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!
 
 


Friday, June 6, 2014

FINISH IT UP FRIDAY (X 2)!!!

Hurray!  I have a finish (two, actually) and it feels great!  Here's #1...
 
 
It's no secret I LOVE using Kona white in my quilts. In fact, I've used almost an entire bolt in the past year!  I love the freshness of it and how it makes colours pop.  This quilt was quickly whipped up from a pattern found here! I had a few bits of Posey left over from a previous quilt and wanted to use them up.  I love how this quilt turned out. I especially love the little applique bunny in the corner...
 
 
It's a little hard to see, but I used a raw edge applique method and stippled over it for extra security!  I think it adds an interesting little detail to the quilt!
 
Onto finish #2. I had started this quilt quite a while ago. See this post! I hadn't made much progress until a few days ago when I became completely obsessed with it!  For some reason I just couldn't stop! I gave it a good press this morning, and here it is...
 
 
I absolutely love it! It measures about 36 x 41 inches so it's pretty small...perfect for a baby quilt!  I have a few ideas for quilting, but I'm completely stumped by what to use for the back. I go back and forth between a plain pink or aqua Kona solid or something busy in keeping with the top! I really want to get this one finished. The sad part is...it barely made a dent in my scraps. I'm thinking of having a scrappy giveaway so check back in case you want to get started on your own!
Have a great weekend everyone. Happy sewing.
Linking up with Amanda Jean!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

BUSY SEWING!

Yes, I have been busy sewing up a storm...just not blogging about it!  But I'm back with a quick update!  Lots of blocks in the works...
 




A few tops...
 


 
But, alas, no finishes!  I hope to change that this weekend! 
 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

No Turning Back Now!

Well...I did it!  I cut into my treasured bundle of Flea Market Fancy!  I think when I first started quilting and became enamored with fabric, the first release of FMF was at the tail end.  I always loved it but never found any to buy except for small bits here and there on Etsy at prohibitive prices.  I was so excited when it was re-released and purchased a FQ bundle for myself plus some yardage in my favourite prints here! After spending ages a little while admiring the beautiful stack, I finally decided on a pattern, put a new blade in my cutter, and got started cutting!
 
 
I am making one small change to the pattern (naturally). Instead of 8 1/2-inch squares of several focus fabrics, I'm going to stick with all patchwork blocks. I'm so excited to get started on this quilt and I can't wait to see how it turns out!  It's been ages since I made myself a quilt. Now...to get those blocks made!