Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LESS TALK MORE PICTURES

They're married!  We had a lovely time this past week-end watching our boy get married to his beautiful bride.  The weather was a bit 'iffy' but the rain held off until we were all tucked inside for the reception  : )

These are a few pictures one of my daughter in laws snapped with her phone


I walked my boy in


followed by all these lovely bridesmaids (remember the paint cards I had for choosing fabrics?)


bang on!


Then my two granddaughters dropping petals  (the bride is hiding behind the truck)


The " I do's "


They are off to start their lives together.

I've been left with all of this.............


: )

Friday, March 20, 2015

A NEW PROJECT BAG

Do you ever go to your local bookstore to relax and flip through magazines?  Every now and then I like to do that.  Last week I happened upon a Canadian Quilting magazine called Quilters Connection.  There was a little knitting project bag inside and I was smitten.  In the next few days I made up my own version of it using the new Cotton and Steel fabrics 'black and white'


I used two fabrics and a solid for the lining. I had a scrap of fusible fleece so I used that to give it some stiffness. The quilting is simple wavy lines



this twill tape was perfect for the loops with some black ribbon for the tie





If (when) I make another one, I will add a couple more loops. This does make a rather cute star pattern however when pulled closed


My project bag ended up 10" tall and about 5" across.  Simple, fun, and very useful  : )

linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday
Quilt Story

p.s. the wedding is tomorrow -- TOMORROW !

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

ON THE SHELF TODAY

I can't remember the last time I lined anything up on my shelf.  Seven more hats are finished and ready to be given to my daughter in law.  She has enjoyed choosing a little hat for the babies she helps deliver : )

This is called the flour sack hat and is one of my favourites to knit


and this is the 'Knitnat Fun Baby Hat".  Super cute done in a self striping yarn


These got treated to some crocheted embellishments.  Thanks Sonja and Nicole for the cute flowers!


Here they are all lined up on the shelf.  Knitting these just makes me happy  : )

the little orange hat was knit by Sonja
Also, I had a whole bag of knit hats given to me to pass along. Thank you Norma !
Have yourself a great day

linking up to wool on Sundays

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A SIGNATURE QUILT TOP

With a little over a week to spare, I got the signature quilt top done. This morning was windy, so I had to tuck myself in by the garage to get a couple of pictures.  I'll take what I can get : )


In the last post I was trying to figure out how I could get some purple into the quilt. I'm using fabrics that match the bridesmaids dresses.  I bought two pieces but then found this in my stash.
It was perfect!

these are the dress colours

The wedding quilt was definitely more 'their' colours, but this one is all about the bride. It turned out so pretty!

their initials made it into the plain square

My plan is to iron freezer paper onto the back of the quilt to stabilize it for signing. After the wedding, I will quilt it.  I want to be able to replace a block incase that 'weird uncle' signs something he shouldn't  : )

After trimming all those corners, I ended up with a big stack of triangles.  These will be stitched up into a quilt for a baby that is sure to result from this happy union.  The bride has said so on several occasions!   It's only right that I'm ready........



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Thursday, March 5, 2015

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED

Lots of projects going on here again.  I have mostly been concentrating on the signature quilt that my future daughter in law would like for the wedding.  The colours I chose are similar to that of the bridesmaid dresses.  I am working my way out to include all the colours. In that plain white block I plan to put their initials again like in their wedding quilt.


The challenge here for me is to somehow include some purple.......

February was my month to ask for blocks for the Heal group of do.good stitches. Last year I asked them for scrappy 15 patch blocks, and I am adding to them again this year : )  I hope to have this one sewn into a top real soon


A couple more string blocks in the same colour way another group asked for


and some partial blocks to be thrown in the mix with a bunch of others


While hubby and I were away, I visited my favourite yarn shop again.  I came back with these pretties


I plan on making myself something out of the gold yarn and the rest will be knit up to give away.
This is hat #6 I think. It's called the 'rib knit' baby hat. So easy,  and the buttons are the finishing touch  : )


This week I have been teaching a beginner quilt class.  Now there are 5 new quilters to encourage!
Enjoy your week and as always, thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FEBRUARY MAKES

Happy Wednesday!  Thanks so much for all the nice comments on my previous post.  There were a couple of questions I couldn't answer because the commenter was a 'no-reply' but I will address those at the end of this post.

This months bee blocks :

I made a cake for Carla 


Stacey asked for a star block with low volume background


Jera asked us for string blocks using the foundation piecing method.  I sewed the strips onto 8" squares then sewed the squares together


My daughter in law came over and I was able to give her 4 baby hats to give out at the hospital.
I finished a couple more




Regarding the last post, the font I used for the 'brand' is called Carnivalee Freakshow and yes the quilt pattern is original so it's not available : )  The tutorial for the arrows can be found here  

The wedding is coming up fast. We probably shouldn't,  but hubby and I have decided to take off for a few days.  See you when we get back  : )

Friday, February 20, 2015

THE WEDDING QUILT

Don't tell Becca, but the quilt is done! I'm very happy with how this turned out.  It's pretty exciting to have the vision of this quilt in my head become a reality.

Hubby and I went out for some pictures to a little western town that is about half an hour from home. Even though it was closed for the season, there was a truck there with music blaring.  No one seemed to be around, but I had the feeling we were being watched.  Hubby said  "seeing we are here, throw it on the wagon and get a couple shots."  I felt like such an 'outlaw'!



After a couple of pics, we took off and found another spot to stretch it out. This one really shows the colours well.



Becca and I designed this little 'brand' with their initials.   I. Love. It.


The all over hearts were the perfect texture for a wedding quilt and was done by the very talented Linda. Thank you so much Linda for making this quilt extra special





She roped him in, and we couldn't be happier  : )

linking up with Finish It Up Friday
Needle and Thread Thursday

edited to say this is a finish on my first quarter list for the finish along

quilt stats:
'Navajo' wedding quilt
designed and pieced by me
quilted by Linda King
84" x 88"