Seasons

Project Quilting, Season 7, Challenge 2

The inspiration for this week’s Project Quilting is Seasons. I chose the magical season of childhood. (“Savour every moment! They grow up so fast!”) Our library book bag has seen better days (yes, that’s duct tape holding it together):

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So I quilted a new one this week:

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The bag is approximately 16 x 16 inches, using a variety of fantastic children’s fabrics. Quilted in Ontario, Canada.

Thistle

Project Quilting: Season Six, Challenge Five.

This week’s Project Quilting challenge was to cut up and use my favourite piece of fabric (the one I have been hoarding because I loved it too much to use). Digging into my fabric stash, I found a panel I adored from the Stonehenge Meadow-Spring collection by Linda Ludovico for Northcott. I had two of the panels, so I figured I would use one and save one. (But I ended up using both!)

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I had originally planned a fairly simple lap quilt with the panel in a corner and several borders around it with woodsy quilting. But the fabric had other plans and I found myself sewing up a whole lot of half-square triangles. I’m so glad I listened to the fabric!

Once the quilt top was all sewn up, I layed it out and fell in love with it! This left me fairly certain that the backing and binding fabrics I had originally chosen were entirely inadequate! So my plan was then to leave it as a ufo until the right fabric for the back turned up, and just not finish this week’s challenge. But while playing around with the batting and various possibilities for the backing today, I found myself wishing I could just use the batting as the backing–I loved the lighter, snugglier feel of having fewer layers. It felt like a nice warm summer night kind of quilt blanket without that third layer. So instead of using batting and quilting weight cotton fabric for the back, I just used an off-white extra wide piece of flanel behind the quilt top. Super snuggly. Perfect for curling up with in the summer.

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(As usual, the colours are a little off thanks to the lighting.)
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I absolutely LOVE the finished product. It may just be my favourite quilt I have made. I’m calling it “Thistle”. Dimensions are about 60 x 51 inches. Quilted in Ontario, Canada.

March Goal

My March Lovely Year of Finishes goal is to get my Tree quilt up on the wall!

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Right now it is folded up and living on top of our entertainment unit. This is no place for this quilt! Time to get it up!

January Finish

My January Lovely Year of Finishes goal was to make two more bibs with my 4-year old as a baby present for a friend. Done!

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My little guy picked out the fabrics and worked the pedal. I cut everything out and guided the fabric through the sewing machine. It was fun! I love sharing my sewing with him. Each bib is double sided (superman is hanging out with the rockets, the scientist animals are on the other side of the whales).

Little Miss Sunshine

Project Quilting: Season 6, Challenge 2

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey. Don’t you know dear, how much I love you? Please don’t take my sunshine away…”

This week’s Project Quilting challenge had to be inspired by “sunrise/sunset“. I had very (VERY!) little time to sew this week, so I made a baby bib (I seem to be stuck on bibs lately) for my Little Miss Sunshine during the boys’ nap time this afternoon.

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I love quick and easy projects. I used strips from a jelly role to make this small project even quicker (no cutting up fabric into the right sizes!). The colours (reds/oranges on one side, blues on the other) are reminiscent of the sunrise/sunset skies. Pieced and quilted in Ontario, Canada.

Trees

Project Quilting: Season 6, Challenge 1

Project Quilting has started up again, with the first challenge being “Trees”. Last year I made a celtic knot quilt as a wedding present for a friend and my husband loved the knot work. So for the “Trees” challenge I made us a wall hanging in the same style. Since I have to give it a name, I’m going with “Growth”.

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The tree (all the brown fabric) is appliquéd. I found the design on Google Images, and there were lots of sources for the same image–I wish I could identify and give credit to the original artist because it is beautiful! It took me FOREVER to sew it down, thanks to all the details (oh the leaves!!!). I didn’t have time to include it for this challenge, but at some point in the future I’m going to quilt celtic knots into the corners. The greens and browns are much richer and darker in real life (boo flash!), but I’ll have to wait until tomorrow afternoon to get a good photo with natural light. The quilt is approximately 30 inches squared. Made in Ontario, Canada.

January Goal

I’m kicking off 2015’s A Lovely Year of Finishes with the goal of making two more baby bibs with my 4-year old. These two bibs will be baby gifts for a friend. My 4-year old had such fun making the bibs for his sister that he keeps asking to make more.

December Finish

At the beginning of the month I made a Lovely Year of Finishes goal to complete a set of 12 bibs to give to my Little Miss for Christmas. She is 6 months old and just starting solids. After the messiness of her two older brothers, we are woefully understocked in terms of bibs.

This was my fastest finish this year! I used this pattern to work from (but omitted the food-catching snaps–at least for now).

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My 4-year old took a keen interest in “helping” with the bibs, and he was quite eager to rush from one stage to the next. He helped choose which fabrics went together (I won all of the food fabrics as part of the Project Quilting Season 5 Grocery Store Challenge last year), worked the pedal while I sewed up a few of the bibs, and picked out which colour of snaps to add to each bib (typically this resulted in multicolour snaps). I also had a chance to practice my free-motion quilting (which still needs a LOT of practice).

 

Now to keep the Little Miss semi-clean until Christmas…

December Goal

My December Lovely Year of Finishes goal is to complete a set of 12 bibs for my Little Miss. Since she’s my third kiddo and we have more than enough toys, but my boys were super messy eaters and wore out our supply of bibs before she could get to them, she’s getting a brand new homemade set of bibs for Christmas. I found these fabrics (which I won as part of Project Quilting last year) in my stash, and thought they would be pretty much perfect for this project.

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Thus far I have cut and sewn together seven of the twelve, and of these I have quilted three. I still have five to start, and the rest still need to be quilted and/or have snaps put on.

November Finish/Challenge

My November Lovely Year of Finishes goal was to complete the November Project Quilting Challenge. The challenge was to be inspired by “6 am”. Every morning at 6am on the nose, my 2 year old and 4 year old trample out of their bedroom and down the stairs. The morning begins with chaos. But before we had kids, I enjoyed the mornings. I loved waking up to the sounds of nature–birds chirping, rain pattering, green things growing… This quilt was meant to capture a bit of that.

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I named it “Still” (something my mornings are definitely lacking!). It’s meant to look like looking through a window. (Maybe with a cup of tea and a good book?) It was nice to get back to quilting. We’ve been stressed for the past several months, and sick for the last few weeks. The self-care was needed and well timed. Since I’m very limited with my “me” time right now, this was a very simple little quilt. Dimensions are 21×22 inches. The “window” pattern is appliquéd onto the panel.