Sunday, May 15, 2016

Colours of Tuscany

I almost have this king sized beast ready to go to the long arm quilter. 


The pattern is "Blooming Nine Patch" done in Tuscan colours to match our bedroom in our new house. 

I used two Fons and Porter design walls and still it spilled out to the floor. I'm one step closer to being done. I just have to add the setting triangles and then sew the rows together. Woo hoo!!

Maybe tomorrow night I will get it done.   For tonight I'm done!

Mavis

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Worthy the Lamb

I had a whole lotta fun making this baby quilt for a coworker who is due at the end of June.  We are having a baby shower for her tonight after work.






I didn't put this on the quilt label but I do believe it should be called "Worthy the Lamb".  Yes, that's his name.

Until next time,

Mavis

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Quilt Show and a Close Call

The Victoria Quilters' Guild held their quilt show last Friday May 6, 2016 to Sunday May 8, 2016.

I entered these two quilts in the show:

ORCA BAY - Mystery Quilt Pattern from Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville
and

ONE BLOCK WONDER - from the book by Maxine Rosenthal & Joy Pelzmann:
The pictures from the show will be up on the guild website any day now.  www.victoriaquiltersguild.org.

I also had 7 items in the guild store but sadly none of them sold.  Someone said my prices were too high.  I have mixed feelings about that.  Here's the deal... and I get this now that I'm creating and selling my own patterns.  If I create a sample to put in a store to sell my patterns, I can write off my fabric and supplies for that sample as a business expense.  If I then go to sell that quilt sample, I can put a lower price on it because I've already recouped my expenses in the business.  Comprendo?  I also might be able to buy my fabric wholesale.  Here's my point...little old quilter for pleasure decides to sell her quilt in the guild store and is now competing price wise with quilter for business.  I find this entirely unfair.  But that's the way the cookie crumbles.   

I've decided that I'd rather give my quilts away (like to those that have lost everything in the Fort McMurray wildfire) than to sell them for less than I paid in supplies and long arm services.  And that's what I'll be doing with some of my quilts that I would have otherwise sold.

And speaking of Fort McMurray and losing possessions, we had a close call a week ago last night.  My hubby woke me up yelling FIRE!!!! at 3:30 a.m.  He heard a weird noise outside our bedroom window and got up to investigate.  It was our neighbours' house on fire.  And we are talking inferno!!  I don't want to post an image because frankly we were very traumatized and I'm trying not to go there visually anymore.  Feeling the heat of the fire from our deck and seeing it consume our neighbours' house is not something I want to re-live in pictures.  When we thought we'd have to evacuate and that our house was surely going to be next, I didn't think about grabbing my quilts.  They are valuable to me but they are just things.  Rather, I thought about putting the collars on my dogs and keeping them calm and ready to go at a moment's notice.  It was frightful.  My immediate reaction was to pray that the fire would be contained and it was, thank God!  

I can only imagine the horror of the people escaping the Fort McMurray blaze.  I'm thankful that no humans lost their lives to that blaze but am well aware of the critters in the forest that did.  I love my two little fur babies and am thankful that we are all safe and sound and that our house is still standing.

I am very joyful at the thought of sending some quilty hugs to those whose houses are lost. It can't bring back their possessions but hopefully it will let them know that people care.

In gratitude,
Mavis


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Disappearing Fat Quarters

Another UFO bites the dust!! 






I finally finished this quilt and we took it out for a photoshoot before it goes to my guild's store for sale in the upcoming quilt show the first weekend in May.

In my last post you read about my trials with thread breaking but I persevered and am really pleased with the outcome.

The quilt finishes at 60" x 60".



And on to start quilting my Waltz Around the World, also referred to in my last post.

Until next time,

Mavis

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Necessity trumps procrastination!

Let me first start by saying I love LONG WEEKENDS!  I also love celebrations where the family gathers and Easter is a significant one for our family.  You can always count on a lamb roast and an array of complimentary veggies to fill the house with amazing smells and our bellies with tasty treats. We had our Easter dinner on Saturday to accommodate a family member who had to leave on Sunday right after lunch. No problem!  That left me the afternoon/evening on Sunday after Church to sew.


