Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes- August

Hello, again!
This is the name of my latest quilt finish....and my completed goal for August's
I really must say, I enjoyed saying hello again to so many favourite fabrics that I have used in other quilts and projects.
A fun way to scrap bust, as well as make a lovely quilt.
This is a combination of 2 tutorials by the amazing Lori Holt from Bee In My Bonnet.
Each block measure 16", so it goes together quite quickly.
Here is one of the blocks, which is called Scrappy Crossroads.
The cross is formed when joined with other blocks.
The quilting is pretty straight forward...
intersecting grid....

For the binding, I used a golden yellow and white wide stripe.
The backing is a multi dot fabric I got from a local fabric shop. I think it picks up all the colours in the quilt top!
This lap quilt measures 51" x 66"
A great snuggle size!
Linking up this finish for
A Lovely Year of Finishes.

A Lovely Year of Finishes A Lovely Year of Finishes

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Pets on Quilts Show!

Last year I watched the fun on Lily Pad Quilting, as a huge number of pet lovers showed off their precious friends.
Cats on Quilts category
So, this year I decided to join in and show you Kissa and Sheriti, my two female Egyptian Mau cats.
It doesn't matter how small I fold a quilt, they find a way to both fit on it!
They do like to sleep curled up together..
This is Sheriti, a tiny little girl who loves to spend the day in my sewing room with me. She pre-tests everything!

She is also asthmatic, and uses an inhaler....
yes, you read it right!
This is Kissa, who would much rather wait for the finished quilt! 
She is a big girl!!

Oh yeah, we are kinda cute!

Thanks so much to Lily Pad Quilting for hosting this very special event!
Grab a cup of coffee and hop on over to see all the lovely pets and quilts this year. It will make you smile for the whole day!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes- August goal setting

The Dog Days of Summer are upon us, and I admit that I love the heat!
Although, it seems I do spend more time indoors than I did when I was younger!
Maybe because I have a sewing machine that is calling to me on a daily basis!
Since finishing my July quilt, I was wondering if I would have a quilt to work on in August, or if something else would come along.
I have started a Weekender, but that isn't my goal for this month! Lol!
As luck would have it, Lori Holt posted 2 tutorials on Instagram for fantastic scrap busting blocks called Scrappy Crossroads and Two by Four.
Because she has so many requests to also post them on her blog- Bee In My Bonnet, she did!
So, my goal is to finish this quilt top!
I'm off to a pretty good start, I think!
The best part, is making a big dent in my scrap pile!
So, I'm off to link up at Fiber of All Sorts for

A Lovely Year of Finishes A Lovely Year of Finishes

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes...July 2014 finished

For July, I set what I believed to be an achievable goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes!
I am so happy to be finished this quilt, and it really was fun to do!
It started out as a challenge to myself to try HRT's using the tutorial from Latifah at The Quilt Engineer. She posted this as a tutorial for the MQG.
I sliced and diced, pressed and trimmed!
I must admit that I am not a fan of pressing seams open,
but I did it anyway.
Low volume with pink, purple, yellow, black and coral..ish!
Whew! I was happy to get all these blocks done!
I did look at a couple layouts, but it seemed that simple was the way to go!
I spray basted and pinned with a little help....

The backing is from a fabric line called 8 Days A Week.
I used the months line. Really nice backing and I would definitely use it again!
I didn't have enough to match when I pieced the back, so ended up with some new months!!
I really want to change my birthday to Fovember! Don't you??
On to the quilting!!
I have a Janome Horizon, and programmed a stitch provided by Janome, called Serpentine stitch.
Here is the actual link to setting up the Serpentine Stitch-
This was the first time I have used it, and I sure do love it!
I put 3 rows in each path, and it was so quick, and gives the quilt great texture.
The best part of the Serpentine stitch is that it is and end to end stitch!
No burying thread!! Yay for that!
 As always, I used Aurifil thread!! Love it!
This is #2600, and I use so much of it, for piecing and quilting.
For me, it is the perfect grey.
The binding fabric is a really nice grey stripe that I had in my stash.

This little darling measures 52"x59"
I am tremendously pleased with this July finish, and am linking up for
A Lovely Year of Finishes

Thanks so much for stopping by, and please go and check out all the finishes for July!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Sew Canadian Studio Tour

This summer, a fabulous Canadian quilt shop called Mad About Patchwork, is hosting a series on their blog about the sewing spaces of some Canadian quilters.
For some reason, I can't get the button to work, but just follow the link above, and it will take you to the series!!
July 6th – Patti @ Retired to Quilt and Krista @ Poppyprint
July 13th – Dominique @ The Running Thimble and Cinzia @ Deux Petites Souris
July 20th – Anita @ Daydreams of Quilts and Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts
July 27th – Shena @ Apple Pie Patchwork and Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good
August 3rd РFelicity @ Felicity Quilts and Jos̩e @ The Charming Needle
August 10th – Janet @ What Comes Next and M-R @ Quilt Matters
August 17th – Erica @ Happy Fabric and Jacqui @ Treadle Quilts
August 24th – Leanne @ She Can Quilt and Jaclyn @ Jaclyn Quilts
August 31st – Pam @ Mad About Patchwork and Laura @ Waffle Kisses

I was fortunate enough to be invited to join, and my sewing room is featured today!
Also featured today is Krista @ Poppyprint, who gets a gorgeous view of Vancouver from her sewing room!
Oh no, I'm not jealous! Ha!
So, stop in and say hello!

Friday, July 04, 2014

ALYoF -July goalsetting

Alrighty then!
After a miserable showing for June, I have reset and refocused. 
It also helps that I love what I'm working on for my July goal!

While I'm completely over making these HRTs with the seemingly endless marking fabric,trimming blocks, and pressing seams open, I do love how they look. 
I think the layout I finally decided on is pretty as well. 
So, I just need to get the layout nailed down, blocks sewn together, and quilt it!
Easy Peasy!
Oh yeah, I also have to buy a new face plate for my machine! A spring must have sprung, and shifted the plate, because while I was sewing the needle suddenly hit the plate and everything broke!
Scared the crap out of me, too!
Good luck to everyone setting their goals for July.
Hope you are enjoying your summer as much as I am, especially now that we finally have it!
A Lovely Year of Finishes

Sunday, June 29, 2014

ALYoFJune 2014...not so much!

Apparently setting goals is so much easier than actually accomplishing them! 
I was supposed to have my Michael Miller Challenge project done for this month, but it just didn't happen. The same pieced strips are sitting in a pile somewhere waiting to be magically transformed into something beautiful...
I just wasn't all that inspired, so it still sits. 
My time hasn't been completely wasteful though. 
I did put a quilt together! It is a baby quilt, and I was pattern testing! So much fun!
Photos at a later date. 
I also managed to add a few more items to The Tutorial & Fabric Busting Project. 

Two zipper storage trays. Top tray is from a tutorial by Ayumi @ Pink Penguin
Bottom tray a tutorial from Sherri @ Threadridinghood

I hadn't made any open wide zippered pouches for a while, so I made 2!
Tutorial by Anna@ Noodlehead

I'm just a tad disappointed in my ongoing Economy Blocks quilt.
I seriously thought I had done so many, but it turns out to be only 46!
Good thing I'm not on a deadline with this.
They are fun to do though, so I'll keep at it...
So, I'll be back in a couple of days to post July's goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes!
I'm sure I'll get this one done, as I love it so!

A Lovely Year of Finishes
A Lovely Year of Finishes