Thursday, May 13, 2021

Hexies galore and Free Motion Mavericks

I can't believe  it - I totally forgot that I had a post and a link up due today. I did vaguely think about it this week and then my sleep deprived brain skipped right over it. Such is life these days! 😊 

Hexies galore

In my last hexie related post in February (link below), I mentioned that I wanted to make large hexie flowers around the borders of my mass of hexies. Since then, I've added a couple of them. These help me define the borders so that I can keep adding smaller hexie flowers and other shapes within the body of the quilt. To give you come perspective, it could now be a small lap quilt or a large baby quilt. I think that I would like it to be a large lap quilt, but that could change 😊 

My hexie quilt so far

I love these wonderful soft colours

I really needed more purple!

I've been participating in the #100hexies100days2021 which is organised by @sewfoxymama. She's done an amazing job getting weekly themes and prizes. Thanks!!! Here are this year's themes.

Our themes this year

Theme 1 - Sewer's Choice

In the last couple of years on this challenge, I've seen a few hand-embroidered hexies. I really wanted to do that too! I used slightly bigger hexies that I will incorporate in my Traveller's blanket. All of these are on my hand-dyed or painted fabrics.

Larger embroidered hexies for my Traveller's Blanket

Theme 2 - Treasures

Since I work for Parks Canada, I thought that I would highlight our national treasures - National Historic Sites, National Parks and Marine Conservation Areas. I included the stars because we have a couple of night sky preserves where there is minimal light pollution. The card is one I purchased years ago in Banff, Alberta. It's photographed by Ursula A Krol.

Parks Canada's National Treasures

Theme 3 - Rainbow

One rainbow coloured hexie in the middle is surrounded by colours of the rainbow.

Samandra and rainbow hexies

Chevy is perhaps not as impressed as she could be!

Theme 4 - Party

Reasons to get together and party! The tulips represent the May long weekend and the Ottawa Tulip Festival.

Many of these symbolize events worthy of a party!

Flowers are required at a hexie party!

Theme 5 - Happiness

Happiness is a pet's love - this one is for Chevy!

Hexies with doggy fabrics!

For Chevy who brings lots of happiness to our lives!

Theme 6 - Berry Cute

I don't really have many berry fabrics but with a little imagination, some of these fabrics represent berries. Of course the sun is in the centre since you don't get berries without it!

Berry extravaganza! 

Theme 7 - Black & White

Black and white on a
 black and white background

Theme 8 - I Spy

Lots of fun things for I Spy 

Theme 9 - Big and Small

After looking at my fabrics, I settled on big and small stripes. Both the fish and the frog in the fabric are stripped. My kitchen was a good source of stripped items for the background.

Big & Small stripes

Theme 10 - Hearts

Heart fabric hexies surrounded
by a FMQ heart shaped feather 

Lots of fun hearts 💖

Theme 11 - FairyTale

I don't have much fairytale fabric - so there was a lot of trying to make links to the theme. I broadened the theme to include myths and folklore. See if you can figure out what the fabrics represent! For the chicken, imagine that it's laying a pink diamond egg! 😊 Even Chevy participated by letting me use her gingerbread man as a prop!

