Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Getting My Loonies Worth

These two loonies represent something special to me. They mean I sold something I made. I am not sure if I have ever sold anything before. Selling my items has never been a huge inceptive to me to craft. I understand that I am never going to get the real value for what is made, so I have always preferred making things for the ones I love and care about. There can be exceptions to the rule, and my son's teacher from last year asked me to make her son a pencil case. I had made her one last year as a thank you gift. She said that her son liked navy blues or blacks, and I found some great fabric in my stash.

Star Pencil Case

I decided to charge her the $2.00 for the price of the zipper. I did not want to charge a lot as she has been a wonderful teacher to my son, but it did seem fair to charge something. In some ways the loonies represent the same as the $1 bills you see, or use to see in Canada at stores for their first dollar made. I am very proud that someone was willingly to buy my work but I definitely am not planning on making a habit of it.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Just Wing It - Moda Love

I always enjoy reading your blogs for inspiration and ideas for new quilts to make.  On Friday, I saw a blog post from someone talking about a Moda Love pattern that was going around. I really liked her quilt and decided to check out the pattern. I had been looking for a quick but impressive looking baby quilt. When I saw it I knew I had some charm square packs that would be great for it.

 Moda Love

I pulled out this Just Wing It charm pack and then found a great Nature Elements to use as the background. Here is the result:

Moda Love

I really like it and have decided I am going to make the bigger version with a layer cake that I have.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Stash

I had some left over gift certificates and got to spend them this summer. I decided to buy the Quick Curve Ruler and some of the patterns. I am looking forward to trying it out.

I also bought some beautiful aqua and indigo fabrics. My son had bought me some last year for Mother's Day and I have been collecting some more, to make a quilt for myself. I have a couple of patterns in mnd that I would like to try out.

A couple of weeks ago when I dropped off my spool quilt to be quilted I saw this beautiful fabric on clearance. I knew it would be perfect for my Catcus Wreath quilt so I buy it. I am anxious to see it all finished.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Owl Appreciation - Pinky Owl

Pinky Owl

My Pinky Owl quilt is now finished. It is to go to someone who had a big part in my daughter's life. All of the pinks were in my stash. I really enjoyed making this quilt. I have made two patterns now out of the Dare to Be Square book by Boo Davis and they have been fun to do. It is always nice to appreciate something that someone has done for you, and as usual while I would love to keep this quilt I am happy it is going to a good home. The quilting was done by my wonderful quilter Tammy. She does beautiful work, and helps my quilts come to life.

Pinky Owl

Monday, September 22, 2014

Design Wall Monday - Catcus Wreath

Catcus Wreath

The Friday Night Sew-In gave me the boost I needed to get some log cabin blocks finished. After I was done, there were a couple of them that I did not like but seeing them all laid out makes them look better. I have one more set of blocks to do and then I can start sewing them all together. I might finally have a quilt that doesn't have to sit around for a couple of years to be finished!

Check out other quilts at Design Wall Monday!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Unblocking of Perfection


It is fun to have time to relax and do some quilting, though trying to obtain the perfect 1/4 inch and seams matching can sometimes be frustrating. Last week I finally took my spool quilt in to be quilted. I had agonized over the border for so long, but when I looked at the pattern the border was similar and I loved that quilt enough to make it. I was watching a show and one of the people on it said that writer's block was caused by trying to be perfect and you are never going to be perfect so just keep on writing. I realized that the same thing could be said about quilting, so I got my Spools quilt out, made the backing and sent it off.

 Cactus Wreath Log Cabin

I participated in the Friday Night Sew In. I worked on some binding, my red work and some of my Log Cabin blocks for my Catcus Wreath quilt.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Design Wall Monday - Catcus Bouquet

I have all of the catcus flowers done now for my Catcus Wreath. I am really happy with how they turned out. I would love to have a bouquet of these! Now I need to start working on the log cabins.

Linking up to Design Wall Monday.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Not Sharp to the Touch

Here are my Catcus Wreath blocks in various stages of completion. I can tell that it is a quilt I will enjoy using and cuddling under. Definitely not sharp to the touch! I am also working on binding another quilt right now, and I always have to be careful where I place the needle. My children like cuddling with me while I bind quilts and I don't want them to get pricked!

As an aside, I was on the way home after a day trip with my children the other evening and it had gotten dark. My daughter had been reading, so when it got dark she used her DS as a flashlight so she could keep reading. I was quite impressed with that.

Linking to The Needle and Thread Network.