Monday, November 26, 2012

Snippets Wreath

Date:  2008

Reason:  This was a project done by LBCQ at Dora's house.

Fabrics:  The border was a gift from my friend Kath

Lessons:  The snippets technique includes using an iron-on applique on the wreath pieces that are cut into small "snippets" and arranged in the desired shape.  Iron on several layers for best results.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Zachary's First Lesson

Date:  November 2009

Reason:  The birth of a cousin's baby.

Fabrics:  My mother-in-law gave me the bumper pads to pick apart for the fabric.  The blues were from my stash.  The colourful binding was from the bumper pad ties.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Polar Fleece for Streets Alive

Date:  November 2012

Reason:  I found some forgotten about polar fleece that would be easy to get out of my house by making it into a quilt!

Thoughts:  This quilt will be donated to Streets Alive.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Flamingoes and Kittens and Chicks, Oh My!

Date:  Feb 2012

Reason:  I love eye spy type fabrics and wanted to experiment.

Fabrics:  Nearly all my eye spy fabrics were given to me.

Thoughts:  I was just finishing this up when my sister's third baby arrived, so this went to her.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Cheater Wall Hanging

Date:  June 2009

Reason:  A friend who works at MCC gave this to me to practice quilting on it.  When it was finished, I donated it back to MCC for resale.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Log Cabin Pillow

Date:  Feb 2011

Reason:  Dora gave everyone at LBCQ a set of one hundred squares.  I used mine to make a small log cabin top.  Much later (when trying to get stuff out of my closet) I made it into a pillow, which my older daughter immediately claimed and still uses.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Baby Blue

Date:  April 2012

Fabrics:  Ann gave me some extra blocks that were already sewed into 4-patches.  The blues were from my scraps.

Thoughts:  This is the first quilt I ever tied to machine quilt and I am so excited by it.  For a first attempt, I was completely stoked.  I knew I'd be doing it again!

This went to Christian, a baby at our church.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bunkhouse on Point

Date:  December 2010

Reason:  Mum and Dad painted their bunkhouse and made it so pretty inside.  I wanted to contribute to it so I made this for them for Christmas.  I chose these colours to match the bedding.

Best deals:  This was made entirely from scraps.  My friend Gloria gave me a bag of leftovers.  The border is from that bag.

Thoughts:  I didn't use a pattern for this and it was the first time I did anything "on point" it's far from perfect.

I started making 6½" squares when my scrap drawers got too full.  I also used blocks like this in The Colour Garden.

It was a ton of fun to use blue and yellow DMC floss to stitch around the seams.  I tried my best to use a different stitch for every line.  It was very challenging and required some research.

Mother thought this was too nice to put in the bunkhouse :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Lori's Gift #1

I find myself with many quilting faeries.  I am grateful.  It means that I can make lots of quilts for people that need them.

Most of the fabrics in this quilt is from Lori.  Kath also gave me some of the fabrics as well as the fill.

I did this as a quilt as you go.  As you can see, it is as out of square as you can get.  I haven't a clue  how I managed that.

Kath and I had a good giggle over my squaring issues - I gave it to her to distribute.  It either went to Mexico or MCC, I don't know.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Emmalee's Fight

Two years ago, the daughter of one of my favourite people got sick.  Leukemia.  A nightmare of epic proportions followed.  What would you do if your three year old said "please stop the pokeys, I'll be a good girl."?

Just this month, two years later, this family got the blissful news that, six months early, her treatments are ending.  There are not enough words for the joy.

A friend of mine gave me the triangles - extras from one of her projects.   The back (yellow) was left over from another project.

Lessons:  Be careful of thread count.  All flannel is not created equal.  Loose weaves can be a lot of trouble.

Thoughts:  This was made in the Quilt as you Go method.  It's such a fast way to make a quilt!

It is my understanding that this the quilt went with them to cancer care.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Diane's Quilt

Date:  November 2008

Reason:  Diane wanted a Southern Stationers quilt like the one I made for Leslie.

Special Fabrics:  Diane provided t-shirts.  I used my own denim for the rest of the top.  The back was purchased at the local fabric warehouse.