Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Felting 3D Shapes Class

Last week I went to fiber school. I took a class with Tracy Kuffner of the Wool Mine. We did 3D shapes with wet felting (no needles). The first day we did a little 4 sided pod in white wool. I was pleased with it. We were to keep the shape with the sides and the edges. Take note of the circle piece in the back, it is Tracy's sample. 

Then we could start to lay out our 2nd shape. This is just the beginning of my 6 sided pod. I need to get a better photo of this in the early finished stages. I have more work to do on it. 

This is Shelia's larger 6 sided pod. I love the colours and the little holes on it.  

I was a bit of a rebel and work on mittens in between things. I will have to get another finished photo of these. They are not done in this photo. Close but not done yet. 

There is my 6 sided one. Note the piece in the background, Tracy's lamp. On day 3, I did another shape kind of like Tracy's lamp (smaller). I did not get a photo yet. 

I want to do so much more felting. I love the mittens. I might have to make more. Thursdays I get to play with wool and friends again.  

On Tuesday Gemma and I got to do a evening agility trial. We passed our first run. It was a Starters Gamblers run. So happy with my little girl. We are having so much fun playing Agility. 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

All Aglow

All Aglow

This is the quilt that mom, Betty Manuel, and I worked on together this past year. We worked on the piecing together and spent lots of time picking out the fabric for each block. To start with I drafted about 5 different log cabin pineapple blocks. We then did paper piecing. 

We entered it in the Canada Quilter's Association National Juried show. We were very happy and surprised as our quilt won  Excellence in Workmanship in Piecing.  We won some cash so it meant I could do some shopping at the market mall. 

I did the machine quilting. Some was on my long arm and then I did some stitch in the ditch on the domestic machine. I used red thread on the black for the free motion feathers. I just love how that red thread added to the glow of the quit. 

We also entered the quilt in the Edmonton Quilt Guild Show And it also got a ribbon. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Design Wall Monday July 6th

Scrap Garden

I have my leaders and enders Scrap Garden ( or Lozenges) top done and hanging on the design wall. It is ready to quilt, ironed and backing made. I started it last fall. Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville had Lozenges as last years Leaders and Enders challenge. I had many fabrics that just did not fit into one colour family so they could go here. I love to look back at all the different prints. I think you could make this in a few different sizes. I chose to start mine with 6" by 3" retangles and added the 2" square to the 4 corners. I sewed  from one corner to the other. I am very pleased with this top. I think a have a Kaffe Fassett book with this on the front cover. That pattern uses a large rectangle, I think 4 by 8". 

Bonnie has now released the next Leaders and Enders Challenge, it is Tumblers.  I have a few cut already. I am using my 2 1/2" strips and the Dresden Plate ruler. 

Next up is some blocks I made back in May when I did not post. I did get a photo of the blocks before I sent them FREE. I made them for the suit case exchange with the Leduc Black Gold Quilt Patch. You ask What is the suit case exchange?. Well, we have box ( not a case), there is a fabric in it and a pattern. We are to make a block or 2 or 3 to add to the box. My name was pulled first and these are my blocks. Then I handed the case back and it moves on to the next name pulled. When we run out of the main fabric then we draw a name. I will get 3 chances to win all the blocks back. I had to use some lime green just so the blocks have some life to them. 

I have added this post to Design Wall Monday at Judy's

Friday, July 3, 2015

New Camera

So I have been missing from Blog land. I now have a new camera, the old one was not opening all the time. I guess it was dropped too many times. Now that I am back I was unsure what to post. So much has gone on in my sewing room. 

Pizza Box Exchange at the Black Gold Quilt Patch 
 I am on the program committee for the guild. I was so happy with my last exchange, that I was happy to help with the Pizza Box one again. My box has the Dresden plate block and lots of dotty fabric.  I have asked the ladies to make me sampler blocks with the dotty fabrics. All blocks should be 12 1/2". 

Here is my block with all the fabric they can use. Yes I have lots of dots.

The first box I got had green and purple fabric in it. I added the purple fabric that is kind of dotty.  I made this 54-40 or Fight block. I passed this block and box on to the next person at the June meeting. Now I have a box were she wants stars. It should not be a problem for me. I just need to pick out a pattern. 

Doggy updates: Gemma and I did our first agility trial. She did OK for a baby dog and for being so new to the game. Here is a link for her very first real agility run.  We both had so much fun. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sunshine Saturday

We are having great spring weather this week and rest of the 7 day forecast is on the + side. Half the land is out from under the snow, so it really feels like spring. At this rate we may not have any snow left by the end of the week. But we will get more snow someday. We have been knew-en to get snow in May and stick around for a few days after. 

I have been working on my Yellow Spring Tulips. I also did a few Bees to go with them. I have a box with all colours of butterflies so they may end up all together in one quilt. 

The grey dot fabric is so cute. I got a scrap from my mom about year ago. I like the grey better then if it had been a black. I do not have much grey. 

This tulip had to be fussy cut to get the yellow. It is a pastel rainbow fabric and the yellow is not very big. I had made one mistake and had to see if there was enough yellow left to re-cut 1 more piece. I got it done. 

I have added this to Soscrappy's Saturday Linky page.

All of today's blocks are from this book Quilty Fun. I have plans to do a few apples and then apple cores with the yellow apple flesh showing. I think I have all the parts cut out now for 3 apple core blocks. That might be today sewing between all the driving kids around today. One son is working with friends in town on the science fair project. The oldest is off to a party tonight and wants to be driven and picked up late. 

Gemma and my son cuddling with a quilt.

Happy Pie Day. We have plans to bake Peach Pie tonight for after supper. 3.142015

Monday, March 9, 2015

Tin Box Exchange

The program committee at the Black Gold Quilt Patch (Leduc guild) did a Tin Box Exchange a few years ago. I did one set, we had 2 groups at the same time. After all the boxes were done with 6 blocks we drew names to see who won each of the boxes. I won the Spring box. I am kind of thinking it might be nice to get a table runner done in time for spring. I did the Tree block. I have a top done now. We will see if I can get it quilted and bound before Easter. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Colour of Sunshine

I have 2 Dear Jane blocks done so far. The left one is D-7 Meeting place. Without realizing it I picked to do this block with a fabric called Babble. Meeting Place and Babble, kind of funny. The right block is A-1 Pinwheel Gone Awry. 

I had this last bit of pink to finish up. 25 nine patches to put with all the other nine patches. 

Here is my box of yellow scraps. It is one of my smaller boxes but I still have lots to work with. 

I have a far bit of yellow to do this month, so here is a list.
  • Tulips
  • Bee block
  • Apple cores
  • 9 Sampler blocks
  • Dear Jane blocks and triangles
  • Wild and Goosey blocks
  • Flower block 
  • And I can always work on getting any rainbow quilt top done or quilted too
I really must get a quilt top or 2 done soon. The 2 quilt guilds I belong to have quilt shows later this year. I have not finished anything new for a while.

I have my Pineapple log cabin blocks out today. I am very close to being done the next set of 27 blocks. Why 27 you may ask, well it turns out I can get 27 units of 1 strip of the red fabric I use in the center.

I have added today's post to Soscrappy's Linky Page for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2015.