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Welcome to my world where I try to figure out what I'm going to do next! These days, it is mostly quilting, but you never know what it might be... come find out with me!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WIP Wednesday

except this is more of a show it Wednesday, as I finished this one up on Monday, but it is what I've been working on!
I was trying to decide whether my Modern Quilt Guild - VMQG - Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels piece was going to be a wall hanging or become a pillow.  The pillow won out, although I need to get a much bigger pillow form - it currently has a 16" one, needs a 20".  It has an invisible zipper to make the change over easy.

pillow
the orange peel quilting was inspired by one of the fabrics in the pack

pillow 2
sloppy corners will disappear with a bigger form - I hope!
http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/2014/07/wip-wednesday-151-tn.html


Happy quilting! 
Janet

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Finished the feathers


although with my relaxed style of feathers, this was no real hardship! I stitched the spine first to make sure I was smooth around the corners, then just started feathering.

glowing star
Feathered border
feather border
Detail shots

feather detail feather closeup
So, what comes next?  The third one, although it is getting a real quick allover pattern.


Linking up to Amy's Free Motion Monday Quilting Adventure - Feathers Week 2

and WIP Wednesday at The Needle and Thread Network
http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/2014/07/wip-wednesday-150-tn.html


Happy quilting!
Janet

Sunday, July 13, 2014

on to the next one

After all the straight line quilting of the last two quilts, (here and here) I needed some feathers!

Angle shot

This is another little tabletopper that will be donated to our charity fundraising efforts at our quilt show in October.

centre


middle
stitched in ditch all seams then started with a square feather wreath in the middle
feather plumes in various shapes and configurations followed
corner

side

I've finished the centre medallion, now to feather the borders.
y&b 1 

I'm linking up to Amy's Freemotion Quilting Adventures - her theme this month is feathers, which works for me!  Lots of eyecandy going on over there!  This little quilt will probably appear again once the borders are finished this week.

Hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend,
Happy quilting! 
Janet

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Production rate has dropped off

But that's okay - through the week there is no way I can maintain the same level of output as I achieved last weekend, but I am happy to report I did finish the quilting in the purple sections of this table-topper.

quilting

I wanted to do as much of it as possible with my rulers, just so that I could become really comfortable with them.  In truth, I can do the straight lines around the edges faster without the rulers, but that's not giving myself the practice with them that I was looking for!

quilting2
curved crosshatching and straight lines done with long arm rulers on my domestic machine

I think I'm getting there!  Now to decide what - if anything - I quilt in the yellow border - any suggestions?

I think I need to do something with feathers now!

Happy quilting!
Janet

Saturday, July 5, 2014

the spark

cleaning up my sewing room was the spark I needed to get back in there and start creating!  In the last two days I've:

made a skirt
simple A-line skirt - I've had this fabric in my stash for a couple of years,
made 8 napkins

Christmas fabric I won at retreat
quilted a baby quilt



baby quilt in progress
for my grandson
baby quilt quilting finished
trimming and binding left
sandwiched 3 table toppers

pieced by someone else - these will all be donations
half done the quilting of one of them
yellow & purple stars
practicing with my rulers

detail
 

What was the impetus for finally cleaning up my space so I could actually be this productive???  Wish I could say it was just time to do it, but chances are I wouldn't have done it on my own, 'coz I am just unbelievably lazy when it comes to cleaning up!  

So, Mad about Patchwork, a wonderful modern Canadian fabric shop, is hosting Sew Canadian a blog hop that will be taking you into the sewing space of various Canadian quilters, and I was asked to participate!  No way I was taking pictures of how my studio was looking!
Every Sunday in July and August, starting tomorrow, July 6, Mad About Patchwork will be posting about two Canadian bloggers' studios.  You get to see where some of your favourite bloggers create, and there will also be a linky party where you can show off your sewing space, too!  

