Saturday, 26 October 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry in the Baby Quilt Category

 This is my entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival - Baby Quilt Category. I made this quilt out of several batik charm squares which I arranged in rainbow colour order as best I could (the pink doesn't really fit in the rainbow but I put it in with the purples) and created this zigzag pattern using white background fabric.

I listed this shop for sale in my Etsy shop and it was well received on the site and was even added to a few Treasury lists. (I actually just sold this quilt last week!) I kept the quilting simple by just following along the zigzags in the white fabric.

Here is a close-up of some of the fabrics. It was really fun to work with so many bright vibrant colours making them pop with the white. I am proud of this creation. Thanks for stopping by to check it out. Make sure to check out the other entries in the Festival and vote for your favorites starting Nov. 1.

Why I Want to Win a Baby Lock Melody Sewing Machine

Hi again. I am writing this post to enter to win a Baby Lock Melody sewing machine as part of the Blogger's Quilt Festival. So here is why I want to win:

1. I am sewing on a 16 year-old Kenmore from Sears. It's a regular sewing machine that does not have special features for quilters. It's been a good machine and has held up well. But now it is having tension problems which is causing me to have tension problems.

Here's a picture of the dear old girl. I hope she holds up if I don't win!

2. I cannot really afford to buy a new machine right now and have to save up. I don't know if my machine will last until I have enough saved up.

3. In checking out the Baby Lock Melody machine online I have learned that it has several features that I would enjoy as a quilter. Such as 189 built-in stitch patterns. I am sure one of those stitches would be a blanket stitch and I would love to have that for applique. It also has a hands free presser foot lift and several push button controls that would really speed up my process.

I hope I win! :) Wish me luck! Here's a picture of a beautiful sunset near my home that I took last week to brighten up this post.

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Here is my Entry

I am enjoying a Saturday evening in my pyjamas after a very busy week and I'm catching up on all the quilting blogs. Many blogs are buzzing about the Blogger's Quilt Festival and I can't miss out on all the fun! There is a button on the right of your screen on my button bar for you to click on and check out the festival!

So here is my entry into the festival in the throw category:

This is a special quilt that I made for my husband for Father's Day this year. It is make with all quilt shop quality flannels and is very soft, warm and cozy. He works so hard to provide for all of us and I really wanted him to have a special gift. I hadn't sewn him a quilt since we got together 16 years ago and that quilt is starting to wear so it was time for a nice new one. I thought piecing pinwheels was fairly straight forward but in this process I learned that it is a very wise idea to trim up your half square triangles once you've sewn them. I love how all my points are bang on on this quilt because of trimming.

Originally I was going to have the blocks all randomly placed but then I decided to make diagonal arrangements of like colours together and I am so glad I did that. This quilt is made with two charm square packs of "Boundary Water Flannels" by Holly Taylor for Moda. The background is a solid cream coloured flannel. You can read more about this quilt in this post.

I hope you check out the Blogger's Quilt Festival and join in the fun. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my special quilt.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Holidays Are Nearing

One of my friends posted on Facebook yesterday that it was only two months until Christmas Eve. Yikes! I am trying not to think about that too much because then I start to feel like I am running out of time already. I haven't made much progress on my Holiday Happy Quilt but I did finish a Holiday Happy table runner. I am finding that smaller projects are more manageable for me right now.

 Here is the table runner. It measures 49 x 20 inches. I have it listed here in my shop.
 I love these fabrics. They are so fun and whimsical. I was asking my eight-year-old son's opinion on whether to put borders on or not and we both thought it might be too wide for most table settings. Then he made a very important point. People might set their wine glasses on the edge and the wine might tip over. We can't have that! My boy is wise beyond his years. ;)
 I machine sewed the binding down. The snowflakes and Santa gnomes are fantastic, don't you think?
 I am so happy with this table runner that I think I might make another one. I made every second block a snowball block as I thought that was fitting. How about you? Are you working on holiday quilts? I am linking up with TGIFF being hosted by Quilter in the Closet this week (button is also in the button bar ----->).

Friday, 11 October 2013

An Unexpected Free Day

Today I wound up with a whole day off. I had thought I was going to work for three hours in the middle of it but it turned out that it was a slow day at work and I wasn't needed. So what did I do? Quilting of course! I started and finished a table runner today.

 I had purchased two grab bags of charm squares at a local quilt shop a couple of weeks ago. They are little paper bags and you don't know what fabrics are inside. You only know there are 20 charm squares in each bag. So these are the charm squares. I decided to combine them and make a tumbler table runner.
 Here it is on my dining table in the afternoon light hot off the sewing machine.
 And a close-up of my free motion quilting.
 I used my little satin quilt labels that I told you about in my last post. So fun and exciting!
 Here is a closer look at some of the fabrics. This table runner is up for sale in my Etsy shop. I found out that sadly I have missed the boat on both of the big local Christmas craft fairs. They were both booked solid months ago and I didn't even live here yet when that happened. So I cannot sell my handmade items at Christmas shows this year and my Etsy shop is my only hope. I have my name on the lists for next year though so I hope that works out. I was SO disappointed.
 Last night I made Halloween cards for my shop. You can find them here. This one is a green glittery skull. I wanted to make it look like a spook coming out of the gloom.
 Here is the same stamp (By Stampin' Up) embossed with silver on black card stock.
 And I did a little flocked pumpkin on these cards. They are so soft and velvety.
The night before last I was stencilling t-shirts. They say "Army Wife Toughest Job in the Army!" Ha ha! You can find them here if you're interested.

