Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Triple Barnstar Quilt

I love to find a bargain, especially for a quilt I love, so it was a treat when when I discovered the Triple Barnstar workshop/kit at Craftsy.com. The quilt is designed by Amy Gibson and features Joel Dewberry's Birch Farm fabrics. The workshop/kit is still on sale at Craftsy for $60 off. I love aquas and teals and to see them matched up with chartreuse and brown, accented with a little blue and some brilliant whites, just makes my heart sing! 

Amy's workshop instructions arrived through a downloadablePDF file, while the fabrics followed very quickly through the postal system. By visiting the Craftsy workshop, I was able to read lots of comments and see several pictures of the quilts finished by the workshop participants. All the quilts look similar, but all are a little different depending on how the quilter used the fabrics. 

The quilt was very easy to put together with the large block format and in a manner of a few days, I had the top done and hanging on the line.

Amy's quilt finishes at 73" x 73", but I decided to add a 5" border to take the quilt to a larger size, approxiumately 83" x 83".  In a perfect world, I would have put the blocks on a design wall and played around with the layout, but in my sewing world, I have no design wall and very little sewing space. To compensate, instead of sewing row by row as Amy suggests, I put the quilt together in sections, starting with the centre block.

The next step was to sew the blocks together and stack them up, ready for use. You can see how easy they were to piece. The blocks are arranged for the camera, not necessarily in the way they were placed in the quilt, but it allows you to see the type of blocks that were made and a close up of some of the fabrics.

I really enjoyed these corners! 

Once the blocks were made, it was a matter of helping the quilt grow from two stars...

to three. I see the leaves in the background and on the ground match the chartreuse very well! 

There was so much extra fabric in the kit that I still have plenty to make a pieced border for my Triple Barnstar quilt and there is still enough left for another smaller quilt. Thanks to Amy and Craftsy, this was one project that I didn't put on the back burner. When the fabric arrived, I started cutting and I am so glad I did.  

It's a great day for quilting!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Introducing Thoroughly Modern Linda

On Friday, I stopped in to the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival in Amherst on the way home from my overnight trip to New Brunswick. What a treat! My very talented friend Linda, who blogs at Scrapmaster, met me at the door of the Amherst Town Hall where she was "working the booth" of the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild's first ever display. 

Her welcoming smile and her obvious love of all quilts modern was so contagious. For a small but quickly growing group of quilters who have been together a little less than a year, the MMQG had put together an absolutely awesome display. The quilts of all sizes were colourful, creative, thought provoking, stunning, and so thoroughly modern. Here is a quick peek at some of the quilty items...

Thanks, Linda, for your helpful tour of the MMQG display. Visit the MMQG blog by clicking HERE where you can find out more about the group and get information on membership. You can access their Facebook page HERE. Linda herself is the Social Media Coordinator for the guild and does a great job of keeping its members and the quilting public very much informed. Although my quilting tends to stay on the traditional side, I have managed to stray from time to time into the modern quilting movement. On an aside, I am thrilled to be attending a one-day FMQ workshop being put on by Linda on October 27 at It's Sew Time in Elmsdale. Hope she can teach an old dog some new tricks!

While at the Festival, I also enjoyed visiting the Cumberland Quilt Guid's show at the church. It was fairly dark in the church so I was only able to get a few pics.

Afterwards, I strolled along the street in anticipation of seeing some more beauties!  They were the stunning quilted creations of Karen Neary, Amherst native and award-winning quilter and pattern designer. Her phenomenal quilts were on display at Mrs. Pugsley's Quilt Emporium, a quilt shop filled to the rafters with glorious fabrics and every notion ever made! 

One word about Karen Neary's quilts...unbelievable! I didn't get any pictures, but if you visit Karen's website HERE and her blog at Sew-Karenly HERE, you'll see some of her amazing work.
Her recent post, Quilting Connections HERE, has some wonderful pictures of the beautiful quilt that she made for use as a fundraiser for the festival. Just makes you want to smile! 

Karen is in the midst of releasing her latest book, "Quilting Beauties". Signed copies of her book will soon be available from her web site so please check it out. 

I've been pretty busy in my sewing corner but pictures will have to wait for another day as this post is getting a little too lengthy!

It's a great day for quilting!

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!