Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Quilt for my Son

My DS is an avid fan of the New York Islanders hockey team. This is what you need to know when I show you the picture of the quilt I gave to him on Saturday. He arrived home for our Thanksgiving weekend and within five minutes of his arrival, I gave him the quilt.

If you're a hockey fan, you will recognise the colours of the New York Islanders...orange, blue, and white. When I asked DS a few months ago what colours he wanted me to use for the quilt I was making him, he quickly responded with "New York Islander colours". My first reaction was that those colours would be better in a smaller lap sized quilt, but then I reminded myself that I had asked him for his choice. I found Jenny Doan's pattern for a chevron quilt on You Tube HERE and thought it would be a perfect pattern to use. I ordered Kona solid fabrics in the colours I thought would work and thus begins the story of his NYI quilt.

Jenny's quilt finishes at 72" x 72", but when I hung the top on the line, it just looked too small.

I added a narrow blue border and then finished it off with a wider white border, with the quilt top now a perfect size of 93" x 103". I sent it off to Ange at Quilting on the Mira and picked it up last week, very pleased with the quilting design Ange had used. I had used a swirly blue fabric for the back and she chose to use a swirly pattern for the quilting...perfect!

The quilt is so huge, I had to set it up on the dining room table to square it up and add the binding. This picture shows the quilting a little better...such great texture! 

I really wanted the binding to add some pizazz so I decided to make a striped bias binding to use on the quilt. Sew, sew, sew, cut, cut, cut, and sew some more.

I attached the binding by machine. I do very little hand stitching any more due to my recurring arm and wrist issues and it also allows me to finish the binding much quicker!

I love the striped binding...

For the label, I printed off the NYI logo using Sew-On Printed Treasures printable fabric, framed it with the orange and blue strips, and attached it to the back.

Then it was off to the clothesline...

and of course, the wind blew and blew...

I also decided DS should have a new pillow for his fan cave, so I used another printed logo and some strips and came up with this pillow as part of his package.

DS is a great sport, so he humored me and posed for a few pics...

He tells me he became a NYI fan in 2001and has cheered on that team ever since. However, I couldn't resist sharing this picture. Here he is wearing his first ever NHL jersey with his proud dad by his side.

It's a great day for quilting!

Monday, October 6, 2014

White Gloves, a Quilt Show, and a "Mom, Me, and Sisters Three" Celebration

I recently headed to the Highland Quilt Guild show in Antigonish, meeting up with friend and fellow Nova Scotian blogger Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World and a couple of her friends. Sheila also posted pictures from this show and another show she attended in Mahone Bay, so I hope you will visit her blog too for some quilty inspiration.

The church where the show was held was filled with quilts! I donned the white gloves at the door and raced from one glorious quilt to another, taking pictures in quick succession. Unfortunately, because I was wearing gloves, the camera did not respond too well to my touch so the pictures are not as well focused as they should be. My apologies, but  I'm hoping that you'll still enjoy the show...

Do these homespun houses look familiar? I made the same quilt and it is now at the LAQ. Hope to pick it up in a few days.

Thank you to the Highland Quilt Guild for a wonderful show! 

I received a call later in the week saying that I had won the draw prize! I received some gorgeous Christmas fabrics, some fat quarters and thread, a pattern, and a kit for a Christmas wall hanging. I am a lucky girl!

After lunch with Sheila and the girls, I  headed to New Brunswick for an extended week of activities for a "Mom, Me and Sisters Three" Birthday Celebration. My mom turned 90 on October 1 so we had an Open House for family and friends and then spent the rest of the week celebrating, sharing memories, and even managed a game of golf, Mom included. She's awesome with her new driver! We laughed, we cried, and we hugged all week long-Mom and her four daughters. I am so fortunate...

We stayed at my sister's cottage in Murray Corner and enjoyed lots of magnificent sun rises, sun sets, and the glorious sounds of waves lapping on the beach.

Or was it the sound of waves crashing on the beach?

Who could resist the charm of my BIL's buoy tree?

And of course, because Baby Sister has a clothesline, we had to fill it with the quilts I made for her over the years. They may be a little faded, but they are very much loved.

I did take my FW with me and managed just a few hours of sewing but wasn't able to keep up with blog reading or commenting. Not enough hours in the day. 

Nice to be back and sharing my stories with you. It's a great day for quilting!

