Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Tutorials

I have decided to post some tutorials this year. I do have some ideas of what I would like to post but I was wondering if any of you have any suggestions? Is there a method, or a tool you would like to learn how to use? Or maybe there is a traditional quilt block you would like to learn how to make? Have you seen something on my blog that you would like more detail about?

Please leave me a comment, here or even on Facebook or Instagram and let me know what you are wanting to learn!

Thanks!

 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Some new goals for a New Year

Happy New Year! I know we are almost 3 weeks in to 2015 but since this is my first post of the year, I want to take this opportunity to wish you all health, happiness and a lot of creativity! I have some goals and wishes for 2015 and most of them have to do with my quilting, my blog, and my Etsy shop. I started doing some homework and research this morning and then went ahead and started making some changes here on the blog. I hope you like what you see and look forward to more!

In other news, I went on a retreat with my quilt group this past weekend. I had a lot of fun with my friends and got quite a bit of sewing done.

To start, I finished the top of my Hexie Garden.

Hexie garden
Hexie Garden

I am really looking forward to quilting this one. I want to practice some new free-motion quilting on the longarm this year and this will be a great quilt to start!

Then I made some pillowcases for my girls using fabric from Aneela Hoey's Hello Petal line.

Pillowcase
Pillowcases

I also finished the top of my "modern" medallion. Some of you will remember me working on this quilt in 2013. It is from Rachel Hauser from Stitched in Color's class Handstitched. Every section of this quilt, from the center medallion to the outside border has a different hand stitching technique.

Modern Medallion
Modern Medallion

I went to my mom's on Monday and basted my medallion quilt so that I can start the quilting. I will be using pearl cotton to hand quilt this one. Hopefully I will be able to show you some progress photos on that soon.

 

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

I know I haven't been blogging much lately. I apologize. It's not because I haven't been sewing, just that I haven't been well enough to keep up with everything and unfortunately blogging took a back seat. I hope to be blogging a lot more in 2015 and I even have some plans for some tutorials! I am really excited about that!

 

So I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a wonderful Holiday. I hope you get to enjoy some quality time with loved ones and maybe a little "me time" as well.

 

And since it isn't a blog post without some pictures, here are the mini quilts I made for the teachers this Christmas.

See you in 2015!

 

 

Friday, 14 November 2014

TGIFF - Indian Blanket

I am really excited to share this finish with all of you.

I took an online class from Rachel Hauser from Stitched In Color. The class was called Angled. Although I had sewn triangles and diamonds before taking this class, Rachel taught us so many things. The biggest lessons I learned are how to to cut these shapes with my regular ruler. There were 5 different quilts we could make and Indian Blanket was the first one.

 

I had so much fun making this quilt! I picked all of the fabrics except the backing from my stash. I started with Jeni Baker's line Nordika as my inspiration, and picked the rest of the fabrics from there.

It was lots of fun, seeing the rows come together. Once it was pieced, I got even more excited because it was a great opportunity for me to practice some FMQ.

And now that it's done, it is one of my favourite quilts I made this year.

So here it is, my Indian Blanket:

I apologize for the poor quality of photos but I was alone to take them and I used my iPad to do so. I was just too excited to share!

 
 
I haven't attached the label yet but it is ready to sew on this evening.
 

I am linking up to TGIFF over at Quilt Matters.

 

 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

P√Ętisserie Jelly Roll Race

I made another Jelly Roll Race quilt.  I really liked making this quilt the first time and I thought it would be a good quilt to practice some FMQ with the long arm.


I sewed the top during the summer and I quilted it a couple of weeks ago.



I did loops and wavy lines.  So simple yet so effective, in my opinion.



I love the colours in this fabric line.  


This quilt is also for sale in my Etsy shop but it goes so well in my house, I don't think I would be too sad if nobody bought it and it stayed a little longer...

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to all of my Canadian friends!!