Friday, February 16, 2018

Magnolia Mystery Quilt Finish

Back in July 2017, Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs launched her annual mystery quilt-along. This was my third time participating - I quilted along for her Midnight Mystery Quilt, her Meadow Mystery Quilt and I've now finished the Magnolia Mystery Quilt.

I love the design! And for once, I'm pretty pleased with my fabric choices - Carolyn Friedlander's Crosshatch in Creamsicle, Lace Elements in Plum by Art Gallery, Kona Charcoal and Carolyn Friedlander's Doe in White for the background.

The backing is a cotton sheet I bought on sale because I liked the colour and because I decided to make the larger size and really didn't want to have to piece the back.  The binding is more Lace Elements in Plum.

This is a pretty big quilt and I was going to quilt it on my domestic machine so I chose to go simple with the quilting - a big soft meander with Aurifil #2021 (white) in 50 wt.

The deadline for submitting a picture for the parade and possibly win some pretty awesome prizes was this week and the parade is scheduled for the first week of March. I can't wait to see all the finished quilts!

Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern: Magnolia Mystery Quilt by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs
  • Size: 85" x 90" 
  • Fabrics: Carolyn Friedlander's Crosshatch in Creamsicle, Lace Elements in Plum by Art Gallery, Kona Charcoal and Carolyn Friedlander's Doe in White for the background 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2021 (white) in 50 wt 
  • Recipient: My daughter Marianne

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Lisa of Port Hope for TGIFF.

This is finish number 3 on my Q1 List for the 2018 FAL!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Table Runner for Max

This little table runner might look familiar if you follow my blog. When I shared the table runner I made for my step-daughter, my son Max immediately called me and asked that I make him one with the same design for his small kitchen table.

He gave me the dimensions of his table and asked for neutral colours such as beige and brown.

I was really happy to discover that I had everything I needed in my stash - which is really surprising because I'm not a big fan of browns.  I used a sandy beige Kona cotton for the background and a reddish brown Kona cotton for the zig zags. The binding is a Michael Miller chevron print (I think!) and I used a Connecting Threads fat quarter for the backing.

For the quilting, I used my walking foot and quilted some dot-to-dot designs in the middle of the zig zags, some straight line echos on the sides of the zig zags and a fun radiating design at both ends.

I was really pleased with this table runner so texted a photo of it to Max as soon as I was done. I'm happy to report that Max loves it!

Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern: No pattern
  • Size: 15" x 40" 
  • Fabrics: Kona Cotton and Michael Miller chevron print 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2600 (Dove) in 50 wt 
  • Recipient: My son Max

I will be linking up this small finish over at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Lisa in Port Hope who is hosting the TGIFF link party this week.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Finished Cross Check Mini

Last year, I focused on sewing my stash, including my scraps and was pretty successful with it. I'm trying to continue using what I have on hand this year and that includes making the patterns I purchased over the years.

A mini quilt I finished last week was made with one of the patterns I purchased a few months ago from Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl.

Although it doesn't look square in this picture, it actually is!!
Cross Check is super fun and quick! I went with two solids and one print because those were all big enough scrap pieces.

I used my walking foot to quilt straight lines echoing the piecing but left the medium blue unquilted so that it appeared a little bit poofy.

A tried to choose fabric for the binding, but with the design of this mini, nothing I had really looked good and pretty much everything I tried interfered with the design. So I decided to learn and new technique and face the quilt instead.  It was not my favourite method, but I really do love how it looks.

I used this tutorial to learn how to do a faced binding and it was really clear and easy to follow.

  • Pattern: Cross Check Mini by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl
  • Size: 24" square 
  • Fabrics: Kona Algeria, Kona Ocean and some scraps from backing fabrics I had on hand 
  • Thread: Pieced with Aurifil #2600 (light grey) in 50 wt, quilted with Aurifil #2021 (white) in 50 wt and #2780 (royal blue) in 50 wt

This is finish number 2 on my Q1 2018 FAL list. I will also be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday and at Devoted Quilter for TGIFF.

Friday, January 26, 2018

1-Hour Basket for Hunter

I became a grand-mother for the 3rd time over the weekend! Little Hunter was born Sunday morning at 4:39 AM - both baby and mommy are back at home now and doing really well.

Before he came along, Hunter's mom asked me to make a basket for his room. Something that could sit on a shelf right under his changing table and in which she could put baby wipes and a few diapers. I was more than happy to make that happen of course!