Monday, September 22, 2014

An Old Old-Fashioned Charm

In 2006, I made a quilt that was purchased as a kit from our (then) LQS. Designed by the owner, Kim Braun, the "Old-Fashioned Charm" quilt pattern features an easy-to-make quilt using five different arrangements of  9 1/2" unfinished blocks- a square, 2-patch units, 3-patch units, 4-patch units, and 9-patch units. The blocks are arranged randomly with two borders, a narrow solid one and a scrappy one. This particular quilt finishes at 60" x 78" and is one of the quilts I have layered on our queen bed for the summer.

As you can see, the fabrics are in a range of pastel blues, greens, and creams. The sun washed out the quilt a little, but this picture is actually very close to showing the gentle colours that are in the quilt.

The fabrics are a variety of tone on tones, striped, checks, and even some textured fabrics. 

As you can see, the quilting was done in an edge to edge daisy pattern.

Why am I showing you my old quilt? Because I have been collecting some lovely warm wool flannels for the last couple of years, waiting for a pattern to grab me, and now I see that the pattern was right in front of my eyes in this quilt! 

My plan was to make a quick and easy lap quilt out of flannels for the upcoming chilly weather, so I started my hunt for the pattern. Yes, I found it, but it took a lot of looking in my cupboards. I had been collecting FQs, charm packs, and even some yardage from the original Wool Needle Flannels by Moda so I knew I had enough.

The cotton flannels give the illusion of wool, but they are so soft and cosy...

I put together my stacks of blocks...

and then laid them out on a bed. Just the effect I was looking for...an old-fashioned flannel quilt!

I sewed the blocks together and have actually sent it away to the LAQ but forgot to take a picture of the finished flimsy. I'll show a picture of the quilt to you when it comes back.

Unfortunately, the LQS shop, Harbour Quilt Company, closed its doors a few years ago and I miss it terribly. The owner supplied us with the most marvelous fabrics, kits and designs over the years. When the shop was closing, Kim offered many of her kits for sale. I have several still unopened in my sewing corner, but last week, I opened this one...

Kim always carried a lot of Kansas Troubles fabrics so you may recognise some of these. I pinned all the rows together to make things easier when I sewed at the shop and then pressed the centre when I got home.

I added the wide border and have all the applique shapes and vines ready. I decided to work on one corner at a time. Sorry for the poor pictures...it is a very nasty day out there today and my kitchen is a pretty dark place to take pictures.

Busy times in my sewing corner but loving it all! It's a great day for quilting!

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Day at the Shop

There are 12 of us who make up the Artisans Collective, a group of women from the area who set up shop every summer in the Port Hastings Museum at the Causeway, the entrance to Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. As one of the twelve, I take a turn once every 12 days  to work a shift. My day was yesterday. Off I went with a smile, some sewing projects, my "new" 1964 Featherweight, and a portable table. You see, at this time of year, the number of visitors drops a bit, so there always seems to be a little time to work on a project or two. Seeing an artisan at work also seems to be a treat for the visitors who come into the shop so it's a win-win situation. 

The number of visitors the shop will start to pick up again in a week or two because of the Celtic Colours International Festival, an annual event that attracts thousands of visitors to celebrate our rich Cape Breton culture. Music, concerts, workshops, crafts, food-it's all here for our visitors to see and experience. Our shop will stay open until the end of the Festival and reopen again for two weekends before Christmas,

Back to my day. I set up my FW in front of the patio door overlooking the deck. This also gave me a beautiful view of the Strait of Canso. I sewed along, listening to Cape Breton music, tapping my toes and heels, and jumping up to welcome the visitors who dropped by. The natural light was indeed a bonus so I pulled out my "peels" ( you can read about this quilt HERE)  and started to sew.

In no time at all, I had finished 6 of the 8 rows that I need for the quilt. I'll work on the final two rows this weekend and then sew the columns of "leaves" to green stems. I figure the quilt will be a good size to cuddle in come the spring!

Do you recognise the quilt on the bed underneath the peels? It is my Cake Mix Celebration quilt. 

We have a bed in the shop that is used to display quilts on. When people are interested in a quilt, if it is on a wall or quilt stand, we spread it on the bed so that they'll see how it looks. We change the bed often-either the quilt sells or we rearrange the quilts in the shop so that our repeat customers will see something different every time they visit. Yesterday I welcomed quilters from Ontario and PEI...there is always so much to be shared with fellow quilters!

This week I also finished all the machine applique on Country Homecoming. My last picture looked so faded in the sunlight, so I took another picture, this time in the kitchen. It is all ready to go to the longarmer next week. Flannels and homespuns always makes my heart soar!

Thanks so much for coming by today. It's a great day for quilting!