Island Batik’s December Lone Star Challenge

In July, I received an awesome Surprise package in my Island Batik,  box and this is what I got: 20 half yard cuts of fabric from the Baby Bloomers collection, a signature collection for Karen Overton. Also included was 2 yard of Dots-Pink Carnation and 2 yards of Cow Moon Clouds – purple.

The only Lone Star I’ve made was a Judy Niemeyer pattern and I didn’t really want to purchase one of her patterns. I knew that there must be other options!

So, what to do??? EQ8 to the rescue … I downloaded the Baby Bloomers fabric collection and started to play! I’m not sure when, but I must have followed a tutorial at one point, because I found a folder called “Lone Star Practice.” Bingo! I found exactly what I wanted to make. I substituted the original fabric with the Baby Bloomers fabric and came up with this:

When I searched the Internet for “How to make a Lone Star Quilt,” I came across a few tutorials by Donna at Jordan Fabrics. WONDERFUL!!! Here’s the tutorial I mostly followed: One Jelly Roll, Lone Star. However, in order to make the quilt I wanted to make, I needed to make some adjustments. Mainly with the purple going up each point of the star.

I needed to make a strip set of my fabrics, I used my 2 1/2Accuquilt die and made perfect strips very quickly!

I laid out the strips and pinned them onto my design wall.

I sewed the strips together (picture above) and cut according to the directions. And forgot to take a picture of the cut pieces!

Then, I made sure to mark Every. Single. Intersection. to ensure almost perfect points … (hmmm, that didn’t always work according to plan!)

Yes, I used “Dude” from Silly Moon Rulers and a pencil to mark the intersections. Then I used the forked pins to hold the intersections in place. I’m usually not a pinner – but it was a MUST in this case!

My Prairie Spirit Alpaca/Wool pressing mat made for perfect points!

When I put the light pink from the collection up on the design wall with the star pieces I had assembled, my immediate thought was “what in the world were you thinking?” It did NOT look good. It looked washed out. I started digging through my stash! Many different fabrics were auditioned. I found this slightly darker and brighter pink tied up with one of my Island Batik precuts and BINGO, it was perfect for the quilt. It is called “Floral Carnation” and is from the Blenders collection (available at all times).

Hobbs Batting 80/20 was used as well as an assortment of Schmetz Needles for piecing and quilting.

I quilted it with Aurifil Thread,  #2515 (Light Orchid) on the top and Aurifil #2423 (Baby Pink) in the bobbin. When auditioning the threads, I felt that the Baby Pink was too light for the top but the Light Orchid was perfect. However, I didn’t know if I had enough Light Orchid to use for both the top and bobbin. I used Aurifil #4225 (Eggplant) to attach the binding.

Quilting Close-ups

The Finished Lone Star

Be sure to visit Maryellen at MaryMackMadeMine! She had the same fabric collection. I haven’t seen her quilt, but I just KNOW that it will be a totally different Lone Star!

Lone Star Blog Hop Schedule

Week 1:

December 5:

Maryellen McAuliffe

Gail Sheppard YOU ARE HERE!


December 6:

Megan Best

Brenda Alburl


December 7:

Preeti Harris

Emily Leachman


December 8:

Jennifer Thomas


December 9:

Visit Island Batik’s Blog for your opportunity to win!

Week 2:

December 12:

Reed Johnson

Suzy Webster


December 13:

Jennifer Fulton

Gail Renna


December 14:

Denise Looney

Claudia Porter


December 15:

Leah Malasky

Andi Stanfield


December 16:

Visit Island Batik’s Blog for your opportunity to win!

Week 3:

December 19:

Mania Hatziioannidi

Michelle Roberts


December 20:

Pamela Boatright

Connie Kauffman

Sandra Stanfield


December 21:

Jane Hauprich

Lisa Pickering


December 22:

Brianna Roberts


Elizabeth DeCroos

Anorina Morris

December 23:

Visit Island Batik’s Blog for your opportunity to win!

