Threads in Hand Club, Freebie 15, Grace, Sheets Set (entry 9)

So I’ve been working on a BOM by Lynette Anderson http://lynetteandersondesigns.typepad.com/

here’s a picture of one block that has the embroidery stitching completed and the triangles around the perimeter (which I changed from the original pattern) I still have to complete the applique for the homes.
This 2nd image is the center of the alternating blocks with solids, 9 patches (52) and these cute little heart with swirl center blocks (13) almost finished just need to stitch the hearts in place.
One of the girls in this club said that one block took her approx 10+ hours to complete…some of them I believe that!:-)
The Freebie 15 project – for those of you who don’t know what this is it’s a Block of the Month (BOM) this is given out by the stores as long as you get your block completed each month the next month is free!! It’s a kind of mystery quilt project as you don’t know what it will look like until it’s done. see a few of the blocks from this challenge that I have completed thus far. This is through TraditionalPastimes.com
I did finally get to give my niece her quilt – the quilt for Grace and she was so happy as well as the rest of the family – overwhelming response which was awesome!!
These aren’t that great as they were taken with an iphone but my SIL Colleen will be sending me the better ones – thanks in advance Colleen!!
Here’s some pics of the quilt setup on her bed what a perfect match – Auntie’s just know 🙂
I’ve also spruced up our sheets and pillow cases for our holiday trailer – I just thought that they should be a little more fun and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out here’s the pics:
First pic is the bow on the top band of sheets with bow ties.

Second Pic is the ties to close the pillow cases after the pillow goes in them
Third one is showing the complete set.
I think that’s all for today…
Happy Sewing…Quilting…and Crafting
For the next entry I have designed a laptop bag for my mac as well as working on a design for my ipod so I can strap it to me when I’m jogging in the mornings…I’ve also started covering my old cookie tins with fabrics for my sewing room shelves and to store fabric stashes in.

 

Monthly Chenille & Grace’s Quilt (entry 8)

I know it’s been forever since my last post (18 months to be exact) but I’m back to posting and will try to commit to once every 2 weeks. Also, I’ve recently sold my business and in the process of starting another one – online quilt store (stay tuned) pastimesonline.ca – for quilters, sewers, and for people who want to add to their stash and collectables.

During the last year or so I’ve worked on a barrage of quilts from a star/fan applique which was a combination of machine, and applique work – it whipped up so quickly I was surprised. I started it at a retreat with my Lakeside Guild in Chestermere and I finished the top just a few months later…it’s pinned and waiting for quilting which I will hopefully get to shortly. People in my guild were unsure about the colours I chose until I put it together and I’m so happy with it – pictures to come.

I also got into embroidery and chenille (thanks to my Mum!) I love both of these techniques. The first chenille quilt I worked on with a combination of embroidery turned out so cute. I still have to put a label on it but it’s pretty much finished. I laid out the embroidery blocks in different directions so you can see it from all angles. I do like the black and cream colours of this quilt – very traditional and antique looking. This quilt I designed called Monthly Embroidery.
The second chenille quilt I started was inspired by a friend of mine name Diane P she saw that I liked to do the embroidery so she gave me some embroidery patterns of cats – it’s hilarious. Once I saw these I knew they would be great for my niece (which she is getting next week for her birthday). I finished the embroidery blocks in a couple of months and decided to make & chenille the blocks (in a collection of pinks, blues, browns) at another retreat during Mother’s Day weekend and I pretty much had the whole top of the quilt completed at the retreat.
I also do the chenille technique the same way my mom does it – painstakingly *smile* but I prefer it this way as you can pick your colours, directions, sizes etc. I also used the rest of the fabric to do a scrappy back…then as a final touch I created Yo-Yo’s and spelled out her first name. Again, I still have to complete the label but it’s definitely close to being completed. I designed this layout and quilt with the help from Jeff’s (dh) Auntie Karen – who is the one I’m forever grateful to for getting me into quilting. This quilt I designed.
Thanks for reading my blog…there will be more to come. Please leave any feedback or comments, questions, etc when you have a chance.

 

Cotton Theory Quilting (entry 7)

I’ve been working up a storm at the office and in my quilt room, I’ve been trying to bring sales in and keep a balanced life – sounds hard – well it definitely keeps me going – I love to be busy almost all of the time.

I took a class a couple of weeks ago on circle quilting using the freezer paper method – very enjoyable now my lap sized quilt is going to be more like double by the time I’m finished. Maybe I will donate to charity or sell it at the craft sale.

I’m also working on a cotton theory quilt – I will post pictures when I have my camera handy but here’s some information about this style of quilting – which I love by the way.


The weather has been cold -20 or so but I love the snow and I love the winter when it’s cool and fresh out. I on the other hand do not like to drive when the roads are bad but so far no problems *smile*

I have also discovered a new quilting podcast called withinaquarterinch – Alison Rosen is the speaker – it’s her podcast – she’s a mother of two and is a full time accountant and really enjoys crafting and finds the time…

Apron (entry 6)

I always get Christmas aprons as gifts and enjoy wearing something festive during the holidays but it only lasts for a few weeks so I thought I would make myself something fun that will last
throughout the year…

Label Ideas (entry 3)

Here’s a Collection of my quilt labels…

This first one if from my favourite paper piecing project called Sunshine Beauty – from Valorie Wells collection book.

This second one is called Soups On this one was made for my Auntie Maureen and her business Souptacular Soups.

This Third one is from a blended class I took and I called this one Blends

This one is called Scraps as I used all of the scraps I had. I created a legend as to what the fabric was initially used for – this was my first large quilt, piced and quilted in the ditch by me.

This was for the Going the Wong Way guild I pieced while I was away at a retreat this was a very fun flying geese project.

These next two are showing the labels for my nephews quits I made last christmas. These were made our of fabric my sister bought many years ago… One for Liam (Moose) and one for Parker (Bear)


This is the quilt that is on our bed, I love this quit – It’s a lone star…was a class I took. I called it Star of the Show