Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Table Toppers

For the last couple of weeks, I've played with my blue and cream Blue Sky quilt borders and started and finished a few table runners. 

With Blue Sky, the blue and creams are so soothing to work with and I have decided to play with the blocks in between other projects.  I'm just taking my time, cutting strips, making pairs, sewing 3 pairs in a row, and sewing these units together that will result in a checkerboard-style border to add to my Blue Sky quilt top.  I've got a good start, but have lots more units to make. When I put them all together, sure looks like a little quilt, but I plan to keep the borders 3 units wide, like the bottom right unit in the picture.



Once I was "on a roll", I put these away for a bit and pulled out a jelly roll that was collecting dust in my closet, Soho Calico Blues by Benartex.  I used a pattern called "Tango" from The Trendy Table by Heather Peterson of Anka's Treasures. The pattern is all about using strip sets, so out came my Hex 'n More ruler to make my 60 degree triangles.


In no time at all, my table runner went from start to finish and onto the table for a pic. 


But of course, table runners are like chips...I can't eat, or make(!) just one! So out came Linda's Arrows pattern designed by my friend Linda who blogs at Scrapmaster. Visit my previous blog to read all about her visit to our guild last month HERE

These little paper pieced arrows were very addictive...


and the runner was a perfect project to use with some bright fabrics from my stash and some low volume prints for the scrappy backgrounds.


I changed the pattern a tad to add a border using one of the yummy fat quarters I ordered recently from Patch. I quilted it primarily with straight line stitching with some FMQ triangles/arrows in the borders and Ta Da! 


Once these runners were finished, I decided to go searching in my sewing closet and, sure enough, I found a batch of pinwheel blocks left over from another project. I only had to sew 3 more pinwheels together to have enough for another table topper.


I went through my batch of fabrics that arrived recently in my May Fat Quarter subscription from Dinkydoo Fabrics and found a border fabric that I loved!


I decided to keep the quilting at a minimum with all those pieces, doing some diagonal stitching.


So now you have an idea what I've been busy with. I do love to do some small projects once in awhile, and these table toppers fit the bill. What's next? Who knows? It's a great day for quilting! 


Monday, May 8, 2017

Clothesline Days and AGM

What a treat to be able to hang quilts on the line again! For most of the winter, I didn't have a path through the snow on the deck, so these days, thankfully no path is needed. However, with all the rain we're now getting, it seems to be a challenge to find a dry day!

Do you remember I made a blue house quilt last year? Well, it didn't put much of a dent in my blue stash, so I decided to embrace blue once again. I found a free pattern HERE by Laundry Basket Quilts using Edyta's new Blue Sky collection and started cutting. The quilt uses 10" squares so it sure came together quickly with the large HSTs. 



The quilt top measures 72" x 72" but I want to make it larger, so plan to add a 3" blue border, followed by a 6" pieced border of 9-patches made with the rest of my blues and creams. The final result should be a quilt about 90" x 90".  Wish me luck!

On another nice day, I hung my embroidered log cabin quilt. 

It is the second quilt I made using The Cottage Year pattern designed by Kathy Schmitz. I changed it up a bit, still using the log cabin idea but making the frames larger. I machine quilted a cross hatch design for the embroidered blocks and used a grid pattern for the rest. It finishes at 42" x 56".



Because of all the rain, I had to bring some sunshine into the house so I made a little table topper using some leftover pinwheel blocks. 




The fabric is from Pam Buda's first line of fabrics, Heart of the Prairie. The fabric was left over from making the quilt Stillwater Creek which was one of the projects we did on the Alaskan Quilting Cruise all those years ago with Pam and Lynn Hagemeir as the instructors. I had 10 pinwheel blocks sitting in my closet so it was a pretty easy finish. I used my FMQ foot and made a variation of pea pods in each pinwheel, but without the peas, and then played a bit in the borders. 

A highlight for me last weekend was welcoming Halifax resident, quilt friend and blogger, Linda from Scrapmaster, as a special guest for the 17th Annual AGM of the Ocean Waves Quilt Society, held in my home town, Port Hawkesbury, and hosted by our quilt group, the Tea Thyme Quilters.  You may recall that Linda is 1/4 of the Nova Scotia Quilt Bloggers Quartet that includes myself, Linda, Karen of KaHolly, and Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World. Linda was brought in to do a Free Motion Quilting workshop on Friday. She was amazing, as always, and such a confidence builder to the quilters in attendance. She showed us some wonderful projects and allowed for a "hands-on" kind of day! Thanks to Karen Roy for helping out too! Here is a peek at the day...




  




The AGM was a huge success with almost 90 quilters from across Cape Breton and some from across the Causeway coming to the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre on Saturday, April 29. Linda presented a fabulous show and tell to the membership which garnered lots of attention and lots of oohs and ahhs! 



I really enjoyed getting to spend time with Linda and her Halifax quilter/helper, Karen Chase. Karen and Linda have collaborated on designing several patterns through "Sugarfree Quilted Designs". Some of their patterns are available HERE. They have recently produced new patterns that I bought on the weekend and can't wait to dive into! If you are interested in ordering either or both, just email me or leave a comment and I will send along their contact info. 

It's a great day for quilting!