Coastal Cruiser


IMG_1877I am busy working on some Christmas presents for this year, because as we all know handmade presents are the best! First on my finishes for this year’s Christmas is a pillow for my brother in law.

My bother in law loves VW vans (well so does my Husband for that matter) and has been restoring one for the last few years. I knew when I saw the Coastal cruiser by Tula Pink pattern last year that it would be perfect for him, but at the time he was living with a bunch of guys and I had a feeling that a throw pillow would not be highly appreciated. He has since moved and I was told that his living room needed some color, so I am hoping this pillow will do trick.

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The van is done in raw edge applique and I hand embroidered the logo before putting it on the pillow.  I love the way the colours turned out – like a van driving down the beach.  The only thing I think it is missing – a surfboard on the roof!

Well, that is one more thing to cross of my Finish a long list for this year! Now onto the second pillow!

Link ups: Lets Bee Social, Sew Cute Tuesday, Needle and Thread Thursday

Quilts of Valour


IMG_1992In honour of upcoming Rememberance day and the 100th Anniversay of World War 1 I am posting about a great project I was lucky enough participate in.  IMG_1989

At a recent Creative Stitches show the Quilts of Valour people had a booth with a set up of cute mugs.  When I asked what they were I learned about their Hugs Project (or Hugs from across the Nation).  I don’t have time right now to make a full quilt for the Quilts of Valour but I can easily make a block to help get quilts made!  I picked up a mug which came with the pattern for a shoofly block and the fabric to make it.

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I have my block all ready and ready to send off to be put together into a quilt.  I am looking forward to making more of these in my spare time to help get more quilts to soldiers.  For more information on the project check out the Quilts of Valour website.

New Block for Guild


BOM string blockThe last week I have been working on a new block for my Modern Guild’s Block of the Month.  This month is a string block, and I decided to do mine as a sort of rainbow starburst.  I love the way it turned out and now I think I need an entire quilt made out of these blocks!  I may start making more of these blocks now as they were quick to put together and didn’t require too much thought so they were great for nap times.

I now have 4 blocks ready!  I am loving the way they all look together.

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It is time to start thinking of getting the next block ready: a wonky log cabin!

Linking up to : Sew Cute Tuesday,

Bloggers Quilt Festival – Pretty Petals


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I made this quilt for the Modern Quilt Guild Fabric Challenge with Micheal Miller fabrics.  It is one of the few quilts I have made this year that was of my own design (apparently having a kiddo took away a lot of my time for creating), however it is also one of my favourite quilts from this year.  Thankfully it gets to stay at my house!

When the fabrics first arrived, I had no idea what I was going to make with them.  I admit I stared at them for weeks before I cut into them a friends house, there is nothing like a quilting session with friends inspire you and give you the courage to cut into that fabric!

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The quilt to came together quickly, including the back I pieced with leftovers from the front, which was great given that this had a deadline and I was running our of time.  Then for reasons I still don’t understand (must have been the sleep deprevation making it seem like a good idea) I decided to do some spiral quilting.  Not just any spiral quilting with lines spaces a reasonable distance, nope I decided to space the quilting 1/4″ apart.  Then I decided that I needed a second spiral that centered on the “flower” on the back of the quilt. So much for a quick quilt.

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It was worth it though and i love the end product.  I was worried the heavy quilting would make it too stiff, but that hasn’t been a problem yet (although I haven’t been brave enough to wrap the baby up in all that white either).

I am entering this quilt in Bloggers Quilt Festival Original Design Category put on my Amy’s Creative Side (thanks for hosting!).

 

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Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2014 – Large Quilt


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I know this quilt is a little older, but I was rearranging rooms this fall and came across it (in a sadly underused room) and fell in love all over again. The colours are so bright and happy, especially with the weather turning gloomy outside.

The fabrics are from V and Co’s Simply Color, one of the best fabric lines ever! I am hording all my scraps from this line as I don’t come across it often now.

