Thursday, October 19, 2017

Harry Potter Quilt Finished!

And we have another finish!!

This Harry Potter quilt was started back in May, when my son asked me if I'd be willing to teach him to quilt. A good friend of his is a huge Harry Potter fan and her birthday is in November; he knows making your first quilt isn't an overnight project so he asked me way ahead of time.

He found the design and ordered the fabric (a mix of Harry Potter fabrics by Camelot, some Kona solids and prints from Spoonflower). I taught him about the 1/4" seam allowance, showed him how to pin so his seams would match up and he learned how to press (not iron) his seams open.  He did a great job.

The middle piece is all I had to sew - a bunch of HSTs and small pieces. I also pieced the backing from all of the extra fabric he ordered but didn't use (he obviously had no idea how much fabric we would need!)

I sandwiched it, quilted it and put the binding on.

I used Aurifil #2600 in 50 wt for the quilting and used my walking foot to quilt horizontal wavy lines. The texture of the quilt is amazing!

The quilt just needs a good wash and then it'll be wrapped up and offered to a very lucky girl for her birthday!  And I get to brag about my 2nd finish from my 2017 Q4 FAL list!

Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern: The design was inspired by this quilt
  • Size: 60" x 70"
  • Fabrics: Kona cottons, some Harry Potter fabrics by Camelot Fabrics and prints from Spoonflower
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2600 in 50 wt.
  • Recipient: My son's friend for her birthday

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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

FAL 2017 Meet the Host: Felicity of Felicity Quilts

Welcome to another edition of 2017 FAL Meet the Host. This time, we get better acquainted with Felicity of Felicity Quilts.  Enjoy!


I'm Felicity

and this is my family - Husband of 17 years K and our nearly-10-year-old daughter G:

being silly, something we do very well

I am lucky enough to live in Naramata, British Columbia. It's a village of fewer than 2,000 people nestled on the Naramata Bench in one of Canada's fruit- and wine-producing regions, the Okanagan Valley.

As you can see, we're on the side of a lake, and it's a big tourist destination because our summer weather is hot and dry.

We moved to Naramata from Vancouver just over a year ago. After living for nearly 25 years in Vancouver, we grew tired of the traffic and the astronomical cost of living and decided to take a different approach to life. We couldn't be happier.

I quit my job in the financial services industry and now I work part time in a local quilt shop as a designer, teacher and retail associate. I also work from home as a training and development consultant. My husband was a stay at home dad in Vancouver and he also works part time here in the area.

I began quilting in 2000, shortly after I got married. My husband is the one who encouraged me to look for a beginner's class because I spent a lot of time looking at and admiring quilts in museums and at shows but I was too intimidated to try it myself. But boy am I glad I did. I knew from the first minute of that first class that this was going to be my thing.

This is my first quilt - the classic beginner's sampler with one large scale fabric plus some blenders.

I even free motion quilted it all by myself on my tiny Bernina 145.

Yikes, amirite? But you know what? That was the start of something, and you gotta start somewhere.

Baby quilts for nieces and nephews happened in due course, as did a quilt for my husband's 40th birthday (2 years late).

I subscribed to quilting magazines, I read books about quilting, I could spend a whole weekend at a quilt retreat and come home and sew some more. It consumed all of my free time! Eventually, though, I got to the point where I was reading about quilting but becoming overwhelmed by all the projects I wanted to do so I didn't start anything.

Thankfully, I was able to give myself a good talking to, and came to my senses. Every quilt is just a whole bunch of seams that are sewn one at a time, right? Well, I said to myself, just commit to 20 minutes a day of sewing something. Anything. But sew. Eventually you'll get something done.

One of my first modern quilts

I was right! I did get lots done, aided as well by the explosion of the online world of modern quilting. I found Flickr and the myriad active quilt groups it hosted (RIP, old Flickr). I also found quilt blogs and started my own as a way to keep myself accountable by journalling my progress.

It's not an exaggeration to say that blogging and sharing online changed my life! I found Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild online and attended the first meeting in mid-2010. I met dear friends in person and via blogging (and blogging friends became in-person friends too). I participated in Flickr quilt swaps, virtual bees and met many of my online friends at the inaugural QuiltCon in Austin.

These two quilts won honourable mention at QuiltCon 2013.

Though  I don't do many swaps anymore and online bees have fallen a little out of fashion, I still belong to a virtual quilt bee with 9 other incredible quilters, called Bee Sewcial. We work in solids only and we piece improvisationally based on that month's prompt and colour story.

Winter is my first quilt finished with Bee Sewcial blocks. The prompt was "abstract minimalist winter landscapes in shades of grey." Did my bee mates deliver or what? I love this quilt, and I will be submitting it to QuiltCon 2018 show.

