Monday, January 22, 2018

Postcard from Sweden Quilt Along

This is one of my early free downloads from Craftsy, (affiliate link), a bright, cheery, geometric design that has your eye roving all over the quilt.
Postcard from Sweden designed and made by Kelly Liddle of jeli quilts - used with permission


Last year Myra at Busy Hands Quilts ran a quilt along to make this quilt, breaking up the construction process into steps over the course of several weeks, and presto! a finished quilt before you know it, fitted in amongst your other projects.  I wasn't able to participate last year, but a few of my friends and I were bemoaning that fact, and I said, "Well in a few months, let's do our own quilt along."

So we are.  I'm hosting. Julie of Pink Doxies is in, as is Helen of Midget Gem Quilts. Would you like to join? Absolutely no deadlines, just guidelines, and perhaps a draw for a prize at the end for finished quilts or tops, which might help get my butt in gear to get a couple more of my patterns published and in my Craftsy and Etsy stores, ha! More on that later; the main prize is you get that quilt made, right?

Here are the dates we've agreed upon:

  • February 14 - Step 1: Gather your fabrics, and cut your HSTs.
  • February 28 - Step 2: Make the HSTs; press and trim.
  • March 14 - Step 3: Assemble top
  • April 11 - finished quilts or tops parade

Pretty low-key, right?

Hope you'll consider joining us!

Linking up
Cooking Up Quilts


Friday, January 19, 2018

Playtime Plus in Modern By the Yard

I can finally show you a quilt I worked on at the end of November and finished in early December. It is in the newest edition of Benartex's e-zine, Modern By the Yard, which goes live today, and which you can download by visiting their blog, Sew In Love With Fabric.
I actually broke into a massive GRIN when I saw this photograph! Ah how I'd love to get all my quilts professionally photographed...

Here's the cover. You will find it available for download on the top right sidebar of their blog. There is also a link within the blog post. Easy!

So this quilt is one that I designed back in February 2017, as part of the 30DesignsChallenge2017 that I co-hosted with Lisa of Sunlight in Winter Quilts.  I am going to host it again this year, just in case you're wondering, beginning February 1 through mid-April. More on that in another post next week. I'd designed it as another shadow quilt (I have a thing for these, you may have noticed!) when I was just so in awe of how much good work the Red Cross does around the world.
One of the things about sewing for a fabric company is working with fabrics you may not normally have chosen. This is good, to push one's boundaries, and stretch the creativity and scope of one's go-to palette. That is not to say that I am not a fan of rainbow quilts; on the contrary I LOVE them. Lisa wanted to feature this new line, 'Dot Crazy' by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. Polka dots are just not in my print love wheelhouse. They're okay, but florals pull me or geometrics.... like that prima donna print at the bottom, in the middle in green, and near the top in red? Instant love! Then, seeing this array of fabrics in a rainbow, I started to 'feel' this quilt...

I designed this as a giant 9-patch quilt, with a cool construction process, (hint: go look at the e-zine for how!) so it wasn't long before the flimsy was on my design wall:
Oh yes! Sidenote: I hadn't covered the other two 2X8' styrofoam sheets with my other piece of gridded flannel then, but they are covered now and I have 8 lovely square feet of design wall... in the guest room LOL. Don't have 8' high in my sewing loft in this little 1.5 storey house!

I used the blue and green prima donna print on the back of the quilt. On the cutting table, I knew I wanted to line match the seam:

But then a little magic happened:
Pinned in place to see the effect I'd get
Shuffling the bottom piece over a tad (no waste of fabric then!) resulted in purple balls being formed...this fabric has some serious potential for kaleidoscope. This was December 1, before the interview with the designers on Sew in Love With Fabric where they actually DID a kaleidoscope  quilt with this fabric (that link takes you to the post where there is a Youtube video)! Great minds...
Voilà! Such fun!
I quilted it with more dots, of varying sizes, and wavy lines, a design of Christina Cameli's from her book, Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting called 'Effervescent'. The smaller and medium circles I freehanded, the very large ones I drew with a blue Mark B Gone pen. (sidenote to my friend Jake: on my list of new things to try this year is, I promise! the Crayola marker you sent me 😬😔)
In very little time, it was all quilted up.

