Sunday, January 13, 2019

Finally a New Year and a New Post

To say that the last days of 2018 were difficult would be a mild understatement. I am still recovering and likely will be for a while. My best friend and quilting buddy passed away unexpectedly on December 21st. There is one giant hole in my heart. We first got to know each other as work colleagues and then as friends and finally as quilting buddies.
So while I could not do anything that required focus I did stitch together a couple of quilt tops.

These Half Square Triangles have been lurking in the sewing room for sew long I can barely remember the original quilt they came from. The dark is a navy blue cotton and the prints are from drapery sample books that were given to our Scrapbag Quilters group. The samples were 100% cotton so I washed them and then used them. This quilt top is roughly 39" square. For my quilt guild this year I am doing a program I call Totally Triangular. Each month I am showing something different do to with those lovely waste/bonus triangles we all seem to have. Or at least some of us have. I am hoping to get back on track soon and to be posting more regularly. Piecefully, Joanne

Linking with Cynthia at Oh Scrap! (here) 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

A busy week with lots happening

As my subject lines says it has been a busy week with lots of different events. I started the week as the guest speaker for the Bluewater Quilters Guild monthly meeting. I spoke about Pattern Testing and my journey to becoming a quilt pattern tester. It was the first time I had been a Guild speaker. Hubby was worried about me driving there at night so he drove me there and read a book while I did my presentation.
The rest of the week was eating cautiously and then prepping for Friday's colonoscopy. So I spent time stitching scraps together as that does not require the attention to detail that pattern testing requires.

This is one little project I got assembled this week. I cut the bars out this summer while the work table was set up in the garage. Smoky pinks and olive greens. Over a period of time I made small rail blocks out of them. Each block here is 1 1/2" x 3 1/2". then stitched a pair together and then made a four together unit. I thought it wouldn't make a very big quilt and recalled hearing that setting them on point extends the size. Went on line found out about the Math for the setting and corner triangles and here it is.
Today we are heading to a Festive Brunch. We purchased this "event" with our neighbours at the local Rotary Charity Auction. We each invited another couple so there will be 8 of us for brunch. 
Hope to be back to regular stitching in the week ahead. Piecefully, Joanne

Linking with Cynthia at Oh Scrap! (here)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Almost too embarrassed to write a post

Someone asked me recently if I had stopped blogging. I instantly said "no" but as I look at things maybe in some ways I had. The past couple of months have been difficult on the health front and a bit of a roller coaster. Sick, recovering, sick again. Nothing it seemed was getting accomplished. but I suppose in little bits it has. I continue to do pattern testing for a variety of designers. Some of the testing is secret and some is not. It is easier for me to think of it as all secret. Then I don't show a photo I should not have shown.
So I can show this photo. As I work away at tests I continue with my love of Leaders and Enders. This quilt is just such a project. I was given a large baggie with several smaller baggies. The smaller baggies contained very small triangles that matched each other. A somewhat larger baggie contained a lot of white triangles that were similarly sized. So I stitched a coloured and a white triangle together Leader and Ender style. Then I made pinwheels with the HST's. Then I made pinwheel nine patches, then turned those into square in a square. Needless to say this project has been on the go for a while. It is now awaiting quilting. Piecefully, Joanne
And linking to Cynthia's Oh Scrap! (here)

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The La Conner Tote

The Fat Quarter Shop is updating a few of their previous posts and videos. There were several choices available to their Quilt Along group and I was fortunate enough to get on the list for the La Conner Tote Bag. The original bag was made using a couple of charm packs to "create" the fabric for the two outside portions of the tote. With an "oh yes, you can use one piece of fabric" message tucked in. I decided to use one piece of fabric and broke into my serious hoard of turtle fabric. This fabric had been hidden in my stash, note I did not say languishing, for a while. It is a South Seas Import and I suspect they do not make fabric anymore.
A piece of my extensive turtle collection. The painters tape will act as the guideline for my first row of machine quilting.
There is a front and a back for the tote. I did a diagonal line from top left to bottom right
and then added a line two inches away on either side of that original line.
Next step is some lining and of course a pocket. In retrospect I should have done two pockets but since these are added before the lining and the body of the tote are attached it is too late for that. 

And finally the big reveal. 

You will note there is a row of top stitching around the top edge of the bag. Wonder clips would have been the perfect tool for this job but since I don't have any I settled for a really good pressing and some pins.
I am particularly happy with my La Conner Tote bag and would like to thank the Fat Quarter Shop for the opportunity to construct this remake of the original. sometimes a little push is all that is needed. There are a few more bloggers making this tote, check out the Fat Quarter Shop's blog (here)

Piecefully, Joanne

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August is usually red hot in our part of the world

So it is a good thing that Jen picked red/orange for this month's rainbow colour challenge. Last month with the green's I had a little difficulty with my value selections so I tried the black/white edit button on my iPad to see if I hit the mark a little better this month. These are my four pieces dark, two medium's and a light. I believe I am getting closer.
And here are my blocks in all their  summer glory.
I have continued to make a 12" and a 6" block each month. And for a wee spoiler alert, Jen has a few setting options that will crop up towards the end of this event that are different, interesting and manageable for all levels of quilters. 

