Monday, September 15, 2014
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Okay, okay, you caught me. I admit it. I have an addiction... to quilt alongs. I just can't resist! Every time someone hosts one, I HAVE to join. On top of that, I have my Park Bench BOM club I'm signed up for, and I'm trying to keep up with the Lucky Stars BOM over at Don't Call Me Besty (I'm doing both a 6" and 12" block, and let me tell you, the points on those 6" blocks are driving me crazy)... but it's just not the same as a good old fashioned quilt along! And with the Star Light Star Bright QAL wrapping up, you bet I was looking for something new!
Well, enter Paula over at the Sassy Quilter. She's easily one of my favourite quilt bloggers. She's got amazing tips and tricks for new and old quilters alike. And when I saw the triangle quilt along, I was honestly so excited. Not only did I know exactly what fabrics I was going to use for this project - I actually knew how I wanted to quilt it, before I even got started! And did I mention there's a Flickr group? Well, there is. You can find it here. Oh, and you can find me on Flickr here, if you're interested in photos of puppies and kitties and quilts.
The fabric I'm using is Table for Two by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics. I'm not going to lie, the more I look at this fabric, the more worried I get. I'm scared that this is going to be one of those quilts that, by the time I'm finished, I can't stand to look at anymore. But I keep reminding myself that I was SO CONVINCED this was the fabric to go for, and I'm gonna stick it out. After all, I can always give it away if I hate it (which wouldn't be a bad thing... I don't have enough room for all these quilts. Can anyone else relate?)
Anyway, in case you noticed, I'm a little bit behind. Last week we were supposed to have finished cutting our fabrics, and this week, we're linking up our finished rows. I actually just finished cutting my triangles up tonight (eep!) so I have to do some marathon sewing if I want to catch up.
Saturday, April 05, 2014
I know a lot of people have a love/hate relationship with HSTs - I personally love them. They're so incredibly versatile! The trick is not to trim them all at once - trimming an entire quilt's worth of HSTs in one go would make anyone fall out of love.
One finished block out of... twenty-five! I better get sewing. I will share more of this quilt as I progress.
This weekend, I'm linking up with Fort Worth Fabric Studio:
Monday, March 31, 2014
I have no idea what I'm going to do with these mini blocks. I plan to make the 12" ones using s fat quarter bundle of Kona cotton solids in the Slate Rock colourway (which will go to my dad to match the denim quilt my aunt gave him years ago). Or maybe I'll just hold on to them, and create an 'orphan block' quilt some months or years down the line.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
But in the meantime, what's a girl to do? I think we all know the answer to that. What am I working on today, you ask? Well, let me just show you the goodies I have in front of me...
Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple and Playful Piecing Techniques. These are great classes for beginners, since Camille walks you through the steps of making each of the quilt patterns.
Anyway! What am I doing with this lovely fabric? Drumroll please... jelly roll race! Yes! Jelly rolls are my favourite pre-cuts. Seriously. I think they're extremely versatile, and they're a great, affordable way to get all the fabrics from a line you really love. More info and a great video tutorial on the jelly roll race can be found in this video from the Missouri Star Quilt Company:
Ready, set, go!
Chain piecing the strips together...
This is what it looked like after I finished cutting all those strips to the same length and sewing them together.
Catch you later, and keep on crafting!
Thursday, March 27, 2014
I quilted this quilt with a medium density design, using straight lines in the focus block and pebbles in the secondary block.
My best little brother helped me take these shots, but before long we had a visitor - Diesel the Newfoundland dog.
And, of course, what happens when you leave your quilts unattended in a house full of animals? They become a free-for-all at naptime, naturally.
That's it for the debut of this quilt, now onto one more: Star Surround, a 2013 finish.
This quilt was actually my first real go at FMQ, so I went all out. I used one of Leah Day's designs, called wagon wheel, as a background filler, and used straight lines and a flower motif in the block itself. If I had to guess, I'd say there's at least 20 hours quilting time that was put into this small quilt.
That's all I have to share for today - I'm still learning this whole photography thing, so bear with me if these pictures aren't the best. I can't wait for the parade over at Happy Quilting next week. Excited to see everybody's finishes!!!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
A little bit about me: I'm a 21 (and a half!) year old from Toronto, Canada. I try and squeeze in as much sewing time as I can, but I'm also a full-time student studying to be a nurse and work part-time and have a wonderful little family to take care of, as well (consisting of one handsome man and two fur-babies). In fact my crafty adventures started when I learned to knit so I could make my dog (a little miniature dachshund) sweaters to tackle the crazy Canadian winters. I quickly discovered sewing, and sewed my first quilt... again, for my dog. And the rest is history.
I consider myself a modern-traditional quilter: I love the use of bright, bold colours; I love solids, but I also love the quintessential quilt block and shy away from too much negative space. Nonetheless, I appreciate and admire all types of quilting and love to learn about the history of this art form and think there are always opportunities to learn new things.
Also, my quilting space is a small fraction of the 400-square foot apartment I live in. As jealous as I am of all you quilters who have your own dedicated sewing rooms (I'm working on it...) I gotta work with what's available to me. One of my main missions within this blog is to provide tips and tricks for working in a small space. I know I'm not the only one!
I'm going to try and keep this short and sweet and come to a conclusion here. I'd like to part ways with a picture of the adorable little dog that started this all, and my first (ever!) quilt: