Sunday, 7 January 2018

A Winter Quilt

Beautiful machine embroidered snowmen + Scrappy pieced blocks = a unique quilt!
Irish Chain scrappy blocks
There are so many beautiful machine embroidery designs available and it's been such a fun time browsing and looking to see which ones I could use in a quilt. One of the sites I spent a lot of time browsing over the Christmas holidays was Bird Brain Designs. Their designs have just the right amount of primitive and I've always loved redwork.
Embroidered Snowmen
While busy making Christmas items, I cut all my scraps into 2" squares and started sewing them into scrappy blocks for a double Irish chain quilt. When I put them up on the design wall, I had a light bulb moment and decided I could use some embroidered blocks for the centers of the alternating blocks.
Partially laid out
I did run out of embroidery thread just one snowman short of being finished, so I'm not quite finished, but I'm pretty happy with how this is looking. I'll need a great Christmas fabric for a border and this will be a great quilt for Christmas 2018. I'm pretty sure I'll have it done for then!

--Ann

Friday, 5 January 2018

Tea Cozies

Tea is a favorite beverage at our house and we love it when we can brew it in a pot, where the tea leaves have room to expand and give full flavor to the finished product. Trouble is, tea in a pot cools down and by the time I'm ready for cup #2, the tea pot has cooled down! Except when I use a tea cozy. My go-to tea cozy is one that I have from northern Canada made from heavy wool duffle fabric. I've had it for close to 20 years, so it's showing a little wear and tear!
Inuit tea cozy
With a little bit of hand embroidery, I've been making some patchwork quilted tea cozies that I love!
But first, tea. - SOLD
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/519717361/cotton-floral-quilted-tea-cosy-country
Tea, (n) a hug in a cup. - FOR SALE
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/567620135/tea-cozy-blue-and-white-country
but first, tea - FOR SALE

Drink tea. Read books. Be happy. - SOLD

If you are a tea lover like me and don't have a tea cozy yet, isn't it time to get one for yourself? Or would you like to see a tutorial on how to make one for yourself?

---Ann

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

End of 2017

Way back in January I posted a list of Unfinished Objects (UFO's) that were awaiting completion in my sewing room.
12/17 done! Not too bad! Here are some pictures of the finished products! There were many more quilts made throughout 2017 - it was a productive year as I've got more energy than I've had for a long time! 
Little House simple Table Runner - FINISHED

Bow Tie Table Runner - FINISHED

Pink & Violet Star Table Runner - FINISHED

Spring Wallhanging - FINISHED
Tan w/ pink border lab quilt - FINISHED

House Row by Row - FINISHED
Blue jean circle quilt - FINISHED

Race Car Toddler Quilt - FINISHED

Pie Hot pads - FINISHED
Feather & Star Gray & Burgundy - FINISHED
Christmas Tree Skirt - FINISHED
Clearer photo of the tree skirt - FINISHED
I don't seem to have a photo of the Christmas Sampler Quilt, but I'll get one done as soon as I have someone to hold it up for me outside where the light is good, so watch for that to come soon!

And that leaves me with 4 quilts to carry over to my new list for 2018 as I missed the due date for the Proverbs Challenge quilt for my guild!
  1. Fisherman Wallhanging - still in progress
  2. QC2010 Lady Slipper Applique & Sashiko - still in progress
  3. Hexagon Tea Cozy - still in progress
  4. Christmas Bargello Table Runner - still in progress
  5. Proverbs Challenge Quilt - missed due date!

Thanks for stopping by! - Ann

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Disappearing 9-patch Baby Quilts

Sometimes I pull fabrics from off my shelf and my closet and put them together in different combinations. These are a couple I did back in June.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/527443313/blue-green-baby-quilt-patchwork-baby
Blue Green Baby Quilt - FOR SALE HERE

Pastel Baby Quilt - FOR SALE HERE
For the blue quilt, I pulled shades of light turquoise blue to minty green. 
 I found a blue solid that was just slightly darker than the darkest blue in the prints and used it for the smaller patches and the binding. Such a sweet baby boy quilt!
And then I took a bundle of lemony yellow to orange prints and had enough of them for the quilt top and matched them with a multi color stripe for the binding. Perfect for a baby girl!
Some all-over stipple quilting and they are done.
A beautiful sunny day for photographs. 
Disappearing 9-patch quilts are so much fun to make and depending on the fabric choices, they look completely different from each other. A good tutorial can be found here if you want to try your own.

--Ann

Saturday, 23 December 2017

A New Sewing/Embroidery Machine

My local quilt shop rearranged their shop and put the sewing machines at the front of the store instead of the back. And when I went in for something small, my sweet husband saw some great deals on embroidery machines and needless to say, we went home with a large box!

I have lots of ideas that I want to try out with it as soon as I learn how to digitize my own designs, but in the meantime, I bought a bunch of designs from Designs by Juju and stitched them into some cute little mug rugs.

I made some Christmas carol ones for Christmas:



And some dog lover ones for the many dog lovers:



https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/560907060/dog-lover-mug-rug-my-dog-is-not-spoiled

These were good sellers for me this year and I am loving my new machine!

--Ann