Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Finished Runaround Bag for Marianne

A few weeks ago, I signed up for a new Craftsy Class on zippered bags: Zip It Up - Easy Techniques for Zippered Bags with Joan Hawley as the instructor.  I had done a couple of zipper pouches before but I was never really happy with my zippers and never got really consistent results.

The class is really, really good.  Joan Hawley is a good instructor and she demonstrates a bunch of really neat tricks for installing the zippers, finishing seams and pressing your project so it looks professional.  I found that although the patterns are clearly written, you really benefit from watching the class as you work on the bags.  She provides a lot of information in the videos that aren't necessarily covered in the written patterns.

Anyhow, I was itching to make one of the bags, but didn't have any fusible fleece until last weekend.  So this week, I made my very first Runaround Bag.

I used 2 fat quarters from Lizzie House for this bag.  I just love the cats on this Cat Dream fabric and this was perfect for my daughter Marianne who just loves kitties.

The zipper isn't perfect, but it looks pretty good I think!

Making this bag really wasn't difficult at all - I cut all the fabrics one evening before going to bed and I put the bag together in about one hour the following evening.

And here is Marianne modeling the bag for me.

I will be linking up this small finish over at Crazy Mom Quilts and at Quilt Matters for TGIFF.



Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Finished Quilt for Max

My son Max has finally received a bed quilt from me.  He requested something simple, with dark colours and not too heavily quilted.


For the main fabric pieces, I used a bundle of World Tour by Parson Gray and a bundle of Juggling Summer by Zen Chic.  The black is Kona and I used the same black for the binding.


The pattern is from the April 2011 edition of Quilter's World called "Greydations".

The quilt finishes at about 66" x 88".

For the quilting, I quilted the prints with a soft meander in light grey Aurifil 50 wt thread and in the black rows, I quilted square spirals with black Aurifil. You can see the quilting on the back on the quilt which is a soft cotton sheet.


Max was very happy with his quilt and I was very pleased to know that my son will be sleeping wrapped in something I made just for him.  :-)

This is my last finish for this quarter and was on my Q2 FAL List.


I will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts and at Quokka Quilts for TGIFF.  


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Seascape Pillow for the Island House

I have been working on nothing but huge projects lately and have a few WIPs on the go so I was itching for a finish.  I needed something small, something that didn't require ordering fabrics and something simple.  When I saw that Michelle and Sherri were launching a new series of QAL with mini quilts, I thought it would fit the bill perfectly.


The June pattern is a design by Sherri called Summer Star.  It only required one mini charm pack and some background fabric. I had a Seascape by Deb Strain mini charm pack in my sewing room and decided to pair that with some Kona Ash for the background.

The whole thing finished at 14 1/2" square.  I then remembered that I ordered a pretty large number of 18" pillow forms a few months ago...  so I added a border to my mini so it measured 18" square.

I quilted it on the diagonal with Aurifil light grey thread.

 I grabbed a Riley Blake print I had in my stash for the backing and inserted a hidden zipper.

And because those colours are perfect for the Island House, this pillow will be making its way to the island on Saturday.

Now that I have this finish all done, back to the bed quilt I've been quilting for what seems like years!  :-)

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts and at TGIFF.

Have a fabulous weekend!



Thursday, May 14, 2015

Plus Plus Baby Quilt – A Friday Finish

My sweet daughter is one of my biggest supporters when it comes to quilting.  I’ve made quilts for her, a baby quilt for her art teacher and a pillow for her best friend.  A few weeks ago, she mentioned her math teacher was leaving on maternity leave at the beginning of June.  She then asked if I had time to make a baby quilt for a boy before then.

At about the same time, the wonderfully talented Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs, came out with her newest pattern: Plus Plus.  It was meant to be.  A plus quilt for a math teacher – I had to do it.

I ordered a fun Riley Blake print for the plus blocks, some Kona Ash for the background and used scraps for the accent block. 

For the binding, I used the same prints.

For the back, I found this really cute butterfly print and decided to piece 4 more plus blocks.

I went with a pretty large scale meander for the quilting.  I love doing this for baby quilts – they then wash up nice and soft and cuddly.

My daughter delivered the quilt this week and I’m told the teacher loved it.

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at A Quarter Inch from the Edge for TGIFF.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Jon's Zen Garden Quilt

Jon is my sweetie's oldest son.  I have made a quilt for every single one of our kids - some of our children even got multiple quilts, but Jon had yet to receive one.  And he reminded me every chance he got!

So a few weeks ago, I finally got started on a quilt for Jon.

This "child" is a 6'2", 240 lbs 25 year-old man - so the quilt needed to be pretty masculine.  I knew a modern design would be perfect for him - clean, simple and definitely no frills or floral patterns!

