjoying this "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt a long.  I made 8 blocks to go along with the 8 stockings that I made two weeks ago.

These are the mismatched mittens with a different colour in each pair matching the Ink & Arrow Christmas fabric I purchased last fall.  I went back to the shop and they had the fabrics in the clearance 40% off.  Bonus :-).

I did the more traditional ones matching the mittens in the block.  Love these too.

Here are all the blocks together on the design wall.  Pure fun!

Thanks so much Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts for designing these fun blocks for us.  How many sleeps til the next block comes out? LOL

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Canada 150 blocks for the week

This week's blocks for the Canada 150 program were very quick and easy.  Since I just finished the top of a quilt for my grandson using these Canadian fabrics, I dug into the scraps for some fun blocks.  Since the blocks had larger squares, this was a great opportunity to use the moose fabric and the poppy fabrics.  And, so far I'm still caught up which is a good thing :-)

Blocks 31 - 33

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Canada 150 blocks finished

Keeping right up on the Canada 150 blocks and have this week's blocks finished!  These were a fun bunch to do.  Happy to be keeping up with these blocks.

Blocks 28 - 30

Monday, January 16, 2017

Canada 150 progress

You can read about the beginning of my Canada 150 program adventures here.  Amazing how quickly you get a week behind on a project, but good thing that we get weekly Tuesday reminders when the new patterns come out. 

Just completed blocks 22 - 27 this morning, just in time :-).  I had done blocks 16 - 21 a few weeks ago, but my camera was giving me grief.  It is working again so I just took photos of these blocks as well.  This is a really fun project learning about the accomplishments of Canadian women in history.  The blocks work up quickly and it is fun to choose fabrics for each block.

Blocks 16 - 21

Blocks 22 - 27
Since several of the ladies were from Quebec this week, I used a fleur de lis background for one block :-)