Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Monday, 20 November 2017

Weekend Sewing

My friend Marilyn came over from mid morning til mid afternoon so we could sew together on Saturday.  I can't show what I was working on because it is a present, however I had been inspired by Jenny's new Dream Weaver Quilt Tutorial (https://www.missouriquiltco.com/land/tutorials/dreamweaver-quilt/index.html) to throw this up on the design wall.  I think the strips need to be in a different order and am thinking of grey background fabric where the white of the design wall is showing:


Marilyn was working on this really cute comfort quilt which she is quilting in strips and then joining together after:


I put the ingredients for chili in the slow cooker at breakfast so we wouldn't have to take long for lunch and my husband made garlic bread and dessert for us!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Another Sew Together Bag

I'm continuing with getting some smaller projects completed.  I had three Sew Together Bags cut out and now one is finished, another is almost finished and the third is started. I made an Anchors Aweigh quilt for my father for his birthday in June (http://allikatquilts.blogspot.ca/2017/06/anchors-aweigh.html) and my friend Marilyn kindly gave me her stash of nautical fabrics which became the setting triangles on the front of the quilt and the majority of the backing of the quilt.  As a thank you to Marilyn for sharing her fabric stash, I have made a Sew Together Bag out of some of the bits and pieces of left over fabric.  Here it is fully zipped up:


Opened, showing the three inner zippered pockets:


All pockets opened, with a different anchor fabric in each:


Here's the previous Sew Together Bag I made as well as a link to that post if you want information on the pattern (http://allikatquilts.blogspot.ca/2017/07/sew-together-bag-and-bonnie-hunters.html)

It seems I do like a red binding! I am hoping I will see Marilyn at the guild meeting tonight so I can give her the bag.  If you see her first, don't tell her, it's meant to be a surprise.

Linked to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday 2017-11-17  http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.ca/2017/11/5-ways-to-upcycle-linen-jumper.html

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Canada 150 Quilt & More Canada Flag Cushions

As previously mentioned, I am a member of the Mayflower Quilters' Guild.  This year I volunteered to be co-chair of Program. Last spring our guild requested members to make blocks related to Canada 150 for a quilt to donate to Camp Hill Veterans Hospital in Halifax.  The blocks were put together by the person who I replaced so it was then my turn to quilt and bind the quilt.  Here it is:


I quilted it with a pantograph from Apricot Moon Designs called Maple Sugar and bound it with a red and white striped fabric.  Here is a close up which shows some of the maple leaf pantograph and the binding:


As mentioned in my previous blog, I am trying to clear up some odds and ends of projects to make way for Christmas sewing.  I had previously blogged about a cushion I made for Canada Day.  I had actually started a few more of them but just hadn't gotten the backs put on or the pillow forms made.  I got them finished this past weekend. The original one (http://allikatquilts.blogspot.ca/2017/07/150th-anniversary-canada-day-pillow.html) went to my husband's cousin's family because they hosted a family reunion which we attended on the July 1st long weekend.  I gave one to my father and will keep another one.  Here's several of them together:


And here is the quilt with a couple of the pillows, just because:


I really like that red plaid flannel - it is just so cosy!

Monday, 13 November 2017

Another Chicken Basket

I thought it would be a good idea to finish up a few odds and ends hanging around to clear my sewing space for Christmas sewing.  I made a basket back in January (http://allikatquilts.blogspot.ca/2017/01/skype-sewing-more-chicken-egg.html) and at that time I had cut out a second basket and partially sewed it but just hadn't finished it.  Yesterday I finally finished it.  Here it is with the original basket which I am currently using for a knitted shawl project. 


I chose to quilt the second basket and decided to roll a bit of the lining up as a faux binding effect.  I might even take the first basket apart and quilt it too.  The second basket is more stable.

In the background you can see our dog Raven photobombing!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Fall Maple Leaf Cushion Cover

I really like the fall colours.  I have made more fall coloured quilts, wall hangings and table runners than for any other season, but I don't have any fall cushion covers.  I also just visited the newly opened Ikea in our area and discovered feather 20" x 20" cushion innards for $8 and polyester 20" x 20" cushion innards for $5.  The local quilt store sells the polyester ones for $13, so I have found my new source for cushion forms...

I used a free Autumn Leaf Quilt Block tutorial and pattern from Generations Quilt Patterns:
https://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/autumn-leaf-quilt-block.html
I used the 5" pattern, there are are also 10" and 15" patterns.

I made nine maple leaves and put them together with 1.5" sashing and corner stones.  Here it is before quilting:


I quilted it on my sewing machine using my walking foot by ditch stitching all the sashing and then quilting 1/4" inside each maple leaf:


I made the cushion back with a flap to cover the zipper for the first time.  It is was very easy. The only thing I would do differently is make sure my bobbin thread was the right colour before I sewed the flap down...  I then bound the cushion just like a quilt with the same fabric as the backing.


Thanks to my friend Marilyn for the backing fabric.  There was an auction while we were at the Pictou Retreat and Marilyn bid on a bundle of mostly neutral fabrics and got it.  She gifted me with the brown leaf fabric as it wasn't to her taste.  Thank you Marilyn!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Pictou Lodge Retreat September 2017

The Mayflower's Quilters' Guild has a three day quilt retreat at Pictou Lodge every second year.  I believe this year was the 30th year, although it was only the 3rd time I have attended.  I decided I wanted to work on a Double Hour Glass Quilt based on a tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew.  She used 2.25" strips she cut herself, but I used 2.5" strips from a Jelly Roll as well as background strips I cut myself.  I was able to get nine triangles from each strip set so was able to make two "matching" blocks and one block with four different sections.

Here is the tutorial:  http://cluckclucksew.com/2009/09/tutorial-double-hourglass-blocks-easy.html

The Jelly Roll I used was Bright Sun by Sherri & Chelsi by moda. This is my first time using a Jelly Roll.

I tried using up almost every block I had sewn and came up with the following layout:


I didn't really like it so tried rearranging the yellow center blocks but still wasn't satisfied:


Several other people gave me some advice and I was convinced by one person  to try it with the blocks on point and by another to not try and use every block and I came up with this much improved layout:


I was able to get it fully pieced into a top including the triangular background edge pieces before the retreat was over.  It is now in the to be quilted pile and I also have twenty-six leftover Double Hourglass blocks I did not use which are available for another project.  Funny how one project breeds another one!