Thursday, 3 August 2017

Throwback Thursday - The first quilt I ever made

I have been thinking for awhile now that I should make blog posts on all the quilts I've made, prior to starting my blog, that I still have or have a picture of so my blog will contain as many as possible of my projects in one spot.

The first quilt I ever made was when I was 13 years old.  It is a Rail Fence quilt and was made with worn out or outgrown denim jeans as well as red and blue/green scraps from my mother's scrap bin. I remember using a cardboard template, tracing it and then cutting out rectangles of fabric with scissors. Most of the red and blue fabrics are corduroy, but some of the reds are also flannel. Some fabrics were new and left over from my mother making clothing and some were from clothing that had been worn and grown out of and the good pieces cut up to use again. The red plaid flannel in the center of the picture below was from a shirt I had grown out of.

Since it was a scrap quilt, it seemed reasonable to me at the time to use up all the odds and ends of spools of thread my mother had in the bottom drawer of her sewing cabinet; no matter the colour or weight of the thread or whether it was cotton or polyester or whatever; so it is also a scrap thread quilt.  My mother didn't realize I was doing this until she went to mend something and was a little dismayed to find that all the partial spools of thread in every imaginable colour she had accumulated over years of sewing were now gone and she would have to buy new thread to match in order to mend or make anything for the next while to build up her thread stash again! I sewed this on my mother's green Necchi, which did not have a foot pedal, but had a knee operated lever instead. Here is a picture from pinterest of a similar machine but not in very good condition.

Image result for sewing machine green necchi knee operated

The backing is an old sheet and since it was exactly the right size without trimming any edges off or unpicking the top or bottom hem of the sheet, that was exactly how I used it! (I refuse to show a picture of the backing.) It has a very thin polyester batting inside it. I tied the quilt at the corner of each block with variegated red, white and blue crochet cotton.

I had this quilt on my twin sized bed for quite awhile. The dark blue central section laid on the top of the bed and the lighter sections hung over the sides of the bed. It has been used outside as a picnic / tanning / beach blanket and has been used by both my children who are now both grown ups, as well as by five cats and two dogs over the years during its life on the couch in our rec room.  It is a very heavy quilt, especially wet, as you can see below from all the clothespins I had to use to hang it on the line to dry. I promise not to talk this much about each quilt I show, but if you are still with me, here finally is a picture of my first quilt.

There are a few raveled seams that I will mend before it goes back into use again in the rec room which is now my sewing room.  (Some of the thread was old when I sewed it 43 years ago.)

Confession Time:  Even though I pieced and tied this quilt when I was 13, it waited 30 years to have red and blue/green plaid binding sewn on it, but that didn't stop it being used in the meantime!

Monday, 31 July 2017

La Passacaglia

I have been contemplating making a "La Passacaglia" quilt for awhile now. I have been wanting to have a hand piecing option to work on, so this fits the bill.  I especially like the quilt made by Wendy at Wendy's quilts and more:

I was finally able to find La Passacaglia templates from a Canadian supplier so I didn't have to pay the exchange rate and import fees.  I got them from Cathy Shepard at Eagle's Wings Quilts:

I bought the templates that come apart so you can cut out fabric which includes the quarter inch seam allowance as well as cut out freezer paper templates without the seam allowance.  I also bought some applique needles from Eagle's Wings.  Since it's back to school supply season, I was able to get a ton of glue sticks at a really good price.

Here are some fabrics I want to use.  I will have to get some more purples, turquoises and greens for sure.

I haven't bought the book so will just be doing my own thing as I feel you can see from the pictures what shapes to put together.  I'm going to start by making 36 "star rings" (my wording) and then go from there. Here's my first "star ring" with the shapes cut out to audition the next ring as well:

I'm not happy with the points of my first star so may change up how I attach the background dark blue diamonds.  Instead of making templates for them and putting them together with the EPP method, I think I will just lay the dark blue diamond behind the other shapes and basically applique the top shapes to the background which I am thinking will also be way less time consuming. This method should also work for all the teeney tiney dark triangles as well since there are 50 of them for every star ring!!!! I am thinking it will also give it some depth.  We shall see....  My goal is to make at least one "star ring" shape a week. Wish me luck!

Friday, 28 July 2017

Storm at Sea - Gift Opening

My daughter was part of the bridal party for her girlfriend's wedding and was present when they opened the Storm at Sea Quilt so she was able to get the following picture.

Glad to see they both look happy with it!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Fat Quarter Shop 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along - Seventh Month

I'm a little late getting to these blocks again this month as I took my father to the cottage for a week. Also, since last month's blocks were late, it didn't seem like it was time to do the next blocks yet...

Here are my Propeller Blocks for this month.

And here are all the blocks I've made together so far.

So far I have been able to use fabric I already have which is great!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Sew Together Bag AND Bonnie Hunter's Summer 2017 Leader & Ender Challenge: Rail Fence

As usual, I have been working on things that are going to be gifted so can't blog about them until after they have been given away.

I bought a Sew Together Bag pattern from Craftsy by Sew Demented
and here is a picture of the bag I made showing the three zippered inner pouches.

It really did go together quite easily and I will be making a few more, although I may alter the pattern a bit to make deeper pouches as I had a little difficulty stuffing some of the sewing kit items I wanted to give to my daughter into it. (The tomato pin cushion is small, but fat!

Here is a view with it all zipped up!

As you may have noticed in the background, you can see 4 Rail Fence blocks on the design wall. They are from Bonnie Hunter's Summer 2017 Leader and Ender Challenge.
I have never made a leader & ender quilt before but thought it would be fun to give it a try.  I spent an afternoon cutting out over 300 1.5" x 6.5" coloured strips and have some black and neutral strips sets sewn and cut up. I made a few blocks to make sure I was putting them together properly and to see if I liked the look, which I do. This was also the first time I ever "spun" my seams on the four patches. It was easier than I thought and I don't think it will make the seams any more prone to unravelling. Finally a project I can blog about as I progress along!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Fat Quarter Shop 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along - Sixth Month

I'm a little late getting to these blocks this month due to other quilt deadlines, holidays and a pain in the neck which limited the amount of sewing I could do in a day.  I have been walking the dog every morning for at least 5 kms and really like the natural woods trail in the park.  You really have to watch your footing around roots and rocks etc., so I had my head down a lot watching my feet which bothered my neck which is my Achilles heel. Now I only take the natural path in one direction and try to make sure I have my head up more. I'm a little sad to have to walk more on the crusher dust trails as you don't hear the birds as much as in the woods trail and you meet more people and bicycles so I have to keep the dog on her leash more, but my neck is happier so I can sew more which is a good thing.

Here are the Round the Corner blocks for this month.

And here are a couple of blocks in each colour from each month so far arranged from darkest to lightest.

A few more dark/medium green fabrics and light red fabrics should balance things out nicely.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Storm at Sea - Finished Quilt & Cushion Ready for Gifting!

My daughter chose the pantograph for the quilt, Viola Petite by Patricia Ritter & Leisha Farnsworth.  Here is a picture of the quilt while it was on the frame for my DSM.

Here is a picture of the label on the back after the binding has been put on but before the quilt has been washed.

We had a few extra pieces and my daughter made two more grey diamonds so we could make a matching cushion cover.

And here is the simple envelope back.

Here is a picture of the full quilt after washing which measures 86 x 98.

And a detail shot.

Here is the back.

And a detail shot of the back which shows the pantograph really well.

It has been finished for couple of days and the wedding is tomorrow!
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Anchors Aweigh!

I made a lap quilt for my father for his 89th birthday.  His career was spent as a photographer in the Royal Canadian Navy / Canadian Armed Forces so I went for the naval theme.

I found the "Anchors Aweigh" pattern in a Fons and Porter Love of Quilting magazine, but you can buy it from their website.  It is also a pattern that meets the guidelines established by the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

 I totally changed up the colour scheme choosing the colours of naval flags.

I also found a nice mottled grey which looked to me like it could be barnacle encrusted anchors. When my friend M found out what I was making, she offered me a selection of nautical prints she had collected.  Thank you M, they really added to the nautical theme of the quilt!

The blue striped fabric became the binding.  It was an absolute match to the solid blue fabric already in the quilt.

All I had to do then was add some white fabric and start sewing!  It only took me fifteen hours spread over five days to have a quilt top flimsy, a pieced backing and prepared binding.  I so wanted to blog about my progress, but since my father reads my blog it would have totally spoiled the surprise.....

I purchased an edge to edge anchor pantograph by Patricia Ritter called "Anchors Aweigh".

We had a birthday party for my father this past Sunday and here he is holding the quilt with the quilt label showing. (I blocked out his personal information.)

And here is a picture of the finished quilt.

It was a beautiful day and we had a barbeque on his deck to celebrate his 89th birthday.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Storm at Sea - A Finished Flimsy

Last night my daughter was over and we finalized the decision of which fabric to use for the last border on the quilt.  I got them sewn on this afternoon and here it is.

