Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hello 2014!

I decided not to do a "Year in Review" kinda post - after all, if you want to see what I've done in 2013, you can check out my Finishes page. Instead, I want to look forward to 2014...

I want 2014 to be the year where I:

  • Embrace randomness and improvisation with my quilting.
  • Learn at least one new technique.
  • Make at least 4 quilts from the many, many books and magazines I own.
  • Design at least one project.
I would also like to thank each and every one of the super sweet people who visited my little blog in 2013 and look forward to "seeing" you again this year.

I wish you love, health and happiness for 2014!

Happy New Year!


Friday, December 27, 2013

My December Finish

Back in June 2012, I started the Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery BOM. A year and a half later, I'm happy to report that the quilt is all finished!

The fabric is Bonnie and Camille's Vintage Modern collection and a different designer created the pattern for each block. I didn't finish the quilt top at all like the instructions said, but I love the simple borders and the red binding.

I quilted it on my home machine with an all-over meander and now that it's washed and dried, I love the texture it gives the quilt.

This finished project is getting wrapped up today and will be delivered to my sister in law who celebrated her birthday yesterday.

Linking up at TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday. This is also my one finish for A Lovely Year of Finishes so will be linking up there as well. My goal-setting post is here.

Have a fabulous weekend!



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to stop in quickly and wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I hope you are surrounded by lived ones and having lots of fun.

I'm going over to my mom's tonight to celebrate with my entire family. I cannot wait!

Every year, I make something quilty for the women in the family (my mom, my sister, my SILs and my dad's wife). This year, I made this fun pile of hotpads.

I've had the PDF file for a while now and unfortunately, I can't remember where I got it. :-(. But they were super fun and easy to make.

I'll be back after Christmas with a new finish!



Thursday, December 19, 2013

Meow! A Secret Santa Gift

I would like to begin this post with a huge thank you to everyone who left comment on my last post wishing my hubby a speedy recovery. Not much as changed in his condition, but we did see movement with his eyebrow this morning, so things are finally going in the right direction.

Now about this secret Santa gift... I finished the cat pillow I showed you in my last post. You'll remember that I made this pillow as a Secret Santa gift for my daughter's friend at school. This friend loves cats so when Elizabeth of Oh! Fransson posted her cat patterns, my daughter and I knew I had to use those blocks for the pillow.

I quilted it with very simple straight lines and used a cute paw print to make the envelope backing for it.

I'm told the friend loved her pillow! A teacher even asked if she could have one. :-)

I hope you have a great weekend. I know mine will be busy... Last minute shopping, laundry, cleaning. And of course a few handmade gifts will be finished... I hope!

I will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts and at TGIFF hosted by Vickie this week.



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Lots has been going on around here lately, but not all good stuff unfortunately. My sweetie was rushed to the hospital on Friday because the entire right side of his face was suddenly paralyzed. I didn't tell him at the time that I thought he might have had a stroke, but I really got scared.

Turns out he has something called Bell's Palsy and with time, he should get back to normal. Between going to work, taking care of my sweetie, taking Dylan to karate lessons and running errands, I've been busy in the sewing room.

I made a few more modern cross blocks...

I started making a pillow cover for my daughter's best friend using Oh Fransson!'s tutorial for the cat blocks...

I signed up for the 2014 Lucky Stars BOM over at Don't Call Me Betsy and while I was there, I figured I might as well get the 2013 patterns as well. Last night, I sewed the January 2013 star. I love it!

And that's pretty much it! What about you? What are you up to this week?

I will be linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday...



Sunday, December 8, 2013

Fabric purchase and a gift!

Just like most people it seems, I did lots of online shopping over the last week or so. Most of my purchases were Christmas presents for the kids and for my sweetie, but I did order some fabric and other sewing related things.

I like to buy from Canadian online shops if they have what I need because of the ridiculous shipping costs when ordering from outside Canada.

I bought this fabulous bundle of Parson Grey fat quarters and matching solid.

I hope to turn this amazing bundle into a quilt for my sweetie for his birthday in April.

And I ordered some batting from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop. And while I waited for the batting to come, something else was delivered by the postman...

A Honeysweet charm pack, 2 Honeysweet mini charm packs, a cute pattern for hotpads and a sampling of Aurifil thread... All as a thank you for hosting Blogathon Canada from Sew Sisters! How sweet is that?!

