Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cut Up New House Celebration

Cut Up
At the "Pieces of Magic" Quilt Show held by the Oxford Quilters' Guild this May, Sew Sisters' booth had a beautiful layer cake of Joel Dewberry's "Modernist" made up into a fast and fun design, "The Cut Up".  It's a post-card sized laminated card from Pieced Tree Designs.  One layer cake and sashing, fun and done!  

My son has been working on buying his first house, in this crazy real estate market we're currently in. Houses listed Thursday sell by Saturday for over asking.  Bidding wars.  As stressful as it always is to conduct a real estate transaction, it is even more so, the first time.  They found a few they liked, some they loved, and bid on but didn't get.  The stars aligned one day and they found another house they loved, made an offer, success!  Two weeks between offer and closing.  Yesterday was moving day.

Some of the colours in the new house are in the same colourway as this lovely little layer cake!  So apparently it was meant to be - I finished up the quilting (simple wavy, organic lines) and had the perfect aqua grunge fabric in my stash for the binding.  We are on the road quite a bit to visit my MIL who broke her hip in May and is still in the hospital, so the hand finish on the binding was done in a couple of trips.

Now at its new home, ready for snuggling!

The back - a traditional blendy design

The new house

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Project 48 Quilt Finish

Project 48 Quilt front
Project 48 Quilt
We've had so much rain and wind it has been a challenge to find a good time for photos.  This is the finish of my 2016 Project 48 Quilt.  More details here.

The project was begun Jan 23, 2016, the last block finished Feb 12, 2017. Blocks are 9" finished. There are 974 pieces in the quilt!  Quilting was finished and one side of the binding attached for the London Modern Quilt Guild show & share at our June guild meeting.

This was a quilt-along project organized by Linden Vine of Vine Line Quilting, and Crystal McGann of Raspberry Spool.  Their website for this QAL ...

I did add some solid blocks of my favourite fabrics, to upsize the quilt.

A fun journey through improv piecing, English Paper Piecing, curves, triangles, dresden plates, flying geese and applique, in a very modern style.

A couple of close ups ...
Project 48 Quilt close up
Project 48 Quilt close up

And the back! Full zingy fun happening here :)

Project 48 Quilt back

These ones are my favourite blocks: 

These are so bold and bright - love them!  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tula Pink 100 Modern Blocks - Ta-Done!

Tula Pink Modern Block #100/100!

Tula Pink's book, "100 Modern Quilt Blocks" has been a fun foray into modern quilting.  My journey with this one started in Phoenix, January 20, 2016.  1,210 pieces later, the 100th block was pieced tonight - June 20th, 2017.

Apparently this inconsistent blogger last posted these blocks in December, although I've been working through them betwixt and between other projects. They were my project for stitch sessions at a couple of our London Modern Quilt Guild meetings too.

There has also been an online QAL organized by GnomeAngel - posting a block each day to Instagram.  I snagged "Gramblr" to schedule the Instagram postings - there is no way I could have kept these all straight without a little help :)


There was one hanging at the Canadian National Juried Show in Toronto last week - looked fabulous!

Catching up from the last post ...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Just how many QAL's was that?

Project 48 Quilt Show & Share LMQG Meeting

Point of clarification - as I was showing my Project 48 Quilt at the Show & Share of our London Modern Quilt Guild meeting, someone asked how many quilt-alongs I participated in during 2016? Hmmm - apparently too many to remember on the spot. So, here is that report ...

  1. Project 48 Quilt - hosted by Linden Vine and Crystal McGann ( was a free quilt-along in 2016 with a modern twist on their 9 1/2" blocks, with a new block each week for 48 weeks.  The first block was completed Jan 23, 2016 and the last block finished up Feb 12, 2017.  In total, there are 974 pieces in the 48 blocks.  Arranged in an 7 x 8 setting with a few solid squares for fun.  Quilting and binding finished Jun 9th, 2017.
  2. Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt - following the book by Laurie Aaron Hird and with support of the Yahoo Group (farmerswifesampler), where they challenge you with a block each week. This quilt has 111 blocks (with a couple of unintended repeats!), each 6 1/2".  The book is delightful, with letters from the era to add texture and meaning to the blocks.  And even though I'm not currently farming, I am a farmer's daughter, a farmer's wife, and a farmer.  Always a farmer, it's just part of who I am.  The motorcycle trips are farm tours.  Walks in the park are journeys in the flora and fauna.

    The first block was pieced Jan 7, 2016, and the last block pieced April 4, 2017. Setting HST's (113 of them) in a 15 x 15 setting.  I've blogged about the squares but have yet to get a photo of the top, and it is in the queue for quilting.  There are 2,673 pieces in this quilt.  Without the 113 HST setting squares, with borders that total is 2,903 pieces.
  3. The Splendid Sampler - work in progress.  Hosted by Pat Sloan (, in 2016 was organized with two blocks released each week, and lots of lovely bonus blocks.  Each block is 6 1/2". The first block was done March 1, 2016.  So many fabulous designers participated in this QAL, including Cheryl Arkison, who designed both a regular and a bonus block.  Pat had Spoonflower design a huge label that included all the designers names!  She is running the QAL again for 2017, and has published a book for the sampler/QAL.  At the start of this QAL, there were a few thousand "Splenderettes" - today, there are more than 92,000 followers in her FB group.
  4. Aurifil's Designer of the Month ( or This is a collaboration with Aurifil and Pat Sloan.  Each month was an interview with a different designer.  These blocks are a delightful 12 1/2"!  I blogged about the complete blocks, flimsy and setting here.  Still have to get a good photo of the finished quilt and post that.  Bad blogger.  One of the fun things that happened with this quilt, was that I posted the flimsy in Pat's Facebook group, and Pat promoted it, and then Aurifil posted it on their Facebook page too!  Way cool.  First block completed Mar 5, 2016, the last block completed Dec 15, 2016 (yes, the day it was released!) and the quilt together in its setting Dec 18, 2016.
  5. Pat Sloan's Secret Garden - another monthly block.  These blocks are 16 1/2 square!  Gigantic compared to all the 6 1/2" blocks :)  And I haven't blogged about this one at all!  It is quilted and just needs its label and glamour shots.
  6. Tula Pink's 100 modern quilt blocks - more 6 1/2" blocks, following her book.  The first blocks were done Jan 20, 2016, and I have 94 blocks done so far - almost there!
  7. Cantik Batik block of the month (both US and Canadian series).  Lots to do for these ones, a great cottage project. Love these series as we've travelled to many of the scenes depicted in the blocks - great memories.

So, seven.  A fabulous number, my fav :)

Perhaps just a wee titch of attention deficit disorder going on??  I did enjoy keeping track of the progress of each QAL, each in their own Excel spreadsheet. A little bit of organization is good.  Not too much, but a bit is ok.

For 2017, the year is not even half over, so there's just no predicting what will happen! What I know for sure, is that I am loving this quilting journey.  

Secret Garden BOM 2016

Secret Garden Flimsy I participated in quite a few of Pat Sloan's challenges and quilt-alongs in 2016! This one, " Secret Garde...