Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Quick Finish

Quick finish to share with you all today. I finished the Winnie The Pooh - Night-Night Little Bee baby quilt. I was a bit more daring on this one. I did some FMQ around the outline of the characters just to save myself some effort. I have to say, it is a lot easier to FMQ a motif than to follow an outline for me....I won't lie, it was a bit rough for me and I also stitched outside the lines....but it did turn out pretty good.

And the back.


I was fairly happy with the FMQ on the tree.


I also switched my thread colours often for this quilt. I used green, yellow, navy and blue thread for the top. I buried A LOT of thread ends. But the overall effect was worth it in the end. I'm not a big fan of panels but they are a nice practice piece to play around with. And a lot of people love panel quilts. So I'm hoping this will get some high bids at the fundraiser.

Now to finish another baby quilt.....

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Quilts that Give

So I've been moving further into some WIPs projects. I've finished the blocks for a quick baby quilt.


I just need to add the sashing and sew the top together. I was planning on finishing this on the weekend but then I seen a post from a friend on Facebook. Recently this friend on Facebook lost a very good friend of hers in a car accident a few weeks ago. You can read about the giving person he was through this article.

There is also a Go Fund Me account set up for his family. His wife, 4 year old daughter and second child due in August will need all the help they can get. Here is the link for the Go Fund Me account if you can help.

There will be an event on April 16 at the Cheers Beverage Room in Moncton, NB if you would like to attend. The link with further information is here.

I will be donating a quilt to the auction that will take place at Cheers. My heart goes out to his family and I am helping the best way I know how. So I started this panel quilt on Friday.





I'm hoping to have this finished quickly so I can get it shipped off to Moncton, NB before the event. I am currently on vacation for a week so I'm looking forward to some sewing days :)

Happy Easter!



Sunday, 20 March 2016

Mystery Star Quilt Finished!

Well this week was a busy one. I was only able to play in my sewing room last night and today. Between cleaning, company visiting and renovation plans, there was little time for sewing. Today was extremely productive. I managed to get the binding on my Mystery Star Quilt designed by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs.


I took a few too many pictures....



And the pieced backing....


And a close-up of the quilting....


I absolutely love the FMQ Woodgrain motif on this one. And it was so relaxing to do! I'll definitely be doing this motif again.

You can read about the process in making this quilt in the following posts: 









A Shout Out goes to Cheryl for this incredible Quilt-A-Long. Check out her blog @ Meadow Mist Designs. Another Meadow Mystery Quilt-A-Long starts in July :)

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Additions Quilt Tutorial Published

Finally I have posted the Additions Quilt Tutorial! I would like to thank Anja @ Anja Quilts for testing out this pattern. Her quilt turned out lovely! Check it out at the above link :)

The link to the pattern can always be found under the Tutorials Page at the top of this blog. If you make it, please credit my blog and please post the link in the comment section. I would love to see the quilt you created using my pattern. Enjoy!

Additions Quilt Tutorial

This is my first tutorial. Hopefully it will be easy to follow. If there is something that you are unsure of, please contact me for further information. Please credit my blog if you make this quilt. Thanks and Enjoy :)

Additions Quilt

Quilt size 44" x 56"

Materials Needed:

-10 Fat Quarters in Green, Yellow and Grey
-3/4 m of contrasting fabric to your Fat Quarters
-1 m dark navy print for the sashing
-1/2 m of Grey print for the binding
-Batting Piece 60" x 54"
-3 m of 44"/45" backing

Note: I used 10 Fat Quarters to have various prints but you may use less.  Amount of fabric is more than what is required to allow for cutting errors. All seams are 1/4 inch. If you use directional prints, be cautious with the cutting and piecing. Read all directions before starting.

For each Fat Quarter:
Cut 1 - 5" x 11" rectangle
Cut 2 - 5" x 9" rectangle

For the contrasting fabric:
Cut 8 - 2.5" WOF strips.
From strips cut 20 - 2.5" x 11" rectangles and 30 - 2.5" squares

For Sashing Fabric
Cut 13 - 2.5" WOF strips.
From strips cut into 49 - 2.5" x 9"

For Binding
Cut 6 - 2.5" WOF strips.


Pin a 2.5" x 11" contrasting rectangle to a 5" x 11" rectangle on the long side right sides together. Do this for all the 5" x 11" rectangle pieces.


Sew 1/4" seam down the long side. Press towards the 5" x 11" piece.


Place another 2.5" x 11" contrasting rectangle on the opposite long side of each 5" x 11" rectangle right sides together. Pin and sew.


Press towards the 5" x 11" piece. Repeat for all the 5" x 11" rectangles.


From these strip sets, cut 4 - 2.5" sections along the 11" side. Note: There is an extra inch to straighten out the sections if required.



Pin a 2.5" strip section to a matching 5" x 9" rectangle along the long side with right sides facing. Do this for all the 5" x 9" rectangles. Sew 1/4" seam.


Press towards the 5" x 9" piece. Pin the matching 2.5" strip section to the opposite long side of the 5" x 9" rectangle. Do this for all your 5" x 9" rectangles. Sew and press towards the 5" x 9" rectangle.


You should have 20 - 9" x 9" blocks.



Assemble blocks, sashing strips and squares in the pattern that follows.


My dog photo bombed this picture :)

For the sashing rows (rows 1,3,5,7,9 and 11), you will lay out one 2.5" square followed by a 2.5" x 9" rectangle. Repeat this sequence three more times then finish the row with a 2.5" square.

For the block rows (Rows 2,4,6,8 and 10), you will place a 2.5" x 9" rectangle followed by a block. Repeat this sequence three more times then finish the row with a 2.5" x 9" rectangle. Arrange blocks as you like. 


Sew pieces together to form the rows.

Then sew a sashing row to the next block row. Row 1 to row 2, row 3 to row 4 and so on. Note: Row 10 will have a sashing row on top and on the bottom. Press towards sashing strip.
Then sew Row 1/2 to Row 3/4 and Row 7/8 to Row 9/10/11. Press towards sashing strip. Then sew piece 1/2/3/4 to Row 5/6. Press towards sashing strip. Sew final two pieces together at Row 6 and Row 7 points. Press towards sashing strip.

Your Quilt top is now complete.

Prepare backing fabric. Baste backing, batting and quilt top together. Quilt as desired. Hand or machine bind the quilt. 

If you decide to make this quilt, I would love to see it. Feel free to leave a comment with a link to your blog or email me :)

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Progress On Mystery Quilt and a Quilt Reveal

This is will be a quick post. I am currently away for work so the blogging has been sparse. I have been working on the tutorial for the Additions Quilt. Hoping I'll be able to publish that in the coming weeks! The sewing has continued while being away since I took my machine with me this time.


And since this Saturday was a bad storm day here, I had lots of time to finish the quilting on the Mystery Quilt.


And the pieced backing...


So happy the quilting is finished on this one! There's only the binding left which will be started next weekend when I return home :)


And I also can reveal another quilt! I was finally able to give my parents their long awaited Christmas gift!


I know it was February when they received it but I haven't seen them since November. Better late than never ;)