Monday, 29 May 2017

Jean Quilt with Homespuns

I am a blue jean girl. My fav outfit is a comfortable T-shirt and a pair of blue jeans. But eventually, those jeans wear out, but a lot of the fabric is still usable and durable. I've been saving ideas for things to make from them when I'm done wearing them on Pinterest. https://www.pinterest.com/annsymes/forever-in-blue-jeans/
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/528272933/jean-circle-quilt-upcycled-denim-picnic
Jean quilt
This quilt starts with circles of blue jean fabric (this quilt features all used jeans) and squares of fabric for the centers.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/528272933/jean-circle-quilt-upcycled-denim-picnic
Jean Quilt
 There's also a square of batting, so this quilt has a bit of weight to it and warmth.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/528272933/jean-circle-quilt-upcycled-denim-picnic
Jean Quilt
 This would make a great picnic blanket.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/528272933/jean-circle-quilt-upcycled-denim-picnic
Jean Quilt on the Deck
 Or a blanket for the cabin or for on the deck on a cool Canadian evening.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/528272933/jean-circle-quilt-upcycled-denim-picnic
Black and Blue Jeans
 Some of the blue jeans were black and the rest blue which gives a different look than if they were all one color.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/528272933/jean-circle-quilt-upcycled-denim-picnic
Jean Quilt
In hindsight, I should have spaced the black pieces a little more randomly, but this quilt is a quilt as you go and I didn't give any thought to that when I started. By the time I did think about it, it was too late to go back and change things.

If you want to make your own, the pattern is from Fons & Porter here. Or if you don't want to wait until you have enough blue jeans, this one is available for purchase here!

Next time! :)

--Ann

Monday, 8 May 2017

Early Creative Influences

Growing up I was surrounded by people who created. My mom sewed clothing and crocheted doilies, especially with fine thread. My sister and I both learned to sew, knit, crochet and embroider. My grandmother did tatting. My aunt had stacks of magazines that I loved looking through while visiting. None of my immediate family were quilters.
hand piecing hexagons
School trips were supervised by mothers who often brought along their own handwork while they waited for us to learn or do whatever it was that we were doing at the time. One mom in particular would bring her hand-stitched fabric hexagons that she turned into beautiful tea cozies for church bazaars or wedding shower gifts. Another mom made beautiful rag dolls. A neighbour I babysat for had a basket filled with quilting magazines that I would page through rather than watch TV.
Antique butterflies - personal collection
Stories about the wild west and life of the early settlers fired a desire in me for learning to quilt. My first quilt was made with my mom with clothing from my Oma. Just a plain charm square quilt filled with memories. I don't know what ever happened to that quilt - it likely ended up as a picnic blanket and used until it was thread bare.

Quilting took a backseat until I was married and expecting a baby. My first quilt made on my own was made from squares of embroidered animals alternating with solid red and blue squares. It was used for both my first and second sons and fell apart somewhere along the way from much use and washing.
Double wedding ring - personal collection
My next quilt was an ambitious double wedding ring quilt made from leftovers from my sewing basket and scraps I scavenged from my mom & sisters. This quilt was entirely sewn and quilted by hand. I learned that I needed to think about better sources of fabric if I wanted to keep quilting as the poly cotton pieces I used disintegrated rather quickly.

---Ann










Saturday, 6 May 2017

Embroidered Tea Cozies

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/MagpieQuilts?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=7694969
Embroidered Tea Cozy
These have been in the creative works for a while. How that works for me is first I'm inspired by something. For these tea cozies, it was a photo on Flickr from Patchwork Pottery of a red and white tea cozy with an embroidered saying around the bottom edge.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/patchworkpottery/4735006908/in/faves-martinaquill/
Inspiration from Patchwork Pottery
This tea cozy has been in my favorites for a few years and in the meantime, I've been collecting tea related quotes and sayings that might possibly work as part of a tea cozy.
Planning the embroidery
 Next was to bring on my best hand writing - not an easy task as I rarely write by hand and if I do, it's a mixture of printing and handwriting that changes from day to day and mood to mood.
Stitching
 After tracing the handwriting onto a piece of plain cotton (this is just off-white), I start to embroider a simple back stitch. I have tons of embroidery floss left from my cross stitching days, so I won't run out any time soon!
Putting fabrics together
 Then I pick out fabrics for the patchwork above the stitching.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/MagpieQuilts?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=7694969
Finished Tea Cozy
Last, I quilt both sides and sew it all together.

Tell me what you think? Should I make more? What colors do you like?

--Ann

Monday, 10 April 2017

Row by Row House Quilt

One of the quilt guilds I am a part of is in the midst of an Unfinished Object (UFO) challenge with a neighbouring quilt guild. The way this challenge works is every UFO that gets finished is given some points, depending on how long it's been since it was started. The winning guild is to host our annual year-end dinner in June.
Row by Row by Beaumont Quilting Buddies
The oldest UFO I have is one that was started way back at the turn of the century - 2001. The group of quilters I was part of at that time decided to do a Row by Row Round Robin quilt. Each person began the process by making a row and deciding a theme or colour for their quilt. When their row was completed, the row (and maybe some fabric) was passed on to the next person on the list. Every month we were to pass on the rows and by the end of the process, each person would have a quilt with a row done by everyone in the group.
Ann's row of houses
This is the row that I did to start. I liked the yellow for the windows as it looks like there is a light shining out like someone is home. I moved in 2002 and lost track of who had my quilt and whether or not progress was being made on it (and the others!)
Sherry's Row houses
This row was added by Sherry and represents the cookie cutter houses that were in her neighbourhood when her husband and she bought their first home.
Deb's scrappy houses
A row of scrappy houses make up the row by Deb S. I love this row - fabrics are completely random and remind me of my friend and how she can pull together something beautiful out of diverse and random fabrics.
Deb's barns & Ann's flying geese
And the other Deb in our group gave me some barns for my horses. The variety in fabrics and the thoughtfulness in including a piece of my life was such an awesome surprise when I received the quilt rows back in 2009.

The quilt was a pretty good width, but I wanted it longer so I added some flying geese in a blue prairie sky - a regular sight in our southern Alberta sky, especially during spring and fall migration.
And a finish (16 years!)
I added borders, and the outer border fabric was just slightly too short without having to piece, so I added a little 9-patch in the corners - a good solution to a common problem of not quite enough fabric.

And then, this quilt sat for a few years waiting for me to quilt it. And with this UFO challenge, I decided to send it to Marie of Blueberry Hill Quilts to quilt it so I could show it as a finished quilt and get some points for our guild out of it. I just have to add a hanging sleeve and then it will be hanging on my quilt rack where I can enjoy it and the memories it brings back of a great group of quilters!

I love quilts that tell stories and this one tells me one of friendship, diversity and the good feeling when something gets completed.

--Ann

Monday, 20 March 2017

Leftover fabric plus stash fabric equals stunning quilt!

Do you remember this quilt top from last year?
http://www.magpiequilts.com/2016/05/top-finished.html

http://www.magpiequilts.com/2016/05/top-finished.html

It's back from being quilted by Marie at Blueberry Hill Quilts. And I love how it looks! The quilting always adds the extra little bit of texture.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/502228984/country-patchwork-quilt-lap-blanket-sofa
Country Star Quilt
 The centre is just an arrangement of 4-patch squares along with some 1/2 square triangles.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/502228984/country-patchwork-quilt-lap-blanket-sofa
Country Star Quilt
 The rose pink inner border was bought after the centre was pieced and the outside border fabric was pulled from my stash collection of fabrics.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/502228984/country-patchwork-quilt-lap-blanket-sofa
Country Star Quilt
 The final binding was chosen after the quilt came back from quilting. I had a green set aside, but it just didn't look right when all was said and done. A brown shade pulled from the border floral ended up as the binding around the outer edges.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/502228984/country-patchwork-quilt-lap-blanket-sofa
Country Star Quilt Detail
 The backing fabric is a plain muslin. It's a little stiff right now as I don't pre-wash any of my fabrics. It will soften and pucker up slightly after it's first wash and will be a cozy quilt that will last for years!
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/502228984/country-patchwork-quilt-lap-blanket-sofa
Country Star Quilt Detail
 Do you have fabrics left from another project? Not sure if you have enough to make something? Try a few 4-patches and 1/2 square triangles and rearrange until you like them! Add coordinating fabrics from your stash! No pattern required!

--Ann