Monday, April 24, 2017

Slab Wall Monday

Today on my Design Wall is a good bunch of Slab blocks. The slab block is from Cheryl Arkison's book Sunday Morning Quilts. I am making them for Charity quilts but changed the size to 12 1/2" and added a Canadian fabric to each block. I wrote more about it on Friday's post. I even have one quilt finished with these kind of blocks. So far I have made 109 blocks and hope to have 3 quilts to give away. I will also be handing in some of my extra blocks. 

Little orange pumpkin tea pot. Can you see the 2 Canadian fabrics? 

This yellow block has a cooking piggy. 

I have added today's post to Design Wall Monday over at Judy's blog and Monday Making

Today's post is post #700. I would have never thought I would write 700 little notes about my quilting and  a few things about the rest of my life. I just do not consider myself a writer, but maybe I should call myself a writer after 700. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Mini Felted Dog

A good start to my mini Gemma, still need eyes and a nose, maybe a toy in her month. 

On Saturday I spend the day making a little black Lab and pricked my fingers a few times. I got invited to a dog friend's house to make little felted animals. We made them by needle felting so I pricked my fingers a few times. Most of us worked on making our dogs. Many of the people were agility friends so we are mostly dog people.  

Next to me was a Grey Cat that got worked on. His ears were frozen so in real life he had small ears. 

I almost forgot the 2 ferret that were make.  

Some details being added to the face. 

One of the real dogs!

This was my Gemma, I used this photo and a few other to work on her shape. 

We had a very good day. Thank You Kathy for the fun and good food. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Scrap Saturday

My wall has the first finished slab quilt and then blocks for the next quilt. I was in need of 6 more black/ multi coloured fabrics for the slab quilt # 3 and 4. I also need some 6 more yellow but so far only 3 done. I have a goal to make 4 slab quilts. One of those quilts I think I will keep for me but the other 3 are all going to CQA and the Canada's Big Quilting Bee. I need them done by the end of May. 

7 more slabs blocks. You can see I used lots of Black but wanted a slash of other colours. I also had to put one Canadian fabric in there too. 

I stand on guard 

April the giraffe and her baby.

Pink bug car dragons and lady bugs. There is a lot more colour then just black, but what fun. 

I have added today's post to SoScrappy and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017, this month we are to use our multi coloured prints. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Finish Slab Quilt #1

The weather is very muddy so I have indoor photos today. I do not want to get my newest quilt dirty before I give it away. The Canadian Quilter's Association is doing a Quilting Bee. To find out more check out Canada's Big Quilt Bee. They hope to give 1000 quilts to Ronald McDonald Houses in Canada. I am sure they will make the goal. 

We have been asked to make Slab blocks with at least one Canadian Fabric in each block. I have quilted it with a variegated thread and did a free motion leaf pattern all over. It is one of the patterns that can be done quickly but is so much nicer than just stipple quilting. 

A friend gave me this oak leaf fabric to use for charity quilts and I thought a leaf fabric with shades of orange red was perfect. I have more for the next quilt too. I also like how the fabric went with the Red binding. 

This binding was a first for me, all by machine. I have always done a double binding that is sewn to the quilt on top and then wrapping it around to the back side and hand stitched. This time I did both sided by machine, and I am very happy with it. To get it nice I first sewed the double binding to the back side of the quilt and then wrapped the fold around to the front and I top stitched it to the front side. I stitched slow and took my time, but it is so neat and tidy. I like it.   

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Farm Girl Vintage

 I did a few more blocks from the book Farm Girl Vintage. This block is not in the book but is one of the extra blocks you can buy. I just love the garden and had to make peas and carrots. I love eating garden fresh peas and carrots with a dab of butter. 

Maybe I need a bunny to go next to my peas and carrots. Happy Easter!

The milk can with many different fabrics used. I should say I am working on 6" blocks, so I will need many blocks for a good size quilt. 

Here are all my vintage blocks so far. I know already I will be making more then one project from this book. I hope to do a quilt but then also a table topper with fruit, lots of red and turquoise. 

Also on the machine this weekend is my Tulip quilt. I have not decide how to quilt it so, I load it on the machine and force myself to do it.  

Up next will be the kettle block. I am loving my little design boards I made last week. I can cut out the pieces and lay out the fabric. I don't have to remeasure all the little bits because I know what I cut. 

I have added this post to Design Wall Monday

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Scrappy Saturday

Many blocks got done on the honey comb quit. I worked hard to sew a few more blocks. 6 more med fabric blocks and one more dark block. I think I am doing 2 of these quilts. One with the multi fabrics and one with the rainbow colours, like the red ones I showed last week.

edit: I have been asked to link to the Honey Comb Pattern, I had done it last week and forgot today.  

