Monday, August 31, 2015

Time for a Picnic!

My nieces and nephews are getting older, while I am hopefully I am staying relatively young. I decided that it was time for me to start making them new quilts. I asked my niece in the spring what was her favourite colour and she told me blue and orange. It is a colour combination that I have never worked with before. A few weeks later I found a beautiful top and when I got home I realized that it was blue and orange with some yellow. Then I saw blue and orange quilts everywhere. Choosing a pattern is one of my favourite parts of quilting but I could not decide what to make. I had lots of blue and orange fat quarters, and I did not want to buy too much extra fabric. I happily went through my books and magazines and then decided on the Picnic pattern by Kim Bracket from her book Scrap-Basket Sensations. I have made one of her quilts before and I loved the design of it and the ease of making it.

I love the look of it and how freshly vibrant it is. I can see this being another quilt that I would love to make in a different colour scheme.

I also got my August paper piecing done. It has been a sweet fun project. When I was away on vacation I picked up another small paper piecing project. I would love to get it started but have some other projects to finish up first.

Linking to Design Wall Monday.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Nick of Time Tuesday

It is almost the end of the month and I realized that I had not completed my July calendar paper piecing. I got it done today, just in the nick of time.

I have been focusing this summer on getting my WIP done. My snowman quilt almost has its blanket sewn together. With all this heat it is hard to believe that it will soon be time to think about Christmas gifts.

Today is also my 19th anniversary. It has been a wonderful 19 years!

Linking to Linky Tuesday.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Briar Rose

Briar Rose

My quilt top for Briar Rose is now done and I need to decide if I am going to add borders. My blocks are bigger than the original pattern so I am going to play around with ideas for the borders, or perhaps no borders. I love the fact that other than the background, this is a completely scrappy quilt. I have definitely been drawn to scrappier quilts lately. This had originally started out as a baby quilt, but now I think it has become a quilt for myself.

Linking to Monday Making.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fabric Friday - or In Your Own Backyard

I had been searching a long time for some backing fabric to go with my Mountain Mystery quilt done some years ago. I had scoured the Internet and not really found what I was looking for. Then in June, one of my LQS was having a sale, and there I found the perfect backing fabric and the exact amount that I needed was left on the bolt. It has now gone off to be quilted.


I also got some great other treasures from there and some of the quilt shows. I have been trying carefully to buy items for projects I already have, but the sweet quilt kit spoke to me. I know families have seasons for many things, basketball, baseball, hockey, fishing, but we have quilt show season! Spring is one of my favourite times of the year to see all of the beautiful quilts that have been made. Then in the summer I get to use my fabric to make beautiful quilts of my own!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

4 1/2 inches

Here are 2 squares. One is a simple half square triangle and the other is a basket block filled with intericate piecing, and yet they are both the same size - 4 1/2 inches. One of the most amazing things I find about quilting is how small blocks can both be simple and complex, yet in the end both will create beautiful quilts.

Here is the half square triangle all grown up.

The basket block with her friends.

Quilting may be frustrating and difficult at times, but never boring! Look what you can do with 4 1/2 inches! 

 Linking to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced, and The Needle and Thread Network.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday

I finally have the redwork done for my table top quilt. It is wonderful to have it done. It is the first time I used the printable paper to stitch my design, so I am eager to see how well it comes off.  This summer will definitely be one to get projects moving along, and I am very glad that this is one of them.