Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Commissioned Quilt

It's been a busy spring as I have been working on three commissioned quilts.  Unfortunately, I have been working on all three at the same time, and they had specific (and not possible to change) deadlines.  Two quilts have been shipped to Manitoba and are currently making the journey to their final destination in South Africa.  Once they are received, I'll be able to share next week.

I'm currently working on the third and final quilt, which must be completed by July 10.  The colours were chosen to match a family tartan -- I can't share any more as the quilt will be a gift, and I don't know who may be reading this.

I used three Kona:  Juniper, Curry, and Grellow.  Here is the star block.

9.25 inches square

This is the log cabin block.  I need to make another batch of these before I can begin piecing.

9.25 inches square

Thanks to Dena @ No Frickin' Blog Yet who helped with the math.  My customer found a pattern online, but there was not a pattern available for sale.  So I had to do a lot of math to figure out the log cabin and star blocks to give a similar effect and meet the requested quilt dimensions.  The blocks finish at a non-standard size, so Dena's math expertise was greatly appreciated.  This is the quilt which was found here.

Linking up with:

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

Friday, June 16, 2017

TGIFF - A Finish, A Winner, and Voting

I realized this week that I neglected to announce the winner of my giveaway.  My apologies.  The winner of a copy the Star Blossom pattern by Tish @ Tish's Adventures in Wonderland and Dave @ Dave the Quilt Engineer is.....Heather J.  Congratulations!!

I have a small finish to show this week.  My quilt guild, Maritime Modern Quilt Guild, hosted a challenge to create something using words.  I made a wall hanging which reflects my involvement in Girl Guides.

The words printed in the two sides are from the song "On My Honour" -- which makes me cry every time I sing it.

On My Honour

On my honour I will try
There's a duty to be done, and I say "aye",
There's a reason here, for a reason above
My honour is to try, and my duty is to love

We've got a promise to always keep
We will sing "Day is Done" before we sleep
We are Girl Guides together, and when we're gone
We'll still be a-trying and a-singing this song...

Here's a link to the lyrics of the song.

I appliqued the symbols:  I [If you're a Girl Guide, pretend that's a proper Trefoil symbol. ☺]

I've always wanted to print on fabric using my printer.  My original plan was to print the entire chorus in all four borders, but printer got the better of me.  I'm impressed with my first attempt, but there is a lot to learn about the finer points of feeding fabric through the printer.

So I managed to get the two key lines:  My honour is to try, and My duty is to love.

The binding is made from an old Girl Guide leader uniform shirt.

The guild is holding an online vote to determine the winner of the challenge.  If you want to participate in the voting and choose your your favourite piece (pick me, pick me ☺), click here to vote.

If you have a finish this week, consider linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Cut and Alter
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 

Friday, June 9, 2017

TGIFF - Quarter Round Pillow

Welcome to Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday being hosted here in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

My apologies for the late posting.  As a result, the link up will stay open until midnight Sunday.

If you are new to my blog, welcome.  I hope you take a few minutes to look around to see some of my recent creations.  I do hope you'll stop by again in the future.  And welcome to my regular followers.

I finished my Quarter Round blocks that I showcased here.  The pattern is by Krista @ Poppyprint.

I used four 10.5-inch blocks to make a 20-inch pillow (which I have already gifted).

I used a home decor fabric for the back, with a hidden zipper.  I use this tutorial for installing the zipper.

Unfortunately, you lose the illusion of the circle once you add the pillow form.  I would make this block again, but not to make a pillow.

If you have a finish this week, make sure you link up here:

Also consider linking up your finish with:

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 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 

Friday, June 2, 2017

A Finish and a Giveaway

You may recall seeing the beginnings of this quilt here back in March.  I had the opportunity to test a pattern for Tish @ Tish's Adventures in Wonderland and Dave @ Dave the Quilt Engineer

Today is pattern release day, and here is my baby version of the Star Blossom pattern.  Make sure you visit Tish to see other versions of the pattern.  Each pattern tester is hosting a giveaway for a free copy of the pattern.

This top has been finished for a month, but I couldn't decide on a quilting pattern.  Because I work well under pressure of a tight deadline and wanting to be part of the pattern release today, I did a quick all-over stipple in white thread for a quick finish.

The PDF pattern is available for sale for $10 in Tish's Craftsy Shop.  However, to celebrate the pattern release, she is offering the pattern for $8 until Sunday, June 11.  This is a great pattern, with lots of directions and photos.

Giveaway - I have no plans for summer vacation 😢 and won't be making my annual shopping trip to the USA this fall.  For a chance to win a copy of the Star Blossom pattern, tell me about your summer vacation plans.  The contest is open internationally until midnight Monday, June 5, 2017.

If you have a finish this week, consider 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
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation