Showing posts from December, 2014

A Quilty Look Back at 2014

With the craziness of the Fall, I actually forgot that I had set out some goals for 2014. Oops. So let's see how I did then. Fingers crossed...

Goals for 2014: We're definitely keeping it simple this year because I will be returning to the paid work world. Hopefully soon. I'll still be keeping up the blog though, but I doubt I'll be as productive as the last few years. C'est la vie!  The return to the paid work took a lot longer than hoped and this is true since I started the new job in September, but it was still a pretty productive year holus bolus. :) 
1. Finish Falling for Stripes pattern! Maybe design another one? Hmm. I worked on it. I did do another one, Modern Totems, which also almost finished. Writing good patterns is hard, but I think I have more of a mental block on this. Maybe I'll just blame it on the EU VAT taxes. ;) 2. Triage my WIPS and UFOs. Seriously, some of them just need to be put out of their misery. Some completed -- Fibonacci Is Not Ran…

Modern Block Monday - Flip!

The November block for our Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild bee was simple and straightforward. Kirstin asked us to make 15 wonky HSTs (tutorial) using our scraps with a background she provided. We were to leave the blocks separate so she could mix them all together. I had fun revisiting scraps from a lot of the projects I made this year.

Once I had them made, I played a little with the layout:

Flipped them this way:

Flipped them around again:

Really intrigued with this last layout. Thinking wonky Christmas trees. Must be the season. LOL!

Boxing Week Specials

Wondering what quilty Boxing Week deals are out there? Well, my wonderful sponsors have a few things on the go that might interest you.

FabricSpark is having a Mystery Fat Quarter event until December 31. Pick a minimum 1 yard of fabric and Daryl will add a coordinating fat quarter. She has fabulous taste so you know you'll get something fun. She also has over a 100 fabrics priced to clear!

Mad About Patchwork is having a 12 Days of Christmas sale. 20% off over 190 beautiful fabrics until January 6th. Coupon code 12DAYS at checkout. Yay!

Craftsy's Year-End Clearance Sale year end sale is also on! Starting today, you can get up to 65% off ALL fabric, yarn and kits. Stock up while supplies last! Offer expires at midnight on December 30th, 2014 at 11:59 PM MT.

The Running Stitch is closed until January 1st, but they reopen with a 7th Anniversary Sale on January 2-7, 2015. Buy 6 and get the 7th free (except Bernina products)! Woo hoo!

Happy shopping!

There Are Good Days...

Happy Holidays all! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season, whatever you celebrate! It was a bit of a whirlwind leading up to it, but we had a very Merry Christmas around here. Definitely a good day!

And then there are the not-so-good days. Even in the studio. We had an ornament exchange at the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild this year and I was paired with the lovely Stephanie!

After scouring Pinterest for sewn ornament ideas, I thought I'd make her a Christmas light bulb ornament, using fussy cut print fabric. It started out okay, but when it came to hand finishing the opening, things went all wonky. Literally.

Can't see the problem? How about this angle?

Um, yeah. No!

Let's try again. Handstitching with felt this time... Gotta work on getting a more even buttonhole stitch, but overall much better.

Yes, those are real French knots, made by moi. Had to watch the video twice to figure out what I was doing wrong the first seven times I tried the knot, but I got it in th…

Playing with Design

I have not been getting a lot of time in the studio these days, I must say, but I have been sketching a bunch of designs. 
I took a few of those designs and tried them in EQ7. Yes, I bit the bullet and got it. Early Christmas present? Yes! :)
Fibonacci Flow - uses the Fibonacci sequence up to 5. Dying to make this one using a fat eighth bundle of shot cottons I have. The colours will change, but this is the idea. 

Have you heard of Quilt Design a Day? This Facebook group's goal is to "spend a little time (15-20 minutes) each day, creating a quilt design. The design can be as simple or as complex as you like. To spark our creativity, we have users contribute images and color palettes for inspiration. In addition to producing a design daily, QDAD helps members strengthen their creative process and hone their creative style by sharing constructive feedback." (From the group's description on Facebook)
I joined in September, but have only completed one design to date. No …

What Makes A Great Bee Block?

Do you enjoy being part of online (and offline) quilt bees? I do. I like that it forces me to try blocks and colour palettes that I might normally be too intimidated or lazy to try. It's a great way to try something new, without committing yourself to a whole quilt!

I often struggle when it's my turn to be Queen Bee though because I can't decide what to ask my bee mates to make.

