Friday, November 20, 2015

Baby Quilt Finish

A work colleage of mine is having a baby boy!  Naturally, when she made the announcement, my first thought was "Yay - I get to make a baby quilt!"  I almost immediately started looking on Pinterest for inspiration and then found this blog post by Kelby Sews.

There was no pattern or tutorial, so I took out my graph paper book and started figuring out how to make something similar with a small stack of brightly coloured fat quarters and some Kona Ash.

For the quilting, I went with a soft meander with a grey Aurifil thread.

For the backing, I used a super cute fabric with bunnies and metallic thread... it's just adorable (unfortunately, I cut off the selvage and forgot to make a note of the designer and collection).

I like that the back is so soothing and calm and balances out all the brightness of the front.

The finished size is 36" x 42".

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Anja Quilts for TGIFF.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

1-Hour Basket

I'm back with another small finish!

You have probably seen dozens of these 1-hour baskets all over the Internet.  People use them to collect scraps and to store fat quarters.  Some moms even have them in their baby's room, on their changing table for easy retrieval of diapers, bum cream, etc.  These baskets are super versatile and let's face it - they are pretty darn cute and easy to make.

I've had the 1-hour basket on my to do list for months.  And finally, last weekend, I pulled out a couple of Amy Butler fat quarters and some Pellon fusible fleece and decided to make one for my sewing room.

I didn't time myself, but I'm pretty sure it didn't take me much longer than 1 hour.  It came together easily and was a lot of fun to make.  In fact, I'm pretty sure I'll be making more of these baskets very soon.

Have you made one of these?  If yes, what do you store in it?  Would love to know!

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Quilt Matters for TGIFF.

Have a great weekend!


Friday, November 6, 2015

Sewing Machine Wall Hanging

I've been gone a long time... way longer than I thought I would be.  Work has been absolutely insane and by the time I get home at night, after dinner is done, the dishes are put away and I can finally sit down, I just want to watch stupid TV or play dumb games on my cell phone.

So not much quilting has happened lately and if there's no quilting going on, then there's really no blogging to do.  Anyhow, I decided that quilting helps me relax so I've been dragging my butt to my sewing room a little more lately and finally have some stuff to show you.

Today, I'd like to introduce a small wall hanging I made a couple of weeks ago.

I used the Quiet Play pattern you can find here.

I used scraps for the colourful pieces and two shades of Kona for the background.

For the quilting, I chose to stitch in the ditch around the sewing machine and went with swirls in the background.

It felt really good to get back to the sewing machine and finish something.  This cute wall hanging is now pinned to my sewing room wall right above my cutting table.

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Quokka Quilts for TGIFF.

Have a fabulous weekend!


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Modern Log Cabins - A Friday Finish

I cannot tell you how excited I am about my latest finish.  I am a huge fan of Jacquie Gering's work - I just love the simple, clean and modern style of her designs.  I love her colour choices and I especially love her passion for what she does.  She inspires me.

When I decided to make myself a wall hanging for the bedroom a few weeks ago, I knew it needed to be something similar to Jacquie's work here.  That picture had been on my Pinterest board for a long time and it was perfect for the wall closest to my side of the bed.

Modern log cabins are so much fun to make - so liberating.  I chose Kona Coal, White, Bahama Blue and Citrus.  I love the little pops of yellow with the grey, white and blue.

To quilt it, I used my walking foot and some Aurifil 50 wt in Dove to quilt a square spiral, starting in the centre of the quilt and working my way out.  This made for lots and lots of turning, but it was so much worth the effort.  I just love the look of the quilting on this wall hanging.

The finished size is 36" square.  I am beyond proud of this and I smile every time I walk into my bedroom and see it hanging there!  

I will be linking up at Amanda Jean's for Finish It Up Friday and at Crazy Dutch Bird Quilts for TGIFF.

So tell me - who inspires you when you quilt?



Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back to School Preparation - Zipper Pouches

I love that my children keep asking me to make stuff for them!  They each have a quilt which they sleep under every night and the girls all have makeup pouches.  When it was time to prepare everyone for back to school, both girls asked that I make them pencil cases.

And, of course, I was happy to oblige!

First, Marianne who requested something pink.  I used some Kate Spain fat 1/8s for the exterior and the lining of the pouch as well as a really beautiful purple zipper.

For Brittany, we had to have purple.  I found some Art Gallery Oval Elements fabric in my sewing room for the exterior and a Me & My Sister print for the lining.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Pillows: A Friday Finish

Being on a staycation has done wonders for my productivity in the sewing room - and the really unpleasant weather we've been having isn't hurting either. This week, I finished the two pillows I was working on last week (I talked about them in my WIP Wednesday post).

This is pillow number one:

Both pillows are 18" - a really nice size for my queen size bed.  I quilted this one in the ditch around the black part and then traced the beautiful foliage in the fabric with my FMQ foot - something I had yet to try.  I am very pleased with the results too.

And this is pillow number two: 

I used the same yellow print so the pillows match but because the design is so different, they aren't too matchy-matchy.  I quilted this one with my walking foot.  I first quilted a wavy line from the bottom right corner to the top left and then echoed the line about 1/2" apart, using my walking foot as a guide.  I really like the texture this quilting gives the pillow.

For the back of each pillow, I used a musical print I've had in my sewing room for a long time and closed each pillow with a nice yellow zipper.

Here are both pillows on my bed:

Along with Bronx, our huge doggie - which explains the comforter on the bed and the pillows full of dog hair!  I should have removed Bronx's blanket from the bed before taking pictures, but he just looked so comfortable, I didn't have the heart to ask him to move.  :-)

I will be linking this finish up at Quilt Matters where MR is hosting TGIFF this week and at Amanda Jean's for Finish It Up Friday.

Have a fabulous weekend!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WIP Wednesday: The Musical Edition

A few years ago, I gave my sweetie guitar lessons for his birthday.  He has since acquired a number of guitars and has been entertaining us with his playing every chance he gets.  When I got the Summer 2014 edition of Modern Quilts Unlimited, and saw a guitar quilt pattern, I immediately identified it as something I would need to make for my sweetie.

Fast forward to this Summer and the time had come!  The pattern was for an electric guitar, and my sweetie plays the acoustic guitar so I had to make changes to the pattern.  I took out the good old graph paper and pencil and got started.  This is what I came up with:

Each square is 2" finished.  I didn't really feel like spending hours cutting 2.5" squares so decided to use up the mini charms I had in my sewing room and which I knew I probably wouldn't use otherwise.  I chose 6 packs that are more traditional prints and colours - and let's be honest - I just wasn't crazy about.  But I figured they would be ok to use in a quilt design such as this one.  I pulled the packs apart and put all the little squares in a cookie box I had handy so that I would simply pull them out of the box and sew.

I'm using Kona Snow as the background so might have to eliminate some of those mini charms.  I worked on this all day yesterday - it was pouring rain - and made some really good progress.  But I'm running out of Kona Snow real fast so will most likely need to order more before I can finish this top.

I can't wait to have this one done and gifted to my sweetie!  I think he's going to love it... even if Puffs seems to be totally unimpressed with the whole thing...

Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday.