Sunday, 23 August 2015

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Last year my daughter was lucky enough to have a wonderful teacher. This teacher also subbed for her the last 2 and a half months that she was in grade 1 and my daughter was so excited when she found out she would be her teacher again in grade 4.

Anyhow, she announced to the class about a month and a half before school was out for the summer that she was expecting her 2nd baby. The kids were so excited! The day she told them also happened to be Track and Field day and when I showed up after lunch to help out, they couldn't wait to tell me. So as we walked home from school at the end of the day, I told Emilie, we should make her teacher a quilt for the baby. Her face lit up and she couldn't wait to start working on it.

I knew we wouldn't know the sex of the baby before the end of the school year so I needed to find a gender neutral palet. My mom and I went to a quilt show and Mad About Patchwork had a beautiful bundle of Prisma Elements. I thought they would be perfect.

Plan
The plan

This quilt was so fast and so much fun to make. I kept it simple with big HSTs. For the back I pieced some Pieces Of Hope fabric by Riley Blake. The colours kept it gender neutral. I used the red puzzle pieces fabric for the binding.

 

I quilted it on the Gammill after it was retro-fitted with the Statler so it was one of the first quilts we got to try with the computerized designs. This quilting design is called Scratch Modern. I love how it looks like a windmill.

As it turns out, Emilie was too busy with gymnastics competitions and school, so she didn't get the chance to help out much but she was very excited to give it to her teacher. And on the last day, the teacher announced she is having a girl and will be decorating the room in coral colours.

 

 

 

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Swoon

Hello! Wow, I can't believe it has been 6 months since I last posted something on my blog. Although I do think the break was good for me, I am hoping to post more regularly now.

I may not have been blogging, but I have been quilting. I have a lot of things to share with you so I thought I would start with my favourite finish so far this year, my Swoon quilt.

I started these blocks back in January 2014. I love that the blocks are so big but still take precise piecing. I enjoyed making every one of those blocks. The fabrics are Architextures be Carolyn Friedlander and Home Essentials by Mark Lipinski.

Swoon on quilting machine
The very beginning of the quilting.

This past spring, I decided I was ready to do some custom free-motion quilting on a quilt, using the longarm machine. My Swoon quilt was hanging in the closet at my mom's so I decided it was the perfect quilt to try custom quilting.

It took me a long time to decide what to quilt. I looked at a lot of photos of Swoon quilts on Flickr and on Instagram before deciding to do some ruler work along with some loops, continuous curves and swirly things in the stars.

Swoon block-quilting
Quilting in one swoon block

I love the way it turned out!

Swoon quilt after quilting
Here it is right after I finished quilting it.

I am very proud of this quilt. I truly love everything about it. It is now on our bed, and I love making my bed in the morning and running my fingers over all of the texture.

 

My mom has since upgraded her Gammill to the computerized Statler. I am still doing hand-guided free-motion quilting however and can't wait to work on the next one!

 

Friday, 13 February 2015

TGIFF - Hexie Garden

It's done!  I finished my Hexie Garden quilt.


My mom bought me the kit to make this quilt some time last year.  I started cutting it out and piecing the blocks in August.  I finished piecing the top at a retreat in January and I quilted it last week.  I put the final stitches in the binding this morning... just in time for TGIFF!


I used my Hex N More ruler by Jaybird Quilts to cut out the hexagons and triangles for this quilt.


 I did change one of the fabrics in the kit.  The turquoise fabric in the center of the flowers is from my stash.  The kit had a solid dark grey for those triangles and I just felt the quilt needed a pop of something instead of the dull grey.  I am so happy I changed it!


I love orange and the orange fabric that was included in the kit for the binding was just perfect.


I love hexagons and this quilt was all machine pieced and so much fun to make.


 I am linking up to TGIFF over at my friend M-R's blog Quilt Matters.  She made an amazing little quilt using leftover half-square triangles... You should definitely go check it out!


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

WIP Wednesday - 02/11/2015 Modern Medallion

I haven't spent much time in my studio this past week. My daughter has been sick for the past 5 days so we have spent quite a bit of time watching movies on the couch. That means more hand quilting time on my Modern Medallion.

Here are a couple of pics of my progress so far. I am almost done crosshatching the patchwork border.

Last week I managed to machine quilt my Hexie Garden quilt. I am hoping to have it finished by Friday for TGIFF.

Linking up to The Needle And Thread Network. Click on the link to visit other Canadian bloggers and see what they are working on.

 

Friday, 6 February 2015

Minecraft quilt blocks

My friend has asked me to make quilts for her 3 kids. She has a son and two daughters. Her son is a huge Minecraft fan and thought it was really cool when he saw a quilt online. I decided to start with this quilt, so I went looking to see if I could find a pattern or some cutting instructions, something to help me get started. I have two girls and know very little about Minecraft so getting started on this quilt has been interesting!

I came across the Quilting Board somewhere on Google. One lady was asking for help making blocks based on the Minecraft game. This lady suffers from discalculia, which is like dyslexia with numbers. She couldn't turn the pixelated images into quilt blocks to make a quilt for her grandson. Tina Benson, from the blog Slightly Off Quilter, came to this lady's rescue and used EQ7 to design the blocks for the quilt. She was kind enough to share her design on the Quilting Board and also on her blog.

So I have been using Tina's design as a guide to make these 16" blocks for a Minecraft quilt for my friend's son.

Here are my blocks so far:

Minecraft quilt blocks
Minecraft cow quilt block

I received my order of Kona solids from Mad About Patchwork earlier in the week so I will be able to continue making my blocks. This quilt is a lot of fun to make and I am already getting lots of great feedback on Facebook and Instagram.