Monday, 18 March 2019

A Third Christmas Quilt

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have a third layer cake of Christmas fabric although this fabric is fairly subtle at being Christmas fabric.  A few of the prints have candy canes and a few have holly in them but the rest are plaids, paisleys, dots, stars and florals.  I decided not to make present blocks this time, but I still wanted the same feel of ribbons and bows crisscrossing.  I came across this tutorial on The Arrowhead Quilt Block made Easy on  I planned to follow the tutorial as written but when I was doing the first block I went from memory and instead of cutting the central strips 1.25" from the centre, I cut them 1.5" by mistake.  Since I didn't think to use test fabric, this became a "design choice" and all my blocks will now have to be cut at 1.5" since I need them all.  They look just fine to me.  Here are the first two blocks, one trimmed and one not along with the rest of the fabric paired up for the rest of the blocks.

I spun my seams so the blocks would lay nice and flat, but I'm not sure that this is going to help me when I go to sew the blocks to each other, but it looks nice and neat on the back.

I made the first two blocks on Friday and on Saturday while I was Skype sewing with my friend Marilyn, I got all the red blocks sewn together and pressed although they still need trimming.

On Sunday I got the first step done on all the blue and green blocks.  Since there will be no sashing between the 42 blocks, the quilt top will be 6 blocks by 7 and measure 43.5" x 50.75".  I will have to find some fabric to make a nice wide border on the quilt to make it a decent size or another layer cake to make twice as many blocks.  If anyone has some "Snowfall" or "Snowfall Woven" fabric by Minick and Simpson for Moda that they would like to part with, please let me know.  I found some on line but the shipping to Canada was double the cost of the fabric so not a reasonable option.

Sunday was also Worldwide Quilting Day!

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Christmas Present Quilts

Since starting a Christmas Present Quilt about two weeks before Christmas seemed so appropriate, the week before Christmas I started a second Christmas Present Quilt using a different present block and made 25 blocks.  I had them sewn together into five columns so to finish the top all I had to do was sew the columns together with a bit of sashing using snowflake fabric of course.

Here is a close up of one of them.  I really like the darker prints.  This one I managed to almost line up the ribbon.

Others were less than stellar.  Someone must have been squeezing this one to try to find out what was inside.....

But I still love it.  It finished 68" long by 57.5" wide.  It will also be finished for next Christmas.  I am thinking I will have to make a third one so I have one to keep for myself!  I do actually have another layer cake of another line of Christmas Fabric.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Snow Day = Sew Day!

On Monday we had a second snow day in a row and I was able to Skype sew with my sewing buddy Marilyn.  What would be more appropriate to sew with on a snow day than snowflake fabric.  Before Christmas I had made 24 present blocks from a layer cake of Christmas fabric so I dug them out and made them into six giant 21.5" blocks of four presents each.  It's hard to see, but the white fabric is also snowflake fabric.

Yesterday I got the blocks sewn into rows as well as rows of sashing to go between them.  This afternoon, when coincidentally it started to snow again, I got the whole top sewn together into one piece.

The top is approximately 4' by 6'.  Perfect for one person to totally snuggle under or if you turn it sideways also perfect for a couple of people to use as a lap quilt.  Now I have no excuse to not have it quilted in time for gifting next Christmas.  I want to back it with either flannel or maybe even fleece which I have not tried before. Either way, I want it to be nice and snugly.

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Throw Back Thursday Churn Dash Baby Quilt

According to the date stamp on this photograph, it was taken in October 2015.  My best recollection is that these were 12" blocks so the quilt was 3' x 4'.  I really like dotted fabric and gingham fabric, especially together.   I think the backing was flannel.  The binding was  a multi coloured striped fabric  I don't remember this pantograph, but will have to look it up as I really like the texture it created.

This quilt was donated to our Guild to be a Comfort Quilt.  I still have some of all these fabrics so some day there will be another quilt.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

"Black and White Plus Another Colour" Challenge Wall Hanging

This wall hanging was made quite a few years ago for a Guild challenge.  The challenge was to use black and white fabric with one additional colour.  I chose yellow and fussy cut a yellow bird out of fabric after several failed attemps at making my own bird shape.

The flowers were also fussy cut from a black and white print and fused to black fabric and then just tacked to the wall hanging to give them dimension.

I gave the cat a yellow eye which I think emphasizes the action of the cat looking at the bird and making you wonder what happens next.

The bird flew away of course!  

