Thursday, 24 April 2014

Odds and Sods

Mad About Patchwork is in the last week of its six-year anniversary celebration. Save 16% until the end of the month on all precuts - charms, rolls & strips, and two new tumbler sets — Mormor and Enchant. Yummy! Use the coupon code CHARM16 at checkout to get the discount.

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EQ7 for Mac was released this week. Yay! I'm thinking about getting it, but haven't seen any reviews yet. Anyone get it? Thoughts? Reviews? 
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Spotted this quilt at the Museum of History. It was a quilt that was made by Japanese students in response to a quilt made by Canadian students after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in 2011. I just loved reading the messages on it -- "We are One". :)


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And finally some Pinspiration...

I just wanna go on more adventures. Be around good energy. Connect with people. Learn new things. Grow.

This next one is more wishful thinking for me, but doesn't it make you smile?


Have a great day and be awesome!

Linking up with Really Random Thursday over at Live a Colorful Life.

Really Random

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

It's A Bee-utiful Day!

The snow is all gone, the birds are back, the kids come home wet and muddy, I've got a cold that just won't quit, and hockey playoff season has begun -- these are the true signs of Spring in my household. When hockey playoff season begins so does quilting season and I've been taking advantage of the extra studio time to finish up some bee blocks.

The Garden Fence block (Tutorial) in tangerine and aqua for Anne-Marie of my Canadians Quilt Bee:

Canadians Quilt Bee - April Block

Square in a Square Blocks for Joanne of my OMQG Bee:

OMQG Bee 1 March Block

OMQG Bee 1 March Block

OMQG Bee 1 March Block

Interesting discussion over at Molli Sparkles today...

Hope you have a great day!

Friday, 18 April 2014

A Little of This, A Little of That

Happy Easter all! Did you hear? Craftsy's having a super Easter sale. Sweet!

Enjoy up to 75% off all Fabric with Craftsy's BIG Easter Sale happening now!
Enjoy up to 75% off at Craftsy's BIG Easter Sale 


Craftsy

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For those in the Ottawa area, I'm teaching a Modern Free Motion Quilting Sampler class on Wednesday, May 7th from 10 - 4 p.m. at The Country Quilter in Richmond. It's already almost full (woo hoo!) so if you're interested, sign up soon!

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I've been working away on Scrap{Bee} 2.0. I finished the quilting last night. Yay! I thought I'd block it because of the different types of quilting and the improv piecing had some puffs here and there. Should have known that blocking this quilt wouldn't be straightforward as nothing has been simple to date. LOL!

Mug shot of the culprit!

As I was laying it out though, I saw that the dark red had bled. A lot! I've been pre-washing all my fabrics for at least five years, but these fabrics were pulled from the scrap bin and are older than that. I wish I had remembered that! I also wish I'd remembered that I had made some colour catchers and it would have been the perfect time to test them, but do you think I did that? No, I completely forgot about them until this morning. Luckily the Spray N'Wash looks like it worked. Phew!

Now I'm itching for it to be done drying so I can get the binding on. I think binding is my favourite part of the whole quilting process. Seriously. I love binding because I can do it while watching TV or a movie. This quilt is big enough for several movies too. :D Any movie recommendations? 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Modern Block Monday - Feathers

I've loved Anna Maria Horner's Feather Bed quilt for some time. For my OMQG bee, I chose the Feather block. Now what I didn't realize when I chose it, is just how tricky it would be to figure out how to make just one block. According to the free pattern (Thank you, Anna!), one block contains two feathers. A friend gave me this great link that makes the feather cutting simpler. I fiddled with Meredith's measurements and figured out that 10" strips will make two feathers. Here is my practice block:

March OMQG Bee 2 Block

The making of the strip blocks for the feathers is fussy, but otherwise, it's a pretty straightforward block. I really love the look. I can't wait to see what my bee mates come us with.

In case there are some of you who just want to make two feathers (maybe for a bee or a pillow), here are the instructions I gave my bee mates:

Please read through all of the instructions before beginning. 

Fabrics:
1 fat quarter of a background fabric (cream) 
2 - 1" by 19" strips for the feather stem (grey)
Feather edges -  A variety of 10” fabric strips of varying widths between 1.5”-3”. Bright, medium value fabrics work best.

Directions:

1) Print out and tape together the templates from Anna Maria Horner’s Feather Bed Quilt pattern

2) For the feathers, use 10” strips in varying widths of 1.5-3”. You will need enough for your feather template to fit on (12” high is good). Follow this tutorial for assembling and cutting out your feather edges — it's more fabric economical than Anna Maria’s instructions.

3) Using the remaining templates, cut out 4 F pieces first, then 4 B pieces, 2 D pieces, and 2 E pieces from the cream background fabric. 

4) Assemble the feather blocks according to Anna Maria’s pattern instructions on pages 4 and 5

You should now have two feather blocks of approximately 18.5” by 9.5”. 

Clear as mud? Feel free to post any questions or comments below.
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