I chose a pattern I found in an old issue of Quilter's World called Zen Garden.  I used 3 different shades of Kona greys and some grey, green and blue prints for just a shot of colour.  For the binding, I went with a white print on black.

For the quilting, I decided to go super simple and stitched straight vertical lines with my walking foot.

The finished size is about 62' x 75" - perfect for a quick snooze on the couch.  I'm happy to report that he is very pleased with his quilt.  So much so that I only had time to take one picture before he grabbed it and took it home!

This is finish #3 on my 2015 Q2 FAL!  Making progress!  :-)

I will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at TGIFF.

Have a fabulous weekend!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Festive Forest – An Early Holiday Quilt

A few weeks ago, a fellow MMQG who also happens to design fabric for Michael Miller, asked me if I’d be interested in making something with her newest fabric collection and blog about it.

I just love Tamara’s designs so of course, I immediately said YES!  And Festive Forest doesn’t disappoint.  The prints are adorable; the colours are bright and happy.

I wanted a pattern that would let those beautiful prints shine so I picked Patio from The Happy Zombie.

I used a white solid so the fabric would pop and used 12 fat quarters for the blocks. 

I quilted it with big flowers in a really subtle pink thread.  Now that it’s been washed and dried, the texture is amazing.  The finished size is 62” x 82”.

Festive Forest is shipping to shops right now.  If you’re looking for a holiday collection that doesn’t scream Christmas, this is it!  I mean seriously – how adorable are these little foxes with the sweaters?

Thank you so much for allowing me to play with your fabric Tamara!

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

This is also Finish #2 on my Q2 2015 FAL list.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

2015 FAL - Q2 List

The first quarter of 2015 was very productive for me.  I completed 4 of my 5 goals and even managed to finish some pillows which weren’t on my Q1 list.  For Q2, I’ve got a lot of big goals and will be linking this post up at Adrianne’s for FAL.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

1.  Grey Crochet Blanket – This one was on my Q1 list and I didn’t quite manage to finish it up, so it’s going on the list again.  With the NHL playoffs coming up, there will be lots of TV time during which I can work on this blanket.  This should get done before June 30.

2.  Secret quilt for Tamara – A fellow MMQG member who designs fabric for Michael Miller asked me if I’d be willing to make something with her new fabric collection coming out this month.  I’ve got the top all done and I started the quilting.  I'm pretty confident I'll be able to complete this within the next week or so.

3.  Lap quilt for Jon – My sweetie’s oldest son Jonathan asked for a lap quilt for his couch a few months ago.  I had a bunch of commitments when he asked, but as soon as those were out of the way, I got started on his quilt.  The top is all done, it is basted so all that is left is the quilting and the binding. I will definitely be done with this one by the end of the quarter.  (This is a photo of the quilt sandwich with the backing on the outside.  I don't think Jon reads my blog, but just in case.)

4.  Bed quilt for Max – My son also asked for a new quilt for his bed.  I made him a quilt a few years ago, but it’s too small for his bed and he really, really wants a quilt for his bedroom.  I started piecing the top already so finishing this up before June 30 should not be a problem.

5.  Bed quilt for me – You might remember I made a Swoon quilt for my bed last year.  Turns out 82” square isn’t big enough for my Queen size bed because the quilt doesn’t hang down low enough (I’ve got one of those super thick mattresses).  So the Swoon quilt is going on our bed at the Island House this summer and now I have to make a King size quilt for our bed in the city.  I will be using this fabulous bundle for this quilt and will most likely use the QAYG method to quilt it and finish it.

6.  Pillows for my bed – I want to make 3 pillows that will match the king size bed quilt.  Hoping I can use the scraps from the quilt for these.  I already have the inserts, but I need to buy zippers for these.

7.  Red and pink crochet blanket – I started this one many months ago as a way to keep my hands busy while we are at the cottage.  It’s also great practice.  I’m almost half way there (the red is almost done) so I’m thinking I can probably finish this one by the end of the quarter also. (I don't have a picture of this one.)

8.  Wall Quilt for the new dining room – There is a major reorganization and re-decorating effort going on at home at the moment.  We moved our youngest to the basement bedroom and decided to turn our old bedroom into a formal dining room.  I have a bundle of Juggling Summer by Zen Chic that I want to turn into a wall quilt for this dining room.

9.  Green Scrappy Quilt – I have to get my scraps under control.  I have bins and bins full of them.  I started making scrappy, wonky log cabin blocks with my green scraps and I hope to have a finished lap quilt within the next couple of months.

That should keep me busy for the next 3 months!