Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April Showers Bring May Flowers?

April is typically cool and rainy here in Quebec.  This year however, April was cold and snowy.  The temperature is on the rise now and we've had a few beautiful days, so the flowers are finally starting to grow in my garden.

I will be linking up at Lily's Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day so I prepared a little collage of the sewing I managed to get done this month.

April 2013 Collage

I finished Pandora's Box (my goal for a LYOF).  I pieced AND quilted the April Schnibbles - Hat Trick.  You can see pictures and get all the details on these 2 finishes on my 2013 Finishes page.  I finished my Granny Squares top (photos to come later this week).  I made 2 small flags to send to Boston (a Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild initiative).  And I pieced block 11 of the FQS Designer Mystery BOM ("County Fair" designed by Julie Comstock).

So now I look forward to May - it's my favourite month.  The flowers are blooming, the weather is usually sunny and warm and this year, I get to go to Dallas for a work-related conference.  I've never been to Dallas so I'm super excited.

And how was your April?


Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good

I bought myself a new quilting tool a couple of weeks ago and now that I've had time to actually use them a bit, I can honestly say that it was the best purchase I made in a long, long time.

These gloves make it so much easier to grab and hold on to the quilt sandwich during quilting.  They are just amazing.  And they are comfortable.  I thought it would feel weird to wear gloves for quilting, but it's not.  They are light and fit very nicely.  I bought mine here.  If you still haven't tried using these gloves, I highly recommend that you give them a try.

The Bad

I got down on the floor Friday night to pin baste Nine-Patch Flip (will be my LYOF goal for May) and managed to do all of the stitching in the ditch around the blocks, but then got busy.  Friends came over for dinner Saturday night, I had to do some gardening and today, I had a birthday party to go to.  So I had to leave Nine-Patch Flip on the sewing machine at the cottage, with only 1 little block quilted.

The Ugly

The 1 block I got quilted... looks like this:

Can you see the huge pucker right there?

I obviously need to get better at basting my quilts.  :-(  Will I rip out the stitches?  No.  This quilt is going to stay at home with me.  Besides, as Leah Day says:  If I always rip out my mistakes, I'm only going to get good at ripping, not at free motion quilting.  So I plan on quilting many more pebbles when I get to the cottage next weekend.

What do you do when you make a mistake like that?  Do you rip out your stitches? 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, April 25, 2013

It's a Hat Trick!

Just in time for the NHL playoffs that are scheduled to begin on Monday next week, I finished my first Schnibble of 2013:  Hat Trick.  (If you are wondering why the hockey reference, a hat trick in hockey talk is when a player scores 3 goals in one game.)


This little quilt finishes at approximately 26" x 32" before washing.  This cute Schnibble was designed by the wonderfully talented Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  I went with Cape Ann by Oliver + s for the charm squares and the green dot is from my stash. 


I decided to do some very simple quilting in the ditch and some diagonal straight lines following the seam lines.  In the pieced border, I went with my favourite wavy lines.  The binding was machine stitched to the front and then I stitched in the ditch from the front to catch the binding on the back.

Hat Trick is now ready for the parade over at Sinta's and Sherri's blog.  Be sure to check out all of the cute Schnibbles on May 1.

I'll be linking up for Finish It Up Friday and TGIFF this week...

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pandora's Box Ready for Gifting

Pandora's Box is all done!  As I said in my last post, I quilted it last weekend and put the binding on it a couple of nights ago.


I used a Rural Jardin by French General jelly roll to piece as well as some yardage for the outer border.  I chose a tone on tone red fabric for the binding.   The design is from Pam and Nicky Lintott and I found it in the book "Jelly Roll Quilts".  The quilt finishes at 52" x 76".


I quilted Pandora's Box with some stitch in the ditch around each block and then on the diagonal with my walking foot.  In the border, I quilted straight lines and some wavy lines about 1/2" apart.


It was pretty windy outside this afternoon so I had a hard time getting some decent pictures, but I was super happy to be outside for photos after many months of having to take pictures indoors.

This finish will be given to its new owner, my beautiful daughter-in-law Deb, on Saturday when her and my step-son come over for dinner at the cottage.

Since this is my April goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes, I will be linking up at the end of the month.  I will also be linking up at AmandaJean's for Finish It Up Friday and at Erin's for TGIFF.

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

WIP Wednesday

There hasn't been much blogging around here lately, but that's because I've been busy sewing!  So I have a packed WIP Wednesday post for you this week.

The first thing I want to share is the April Schnibble.  I pieced the whole top in just a few hours and loved making it.  So much fun.


I used my last 2 Cape Ann charms packs for this Schnibble and I really like how it turned out.  The green dot fabric came from my stash.  I plan on quilting this little top this weekend at the cottage.  With any luck, I'll have a completely finished quilt for the parade on May 1.

I also finished piecing all of my granny squares recently and even started putting them into rows.  Here is a picture of all the squares laid out on my sewing room floor.  I love the colours in this fabric collection (Little Apples by Aneela Hoey) and think this jelly roll was perfect for the job.


I decided on a 5 x 8 layout with sashing of course which you can see in this next picture.  I've got 3 rows done out of 8 so maybe this quilt top will be all done by the end of April, as planned.


