Snail’s Trail is done!

This quilt is done and will be donated to the guild’s cancer quilt charity.  It was a fun quilt to make!  And certainly much much easier than Shakespeare in the Park!  (Click here).  But it is also about 1/4 the size!  unknown-jpg

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Snail's Trail

Here is a close-up of the quilting.  I basically followed the ‘trail’ and then did orange peel flowers in the large white & pink blocks.  This picture was taken after the quilt was washed – so you also get the “wrinkled” affect.

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Gail

Design Wall & Report: August 14 ’17

My finishes this week is the Ribbon Box quilt (9.75 yards).  (See a picture HERE).  I did end up buying backing (4 yards) for the Pink Snail’s Trail.  There was NOTHING in my stash that would work.  However, I did find a lovely plain flannel that makes the quilt so very cosy!  It is now my current project that I am quilting.

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Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week:      9.75 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  111.8  yards
Fabric Added this Week:    4  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   49.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:   55.5 yards  

UFO tally

I started the year with 47 UFO’s.  One UFO finished so far this month.

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2
June:          4
July:          0
Aug:          1

38 UFO’s left to complete

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Gail

Friday’s Finish: Aug 11

I have finished the next quilt for a wedding gift. The fabric had been sitting for quite a while and the pattern did not “wow” me.  When I saw this pattern, I knew immediately that it was the pattern to use for these fabrics!

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Here’s a close up of some of the quilting. And yes, there were a LOT of ends to cut off.  For the most part, I used my walking foot and a special anchor stitch on my machine at the beginning and ending of each straight section. That way I didn’t have to bury any of the threads, just had to cut all the ends off.  Then I FMQ the swirls in all the background areas.

Update

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The pdf for the sewing mat tutorial is now smaller and won’t take as long to download.  You can find it HERE.

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Gail

A Year of Blogging

Wow!!  I can hardly believe that I’ve been blogging for a year now!  There has been 110 published posts.  I’m surprised that I wrote that much!  Especially since I don’t even think about the blog while I’m away.

Away and back again

IMG_0956I was away for just over a week.  Went up into the interior of BC.  There are over 120 wildfires burning in the province and I had to take detours in order to get there and back home.  The detours added between 2 and 4 hours to the 12 hour trip – one way.  Mostly because with the longer drives, I need to stop more often.

There is a total of 591,210 hectares burning right now.  To bring it into perspective: that’s bigger than the province of Prince Edward Island, one and a half times the size of Rhode Island and almost the size of the state of Delaware. That’s a lot of land!

This picture was taken in the Cariboo, north of Williams Lake.  It’s usually a beautiful view looking down the valley, but all you can see is smoke, smoke, smoke.

Quilting

I’m busy quilting another wedding gift or at least trying to!  IMG_0828

My machine needed to go to the doctor – it was skipping stitches and apparently the timing was out.  It seems to happen quite often with my Janome 8900.  Sigh!  Hopefully now, it will work perfectly as I have a pile of quilts that need quilting.

img_0974.jpgAnd I’ve almost finished a smaller machine mat. I need to buy a pair of scissors and find the button so I can attach the thread catcher.  All the sewing is done.  And yes, it’s the same material as the larger one, except I used purple instead of yellow on the flange binding.

Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week:      2 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  95.30 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   45.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    51.8 yards  

UFO tally

I started the year with 47 UFO’s.  No UFO’s finished yet this month.

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2
June:          4
July:          0
Aug:          0

39 UFO’s left to complete

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Gail

July 24 ’17 Report

IMG_0938Not a lot to report.  No fabric shopping.  I did finish the large sewing machine mat.  I have a smaller one in progress.  Using almost the same fabrics.  Am thinking about using purple instead of yellow for the binding.

I have also made a small thread catcher to go on it.  I’ll show a picture when it’s completed. The large mat used 2 yards of fabric.

Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week:      2 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  93.30 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   45.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    49.8 yards  

 

UFO tally

No change in my UFO tally.

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2
June:          4
July:          0

39 UFO’s left to complete

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Gail

Sewing Machine Mat

I love having a sewing machine mat under my featherweight.  I needed one for under my “big” machine when I go to retreats … I also needed a project to highlight binding by machine – so I put the two together and voila!  Here it is:

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My first blog award!!!

I was nominated for the Liebster Award, 2017 by Kathleen who blogs here.

If you take a wander through Kathleen’s blog, you will find many interesting things.  She did a maple-leaf QAL that is absolutely gorgeous!  There is a neat trick to hemming long seams (using a manila folder)  Believe it or not, her first quilt was made totally by hand and took her 15 years to complete.  She has come a long way in her quilting skills!

