Saturday, January 21, 2017

A Few Blocks and some EPP

I stole a few moments of sewing time this week and made this 12.5" block for this month's comfort quilt for the Elgin Piecemakers guild.  The colour this month are green, purple and white.  I got out some graph paper and drew this out before piecing it.  

The purple and green fabrics are fairly new to my stash but the white on white print has been hanging around my sewing room for several years!  

During our weekly sewing night, I worked on these flower blocks for my elephant parade quilt.  On Friday afternoon, two more little elephants herded onto my design wall...

I have all the yellow pieces and the black ears cut out for the rest of the elephants already so it should not take too long to finish the last 9 small elephants for this quilt.  

Tonight, I took out my English paper piecing and made another hexie flower. I started a third and then ran out of paper hexagons...  

Here are all the hexie flowers so far as well as the first plus sign for another EPP project.  

I like the way the organic wavy lines look on the plus sign.  

I have some more black and white scraps to use for this project.  I may add some splashes of colour as well...

I am linking up to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.  I hope to make a few more plus signs tomorrow. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Catching Up has been over two weeks since I last blogged!  Life has been busy and I have not had much sewing time lately so there was nothing to blog about...

Today was the Janiary meeting of the London Modern Quilt Guild.  In the morning, after the announcements, one of our members taught English paper piecing.  We were each given some paper hexagons and a needle.  I brought along a couple of 2.5" charm packs to use.  

I made a flower this morning and started another one tonight when I got home.  I'm not sure what I will make with these but I will keep making them until I run out of the gray and black fabrics In the charm pack.  

After lunch, another member of the guild taught us how to make zipper pouches.  I used some camera fabric that has been in my stash for at least a year and some leftover fabric from my daughter's graduation quilt to make my pouch.  I had the zipper as well. By the end of the day, my pouch was done! 

The pouch pattern came from the  Noodlehead blog and now that I know how to make it, I may try making some more in different sizes!  

I am late to the party, but I decided to make this year's Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.  So far, I have the neutral four patches from step one just about done.  

I'm not in a rush to get this quilt done, but will work away on it as I have time.  I have fabrics chosen out for all of the other blocks in the quilt and they are set aside.  

Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts is having a Christmas quilt sew along so I decided to jump in and make a new Christmas quilt.  It is only one block every two weeks so I hope to be able to stay caught up.  I made my first block tonight...Christmas stockings! 

I hope to get Elephant Parade back on the rails soon too.  It was put aside in favour of sewing Christmas gifts.  

Here is my final stash report for 2016...better late than never!  

Fabric used since my last stash report: 61.35yards
Total fabric used  in 2016: 122.45 yards
Fabric added to the stash since my last report: 44.5 yards.
Total fabric added in 2016: 112.25 yards
Net fabric used in 2016:  10.2 yards

At least I landed in the black!

I will link up with Kathy and the other Slow Sunday Stitchers tomorrow.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 in Review

The end of the year is a good time to look back at what I have accomplished this year and look forward to 2017 as well.

Here are some of my finishes for 2016:


This quilt was made for a Syrian refugee child.

I made this pincushion at the London Modern Quilt Guild meeting in January.


My husband and I made and installed a design wall in my sewing room.


I completed my "in the Coop" chicken quilt.


My Stitch and Flip Garden from a Jacquie Gering workshop--flimsy completed.  Hoping to get this one quilted in 2017.


Round and Round wall hanging. 


I completed my daughter's graduation quilt.


Flannel Vortex, made for a friend going through cancer treatments.

Modern Wedge .  There were lots of finishes in the late summer/early fall so I would have quilts to display at the London Friendship Quilters Guild show in October.

October and November

I made lots of pillows to sell at a local craft show and to give as Christmas gifts.  Above are a few of the pillows I made.

Placemats for Meals on Wheels.

Baby quilt

Fall table runner for a hostess gift.


Wool Applique sheep for my MIL for Christmas

Bees wall hanging, also for my MIL

Pillows for my nieces. 

As I looked over what I finished in 2016, there were lots of other blog posts showing great progress on other projects.  I need to make a list of goals for 2017--that will be another post. 

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Gifts for My Nieces

We have twin nieces who are heading off to university this fall.  Their parents gave them some items for their dorm rooms for Christmas including duvet covers so I made them pillows for their beds for Christmas.  I made quite a few gifts this year and found myself getting up at 6 am on Christmas Eve to make the last pillow.

The red maple leaf fabric has been in my stash for a while but most of the white prints were recent acquisitions. There are bicycles, snowmen in trucks, birds, a library, maple leaves, a beaver, a lacrosse stick and part of a hockey stick in the white fabrics.  My daughter picked the quilting stitch.  

The second pillow is a Union Jack.  The pillows will go with the international travel theme of their duvet covers. I used Christine's patterns for both of these pillows.  I was happy that both girls loved their pillows!  

Now that I am finished making Christmas gifts, I can get back to my other sewing projects.  Christine and I are already planning our next sewing day!  

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

This morning, Kathy asked us to post pictures of our handmade ornaments on our Christmas trees.  I snapped a few pictures to share.

My daughter made this ornament for us when she was in grade one.  
She is 25 years old so we have had this one on our tree for several years.

My friend, Pat, made this cross stitch picture for a card which she gave us when we moved into our house.  I made it into an ornament for the tree. 

This was made by my friend, Meridyth, also as a card and then I made it into an ornament. 

Pat knit these for me last year.  

On a hand stitching note, my next project will be English paper piecing, courtesy of Cathy.

She made me this handwork carrying case and some paper piecing papers for Christmas.

This should be a fun project.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Another gift done...the Bee's Knees

Last Summer, during the Row by Row experience shop hop, I picked up a pattern for a row at Quilty Pleasures in Orleans, Ontario.  Although I did not make a row quilt, I decided that this row would make a great table runner for my MIL for Christmas.  Her father was a bee keeper so this pattern was perfect for a gift for her.  I dug through my yellow stash and picked out fabrics for the hexagons. 

The bees are fused onto the background pieced hexagons. I quilted around each hexagon by machine. 

Since bees like flowers, I decided to use this large daisy bring on the back.  The black and white stripe is perfect for the binding.

Once the binding was on, I used perle cotton thread for the trails behind the bees.

Here is the finished runner. I think my MIL will be pleased.

Only one week until Christmas and only (!!!!) two more gifts to make... Yikes.  I need to get busy!