The last project I worked on this week was Pandora's Box.  I quilted the whole top over the weekend and prepared the binding Sunday night.  On tonight's agenda:  sewing the binding on the quilt.


Overall, a pretty good week!  :-)

Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Thank you for visiting.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Goals for April and for the 2nd Quarter of 2013

I'm so late posting my goals for April that I thought I'd put everything into one post.  Although I was extremely successful in completing my goals so far this year, the beautiful weather is coming back and I think I'm going to want to spend a lot of time outside over the next couple of months.  Also, I've got a few birthdays in April, May and June which will keep me away from the sewing machine.

So I'm going to keep my goals for the next quarter pretty simple.

April Finish for a LYOF
A Lovely Year of Finishes

My commitment for April for the LYOF over at Fiber of All Sorts and Sew Bittersweet Designs is to quilt Pandora's Box.


This quilt top was finished almost 2 years ago in June 2011.  I used a Rural Jardin by French General Jelly Roll for this one.

April`s To Do List


The rest of my April To Do List (will be linking up at Pigtales & Quilts) is:

-  Piece and quilt Hat Trick, the April Schnibble for AYOS Vintage
-  Piece Block 11 of the FQS Designer Mystery BOM
-  Finish piecing my Granny Squares quilt

2nd Quarter FAL

she can quilt

For the 2nd quarter of 2013, I plan on finishing:

-  Pandora`s Box (see above)
-  Nine-Patch Flip (finished piecing in December 2011)


-  Two Percent (this is a WIP from a really long time ago that`s now about half quilted).

That should keep me busy for the next 3 months or so.  :-)


Friday, April 5, 2013

The Big EZ Finish

I mentioned this finish in a couple of posts this week, and now is the time for the full reveal!

Those of you who have been following my blog for a loooooong time might recall that the fabrics for this quilt were all chosen by my youngest - the only direction I gave him was that the fabric needed to have some purple in it or coordinate well with purple.

The pattern is from the book Bloom Creek Quilts by Vicky Bellino and the top came together super fast and easy. But then it sat in my pile of tops forever! Finally in March, I decided to make this my ONE finish for A Lovely Year of Finishes so got to work.

At about the same time, I discovered Leah Day's Craftsy class on FMQ and fell in love (with FMQ and with Leah - she is such an amazing teacher!).

Since The Big EZ has all those fabulous squares, I decided to practice my newly found FMQ skills on it. Here is the back where you can see some of the FMQ designs I chose.

I'm not very fast yet, so this top took many, many hours to quilt, but it was so worth the time and effort. I love the texture all that quilting gave to the quilt.

The finished size is about 74" x 95". I used polyester batting because I really wanted the stitching to show, mistakes and all!

Linking up at AmandaJean's for Finish It Up, at The Freemotion Quilting Project for FMQ Friday and at Quokka Quilts for TGIFF.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!



Thursday, April 4, 2013

1st Quarter FAL - Recap

It's time to check-in at She Can Quilt and see how I did during the 1st quarter of 2013. Back at the beginning of January, my list was:

Quilt Leap Year - Leap Year was the only Schnibble from 2012 that wasn't yet quilted. Happy to report that it got quilted.

Finish Charming Stars - I made this quilt for my lovely daughter-in-law. This one also got done and gifted.

Quilt Daisy Chains - This was a super old UFO that had been sitting in my pile of tops for a couple of years. When we re-decorated my 15 year-old's bedroom, she decided she wanted Daisy Chains on her bed. So it got quilted and is now on her bed!

And last, but certainly not least, I wanted to quilt The Big EZ. My original plan was to keep this quilt for our bedroom in the city, but that changed when step-daughter moved back in with us and asked that her new room be painted purple. The Big EZ suddenly became the perfect quilt for her bed. Here's a picture of it now, but I'll write another post with all the details tomorrow.

So I managed to get everything on my list finished this quarter. I am super happy about that. And in the process, the 3 girls got new quilts!

Linking up at Leanne's!



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

WIP Wednesday - Piles...

Feels like I'm surrounded by piles today and piles are pretty much what I've got going on this WIP Wednesday.

Piles of granny squares in various states of construction...

Piles of nine-patch blocks to be turned into a Schnibble...

Piles of goodness delivered by Canada Post today...

My sweetie keeps calling me his great piler. I'm starting to think maybe he's right. But don't tell him I said that! :-)

Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday.



Monday, April 1, 2013

Fresh Sewing Day - A Look Back at March

I said it in an earlier post - March really wasn't all that productive for me.  And now that I created my mosaic for March, I have proof that March wasn't very productive!  :-)

March 2013 Mosaic

1.  The Big EZ finished!  Big reveal post coming later this week.
2.  Two minis in pink and red for my daughter's room.  Blogged about here.
3.  A bunch of granny squares for a granny squares quilt.
4.  A tote bag I blogged about here.
5.  Rows 5, 6 and 7 of Lori's Row Along.

I also pieced block 10 of the Fat Quarter Shop's Mystery Designer BOM and joined the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild!!  I'm super excited about joining this group.  I attended my first meeting last week and our next one is April 11.

I didn't complete everything I had on my To Do List for March, but I'm very pleased with the projects I did manage to finish this month.  I'm on vacation this week so I'm hoping to get April off to a good start and find a lot of time for the sewing room this week.

Linking up at Lily's Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day!