Wednesday, December 7, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Modern HST Sampler QAL

I'm caught up!!  A couple of nights of assembly line production, and I'm up to date with my Modern HST Sampler blocks.  Just one more block to go.

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts has been hosting all year long.  You can find all the tutorials here.




#19 - Perspective

#20 - Confetti

#21 - Diamond Twirl

#22 - Shattered

#23 - Bejewelled

I need to start thinking about possible layouts and a quilting plan.

Stop back on Friday when I'm hosting Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday.  I'm looking forward to seeing all your finishes.


Linking up with:

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



Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Finish - Just the Basics QAL

This is a finish I forgot to blog about.  The post has been sitting in the Draft folder.  It was difficult to find the right lighting to get some good photos, and then I totally forgot.  Oops.

I played along with the Just the Basics QAL hosted by Leanne @ Devoted Quilter.

You can read more about my quilt here.


The low-volume print doesn't actually read as white.  I find it a bit busy.


Because there was a lot going on, I decided to do a simple loop FMQ in white thread.  The quilting doesn't show up very well, but it does have texture.


This quilt will go in my stash until I find it's permanent home.



Linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Devoted Quilter
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, November 23, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Meadow Mystery Update

I finished the November instructions before the end of the month.  Woo hoo!!  There's still time to play along with the Meadow Mystery Quilt Along hosted by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs.


Although I finished October's instructions in October, I didn't actually trim the blocks until this week.


We made four different hourglass blocks.


November was flying geese and square-in-square blocks.


December's instructions will be released next week.  I can't wait to see what's next and to see if I made the right choice with my fabric selections.


Linking up with:

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



Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday Finish - Teaching is Fun!

You may recall that I mentioned back in September that I would be teaching a class at my LQS.  It was awesome!  We had a great time over the four weeks.  There was frustration, laughter, and joy, and in the end, there were finished quilts.

I made a quilt as well so I could demonstrate all the steps as we went along.


They learned about pieced backs because I didn't have enough fabric.  LOL


This is Jayne's baby quilt.  She finished everything in class except hand stitching the binding.  It's so bright and cheerful.


This is Lorraine's lap quilt.  She, too, finished everything except hand stitching the binding.  It's hard to tell from the photo, but two of the prints have purple in them, so we went bold with a purple binding.


Heather also made a lap quilt.  She did some extra homework, so she finished the binding during our last class.  The colours don't come through as rich as they truly are.  That's a beautiful orange print.


And Darlene just kept adding pluses until she ran out of fabric and then added a border.  It ended up being a double quilt.  Pretty impressive for her first quilt.  She only needs to hand stitch the binding.


And finally Kat, with a lap quilt.  Kat works at the LQS and had to work during our third class.  So she's not quite finished...just a bit more quilting and then the binding.


Kat used her leftover squares to piece the back.  It's a reversible quilt.



I enjoyed sharing my love of quilting.  We had good discussions and just had a great time.  I've been asked to teach two more classes in the winter session starting in January.  So I need to put together two classes and create supply lists before the middle of November.  Panic...but I'm excited!


Linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 




Thursday, November 3, 2016

Sunday...oops...Thursday Stash

Some new fabric found it's way into my stash, but sadly, it's not for me.  I'm organizing a work conference that will have delegates from all across Canada.  I thought everyone should receive a table favour, so I decided on zippered pouches made with Nova Scotia tartan.  They will be filled with pens, pencils, post-it notes, and highlighters -- necessities for any conference.


The blue and white in the tartan stand for the Atlantic Ocean and the whitecaps of the surf.  The light green represents Nova Scotia's deciduous forests, while the dark green represents the coniferous.  Red stands for the Lion Rampant prominently displayed on the Provincial Coat of Arms.  Last, the gold represents Nova Scotia's historic Royal Charter of 1621, and the subsequent Grant of Arms in 1625.

I used my go-to tutorial -- Open Wide Zippered Pouch by Noodlehead.


I made a test pouch to make sure I liked the colours.  I love the yellow lining, but I've decided to use the bright blue zipper and blue thread.



