Friday, November 26, 2010

Log Cabin Love Finale


Here is my finished Log Cabin quilt. I am so thrilled with it and the quilting that Tammy did. It was a hard one to give away, but I reminded myself that I am only its surrogate owner. I have been under some stress lately, both internal and external so I decided to give the quilt to my friend now, as a family quilt rather than making his daughters' each individual quilts. I still might do that, but the pressure is off me now. I gave it to him this week and he was very happy and surprised by it.  He has an appreciation and understanding of how much work goes into a quilt and I always like giving quilts to people who do. Now, back to those half square triangles for my brother!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Presenting ...


Here is the finished quilt top for my sister. I will be busy doing a lot of binding in December. I am happy with out it turned out after taking so long to decide what pattern to use. I have a quilt to bind this week and a week and a half to finish my brother's which I just started on Friday. Wish me luck!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Friday Night Sew-In

Well Friday Night Sew-In ended up being a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

First, I started working on one of my Love Is redwork blocks.





Then I worked with my son on his Halloween quilt. He is designing how he would like the borders to be.


Lastly, I got started on all of the half square triangles I need for my brother's quilt (336 to be exact).



It needs to be done in 2 weeks, so I am going to be a busy Canadian beaver for the next little while!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sew Cal Gal's Christmas Quilt Show


Here is my entry for Sew Cal Gal's Christmas Quilt Show.







I pieced the blocks this summer as part of the Star Sampler Quilt Along by Bradie Sparrow of QuiltCetera. I had gotten some of the fabric as a fat quarter bundle of corals and aquas from the Have a Very Sheri Berry Holiday last year for my birthday. I was unsure what to do with it, until I find out that line also had some really cute Christmas/Winter fabric with it. This is going to be my Christmas gift to myself. Right now, it is at the quilter's. I am tempted to put it away until Christmas when it comes back, but I don't know if I can wait that long.  There are many incredible quilts in the show, so go have a look and there is still time to enter one of your own.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"BEE" dancing





I am so excited that I am doing the happy dance! I got my very first bee block ever back from my Bee Beautiful group in the mail.  It is so beautiful and so perfect for me. Thank you so much Stephanie

I am still working on my bee blocks for my Sew Modern Bee. I have had to take the one out a couple times, but I am sure that the third time is a charm. I also need to start thinking about what I would like them to do for me. My month is February, and I know that it will come up faster than I think.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Visions of sugar plums dancing in my head ...


I am sure I will have visions of sugar plums dancing in my head once I am done and cuddled under this quilt.  This was my summer project. It was the Star Sampler Quilt Along by Bradie Sparrow of QuiltCetera. It was a fun quilt to do and came together so quickly. There was a medallion star in the middle in the original pattern but I changed it because I wanted to showcase some of the novelty fabrics. I love this quilt so much. I was unsure at first with the colours but I am very happy with how it has turned out and my decision to make myself a quilt for Christmas. Now, I just need to add the borders and it will be ready for the quilter's. Getting it back will be like Christmas morning for me!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What the heart wants ...


What I was really hoping this year was to get four quilts done for Christmas for my family. I got sidetracked in the summer by a couple of great quilt alongs. Then I also decided to make some quilts for my friend's daughters. Last weekend with the fast process of my sister's quilt in my head, I decided to start working on my niece's quilt.  All the pieces were already cut out which made it faster and I was making butterfly's for her, so I was not going to be changing my mind a million times like I normally do. This is the first time ever that I completely chain pieced all the sections of a quilt. It was neat and pretty fast. Usually I make a few blocks at a time so I don't lose any pieces.





Here are a few of the blocks as they are progressing along. I have also never used a black background before. I really like it and my points are turning out really well.







 

At the end of the day, I realized that I was not going to get all of it done that I wanted. I already pretty much knew this. I decided to focus on my sister's and brother's quilt and to make my summer worthwhile finish my Christmas Star Sampler Quilt. The heart is good, because there is always hope.

Monday, November 8, 2010

When you're not looking

Life is what happens when you are not looking. For some reason, I have had this thought in my head that I am a slow quilter. Three weekends ago, my children went and played with their cousin, and I had a day to sew. I managed to get all of the blocks done for my sister's quilt. Two weekends ago I had a bit more time, and I was able to get them sewn into a quilt top.





Now, I just have to put the borders on it. After all this I realized the only thing lacking in me is time. Most of my PHDs hanging around are for me. The quilts for others I do get done, so I guess I am not doing too badly after all.