Friday, 24 July 2015

Bear and Bees baby quilt finish

This little quilt makes me so happy! It was sure pretty quick to put together. Once I figured out how to piece those little bee blocks that is. I used my EQ7 program to work on this design and am so pleased with how much it looks like the EQ7 image. You can read more about that in this post. That's what I love about using the program. You can colour in your design using the fabric swatches of the prints you would like to use before even beginning to cut into that precious stash!





The Bear and Bees finished at approximately 36" x 40" and is NOT paper pieced. In my opinion it is a gender neutral quilt and the perfect size for a new little baby. Maybe it leans a little more toward being a boyish quilt.... But. What am I most proud of? That this is my first finish using "prints only" in I don't know how long!




Every one of these prints were purchased from Canadian National Fabric. The background is Ditsy Floral in Turquoise from the Theodore & Izzy collection by Andrea Turk from Cinnamon Joe Studio for Camelot Fabrics. The yellow in the bees, their blue wings, the bear's ear, nose and chest, and the honey pot were made from yellow, teal, pink and light grey Leaf Vine fabrics from the Bear Essentials 2 collection by P&B Textiles. The bear is made from White Mandorla from the Design Studio collection for Camelot Fabrics.




The green grass is 63 Kiwi from the Juice collection by Ginger Lily Studio for African Sky. The backing is Theodore the Bear, also from the Theodore & Izzy collection and the binding is Black Gingham from the Country Touch collection by Daphne B. for Wilmington Prints.




Those cute bears in the backing are simply adorable. And so are the bees. This backing fabric was my inspiration for the Bear and Bees design. The Black Gingham sure makes for a smart looking binding. But it causes your eyes go all bugged out when you are looking at it off the bolt. Working with the strips once they were cut was much easier to take!  I used the Rita of Red Pepper Quilts binding method again. And am pretty happy with how it turned out.




Here you can see that I used the organic wavy line quilting, so I could make my way around those appliqued letters on the honey pot. I just used plain white G├╝termann thread for the whole works. Except the black applique on the HONEY.




The Bear and Bees quilt was the 45th use of my 100 labels ordered from Ikaprint.


Did you enter the Ikaprint Label GIVEAWAY we have going on right now?
If not, click here for your chance to win 100 labels now!



If you are interested in making your own version of the Bear and Bees quilt, the pattern has been added to my payhip pattern shop here.




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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Let's Bee Social #82

Welcome back friends! I can hardly believe another week has flown by and that it is Wednesday again already. Last week I showed two quilt tops. The Bear and Bees has been quilted and will be posted for my Friday Finish. The backing for the Elephant Parade quilt just arrived yesterday.


Sew Fresh Quilts blogger bundle from Fabric Please!

Meanwhile, Rita of Fabric Please! sent me this saturated bundle of loveliness. This is the Sew Fresh Quilts blogger bundle, which I will be sharing a tutorial for in August. You will get a chance to win your very own bundle in our giveaway. I can hardly wait!


Aside from all the sewing and quilting, my daughter and I have been doing a little gardening. The dirt in front of our porch got a good digging up last fall. I planted the tulip bulbs that came up this spring. And this week Erin and I went shopping for a few flowers and some mulch.






I used to do a lot of gardening when my kids were little, but I have been slacking off since I started quilting. It was sure an enjoyable day spent digging in the dirt with my girl.


Now it's time for the linky party!!!!! What's buzzing at your hive?

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    • Click on at least a few of the others who have linked up.  Take a social tour of their hive and really get to know them!  Before you BUZZ off.... Leave a friendly invite in your comment....  Encouraging them to make a BEE line to your blog.
    • Your blog post does not have to BEE about something you worked on during the past week.  Linking up an older post that you are particularly proud of, or that you thought was really funny, or inspiring, or worth revisiting is totally okay.
    • In your blog post, please include a link back to my blog or grab the "Let's Bee Social!" button from above and put it on your sidebar.  This way others who visit your blog that week can join in the fun!  Share the news of this new linky and Let's Bee Social!
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Monday, 20 July 2015

IKAPRINT fabric labels GIVEAWAY {redo}

When it comes to labeling your finished quilts...
How do you fare?

Do you bother to label them at all?
How about totes and pouches?

