Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Obsessed with Paper Piecing!!!

I can't believe I'm paper peicing!!! Totally obsessed with it. 

Check it out:

This one is easy!! You could do it!! I found a great tutorial on Pinterest! It made it so easy. So easy!!!

This one needs some more work. I need to practice making this one again. 

I gotta run. The Mini has an appointment in Regina!!


Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Butterfly ... I might be crazy!!

When Dallas and I were on holidays, he pointed out this quilt to me:

I was huge and beautful.  I didn't think much of it after we saw it.  I think it was at the Botanical gardens in Maddison, WI that we visited.  During our visit we picked out some plant and actually agreed on a yard design!!  Pretty exciting stuff.  Now we just need a yard!!

Anyways ... When I got back I looked at the pile of blue material that I bought to make Dallas' mom a quilt with.  I was going to make her a Northern Lights Quilt by JayBird Quilts.  Sitting here watching golf at St. Andrews in Scotland, I thought why not draw out the butterfly.  So I did...  

I did have all the little blocks in it like the orginial quilt in the picture above but then I thought, I don't have enough material or creative design ability to do it.  So I erased all the blocks and kept the outline. I went in search of a design and found this ...

Thank you Google!!!  I figured I could do somthing like like this.  So I got out some markers and coloured!!  

This is what I've come up with:

I might have to adjust lines or add in some half square triangles to make things flow a little more.  I figured this is a good guide.  Have I mentioned that I love graph paper???  Well I do.  I figure I can even make this a lap quilt (I know ... gasp!!!)  I'm going to make each square equal 1 in (finished size).  That will make the butterfly 43 in by 36 in.  Add on a small border and done!!  I figured I would be smart about the design and made all the half square triangles the same.  Then I can bulk make them and be done!!  The other parts of the quilt can be cut in different lengths, times 2 - one for the left side and one for the right.  I figure it will be some what time consuming but should look good when I get it done.

As always ... I need more time to get these projects finished or maybe I just need to use my time better!!!  Deep thoguht for the day!!

Off to sew!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Quilt Delivery

Today is grad and I was able to deliver my gift!!

I channelled you and labeled the quilt: 

Here is the graduate and get quilt!!

She loved it!! I was excited to give it to get!! 
Happy sewing!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Another Quilt Pattern Added to the To-Do List

Yep ... I did ... I bought another pattern.  I've looked at this pattern many times and thought, I can draw it and just make it.  Then it showed up on Instagram the other day.  Her Mom made an amazing scrappy quilt and so I bought it ... another one added to the to-do list!!

I am committed to doing this quilt by only using scraps and not planning ... or kind of not planning!!!  I'm loving this quilt by Fresh Lemon Quilts ... Starfall!!  It's a great scrappy looking quilt!!

I can't wait to start this quilt ... I'm torn ... I haven't started anything with that fantastic grey material and I really really really want to make something with it.  BUT I can't figure out what to do with it.  There aren't enough hours in the day to get all the quilting that I want to do done.

I'm off to hunt through the scrap bin ... after I finish the t-shirt quilt grad gift that's due tomorrow!!
Happy Sewing

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Hexagon Quilt

Oh my gosh ... This is so much easier than I thought it was. Look at this: 

I'm loving this!! Only this many more to go: 

Thank goodness for a new Netflix series to keep me going!!
Happy sewing

Friday, June 19, 2015

Lone Star Quilt

I started this quilt when I was at the Manning Farm earlier this year. I figured out how to do the y-seams using my own method. I screwed up one big time. It's now curved instead of pointy. 

But after that one, I got it!! Y-seams done:

I think I'm going to add a small white border before I bind it. What do you think?? 
And what should I bind it in??? Green?? Or blue??? 

Happy sewing!!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

From chaos...

From chaos... Comes order.  Diane has created this amazing ordered system of theme based fabric.  Check it out.  Her and Diane

T shirt bag

Here' some pics of a tshirt bag that Diane and I made after purging some totes of clothes. We're thinking it would be great for shoes or lake stuff. What have you been up to? Her

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A trip to Rock Lake, ND

I learned a few tricks when I was down in Rock Lake with Rose Manning. Rose taught me how to make the Lonestar quilt. Here's how the block starts...

Here's all my blocks laid out together. 

There are so many different colour variations that one could do with this. I have a feeling that I will need to make a few of these quilts and believe it or not, it can be made in a weekend!!

Happy Quilting

Donation for Pink Basketball Tournament

Here's the quilt I made for the tournament... 

I love the swoon block!!

Happy Quilting

Baby Quilts

I started to work on a quilt for Daylene's little man! I'm really not sure what it's going to turn out like. Here's the first row... 

Here's a close up...

I'm really enjoying this block. There are many options to make a wonderfully scrappy quilt! And I have found a way to line up all the points that's really easy, even you could do it!!!

Here's Cor's little guys quilt... 
I used handkerchiefs to make the stars. I loved the plaid on them. 

This is Melissa's little guys quilt ...
I love the strips and that material by Basic Grey. In fact I'm pretty obsessed about it. I can't stop buying it. I love this wiggle quilting too! 

I haven't worked on the farmer's wife quilt sampler for a while. I need to get on that again soon!!

I hope to finish both the quilts for Daylene and Melissa tomorrow. 
Happy Quilting

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Afghan repair

Hey there,  here's a couple of pics of an afghan I repaired for a co worker.  Her late grandmother had made it and she wasn't using it so it didn't get wrecked anymore.  A darning needle and a small hook made the hole disappear.

The after shot, you can see the repair, but on this queen size afghan it's barely noticeable.

So show me what you've been up to.  Her

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sewing by Sevens

Hey there,
Just wanted to share a pic of a couple of sock monsters that my first semester of sevens created.  They're creepy and cute all at the same time.  Her

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Toques for all

Here's a shot of some toques I'm sending to the hospital this week.  I may not have sewed a lot but at least I accomplished something.  How's the sampler block for this week going?  Her

Friday, January 16, 2015

Donation and Farmer's Wife Sampler Block #1

You will be so proud of me!  I finished another quilt and am donating it to the figure skating club.  They are going to raffle it off this weekend at the skating compeition.  

The two girls are two of our very talented skaters.  I really like this one and think I need to make another one.  I didn't do much quilting to it.  I did some stitch in the ditch to quilt it.  

I've started the quilt for our Sr. Girl's Basketball team's Pink tournament.  They raise money for cancer research.  Last year I made them a pink quilt and I figured I might as well do it again this year.  I love this block. I bought a quilt magazine with this pattern in it and have wanted to do it for a while.  This is my sample block.  It's much easier than you think to make!  Each little block is a rectangle and a square.  I'm using some tape as a guide on my sewing machine to sew across the squares - the 1/2 square triangle method.  It makes sewing these much quicker than drawing on them and then sewing.
I have 6 or 7 blocks made so far.

I'm a little disappointed in the material I bought for the Farmer's Wife Sampler.  They looked so bright and vibrant on the website but are dull now that I have them at home.  

These are the pieces to block #1;

Here it is put together:
I need to learn a little more about putting the colours together.  It's kind of hard to pick which colours to use for which because the examples in the book are awful.  Some of the fabric is so patterned and similar, you can't see the different shapes in it.

I pinned and pinned and pinned and was still out.  The outer triangles didn't line up with the yellow squares on the top and bottom.  I did some triming and will have to stretch it a little when I actualy sew the squares all together.  There's no instructions in the book, like sew block 1 to block 2.  I kind of just looked at the picture and figured it out.  I need to read through the book to see if there are more instructions some where.  If not, I'll just keep thinking I know what I'm doing!!

I figured I better blog today because I'm going to be at the rink all weekend.  I'm playing music for the competition on Saturday and Sunday.  

Hope your week was good!  What are your weekend plans?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Fell off the finishing train

Okay, I had things I was going to finish this weekend but I got distracted by my new Photoshop
Elements program.  I'm a little slow so I had to watch the tutorials about 30 times for each thing I wanted to do but I did manage to do this.  I took one pic with an unfortunate planter coming out of my mom's head and created a background from another pic and merged the two.

Better, now I notice that weird grey twig, I might have to fix that as well.  First, I will go and sew something.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Next Forever Quilt

I am so excited ... look what arrived:::

I can't wait to get home and get started!!  The only problem I have with this is there are no measurements on the instructions.  Here's the material I'm going to use:  

Can't wait to get started on this!!
Happy Friday