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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2015 free motion quilting challenge

You may have heard that there is a new Free Motion Quilting challenge going on in 2015. It is being hosted by Darlene at QuiltShopGal (formerly SewCalGal) it seems hard to believe that the last challenge was way back in 2012!  I learnt so much then, I'm planning on participating again this year.  Not sure if I'll make every month, but we'll see!  There will be several options that you can do, and every month the pieces will be made into pillow.  I can do that!  For January, the option I choose was option #3 - which involves feathers and hearts.

I finished my first pillow yesterday.

And because I plan on giving this to my granddaughter for Valentines Day, I didn't want her brother to feel left out, so I created a second one for him. Both have hanging triangles sewn in so that they can be hung on a bedroom wall, if wanted.
You can see the second one on my Flickr page, link to the left.
(I am feeling pretty frustrated with posting these days, with the inability to include as many pictures as I would like, so please accept my apologies for just sending you to my Flickr page.)

I'm pretty happy with how they turned out!

Linking up to January of the 2015 Free Motion Quilting challenge

Happy quilting! Janet

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The magpie effect

You know, when something bright and shiny catches your eye and you just have to pursue it?  In my case, it's fabric colours and combinations.  I had no sooner posted my first quarter goals, when I was distracted by some charm squares on my cutting table.  Having a challenge to produce baby boy preemie quilts for the Blue Mountain Quilters Guild's next meeting, I jumped right in!  Before last Saturday was over I had produced a quilt top.
It took me the week to find time to quilt it and then I finished the binding yesterday.
The quilting in the white spaces was inspired by a design in Christina Cameli's (a few scraps) new book


My inspiration

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for some very good designs, well explained in Christina's wonderful clear manner, definitely a great reference book.

This was actually the second boy quilt I made this year. I finally made a quilt from my Disappearing 4 Patch tutorial that used more than 4 blocks! I kept the colours subtle to keep it soft and soothing, and I also kept the quilting to a minimum, although I did use it as a practice piece for stitching in the ditch.

Happy quilting! Janet

Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 Finish-Along: Quarter 1 list

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

I'm going to use the motivation of the Finish-Along to try and bust some of my UFOs that are lurking around.  I know that I will get distracted, so I'm officially only putting three items on my first quarter list. If I can get these done, I'll be very happy!
FAL2015 first qtr list!

My items are:
1.  My round robin quilt from my traditional guild.  This has been hanging around for years! I've pieced the back already, and have done some design work for the quilting.

2.  Blocks from a block lottery through VMQG. These need to be put together, sandwiched and quilted.

3.  A table runner I started last fall. Quilting is started, should be a quick finish, I hope!

Because I'm still struggling to figure out an easy way to post pictures to my blog with my iPad mini, I hope this one stays!

Happy quilting! Janet

Thursday, January 15, 2015

It's mid-January

I'm not sure how that has happened, but Happy New Year!
After a break in December for a trip to Nova Scotia for a 30 years in the making visit home for Christmas, and then dealing with the passing away of my father on New Year's Eve, not a lot of creating was happening.  Dad was a good man - kind and fair, and he loved to tinker.  He passed peacefully in his sleep after a battle with cancer. He will be missed.

As we all know, life continues and we are getting back to a semblance of normal.  I came home to a computer that won't work, so I am now trying to sort out posting via my iPad.  Please bear with me as I try and figure out adding pictures!

I have been doing some quilting.  These are destined to become pillows in the next couple of days:


Hope to be back soon, happy quilting!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


I can't believe it has already arrived!  Before you know it, it will be 2015!  
I'm not sure I can think about that just yet...
What I can think about is that we have a beautiful clear cold winter day with snow on the ground!  Not a lot as we don't get a lot here in the Vancouver area, but with the sun shining it is pretty today.

snowflake postcards
taken in the shade as the sun was so bright everything was burning out!
It is also the perfect segue to the Snowflake post card exchange hosted by Brandy Lynn at Brandy Lynn Designs and the host of Canadian Quilt Talk podcast.  While signups are now closed, I had a lot of fun coming up with my postcards.  A little improv curved piecing, some fussy cut houses and some sparkly fabric and thread, bound with a wonderful bumpy yarn around the edges that just reminds me of snow drifts!

pc2      pc1
I'll get my partners' names tomorrow and then these will be in the mail before the end of the week to make sure they reach their owners well before Christmas!

I also wanted to remind everyone that registration is open for Quilt Canada 2015 in Lethbridge AB.  This is a wonderful opportunity to take in some incredible workshops with both amazing Canadian teachers, or with some incredible international talent!  I've signed up for a couple of workshops with Cindy Needham, there are some with Weeks Ringle, who is also doing the keynote lecture on the Friday night, as well as some wonderful ones with Karen Henry, Margie Davidson, Joanne Flamand and Kathy Tisdwell.  If you're like me, you will have a hard time deciding just who to spend your time with!  I can't wait to explore the talent in the National Juried show, too!  The Call for Entries is now open! I'm still working on what I'm going to submit this year - what about you?

And, in further CQA/ACC news, our President, Jackie White, was a guest blogger on the Generation Q blog on December 1, and was talking about the CQA/ACC It's Time for Colour travelling quilt show - see her post here.  My entry, Whirligig, was featured in the post, along with a couple of others - pretty cool!

Only a few pictures and lots of links this time, and here's another link for you - to The Needle and Thread Network, where I'm linking up this week. Go see what other Canadian Textile artists are up to!

Happy quilting!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mini wholecloth mandala quilt is finished!

It's reveal day over at the Tangled Textiles blog, and you can read all about my process for creating this quilt.

Mandala mini

I'm really happy with how it turned out!

16" x 16"
quilted with Wonderfil Threads rayon for the colour, and Aurifil white in the background
double batt cotton/cotton blend (sorry it was small  and I used leftover scraps)

Happy quilting! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Welcome Blogathon Canada visitors!

and Hello to all my regular readers!  I hope you all enjoy the great selection of Canadian bloggers brought to you this week by Blogathon Canada, sponsored by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop, who can be found over at Stacey's blog, Stacey in Stitches, or at Jessica's, Momiji Studio.  You just might find a giveaway or two!

Sew Sisters Blog 
 Don't forget to also pop over to the Sew Sisters and the Blogathon Canada website blog for a chance to win some Aurifil.

This morning I only have a few pictures of a piece I've been working on for a reveal next weekend, over at the Tangled Textiles.  You can read more about my thought process and progress on it here and here.
But for now, here are some pictures of my progress:
centre, showing my guidelines

working on the feathers
cross hatching and points

Hope you enjoy the blog hop!

Happy quilting! Janet