Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Pink Lemonade Finished!

I finally got around to putting the binding on this quilt and getting it out in the sun for some pics. I chose Citrus for the binding which I love. The girl at my LQS thought it might be a bit bright but she obviously doesn't know that bright is my thing.

Please excuse the snow, there's not really any part of my yard that isn't covered with the stuff.

Here's a close-up of the quilting. I had some fun with it using some parts that criss-cross and some that don't.  


Added a little strip of color on the back just for fun.

This quilt is up for sale in my Etsy shop which is linked on the front of my blog. It is a great size for a play mat (38"x41") which is used during something called "tummy time" I'm told.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

I Heart Kona!

Jenn over at A Quarter Inch from the Edge issued a challenge for Kona enthusiasts to curate their own bundles. I jumped at the chance since I have felt the ones I was receiving to be a little dull. Here's what I came up with:

These first two are actually the same bundle. Amazing how different they look just by changing the lighting a bit. I admit that the lighting is not the greatest but it's winter in Nova Scotia and there's not that much natural light to be had.

L-R Caribbean, Cyan, Aqua, Azure + White for the background

I have actually been using these colors in a current quilt so that's why I chose them. I think it will work quite well. It had better because I'm in the middle of cutting out over 100 flower petals with these colors.

Top-Bottom Azure, Aqua, Cyan, Caribbean + white background
 Then I just had a little fun pulling colors from my stash. I love the combination of the coal with bright colors.

L-R Azure, Sprout, Punch + Coal Background
Tried the Palette Builder from Play Crafts with a picture of Darwin haha

Well, that was fun! What would you pick?

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Pink Lemonade

What?!? I'm using pink? That's right, I'm going all crazy up in here. It must be the cold weather or something. I love lemonade and for some reason, the pink lemonade tastes even better. I don't know why. Anyway, when I started to do up my Kona challenge list, I realized that I had a ton of pink that I needed to use up. I'm on a bit of a fabric diet so this was a good chance to play with some stuff I already had.

I knew I wanted to do HSTs but what layout?

Flying Geese?

All Crazy?

I decided to go with the flying geese but put one row facing down to mix things up a bit. Then I added some white in between the rows and as a border (not shown). 

Still working on the quilting which I should be done very soon. I was on an HST kick though so I did some of my charity blocks for our guild. We are using the colors as set forward by the Modern Quilt Guild. I surprised myself by having almost all of the colors - Wasabi, Cerise, Glacier and Bahama Blue (clockwise starting top left). The only one missing was Cedar. I will have to get some of that soon. I know that MadAboutPatchwork has a bundle that I might get.
I'm having fun with these HSTs and might do a bunch more! Wooooo! No pink this time, though.

Friday, 16 January 2015

The Kona Challenge!

Jenn over at A Quarter Inch From The Edge gets full credit for this idea but I thought I would copy her. She made a list of all the Kona colors including the newest ones and crossed off each project she has made with them. I did this today while cross-referencing all of my purchases from Mad About Patchwork. It's been a while for some of them but I think I did a pretty good job with my listing. Have a look at it and tell me what you think here. Clearly I am using way too much Chartreuse and Bahama Blue because I stopped adding to those lists as they got too full.

In my reminiscing and sorting, I realized that there were a couple of quilts that although finished, were never posted. I think it may be because I finished them before I started the blog but nonetheless should be included.

This first one is baby HSTs (half-square triangles). I think it's actually the only HST quilt I have done. Crazy, eh? It was a quilt for a prego co-worker. I've been feeling HSTs again though so I may attempt something else soon.

And here's one that I made for my mom a couple of Christmases ago. I call it Fall Colors. It matches my mom and her house and also managed to tick off quite a few colors that I wouldn't normally use. This was before I learned to Free-motion quilt so it's looking a bit saggy - please excuse my early lack of skills. I actually don't even remember how this was quilted - maybe just in the ditch between squares?

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Odds N Ends

Hey folks, I have a few little odds and ends to post. These have been on my instagram but I haven't shared them over here (silly me!). With my machine at the shop for a whole 4 days now, I'm feeling a bit at a loss. I even organized my sewing room last night! Clearly, I'm getting desperate. So, here's what I was up to before I broke my machine:

My Ghostbusters wall hanging which is currently up at the Dart Gallery

Wall hanging with my pillow below it.
Ghostbusters pillow now available at The Dart Gallery

My pouch for the swap with the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild - plus the goodies to go inside

Rocket Raccoon costume Eric made for my nephew
Beauty wool blanket I bought at the Acadia Craft Fair

Darwin, being adorable.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Halloween Madness

As frequent readers of my blog know - Halloween is a little nuts in my house. Eric LOVES it. We usually do a costume for my nephew but this year, my niece wanted one too. Like every 9 year old girl this year, she wanted to be Elsa from the terrible movie Frozen. We tried to order a costume online but after jerking us around for a few weeks, we found that the company we had ordered from didn't even make them in her size. So, in desperation, I decided to make it myself. Luckily, McCalls has a pattern with this awkward kid on the front.
I'm probably never going to make a dress again. It turned out fine but these fabrics are hell to work with. I don't know if the sizes run really big or if I am just terrible at this but the end result was a little baggy on the kid.

It's fine as she's probably going to want to wear it for every event for the next 3 years and I don't want her to look too skanky. All she needs now is a blonde wig...and based on current temperatures maybe a white jacket to wear under it.

Here's Liv not helping. She went through my scraps and randomly sewed them together. Then asked me to finish her mess into the ugliest pillow ever. Needless to say, I have not found time to do that.

I did have time to finish this cute Chevron quilt for a housewarming gift. Only 5 months late!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Jet Set Radio

Hi all, last week while on vacation I finished up a commission quilt that I thought I'd show you. This is the last applique quilt for a while - I neeeeeed to get back to piecing! Jet Set Radio is an old video game which makes sense because the person who commissioned this owns a video game store.

The quilting looks badass with those shadows!

Excuse the wet spot on the bottom right - had to clean off some quilting lines I had drawn.

It's easier to see the quilting from the back. I echoed around the main logo and then added a couple of areas at the bottom where I put in some more of the circle-y things that were in the logo.

Not too much witty commentary today. I'm back to work after 2 weeks off and super sleepy. Enjoy the pics.