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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Friendship Stars - TGIFF

I posted about this quilt for the first time on my blog back in February 2012. It was started way before that, back in 2009.

It has taken me a long time to make, but I am so thrilled with the end result and happier still to be sharing it with you!!

I found this pattern in Quilt Sampler from fall/winter 2008 and I fell in love with it.

I had a big bundle of fat quarters I had gotten from my mom when she was my secret sister a few years before. They were perfect for this quilt. I simply added more cream fat quarters for backgrounds as I didn't have enough.

I first got discouraged while making the little 6" stars for the border. There were so many... I had already finished the 12" blocks for the centre of the quilt and those were a lot faster to piece.

When I finally pulled it out again, I got those little stars finished by working on them here and there when I had a few moments to sew. It was easier to tackle a little at a a time.

When those were finally done, I went out and bought the other borders. As I was sewing them on, I had a problem with the gold border. I measured the borders down the centre of the quilt, as I always do, but when I sewed them on, I had a lot of easing in to do. I wasn't sure what to do. I asked my mom for advice but I was discouraged so I put the quilt away, again...

When I took it out again, I saw that it wasn't too bad and that it definitely would be okay to continue. The quilting might actually help. So I finished it and brought it over to my mom's.

I love the secondary pattern that comes through on this quilt and I really wanted to accent it with the quilting. I love my mom's feathers and so I asked her to quilt feathers in the cream parts of the quilt. She asked me if I had any suggestions for the stars and I said no, I didn't care, I just knew I wanted feathers in those cream parts.

Some of you may remember last June when I went to a retreat and my quilt group and I embarqued on this challenge where we each put 6 UFOs in a bag and pulled one out at random. We each put 10$ in a pot, and are suppose to have our UFO done by June this year in order to get our 10$ back. Well, this is my UFO! I am so excited it is done, and way before the deadline too!

The best part is, I finally have a quilt that fits my bed properly. We got a queen size mattress back in 2006 and didn't have a queen size quilt to fit on it, until now!

I am linking this special finish to TGIFF over at Quilt Matters this week.

 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A few projects

I have been working on a few things I thought I would share with you.

First, I finished this custom order of little zipper pouches. Aren't they adorable?

On the weekend I made this little mini quilt top.

I am going to free-motion quilt it on my mom's long arm.

I also finished the binding on this quilt, which some of you will remember.

I don't have a photo of the completed quilt top and I want to keep the quilting a surprise. This will be my post on Friday for TGIFF.

I have been doing some sewing with my girls too. They are both working on projects using the Spell it With Moda patterns.

I love sewing with my girls! They are looking forward to sharing their completed projects with you too!

 

Friday, 28 March 2014

TGIFF - Little Elephants

Updated with a couple more pictures!

It's been so long since I've had a finish to link up to TGIFF. To tell the truth, this quilt has been done for a while but I had to wait to give it to the recipient. I was going to post it last week since we gave it to baby Gabriel 2 weeks ago but I got busy and forgot.

My cousin had her little baby boy on March 10th. We are so excited to have a new little baby in the family. This little guy is going to be spoiled! So my mom and I worked together and made this quilt.

When my cousin told us the sex of the baby, she also told us his name, the colour scheme and the theme for his room. So I went to work and designed this quilt, pulling inspiration from Sarah, at Fairy Face Designs and Elizabeth Hartman at Oh Fransson!

I used my embroidery machine (Husqvarna Designer I) to appliqué the elephants and I hand embroidered the name using a stem stitch and some no. 8 pearl cotton.

 

My mom worked her magic on her Gammill as usual. I love the quilting she did in the sashing and borders!

I forgot to take pictures of the label but in addition to his name and birth date, I embroidered some little peanuts!

My mom brought Gabriel his quilt when he was only 6 days old. I am hoping to meet him next weekend. My cousin loves the quilt and I hope Gabriel will too.

UPDATE: My cousin sent me a picture of Gabriel on his quilt after seeing my post.

And of the label.

TGIFF is over at Devoted Quilter this week, go check out some other finishes!

 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Baby quilt finish!

I haven't been working much on my BOM appliqué because I've been busy handstitching binding down on some finished quilts!

So here is one of those finishes.

I worked on the top for this quilt back in January at our retreat. My friend commissioned me to make a quilt for her brand new baby niece. I loved picking fabric for this one!

I really wanted some simple quilting on it. I was suppose to quilt it myself on my mom's longarm but was running out of time so she quilted it for me.

I used a yellow flannel for the backing so it's nice and cuddly. I love the pink polka dots for the binding!

I delivered the quilt to my friend today and she loves it. I hope the baby and her parents do too!

 

Saturday, 15 March 2014

World Wide Quilting Day!

So it's world wide quilting day. What did I do to celebrate, you ask?

I made myself a mini!!

You know I was dying to make myself one after finishing my mom's. I had picked out the fabrics earlier in the week but, it being March break, I was busy keeping the girls busy and the few times I did get to my sewing room, was to sew with my youngest (more on that in a future post).

So the fabric for the letter G was cut out but nothing else was done. I started after lunch and was done by supper time.

My husband suggested the pink floss for the embroidery and I love it! I used 4 strands and a backstitch and I think it is perfect.

I used black thread and quilted a crosshatched pattern. I think it is a good mix of modern with the fabrics and more traditional with the quilting.

I moved the furniture around in my studio a few weeks ago and that left a section of wall blank. I think it is a great spot, next to my sewing table, to have a display of minis. So this is the first mini on this wall.

I can't wait to make more!