Sunday, September 20, 2015

Binding Love

I happily spent Friday Night Sew-In curled up with my quilt, watching a movie with my son and sewing on my binding. This morning I got it out and have been working on it some more. I don't do a lot of hand sewing but I do enjoy putting on the binding. I get to use the quilt while I put on the binding so it feels like opening a gift before Christmas! When the quilt is for someone else, I try to put loving thoughts in it as I bind. This quilt is a gift for my self and the love and happiness are in it too.

Linking to Slow Stitching Sunday.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Still Time for a Picnic!

The weather has been so hot here; definitely hotter than it was in August! That means we still have lots of time for a picnic. I have been enjoying making this quilt, though the flip corner can sometimes be frustrating to get just right. I have not spent much time, organizing an layout for them. I feel that will be the big surprise at the end. I cut 3 to 4 blocks from each fabric. I won't have enough when I am finished for the 80 squares but then I can cut some more. I find it is better to start out with too few or too many and then I can play with the layout, and see what needs to be added or taken away. I have really come to enjoy quilts without borders. It feels good to know that once it is sewn it is all done.

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

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A tisket, A tasket

 ... some really cute baskets!

I have all of my 20 baskets done now, and I am ready to piece it together. I have to admit I found the smaller size of the blocks fiddly to work with. I realize that I prefer paper piecing smaller pieces. I know once it is all together, I will quite enjoy it, and at some point in the future make small blocks again.

Linking up to Design Wall Monday.

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.