Wednesday, December 27, 2017
I was invited over to a friend's place for Christmas Eve dinner, I made these dog potholders for her and was going to take them over there. Unfortunately, I ended up getting the flu and couldn't go. I'll give her the potholders another time. It's not much fun being sick and alone at Christmas, hopefully next year will be better.
Monday, December 25, 2017
This was gifted today so I can show some pictures of the scarf I made for my daughter, Lindsay. I had some nice yarn that I bought in Haines, Alaska, I wanted to try the fan and feather pattern, My mom always made afghans using that pattern. I just about had smoke coming out of my ears trying to figure out how to do it. I ripped it out 6 times before the penny finally dropped. There were only two balls of yarn, I kept going until it was used up. Lindsay said she liked it. :)
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017
I tweaked the pattern a bit and made this gift bag taller so I could fold back the cuff. Every year I make gift bags, but my Christmas fabric stash never seems to reduce. I think it must breed and multiply after I put the lids back on the bins.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Every year I make some Christmas gift bags, this year I wanted to try something different. I followed a good tutorial from birchfabrics.blogspot.ca for fabric boxes. (Thank you for the free instructions!) The top was supposed to be folded down like a cuff. I thought if I folded down the top on this one, it would be too shallow to be a gift holder. I think I'll increase the measurement for the height on the next one.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
I finished the quilting, now I'm trying to sew the binding on the "X" quilt. I don't know the proper name for the pattern, so I've been calling it by this name all during construction. As you can see, Igor, the Quilt Inspector is not letting me continue right now.
Monday, November 27, 2017
I finished quilting this comfort quilt for the guild. I think the pattern is called "Log Yard", the quilt top was made by some of the other members. Now I'll pass it on to the next person to do the binding and label. Many hands make light work. :)
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017
I volunteered to quilt one of the guild's comfort quilts. The pattern and fabrics were so busy, I didn't know what to do at first. I decided on this design that was in the book "Step By Step Free Motion Quilting" by Christina Camelli. It won't be too long until it's done, then I'll hand it over to someone else to sew the binding on.
Monday, November 6, 2017
I started sewing rows of blocks together on "Scrappy Chains", the pattern was from a Fons and Porter magazine. It was a nice sunny day, so I thought I'd take the photo outside. Igor the Quilt Inspector ordered me to stop sewing for a bit.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
I made this quilted baby jacket in 1987 just before my daughter, Lindsay was born. The pattern came from a library book, I don't remember the title or author. The jacket has embroidery and is hand quilted on satin. It was supposed to fit a three to six-month-old baby, but it was too small for Lindsay at three months, so it never was worn. I think it would be a better fit for a doll.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
A few days ago the zipper gave out on my winter jacket. I find it annoying how they put such flimsy zippers in clothing that is supposed to be good quality. Yes, that is you, LLBean- start putting better zippers in your outerwear! I wore my old jacket until I could figure out where to get a replacement zipper, the closest fabric store is a three-hour drive from here. Tonight I dug around in my zipper stash and found a royal blue one that was just about the right length. It was a terrible job trying to pick out the old zipper, it was sealed in with a glue-like substance as well as stitched. Finally, I removed it and proceeded to attach the replacement zipper. It's not exactly the right colour to go with the jacket, but it will do. If anybody wants me to put a zipper in their jacket, that answer is NO, I'm a quilter. :)
Friday, October 13, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
I finished this Crazy Quilt last night. I went a little overboard with doodle quilting and kept adding more and more. The quilting along the border looks a little bizarre, oh well. There are all kinds of odds and ends in this one- orphan quilt blocks, leftovers from other quilts and lots of scraps.
Monday, October 2, 2017
On Sunday I made several more Scrappy Chains blocks. I think I'm about half done, 143 blocks are needed for the quilt. We had a good time, eating and talking with a little bit of sewing. :)
Saturday, September 30, 2017
For most of the day I was free motion quilting, then switched to piecing Scrappy Chains blocks. I started these blocks when we had the last retreat, then put them away until now.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Linda H completed "String Stars" recently, it was a well aged UFO that sat in the pile for seventeen years. Worth the wait, it turned out to be a beautiful quilt! I like how the black background makes the colours pop and the backing fabric is pretty.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
"Quilt Top #2" is now a completed quilt, which I named "Granny Squares". I quilted it with a simple diagonal grid, using Sew Fine thread. A large piece of Thimbleberries fabric that was in my stash became the backing. It wasn't the nicest colour and print, so it was good to "get rid" of it. :) Lots of fabric was left when my quilt shop closed several years ago, I've been trying to use up the stock ever since.
Friday, September 15, 2017
I pin basted Quilt Top #20 to get it ready for quilting at our next retreat. I have no idea what quilting design to use, I've looked through all my books for ideas. Hopefully, inspiration will strike soon!
Thursday, September 7, 2017
I've been working on "Quilt Top #2", I posted a picture of it on January 14, 2016. The top was made a few years before that. For the past few weeks, I've been quilting a bit at a time, it'll eventually get finished.