Why is it, that whenever there is a deadline, things go awry? Murphy's Law, I know. Well my beautiful beloved Bernina darling had a small intestinal disorder of the 24-hour kind... Without embarrassing her by going into detail about it, she couldn't function properly, and I needed to apply the binding, which has to be done with a walking foot. Little Billie and Tillie, my Featherweight girls, do not have a walking foot. The only other machine with one was my dear old steadfast 1979 Elna, the first machine I bought. Out she came, and away she went, chugging along quite happily, glad to get a little air... (get it? You will when you see the photo.)
So this quilt was sewn on four different makes and styles of machines! Pieced on a Featherweight, quilted on the Handiquilter Avanté, Avril, binding started on my Bernina, and finished on my Elna! And people have the gall to ask me why I need more than one sewing machine...

Here's a shot in the sunshine of the texture. The quilt and the fabrics are not washed. It's wonderful, isn't it?  I used a pale yellow Aurifil 2123, which blended in so nicely.

The entire quilt:
Ah, December 3...no snow
My trusty quilt holder was not available so I had to improvise for a straight-on shot:

The back:

Had to get another shot of that quilting motif and texture.

The binding worked out very well this time. I sewed it to the front (with the Bernina ha) and topstitched it down on the back with the Elna.

Since it's aimed as a quit for a child, this gives a little added stability.

Speaking of binding, I'm hand-stitching the binding down on my Wayward Transparency quilt. You may have seen the post on my Instagram feed. I'll have that finish for you next Friday, when I'm hosting TGIFF here on my blog for the first time! Check! Another item on my goals list accomplished.😁

Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  Original design, Shadow Plus quilt aka Playtime Plus
Size: 54.5" square
Fabric:  'Dot Crazy' by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Quilted: on Avril
Threads:  pieced with Gütermann cotton; quilted with Aurifil 2123 pale yellow; The Bottom Line in the bobbin
# of stitches: 103 910


Quick note:
There are some great sales around too, in case you're needing to chase away the January blahs. Connecting Threads (affiliate link) has books, tools and batting on sale, and has added new kits to their clearance section (that's where I found that fabulous lime green flannel with which I backed Float.) And oh!! Be still my heart: did you see their new line 'Rue d'Avignon'?!)
Hawthorne Threads (no affiliation) has added a TON of fabrics to their sale section. Their newsletter pulls me in so many many times, not just because of the giveaway (which I have still not won, sniff, in two, or is it three now, years of entering...)
Craftsy (affiliate link) has all classes (okay there are two I'm eyeing, Christina Cameli's 'Quilting the Grid' and Elizabeth Hartman's 'Inspired Modern Quilts' which I watched most of during a free classes weekend) and check their sale section as well; ya never know...
Sewing Machine Plus (affiliate link) still has 10% off your entire order on until the end of January. They have all kinds of sewing/quilting related things (yup fabric too), not just machines...

Okay that's it! Off to focus on my to-do list. Remember to hop over and download your copy of Modern By the Yard!

Wait! If you're still with me (thank you!) I meant to say that this is the quilt that I plan to use for this year's Quilt Along, coming this spring. So be sure to download that e-zine. 😉





Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Kitty Mat Tutorial #2

I've completed almost half of my January OMG, to make two cat mats for the Humane Society. Here is a tutorial for this fun and quick make.  This is what we are making, in the RSC2018 colour of the month, pale blue. It measures about 18" wide by 12" high. You could use this same pattern to make placemats.

1. Choose your fabrics.  Cut:

  • For the large squares, cut 12 squares @ 3.5"
  • for the 4-patches, cut two strips @ 2" wide of two different fabrics for a total of 4 strips. You will have extra. You actually only need one WOF strip and another about 10-12" long from each of the two fabrics, if working with scraps.