I wanted blue fabrics for this little basket, but couldn't find anything in my stash that would be appropriate for a baby's room. So I was going to order something, but then I discovered the perfect half yard cut sitting in a 1-hour basket I made a while ago. (I was actually looking at the basket to try and figure out what I had used to make it stand up!)

This is fabric I purchased from fellow Montreal MQG member and fabric designer Tamara from Tamara Kate. Aren't these zebras adorable?!

I had some blue Kona cotton leftover from Hunter's baby quilt so decided to use that to make a contrasting bottom and handles.  And because I had a half yard of the zebras, I went ahead and used the same fabric for the inside of the basket.

I'm super happy with how this basket turned out and I think my daughter will be pretty happy too!


  • Pattern: 1-Hour Basket by Kelby Sews
  • Size: 6.5" high by 12" wide 
  • Fabrics: Origami Oasis by Tamara Kate and Kona Algeria 
  • Thread: Pieced with Aurifil #2600 in 50 wt 
  • Recipient: Little Hunter

I will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Musings of a Menopausal Melon for TGIFF.

Friday, January 19, 2018

A new table runner from leftovers!

During the holidays, I had some time off work and decided to clean my sewing room. I found a little pile of triangle trimmings from a quilt top I was working on and decided to make HSTs with them instead of putting them in my scrap bins.

I decided to set them in a fun zig zag layout and before too long I had a fun block.

I used up some of the white tone on tone fabric to add a big border and enlarge the quilt top to about 24" x 40".

I used my walking foot to echo the piecing with Auriful #2021 (white) in 50 wt.

The backing is a piece of fabric I had left from another project. And the binding is also scraps in different shades of purple.

And as soon as it was done, I knew it was perfect for my step-daughter's dining room table - she loves purple!

Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern: No pattern
  • Size: 24" x 40" 
  • Fabrics: Lace Elements in Plum by Art Gallery and Carolyn Friedlander's Doe in White 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2021 in 50 wt 
  • Recipient: My step-daughter

This is my first finish of my Q1 FAL for 2018!

I will also be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Negligent Style for TGIFF.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Colour Block Pouch x 10

Every Christmas, I make a small item for every lady in my family: my daughters and daughters-in-law, my mom and step-mom, my sister and my sister-in-laws (that's nine handmade presents). I usually choose one pattern and make nine items from it - changing the fabric choices to fit the recipient.

This year, I chose to make the Colour Block Pouch by Svetlana of s.o.t.a.k handmade. I had used her tutorial once before to make a pouch for myself so I knew this would be fun and quick to make.

I was so excited when I finished all my pouches (the day before Christmas!) that I forgot to take pictures of them all before I gifted them.  BUT I made an extra one for myself (you can never really have too many of these things!) so here it is!

I used some Zen Chic fabric for the pouches and paired them with fun coloured zippers. This one has a really cool blue zipper that doesn't match the blue in the Zen Chic print perfectly, but close enough is good enough right?

The lining is another Zen Chic print which I love!

These pouches didn't require any quilting because I used fusible fleece so they came together really quickly - I basically had a production line going!

The pouches were very well received by their recipients which is always good! 

If you're looking for a quick and yet super well designed pouch, I recommend you get this tutorial and make one... or ten!

I will be linking this small finish to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes. for TGIFF.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

My 2018 FAL List for Q1

I made my list of projects to finish during Quarter 1 of the 2018 FAL. Many of these are piles of fabrics and a pattern or design so I don't know how many I'll actually finish, but I've got a list!

1.  Magnolia Mystery Quilt

I completed my top and I ordered my backing so I'm pretty confident I can have this one done in the next three months.

2.  Cross Check Mini

I purchased this pattern by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl a while ago and I really want to make this quilt. I pulled my fabric for it so I need to cut, sew, quilt an bind.

3.  Secret Project

I can't really say anything about this project yet but it has to be done for mid-March so it's going on the list.

4.  Aeroplane Bag

This bag is on my list of goals for this year. I've got my fabric pulled, I've got all my supplies so now I have to get sewing.

5.  Easy Tee

Making garments is also on my list of goals for 2018. I signed up for an online class and learned how to draft a T-Shirt pattern for woven fabric based on my own measurements. I made a muslin which fits pretty well - next up is to cut into my precious fabric.

6.  Josef Albers Mini #1

Also on my goals list for 2018. Colour exploration chosen, design completed and fabric pulled! Completing this mini in the next three months should not be a problem.

7.  HST Table Runner

I had lots of scraps from my Magnolia Mystery Quilt so decided to make a table runner with some of them.  The top is complete, it's basted and I started the quilting last night.

There's still time to link up your Q1 list here on my blog or on the blog of any of the global hosts.