I have been busy! I plan to make some more Halloween cards tonight and then maybe move on to Christmas. My kids were home from school today and they got the crafting bug too. My living room has the contents of the kids' craft cupboard spread all over it. I have a bit of cleaning up to do. My son did do a good job of cleaning up the mess from their painting on the kitchen floor though. He also washed the dishes! (Half of them have to be re-washed... but still!)

I am thinking about writing a pattern for the table runner. What do you think? Do you think I should? Happy Thanksgiving to all in Canada! We'll be enjoying turkey at my Mom and Dad's and I will be a busy baker on Sunday making pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese icing and pumpkin pies.

I am linking up with TGIFF. M-C is hosting here this week. And I just found out they are running prizes this month for linking up finished projects so bonus! There is a TGIFF button in my button bar.

Monday, 7 October 2013

My 100th Blog Post!

 Wow! This is my 100th blog post! I wish I had major exciting things to say. I did finish this little "Lorax" quilt so that's kind of exciting. I actually have a finish to show you. :) I sewed this quilt "free style" with no plan but to use up scraps from a larger quilt I had made for my son's bed.

It's a baby quilt and I've listed it in my Etsy shop.

I love 9 patches! And I tried to fussy cut the Lorax on red fabric for the centre squares in the log cabin inspired blocks up the middle of the quilt.
 I was very excited to receive my quilt labels in the mail today from Jennifer's Jewels. Squee! I feel so legit now. Can't wait to sew them into garments and onto quilts.
Thanksgiving is coming up this weekend here in Canada. My son made this adorable turkey at after school care today while I was at work. So cute! I need to find a good recipe for pumpkin cupcakes as I have an adorable Thanksgiving cupcake kit from "Merci" that I bought at an adorable little "Unique Boutique" on Main Street in my town. My Mom is hosting dinner but I usually make the dessert. Do you know of a good recipe? If so, please email me with it or a link to it. I would be so Thankful! :)

I still have a bit of Lorax scraps left. I will mail them to the first person who tells me they want them so leave a comment if you do. There is 90 grams of fabric mostly in 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 inch strips. Some slightly larger squares too. Happy Thanksgiving if I don't get a chance to blog again before then!

I am linking up this finished baby quilt to TGIFF. You can find the linky here or click the TGIFF button in my button bar.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

WIPs and I'm a Pod Cast Sponsor

These are my pink and red blocks for my "Penny Candy" Christmas quilt. I am about to start on the blue blocks. I didn't get a chance to sew yesterday because I was busy taking my kids to piano lessons and hockey. I did get a bit of paper crafting done though and added two "wine lover's" notebooks to my Etsy shop. (You can click the "I Sell on Etsy" button in my button bar on the right to go to my shop.)

I am hoping to get some work done on finishing my "String of Pearls" quilt and the Ruby quilt from July that got put on hold for our move.

I also have plans for a few stash busting baby quilts and table runners. I am hoping to do a Christmas Craft show this year so my sewing machine is going to be smokin'. (I hope it doesn't die on me!)

The "Canadian Quilt Talk" pod cast that I am sponsoring is on today at 4:00 Pacific so listen in for a coupon code for my Etsy shop. Congratulations to Sharon Pratt who won my Briar Rose fat quarter bundle for today's "Quilter's Corner" on the pod cast. The link for the pod cast will be up at 4:00 at the Explore Fibre blog.

Happy sewing everyone!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Happily Crafting

I have been happily crafting all day today. I am making progress on my "Penny Candy" Christmas quilt from the book "Strip-Smart Quilts" by Kathy Brown. So far, I have sewn the red and pink blocks so that's two colours down and three to go. I also made a little quilter's/sewists' journal for my Etsy shop. This was a store bought notebook that I decorated with sewing themed papers. The original notebook is made from 80% sugarcane waste! Environmentally friendly. :)

 This is the front cover. There is a velvet ribbon down the side with two corduroy buttons. The papers are hexagons and little dress sewing pattern views.
 This is inside the front cover. It came in sideways somehow. There is a pocket on the page with the button papers. I put a ribbon and mini rick rack down the left side.
 This is the other side of the pocket page with another pocket. The paper is printed with sewing pattern instructions.
 I added two dividers with tabs and pockets which are removable so they can be moved around in the notebook.

 This is the inside of the back cover with another pocket. There are five pockets total inside.
 This is the back cover. I used paper supplies from Stampin' Up and Smashbook to decorate the notebook. It's in my Etsy shop if you want to see the listing. Just click the Etsy button on my button bar.
 Here is where I was at a couple of days ago with the Christmas quilt. Cutting out all the triangles.
 These are the scraps that come off the ends of the strips. You can see my triangles lined up at the top of the cutting mat with my scrap pile growing on the left.
Here is the scrap pile after all the triangles are cut. Yikes! That is one thing I do not like about this technique is the amount of scraps generated. However, I am tolerating this because I love the look of the finished quilt. I have a plan for using these pieces up in yet another quilt.

Also, I am the sponsor of the Canadian Quilt Talk pod cast this week. Listen in on Thursday for a coupon code for 10% off in my shop if you are so inclined to shop there. :)

Thanks for checking out my projects today. Such a happy day being off work and having both kids at school. They'll be home in about 20 minutes and then we're off to hockey and gymnastics. Busy times!