Saturday, May 16, 2015

Long Weekend Warriors

I haven't been posting any quilts as other parts of my life have been taking priority- day job, company, concerts, meetings and now the start of a little backyard overhaul.  We have an old sunken patio in our backyard that has been needing our attention for a couple of years.  We tried to get some contractors out to look at it last summer but every seemed too busy as we couldn't even get a quote, so we decided we would tackle it ourselves this year.  Step 1 rip out the old patio.

I decided I could be most helpful on the jack hammering as the wheelbarrow was a little too heavy for me manage to load the trailer.

Yes, I know my day 1 choice of footwear was not ideal, but I was wearing gloves, safety glasses and ear defenders!

So when breaking up concrete to haul away, the last thing you want to discover is a second thicker layer of concrete underneath!!!
End of day 1, the trailer is ready for the first trip to the dump in the morning.
Day 2, I have upgraded my footwear!
End of day 2, and Nolan has made 4 trips to the dump.  Our dump weighs you in and out, so he was quite impressed when he looked at the receipts to find what he thought was 7,330lbs.  Turns out the dump uses kgs, so that brings the total so far to 16,139 lbs!  No wonder he was totally spent loading and unloading it all! We would have been done today, if the upper 4-5" layer was all we were dealing with, but the bonus 8-10" layer underneath has not helped. This job has turned out to be much larger than we ever could have guessed!  Our poor mama robin who chose once again to nest on our patio light must be regretting that decision, no babies here yet, but she is taking good care of the eggs.

This fun is scheduled to start again tomorrow afternoon.  We both need a little time to recoup tomorrow morning!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mahjongg and More

I recently finished two lovely lap quilts for Vanda.  Vanda loves Oriental fabrics and it is always a treat to quilt them with some nice shiny Magnifico thread.

First up is the Mahjongg Quilt.  We decided on the Breath of the gods panto.  I love how it came out.

 Next is a sampler quilt that was started by Vanda's daughter. Vanda and her daughter took the same class.  You can see Vanda's quilt here.   She has completed this one for her as a surprise for her daughter's birthday. (Shh don't tell).

We used the Tickle panto and gold Magnifico thread. .

 Vanda splurged on the backing fabric for this one and it is really lovely!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Alternate Routes

This is Mona's version of our Alternate Routes Pattern by Highway 10 Designs.  Her beautiful fabric choices really allow the piecing to stand out.   Mona added an extra row from the original pattern to allow for her unique layout.  I have to say it does not get old seeing one of your designs made by a fellow quilter!

We decided on the Tickle Too panto and black So Fine! thread with Quilter's Dream Blend batting.

Mona selected one of my Stonehenge wide backings and I think it is the perfect compliment to the front.

 The Alternate Routes pattern is available as a pdf download or by mail in our printed version in our Etsy Store.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Man About Town

Cheri made this quilt out of Northcott's "Man About Town" Flannel collection.  The quality of Northcott's flannel is second to none making this a luxurious quilt. 

The pattern Cheri used is called Double Slice.  It uses a layer cake and you can see the tutorial here.

We decided on Quilter's Dream Midnight Poly Batting to keep it nice and light (and prevent any potential bearding through the back), a mossy green So Fine thread and the Fascination panto for a nice all over texture.

I am also excited to show you row 4 of the mystery row quilt I am participating in.  

A little more paper piecing for these Aspen leaves.  I decided to keep this row a little less scrappy than the last.  I used only two fabrics in each leaf, but the large color variation in the batik print gives the illusion of more.

 I am really loving how the rows look together.  Can't wait for the next set of instructions in early May!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

More Care Home Quilts

Ina is truly the scrap quilting queen!  Here are three more quilts she has made for her local care home - #11, #12 & #13 that I have had the pleasure of quilting.  Hope you find them as inspiring as I do.

 This disappearing nine-patch has the "yo-yo" panto, Stonehenge wide backing and Quilter's Dream Blend batting.  Ina skillfully used both a white and a cream in the background, which most of us wouldn't think to do.

When I pulled this nine patch out of the bag, I had a feeling that I should do something other than a panto as I didn't feel as though I wanted to stitch over the thin black sashing with a contrasting thread.  I am very pleased with the end result.

And once again the Stonehenge backing fabric shows off the quilting very nicely on the back.

 The outside border was a little too wide to leave unquilted so I decided that some simple loops was all that was required.

This one is another Disappearing Nine Patch, and the white and blue combination led me to the "popcorn" panto which has a cloud like texture.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Stack 'n Whack

This is Vicki's Stack 'n Whack quilt.  Her fabric choice provided subtle patterns in her pinwheels.  I decided a little custom quilting was the order of the day.  Below you can see a before and after while it was on the machine.

Vicki requested one of my wide Stonehenge backings and it really shows off the quilting nicely on the back.  We used Quilter's Dream blend batting, So Fine thread on top, and Bottom Line on the back.

I haven't done this border design in a while.  I first used it back in my domestic machine quilting days.  I learned it as "Onions and Garlic" and it was a great treatment for this medium width border.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Flying Paisley

This cheerful little lap quilt was made by Reneta with some leftovers from a jelly roll quilt.  We decided on the Flying Paisley panto and I think it adds great movement to the quilt.  I used a bright purple magnifico thread.  

Reneta loves cuddle backing, and I used Quilter's Dream Puff batting.  Cuddle and puff is a favorite combination of mine.

This quilt is a gift for a family friend who is graduating this year, so I added her name and Grad 2015 to a couple of the flower petals.  It is a little hard to see in the picture, but I was pleased with the effect.  The personalization was subtle, but seemed fitting.  It is a little easier to see on the back.