Monday, 5 October 2015

It's Hard Running an Online Business without Internet!

After months of no internet at home, I'm finally back connected on a regular basis and ready to begin posting here a little more frequently. I have gotten to know my local coffee shops with free WiFi and have spent more time face to face and it's been a good summer.

I did manage quite a few finishes and this disappearing friendship star was one of them. I blogged about the block back in April here. I have been looking at many quilts online that have been "quilted to death" and thought I might like to try quilting with some dense quilting and practice my free-motion quilting at the same time. Click on the photos to zoom in closer if you want to see the quilting patterns more clearly.

Disappearing Friendship Star Table Topper

Corner detail

From the back
I am glad to have this one done and ready for use - it is up for sale in my Etsy shop here. Although I enjoyed the process of quilting this table topper, I still prefer my quilting to be less dense and a little more free form than this, but I will keep trying different things as I love to learn new techniques!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Being Productive

My internet has not been working great for a few months, so blogging has taken a backseat to vacations, yard work and sewing. 

I am getting better at organizing myself and my sewing space so when I do get a few minutes to sew, I can be productive. 

Sometimes all I want to do is take out fabrics from my stash and match them up for possible projects. 

When I have a stack of 3-6 fabrics, I will try to match or think of a pattern that will work with them. I'll ask if I have enough for a larger project like a lap or bed quilt or if maybe what I have is more suitable to a table runner or wall hanging. Is there enough fabric for binding and backing? 

When I've thought these things through and come up with a plan, the fabrics and any sketches I've made go into a large ziplock bag or a project box so they are ready for the next time I'm ready to sew, but don't have a project already planned. 

What do you do to stay organized, motivated and/or productive? Inquiring minds want to know!


Friday, 17 July 2015

Playing with Scraps

Scrappy quilts are my fav kind of quilts and yesterday I pulled out my bin of 1.5" scraps. The quilt I've been dreaming of making with these little pieces was a scrappy double Irish chain quilt. 

I love rearranging the pieces until I get something that looks good and I started with just a white background & scraps. 

Then I put yellow scraps for the main diagonal chain of squares and liked that look. 

A few blocks later and this looks like a project to keep working on. Can't wait to see a full-size quilt from these scrappy blocks. 


Sunday, 14 June 2015

Two Finds Make One Quilt

Quite often, I find myself sorting through my stacks of fabric to find something and end up finding something else altogether. This little quilt was a result of a couple finds while I was sorting fabrics.
Plum Sweet Wallhanging
 I bought the panel with the four scenes on it at the closing out of one of the quilt stores in Edmonton a number of years ago. It kept surfacing to the top of my to-do pile and shifted back to the bottom as I had no ideas on how I was going to finish them or what fabrics I had that would match.
Panel pieces and friendship stars
And the charm pack and a bit of yardage of the Plum Sweet fabrics by Blackbird Designs for Moda Fabrics were bought more recently and I had it in my mind to make a couple table runners from them, but every time I took them out, I had no inspiration and put them back in the closet.

It just so happened that this time as I was sorting, I noticed both these fabrics, realized what a great match they were together, pulled them out and promptly put all my other ongoing projects to the side and started working on this one. The four panels pictures would make the centre of the quilt and the charm squares would become a lovely pieced border. 
A 2-colour pieced border that didn't work!
The original idea for the border was to do a 2-colour setting triangle for the pieced friendship stars, but sometimes ideas just don't go the way they are supposed to.
Simple is better!
Another trip to the fabric store for a bit more yardage, a change in plans and voila! A quilt top ready for quilting! Next time you see this one, it will be quilted and ready for my shop here.


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