The gingerbread man with other
Fairytale or myth related hexies 

Disney - a large influence on modern fairytales

What I learned
  • Kimono Silk Thread
    I wish I had some Shrek fabric for the fairytale theme! I don't have a lot of novelty fabrics but it is possible to make them work with some imagination.
  • The image here is of my white Kimono Silk Thread which I use exclusively for stitching hexies's almost empty!!!
  • I realised that I haven't posted an update on my Traveller's Blanket in ages. It may be slow going but I do work on it occasionally. It's now on my list of things to post about.
  • I was going to say that I need more sleep to stay organised but since I've never been really organised in my may go beyond sleep 😄
  • I have taken out my son's quilt and the fabric to make the borders. We figured out roughly how large it will be. Now I need to actually do it! Reality check - there are three weekends left before the end of May!
  • Update! I had a little huge scare on Friday. My post was deemed to have nefarious coding and disappeared without explanation or trace....and my blog was tagged as dangerous!!! After trying a few things and running a scan of my computer, I just left it in disgust. On Saturday I received an email from Blogger to say that it had removed my post because of the coding... and then later in the day, I got another email saying that upon review, it had been deemed to be ok and replaced.  After a while to cool down, I went into blogger and had to republish the post...everything was ok...phew. I realise that Blogger has to be careful but until I heard from Blogger, I was wondering if my blog had been highjacked or something - I didn't know if I could ever post again....and that made me very sad. I have spent too many years working hard at this to abandon it. Anyway, all is well and I'm so glad that my post and blog is no longer deemed a threat! (Huge sigh of relief!!!)
Related links
Linking parties

Free Motion Mavericks

Welcome to week 331 of Free Motion Mavericks. Thanks to everyone who linked up last time. I hope you had a chance to see them all! I did, however want to highlight Denise's Patchwork Flowers quilt. I just loved those yummy colours - what a feast for the eyes. If you didn't visit, it's never too late.

Denise at For the Love of Geese made this lovely vibrant Patchwork Flowers quilt
Now it's your turn!

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Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Virtual Fibre Art Show and OMG

I hope that May is treating you well. It's still cold and rainy in Ottawa but then it is only May 😊 

Fibre Fling 2021 Virtual Art Show

The Out of the Box Fibre Art Group is proud to present our first virtual art show. I really hope that you will visit - the art is really amazing!

Here are the posters for the event. Does one of those pieces look familiar?

Fibre-Fling 2021

Fibre-Fling 2021

Fibre-Fling 2021

Fibre-Fling 2021

The posters may feature art from previous shows but I think that this year's show is one of our best. Of course it's not the same as seeing everything in person, but then I wouldn't be able to invite you all to attend!😊 

As usual, I have entered the maximum number of art pieces that we are allowed. If you check it out, you will see my latest piece, After the Storm. I'll write up the post in the next week or so. It's one of my favourite pieces. (I think I often say that after I finish my latest!)

I hope that you'll go visit. It's well worth it!

May One Monthly Goal (OMG)

I've had a lot of fun posting on Instagram, but it's time to get back to work! I'm sure that that is what my son is thinking.😁

My OMG for May is to finish piecing Version 2.0 of my Mother's Quilt to my Son.

Ready for the borders!

By the end of the month, I want to: 

  • Add the borders (figure out exactly how big I want it to be, cut and piece);
  • Sandwich it (that is one huge job and the kitchen floor needs to be clean to do it!)
  • With my son, discuss and plan the quilting of Version 2.0 based on my mother's notes to my son

If I can start free motion quilting (FMQ) it, that would be a bonus!

Front page of Notes from my mother to my son
A story about his quilt

Translation: The Stéphane Quilt by Thérèse Lamontagne in Kirkland Lake June 2000. Story written by a grand-mother that explains the quilt that she made for her grandson when he turned nine years of age.

With my son's permission, I will share some of the story as I FMQ Version 2.0

I'm not adding a What I learned section because I haven't seemed to learn it...I think that this quilt has been an OMG at least 2 or 3 times....let's see if I can do it this time! For added inspiration, I'm pulling the quilt top and the border fabric and hanging them on the banister! 

Related links

Linking parties

I'll be linking up to the May One Monthly Goal (OMG) with Patty at Elm Street Quilts, as well as other fun linking parties. Let's check them out! Monday Making, Midweek Makers, Patchwork & Quilts, Off the Wall Friday, Put Your Foot Down, Design Wall Monday, Needle & Thread Thursday, Can I  Get A Whoop Whoop?