Thank you, thank you Sew Sisters! You are awesome! :-)

Hope you all had a great weekend.



Thursday, December 5, 2013

Canasta: A Small Finish

I put the last stitches onto the label for Canasta last night.

I used Kona solids for the baskets, a grey solid for the background and a fun lime green for the binding. This is my first all-solids quilt (except for the backing) and I love it!

Canasta was designed by Carrie Nelson and I made it for the Schnibbles quilt-along. It measures about 30" square.

I quilted with my favourite FMQ design these days - swirls - using a grey thread.

And the finishing touch... A label also made with solids!

This little finish is now hanging on the wall of my sewing room.

Will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday, at My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday and at Quokka Quilts for TGIFF. Want some amazing quilty inspiration for the weekend? Go and check out those linky parties!

Have a fabulous weekend!



Sunday, December 1, 2013

My Goal for December

Today is the first day of December! Can you believe it? And I haven't even started my Christmas shopping yet. I'm usually almost done by this time, but November was just crazy.

The first of the month also means goal-setting at A Lovely Year of Finishes. After going through my pile of tops to be quilted, I decided my goal this month is the 2012 Fat Quarter Mystery Designer BOM. I need to prepare the backing, quilt it and sew the binding on.

I have no idea how I'm going to quilt it. I could do like I did for my Christmas quilt and do something different in every block, but I think I'm in the mood for something simpler for this one. Maybe just an all over meander. What do you think?

Will be linking up at ALYOF... How about you? There are prizes to be won... :-)



Thursday, November 28, 2013

My 2013 Christmas Quilt

I did it! I finished my 2013 Christmas Quilt in time to link up for Another Lovely Year of Finishes.

The blocks were all designed by different people since this is the 2010 Fat Quarter Shop Mystery Designer BOM. The fabric is 12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain... So gorgeous. I love the colours and the prints are so cute.

I quilted in the ditch along the sashing and outlined each pieced block. I then added some filler designs in the background - a different for each block. This mitten block has some pebbling...

The cute hat is surrounded by swirls.

The stocking has some paisleys.

And the borders have feathers... I have to say the feathers got better with each border. :-)

I am very pleased with this finish and will enjoy cuddling with it this holiday season.

Will be linking up at ALYOF and Finish It Up Friday.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers and to the rest of you - have a fabulous weekend!



Tuesday, November 26, 2013

WIP Wednesday - Busy, Busy!

Time for another progress report on the WIPs!

I've been busy this week; it feels really good to finally be productive in the sewing room.

First, I finished the panels for those curtains I was working on last week. And now that they are done, I'm kinda liking them. :-)

Please ignore the somewhat bizarre view in the background and the fact that the panels are in desperate need of some pressing. Each panel measures about 24" wide by 72" high. I just need to find the backing fabric, sew them together and I'm done.

Next up is a new project - Modern Crosses.

I'm following Elizabeth Hartman's pattern from her Craftsy class (which I love!). I'm using fat quarters in blues and greens with a Kona Snow background. So far, I'm really enjoying making these blocks.

And finally, I finished quilting my Christmas quilt this weekend - full reveal later this week - so I got started on the quilting on Canasta.

Little colourful baskets surrounded by swirls.

I will be linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday - why don't you do the same? :-)

Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, November 24, 2013

Blogathon Canada Winner!

I had the most wonderful weekend reading all the sweet and sometimes really funny comments everyone left on my Blogathon Canada post. Thank you to all of my visitors and new followers! I hope you enjoy your future visits to my little blog.

So without further ado... The winner of the red, white and blue Kona solids bundle of 10 fat quarters is...

Congratulations! I have sent you an email to get your postal address.

Thanks again to Sew Sisters for putting on such a fun event!

I thought I would leave you with a picture of my view from the sewing room at the cottage...

Our first snowfall of the year! :-). Pretty!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Blogathon Canada Day 5!

Hello and if you're visiting my little corner of the web for the first time - welcome to Dizzy Quilts! I am super excited to be hosting today and be able to represent Quebec. Don't forget to visit Danielle at A Geekie Crafty Life who is also featured today and who represents the Territories.

I'm supposed to tell you a little bit about myself and my quilting journey so here we go...

