Saturday, 12 January 2019

Red potholders

Preparing and testing out more ideas for an Artisan sale in red, which is the colour of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I saw this cute leaf potholder pattern on Pinterest and decided to order it from Patchwork Pottery

Here’s what the back looks like. 
And a close-up of the cute buttons. The pattern says to sew them on with embroidery floss, however I think my son has borrowed/claimed mine!
I’m not sure about this idea yet, the first set seemed like a lot of work, and I should have cut bias bindings (opps).   I’m also not sure about leafs in red, even though you will find them in nature.  I’ll give these another try in next month’s colour and then decide if I want to continue making them.  Will they be a seller?
I want to be different. If everyone is wearing black, I want to be wearing red. ~ Maria Sharapova

Sunday, 6 January 2019

January’s Goal

My One Monthly Goal for January will be to quilt and bind this little Birch Tree quilt. 
I found this great fabric that looks like birch bark for the back. 

However I didn’t have the quilt dimensions when I found the fabric and I wasn’t sure about layout and it is a bit short for the direction I want the birch print to go and wider than I need, so I’m planning on making a diagonal cut and sliding the fabric down until it is long enough.  I saw this method on a Sparrow Studios YouTube, you can find it here – Learn how to piece your quilt backing diagonally

I’m linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG, as are over a hundred others, check out some of their projects, and drop by at the end of the month to see how I did.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, 5 January 2019

I’m back

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged.  I’ve had many ideas and a few pictures as well, however with Christmas preparations and celebration as well as just relaxing and playing in my sewing room, I haven’t spent very much time on the computer.  Once again the Rainbow ScrapChallenge has inspired me, so here is the first blog of 2019.

I decided at the end of 2018, when I wasn’t prepared for my University’s Artisan Sale that I needed to start organizing right at the beginning of the year, so I hope to produce some little marketable items each month in the colours of the rainbow.

I made a bunch of tiny Log Cabin bookmarks this year as gifts to my book club and stocking stuffers and thought that I should make a batch each month.  The RSC colour for January is red, so here are my red bookmarks. 

These are made with ¾ inch strips which finish at ¼ inch, tiny fun. 

Now that I’ve made a start I hope to be blogging regularly.  Check out what others are doing in red, at Soscrappy’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I’m always inspired.  It helps to keep me sewing, blogging and playing through my scraps in a methodical way.

“Quilting is powerful!  It gets rid of depression, relieves anxiety, and improves creative thinking.
Be powerful!”

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Cogs quilt top

My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for November, which was to piece the Cogs quilt top, is complete.  I did play with a few arrangements until I settled on this one. 

Not the best photo, I took this picture outside and it seems to have gone very blue.  Here is the picture I took inside at the beginning of the month, maybe a little more true to colour. 

Cogs is by Leila Gardunia and I found it in the Summer 2015 edition of Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts. 

Finding a backing and quilting it will be a goal for another month, Cogs can now join my pile of completed quilt tops, and now it is time for me to consider what I can complete for December.  Something simple, as Christmas preparations will take a big part of my December time.

I’m linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal, I wonder how many others were able to complete their goals this month?

Creativity is experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun. ~ Mary Lou Cook

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Black Scraps

This week I got to spend sewing time with some of my quilting buddies and I decided to play with my black scraps.  I have many Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects on the go and I needed black blocks for a couple of them.

First I worked on some High Five blocks in black. 

High five block pattern is from the book Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison.

Next two black slabs, I should now have enough blocks for a Missing U quilt, also from Sunday Morning Quilts.  

I’m linking up with Soscrappy’s Scrap Happy Saturday.
Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. ~ Victor Pinchuk

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Goal for November

It’s One Monthly Goal (OMG) time again.  I’ve decided this month to piece another top, since I have all the blocks completed.  In fact here are the last three blocks which I just finished. 
And here is a picture of the blocks laid out with sashing and corners.  I’m not sure if this is the exact way it will go together,  I’ll have to look at it for a couple of days to see if something needs moving.

This quilt is called Cogs and I’ve been sewing blocks over the last year while participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Cogs is by Leila Gardunia and I found it in the Summer 2015 edition of Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts.  A quilting friend was making this quilt in her favourite colours and I loved how it looked and thought it would be a good project to work on through the year with my scraps.

I’m participating in Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and my goal is to complete this full/queen quilt top, better get on it as the last top I pieced took way longer than I thought it would.

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while” ~ Steve Jobs

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Blue and White Mile a Minute quilt

I’ve achieved My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for October which was to make these blocks into a quilt top.

Thanks to a retreat last weekend with some of my quilting friends I was able to get it done.  On point and with a piano key border.

Quilting and binding will be another month’s goal for this quilt top.

Twice a year four of us take a weekend away to the Invermere, Fairmount valley to focus on our sewing, piecing and quilting projects.  Here are a few pictures of the weekend.  It started with this lovely view on our evening drive out. 

The next morning we saw this fellow, helping himself to the berries right outside the back window.

At lunch a couple of deer wandered by.  

Here we are happily at our machines.

Aside from my Blue and White Mile a Minute quilt, I finished three Squared Away quilt blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and a pillow-case for my (wanna be) nautical themed bedroom. 

While we were packing up the vehicle we had another visit from our black bear, this time just outside the garage door.  
A refreshing weekend and another OMG completed.  Check out other finishes at Elm Street Quilts, so far there are 64 this month.  Consider joining in the fun, it sure helps me to finish up.
In order to keep my creativity alive, I just try to enjoy life to the fullest. ~ G-Dragon