Friday, 2 October 2015

Rosette # 10 The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt Along

It's October, so it must be time for Rosette # 10.  I went searching through my pictures and I realized I hadn't taken a picture of the Rosette before it was pieced into the quilt.  Therefore, today I am sharing pictures of the rosette in the process of being quilted.

One half of the rosette is made from assorted Halloween Cotton + Steel.  I just love the ghost dresses.

The second part of the rosette has the apple fabric.  As soon as this post is done, I'm going to finish quilting this one.

I love to play with fabric with texture lines, so this is what the lions look like.

The pandas are a little more sedate with a simple outline.

A special friend that likes orange has a birthday tomorrow so I made her a little pincushion/binder clip holder.

Last post someone who is a no reply blogger asked why I filled the pincushion with walnut shells, and where you get them.  Walnut shells add a nice weight, and they won't dull your pins is the why.  The where has a few answers.  Some quilt stores carry them, but my local store didn't have any in.  A gun shop carries them for cleaning brass shells, but I found them a little expensive.  My local "Princess Auto" carries them in a very large bag for sand blasting.  So the my option was Kitty Litter made from Walnut shells.  I bought a brand called naturally fresh from Bosleys.

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Friday, 25 September 2015

Pincushion/Binder Clip Holder

I have seen so many cute little pincushions on blogs lately.  I wanted to whip one up, but I wanted it to do a little more.  English Paper Piecing has been my hand work lately.  I use binder clips to help hold the pieces together, so I wanted something to help me keep track of the clips.

I started with seven 1 1/4" strips of assorted "Hi-De-Ho" fabric by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda.

They were sewn together with seams allowances pressed alternating for each strip.

The strips were sewn together into a tube, bargello style.

Five 1 1/4" slices were cut.

Opening a seam as desired, I arranged the strips into a fun design.

The slices were sewn together, and then a flange was added.  I cut a 2 1/2" piece of fabric and ironed it in half.  The raw edge was basted onto the piece work with a scant 1/4".

A 1 1/2" border was added.  the seam was pressed so that the flange would lay on the outer border.

The process was repeated for the ends of the piece work.

I made a quilt sandwich and quilted a basic crosshatch, stitching on the inner edge of the flange to hold it in place.

A piece was cut for the back.  The back and the piecework were sewn together right sides facing, leaving 3" open for turning.  Corners were clipped and the pincushion was turned right side out.  I filled it with walnut shells and stitched the opening closed.  It is ready to sit beside me on the couch when I'm English Paper Piecing.

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Friday, 18 September 2015

Rosette 9 of The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt-Along

Where does the time go?  Rosette 9 has been done for a while, I just haven't had time to blog about it.

I love the horses from the latest Cotton + Steel line.  They just had to fit into my Millefiore.

On the quilting front, I did manage to finish up this lovely scrap quilt of Sylvia's.  She combined fabric from her stash with a little bit of newer fabric to come up with this beauty.

Spurred on by Sylvia's scrap quilt, I dug out my box of 2 1/2" scraps and my latest book purchase.  Hopefully I'll have some results soon.

A local group of ladies asked me to teach them my Lone Star class.  This was the results of their efforts.  They are all currently on retreat and plan on having the stars finished before coming home.

And just incase that isn't enough since last time I blogged, Doug and I squeezed another camping trip in.  This time we went to Radium Hot Springs.  I have driven through this area of B.C. several times, but this was my first time stopping.  Beautiful scenery topped off with a great soak in both Radium and Fairmount Hot Springs.

The local Mountain Sheep know they are quite safe wondering throughout the town.  This was taken out the window of the truck, without a zoom lens.  They might be a nuisance for locals, but a nice treat for tourists.

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Friday, 4 September 2015

Betty's Butterfly

You must stop by Katja's shop and check out Betty's Butterfly from the Tula Pink Pattern.  Awesome!!!!!!!!

The fabrics she used are incredible.  I must make this quilt.  Lol, let's put it on the to do list.

Betty let me do my thing.  I played in the background a lot, and in the butterfly just a little.  The fabrics were so beautiful I ended up quilting in the ditch a lot of the blocks.

I was out to Katja's today, and it is bound and waiting to put up on display.  Woohoooooo.

While I was there, I noticed that Christina Cameli's new book was in.  Her first book was good, this one is even better.  Of course it came home with me, along with a little "For You."

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Kaleidoscope Ruler Meets Zen Chic

Zen Chic "For You" is finally available in local quilt shops.  Yahoo.  I've made more than a few quilts from the fabric, and I love it all.  This quilt uses the Marti Michell Kaleidoscope ruler.  I've used the ruler many times and I still love the results.

The background fabric is from a roll of fat eights available at Katja's.  The quilting is a variation on the orange peel design, stretched a little to overlap.

The Zen Chic trunk show featuring "For You", "Paper" and "Ink" is currently at Katja's shop.  If you are in the area you must stop by and see it!  Amazing.  When it leaves on September 8, the trunk show will be traveling to Summerland and you can see it at Cherry Tree Quilts.

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

"So Change It"

Katja has her 16th Anniversary challenge quilts up in the store, ready for your vote.  Drop in if you get a chance and vote for your favourite.

Very creative quilters in Kamloops!  I'm not sure if I can pick a favourite.

The fabric that had to be included in the challenge was unique, to say the least.  Everyone put their own twist on the "so change it" challenge.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Flying Away

This quilt was a challenge I gave myself.  Work flying geese blocks into a colour play quilt, and then come up with a different way to quilt each block.  I had read an article about three different ways to quilt a flying goose.  Surely I could think of more than three ways.

I snapped this picture on the way home from our latest holiday to Whistler.

The colours all play nicely together.  My Moda scrap bin came in really handy with this one.

The binding was finished one evening sitting in the camper.  The finished quilt will go into my trunk show for the machine quilting class.  Yes, I did come up with twenty different ways to quilt a flying goose.

While in Whistler we travelled to the top of both Whistler and Backcomb.  I've heard that we should all try to do one thing a day that scares us.  Well, the open chair lift to the top of Whistler had me a little scared.  All went well and we had a delightful walk around the back of the mountain back down to the Gondola.  The views were stunning but with the smoke in the air the pictures just don't turn out as nice as I would like.

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