Make certain to visit Jen's blog (here) for the free instructions for this month. And while you are there have a look around if you have not done so already. She offered a series of free Mug Rugs last year and those patterns are still available. 

In September she is launching The Border Quilt Quilt Along. You will need to purchase the pattern to participate in this quilt along. The introductory post is up on her blog already. The Quilt Along was to start earlier but there was a shipping delay for the fabric so you have an extra month to get ready. I tested the pattern for this one for her a while ago. I pretty much hate adding borders but this one is interesting. Each round is a different border style. So nice to have someone else work out all the Math so all you have to do is cut and sew. I highly recommend you consider participating.

Remember to visit the blogs of the other participants for the Rainbow Colour Challenge. If you have been following along you know that several of the other members of the group are offering free patterns on their blogs. 
Piecefully, Joanne

Here is Sherry's list of participating bloggers. I have difficulty understanding the html information. I hope you don't mind that I "borrowed" your set of links. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Today is the day for the final installment for the Clementine Quilt Along

The final steps are posted for the Clementine Quilt Along today. Visit the Fat Quarter Shop's blog (here)  and for a voluntary donation you can download the finishing instructions. Just to give you a heads up the smaller blocks need to grown to match the larger blocks. They have a clever way of doing this that involved two steps but is quite effective. The difference between my background and the accent is slight so you may not identify it with my photography skills. You will be making a square in a square and then snowballing that block. The exact measurements are in the download so no spoiler alerts on that information.
And for my big reveal here is my Clementine top. Yes I said top. Not quilted yet. Sadly my go to long arm quilter is battling some serious health issues at this time and is not doing anything much beyond trips to the hospital for tests. I am praying for good news for her. And the other spoiler alert, this is a large quilt. Hubby is too short to hold this one up for a good photo so the clothesline was called to duty.
This is a beautiful quilt and I hope to find some way to get it finished soon. For those who are following along I trust you have enjoyed the process and will be making your own Clementine Quilt. This charitable initiative on the part of the Fat Quarter Shop has produced a significant donation for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
I have been honoured to be part of the Fat Quarter Shop's Quilt Along group.
Piecefully, Joanne

Monday, July 23, 2018

Welcome to the Kick Off Day for Pickle Toes Patterns Vacation Time Blog Tour

A recent call for participants by Pickles Toes Patterns saw me say, "yes please".  When I surveyed the patterns we could work with I almost wished I had a granddaughter. The dresses were absolutely delightful. But it's only grandson's here so I asked for the next best thing, some doll clothes. I made two matching outfits for my neighbour's granddaughters.
This was the moment of the big reveal for them. They were all ready for bed and I went over with the outfits. The outfit I selected was the Daisy Pinafore. It comes with a top that wraps easily around the back of the doll and shorts that can be made at two different lengths. I made the Bermuda short length which is the slightly longer choice. The Play shorts are about an inch shorter.
The instructions were very easy to follow. Perhaps not as detailed as some I have seen. I believe they made the assumption you knew a little bit about basic sewing but definitely beginner friendly. My biggest challenge was putting the snaps on the pinafore. Back in the day when I was originally doing this type of thing you got a two part metal affair that had little holes in the outer ring for you to stitch through to stitch them in place. The snaps today are much nicer looking but require some level of competence to apply and not over do it.
This is a better view of the outfits. In the photo with the girls the dolls are sporting a shoulder bag purse. In this photo I removed the purse as it was not part of the pattern we were given to work with. But a word about the shoulder bag pattern. It was designed by Lesley at Berry Birdy designs. It is a small folded coin purse but with the addition of a strap it became a shoulder bag.
If you have any doll lovers who  also have small girls they may well like making  a matching little girl's dress pattern. I did not know these girls well enough and they do not live near me so I had to pass up that opportunity.
Be certain to visit the other bloggers on the tour. I have had a sneak peak of a couple of the outfits they have created and they are beautiful Thank you Pickle Toes for including me as a stop on your Vacation Time Blog Tour. And a word or two from the folks at Pickle Toes.

Pickle Toes Patterns is so excited to bring to you a collection of patterns that are easy and fast to sew. Their patterns have the basic ingredients that you need to make a new sew your own. Color blocking, different fabrics and new styles are just some of the reasons that Pickle Toes Patterns should be your go-to when looking for something fun and unique. Many handmade children's boutiques use PTP's patterns to customize their designs. Kellie the owner and founder of Pickle Toes Patterns started out just as clothing designer making custom children's clothing because she couldn't find cute clothing for her boys. Boys' clothes eventually grew into girls' clothing, which grew into making original designs. To make original designs, she had to make original patterns, and Pickle Toes Patterns was born! Pickle Toes Patterns is not just a business, we are a family. I hope you enjoy sewing our patterns as much as we enjoy making them. We hope you take the time to look at all of the other blogger's post and creations. You can follow Pickle Toes at the following social media channels.





July 23 Quilts by Joanne and Do it Yourself Danielle

July 24 Our Play Palace

July 25 That's So Lilly and Sewing Ambi

July 26 SewGeeked and My Sewing Roots

July 27 Frullemieke and

Tales From A Southern Mom


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Piecefully, Joanne