Saturday, 12 January 2019

WIP List for 2019

What is a WIP?? In my quilting world, a WIP is a work-in-progress. To get onto my WIP list, fabrics and maybe a pattern have been chosen and the fabric has begun to be cut into the pieces needed. If it's just a pile of uncut fabric and a pattern, it's not making the list! 
  1. Yellow Lady's Slipper and Sashiko border (2010)
  2. Hexagon tea cozy (2015)
  3. Rug Hooking Pansies (2017)
  4. Blue Sky Libby's Log Cabin (2017)
  5. Frog pond with Sashiko
  6. Pizza Box Blocks
  7. Rainbow 9-patch
  8. Good Fortune Mystery
  9. Tea Cozies
  10. Through the woods
I think I've made good progress at getting the older projects off my list. Some I actually finished, others were repurposed into other projects, and one or two I gave away. I've probably got at least double this many projects that are piles of fabric with a pattern or an idea and those I'll get to when I can. 

Ten is a manageable list for me and I love to make lists, just for the sake of being able to cross something off when it's completed. (And sometimes, I'll add something to a list just to be able to cross it off and say I've finished it! Shhh, don't tell!)

What's your oldest project?
Are you a list maker?
Inquiring minds want to know!


Friday, 11 January 2019

Clothing Memory Quilt

Fabrics from a tiny human are deconstructed and cut up and reconnected in a memory quilt. Adult clothing is much easier as the pieces can be larger and the patterns are generally a little more toned down than children's clothing.
 Auditioning possible layouts. I wanted to keep some of the pieces as big as possible, so the details wouldn't get lost in the busy quilt. I also added grey squares that formed paths through the quilt and gave the eye somewhere to rest, kind of like a path in the middle of a flower garden.
 Cutting, piecing, adjusting until the whole layout was complete.
 Still playing with the layout.
 Filling in the last spaces.
Adding a grey border to finish everything and contain the chaos!
 Quilting by Marie Lingwood of Blueberry Hill Quilts in Chestermere.
As you can see, there's everything from baby blue pastels to bright yellow and orange and even Christmas fabrics in this quilt.

And I'd love to show you the completely finished quilt, but I didn't take a photo before it was picked up. Hopefully, these in-progress photos are enough!


Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Granddaughter's quilt finished!

So excited to show the finished quilt! Zoom in for a close up! In progress post here!
 Love, love, love how beautiful this turned out. For those of you who have a fear of scrappy quilts, here's what can happen if you just go with the flow. All are fabrics chosen from my stash with no regard to matching other than we needed a stack of cool colors (blue, green) and a stack of warm colors (yellows, red, orange, pink)
Quilted by Marie Lingwood of Blueberry Hill Quilts in Chestermere, Alberta.


Monday, 12 November 2018

A Plaid Quilt

Quilters are known for their generosity and the guilds that I have been a part of have made quilts for a variety of causes: premature babies, abused women, homeless people, victims of natural disasters and kids of all kinds to name a few. For me, it's a chance to let total strangers know that they have value as a person and the best way I know to show love is to make a quilt.
This quilt was sent to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada. Take a minute to look it up on your map. Look up, way up and you can find it on Victoria Island. Wikipedia says: "Cambridge Bay is a hamlet located on Victoria Island in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada. It is named for Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, while the traditional Inuinnaqtun name for the area is Ikaluktuutiak or Iqaluktuttiaq meaning "good fishing place"
The Canadian north has many communities that have vast challenges with a number of issues: lingering issues from the residential school systems, food insecurity, substance abuse and overcrowded housing. With that is an almost invisible group of homeless people.
Homelessness in the far north looks a lot different than it does in any city in the south. Lack of resources and overcrowded housing conditions mean that available housing goes to family units and elderly. Single adults generally live with family members with housing and when those relationships run into difficulty, these people end up couch surfing without a place of their own. 
Omingmak Centre in Cambridge Bay was opened in 2017 to house some of these people to give them a place of their own. I love that it's a community centred organization and that it's not someone coming in from somewhere else and imposing a solution that may not work for their community. 

These are the two quilts I have sent there in the past year and I hope to send at least 2 more in the coming months. And if you want to help me support this small shelter in the middle of the Canadian north, message me at magpiequilts(at)gmail(dot)com.


Monday, 5 November 2018

Quilting with Grandkids

Fabrics - assorted from my closet
California Dreamin'
This summer I had the pleasure of having my 10-year old granddaughter come and spend a few days with me. We decided to make a quilt during the time we had together and I didn't really expect to get a lot done past picking a pattern and fabric and a bit of sewing.
Laying out the quilt blocks
From the magazines I had, she looked and found this pattern from the Easy Quilts Spring 2014 from Fons and Porter. We then photocopied the pattern and went to the fabric closet to pick out fabrics. The 3-D effect of this quilt is from the clever use of warm and cool colours and soon there was a stack of warm coloured fabrics and a stack of cool.
More blocks
 After a quick introduction to the basics of sewing, we were off and sewing. Between the two of us, we finished sewing and trimming all the blocks needed for a quilt top in the two days she was visiting.
Lookin' good!
Each step of the process was well within her skill set and the paper piecing resulted in precise blocks that were easy to sew together. Because we were both sewing, the pieces went together quickly and having a design wall to see how the blocks looked together was a great motivator for keeping going.

After she went home, I sewed the blocks together into a quilt top and now it is ready for her next visit when we can go to my long-arm quilter's and chose a quilting pattern to finish this quilt. 

I look forward to showing you the finished product soon!