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!


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.