Thursday, July 20, 2017

Nautical Baby Quilt for Grand-baby #2

In exactly one month, my second grand-child is due and I cannot wait to meet him.  And of course, you know I was going to have a quilt ready for him when he finally got here!

His parents decorated the nursery with a nautical theme... lots of blue and grey with a touch of red and chocolate brown.  As soon as I got the theme and the colours, I spent some time on Pinterest to gather inspiration and then got my paper and markers out to come up with a design.

I then texted the design to my daughter-in-law to make sure something like this is what she had in mind and she loved it!  I knew I'd be able to find everything I needed right in my stash so started "shopping".  I pulled some Kona Silver for the background, three different blue fat quarters, two red ones and a brown one.

I figured out the piecing for the sailboat and the fish myself (they were both pretty easy) but for the anchor, I used this tutorial by the Hopeful Homemaker.

I thought wavy lines would be perfect for a nautical quilt so used my walking foot and some Aurifil thread in Dove (#2600).

The baby shower was on Sunday, July 16 and I'm happy to report that the mom-to-be was absolutely thrilled about the quilt.

Quilt Stats:

Pattern: The overall design is mine, but I used a tutorial by Hopeful Homemaker for the anchor
Size: 36" x 56"
Fabrics: Kona Silver and a few different fat quarters from my stash
Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2600 in 50 wt
Recipient:  Grand-baby #2

I'll be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Pretty Piney for TGIFF.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

2017 FAL Meet the Hosts: Izzy from Dizzy Quilts

Hi - I'm Izzy from Dizzy Quilts and it's my turn to tell you a little about myself!

I'm a mother, step-mother and foster mother to six children, grand-mother to one gorgeous little girl and wife to my soul mate. During the day, I manage a team of e-Learning designers/developers at a global financial company.

All of this keeps me pretty busy, but I've always made time to be crafty - when I was a little girl, my mom taught me how to knit and I made all my teddy bears knitted sweaters!

During my teenage years, I was a little too busy with school (and with boys!) to craft, but a few years later, when I had my first child, I started sewing.  I made some baby clothes and I made curtains mostly. I even took a sewing class to learn how to make garments for myself, but I never got the hang of that - nothing ever really fit right.

About 9 years ago, I walked into JoAnn's to get fabric for new curtains and spotted the cutest little quilt kits. I bought one, put it together and haven't looked back since! I was completely and totally hooked.

The first few quilts I made were very traditional - lots of small pieces, small florals, etc. I really had no clue what I was doing, but learned so much with the making of these quilts.

A lap size log cabin quilt made for my step-mom

I started making these quilts for pretty much everyone in my family.  And pretty soon, every bed in the house had a quilt on it.

Quilt I made for my sister-in-law - this is Bronx testing it.

I even made quilts as curtains!!
Around 2010, I discovered quilt blogs and the online quilting community.  That literally changed my quilting life!!  I started my own blog, met some amazing people and a couple of years later, found the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild.

Through the members of this guild, I learned about modern quilting and I fell in love with quilting all over again.

I started making modern quilts and building a stash of really colourful fabrics and solid neutrals.

When I first started quilting, my least favourite part of the whole thing was the actual quilting. My sewing machine was pretty small and wrestling with a big quilt in that tiny little space was painful and I very often ended up with puckers on the back of my quilts.  And then I changed two things: my sewing machine and my basting method.

I purchased my Juki TL-2010Q. It is literally a dream to quilt with. Lots of room to the right of the needle and super consistent, fast stitching.

I also learned how to board baste my quilts - which has saved my knees, my back and to a certain extent, my sanity!  :-)

And now quilting is actually my favourite part. I look forward to finishing a top just so I can get to the quilting. My dream is to some day own a long-arm machine, but I would need to get a much bigger house before that could happen!

Last year, I became the Vice-President of the Montreal MQG and that has been a lot of fun. The group is growing and we have such amazing people and quilters.  Each meeting is a great source of inspiration and I'm learning so much.

When I was approached to become a FAL host last year, I was so flattered and so happy. I love hosting these link-ups - so much inspiration and so much talent every quarter.

Thanks for reading and if you have questions, please leave a comment!  :-)


Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Piece of Me Pouch...

Last week, Lucy who blogs at Charm About You released a new pattern: A Piece of Me Pouch.  I read about it on Saturday (I do all my blog reading on Saturday morning while drinking my coffee) and right away purchased a copy of it.

We were celebrating my step-daughter's birthday on Sunday so I decided this little pouch would be the perfect gift for her.  Her favourite colour is purple so I pulled out two purple fat quarters and got to work!

This was a super easy and fun make!

I picked a fun stripe for the binding to finish off the pouch and love how it looks.  The pattern says to hand sew the binding to the back but I'm not a huge fan of hand sewing so I tried to sew it on by machine. I basically used the same method I use for my quilts.

It didn't turn quite as nice as I thought it would but it definitely not so bad that it needed to be unpicked!

My step-daughter loved the pouch - she plans to use it to store important papers and documents such as passports and vaccination books.  :-)

I will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Janda Bend Quilts for TGIFF.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt - Fabric Choices

Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs launched her 4th mystery quilt along recently.  This will be my 3rd time participating - you can see my Midnight Mystery quilt here and my Meadow Mystery quilt here.

