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.


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!


Friday, April 3, 2015

SuperNova Finish!

I finished it!  I started this quilt back in May 2014 as part of the SuperNova Friendship Swap and, at last, I can share it with you and call it finished.  You can see some of the progress posts and pictures here and here.

Many different fabric scraps went into this quilt and I just love those huge blocks.  The background is Kona White and Kona Snow (not on purpose, but hey, it happens to the best of us apparently).  The binding is two shades of Kona greys (not 100% sure which ones unfortunately).

For the quilting, I went with three different designs.

Some echoing flowers in the centre of the blocks…

Some small flowers on a string…
And square spirals in the background.  This has now become my favourite filler.  I just love thetexture this design gives the quilt.

And just for fun, here is a picture of SuperNova with Bronx coming over for a quick sniff.

This is another finish on my Q1 FAL list.

I will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and to TGIFF hosted by Quokka Quilts this week.  Check out the link ups for some amazing inspiration!

And for those of you who celebrate, Happy Easter!


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Orphan Blocks for Pillows - Friday Finishes

A few months ago, I started working on quilt blocks to make curtains for the island house.  After making two of the blocks, and cutting one more, I decided I really wasn’t interested in making curtains out of quilt blocks so they sat on my cutting table.
After cleaning up my sewing room one day, I pulled out the blocks and decided I needed to do something with them.  My sweetie had just finished painting and moving the furniture around in the living room in the city and the new colours were pretty neutral – I needed a pop of colour in that room. 

My two orphan blocks would be perfect for pillows!  But I didn't want just two pillows, so I took the leftover triangles from the two blocks to piece HSTs and made a third one.

I quilted each pillow cover with straight lines using my walking foot.  I didn't measure – I just used the sides of my walking foot as a guide for each line.  

The first one got vertical lines.

The second pillow got straight lines on the diagonal.

And for the third one, I used my Hera marker to trace one horizontal and one vertical line and echoed those lines to create a fun pattern.

For the backs, I used Birch Farm fat quarters that match the fabric I used for the front of the pillows and put zippers in the bottom seam for easy removal – I have kids, a cat and a dog, these pillows definitely need to be washable!

These pillows now add a touch of colour to the living room, which I love! 

So if you have a few orphan blocks and you're not quite sure what to do with them, just turn them into pillow covers!

Linking up at Quokka Quilts for TGIFF.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

FMQ Sampler Finish

In my last blog post, I mentioned I had been working on my FMQ Sampler quilt.  I finished it this week so I’m ready to show it all off!

I started this quilt way back in October 2014 during a FMQ workshop organized by the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild.  The fabulous MR Charbonneau from Quilt Matters led the workshop and can I say – she’s an amazing teacher.  We learned 12 different FMQ designs during the class and MR also demonstrated a really cool quilt-as-you-go method for joining the blocks once they were quilted.

My favourite designs are the pebbles…

The square spirals…

And the squared meander or squared stipple…

But all of the designs she showed us where a lot of fun.

I chose to join my blocks completely by machine instead of hand-stitching the sashing to the back. I used a zigzag stitch on my machine and find it adds a bit of fun to the overall design.  It’s also a lot more secure that way because my hand-stitching is dreadful!

The quilt-as-you-go method was so much fun, I will definitely use it again.

Linking up at Persimon Dreams for TGIFF.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WIP Wednesday

Over the last week, I was hoping to get started quilting my SuperNova top. Before I could get started on it though, I had to order more Aurifil thread.  So while I waited for the thread to come in I pulled out the blocks I had pieced for the FMQ workshop I attended last Fall with the members of the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild.

I quilted all the blocks and put them together with a quilt-as-you-go piecing method MR taught us during the workshop.  All that’s left to do is sew the binding on.

Linking up at Lee’s for WIP Wednesday.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Madison's Quilt - A Baby Quilt Finish

Friends of ours had a sweet baby girl right beforeChristmas.  I knew I needed to make aquilt for her, but with the Holidays and work, I wasn’t able to get started onit until late in January.  By then, Iwanted to make something quick and easy, but wasn’t sure what pattern or fabricto use.

That’s when I noticed a Marmalade (by Bonnie & Camille)layer cake sitting on my cutting table. I had taken the stack of fabric out of my stash because I was planningto make the Scrappy Tiles pattern by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs wayback in the Fall.

I started cutting the fabric almost immediately and before Iknew it, I had a baby quilt top all pieced and ready for quilting.  If you're looking for a fun, fast and easy pattern that would look good with any fabric, I highly recommend Cheryl's pattern.  To purchase your copy, just click on the link above.

The quilting was quick and easy – a big meandering stitchwhich kept the quilt nice and soft. For the binding, I chose a beautiful aqua dots fabric from the Vintage Modern collection which goes reallywell with the colours in the Marmalade fabric.

Now I just need to wash and dry it and deliver it to the newparents!

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday andat The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts for TGIFF.