Wednesday, May 24, 2017
This is a comfort quilt I'm working on, it still needs a border. We need some quilts for boys and men in our guild's comfort quilt stockpile, we have quite a few for ladies and girls. I tried to think of something that wouldn't take too long to make, so I came up with this idea. I dug through my stash of novelty fabrics and used a different one for each block. After this one is finished, I'll find some fabric for a man's quilt.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Linda H made this quilt top a few months ago. One of the ladies in her quilting group loved it and kept commenting about it. Linda had an idea for a trade- the quilt top for hand binding on two queen size quilts. The woman agreed and is now the happy owner of the top. Linda had the queen size quilts at the binding stage for ages, but her hands get sore doing the stitching, so she kept putting it off. Coming soon- pictures of Linda's completed quilts. :)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
I just finished this four-year-old Little Twister table mat. The top was lost in a pile of sewing stuff. I searched for days before finally locating it, then I layered and pin basted the thing. It disappeared in my sewing room for awhile. After digging through a stack of fabric, I found it, then got the quilting and binding completed. Being organized is not one of my strong points, I could get a lot more done if items were stored properly.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
My daughter, Lindsay was sorting and purging boxes of her old stuff. She came across this artwork that I made when I was a kid in school. It was made from solid plaster with the shape carved out, then painted. Imagine that- a cat with round eyes and square teeth. :) It now has a home in my china cabinet.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
I made this batik quilt for my daughter, Lindsay and her partner, Nelson in 2009. She said the fabric in some of the blocks deteriorated. I asked her to bring the quilt and we could take a look at it to see what could be done to fix it. It looked like a certain dark purple fabric was rotten and was full of big holes. We cut that fabric away from the quilt in six areas. I made some new squares and fused them on with Heat N Bond. I free motion stitched around the edges and quilted a flower in the middle so the patches would stay on. I had a piece of black fabric one time that was rotten and it had to be removed from an assembled quilt top. Certain dyes can be caustic and they make the fabric break down over time. Too bad it's found out after a quilt is completed. :( With the repair, this quilt can be put back into use.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
My daughter, Lindsay and her partner, Nelson are visiting, they want to take back one of her old quilts that I had in storage. I hung it outside for several hours to air it out. I made this one in 2002 as a challenge for myself to make a quilt entirely in greens and purples.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Twelve years ago I made the blocks for this quilt, the pattern came from a 2004 Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. The name of the pattern was "Winter Garden" by Nancy Rink. It was supposed to have multiple pieced borders but I decided on a single plain border. The pieces sat there until three years ago, then I assembled them into a top. When my sister, Linda H came to visit, we looked at the top and discovered I had made a mistake when I sewed the sashing between the blocks. Linda used a seam ripper and picked out the mistakes for me. The unassembled top sat there for another two years until I got around to correcting the mistake. I layered and pin basted it, then got most of the quilting done, the project sat for several months. Last week I got the thing out and finished the rest of the quilting, the binding was attached yesterday. Like I've said before, I think I must be the slowest quilter in the world. :) I'm going to donate this one to the guild for the comfort quilt stockpile.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Formerly known as "Quilt Top #19" is now a completed quilt. This one is for our friend, Jorg who lives in the Yukon. We will give it to him when we are on vacation this summer. I used an assortment of plaids for the back, it still needs a label.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
I made this butterfly when I was a kid in school. I tried painting different times in my life and never did get good at it. The butterfly was made of Masonite, The teacher cut it out with a saw following my drawn lines. I "beautifully" decorated it and put a stern warning on the back so nobody would run off with it. :)
Thursday, April 6, 2017
When I was twelve, I got a beading loom and made all kinds of things with it. I made several beaded headbands, after all, it was the early Seventies. :) I can't believe the price on the package of beading needles- ten cents! You can't buy anything for ten cents anymore.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
I pin basted Quilt Top #19 yesterday, today I'm starting to quilt it. I couldn't figure out what quilting design to use, in the ditch, diagonal straight lines, no idea was coming to me. Finally, I looked up some quilting videos on You Tube. WhirlsN'Swirls Quilting has hundreds of designs. Tracey Russell from APQS Ontario has generously shared her videos, I highly recommend them. I decided on all-over quilting instead of outlining the shapes of the quilt blocks. In the photo are scissors that I inherited from Mom.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Here are two more items from the Rubbermaid bin of items that Mom saved when I was a kid. Old Maid game- I played that for hours with my friends. A fifty-year-old handkerchief. Times were a lot simpler and way less wasteful back then.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I came to the conclusion that the quilt top was a bit too small. I added another border to it, now it'll be better size for a single bed. This picture also gives a nice view of my ugly living room carpet, haha!
