Thursday, July 11, 2013

Baby quilt finish

My niece is due any day now and I've managed to get the new baby's quilt top finished this week.  I'm spending the day sewing with a friend on Saturday, and my goal is to get the back done and have the whole thing sandwiched up and ready to quilt!


Spent the better part of a day putting the blocks together...see?  three more to go on the bottom.

Ooops!  Look at what happened in the upper right corner.  I was so tired I didn't even notice this at first.

All done and waiting for the back.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bloomin' Tuesday

A few photos of my new garden.  This is my first summer in the new (to me) house and it's great fun to see what will come up next.  There's lots of work to be done even though it is a small garden as it is overgrown...can't stress the importance of planning for mature size when creating your garden!  Oh well, that's part of the fun of gardening, right?  Getting to move things here and there and imagining what it will all look like when you are done...not that you are ever really done. :-)


A view of the eastern corner of my backyard.  I love the contrast between the goldflame spirea in the lower left-hand corner, the perennial baby's breath and the purple salvia.  The pink flower is one of many varieties of yarrow. 

I have no idea what this flower is, have to peruse the gardening books.  There are three of them in the yard and they are all very tall..2 - 3 feet.

I have never seen white perennial cornflowers before.  I have several clumps of the blue in the yard as well, but these were a surprise.

Here's a view of the rest of the backyard..see my St Francis statue in the back?  He looks right at home.  Once more I'm not quite certain what the spiky white flower is in the foreground, but it's lovely and makes a nice contrast with my hot pink geraniums.

A hardy rosebush, a morden blush I believe.

When I see the backyard like this is looks lush and lovely, but it is really overgrown...

A little turtle hiding among the lady's mantle.

Monday, July 1, 2013

After the flood...quilting

Hello one and all, it's been madness here in Calgary the last 10 days.  Over 100,000 residents were evacuated from their homes due to unprecedented flooding in the city.  My family and I were/are incredibly fortunate as we did not have any flooding near our house.  We were glued to the television though as we really could not believe the images we were seeing....what a shock to see the Elbow and Bow rivers rise so high.  I spent a day with friends at a local quilt store making quilts for those in the city and the surrounding area who have lost all of their earthly possessions.  It was heartwarming to see so many people come into the store and drop off finished quilts, fabric squares and fabric donations.   Here's a link to My Sewing Room's newsletter if you want to see photos.

I cleared up my schedule yesterday and kept busy making quilt tops.  I have already dropped off three, using fabric from my stash and picked up donated fabric to make a few are a few pics.

I made these blocks two years ago...just needed a little motivation to put them together.

Had these floral fabrics in my stash for a few years so it was nice to put this one together...a simple brick pattern.
Another project from my UFO pile, ready to go.

Used donated fabric for this one.  We wanted to be sure to make some masculine looking quilts.

10-inch blocks go together so quickly, you have a nice 40x50 quilt in no time.
Another masculine quilt using donated fabric.  They are all being long-armed now and will be ready to go this week!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Back in town and ready to quilt

Well hello again everyone.  It's been a few weeks since I last posted.  My dd and I made it back from our grand adventure to New York, Montreal and the drive to Calgary but I don't have one bit of fabric to show you.  No, I didn't make one single stop at a quilt store along the way...

...and this is why.  Driving a 17 foot long truck wasn't conducive to  meandering through streets in search of cozy quilt stores.  Plus, with all that space available in the back I would have been really tempted to fill up all the gaps between the furniture and boxes with fabric...imagine how much that would have cost!! lol

So now I am back in town and ready to quilt!  On your mark, get set, sew.....


Thursday, May 23, 2013

One block down...eight to go

One quick post before I leave for NYC, Montreal and a drive across the prairies with my DD.  Will try to post on the road...who knows, I may stop at a quilt store or two along the way. :-)
Work on my baby urban nine-patch has come to a grinding halt as I ran out of the lovely peacock blue fabric.  More is on the way and will have to wait until my return. 
For the time's a peek at a completed block.
This is going to be a vibrant that peacock blue from Kona!  Just noticed that my camera is set for 2012...ooops!  Better change that right away.

This is the nametag I made for our modern quilt guild challenge.  There were so many cute nametags made, with beads and charms...I must remember to take photos next time!  You could also find us on Facebook if you like...just search for Calgary Modern Quilt Guild.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Spring flowers are everywhere...

Even in my sewing room!  I walked into my LQS the other week and saw some lovely bloomin' fabric...little did I know, they are the latest arrivals from Liberty.  Bought a roll of quarter yard cuts, that's one of each fabric they had in-store.  They are far too pretty to cut just yet, I keep taking them off my fabric shelf and look at them...imagining all sorts of wonderful quilts to be made!

And when I haven't been doing that, I've been out in the garden.  My spring tulips finally opened and they are just a treat to see when I arrive home, so cheery.  There is much work to be done in the yard, even though it is a much smaller yard than my previous home.  All in good time though, right?  A garden is an ever evolving project, moving things here and there, planning, digging, planting, watering, weeding and taking time to enjoy the results of course!


I was immediately drawn to the blue fabrics...

...but noticed the pastels pretty.  Are these considered low volume I wonder?  Maybe not the blue, pink and yellow one.

What to do with these beauties???

Now for some real flowers!  I planted 50 bulbs last fall and all but 5 have come up.

I love the shades of pink on the Bergenia's vibrant!

Picked this up at my local Home Depot.  Their selection of planters gets better every year.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A little of this and a little of that

Hello all!  Just a quick post to show you what I've been up to.  More modern monday blocks made, which means I've finished my eight blocks for the month...just in time too as the guild meeting is tomorrow! 

Had to make a nametag for the guild, it's the smallest paper piecing I've far.

And last but not least, began work in earnest on my baby boy quilt...not for me, but for my niece who is expecting her first child in July.


My spools block...could have made those inner triangles a wee bit bigger.

I love this block, it's in the running for my favourite so far.  However, it turned out 1-inch larger than it should be, so will have to cut it down, which will add to the wonkiness but I don't want to just yet!

Didn't I tell you this was small?  2.5 inches...won't be doing that again!  Still need to add some white fabric on the bottom so I can write my name, add backing, quilt minimally, add binding and bring to my guild tomorrow...hahaha!

Piecing the nine-patches together.  I'm making a modified Urban nine-patch pattern using my Quick Curve Ruler.

Making the first cut...eek!

Ok, so far so good.  Three more sides to go!

This is what I have so far.  All nine blocks made, the turquoise sections for the blocks are cut out and have started on the outer arcs as well...more to come next time!