2. Piecing 4-patches

  • Sew two strips of the 2" contrasting fabrics together along the long edge of the strip.
  • Press to the darker fabric. This will help 'nest' the seams (making a nice match at the centre).
  • Repeat with the second two strips.
  • Cut 24 @ 2" wide segments from these strips.
  • Pair these, nesting the seams at the centre of each 4-patch, to make 12 4-patch blocks. They should measure 3.5" square.


3. Layout

  • Arrange in alternating fashion to make a 6 X 4 block rectangle as shown below.

Double-check (clearly I didn't; see the error?!) your design.
4. Piece the rectangle.

  • Visualize these 6 columns as 3 sets of 2.  Pair the blocks in the first column and chain sew them together.
  • Repeat with the middle set, and finally with the third set.

I piece the majority of my quilts this way, in columns, a method I call "Book it!" which is in more detail here. I learned it many years ago in a colourwash class, where it was invaluable in keeping a few hundred 2" squares in exact order as you'd arranged on your design wall!


  • Press in alternating directions. I've turned the columns sideways to fit on my small pressing board. Putting the 3.5" squares on top, alternating down the column, as you see in the bottom of the picture, ensures the pairs get pressed to those 3.5" squares. The alternating pressing scheme again will help nest all your seams.



  • Sew the top pair to the pair below it, and so on down the column until you have the entire column (a 2 block by 4 block column) pieced. Repeat with the other two columns.
  • Press columns 1 and 3 seams down, and column 2 seams up.


Nope, still hadn't noticed the error....
Sew all three columns together, and press! And THAT was when I noticed... Sigh. But as you see from the top photo, I unpicked and fixed it. Can't have a kitty bum on a mat with an error!  I have to quilt it up yet, but I'll show you when I have the other one all done, which needs to happen by January 31.

Bella tried it out for size, with some coaxing...😼 any other time she's all over something I'm trying to photograph!



I have been told that cats tend to get adopted out more quickly if they have a homey mat to sit on in their crate while they wait for their forever home. These two mats will most likely go to the Englewood Humane Society in Florida since I will be there in less than a week! 😎

All right, lots to do before we leave, in the sewing loft that is. Ha! Priorities. Not much else to worry about, all quick and easy.

  • Job one is Wayward Transparency; it is done but for the binding.
  • Job two is planning and drafting and test piecing for another Benartex blog hop at the end of the month. This fabric--!! Just wait until you see it, well, what the heck, here's a sneak peek of the fabrics now that they have arrived since I did my Q1FAL list:

DROOLING


  • Job three is writing up a finish post for another quilt coming out in Benartex's Modern By the Yard magazine which goes live on Friday. EEEP!


Lots of stuff going on!

Update:
Purr-fect backing, pale blue for January's RSC colour, and the big cats: lions!  Pillow turn method, bits of fabric and thread and batting I used to throw away for stuffing...

Ta-da! Poofy kitty mat #1 done and Bella-tested
I just quilt, slowly, because it's very thick, two lines, so the mat is divided into three sections. Then one more lengthwise down the centre. More detail when I get the other one done.

Linking up
Sew Fresh Quilts
soscrappy

Friday, January 12, 2018

Float

Those of you who have hung around here for any length of time know that I love quilts with super-imposed images. I love when your eye sees a quilt one way, and then there's a 'shift' and boom! You see that same quilt in a different way, the first image receding, then there it is again, and so on. It's like Rubin's Vase.  'Float', which is what I've named my Splash of Colour quilt, has a similar illusion effect.

The sun peeked out for a couple of minutes on the photo shoot day, but as luck would have it, I was still stitching binding down. I tried yet a different way of machine-applying it, still on the 'meh' fence. I nearly hand-stitched it, even pulled out a needle to thread, and then thought, 'Hmm, at least 2-3 hours to do this. That's that many hours less to work on Wayward Transparency, or one of the others on the list...

All right, a quick recap: this pattern, by Sandi Irish is in a magazine I picked up in a package of older ones at the Sarasota Quilt Guild's show a couple of years ago. It's McCall's Quick Quilts, June/July 2012. You can purchase the pattern from Sandi's website here. You can read two posts about the quilt top, the first half on the design wall here, and the finished flimsy at the bottom of the post here.