Hashtags for industry (only if you are actually using the products): #hobbsbatting #accuquilt #accuquiltgo #schmetzneedles #doyoueq #janome #bernina #juki #dritz #olfacreates #junetailor #brothersews #cloverusa #oliso #studio180design #omnigrid

Thank you!

Disclosure: The fabrics, batting, thread and needles were generously supplied by the following companies: Thank you, Island Batik,  Aurifil Thread,  Hobbs Batting,  Schmetz NeedlesAccuquilt & Prairie Spirit Alpacas!!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Sunday Summation: Dec. 4 ’22

The Mystery Quilt is almost done!!!

This is a super simple mystery quilt! It is my own design. I designed it for the Boundary Bay Quilt Guild, but I’be been sharing it with YOU as well!

This quilt will finish at 43″ x 53″

There are 8 clues. They will all come out on Tuesdays, starting October 18.

  • Oct 18: Clue #1: Fabric Requirements and Cutting HERE
  • Oct 25: Clue #2: HERE
  • Nov 1: Clue #3 HERE
  • Nov 8: Clue #4 HERE
  • Nov 15: Clue #5 This Post
  • Nov 22: Clue #6 HERE
  • Nov 29: Clue #7 this post
  • Dec 6: Clue #8. – will come out on Tuesday!
  • Dec 13: Mystery Quilt Parade

Using Left-overs

I’m on a bit of a mission to use up left-over bits and pieces from quilts I’ve made. You know – the extra blocks that I made “just in case” or because I miscounted.

The items below are the things made from the fabric left-over from the “Citified” quilt that I made: The little zippy pouch and a placemat. The placemat will go to the guild for “Meals on Wheels” Christmas.

There might be one or 2 (2.5″) squares left that have gone into the Island Batik scrap bucket.

Last week’s class

I taught the “Winter Branches” Table runner at Essem last week. I think it was a great class! Everyone had their table runner top completed and some had even started quilting by the end of the class!!

Anne finished her’s and sent me a picture later that evening!!!

Here’s mine: In progress: I used Island Batik “Custard” for the background and “Grapes-Beaujolais” from the Napa Valley collection.

Stitching Stuff

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

Lots of stitching in the past week!

  • January – November: 288 / 333
  • Dec:  4 / 4
  • Total:  292 / 337
  • Percentage = 86% 

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

No shopping … the placemat to the right used 1/2 yard of fabric.

  • Fabric Used since the last report   0.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       90.5 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:  0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:    29.5 yards 
  • Net Fabric used:                61 yards 

To Do

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is hosting “To Do” every week.

The To Do list from last week:

  1. Work on and Finish a UFO (a wallet) Not done
  2. Work on Melodic Mystery Quilt – and fix all the mistakes! Dec. √   DONE, mistake fixes in progress
  3. Finish Clue #1 Chilhowie √   DONE
  4. Quilt Spicy BOM. √   DONE
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

This week’s list:

  1. Finish my Winter Branches Table runner
  2. Work on and Finish a UFO (a wallet)
  3. Work on Melodic Mystery Quilt finish fixing all the mistakes!
  4. Finish Clue #2 Chilhowie
  5. Write blog post : Spicy BOM
  6. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

Design Wall

Donna, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

Piecing:

  1. Melodic Mystery Quilt: December clue is done … but I haven’t finished fixed my previous mistakes. The pattern is from Meadow Mist Designs.
  2. Chilhowie – Clue #2 in progress

Quilting:

Once it’s sandwiched, I’ll quilt the Winter Branches table runner.

Once I do some colouring with Inktense pencils, I’ll start quilting the Nutcracker. Here he is on my window for tracing.

Upcoming Blog Hops

Island Batik‘s December’s Lone Star Blog Hop. – It starts tomorrow!!!! And Maryellen and I start it off!

Creatin’ in the Sticks: Sew It – Show It: Shades of Blue (January)

Shades of Blue

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

Linking to:

PHD in 2022 – November Report

November’s Accomplishments!

