Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My Daughter's Quilt Top


My daughter graduated from university a year ago.  I told her I wanted to make her a quilt as her graduation gift.  It took her a while to figure out what she wanted but in February, we made a trip to Mad About Patchwork in Ottawa to pick out fabric and a pattern.  I have been working on her quilt for the last couple of months and this week, I finished the quilt top!  The orange spool above contained 1000m of gray thread when I started to work on this quilt.  As I was putting together the last section on the second half of the quilt, I ran out of thread--the spool was empty.  Luckily, I had purchased a second spool of light gray thread recently in anticipation of this happening!

This is the second half of the quilt .
We had to move some furniture in the living room to make room for me to take this picture of the quilt top.  I have stared at the picture and shown it to several other quilters--I don't think I have anything turned the wrong way but if you notice something, please let me know. I love the fabrics and colours that she chose for her quilt.  The quilt is queen sized.
Last week, I sent my daughter the link to the flannel selection at Mad About Patchwork so that she could pick out fabric for the backing.  After some discussion, this is what she chose:

I ordered the fabric online on Tuesday night and it arrived on Thursday morning!!!  The gray is the backing and is a soft brushed cotton.  The pink fabric is for a pillow case or two to match her new quilt.  I have some leftover chunks of the other fabrics in the quilt to add the contrasting band to the pillowcases. This quilt is in line at the long armer's --I hope to get the backing sewn together soon so that I can deliver the quilt to her soon.   There are still a few quilts in line ahead of mine so I have a bit of time.

This two toned daffodil is blooming in my backyard at the moment.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Elgin Piecemakers Charity Quilts

The Elgin Piecemakers met last Thursday. The colours for our blocks for this month's charity quilt are brown and turquoise.   Here is my block, made the night before the meeting.

And here are all the blocks that the members of the guild made:

The turquoise just sparkles!  I can't wait to see how J and C put this one together!

We had a few quilts ready for binding. 

This one was donated by Nancy who used to belong to our guild but moved away a few years ago. 

The purple, turquoise and navy quilt from a couple of months ago is looking good!

The 30's print quilt is made from blocks donated a few months ago.  I love the border that was added to this quilt.

This week, Fran and I will be getting together to assemble the navy and yellow blocks from March.  I have picked out some sashing fabric from my stash and we already have the backing.  Fran thinks she has fabric for the cornerstones.  

You will notice that one person did not remember that we were to use navy and yellow instead of blue and was me!!!  I re-made my block in navy and yellow so now it fits in with the rest much better!

Here is a picture of the sashing fabric:

This striped fabric has been in my stash for ages and it is time to use it up!  It looks great with the navy and yellow blocks.

Next month's colours are yellow, gray and white.  I am quite sure I have a bit of fabric lying around that I can use for my block!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

UFO out of the bag and on the WALL!!

This is what happens when a project sits in a bag, pinned to a piece of flannel for almost two years.  In the Spring of 2014, Jacquie Gering came to the London Friendship Quilter's guild as our speaker and workshop leader.  I went to the Stitch and Flip workshop and came home full of enthusiasm for my new project!  I had pinned all of the squares to the flannel design wall and carefully rolled it up so I would not lose any pieces or where they were supposed to go in the quilt.

 This week, after careful aging (LOL) of this project,  I laid the flannel out on the floor outside my sewing room and carefully took two squares off at a time to press them and place them on my design wall. There were a lot of squares on my piece of flannel so this took most of one evening!

I cut out some more squares for the background (they are 3.5" squares, in case you were wondering)

Before I added the background squares, this is how it looked.

When Christine was here this past week for our sewing night, I added leaves to the stems and stems to the purple flowers. I also made one more purple flower.

My garden needed some butterflies!  This is how my design wall looks now.  I am ready to sew all of the squares together. It will be challenging to keep everything going the right way and in the right order.  I will keep my seam ripper close by,  just in case.
Speaking of gardens, I have a few flowers growing in mine...
These are the buds for the yellow flowers on my Oregon Grape Holly bush.

I will post a picture when my quilted garden is put together!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Modern Quilt Guild Retreat Wrap-Up.

The South Western Ontario Modern Quilters' retreat was a couple of weeks ago.  I have not had time to do a second blogpost about it until now...  Before the retreat, we were each paired with another person who would be attending so we could make and exchange lanyards.  My swap partner was Kathleen from Toronto.  She made me the beautiful lanyard in the picture above from a piece of Liberty fabric--the colours reminded her of Spring.  She also sent me a wonderful bar of chocolate which I shared with my husband.

I made her lanyard out of some black and white fabrics and a few solids that are in the London Modern Quilt Guild Logo.  We all wore our lanyards at the retreat with our nametags attached to the clasp.

