Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Quilty Stars Goal

I really liked Quilty Love’s Quilty Stars quilt and thought I might participate in the Summer scrappy sew along.  However I’ve been on vacation and have my grandson visiting, so I haven’t been keeping up with weekly updates.  I do like to participate in Elm Street QuiltsOne Monthly Goal (OMG), so for August I hope to complete the remaining 15 Quilt Star blocks. 
So far I have 10 and another 15 will give me enough for a queen size quilt.

I moved my fountain on to my deck so I can hear it better - just love the sound of gurgling water - and now I can sit at my kitchen table and watch the birds drinking, it’s fun to try and capture a picture or two. 

I’m getting this post in just under the wire and now it’s time to get some piecing done.

At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to 

photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough. Toni Morrison

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

My July goal is complete

I wanted to quilt and bind this little (39” X 53”) flannel Mile a Minute quilt and here it is. 
My daughter helped me do some cleaning in my quilting studio and I had more flannel than would fit in the new drawer, plus I was inspired finding and fondling fabrics that were hiding in cardboard boxes.  She decided my fabric needed to be in clear drawers and bins, so I could see what I had, and while sorting I started playing with the flannel and completed enough squares for two little flannel quilts.

I found some great backing fabric in the sale section of a local quilt shop. 
Quilted with a favourite whimsical pantograph – Popcorn by Jodi Beamish. 
I still have enough squared for another, and I’m wondering what colour to sash it with, should I stick with the turquoise, or try something new? 
Check out other finishes at Elm Street Quilts OMG, or perhaps join us in the fun of finishing.
Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Pink Leaves

I did a little RainbowScrap Challenge sewing and made these leaf potholders in pink.  Everything looks a bit orange, whereas they are really all shades of pink. 

The pattern is from Patchwork Pottery, and I’m trying to make a set each month.  

I found some cute buttons in my pink button collection, and some fun fabric for the backs in my stash.  

I worked on the binding on Thursday at noon, when I lead a Finishing School at the Library at Mount Royal University and then finished sewing the binding and button detail while watching Blown Away (Netflix) with my husband last night.  It’s a glass blowing competition show, my husband blows glass and one of the competitors is a past instructor of his.  We love glass and have a houseful of glass and quilts.

A plant on my front steps with pinkish leaves. 

Here it is in its setting. 

Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Baby Flannel One Monthly Goal

My Goal for June is to quilt and bind this Flannel Mile a Minute baby size quilt. 
I wasn’t too sure if I would even try to finish anything this month, I want to be outside as much as possible enjoying the summer weather, however I have the backing for this quilt and it’s all ready to go, plus I’m encouraged by my recent winnings (see below). 
Each month I’ve been taking part in Elm Street Quilts OneMonthly Goal, Patty has great sponsors and prizes and once again I am the lucky monthly winner.  The prize I won with my June OMG is three digital patterns by Anne Knight from String & Story!  Thank you Patty and Anne, I’m delighted!

Please check back at the end of the month to see if I was able to complete my OMG this month.

A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.. ~ Nelson Mandela

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Low-Volume Baby Quilt

I sat sunning myself on the deck while I finished sewing the binding on this little low-volume quilt which was my One Monthly Goal (OMG) for June. 

This little quilt has an interesting story (don’t they all?), A fellow book-club member was having a fabric and book fund raiser for her choir, so I donated a bunch of fabric, including a little tin of charms.  Of course I also went to the sale to see what I could find to bring home and found this 20” X 80” strip of low-volume patches, which I thought I would reconfigure into a little 40” X 40” quilt. 

I later found out that my friend Mary Anne had donated the low-volume strip and that she had bought my little tin of charms!  Fund raiser doing exactly what it should, gathering goods and redistributing to make money for a worthy cause. 
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Blue play

I’m playing with my blue scraps for the month of June and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.
First I finished some book-marks in blues and greens.  I’ve been playing with the inside layer as my husband thought the batting was a little thick, and now I’ve settled on a firm interfacing, just the right thickness and firmness. 
Next I made a set of leaf potholders in dark blues.  This pattern is from Patchwork Pottery

I found some larger bits in my scraps, and an almost fat-quarter for the bias binding. 
Finished off sewing the binding and button detail while watching the movie The Favourite with my husband last night.

A few more little blue projects, these scrappy triple four patch blocks for a quilt called UFO Complete from the book Simple Strategies for Block-swap Quilts, by Lynn Roddy Brown. 