We are VERY pleased.  Now the plan is to get it quilted and bound this week and we will be one week ahead of her girlfriend's wedding date.

Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday

Friday, 2 June 2017

Cardinal Red Star Quilt - A finish and a winner!

This quilt has been quilted for awhile, but I was waiting to blog about it until I had the label on it and until it was entered into the viewer's choice Star Quilt Challenge at the end of season dinner of the Mayflower Quilters' Guild.  I still don't have the label on it.... but the Star Quilt Challenge was last night and I won first place and a gift certificate to a local quilt chain!!!  Now I will have to be sure to make a label and include that information as well.

Third place was this lovely batik quilt:

Second place was this colourful New York Beauty quilt:

First place was my quilt which I designed myself:

Here is a full view of it which shows a bit more of the texture.

And a close up of one of the fussy cut cardinal blocks.  I fussy cut the large blocks but not the small ones, although a lot of them did end up with a good portion of a cardinal on them as well.

Here is a close up of the quilting on the back so you can see the details.  Of course, I had to quilt it with cardinals and used "Christmas Cardinal" by Sarah Ann Myers, digitized by Patricia E. Ritter.

I am linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

A UFO Charity Quilt - one large step closer to being finished

My friend M and I have made at least five full size quilts and various smaller ones together.  All the full sized ones were for charity except two.  One was commissioned by a co-worker as a Christmas present for her mother and one was made as a surprise for that same co-worker.  All the smaller ones were either for charity or for co-workers having babies.

Once a week I should start posting quilts I've made prior to the start of my blog so I have a record of my quilts all in one place.  (Squirrel!)

This particular charity quilt has to be at least 4 years old as I moved to a different work location 3 years before I retired and it was pieced prior to that.  M pieced most of it but I cut and pieced some of the colourful blocks.  (For those not familiar with "UFO" in the context of quilting, it stands for "unfinished object" as in a quilt that has been partly made but is not currently being worked on. Another quilt term "WIP" is also a quilt that has been partly made but is a "work in progress" and it is being worked on.)

M came to sew at my place last Sunday and we got it on the frame and got 2/5 of  it quilted.  I've worked on it twice since then and finished the quilting today.  M was over in St. John's, NL working and we were texting while the last two rows were stitching so she was in on the finish as well.

Anyway, here it is.  As I said, it's very colourful.  All fabric was donated, except the stripe and probably the black which came from M's stash.  It is approximately 50" by 60".

And here's a close up of the froggy pantograph, "Ribbet" by Patricia Ritter.  It must be a tree frog because it doesn't have webbed feet.

  M is going to make black binding for next time we get together.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Fat Quarter Shop 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along - Fifth Month

Here are the Homestead blocks I made for the fifth month of the quilt along.

And here are all the blocks so far.

I notice, with the green especially, that the blocks have gotten paler.  I will have to add some darker fabrics.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Turquoise Toile Baby Quilt

Since you always need to make baby quilts, I do tend to have fabric on hand for them.  I really like the old-fashioned look of this toile and found a text print with lists of children's games which I think pairs well.  I think the stripe is a great contrast to the other fabrics.  Here is a picture of the completed flimsy and then a close up of some of the fussy cutting I did of the toile fabric.

I found a really soft checkered flannel for the back and made binding out of the toile.

I put it on my frame to quilt using my domestic sewing machine and for the first time used the new ruler foot and some of the rulers I bought from Nancy's Notions.  I had a great time using the rulers and will definitely use them again.  I used two curved rulers, the small one in the small sashing corner stones and the larger one in the sashes and main fussy cut blocks.  Then I decided there wasn't enough quilting in the main blocks and went back with a third ruler with a tighter curve and added four more lines of quilting in each main block.  The piece of tape was a guide mark to line up with the sashing so my curves were consistent.  The painter tape actually made the ruler less slippery which I'll keep in mind for next time too.  The picture is before I added the curves with the third ruler, but shows where they will be located in relation to the existing curves.

Here is a look at the quilting from the back.  I am doing a happy dance!

And here is the completed quilt.

I made the flimsy on 1 April 2017, quilted it on 9 and 10 April, put the binding on and washed it ready for gifting on 10 April.  I will have to hold off on blogging about it until I give it to my nephew's family for their third baby due the middle of June. I forgot to take a picture of it, but instead of using wrapping paper, I made a drawstring bag out of the toile fabric to gift the quilt in.

My sister was here visiting and took the quilt back with her.  She has now advised me the quilt has been gifted and I can finally blog about it. I'll update with a picture of the baby on the quilt once the baby has been born.