Friday 29 March 2013

Scrap-Basket Beauties

I have been waiting impatiently for the release of Kim Brackett's new book Scrap-Basket Beauties.  It finally arrived at Katja's so I scooped up a copy and rushed home to start a quilt from the book.

The Hourglass quilt on the front cover looked too cute.  I just had to make it.  The blocks are pieced, borders are just going on now.  Hopefully I will have time to quilt it this weekend.

Just like the last two Scrap Basket books, this one has several very easy quilts that will really eat up those scraps you have laying around.  And what if you don't have any scraps, well a Jelly Roll or Bali Pop will work wonderfully.

And for those of you that are wondering about how I'm making out with my Basket of quilt tops, I just quilted number 7.  I committed to myself that I would finish 16 this year.  That means I have to quilt one a month for the rest of the year.  I think I'm up for the challenge.

This is a flannel quilt I pieced about four years ago.  You can't see the quilting very well in the picture, but I decided to make this a quilting sampler.  Several of the designs I teach in my free motion quilting class are on the quilt.

Have a wonderful Easter Weekend everyone!!!!!!

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Fractured Nine Patch, featuring Coma

In an earlier post I showed pics of the quilting on my fractured nine patch quilt.  Now I would like to share with you how I pieced the quilt.

From assorted 5" squares, piece together a nine patch block.  Slash the block 8" from the left side, and 8" from the bottom.

Cut 1 1/2" strips of your background fabric as sashing.  Add a strip to the top and middle of the left hand side of the block, and a piece to the middle and bottom of the right hand side of the block.

Add a sashing piece to the centre, and your block is complete.  I made 12 blocks and then set them using 1 1/2" sashing between blocks. You may add sashing however you like.

A quick and easy pattern suitable for charm packs or layer cakes.  Works great with scraps as well!

Saturday 16 March 2013

A Saturday Quilting Class

I would like to thank the wonderful ladies who attended my quilting class today.  What a great way to spend International Quilting day!

A very industrious group who progress quickly through all the designs I had to show them.

A few didn't have their cameras with them, so I agreed to post pics of my sample.

Just a sampling of some of the fun designs we played with today!

The Quilt Show is having a special Quilter's Weekend to celebrate International Quilting Day. You can sign up for a free membership that gives you access to all their shows and classes for the weekend.  A great opportunity to check out what they have to offer.  Click here for the link to their site.  Happy quilting everyone!

Friday 15 March 2013

And the winner is........

Judy Cooper of Judy Cooper Textile Images.  The hoffman bali pop will be winging it's way to her house shortly.  You can check out Judy's wonderful blog here.  Her fabric embellishing is stunning.

This little beauty is an example of her work.  Wonderful!!!!!!!!!

And just to show you that I haven't spent the whole week blog hopping, here are four more little 4 1/2" squares.  These are supposed to be part of a small wallhanging, but the plan has changed.  I've decided I need a lot more of these little blocks, to be part of a sampler quilt I'm planning.  I had better get busy.

I am looking forward to a wonderful spring weekend here in Kamloops!  Hope you have a great weekend wherever you are.

Tuesday 12 March 2013

My Liquorice Bali Pop Quilt

Lacking a helper, I draped the quilt over my chicken wire fence to take a picture before I sent it off to it's new owner.  The deep red sashing really sets off the blacks and greys of the Bali Pop.

I enjoy quilting leaves so the flying geese all became leaves.  The sashing was quilted in the ditch to make the blocks pop.

And for those of you who are wondering about the chicken wire fence.  NO, I don't have chickens.  LOL.  I have an old dog who is pretty much trained to stay in the yard.  When we took down the old fence to build a garage, I didn't want to invest in an expensive temporary fence.  I had Doug slap together a chicken wire fence so that the paper boy and mail man feel safe from my not so vicious dog.

If you haven't yet entered my blog hop giveaway check out my previous post to see how you can enter.  As well, check out Noeline's Notes and Grace and Favour on my side bar.  They both have great giveaways as well.  Have a great day!

Thursday 7 March 2013

Bali Pop Giveaway

It's that time again!!!!  A Blog Hop Party hosted by Quilting Gallery.  Get your fingers limbered up and get ready to hop your way through all the blogs and their fabulous giveaways.  The fun starts Friday afternoon.  Click on the button below to get started.  (After you enter my giveaway.)

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Now for my giveaway.  This time around I am giving away a Hoffman Bali Pop.  Not just any Bali Pop, it is one of the new ones about to be released shortly.

This one is called "Liquorice" and is very yummy indeed.

I am making a quilt for a friend from an identical Pop.  What fun!  I'll show a finished quilt shortly.

Now for the details of the draw.  Leave me a comment below to enter in the draw.  If you are a follower leave me a second comment letting me know, and you get a second chance in the draw.  I will use my random number generator on March 14 to pick a winner!  Good luck everyone.

Wednesday 6 March 2013

Quilting in Circles

In the past I have quilted a lot of circles on various quilts.

Some quilts get plain circles, to match the polka dot minky on  the back.

Some quilts get circles in circles, because they are just so much fun.

My latest version is circles upon circles.  I saw an advertisement recently for a local store and within the ad was a picture of a wall with this type of design on it.  Well, it just screamed at me to quilt the same way.  My latest Coma quilt was the perfect quilt to try this on.  I neglected to get a picture of the complete quilt before I took it to Katja's Shoppe, so I will remedy that shortly.

Pop on by on Friday for the upcoming Blog Hop with wonderful giveaways.  Talk to you then!

Sunday 3 March 2013

A Couple of Finishes!

First up is my Hexagon quilt.  I am so excited to have this one done.  Most of the blocks are from Katja's block of the week Hexagons, however a few are blocks that I designed myself using EQ.  The whole process was a lot of fun.  Designing, picking fabrics, hand stitching them together, quilting and finally binding the quilt.  And best of all, I now have a new couch quilt!

This quilt is called "Spring House."  It is a pattern from Moda that you can down load here.  I used the pattern as a guideline since I like to use my Easy Angle and Companion Angle rulers to make flying geese.  Who says you have to follow a pattern exactly?  Close ups of quilting on both these quilts are in previous posts.

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend.  I'm off to enjoy a quilting day with my Postie Friends!