Saturday, 17 October 2020

Playing with Yellow

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour for the month of October is yellow, so I pulled out my bag of yellow scraps and started sewing. (This is the bag after I sewed 48 mile a minute blocks). 


I thought 42 6 ½ inch squares might make a good crib size quilt.  After taking this picture I decided to add another row. 


Here it is with the blocks sewn together, now just to layer and quilt it, who knows when that will happen! 


Mile a minute is my go to block when I just need to sew, it was refreshing and cathartic to sew this little quilt top, and I’d say there is at least another crib quilt in the bag.  Perhaps next time I’ll go for a twin sized quilt.

Interested in the mile a minute block, I have a tutorial starting here.

My soul is fed with needle and thread.


Sunday, 4 October 2020

A Goal for October

Working my way through unfinished projects, I believe the next oldest item is this Scrappy Trip Around the world. 


I have blocks in all the colours of the Rainbow, plus some black/grey, browns, and turquoise. 


By the end of October I would like to piece the top using the Rainbow blocks which are enough to make a full/queen size quilt, and perhaps a piece a quilt back incorporating the black, brown and turquoise blocks.

The Scrappy Trip Around the world was inspired by BonnieHunter, The Rainbow colours by Soscrappy and moving forward in my unfinished projects pile by Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal.

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world. ~ Louis Armstrong

Monday, 28 September 2020

Rainbow Hearts complete

So happy to have completed my September goal and more.  I set out at the beginning of the month to piece my Rainbow Heart blocks into a quilt top, and I was finished that goal so early in the month that I thought I should see if I could quilt and bind it as well.

Here is the finished quilt. 


I was able to find a lovely rainbow stripe for the back. 


And this lovely white on white hearts for a narrow sashing and binding. 


Quilted with the 'I Love it' pantograph by Anne Bright. 


I even remembered to make a label for this quilt. 


Rainbow hearts started out with a few heart blocks given to me by a friend, which I then decided would make a nice Rainbow Scrap Challenge project following the Soscrappy blog.  These little hearts have been sitting in a container for quite a while, and now participating with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal I am happily finishing projects.

No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart. ~ Kapten & Son

Thursday, 3 September 2020

Rainbow Hearts for September

My goal this month is to piece the top of this Rainbow Hearts quilt. 


I inherited the first few blocks of this quilt from a friend, no pattern just blocks, and decided to continue making more heart blocks.  It was an excellent project to participate in Soscrappy’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  As with so many other projects, I end up putting them on the shelf once the blocks are finished.  It’s now time to complete this top and participate in Elm Street Quilt’s One Monthly Goal.

And I’ve already begun to play with it, a few cornerstones, and then some sashing.  Hopefully completing the top by the end of September. 


Your heart knows the way.  Run in that direction. ~ Rumi

Monday, 31 August 2020

Baby Rose Bud

I did it! I finished my One Monthly goal for August.  I wasn’t sure if it was logistically possible for me as I had two of my grandsons for part of the month and I had to drive them separately back to their homes in BC, as well as take some vacation time.  So I’m happy to have completed this project. 


I think Baby Rose Bud was one of the oldest projects in my stash of UFOs (UnFinished Objects) and that is why I chose it this month.  I have a book where I record my quilt projects and do my calculations, keeping track of pieces cut, blocks completed and such and I’m working my way through it.  



This little lovely was started at a quilt retreat at the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge with Freckles Quilt Shop.  I have always loved mint green and pink and wanted to combine them in a delicate looking quilt.  I thought Rose Bud seemed like a good theme. 


Quilted with the Rambler Rose pantograph by Meredith England.




Happy to be linking up with Elm Street Quilts One MonthlyGoal (OMG) helping me to consistently finish projects waiting on the sewing room shelves, and hiding in drawers.

For each thorn, there's a rosebud... For each twilight - a dawn... For each trial - the strength to carry on, For each storm cloud - a rainbow... For each shadow - the sun... For each parting - sweet memories when sorrow is done. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



Thursday, 6 August 2020

New Project for a New Month

My quilting goal for the month of August is to quilt and bind this delicate looking baby quilt called Rose Bud. 

Adapted from a pattern made by a friend that had rows of the Rose Bud block on point and some flying geese borders.  Once I started the blocks I knew I wasn’t going to continue to finish a full sized quilt.

I love the soft greens and pinks in this quilt, reminds me of tea roses.

I am linking up with ElmStreet Quilts One Monthly Goal which helps me to keep making goals of finishing fabric projects.

So excited to say that I was the lucky July winner of a $25 gift certificate.  Many thanks to Elm Street Quilts and the Fat Quarter Shop!

Winners aren’t those who never fail but… those who never quit. ~ Bansky


Monday, 27 July 2020

Double Bonus


My (OMG) goal for July was to finish designing and then piece a Kaffe Fassett quilt top, and I added that sashing and a border would be a bonus.  Well I got the whole top pieced including a sashing and border and then I used strips of left-over the fabric to cover a garden bench, so double bonus. 

‘Sunlight in the forest’ is designed by Kaffe and you can find the pattern in his book Quilts in Sweden. 

My inspiration for finishing this quilt actually was wanting to use some of this green fabric to cover the garden bench.  I saw a picture of another covered bench on the Kaffe Fassett Collective Facebook page and loved the idea, however I knew I had to finish the quilt first, so as not to accidently use fabric that I needed to complete the quilt top. Once I got the top done I was keen to add fabric strips to the bench. 

Neither the quilt nor the bench are finished, perhaps another months goal.  The bench needs a clear acrylic top coat and the quilt top needs backing and quilting.

Thanks to Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal, I am having fun completing unfinished projects.

We might think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us. ~ Jenny Uglow