Monday, March 20, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
I just sewed the borders on this quilt top, of course, Igor the cat has to inspect every project. When it's finished, I'm going to give it to a friend in the Yukon, who has no running water or plumbing. I made it with dark colours in case he doesn't get to the laundromat very often. :)
Thursday, March 16, 2017
When I was twelve, I made Barbie clothes and sold them in a store. I knitted sweaters, crocheted hats and sewed pants and skirts. I attached each outfit to card stock, then wrapped it in plastic wrap. Every package sold and I became "rich", I think the maximum I charged was $3.00 per set. :) I never told my friends at school what I did because I was embarrassed, they might think I still played with dolls, haha! This was the pattern book I used for the knitted sweaters and dresses.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
This 47-year-old tatting shuttle came out of the "time capsule" that Mom saved for me. I tried many times to learn to tat, but never could figure it out. Mom had a "Learn How" book that gave instructions for crochet, knitting, embroidery and tatting. I studied that book and tried numerous times but decided to give up on tatting. I was surprised to find the shuttle in the Rubbermaid bin.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017
I was sorting through some Rubbermaid bins and came across one that had items that Mom saved when I was a kid. I designed and made this crocheted purse when I was about 10. It has a sewn in lining with a concealed cardboard circle base to give it shape. Next week I'll show some of the other artifacts from the time capsule. :)
Thursday, February 23, 2017
I found a better picture of the hand appliqued "Hearts" baby quilt that I made in 1995. Of course, there are hands holding up the quilt like many of my old photos. :) Nowadays, I have a photography backdrop frame that I hang quilts on with curtain clips.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Last week I dug up a stack of crazy quilt blocks from a few years ago. I counted them and realized there would only be a few more needed to make a quilt top. Using some orphan blocks left from other projects, I added strips to them so they were the right size. Next came sashing between the blocks and a small border around the edge. I looked for something to use for backing and discovered that muslin would be a good fit. Since it wasn't too big of a quilt, I pieced together some chunks of quilt batting instead of using a large piece from my precious dwindling roll. I layered and pin basted it, then started quilting in the ditch between the blocks. Since it's a crazy quilt, I threw caution to the wind and started doodle quilting on the odd shapes. The picture is in progress so there might be stray threads showing.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
I made this baby quilt about 13 years ago as a gift for someone at work. She wanted a quilt that was made from all plaids, her favourite type of fabric. I found the pattern in either Quiltmaker or Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, I can't remember which one. To this day, the quilt is still treasured, it was nice to make something that was so well received. Many of my old photos have hands holding up a quilt, hehe!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
I was looking through some old pictures and I ran across this one of a comfort quilt that I made in 2002. This one was made for an internet quilting group that I was in for years. Many of the blocks and fabrics were sent to me, I assembled them, did the quilting, then mailed the completed quilt back to the person who distributed them. Since then, I still keep on contact with the members, but most of us have migrated to Facebook instead of a Yahoo Group. Things evolve with social media, but we still stick together. :) These days I tend to donate comfort quilts locally. Canadian postage has gone up sky high, I can't affort to mail parcels anymore.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
When I was a kid in school, we had to run around the track in gym class. I was always so slow, all the other kids would pass me, it almost looked like I was first. I was way ahead of the pack, haha! Fast forward to today, I am still slow, making a quilt is no exception. "Scrappy Trips", formerly known as "Quilt Top #16" is finally finished! It's quilted with a random fat paisley design, using King Tut thread in the "Mummy's Dearest" colour. I made a scrappy binding, using leftover pieces from other projects. Normally, I stitch the binding entirely by machine, but since the fabrics changed all around the edge, I hand stitched it to the back. It seemed like I was sewing around a whole acre, which took a few weeks to do in my spare time. I'm going to keep this one for myself, it's going on my bed today. This was made from a free pattern on Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville blog.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
I finished sewing together the "Dappled" quilt top last night, but waited for the morning light to take the picture. I could hardly fit the whole thing in the photo because the room is too small and the quilt top is so large. Maybe I need a bigger room or a photography studio, ok, now I'm just dreaming. I had to do some "surgery" on parts where the same fabrics were too close together, so some blocks were switched around. I don't have a design wall, there's no place to put one around here. It's not possible to lay the blocks out on the floor in case Igor the cat races through and mixes them all up. I have to arrange rows of blocks on the bed and hope for the best. I ordered some pale green King Tut thread for quilting and matching Bottom Line thread for the bobbin. Our next quilting retreat is coming up soon, I'll start quilting this monsterst that time.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
I finally finished quilting "Scrappy Trips" today, now I'm sewing the binding on. Of course, Igor the cat has to weigh the quilt down as I stitch. This quilt was sitting at the machine for months, it takes a long time to finish a quilt that I'm not working on. :)