Breanne’s Quilt (359)

I made this quilt a while ago but forgot to post about it – my friend Diane’s daughter Breanne is 10 weeks older then London…boy are these two munchkins so different…but adorable just the same.

So this chenielle quilt turned out pretty big at approx 50″ square, and so cozy comfy.

 

Here’s a close up of the chenielle

Breanne’s Quilt (278)

You know how much I love doing Chenielle, I even made a pattern for a scissor keeper using the chenille technique. For those of you who are new to my block – check out the tutorial I did on this technique. The quilt I did for Grace was using chenille also.
Here’s Breanne’s Quilt – super cute I’d say. It measures 50″ square so nice and big. She’s 5 months old now and recently her mom held my baby shower for Miss London. While we were there Dianne was mentioning she’d like a nice big quilt for Breanne that she can use in her crib and she really liked the chenille quilt I received from Debbie.
Here’s the two of them at London’s shower hanging out together – too cute! this is the quilt from Debbie.
Here’s the one I made for Breanne, so snuggly and warm…super easy.

WOW: Blog 200 Giveaway!!

Hi All, today is my 200th blog post – incredible. THANKS to all of you for following, commenting, letting me know I’ve inspired you even if it’s just a little…I love the followers and all of my club members, YOU give me the motivation to do more, post more and find things to inspire more:)

Hmm, I’m feeling like a giveaway…but what should it be? How about 3 FREE patterns…my patterns

Scissor Keeper – something super adorable to keep your scissors in, learn a chenille technique which is the best part!

Kites for Kids – baby in mind, friends, neice or nephew this is an adorable quilt with a kite theme, raw edge applique and scrappy borders, sew much fun.

Chenille Tote Bag – perfect to carry around your favourite block of the month projects in. Folded technique constructed by hand or by machine.

Okay now what should you do? Leave me a funny quilting story…mine goes like this:

When I attend a retreat I always bring sew many projects like I’m going to be gone for 6 months lol. I’m just afraid I’ll run out of something to do…Sew this one retreat, I was of course up super late sewing, visiting and laughing way too much…I was trying to get some squares marked with a diagonal line (simple enought, right) sew I could make half square triangles with them. Well I marked all 50 squares, yep 50 alright – but on the RIGHT side of the fabric instead of the wrong 🙂 too funny, we still laugh about this.

Until next time, inspire me and make me laugh with a good funny story

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Chenille Block Tutorial (entry 63)

Hi Ladies, thought I would share a quilting tutorial of one of my favourite techniques: Chenille. For those of you who have never tried this or who don’t know of it…enjoy.

1) Use contrasting fabrics to get a good effect. Mine are blue, beige, blue reversed, orange marble, beige b, stiff interfacing, dupioni silk with fuse right side face down as this is my lining. You don’t need the interfacing if you are using the chenille blocks in a quilt. I based this tutorial on my new Scissor Keeper pattern and kit (to come)

Line the edges of your fabrics up in a nice pile, mark “X” with choco-liner

Sew the cross lines then begin to sew the chenille lines using your foot as your width guide

finish each quadrant the same way

Once you are done sewing, cut in between each sewn line, in all sections in all quadrants. You will need the sharpest scissors you own as you will be cutting through the top 4 layers. Again, if you are doing these chenille blocks for a quilt you not use interfacing and you will cut through all top layers.

Rinse really well in cool water (if using silks) or warm water if using cottons, you want this to be completely soaked make sure you get every layer. Dry, you may want to add this to a load of clothes so there is some substance in the dryer to help the chenille process.

Here’s what it looks like once washed and dried – don’t you just love it!! It’s so warm and cozy 🙂

Have I got you inspired?

Here’s projects I’ve completed using this technique, some of you might have seen: 

for my niece who loves cats.

monthly embroidery project that I added the chenille too.

My newest pattern, Chenille Scissor Keeper with matching needle keeper

This set is for my Mum, which she loved!

for my SIL, and she loved this also…

Any questions, just email.