 The weather was rather chilly the weekend of the retreat and the water in the bubbling rock fountain at the Elmhurst Inn was partly frozen in little balls of ice around the perimeter of the fountain.

I had to take the opportunity to take a few pictures. I managed to do this without falling on the slippery rocks around the fountain.

I showed the first project I worked on at the retreat in this blogpost...the pillow that became a wall hanging.

Next, I worked on some liberated stars which I will use to make some placemats for the winter season next year.   I have always wanted to make new placemats but just never seem to get around to working on them.  This year, I purchased some red patterned fabric at one of our guild meetings and I have been collecting some gray and white prints to go with it to make the placemats.

This one finishes at 3" square.  I made several star blocks in various sizes.

(oops--the picture is upside-down!)

This one is under construction.

Here is a picture of all of the stars that I made at the retreat. 

I need to make at least a dozen placemats to have enough for family gatherings so I still have more stars to make.   Each placemat will be different but will have the same red and white striped binding.  This past week, I finished off the 2nd half of my daughter's quilt so I hope to get back to making more stars soon. (after sewing the two halves together!)

We had lots of door prizes donated by various quilt stores and manufacturers and I won this bag which included batting, a magazine, some fabric, sewing machine needles and a gift certificate as well as a new seam ripper.  We all had a great weekend of sewing, eating and making new friends and I look forward to next year's retreat! 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Quilty Inspiration

This is the Fisher Building in Detroit, MI.  On Saturday, my husband and I had a date day in Detroit and took in two Pure Detroit architectural walking tours.  (The Guardian Building and the Fisher Building)  Our guide at the Fisher Building was a history student at Wayne State University.  He really knew his stuff and really made the story of this building come alive for all of us on the tour.  No expense was spared when this building was constructed in the late 20's.  You can read more about the Fisher Building here.

I took lots of pictures on the tour but I think that the ones that will interest my readers the most are the ones I took of the floors.

So much quilty inspiration right under our feet! 

What a great way to sash your next quilting project!!!

The love the triangles in this hexagon pattern.

How about some economy blocks?

Or some hour glass blocks?  The floors were made from several different types of marble. The craftspeople who laid these floors did a fantastic job!

After looking at the floors (and other aspects of the building) on the main floor, we got into the elevator and went up to the third floor.  I looked down and this is what I saw on the elevator floor.

From the 3rd floor, we looked down and saw the floors from above.


I don't think I could ever make this type of medallion quilt!  The brass part was roped off so people don't walk on it.  It has had over 90 years of people stepping on it and the pictures in the brass are not as sharp as when it was installed.  Here is a close up of the inner border:

This is the railing on the third floor.  They don't make buildings like this anymore.

When we were done the tour, I stepped into the ladies room and found this on the floor!
I have never seen a bathroom floor like this before!

If you find yourself in Detroit, you really should try to go on the Pure Detroit tours.  There was no charge for the tours we took.  The link to their website is near the top of this post.  I am not receiving any money for the promotion of the tours.  I just thought you would like to see the quilty inspiration in the Fisher Building in Detroit.

Friday, April 15, 2016

A Change in Plans

Christine and I spent last weekend at the South Western Ontario Modern Quilt Guild retreat in Ingersol, Ontario. There were over 20 quilters at the retreat and it was great fun to meet everyone and drool over their projects!!!  As is usually the case, I brought way more fabric than I could use and more projects than I could ever do in one weekend.  I like to keep my options open...LOL!

Those of you who read my blog on a regular basis will know that I have been working on a paper pieced pillow for  a few weeks now.  The pattern is from this book by Jen Kingwell.

 This is a picture of the pillow from the book.  She used scraps to piece her arcs and then added scrappy sashings. 

Before the retreat, I had all of the arcs completed and the other pieces cut out.  One block was completed and three others had the quarter squares added--they are hand sewn as the curve was too tight to sew consistently on my sewing machine. I spent several hours completing the blocks and then I had to decide how to arrange them for my pillow.

My first attempt was just a random placement of the coloured arcs.  I liked the idea of a circle in the middle.  Did I want sashing?  cornerstones?

I rearranged the arcs into colour groupings...I liked this arrangement.  I consulted with other quilters...we thought a coloured square in the middle of each grouping would look good. Would you believe that in my whole suitcase of fabric, I did not have a red scrap that would work for the upper right block???  Luckily, a few other people had some fabric with them....Karen donated a 1.5" square to my quilt and I set to getting the blocks put together.

After putting the blocks together, I quickly realized that this pillow was going to be too big for where I intended to put it, BUT it was the perfect size for a wall hanging!  I added some borders and voila!--it is ready for quilting.  I will be quilting this on my DSM with my walking foot.  I need to let the quilting ideas percolate for a few days first...

I will be blogging about the retreat again...stay tuned.

I will be linking up to Kathy's Slow Sunday stitching and Finish it up Friday.