24 Mar 2017

Giraffe Family

Do you ever make the same quilt more than once? I know there are so many great quilt ideas out there. And some people claim that they enjoy a new challenge, so they would never consider making the same quilt more than once. I used to be one of those quilters.

This is the Giraffe Family quilt made using Cotton Supreme Solids by RJR Fabrics

Can you see that? It's some more wavy line quilting. I really enjoyed quilting this quilt. I was really getting in the groove with those curvy lines! The quilting was done using Light Grey Omni from Superior Threads, on top and plain white Gutermann thread in the bobbin for the back.

And here you can see the quilting from the back. This backing print is from the Urban Artifacts collection, which you can view here, and I am simply in LOVE with this print! The colours, the dots, the flowers and the text. It is just such a fun print!

Normally, I attach a binding first to the back of a quilt and then topstitch from the front to finish. But wanting to use a matched binding, this time I attached to the binding to the front. To finish, I topstitched along the "ditch" to catch the binding that had been folded around to the back. I used threads to match the binding both on top and in the bobbin.

Here is a close up of how the binding matches the piecing in the top. Want to know how I did it? Click here to check out my binding tutorials for more information.

This "Giraffe Family" quilt finished at 40" x 53"
and was the 24th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.

You can find the Giraffe Family pattern here!


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22 Mar 2017

Let's Bee Social # 169

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!


Wow! I am so happy to be here!

Last Tuesday I had to have my appendix removed. Quite suddenly. So here I am now.... Glad to be able to share another Let's Bee Social weekly linky party with you!

This week I am feeling pretty close to "normal" again. I spent Monday morning with the ladies from the Quaker Quilt Guild in Norwich providing a trunk show and was so very grateful to have some help carrying those totes of quilts and patterns into the show and out again. You can see photos over at Cindy's blog at Stitchin At Home. Thanks for your hospitality, Cindy!

Here and there I have been working on some new design ideas. And today I am happy to announce the new Bumper2Bumper pattern is ready to go!

I am so pleased to have finally come come up with a design that finally focuses on those boys in our lives. This car design puts me in mind of when my son was a wee little guy. He loved ANYTHING with WHEELS. And he still does...

I was only going to offer this in one block size - the smaller car block finishes at 5" x 9". Using 28 blocks, and the layout as shown at the beginning of this post, this would result in a 38" x 43" baby size quilt.

But then I started thinking about how those little boys always grow into bigger boys. And I thought of how many of them retain their love of cars. So the block is also offered in a larger size finishing at 10" x 18". The same layout of the large blocks allows for a twin size quilt finishing at 76" x 86".

If you have a car guy in your life that you would like to make a car quilt for, you can find the Bumper2Bumper quilt pattern listed here in my pattern shop.


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17 Mar 2017

Santa's Reindeer - Have A Jolly Little Christmas quilt

It's REALLY, really, really beginning to look a lot MORE like... Christmas!

This is my fifth and final finish using the blocks in the free Have A Jolly Little Christmas quilt along. You can read all about that free quilt along hereThis block is Santa's Reindeer and the instructions are scheduled to be posted on July 15.

The Santa's Reindeer block is one that I have made many times before...

But when I seen a 9 block quilt made by a variety of pattern testers for Diane Harris of QuiltMaker magazine using bright fabrics, I knew that I would eventually find the time to make one using solids. I miss solids. 

Diane is now retired from QuiltMaker magazine and is working on her own offering classes and shows. You can visit Diane over at her new website Stash Bandit.

I do consider myself to be "print challenged" and have said so openly while giving a presentation to a few guilds visited last year. So 2016 was the year of challenging myself to use prints instead of those solids that I truly adore.

I am concentrating on using my stash this year. And it felt good to dive into my solids and dig around in that bin for a change. So, we have a bright pink reindeer.

A pretty yellow reindeer.

Orange you glad? Another reindeer.

And a green reindeer.

When it came time for quilting, I went with my usual organic wavy lines. I used Ghost White Magnifico thread by Superior Threads on top and plain white Guetermann in the bobbin. I used to do A LOT of quilting in white. And the beginning of this year will have has proven to have a lot again.

The backing is Winter Garden by Susan Winget for Steele Creek Studio, which I found two years ago at Fabric.com. I fell in love with this print and bought it when it was on sale. I bought A LOT. And have used it a lot for backing all my Have A Jolly Little Christmas quilted items. But I still have plenty left.

Classic Black for the binding.

This rainbow coloured "Santa's Reindeer" quilt finished at 40" x 40"
and was the 23rd use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.

Are you interested in reading more about the blocks designed
for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmasquilt along?

Did you get your free colouring page download?!!!

Are you quilting along?

And for those of you who can't get enough Christmas....
Those who are too excited to wait for the next block instructions....

You could choose to include blocks from my other free quilt along - Ugly Christmas Sweaters - as both quilt alongs use the same size blocks!!! Interested?!!! Check out the Ugly Christmas Sweaters quilt along here.

It is NOT necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate in either of these Christmas themed quilt alongs, but if you would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern, the Have a Jolly Little Christmas Collection; which includes all 15 designs and the Ugly Christmas Sweaters patterns are both available for purchase in my pattern store here.

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