Saturday, March 26, 2016

Yet Another Flannel Quilt

Happy Easter! Hope you are enjoying this time of celebration with family and friends, and if your company happens to sleep in, maybe you'll get a chance to play in your sewing room, just saying...

We seem to be having a prolonged winter here in Cape Breton, so I decided to play with some flannel again while the air is still cool. Once more, I used some leftovers to create my new quilt.  When I was making my Flower Patch Flannel quilt awhile back HERE, the stars were made with a flip and stitch method for the flying geese units resulting in left over triangles.  Of course, I sewed these leftovers together to make some HSTs and put them away in my sewing closet for another day. Pat Sloan has a great tutorial on how to make them HERE. Anyway, long story short, I took out my HSTs, squared them to the size I wanted, and sewed them together into pinwheel units.

Them I sewed the units into 10 blocks! 

I have to tell you right away that the colours in my pictures are very "off". Most of the fabrics are from Bonnie Sullivan's Woolie Flannels, so have a peek here at this video if you want to see the beauty of the "real" colours HERE.

Once the pinwheel blocks were made, I fussy cut the flowers and framed them with a variety of leftover fabrics.

Then I started to play around with the blocks to see what I could come up with.

I decided to make a variation of a row quilt, with the pinwheel rows on the top and bottom, and the scrappy framed flowers in between.

The last step was to sew the borders on and Ta Da! 

The quilt finishes at 45"x 60". I have the backing to piece and then I'll machine quilt it and hang it on the line for a picture. Until then, it's a great day for quilting! 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Mini Churn Dash

One of my favorite things to do is to make a quilt using leftovers from another. When I made my Quilt of Valour maple leaf blocks awhile back, I had a whole bunch of HST blocks left over. I decided to trim them down to 2" and put them together with my red and cream scraps to make a mini! Here she is, Mini Churn Dash!

She is 23" x 28" and definitely too small to be a cuddle quilt, but I do think she'll work as a table topper or a wall hanging! She's too small to hang out on the clothesline for one of my windy pics, so I had to settle for the woodpile.

The deck is looking very weary from the winter, but the mini brightened it up!

This is what the deck looked like earlier in the week when I finished the flimsy.

I loved the way the quilt top looks beside the melting snow...

Although the deck is almost clear of snow now, there are still a few white patches in the background. Unfortunately, I hear a rumor that a snow storm is on the horizon for early next week. 

I used a cross-hatch to quilt it. I often use this when making traditional quilts.

Nice to have a finish, even a small one! Thanks for coming by. It's a great day for quilting!

Saturday, March 12, 2016


Can you think of a better name for a flannel quilt than "Hugs"? When I was sewing on the binding of this one, all I could think about was cuddles and comfort, exactly what you get from a heartfelt hug, so I present to you, "Hugs".

You saw the beginnings of this quilt on Feb. 27 HERE. Earlier this week, when I was between projects, I decided to make this a finish. I always google quilts similar to mine to get some ideas on how to quilt it before I start my stitching and after being inspired, decided to do a double grid checkerboard pattern combined with diagonal quilting lines.

Here is a look at the back.

The quilt is so cuddly!

I figured that with such a scrappy quilt, it would be a good idea to make a scrappy binding.  I sewed leftover strips of the different fabrics together in no particular order, using 6" and 8" strips. I made the binding 2 1/4" wide, machine stitched it in place on the front, and hand sewed it down to the back.

I can honestly say I have now made a small dent in my flannel stash! The sun came out yesterday afternoon, after a morning of light snow flurries, so off I went to the deck for a photo session.

I couldn't resist laying the quilt over our deck furniture. A little too chilly yet to open up that swing!

Of course, the wind came up as I was hanging the quilt.

After its flight on the clothesline, I put it to rest.

What am I working on today? Scrappy 5" churn dash blocks. I had some extra 2" HST blocks left over from another project so I decided to put them to good use for a mini-quilt.

Thanks for dropping by to visit. It's a great day for quilting!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Four Patch Stars

We are having a March storm today, so a perfect day to stay inside and play in my sewing room. I have a little more space in there since I finished putting together my latest quilt, "Four Patch Stars".

This picture was taken last week, when the snow had melted. I love Jenny Doan's tutorials from the Missouri Star Quilt Company so I started looking through them for the perfect way to use a layer cake.  The Four-Patch Stars was just what I was looking for HERE. I had purchased the 10" squares of Petite Prints by French General with some yardage from Darlene at A Needle Pulling Thread. The fabric has been hiding since last spring so it was time for it to see the light of day. The colours are very muted, almost vintage, and the reds, browns, and creams were just what I needed for a "gentle" quilt. It is a pretty large quilt for me, finishing at 76" x 92" so this one will be travelling to Sydney to be quilted by Ange of Quilting on the Mira.

The hardest part for me when making this top was to choose the inner border. I looked at three choices and went with the last. When you are shopping from your stash, sometimes you just have to go with it!

I have the binding all made and ready to go when the top is quilted. I have a small collection of vintage spools that I used to have on display before I had an "aha" moment and realized I could make them useful!

Before I go I want to tell you about my latest gadget acquisition to make life easier for me because I have a wrist, arm, and shoulder that just tire too easily when cutting! I had purchased a Martelli rotary cutter a few years back and enjoyed it immensely, but either from misuse or overuse, it seemed to jam up on me after awhile. The company sent me a replacement spring but I hadn't tried it out when I saw another cutter that caught my eye. I had to have it...such a pretty blue!  

It is called the Truecut Rotary Cutter and you can even personalise the handle!

I do love my gadgets! If you are looking for a Nova Scotia source for the Truecut Rotary Cutter, I was talking to Beth at Mrs. Pugsley's Emporium in Amherst, NS  and she has an order coming in so give her a call if you're interested!

And that's it. Time to go sew! It's a great day for quilting!