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?





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!


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!


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!




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Supernova Friendship Blocks

I pieced the August Supernova Friendship blocks this week and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out!

My partner for this swap, Julie, and I both went with green blocks this month. Check out her blocks here. I'm on vacation this week and probably won't be able to get to the post office until Monday - I hope that's ok Julie? :-)

We have now pieced 3 of the 5 blocks and so far, I am loving how they all look together.

Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday!

Thanks for stopping by.



Thursday, August 7, 2014

A small finish: Purple Nail Polish

After I finished my Swoon a couple of weeks ago, I wondered what to work on next. I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds it difficult to start something new after finishing something really big?

Anyhow, over the last 2 weeks, I went into my sewing room about a million times and each time, I left without actually doing anything. The weather had something to do with it, but most of all, I think I needed a small break.

This week, my Bloglovin and Instagram feeds were filled with Nail Polish bottles... The quilty kind. And all of the sudden, I needed to cut fabric and make a Nail Polish wall hanging!

Purple is my favourite colour so of course my nail polish had to be purple. I quilted it in the ditch and then with straight diagonal lines in the background.

I'm very pleased with it and it was the perfect thing to get me back in the sewing room again!

If you would like to make your own Nail Polish mini quilt, go here. The pattern is incredibly easy and goes together very quickly. I'm not particularly fast and it took me about 3 hours from cutting to binding.

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and TGIFF hosted by the wonderful M-R of Quilt Matters.





Thursday, July 17, 2014

TGIFF is here and I think I might Swoon!

All right, so I'm not super talented when it comes to original post titles!

I am super excited to be hosting the TGIFF linky party this week and for the occasion, I've been working day and night to get my Swoon all finished. (I haven't really worked all night, but did spend quite a bit of time on it over the last week.)

Unfortunately, the weather wasn't great and I didn't have any quilt holders on hand, but here are a couple of pictures.

The designer is obviously the wonderful Camille Roskelley and I used Lucy's Crab Shack to piece the blocks... Kona white as the background... And more Lucy's Crab Shack for the binding.

I quilted it with straight lines, about 1 1/4" apart, using painter's tape as my guide.

This finish has been in the works for a year people! I still can't believe she is finally done!

Have you finished anything recently? Wanna share? Go ahead and link up those wonderful finishes.  Be sure to tour the other finishes and spread the comment love far and wide!  Please include a link back to TGIFF (button in my sidebar).

Let's party!