Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Leprechauns and a New Quilt

The leprechauns have extended their stay, which is virtually unheard of in leprechaun land, but they asked the head leprechaun Patrick, and he has granted special permission.

In other news, I have been working and finished my quilt for the Canadian Quilters' Association's biggest fundraiser.
This is where we get five fat quarters and have to turn them into a small wall hanging. The theme for the conference is 'Blowing in the Wind'.
I need to confess though, when I decided to make it, I had completely forgotten about the theme=)

I started with a sketch of a tree. I sewed strips of 2 1/2" fabric together and laid the pattern on it and moved it around till I was pleased with the layout. Then cut it out.


I then threadpainted the tree using colours that matched each section and for the yellow extended the branches out further. The bottom was several collections of browns and greens to create the roots of the tree. 



I then quilted it in matching colours to the background and added the binding.
I still wasn't happy with it, so I added buttons that matched the different colours of the tree.



What do you think?



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Day Two of Leprechauns

I know...this is supposed to be a quilting blog..but I am going to do 2 weeks of leprechaun madness cause it is so fun.

This morning they awoke to letters from their leprechauns, Jeff and Eric. They were very excited and Jeff had managed to get out of the trap that was set!

Tonight they both have written letters and one has a new trap ready to go.
You will see that my youngest is still holding his leprechaun Jeff to his promise to take us to Ireland this summer!


This trap is in the middle of the room in the dark. My son often gets up in the middle of the night... I am wondering if he is going to catch himself or a leprechaun.





Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Leprechauns Are Back!

If you have been following me for a while, you know that we have leprechauns that come to our house. They have been coming for the past four years.

Each year, about 3 weeks before St. Patrick's Day they come every night, and both my boys set traps to try and catch them. Last year was the most elaborate with a whole pulley system, game cameras and boxes. And we didn't catch them.

The past two years it has been the same two leprechauns returning - Jeff and Eric. My kids are anxious to see if it is them again this year.  When they left last year, my kids had made them small beds, quilts, pillows and toys for them to take.


Jeff promised my youngest a trip for four to Ireland this year.   I don't know how he can pull that off. Seriously.

My youngest has his trap ready.

As always he writes him a letter. This is it below... he is not sure if it is Jeff so he had to start the letter with a '?'. How cute is that? I did block out the phone number and his email. As we only want Jeff to use them=)
He said he couldn't write for much longer as it was way past his bedtime when he remembered he had to write a letter! And knew his mother was getting impatient. 



I will let you know tomorrow if indeed the leprechauns are here and  if Jeff came back!
Stay tuned......


Friday, February 20, 2015

QuiltCon 2015 Winners



This is wonderful modern eye candy! Check out the winners at QuiltCon 2015!

My quilt didn't get in this year, but that is okay as it decided to take a little trip to the States to a publishing company=)

I am currently working with this lot of scrumptious fabric from Riley Blake Fabrics for another secret project!


I have been playing with grey fabrics and bright circles.


What do you think?


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dot Extravaganza

After I made one of these beautiful squares, I realized that I absolutely loved the splash of colour and dots in the greys.


I didn't even mind too much working with shot cottons. Although the fraying ability they have is not used to its full extent in these blocks.

I had various pieces of grey left over so cut them into 6 1/2" squares and made quite a pile.

Then I pulled out my wonderful Baby GO! and began cutting circles from my glorious Riley Blake polka dot collection!


Does that not look simply scrumptious?  I could look at them all day long!

Anyway, I started playing...

I made another dozen tonight but didn't get them pressed yet. I am happy with what I am seeing so far!






Monday, February 2, 2015

Experimenting

I have been collecting black and white fabrics for close to two years now.
Here is some beautiful Riley Blake black and white fabric nestled in between solids and of course polka dots!


Below is some shot cotton I picked up while at a conference last year. I want to use it, but do acknowledge there is quite a fray factor to it, so am still deliberating how to best use it. 


I thought I would have some fun and experiment with a block. Using Cheryl Arkinson's simple tutorial, I whipped up this little gem. 
I am contemplating doing a whole quilt with black and white and a splash of polka dot, but would like to use my own design. I will keep experimenting, but the colour sure does show up in black and white doesn't it? 


I will leave you with a 2 minute video on creativity




Saturday, January 17, 2015

Eye of the Modern Tutorial

Here is a super fun and easy tutorial using only half square triangles!

Eye of the Modern
36” x 48”
 

 Material:
2.5 yards of White   includes backing
1/2yard of one print
1/2 yard of 2nd print
  ½ yard  3rd print
¼ yard 4th print for binding
¼ yard of 5th print for binding

 Instructions:
  1.  Using the White fabric, cut 4 strips 6 ½” wide x WOF (width of fabric).
  2. Cut those strips into 6 ½” x 6 1/2” squares.   Make 24.
  3. Cut the 6 ½” squares on the diagonal making 48 HST’s.  (half square triangles)
  4. Using the first 3 prints, cut 4 of each fabric 2 ½” wide x WOF.   4 strips of each of the 3 colours for a total of 12 strips.
  5. Sew together along the WOF length, a strip of one print to a strip of 2nd print, then sew on a strip of 3rd print. 
 
  1. Cut sewn strip into 6 ½” squares to get 24.
  2. Cut the 6 ½” squares on the diagonal making 48 HST’s.  (half square triangles)
  3. Sew a white triangle to a coloured triangle along the diagonal.  Press and trim corners.  Make 48.
 
  1. Layout in the following manner.  You might find it helpful to know that rows 1, 3 and 5 are the same.   Rows 2 and 4 are the same and rows 6 and 8 are the same.
 
  1.  Stitch blocks together to form rows.  Stitch rows together.
  2. Quilt.
  3. Cut 2 ½” strips from remaining prints for binding.  Sew alternate pieces together. Bind.
 
Enjoy your fun new modern wall hanging!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

3D Lilies

I did it!

I published my first pattern today on Craftsy. I have had so many requests for my 3D flowers, so I started with a simple one, my 3D Lilies.


I am very excited! And I have a facebook page called 'Jackie's Art Quilts' so if you want to like it, that would be terrific!

Thanks everyone for cheering me on!  It is so appreciated!


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Splashing Up The Studio and My Words for 2015


I was recently told that the walls in my studio are a bit plain. They are white with nothing on them, but I was thinking it was a modern look. Ever since that comment was made, my walls did look boring and stark to me, and it bugged me.

Last week I was wandering around a dollar store and some wall stickers literally jumped out at me. They were coloured dots and words I try and live by.  I snatched them up and yesterday spent time jazzing up my studio.

I am very happy with the results and thought I would share here.





On different note, I have been aware of several quilting groups that pick a word or phrase for the year for their quilting endeavours. I was searching for one, not realizing that there was one right underneath my nose on a bracelet that I put on for times I know are going to require a multitude of multitasking or a presentation or something that makes my heart rate go up. 
'Just breathe' are the two words that I use to remind myself to keep things in perspective and keep going.


Do you have a phrase for 2015?



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I Disappeared

Happy New Year!

I went MIA for a couple of weeks as I spent time with family, finished up a quilt for an upcoming deadline and just relaxed.
Did you make your New Year's resolutions? I am still formulating mine so not quite ready to post. But it will have something to do with following your dreams.

I am featured on Craftsy today where I talk about different bindings you can use. Check it out, trust me when I say they are a bit on the wild side=)


This is what I have been playing around with lately. All this delicious thread!

And here is what I have come up with... serviette holders. Don't roll your eyes because I used polka dots=) What else would I use? LOL


How sweet do they all look lined up together?


What are you working on this January?