Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cut Up New House Celebration

Cut Up
At the "Pieces of Magic" Quilt Show held by the Oxford Quilters' Guild this May, Sew Sisters' booth had a beautiful layer cake of Joel Dewberry's "Modernist" made up into a fast and fun design, "The Cut Up".  It's a post-card sized laminated card from Pieced Tree Designs.  One layer cake and sashing, fun and done!  

My son has been working on buying his first house, in this crazy real estate market we're currently in. Houses listed Thursday sell by Saturday for over asking.  Bidding wars.  As stressful as it always is to conduct a real estate transaction, it is even more so, the first time.  They found a few they liked, some they loved, and bid on but didn't get.  The stars aligned one day and they found another house they loved, made an offer, success!  Two weeks between offer and closing.  Yesterday was moving day.

Some of the colours in the new house are in the same colourway as this lovely little layer cake!  So apparently it was meant to be - I finished up the quilting (simple wavy, organic lines) and had the perfect aqua grunge fabric in my stash for the binding.  We are on the road quite a bit to visit my MIL who broke her hip in May and is still in the hospital, so the hand finish on the binding was done in a couple of trips.

Now at its new home, ready for snuggling!

The back - a traditional blendy design

The new house

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Project 48 Quilt Finish

Project 48 Quilt front
Project 48 Quilt
We've had so much rain and wind it has been a challenge to find a good time for photos.  This is the finish of my 2016 Project 48 Quilt.  More details here.

The project was begun Jan 23, 2016, the last block finished Feb 12, 2017. Blocks are 9" finished. There are 974 pieces in the quilt!  Quilting was finished and one side of the binding attached for the London Modern Quilt Guild show & share at our June guild meeting.

This was a quilt-along project organized by Linden Vine of Vine Line Quilting, and Crystal McGann of Raspberry Spool.  Their website for this QAL ...

I did add some solid blocks of my favourite fabrics, to upsize the quilt.

A fun journey through improv piecing, English Paper Piecing, curves, triangles, dresden plates, flying geese and applique, in a very modern style.

A couple of close ups ...
Project 48 Quilt close up
Project 48 Quilt close up

And the back! Full zingy fun happening here :)

Project 48 Quilt back

These ones are my favourite blocks: 

These are so bold and bright - love them!  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tula Pink 100 Modern Blocks - Ta-Done!

Tula Pink Modern Block #100/100!

Tula Pink's book, "100 Modern Quilt Blocks" has been a fun foray into modern quilting.  My journey with this one started in Phoenix, January 20, 2016.  1,210 pieces later, the 100th block was pieced tonight - June 20th, 2017.

Apparently this inconsistent blogger last posted these blocks in December, although I've been working through them betwixt and between other projects. They were my project for stitch sessions at a couple of our London Modern Quilt Guild meetings too.

There has also been an online QAL organized by GnomeAngel - posting a block each day to Instagram.  I snagged "Gramblr" to schedule the Instagram postings - there is no way I could have kept these all straight without a little help :)


There was one hanging at the Canadian National Juried Show in Toronto last week - looked fabulous!

Catching up from the last post ...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Just how many QAL's was that?

Project 48 Quilt Show & Share LMQG Meeting

Point of clarification - as I was showing my Project 48 Quilt at the Show & Share of our London Modern Quilt Guild meeting, someone asked how many quilt-alongs I participated in during 2016? Hmmm - apparently too many to remember on the spot. So, here is that report ...

  1. Project 48 Quilt - hosted by Linden Vine and Crystal McGann ( was a free quilt-along in 2016 with a modern twist on their 9 1/2" blocks, with a new block each week for 48 weeks.  The first block was completed Jan 23, 2016 and the last block finished up Feb 12, 2017.  In total, there are 974 pieces in the 48 blocks.  Arranged in an 7 x 8 setting with a few solid squares for fun.  Quilting and binding finished Jun 9th, 2017.
  2. Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt - following the book by Laurie Aaron Hird and with support of the Yahoo Group (farmerswifesampler), where they challenge you with a block each week. This quilt has 111 blocks (with a couple of unintended repeats!), each 6 1/2".  The book is delightful, with letters from the era to add texture and meaning to the blocks.  And even though I'm not currently farming, I am a farmer's daughter, a farmer's wife, and a farmer.  Always a farmer, it's just part of who I am.  The motorcycle trips are farm tours.  Walks in the park are journeys in the flora and fauna.

