Saturday, December 9, 2017

Rainbow Works

I have some purple strip sets done and ready for the next step of cutting. I used 1 1/2" strips mostly out of my scrap bins. I sorted them all into 4 different colour groups. You can see the top 2 sets are more the red purples and the bottom two sets are the blue purples. I just love projects that I can randomly sew strips and then cut out the next step. I should see what else I can make doing that. Maybe a diamond quilt. 

The lilac purple strip and the dark purple strips are still needing to be sewn. I might get to it later today. I have to do more machine quilting work for customers today.  The Christmas orders are on a deal line. I hope this time next week I will be done and can be on holidays. 

I am thinking about next year already and what projects I should work on. As today is Saturday, Scrap day, Next years rainbow challenge is on my mind. I have 3 or 4 projects that are getting so close to a finished quilt top. I think they should be top of the list. Then, What kind of new blocks should I work on?

I have linked up to Soscrappy and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

My step 2 of On Ringo Lake is done and sorted in nice piles. Step 3 came out yesterday but It will have to wait a few days. 

This is what I worked on last week when I was out sewing with my mom. It is a pattern from Sting Fling by Bonnie Hunter, called Cotton Candy ( I can not spell the Germany name she used). I have made it will all batik fabrics. I just love it. The photo shows 9 blocks together and the blocks are 9 ". I think I will just make it large lap quilt size. Ha Ha, I typed Lab first you know my dog a lab. 

I have horse shoes! The other day I just about got a ticket for speeding, the guy in front of me got pulled over, I did not. Then later in the day I was at Quilter's Dream's Elf night sale. They had door prizes and I won this little kit to make Santa ornaments. How lucky is that?

Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Is coming

I got my Christmas Tree shirt finished. Years ago I made a very plain looking skirt, it got some stains was not nice to start with but it did the job. So for years I have thought I needed to make a good quilted tree skirt. Finally it is done. I cheated a little and my mom, Betty did the patchwork. I picked the colours and did the quilting and binding. 

Last year, our tree was cut from our land and I think we will be taking another one that we planted about 15 years ago. We have a very small tree plantation. We planted maybe 800 tees planted. We used some in our yard and about 30 for my parents farm yard ( now sold ). I am so happy that this year the tree will have a good looking finish to it. My Husband is in Forestry so we have always done a real tree. 

Here is the quilting. I did holly leaves and berries all over it. The prints are so busy it does not show the quilting. 

This is the skirt hanging at the Leduc quilt show. 

Wednesday night was the Leduc guild meeting and the Christmas Pot luck dinner. We have a little Christmas exchange each year. This year it was to be something for the kitchen. I did the little selvage pot holders, above. In return I got the snow men place mats. Jan made the place mats and they are so cute. Thank you Jan. 

I have linked up to Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Go see what else has been finished by the others. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

On Ringo Lake a start

Here is my step one of the Bonnie Hunter Mystery. I love the turquoise and brown together. I had mostly scrappy strips to do most of this step. I have a few extra nine patches and I was having some 1/4" sewing trouble and things were not the correct size for a bit. I ended up taking most of them apart and redoing the seams. They are now the correct size. 

I am slowly working on step 2. It uses the pink in my quilt. Some are a bit more coral. 

I have added this to Bonnie Hunter's linky party. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Saturday Scraps

I am away sewing with my mom today. The Edmonton Guild is having a UFO day. I do not think I will take this project as it needs more design wall work. I still have to put up the greens, teal and Lime. I love playing like this. I have almost enough blocks to make this quilt big. At least 90" square, but I might want it a bit bigger. I might be making a few more blocks. Also I think I could draft this out on paper too. Colouring!

I have added this to Soscrappy today. 

So what to pack to sew on: 
  1. I think I will take step 2 of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt, so I need pink/corals and neutrals. I did play with what method was best for me on Friday. I think I will do add a square and trim off the bonus triangles. 
  2. Next to pack, red Canada 150 blocks. I have that in a bag to go. I should show off my blocks I do have done. I am getting some were with it. Mom and I are doing this together, she is doing the even numbers and I am doing the odd numbers. 
  3. Next, Oh the new project, batiks. Oh I need photos too. I will show something more on the wall Monday. It is Pink Purple and Turquoise, and all batik. So much fun!

Have a good day sewing. Or maybe you are baking for Christmas, Have you started yet? 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Fancy Forest Friends

My critters are all done! Last year 2016 I saw this quilt at one of the shops. I loved the pattern. It is by Elisabeth Hartman, you can get your own copy of the pattern with the link. 

I got the quilt finished in time to put it in the Leduc quilt show but had not taken the time to get my nice outdoor shots. This week we have had warmer weather and nice clean snow. So I got the hang it on the fence this week. 

I love all the colours. I used mainly the Kaffe Fassett collection and then some light hand dyed fabrics by me. I love how they play well together. The background fabric is a linen type cotton, so it is a little heaver then quilting cotton. 

I know some of the royal blue blends but I think the background is grey enough for the blue to show. 

I quilted it with a free motion wood grain that I just did. I got better the more I did. 

Snow photos 

I have added this post to Crazy Mom Quilts, and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Scrap Saturday

I still needed some 6 1/2" Brown sampler blocks. I got all nine done this week. I used patterns mostly from the Canada 150 blocks from Next step designs. I just grabbed which ever felt like I could do with the scrap in front of me. 

I really like this little bow tie block. I still have one brown lantern block left to do. It is cut out just waiting to be sewn. I also have a ton of black blocks still to do. Well maybe this next week I can work on more. I have added this post to Soscrappy

I am working on On Ringo Lake, The next Bonnie Hunter Mystery. Step 1 just came out Friday morning. I got to do a little bit yesterday. The first step used 1 1/2" strips and Look what I found, All these strips came out of my scrap bins. I had done some cleaning last week and unearthed a ton of neutral 1 1/2: strips. I had some left over turquoise and I had a few browns. It was like it was meant to be. 

This is how far I got yesterday. I will finish them up today. 

 I also got my teal or aqua scraps done for the Checkerboard Rail Fence Leaders and Enders. Not sure I will do any other colours. I might be done blocks. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Photo Journal

Carriage in the Snow

I think I will take some photos and post on my blog. I like to keep my blog very quilt filled but maybe some of my photos will become a quilt someday. Or maybe the colours will inspire a quilt. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Design Wall Monday Nov 20th

This is what is on my Design Wall today. Purple checker board rail fence. The rail fence is a leaders and ends Challenge by Bonnie Hunter 

I have so many great purple scraps. It is a big box for me. 

You can also go see the other Design Walls and also Make it Monday 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Chocolate Goodness

Look at all the great chocolate goodness I have used. And it is all calorie free. I used a stack of brown scraps and made long strip sets. 

I then cut out my units and got 4 Honey Comb blocks done. I have both Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate blocks now. 

I have been looking around to see which quilt blocks I might do next year. 

Near the bottom and just to the left of center is the Hershey kiss fabric. Also to the right is the truffle chocolates too.  

I had the strips done back in Oct but did not get the blocks done on time. Orange was the colour for October so I am a little late. Most important is they got done.

The darker orange fabrics for this block. 

The lighter orange fabrics for this block. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Design Wall Monday

I have some lime green rail fence checkerboard blocks done. Green and lime are two different colours in my stash. I have a scrap box just for lime green. I once did a quilt where the back ground was lime. I got started on the rail fence checkerboard blocks after being inspired by Bonnie Hunters and her leaders and ender challenge. Go check out her post about the rail fence challenge. 

I needed a gift to give away so I got a good start with my selvages. I think I will keep going and make some for myself. I have used the heat resistant silver fabric and plan these to be hot mats. They still need a binding. 

I have added this post to Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, and Make it Monday

Saturday, November 11, 2017

November Scraps

For some years now I have been working on my scraps by following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at Soscrappy. This month we are to work on Dark colours like Brown, Black and any colours that we might have missed. I have played with the smaller bits and pieces in my brown box and got these 9 Poverty Pieced blocks done. I know many of you call them crumbs but I first heard them called Poverty Piecing. 

I love looking back at the many different fabrics that show up in these blocks. Someday I will have a great quilt. Just not sure I am ready to stop, yet. 

I have added this post to Soscrappy link up. 

They are trimmed to 6 1/2" square. 

Next up I worked on my Green rail fence blocks. I started the rail fence blocks this summer after Bonnie Hunter gave out the Leaders and Ender challenge, Checkerboard Rails. The colour Green was from May and the rail challenge was not out yet. So kind of a catch up block. 

I love how these look. I have shaded the light to dark colours and it makes them look 3D. I have the Blues done and the pink done so far too. I hope to work on Lime next. Yes, Lime has it's own box in my house. 
Me and the dog have the house to our-self's today. So I plan to sew all day long and maybe a walk in the snow. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Dog Beds

I have had some fabric donated to me and thought one of the best uses would be dog beds. A few years back the Edmonton Quilters guild donated some to the Edmonton Humane Society. I got 4 done in total so far. The Red and green fabric was pre-quilted fabric. A friend thought I might be able to use it. I said sure dog beds. The cream fabric is from Quincy's Quilting in Leduc. They donate fabric to us quilters to make charity projects. Dog beds is one of the causes. I know the Edmonton Humane Society wanted all beds to be wash able and that they would dry quick, so not thick. Some are used on dog table type beds to add a little more softens to them. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Adam's Plaid Quilt

2 weeks ago, I was at Retreat. I took my box with the parts for Adam's quilt. I worked on it for most of the weekend. Now that I am home I was able to get some of the parts up on the Design Wall. Not too bad. I still have lots of units to made but it is coming a long nicely. 

I cleaned up the end a little. I think I will put these parts on and then just chop off the extra. 

You can go see many more Design walls over at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts. I have added this post to Make it Monday.

Bonnie Hunter Mystery will start later this month. She released the fabric requirements. I have picked out a few fabrics from my stash. I really do not need to buy a thing. I have more then enough of all the colours. I have a few coral pinks but I think I will use a few pink pinks. I love that it will have Browns and Turquoise, they are so pretty together.