Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Essentials Tote - Complete!

I made a bowling bag! YEAH!

It was hard for me as I have never made a bag before. Lots of bulk to drag through the machine, especially at the bottom corners. But, I learned a lot and am delighted with the results.

Took about 2 full days with the cutting and sewing. Not too bad.

The pattern is the Essential Tote from Amazing Brenda's Quilts and Bags.

I had fun and would make it again.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Wow! It's been ages. Almost a year.

So many quilts made during that time that need to be shared. I'll start with the latest top completed and hopefully work my way back.

This latest one is from a pattern published in the fall edition of Quilty. A curved log cabin and (I believe) my first log cabin ever!

I picked pink, my favourite colour ever, as I had lots leftover from my Jane Deere quilt (more on that another day).

This was the first quilt I used starch with. I had heard lots about it and I liked it. I think it really helped keep every thing crisp and straight.

I was going on a quilt retreat, so I wanted everything cut in advance and ready to go. The cutting surprised me in that it took days and days!  The actual piecing took much longer than I had anticipated, too. The piecing was straightforward, just time-consuming.

The results? Well, I must admit I was disappointed. The quilt was (in most respects) technically perfect, but it was "blah" to me. The traditional pattern and pinks made the finish project seem matronly to my eye.

As I was standing at the retreat looking at it dejectedly, a friend reminded me that it wasn't a "Melanie" quilt without some embellishment. By goodness, she was right! I quickly decided that a black flower would liven and modernize the quilt, making it more inline with my taste. And thus, the black polka dot hibiscus!!!

I love, love, love it now!

The quilt will be bound in the same black polka dot and I think it'll shine!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Dress Quilt

Stitched this down during my Fall quilt retreat a couple of weeks ago. Got it quilted, bound & even put a hanging sleeve on it (my first hanging sleeve ever!) this week. Got it hung up this afternoon. 

The designer is Cherry Blossoms Quilting & the title of the pattern is The Dress. 

I'm pretty pleased with the results. Especiallly the fact that all the fabric except the back came from my stash. 

I think this may be my first full finish of 2015!  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Jean Quilt

I saved jeans for a couple of years to make this one!!! My first string quilt, inspired by a friend who did a jean string!
It took a TON of fabric. I love it though. Can't wait to use it. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

More Aurora!

Here are all of the arch pieces are sewn together (comprised of white half circle centre, flying geese, & New York beauties). 

I still have to see them to the centre star. 

Wish me luck!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Getting There!

Sixteen arches & 16 sets of flying geese made. 

I was able to get the four corner pieces put together. Here is how they look up (but not yet sewn) with the rest of the top. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sew Much Fun!

I'm just sewing my fingers off & having sew much fun doing it!

I've finished all the arches. The big ones (pictured here) took an hour a piece. That's 12 hours on the large arches alone! And there were 4 smaller ones too! But I have to say that I loved every minute of it! 

I made a couple of mistakes with the colours. Four times I grabbed & sewed in the wrong colour & continued on without noticing the error until the end. I've decided that I can live with it. 

Now that I've finished the arches, I've moved on the flying geese. Are t these lovely? There's 16 of them to make, but they go MUCH faster than the arches. 

Once they're trimmed, they'll be inserted into the arches like this:

I'd be lying to say that I wasn't nervous about it all coming together well. But I'll cross that bridge when I get there. Right now, I'm just totally loving the process. And the colours. I really, really love the colours!!!