Saturday, December 31, 2011

Hunter Star Quilt is finished and other things

I finished the Hunter Star Quilt the other day and since it was mild out and no much snow I was able to hang it up outside and take a decent picture of it.  It is made with the "Deb Tucker Rapid Fire Hunter Star Ruler".  This ruler is really a great tool to make this quilt.

Hunter Star Quilt

I am a little disappointed with the colours since the deep brown star doesn't show up as much as I thought it would, but I am still happy with it.

I also got an Ipad for Christmas (I'm spoiled, I know) so I wanted to make a cover for it to give it some protection.  I looked around the Internet for a pattern and decided on this one from One Shabby Chick.  Her tutorial is very easy to follow and it actually fits my Ipad.

Ipad cover.

I have had this fabric for a while and
thought it was just perfect,
very elegant.

I also made a new bag for a friend for her groceries.  She is like me and hates to pay the 5 cents for a bag so I made her one to carry in her purse or car to have handy when she needs one.

This bag is lined and ready to go.

I have made this bag pattern many times.  I got it off the Internet many years ago and I can't find the pattern again to link it to this post.  It is called "The Greatest Bag Tutorial Ever?"  I make it a little larger than the pattern calls for.  I make it 16x17 and the pattern calls for 13 1/2 x 12.  I made it that size once and it is too small so not I make it the larger size.

I found the link: here it is.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Gifts I couldn't post until now

Since Christmas has come and gone I can now post 2 gifts that I made. 

Lynda really likes roosters and she purchased some fabric when we were in England this past fall so I used some of it make her a new bag.  I fussy cut the rooster from the fabric and used a different fabric for the body of the bag.  This bag is a take-off of  "A Quilter's Carry-All".  I made it a little smaller than the pattern called for.

Rooster Bag

I made Maria a bag for Christmas too.  This one is from a pattern that was a mystery bag that the Thunder Bay Quilter's Guild had a few years ago.  I made one for myself and Maria liked it so much that I decided to make it for her for Christmas.

Mystery Bag.

I have been doing some quilting over Christmas week  and will post tomorrow.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

I got my Christmas table runner finished just on time for Christmas.

This pattern is
Moda Marbles Stars Tablerunner

I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, filled with Peace and Love.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Two more finishes

My daughter and I bought fabric in October when we were in Duluth.  She wanted some everyday placemats so we coordinated some fabric and I got them finished for Christmas.

I made 8 of these, 4 for her and 4 for
her brother.

All 8 stacked up.

I also finished a tablerunner.  I received this kit as a gift from 3 wonderful friends and thought I should get at it soon.  The pattern is called "Pat's Favourite Table Runner"  and it is from The Art of the Quilt.  It went together rather quickly and was fun to make.

Pat's Favourite Table Runner

I have started to quilt my hunter star quilt and I have put together a new Christmas Table Runner.  More later on those.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I can't believe that I won another prize

I got an email yesterday that I had won another prize on the "Blog Hop Party".  This time it comes from Espritpatch's blog.  I won a book "Quilting with Beads".

I have never used beads in my quilting so this will be something new for me to try.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Fabulous Fractures is Quilted

I finished my Fabulous Fractures and used the same fabric for the backing that I used to make the fractured quilt.  I bought all the fabric in this wall hanging in Paris France this past August.

It is hanging on the door of my new sewing room.

This is the original fabric.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Twelve days of Christmas

I bought this panel a few years ago and just put it away and sort of forgot about it.  I pulled it out and decided to get it finished for this Christmas.  It is suppose to be a wall hanging but it is 45 x 57 so I would need a very large wall to hang it on.

I had downloaded the instructions when I bought the panel and I am glad that I did since it may not be available now.  I took the panel out and when I went to cut it to size it was crooked, and there was not way that I could see to make it straight and not lose too much of the panel.  I took it to the Wednesday needle group and a couple of the gals really helped me out.  We ended up stretching the panel by pulling on the corners.  It worked.

I only bought the large panel and when
I went to put it together I discovered that I needed corner stones.

I didn't realize that I was suppose to buy 2 panels.
I found these poinsettias in my stash.
They match really well since there are poinsettia in the corners of the panel.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Wow, I won

I joined in the Blog Hop Party over at Quilting Gallery and I won a pattern and fabric from A Loose Bobbin.  What a thrill to receive her email to tell me that I was a winner.  I am lucky at winning door prizes etc, I just wish I could win the big one.

