Quilt #13 progress …

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I have 32 9-patches done … only 81 more to go …

To me, it seems like super SLOW process on Quilt #13, but I did make a demo craft for our December guild meeting and made the project for our secret Santa gifts. I wanted to get these done as I will be out of town for the week prior to the meeting.  This is the 2nd year that I’ve done the secret Santa.  We hand in a baggie with the equivalent of 2 fat quarters and we receive someone else’s fabric back. Then we’re challenged to make something with the fabric!  I’d love to show you what I made, but then it wouldn’t be a secret, would it?

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Surprise surprise, I bit the bullet … as usual … and have started the Bonnie Hunter mystery “En Provence.”  I need a ton of neutral 4 patches … I have 3 done and a bunch of ‘twosies” to sew into 4 patches … then I’ll start cutting into my neutral yardage until I have enough completed!

 

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Happy Quilting!

Gail

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Make it Faster Workshop

Early this year, I taught a group how to “Make it Scrappy and Faster”. This included using the “Easy Angle” ruler and to do “Leader’s and Enders” mug-rug project.   Leader’s and Enders is a phrase coined by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.com . I had been doing a version of this before I ever heard of the Internet and blogging: I called it 2 at a time.  It’s basically an assembly line method of working on 2 quilts, or 2 different portions of the quilt, at the same time.  People often ask how I get so many quilts done and I believe these 2 techniques are the answer.

Here are photos of the participants quilts.

Dawn, Heidi, Linda and Isabelle put their quilts together in the traditional “Jewel Box” setting.

Matt, Barb, Dawn and Laurel  put them together in a different arrangement.  Matt made his larger with the design off-centre.  I find it exciting when people take what you give them and make it their own!  And yes, Dawn made both the blue one above and the pink one below.  Others have told me that they’ve made more, but I haven’t seen any pictures.

 

Linking to:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Crazy Mom Quilts
Busy Hands Quilts

Happy Quilting,

Gail

Grandma’s fabrics: Quilt #13 started

I’ve started on the final quilt to be made with Grandma’s fabrics.  I haven’t gotten much done … just the start of a few nine patches.  With the goal to make another single Irish Chain.  These blocks are 2″ square. The unfinished 9 patch will be 5″ square …

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I started quilting on Quilt # 12 yesterday. Sorry, but I don’t have a picture.

Here is a picture of Quilts #10 (on the right) and #11 (on the left).

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Happy Quilting!

Gail

Quilt #11 is Done, Done

In my last post (here), I showed you some of quilt blocks.  I had taken a free-motion quilting class at The Quilted Bear in Ladner.  A lovely, talented lady, taught me a ton!  One of the things she talked about was ‘variety’.  “Don’t do the same thing everywhere … change it up … don’t be bored” (my paraphrasing).  So, I attempted to quilt a lot of different blocks in this quilt.  Some are repeated a few times, some were suggestions from a book that I adapted due to the fact that my neutral blocks were not square and some were made up as I went along.  It was a lot of fun and I love the look.

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Linking to:
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Crazy Mom Quilts
Busy Hands Quilts

Happy Quilting!

Gail

Quilt #11: Binding is started!

In this quilt, I attempted to do a lot of different designs in the blocks. Some of the designs were fun and I enjoyed doing them.  A few were a struggle, but I felt like I needed to push myself to do them. The following pictures will give you an idea of what some of the quilting was like.


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And the binding is started!

 

To see what others in the quilty world are working on wander over to these blogs:

Patchwork Times
Love, Laugh, Quilt
Quilting is More Fun than Housework

Happy Quilting!

Gail

Remembrance Day and Quilting on #11 has started

November 11 … a day to Remember … When I was in high school, in the early ’70’s, we had a modern and radical English teacher and we were introduced to Leonard Cohen.  I find it fitting on the day following Cohen’s death, McLeans magazine has a clip of him reciting “In Flander’s Fields.”  Click here to listen.

Quilt #11 of Grandma’s fabrics is a simple Irish chain:  9 patches, alternating with plain blocks. The patches are made from 2 ½” squares.  I recently took a free-motion class and the instructor was really encouraging us to use a variety of designs in our quilts. So, I think I will attempt to do something different in each block.  However, I already know that I’m going to be doing a lot of similar blocks, but  I will definitely be trying out a few new designs. Or at least, new to me!

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Linking to:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Crazy Mom Quilts
Busy Hands Quilts

Happy Quilting!

Gail

Quilt 12 of Grandma’s Fabrics

I’ve been busy this week and haven’t gotten a lot of sewing done.

Quilt #12 is in progress, I have one 9 patch block done … only 112 more to finish putting together.  Then I can arrange it with alternating background blocks and start sewing the rows together.  On Mondays, I sew with a bunch of ladies: sew … I’m hoping to get quite a few of the 9 patch blocks done today!

The 9 patch block is using 2″ squares and is 5″ square.  Once it’s sewing into the quilt it will be 4 ½” … I’m not sure how big the finished quilt will be, but these blocks are so darn cute … I’m thinking that this may be my favourite of all the quilts so far … but I think I’ve also said that of the others as well!

To see what others in the quilty world are working on wander over to these blogs:

Patchwork Times
Love, Laugh, Quilt
Quilting is More Fun than Housework

Happy Quilting!

Gail

 

Status of Quilts from Grandma’s Fabrics

Quilts # 1-10 are all completed.  #11 is sandwiched and ready to quilt.  #12 will use 2″ squares and be basically the same pattern as #11, only with smaller squares and lots more blocks.

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This is #10, washed and dried.  I absolutely love the “wrinkly” look that you get when you don’t wash the batting and backing. To me, it looks more cozy and vintage. And, since I am using Grandma’s fabrics – the fabric is vintage, so it’s very appropriate.

 

Linking to:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Crazy Mom Quilts
Busy Hands Quilts

Happy Quilting

Gail