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You can find the official rules of the Liebster Award Here.   If you read through the rules, you’ll find that I did not follow them to the letter.  It was difficult to find other quilting bloggers that have less than 200 followers.  And I wanted to pass on the award to someone who’s blog I enjoy!

One of the official rules for this blog is to answer some questions.  Here goes:

  1.  What is my favourite blog?  Quiltville’s Quips and Snips … you can find it HERE.  This is Bonnie Hunter’s blog.  The queen of scrappy quilts!  I love her mystery quilts that she offers every fall.  I have been following her blog for almost a decade.  She certainly is an encouragement to scrappy quilters around the world.
  2. If you could meet one Quilt Personality, who would it be?  Well, I have already met Bonnie Hunter and was enthralled to take a workshop with her.  Next on my list would likely be Eleanor Burns.  Her sense of humour is an absolute riot!
  3. What is my preference when quilting?  It varies.  I love sewing with my quilting buddies!  I love silence! and I love listening to audio books.
  4. Do I have a favourite snack while quilting?  Nope … don’t want to get food on my quilts.
  5. Do I look for quilts while watching a movie? Of course!
  6. What comes first when you make a quilt:  buying stash then look for a pattern or buy the pattern first and then the fabric?  I have enough stash to last for years and years – most of my patterns are either self-designed or in a Bonnie Hunter book or free on the internet …
  7. What is your favorite quilt/sewn project/craft? My favourite quilt is usually the one I’m currently sewing on.  My current favourite is on my last blog post. (Click HERE).
  8. Hand Quilt or Machine Quilt?  When I first started quilting (in the 80’s) I hand quilted.  When I re-started quilting in 2005, I started machine quilting.  Most of my machine quilting is done on my Janome 8900.
  9. Favorite Color?  Blue!
  10. Favorite Quilting/Crafting Item? My feather weight sewing machine!  It (or an antique hand crank) travels with me and I do most of my piecing on them.
  11. Do you work on one project or many?  This is a silly question … will all of my UFO’s isn’t it obvious that I work on many projects at the same time?
So I now nominate Judy Hansen at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.
You may have visited her blog if you go to the blogs I link up to.  Judy very kindly took over the “Design Wall Mondays” and provides opportunities for bloggers to post links to their own blogs.  It’s a fantastic way to see what others are working on!
Judy also provides a look into her quilty life. From antique inspired quilts to others that look a little on the modern side.  Enjoy your wander through her blog!

Happy Quilting
Gail

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July 17 Update

A finish!

Quilt #14 of Grandma’s fabrics is done!  And I LOVE it!  It has a flannel back and is oh, so cosy!  If it hadn’t been made for “C”,  I’d be keeping it.  But it was made for “C” and it will be in the mail to her very shortly!Quilt 14

Here’s a close-up of the quilting of one of the centre blocks:quilt-14-1.jpg

 

Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week:      10 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  91.30 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   45.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    47.8 yards  

UFO tally

I started the year with 47 UFO’s.  Quilt #14 was not a UFO, so my UFO count does not change.

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2
June:          4
July:          0

39 UFO’s left to complete

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It’s getting there

The top is finished, borders are added and the quilting has started.  I decided to do feather wreaths in the negative space.  I’m liking it – a LOT.  And since I love doing feathers – it’s a lot of fun to quilt!  I still have most of the outside partial wreaths to do and the small segments that you can see in the bottom corner and upper right.  Hopefully it will get done this weekend!img_0904.jpg

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My Update

Thank you to all who commented on Sarah’s quilt.  She wrote, “super excited about everyones reaction! I will send pictures of my other quilts and hopefully new ones that i will make.”  You can see here quilt HERE.

Design Wall

This is Quilt #14 made from my Grandma’s fabrics.  I need to add a few borders and quilt it.  It’s an “Uneven 9 Patch.”  I know that I was getting really low on Grandma’s fabrics, but when I did my clean-up, I found this piece of yardage that I had been given years and years ago.  I know that it’s a true vintage fabric, not from just when I received it, but because it is only 35″ wide!

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A Feline Finish

This quilt showcases “cats”.  I started it earlier this year.  It will soon be on it’s way to an aunt that LOVES cats and needs some quilty love.

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Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week:      9 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  81.30 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   45.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    37.8 yards  

UFO tally

I started the year with 47 UFO’s.

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2
June:          4
July:          0

39 UFO’s left to complete

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Sarah’s finish

I have been away in Alberta at a wonderful wedding and have not finished any quilts in the past few weeks.  (And yes, the bride & groom loved their quilt! See the quilt HERE)
However, my sister sent me this picture of a quilt made by a 16 year old friend, Sarah.  I am totally impressed with the colour choices that she used for the sashing and border!

