Thursday, 9 October 2014

Pâtisserie 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!!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Big Block Quilt

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I was starting to learn the ropes on the long arm machine?  Well I finally went out with my husband and got some photos of the quilt!


This quilt was a UFO from 4 years ago... I think...


Just a simple big block quilt using 8" squares.


It was a good size to start practicing the pantographs on the long arm.


I am really happy with this finish.  It's a great lap quilt with a flannel back, perfect for snuggling up with on a cool fall day.


This quilt is now for sale in my Etsy shop.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Kobo cases

My parents each got a Kobo e-reader early this summer. My mom asked me to make them each a quilted case for them. That way they won't get all scratched up in their bags when they head to Florida this winter.

I made them yesterday afternoon. It didn't take me long. I borrowed my mom's kobo to take measurements. I quilted them so they would have an extra layer of protection with the batting.

They were quite happy with them.

 

 

Monday, 29 September 2014

Around The World Blog Hop

I am sure most of you have heard about the Around the World Blog Hop. It has been going on for a little while now. Bloggers everywhere are posting photos of their work and talking about their creative process.

My friend Katy who blogs over at Lethargic Lass tagged me last week so now it's my turn to share and answer the following questions.

1. What am I working on?

I always have many works in progress. I like having many projects on the go at different stages, and using different methods. That way if I feel like appliqueing, I can pick up that project and applique; if I feel like piecing, I can pick up this project and piece. This also means I end up with quite a few UFOs but I always seem to go back to the ones I really like and finish them up... eventually.

This is on my design wall at the moment.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I define myself as a traditional quilter because I love all of the traditional patterns. I don't like improv or liberated piecing. I like things to be straight and to use rulers and cutters. I love following patterns for blocks. I will sometimes change the layout or the size of the quilt in a pattern.

Although I think of myself as a traditional quilter, I do love to use the new modern fabrics in my quilts.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I quilt because it is my passion. I absolutely love every aspect of quilting. From picking out fabric and a pattern, to hand stitching the binding on, and every other bit in between. It calms me and lets me escape all of the hustle and bustle of our busy schedules. It is therapy when I am going through something difficult and it is also fun. I don't like going through a day without playing with fabric and thread, if only for 10 minutes.

So that's a little bit about me and my passion for quilting. I have tagged 3 on-line friends but I am not sure if they will fill the challenge as they didn't respond when I sent them an email. I will let you in on who they are though and you can go check out their blogs.

First is Kaaren who blogs over at The Painted Quilt. Kaaren is a friend of my mom's who now lives out in Eastern Canada. She does some wonderful stitching and piecing. I like seeing her photos of what she's working on, as well as the photos of her dog and cat, usually curled up by the fire.

Second is Rachel Hauser from Stitched In Color. I am currently taking an online class from Rachel and I am absolutely loving it. I love reading Rachel's blog posts about how she starts a project, where inspiration comes from. She has some great tutorials as well.

And last but not least is Diane who blogs over at Dianeloves2quilt. Diane and I seem to have a fondness for similar patterns and quilts. I love seeing what she is working on.

 

 

Friday, 26 September 2014

Ribbons

Last week, my mom went to Quispamsis New-Brunswick to visit a quilting friend. It was also the week of the Kennebecasis Valley Quilt Show. My mom entered three quilts in the show. She got to see some great quilts and meet other quilters.

Her Coloured Wholecloth quilt won a 2nd place ribbon for non-traditional quilt. This quilt was quilted first, then coloured in with colouring pencils. Then she painted on a layer of textile medium. This is a method taught and used by Irena Bluhm.

 

I won a ribbon for best hand appliqué on our Mother Daughter Baskets. You can read more about this quilt here.

 

And my mom won People's Choice for her Roses quilt. This quilt is made up of blocks that my mom's Aunt Annette hand embroidered. My mom pieced them together and quilted it.

She had a great week.