Here is the flimsy which I did finish by the end of 2017, but posted on Jan. 1.
Inside lighting, again not good to show off the glow of the aquas and limes


This is a pattern where I actually folded the magazine open to its picture because I loved it so much. It has sat beside my sewing machine on the two-tiered rolling toolbox since we got back from Florida at the beginning of April. I so wanted to make this quilt, and didn't want to forget about it! Many other events happened between it and the dawn of Myra's Splash of Colour QAL. When I saw that, I knew instantly that I was going to join in, and what pattern I was going to do. After all, I had collected black and white, and white and black fabrics for a little over two years, and it was TIME.

When it came to quilting it, I toyed with the idea of doing ribbon candy in the turquoise and lime squares, but then soon realized that would be a tad fussy, possibly involved changing threads, working into the centres to do a little meander, then back out again...I needed fast. There are a few commitments and deadlines looming. Besides the fabrics and design is what needs to sing on this quilt!
Part of the photo shoot was actually IN the rain...and wind, sigh. It flipped over a corner, but I didn't retake the photo because it shows how well the backing goes with the front!

I have long loved Angela Walters' swirl and hook design, and still didn't feel totally comfortable with it; some of the hooks looked more like a beak, some like a wing of hair that sticks up from having slept on it funny, others drooped like a wet flag...well it wasn't that bad, but you get the picture. Since this quilt was going to be mine, all mine, why not do an all-over swirl and hook meander to practise this motif? So I did. I think I have it down pat now.

What colour to use was quite perplexing. White was too stark on the black prints, and black thread on the white much the same. Grey? Off-white? I unfurled a few threads on the quilt top, and it was Essential 'Parchment' that really seemed to blend the best. Avril loves Essential 100% cotton thread from Connecting Threads. So off we went.  The only issue was that it was extremely hard on the eyes to see where I'd quilted on the white, as well as on one black sewing-themed print, which has white stitches on it! I may have quilted over a little bit of the hooks or swirls once or twice, but no matter; I didn't rip. I am confident it will sink in wonderfully. Why? Because...

I used flannel on the back!

The fabric is also from Connecting Threads, (affiliate link) a steal of a deal in their clearance section a little while back, and I bought all they had left, which, as you can see in the photo above, was not quite enough for this quilt. It is thick and fuzzy and washed up nicely. I may have smiled and said, yesss! when I took it out of the dryer to finish air-drying. I always pre-shrink flannel when I use it as a backing; learned that the hard way... but I still love and use that first flannel-backed quilt, as does Brady his baby quilt which is still on his bed today, along with others. Love that child and his love of my quilts. Anyhow, when I was looking through the shelf of yardage for potential backings, and spied this, I may have actually said aloud, 'Oh yes!' Then, after realizing there wasn't quite enough, and feeling a bit disappointed, I was super happy to look through my flannel leftovers plastic drawer and find a fat quarter of the other green that matches so well.

Here is the write-on label and my mmm! quilts label:
So, binding. I nearly did a solid black. This is why I never, well, except for Wayward Transparency, cut my bindings ahead of time. Like the quilting motif/design, quilts 'talk' to me about bindings too. It's important to get it right. 'Float' said, "Whaddaya think about multi-coloured?" Oh yes! I said (seem to be saying that a lot with this quilt...) So I chose three greens and three turquoises that were used in the quilt. I am so happy with the effect!

The binding 'meh': I sewed the binding to the front of the quilt, turning it over to the back, intending to hand-stitch, as you read, but then needing to be faster. I was going to stitch in the ditch from the front, as I prefer to do when I machine-stitch a binding down, catching (and missing in usually more than one or two spots) the back. I don't like that the back looks like a drunk person stitched it down, sometimes the stitching lying nicely along the folded edge, other times, being too far in and leaving a bit of a lip at the edge. So I thought I'd glue it down (still can't get over that I do this now, and love it; you can teach an older dog new tricks!) and try stitching from the back so that the edge is nice and neat as you see above, and I was guaranteed not to stitch like a drunkard ha. It irritated me that there would be a line of stitching on the front of the quilt though, and what colour to use in the bobbin to try to blend with black and with white? I opted for Aurifil 2600. The line is still a little bothersome, but, like the crossed-over quilting in a couple of spots (that I haven't been able to find again huh!) I figure it will sink in with the first wash. It already isn't irritating me as badly as I thought it would, when my nose was 8" away from it as I stitched.

