Thursday, 29 April 2010

More Purses

My summer purse now has some friends :)

I tried the new handles I bought recently and liked them both, especially the black one.

I used that one to make a black and white purse for a friend of mine - just in time for her birthday.

I'll have to adjust the strap size for the black handles just a little bit because the openings are smaller.

The D-shaped bamboo handles were okay too - I like their look, though I did have to attach the straps a bit better because the handle would slide ride through them and turn around etc.

I also played with snaps - these are really tight, so I need to work a way to get them looser or attach them on stronger fabric - I'm worried that repeated pulling on the bag edges to open the snap would lead to torn fabric...

These are so much fun to make! I especially love the moment when I turn the whole affair inside out and suddenly that flat thing is a purse!

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

The other day was wash day, or should I say pre-wash day?

I pre-wash my fabrics on hot and spin them in the washing machine before quilting.

Sometimes I get a reminder why I have a good reason to take perfectly smooth straight fabric and make it all crinkly, apart from all the work of hand-washing in hot water, hanging the fabric to dry and ironing it...

I don't know if Should colour catchers would have taken that much dye out of the wash...

Once again, I'm confirmed in my pre-washing habit :)

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Red & Aqua Finished

Whoops, don't think I showed you the finished Red & Aqua quilt yet!

Here it is, borders and binding on, labelled, finito!

Quilting in the ditch made the quares stand out nicely:

You can see the quilting on the back, as well:

I tried a new way of labelling: no hand-sewing involved at all, I just sewed it on as a loose label with the binding. I also put the washing instructions on the label as symbols now, so whoever gets the quilt won't forget how to wash it!

I keep thinking that the quilting is boring on this quilt, but the lack of dense quiltihng makes it really fluffy. I am considering quilting some motif in some of the patches, but haven't decided yet...

What do you think? Leave it as is or add some more quilting? I was thinking maybe the frog with the crown from the backing, quilted in 3 or 4 blocks on the front?

Friday, 23 April 2010

Free As A Bird

I was having one of those days, recently... one of those days when you're one year older all of a sudden :) Just in time for that, some fabric arrived from Green Fairy Quilts, yay!

Aren't they pretty???

And for the first time every, I cut right into the fabrics - well, not much cutting to do with charm packs ;) - and used the two Freebird charm packs to start this quilt:

This will look nothing like it seems now by the time it's completed, but I'll keep you in suspense for now :)

Thursday, 22 April 2010

The Fabric Stays In Canada :)

So, I randomized the entries, then picked a number with


And on my random list that's Nanci of Quilting at the Cottage!

Nanci has left a new comment on your post ""Happy 5000th" Give Away":

I can't believe this. You know I just noted your curved piecing on my blog this morning!
I've also just finished a little quilt for my friend Peggy who is a red had society girl!
What a coincidence this is! Not only that, but I can't imagine 500 posts. Seems like yesterday doesn't it?

Congratulations Nanci! Go have a look at her blog, she's putting out a lot of quilts these days and has some funky flowers on display today :)

Isn't funny that the one time I'm about to go to the States and could have shipped the fabric really cheap within the country, I draw a Canadian winner ;)

Hope all you new visitors will want to come back for another peek some day! Thanks for entering my give-away!

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Raffle Quilt Top Complete!

One of the highlights of the jamboree was that we got to see the completed raffle quilt top! Isn't it stunning???

Here are some detail shots of the wonderful blocks!

This is one of the three blocks I contributed:

I like the blue one!

This one looks crazy - I didn't make one of these, just the new york beauty and a traditionally pieced one.

Another favourite of mine:

I made this one, too! It was my first one! Progress posted about here.

I like this one, too:

I'm just so utterly amazed that more than 20 different quilters made blocks, with all their different 1/4" seams, because they do differ! And somehow all those blocks fit together into this quilt top! I did hear a few blocks had to be ironed to death to stretch or be redone, but still, very impressive!!

The quilt will be quilted by a long-arm quilter in town and raffled off at this fall's quilt show.

*** Remember that the give-away is still open! See last post ;) ***

Give-Away Note

Thanks for all your comments so far - I'm getting some comments without email address. I've therefore added a notice to my right menu bar where you can find out how to check whether you're set up correctly and how to fix the no-reply issue!

Keep those comments coming, but make sure I can get back to you! :)

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

"Happy 5000th" Give Away

As promised, I'm having a give-away in honour of my 5000th visitor!

Here's what you could win:

.4 m of red hat fabric with matching fat quarters in light yellow and plum. (the colours in the above picture are a fairly true representation of the actual fabrics, the ones below wanted to be purple in the picture, and nothing I tried would change that :) Same fabrics though!)

Here's what you need to do to get a chance at winning:

1. First entry: Leave a comment
2. 2nd entry: Let me know if you regularly read my blog (honour system for this one as I can't tell)
3. 3rd entry: Let me know if you've commented on my blog in the past (not just for this post ;))

Pretty simple, eh? Now go tell everyone who might be interested about this!

Entries open till Thursday at noon (PEI time :) )

I'll announce and email the winner on Thursday afternoon!

Monday, 19 April 2010

Curved Piecing

Alright, as promised, here's my jamboree curved piecing project!