The blocks are made up of strips 1" to 1 1/2", but most are 1 1/2". You can see there are so many different fabrics in each block. I raided all kind of scraps.  

I have many boxes of scraps that have not gotten a good sorting. Boxes like this one. I took out the good colour strips years ago but left these as they did not fit in a colour. So this month we dig deep to pull them out and use them. 

I have added this post to Soscrappy and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017. She is our leader in all this colour madness. 

Strips sewn together and ready to be ironed. I have Hawaii fabric, Floras left over from doing water colour quilts, stripes, kid's prints, some golden oldies from 21 years back or more. 

I had to show you. I filled all the bobbins in my machine last week. I did so much sewing I emptied 8 plus the one in the machine - so 9 bobbins. That was a lot of sewing!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hazel The Hedgehog

This week a got out my Fancy Forest pattern and got to work on the hedge hogs. I started this quilt last year at spring retreat. I did not go to spring retreat this year but thought I might try to have a little sew retreat at home last weekend. Well shopping and family kept me from the machine most of the weekend. I did dig out the hogs. 

I also made some little design boards to layout the many pieces of fabric. I can move the partly done block to the sewing machine or to the ironing board and not mix it all up. 

They are perfect. 

Love this red hedge hog!

Flaming red hair. 

So I also got started on the thistle blocks, only 2 but it is a start. I hope this weekend I can get lots of sewing done. The weather is not going to be good, snow, wet wild, yuck, good to stay in and sew, 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Multi Coloured Scraps

Multi Coloured  Scraps are the theme for this months Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017. I first thought is "that's not very rainbow" . But it is full of colour.  While I have lots of these scraps. I have been eyeing the Honey Comb pattern for some time. The link takes you to her Etsy store and you can buy the pattern too. Why not join me and make one too?

I have added today's post to Soscrappy, she hosts the RSC2017.

The blocks are sewn in rows, so for now I am just sewing the top and bottom units together. The day I do full lay out I can place the block units together again. 

Here is the string of multi coloured fabrics I found. I have many dark ones and not so many light ones. I think I will do some of the light ones next. I am sure I have more to find. I have not ever kept a box of multi coloured scraps so I have to go to the unsorted bins and boxes I have. Maybe cut some larger scraps. It took my for ever to do this. I have so many dot and wild stripe fabrics, Sometimes I would say that crazy dot fabric but then see a different crazy dot fabric. 

This weeks sewing altogether. Yes, still lots of Red.

3 red blocks for the honey comb quilt. Yes I did start a new quilt. Yes I am feeling a little guilty.

I also started more 6" blocks from Farm Girl Vintage. Yes that is a new start too. About 2 weeks ago I showed the strawberry blocks I did. Same book. I really wanted to do the Cherry block. Then to keep the multi coloured theme I did the Jam Jars. So cute!!!

I also finally got all my Red sampler blocks done. These are 6". I had to do a maple leave. Love it. 

Both my Quilt guilds are at Retreat. Sad I am not there. I was going to try and sew all weekend, but it has not happened. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Fools Scraps Saturday

I did well for a week away from home. I had the apples cut out and a little bit sewn before I left for Victoria. Today I worked on getting them done and the photos for my post. I did not get all my red done. 

Today we were to start on our Multi coloured scraps for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017. I decided to get a few prints with a hit of Red and other colours and call that my Multi coloured blocks for today. I love the Green and red apple core block, that fabric is kind of a ugly that I like. Then who would not love the bird fabric. 

This is a Red sample block all done by hand, well I was on holidays.  I did it using English paper piecing and then appliqued the to the background. 

Lady bug Red sampler block.

Another sampler block 
I have added today's scrap challenge post to Soscrappy. Take a look at what the others have done too. 

So sometimes I have taken the time to put all the blocks from the month up on the wall all together. I just love to look back at these photos but they take time to put it all up. This month I could not fit it all but most is up there. I am missing some Maple leaves and nine patches, just not enough room. 

I got this many Red blocks done this month!
  1. Nine patches - 83
  2. Strawberries - 3
  3. Tulips - 31
  4. Butterflies - 18
  5. Apples - 19
  6. Apples cores - 12
  7. Maple Leaves - 9 plus 6 need ironing - 15
  8. Sampler blocks -3 
  9. Lantern block -1
  10. A strip set to add to 2nd Time Around but need to work on that more. 

Tonight I am working to get a few more Maple Leaves done. 6 more to iron and maybe a few before midnight. 
Then I need to move on to the real bin of multi coloured scraps. I have no idea what I will make. OK a list of a few ideas.
  1. Slab blocks with some Canadian fabric, I need 18 more but some could be different colours
  2. Book cover
  3. Small purse or bag
  4. I have Pineapple log cabins blocks to work on and they have some multi coloured fabrics and use many many colours. 
  5. room to think of more.....