Thursday, October 31, 2013

Blogathon Canada Announcement!

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A few weeks ago, Carol of Sew Sisters Quilt Shop contacted me and asked if I'd be willing to be part of the line up for this year's Blogathon Canada.  And of course, I said yes!  I was super excited.
 
What is the Blogathon Canada you might ask?

Blogathon Canada is a week-long celebration of Canadian Quilting Bloggers brought to you by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop. In its second year, Blogathon Canada celebrates the tremendous craft, talent, and passion of the online quilting community in Canada.

Here's how it works:

Each day host bloggers will introduce themselves and their work on their blogs. They will include links to more blogs from their province so you can visit those blogs as well. The host bloggers will also host a giveaway of some of their favorite goodies from Sew Sisters so you have a chance to win every day of the week!

This year, Sew Sisters has teamed up with Aurifil, Northcott and Robert Kaufman to bring you even more fantastic giveaways! Check out their blog for more and see how you can join the party! Go to Sew Sisters Quilt Shop.

Here’s the Schedule:

Monday, November 18
BC
Holly
Monday, November 18
BC
Heather
Tuesday, November 19
Maritimes
Adrienne
Tuesday, November 19
Maritimes
Marjorie
Wednesday, November 20
AB
Katherine
Wednesday, November 20
AB
Andrea
Thursday, November 21
SK
Flo
Thursday, November 21
MB
Kathy
Friday, November 22
QC
Izzy
Friday, November 22
Territories
Danielle
Saturday, November 23
ON
Jackie 
Saturday, November 23
ON
Krista

As you can see, my date will be November 22 and I'll be representing Quebec.
 
Make sure you visit the Sew Sisters Quilt Shop blog for more information.  Oh - and if you are a Canadian quilter and blogger who lives in Quebec, send me your blog address so I can add you to the list!

Thanks for stopping by!

Izzy
 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Star Surround - It's done!

I haven't been excited about a finish like I am about this one in a long, long time. I love everything about this quilt... The pattern (by the wonderful Melissa at Happy Quilting), the fabrics (Color Me Retro by Jeni Baker) and the quilting (by little old me!)

It's night time here and I just couldn't wait until morning to take pictures... So they are a little dark.

I started working on this quilt during Melissa's quilt along this summer and the finished top had to sit for a little bit while I finished other projects. For October, I decided to make this my one goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes so I sandwiched, basted and quilted. (You can read my goal setting post here.)

The quilting took many, many hours. In part because I am still a beginner at this FMQ thing so I go pretty slow, but also in part because my poor little body doesn't like long quilting sessions.

Here are a few close-up pictures of the quilting:

Some swirls.

Lots and lots of pebbling.

And some straight lines with the walking foot.

When I first started working on it, this quilt was destined for the dining room table because it's the perfect size at 48" square. But now that I'm done, I'm not sure I want the kids spilling milk or eating peanut butter toast on it! Maybe I should buy some clear vinyl to put on top... :-)

What do you think?

I will be linking this finish over at these wonderful places this week:

Before I go, I thought I'd let you know that Craftsy is having a sale right now and until midnight tomorrow. Check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Izzy

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

WIP Wednesday - FMQ Progress

I am super excited about the progress I am making with the quilting of my Star Surround top. Here is a picture of the top pre-quilting:

I started with some stitching in the ditch around the middle star and again around the surround area (the black piecing). Then, I showed you a picture of the pebbling I'm going with in the white space both inside and outside the surround:

The lime/blue pieces are quilted with some dot-to-dot motifs (which I learned in Angela Walters' latest Craftsy class).

And this weekend, I spent a bit of time practicing drawing swirls on paper. Once I was satisfied that I kind of knew what I was doing, I started sewing swirls in the black areas. It looks awesome! I love the texture the swirls give to the quilt (I also learned how to do swirls by taking a class by Angela - Quilting Negative Space):

And that's how far I got. I have a little bit of the pebbling left to do and then I can move on to the binding and the label. I hope to have this quilt done for the next Montreal Modern Quilt Guild meeting at the beginning of November.

I will be linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday again this week. Why don't you do the same? Each linky party is full of inspiration. :-). Click the button in my sidebar...

Thank you for stopping by!

Izzy

Note: This blog post contains affiliate links. I'm a proud Craftsy Affiliate - I wouldn't recommend the classes if I didn't love them! :-)

 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

WIP Wednesday - Clover

Unfortunately, I haven't done a lot of sewing lately. My work days are just so crazy busy that when I finally make it home, I just want to sit on the couch, watch hockey games and snack on totally unhealthy foods. As a result, I'm super stressed, I'm losing my voice (too much screaming at the TV while watching the games) and I've gained 5 lbs in the last week. Not good at all!

Last night though, I decide to drag my sorry behind to the basement and sit at my sewing machine. And I worked on Clover, this month's Schnibble project.

I didn't get very far, but any progress is good these days. I'm using PB&J to make Clover. I had 2 charm packs and when I saw Carrie's version, I knew I had to use them.

In other news, I attended the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild sew-in over the weekend (my very first one!) and demonstrated the Scrappy Trip Around The World quilt block. We are organizing a block lottery for the November meeting so I made 4 blocks.

And while at the sew-in, I received my fabric for the Riley Blake MQG Challenge. How exciting! Free fabric! I just have to figure put what I want to make with these now. :-)

Up here in Canada, we have Thanksgiving weekend coming up, so with any luck, I'll be getting some serious sewing time.

Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday.

Happy Hump Day!

Izzy

 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

ALYOF - Goal Setting for October

It's once again time for me to commit to a monthly goal. The one finish I will focus on in October.

This month, I will finish quilting and put the binding and label on...

My Star Surround quilt.

I already started quilting it (you can see a picture of my progress here) so I'm pretty confident I can do this!

Linking up at Fiber of all Sorts and Sew Bittersweet Designs for ALYOF (see the button in my sidebar). Go ahead and do the same!

Thanks for stopping by!

Izzy

 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

WIP Wednesday - Flying Geese

I managed to resist getting started on a new project and instead focused on my WIPs for the past week or so. You know as well as I do that sometimes, that in itself is quite the feat given all the gorgeous quilts everywhere in blogland.

I will be linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday, so here is what I've been working on lately.

First, I finished my granny squares quilt. To read the Ta Da post and get all the details (and pictures), click here.

Second, I finished piecing my Flying Geese top.

The picture isn't great - the colours really pop in real life. It measures about 30" squares and will look fabulous on my sewing room wall once it's all quilted. I have a bunch of ideas floating around in my head for the quilting of this one and I cannot wait to get started.

But, my Flying Geese will have to wait until it can be quilted. Right now, I've got my Star Surround on the sewing machine in the country (which is the machine i use for FMQ).

I love pebbles! :-)

I've also been working on small things for the next meeting of the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild. Will post pictures as soon as they are done.

And what have you been up to this week? If you need inspiration, click on the WIP Wednesday button in my sidebar and check put what people are working on this week.

Thank you for stopping by!

Izzy

 

 
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