Here’s what Sarah has to say:
Yes I made this quilt last year in the quilting 4-H project. The inspiration I had for this quilt was when our family would go down to the Kitchner area to visit relatives, I would always see tons of Mennonites and they have always fasinated me. I brought the quilt this year to the 4-H Regional Fair in Thorhild and won first place which I was really happy about. I also brought it to the Westlock quilters guild show last year. 
I would love for you to put it on your blog! I hope that it will motivate people of my generation to take up the hobby of quilting, a skill that has been slowly dying in the past few decades.
So Sarah – here’s your first quilt on my blog. I’m looking forward to featuring more of your quilts!  To my readers: Let me know when you show this quilt to other people of Sarah’s generation and I will pass it on to her.
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Cleaning: the good, the bad and the ugly

Cleaning

What starting my cleaning frenzy?  My daughter gave me a book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying” by Marie Kondo.  I could hardly walk in my sewing room, so I felt some-what inspired – to do SOMETHING.  Not totally though, because obviously the author is not a quilter and does not know the value of a fabric stash!

The Ugly

The ugly fabric – mostly poor quality quilting cottons, polyester fabric – it went.  A few flimsy scrappy tops that definitely did not give me joy & the thought of finishing them gave me dreaded horror thoughts.  Some garment fabric, some old patterns and 2 boxes of polyester stuffing and batting have disappeared from my sewing area and my house!

Bad

In sorting through all of my sewing stuff, I found more STUFF.  Actually UFO’s!.  I found 9, yes NINE, more that were not on my list … they have been added to my current list.  GROAN!!!  For most of them, I have no idea when they were started.

The Good

One of the first things that the author (Tidying) suggests is that for each category – you gather everything, yes everything, into one spot.  So, I gathered all my fabric together.  The next thing you do is ask yourself “does this item give me pleasure?”  Well, for most of my quilting fabric, the answer was a firm “YES!”   I took 4 bags and 2 boxes to the guild meeting.  I came home with 2 boxes (the odd fabric stuffed into one box).  YES!!! YES!!!  I’m so happy that most of it found new homes!

I was also able to organize my latest purchases (of the past 5 or so years) into appropriate containers.  Theoretically, I should be able to find what I’m looking for very quickly!  Please note: I did say “theoretically”! unknown-jpg

Design Wall

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Have started quilting this:

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Stash Report

No fabrics bought this week.  I did get rid of some quilting fabric (panels and a few other odd items), but I did not measure them and as I don’t have a total of all the fabric I possess, I’m not going to worry about the numbers.  Besides, I got rid of it – I didn’t use it!

Fabric Used this Week:      4.8 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  72.30 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    5  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   45.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    26.8 yards   Still doing a happy dance!

UFO Tally

I thought I started out the year with 38 UFO’s.  But with the discovery of 9 more, I actually started out with 47!!!  Oh me, oh my!  

I have given away 3 UFO’s … lowering my final number left to complete!  But my end tally is more UFO’s than I started the year with!  Oh well – perhaps it’ll be more inspiration to complete them!

2017 Completed
Jan: 2
Feb: 0
Mar: 0
Apr: 0
May: 2
June: 1 + 3

39  UFOs left to complete

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Gail

Friday’s finish is my sewing room

Friday’s finish

I’ve been working on sorting through all of my fabric.  I don’t have a ‘before’ picture, but I do have ‘middle’ picture.  It went from this: IMG_0883

to this:

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You can even see some of the floor!  I actually amazed myself that I was able to organize things as well as I did!   It did take a lot of time and I haven’t done a stitch of sewing.

And yes, there is other fabric stored in the closet and containers in this room.

I will write more about my clean-up next week.

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Gail

Design Wall & Stash Report June 18 ’17

Design Wall

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This is another quilt that I’m started, using Grandma’s fabrics.  I found this single lone piece and there is enough to make this quilt without using any other of my Grandma’s fabrics.  The fabric is 35″ wide – a true sign that it’s OLD!

I am also using “Mist” from Free Spirit.  I actually started my 3rd bolt of it and I LOVE the fabric. It handles well, and goes with almost everything!

IMG_0883The other project that I’m working on is sorting through all my fabric.  The corner of my sewing room looks like this:

I didn’t take a “before” picture, but trust me, it was hard to walk into the room and my ironing board was stacked with STUFF up to the window ledge.  Yes, that made it very hard to iron anything!

I do have a bag of fabric that I will take to the guild tomorrow night.  Whatever is left will go to the local thrift shop,

 

Stash Report

Sarah & MitchellAnother UFO is completed!  YEAH!!!   I only consider fabric used when the quilt is done, done, done … finishing a UFO makes me very happy!

Fabric Used this Week:      12 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  84.3 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   45.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    38.8 yards   

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UFO tally

I started the year with 38 UFO’s.

