Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WIP Wednesday

After I finished my mini quilt for the #IGminiswap, I realized that I had stayed away from my sewing for so long over the summer I was now behind on a bunch of things I promised people!

So I got started on all of them at the same time!

Quilts for my nephews

A couple of months ago, my sister-in-law asked me if I could make twin size quilts for my nephews.  She was re-decorating their bedroom in a hockey theme as their Christmas present and really wanted matching quilts in the colours of our favourite hockey team.

A few weeks later, I got the Sew Sisters newsletter in my inbox and in there was the perfect fat quarter bundle!  So I ordered 2 plus some Kona solids in red and blue.


As soon as the fabric arrived, I started cutting and sewing.  Before long I had all the blocks for the first quilt sewn.



I hope to have the top finished by the end of the weekend.  I'll then show it to my sister-in-law and get her stamp of approval before cutting the fabric for the second quilt.
 

Curtains for the Island House

My sweetie loves my quilts and he's asked me to make a quilt for every bed in the new island house he built over the summer.  Before I make those quilts though, he asked me to make curtains for all the windows.  Plain old curtains won't do though...  He requested patchwork curtains!

I started looking through my books to find some fun patterns and settled on this one for the first sets of curtains.

This is from a Camille Roskelley book.  I won't make 92" panels so I modified the pattern somewhat to make it much smaller.  I'm using the Birch Farm collection by Joel Dewberry for these along with some fat quarters from my stash.



I only cut fabric for 1 panel so far and couldn't help piecing one block, just to see if I would like the look.



Marianne's Quilt

This one isn't really one of my WIPs, but so many of you asked about her progress, I thought I should add my daughter's quilt to my list.

We received many really good suggestions from you in terms of a pattern to go with.  In the end, she settled on a really fun tutorial by Melissa Corry which she found on the Moda Bakeshop.  I cannot emphasize enough how perfect this pattern is for my girl.  She loves to read!

She is using a Noteworthy jelly roll and she's done such a good job so far!



And the rest...

I've also got my Supernova quilt top to piece, along with its matching pillow.  I want to get started on piecing Scrappy Tiles using that Marmalade layer cake.  And I have to quilt my New Wave quilt.

So many quilts to make and so little time!  :-)


Thanks for stopping by.

Izzy

 

Monday, October 27, 2014

FMQ Workshop with MR of Quilt Matters

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend a free-motion quilting workshop given by MR of Quilt Matters.  This was a workshop organized by the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild.

It was an amazing day!  We had 14 members in attendance and according to the feedback I got, everyone was very happy with the event.

We learned 9 designs and then MR showed us how we can combine the skills we had practiced to create 3 other designs.  Here are pictures of my practice blocks.



We started with straight lines so matchstick quilting and square stipple.  We then moved on to square spirals, double loops and pebbles.


And finished with some C shapes (which look like waves), round spirals, paisleys and wishbones.



I need to practice some more, but I definitely acquired some new tricks and tips and got to try designs for the first time.  I cannot wait to start applying some of these new designs on my quilts.

If you have the chance to attend one of MR's workshop, I highly recommend it.  She's an amazing teacher. 



Have you attended a workshop before?  Up until then, I had only done Craftsy classes - I have to say that having the teacher in person really added to the experience.  I wouldn't hesitate to attend another one.

Thank you MR!  :-)

Izzy
 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

TGIFF - A Mini Finish

Welcome to TGIFF!  I'm so happy to be hosting this week - the added motivation to get this mini finished was awesome.

A couple of months ago, on a complete whim, I signed up for the #igminiswap over on Instagram.  A mini was perfect because it's a relatively small commitment, I knew I could complete it in time and I really love mini quilts.

On the down side is the added pressure of making something for a stranger.  I struggled with finding the right pattern, choosing the right fabric and then deciding how to quilt it.  After weeks of indecision, I was browsing through Pinterest pins when I see this one.  My partner loves low volume fabric and pops of colours... Perfect match!



I used scraps from some of my favourite fabrics for the geese and added more colours in the binding with this fun chevron print.  For the quilting, I went with paisleys in the cream background, some straight lines in the darker areas and some simple stitch in the ditch around the geese.



I really hope my partner likes it.   If you were my partner, would you be happy to receive it?

Do you participate in online swaps?  Do you also feel extra pressure to make sure everything about your make is absolutely perfect?

All right - let's get the links up!  Show off your finishes and get inspired by visiting other links!  Don't forget to link back to TGIFF...

Thank you for stopping by!

Izzy

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I'm happy to report that my sewjo is back!  I've been sewing, quilting, planning and I'm even attending a FMQ workshop this weekend with the wonderful M-R Charbonneau of Quilt Matters.

