Thursday, March 05, 2015

Baby Blue is Ready Too

I mentioned last time that I surprised myself and managed to quilt the Strippy X baby quilt on the weekend. Well, it's now bound too so that makes two baby quilts ready to pack off.

For some reason quilting on the diagonal wasn't sitting well with me and I was going to do randomly spaced vertical lines, but in the end I went diagonal. There are double rows of quilting through the scrappy strips and then a row of stitching about an inch outside of the strips in the cream, which make for a nice 9-patch pattern.

It is backed and bound with one of the prints that I used in the strips. I was a little concerned that it might be too dull at first but it works really well. I used a cream thread and always increase my stitch length a little bit so that the stitches are pronounced without being overdone.

Often I don't get a full pic of the quilts that I finish because I don't have a great place to hang them, but with the little ones (and my handy, dandy new mini design wall!) I can get shots of the baby quilts. So here it is, all done. It's incredible that one little unassuming pile of scraps was (almost) enough to make a quilt - I love that.

The two of them together, this one and Strawberries & Cream (the pink heart on cream), make a sweet little bundle to send off to the Madonna House Gift Shop....M

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

One Surprise After Another

It seemed like every time I turned around this past weekend there was another happy surprise waiting for me. If you recognize Liberty of London packaging you'll know where my first little bundle of joy came from.

Our friend Ann K from Ottawa was in London a while back and brought Betty and I each a packet of Liberty Art Fabric Scraps. Be still my beating heart. Scraps! And from Liberty of London! Does it get any better than this??? Betty surprised me with this little packet when we arrived there on Saturday evening to celebrate my brother-in-law's birthday. What a treat! Betty has claimed the packet on the left, the darker of the two collections, and that's just fine. Now I need to get to thinking as to how I'm going to use mine...Guess if I run out I might need to go to London myself a get a bit more :).

And these two charming little Meerkats were included in the parcel as well. They are magnetized and help you keep track of your needle. How cute, and perfect for me as I tend to find needles and pins in the sofa cushions or when I'm taking off my top. This will save me from myself. Ann is always so at sending little surprises when you least expect them. Thanks a million, Ann.

Then on Sunday I gave myself a surprise. I sat down and quilted the Scrappy X baby quilt. It took me a few visits to the machine to get it done, but done it was by dinnertime and no one was more surprised than me.

And, to complete my surprise triple header, just before I turned in for the night Sunday evening I received a note from Lynn at Sew'n Wild Oaks that I'd won her Strip 'n Sew giveaway! It's a wooden rack not unlike a pasta dryer that her husband, the ruggedly handsome Mr. Joe, made in honour of Lynn's appearance on The Quilt Show, (apparently he wanted to name it Strip Search, but I am just going to call it the Stripper...). She had quite a funny post about her beautiful dog Mazey making the draw that I think you'd enjoy.

Mr. Joe will be making more of these in his spare time so they've bought a branding iron and now each one has the Sew'n Wild Oaks brand on it soooooo, as Lynn suggested, my Stripper now has a tattoo! I'd better stop before this gets out of hand, but you can see why it was such a nice way to head off to bed. Thanks so much Mazey, Lynn and Mr. Joe - you made my day!....M

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Setting Her Sails

Anne, Jane and Linda spent a weekend at Jane's cottage a short while back stitching and crafting, braving the chilliest temps that we've had all winter together, and Anne was able to snap a few photos of the sailboat baby quilt that Linda just finished for her new grandson, Logan. It's adorable!

The prints are all so graphic and cheery. He will enjoy hours of fun looking at it when he should probably be napping.

The backing is a cute collection of sea creatures and a perfect choice. Jane described the quilt as being everything that you see at sea, both above and below the sea, which I think captured it perfectly.

Such a sweet collection of fabrics. I'm still totally lovin' the green print in the sail on the right side of this boat; the green button print beside it isn't half bad either, or are those polka dots. Such a talented grammy.....M

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Strawberries & Cream

Strawberries & Cream is now quilted and bound and ready for a little gal to snuggle into. It's quite a romantic little quilt and totally reminiscent of strawberries and cream, so that's what I've called it.

Backed with a cream pink polka dot and bound with my fave - bias gingham, in pink - it is totally little girl but I think it would also make a really nice large quilt for an older girl. I toyed with making the backing a large print but this one just kept going to the top of the pile.

Several of you had suggestions about my question as to whether I should add more rows of stitching or not. Well, I did add a few double horizontal rows and really like the effect - it's an elongated grid but still nice and open and keeps the quilt soft. And now I can rest easy that the batting won't shift/tear.

Time now to start thinking about how to quilt the Strippy X blue/grey baby quilt so that these can be bundled up and sent off.....M