Sunday, 14 July 2013

Give me that Wink!

Last week I had my grandsons for a sleepover. Here they are trying to wink - I think the youngest one has it figured out.
I can wink!

I can wink, but my nose goes all crinkly!

Adorable!

--Ann

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Chevron Quilt

I just realized that I forgot to show off this lovely finished chevron quilt - I love the quilting that was done by my friend Marie from Blueberry Hill Quilts in Chestermere, Alberta.

Yellow & Gray Chevron Quilt
I love the way a quilt looks hanging outside on the railing!

Yellow & Gray Chevron Quilt
 And the background of the green grass just makes the yellow pop!

Adding the binding
The batting is an 80/20 cotton/poly blend and it has a nice amount of loft. I like the way the way the quilting gives this quilt depth and texture - a nice contrast to the graphic pattern and solid colors!

--Ann

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Of Cats and Kittens

Being out in the country, we often have stray animals come into our yard. Earlier this year, our home became a safe haven for this pretty little cat. It's obvious from her condition, that there must also be a tomcat hanging around here!
 Last week, she delivered her little bundles and we now have 5 little kittens! They are so cute and adorable.
It will be a challenge to socialize them with our much older bachelor cat as he is not very tolerant of other cats in his space!

--Ann

Free Ebook with MY Quilt Pattern!

This lovely little quilt pattern is now in a free eBook from FaveQuilts! Download your free copy here: http://www.favequilts.com/Miscellaneous-Quilt-Projects/American-Quilting-Traditions-11-Free-Quilt-Designs-Quilt-Blocks-and-More-Americana

It's so exciting to be included in a publication that includes the likes of my fav scrappy quilter, Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville and John Adams from Quilt Dad!

--Ann

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

WIP Wednesday - July 10

What a productive week! I have 3 baby quilts almost ready to ship and spent a lovely day sewing with my quilt guild making quilt tops for donation to the victims of the flooding here in southern Alberta last month. Here's the 3 baby quilts ready for binding:
Baby Quilts ready for binding
Pin basting on the dining room table!
Free-motion Quilting
Swirly hearts quilting
But the sun is out and the weeds are taking over the garden, so the binding will have to wait until later!

--Ann

Please check out these links for more WIP from some fabulous quilters!


Quiltsy WIP and Whatnots
The Needle and Thread Network WIP Wednesday #98
Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday

Monday, 1 July 2013

Easy Bow Tie Quilt Block Tutorial

I promised you a tutorial for one of the easiest blocks I know, the bow tie quilt block.


For each bow tie block you will need:
  • 2x 6" squares main fabric
  • 2x 6" squares background fabric
  • 2x 3" squares main fabric
Draw a line diagonally from corner to corner on your 3" squares
Layer your 3" square on one of your background squares, right sides together. Look carefully for the diagonal line placement.
Sew on your diagonal line.
Do not trim! Press as shown. (You will have 3 layers of fabric on the corner, that's ok!)
Sewn and pressed!
Backside of the just sewn piece. Repeat with your 2nd background piece and 3" square.
Join your main color 6" square with the square you just made with the background fabric. Press towards the dark square. (2x)
Join these together to make your block! Horray! You're finished! Easy Peasy!
Bow Tie Quilt Blocks on the design wall.
This is a great block and once you've got a few made, play with the layout a little, you can line them all up the way I did here, but see what other layouts look good to you! Or try starting with smaller squares of fabric - maybe 4" for your large squares, 2" for the small ones.

--Ann