Tuesday, 30 January 2018

"Do or Die!"

Our littlest grandchild seems to pick up every bug going around - - - which he then "generously" shares with us.
Last time we thought maybe it was the plague. ugh. (And the poor little monkey is sick again with something new.)

Anyway, for me it's meant slow going in the quilting department. The same quilt that was on the frame last week is still there, waiting for its big finish.

This is the "before" shot - it's actually about 3/4 finished in real life.
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This was my view while recovering:

This book, suggested by Tracy, was perfect for taking my mind off my misery.
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After a couple of books (well, three) my head became less muzzy, so back to the studio I went.

But not to the frame.

At the last minute, I decided to make a mini quilt to submit to a show. IF it's done in time.
The deadline is the 31st.
Of January.
I know.
What. was. I. thinking?

Little stars will finish at 2 inches, while the larger ones will finish at a whopping four!
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Jeeps.

Amazingly, it is pieced and I've started the quilting. Tomorrow it's do or die!
(If I don't make the deadline the idea of entering will die - not me I hope!)

Wish me good luck!
(and, please tell me I'm not the only nut to do these crazy, spontaneous projects!)

Linking up with:
Monday Making @ Love, Laugh, Quilt


Try, Learn, & Grow!
Carole

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Making Progress

Ribbit!

The kidlet isn't quite a toddler yet -  so it's still acceptable to send a baby quilt as a gift, right??

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I made it 42" square - just right for a child to drag around, I think.

As I quilted, bits of minky were pulled to the front of the quilt. Not everywhere, just in places.

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I'm puzzled by it.

The top fabric had a super tight weave, so I expected the needle to punch holes in it.
What I didn't expect was the minky to pop up through those holes! (And, only sometimes...weird.)

I thought the problem might disappear when the quilt was washed.
Nope. Still pokies here and there.

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But I've decided not to worry about it too much. The quilt is cute and cuddly, and I'm guessing the baby won't care, either! Next time I'll prewash the fabric and see if that makes a difference.


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Instead of securing the binding by hand, I tried a preprogrammed machine stitch. I love the look and feel of it!

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Now to get it sent before the kid grows a beard. Ha!


Fresh off the Frame
(client quilts this week)

One adorable baby quilt:

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The Flirtatious pantograph suited the playful energy of the applique!

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One contemporary table runner:

client quilt
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I used the Ground Cover panto here.

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And, one quilt featuring Hawaiian style motifs.

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I stitched in ditches and around the applique first, and then added echo quilting in the blocks as a nod to traditional Hawaiian quilts.

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A ferny feather in the outside border relates to the ferny print in the blocks.

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Folded up and ready to go home.

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It feels great to be back in the studio full time, though it will feel even better when this head cold takes a hike. (My toddling grandson so generously shared this bug - ugh!)

Linking up With:
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation


Try, Learn, &, Grow!
Carole



Saturday, 6 January 2018

An Abundance of Canadian Content!

In case you were wondering, a maple leaf pantograph looks fantastic stitched over maple leaf piecing!

Maple Syrup panto
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This is what my son, Derrick, would call "meta maple leaves" - ha!

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Two of these beautiful "150" quilts crossed my frame in time for Christmas. They were destined for sisters, so names were worked into the stitching - - - to prevent future arguments, I assume!

Personalization worked into the panto
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So cozy!

Fireside backing = cuddly soft!
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Next up was a striking red and white quilt, also celebrating Canada's 150th. This one will hang in the permanent collection of a nearby community's Fine Arts Centre, and I'm thrilled it arrived in my studio for quilting! 

The Canadian Sampler, designed by Sew Sisters
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A feathery panto was chosen to complement the piecing while respecting the budget, and the result is gorgeous! This quilt will hang beautifully for years to come. :-)

Drunken Feathers panto
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I snuck the next one onto the frame over the holiday - such a fun pattern, with its dancing squares!

Strip Your Stash, by GE Designs
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The wool batting had come folded and rolled into a package, as it sometimes does, so needed time to "relax" once it was unfolded.

Yikes! The manufacturer is Not Gentle when bagging their product.
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The folds and ripples didn't completely disappear, but things did improve over time. (I felt no need to rush over the holiday, anyway.)

Methinks bagged batting is Not happy batting
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With a little extra care, the quilt came out just great! (If I do say so myself! ha!)
The combination of wool batting and Fireside backing makes this a very cozy quilt, too. 

Halcyon panto
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Meanwhile, our Guild show is up @ the DMI Gallery in the library, and GUESS WHAT???
My clients generously loaned FIREFLY DANCE for the duration of the show!!!
(Psst - click the link for its story!)

Guild show @ the gallery - ends January 11
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Last day for viewing is January 11, so please visit SOON if you'd like to see our work!

Linking up with:
Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict, for Whoop Whoop Friday!
(I'm doing the happy dance over successfully wrangling that batting - WHOOP WHOOP!)

Try, Learn, & Grow!
Carole