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  • Red potholders 13 January 2019

    Preparing and testing out more ideas for an Artisan sale in red, which is the colour of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I saw this cute leaf potholder pattern on Pinterest and decided to order it from Patchwork Pottery

    Here’s what the back looks like. 
    And a close-up of the cute buttons. The pattern says to sew them on with embroidery floss, however I think my son has borrowed/claimed mine!
    I’m not sure about this idea yet, the first set seemed like a lot of work, and I should have cut bias bindings (opps).   I’m also not sure about leafs in red, even though you will find them in nature.  I’ll give these another try in next month’s colour and then decide if I want to continue making them.  Will they be a seller?

    I want to be different. If everyone is wearing black, I want to be wearing red. ~ Maria Sharapova

  • January’s Goal 7 January 2019
    My One Monthly Goal for January will be to quilt and bind this little Birch Tree quilt. 
    I found this great fabric that looks like birch bark for the back. 

    However I didn’t have the quilt dimensions when I found the fabric and I wasn’t sure about layout and it is a bit short for the direction I want the birch print to go and wider than I need, so I’m planning on making a diagonal cut and sliding the fabric down until it is long enough.  I saw this method on a Sparrow Studios YouTube, you can find it here – Learn how to piece your quilt backing diagonally

    I’m linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG, as are over a hundred others, check out some of their projects, and drop by at the end of the month to see how I did.

    Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined. ~ Henry David Thoreau

  • I’m back 5 January 2019
    It’s been a while since I’ve blogged.  I’ve had many ideas and a few pictures as well, however with Christmas preparations and celebration as well as just relaxing and playing in my sewing room, I haven’t spent very much time on the computer.  Once again the Rainbow ScrapChallenge has inspired me, so here is the first blog of 2019.

    I decided at the end of 2018, when I wasn’t prepared for my University’s Artisan Sale that I needed to start organizing right at the beginning of the year, so I hope to produce some little marketable items each month in the colours of the rainbow.

    I made a bunch of tiny Log Cabin bookmarks this year as gifts to my book club and stocking stuffers and thought that I should make a batch each month.  The RSC colour for January is red, so here are my red bookmarks. 

    These are made with ¾ inch strips which finish at ¼ inch, tiny fun. 

    Now that I’ve made a start I hope to be blogging regularly.  Check out what others are doing in red, at Soscrappy’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I’m always inspired.  It helps to keep me sewing, blogging and playing through my scraps in a methodical way.

    “Quilting is powerful!  It gets rid of depression, relieves anxiety, and improves creative thinking.

    Be powerful!”

  • Cogs quilt top 30 November 2018
    My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for November, which was to piece the Cogs quilt top, is complete.  I did play with a few arrangements until I settled on this one. 

    Not the best photo, I took this picture outside and it seems to have gone very blue.  Here is the picture I took inside at the beginning of the month, maybe a little more true to colour. 

    Cogs is by Leila Gardunia and I found it in the Summer 2015 edition of Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts. 

    Finding a backing and quilting it will be a goal for another month, Cogs can now join my pile of completed quilt tops, and now it is time for me to consider what I can complete for December.  Something simple, as Christmas preparations will take a big part of my December time.

    I’m linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal, I wonder how many others were able to complete their goals this month?

    Creativity is experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun. ~ Mary Lou Cook

  • Black Scraps 24 November 2018
    This week I got to spend sewing time with some of my quilting buddies and I decided to play with my black scraps.  I have many Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects on the go and I needed black blocks for a couple of them.

    First I worked on some High Five blocks in black. 

    High five block pattern is from the book Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison.

    Next two black slabs, I should now have enough blocks for a Missing U quilt, also from Sunday Morning Quilts.  

    I’m linking up with Soscrappy’s Scrap Happy Saturday.

    Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. ~ Victor Pinchuk

  • Goal for November 7 November 2018
    It’s One Monthly Goal (OMG) time again.  I’ve decided this month to piece another top, since I have all the blocks completed.  In fact here are the last three blocks which I just finished. 
    And here is a picture of the blocks laid out with sashing and corners.  I’m not sure if this is the exact way it will go together,  I’ll have to look at it for a couple of days to see if something needs moving.


