Thursday, January 24, 2013

Curve It Up Log Cabin

Here is my version of the latest block in the Curve It Up Quilt Along. I made a slightly different log cabin block than Jenny's original one, but added the curved centre the same way. Looking forward to block #8!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sandra's Stars

I always love working on Sandra's quilts because she has a much more modern taste in fabric than I do.  I love this quilt, but can honestly say I would never have carried these fabrics out of the store.

Sandra made this quilt as part of a Mystery when we both lived in Flin Flon.  She chose the Popcorn panto, King Tut thread on top and So Fine! in the bottom along with the Dream Puff batting.

When you combine the puff batting with this wonderful flannel backing fabric you end up with one cuddly quilt!  I think it really could stay in my living room!

This may be the last thing coming off my longarm for a while. Renovations in my studio have begun.  Since we moved into this house 16 months ago we have tackled many projects.  (Thankfully I am married to a wonderfully handy guy and he has done it all himself, with a little help from me here and there.)  We have built a shed, removed a hot tub (it had 4 whole jets), gutted  the kitchen, two bathrooms and laundry room, replaced the exterior doors and countless other more minor projects.  Needless to say my studio wasn't really high on the list.  As part of my Christmas present my hubby has promised that I will have a proper studio before the end of the year.  Here are some before pictures of the guest "bedroom" and studio.  My shelves have been creating a bit of a wall, but it was sorely lacking one thing - a door.  Thankfully all our house guests have been most understanding over the past year.  It certainly is anything special, but I am thankful for the square footage to call my own!

Nolan took Friday off and we cleared almost everything out of the studio and bedroom.  Good bye nasty carpet!  He made great progress over the weekend with the framing, electrical and drywall. We are now at the mudding of the drywall stage.  I am happy to leave my longarm covered up for this phase!  I will be happy when we get to priming the walls and containing the dust.  My stress right now is trying to decide on a paint color to paint of the paneling and new drywall.  I hate this part!  I'll keep you posted on  the progress.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Two Wonderful Things

I just want to share two things that brought me joy this week.  First, I was able to get the top of my Just Takes 2 quilt top put together.  I had to shuffle blocks around from the given layout to balance out the colors, but I am very pleased with the final result.

Now to figure out how to quilt it!

Secondly, I now have a logo for my business! My wonderful friend Dawn Piasta is not only an amazing quilter, but she is pretty handy with graphics software as well! I dropped of a little doodle of what I had in mind and she transformed it into what you see here.  I couldn't be happier.  Thanks Dawn, you are a woman of many talents!!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Curve It Up - Block #6

I had some help creating this 6th block in the Curve It Up Quilt Along. I was lucky enough to have my good friend Eileen here for a visit and we decided to play with the Quick Curve Ruler and work on these flying geese. It was very nice to have a second opinion close at hand when choosing the colors. Thanks for the help Eileen! I like how the purple makes a little more sense now!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Bali Pop Placemats & Runner

These place mats and table runner were a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law.  They were made from a "Coconut" Bali Pop, with black Kona on the back.  

I wanted to keep the quilting pretty simple so I stitched on the outside of the geese and used a free hand "swirls and tails" motif for the background.  My inspiration for the "swirls and tails"  came from Wendy over at Ivory Spring.  She does beautiful work on her domestic sewing machine and shares her process often.

 I may have to make myself a set of these, as I really liked how they looked on my table!