Friday, 17 April 2015

Millefiore Rosette #4

Rosette #4 is finished!  Woohooooooooooo.  Only eight more to go.  They do get smaller from here on in, so hopefully I can keep up.


I did not have a clear plan for the colours on this one when I started.


I decided I needed to use the Viewmaster print with the light background for the large centre of the hexagon in the first row.  The little pieces on the bottom had me stumped until I came across the Backgammon fabric which fit perfectly with the shape.  It was at that point that I decided the rosette would be pink and green.  I added the green fabric with the pink star next, and then the green bunny just had to join in.



Staying with the backgammon fabric, I completed the first rosette of the second row.  Here it is placed as shown in the post for Katja.


The second hexagon of row two carried the backgammon fabric through out.  The pink stars were next, and then a little light cream background to keep the rosette light in colour.


I gave the first hexagon one turn to the right, so that a line was created throughout all of row two.


Row three was next.  I decided to use a darker pink to offset the dark green points in the first row.  The Jacks fabric was used to compliment the colour of the Viewmaster fabric.


The last decision I made was the centre.  I'm glad I waited!  If I had started with the centre, I'm sure the rosette would of been dominated by that decision.

If you haven't yet checked it out, click here for Katja's New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt Along.

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Friday, 10 April 2015

Winter Forest Flannels

Today's quilt is made from Winter Forest Flannels by Holly Taylor for Moda.


This was a quick little quilt to put together.  I was working from a fat eight so I was limited by the amount of light fabric I had.  Once again I was at retreat and needed an idea of what to make.  One of the organizers had everyone make a set of blocks for a community quilt.  I loved the ease of the pattern so much, I decided to use it for these flannels.  The pattern is "Cotton Candy Dots" by Amelie Scott Designs, available on Craftsy.


This version of Sun Bonnet Sue with embroidered flowers is adorable.  A friend had me quilt it up for her.  What fun to work with her incredible appliqué and embroidery.


This weeks hike with my Postie friends was to the top of the bluff overlooking Paul Lake.  Beautiful view and a great time with friends.

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Friday, 3 April 2015

Wool + Needle III Flannel

I was given a fat eighth pack of Wool + Needle III flannel and challenged to come up with a quilt.  I remembered seeing a pattern in Doug Leko's book "Grand Portage."  I knew it would be perfect, but unfortunately didn't have the book with me at retreat.  I forged ahead, thinking I knew what I was doing.


I was happy with the results, but when I got home and read the book, mine is just a little different.  The pattern is "Main Avenue."  It called for 2 1/2" connectors, and I used 3".  Oh well, just one of lives little twists!


I decided the quilting could be straight lines, echoing the design.  Out came my chalk-o-liner to draw the lines and the quilting was done in record time.

Thanks to Doug for the inspiration!

I haven't finished a lot of my own quilts lately, however, I did get to quilt the one below for Bev.


It's great fun when my friends tell me to quilt what I want.  Thanks Bev.


Now that spring has arrived, I've been out for a few walks with my Postie friends.  This picture was taken walking south of Kamloops in the Pineview area, looking south.  I love getting out and exploring nature.  Unfortunately the ticks are out in full force and I had three hitchhiking on me.  Tick spray is a necessity from here on out.

Thanks for stopping by, have a fabulous Easter Weekend!

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Friday, 27 March 2015

Elizabeth Fry Quilts

A friend asked if I would help her get some quilts together for the Elizabeth Fry Society.  They are proudly opening a new transition house in Kamloops.  There will be four suites available for women and their children, for up to two years.

I went through my closet of quilts, and came up with a few that need to go to new homes.


My stack had eleven quilts, and Noeline's stack had seven.  The society was thrilled and hopefully has enough quilts for a couple of years.


This quilt I had been hanging on to the longest.  It was made with my Postie friends and was paper foundation pieced.  I love it and though it was time it was put to good use.


Obviously this was during my yellow and blue phase.  This was a sample showing blocks made with the Tri Recs Ruler.


Another class sample for a mystery quilt using the Easy Angle Ruler.




These three were samples made for Katja's to show fabric she was selling at the time.



These two were thrown in at the last minute when we were told that the first occupant of the suites had two teenage boys.  I was scrambling a bit so the second quilt is two pieces of fabric sewn together with a black border.  Not up to my usual standards, but cute none the less.

The other quilts in the stack are ones that I have shown before on the blog.

A quick reminder to those of you that live in Kamloops.  The CQA will be presenting the show "It's Time for Colour"  next Monday and Tuesday at Katja's.  If you have a minute pop into the classroom and check out the display!

Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday, 20 March 2015

The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt-A-Long Update

I'm three months into Katja's Quilt-A-Long, and loving it.  Click here for details if you think you want to join in.  I'm following the progress of the 2670 members of the Facebook group. Amazing work by some very talented quilters.

My first three rosettes are currently hanging in Katja's store, as her first three are with Martingale, on their way to Spring Quilt Market.  Wahoooo!


My favourite so far is Number 3, The orange rosette on the right.  I did change the hexagons a little so that I could use the view master fabric.  I have a little of the Cotton + Steel new black and white fabric that I want to incorporate into Rosette 4.  By a little, I mean a half metre cut of each courtesy of a good friend.  Thanks, you know who you are!!!!



Katja took pictures of my Rosettes and set them into the layout so that I can see how they play together.  I'm finding them a little blue/green.  I'm going to have to be a little adventuresome with my choice of colours on the next few rosettes.

Wishing you a wonderful week, happy stitching!

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Harley T-Shirt Quilt

Someone special was turning 60 recently, so it was time to get his Harley T-shirt quilt done.


As with all T-shirt quilts, the quilting was a little tricky.  The T-shirts have interfacing on the back, but they still move around when they are quilted.  A few small puckers but……


The HOG (Harley Owner's Group) quilt was done.


Dale is just peeking over the top of his quilt.  I hope it keeps him warm!!!!

Friday, 27 February 2015

"I've Got Nothin In My Brain"

As I write this I'm listening to Taylor Swift singing "I've Got Nothin In My Brain."  Lol!  I think every woman has a brain overflowing with creativity.  Sometimes it's hard to shut off!

Anyways, today I want to share a few finishes.  First up, A Jelly Roll Race quilt liberated from my unfinished top basket.


I was motivated to finish this top so that it can be given to the local "Elizabeth Fry Society" for a transition home they are about to open.  More about that soon.


I had to quilt daisies, it just made sense!



I finished up a couple of knitting projects.  The baby hats are the same wool and pattern, with the only difference being moss stitch on one, and two by two ribbing on the other.  The socks were a busy hands project from a little mini holiday a couple of weeks ago.  I'm quite happy with how they turned out.

The favourite part of my week was a Monday night "chat" with the Sagebrush Quilters' Guild. Thanks to Sandy for the following pics.



Thanks for all the positive feedback from the wonderful women of the Guild!

And the least favourite part of my week…….


Mechanic work on my Long Arm Machine.  All those little tools for little screws.  Uggg!  Glasses definitely needed.  I changed out my Check Spring as it wasn't working quite right.  Within five minutes, my off/on switch went.  I no longer panic when this happens!  I go through a few each year.  The custom work (In The Ditch) really stressed the part.  Time to order a few more.

I hope you had a fabulous week, and found a little time to let the creativity leak out!

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