Monday, May 03, 2021

Week 5 of #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art)

Last week was the end of the #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art). It was a great finish, even if I was less organised as the month went on. I want to thank Frédérique of Quilting Patchwork Appliqué for a wonderful challenge. I really learned a lot and am so happy to have participated. Here's a look at the last week's post.

V is for Village

This project, Amalfi Coast Happy Village was one of my first art quilts, although I didn't realise it at the time. It was made during a workshop with the owner of a local quilt shop and based on Karen Eckmeier's book, Happy Villages. The image is loosely based on a postcard that I bought in the Amalfi Coast in Italy. 

Amalfi Coast Happy Village - my first art quilt

Putting Amalfi Coast Happy Village together 

Happy Villages by
Karen Eckmeier

W is for Weaving

This piece is called Ciboulette Stitches. It was created based on a workshop with Sue Stone through Weaving was my first passion and it was great to incorporate it into my art. BTW ciboulette is chives in French. 

Ciboulette Stitches on a woven background

Lovely ciboulette flowers

The real thing in the garden

X is Xerothermic

Xerothermic is an adjective used to describe dry and hot climates. Isn't Google amazing? I actually learned a new word 😊! 

This piece is called South-West art quilt. It was begun at a workshop at my local quilt shop, Quilty Pleasures, in 2010. I had done what I could, but had no idea how to finish all of the grasses in the foreground. Finally it came to me – couching! So the piece was finished in 2015 as part of a UFO challenge. 

The quilt hangs in my daughter's room as a reminder of our wonderful vacations in the American South-West.
South-West Art Quilt

Couching was the solution that I
was looking for!
Lighting up the sky

Y is for Yellow

This piece is called “Keep Calm and Stitch”. I stitched and beaded the word “Calm” since it’s my word of the year - I didn't realise until then that my unconscious word of the year for 2020 was Frenzy. That's why I consciously chose Calm. 

This piece was made in January for the first challenge of the year of Project Quilting 2021. The theme was to use the Pantone colours of the year – Illuminating and Ultimate Gray. To avoid last year's Frenzy and to remain calm, this is the only one of the Project Quilting challenges that I did this year. I did enjoy it and hopefully it's something that I will continue to participate in, at least occasionally. 

“Keep Calm and Stitch” - for the Project Quilting 2021

Details: buttons, couching
and stitching

More slow stitching to remain calm 

Beading and various
embroidery stitches

Z is for Zigzag

This practice piece is zigzag crosses. It is a Sashiko stitch that I learned from Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby of Shibaguyz Designz in a virtual workshop. I also bought their book, Boro & Sashiko to keep on learning. Now that I know how to create the grids to stitch Sashiko, I really love it and hope to keep adding it to my art quilts. 

It's too bad that this last post wasn't an example of something in a real art quilt but the only other word that I might have used was zillion, as in a zillion beads in an art quilt. I am working on a project that feels like it has a zillion beads in it but when I looked at it, it didn't look like it even had tons of beads, let alone a zillion 😁.

Sashiko stitching zigzag crosses

What I learned
  • Although it required a lot of preparation, this was a great challenge.
  • I think what I underestimated the most was the time to prepare the posts since I didn't want to just put in what I had said on Instagram.
  • It was a great experience to see most of the art quilts that I have done over the years. Many of them have been created since belonging to the's Stitch Club, for which I am very thankful.
  • I know that I've learned so much as an artist about colour, composition and techniques, but I'm pretty impressed with some of my earlier works. Most are pretty good!
  • Now that this rush is over, I'm looking forward to reading some of the other participants' posts 😊
Related links
Linking parties
I will be linking up to many fun linking parties this week. You can still link up to Free Motion Mavericks until Tuesday evening. After that, make sure to visit Muv and link up thereMonday Making, Design Wall Monday, Oh Scrap!, Patchwork & Quilts

Thursday, April 29, 2021

An Out of this World Finish on Free Motion Mavericks

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks, week 329. After making the Pinwheels and Stars blocks years ago, putting them together to make a baby quilt and then using it as my free motion quilting (FMQ) project for almost a year, it's now finished!  

