FIRST FINISHES OF 2015!

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i have FINALLY completed the three table runners my friend, Karen, asked me to make for christmas gifts. yes, i am aware that it is several weeks past christmas, but THIS time it wasn’t my fault. my lovely lucey broke down just before we were set to leave on our cross country trek, and i wasn’t able to diagnose the problem or do anything to fix it until we got home in january. thankfully, it turned out to be a minor repair, and she is now humming along once more.

i was given creative license, and a general idea of colours and size, so i had some fun with these. karen requested batik fabrics, one in plums, one with a seascape feel, and one that looked like the pasture in summer.

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for the seascape runner, i chose blues and aquas, and settled on an off white/yellow/pale blue/grey batik for the stars. i wanted the stars to be a little rustic, so when i did the sawtooth star, i made sure the centres of the star points were chopped off by the body of the star. i don’t know if that particular star has a name or not. anyone know? i used magnifico in horizon and the halcyon panto from lorien quilting

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for the pasture runner, i again used my sizzix, this time with the 2.5″ strip die.i did simple rail fence blocks, not worrying about value. i tried really hard to keep the same fabrics from touching, but as usual, the harder i try, the more it happens. i did a wide border on the two short sides and bound the runner in the same fabric. i used superior magnifico in songbird, and the ground cover panto by barbara becker.
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today was the perfect day to get outside and take some pictures. it was only -7c with lots of sun and a slight breeze. i love the prairies in winter! especially on days like today.

Friday already?

It’s been an interesting week around here, to say the least. Our cat has been trying for days to bring dead birds and mice into the house for her 6 week old kittens. Wednesday, she succeeded. I ran out of the house (well, i WAS going to take a lunch to my hard working sweetie) and stayed away for two hours. The little guy was still in his pajamas, and i was in dire need of a ball cap to hide my stylish ‘do. it was great fun. (ha!) That night was the middle dude’s first hockey practice, and of course, the van had a flat tire, and the SUV had a dead battery. Got the SUV going, but of course, we were a little late. Never before has dude  dressed in his hockey gear that fast! Needless to say, I haven’t had much time to sit at the machine. I did get one of my own quilts loaded on the frame, and did a little stitching on a Cars quilt for a friend’s little guy. I really need to get my butt in gear, as the Lion’s craft show is sneaking up on me!

I did want to share this lovely with you all.

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This fantastic quilt was made by Carolynn, one of the sweetest people i know! She made this for her Dad, and didn’t want anything too flowery on it. I quilted it with the Wrought Iron pantograph and used a caramel coloured thread on top, and beige Glide in the bobbin.

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It always amazes me how even a simple quilting pattern changes the way a quilt looks. I’m sure her Dad will love wrapping up in this lovely quilt this winter!!

Last week was crazy busy around here, and i’m still trying to recuperate. I finished 3 baby quilts for the lovely Sara and got them delivered on Wednesday.

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The first is a happy little quilt in black, yellow and green. I quilted it allover with a Sparkler pantograph using black thread.

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In hindsight, i probably should have used yellow or green thread for the top, so the pattern popped a little more, but it still turned nice.

The second is this adorable grey quilt. the background fabric Sara used is a tiny polkadot from the Connecting Threads Basics line. I believe they have discontinued this print now, but they have a great selection of basic prints for an amazing price.

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I quilted this with grey thread and the Petalism pantograph. I LOVE this panto!!! it’s so simple and so striking, if I could i’d use it on every quilt that passed my way!! Well. Ok, THAT might be a little extreme, but i do LOVE this panto!!!

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Just look at it!! Isn’t it sweet? Such great texture with out being overdone. Did I mention how much I LOVE this panto? Ok. I’m done now.

The last quilt I did for Sara was this pretty floral in greens and pinks with a simple white print for the background.

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I quilted this one with white thread and used the Camellias pantograph to tie in with the flowers.

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It’s such a soft and pretty quilt. Sara has a great eye for colour, and all of her stuff is so visually appealing. I do love to work on quilts that tickle my fancy, and Sara always delivers!

What a Beaut!

I am a procrastinator.

There.

I said it.

Is it ever going to change? Probably not.

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I got this beautiful quilt top from the lovely Diane S. at the beginning of summer. i JUST delivered it today. I am a terrible person. Being the sweet lady she is, she didn’t give me any grief about the length of time i had the quilt. It’s all done now, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

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Diane made this quilt for her teenaged grandson, so I used the Gossamer pantograph from Lorien Quilting to keep it a little more masculine. I used Connecting Threads Essential Pro thread in Black on the top, and Magna-Glide Classic in Black in the bobbin. As per usual, my APQS Lucey stitched beautifully!

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Overall, I think it turned out pretty good, and I hope Diane’s grandson enjoys it!

Too gone for too long

It’s been a while since i had a chance to post. Summer was so busy and seemed to just disappear. I can’t even say what exactly it was I did this summer that kept me so busy, but it must have been something very important. (uh huh) 

School has started again, and my wee man is in Grade 2. Tomorrow, my littlest man starts pre-kindergarten. It’s a bittersweet day for me. I am looking forward to having some “free” time, but I am sad that my baby is growing up so fast. I have my day planned so that i won’t be home, alone, listening to the clock tick and ugly crying at my kitchen table.

A few weeks ago, I put an ad up in the local buy and sell asking for free or very cheap sewing machines, and i have three to pick up tomorrow. my plan is to clean them up, tune them up, and donate them to people who need a machine, but can’t afford to buy themselves one. I’ve done this a few times in the past, but am looking to donate to a organization that is able to distribute them for me. A friend of mine steered me to an organization in a neighbouring city that I hope will be able to find the machines a good home. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I also have a BEAUTIFUL quilt to drop off for a lovely lady named Diane. She contacted me several weeks ago about quilting a crazy quilt she had rescued from a thrift shop. I got it on the frame yesterday, and spent the day getting it done. 

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It’s such a beauty, i don’t want to give it back! Shhhhhhhh! Don’t tell her! The quilt was foundation pieced onto white broadcloth and was originally tied with acrylic yarn. i have no idea when it was put together, but whoever made it was probably a seamstress. The fabrics run the gamut, from cotton to nylon to polyester in every weave and weight you can imagine. The maker also embroidered over each seam using a herringbone stitch and a different colour floss for each block. 003

Unfortunately, the poor thing has seen better days, with some of the embroidery missing, and a few patches that are threadbare or full of holes. I’m confident it’s gotten a new lease on life, and I hope it lasts for many more years.I quilted it with white thread in an allover meander, as I didn’t want to take away from the fabulous fabrics. Also, i wanted to be at the front of the machine (instead of the back as I would have been had I done a pantograph) so that I could watch for any delicate areas, and avoid catching the hopping foot on any embroidery, or popped seams. I used a flannel sheet for the backing, and two old wool blankets for the batting. I wasn’t sure if I would have any issues, but of course, my Lucey stitched like a dream and it looks wonderful! it’s very heavy (in a good way) and I know Diane will be extra cozy snuggling up in it this winter.

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