Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Another fun Guild meeting and my Project Linus donation for this month

The Kincardine Sunset Quilters guild met this morning. In the winter it is always a worry whether or not we will be able to get there. It was my turn to drive and the weather was OK. It was snowing a little and the plows were out but nothing really bad.
For today, participants were asked to bring their largest quilt or a picture of it. I knew that was not going to be me. I have made about a half dozen queen size quilts but prefer the more manageable sized lap, baby and even up to a double bed size quilt. There were some stunning quilts on display. One member brought a Cathedral window quilt all done by hand while she and her hubby traveled. We broke into small groups to talk about the largest quilt we had made and tips and tricks for doing that. It was very informative. Last fall we were supposed to bring our smallest quilt but that had to be postponed so maybe next year.
Pictured today is the quilt Churnplus that I tested for Jan from the Colorful Fabriholic (here). She does not have a pattern available for this one yet but it is in the works. The directions were very good and there were a few very minor suggestions that I made to help clarify certain portions. I donated this one to Project Linus at the guild meeting today. The daughter of one of our members made us beautiful labels to put on our Project Linus quilts. So I picked up a couple. I am aiming for 10 donated over this guild year. Five done, five to go. Piecefully, Joanne

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Another scrappy finish

This one was started early last year. It is called Diamonds in the Rough and was done as part of a quilt along hosted by Karrie Lynn at Freckled Whimsy (here). You will need to visit her archives pages to get the directions (look for March and April 2014). I thought the pattern was available on Craftsy but could not find it so she may be one of the many who took down their stores over the European VAT business.
Anyway to describe the quilt. The original was made using 3 1/2" squares and HST's that were 3 1/2". I had a whole bunch of 5" strips so I cut 5" squares to make 4 1/2" HST's and trimmed some other 5" squares to make 4 1/2" squares. I was quite happy with the final result. It is 48" square.
We plan to escape the COLD with a brief family vacation in Costa Rica towards the end of next week. The sewing machine I use to do my machine quilting has gone to the spa for restoration so I expect to spend my sewing moments packing or trimming scraps this week.
I taught another beginner quilting class for our new quilt shop Shoreline Quilts in Port Elgin. The owner has a page on Facebook, but no web site yet. As they say, baby steps, baby steps. She has a beautiful selection of fabric and it is very tempting working there. Piecefully, Joanne
I plan to Link up with Oh Scrap (here) later on Sunday afternoon.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Making the transition from blue to pink

This week's scrappy contribution is a variation on the Chinese Coins pattern. I had a pile of 2" pieces. They were not uniform in length so a standard Chinese Coins design was out of the question. So I did a "jelly roll race" or lasagna style effect with the pieces. I joined them end to end and folded back on itself three times until I had a long strip that was 8 rows wide. Then I took that strip and cut it into 6 equal sections and joined them together vertically . I had some of this border print with pink and blue flowers and the length of those pieces determined my final size. It feels good to make something from "nothing" The machine I use for machine quilting is going for its annual trip to the spa so I will be making tops for a while until she returns refreshed and ready to stitch some more. I am hoping to link up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (here) and Oh Scrap (here) later this weekend. At that time I will edit to add the appropriate links. Piecefully, Joanne

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A new to me designer and a fabulous paper pieceing pattern

Pictured today is a pattern called Paper Cranes and two paper pieced cranes from the pattern. I stumbled on this site a couple of weeks ago after following links from a linky party. The site is Flying Parrot Quilts (here) and the proprietor is Sheila. She has some fantastic designs with a Science base to them and as a retired Math and Science teacher they just drew me in. As I went through her site I noted that she had asked for testers for this pattern back in late Fall so I figured she would have that under control but I sent her an email anyway and said I would be interested in future testing opportunities. I ended up proof reading the pattern and making a left and right facing crane. The pattern is beautifully laid out, well illustrated and very clearly explained. And it includes little hints too. I could see her Science background at play here. The cranes are designed to be done with two charms. The first one I made with some scrap material that was cut in a 5" strip. For the second one I figured I better stick to two charms. That worked perfectly.
When my daughter was in Brownies they made Paper Cranes and sent them to the war memorial in Japan. One of the boys in her class (about grade 4) made a stunning mobile for the school library with a 1000 paper cranes. It hung in the library for the rest of the time that my kids were at the school. So I have a bit of a soft spot for that particular design.
Piecefully, Joanne

Friday, January 23, 2015

Canadian Quilts of Valour

This is my second Quilt of Valour. The first one was sent anonymously to the group so I have no idea who got it but this one I presented myself. The recipient is a young man in my community who was injured and told he may never walk again. As you can see he is standing upright on his own. I have watched him at my local gym for a couple of years now working, working, working to get his mobility back. The presentation took place in the gym's spin studio where he is now able to teach spin classes. Don't worry about me, I don't do spin classes. It was such an honour for me to present the quilt to such a deserving young veteran. Piecefully, Joanne

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Turning Scraps into Quilts one Leader and Ender at a time

Pictured are 25 quilt blocks made from my Scrap Salad box. I thought the box was full but after making 25 blocks the box is still full. Perhaps is it just a little aerated now. I like to keep these beside my machine when I am doing some piecing and before you know it you have a block assembled. With this particular one I sew the two centre pieces together on the long side. Then add a piece across the top and  the bottom. Next step is to join pairs of scraps on the short side and then add them to the sides. These pieces are 1 1/2" by 2 1/2". this design however will work with 2 1/2" by 4 1/2" pieces, and 3 1/2" by 6 1/2" pieces. I forget the 2" by? size as I don't use 2" strips very often. Once you have a good collection of little blocks made join them together alternating the direction of the centre pairs. No seams to match. another win-win block and project. This pile is enough to make a lap quilt or a baby quilt. Piecefully, Joanne
Linking with A Quilting Chick for her Leader and Ender challenge and later this week with Quilting is More Fun than Housework

Friday, January 16, 2015

Kincardine Sunset Quilters Guild

The Kincardine guild met this week. I was certainly happy that the highway was not closed the way it was for several days last week. I donated this quilt to Project Linus. Some might call it a scrappy quilt. I was just looking for lights/mediums and darks that would "play nicely together". One of my quilting buddies gave me several of the pieces I was able to incorporate into this quilt. I felt this had a slightly more modern look and might be suitable for a teenager. Project Linus in our area supports children up into their late teens. I have been busy trying to get caught up on things around the house so that when we go on vacation there won't be any nagging things for me to worry about. Piecefully, Joanne
PS Don't forget to stop by Cynthia's blog(here) Quilting is more Fun than Housework, to see what other blogs are doing with their scraps this week.