That’s been my week, I’m not sure where I found the time as I’ve been busy with my choir – Cool Choir - rehearsing for our final concerts, this weekend, and now I’m off to our final dress-rehearsal. 

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Low Volume a goal for June

My One Monthly Goal for June is to quilt and bind this crib sized low volume quilt, here it is with the backing fabric waiting to be quilted. 
I pieced together some white, cream and beige larger bits from my scrap collection for the back. 
A couple of more pictures of the front. 

Not sure how I’m going to quilt it yet, perhaps spiraling circles, I really liked the look of my Neutral Mile a Minute quilt when it was finished.  Or perhaps I might just pick a pantograph and keep it simple.  Thoughts?

Drop by Elm Street Quilts June link up to see what others hope to complete this month.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. ~ Helen Keller

Friday, 31 May 2019

Baby Rainbow Rows quilt complete

My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for May was to complete this crib size Rainbow Rows quilt and I did it. 
This little quilt was made with the left-over blocks from my full-sized Rainbow Rows quilt, which my husband and I now have on our bed.

Quilted with the Double Plume pantograph by Keryn Emmerson. 
You can see the quilting a bit better on the back of the quilt. 

Each month there are three lucky winners with Elm StreetQuilts One Monthly Goal finish-up and I was one of the winners for the April.  I was delighted to receive my Alison Glass collection of 12 threads by Aurifil.  Thank you to Patty of Elm Street Quilts and her sponsor Aurifil. 


Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. ~ Oprah Winfrey

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Scrappy Triple Four Patch

I’m starting another quilt, and thought I would show off my orange(y) blocks for Orange May with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge
The quilt is called UFO Complete and it’s from the book Simple Strategies for Block-swap Quilts, by Lynn Roddy Brown. 

There will be 90 of the triple four patch, 5 double four patch blocks and 220 squares.  

It’s supper scrappy, and you can get an idea of what it’s going to look like here.  When I quilted Doreen’s quilt I just loved the design and scrappiness of this quilt, so it’s been on my ‘to do’ list for a while.  Then about a month ago I decided to start by cutting a 3 ½ inch strip of most of the fabrics in my stash.

What's meant to be will always find a way Trisha Yearwood

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Orange Leaf Pot-holders

May is orange at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, so I’ve made a set of the leaf pot-holders in orange this month.  

There were some cute buttons in my orange button jar. 
A few bigger orange pieces for the backing and a fat quarter from my stash for the binding. 
It’s not hard to find orange leaves in nature. 
Photo by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Sunday, 5 May 2019

A Goal for May

A Rainbow Rows baby quilt is the next on my agenda to finish.  This little quilt was made up from the left over blocks from my full-size Rainbow Rows quilt, which you can see here.  My May goal will be to quilt and bind this little quilt.

Rainbow Rows baby will also be quilted with the Double Plume pantograph by Keryn Emmerson.

First I need to find some fabric for the back, which I don’t think will be a problem, I’ll pick and/or piece something from my white, cream and low volume stash. 

I’m so very excited to say that I was one of the winners of Elm Street Quilts April Finish Link-up.  I am looking forward to receiving a large spool set from Aurifil, I’ll be watching my mailbox!  See the many May goals and consider joining in the fun and satisfaction of completed projects (and the possibility of winning one of the lovely monthly prizes). 
You'll fail at a 100% of the goals you don't set. ~ Mark Victor Hansen

Monday, 29 April 2019

April Goal Complete

My OMG (One Monthly Goal) for April was to quilt and bind this Blue and White on point Mile a Minute quilt, and it is done.  A full size quilt measuring 88 x 102 inches. 

I hurried home from work to take the picture while the sun was still out and there was a nice patch of snow for the background, and you can see I have a few clips holding down the binding.  Once I finished supper I sat down and finished hand sewing the binding. 

My daughter picked the Entangle pantograph by Hermione Agee, she thought the design was a nice compliment to the on point blocks, I have to agree. 

I used larger pieces from my stash to piece the back, the binding is patchy as well.  It feels good to use fabric that have, rather than buying more, I honestly can see my stash shrinking (just a little). 

You can see Entangle better on this bit of the back. 

 I’m thankful to ElmStreet Quilts for hosting this OMG, as it keeps me on track with finishing the many projects I have on the go.

When you love what you have you have everything you need.