Here's who is participating and when they will be featured:
Schedule:
July 6th – Patti @Retired to Quilt and Krista @Poppyprint
July 13th – Dominique @The Running Thimble and Cinzia @Deux Petites Souris
July 20th – Anita @Daydreams of Quilts and Lorna @Sew Fresh Quilts
July 27th – Shena @Apple Pie Patchwork and Katherine @Sew Me Something Good
August 3rd – Felicity @Felicity Quilts and Josee @The Charming Needle
August 10th – Janet @What Comes Next and M-R @Quilt Matters
August 17th – Erica @Happy Fabric and Jacqui @Treadle Quilts
August 24th – Leanne @She Can Quilt and Jaclyn @Jaclyn Quilts
August 31st – Pam @Mad About Patchwork and Laura @Waffle Kisses


Can't wait to go check out everyone's space, and maybe get some new ideas that will have me spending more time keeping my area neat and tidy!

Happy quilting!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day!

Sunshine

picnics

fireworks

quilting

- whatever the day brings

enjoy!







Happy quilting!

Monday, June 30, 2014

bye bye June

I don't know about you, but June has just flown by for me!  Did it stop and rest awhile with you?  Is that where it got too?

I did have a couple of weeks away - my husband and I headed east to St Catharines Ontario to take in the Canadian Quilters' Association's Quilt Canada - their annual conference and show.  I took a workshop, and then we spent a week and a half doing the tourist thing - we had a wonderful time!

Quilt Canada was great!  The National Juried Show (NJS) was amazing - so many wonderful quilts - I kept going back to be inspired anew.  What was also great was seeing that a few of my friends won ribbons - congratulations Leanne and Terry!  They took first and second in the Modern Wallquilt or Bed Quilt category.  You can see their quilts and the other winners here.

My two day workshop was with Lenore Crawford and was on painting and fusing.  It was an interesting technique, and I can see myself using it again, although I need to do a lot of practicing with the painting side of it!  Here's my wip - I'm pretty pleased with how it is looking, although there is still a lot to do before it is finished.

After getting back, I spent a couple of days cleaning up and organizing my sewing space - I really cannot describe just how bad it had gotten, and no, I did not take any before pictures, but here's how it looked on Sunday morning after I had finished - I can actually see my floor and the surface on my cutting table - who knew???
While I've made really good progress, there are still two large - and I really do mean the large ones! Rubbermaid containers hidden away under the cutting table that are stuffed to the gills with scraps.  I'm going to have to tackle them eventually, but I need more strength (or is it wine?) before that happens!
This morning, because the studio was so bright and clean, I decided it was the perfect time to tackle my MQG - Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels challenge that I'm doing with the VMQG.  There was a little piecing involved - no real plan just a cut and ponder, cut and place, shuffle and repeat kind of process, and then on to the really fun stuff!
Some organic straightline stitching - possibly bordering on "industrial"?

VMQG - MQG Michael Miller Petal Pinwheel challenge 1

a few continuous curves thrown in to offset the "straight" lines

VMQG - MQG Michael Miller Petal Pinwheel challenge 2

and it is looking like this - not done yet, but we're getting there!

VMQG - MQG Michael Miller Petal Pinwheel challenge 3

I have a few weeks left before I have to have it done, so as long a July cooperates and doessn't fly by, i should be good!

One of the things I was working on in May that I didn't show you here was a signature quilt for a couple of really lovely ladies - a mother and daughter, who are moving to the interior of BC.  They have been such a wonderful part of my traditional guild, and have done so much, inspiring so many, that when the email came out that a signature quilt was being made for them, I jumped at the chance to quilt it.  I generally don't do a lot of quilting for others, but these two are special, and I was so happy to be able to do this. Here are a few shots of the quilt and the quilting, and then one of the presentation.
 

 

Lyn and Edna - thank you!  You are always so encouraging and inspiring, I'm so glad I had the opportunity to meet you!

Happy quilting!

linking up to The Needle and Thread WIP Wednesday this week.