Friday, April 29, 2016

Scrap Garden

Scrap Garden
Measures 60" square

I started it as a challenge to make a scrap quilt using two fabrics give to guild members by the past President. 

Here is a close up before it was quilted. I love looking at all the different fabrics. 

On the long arm machine 

I have linked this post to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish up Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday

Thursday, April 28, 2016

String blocks

For the month of April the Leduc guild Lotto block exchange was string blocks. I have been making 2 blocks most of the time. I had fun working on these little scrap gems. Always fun to pull out the strings and sew. The first block I did was made with 4 - 6 1/2 " blocks and set in a pinwheel Then I did 9 - 4 1/2" blocks and played with the setting and this diagonal setting was what I liked the best. 

We just had 15 blocks and left them all together for one draw. I forgot who won. 
Next month May we are doing flowers and we are to use green with Bright colours. 

I played with the 9 small string blocks before I sewed them. First a star.

Then this one.

I almost made the block into this. 

Nice but would be best if the blocks were an even number or a whole lot more of them. 

At our May meeting I am the speaker. I am doing a show and tell and slide show all about Log Cabin Quilts  It is Wednesday May 4th in Leduc at the St David's United Church 7:15. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Retreat Report

We all had a great time at retreat again. Who would not have fun? We were at the Gull Lake retreat center with the Leduc Black Gold Quilt Patch Guild.
I started a new quilt and was playing around with my new Bunny ears. 

Here are all the fabrics I picked out. I am making Fancy Forest by Elizabeth Hartmen. I really loved the fox pattern she made a while back and thought the hedge hog was also super cute. Now she has a pattern with so many more animal, how could I not make it.  I have a lot of Kaffe Fassett Collection fabric, I have also added many hand dyed fabrics. I know all my lightest fabrics are hand dyed and a few others too. 

My first 2 foxes in orange. I got a pale blue linen to use for the background. So Cute!

My first owl. I love him!

The bunny I finished at retreat. The light pink is a hand dyed fabric. 

I was able to finish the 16 foxes that were required for the quilt. I had a great time making them. They went together well and quick when I did some chain piecing. 

One of the other quilters had her fox pattern with her. She watched me do a fox and then dug out her fabric to make a fox. All of her fox fabric is haring bone.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Scrap Tiles

I had this quilt finished some time ago but never got a good photo of it totally done. Well Yesterday the wind was not blowing 6o km/hr so it was a little easier to take some outdoor photos. 

This quilt was mostly sewn with my leftover bits and pieces. I like to call this method Poverty Piecing.  I had a shoe box with partly sewn triangles, strips and some four patches. It has 3 or 4 years worth of past quilt leftovers. I had one quilt that asked for grey and white four patches, But I hated the grey and white in that other quilt. So I picked out the four patches and replaced the grey with Hot Pink. I love the change in the other quilt. I used the grey four patches here and I love how they turned out. 

Here is my detail shot. You can see there is all kinds of cotton fabric, bright plaids, strips, batiks, crazy prints like the oranges, and  few hand dyed fabrics. I did an all over large stipple quilting. A nice even stitch. 

Today I am finishing up the quilting on a customers quilt and thinking about my packing for Retreat. Mom and I have the Leduc Guild Retreat this weekend. So much fun! I have one new project I am taking to start. Then my Allietare Mystery from Bonnie Hunter. I have not worked on that for a few months and I would like to get a big chunk of that done. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Feather Fabric Repeats

Many more Hexagons are getting done. Today I show you the latest 6 blocks I have made using Kaffe Fassett collection Feather fabric. 

If you are new to the Hexagons I am doing. The Book is called The New Hexagon and then there is a group on Facebook doing a quilt a long called Glosious Hexagons so many of us are using the Kaffe Fasset Collection of fabrics. 

Block #35 Sharon This block uses all 1 1/2" diamonds. So far I love the Sharon pattern and I know I will be doing more of this block.

#25 Marjorie, I am so pleased with how this one has turned out. I love how it spins.  

#35 Sharon, The light blue diamonds were from the Feather fabric and the dark blue is Begonia Leaves 

#13 Judy 

Block #9 Doris. This block makes me think of star fish in the ocean. 

#13 Judy again. I have used a deep purple hand dyed with the feather fabric. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Easter Bowl

I got my first fabric bowl done. I had been resisting doing a fabric bowl. I had been giving one so I did not think I needed more. Well early this month I was asked to join some Agility Dog friends on a Saturday sewing day. They were going to make bowls.  We did lots of talking about our dogs. 

I had to finish mine at home a little later but I am so pleased with how it has turned out. I love the colours. 

I have added today's post to Crazy Mom Quilts and Finish Up Friday

Here we are at Kathy's all showing off the fabrics we are going to use. Note the yellow Dog Daisy May in the bottom corner. Yes dog hair on fabric goes well together. We also had a great lunch with home made bread and soup. 

The start of mine. I realized I should have been sewing the other direction with the circle on the outside. I had to change that. 

My Fabric strips and the cord with fabric wrapped on it. Note the black and red bowl. That is the one I was given a few years ago. I made mine new one kind of the same but a bit bigger. 

One of the bowls coming along nicely. 

And another one with a great start to it too. She has sparkly fabric. We all wanted some of it. 

Happy Easter weekend. 
Gemma and I get to play at agility on Saturday, we have a trial all day. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Marbling Fabric Day

My Surface Design group try to meet once a month and have a play day with our fibers. For March we did a day of Marbling or Gel printing with paints. I did marbling, here is my table space already to start. On the left is my hand dyed fabric cut to fit in my pan. I remembered I had my camera with me and used it. 

Dianne was getting started with a gel plate and some paper. She wanted a better stock of papers to make more cards. 

My first few fabrics with the marbling paint. 

Yvonne and Dawna did both gel printing and marbling. 

Look at what Yvonne did to her marbling paint. Wow love it. I missed getting a photo of the paint on the fabric. 

My fabrics all laid out with the marbling done. It is all very wet so it looks pretty dark. 

A golden yellow with marbled paint. 

Some of yvonne's fabrics drying before she packed them home. 

Dawna did some papers and the bottom one is Dianne's.

Yvonne and her magic again. 

I still have to heat set my fabric and wash and dry them. Then maybe I can iron them and get a good photo of each fabric. I will have a little bit more pretty fabric to used again.