Sunday, August 2, 2015

I don't think I have ever met a blue I didn't like

And today I can also say I am loving the blue/green colours. At the end of May when we were at the retreat in Tobermory a quilter who was getting out of quilting offered us her fabric. We all had a great time. When I can pick I go for the blue/green/purple side of things and sometimes brown. Last night I prewashed all the blues and today all the blue/greens are on the clothes line. The blues are pressed and I will cut them as the day goes by. The hard part for me is taking them from a big bag of stuff to something I can use. This time I am going to cut 10", 5",2 1/2" and 1 1/2" strips. Gudrun Erla is starting a quilt along on her new Facebook group that uses left over Layer Cake pieces, hence the need for 10" squares. I don't buy layer cakes as they are terribly expensive here.
The peas are essentially done, the boys are returning tomorrow, and summer is half over. What more can I say. Piecefully, Joanne

Linking up with Cynthia's Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than housework (here)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Quilting takes a back seat for now

Daily task after DH picks the peas is shelling then freezing. These are my favourite vegetable and I love having them over the winter knowing exactly where they came from. the boys were here last week and we will have them up here again in a couple of weeks. Heading to the Cleveland area Tuesday early for a whirlwind trip should be back home on Friday. Piecefully, Joanne

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Orphan blocks ready for their forever home

A big round of thanks to both Cynthia and Kristel. Cynthia of Quilting is more fun than Housework fame organized an adoption event a few weeks ago. Regular followers of her blog and its Oh Scrap! linky party were offered the opportunity to give away one or more sets of orphan blocks to a new home for completion. Readers visited the blogs and left comments about why they would like to have/finish/complete/use the orphans. I left a couple of comments and was delighted to find out that one set of Kristel's orphan's were coming my way.I love the Bento box design and Kristel had a set of blocks that just needed assembly and quilting. As they say in quilt talk, done and done. This is all labelled, washed and ready to donate.
It was a bit windy when we took the picture so the boys each took a corner to hold it flatter. They are scheduled to be here every other week this summer so it remains to be seen what I will accomplish in between visits.
Linking up later today with Cynthia's Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework. (here)
Piecefully, Joanne

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A scrappy selection

Hubby decided it was time for some of my quilt stash to find homes. He selected a large group from the closet and I could pick from those the ones that could move on to new homes. I like to wash my quilts before they leave here. No cats, dogs or smokers but I figure I want them to have the roughest treatment here before they get to somewhere where the treatment may not be gentle. These are primarily lap or baby size quilts. Some will go to the Scrapbag group and others to Project Linus.
Piecefully, Joanne

Linking up with Cynthia's Oh Scrap!  at Quilting is more fun than housework (here)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Inside Out and Fandom in Stitches

I tested Disgust for Katie Olsen one of the Fandom in Stitches designers. She has started doing the characters from the movie Inside Out. (The mistake in this one is mine, not hers). Fandom in Stitches followers can make these designs available for personal use but NOT for sale. So one cannot make and sell any of the images from that site. That being said if you are a fan of paper piecing and you are a fan of Disney, Harry Potter, Sesame Street. Alice in Wonderland, Shrek, etc this is your go to place to find a pattern to use for your personal project. All of the patterns that appear on the Fandom in Stitches web site (here) have been tested before they are made available to download from the site. If you think you would be interested in testing patterns for the talented designers then stop by the Fandom in Stitches Tester page on Facebook and ask to join. There is an expectation that you actually test the patterns and not just get them before anyone else does.
I need to back away from the testing for a bit and get some of my UFO's under control. Piecefully, Joanne
PS With the Minions movie coming out in a few days I sure hope someone does a couple of Minion designs. J

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Zebra Love

This fantastic zebra is a test for Juliet of The Tartankiwi. I can't say enough about how I love her work. Her original is (here). I reversed the colourway and made a rainbow zebra with black and white in the background. I amazed myself with the number of zebra skin types of prints I had collected over the years just waiting to be used. The block is 20" square and paper pieced. I got it a little overcropped for this photo. I wish I were better at that aspect of things.
She is working on a 40" zebra. She has done several other animal blocks, I was fortunate enough to test one of her elephant blocks. She is currently running a Quilt-Along with bird outlines. There is a nominal cost for each pattern.
Other than that is has been a busy quilty week. We had the June meeting of the Scrapbag quilters on Wednesday and on Saturday I taught a beginner quilting class at Shoreline Quilts in Port Elgin (our local quilt shop).
I have decided it is time to take the upper hand with the chaos in my sewing room so there may be more organizing that sewing for the next little while. Piecefully, Joanne
Edited to add a link to Jeneen's Quilt Art Designs Friday Link party. quiltartdesigns.blogspot.com

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A little leader and ender fun

The little blocks for this project were assembled leader and ender style. I was gifted with a bag of 1" strips of varying lengths. Corey Yoder (Little Miss Shabby) had a tutorial on the Moda Bake Shop using the 2 1/2" candy squares. So I rummaged through my 2 1/2" squares for all manner of pink ones and made these little blocks that were then assembled into a top. Current size is 18" by 21" but it needs to grow. If it doesn't then it will be a doll quilt for the Salvation Army toy drive next November.
Other than that I have been doing more testing. We have been assigned about half of the blocks for the next Quiltmaker's 100 blocks magazine and I have a couple of paper piecing projects I am testing. For me the only real downside to the testing is that for the most part you can't talk about it. A couple of the designers I test for are happy to have the pre-release buzz happening but most (90+percent) prefer total secrecy prior to the pattern release.
Have also been working on samples for the store (Shoreline Quilts Port Elgin, ON) and taught a bag class last week. So one way and another I am keeping busy. Piecefully, Joanne

Edited to add Linking up with Cynthia's  Oh Scrap! Linky party at Quilting is more fun than Housework here (Oh Scrap!)