That’s right … I was searching for some fabric that I knew I had somewhere … and I opened this container and discovered more UFOs. There was a bunch of rectangles that I know were intended for zipper bags and some squares from a panel that were suppose to be pillow covers, but I had made handles and I think I was thinking of making a little bag. Continue reading
Linda is a quilting buddy. Her neighbour’s kids have doxies – Jaxson & Skittles. The neighbour often dog-sits the cute fur-babies. Sew, when Linda. saw the “Dogs in Sweaters” pattern by Elizabeth Hartman, she knew she had to make one of Jaxson and one of Skittles. However, she wanted to make them as true to the colouring of the dogs … so she managed to get pictures of each of the dogs.
Then she made the pillows: SEW cute!!!
Didn’t she do a fantastic job with the colouring? I think Linda is one talented lady! Continue reading
This top is almost ready to sandwich. It’s a pretty simple pattern, and one I have made a few times. It’s a great pattern when you want to show-case a fabric.
But, I do not have anything quilting related finished.
However, I do have my garden planted and I noticed that some of the radishes are up, and a few pea plants are poking their head through the dirt! We’ve had a couple of harvests of rhubarb … yes, spring is here!
I had this picture picked out for today ….
That’s correct … I’m not starting just one new project … but 3!!!!
Mystery quilts are a great, great temptation to me … and there are 2 that have left me wondering “should I or shouldn’t I?” Well, the answer is I shouldn’t but I’m going to!
#1 Square Dance
From My Carolina Home is offering “Square Dance.” This is the one that is already started with the clues named after the calls or moves in square dancing. Fun!
SEW: I have started sewing the first few clues, you can see the 9 patches here. I’m making this with Kansas Troubles … a favourite fabric line! And all from my stash. This is going to be a small quilt … a table topper. It should be doable and easily finished by the end of the year. (If I want to get my PHD in 2018 – it has to be finished!) Continue reading
Quilting Labyrinth #2
I have started quilting Labyrinth #2. I’m starting by stitching in the ditch around all the major sections. Then I’ll free-motion the rest.
The quilting will be very similar to what I did in this Labyrinth #1.
The easiest way to show all the pictures is in the following slide show. As you will see, I was with a group of very talented quilters. Everyone was working on different projects. What a diverse variety!
I’m home from the retreat! What a great time I had with some very amazing quilting friends!
I did manage to get this quilt totally quilted and bound. It’s big, it’s heavy and I won’t be taking a pic of the full quilt until it’s washed and hanging on the line. I spent most of the whole retreat quilting this. The backing turned out to be a brushed cotton / flannel and it was a challenge to manipulate it through the machine.
I’ve had several inquiries about the pattern for this quilt:
You can find the pattern HERE. Please beware that the fabric requirements have an error in them. Where it says 4 strips 2” x 42” for binding This is actually for the border. You need the same amount for the border.
This is a picture of some of the quilts done by the group. I know that there were at least 2 more that were finished but didn’t show up for the guild “Show & Tell.”
This picture was taken by our wonderful guild photographer, Irene Hamilton. I blotted out the faces because I did not have permission to post pictures of the individuals.
I’m leaving this morning for a retreat! Here is an early morning picture taken last year from one of the bedrooms at “Over the Rainbow Lodge” on Camano Island.
I’m going to be sewing with friends from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California. A true west-coast group of ladies.
Sew … I’m planning on working on lots of my UFO projects …
- Orca Bay – quilting
- Labyrinth #2 – quilting
- Smith Mountain Morning – piecing
- Fractured Paint Brush – piecing
I may take one new project to work on … Dr. Suess quilt, a bag, or something using some fat quarters or a layer cake or ??? (hmm that’s more than one) … but I wouldn’t want to run out of projects, would I? And, I am going for a week!
New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop
Week 2 is in progress. If you hopped to all the blogs last week, I’m sure that you saw lots and lots of wonderful eye candy. I promise that you will see more again this week.
Here are the list of blogs to hop around this week:
The Blog Hop CO-HOSTS
Yes, I know I mentioned at the beginning of this post that there are give-aways available. You will get an entry for each blog comment you leave. The hosts use a tool called a “Rafflecopter” for choosing the winners of the give-aways. So visit one of the following co-host’s blogs and enter to WIN!!! The sponsors are in the picture below the list of blogs.
Tish is the wonder-gal that designed the logo below with all of the give-aways that are happening.
Yesterday, I taught a guild workshop “Scrappy Irish Chain.” Based on this quilt:
A friend saw a quilt that I had made in 2007 on my Facebook page. She asked if I had the pattern. I couldn’t find the pattern any where. I looked through all my files – both paper and on the computer.
I have made at least 5 quilts using this pattern. This was when I was first getting back into quilting. It is easy to pick 3 co-ordinating fabrics, the blocks are big and go together easily. Continue reading
This is my 2nd year participating in the “New Quilter’s Blog Hop.” I’ve learned LOTS about blogging, making changes and adding things.
There are 32 participants in the Blog Hop and we are divided into 4 different weeks for presenting out blogs. Each person in the group suggested names and logos for the group. The name “In Stitches” was chosen and the logo is
Another April Finish
Yeah! I quilted this quilt with a simple “loop-d-loop” and had most of the binding done before I taught “Sewing binding on by Machine” at a guild function. You can see my tutorial HERE. Many were surprised with my “don’t iron the binding in half” and clipping the corners. One gal who finished quilting her quilt, added the binding to her quilt – without ironing it in half: she was a happy camper or should I say a happy “quilter.” I then had to giggle when she apologized for wanting to sew the binding on by hand … that’s perfectly OK!
This quilt is a free pattern from Quiltville.com. Scroll down to “Scrappy Bargello.” I made this with 2 ½” strips. Continue reading
I was asked to learn to use the Double Mitre Ruler. I struggled with the directions. It said, “fabric right side together.” So I assumed that you used both fabrics together. Well, you know what they say about assumptions. I was totally wrong. So, I went to You-tube … there is a link HERE that demonstrates it nicely. The outside makes a frame and you slip the centre part into the frame. Once I understood that, it was easy peasy! Continue reading
Remember, I said I was going to play with these left-over blocks from the Orca Bay Quilt?
I made 3 zipper bags with the left-over blocks from Orca Bay. It was a project I started this year and I finished it this year! They didn’t turn into UFOs!
Yes! I have half of my UFOs completed! whoo hoo!!! Yes!
I finished the binding on this quilt on Friday! It sure helps to have concentrated time to just work on one project!
You’ve seen snippets of this quilt, but not the whole thing. It’s not a great picture … I usually prefer to take pictures of my quilts hanging on the clothesline. The sun came out for a brief moment after the binding was finished. When I figured the patio was dry, I took this outside and got a quick picture.
Yes, the quilt I’ve been quilting on for ages and ages is now completely quilted. Just the binding to go and I’ve started putting the binding. I was hoping that it would be finished before this post went live, but alas, it’s not. Maybe today, I might just “get ‘er done!” Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a picture of the whole quilt by Sunday. The forecast is for rain, rain, rain … so if there is a break, I’ll get a picture.
I need a new project to start! I do! I do! I really do! Honestly, I do!
I’m tired of quilting this one quilt … it’s almost done, but I’m tired of it! I refuse to start quilting another quilt until this one is done done done!
SEW … there are the left-over blocks from my Orca Bay quilt. Yes, these ones in the picture … I don’t want them hanging around for ages … having to move them and wondering what do do with them. So I have a plan … we’ll see if it gets done! Continue reading