Monday, April 21, 2014

Two Finished!

I finished my black and white quilt  a month early for our guild's president's challenge.  I used embroidery thread to quilt it, two strands, and quilted it horizontally and vertically.   The black thread does not show unless you look really close.  Only my coloured threads show which is kind of cool.

  The fabric is cotton left overs, the batting is bamboo from Pellon and the screening is when I broke our screen as I ran through it to answer the phone as I didn't see it=)

Do you know what is coming next? The 'Undie Quilt'!  I probably should think of a better name for it, but that could prove a bit difficult, I mean it is underwear=)

I did a stipple stitch to quilt it in white thread and chose not to quilt the underwear so that they would pop out a bit more.

 The embellishments are Riley Blake Fabrics, the batting is bamboo from Pellon and the fabric is from Trend-Tex Fabrics. What do you think?  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Look Who Is A Craftsy Writer!

Yep, been sitting on that little secret for about a month now=)   I was so surprised then elated when I got asked to be a Craftsy Writer on their quilting blog!

If you haven't heard of Craftsy, it is this amazing online site that hosts online classes, patterns, projects, and blogs on anything craft related such as sewing, quilting, beading, cake decorating, crocheting and so on.  It is simply amazing.

Here is my very first post.  It is on free-motion quilting stitches.   Now that is a subject I am familiar with.

Echo Free-Motion Quilting

Unless otherwise specified under the picture, all the photos/projects are mine=)

I am so excited for this new adventure!  Go and check it out and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Black and White

Remember I told you my dilemma with my black and white quilt for our guild's president challenge?

How I could not sew the screening under my machine because it just grabbed it.

I came up with a solution.  I decided to use embroidery floss and hand quilt it in lines throughout the quilt.  I used a dark grey as the main colour, and then splashes of the other colours throughout the quilting.

I think I will do a few vertical lines as well.

The grey literally disappears into the quilt.  You can only see it when it comes through a coloured square.

What do you think?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Quilted Luggage Tag Tutorial

It has been a long time since I have done a tutorial, and thought it was high time I did one. In the past couple of years I have found myself in airports frequently waiting for my luggage. I usually put some pompoms or ricrac on my luggage and hope it doesn't come off, so I can identify it on the merry go round when it comes off the plane.

Recently I decided that perhaps I could make up something a little different yet still noticeable.  I came up with luggage tags.

They are fast, easy, fun to make and great to give as gifts.

 Supplies for one:
two 6” squares of fabric, I used Riley Blake's Pepe In Paris, Twice as Nice and chevrons 
one 6" piece of batting ( I always use Pellon's bamboo batting)
two 5” pieces of velcro (hook and loop)

Layer the two 6” squares of fabric right sides together and place the piece of batting on top.
Stitch around the sandwich, ¼” seam allowance leaving a 2” opening on one side.
Turn right sides out and stitch the opening closed.
Quilt a few lines across the middle of the luggage tag to hold all three layers in place.
Pin one piece of the velcro on bottom of one side. Stitch around perimeter of velcro.

     Flip over and  attach the other piece of Velcro at the top edge centering it, and stitch around it.


Now you will always recognize your luggage when it comes off the conveyor belt. 

Once I made one, I got a bit carried away and made 6 more=)

This is Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish fabric line 'Twice as Nice'.

Doesn't the chevron look just dreamy?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Three On The Go

Do you work on one quilt at a time, or are you like me and have no less than three happening all at once?
And I won't even tell you how many are in my sketch pad or how many have the fabrics pulled out waiting to be made=)

This is my black and white quilt for the challenge at our guild.   We were allowed to use 10% of other colours.  Thank goodness!   I did a patch background and then lay screening on top, and cut holes through it.  
As I had never worked with screening before, when I went to quilt it, the problems started.  The screening would not feed through the machine and kept getting stuck.   I used my good ol' seam ripper and went at it.  I have now figured out a different method to quilt it and will post pics of that shortly.

This is my second quilt for my 'Circle Me Silly' workshop.   I love it.. although you may notice what happens when you don't buy enough fabric!  Have to figure out how to fix that problem=)

This one is just me totally experimenting and having fun.  I don't know what I am going to do with them yet, so they may be on my design wall for a bit.

Got a favourite?  Got any suggestions?  I love hearing from you!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Dance

I got a fat envelope as they say in the juried quilt show world today.   It was from the International Quilt Festival for their O'Canada exhibit that starts in Chicago and goes to Houston!
It was for my quilt 'Rockin The Rainbow'.