Christmas Goodies (entry 59)

Hi Ladies, this post is going back to Christmas because I have to share with you the quilty goodness stuff that I received for our family “home-made” Christmas.

Say “hi” to Joey from my in-laws

Chenille pot-holders from my Mum

this wasn’t from this Christmas but a few years ago from my Mum, cute hey?

Here’s my Inchie Quilt for the swap I did through quilting gallery, look at the beading.

here’s the cute bag my Inchie came in

a new Singer from my Sister Lisa, to add to my collection…I think that’s 6 antique sewing machines…

This is what my SIL made for Tig – what a nice Auntie  🙂

my SIL made this skinny-minnie quilt for me…and my BIL made the candle – sitting on the back of my toilet for the holidays – Love it!

how adorable is this? A thread spool holder complete with magnet for your needle from my Aunt in Law, Karen and Reg. It was in the same box as a beautiful collectors silver dish…unfortunately I like this better 🙂

and Tig, sitting in her favourite chair on her favourite faux fur blankie…thanks MIL.

Until next time…have a happy & creative day,

Fabric Painting Class & Updates (entry 58)

Hi Ladies, how’s everyone today? I’ve been listening to a pile of podcasts lately and loving all of the good information on them. Allison Rosen just interview Jennifer from CraftSanity and it was soo good.

 

I love getting to know all of you in this huge online world, more personally. Thus my e-interviews. I have quite a few ladies that I have asked and they have accepted…just waiting for their little write ups and I’ll be posting all about THEM!! If you want to be e-interviewed just let me know!!

So…I’ve taken this amazing fabric painting class with a wonderful teacher, Ana Buzzalino. I painted only one other time in my life on a hard piece of canvas (I’m not sure where that art piece is today…) with my Grandma when I was about 7 maybe, in acrylics.

Anyway, I wanted to learn a new technique and that, I did! Check out my Masterpiece – I’m so proud…it was a day that started out with some frustrations trying to get my head around this painting thing, mixing colours, added water to the right thing – paint not brush- and remembering where the light is coming from…but about halfway through the day we started enjoying ourselves and look at how it turned out.

Here’s the 3 of us that sat together and enjoyed the day learning this amazing new technique

Our finished pears…what do you think? Could you do this? Would you like to try this? If you are in the Calgary area and would like to take a class, email me and we’ll set one up. Also, for those of you who are taking the class May 29th – please tell a friend. We have space for 15 or so and about 8 are taken.

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I’ve also completed two of the cutest birthday presents (Chenille Scissor & Needle Keeper) I’ve made to-date…well except Gracie’s Quilt!!

my Mum’s

My SILs

Which one do you like better? What colour scheme would you prefer?

I’m just in the process of finishing up a free chenille tutorial, pattern & kits – so stay turned to learn a great technique.

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I’m also working on getting my Freebie 15 block…98 pieces. I’ve cut two blocks wrong and had to re-piece then proceeded to cut one of these two wrong again…can you say “frustrating” and now I can’t seem to get them to fit…so I’ve put it aside for the moment. I have to have it done by Friday morning at 9:30…I’m sure some of you can relate.

Here’s my most recent pizza box, I can say I’m not the biggest fan of the batiks never mind with this lovely metallic fleck added to the design – it’s so hard to sew through…any suggestions? I do however, like the way it turned out in the end 🙂

(can you tell I love this block design?)

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Here’s Tig waiting for me…well I think she’s waiting but she’s just catching some zzzzzz’s 🙂

she always seems to have her socks on her feet perfectly matched up – little cutie.

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Until next time, have a happy & creative day & please pass my blog on and leave a comment 🙂

PS…

THANKS to all of you ladies who signed up for Journey of a Quilter – I’m at 20 people, the cut off is this Sunday (17th). So for those of you who’ve procrastinated…your time is running out and I would LOVE for you to join me…For those interested in Kitten’s Tale I’m still accepting sign-ups for another couple of weeks or so…so let me know if you want to be added to the contact-signups sheet and you’ll be notified when the BOM is ready to start 🙂

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.