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A rainy day at the lake

July 16, 2014
Posted by: Pam

Postage Stamp in pink

I was invited to spend the day with some QuiltCo members at their summer retreat at Buckingham Palace (a lovely lakefront property not too far from the town of Buckingham in Quebec). Although the weather was dreary the company definitely was not! Such a talented group of quilters, and excellent cooks to boot. I came home rested and relaxed, with most of my pink postage stamp top pieced (only 4 more rows to go). These pink squares were cut from my scraps quite some time ago, and I am happy to have this UFO almost ready for quilting.

Pink Bolts

I had it in the loft today to take some pictures, and at the same time audition some backing fabric. How about Catnap Finn in Raspberry? Or Enchant Tea Party in White? Wee Wander With The Birds in Pink?  I think I have a winner — can you guess?

You win too … with 20% savings on all 3 of these awesome pink prints for a limited time. Sale ends Monday July 21 at noon.

Scrappy Trip Around The World

July 18, 2013

This is another finish from the winter that I haven’t shared yet. It’s my version of a Scrappy Trip Around The World. You can find Bonnie Hunter’s (Quiltville) original tutorial here. I used a lot of low volume scraps for my version, and because the fabrics were all similar in value I didn’t get a strong diagonal effect. Nonetheless I was completely happy with this little quilt (12 blocks for 36″ x 48″). It is backed with snuggly fleece, and quilted by Joan Read in an all-over bubble pattern. All that white reminds me of winter here in Ottawa, which is a welcome memory in the midst of this week’s heat wave.

Katy (I’m A Ginger Monkey) has made more than a few of these quilts and recently posted some helpful hints for making your own Scrappy Trips.

I thought Life in the Jungle from Doohikey Designs would make a cute scrappy trips You will need to cut each Rolie Polie strip into 3 equal lengths, and then cut another 6 strips (2.5″ x 14″) from the additional yardage for a total of 72 strips. It’s enough to make 12 blocks for a small quilt (36″ x 48″). I’ve put together a kit including the Rolie Polie, additional yardage for blocks and binding, and a flannel backing (grey polka dot).

Even better, it’s on sale now in the shop.

 

My favourite colour

February 14, 2013
Posted by: Pam

My all-time favourite colour is blue, but on Valentine’s Day I have to give the nod to my runner up.  Can you guess?

These are some of the quilts I’ve made over the past few years featuring pink, often in combination with orange or lime. No surprise then that I found plenty of pink in my scrap bin when I started cutting 2.5″ squares for my latest project.

Vintage Baby Quilt by Yoyomama Designs starts with 2.5″ squares glued on a background grid. I’ve temporarily replaced my sewing machine with glue (lapel stick temporary adhesive). It’s fun to try something a bit different.

Use the code LOVE14 at checkout and you will get the Vintage Baby Quilt pattern free with your order. Valid only until February 15th.

 Update: the code was not working properly yesterday. You need to add the pattern to your cart, and then use the code to get the cost of the pattern deducted from your total.  Coupon extended until February 17th.

Pow Wow

August 13, 2012
Posted by: Pam

On vacation with my family at Red Pine Camp last week … you can see by our attire that the weather was a bit cool and damp. It’s still the greatest place on earth (IMHO) and we wouldn’t miss our week for anything. Alex is spending the whole summer there as junior staff, and it was great to see him working hard and still having the time of his life!

Another flimsy from my scraps of Kona … this time in a Red Pine Camp palette of browns and reds with a pop of chartreuse (my go-to green.) I picked bone – a warm neutral – as the background. I love the way the solids give such a bold and graphic interpretation of the pattern.

Alison’s detailed pattern booklet has instructions for four sizes (baby, crib, throw and twin), and also includes a scrap saving tip for making smaller HST (half square triangles) as you go.

And now I’ve got a little giveaway … 80 half square triangles all neatly trimmed (2.75″) and pressed and ready to use. I also have 4 scraps of the Valori Wells Sole print that was the color inspiration for this project. I have more than enough projects to keep me busy for the next year, so will happily pass these on to one of you.

For a chance to win, just leave a comment telling me about your family’s favourite summer vacation destination. I’ll draw a number at random on August 20th, and post the winner back here.

Using those scraps … #1

July 12, 2012

I mentioned in my housekeeping post that I had a big bin of solid scraps that I was working through. I have loosely sorted them into groups that I liked (pastels, reds, darks, brights). This is the first top done:

I used mostly pastel scraps to make Malka Dubrawsky’s Fish Baby Log Cabin pattern that was published on the Sew Mama Sew blog last year. It’s just a big log cabin block, with the color changing in each round. It was a great way to use up scraps, as most of the strips are less than 2″ wide. I didn’t worry too much about my color placement, just using whatever I had to add the next round. I used more solids with shot cottons and leftover Heather Bailey dots from another quilt back to piece the back for this one:

I love Malka’s spiral quilting on her version. Mine has been put aside until I decide how to proceed with the quilting.

I’ve put together a nursery bundle with colors similar to the ones I used.

I’ve made a small dent in the scrap pile, but expect another 3 or 4 quilts still to come. Stay tuned!

Some finishes

March 19, 2012
Posted by: Pam

Hard at work …

Anna wanted a new bag for her gym clothes, so we set aside some time during last week’s March break to make one. She liked the Jane Market Bag from Rosy Little Things which I had previously made as Christmas gifts. She picked some fun prints from the Michael Miller Aqua Red Color Story, and away we went. I helped with the cutting, pressing and pinning and she did almost all the sewing. It’s a nice roomy size for her gym clothes, and those 2 outside pockets will be handy for keeping track of smaller items.

And I thought I’d share a couple of my own finishes … I added the bindings to my Indian Summer and Volume quilts. The Brown Stripe from the Indian Summer collection worked perfectly for both.

Work in Progress

February 8, 2012
Posted by: Pam

Last week I got together with some local quilting friends to start work on a sampler project. We’ve decided to try at least some of the blocks in the Mini Patchwork Sampler Quilt Tutorial Series. The first was this rail fence block. I had a hard time deciding whether to use yardage or scraps for this project, but made a last minute decision to raid my blue/green scrap bin. The little pieces in these blocks are perfect for using up those small scraps.

The first quilt I ever made was a Block of the Month program running at my LQS. At the time I was busy with 2 (and then 3) little ones at home, and the goal of making one block a month was something I could aim for. Now I find myself busy in other ways, and the goal of making one block a month is starting to look good again! In addition to the Mini Patchwork Series, there are some other BOM programs out there that are tempting me right now.

For each month in 2012, Jeni will present a quick tutorial for a traditional quilt block using half-square triangles. A whole year of half square triangles would definitely improve my technique!

Amy Gibson has a Block of the Month offered free through Craftsy. It looks like Amy will be tackling a variety of techniques in the year-long series, including curves and paper piecing. The video tutorials make it seem like you are in a classroom, and you can also print the course materials that go along with each session.

Fresh Poppy Design

The girls over at Quilt Story are starting their program in March. You can find the details here (and you can drool over their fabulous fabric choices at the same time!)

So many choices ….

Repeating Stars

January 20, 2012
Posted by: Pam

I had to play a bit more with last week’s star block. I toned down the scraps a bit – using 8 scraps only for each star. I’m quite happy with the result, and am going to leave this experiment for now. It might get turned into a quilt or maybe a wall hanging. And since this may be the year when I actually try some hand quilting, I’ll need something simple to start on. This would be perfect!

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