Monday, May 02, 2016

IT'S ICE CREAM SEASON

My main focus is ice cream this time of year, but I do have three quilts done I want to show you. Here is my first king sized quilt. 
 
 
 
I did large daisies to go with the alternate fabric blocks.
 
 
 
Here is the Carrie Nelson design.  It's queen size.
 
 
 
Loops and stars, one of my favorite quilting patterns.
 
 
I always wanted to make a red and white quilt.  Not exactly the scale I planned, but it was an easy backing to make for this quilt.  Hey, what is that lump?
 
 
Oh, it's just you, Bud.  How do you always get in my photo shoots???
 
 
Here in Manitoba, we have wedding socials.  It's a big party to help raise money for weddings.  I finally finished the second top I ever made with applique flowers.  It will be one of the grand prizes for our daughter and future son-in-law's social.  It's 54"x70."
 
 
 
I tried to replicate the circle in a circle from the flowers. 
 
 
 
Here is one of three kinds of Shack Attacks you can order at our ice cream parlor.  It starts with 9 scoops of ice cream and is often eaten by one person.  Others opt for some help.  This is the Gone Nutty option, but we also have Gone Bananas and Chocolate Explosion.  Come hungry!
 
 
 
 

Friday, March 25, 2016

I Quit!

I got too busy and had to quit the 365 block-a-day challenge.  It was going to happen.  We are gearing up for ice cream season and have been out of town for a week.  I will think of another layout for the blocks I have done.  I really looked forward to each day's block coming to my emails, it just was not fun anymore.  I wonder how many are keeping up... 
 
 
During February I took another EQ7 course offered by the Electric Quilt Company.  I learned some advanced skills in pieced and applique block design.  I really was challenged by the course.  I put together a sampler of the different blocks we designed.
 
 
If you are interested in taking a course, check out the link below and look for EQ University at the top of the homepage.  http://electricquilt.com/
 
 
 

Monday, February 29, 2016

365 Quilt Block Challenge Update

 
Here is the middle medallion block and all the 3" blocks I have finished.  I was out of town for 5 days and then had 2 huge quilts to quilt and found I was behind by 10 blocks.  It's hard to make that up and I am proud to say I am 2 blocks behind.  Almost there.  It was hard when I had 20 half square triangles to trim to 1" to finish one block.  Super cute, though!  I used some of my Kim Diehl fabric to do the center block.  I only save that for very special things!
 
 
This is the finished top I showed last time.  I have quilted it, but haven't had time to take a finished photo.  That will have to come next time.
 
 
But, I thought I would show you how I quilt my quilts.  I have never needed such a wide setup before.  My husband made a 4 foot extension table to add to the 8 foot one I usually use.  I have a Janome 1600P.  It's the perfect machine for this quilting.  We had to use the living room because my quilt room is not that large.  It's kind of like the set up for a long arm machine, only it's just not that deep.

 
You can see how much room I have to work with.  This keeps getting smaller and smaller as the quilt rolls up.  Still...way easier moving the machine on a rail system than having to move the quilt.  I don't think the Canadian company is in business anymore.  I bought it from a fellow quilter.
 
 
As for the 365 quilt block challenge, I may only make the 3" blocks, I may get too busy during ice cream season, but for now, I will try to keep up.  If you are interested the link is: http://www.365challenge.com.au/
 


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Scrappy Quilt Top is finished

A great pattern by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. drew my interest immediately.  I LOVE scrappy quilts made with reproduction fabrics.  This one had both.  I just added an extra 6 1/2"  border all around to make it big enough for a queen sized bed. 
 
 
It measures 91" square.  You can see I'm having a rough time getting it all in the photo.
 
 
Notice Kim Diehl fabric for the border.  She is one of my favorite quilt and fabric designers. 
 
 
 
 
I got a kick out of one block I am using to make the backing for the scrappy quilt is about the same size as 28 blocks I've made for the 365 quilt block challenge!  
 
 
The finished size for the 365 Challenge is the same as this scrappy quilt.  This is the second largest top I have ever made and the size scares me a little for one with 365 blocks in it.  So....don't be surprised if I only make the 3" blocks, or possibly 2 or 3 quilts instead of one.   I had better get going so I can post this pic of this week's blocks in the weekly draw.
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

HAVING FUN MAKING A BLOCK-A-DAY

Before we get to this week's blocks, here is the quilt that hangs over our bed.  When I saw this pattern in an old magazine, it was love at first sight! It was calling to be hand-quilted.
 
 
The pieced border runs all the way around.  I made a hanging sleeve so it fit nicely in the area over the headboard.  I didn't want it to damage the quilt by hanging on the fairly thin curtain rod, so my husband suggested we put plumber foam around the rod to give it some cushion.  It works perfectly!  The name the designer gave it is SPRING FLING.  I called it my BUSY QUILT!  Either way, I love it! 
 
 
Week two of the 365 quilt block challenge. All 3" blocks with gold as the dominate color.
 
 
And don't forget....
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Summer's Bounty

Summer's Bounty Quilt is finished! 
I have worked on this quilt for at least 3 years!  It was a challenge since I developed trigger finger on my right thumb.  I was determined to hand quilt it.  Amazing what you can do when you really want to.  I learned to not use my thumb to pull the needle back through all layers of fabric since I had to wear a splint.  You can teach new tricks to old dogs!  Haha!
 
 
It's name is Summer's Bounty.  The original pattern was named Persuasion, but I added summertime and garden themed applique and felt it needed a more appropriate name.  So I went to my wordsmith and he gave me a few options.  I liked this one.  Interestingly, I took these pictures with it laying on the snow! 
 
 
It's all in the details.  I love details!  Notice buttons and even a bit of embroidery to give some texture.
 
 
Have you been following the 365 Quilt Challenge from Kathy in Australia?  She gave 2 options for the first day and I did both.  And because I'm in Canada, I get the patterns 8 A.M. the day before.  I decided to use gold as my main fabric instead of a dark color.  Two reasons, I love gold and I have lots of it.  She is starting with the easier 3" blocks and will work up to the more complex blocks.
 
 
Here is the block-a-day finished look:
 
 
Hope you have lots of fun stitching this week!