Saturday, 19 August 2017

Neutral Mile a Minute quilt blocks

This morning these were on my cutting table

… because I did it, I finished 50 neutral mile a minute quilt blocks.  It was a bit obsessive, I sewed a little every day this week.  These along with finishing the quilting and binding on my One Monthly Goal (OMG) quilts.  It’s been a busy and oh sew fun week.  Five piles of 10 squares each.

All these blocks came out of this little zip-lock bag of scraps and there are still a few small scraps for some future projects.  Last week this bag was full, it’s amazing that there was a whole quilt (and then some) in that little bag!

I did add the odd little zing of colour in a rainbow theme to some of the blocks.

What a fun week for me, next I’ll lay them out to see how it looks.  The little squares measure 7 ½ inches unfinished, I’m not sure if I want to sash them, as I think I might just want the blocks to just blend into each other.  I'm also not sure what I would sash a neutral quilt with?  We’ll see how it goes and perhaps next week I’ll post a picture of my end results.

I made these blocks inspired by the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, we are playing with neutrals for the month of August.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. ~ Maya Angelou

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Cabin Tracks quilt

… is the name of the pattern for this scrappy quilt. Doreen has an amazing knack for using scraps and putting colours together. 

So many things about this quilt intrigue me, like the piano key border whose strips finish at half an inch.

Doreen picked the pantograph Blowin’ Wind by Jodi Beamish, and a variegated blue thread for quilting.

As she often does, Doreen incorporated some of the extra bits into the back of the quilt, resourceful and creative.

The pattern is from American Patchwork and Quilting, it was their 2003 sampler.  This is one quilt I want to make.

Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others. ~ Orson Welles

Monday, 14 August 2017

Stephanie’s Mumbo Gumbo

In greens and blues.
I’ve quilted a couple of the Mumbo Gumbo quilt, and each has their own flavor.  You can see a Jane’s blue yellow one here, and Doreen’s completely scrappy variety here, they are all so unique.  I like the crispness of Stephanie’s blue and green quilt.

Stephanie chose a pantograph by Patricia E. Ritter called Easy Orange Peel and a thread called Marine by Glide.

The quilting shows up nicely on the back of this quilt.

Mumbo Gumbo by Pie In The Sky Quilts is a nice way to use up some of your scrap strips.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Saturday, 12 August 2017

More Low Volume

I worked on a few more low volume (neutral) mile a minute blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I actually have a big project for this month’s One Monthly Goal (OMG), however I needed a diversion and I love making Mile a Minute blocks so I sewed up 12 in a few stolen moments this week.  I thought I was making 9, however when I laid them out there were 12 – bonus.

I added a pastel dash of colour in some.

After a couple of weeks, and 21 new blocks my scrap bag still seems just as full, perhaps there’s a quilt in that bag.

Last night I got diverted again and started 50 more of these blocks which will give me 80 in total when I’m finished.  Should be enough for a quilt top.

If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. ~ Henry Ford

Friday, 11 August 2017

Emma’s Quilt

Terry made this adorable quilt for baby Emma, I just love the colours, they remind me of popsicles in the summer time.

Terry picked the Daisies Galore pantograph by Irene Steele and a soft white thread called Linen by Glide.

Isn’t this just the perfect backing for this delightful little quilt to welcome baby Emma?

A new baby is like the beginning of all things wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Fig Tree Pallet

Is Janet’s name for this snowball style quilt.  The pattern is called Painter Pallet and it is from the book Modern Bee: 13 quilts to make with friends by Lindsay Conner.

Fig Tree Pallet looked so nice on my long-arm with the sun shining through.

Janet decided on the Chantilly Lace pantograph by Norma Sharp, and a lemon ice coloured thread.

Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others. ~ Orson Welles

Sunday, 6 August 2017

August’s goal

I’m loving these One Monthly Goal (OMG) link-ups with Elm Street Quilts, without a doubt thet helping me to complete my projects.

For the Month of August my goal is to complete a set of quilts, two quilts which make one gift.  My husband’s brother and his fiancé were recently married – a destination wedding – and they are having their local celebration in August.  David likes Star Trek and Jodi likes Star Wars, so I decided that they each needed a TV cuddle quilt in their favourite Star theme.

I’ve sewn the top of Jodi’s Star Wars quilt.

I had a pile of almost blocks for David’s quilt, and as of yesterday I have completed the blocks, which are now laid out and ready to be sewn together into a quilt top.


As soon as I get the Star Trek top done, I’ll be off to the fabric store to find backing for both, then on to my long-arm for quilting.  This project should be completed before the end of the month and in time for the wedding celebration.  Can I do it?

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Neutral for the RSC

A long time ago when I first found the Rainbow ScrapChallenge and the colour of the month was neutrals, I felt stumped, how could I do neutral, how would this fit into my Rainbow quilt?  So I made nine neutral blocks with a touch of the rainbow in each block, and all this time they sat on the shelf, I wasn’t sure what to make with these nine little (7 ½ inch) blocks.

Then this month when Angela announced that we were doing neutral, I pulled them out and the creative juices started to flow.  I have so many neutral scraps, so for this month I’ll probably just keep making low-volume Mile a Minute squares, and I just might end up with enough for a whole quilt.  Wouldn’t that be great?  I think I might continue to add the occasional colour, perhaps pastels to some of the blocks.

So here are the blocks I finished last night.

If you are interested in the Mile a Minute technique I have a tutorial which starts here, and goes on for six weeks (six blog posts), caution, it's addictive.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Diane’s One and Only

I believe Diane was gifted with some Fig Tree Fabric, so she decided this quilt would be called My One and Only Fig Tree Quilt.  Knowing Diane, these are not exactly the fabrics she would be drawn to in the quilt store.  Needless to say, whatever Diane works on ends up being lovely.

Being that this was her one and only, she used up all the extra bits for the back of this quilt, an additional work of creativity.

Diane chose the charming Déjà vu pantograph by Patricia E. Ritter and Khaki coloured Glide thread for the quilting.

Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise. ~ Julia Cameron

Monday, 31 July 2017


My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for July was to finish a shirt I started in an Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) Continuing Education class in June.  I’m happy so say I finished it yesterday.  I’m wearing it here with one long-sleeve and the other turned up, I guess the Winter look and the warmer season look.

Re-fashioned from two men’s shirts (found at Value Village) the front still looks much like the original shirt, however I did a lot of altering to make it fit my female body, and I completely remade the back, with the front of the second man’s shirt and a complementary piece of fabric from my stash.

I’m happy with the results and look forward to wearing it, after it returns from the wash to remove all the chalk marks.

Another project I worked on was re-modelling one of my husband’s T-shirts into a work-out shirt for me.  I just couldn’t bear to get rid of the Montreal Jazz Festival T-shirt from 1998, so I saved the front and added a couple of sporty fabrics, a turquoise bamboo fleece and a red mesh, to the back for fun.  I also added red mesh cap sleeves.  Again I had to do some altering to make it fit my figure,  Once my husband saw the re-do, he wanted it back – too late.

The last item I re-did was a dress into a skirt.  I should have taken a before picture.  The dress was very dated, with shoulder pads and some beading on the top, it was also too short through the torso for me, however I loved the georgette material and I can always use a new skirt for my Alberta Ballet evenings.

I’m glad I took this class, although I can rework or sew anything I needed the discipline of being in a class to work on these projects and actually complete them.  At home on my own I’ll always defer to quilting, and the mending and altering pile just grows.

This morning there were 50 finishes at Elm Street Quilts, where I am linking up to post my July finish, drop by and have a look at some of the other projects, perhaps consider joining us for August.

It’s not about what it is – it’s about what it can become! ~ Dr. Seuss

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Where’s Jovie

This fun little fox quilt was made my Linda for a colleague’s expected baby.  A little girl to be named Jovie.

An interesting tidbit, Linda found out later that her colleague’s mom’s maiden name was Fox.

Linda found a great coordinating fabric with so many colours from the little foxes for the backing.

Where’s Jovie was quilted with the whimsical Popcorn pantograph by Jodi Beamish and a Cool Grey thread by Glide.

Each Child is a Unique and Unrepeated Miracle. 

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Blue Scraps

A few scrappy little High Five blocks for July’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge and the colour blue.

The High Five pattern is by Amanda Jean Nyberg and can be found in the book Sunday Morning Quilts.  I realized after I took the picture of these blocks that I had made my June/Yellow blocks way more scrappy, oh well, this gives me some creative license with the rest of the colours and months of  scraps that I get to add to this quilt.

A few more leaders and enders to add to the postage stamp stash.  I might have to take stock soon to see how many I have, how many more I might need and what size of a quilt I’ll be making.

Sad to say good-bye to blue, my favourtie colour.  I could sew blue scraps forever - and I have enough of them as well, however I'm looking forward to next week to see what colour Angela at Soscrappy will pick for August and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and I'll dig into a new bag of scraps.

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Saturday, 22 July 2017

My favourite colour

What a treat when I saw that the Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour for this month is blue, my favourite colour and I’ll take it as a special birthday present as well, since this is my birth month.

My first little project in blue is two birch tree quilt blocks by Amanda Jean Nyberg who blogs at CrazyMom Quilts, the hand-dyed background fabric is Colorways by Vicki Welsh.  I also snuck a few leaders and enders in blue for a future scrappy postage stamp quilt.

Now I just have two orange birch tree blocks waiting for a month of orange and all the blocks for this little quilt top will be complete, you can see the orange peeking through under the blue blocks.

On a blue theme, I began to prewash some Star Trek and Star Wars fabric for a couple of TV cuddle quilts, I have to get moving on this project – wedding gifts for my brother-in-law and new sister-in-law – hopefully I’ll be posting these finished by the end of August!!

You can enjoy and view many other blue scrappy projects at Angela’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge Saturday post on her Soscrappy blog.

Do doot doot do do do, do doot do do do do - Don't worry - be scrappy.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

My goal for July

Is a little different, it’s not a quilt, it’s a shirt.  I enrolled in a Re-Fashion your clothing class through Continuing Education at Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), and competed a couple of items (I’ll show them at the end of the month), however I started this shirt and did not finish it in class and if I don’t make it a goal with a deadline I’m afraid it will hang in the closet untouched.
It is re-fashioned with a couple of shirts that I picked up from a thrift store and a piece of blue floral fabric that I had in my stash.
I need to sew the sleeves on, and I still have a little work to do to get them to fit correctly, a logical place from me to just put this project on the shelf, but I want to wear this shirt, so it’s my July goal.

I’m thankful that Kathy at Elm Street quilts hosts the OMG, this is helping me to complete some UFO’s.

Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you set it in has left you.

Friday, 30 June 2017


Diane made this quilt for her nephew, a great way to use a panel and a great gift for a little boy who likes dinosaurs.

The dinosaur quilt is quilted with pantograph by Dave Hudson called dinosaurs and a titanium  coloured thread.  Here you can see a stegosaurus.

And here is a brontosaurus.

Diane found a great complimentary fabric for the back of this prehistoric quilt.

Let the world hear you ROAR.