About 4 years ago, I went to JoAnn's with a friend and found a cute little quilt kit. It was a simple patchwork quilt, but I immediately fell in love with the process and with the results. I started learning more about quilting through the wonderful online community and before I knew it, I had a whole sewing room set up for myself!

Over the years, I tried many different styles and techniques and have really enjoyed making quilts for the people I love.

In April 2013, I found the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild and attended my very first guild meeting. Oh my! Meeting other quilters in person and being able to talk about my obsession with people who were just as obsessed as I am was amazing.

Here are a few of the quilts I finished recently:
This is my Star Surround quilt. The pattern was designed by Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting.
I used Kona solids and some Art Gallery fabrics for this quilt. I quilted it on my domestic machine.
This is my favourite quilt... ever! :-) This is Two Percent. The pattern was designed by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie Quilt Co. and I used the Veranda fabric collection by Amanda Murphy. This quilt is huge and it took me 18 months to make it. Two Percent is currently the quilt I sleep under at night and every time I go to bed and see it there, I smile.
This is the pillow cover I made for the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild Challenge over the summer. We had to make a quilt with traditional blocks and give it a modern twist. So I took my favourite block - the Churn Dash - and super-sized it.

But enough about me! The whole point of Blogathon Canada is to get to meet and get inspired by Canadian quilters and bloggers. Make sure you visit these wonderfully talented quilters from Quebec:

Before you go and pay them all a visit, how about some prizes?

Sew Sisters had generously provided this lovely stack of solids for me to giveaway to one of you!
I wanted a prize that represented me well. Besides being a quilter, I'm also a huge hockey fan and my favourite team is of course the Montreal Canadiens. This bundle is red, white and blue - my team's colours! :-)

All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this blog post. International entries are welcome, but please make sure to leave me your email address if you're a no-reply blogger. I must re-draw if I cannot contact you. I will choose a winner on Sunday and contact them by email.

IMPORTANT:  This giveaway is now closed.

You can also win a wonderful prize sponsored by Northcott over at Sew Sisters.

Tomorrow, Blogathon Canada continues with a visit to Ontario! Click the Blogathon Canada button in my sidebar for the full schedule - there are prizes to win at every stop!

Before I sign-off, I wanted to say THANK YOU to Sew Sisters. I am so happy to have been asked to take part in this great blog hop.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

WIP Wednesday... Bored!

I haven't done a WIP post in a little while so I thought I'd share what's going on in my sewing room this week.

But before I do that, I need to give you a little background... A few months ago, my sweetie mentioned that he would really like me to make new curtains for the living room at the cottage. Now, I am not a big fan of sewing anything but quilty things. So I decided to make quilt tops, back them with a solid fabric and sew them together to make my curtains.

This is a country cottage, decorated in mostly earth tones - browns, beiges, greens. And my sweetie wanted something dark so that people couldn't see inside when the curtains were closed.

So I went through my stash of "traditional" fabric, picked a few I sort of liked still and got started.

And this is where I am now...

A stack of 20 15" Card Trick blocks ready to assemble into two panels.

But all that brown bored me to death so I needed to cut into something a little more lively. I took out the Riley Blake challenge fabric bundle and cut a bunch of 3" squares. Here they are... All piled neatly waiting for assembly.

I'm going to have a little bit of sewing time tomorrow night... I need to decide whether I want to continue with the curtains or start sewing my Riley Blake Challenge quilt. Decisions, decisions... :-)

I will be linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday this week - check it out by clicking the button in my sidebar.

Oh and don't forget to come back here on Friday for Blogathon Canada! There will be prizes...

See you then!



Sunday, November 17, 2013

Feathers... Sort of!

This weekend, I finished quilting the sampler squares on my Christmas quilt. The last thing to tackle before calling this quilt done was the borders. I'd been thinking about doing long feathers along each border and then some kind of filler around the feathers and the stars in each corner.

I spent a little bit of time practicing feathers on paper and when I thought I could do a pretty decent feather, I brought the quilt to the machine and jumped right in.

Well... Doodling feathers on paper is a little bit different than actually moving this huge quilt under the needle. And so my first feather didn't turn out as nice as I had hoped.

Not all bad, but I obviously need to review Angela's Craftsy class before moving onto the remaining borders!

And what have you been up to this weekend?