Thursday, February 19, 2015

I'M BACK...WITH A (SELF) CHALLENGE!

Wow!  That was a long unintended break.  I didn't mean to be gone for so long, but sometimes life gets in the way. Anyway, I hope to be here more often from now on!
 
I've decided to start this year off with a challenge to myself. This is something I've done in the past (for example, read the paper every day, give up meat for a year [which led to me becoming a vegetarian]). 
 
This year, my challenge is quilt-related!  Like most quilters, I have a stack of quilts in various stages of completion. Mostly tops...but a few with a little more work to be done.  My challenge is to finish one each month to be either given away or donated. Seems like a realistic goal, doesn't it!  And I will still have lots of time to work on new projects!
 
I didn't manage to get one finished in January (oops) so I will have to make up for that!  Here's my finish for February...
 

 
This sweet little quilt was given to a co-worker. She is thrilled to be expecting a baby girl in a few months and I was happy to pass it on to her!
 
What are your challenges for the year?
 
Linking up with Finish It Up Friday!
Have a great weekend!
 

Friday, October 31, 2014

TWO FINISHES!!!

Just because the blog has been quiet doesn't mean I haven't been sewing up a storm!  Today, I have two finishes to share!
The first is the second quilt made with my leftover bits and pieces of Wee Wander.  This fabric is so adorable and I wish I had bought more. It is so much fun to work with. Here's the finished little quilt...
 
 
I decided to add a little touch of aqua which I think adds some interest to the quilt!  I love how this one turned out!
 
My second finish was made from fabric bought on a whim! I grabbed a pretty charm pack and some yardage with no idea what I was going to do with it. Only after I got it home did I realize the charm pack only contained 30 squares!  What!!!  Uh-oh. After much brainstorming, here's what I came up with...
 
 
Here's another quilt with tons of white!  I actually love how this one turned out!  Sometimes you've got to work with what you've got. Right!
Anyway...these two quilts, along with about 25 others, are headed two a 2-day craft fair I'm doing next weekend!  Like I said above, the blog may be quiet but the Bernina has been busy!
I hope to share more of my finishes over the coming weeks!
For my local readers, I'm doing the Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School Craft Fair November 8-9 in Port Coquitlam. Would love to see you there!
Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday!
Happy Halloween!
PS. What happened to October (my favourite month)!
 
 

Friday, September 26, 2014

A (FAVOURITE) FINISH!

Firstly, let me say a huge thanks to everyone who commented on my last post!  I'm pretty sure it generated the most comments I have ever received. It made me look at that particular quilt, and all my quilts, actually, in a new light.  Sometimes it's hard to silence that inner critic and listen to my inner creator! 

Anyway, this week I have a finish that I truly love! I've had a stack of Wee Wander marinating on my shelf for quite some time just waiting for the perfect quilt.  These prints lend themselves well to fussy cutting. I have to say, though, I have mixed feelings about fussy cutting.  While I love cutting out the little motifs, I absolutely hate wasting my precious fabrics. In the end, though, it had to be done.  Here is my finished quilt!
 
 
I'm really happy with the way it turned out. This is my own pattern that I created specifically for prints that work well with fussy cutting. This is my second quilt with the pattern (I sold the first one at a craft fair last year)!  I'm not sure I will be able to let this one go. I may have to save it for someone special!  We'll see! 
Have a great weekend everyone.
Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it Up Friday!
 

Friday, September 5, 2014

A QUESTION!

What do you do when you're working on a quilt you absolutely CAN'T STAND?  Do you power through and finish it or add it to your pile of WIPs, perhaps never to be finished or re-visited at a much later date? This has happened a few times to me in the past few months.  One has moved to the bottom of the pile and the other I decided to power through and finish!  I'll start with the back...
 

 
I love this elephant print. I bought quite a large piece of it awhile back and pieced a matching top! I really wanted to make another quilt using this as the back.  I only had a few small pieces of coordinating prints of tiny turquoise and orange elephants.  Here's the finished quilt...
 
 
I'm really not in love with this, but it has grown on me a tiny bit. It's no secret I love using white in my baby quilts, practical or not, but this is too much white even for me! Perhaps I would have liked it more had I used a different colour instead of the white!  Anyway, I would love to know what you do with your not so loved WIPs.  
Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday!
Have a great weekend everyone!!!
 

Friday, August 22, 2014

ANOTHER FINISH!

Oh it feels good to finish a quilt, doesn't it!  This one has been on my list for a while!  Inspiration struck when I picked up a cute little animal print while on vacation in July. It came from a great quilt shop in Oliver, B.C., a short 15 minute drive from Osoyoos where we spent a week in the sweltering Okanagan heat! Unfortunately, the shop is closing, but fortunately for me everything was on sale!  Anywhere, here is my little finished quilt...
 

This picture shows a little of the back...

 
I decided to quilt it with straight lines about 1.5 inches apart. I really like how this quilt turned out and how the colours pop against the white! It came together really quickly and it was a great way to use up some of my never-ending scraps, too!
Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday!  Be sure to check out her FABULOUS EPP quilt.  I'm so jealous!
 
 


Friday, August 1, 2014

BACK TO BASICS (AGAIN)!

As a quilter, it's nice every now and then to get back to basics...like this little quilt...
 
 
I had purchased (a looooong time ago) a charm pack and yardage for a project I wanted to try. It got put away and semi-forgotten.  In an effort to finish up some quilts for a craft fair coming up in November (don't gasp, it's really only three months away) and to use up some older fabric in my stash, I decided just to make a simple patchwork quilt!  After spending an entire today cutting and sewing a billion triangles (okay, maybe a few hundred) for another quilt, it was a pleasure to see this little quilt come together so easily!  The fabric doesn't really suit my taste any longer (I think this was one of my earliest purchases when I first began quilting), but it's really sweet!
 

 In other news, allow me to introduce Mara...


This sweet little girl joined us about a week ago. She's had a terrible life so far but she seems quite happy here with us and our other tabby Stewart! She's been hanging out in my sewing room with me.  She is very curious about what I'm doing and loves to watch me sew and cut fabric!  She's been welcome company!
Have a great long summer weekend to my Canadian readers!
 

Friday, June 27, 2014

A (LITTLE) FINISH!

Sometimes it's so nice to finish an entire quilt in one afternoon...
 
 
even if it's a tiny one!!!
This sweet little doll quilt and pillow was made with Amanda Jean's wonderful tutorial with leftover Hello Petal scraps! Love it! I wish I had taken a picture of the actual pillow - it is so darn cute!!! Thank you, Amanda Jean for such a great tutorial!
Linking up with Finish It Up Friday!