    The first block was pieced Jan 7, 2016, and the last block pieced April 4, 2017. Setting HST's (113 of them) in a 15 x 15 setting.  I've blogged about the squares but have yet to get a photo of the top, and it is in the queue for quilting.  There are 2,673 pieces in this quilt.  Without the 113 HST setting squares, with borders that total is 2,903 pieces.
  3. The Splendid Sampler - work in progress.  Hosted by Pat Sloan (, in 2016 was organized with two blocks released each week, and lots of lovely bonus blocks.  Each block is 6 1/2". The first block was done March 1, 2016.  So many fabulous designers participated in this QAL, including Cheryl Arkison, who designed both a regular and a bonus block.  Pat had Spoonflower design a huge label that included all the designers names!  She is running the QAL again for 2017, and has published a book for the sampler/QAL.  At the start of this QAL, there were a few thousand "Splenderettes" - today, there are more than 92,000 followers in her FB group.
  4. Aurifil's Designer of the Month ( or This is a collaboration with Aurifil and Pat Sloan.  Each month was an interview with a different designer.  These blocks are a delightful 12 1/2"!  I blogged about the complete blocks, flimsy and setting here.  Still have to get a good photo of the finished quilt and post that.  Bad blogger.  One of the fun things that happened with this quilt, was that I posted the flimsy in Pat's Facebook group, and Pat promoted it, and then Aurifil posted it on their Facebook page too!  Way cool.  First block completed Mar 5, 2016, the last block completed Dec 15, 2016 (yes, the day it was released!) and the quilt together in its setting Dec 18, 2016.
  5. Pat Sloan's Secret Garden - another monthly block.  These blocks are 16 1/2 square!  Gigantic compared to all the 6 1/2" blocks :)  And I haven't blogged about this one at all!  It is quilted and just needs its label and glamour shots.
  6. Tula Pink's 100 modern quilt blocks - more 6 1/2" blocks, following her book.  The first blocks were done Jan 20, 2016, and I have 94 blocks done so far - almost there!
  7. Cantik Batik block of the month (both US and Canadian series).  Lots to do for these ones, a great cottage project. Love these series as we've travelled to many of the scenes depicted in the blocks - great memories.

So, seven.  A fabulous number, my fav :)

Perhaps just a wee titch of attention deficit disorder going on??  I did enjoy keeping track of the progress of each QAL, each in their own Excel spreadsheet. A little bit of organization is good.  Not too much, but a bit is ok.

For 2017, the year is not even half over, so there's just no predicting what will happen! What I know for sure, is that I am loving this quilting journey.  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ohemgee Squee!

Guys! Ohemgee! Look what arrived in my mailbox today! 

Last year I participated in the Pat Sloan / Aurifil Designer of the Month quilt block quilt-along. Island Batik and Aurifil sponsored a survey about this DOM programme, tempting you with a possibility of winning one of two prize packages of fabric and thread. I won one of them!

OMG. Squee! 

They are so beautiful. A layer cake and a charm pack of Island Batik's luscious "Sweet Nectar", and a dozen spools of Aurifil's "Fifi and Fido" 50 wt thread. These will make some fine treats, I will enjoy using them! Thanks Aurifil ( and Island Batik (

Here's a link to my 2016 blocks and flimsy.  

Monday, May 29, 2017

Ticker Tape Parade Quilt

This is such a fun piece!

I have seen this method a few times and wanted to give it a go.  This is a really fast and fun quilt-as-you-go method.  I decided to be very organic - no pins, no glue, just plop down the charms on the solid background, quilt across the row.  I did nudge the edges where necessary so they didn't flip under.

Washed and crinkly with nice fuzzy edges of the charms, I just love this quilt!

Showed this at the London Modern Quilt Guild meeting, and they asked for a demo.  Our December lesson was hatched.

For the two samples, I had random sizes and shapes in one, and the other design was in the shape of a tree.

Here are some of the inspiration that came together for this quilt ... 
And from Cheryl Arkison's book – Sunday Morning Quilts, “The Original Ticker Tape”

New Directions

"New Directions" on display at the
Chatham Kent Quilters Guild Quilt Show
May 2017

There was a wee bit of show & tell at our Christmas gathering ... 

This is "New Directions", a design by Janet Page Kessler, from the Benartex website.  The original design is two columns of opposite chevrons.  

This is one of the projects I took to the "Material Girls" retreat hosted by Sew Creative and The Marsh Store, in November 2016.  

This quilt started in Phoenix in Feb 2016, when I found the funky fabric with the dots ... not my usual colourways but it spoke very loudly to me!  
Focus fabric - the green with blue, yellow, merlot dots

I had also been learning about the effect of a "mud" background in modern quilting.  This fabric does have a beautiful deep aqua/blue, bright yellow and this rich, deep, dark maroon / chocolate / mulberry / merlot, in a cactus green background.  Not sure what colours they really are, but I liked the fabric!  

It took quite a lot of cogitating and percolating to find companion fabrics, pulling in some Kaffe Fassett aboriginal dots in green and red.  And to find a pattern!  

Here are the beginnings on the design wall at the retreat.

And the "first" final layout ...

This layout, as in the pattern, is 48" x 72".  Decided that it needed another row.  Went on a hunt for more of the background material, but of course with no info on the selvedge that was impossible to match.  Finally checked the project box, and discovered that I had already cut enough squares to do another row.  What??  I don't remember doing that!  Oh well.  Came together quickly.

The quilting was simple u-turns - horizontal in the background, vertical in the chevrons.  U-turns for new directions.  Love wordplay acting out in quilts ;)  

This was one of my quilts shown at the Chatham Kent Quilters' Guild Quilt Show, May 5-6, 2017.

Cut Up New House Celebration

Cut Up At the "Pieces of Magic" Quilt Show held by the Oxford Quilters' Guild this May, Sew Sisters' booth had a beaut...