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

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Pattern launch!

Good Sunday morning!

I'm thrilled to announce that the pattern I've been working on since 2013 is now finished and I've published it electronically on Craftsy.com here.  I'm also going to be selling patterns in print in local quilt shops and will let you know when they are in those shops.

Introducing..... 
AMISH BLOCK PARTY !!!


The one above is my original colourway.

In 2015 after having the pattern tested by someone, I decided to test it again myself using a different colourway.  I'm just finishing sewing the binding on this one:







Purple is my favourite colour so I decided to try this one with purple instead of the black.  I quite like it!  This will be the store sample quilt to hang with the patterns for sale.  I had it quilted with feathers by Teresa Ranson and am just about finished sewing the binding on.  I'm hoping to have the patterns printed and dropped off at one store this week.  I won't mention the name until it's all in place and ready for sale!

Almost done!  Yippee!





Oh...and before I sign off, check out my new logo!

Off to get this binding finished!
Mavis


Sunday, January 3, 2016

2016 Wish List

This is the third instalment in the 2016 New Years Inventory.

On January 1st I shared my hand quilting projects and the extensive list of UFOs (including pictures!).  On January 2nd my post centered around the projects that I completed in 2015 and projects that I have set aside (lovingly referred to as PIGS - Projects in Grocery Sacks)  :).

Today I want to share my someday wish list.  These basically fall into two categories:- Bonnie Hunter quilts from her books and my own designs.  Some of my designs were inspired by others' quilt designs and others were from pictures or scenery.

From Bonnie's extensive collection I want to make the following (some of these are free patterns from her website quiltville.blogspot.com while others are published in her pattern books, all of which I own!


If you are a fan/user of Pinterest, you can enter those names in to find the pictures. Google would also work if you don't have a Pinterest account. Click the links above to Bonnie's blog to see her links to the patterns.

All of the above patterns are scrappy which comes as no surprise to me.  I have bins and bins full of strips all cut down in preparation for our move last August.  Now I just need to turn them into quilts!  I love scrappy quilts!  And these designs of Bonnie's are just gorgeous.  Where to start!?

Here are a couple of ideas I've got for quilts.  The first one, Italian Tiles, is inspired by the blocks used by Bonnie Hunter in Celtic Solstice and Easy Street.  It basically combines some of the units Bonnie used in both quilts and I've added a trip around the world around the center medallion.


I also still have the following one on the list of someday quilts.  This one was inspired by a picture I saw on a James Bond movie called Quantum of Solace.  Hence the name of the quilt.


I may still try and get closer to the tile floor design but my attempt at EQ7 is  OK too I think.  We'll see.  No fabric has been chosen for his.  It's still just an idea.

And that's about all I can think of for this inventory process.  It has been an interesting exercise for me.  Now to get sewing!

Until next time,
Mavis

Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016 - Time to Take Stock second instalment

Yesterday I shared my ongoing hand quilting projects and my list of UFOs.  There are 17 in total and by some standards that's excessive and by others a mere drop in the bucket!

Well, I'm just happy to have committed the list to paper so I can be re-inspired by the colours and shapes in my bins.

Let's start by looking at quilting accomplishments of 2015 bearing in mind that there was an extreme move mid-year where quilting took the back burner:

2015 FINISHES

Flower Garden Quilt
Jungle Fever

Pinwheel baby quilt with prairie points

One Block Wonder

Scrappy Hexagon Quilt

Shattered Angles

Scrappy Hexagon Tablerunner

Weaver Fever

Orange Peel Die Tablerunner
When I look through these photos I'm actually quite amazed that I got that much done considering everything else that was happening with the family this year.

Next let's look at some things that have been set aside and are ready to go.

PIGS (PROJECTS IN GROCERY SACKS)

These are the future planned projects with fabric purchased and they are ready to go when an ounce of inspiration appears.

1.  Poppy panel with One Block Wonder frame - The OBW fabric is different but coordinates with the panel.




2.  Batik Magic Tile - fabric is pulled.  I've been wanting to start this one for awhile but need to wait until some of the UFOs have been completed.


3.  Bali Fever (Judy Niemeyer/Quiltworx) - I managed to get some jelly rolls on sale before Christmas so I guess this means I will be tackling this pattern.  I have lots of friends who have tacked them but these Judy Niemeyer patterns intimidate me.  Time to stretch my creative wings.


4.  Floral log cabin - I used the remaining florals from my Flower Garden Quilt (shown above in the completed list) to cut logs in anticipation of doing this quilt.  It's ready to go whenever I am.

And that's about all for now.

Mavis