I'm chomping at the bit to get my "Waltz Around the World" quilt finished as I've been asked to teach this pattern at our guild workshop in October.  I still have to edit my pattern notes before releasing the pattern and then to photograph and display the finished quilt with the patterns for sale at Satin Moon.  I was determined to get it pin basted this weekend using my noodles.  I'm not referring to my brain, although it is also good to engage the brain when working on a quilting project. :)

No, the noodles I'm referring to are long foam insulation cylinders (similar to a pool noodle but thinner).  I'm going to try a new technique for basting the quilt.  I thank God for Pinterest and those that so willingly share their ideas.  What an amazing platform it is!  This one was a winner and I knew as soon as I saw it that it would work.  Pure genius!


Now that I'm ready to pin, where are those basting pins!?  Oh right, they might just be in the last quilt that I basted but haven't yet quilted (the procrastination part of the post).  All the stores were closed on Easter Sunday so it didn't take me long to figure out that if I worked on the already basted quilt then I could reuse my basting pins in this project. And with a little caffeine in the mix I might even be able to accomplish both tasks this weekend. (Ever hopeful!)

So, I pulled out my trusty Janome 6500, my quilting machine, grabbed some thread and set myself up on the diningroom table so I could spread out.  I love my little sewing nook in our laundry room, but I definitely feel constrained with a project this size.  And so I set about quilting this UFO:

This picture was taken before all the string border blocks were on there but you get the idea.
Section by section, I sought inspiration from Pinterest (again!) and so far I'm loving it.  Here's what I've done so far:

This one shows decorative stitch (serpentine-like) in the yellow strip in the string border blocks and leaf border.

My 3D Geese

Leaf inside borders and 3D Geese from further away

Feathers - not very visible but they're there!
It's a great feeling to be satisfied with the quilting and texture you've laid down. As I'm working from the outside in, I've just got the center medallion and corner blocks to be done and it's a wrap!

And speaking of a wrap!...while all this was going on in my house, this little muffin was heading to the mainland to be on a movie shoot with our daughter. They 'wrapped' on Monday afternoon so she's safely back home with us after her moment of fame.


While this guy consoled himself at home with his chicken:


And me?  Well I enjoyed this glorious view from my diningroom while I happily worked away until the point of sore muscles.  Machine quilting is work!  It's still not finished and the rolled noodle quilt is still that, but it was a great long weekend to play and create and I'm SEW  thankful. 



Until next time!
Mavis

Saturday, March 5, 2016

In my little corner of the world...

My hubby and I just got back from a walk through the local wooded off leash dog park.  I almost don't want to mention how warm and beautiful it is here knowing that our fellow Canadians on the eastern side of the country aren't enjoying the same weather.  It's a balmy 12.5 degrees C here and last I heard it was minus 17 degrees C in Toronto.  Ouch!



This is the same place we photographed my Amish Block Party quilt a few weeks ago.  It's a new favourite place of ours and it's just 5 minutes away from the house.  The dogs are also over the moon with it.

Now that we've had our exercise and fresh air, it's time to get back to my sewing room.  I'm working on another pattern design which I believe will be called "Waltz Around the World".  It's a combination of a Tennessee Waltz variation and a Trip Around the World.  Here's a sneak peak of my design wall:


Watch for the pattern on Craftsy (downloadable) or locally at Satin Moon Quilt Shop.

I best get back at it before this day slips away.

Until next time!

Mavis

Monday, February 15, 2016

Amish Block Party goes on a photoshoot!

We sure live in a beautiful part of the world.  A week ago today was Family Day in British Columbia, and we had an appointment with a dog trainer.  About 5 minutes from our home is a beautiful park with trails amongst mature forest.  It's an off leash dog area and our trainer thought it would be a good place for training.  Knowing the natural beauty of the park, we planned ahead and brought the quilt I wanted to photograph and my hubby's camera.

After our training session, we put the dogs in the car and proceeded to explore the woodlands and found some great backdrops for my second Amish Block Party quilt.

I hope you enjoy these photos as much we enjoyed the process.









And one final picture of me wrapped in the quilt!


Well that was fun!  If you want to see the quilt in person or to buy the pattern, it is available at Satin Moon Quilt Shop.  Their website is here.  I've also got it for sale at Craftsy.com in my pattern store here.

Now I'm working on a new design.  Stay tuned!

Until then,

Mavis