First, my workstation with my fabrics. I brought all my batiks, most of which I had used in the bento box wedding quilt last year. Plus, I had some oranges, reds and pinks to throw into the mix.

We received a copy of the pattern that we traced onto freezer paper and muslin.

Then we had to cut out the freezer paper pieces and pick fabrics - that was the most difficult part for me, I just can't picture the final product!
I ended up just making some educated guesses on what I wanted there, and then followed my policy of

"Just do it and hope for the best!"

Here are the freezer paper pieces ironed to my fabric choices:

I cut out the shapes and laid them out on my muslin to decide on the last two pieces: the paper-pieced shapes!

Once I picked the colours for those, I learned a new paper piecing method, I forgot the actual name, something to the point of sew-fold-snip. Basically, the seams don't and up on the drawn line on the paper pattern, but instead the lines indicate where to fold and cut the fabric, then lay the next fabric on top and sew a 1/4" seam. It was pretty straight forward. Just the typical trouble of trying to save fabric by using small scraps and then discovering upon folding the seam open, that the fabric doesn't cover the whole pattern it should or that it angles in the wrong direction... like I said, the usual :)

I cut around those shapes too, always leaving a bit of extra fabric.
Oh, and then there was the tedious task of taking off the paper again, I hate that part for the paper pieced sections - the larger pieces that were just ironed on came off easy, of course!

The teacher told us to lay all the pieces out to decide if we needed to switch a print here and there. Well, heck no, after all that work I wasn't starting over, so I didn't even consider replacing anything. It was just for fun and practice anyway ;)

When all the fabrics were butted up against each other, I zigzag-stitched along each seam, again, easy-peasy and so quick!

Then I skipped taking a few photos :) But basically, I learned how to make bias tape with a cool little tool that I'll buy if I decide to make more of these! It was really quick and easy!

Using a really narrow straight seam, I sewed the bias tape down through all the layers of the quilt (incl. batting and backing) and put the binding on.

As of now, the binding is done and I've sewn on some beads, but I've run out of ideas :) We'll see if inspiration hits me. I'm kind of busy right now completing another guild project... the President's Challenge!! More about that soon :)

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Quilting Jamboree

Last Sunday, I attended a Jamboree put on by my quilt guild.
There were a whole bunch of classes that weekend, and I was interested in three of them, but they overlapped, so I couldn't take the hollow cubes one:

Even though it was really popular - the largest class by far! (all the quilters are at lunch, but you see the sea of sewing machines!)

Here they're back from lunch :)

Instead, I took curved piecing. The two blocks hanging up were the patterns we could learn (choice of one). I decided to do the bottom one as it leaves more room for imagination than the leaves, in my mind. The table in front of the display was the teacher's work station and she brought a ton of fabric with her in case we didn't have a specific shade and to show what's out there - they were all batiks because she loves those.

Here's a close-up of the pattern I chose, it's called Sunrise by Lorraine Torrence.
If you click on the link, you can see the colours Lorraine chose, the ones shown here are from our teacher.

Here you can see some of the embellishments our teacher did on her piece.

One of the other students did the leafy pattern in these colours, pretty, eh?

Another version:

I'll show you my piece in the next post! I'm still working on the embellishment, but I actually finished it (except for the hand stitching of the binding) in class, frost scratch, so that was pretty cool!

I wish I had pictures of all the different pieces, because it was amazing how the different fabric choices resulted in totally different feelings conveyed by each piece! Hopefully the others will bring their pieces to the April guild meeting!

Friday, 16 April 2010

5000 Visitors!

Wow, I've had 5000 visits to my blog since I started counting last summer!

I'm planning to have a give-away in honour of this event - it'll come soon, the fabrics are almost chosen :) But first I have some fun posts lined up about a new technique I learned at an event organized by my quilt guild!

Stay tuned, and thanks to every one of you who stops by to see what's new in the world of this PEI quilter and especially to all those of you who take the time to drop me a line!


PS: just out of curiosity, I googled the number 5000, strange idea, I know :)

I learned that James Madison's portrait was printed on the 5000$ bill until it was discontinued in the late 60s.

I also learned that a lot of people wonder if the Series 5000 Sleep Number Beds are better than the Series 7000 :)

And from Wikipedia I learned:
5000 (five thousand) is the natural number following 4999 and preceding 5001. Five thousand is the largest isogrammic number in the English language.

So I had to look up isogrammic:
An isogram (also known as a "nonpattern word") is a logological term for a word or phrase without a repeating letter. It is also used by some to mean a word or phrase in which each letter appears the same number of times, not necessarily just once.

I didn't bother to look up logological, because I got the gist of it the answer. But really, 5000 being the largest isogrammic number in the English language...

... who would have thunk???


Thursday, 15 April 2010

Quilty Goodness!

After washing the baby quilts, I had a chance to hang them out on a sunny day, so now I too have photos of quilts blowing in the wind - they're so common in blog-land :)

I love how the quilting patterns show up in the sunshine and after washing.

Still get the church window effect on the floating coins quilts!

I just sold this quilt with the apple and the worm!

One of my first baby/lap quilts I made...

Now the weather is grey and rainy again, plus, that line was at a friend's house, so from now on, you'll get mostly "quilts in door frame" and "quilts on wood floor" pictures again :)