Hard to see the texture on the front, and on the back the thread sinks in, but here is one, trying to catch some natural (grey) light on it:


Here is the rolled up shot trying to get as many of the six binding fabrics together. Overnight, the little snow we had left in the yard has gone except for patches here and there. The bad news? The temperature is dropping throughout the day so it will be freezing rain. I'd rather have the snow thank you.
Five are visible here; the sixth is a strip of the main green in Freefall 😄
Lots of the fabrics have a personal meaning for me: in the above picture alone you see French text print, starfish (love of Florida), an alphabet text print Bernie of Needle & Foot sent me as a gift in with my order a few months ago, music for my love of music, a reason why I don't watch as much TV as I should be, because I prefer to listen to music while I quilt, dress forms print, the kind of art deco floral one...
I also love that a few 'vintage' fabrics play so nicely with newer ones. Again in the photo above, the ocean-themed turquoise looks awesome against the lime green (so old I can't even recall the name of this fabric, but it is much like a batik, but it isn't, kind of fuzzed-out marbled. One of the turquoises, the water-themed one you see at the bottom of the above photo, in the binding is an old one, and goes perfect with the brand new Masterpiece Mixers by Kanvas.

Below there's an wonderful old, no a vintage zebra print that I got thinking it might work as a background or blender in kaleidoscopes, but have never used. It's nearly all gone now. The turquoise inside it is a Nancy Crow ombré from early 2000s. There's some from my nephew Callum's quilt: 'Cleta', and bike tracks prints. There is a bit of the coolest white and black Christmas print, (look for the reindeer head and torso) that is the lining from Dayna's stocking, more meaningful turquoises and greens, new and old.


And below you see another Nancy Crow water (fabulous!) print beside a lime batik from The City Quilter in NYC, which itself rests on a fabulous batik used in Brianne and Tim's wedding quilt.  There's even a bit of Brady's Halloween quilt, the bats print, Paris, cats, sewing machines, all add to the 'mmm!' feel I have when I look at this quilt.


And finally, another....sigh.....menopausal moment.  I pulled the quilt out after the last stitch was sewn down on the binding. Thought to take one more look at the magazine photo to see how closely this resembled it... Wait.  WTF.... No.... Yes.  Big breath.

Borders?
There must be a reason why my mind did not remembe,r nor think to read the pattern again once the blocks were being made and the flimsy was coming together on the design wall... I could say that 'this is a more modern look, no borders', similar to Angela with her tongue in cheek descriptions of the quilting motifs she does on certain quilts, "Well," in a snooty voice, "the reason I did swirls was to soften the effect of all the straight lines piecing, juxtaposing the angles with the curves..." . Eye roll.  Nope, I messed up. Period. But I'm okay with it and I love the quilt as is. Took it downstairs and fluffed it out on my bed. Ahhh.

Besides.... Preeti voiced what I'd already thought a while back, "Wouldn't this look great with pinks and oranges floating on the blacks and whites?" I do have a fair amount of blacks and whites left... and thus, the scraps continue to reproduce!

I am linking up with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts for the Splash of Colour parade of finishes! Check out that link for some lovely quilts. This is also a quilt on my Q1FAL List which is here.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  Split Decision by Sandi Irish
Size: pre-quilting 54.5 X 72.5"; after quilting: 53 3/4 X 71.5"
Fabric:  purchased, scraps, and stash
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Quilted: on Avril
Threads:  pieced with Gütermann cotton; quilted with Essential 21160 parchment; The Bottom Line in the bobbin; binding stitched down with Sulky rayon variegated turquoise
# of stitches: 111 652

Linking up
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Crazy Mom Quilts
TGIFF at Rainbows, Bunnies, Cupcakes
Busy Hands Quilts
Cooking Up Quilts

EEEP!! I just see that Myra featured Goddess Eyes in last week's linky! So now I can say I was featured on:




Thursday, January 11, 2018

Throwback Thursday #1 Starry Hearts

Starting a numbering system while TBT is here at mmm! quilts. Welcome! Grab a cup of coffee or tea and prepare to read the story behind my Starry Hearts, and more stories behind more pre-blogging quilts in the linky party below.
It was a very overcast day so not the greatest light for these. It's also a pretty large quilt for MacGyver to hold up. Love the bump that is his head in the middle LOL!

