On the Quilting Side of Life

Alva never fails to amaze me with her use of colour and the different patterns she finds and makes as in finishes too! I quilted this for her using the Pantograph Leaf Pile.

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Lorraine is another prolific quilter, I love the colours that she used in this quilt. It was quilted using the pantograph Waterworld.

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I had a dream

Yesterday I received an email from WestJet a Canadian Airline with an offer that I could fly from here to Hawaii for 300. if I bought the ticket within the next 48 hours. Well I’m not going.

Though I guess my subconscious thought I should and I dreamt last night that I was there, oh there were so many people there. What was I doing though? Collecting Fat Quarters that’s what! Towards the end of the dream I decided to go swimming and ended up floating down a river and dreaming in my dream about more fabric, suddenly it occurred to me that I’d have to find a way to bring my enormous pile of fat quarters home and I woke up.

Now that I’m awake and ready to start the day, it’s time to load a quilt on the longarm and get  quilting and continue on with the fun I’m having with Lucy’s Crab Shack…

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more to follow

Home Town Schnibbles Completed

I am so in love with this version of the Madeline Schnibble..I varied the border which I think made it a bit more fun and whimsical.

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and here’s my completed Sweet Spot using the Home Town fabric from Sweetwater.

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Sweet Spot Schnibble and a Confession of sorts

I’ve been playing with this collection of charms (Home Town by Sweetwater for Moda)for awhile first working on this Schnibble (Sweet Spot) using a common background fabric. (Just in case you don’t know about Carrie of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co who designs these wonderful little patterns click on the Schnibble link and go have a visit!)

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I really couldn’t believe myself but when I made the flying geese for this project..and I mean all the flying geese for the border, and I was laying them out on my design wall I realized that I’d made them wrong..where was my mind I ask??

here’s my excuse

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sometimes Liam likes to hang out with Grandma in her studio..he is such a handsome distraction!

Thankfully I had more charms so I made the geese over again and correctly the second time and the wrong geese?

have become the star points in a slightly changed version of the Madeline Schnibble pattern. I like this little quilt so much that I’m thankful for that “little” mistake!

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Honeycomb Schnibble

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I really wish I had taken pictures in progress of this Schnibble. It was fun working with the Summer House collection by Lily Ashbury for Moda and thankfully I had the Creative Grid 60 degree ruler to use.

I found the Honeycomb Schnibble to be the most challenging of the ones I’ve made so far. I started by laying out my colours on the design wall after cutting and then sewed one row at a time so that I wouldn’t get any mixed up. I also found that Mary Ellen’s Best Press was indispensible when working with so many bias pieces.

Decisions

Another little Schnibble (Plan C) I’ve been working on. It’s been living on the design wall like this but today  started changing it around

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and right now it looks like this

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I think I like the second version best but I’m still playing any suggestions or opinions?

and on to really important news

Its Graduation season and my Daughter Emma had graduated with her degree in Psychology and is continuing on working towards her Masters. Emily has always loved school and is an excellent student! I’m so proud of you Emily!!

Erik has 2 daughters graduating this year, his oldest is now an RN!! way to go Shilo and his second daughter Ashton graduated today with a diploma in Dental Hygiene but like Emily she is continuing her education and will be entering the Education Program University.

We attended Ashton’s grad this morning.

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Newest Addition

To my machine family that is.

I’d been watching this machine on Kijiji for months now and when I noticed that the price had come down to $55. I decided to check it out and if it was in good shape I would pick it up. I really needed a new table for a corner in the living room so it will have a home.

It has a lovely stitch too. Its a Singer 99K (1956) that makes 4 vintage sewing machines in my collection, one for each of my girls someday if they so desire. (I wonder if that will prevent me from giving a good home to future finds?

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My Little Schnibble “Happy Day” is coming along too. I have a spot in my living room above my Treddle that it will hang. For those of you who are not familiar with Schnibbles have a visit at Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co.

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Quiet but Busy and Half Square Triangle Tutorial

This week seems to have flown by, I was able to accomplish a few things in my studio as well as some very welcome walks out in the sunshine.

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I finally have all 30 blocks completed for Emily’s quilt. Now I have to decide on sashing. I would probably use a muslin if I’d had enough but I don’t and I can’t find a perfect match. So my next idea is to use one of the prints beside the blocks. I’ll lay it out next week and share some pictures and hopefully get some opinions.

I’ve been quilting a custom job on my longarm that is taking longer than I like, so for a little diversion I started another project using my Beach House Layer Cake.

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I’m ready to piece these 25 blocks which will be part on my next Schnibble.

While trimming my half square triangles, I was thinking that some people might not be aware of the Quilt in a Day Ruler that I use. This is a tool that makes trimming these a breeze:

in this example I used two 5” charm squares right sides together, and drew a diagonal line.

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I sew a very scant 1/4 inch seam on both sides of the line and then cut along drawn line.

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Using the ruler, in this case I’m making 3 1/2” squares so I line up the stitched line with the 3 1/2” line and trim

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Press open and trim the dog ears if you desire.

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In my opinion this ruler is worth more than its weight in gold!! I hope that it helps you too.