Thursday, September 18, 2014

Iron Caddies

I am very excited to say that it is quilting retreat weekend for me!  I decided to treat myself and my girls to a couple of new iron caddies.

This is my new travel iron tote/mat made from the "Caddy Pad" pattern.  It came with the instructions and the heat resistant fabric.  I found a couple of batiks that I loved and now I have an ironing surface and a way to pack up my hot iron for the ride home.

I had an old ironing mat that I knew I would no longer be using so I decided to repurpose it into a couple of flat iron totes for Kyla and Kendra.  I used this tutorial from the "Crap I've made blog".  

I made a small change from the tutorial and used my old ironing mat in place of the batting and fabric on one side. They turned out really well.   They provide a protective surface when then iron is heating up.

After you are done, you can pop the hot iron into the pocket, pop the cord under the flap and you are safe to throw it in your suitcase or wherever.

The girls didn't know what I was up to with these, but were very happy with the surprise.  I might just have to borrow one to take with me on the retreat!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Pair of Table Runners

Sheri sent me a pair of table runners.  They come from the pattern "Little Charmers 5" by Anika's Treasures.  It is amazing how different they look in different fabrics.

Sheri requested the "Snow Winds" panto on this Christmas themed runner.  I resized it to 75% of its standard size, so that the scale would be more appropriate for a small project.  I used Magnifico thread in the top and bobbin as Sheri wanted the pattern to show up well on her solid backing fabric to make the runner reversible.

And now her version made with a cool modern collection of fabrics.

 I custom quilted this one with a mix of straight lines, "U-turns" and pebbles.  I love how it turned out!

Love the backing on this one.  I didn't want any pokes of purple thread on the bright white fabric on the front so I used white in the bobbin for the pebbles and love the effect it gave on the back.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Round Robins!!!!

Our round robin blocks are complete and have been returned (or will be shortly) to their original owners.  I am over the moon with the end results!  You usually save the best for last, but I'm starting with mine, which I think is the best ;)!

Kathy added this great piano key border of our hand dyed fabric, which just adds another special element to the whole thing.  It is about 36" in size and I can't wait to get it quilted so I can hang it in my studio.  Below you can see the progression. My original block, Desley's addition and Bronwyn's applique.

This time around I got to add the final border to Kathy's.  I was sure it needed a dark border, and I wanted to leave some open space for Kathy to do some fabulous quilting.  My friends at the "Nimble Thimbles" in Gilbert Plains gave me lots of great suggestions.

I may have broken the rules slightly, as I added a green triangle to the corners of Desley's section, to help tie things all together.  Kathy's quilt ended up being 54".

Here you can see the progress, Kathy's original, then with Bronwyn's flying geese, and Desley's on-point additions.

Browyn added these awesome borders to finish Desley's. I wish I could have seen this in person, but distances will just not allow so pictures will have to do.  Desley's finished top is 50".

And the progress, Desley's block, Kathy's border and then my addition of the quarter dresden plates.

This is Bronwyn's completed top.  I was having trouble figuring out the final size, but I am told it is 53", for some reason I was thinking it was much larger.  Desley added a nice mix of printed fabric and piecing. 

Here is the progress.  Bronwyn's block, the first border that I added, and Kathy's celtic applique.

I have to say that I think they all turned out really well and suit the block that everyone started with.  We all must think so, as we have decided to do it again!  This time the instructions will be coming from Australia.  Looking forward to it!

Thanks so much, Desley, Brownwyn and Kathy - I love this!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sheri's Scrappy Squares

Sheri's Scrappy Squares started out as a guild exchange of 3" squares.  There are many of these that were completed at the North Star Quilt Guild in Flin Flon, but everyone's choice of background and border fabric really changes the look.

Sheri's instructions to me were "anything goes" and P.S. " I hate feathers."  The first thing I noticed when taking a closer look at the top, was the subtle white on white flower print on the background fabric (it did not come out in the photos), so I had my inspiration.

I decided on continuous curves in the colored squares and triangles in a brown thread. 

The white areas got a flower motif, a scrolling meander, and a border treatment that combined the two.

Sherri sent a beige flannel backing so you can really see the quilting on the back.  Sometimes simple is best.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Black, White & Red - Perfect Ten

This is Sheri's "Perfect Ten" Quilt.  Sheri's black and white collection of fabrics had some great pops of red and adding the red"frames" really brought that out.  Sheri asked for a feminine panto and "Dainty" echoed the motifs in her fabric really well.

 I decided on red thread top and bottom. I like how the thread blends in nicely on the solid red frames and it very subtle on the black and white prints.  I usually match my bobbin thread to the back of the quilt, but this one was calling out to be just a little different. The Bottom Line thread that I used is very thin, so it isn't really dramatic but it does add some interest to the back of the quilt.

Thanks Sheri, this is a fun one!

Thursday, August 21, 2014


This is Cheri's Hopstoch quilt that she made for her daughter's graduation.  We decided on a new panto in my collection called "Lithe".  It has a nice even texture and the design complimented the fabrics Cheri used really well.

Lithe by Lorien Quilting

Cheri made this quilt a little bigger than her original plan which meant she had to get a little creative to increase the size of the backing as well.  I love the added interest on the back!

When I was recently at Road 17N in Winkler I found some fabric that I just couldn't leave behind.

 I have had a bare window in my studio forever and thought it was time I fixed that problem!  Simple but I love my Night Owl curtains!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer is Flying By!

I have been pretty quiet here on the blog, but I have been doing a little bit of quilting.  The cute baby quilt was made by Bev for her grandson Joel.

The pattern Bev used for this pattern is called  Star Fling, and it is a great fat quarter pattern.

 She provided a lovely minkee dot for the backing.  I used Quilter's Dream Puff batting, which is my favorite with a minkee backing.

Bev always asks me to personalize the quilts for her grandchildren, so I channeled my junior high self and added Joel's name in bubble letters inside one of the stars.

Bev and Joel's big sister Taylor chose the Baby Bauhaus panto pattern as they thought it looked like square wheels.  It was the perfect scale for the piecing too.

We have been trying to enjoy some of the joys of summer - time spent with friends and family and each other.  Here are some of the highlights so far.

My handsome hubby all ready for the parade.

Some daddy and daughter bonding time on a construction project for her room.

My catch of the year - so far!

Happy times on Lake Athapap!

Spending some great time with friends at their cabin.