This was the first fat quarter bundle I bought, at a sewing show in Edmonton called Creative Stitches (I think). I went with my BQF (Best Quilty Friend), L. She and I got into some wonderful trouble where sewing and shopping and quilt classes were concerned. I miss her, now we live so far apart, and our sew days we'd have during school vacations. We were both teachers. This was a quilt and a technique, however, that only I did. We often took the same classes. She got me into Colourwash quilts; I got her into Stack 'n Whack. In fact, I got her into quilting, period. We both were seamstresses, so it wasn't that much of a leap, nor was much persuasion needed, ha!

The FQ bundle was a show special, so a pretty good deal. I loved the rich colours, wanting a Christmas-colours quilt for on our bed. This one could be on for a couple of months as the fabrics aren't Christmas motifs. I'd already bought the Buggy Barn pattern, 'Crazy About Hearts and Stars', and these fabrics would work perfectly for the cover quilt on that pattern. So after some debate, I bought that fat quarter bundle.

I don't remember the fabric line, but it is one by Robin Pandolph for Moda Fabrics. I was a selvage reader from the get-go of quilting, always interested in the designers' name, the name of the fabric line, and the company. I gravitated to Moda and Hoffman Fabrics immediately when I started quilting.


I am pretty sure that I got the matching backing fabric on one of my then-guild's bus trips. It is a brushed flannel, so this quilt is super-cosy. As you can see, I didn't have quite enough, so added in the green piece to make it large enough.

I have always labelled my quilts. I've always been a documenter, a journal-keeping, record-keeping type of person, so this was important to me before I even knew why it is so important.  Over the course of several months, once year, I wrote a "Reason Number --" blurb about the importance of labelling quilts for the guild newsletter, which is when I really learned how important it is.

Love that round angel kitty label.  This quilt has been used ever since I finished it (it took me a couple of years after buying that bundle), washed multiple times, and the writing still holds up well. It was written with a Pigma Micron pen.

Buggy Barn Designs is known for their 'crazy' quilts, where you stack multiple layers, and whack them apart according to their block design. You sew them back together, very improv-style, where the seams won't align edge to edge, but you trim and keep going. For example, the block may start out with a 15" square, but when sewn, it perhaps squares up to around 12". I've made two of their quilt patterns and have another one out of a book of theirs on my list of "Want to Make" quilts.

Here's a close-up of the actual block, a rectangle. There is no appliqué; no Y-seams, only straight line piecing. Pretty cool!

I quilted it on my Bernina, FMQ-ing a heart shape in the heart and then going back over it with a wavy line, making it look rather lacy. This is a technique I learned from Kathy Sandbach's books. In each heart I did a holly design, just eyeballing it, and elongating the holly leaves to fill the star points. I had taken a couple of classes at Central Sewing in Edmonton, where I'd purchased my Bernina in 2003, one of which was on Sulky threads, so this was quilted with Sulky Blendables 12 and 30 weight in the stars and the hearts, the border a 12-weight, and either a Mettler or Gütermann, 50 weight cotton in tan, green and off-white, and a red Sulky rayon in the background of each block, matching the colours to the background.

I've been a feathers-loving girl forever...