It's been a long time, but linking up with Sunday Stash hosted by Molli Sparkles.




And linking up my zippered pouch with Elm Street Quilts for Bag It 2016.




Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Modern HST Sampler - Q3 Blocks

I've been keeping up (more or less) with the QAL hosted by Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts -- Modern HST Sampler quilt along.  I need to make Blocks #19 and #20.  And then just four more blocks to be revealed (one every two weeks).

You can read about my previous blocks:

Here are Blocks #13 to #18.


#13 Turnstile

#14 Introspection

#15 Windmill

#16 Whirly-Gig

#17 Cross Angle

#18 Ribbon




Wednesday, October 26, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Bee Round Robin

Earlier this spring, my Bee decided to do a round robin project.  There are only five of us in the Bee, one of whom is Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge.

We each created a 8-inch square centre.  There were no rules other than the maximum border you could add was 4 inches.  The plan was to exchange on a monthly basis, but we had to delay a few times due to scheduling problems.

This was a blind round robin, so once we submitted our box, we didn't see our project again until the reveal last week.

So I had to be difficult one, and my centre was about 10 x 12 inches.  And definitely not a square.  Good thing my Bee mates like me.  LOL



Mine finishes about 33 inches.  And I love it!  I thought the hard part was figuring out what to add as I received each project.  I was wrong...I have no clue on how to quilt mine or what colour thread to use.



This is Jenn's project.  She started with the blue wonky star.  Next added was the green border.  I added the yellow stars.  Then some colourful wonky triangles were added.  And finally some more wonky triangles for the outer border.



This is Nancy's project.  Jenn added the first white border with paper pieced bat and cat.  Ann added the black border with spider web.  Karel got creative and added the orange border with 3D witch hat and witch legs, and I finished off with the green border.



This is Ann's project.  Nancy added the yellow border with paper pieced flower corners.  That creative Karel added the 3D wavy border.  I felt there was a lot going on, and on the advice of Dena @ No Frickin' Blog Yet, I added the simple pink and green border -- trying to pull out the pink and green from the earlier paper pieced flowers.  And then the black border to tie it all together.



This is Karel's project.  I extended her HST centre to create some wonky arrows.  Someone added the matching triangles, followed by the green and purple border.  And then the final border with corner accents.



Both Nancy's and my projects were the same size, and the others were only several inches smaller.  It was a fun project, and I liked that we didn't get to see our projects until they were finished.  Now we need to think of another project we can work on in the new year.  Let me know if you have any suggestions.


Linking up with:

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


Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Finish - 2016 Crayon Challenge

A small finish this week.  I signed up for my first Instagram swap hosted by @thecraftyfatty.  Everyone received a postcard with three crayon colours, and you were only allowed to use those three colours.

Here are the my colours:


The closest match to Kona colours were:  Breakers, Iced Peach, and Turquoise.

I decided to use Violet Craft pattern that I used here.  You can find the pattern Forest Abstractions: Wild Carrot here.


The challenge called for a mini, so this finishes about 8 x 18 inches.


I'm on Instagram as @AnjaQuilts.


Linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
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, October 19, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Stash Bee Blocks

This year, I joined Stash Bee 2016.  If you're interested, you can sign up for Stash Bee 2017 starting November 1.

I was Queen Bee for September and requested an HST block using white, grey, black, and one orange.  I used the following Kona colours in the block I made:  Iron, Coal, Silver, Pepper, White, Charcoal, Shadow, and Tangerine.


Here is a close up of six of the blocks.  Great shades of orange.  Thanks to all my hive mates.


One hive mate sent me two blocks, and I'm waiting on two more blocks to arrive in the mail.  On the advice of Dena @ No Frickin' Blog Yet, I think I'm going to make another four blocks so it ends up being square.

This is probably not the final layout, but I just love it!!  I'm going to leave it on my design wall so I can look at it every day.


Time to start making more blocks.  I'm excited to get this top all pieced together.

I hope you're all working on something fun this week.


Linking up with:

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