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

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Dewey Dream quilt block

This week, I completed the last three blocks for the Squared Away quilt along lead by Angela of Soscrappy and Mari of The Academic Quilter.  Mari says that this is the “Dewey Dream block, from the 1899 edition of the Orange Judd Farmer, an agricultural publication.” 
Next I’ll have to figure out how to arrange my thirty, 10 inch blocks that I have completed, and that task will likely become a One Monthly Goal (OMG) project, of which there are a few others in line before my Squared Away blocks.

Squared Away was part of this year’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  If you go to the Soscrappy blog and check out the last couple of Saturdays, you will see that some keen quilters have already pieced their Squared Away quilt tops.  I will be looking to them for inspiration.

Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. ~ Victor Pinchuk

Sunday, 7 October 2018

A goal for October

My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for October is to make a quilt top from these blue and white Mile a Minute quilt squares. 
My idea is to set them on point and have alternating white squares.  The squares are fairly large – 8 inches – and when I put them on point they are 11 inches across, so I think I won’t be using them all and I’ll still end up with a large quilt. 

Check back at the end of the month to see if I achieved my goal, and check out all the other monthly goals at Elm Street Quilts.

There are no traffic jams on the extra mile. ~ Zig Ziglar

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Dark and Sage Green

October and another colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, Angela has picked dark and sage green.  At the beginning of the year we were told what our 10 colours for the year would be and there were two categories of green, yellow/lime greens and dark/sage greens.  I tried my best to separate the greens and here are my Cog quilt squares in darks and sages. 
I’m not sure if my categorizing of greens if very good, here are the earlier this year yellow/lime greens, in any case I have eight various greens of Cog quilt blocks for my Cog quilt. 

Just three black Cog quilt blocks to go and then it will be time to complete the quilt top. 
It is beneath human dignity to lose one's individuality and become a mere cog in the machine. ~
Mahatma Gandhi

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Under the Sea quilt

My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for September is completed.  I set out to quilt and bind this quilt made with many water themed fabrics so I’ve decided to call it Under the Sea. 

Here are some of the fun fabrics I’ve included. 

Quilted with the Seaside pantograph by Kathie James and a Marine variegated top thread.  Hopefully you can see the shell shapes in the quilting, there are four, along with wavy water swirls. 

I found this great ocean waves fabric for the backing. 
And I remembered to label this quilt before quilting. 
Looking through my stash I found this lovely Japanese Sashico looking fabric, it reminds me of the Shells quilt pattern, another quilt on my to do list. 

Stop by Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal link-up to see many other completed projects and consider joining in the fun for October.

The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. ~ Jules Verne

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Dark Blue High Five

Sewed up a few High Five quilt blocks this week in the September Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour of dark blue. 

When I was arranging the blocks for this picture, I realized that I had made ten of each the small blocks and one large one of all the other colours.  So, one more to go, it will be done, maybe later today.

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

When you make something with your hands, it changes the way you feel, which changes the way you think, which changes the way you act. ~ Carl Wilkens

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Hawaiian Tumbler Quilt

A collection of floral Hawaiian prints, pieced by Pat into this delightful tumbler quilt. 
A close-up of some of the lovely flowers. 
Pat picked the Bellflower pantograph by Patricia E. Ritter and a Rainbow variegated thread for the quilting. 

Summer days in the garden. 

Mohala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua – (Unfolded by the water are the faces of the flowers.)

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Yellow Brick Road quilt

This beauty was pieced by MaryAnn, using Sandy Gervais fabrics. 
Quilted with Anne’s Garden, a pantograph by Anne Bright. 
If you look closely you can see the hummingbirds. 
I think this quilt is totally reversible with this modern looking back. 
Yellow Brick Road in the garden. 
Neither the Hummingbird nor the flower wonders how beautiful it is.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Sunbonnet Sue quilt

Made by Stella for Betty. 
Stella decided that we should just outline Sue with quilting and then quilt the sashing with the Bellflower pantograph by Patricia E. Ritter.  

A cute little quilt for a friend.

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.  ~ Joseph Addison