Wednesday, August 26, 2015

W.I.P. WEDNESDAY

It's been quite a while since I linked up with a work in progress Wednesday post.  This week seemed like a good time because I started another baby quilt.

I've already made my new grandson 2 quilts, but when I came across this Art Gallery fabric bundle, I just had to buy it.  It's called 'little bear' and I'm sure my son will love this one  : )



Simple equilateral triangles showcase the prints well



I also have a finish!  These little socks are done and I just love them


I took them out to the garden for a little photo shoot


It was early morning, so I don't think the neighbours saw me. I hope they didn't see me.......: )

linking up with Freshly Pieced

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

THE BLOCK EDITION

On-line Bee blocks keep me quite busy each month. Sometimes they don't get done until the last few days, but they do eventually get done : )

This line-up is the blocks I made for July

For Susan


and for Navyrev (Flickr name)  these blocks look odd, but all together are kind of cool


for Kristen and the do.good stitches bee


and shoveling out my sewing room, I found these log cabin blocks. Instead of throwing them back in the bin, I sewed them together to make a block. I think I will quilt it and make a mini from it.
I named it 'odd ball'


These are scrappy blocks that I asked for.  When all the blocks arrive and I get this together, it will go to Hospice House


Lastly, I am taking part in a blog hop in September. This is a little peek at what I'm doing with Amanda Jean's new fabric 'Good Neighbors' being released soon.  There are some really cute small scale prints involved .......



Hope you enjoy the rest of your week.  I am off to work : )

Friday, August 14, 2015

SUMMER KNITS

Just like gorgeous fabric, I have a hard time restraining myself when it comes to luscious yarn.  While away this summer, I indulged in some new yarns.


I have to say, this is THE nicest sock yarn ever. I fell in love with this little sock pattern I saw over on  Instagram, and cast on right away. So cute. The free pattern is here 


Then at the opposite end of the scale, I was asked to make a couple of big knit blankets for baby photo props.  Just look at the size compared to the socks


Size 19mm ( 35 US ) needles and the yarn is Bernat Mega Bulky.  Super soft and a quick knit


I got the plum colour in Fernie, and the grey in Canmore, Alberta
Finished and gifted.

Have a wonderful week end.

linking up with Wool on Sundays

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

PATCHWORK CITY

This fall, Katja's Quilt Shoppe is going to be doing Metro Area from the book Patchwork City as a block of the Month.  The blocks are fun to make and quite different than anything I've pieced before.  It keeps it interesting : )
It's been fun choosing fabrics for each block and sewing up the samples.







The quilt ends up being 90" square, so a really good size.  Not sure about pricing, but we are working on it  : )

I'm off to work.  There are people to meet, fabrics to choose, and blocks to sew !

Friday, August 7, 2015

SHANTY TOWN

My 'Shanty Town' quilt  ( aka Hillside Houses ) is finished !  A while back I followed the quilt along over at Pretty Little Quilts, and made this fun quilt.  It worked up quite fast having such big pieces and turned out a good size.  Then it was out for a photo shoot


The addition of the purple was a conscious decision to 'woo' my daughter in law. It's going to be a house warming present when they move into their new house in September : )


I'm very pleased with this one. It's so cheery!


When I saw how Lorna had quilted hers, I knew that's what I wanted. It gives it such great texture. I have Linda to thank for that : )

The backing fabric is called Shanty Town and it's by Westminster Fibres.  This was a fabric that I had looked at several times, but never thought I would use until...............
It is perfect.


With one quilt finished, it's surely time to start another one, or two. I was very pleased to receive a copy of the new Quiltmania magazine  'Simply Moderne'.


It's plug full of quilty inspiration


like hexagons -- my favourite shape ever


It's available at our local Chapters book store or by subscription.


Have yourself a lovely week end.  I'm hoping to find time to sew  : )

quilt stats:
pieced by me
quilted by Linda
fabrics are Moda Bella Solids
60 x 74

linking up to Finish It Up Friday

Monday, August 3, 2015

A LAZY SUMMER......AND A FINISH

Well Helloooooooo : )  I trust your summer is going great so far.  Last month, hubby and I took a little trip to the East Kootenays back to where my father was born.  We stayed at a beautiful ski lodge for a reasonable price as it is off season. Each day, we came down off the mountain into the little town of Fernie, B.C.   I think I'd like to retire there. It's very quaint with lots of nice shops and good eats.


city hall


While there, I finished up a quilt for my grandson who wasn't born yet.  He is my father's name sake, so I thought it was kind of neat to be wandering around the town that his Great Grandpa toddled in : )

I pulled fabrics from my stash after seeing Ashley's quilt over at Film in the Fridge.  The fabrics were sitting out on the table and my daughter in law commented how much she loved that combination. 
Well, you don't have to ask me twice! Sewing commenced right away and as luck would have it, I found this yarn that was a perfect match too.






It's just little, measuring 36" x 45" but is perfect for his cradle.  

He did arrive, 2 weeks late, after I returned to work. That's ok though. I had the privilege of being there when he was born at home, so we had a little chat about keeping Gramms waiting : )



It's nice to be back in this space. Thanks for reading and enjoy your day


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

JULY

I love summer.  As someone who is always cold, July is my favourite month of the year.  Number 1 it's hot, and number 2, well........it's hot!

I've taken the better part of July off of work to snuggle my new grandson when he arrives and do a bit of traveling.

This has given me a chance to do some catch up on my sewing.
I made a couple of pouches.



This 'bubbles' block for Rene in the Mid Century Modern group.  This was a lot of work, but I love it


these improv Log Cabin blocks for Emily who asked for grey/cream solids for the outer ring. These were so fun to just grab random scraps from my basket and sew without thinking


If you're familiar with the Row by Row shop hop, the license plates came for Katja's quilt shop and of course she had to have something to do with hexagons. After all, she wrote the book  : )
I want this on my car.......




This fall, we are going to be doing the Patchwork City Quilt as a block of the month so I have started the sample blocks


and lastly, the other day, two of my daughter in laws came over for a sew day. One of them made her first little quilt and the other covered a piece of foam for a cradle that has been around for 50+ years.
It's the cradle that I was in as a baby. We used this laminated cotton in an elephant print. 


My job is to sew this stack of flannels into sheets to cover it and seeing as baby is due tomorrow, I best get on with that.

Have a lovely July.  I hope to have lots of finishes to show you when I get back from vacation !