Tuesday, June 18, 2013
First up is this month's Schnibble - Dulcinea. I'm using Boho by Urban Chicks for Moda for this month's little quilt. I love the colours of this collection.
I have more than half of the blocks pieced already so I'm pretty confident I'll have that one done in time for the parade on July 1.
I've also been playing with a paper-piecing pattern this week. I've been wanting to make a circle of geese for months now, but before I cut into my gorgeous solids bundle, I wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing. :-) So this is 1/4 of a block. It's all I've managed to get done so far.
And finally, I've been having fun with some cute purple fabric which I'm hoping will turn into a beautiful small quilt. I'm not crazy about the quality of this fabric - I bought it at Wal-Mart and it's really not as nice as the fabric I purchase from quilt shops. But I liked the colours so I decided to use it.
I was supposed to start quilting Dylan's quilt over the weekend, but I didn't have a big enough piece of fabric for the backing so I had to order some. As soon as it arrives, I'll piece the backing, baste and get started.
I hope you are all having a great week and thank you for stopping by!
Thursday, June 13, 2013
I finished my Gentle Art Schnibble top in May and blogged about it here, and this past weekend, instead of getting started on the quilting of Dylan's Quilt, like I should have done, I decided to finish Gentle Art and not let it languish in my pile of tops forever.
I forgot to take close-up pictures to really show the quilting, but trust me, it's really nice! :-) I went with paisleys in the lighter areas and stitched in the ditch around each block.
To finish it off, I chose a red print for the binding. It measures 24 inches square - perfect as a table topper or a wall hanging.
Now I'm off to pick the fabric for this month's Schnibble - Dulcinea. I'm way behind schedule on this one!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Monday, June 10, 2013
I was browsing through the Craftsy catalog of online courses the other day and saw this course on paper piecing. I tried paper-piecing once and let's just say, I wasn't very successful. In fact, I made such a mess of it, I just gave up.
But then I started seeing gorgeous blocks pop up all over blogland and knew I wanted to try the technique again so I signed up for the course above.
I watched the first couple of lessons, and it seemed easy enough once you have the right tools and techniques, so I ordered a new "Add-a-Quarter" ruler, found a book I had with a bunch of different block designs in it and got to work.
And here is my first block!
Isn't it beautiful? Love those perfect points and it really was pretty easy.
I'm going to practice some more and when I'm ready, I'm going to tackle this design which I've been dying to make. The Montreal Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a challenge over the summer and we have to make a quilt (any size) with a traditional block but give it a modern twist. I think these geese are going to be the project I choose.
I even ordered a bunch of solids from Mad About Patchwork last week to get started.
Love those yummy colours!
What about you? Have you learned something new lately? If yes, please share in the comments.
Have a wonderful and thank you so much for visiting.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
I've decided to take a break from finishing old UFOs for this month and chose Dylan's top as my one finish for June.
I finished piecing this top in May and hope to have it all done and on Dylan's bed by the end of June.
I plan on preparing the quilt sandwich this week and start quilting over the weekend. The problem is I have no idea how I'm going to quilt this one. I have to pick designs that are appropriate for a little boy and I don't want to quilt it too heavily because I want it to be soft and snuggly.
Do you have suggestions?
I look forward to hearing your ideas! :-)
Thanks for stopping by everyone.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
I pieced this top back in December 2011 and it had been sitting in my pile of tops ever since. It was definitely time for this beautiful top to get quilted. The fabrics are from the Hometown collection by Sweetwater for Moda and the blue accent fabric came from my stash.
The pattern is from the book "Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts" by Pam and Nicky Lintott. It finishes at about 54" x 72" - the perfect size for snuggling under while watching TV or a good movie.
I quilted it with pebbles and flowers - which I learned from the Angela Walters Craftsy class - and some wandering clovers (a Leah Day design) in the border.
I loved quilting these designs. There's something very zen-like about doing pebbles and flowers.
I am super happy and proud of this finish. I love the fabrics, the pattern and I especially love the texture of all that quilting. It is awesome.
I will be linking up over at Crazy Mom's Quilts for Finish it Up, at Lucy's for TGIFF and over at Fiber of All Sorts for ALYOF.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thank you for stopping by!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
First, I finished Dylan's quilt top on Sunday night. You can see pictures of the quilt top here. I have to find a backing fabric for it now and get ready to quilt it. That's going to be at the top of my list for June.
Next, I started piecing the May Schnibble - Gentle Art. I chose two charm packs of the Tapestry collection by Fig Tree & Co for Moda.
I decided not to do the pieced border. I like it just like it is now. I'll choose a nice dark fabric for the binding and it should be pretty nice.
And finally, I finished quilting Nine-Patch Flip over the weekend.
You can't really see it well on this picture, but I quilted pebbles, flowers and wandering clovers. The design of the quilt was perfect to practice my FMQ because each block was very clearly defined. I've got the binding all ready and should be able to post pictures of this quilt all finished by end of week.
If you would like to see pictures of the quilt top before quilting, you can go here.
Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday!
Have a great day and thank you for visiting.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
But I'm happy to be home. I couldn't wait to get back to my sewing machine and finish Dylan's quilt top. And here it is!
I love it and thankfully, so does Dylan. :-) I love the blue background.
I wasn't sure about the yellow border fabric I chose at first, but Dylan loves it so it's definitely staying.
I was hoping to have it all quilted for his birthday (he turned 9 today), but with the trip and everything else, I only managed to get the top done. The quilting will have to go on my To Do List for June.
Hope you had a fantastic weekend!