Here is my prize.
How exciting..!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Donation Quilts

A needlework group that I belong to gets together every second Wednesday.  In September we decided that we would make some baby quilts that would go the local hospital.  It was decided that we would work together and bring in different squares to put together to make the quilts.  I made a few but decided that I would make my own small baby quilt too.  I had this fabric with the bears in my stash and put the strips together with the squares.  I finished sewing the binding tonight.

All finished.
I will take to the group after Christmas.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

I've gotten very brave.

As a young teenager I learned to sew many years ago on my mother's treadle sewing machine.  My sister Frankie and I bought our first machine when I was 16.  We worked on week-ends and saved our money so that we could get a new machine.

Over the years I have made many articles of clothing for myself and my children and often think of that first sewing machine.  When my children were young teenagers I gave up on sewing clothes since they was not the in thing to wear.  I did a little mending on the machine and sewed a few things but slowly the machine was put aside. 

Since I took up quilting a few years ago I have gotten braver and this past week I made new curtains for my kitchen.  My window is 6 ft long and very narrow.  Any curtains that I purchase have to be re-made so instead of buying curtains I purchased 4 metres of lace fabric that could be altered to make new curtains.

4 metres of fabric

I was making a cafe style curtain.
The fabric was 24 inches and I only
needed 18" so instead of cutting the eyelets off
where the curtain rod went through,  I folded it back
6" and then folded it back up again, to make
the top.

I then sewed down both sides of this new
top piece.

My new curtains.

I also made a few new placemats.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Lunch with Thursday Group

Today was our last meeting before Christmas.  There is always so much to do before Christmas that we decided that this would be our last until the new year. 

Joyce did herself proud with a beautiful lunch for us. 

Our beautiful and delicious lunch.

She even used her Christmas teapot.

This was dessert.  Yum...

We also managed to get some quilting done.

Pierina is still working on her tree quilt.
She has completed 18 of 30 trees.
These will be trimmed when she has
them all completed.

Maria was making a gift bag for a friend.
All finished.

She is also trying to complete this
paper-pieced wall hanging.
She just needs borders now.

Joyce started with this today.

And finished the day with 2 borders
sewn on, just one to go.

I was working on my hunter star quilt top (7 rows completed)
and quilting this baby quilt.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Schnibbles is finally quilted

I really had a hard time deciding how I was going to quilt this little quilt.  I took it to Thursday's group and we laid out thread onto the quilt and decided that because of the strong colours in the quilt that white was the best one for the job.

I did straight line quilting and used the wobble stitch.  I first used the wobble stitch when I took a class on "Cotton Theory".  It is a zigzag stitch that is very long and narrow.  It is a good stitch to use when you are sewing straight lines because if you go crooked it doesn't look as bad as if you were sewing with a straight stitch.

I quilted only on the white and tried to avoid the coloured stars.

Because it is winter here
YKW held it up indoors,
so it looks a little crooked.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Gift Bags

I have been making Christmas gift bags.  I found some really fancy fabric on one of my travels and thought that it would make some nice gift bags.

I made this one first, and I
thought it was a little small.

This one is a little bigger

A new challenge because this
fabric was directional.

This cute little bag could also
be a lunch bag.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

To-day is Thursday it must mean Quilting Group

To-day we got together at Joyce's house as usual but it sure took a long time to get down to doing some quilting.  Last week it was just Joyce and I so the 4 of us had a lot of catching up to do and showing our show and tell. 

Joyce is working on 6 placemats and a tablerunner for Christmas.  She used reverse binding and quilted with gold thread. 

Pink Poinsettias

Pierina is working on her tree pattern.  These are wonky trees and the pieces have to be kept together or the whole concept is lost.

She rolls them up on a newspaper to keep them in their
right places.

These are her red trees with beige background

She finished 2 green trees today.

Maria was working on her Schnibbles.  She quilted it and is now ready to apply the binding.

The fabric is Sunkissed, by Moda.

Maria, was also working on her Fabulous Fracture Quilt. 
Sewing rows together.

I quilted my Schnibbles quilt.
I really didn't know how I was going to do this,
but group consultations helped and
I used white thread in a blocking

I also worked on my Hunter Star Quilt and made 18 squares to make three more rows.

One large stack
Some still have to be trimmed.

We got a lot accomplished after all.