Winter, a Bee Sewcial Collaboration

I like to have lots of projects on the go, in varying degrees of complexity because I never know what I want to work on at any given time.

Here's a sampling of some of my favourite quilts from over the years:

In a (Solid) Pickle, 2011 (swap quilt)

Burst of Colour, 2013

Helen Keller Wisdom, 2011

Selfie, 2015

Naramata Summer, 2014 (made after a visit and before we knew we'd be moving here!)

Modern Stripes, 2016 (accepted to QuiltCon 2017)

I'm extremely fortunate to be able to have a completely separate studio to work in - we finished the 450 square foot space over our detached 2-car garage just for my quilting. (Truth be told that space was what sold us on this house. Good thing we like the rest of it!)



I love participating in the Finish A Long, and I'm so happy to be a host as well. We motivate each other to get our beautiful projects finished so we can move along to the next thing that makes us happy, yes? Yes.

Thanks for visiting with me!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ocean Path Finish

After our Thanksgiving family get-together, once the kitchen was clean and everyone had gone back home, I decided to go down to my sewing room and finish my Ocean Path quilt.

I purchased this pattern from Quilt Theory a while ago and I put the top together at the beginning of the summer, but then it sat there for a few weeks. I finally basted her in August but then it sat some more until about 2 weeks ago when I decided to start quilting it.

For the blue triangles, I knew I wanted to practice some dot to dot quilting with rulers.  I quilted a couple of blocks that way, but for some reason, my Juki did not enjoy that at all... lots of thread breaks and tension issues. I got so frustrated, I took the ruler foot off, put on a regular FMQ foot and just eyeballed it!  The lines definitely aren't perfect, but they are close enough.

For the coral negative space, I was stuck and couldn't decide what designs to use! I then opened the pattern and looked at how the quilt on the cover was quilted. Pebbles and wavy lines! Yes!

I had so much fun quilting it!!  And the texture is just wonderful. I'm really happy with how smooth my pebbles are - the practice really is paying off.

And with this finish, I'm kicking of quarter 4 of the 2017 FAL! This was project number 5 on my list.

Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern: Kitty Wilkin for Quilt Theory
  • Size: 50" x 60"
  • Fabrics: Kona cottons in 4 shades of blue and a coral background (don't know the designer or manufacturer)
  • Thread: Pieced with Aurifil #2600 in 50 wt, quilted with Auriful #2780 (blue) and Auriful #2415 (light pink), both in 50 wt.
  • Recipient:  The quilting is far from perfect so I might keep this one

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

Sunday, October 8, 2017

2017 FAL Q4 List

I know I missed the deadline for the Q4 list link-up but thought I'd put it here anyway and tell you about how terrible my Q3 completions went.

I had 5 projects on my Q3 list and finished... none of them! I did have a few small finishes, but nothing from the list. So Q4's list is going to have a few repeats from the last quarter.

1. City Sampler

This top has been pieced for almost a year now and during last quarter, I finally basted her.  I am determined to have her done before the end of the year. I've given up on some fancy quilting - I'll probably just do an all over design. A finished quilt is better than a perfect quilt top - right?

2. Holiday Placemats

A few weeks ago, I decided to play with my Hex N More ruler and two holiday charm packs and created four placemats for the holidays. The tops are all done, they just need a good pressing, basting and quilting.

3. Green Log Cabins

This one green log cabin block has been languishing in my sewing room for more than a year.  And I really, really want to make more and turn them all into a cool green log cabin quilt!

4. Harry Potter Quilt

This is the quilt my son and I designed and pieced together.  We've added borders during this last quarter, but this has moved very slowly because Max worked a lot over the Summer and now that school has started again, he's less available.  What I think I might do is just piece the back, baste it, quilt and bind it by myself so he can give it to the person he made it for.

5. Ocean Path

This is a quilt I started in early August and I had it basted by the end of that month, before my trip to Denver, but couldn't get to the quilting until this last week.  I posted the picture above yesterday, when I was about halfway done with the quilting.  Finishing this one by the end of the year should be no problem at all.

So there it is! Five projects again this quarter, but I'm pretty excited about them all and I'm confident I'll be more successful this time.  :-)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

2017 FAL Q4 Proposed Finishes

I find it hard to believe that we are already in the last quarter of 2017! That means it's time to link up your list of unfinished projects that you propose to finish in Q4 of the FAL. We are hoping that the FAL community will be finishing a lot of projects as we move into the last quarter of the year.

The FAL is hosted by a community of bloggers across the world. Our hosts are:
  • Sarah - Sew me - Northern Ireland

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 Q4 of the FAL - you can see each of their prizes listed under their logo (think about visiting them and saying thank you):

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 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 #2017FALQ4yourname when posting on social media: Flickr, Facebook & 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 Q4 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 Q4 proposed finish linky party will stay open until 11 pm EST, October 7, 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.