Tuesday, 25 February 2014

What I'm Working On...

Hi! It's been a few weeks since I wrote a blog post so I thought I'd write a quick little one of what I'm working on. Mostly I've been working on hand quilting my Bloom Bloom Pow quilt (designed by Lee of Freshly Pieced... there's a button in my side bar) while watching the Olympics.

 I think I am getting better at it as time goes on. I'm on my fifth or sixth bloom now.
 I'm pretty sure I want to use these fabrics in my Pantone Colour of the Year Quilt (look for a button for that one in my side bar too) but I am having trouble deciding what quilt to make.
And I have added to my collection of slabs for my quilt of Valour that I'm working on. Although I am trying to use up scraps I actually had to buy some fabrics for colours that I don't have very much of in my stash such as yellow and orange.

So that's what I've been up to. I hope to write another tutorial for March as well. Remember my HST heart pillow that I posted at the beginning of the month? (There's a tutorial for it under the "tutorials" tab) I entered it in a "Gifts of Love" challenge on the Sew Mama Sew blog and I won! So I will have a couple of new quilting books coming to me in the mail. I am so excited about that! I will be sure to show them to you when they arrive.

I started a full time job with the Government of Canada so I'm finding that there are not quite enough hours in the day these days. This job only goes until June but I hope it will lead to further opportunities. Fingers crossed. :) This job is a great opportunity in itself for now.

Linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Finished Tops!

I was busy sewing last weekend as well as today and yesterday. So I have some quilt finished quilt tops to show on my blog. Yay! :)

 First, I finally finished my String of Pearls quilt top from the quilt-a-long last summer! It only took a few hours to get finished. I don't know why I let it sit for so long. There is my dog thinking about lying down on it. This is going to have to sit a bit more now until I get some backing and batting for it.
 In the summer of 2012 we took a little trip to Drumheller, Alberta and visited the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology. While in Drumheller, I visited the quilt shop there and picked up these dinosaur fabrics. They have sat since then. When I pulled out the "String of Pearls" blocks these fabrics were underneath in the drawer so I pulled them out too. The nine patch squares are made with fabrics that have dinosaur fossils on them. The centre is a panel. I need to order a border fabric and I have found some on Etsy that I like. Then this quilt too needs backing and batting. My son is patiently waiting for it to be finished. :)
Just this morning I finished this Valentine's Day pillow and I plan to write a tutorial for it this afternoon to post here on the blog. It's my first tutorial and I hope to have it ready for tomorrow. :)

** UPDATE** I finished my tutorial! :) You can find it here or click on the tutorials tab at the top of my blog.