It was back in July of last year that I received my order of 100 quilt labels from the ikaprint store.  It was in this post that I shared how much I loved my new labels and showed off how they looked on a newly finished GenX-Aztec quilt, for which I also shared a free tutorial on making that quilt.  I used my 33rd label from that 100 label order when I finished my Zany ZebraZ quilt and had our first label giveaway. The Little Blooms in Kona finish brought me to a total of 44 labels used.



These labels are made by Fatih Demirtas of IKA Products.
Fatih is based in Paris, France.
She make the most handsome and stylish bags and totes.
And blogs about them here on her site.

You see, I don't make the labels.
I had been providing a storefront for ordering the labels from my site. But now Fatih is launching her updated site and all the labels will be ordered directly through her from now on.

To celebrate, she has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway that includes 100 labels of your choice and includes the cost of shipping!


To order labels and get a 5% discount
click on the ikaprint photo above
and use the coupon code AFF05.


Who wants to win a chance to Make Your Own Quilt Labels for FREE?!!! 

Use coupon code AFF05 for 5% discount and save!


How do you enter the giveaway contest? 

 

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This Giveaway is open internationally.

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Bindingless Quilted Table Runner



Those batik strips are still getting sewn up. I had a great time playing around with some strips last Monday. And I guess I couldn't stop!




This time I made a table runner out of some pretty blue and beige Island Batik strips. I am always drawn to those cool blues! The strips were each about 3" x 10". Some light. Some dark. But all rich and with such gorgeous designs.




To finish this runner, I used my Bindingless Quilted Placemat Tutorial that I showed last week.




For the topstitching and quilting I used Superior Threads' Bottom Line on top and in the bobbin.




The finished measurement of this runner is approximately 9" x 37". The backing is made from a stash fabric that reminds me of a crackle paint job and is a Northcott blender called Textures #313.




Using the bindingless method gives a sleek finish. It's a lot of fun. And it's quick!





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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Let's Bee Social #81

Welcome to this week's Let's Bee Social! Things around here are busy, busy, busy! What a fast summer this is going to BEE!

I miss my Elephant Parade quilt that I made, and sold, in January. Being as this has been such a popular pattern, I thought it sure would be nice to have in my line up for Trunk Shows or to bring along should anyone decide to schedule a workshop for it. So this weekend I cut and pieced a new top. And have ordered the Elephants in Gray for the backing.



Before my machine got cooled back down again. I cut and pieced my newest design, Bear and Bees.





This quilt is sure looking cute in these bright and fresh prints. But it is so strange to see something I created that isn't made from solids. I really have to try this more often!





Now it's time for the linky party!!!!! What's buzzing at your hive?

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    • Click on at least a few of the others who have linked up.  Take a social tour of their hive and really get to know them!  Before you BUZZ off.... Leave a friendly invite in your comment....  Encouraging them to make a BEE line to your blog.
    • Your blog post does not have to BEE about something you worked on during the past week.  Linking up an older post that you are particularly proud of, or that you thought was really funny, or inspiring, or worth revisiting is totally okay.
    • In your blog post, please include a link back to my blog or grab the "Let's Bee Social!" button from above and put it on your sidebar.  This way others who visit your blog that week can join in the fun!  Share the news of this new linky and Let's Bee Social!
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Sunday, 12 July 2015

Using my EQ7 Quilt Program

Do you remember back in May when I showed you my first Sunday Stash from Canadian National Fabric here? Well, those cute bears on the Theodore & Izzy line got stuck in my head.



So I drew up a bear and some bees on my graph paper. And then, once I had an idea of what I wanted to do, I sat down at the computer with my EQ7 quilt program to perfect that design. The more time I spend using the program, the more I learn. And therefore the more I enjoy using it!



What I love about using the EQ7 is that I can adjust the quilt and block sizes. And I can import fabric swatches into my program and see just how they will look using solids or prints.

Here is the design using solids.....



And here is the design using a few of the prints I purchased from Canadian National Fabric back in May. Plus what I may have purchased additionally while I was fooling around with this design.....



When exporting images to save them on your computer, you can also save them without the lines, giving you an even more realistic image. And helping you to see just how your design will look using the fabrics you chose.



This little quilt is currently sitting at 36" x 40". I will still have to work out a cutting plan and pattern before beginning. But it sure was fun spending a few hours being creative, working on a new quilt design, and getting to know my EQ7 quilt program a little better. Oh ya... And shopping for additional fabric from Canadian National Fabric!







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