Sunday, December 02, 2012

Finishing Quilts!

Fall is almost over.  I've been in the mood to finish things. I've almost finished piecing that Quilt-Along quilt  - there's just the border to do. But since I want to make a piano keys border, it'll have to wait until after Christmas.

Alexandre's Quilt
I did get two quilts completed.  This colourful quilt is for Alexandre. I sure hope he likes it!
Kai's Tiger Quilt

This tiger beauty is for Kai. He loves tigers.  I hope that they will keep him warm and comfy.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Summer can't be over!!!

Can you believe it? It's mid-August, the kids are getting ready to go back to school and I haven't done half of what I wanted to get done this summer. Every year it's the same thing...hmmm, isn't that the definition of insanity - doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? Oh well, maybe next year!

I have been busy, but not necessarily quilting. I did buy lots of fabric :-)  I guess that counts for something.
Eleven Blocks Completed!
Here are the eleven blocks in our Beginner's Quilt-Along. I was running behind, but am now caught up (for now).

I've really enjoyed making these blocks. After making 8 blocks with half-square triangles, I can safely say that I am now comfortable with the technique that makes two half-square triangles at a time. Here's the link if you want to find out how to do it. The only problem was that I actually got over confident and then forgot to trim all of my half-square triangles. Pulling block # 10 apart will probably remind me for the next time!

Block # 11 using quarter-square triangles
I then learned how to use the same technique to then make quarter-square triangles. That was very cool. Here is the link for the quarter-square triangles.

This whole project has been done using tone-on-tone for each block.  It's been a really fun experience.  Those fabrics are not that easy to find, especially when looking for contrast. This block was all in golds and I was lucky to find fabric that had more white in it.  My favourite colour is burgundy - try finding a light burgundy! It's probably called pink!

We only have two blocks left, so I know that one of them will be lighter, brighter greens. The other one will probably be purples, cause you can't have too much purple!

Keep on quilting and enjoy the cooler weather!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Gotta Quilt

Block #5 Count the stars

It's been a crazy summer - too much heat and too many changes. AGHH! When you can't sleep because your mind is spinning, get up and plan a quilt or two!  Of course, once you start thinking about math, squares and yardage, don't be surprised if it then takes you another hour or two to fall asleep :-)

I've got two quilts planned, as well as my fall wardrobe. I'm going to Fabricland as soon as I get home tonight for their sale. Hopefully I'll be able to show you the results in a few weeks.

Block #6 Go on a picnic

I have, however, finished a couple more squares for the Quilt-Along. This is too much fun! I just love the fact that I only have to make one block per week. Sampler quilts are fun, but when I think about all of the different blocks I have to make, it becomes way too daunting. One block per week is definitely the way to go!

I should be getting my Mom's sewing machine back from getting its (probably 1st) cleaning. My old trusty is still great, but I can't use my 1/4 inch foot. What a disaster.

Keep the faith (which ever one works) and keep quilting.

Friday, June 29, 2012

More Quilt-Along Squares to Share

I am very happy that my first 4 squares for the Beginners' Quilt-Along are made, on time and looking not too shabby! 

I made square #4 last night. I decided on a dark and light pink...but misread the instructions (again...I think I need a vacation!) and so ran out of the light pink fabric.  I really wanted that fabric so I pieced a 5 inch square to make my 2 half-square triangles.  You can tell, but I'm not sure it's critical.  I'll see when it's all together - I can always whip up another pink square #4!

Block #4 - Jump in the Pool

Block #3 - Time for Ice Cream (must be peppermint!)

Top: blocks # 1 and 3. Bottom: blocks # 4 and 2

Monday, June 18, 2012

Quilt Along

I've just posted the pictures of my first two squares in the Flickr Beginner's Quilt Along group (  I decided to do some experimenting. Since one of the quilts that I'm presently working on has monochromatic blocks (in blue, red, purple and yellow), I decided that in this new quilt, each block would be a different colour, but monochromatic within the block.

I bought a couple of brown fat quarters for the first square (I don't usually do browns). The second block is in blues (that I have tons of).

Block #1 in browns

Block #2 in blues
I was hoping not to print out all of the instructions for the blocks, but I'm now re-thinking that since I managed to make the first block way too small! Oh well, I'm now on my way.  Looking forward to seeing how my experiment will work.

Friday, June 01, 2012

A Successful Quilt Show

What a blast the quilt show was.  We had over 200 quilts on display.  The quality and variety was simply amazing! The ladies who organised the show were incredible.  My daughter and I spent most of our Saturday and Sunday at the show volunteering. That's probably a good thing, since it kept me from spending too much money! 

It's a "snap" + "dragon"

I've been busy getting the quilt show special edition of the guild newsletter ready. It's off to the printer's today and I'll be posting it on our website this weekend.  Here the link to the Newsletters page. It'll be marked June 2012.  

During the show, we had a great sitting area that was decorated as a patio and the displays were a series of rebus. They were quilted puzzles depicting things that grow in the garden. For photos of all of the rebus and their solutions, go to this link and click on "Solutions to Grow a Rebus Garden".  Can you guess what my rebus represents?

I've actually had time to start a new quilting project. It's a very simple, very colourful baby quilt for Sonya's new baby boy. It isn't as fancy as the first baby's quilt but I don't think Alexandre will care.

 I'll be joining a Beginner's Quilt-Along through the Quilting Gallery.  We'll be making a 12 inch block each week, starting June 8th and finishing in September. The quilt will have 12 or 13 blocks, sashing and borders.  I haven't decided what I'm going to use as fabric, but it'll come from my stash. Right now, I'm thinking Christmas fabrics or batiks. The only problem with batiks is that I won't want to give it away!

Stay tuned for the adventure and check out the

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Getting Ready for a Quilt Show

It's time to get ready for our Guild's Quilt Show. The Quilts in Bloom Quilt Show will take place Mother's Day weekend, May 11 to 13, 2012 at the RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive in Ottawa, Ontario.
For more info, visit our internet site at

Guild members are busy getting ready for the show. I'll be submitting 3 entries - a quilted jacket that I made during a workshop; a quilt for my niece, also made during a guild workshop; and finally a scrappy quilt. I love that one. It took a year to piece it and another year to quilt it by hand. I swear when I wrap myself in it, it's just full of love! The pattern for Colourful Scraps is from Better Homes and Gardens(2004). Quilt-Lovers' Favorites, Vol. 4.  Pattern: "Heaven's Stairway".

I just have to prepare sleeves to hang the two quilts and make labels for all of them. That should keep me out of trouble this weekend!

Here are some photos of my creations.
This is the jacket, all in fall colours. The pattern is Noelle's Jacket.
 This is my Colourful Scraps quilt.

Seattle Streets workshop quilt for my niece
Hope to see you at the show!
Happy quilting!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The First One!

I can't believe that I am actually doing this. My very own blog! I feel like a kid again.

I'm not sure I care at this point if anyone reads it, I just want to learn about blogging; talk about quilting and show off my quilting!  I realise that showing off is not polite, but I know that quilters love sharing their work with others and seeing other people's work. That's part of getting inspired.

This Christmas runner will be my first show & tell. I made it for my brother. He took an awesome picture.
Until next time,