Sunday, 27 September 2015

Lost: Blogging Mojo

So two weeks has slipped by quickly as I noticed that is the last time I put a post up. I haven't been sewing much in the last couple of weeks. I did do some shopping though....it's not that I need more fabric.....I just can't help myself to pretty fabrics. Here's my latest haul :)

There's some Kona Pewter, Riley Blake Dots, Bumbleberries in Green, Grey and Orange, Mixology and a Teal Ribbon Fat Quarter. When I went into the quilt shop, I just needed 1.25 m of Kona Pewter.....I walked out with much, much more....All the dot prints are for a future quilt.

So after talking myself out of buying fabric for a little while, I was on the road for work. So while looking for a public washroom where I was, I ended up having to stop in at a fabric store. I tried two other places before stopping there including buying my lunch at one of them. I had to buy fabric in order to use the facilities. Working on boats has it's pitfalls.....so I ended up with these Fat Quarters....

Lots of dots! I need lots of dots so I've been collecting feverishly to have enough for that quilt.

Then I also received a squishy package in the mail from Sew Sisters :)

Ah :) I've been so happy with their Bargain Lover bundles lately...sadly I may have to leave this club soon due to the fact that I have an INSANE amount of Fat Quarters.....I must be reaching around 400 Fat Quarters right now....my sewing room is bursting at the seams! I can't possibly sew as fast as fabric keeps coming in! I am so addicted to this club due to the monthly surprise :)

So in Sewing Projects, I can finally share the first 3 Mosaic Tiles blocks that I made for my sister over @ Jill's Quilting and Appliqué






These are so easy and fun!

I'll need to start the next set in a couple of weeks. 

Have you ever done a swap before?


Monday, 14 September 2015

Weekend Production

This weekend started off with the determination to finish my 26" Pillow Cover. I had originally planned on putting in a zipper. Then I changed my mind and decided to do something I had never done before on a pillow cover.....make an envelope back with buttons. I went through my stash of buttons on hand. And decided on some wooden ones that make me think traditional but down to earth. In my determination to get this project done, I forgot to take pictures of the buttons....so here is the finished pillow cover with a close-up of one of the buttons.

Pillow front. I love how the texture of the quilting feels!

The envelope back with three buttons.

And a close-up of one of the buttons. I love how tiny sections are cut out of these wooden buttons.

I'm extremely happy at how this project turned out...and I think my hubby is happy that everything came from my stash and one of those huge 26" pillows are no longer laying on the floor. I only have 2 more to go! 

Then I started working on the blocks for my Mosaic Tiles quilt. I cannot start on my sister's Mosaic Tiles quilt until I obtain some Kona Pewter for the background fabric. I searched all the LQSs here but none have Konas. I'm going to have to visit some other fabric stores that do have Kona fabrics in the next couple of days. I called one of them who said they have a pretty big bolt....so here's to hoping there's some Pewter left when I get there :)

I chopped all my blocks in four quadrants and then laid out the first block.


After sewing that one together, I started on a second block then a third and now have 3 of 13 blocks complete.


These blocks are so fun and quick to make! Loving how they are coming together :)

So what did your weekend look like? Full of sewing? Enjoying the last few weeks of summer? Preparing for hibernation for winter? Would love to hear from you :)

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Final Post Vacation Sunday Stash

Here it is! Post Vacation Sunday Stash #5! The final one. This was day #1 at the quilt shop nearby the cottage....the first of many trips to the fabric store. I realize I may have went a little overboard on vacation....I'll have to try to keep that in check next year :)


From Top Left to Bottom Right:
  • "Family Tree" in Aqua by Deb Strain for moda
  • "April Showers" in Teal by Bonnie & Camille for moda
  • "Water Lily" by Maria Kalinowski for Kanvas Studios
  • "April Showers" in Aqua by Bonnie & Camille for moda
  • "Waterfront Park" Bridgetown by Violet Craft for Michael Miller 
  • "Wish" by Malori Wells for Free Spirit
  • "Comma" in Lime Chalk by Brigitte Heitland for Zen Chic for moda
  • "Home Essentials" by Robyn Pandolph for RJR Fabrics
  • "Adorable Dot" for Michael Miller
  • "Comma" in Lime by Brigitte Heitland for Zen Chic for moda
  •  "Sphere" in Grey by Brigitte Heitland for Zen Chic for moda
  • "Singin' the Blues" Medallions in Mint by JACK!E for Camelot Fabrics (I made a purse with some of this fabric)
  • "Apple of My Eye" Herringbone by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake
  • "Felicity" Large Medallions in Light Grey by Cynthia Coulter for Wilmington Prints
  • Some Kona Blue colour I needed. I know I can hear some quilty friends gasping that I don't know the name :) 
  • "Water Garden" by Jane Dixon for Andover Fabrics
  • "Welcome to My World" by Sue Marsh for RJR Fabrics
Whew! That tired me out! Hope you enjoyed the Post Vacation Sunday Stash Posts. You can view the other Post Vacation Sunday stash posts by clicking on Vol.1, Vol.2, Vol.3, and Vol.4.

Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash over @ Blossom Heart Quilts due to Molli building castles and forts ;)

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Mid Week Rundown

So I've been working on a few projects over here. First up is a pillow cover.


These are 5" scrap squares that I had in my stash. I really like how the blues and greens go together.


I quilted a small circle in the center and spiraled out from there. I used a variegated blue thread that shows up quite nicely.


A picture of the back which won't be seen when I sew the backing. 


A closer look at the stitching and some thread I have to bury :)

I'm fairly happy with how this turned out. All I wanted was to make a pillow cover for my second 26" pillow form. I only need to figure out what to make for two more pillow covers for the other two.

Next up on the project list, are my Square in a Square (SiaS) blocks for the Midnight Mystery Quilt A-Long...


I'm really liking how these turned out. My sewing machine was giving me trouble but thankfully I didn't lose my head and made it through!

Next up on the list is a pretty exciting project....well at least for me anyway :)

I have been wanting to get into some sort of block swap forever! I seen a few but I would like to participate in a Canadian one. So I decided to recruit my sister Jill @ Jill's Quilting and Appliqué to try this out with me. We're just swapping with each other this time but if all goes well, I may host another swap or fabric exchange in the future ;) If you are interested in a future swap, leave me a comment or email me. If you are a no reply blogger, please leave your email address in the comment.


"Modern Bee" 13 Quilts To Make With Friends by Lindsay Conner has definitely given me some good ideas and some pretty quilts to make with friends (as the title says).

First up in the book, is the Mosaic Tiles Quilt.


I really like this quilt pattern and it's an easy one! I would like to make all the quilts in this book since I like all of them!

These are my 5" squares for my Mosaic Tiles quilt. I'm making this quilt for a little girl and I always see her with purples and pinks. I picked out a light-medium grey as the background fabric. 
The rules of the swap are busy but doable. Each of us will make 12 blocks for each other and 13 blocks for ourselves to finish the quilt. I need another 3-5" squares for my quilt but I have all 28-5" squares for Jill's quilt cut :) 
Since there's only the two of us for this one, we'll be making three blocks a month. If I can run this same swap again, I would like to have 12 members. That way each member would make one block for every other member and the swap could be run for a year or 6 months depending on the members.
So there's a bit going on over here. I'm so happy to be sewing something! I'm away next week for a few days so my sewing machine will be quiet :( but I may take some EPP with me to work on :)
And with it being Wednesday, I'm linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social 

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Post Vacation Sunday Stash Vol.4

Some more beauties to share. I was lucky that two of these fabric purchases were on clearance and it was buy one meter, get two free. How could I resist?!

From top left to bottom right:
  • Metro Cafe from Robert Kaufman - One of the clearance fabrics!
  • Pimatex Basics from Robert Kaufman - The other print on clearance.
  • Purple Haze by Daphne B for Wilmington prints
  • Hotsprings - Purple in the Honeymoon collection by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel
  • Metro Living in Grey from Robert Kaufman
  • Dazzle by Patrick Lose for Robert Kaufman
I did receive a squishy package in the mail on Friday....Westwood Acres may have been having a sale and I may have justified the purchase by cashing in on my rewards....Whatever the justification, I picked up this cute bundle :)

The Honeymoon Fat Quarter bundle!

Who would have known that a little Fat Quarter could have caused so much damage! I hadn't bought any Cotton + Steel  up until I purchased the Hotsprings on my vacation....then I was hooked! These fabrics are not typically what I purchased but I decided to go outside the box....Not sure what I'm going to make with these beauties yet...


Only one more Post Vacation Sunday Stash post to go!



Saturday, 5 September 2015

Throwback Thursday Vol. 2

So the quilt I picked for Throwback Thursday Vol. 2 edition is the first quilt I finished. My last Throwback Thursday showed the first quilt top I had finished. This is the first quilt I completed from start to end. It is my Indigo Weave quilt.


Completed Summer of 2013.

This quilt is one I made for myself. I love the blue, gold and beige prints in this quilt. And this is a quilt I still currently own! I give so many of my quilts away that I really don't have many at home. But this one is too special for me to part with.


Me all wrapped up in it.

The stitching on this one is in the ditch. This is also the only quilt I have ever binded by hand (and hopefully the last!). I learned a lot from this quilt. How to make and attach binding. I actually binded it by machine first but the stitching was terrible! So I seam ripped it all out and then did the binding by hand....this is the reason why I bind all my quilts with a decorative stitch ;)

Well I've enjoyed this trip down memory lane and now it's time to take a break for an ice cream :) Trying to enjoy the rest of the summer!

Linking up with Jenn @ Quarter Inch from the Edge for Throwback Thursday!


Thanks for stopping by :)