I have been making great progress on my undie quilt too.  I have machine appliqued around all the little undies now.  And look at those adorable embellishments at the top of each underwear!! So stinking cute.

This button trim I got when I was in Utah and only bought 2 metres, ok, yards down there.  I should have bought all they had, it is so fun.

All the rest of my embellishments are from Riley Blake fabrics.   They really do have that many different kinds of embellishments!

This one just cracks me up.

Who wouldn't want to have roses on their waist band?  If you don't have them on your dining room table, put them on your underwear!

Have a great weekend=)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Undies Anyone?

Now there is a post title I thought I would never write!

I have wanted to do this for so long, and never got around to it, but when I had to look after a huge fundraiser for our national quilting organization, CQA/ACC.  I knew it was time to have some fun.

I started by sketching out 9 different types of underwear.  With this fundraiser, we purchased 5 pieces of fabric and have to use only those in the making of the quilt, which then is auctioned off.

Here are the fabrics I had to play with.  

And here are some of my undies.   

On the top of each pair, I had to use a fun embellishment.   This one has zipper tape.

This one has rose ribbon from Riley Blake Fabrics.  Actually all the embellishments are from Riley Blake, because they just have the most fun when it comes to embellishing!

This white ribbon elastic is just so fun to use.   I make bracelets out of it too with buttons on them.  

Now was this good planning on laying the pattern out?   

I have only shown you 4, and will show you the rest in the next day or two.   I now have to go and do some type of stitching around the edges of them.  I am unsure of what stitch to use as I don't want it to detract from the actual underwear.   I am considering a small machine applique stitch in a corresponding colour.   Well, except for the striped ones, may use a light grey thread for those.   

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Finishing and Starting

Woohoo!  I finished up my wearable for the Canadian Quilters' Association Trend-Tex Challenge.  
It is our annual fundraiser, our only fundraiser and it helps us with operational costs.   This was under my duties this year as VP.   The theme was 'Modern Ways' and we added in a wearable category along with the quilt category.

Above is the front, and there are 3 pockets inside and it is lined.  Below is the back.   I even went all out and padded the strap so it is ultra comfortable.   

In case you didn't know (and the pics above gave no hints), I have an obsession with circles and dots.   My dear friend MT showed up at our guild meeting last month and plunked a bag of fabric down and told me it was to help my addiction.

Guess what was inside?  Hundreds of these precut colourful circles.

Does anyone have any super ideas about what I can do with them, and please do not say hand applique anything=)

During all the circle excitement, I started another project.

Our President's Challenge at my guild is a black and white quilt.   I designed a quilt on my sketch pad, made a few notes and got underway.  You can see all my black and white, with a sneak of grey in there, of fabric.   

I then pieced them together in groups of twos.   Did you notice that I added a few bits of colour to wake you up.   

I have to sew them into rows and then join them all.  But it is still not done, then comes the crazy part.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My Trend-Tex Challenge and Leprechauns

First, let me say that 'Lisa in Port Hope' won a copy of 'Kitchen Stitches', the book published by Martingale that has 2 of my projects in.    Congratulations Lisa!

I have been working away on my 'wearable' for the Canadian Quilters' Association Trend-Tex challenge.  I have sewn the outside of the bag together.  This is the back.  I went with the bright green fabric for the sides and bottom.

Excuse the clutter, I do quilt in a mess when I get creative!

Above is the front of the bag.

I started working on the lining and put in a few pockets for keys and iphones.   I even used the selvedge.

Now you may be wondering why I put leprechauns in my title.  Each year a few weeks before St. Patrick's Day, the leprechauns visit my 2 little boys and my kids try and trap them.  Over the years they have begun writing letters to them as well and for the past 3 years the same two leprechauns have come to visit them - Jeff and Eric.   They have become good friends with them.   My kids still try and trap them but they also are really nice to them.   

Last year they made them quilts.  This year they felt that Jeff and Eric needed beds.   Of course green is a leprechaun's favourite colour and I happen to have green on my cutting table, along with the rest of my Trend-Tex fabrics, so guess what happened?

This is my youngest son's creation.  The blue blanket slips inside the green bed to give him a very warm sleep and you can see how trendy that pillow is.  I wonder if I can enter this into the challenge as a wearable?  The instructions didn't say it had to be for humans=)

My oldest son made a bed but didn't want his leprechaun to worry about losing his top sheet so he ingeniously sewed it down on one side.

And just to show you how caring my kids are, they left food out for them on tiny leprechaun sized plates with matching sized cutlery.

The bottom left is green rice!   Jeff, the leprechaun turned it green while we weren't paying attention right before supper tonight.  The little stinker=)