    This quilt is called Cogs and I’ve been sewing blocks over the last year while participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Cogs is by Leila Gardunia and I found it in the Summer 2015 edition of Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts.  A quilting friend was making this quilt in her favourite colours and I loved how it looked and thought it would be a good project to work on through the year with my scraps.

    I’m participating in Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and my goal is to complete this full/queen quilt top, better get on it as the last top I pieced took way longer than I thought it would.

    “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while” ~ Steve Jobs

  • Blue and White Mile a Minute quilt 31 October 2018
    I’ve achieved My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for October which was to make these blocks into a quilt top.

    Thanks to a retreat last weekend with some of my quilting friends I was able to get it done.  On point and with a piano key border.

    Quilting and binding will be another month’s goal for this quilt top.

    Twice a year four of us take a weekend away to the Invermere, Fairmount valley to focus on our sewing, piecing and quilting projects.  Here are a few pictures of the weekend.  It started with this lovely view on our evening drive out. 

    The next morning we saw this fellow, helping himself to the berries right outside the back window.

    At lunch a couple of deer wandered by.  

    Here we are happily at our machines.

    Aside from my Blue and White Mile a Minute quilt, I finished three Squared Away quilt blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and a pillow-case for my (wanna be) nautical themed bedroom. 

    While we were packing up the vehicle we had another visit from our black bear, this time just outside the garage door.  
    A refreshing weekend and another OMG completed.  Check out other finishes at Elm Street Quilts, so far there are 64 this month.  Consider joining in the fun, it sure helps me to finish up.

    In order to keep my creativity alive, I just try to enjoy life to the fullest. ~ G-Dragon

  • Dewey Dream quilt block 27 October 2018
    This week, I completed the last three blocks for the Squared Away quilt along lead by Angela of Soscrappyand Mari of The Academic Quilter.  Mari says that this is the “Dewey Dream block, from the 1899 edition of the Orange Judd Farmer, an agricultural publication.” 
    Next I’ll have to figure out how to arrange my thirty, 10 inch blocks that I have completed, and that task will likely become a One Monthly Goal (OMG) project, of which there are a few others in line before my Squared Away blocks.

    Squared Away was part of this year’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  If you go to the Soscrappy blog and check out the last couple of Saturdays, you will see that some keen quilters have already pieced their Squared Away quilt tops.  I will be looking to them for inspiration.

    Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. ~ Victor Pinchuk

  • A goal for October 7 October 2018
    My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for October is to make a quilt top from these blue and white Mile a Minute quilt squares. 
    My idea is to set them on point and have alternating white squares.  The squares are fairly large – 8 inches – and when I put them on point they are 11 inches across, so I think I won’t be using them all and I’ll still end up with a large quilt. 

    Check back at the end of the month to see if I achieved my goal, and check out all the other monthly goals at Elm Street Quilts.

    There are no traffic jams on the extra mile. ~ Zig Ziglar

  • Dark and Sage Green 6 October 2018
    October and another colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, Angela has picked dark and sage green.  At the beginning of the year we were told what our 10 colours for the year would be and there were two categories of green, yellow/lime greens and dark/sage greens.  I tried my best to separate the greens and here are my Cog quilt squares in darks and sages. 
    I’m not sure if my categorizing of greens if very good, here are the earlier this year yellow/lime greens, in any case I have eight various greens of Cog quilt blocks for my Cog quilt. 
    Just three black Cog quilt blocks to go and then it will be time to complete the quilt top. 
    It is beneath human dignity to lose one’s individuality and become a mere cog in the machine. ~

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • Under the Sea quilt 29 September 2018
    My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for September is completed.  I set out to quilt and bind this quilt made with many water themed fabrics so I’ve decided to call it Under the Sea. 

    Here are some of the fun fabrics I’ve included. 

    Quilted with the Seaside pantograph by Kathie James and a Marine variegated top thread.  Hopefully you can see the shell shapes in the quilting, there are four, along with wavy water swirls. 

    I found this great ocean waves fabric for the backing. 
    And I remembered to label this quilt before quilting. 
    Looking through my stash I found this lovely Japanese Sashico looking fabric, it reminds me of the Shells quilt pattern, another quilt on my to do list. 
    Stop by Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal link-up to see many other completed projects and consider joining in the fun for October.

    The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. ~ Jules Verne

  • Dark Blue High Five 15 September 2018
    Sewed up a few High Five quilt blocks this week in the September Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour of dark blue. 