I got the idea from an award winning quilt by Judy Coates Perez called "Moon Garden" which you can see here.    My wall hanging was made quite quickly and minimally quilted so did not entail great workmanship on my part.  I like it though!

Thursday, 21 February 2019

I Spy Jar Quilt

This is based on an I Spy Jar Quilt Tutorial by Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Making the pint and quart jars themselves will be exactly as she explains it.  The difference is instead of using 2.5" sashing between the jars, we will be bordering each jar with 1.5" sashing.

Each Pint Jar I Spy Block requires:

Bright Novelty Fabric for Jar
- one 5" x 5" square

Grey Fabric for Lid
- one 1.5" x 3" rectangle

Black Background Fabric
(can all be cut from one WOF 1.5" strip)
- six 1.5" x 1.5" squares
- two 1.5" x 6" strips for sides
- two 1.5" x 7" strips for top and bottom

Each Quart Jar I Spy Block requires:

Bright Novelty Fabric for Jar
- one 5" x 10" rectangle

Grey Fabric for Lid
- one 1.5" x 3" rectangle

Black Background Fabric
(can all be cut from one WOF 1.5" strip)
- six 1.5" x 1.5" squares
- two 1.5" x 11" strips for sides
- two 1.5" x 7" strips  for top and bottom

1.  Using four 1.5" x 1.5" background squares, snowball each corner of the novelty print jar.

2.  Sew the two remaining 1.5" x 1.5" background squares to each end of the grey jar lid strip.

3.  Sew the jar lid strip to the top of the jar.

4.  Sew the side background strips (6" for the pint jar and 11" for the quart jar) to each side of the jar.

5.  Sew the top and bottom 7" background strips to the top and bottom of the jar.

Easy Peasy!

Here are a a few pint ones made as well.

These are so fun and easy to make.  If I had more novelty print fabric I would already have a quilt worth of these I Spy Jars made!

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Odds and Ends of Sewing

I started Bonnie Hunter's Leader & Ender Challenge "Rail Fence" in the summer of 2017 and progressed on it for awhile.  I never really liked it and stopped working on it at some point. 

I find it a little hard to work on a leader ender project as I tend to work on whatever I am making at the time in that same fashion so rarely need to add something extra under my needle so as to not waste thread.

I decided to at least finish what I had already cut and have now sewn all the coloured strips into sets of four.  I have decided I can make a quilt which will be 8 blocks by 10 blocks which will be 48" x 60" which is a nice sized crib quilt.  I will donate it.  Black and white and colours are supposed to be good for babies to look at, as long as they don't have a seizure in the process.

In this picture I have 47 blocks completed so I just have to make the black and white checker board strips for 33 more blocks.  My camera even had a hard time focusing on this quilt which is also what I don't like about it.  It is just so busy!

Here is a close up of one block which randomly came out kind of interesting.  To me it looks like the sky at sunset over a beach from the perspective of standing out in the water and looking toward the beach.  It must be a beach on the west coast.  Well, maybe that interpretation is even stretching my imagination just a bit.

I have also been trying to decide on an additional border for Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery "Good Fortune" Quilt using up the extra red and white four patches.  I figured out if I used the four patches on point, I have nearly enough to finish borders on two sides of the quilt.  I'm not thrilled with the little sample border I made but here are the four possible ways to attach the border ranked from most liked to least liked.

1.  Border with peach side facing in and points of both borders offset.

2.  Border with peach side facing in and points of both borders in line.

3.  Border with blue side facing in and points of both borders offset.

4.  Border with blue side facing in and points of both borders in line.

What do you think?  Or should I go back to the drawing board.  Another possibility is to just add a row of the red and white four patches joined in a strip like a checker board.

I had also used up all the hexagon papers I had (I only had a sample pack of 25) and each flower needs 7 so that didn't get me very far.  I used my AccuQuilt Go cutter and a new die to make more 1" templates from last year's calendar cover and also a vacation advertisement booklet that were both thicker paper.  They turned out well but not very pretty.

I have also been binge reading Amanda Jean's "Crazy Mom Quilts" blog from the beginning in 2006.  She just retired from blogging at the end of 2018 and had been one of my favourite quilt blogs to read.  When I "discovered" her blog, I had just carried on reading in the present as she was quite prolific and blogged several times a week.  I have been missing her so had the bright idea to go back and read the ones I hadn't seen before.  You can find her here:  I'm currently up to September 2009 and I haven't come to where I started reading yet.  I'll be disappointed when I do.

My guild meeting is this Thursday so I better finalize the program details.