Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Friendship Star Variation Table Runner

I don't always follow a pattern when making my quilts. Usually I start with a few coordinating fabrics, in this case a beautiful rose print on a black background, a rose and a gold that coordinate with the rose print.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/666764368/deep-rose-square-table-topper-cotton
Deep rose table runner
First I make a few basic quilting units - some four patches and some half square triangles. Then I play with them on my design wall.

Long and Skinny?
My design wall is just a length of white flannel yardage that I pieced together and tacked to the wall near the ceiling. I love being able to put my fabric pieces on and being able to rearrange them until I'm happy with the layout.
Or square?
First I tried out a layout for a long skinny runner, then I tried a square layout. Although I liked them both, the square layout won and I finished the piecing.
Machine embroidered quilting
I decided that this would be a great project to try out quilting with my embroidery machine. There were a few bumps in this process, but in the end, it all turned out ok and I hope to do more quilting this way in the future.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/666764368/deep-rose-square-table-topper-cotton
Matching set: Table runner and Tea cozy
 The finished runner with the matching tea cozy. A lovely set for any table!

--Ann

Monday, 4 February 2019

Tea Cozies

These tea cozies go pretty quickly, but I though I'd share the few I recently made.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/665454004/bee-tea-cozy-gathered-tea-cosy
Bee lovers tea cozy

I use batting left over from quilting projects and for these tea cozies, fabric from my stash collection. 
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/666759238/blueberry-tea-cozy-gathered-tea-cosy
Blueberry tea cozy
The hardest part of these cozies is gathering the bottom of tea cozy onto the base. The first few times I've made these, I used my sewing machine to make the gathering stitches, but I found it was easier to gather when I used a 12 weight thread and did a running stitch by hand.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/666761110/deep-pink-tea-cozy-gathered-tea-cosy
Rose tea cozy
I keep all kinds of ribbons and such from gifts and fabric bundles and try to use them for things like these cozies. I thought this black ribbon would look good on this tea cozy but I think I'll be changing it out to an ivory to match the lining.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/666764368/deep-rose-square-table-topper-cotton
Rose tea cozy and matching table topper
And what's a better than a tea cozy for your tea pot? A table topper to match! I'll post how I put this one together in my next post.
Card themed tea cozy
Before Christmas I made a couple with card fabric for a local bridge club - always love doing something custom for people! There may be a few more of these in the next little bit as I've been having a good time making them!

--Ann

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!

--Ann

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!

--Ann

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.

--Ann