I've also been doing a little teaching myself.  My daughter is learning how to quilt and started working on her first quilt this week.

So what am I working on specifically?  First off is a mini for a swap I'm participating in over on Instagram (#igminiswap).  Deciding on a design and then fabrics for my partner was no easy task.  I chose a simple pattern with lots of low volume prints and nice pops of colours.  Come back later this week for the big reveal!


I also sent and then received my last blocks for the SuperNova Friendship Swap.  I am literally in love with the blocks my partner Julie and I came up with.  How amazing is this quilt going to be?!


We each get 10 blocks - 9 for the quilt and an extra for a pillow.



The last project I have on the go is a pattern by Meadow Mist Designs (Scrappy Tiles) and I'm using a layer cake I've had in my stash for a long time...


And I'll end this post of my beautiful daughter working on cutting her fabric.  :-)


I'm so happy to have company in my sewing room!

Linking up at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

What are you working on this week?

Izzy


 


 


 
 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Making Room for Two

A few weeks ago, my 16 year-old came home from school and announced she wanted to learn how to quilt.  When I asked why the sudden interest in quilting, she said she needed to come up with a big art project for art class.  This project would need to be completed by May 2015 and would count toward a huge portion of her mark in that class.

I was thrilled that my daughter was so impressed by what I do as a hobby that she would consider doing quilty for art class!  So I drove to the cottage this weekend to pick up my second sewing machine and re-arranged my sewing room so she could have her own little spot.



I cannot wait to start our lessons!  The next step will be to find a pattern that is easy enough for a beginner, but striking enough to warrant a really good mark.  :-)  Do you have any suggestions?  If you do, please leave a comment.  If you have advice on teaching a teenager how to quilt, please leave that too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Izzy

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Finally! A Finish

It feels as though I haven't shared a finish here in ages!  September was absolutely crazy for me both at work and at home but last weekend, I managed to put the final stitches in a charity quilt.

Last Spring, the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild organized a block lottery and participants had to piece a Dancing Queen block (designed by Elizabeth Hartman).  Well, instead of using the blocks for herself, the winner of the lottery decided to donate the blocks so we could make charity quilts.

I volunteered to take 3 of the blocks and piece a quilt with them.  I struggled with how to put the blocks together for weeks and in the end, I really wasn't all that creative... (and I apologize for the really crap pictures - it was already dark when I got home today and I really wanted to post about this finish!)


I used some Kona cotton in I believe Coal to put a huge border on one side and called it done!  

I did put more effort with the quilting though.


I stitched some wood grain in the grey border.


And some big paisleys in the blocks.

The size, before washing, is about 50" x 60".

Linking up this finish at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Have a good weekend!

Izzy



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

If you follow many blogs, you have probably already read a few of these Around the World Blog Hop posts. I love reading them and learning something about each blogger so when Jamie tagged me, I was more than willing to write my own post.

I can't remember exactly when or how I met Jamie, but I've been reading her blog for a while. She is so fun and has gorgeous projects in the works all the time. You really should go over there! :-)

There are standard questions to answer so here we go...

What am I working on?

The only thing I've got going at the moment is the Supernova Friendship Swap blocks. Over the last couple of months, sewing has been almost non-existent. Between work, building a new summer house and the nice weather, I just haven't been able to get to my sewing room.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I really don't think my work differs from others' work very much. I get so much inspiration from the different blogs I follow, so my work looks a lot like other modern quilters' work. And that's ok. A few months ago, I sort of had an identity crisis because I somehow thought I wasn't a "real" quilter if I didn't create my own designs. In the end though, I realized that I loved picking fabric, piecing and quilting my quilts. I didn't want to design... I like working with other people's designs.

Why do I write/create what I do?

I quilt and blog about quilting because while I'm in my sewing room, I can't think about work! A good sewing session for me is the same as a really good workout or reading a good book. It helps me relax and get away from it all!

How does my writing/creating process work?

There really is no method to my madness! I blog whenever I feel I have something to show or talk about. I don't prepare my blog posts in advance and I don't really have a schedule either. I just blog when I feel like it. As for my process for quilting, because I use patterns, my creativity is expressed in my fabric choices and the quilting designs I choose. I'm trying to move away from using fabric from the same collection all the time. And for the quilting, I like to put the top aside for a little while and just look at it. Usually, quilting designs will come to me at some point. :-)

Now it's my turn to tag someone... And I chose my friend Julie who is my partner in the Supernova Friendship Swap. Julie is a super busy mom, but she is also super productive both in the sewing room and with her knitting. And she has the cutest designs in her Etsy shop. Please visit Julie on her blog and say hello!

Izzy

 

 

 
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