Pinwheels and Stars baby quilt

It's finally over 😊. Although not technically perfect, I really love how this quilt came out.

Pinwheels & Stars  baby quilt finished!

The picture on the chair pose

Chevy's turn

As I mentioned in my #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art) post this weekend, (under U for UFO), I added some swirls, loops and stars. I did it all in white Omni Thread from Superior Threads and my regular lilac WonderFil Konfetti in the bobbin. I did take the time to make sure that these threads worked well together...and they did!

Free Motion Quilting between space related objects

Free Motion Quilting between space related objects

If I'm a little late publishing this post, it's because it's too late to get good pictures of the finished quilt tonight and this is too important of a finish to settle for night pictures. I'm not sure that tomorrow will be much better with all the rain in the forecast, but at least there will be daylight.

Just to recap this project:

  • I introduced the Pinwheels & Stars Baby Quilt on May 13 of last year - so almost a year ago!
  • I drew some pinwheel FMQ designs that I found on the Internet and started quilting the next week.
  • On July 8 I finished FMQ the pinwheel blocks

    image of 7 FMQ designs for pinwheel blocks
    Seven FMQ designs for pinwheel blocks

  • By the end of July, I had found some star FMQ designs and started the quilting in August.
  • By the end of November, with a few weeks off for other projects, I finished FMQ the star blocks and started making plans for all of that yummy negative space.
image of 6 FMQ designs for star blocks
Six FMQ designs for star blocks
This was the original flexible plan.

Drawing of a possible FMQ plan for the negative space

  • I then started doing research and practiced drawing the important elements like the Earth and the Moon.
  • I also discovered on the NASA and the Canadian Space Agency websites, information about the Artemis Project. I practiced drawing and then in January, started FMQ and added the Earth, the Moon and these to the quilt. If you want to learn more, you'll have to go to the original posts (see Related links).
  • The Sun was added in March and then things got productive after that. In April I added all of the other planets of our Solar System as well as some funky and fun stars, nebula and even a UFO! 
Our far

What I learned
  • It's been an amazing journey. I found some great designs to FMQ the pinwheels and stars. 
  • Then came all of the space journey - Wow! 
  • The FMQ filler between the space objects was fast and furious. I loved it! I actually did slow down so that my tension would be ok but I just zipped along which was really nice after working so hard on coming up with different motifs for the rest of the quilt.
  • I wasn't sure how it would all look before I added the background quilting but I am so, so happy with it. 😁 It's exactly what it needed. 
  • I had a bit of a stressful moment when I realised that I didn't have any more backing fabric, which I was going to use for the binding. So I contacted my local quilt shop, Quilty Pleasures, and told the salesperson what I wanted - a very, very light mauve or purple, either solid or close to it. She had exactly what I needed. I ordered it online and picked it up that afternoon.

Related links

Here are the links that I mentioned, in the same order:

Linking parties

This is my April One Monthly Goal...Yeah it's done!!! I will also be linking up to all of those fun finished parties that I don't often link to 😊. Before you check them out, make sure to link up your own project to Free Motion Mavericks below. Put Your Foot Down, Needle & Thread Thursday, Finished or Not Finished Friday, TGIFF!. Brag About Your Beauties, Let's Make Baby Quilts!, Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup, Off The Wall Friday, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Peacock Party, Patchwork & Quilts, Monday Making

Free Motion Mavericks

Thanks to those who joined us last time. It was really great to see the SAHRR (Stay At Home Round Robin) Parade Finale at Quilting Gail's. I wish I had joined them in this very cool project, but I did hear that there should be another one next winter, so I'm going to try to plan around that! If you didn't see the great quilts, including Gail's lovely here, do check them out!

Quilting Gail's finish for the SAHRR

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