Sunday, 25 January 2015

And Another Chevron Quilt

One of the challenges of selling quilts online is that colors are not always shown true on every monitor or screen. When I get a request for a custom quilt, I will often ask for a paint chip number so I can find the right fabric for that quilt.
Matching fabrics to paint chips
These fabrics are for a twin sized chevron quilt and I think I found a pretty close match with these Robert Kaufmann Kona solid cottons.
Ready to cut!
Quilt blocks on the design wall
Half square triangles made and starting to lay them out on my design wall. Next time you see this one it will be quilted and bound!

--Ann

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Bubble Gum Colors in a Baby Quilt

Once in a while, I end up with a block or two or four left over from another project. Last year I made this wonderful full-size churn dash quilt from a lovely set of pastel fabrics. Blogged here.
Churn Dash Quilt - FOR SALE HERE!
There were four blocks left over and I put them aside thinking I would make 2 more and make a baby quilt with a little adding sashing and a border. 
Baby Churn Dash - FOR SALE HERE!

I found this beautiful watercolor fabric in my stash when I counted my inventory and knew it would be perfect with these blocks. The blocks went up on my design wall and I used up every bit of that fabric to stretch this quilt to a good size for a cuddle quilt for a baby.
Watercolor Churn Dash Quilt
Backed with a matching pale green Minky, this quilt is so much prettier in person! 

What do you make with your left overs?

--Ann


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Thursday, 22 January 2015

New Year, New Quilts!

While doing my year end inventory of fabric and sorting and cleaning up the projects that like to spread out all over my sewing room, I found a few left over half square triangles from a baby quilt I did a few months back. I had set these aside with the idea that I would make another baby quilt with a different layout of the same half square triangle blocks. 
Blue & Grey Baby Quilt with Minky back
 In this quilt, I used four of the half square triangles to make a modified version of the Broken Dishes quilt block (found here).
Looking good in a wintery photo!
A few of the blocks are a little different - some have a colored fabric instead of the white and a couple have a colored triangle filling out one corner of the block (one up from bottom right).
Just hanging out!
 I took this one in to my local quilt shop My Sewing Room and used their long arm machine to quilt it and I have to say I loved using the long-arm. I loved how easy it was to "draw" my quilting on the quilt surface rather than maneuvering the fabric under the needle of my home machine and I loved how the stitch regulator kept my stitching even, regardless of how fast or slow I was operating the machine.
Baby Blue & Grey Quilt - FOR SALE HERE!

I think this might be one of my fav baby quilts I've made for a long time!

--Ann
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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Sunday Morning Quilts - Cheryl Arkison

Our guild was privileged to be shown a trunk show from Cheryl Arkison this week in Strathmore and what an inspiration! Cheryl blogs over at "Dining Room Empire".

Cheryl is the author of a couple of books, Sunday Morning Quilts and A Month of Sundays. She has another coming out soon and I can't wait to see what is in it! I loved the quilts she showed in her trunk show and am inspired by her modern look and have about a half dozen more quilt ideas added to my to-do list, just from one evening!

 I tend to think that all the great quilters and quilt designers live somewhere out there, but Cheryl is an Alberta girl and lives right here in Calgary. She was so down to earth, her quilts were beautiful and she kept us spellbound as she told us of the inspiration for each piece and what she loved about each of them. 

Thank you Cheryl for a lovely evening!

--Ann

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Friday, 2 January 2015

Tis the Season for Mug Rugs

I recently passed 400 likes on my Facebook page and to celebrate, I challenged my readers to post a picture of their favorite mug and I would make a mug rug for the first 5 mugs posted. I ended up with 7 pictures of mugs posted, so I may just end up doing them all, it will just take me a little longer!

Here are the first couple done:


 I am trying some new techniques to me on these mug rugs (or some that are not used very often). The mug rug above for Brenda is using a curved piecing technique I learned at Quilt Canada when it was here in Calgary in 2010. I haven't used it since, but thought the mug had some cool lines that would work with that technique.


And Joyce's mug is a beauty! I had some fabric on hand that I wanted to use, but not cut up into smaller pieces. I also learned to couch a decorative braid at Quilt Canada 2010 and tried that technique here. I wrote out Joyce's name with a disappearing marker and slowly zigzagged my way through her name. In hindsight, I should have quilted the piece first and then couched the name, so the quilting lines don't run through the name.

I do hope these wonderful ladies love their mug rugs and I'll show you the rest as I get them finished!

--Ann
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