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This quilt was made as part of the In Color Order HST BOM. I think the colors work so well with this pattern and it came together wonderfully. My daughter loves all the colours and it is a great quilt to snuggle in this fall as I am in denial that winter is coming!

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The quilting follows the chevrons from the backing fabric. I like the simplicity of it and how the angles in the quilting goes well with the angles in the blocks on the front of the quilt.

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I am entering this quilt in the large quilt category of the Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side.

 

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Quilt Stats:
Fabric: Simply Color by V and Co for Moda
Backing: Chevrons by Riley Blake
Pattern: HST BOM or HST Sampler by In Color Order
Size: 54 x 67″
Quilting: Done by me on my Juki

Friendly Foxes


Friendly FoxesApparently I am in love with all things foxy at the moment and have finished my second fox quilt this year!  This quilt has been delivered to its new owner – an absolutely adorable girl that belongs to friends.  We had visited them late in the summer as they were getting ready for their little one to arrive and I noticed that there was as stuffed fox in with the baby items.  At the time they didn’t know if they were having a boy or a girl so I wanted something gender neutral.  I had just been getting ready to make the Fox and Friends quilt for someone else and upon ordering the fabric I also came across the kit for Kona Fox Kits by Sew Fresh Quilts at Mad About Patchwork.  I thought it was cute so decided to give it a try.

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I must admit I did not like this quilt as I was putting it together.  I kept adding the leaves and piecing parts and still didn’t like the overall look.  However I am happy the say that once it was quilted and washed that I loved it and was happy that I didn’t through the whole thing in a pile and move onto something else!

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I decided to embroider her name onto the tree like someone had carved it.  Then came the quilting, I really wanted to accent the overall design of the quilt and keep the quilting to a minimum (I was working with a minky back and wanted it to stay soft, not to mention I started the quilting with just over a week before to go before we would be delivering the quilt).

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I quilted bark on the tree, veins on the leaves and outlined the foxes.  Then filled in the rest with simple straight lines, which gave both the front and back of the quilt a great effect.

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The foxes are so cute and friendly even the deer are not afraid!

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This is my first finish off my Finish a Long quarter 4 list (found here).  Now I had better get working on those Christmas projects.

Link ups this week: Fabric Tuesday, Sew Cute Tuesday, Lets Be Social

Finish-a-long 2014 Q4


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Well I didn’t finish all my projects last quarter (I actually did better than I thought I would, which is great).  This quarter is all about getting ready for the holidays – for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to make a lot of gifts this year (smart right).  Most of these projects are presents for people, so I am not posting too much detail (I doubt most the recipients read this blog, but just to be careful).

1. A Coastal Cruiser pillow.

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2. A Pillow (this one will go with the Coastal Cruiser house, so it has the same background, but will have a different subject)

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3. Stockings – With the new addition to our household this year we need another stocking.  As my husband and I don’t have any at our house (Christmas was usually spent with one set of parents or the others) I need to make us some as well – at least they will all match!

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4. Baby quilt – This quilt is for a special little baby that decided to arrive early – guess she couldn’t wait to meet her parents!  That being said now her quilt really needs to done and it is still in pieces (all the pieces have not yet been cut either!).

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5. This quilt from my Guild’s Mystery Quilt series needs to be quilted and bound so it can go to its new home this Christmas.

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6. A custom quilt for a friend!  I have made several baby quilts for her (she loves to give them as shower presents) and I finally get to make on for her to keep! IMG_1734

7. Why not through this on (would be nice to have it for Halloween) as it just needs to be quilted and bound!  I would love to be able to snuggle with my Ghastlies soon!

IMG_17378. I also have a Ghastlies mug rug that needs to be finished for a present (no pic sorry as I am sure this person looks at the blog!).

 

Oh dear, 8 projects in less than three months – I better get to work!   Hopefully I don’t get distracted with too many side projects over the coming months, although I am sure there will be a few of those as well.