Thursday, April 28, 2011

Free Motion Quilting

I haven't done much quilting the past two days (I thought it was about time I got some housework/yard work done - seems to always be there!)

Day 6 and 7 of the FMQ Challenge.

Some one is looking more and more at home.
We are still hoping that some one will claim him.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!♥

Monday, April 25, 2011

Quilting and a Cat

Today for the FMQ Challenge I quilted the background of the second leftover applique block.

I am trying to be more "organic" with the background design. Tomorrow I will add some detail to the applique.

I am almost finished hand quilting the border on one side of the bear's paw quilt. It is going very well and I am enjoying quilting it.

The quilt is 88" square.

Also the cat that we found up in a tree a while ago seems to be quite comfortable in our home, taking time for a cat nap. We still don't know who she belongs to, but she comes for visits quite often.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Still Quilting

This weekend I have been working on quilting.

I pulled out the bear's paw quilt again (I am working on it for Myra's PhD Challenge). I am hand quilting the border now. If this quilt had been machine quilted, it would have been finished years ago!

Since you can't tell from the front, this is the back. I used a stencil for the braid design.

Today for the FMQ Challenge I quilted the background on an applique block.

The back again. I used a McTavishing design for this one. Tomorrow I will add some quilting to the appliques.

On Thursday I "Skyped" for the first time with Joan (Joan at Leschenault) using my son's computer. Unbelievable that we were on the other sides of the world, chatting and showing each our quilts. It was just like visiting with her in her home.

So today I purchased a web cam for my computer, so I can Skype some more (need to get some more Skypeing friends too).

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

FMQ Challenege Projects

Today I layered my projects for the FMQ Challenge.

These are the duplicate blocks for the Granny's Hankie BOM,

and this is a table runner I pieced a while ago, I was just waiting for the right time to quilt it.

Lately we have had a beautiful black cat visiting our home, but a bird feeder and a cat are not a good combination. I've see him catch one bird, but when I went out, he dropped it and it flew away - thankfully. I still don't know whose cat it is.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Friends Quilt

A friend is making a baby quilt for her niece's first baby.

She just has to add some borders. Isn't is lovely!
The fabric is from Fabricland. We designed it with EQ7.
I am hoping she will join in the FMQ Challenge too, along with my sister (hint,hint).

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

First THQA Challenge Entry

I am so thrilled to say that I received the first entry for the Thread Head Quilt Along Challenge!

This table topper and potholder are made by my sister Marie!
She was very pleased that she was able to follow the patterns (I was pleased that she could - I figured that my patterns were OK). I did not help her in any way.

She used Bali fabrics and cotton batting. She used a walking foot for the machine quilting.
Fantastic job Marie!!

I hope other people are working on finishing a project for the challenge (you have until the end of May). I am giving away a package of some of my favorite quilting things.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!♥

Monday, April 18, 2011

Henrietta Whiskers

I decided to start another BOM!

Henrietta Whiskers by Bunny Hill Design
I think the patterns will be available for the year.

I have been waiting to finish the Thread Head Quilt Along quilt, and getting caught up on the other two BOM's I joined this year before I started this new BOM. This was the weekend. I am using a "Civil War Chronicles" bundle that I recently bought (more about that later).

January's block

February's block (just some vines to finish stitching)

March's block

April's block (it was the crows that persuaded me to join in on this BOM)

This is going to end up looking very scrappy. Love it!
This sure is a fun BOM, all the blocks are so different, plus this is the first time I have added embroidery to a quilt (the buttons will be sewn on after quilting).

On to the problem with the fat quarters -

When I opened up the Civil War Chronicles fat quarter bundle I was very surprised by how small they all were. Mostly all about 17" x 21", a few were less than that (they are advertised at being 20" x 22" - there wasn't one that size). In the above picture I laid the best CWC fq on a Moda fq (from a Civil War Homefront bundle) and you can still see the difference.

Plus lots of the fq's looked like the edges had been chewed.

I did contact Marcus Fabrics and they replied very quickly.

Now to get some things ready for the Free Motion Quilting Challenge starting at the end of the week.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Free Motion Quilting Challenge Update

I thought I would just mention a few changes to this years Free Motion Quilting Challenge (I mentioned it last Monday) that Wendy (Inky Threads) and I are hosting.

You will now have between April 22nd to May 12th in which to free motion quilt for 14 consecutive days (that's the big challenge!)

Plus, Wendy has also started a new blog for all the participants to post on - The FMQ Challenge.
If you have expressed an interest in joining in on the challenge, you should get an invitation (I apologize if I missed someone, please let me know). The rules are mentioned on the new blog if you would like to join in on the fun.

Just because I have to have some pictures -

My free motion wreaths over a year ago, before last years FMQ Challenge.

My free motion wreaths now. Practice, practice, practice.
Now is the perfect time!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Friday Night Sew-In Results

I had a productive Friday Night Sew-In. I am so thrilled that I finished the replacement Granny's Hankie blocks!

January's block

February's block

All the blocks so far.

Lots of snow this morning!
At least it has stopped snowing.

A chickadee at the feeder.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday Night Sew-In

For the Friday Night Sew-In I am working on the Granny's Hankie BOM,

January and

February blocks (on the light table).

I am using the freezer paper method of machine applique (tutorial here).

Oh No!! It's snowing!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Granny's Hankie BOM

I finished April's Granny's Hankie BOM,

and I am working on January's and February's blocks.

These are replacement blocks because I decided to use different fabric for the background.
You can see the Granny's Hankie Album here (my old GH blocks are the ones with the busy black background).

I am getting the applique pieces all ready for tomorrow nights Friday Night Sew-In!!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lollipop Flowers

I have been working on April's Granny's Hankie BOM.

I just have to stitch around the leaves.

I had a bit of trouble with this block. I thought it was my fault - the lower lollipop flowers and the center printed as ovals. Luckily I noticed it before I made the freezer paper templates, but it made it difficult to place the appliques in the right spots. (Now that I look at it the yellow lollipop flowers on the sides look like licorice allsorts - yum!)

Then I noticed that the lower flowers and center are also ovals on the colour image that prints out too - so it is the fault of the pattern - keep this in mind if you are making it.

My son took this picture this morning on our drive to school - this field floods every spring, but there is supposed to be lots of flooding in Manitoba this year (not for us).

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Another Challenge

My friend Wendy (Inky Threads) and I have decided to offer up another Free Motion Quilting Challenge this year (last year's challenge was very successful). The point of this challenge is to encourage people to free motion quilt on their domestic sewing machines - you will be amazed at how much you can improve in just two weeks.

just because I needed a picture

We are challenging people to free motion quilt everyday for two weeks (no cheating). The challenge is open to bloggers and non-bloggers - just post about your FMQ everyday or email Wendy or myself everyday with your updates. You can FMQ on anything - practice samples/projects - anything, for any amount of time, everyday - just know that you will improve after two weeks.

another gratuitous picture

The FMQ Challenge will run from April 22nd 2011 to May 6th 2011.

And like any good challenge there are prizes! Wendy is offering a book and I will have something too (had an incredibly busy/not pleasant weekend! and haven't had time to get something together, but I will). Just leave me a comment or email me (email is on my profile page) saying that you would like to participate or you can contact Wendy.

I haven't done any sewing for the past few days!!! Today I did managed to start working on April's Granny's Hankie BOM (more circles).

Signs of spring!!

The living vacuum is back after a long absence.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Catching Up

Today has been a catch-up day for me.

I finished March's Granny's Hankie BOM (16" block). This pattern will just be available for another day and April's will come out on Saturday. I changed the background to plain black Bali fabric, so I will have to redo the January and February blocks. I am much happier with this background (you can see the old background here, the pattern was too busy).

I made April's block for the EQ BOM. These are great little blocks (6") and you don't need EQ.

My catch-up that was more important to my family -

I danced around my house with this baby and

made supper, plus a hot dessert!! Somethings that have been neglected recently!

More signs of spring - I saw a mourning dove this morning, plus some grackles and robins, along with lots of juncos.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!
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