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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Aunt Sue's Memory Quilt

I made this quilt with fabric from my Aunt Sue. She was a wonderful quilter. I had always wanted to make a nine square and the traditional block and the vintage fabric seemed like a match. The colours are not what I would have chosen, however, I worked with what I had. Very fun seeing memories get stitched together.
The pattern is from Mary Fons' book Make Love + Quilt. Still in love with her and her book.
The Nine Squares are all blue and red and the Rolling Stone blocks are brown and yellow.
None of the pieces were very big so the back has way more variety than I have ever used before. I even managed to appliqué a Sunbonnet Sue hat and dress. My Aunt Sue loved Sunbonnet Sue. Must be the name.
The whole time I was making this quilt it as if I had only so much material and no more. Very pioneer. And perfectly fitting to my Fabric Diet. Here's to you Aunt Sue! Thank you for passing down your love of quilting. Gifted to my cousin in memory of her mom.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Bee Blocks August and September Done!

I am so late with my Bee Blocks. I feel like I have been sewing but ... I think I am getting a life beyond quilting. Who knew? It has been my solase for almost 2 years. Yeah!! I am finding a new road to travel and I am just feeling my way. I have two statements I repeat daily. Live in the moment. Enjoy the journey. Tough lessons I am working hard on.

August bee blocks were two very pretty blocks in navy. Can't wait to see the whole quilt.
September bee blocks were to be our favourite blocks. Well I love me a churn dash! So I made 2!

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

WIP Wednesday - Sunnyside is a quilt

Yay! I am not sure what it is about vacations but I jumped up this morning and started putting tops with backs! Laid out the batting to relax and just generally made a total mess of the apartment. Got home from work, looked around at the disaster and did not feel like doing anything.  Made myself grab all the bits and head to the common room. Got to hand it to apartment living, I have three large tables I can pin my quilts on.
The quilt is now quilted and and bound! Yeah! It is hard to see in the picture but the stripe works quite well. I am very pleased. It is from my stash.
I wanted it to go quick so used wavy lines in the diagonal. Quite liking the wavy lines on this quilt, as it makes me think of rain.
 The back was purchased specifically for my cousin who requested blue. This is definitely blue.
Finished my July bee blocks! And they are in the mail. Love the woven block but I am unsure whether I used the correct colours, hope they will do.


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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wedding Travel Quilt Finish

I got it done! I came home on Saturday night from vacation and on Sunday had to pin baste, quilt, and bind the quilt. Needless to say I used wavy lines! Super fast! Yeah! Done in time for the wedding at 4:00.
The theme of their wedding was travel with sepia colours. I was so happy to run across this pattern in these colours! Perfect!
The pattern is Either Way by Scott Hansen in the Fons & Porter Easy Quilts Spring 2014 magazine. He used the Eclectic Elements collection by Tim Holtz for Coats & Clark Fabric.
Love the back!
I thought the Buddha added a nice travel touch. I made them open it at the reception and they love it!

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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

WIP Wednesday -Seaglass

I saw this pattern in Quilt It magazine and had to have it. Promptly ordered the kit from Fat Quarter Shop (fabulous and fast service!) and immediately fell in love! Pat Bravo's Art Gallery Fabrics have the softest feel, it is so smooth, but crisp at the same time. Love. I have never purchased Art Gallery Fabrics before, do they all feel this good?
The pattern was super easy and what I like to call mindless sewing. Chain piecing lots of squares into HST's is just about my all time favourite thing. I zone out and I swear it is my meditation. Definitely peaceful and happy thoughts are stitched into each square as well as strength and healing. I really think a quilt conveys an attitude!
I quilted it with straight vertical lines and some follow the straight diagonal lines, all in the ditch. My ditch is not in the ditch all the time. How do you do that?
Love the colours, the feel, and the pattern. Love this quilt.

I made it for a colleague journeying with cancer. Hope she gets as much pleasure from the quilt as I did making it for her.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

WIP Wednesday - Stars Finished

This quilt was cut out while my friend Amanda was visiting me from Scotland. She admired the colours, oohed and awed over the design, and was just a good friend about it all. Especially for a non quilter friend! Little did she know this quilt was always for her. It was what we did while she was my companion during Rob's 2 day surgery. She was a lifeline. She knit and I cut out.
 Straight line vertical quilting. Just love it.
 At 68 x 80 it looks quite lovely on the bed. The extras I added cannot even be seen.
Teal has always been her favourite colour so I know she will love the back. Even her wedding dress was teal!
I used Victoria & Albert Museum Fabrics which just always seemed so perfect for her. I hope she loves this quilt as much as I do.


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

WIP Wednesday - Celtic Garden - A Finish

I have been working on this quilt for awhile. It has always been a happy/sad project as Rob helped with the picking out of the fabrics. As he became less mobile it was something fun we could do together! This one was really challenging to put together as I was unsure how scrappy to make it. I used the same fabric in the centre of each block and for the backing and the binding. Love how it looks.
As you read through quilt blogs it is wonderful to hear what quilters think of their own work. What they liked, didn't like, and what they would change for next time. One of the recurring ideas I picked up is too much! Too much fabric choice, too much colours, just too much! So I had to make an effort and contain myself. I love bright colours all mixed in together!

So the final pictures disappeared. I will have to use this one.

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