Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 FAL: Q4 Finishes

Can you believe we're at the end of the fourth quarter of the 2017 FAL? That means it's time to link up your Q4 finishes!

The 2017 FAL has a community of bloggers across the world jointly hosting the FAL. Our hosts are:
  • Sarah - Sew me - Northern Ireland
  Before you link up, let's give a huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors:  

The 2017 Q4 link for your finishes is now open below on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs - you only need to link on one blog for your finish to appear on each blog. Link-up "rules":

  • Add one link for each finish. If you want to link a round up post of all your finishes, use that link to enter one of your finishes and then link the rest of your finishes separately. Please, only one link per finish, as your link is an entry into the randomly drawn prize draws.

  • Please ensure that the photo or blog post you link up contains a link or reference back to your original list so that we can verify your entry (make sure it is from the appropriate quarter). Feel free to tag your photos #2017FALQ4yourname (substitute your name), this makes it easier for us to match your finishes with your list.

  • Please become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others and comment. We all need encouragement so let's applaud each other. The 2017 FAL Facebook page is here and follow us on Instagram @finishalong

  • Our hosts will also link their finishes to share in the community, but they are not eligible for any of the prizes.

The Q4 Finishes link will stay open from now thru January 6 at 11 pm EST - link up your finishes early and if you have a last minute one, add that one later so you don't miss out. The prizes will be awarded as soon as we can verify all the entries and do the drawings. We will post the winners on each hosts' blog.

And don't forget to start making your 2018 Q1 lists as the Q1 list link opens on January 7, 2018. More details about next year's Finish A Long will be announced soon.  Hope you will join us.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Making Plans for 2018

I love that week between Christmas and New Year's Day. I'm usually on vacation during that time and it's typically very, very cold, so I like to stay indoors and make plans for the new year. So far this week, I finished a quilt, I cleaned my sewing room, and I started making plans with my new Quilter's Planner.

2018 Planning Party

Last year, I didn't really make plans for my quilting - all I wanted to do is use up my scraps and sew my stash. I think I was really successful there. I completed 15 scrappy projects and 14 quilts in all sizes were made from the fabric I already had in my stash.

This year, I have a few more plans and I will be linking up those plans at Yvonne's blog for her #2018PlanningParty.

1.  Make Garments

I sewed clothes when my kids were little. I made them entire outfits and I even made clothes I wore to work. But for some reason, I stopped and whenever I tried to start again, I was never able to make garments that fit me properly. This year, I want to make garments again. I got a Singer Serger for Christmas and I plan on using it to make clothes. Clothes for me and clothes for my grand-babies.

To accomplish this goal, I will:
  • Learn how to use my serger (probably with a Craftsy or Creative Bug class)
  • Make an easy woven top for myself
  • Make an easy knit top for myself
  • Make dresses for the grand-girls
2.  Make at least two bags

I love homemade bags but I have yet to make one with pockets, zippers and adjustable straps. To be completely honest, they scare me a little bit. This year, I decided I was going to make at least two bags:
3.  Make a series of mini quilts based on Josef Albers' work

I have an app on my iPad that allows me to "play" with Albers' colour studies. I want to make a series of mini quilts based on those colour studies. To accomplish this goal, I will:
  • Choose 6 colour studies to use as inspiration for my mini quilts
  • Make one mini quilt (about 20" square) every 2 months (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct and Dec)
I hope you all have a happy, healthy, peaceful and productive 2018!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Wayward Transparency Finish

I had so many doubts while making this quilt. I wondered about my fabric choices, I wondered about the layout and I wondered about the quilting. But in the end, I absolutely love the finished quilt!

Back in August of this year, Yvonne who blogs at Quilting JetGirl launched her Wayward Transparency quilt along. I love Yvonne's designs so I knew right away that I was going to participate.

And then the doubting started...  I ordered three different shades of blue and when I received them, I didn't like the combination at all. Not enough contrast between the shades and I was afraid the transparency effect wouldn't come through. So I searched through my stash to find better fabric. I ended up using three different Kona shades: Cloud, Algeria and Black.

When I finished piecing the big four blocks together, I needed to decide on a layout. I could leave the 48" square top or I could add big setting triangles and set it on point to make it bigger. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough of the Cloud fabric and would have had to order more. I debated for a day or two  during which the small top just hung in my sewing room.

It then occurred to me that grand-baby #4 is due in just a few weeks and that a 48" square quilt would be perfect as a baby quilt. So I decided to just leave it like that and didn't order any more Cloud.

Next decision was how to quilt it. Now that I knew this was going to be a baby quilt, I didn't want to quilt it super densely with FMQ designs - I wanted it to stay soft and snuggly. So maybe some organic wavy lines or maybe some straight lines or maybe even a grid.

