Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Christmas in July is sliding over into Christmas in August

Have you had time to enjoy some of the beautiful work that has been showcased this month? Nancy Scott of Masterpiece Quilting has created a fabulous book of Christmas themed Quilted items.

With only two days to go in the Blog Hop I am happy to show you my not quite finished project. Maybe you can identify with the bring a bag to Christmas dinner still stitching the binding in place?

I selected the O Christmas Tree Wall Hanging. This in fact is a great last minute gift because it does not actually take long to do once you settle in to do it. I decided scrappy greens were what my tree needed. So all the blocks were constructed in the same manner with a totally random placement of greens. Each block was constructed in the same manner.

Then following the clearly written and well illustrated instructions I assembled my tree.

If I had not had a few of my ongoing health issues this would have been finished. But there really isn't much to do and I think some embellishment is in order. It will be good to sit under this and work away at that later this fall.

Take some time to visit Nancy at To get more details about the book itself or to find the links to the other blog hoppers. Thank you Nancy for including me on this one. Piecefully, Joanne

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

August; The colour challenge continues

I hope you have been keeping up with Jen and the colour challenge.

This month we are onto red orange in both light and dark forms. Picture a beautiful marigold if you are having difficulty imagining the colours.

Not a colour that I gravitate to but I think I found some pieces that are close to the requirements. I will say at this time it took me longer to find fabric in the colours I thought were correct, than it did to stitch up the block.

Without further ado here are my "arty" photos of my block with some flowers from the garden.

The first flower is one we call Red Hot Poker. As the non-flower person in our house I could not tell you if that is the correct name or not. But the oranges seemed correct.

And some daylilies. The sun was reflecting through the trees and giving me some lighter lights on the quilt block.

I know Jen is working on a setting for the blocks, so take the few moments to make up your block and then come back next month for September.

Be sure to visit Jen at to get your free pattern.

And while you are visiting her check out the other quilters who are supporting her this month with their version of the August block.
Kathy - Penny for my Thoughts
Pamela - Pamela Quilts
Sarah - The Quilted Diary

Until next time, piecefully, Joanne

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Time for the success stories for the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2019

It is really hard to believe it is time to wrap up this year's Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge. The last few months since this year's information was provided have just flown by.

Thanks again to Sarah for all the incredible work she does behind the scenes to make this annual event run smoothly. The featured shape in the weeks of warm up was the humble rectangle. An oft unappreciated shape in the quilting world but one I happen to love. I had the opportunity to be a guest blogger this year and spent my time on the soap box describing my simples bricks quilts and focussing on what I call simple bricks 3 because it is the third variation of the basic design. If you missed my guest post and the instructions for the simple bricks quilt it can be found here.

This is my first completed and donated quilt for this year. It actually changed it's intended destination and went to a charity auction for the Senior's home where my Mom spent her final years. The quilt did well and that makes me happy.

My second finished quilt for the Challenge is one I did as a test for Janet Barker a Canadian designer from Calgary. This one is going to Project Linus through my local quilt guild, the Kincardine Sunset Quilt Guild.

My final donation quilt for the challenge this year is simply titled Ambulance. It is a design done by Lisa at Counted Quilts (here). She has a interesting way of designing that produces a very unique result. This quilt will go to my local Scrap Bag quilters group for distribution in our town.

So overall I am happy with my results this year. Three completions and a couple of different destinations. This is probably the only challenge I do because to me it is so meaningful. If Sarah decides to continue the tradition next year I can say right now "I'm all in". Thanks to all the participants. Piecefully, Joanne

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

As Mr. Bond would say..."diamonds are forever"

Just the logo for this blog hop is inspiring. Thank you Carol for organizing this hop. There have been some terrific projects and some inspiring ideas shown so far. The "rules" for the hop were fairly straight forward. Basically make something with diamonds.

I used this wall quilt as my inspiration.
From inspiration to reality sometimes does not quite work out. I set my diamonds together and it is somewhat like setting a quilt on point. To square up the quilt some of the edges get trimmed. I wanted to duplicate the "grout" and used black rickrack for that task. What I did not count on was even though I used a walking foot to apply the grout I got way more wrinkling than I wanted. That being said there was no way I was attacking this with my stitch ripper.
This is the right size for a doll quilt once the back is attached and binding added. I suspect I would have been smarter to stitch the "grout" on as the quilting lines with my batting in place.

Since we were supposed to post a finished project I will finish with one of my diamond String quilts. I gave a complete set of instructions for creating one of your own in a previous blog post (here).

