Friday, September 23, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Home Machine Quilted Category

Amy at Amy's Creative Side is once again hosting Blogger's Quilt Festival.  It's a great opportunity for bloggers to share their work and to be inspired by others.



I am going to enter the Home Machine Quilted Category (for quilts that have been quilted on a domestic machine).  Ocean Sky is a pattern created by Brianna @ The Iron and Needle.  


You read about my journey here.

All the fabrics were in my stash.  I love how well blue and green play together.


I felt this quilt needed some special quilting and not just an all-around motif.  But...I am not very good with free motion quilting on my Singer, and she does not like it very much.  However,  Sandra @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon gave me some suggestions, and I tried some new things.

There are many times when I've wished for a fancy, electronic quilting sewing machine, but in all honesty, I love my little Singer.  She's sturdy (aka heavy), and she's never let me down.


I think the wishbone motif is my favourite.  I need to try it again.



I encourage you to head over to Blogger's Quilt Festival to see all the wonderful quilts and to vote.


Blogger's Quilt Festival - Large Quilt Category

Amy at Amy's Creative Side is once again hosting Blogger's Quilt Festival.  It's a great opportunity for bloggers to share their work and to be inspired by others.



I am going to enter my Gravity quilt in the Large Quilt Category (for quilts measuring 241 inches or more all around).  Measuring approximately 388 inches, she's the biggest quilt I've ever made.  It was a great way to end 2015.

I made Gravity by following a QAL hosted by Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts.  You can read about my journey of making Gravity here.


I tried a new quilting motif.  My curves are not perfect, but I'm pleased with how it turned out.


Gravity makes me happy and lives on my bed.


I made matching pillows:



I encourage you to head over to Blogger's Quilt Festival to see all the wonderful quilts and to vote.



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

WIP Wednesday - #100Blocks#100Days

I'm playing along with #100Blocks100Days hosted by Angie @ Gnome Angel on Instagram.  You can get the details here.  We are making all 100 of the 6.5-inch blocks in Tula Pink's book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.

You can follow my progress on Instagram @AnjaQuilts.

We are a little more than halfway through the 100 blocks, having completed 35 blocks.  I'm getting a little stressed with all the 1-inch and 1.5-inch pieces.  Where are the bigger pieces?????



















I didn't (and still don't) have a plan with respect to colour scheme -- I'm just working my way through my scraps.  I will likely have to put sashing between the blocks when I'm finished as I have quite the mish mash of colours and prints.


Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication


Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Finish For Me

Another finish for my Finish Along 2016 Q3 goals.  I've got two more weeks to finish the sixth and final project.  I need to make a decision on the quilting and get moving.

This is a great tutorial by Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal.  I'm going to keep this, but you probably already guessed that from all the orange (and yes, the backing is orange).  It's hard to capture the true colours, but that's Kona Pear and Kumquat.


I attempted to free motion quilt pinwheels in all the orange squares.  They definitely did not turn out how I envisioned.  Definitely need more practice.




We have had little rain this summer, so the poor grass is suffering greatly, which doesn't make for great photos.


Will you be spending the weekend quilting?  Unfortunately, I won't have time.  I have a 5K sunset race tonight and then a 5K sunrise race in the morning.  And then off to an all-day Girl Guide training.  I predict a nap in my future for Sunday.


Linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 



                   Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts




Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Meadow Mystery QAL

Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs is hosting another mystery QAL -- Meadow Mystery.  It's not too late to join in on the fun.  We've only just begun piecing.





The first piecing steps were HST's and four blocks.  I love that how Cheryl has broken down the sewing into manageable monthly steps.  It definitely keeps you in suspense as to the final design.


I thought I'd play around and lay out the blocks in various designs.


This reminds me of the CBC logo.


This is different, but interesting.


Now to wait for October's instructions.

You can follow my progress here:

Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication


Monday, September 12, 2016

2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop

Through my participation in the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop that was hosted by Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter, Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs, and Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl, I had the opportunity to create a 12.5 inch block design.  Cloud9 generously sponsored this blog hop featuring their Organic Cirrus Solids.  All participants received a fat quarter of five solids.


Here is the block I designed.


The design was based on this floor tile I found online.


To make one block, you need:

** If you are not using a flying geese ruler, here are two tutorials to make flying geese units:   Traditional Flying Geese Method and No Waste Flying Geese Method.


Cut the two teal squares in half diagonally to get four triangles.  Make a square-in-square block using the grey square.  Centre a teal triangle on each side of the grey square.  I like to fold and crease both the square and triangles in half so you can accurately match each piece.


Sew triangles on two opposite sides and press before adding triangles to the other two sides.


Your block should measure 4 3/4 inches.  Cut the two pink 4-inch squares in half diagonally to get four triangles.  Repeat the steps above to add all four pink triangles to each side of the block.


Your block now measures 6.5 inches.


Now make four flying geese units.  If you are using a flying geese ruler, follow the rulers's instructions to cut the triangles and side triangles.  Sew the two side purple triangles to the larger pink triangle.  Or follow these tutorials:  Traditional Flying Geese Method (you need a 3.5 x 6.5 inch pink rectangle and two 3.5-inch purple squares) and No Waste Flying Geese Method.  Make four 3.5 x 6.5 inch flying geese units (to finish at 3 x 6 inches).


Add a flying geese unit to both sides of the square-in-square block.


Add a purple square to both ends of the two remaining flying geese units.


Add those units to the top and bottom of the block.


There wasn't enough fabric to make four blocks, but you can see the star pattern that forms when the blocks are joined together.


All the blocks made will be sewn into quilts to be donated to charity.

The following blogs are showcasing new block designs today.

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Abigail @Cut & Alter
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate


** Voting is now open for the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild Paint Chip Challenge.  My paper pieced project is #16.  Stop by to see all the wonderful creations and to vote for your favourite project (which I hope is mine).  Voting is open until September 24.


Friday, September 9, 2016

TGIFF - Paint Chip Challenge

My guild, Maritime Modern Quilt Guild, hosted a paint chip challenge for members.  In the spring, we drew a colour from three paper bags:  light, medium, and dark.  The challenge was to make something using only those three colours; however, we could add white and/or black.

Luck was on my side, and my three colours played well together.



I decided to work with solids, and the closest Kona colours were:  Niagara, Meringue, and School Bus.

As usual, I procrastinated until the last minute.  I changed my mind far too many times as what to make.  I finally made a decision, but this past Sunday, I still hadn't started and was doubting my choice.

So I did something wild and crazy.  I chose a paper pieced pattern.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I, who does not like paper piecing, decided that was the way to go.  I went with a Violet Craft pattern.  You can find the pattern Forest Abstractions: Wild Carrot here.


I outlined the flower and stem and then stippled the background.


The pattern finishes 8 x 18 inches, but I added side borders to make it 13 x 18 inches.


Early next week, there will be online voting on our guild blog.  I'll provide the link when it's available so you can see all the wonderful creations that were unveiled last night.

** Voting is now open for the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild Paint Chip Challenge.  My paper pieced project is #16.  Stop by to see all the wonderful creations and to vote for your favourite project (which I hope is mine ).  Voting is open until September 24.


Linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Quilt Matters
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 



                   Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Snowflake Shimmer Update

The Snowflake Shimmer QAL hosted by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl is moving along quickly.

Here is my finished quilt top.


A closeup of the centre block.  I'm so glad I went with orange...this makes me happy.


I think I'm going to quilt with FMQ stars, but not sure what colour thread to use.


You can read about my progress here:





Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication