Monday, April 27, 2015

The Quilt Show and Workshops

Our Guest Instructor Johanna Masko taught 3 workshops at our Quilt Show.  She taught The Farmer's wife blocks, Houses blocks that was paper pieced and the Pineapple Log Cabin.  I was fortunate to take the Pineapple log cabin class.  We were treated to a great class put on by a fabulous quilter and instructor.  She kept her eyes on all of us as we made our blocks making sure that we understood the procedure as she taught it.  It was a new block for me so I really needed to get the concept.  We didn't paper piece this block which is the traditional way but instead added rounds to a 2 1/2 inch square to come up with an octagon.  I have been very busy since I got home and have made 2 more plus started another one.

Johanna Masko

 Some random blocks by the class.

Our Class

2 of my 3 finished blocks.  
The light fabric and the center square is from England, the reds and blues are from my stash.  I seem to be making my blocks different each time I make one so I think I will try to make at least 2 that are the same.  I am going to make blocks till I run out of fabric that matches the original block.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Superior Quilt Show

This week-end was the Superior Quilt Show here in Thunder Bay Canada.  It was a great success with over 177 quilts on display.  There were antique quilts, donation quilts and teddy bears with their quilts that are donated at Christmas time to Christmas Cheer Fund.

I thought that I would post pictures of some of the quilts.  These are just random pictures, I didn't know who had quilted them, I just walked around and selected a few.

This wall is all the challenge quilts that were handed in,  We were given three fabrics and could add up to three other fabrics but the quilt had to be less than 36 inches square.  Mine is the small quilt at the bottom left with the bird houses on it.  I made it using foundation paper piecing.

On Saturday night we had our biannual banquet and were treated to a trunk show from Johanna Masko.  She is a quilting instructor at The Workroom in Toronto. 

Here are some of her quilts.


Farmer's Wife Quilt

Wedding Ring Quilt


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Microwave Bowls

Microwave bowls seem to be all the rage these days.  You can put them in the microwave with a bowl of food inside and then since the food is hot they are easy to remove and hopefully not burn yourself.  You can also microwave the food and then use the quilted bowl to carry the food so that you don't burn yourself.  I have made many items for Lynda and she was at the point that she didn't know if there was anything more that I could make for her.  She had purchased more fabric on her last trip and I made her a winter purse/bag so now she decided that a microwave bowl might be a new idea.

You have to use all cotton when making these since polyester will melt in the microwave, so I used cotton fabric, all cotton batting, and cotton thread.  The pattern is fairly simple but the prep work before sewing them is tedious.  I found the pattern here

There are a lot of patterns out there but I liked Lisa's the best.

Since our Guild Quilt Show is coming up next week I decided to make some for the craft table at the show to sell.

You can see the inside more than the outside but the outside is pottery bowls.

I made three of these for the guild.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Number 10 of My UFO'S

I have finished all my 10 listed UFO's.  I like to try new blocks and use scraps so it is a challenge for me to make a quilt.  I don't make big quilts, most of them are 36-38 by 48 inches.  I also learned a new way to do binding.  It is very useful when you run out of fabric to match the border.  That is one thing that I like to do if at all possible.  I really like the border on this quilt and when it was finished I didn't know what to do for binding because I only had 10 inches of fabric left which wasn't enough for the binding.  

One of the gals at the Guild posted a link on Facebook to a binding tutorial and I used the one with the flange attached to the binding.  The tutorials are all videos so they are easy to follow. It was really neat to do and interesting to try something new.  I made my flange slightly larger than the tutorial called for and I am really pleased with the way it turned out.

Sew Spools Quilt
You can see the flange here.  It is attached to the binding and sewn as one piece to the quilt.  It is really two colour binding.


This is the year of our guilds quilt show and the guild booth will be selling kitchen items so I decided to make a few placemats.  I made 4 of them but only took a picture of 2.  

I fussy cut the flowers for the center and then added the same fabric for the side panels.  This is a really easy pattern to make.  It goes together very quickly too.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

We hope to do a little bit of remodeling at camp this year so I thought I would make a new quilt.  I have made this one before and decided to change it up this time around.  It is called Cabin By The Lake designed by Leanne Anderson of the Whole Country Caboodle.  I used the Hinge Method to put the panels together and also when I added the border.  I also left off one of the borders.  I didn't want it as large as the pattern called for.  Also I was running out of fabric.

