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Welcome to my world where I try to figure out what I'm going to do next! These days, it is mostly quilting, but you never know what it might be... come find out with me!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Qtr 2 2015 finish along - just what do I hope to get done?

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
I've got three months - that's lots of time to get things done, right?!!  My first quarter achievements far exceeded my goals, so this time, I'm upping the ante!

I've got a few things on my list that will be - should be - pretty easy to achieve, fingers crossed!  These include finishing the quilting and adding the binding on this one:
Vienna Nights #1 finish the quilting and bind - see the binding is all ready to add!
Binding this one:
another one using Vienna Nights - geez I have a lot of it in my stash!
Quilting and binding these three:
Robyn Pandolph baby

Star baby

Carpenters star baby

These first five are all donation preemie quilts, and the three that need quilting and binding will be some long arm practice pieces.  I'm looking forward to that!

Then there is this tablerunner -
Silkscreened table runner
I made this in a workshop with Brandy Lynn Maslowski - of Canadian Quilt Talk podcast fame - through the Blue Mountain Quilters Guild.  It was a fun workshop on screen printing - it needs to get finished!

Next, is my Gees Bend inspired quilt done in a workshop with fellow Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild member Paul K. This one is a couple of years old now.  I've started the quilting, but still a ways to go.
Gees Bend improv
There is this convergence quilt which I made a lot of years ago!  Time to get it finished!
Convergence quilt
Okay, now the fun - and challenge begins! I've got a couple of bigger projects that I'm itching to get done.  I'm off to a quilting retreat this weekend, and I'm bound and determined I'm going to piece two Scrappy Mountain Majesties quilts (free pattern by Bonnie Hunter) using my stash.  These two are destined for the bunkbeds at our family cabin in Cape Breton.  While I'm using the same pattern and fabrics, the layouts will be different, so they won't be too matchy matchy!
Scrappy Mountain Majesties x two
These ones will also be practice quilts on the long arm.

Finally, I've been wanting to do a Double Wedding Ring quilt for forever, but have always been deterred by all the pieces. I've found the solution!  I've cut all the pieces for a Metro Rings quilt. This is a great pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful, using their Quick Curve Ruler.  It is coming with me this weekend, - lets see if I can also get it done this quarter! I'm looking forward to doing some fun quilting on it!
Metro Rings
Wow - that's 11 on the goal list - I think that's going to keep me busy!  Maybe just a little bit crazy???? I better be well organized this quarter, now to go get started!

Happy quilting!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

2015 Finish Along First Quarter update

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
Wow!  I am so pleased!  I was actually able to finish all three of the items on my first quarter list, as well as completing several other projects.  Let's just see if I can keep this up for the year!

This post lists what I hoped to get done, and these three posts show the finishes.

Grey and Yellow006

third finish.

Some of the other items I finished this quarter - it sure didn't feel like I was this busy - that must be a good sign for the rest of the year, right???!

image  Pink&Grey 1VMQG block lottoD4P with a twist  Untitled  2nd pillowimage

Now to start thinking on what I want to get finished in the second quarter of the year...

To seeout how everyone has done this quarter, check out the links over at Adrianne's On the Windy Side - some fabulous finishes!

Happy quilting! 

Saturday, March 28, 2015


I have another finish to show!  I am very pleased with this one, too.  It is pretty different from my last finish, just a few days ago, but also another one off my 2015 Finish Along, 1st Qtr list.  Please forgive the number of pictures, but I just couldn't decide which ones not to include :)
Some details before I get to the pictures:
  • This was a Blue Mountain Quilters Guild Round Robin, started way back in 2011. I made the centre block, and my BMQG friends (Gladys, Louise, Bridget, Bonnie and Mary) added the borders.  It has cured for several years, waiting for me to get up the nerve to quilt it the way I felt it should be quilted.  This year I felt ready.
  • The quilt finishes at about 50" x 54"
  • I used a double batt to emphasize the quilting - a layer of Legacy Wool over cotton batting.
  • Stitched with a combination of Aurifil 50# and Superior Bottomline on top and Bottomline in the bobbin throughout.
  • all stitching done on my Mega Quilter (set into a table)
  • I stitched in the ditch almost all seams
  • I marked the feather spines and the diamonds (in the first border) but all stitching was free motion on this one.
I love the colours on this and have called it Tranquility.  I hope you like it!

Happy quilting!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

making progress

I've been plugging away at some old UFOs and have been making some good progress on my 1st Qtr Finish along projects.

A couple of weeks ago I took the stack of improv grey and yellow blocks that I won at a Vancouver MQG meeting, oh a couple of years back now, and fiddled and sliced and fiddled some more and put them together into a top that I was happy with.  I pieced some grey and yellow Grunge fabric together for a backing, and this past weekend I got it sandwiched and the quilting started. 

Grey and Yellow001
marked some concentric circles and then free motioned them before doing a little ruler work
Grey and Yellow002
Grey and Yellow003

Grey and Yellow007
Grey and Yellow009
Grey and Yellow005
I worked away on it and it is now finished!  Yay!

Linking up to The Needle and Thread Network this week - go see what other Canadian bloggers are up to!

Happy quilting! Janet

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Long overdue QuiltCon post

It's been a month since I got back from Quilt Con, and it still resonates very strongly!  Just looking through my pictures again today, takes me back to the show floor, and looking at the gorgeous display of quilts, and the tons of inspiration presented.  The vender mall was full of colour and inspiration too, as well as all kinds of tempting fabric, gizmos and gadgets.  I was good, and only bought a couple of yards of fabric - some Michael Miller Cotton Couture, some thread and a full set of circle templates for marking and quilting with.

While there was a full range and variety of workshops presented, they sold out pretty quickly, and I had decided that I would just go the lecture route, giving myself lots of time in the show, vender mall, and to explore Austin, which is a great city, with excellent food!  You haven't lived until you experience Gourdough's on a bitterly cold night with some fellow VMQG members!  There is something about eating doughnuts from a food truck, while huddled together for warmth that results in great hilarity, and we all know that laughter makes everything better, even walking to San Antonio!

The show - no surprise, my favourites in the show were quilts with lots of graphic appeal, and lots of gorgeous quilting.  Here is a sampling of some of what caught my eye.
Gorgeous texture by Chawne Kimber

Several pieces by Luke Haynes were in the show, and I attended a lecture by him.  Very inspiring!

The lovely Linda Hungerford happened to be volunteering near her quilt, so I was able to get her photo next to her quilt.  She is so inspiring - her quilting is all done on a domestic machine

To see the full list of the winners, please check this post from the MQG. There were amazing displays of quilting everywhere you looked.

Hmmm, will Pasadena be on my travel plans next year?  We'll have to wait and see!

Happy quilting!