Posts from the ‘Project Quilting’ Category

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.

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.

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.

November Goal

I’m not getting very much time to myself these days, and even less time for quilting or other self-care activities. But I miss it. So this month I’m easing myself (slowly!) back into it. My November Lovely Year of Finishes goal is to complete the November Project Quilting challenge. The challenge is to be inspired by “6 am”. Here’s a hint about what I’m working on:

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Thank Yous

Our baby girl arrived at the beginning of June and has made it through the first month of her life. We’re home now after a three week stay in the NICU, surgery, and another short hospital stint after she was discharged. She’s still having a rough time, but we’re hopeful things will start improving again soon. In the meantime, my quilting/sewing is on hold while I spend most of my time caring for her (and my other two kiddos, who don’t get nearly enough time with me).

Over the past several months I have won a number of draws and challenges. Because of the craziness of preparing for a baby with special needs and actually having said baby, I never got a chance to make a big deal out of the generosity of people in the online quilting/sewing community. I figured it is about time I did some proper public thank yous.

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway

I won two sets of fabric through the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway in May. Rebecca at Bryan House Quilts sent me two gorgeous jelly roles. I’m hoping to use these as part of a small quilt for a silent auction fundraiser at my kiddos’ daycare this fall (though I’m questioning how realistic it will be to get it done by the fall). Michell at Michell’s Place sent me two lovely mini charm packs, which I would like to use to piece the skirt of a summer dress for our little girl.

Project Quilting

Over the Winter semester, the Project Quilting challenges made a big difference in keeping my world a little more balanced than it otherwise would have been. I enjoyed (and needed!) quilting as a distraction from all the extra stresses. I have also been incredibly lucky with draws through the Project Quilting challenges. Through the draws I have won some very beautiful hand dyed fabrics from Kim at Persimmon Dreams, a stash bag from For Quilts Sake full of lovely pink fabrics and notions (perfect for a baby girl!), and a gift certificate for quilting by Marcia of Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting (which I may need to pass along to a friend due to exorbitant costs to mail a quilt from Canada). One of my quilts was also voted the favourite for the Grocery Store Challenge, and won a cute set of fabrics with food on them (unfortunately, I can’t currently link back to this one, and can’t remember who sent me these lovely fabrics! I’ll have to update this later). I missed the June challenge, but look forward to getting back into the swing of the challenges later this summer.

A Lovely Year of Finishes

I have also enjoyed the sense of accomplishment that comes from setting a goal each month and following through with it, and A Lovely Year of Finishes has made this much simpler. For completing my May goal I won the draw for some pretty butterfly fabrics from Thimblepie’s Quilt Supplies. Butterflies have always been a symbol of perseverance and resilience during hard times, and this came at the most appropriate time for what we’ve been going through lately. I’m not sure what I’ll make with this fabric, but I’m looking forward to working with it. Again, I didn’t manage to complete my June goal, but this wasn’t really surprising. July might be a little more successful (or possibly not).

In sum, THANK YOU to all these generous people who have blessed me not just with fabric, but with small amounts of encouragement to keep balance in my life during an otherwise hectic time.

Measure Up – May Finish

Project Quilting: May Off-Season Challenge

At the beginning of the month I made a goal for a Lovely Year of Finishes to make a cozy little sleeve for my cell phone, so as to avoid more scratches on the screen protector when I throw it into my bag with my keys. I combined this goal with the Project Quilting May Off-Season Challenge, which was to create a quilt using “measurement” as inspiration. And ta-da! My cell phone will be very cozy.
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The fabric on the outside is “Flutterby Garden” by the Buggy Barn for Henry Glass & Co. I bought it a couple years ago and found it again while starting to turn my office (where my fabric was stored) into a nursery. It’s one of my favourites.

I quilted the sleeve upwards (i.e., measuring “up”) using the Fibonacci sequence in half centimetre increments from where the seam would be on the bottom when I sewed the sides together. (The photo below is the inside of the sleeve–though the colours are off in the photo–as the quilting showed up best on this fabric rather than the fabric I choose for the outside.)

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I was surprised at how much more comfortable and confident I am with my sewing, as this entire project took less than half an hour to complete (compared to the three hours it took me to make a much simpler wallet sleeve for my cards at this time last year). This was a small project, but one I’m very glad to have completed and it will be put to use immediately. Time to move onto all the projects (quilting and non-quilting) that need to get finished before our baby arrives in June.