After the first wash, I realized that I should have echoed or done something to 'squash down' the background of the feather curves, but I had no clue then how or what, so I left it, and as these things go, I've never gone back in and done some closely-spaced lines or echoes. The thread for the feathers is a Sulky Blendables reds with a little blue, a 12-weight. The guy I took the threads class from said, "If you're gonna do ALL that work quilting it, use a thread that will show off your work." To make the spine, I would use a dinner plate to draw the curve of the spine with a Clover chalk rolling marker, and then echo that 1/2" away, the width of my walking foot. I would draw the longer arcs of several of the feathers to get the angles right, but FMQ the bumps. I hadn't yet learned the 'hump and bump' style of doing feathers until I took a class a couple of years later from Matthew Sparrow, (this was before he started Sparrow Studioz, now Sparrow Quilt Company) who bought Karen McTavish's longarm and had taken several classes with her. Matt Sparrow is the one from whom Kathleen Quilts got her loaner machine, and where Angela Walters taught weekend classes just last summer, and I didn't know until the day she left and I was there in Edmonton...still a tad broken up about that. They bring in big names. Waaah! Natalia Bonner is there this coming weekend... Be still my quilty heart--!!

Okay, regroup. Where was I? Oh, a tip for FMQ-ing with the 12-weight, of which I have little bit left of all three!  And no, I'm not ashamed to admit it either. Yeah yeah I'll be one of the quilters who, when I die, my family or the person to whom my sewing stuff goes, might be going, what the beep did she keep this for? But I know why. First and most important, you always can use good quality stuff, and second, living outside of a major centre as we have done for oh, 30 years, you learn that it's a smart thing to do because you always need stuff like this when the weather is bad, or when you're in the middle of a creative buzz, or when it's 11 at night (who am I kidding; I rarely sew or even awake at that time lol), but it could be at 8 on Saturday or Sunday when the stores are closed...

Okay, I digress. Tip: use a Topstitch 90 (I like Schmetz) and back your top tension way down, like way down.

This quilt goes on my bed as the top quilt (I have two, and even have a third lap-size or throw-size, on my side because I like weight on me when I sleep) at the beginning of December. It got shuffled last weekend, (I always leave it until Ukrainian Christmas) and is now the bottom quilt while my January quilt is the top quilt. If you'd like to see what my January quilt is, see below:

You can go here to read a former TBT post about it. 😊 Yup, I aim, not quite there yet, to have a quilt for each month on my bed.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  Crazy About Hearts and Stars by Buggy Barn
Size: 73.5 X 85"
Fabric:  Robyn Pandolph for Moda Fabrics, cotton top and brushed cotton backing
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Quilted: on my Bernina; completed November 2005
Threads:  pieced with Gütermann cotton; quilted with Sulky Blendables 12 and 30 weight, and either a Mettler or Gütermann cotton, Sulky rayon

Linking up with
My Quilt Infatuation for Needle & Thread Thursday

Next TBT is February 1. This linky will remain open until Sunday midnight EST.





Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Q1 FAL My List

For the first quarter of 2018, here are the projects I hope to finish:

1. Migrating Geese

2. Dutch Garden quilt for my aunt. It's the blue and yellow one.
I've moved it along a bit since my 2017 Q4 List...
I bought the Dutch Garden kit off Craftsy that you can find here, (affiliate link) but I'm doing a pattern out of one of Pam & Nicky Lintott's Charm Squares and Jelly Roll books because it results in a larger quilt. :-) Remember you do not have to use the kit contents to make the kit!

3. Splash of Colour quilt

It's on the frame there, so has been moved along nicely since 2017 Q4!

4. Wayward Transparency
I have extra motivation for these last two because of the upcoming linky parties with their prizes..

5. A secret quilt that I am not even sure on the fabrics yet, but quite possibly several of these because they're my favourite colour combination:


6. Canada quilt to donate, an overdue project...


7. Another hush-hush project using these fabrics:


Five of these seven projects are on my UFO Busting list, so I am hoping to check them off; I love checking things off lists; I do it on my daily lists.😉

Quick notes: (the online shops are affiliate links)
Connecting Threads has their batting sale going on. I've stocked up before when they have it on 30% off their already decent prices.

Sewing Machine Plus has 10% off their entire site, AND they have fabric and thread.... I am needing more Superior So Fine! in white and off-white...

Tomorrow is Throwback Thursday! See that link or the tab up top for more details. Hope to see you there!

Linking up
Q1 FAL at Dizzy Quilts