Thursday, August 27, 2009

Kaffe floral

Well first.. I should have ironed it.. oops.
I got this idea from Red pepper quilts, a blog I can't stop dropping in on. I ran with the gray back drop but had a pile of Kaffe Fassett charm packs so... came up with this.
I remember her saying in her blog something like " this was an easy project"... haha. Well it was a challenge for me with so many seams, points, etc. But I loved doing it! Challenge away.
Not sure what it will be.. I can see it as a hanging... ?
I have to add that this is a very small version of the queen size I also made... crazy but so fun!
Need to back and bind... hmmm

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cottage fence?

Man oh man have I used ever last piece of my Fig tree fabric! Back in May my local quilt store " Creative Edge", I'd have a link but she hasn't got a web site, had a great sale. I picked up 2 Fig tree jelly rolls and 4 fat quarters and 2 yards of the same line. Well I have managed to make this lap/crib, 2 cottage quilts for my mom, and Lucy's gift.
I put this together the other day... what should it be named? Cottage fence? Standing coins? Any ideas?
32 x 38 inches, 100 % cotton.... have to decide on back and binding...

Lucy's quilt

Made this about 5 months ago. A simple block lap/play mat for my client who just had her first child, beautiful little Lucy.
I stitched in the ditched around every panel to give some interest on the back and also because I didn't have my other machine to stipple it... but happy the way it turned out.
Fig tree fabrics except for backing, 40 x 40, 100 % cotton.

Apples in orange

So I whipped this up yesterday, bright and fresh. The apples seem to pop out to me so I'm calling it " apples in orange".. a little play on words.. I'm so Witty, lol.
A quick, fun project I've seen on so many craft sites I thought I'd try it. I have a few 5" charm pack tucked away, perfect for this.
Have to decide on binding...

37 x 36 play mat/lap/stroller/crib 100 % cotton
quilt. I just did a simple diagonal stitch with the help of painters/masking tape as a guide ( again saw it on someone's blog, when I find it again I'll add the link) .

Fabric spaghetti... I'm getting really crazy about trying to not waste anything... What could I make out of these little strings?

A little nest!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Persephone earrings...

I just bought some beautiful Czech glass earrings made by the talented Ms. Snapdragons! There is still some other sets left and a gorgeous necklace.

Love her craft blog and now she has another blog "bedtimes stories for everyone", really great.

Can't wait to put my new sparkly bobbles on..

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Floating boxes

Floating boxes like wonky blocks was fun to make. Again I was making it for someone who had just had their second daughter so I had to make a "big sister" doll quilt to match.
To quilt it I tried my hand at "stitching in the ditch"... I need to practice and slowwww down. Backed with a fun bird/nest motif. Happy how it worked out.
Quilt is 100% cotton, measures 48 x 48 inches.
Doll quilt measures 17 x 17 inches.

Improv in pink

Absolutely loved making this!

I had picked up some solids when I was in Calgary and had this in mind. I made it for a client of my who just had her second daughter.. so I made a "big sister" doll quilt ( 1st photo) to match.

I quilted it by doing semi random straight lines. I've seen it on a number of different blogs I follow, had to try it out.

So much fun to just cut and sew and cut again, add a peice or not. Love the process.
Quilt is Cotton/poly , measures 45 x 46 inches
Doll quilt measures 19 x 21 inches

String progression...

Well almost there. Top is done now I need to figure out how to back it and how to quilt it... any ideas?

Wonky block

Ufo completed, yay!
I finished it by meandering around and every now and then making a little heart shape to end the stitch line. Well I tried my best to... I need some practice and speed control. Have to tell myself " slowdown, it's not a race"! Need to be a little light footed...
100% cotton, measures
54 x 43 inches


So here is one of the first projects I did, a tumbler.
Back almost a year ago we had a new neighbor move in right next door. We hit it off right away... and she was a quilter. She has done some beautiful stuff and as we talked more about it she asked if I wanted to ever try it... I said I had a machine but sewing was really not my thing didn't even know if my machine worked. She took it home, fixed it up and presto, I could now start a project. Then she suggested I convert an extra room in our house to my "sewing room", a few tables, cutting tools I was on my way.

But first she gave me the template to the "tumbler" and her scrap bin ( a huge trunk actually) and said " have at it"! Hand sewing.... had fun but not really my thing... got a lot of tumblers done and then thought I'd change it up and add strips... voila! Backed it with black flannel, love it.

And about the same time we went a guild show and from there I became really addicted to fabric, butting up seams, color, shapes and following over the top creative women blogging and sharing... endless. Beautiful sunny day.. I'm in my sewig room, crazy!

I find myself smiling while I sew... do you?

100% cotton, measures 49 x 36 inches.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Strings in blue and purple

I've been following the blog of the fantastically talented Ashley on her blog " Film in the fridge".

She has done a number of string quilts and has a great tutorial so... I thought I'd give it a try.
I wanted to make something for one of my son's friends, his best friend who happens to be a girl.
Her fave colors are blue and purple... so here goes. Hope she likes...

"Giddy up" rag quilt

Quick little project..a rag quilt. Too simple. Hardest part was all the snipping of the fringe.
This one is for my little nephew that loves horses and his bedroom is decorated in all these colors... giddy up!

One more Christmas present, I can't believe I'm mentioning Christmas in August..

Wonky pink stars

Well I finally finished the wonky star quilt for my other neice who is 6 .. she loves pink. The Kaffe blue was made for her sister.

Lots of great Kaffe in there, backed with a really fun circus theme cotton and stippled. I think I'm going to wait and give them as Christmas presents... maybe make a few pillows to go with...?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Play mat

When I first started quilting I bought the"Quilts and More" magazine to get some tips and try a few projects.
I made "around the block" play mat size and hand tied it. And again I was thinking "boy" at the time but all my friends and clients have continued to have girls... so it hasn't found a home yet.
100% cotton, measures 43 x 43 inches.

Gabriola Quilt #2

Forgot to add this... It was completed and went over to the island and then I finally finished #1 and stippled it... I decided I need to do the same to #2... so back home it came with me.

I had initally tried to stitch in the ditch but had used a cotton/poly back fabric ( never again) that was wonking all over the place. But I really wanted her to have it so ... off it went.

Gabriola Island

My son and I went over to Gabriola Island for a little summer break with nana and papa, they live over there. We had such a great time. The heat wave hit so we were down in the ocean cooling off, collecting rocks ( a fav thing for me).
My mom is an artist ( and has a wonderful studio so Jack was in there creating a holiday journal, printing leaves, painting.
And I finally finished her other quilt for the cottage so I could pass it on. I stippled it and man oh man did it take me awhile... and thread. I'm new to stippling and had no idea how long it would take! But I'm really happy with the results. Now I need to come up with another one for the queen size bed room... hmmmm
The picture of it is on the steps of her cottage