This is the list of bloggers who are participating. I hope you will have time to visit some of them and to leave a comment here or there.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

The April Colour Challenge Block is Here

Jen at PatternsbyJen (here) has posted another great block for the colour challenge. The floral inspiration for the April block is a bulb called Glory of the Snow. With the amount of non stop snow some of us have seen this past winter glory may not be the word we would use but the flower is pretty.
My photo is a little blurry but I think you get the idea. When I made my block I think I went a little on the dark side. 
Jen has all the directions on her blog. this and all the other blocks she is presenting for the colour challenge are basic blocks that she has written good clear directions for you to make them.

Remember to stop by the other bloggers who are showing off their blocks this month. 

Leanne - Devoted Quilter

Sarah - 123 Quilt

Piecefully, Joanne

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Strings, strings, glorious strings

Today we start a journey through some (no doubt) fabulous string quilt projects. My personal favourite string quilt shape is the diamond string. It is almost as simple as the regular or standard string quilt but has one little wrinkle. 

This is my wee diamond strings quilt. It is all quilted, labelled, washed and ready for donation. At approximately 30" x 40" it is relatively small but would be great for tucking around baby for a walk in the stroller.
To get started on this you need a foundation. I prefer some really thin cotton. Old sheets work well for this or some prefer muslin. I have not yet been converted to telephone book pages although I have tried them. 
For the diamond string your base shape is a rectangle. Mine for this project were 7" x 10". I have made doll sized ones using 5" x 7" (and downsized the centre string). Any size will do as long as it is  definitely a rectangle to start with.

The trick: Half of the starter strings must reach up to the right and half of them must reach up to the left. 
On these two backings you can see the drawn centre line for the string placement. One goes towards the top right and one goes towards the top left.

I just use the lines on my cutting mat to line things up. If I had used the rectangles in the diagram above with my white centre strings the pencil line would show through and you don't want that! My centre strings are 2" x 14" for this size. That gives overlap at each end. You can make your centre string a different width but it since it highlights the pattern so make it something a good size. Also note that the centre string should contrast with  the strings you are going to use.

Then you start stitching strings in place right sides together, using a 1/4" seam. I press after each added string. That stops me from sitting for hours in the same position and it makes the my work neater. Some people finger press.
When you have covered all of your foundation your block is ready to trim. The one on the left is what it looks like from the right side the one on the right is what it looks like from the wrong side. 

Once trimmed this is what the blocks look like. I try to make certain my centre string is centred when I am doing the trimming for each block.

Next step artfully arrange your blocks and stitch them together. At this stage I will often use a 3/8" or even a 1/2" seam and press it open because there is a lot of bulk if you press to one side.

To quilt these I follow the centre string. One a good day I would go on each side of the string and on the vertical and horizontal block lines. I hope this thumbnail sketch of how I do diamond string quilts answers most of your questions and that you will give them a try. Piecefully, Joanne

Please stop by the other bloggers who are on this fun Blog Hop to see what they have to offer. We all have strings lets get using them. 
Monday, March 25th

Karrin's Crazy World

Tuesday, March 26th


Wednesday, March 27th

Friday, March 22, 2019

Day 10 and a recap of this week

I had a few too many appointments  yesterday and didn't get a photo up for Lines #9.

A final couple of tips to add to the mix. Make certain you have the best possible light to work in. My hubby bought me a natural light desk lamp when I retired. I was a wee bit disappointed as I thought he was getting an Ott lamp but this natural light has turned out to be a blessing. Colours look real, there is no glare, I in fact have grown fairly rapidly to love it. It can be taken to retreats but I now have a smaller Ott lamp for that purpose. Daylight is not really enough.

And Lines #10. This is that last of the Lines section of the pattern. Next week we move onto Shapes. As you move through each "chapter" the blocks become a little more challenging.
These blocks are all foundation paper pieced. There is special paper that can be purchased for paper piecing. But it is fairly expensive and not all printers love to feed it through. So I use regular printer paper. I have used both and while the special paper is easier to remove when it is time for paper removal the standard printer paper causes no difficulties.

This is the end of my week supporting Darla at Clinton Modern Creative (here). She has been an official shop sponsor of the Sew Along this week. Remember that she is offering a 15% discount on instock merchandise for the rest of the week. Just enter TRINKET15 when you checkout.
Next week another Canadian blogger will take over to show her work and support Darla. I will pop in but perhaps not as often. Thank you Darla for allowing me to participate as a blogger for you for this Sew Along. Piecefully, Joanne