    When I was arranging the blocks for this picture, I realized that I had made ten of each the small blocks and one large one of all the other colours.  So, one more to go, it will be done, maybe later today.

    The High five block pattern is from the book Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison.

    When you make something with your hands, it changes the way you feel, which changes the way you think, which changes the way you act. ~ Carl Wilkens

  • Hawaiian Tumbler Quilt 14 September 2018
    A collection of floral Hawaiian prints, pieced by Pat into this delightful tumbler quilt. 
    A close-up of some of the lovely flowers. 
    Pat picked the Bellflower pantograph by Patricia E. Ritter and a Rainbow variegated thread for the quilting. 

    Summer days in the garden. 

    Mohala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua – (Unfolded by the water are the faces of the flowers.)

  • Yellow Brick Road quilt 13 September 2018
    This beauty was pieced by MaryAnn, using Sandy Gervais fabrics. 
    Quilted with Anne’s Garden, a pantograph by Anne Bright. 
    If you look closely you can see the hummingbirds. 
    I think this quilt is totally reversible with this modern looking back. 
    Yellow Brick Road in the garden. 
    Neither the Hummingbird nor the flower wonders how beautiful it is.

  • Sunbonnet Sue quilt 12 September 2018
    Made by Stella for Betty. 
    Stella decided that we should just outline Sue with quilting and then quilt the sashing with the Bellflower pantograph by Patricia E. Ritter.  
    A cute little quilt for a friend.

    What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.  ~ Joseph Addison

  • Mickey Panel Quilt 11 September 2018
    Diane brought me this cute Mickey Mouse quilt, I believe it was for her grandson Grayson. 
    Quilted with the whimsical Popcorn pantograph by Jodi Beamish, which almost mimics Mickey’s ears. 
    Diane found a great fabric for the back of this quilt. 
    Mickey always delights me.

    Live every moment as not to regret what you are about to do.~ Mickey

  • Carolina’s Quilt 10 September 2018
    Michelle brought me this lovely quilt to be long-armed and I don’t have too many details written on my intake sheet. 

    I believe it for Carolina and I know it was going to be mailed to London.

    Carolina’s quilt is quilted with the Daisies Galore pantograph by Irene Steele and a pink Glide thread called Rhododendron. 

    I love soft pink and green together, for some reason tea roses come to mind.

    But he that dares not grasp the thorn. Should never crave the rose. ~ Anne Bronte

  • Squared Away Quilt Block 8 September 2018
    September already!

    Our colours for this month with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge are dark blue or neutral, so I’ve picked dark blue to make September’s Squared Away block.  Mari from The Academic Quiltersays:  “This block is called Queen Charlotte’s Crown, a Nancy Cabot block from the 1930’s.” 
    I had fun looking through my blue fabric scraps to pick complementary fabrics for these blocks. 

    With one month to go on this project, here are my blocks to date.
    I’m missing August, so hope to get caught up before the end of the year.

    The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. ~ Michael Altshuler 

  • September’s One Monthly Goal 6 September 2018
    My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for September is to quilt and bind this Sea themed quilt.  In this picture the quilt is folded in four. 

    A combination of 16 patches and blues, many of the fabrics in this quilt have a water, or under the water theme.  Perhaps when I post the finished quilt, I will take some close ups so you can see the fish and coral and other watery images.

    I found a waves fabric for the backing. 

    My plan is to quilt it with the Seaside pantograph by Kathie James.

    Here is another picture of part of the quilt top with the backing peeking through. 
    Check out what others hope to finish this month at Elm Street Quilts OMG link-up.

    I couldn’t resist this lovely poppy from my garden. 

    Beauty of expression is so akin to the voice of the sea. ~ George Matthew Adams

  • Orange scraps 11 August 2018
    … are what we are playing with for the month of August and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  So I started by checking out the scraps in my orange scrap basket. 
    There were a lot of strips in there so I was able to piece four new Quarter Log Cabin quilt blocks. 
    Our alternative colour for August is brown, so when sewing my Cog quilt blocks I made some in orange as well as brown.  They look a bit faded in these photos, I think the bright sun light drained the colours a bit. 

    We’ll see how the month goes and if I have time to do anymore orange or brown scrappy projects.  My husband and I will be vacationing for the second half of the month, so this might be all I get done.


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