I decided to go with straight lines using my walking foot and Aurifil 2600 in 50 wt. I used painter's tape to make the distance between each line. When I was done with the vertical lines, I wasn't crazy about it at all. It needed something else. It was pretty late at night by then so I decided to sleep on it.  The next morning, I walked into my sewing room and knew what to do! I quilted black lines distanced randomly throughout the quilt top. Exactly the effect I wanted!

I had decided even before quilting it that I was going to use Kona Black to bind it. But I ended up not having enough for the whole thing so added one strip of Algeria.

So after many, many decisions and doubts, I have a finished baby quilt for grand-baby #4 that I'm super happy with!

Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern: Wayward Transparency by Yvonne Fuchs
  • Size: 48" square 
  • Fabrics: Kona Cloud, Algeria and Black 
  • Thread: Pieced with Aurifil #2600 in 50 wt, quilted with Aurifil #2600 and #2692 (black) in 50 wt 
  • Recipient: Grand-Baby #4

I will be linking up at Quilting Jetgirl for the Wayward Transparency parade on January 12 and also at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Kathy's Kwilts and More for TGIFF.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Best of 2017

Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs is hosting her annual "Best of" linky party over on her blog. I played along last year and when I saw her announcement about this year's party, I immediately started thinking about what my Top 5 would be.  I had a pretty good year so picking only 5 blog posts was difficult!  :-)

So here we go...

Number 1 - The Harry Potter Quilt

I made this quilt with my son Max - and it was such an amazing collaboration! He would come one or two evenings every week and we would cut, press and sew together for a couple of hours. This make is number 1 on the list because of how much fun I had creating it with my boy.

Number 2 - The HST Quilt

This make is number 2 for a couple of reasons: I made it with leftover layer cake squares and didn't purchase a thread of fabric for this one AND the design is the result of an evening spent with my kids arranging and re-arranging the HSTs on my design wall.

Number 3 - The City Sampler

This quilt started in August 2016 during the #100days100blocks quilt along organized by Angie at Gnome Angel.  I completed the top in November 2016 but only got it quilted a year later!  I love this quilt so much!

Number 4 - Carolina Lily

This little quilt made it to my Top 5 because of the process to make it. This was a challenge where we needed to make a quilt based on the theme "Carolina Lily". I found a photo on the Internet and then used small HSTs to create a pixelated lily. I also love the quilting on this one.

Number 5 - Nautical Quilt for Baby James

Rounding up my Top 5 is the nautical quilt I made for grand-baby #2 - little James. I love the colours, the quilting and the little sailboat, anchor and fish on the left.

It was so much to look through my blog posts from 2017 and come up with my top 5. And now that I've taken this little trip down memory lane, it's time to look forward and make plans for 2018!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Radiant Splendor Supersized QAL Finish

Back in November, the Bernina We All Sew blog hosted a quilt along for Faith Jones' Radiant Splendor Supersized quilt.  I wasn't planning on making the quilt right away, but when I visited my friend's quilt shop last month, I saw some Tula Pink prints that would be perfect for it, so I purchased some yardage and got sewing!

I put the last stitches in the binding last weekend and then quickly took photos while the light was sort of good. (Winter is so depressing!)

The Tula Pink prints really were the perfect fit for this quilt. For the background, I went with Kona White and Kona Snow (I actually thought both pieces were white, but after it was all pieced, I realized I also used Snow - oh well!). The binding is Kona Eggplant and it frames the quilt perfectly.

For the quilting, I went with three different designs.  I started with some dot to dot quilting in the inner and outer star points.

Some wishbone quilting in the frame around the inner star.

And went with a simpler meander for the background and negative space.

The backing is a light grey print - you can really see the purple thread on the back which is kind of cool.

This will most likely be my last finish and my last blog post before Christmas so let me wish you Happy Holidays. I hope you get to spend some down time, surrounded by those you love.

Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern: Radiant Splendor Supersized by Faith Jones
  • Size: 60" square 
  • Fabrics: Spirit Animal by Tula Pink, Kona White, Kona Snow and Kona Eggplant 
  • Thread: Pieced with Aurifil #2600 in 50 wt, quilted with Aurifil #2520 (purple) in 40 wt and #2021 (white) in 50 wt 
  • Recipient: Not quite sure yet.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Powered by Quilting for TGIFF.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Pixie Baskets for the Montreal MQG

At its December meeting, the Montreal MQG always organizes a fun holiday party. Our members are encouraged to bring a treat to share, we have a fun swap and we give away prizes!

This year, I volunteered to make Pixie Baskets to hold the travel-size Bath & Body Works products we were raffling off.

These little baskets are so quick to make and use up scraps, which is definitely an added bonus for me!

I made a red one, a couple of yellow/orange ones, a grey one and purple one. The tabs are all twill tape I’ve had in my sewing room forever!

If you’re still looking for ideas for handmade items for the holidays, I would definitely recommend the Pixie Basket!

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

Friday, December 15, 2017

2017 FAL - Q3 Winners!

Today is the day we are privileged to announce the winners for Q3 of the 2017 Finish-Along.

If you are low on inspiration or maybe your sewing mojo has been missing lately, we highly recommend you visit some of the finishes from the third quarter of the year.  There are a lot of beauties linked up and ready to inspire you!

Thank you again to our generous sponsors. Without further ado, the winners - each picked by the random number generator - of the Q3 FAL prizes are:

The Q3 Winner of the 2 PDF patterns from Just Jude Designs goes to Jennie who blogs at Jennie's Threads and she made this colorful and cheery quilt.


The Q3 Winner of the $25 gift certificate from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop goes to Marisa via IG @mmckee_10 and she made these creative patchwork curtains.

The Q3 Winner of the 2 PDF patterns from Charm About You goes to Brenda who blogs at The Quilting Nook and she made this stunning dress.


The Q3 Winner of the $50 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Angela via IG @heartofcharnwood and she made this great quilt back! (The quilt is a surprise so she couldn't share the front.)


The Q3 Winner of the 3 PDF patterns from Elven Garden Quilts goes to Katie who blogs at Karma Willow Designs and she made an absolutely beautiful Swoon quilt (and isn't this photo great!)

The Q3 Winner of the $25 gift certificate from Tartankiwi goes to Heather who blogs at Quilting and Beyond and she made these fantastic quilted banners.


The Q3 Winner of the 3 PDF patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts goes to Jenny via IG @silverbellsandcockleshells and she made this great BW Sailors Top.


The Q3 Winner of the $50 gift certificate from Mad About Patchwork goes to Mercedes who blogs at LadyFriend Designs who made this lovely quilt.


The Q3 Winner of the 3 PDF Patterns from During Quiet Time goes to Celine who blogs at Espritpatch and she made this perfect Ogden Cami.


The Q3 Winner of your choice of 3 individual patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Sarah who blogs at Cedar Fork Stitches and she made this fantastic quilt.


The Q3 Winner of the 2 PDF patterns from Cooking Up Quilts goes to Cathy via IG @cathyewbank and she made this super cute clamshell drawstring bag.


The Q3 Winner of the 3 PDF patterns from Sew Sweetness goes to Joelle via IG @joellemaude and she made this fun and colorful quilt.


The Q3 Winner of the $30 gift certificate from Knotted Thread goes to Kathy who blogs at Life in Pieces and she made this super cute quilt (love the butterflies!)


The Q3 Winner of the Camp Bag Pattern Pack from The Littlest Thistle goes to Debbie who blogs at A Quilter's Table and she made this gorgeous improv quilt.


The Q3 Winner of the $15 gift certificate from Green Fairy Quilts goes to Teresa who blogs at Aurea's Kitchen and she made this adorable dress and bloomer set.

The Q3 Winner of the 2 PDF patterns from Quilting Jet Girl goes to Corinne at CorinneLouise via Flickr and she quilted this stunning pillow.


The Q3 Winner of the $30 gift certificate from Sunny Day Supply goes to Linda who blogs at The Pieceful Kingdom and she made this gorgeous low volume quilt.


The Q3 Winners (3) of a six month subscription each to Make Modern Magazine goes to

1. Jennifer via IG @CrimsonConfection and she made this pretty quilt.

2.  Kathy who blogs at Kathy's Kwilts and More and she made this great Dr. Who quilt.

3.  Helen via IG @archiewonderdog and she knitted these pretty (and I'm sure snuggly) socks.

The Q3 Winner of the $30 gift certificate from Clover & Violet goes to Kate who blogs at Katie Mae Quilts who made this bold and very pretty quilt.


The Q3 Winner of the $20 gift certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Mary who blogs at Pondering It All and she made these super handy zipper bags.


The Q3 Winner of the $40 gift certificate from Imagine Gnats goes to Pippa via IG @Pippaspatch and she made this sweet and scrappy quilt.

The Q3 Winner of the $25 gift certificate from Studio 39 Fabrics goes to Andree who blogs at Quilting & Learning and she made this beautiful quilt.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the sponsors!!  I hope you are having a successful Q4, be prepared to start linking up those finishes starting December 31, 2017.