Adding the border with the hinge attached to the main body of the quilt.

I was trying to decide what to use for the border.  These were the two fabrics that I had the most of since this was my second quilt using the same fabric.

The finished product.
It was a beautiful day today, 17 C, so I decided to take a picture by hanging it up outside in the beautiful sunshine.  Spring might be on it's way.

I also finished another door hanging from Country Junk'tion.  I made all 12 of them a few years ago but did not quilt them so they could be hung on the door.  I have decided that I better get them finished so that I can enjoy them.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Today Is National Quilting Day

It was a great day for a Quilt Bee since this is National Quilting Day.  The Quilt Bee Committee did a lot of background work and made up kits for us all to work on.  They found patterns on the Internet from Moda Bakeshop and made a definite effort to find simple easy patterns so that we could finish the quilt top in one day.  There were between 25-30 ladies at the Community Centre working all day except for a wonderful lunch that the Committee supplied.

Who would have thought that blue and green would look so nice together.

What man wouldn't love to have that on his bed.

A bright spring like quilt

A Wonky four patch.

Frog's Galore

Green and Purple go well together in this quilt.

So simple but so nice.

Maria and I made this one.  It almost looks tropical.  It is called Interwoven also from Moda Bakeshop.  We were given 5 inch squares and cut them into 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch rectangles and then added a 2 1/2 inch white square.

There were at least 8 or 9 other quilt tops that were worked on at the bee but didn't get finished.
It was a wonderful day and thoroughly enjoyed by all.


Friday, March 13, 2015

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, No It's a UFO

I have been very busy getting my UFO's finished and having a fun time doing it.  It is so nice to see these quilts finally made.  My brain is still full with more quilts that I want to make but I still have 2 more to go to complete the challenge.

Windy Days

I found this quilt on Moda Bake shop.  I used a lot of leftover triangles and half-square triangles that I had saved from other projects.  Some of the larger squares are leftovers from borders from previous quilts.

Anita's Grecian Wrench

I found this quilt in a Quiltmaker magazine November/December 2014.  It is made with a template that you copy and place on 2 eight inch squares right sides together and sew on the dashed lines, then cut on the solid lines.  It was really neat because there is no squaring up to do on the half-square triangles.  I just had to cut off the dog ears.  Everything was exactly 3 1/2 inches.


This is another Moda Bake shop.  I pop in every so often and find lots of quilts that I can use some of my scraps in.  I just added white to all those .

Flying South.

I don't remember where I found this pattern.  It is made with 4 1/2 inch squares made into half-square triangles.  Most of the fabrics in this quilt were pieces left over from backings or quilts that I have made.  I also see a black and yellow fabric that I used to make a purse.

I did a zig-zag quilt motif to bring out the geese pattern.

Two more to go to complete my 10 UFO's.  


Sunday, March 1, 2015

New Door Hangings

A few years ago a blog that I follow had a block of the month and it was seasonal door hangings.  I had completed all of them but had not quilted them.  This February I decided that I needed a new one for my front door and I should finish one for St. Valentine's day.  When I went through the ones that I had I noticed one for St. Patrick's day also so I decided to finish both of them off.

The hearts appear to be coming out of the envelope.
I needed a new one for my front door and this was so cute.

Shamrocks for St. Patrick's day and even a pot of gold.

These aren't free anymore since they were started in 2012 but you can purchase them from Country Junktion.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Two More UFO's Finished

This UFO Challenge that the guild put out to it's members has been very good for me.  I am keeping focused and have completed 2 more.

Twisted Shamrock

I started this little wall hanging a few years ago by sewing the squares together but never got around to cutting out the twister squares.  I had borrowed a small twister from a friend and still didn't complete it.  I think the push came when the challenge was announced.  Glad to have it finished just in time for St Patrick's day.

Tiny Bits

I had gathered all the children fabrics together for this one and even cut out a few of the squares but put it aside to start something else.  The pattern came from a book that I got for Christmas called "Perfect Quilts For Pre-cut Fabrics".  As soon as I saw the tittle I immediately thought of scraps.  You were suppose to use charm squares but I fussy cut some of my fabrics to showcase them.