I've found that the most successful bee quilts are those that leverage something dominant and make it consistent throughout all of the blocks, whether it's the background, the feature fabrics, the colours, or the design.

I thought I'd share the criteria I use for picking blocks:
Everyone's 1/4" seam is a little different so I usually choose a block with a lot of background fabric so I can trim down or add to it when I get all the blocks back.I love stash bust blocks. I like the scrappy look so I try to find a block that gives people a chance to use their scraps.  That said, I a…

Giveaway Day Winner

Hope you all are having a fabulous weekend! It's a beautiful snowy day here. I do love Ottawa in the winter...when I'm dressed for it. :)

I'm glad Ms. Random Number Generator is choosing the winner of my giveaway, because there were so many fabulous colour combo suggestions from you all that I could never pick just one!

According to Ms. Random Number Generator, the winner of this bundle of holiday-but-not-too-holiday fat quarters is....

Congratulations, GranChris! I've sent you an email asking for your mailing address.

141. GranChris9 December 2014 at 01:08 It's blues and greens for me.
Thank you all for entering!

I'll be back tomorrow with a post about bee blocks. How do you pick your bee blocks? Tips or suggestions? Pet peeves? I'll be sharing my thoughts tomorrow.

TGIFF! - It Figures It's Modern Totems

Welcome to TGIFF!, where every finish deserves to be celebrated!

I'm sharing my Modern Totems quilt that is made with the Figures by Zen Chic fabric line paired with some Kona white. Except the binding. The binding was Serena Blue Diamonds by Windham Fabrics. The backing is the Numbers fabric from IKEA. :)

For the quilting, I used Aurifil #2024 for doing straight-line quilting and some wavy-line stitching with my walking foot.

For the wavy-line quilting, I took one of the decorative stitches on my machine (#4 for those of you with a Bernina 440 QE) and elongated it so it gives me uniform wavy lines.

This quilt is 54" by 58". 

Thinking of trying this pattern next with rainbow solids and charcoal backing. Mmmm...

An InLinkz Link-up

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day is here! Woo hoo!

If you are new here, welcome! I'm M-R and I live in Ottawa, Canada with the hubster and my three wild things (10, 7, and 5). I quilt. A lot. It lasts longer than housework and it keeps me sane. :)

This is my most recent finish -- October Sky:

I'll be sharing another finish this Friday when I it's my turn to host TGIFF, a touring linky party that celebrates those hard-earned finishes! Have a recent finish yourself? Come and link up!

Feeling festive, I put together this holiday-but-not-too-holiday combo of 5 fat quarters for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day. Mmmm...

To win this bundle of fat quarters, just leave a comment telling me what your favourite colour combo is these days. Followers get a bonus entry -- just leave a comment telling me how you follow (via Bloglovin', Feedly, etc.). For another bonus entry, follow me on Facebook or Twitter and leave me a comment saying so. 
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It Figures It's Modern Totems - A Finished Top

Happy Thursday, all! I taught my Modern Totems workshop for the Ottawa Valley Quilt Guild last weekend. So much fun!

I love seeing the different fabrics that people pick for this pattern (yes, it's still in the works, but I'm slow). One person used a couple of Pretty Potent charm packs paired with a browny blue shot cotton. It's going to be gorgeous. Another used purples, oranges and greys I think, paired with a white. Beautiful and fresh! Someone else used a more traditional fabric line paired with a white tone-on-tone paisley fabric and it looked fabulous too. It's proving to be a pretty versatile pattern. Woo hoo!

I finished up my top last night.

It uses a Figures by Zen Chic charm pack paired with Kona white. I'm thinking alternating straight-line and squiggly-line quilting on the vertical for this one. :)

Modern Christmas Tree Blocks

I'm Queen Bee for my Canadians Quilt Bee for December. It took me a long time to decide what to pick for my block, but I've decided to embrace the holiday season and ask my bee mates to make some abstract modern Christmas trees -- okay, just triangles and no trunks. ;)

I am picturing Christmas trees arranged in groups and scattered over a lot of white background. Works for the season, but not too Christmassy.

Here are a couple of test ones that I made:

I made these with a paper-pieced pattern I designed. If you'd like to do one too, use this PDF Pattern for Modern Christmas Tree Block 1. It makes an 8.5" unfinished block. I then added 4.5" strips on two sides, making it 12.5" unfinished.

This is another paper-pieced block. PDF Pattern for Modern Christmas Tree Block 2 also has 4.5" strips added to two sides, making a 12.5" unfinished block.

I can't wait to see what my bee mates come up with!