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2
June:          1                       33 UFOs left to complete

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Gail

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A finish for Friday!

This is a UFO from 2012.  It’s the third time I’ve made this pattern by Debbie Caffery (Good Night Sweetheart).  The first 2 times were for 2 wedding gifts for a niece and nephew that got married 1 week apart in 2009.  Although this was a UFO that has been languishing – I thought it would be appropriate to finish it for another wedding gift.  It’s a sister to the nephew that got married in 2009.  Figured they might as well have the same pattern!

If you’ve been following my blog – this is the quilt that had a misbehaving block in it … all fixed now!)

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Gail

Design Wall and Stash Report

We were away on an Alaskan cruise.  We had wonderful weather.  Rain was forecasted for most of the cruise … but it only rained when we were not outside!  unknown-jpg

I did not take a sewing machine with me on the cruise!  I did not take any hand quilting or sewing.  So there is nothing new for my design wall.

Six of the quilts made with Grandma’s fabrics are on their way to Ontario. (See Grandma’s Fabrics).  The only ones I have left are #1 (for me) and #4 (for my sister).  Two of my cousins came on the cruise with us and they are kindly taking the quilts home and will ensure that they are distributed at Christmas.   We draw names at Christmas and I have it all arranged to have various cousin’s names until 2026.  However, since the quilts are done, I figure they might as well enjoy them.  There’s no sense in me storing them for the next several years.

Stash Report:

I did purchase some fabric in Alaska … 5 yards in total … I’ll show a picture of it when it’s unpacked!   I’m really starting to think that I need to start a stash report for my husband:  2 of the fabrics were his choice of what I “must have.”  unknown-jpg

Before the cruise, I did make 7 gift bags out of Christmas fabric.  That used 4.8 yards of fabric.  It was a quick finish since it took about 1 ½ hours to dig out the fabric, and ribbon, set up the serger, serge the bags and then iron them.

Fabric Used this Week:      4.8 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  72.30 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    5  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   45.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    26.8 yards   Still doing a happy dance!
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UFO Tally

I started the year with 38 UFO’s. No quilts finished in June – yet!

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2                         34  UFOs left to complete!

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Do you see what I see?

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Look at that middle star!  I have absolutely NO idea how that happened!  It’s the correct colours, but in the wrong position.

I have some frogging to do!!  And since I’ve already done some anchor quilting – it’ll be a hand stitching job … groan ….

Later:  Once I had the block out, I measured the pieces.  They were all weird numbers, like 2 3/16th square.  What??  I would have remembered something THAT strange!  This is one problem with UFOs: You forget what you did!  So, I pulled out the pattern and then it all made sense.  I needed to make a 1/4 square triangle.  IMG_0863When I had originally made it, I had put the stitch and flip dark brown triangles on the wrong corners.  So, the misbehaving block has been removed and the  1/4 square triangle is made, tucked into place and slip stitched in. Now, I just need to quilt it!IMG_0860

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Monday’s Design Wall

My Ribbon quilt is now a flimsy.  It’s a pretty simple pattern and you can use fat quarters.   The pattern is free and available here.  Be warned: Friends of mine ordered the kit and are totally disappointed with the fabrics (quality and colour).  This quilt is from a collection of fabrics (mostly fat quarters) that I bought eons ago.  I had a plan for it – but it was not to be.  As soon as I saw this pattern, I knew this was THE pattern for the fabrics …  There is enough of the remaining fat quarters and additional fabric that I might even be able to make another quilt with the fabric.  img_0828.jpg

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Stash Report May 28 ’17

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Shakespeare in the Park is DONE, DONE, DONE!  Yeah.   This quilt used approximately 23 yards.  I made it bigger than the pattern (Judy Martin’s) and pieced the back.  I know I already showed a picture of it, but here it is again!  Can you tell that I’m glad it’s totally finished?

 

Stash Report:

No fabric purchased this week!  I didn’t even go through a door of a quilt or fabric store.  It’s almost amazing how you can avoid purchasing fabric by not going near any that is for sale!  unknown-jpg

Fabric Used this Week:      23  yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  67.50 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   40. 5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    26.6 yards   I’m doing a happy dance!

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UFO Tally

I started the year with 38 UFO’s. Finishing Shakespeare in the Park is one HUGE UFO done!

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2                         34  UFOs left to complete!

Linking to:

This week, I’m linking to a new (to me) blog.  The previous blog that had the stash report link is no longer doing it.  Another quilter has agreed to have a linky for the stash report.   I found it interesting to read that some count their stash use when they cut or sew the fabric.  I guess I had never thought of that! However, since my goal is to decrease my UFOs and my stash – I’m only counting my stash use when the quilt is finished.  Completely finished.

Happy Quilting
Gail