Last year, I was a little disappointed with my fabric choices so I told myself I would do the "un-mystery" version this time around. But in the end, discovering the design a little bit at a time is too much fun.

Also, Cheryl provided some really good examples and kits for different fabric combinations which made me feel a little more confident picking good fabrics for my version.

I'm doing the queen size version so that's a pretty large stack of fabric right there!

My fabric A is Carolyn Friedlander's Crosshatch in Creamsicle.

My choice for fabric B is Lace Elements in Plum by Art Gallery.

I went with Kona Charcoal for fabric C and Carolyn Friedlander's Doe in White for fabric D.  I love the really cool tone on tone print and I think it'll look pretty nice as my background.

The next set of instructions will be published on the first Thursday of August so on August 3. I can't wait to get started!

Friday, July 7, 2017

2017 FAL Q3 List

I feel as though my "day job" really interfered with my quilty accomplishments during quarter 2 of 2017.  Lots of hours spent at work means less hours spent at the sewing machine. So I wasn't very successful with my Q2 FAL list - out of 3 projects, I only managed to finish one (my Missing the U quilt).

But I'm hoping for a lot more free time over the next 3 months so here is my Q3 list.

1.  City Sampler

This one has been on my list for far too long now - it has to get done.

2.  Green Log Cabins

It seems as though no matter how many scrappy projects I put together, the scraps just keep coming. I would really love to put a dent in my green scraps by making an entire quilt out of green modern log cabin blocks.

3.  Harry Potter Quilt

A couple of months ago, my son Max asked me if I would teach him how to quilt. Little did I know that he already had a project AND a recipient in mind for his first quilt.  He came up with a lot of the design, ordered the fabric and pieced almost all of it himself.  We now need to put on a couple of borders, baste and quilt it!

4.  Improv Quarter Log Cabins

I was totally inspired by Debbie from A Quilter's Table when she shared her FAL list for Q3. She has the most beautiful scrappy improv quarter log cabins on there! And she even has a tutorial for these blocks.  I was playing with my scraps the other night and put this one block together and I think I like it!  Now I have to keep playing and maybe even sew a whole bunch of blocks.

5.  New Lunch Bag for me

When I made a lunch bag for my friend Debbie, I realized the one I had made for myself wasn't nearly as nice so I decided to make another one.  This time, I'm using Essex Linen for the exterior and a Kona blue for the accent fabric (can't remember the colour).  The exterior is almost done so this should be an easy finish this quarter.

That's it for this quarter.  You still have one day to link-up your list here on my blog or on the blog of any of the other global hosts!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

2017 FAL Q3: Proposed Finishes

It's time to link up your list of unfinished projects that you propose to finish in Q3 of the FAL. I am looking forward to seeing what you are planning to be working on over the next quarter.

The FAL is hosted by a community of bloggers across the world. Our hosts are:
  • Sarah - Sew me - Northern Ireland
Social Media Director
For those of you who are new to the FAL, it is a place to find motivation and encouragement to complete those unfinished projects that are hanging about becoming UFOs. Every quarter you post a list of projects you hope to finish in the next three months, and then at the end of the quarter, you post a link from your blog, Flickr or Instagram of each successful finish from your original list.

Each finish is an entry for wonderful prizes from our sponsors. There is no penalty for not finishing a listed project, so feel free to make your list long or short, as you wish. The 2017 Schedule and Rules for the FAL are on my permanent FAL page, let me know if you have any questions.

Here are the fantastic and generous sponsors for Q3 of the FAL - you can see each of their prizes listed under their logo (think about visiting them and saying thank you):  

As you may recall from last year, there was a return of tutorial week at the end of each quarter, between the opening of the link for finishes and the day that link closes. Are you enjoying this? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below! This will take place each quarter. Each host works hard to put these together so I hope you are visiting their blogs to encourage them. If you have a tutorial that you would like to share, please let me or another host know.

It's time to round up those projects you want to finish over the next three months, take a photo of each one and make your list. Please ensure that you have at least started your projects - pulled fabric with a pattern is now considered a UFO, and remember it is only finished projects that will get you an entry toward the above listed prizes. So while we love to see your bee blocks, the "finish" is when they are a completed, usable project.

It is very helpful if you tag your list as #2017FALQ3yourname when posting on social media: Flickr, Facebook and Instagram. Using the same hashtag over the quarter when sharing progress or finishes before the link, helps the hosts find your original list quickly - especially when this is done over a 3 month period. IMPORTANT: Don't forget to link your finishes up when the quarter closes.

The 2017 Q3 link for your list of proposed finishes is now open below on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs. You need only link your list once, on one blog - and that link will show up on all of the blogs. If you are using Facebook, Flickr or Instagram, link a mosaic and put your list in the description. Katy of The Littlest Thistle has a great tutorial on how to link-up if you need it.

We also ask that you become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others - visit and comment on their lists. We all need encouragement to get those finishes done, so please share some of your own too. When creating your list there is one thing to remember....No deductions for not completing something so ..... Aim High! Nothing to lose!!! Well Now..... Get those lists together and get linked up. 

The Q3 proposed finish linky party will stay open until 11 pm EST, July 8, 2017- as we are global, you might want to check your time zone to determine your last possible time to link. Remember: you only need to link up on ONE hosting blog and it will automatically show up on all hosting blogs.