Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Sunday Ride

Sharon recently finished piecing her "Sunday Ride" quilt, and then gave it to me to quilt.  What fun!

As always, Sharon's appliqué was very well done.

She let me quilt it however I liked.  I used Glide thread in blue and white.  It does pick up the colour of the fabric under it, so the match is great.  I did have a little trouble quilting in the fused pieces with gumming of the needle.  With a little patience, it is finished.

If you would like to see the quilt, pop by Katja's in a few days to check it out.

I am off to Quilt Market in Houston.  I will post pictures as soon as I get back.  If you want to see pics as they happen, check out my instragram account lindasquiltmania.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Kamloops Modern Group Show and Tell

This past Saturday was the monthly meeting of the Kamloops Modern Group.  Our challenge this month was Orange Fizz.

A great variety of orange ranging from halloween to Cotton + Steel.  Love them all!

Katja brought in sone of her many orange things.  Miniature to Queen size, quite the collection of orange.

Two more regular show and tell items, both of which just happened to have a little orange in them.

The next meeting is November 8 at 1pm at Katja's.  New members are always welcome!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Sylvia's City Sampler

I was delighted to quilt Sylvia's City Sampler!

She had asked for a little something extra on this quilt.  I was happy to do so!

I got out my trusty blue water erasable pen and a ruler, then started marking a few lines.

Not quite as pictured in the Tula Pink book, but close enough.

I love teaming up with Sylvia to create something beautiful.

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Friday, 3 October 2014

Cotton Bars

I wanted to show bigger pieces from the Cotton and Steel fabrics, so I came up with this design.

Since some of the fabrics are retro, I decided to go retro with the quilting.

Diagonal lines and orange peel.  Oldies but goodies!  The Fireside on the back REALLY shows the quilting.

To make this quilt you need nine fat quarters and 2.2 metres or about 2 1/2 yards, of background fabric.

Cut each fat quarter into three 6 1/2" squares and three strips 2 1/2" wide.  You will have a bit left for binding or your scrap bin.

From the background cut twenty-one 6 1/2" squares and nine 2 1/2" strips.  Cut the strips in half to match the length of the strips from the fat quarters.  You will have enough left for binding if you so choose.

Sew together strip sets as shown above.  You will need eight sets of the top set and 9 sets of the bottom set.  Press all seam allowances towards the feature fabric.

Cut into 6 1/2" squares.

Lay out the quilt in vertical rows working from the top down.  The first row consists of a 6 1/2" square of feature fabric followed by a strata block of background/feature/background.  Repeat till you have eleven blocks down ending with a feature square.
For the second row, start with a strata of feature/background/feature, but drop it down two inches from the first row.  This creates an offset.  Follow with a background 6 1/2" square and repeat till you have eleven blocks ending with a strata block.  Remove the last 2 1/2" strip from this block so it is even with the first row.
The third row repeats the first row, but once again drops down two inches.  Instead of a block at the bottom, use the strip removed from the last block of row two.
The fourth row drops the feature/background/feature strata down two inches, leaving room for a background square above it.
I hope by now you have figured out the pattern of dropping down by two inches for each new row and alternating between feature blocks and background blocks for each row.

When you have all nine rows across, remove strips from the bottom to make it even with the first row, and use these strips to fill in where needed at the top.  Refer to the picture at the top of the post for placement if you are confused.
Sew each row together pressing seams towards the feature fabric.  Sew the rows together, quilt, bind and enjoy.

If you want to work from scraps, rather than fat quarters, go for it.  Below is a scrappy version, downsized a little.

This was some REALLY old fabric I had hanging around, supplemented with a little hockey fabric from a friend.  It will make a great community quilt.

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Cotton and Steel Lawn

Yes, I'm in love!  The Cotton And Steel Lawn is sooooo soft and soooo delightful against my skin.  If I was a better seamstress, I would make a blouse.  Since I'm not, I made an Infinity Scarf.

Gerry was gracious and agreed to be my model!  I used the hatbox lawn and this pattern as a guideline. I bought 1.5 metres (60 inches) of fabric, cut it in half lengthwise and removed the selvages to create two pieces 20" x 60".  I  used a french hem for the lengthwise seam, and a regular hem for the join.  I now have two beautiful scarfs, one for me and one for a friend!

If you would like to check out the Cotton and Steel Week that I posted in June, click here.

I'll be back tomorrow with and original pattern using Cotton and Steel.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Cotton and Steel has arrived in Kamloops!

Woohoo!  Katja's Quilt Shoppe received the entire collection of Cotton and Steel on Friday. Now I get to show you what I've been playing with.

 I couldn't wait to help get the wrapping off the bolts, and cut a little to take home with me!

The horse linen is one of my favourites.  I used it to make this Bravo Bag that I know I will put to good use.  The back pocket is big enough for my iPad to fit in.  The front pocket has a little leash for attaching keys to.  Gone are the days of digging through my purse trying to find the keys.

I wasn't sure if I wanted a button on the back but….

I saw this button made by 2goodclaymates in Katja's shop, and I decided I had to have it.

Stay tuned this week for more projects made from Cotton and Steel!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Deanna's Modern Sampler

Today's quilt is a beauty!  Deanna followed along with my Modern Sampler Quilt Along.  This is the result!

The sun shining through adds a little extra sparkle.

The theme of the fabrics was bright with polka dots.  While quilting it I tried to come up with a few new designs within the blocks.  The dog bones are probably my favourite.

Deanna just sent me a picture of a quilt that I had quilted for her earlier this year, that she gave to some friends for their anniversary.

The same pattern I used for Melissa's quilt in the previous post.  The couple look very pleased with their quilt!  Great job on both of the quilts Deanna!

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