Well, I didn’t finish ANY UFOs this month. None, Nada, not a one … hmmm … I think I’ve said that for the last 2 months!

I did finish 3 new starts …

  • The stockings for Island Batik (see details HERE)
  • Travel Posts Quilt (see details HERE)
  • Citified Quarter Log Cabin (see details HERE)

I have 2 more UFOs to finish before the end of the year and 2 new starts … for me, I think it’s doable! I hope!

The Tally Sheets

Here is an Excel File for you to use (if you want). PHD Tally 2022- with formulas

My Task sheet has not changed … And here is the link where you can find the colourful Task Sheet at Ms P Designs.

The Linky Party

Show us your PHD in 2022 Progress!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
https://fresh.inlinkz.com/js/widget/load.js?id=c0efdbe6b4add43dd7ef

Favourite Finish of the Month

It’s always hard for me to choose my favourite finish of the month. However, this month it is definitely the quilt I made with Island Batik’s Citified 2.5″ strip pack. And I had a fantastic time quilting it! It was so much fun!! Check out Meadow Mist Designs for more “Favourite Finishes”.

DrEAMI

DrEAMI stands for Drop Everything And Make It. Well, this has been a S L O W DrEAMI … I can only hand sew for short periods of time, but I have made these 2 baskets! They are made with the Winter Sky Island Batik fabric. Aren’t they cute? The pattern is “Goodness Bowl” by Jean Paccagnan. These are the small and medium baskets.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

Linking to:

Fall 2022 Scrappy Mystery Quilt: Clue #7

This is a super simple mystery quilt! It is my own design. I designed it for the Boundary Bay Quilt Guild, but I’m going to be sharing it with YOU as well!

There will be 8 clues. This quilt will finish at 43″ x 53″ … unless you decide to make it bigger or smaller.

Clue #7

The Schedule & Previous Clues

  • Oct 18: Clue #1: Fabric Requirements and Cutting HERE
  • Oct 25: Clue #2: HERE
  • Nov 1: Clue #3 HERE
  • Nov 8: Clue #4 HERE
  • Nov 15: Clue #5 This Post
  • Nov 22: Clue #6 HERE
  • Nov 29: Clue #7
  • Dec 6: Clue #8
  • Dec 13: Mystery Quilt Parade

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Sunday Summation: Nov. 27 ’22

The Mystery Quilt is well on it’s way!!!

This is a super simple mystery quilt! It is my own design. I designed it for the Boundary Bay Quilt Guild, but I’m going to be sharing it with YOU as well!

This quilt will finish at 43″ x 53″

There are 8 clues. They will all come out on Tuesdays, starting October 18.

  • Oct 18: Clue #1: Fabric Requirements and Cutting HERE
  • Oct 25: Clue #2: HERE
  • Nov 1: Clue #3 HERE
  • Nov 8: Clue #4 HERE
  • Nov 15: Clue #5 This Post
  • Nov 22: Clue #6 HERE
  • Nov 29: Clue #7
  • Dec 6: Clue #8
  • Dec 13: Mystery Quilt Parade

This week’s class

I will be teaching this table runner at Essem on Wednesday. I believe there is still room for one more. You can register for it HERE. This table runner will take you into the freeing world of slightly abstract and each table runner will be unique.

Stitching Stuff

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

Lots of stitching in the past week!

  • January – October: 258 / 303
  • Nov:  27 /27
  • Total:  285 / 331
  • Percentage = 86% 

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

The backing for this quilt used 4 yards of fabric. You can see details of this quilt HERE.

Fabric: Island Batik Citified collection, FMQ with Aurifil thread, Hobbs 80/20 batting in the middle!

But I did go shopping. I stopped in at Castle’s Sewing Centre and just HAD to buy some of their Island Batik fabrics! I bought 1 meter of each! Aren’t they just beautiful???????

  • Fabric Used since the last report    yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       90 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:  6 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:    29.5 yards 
  • Net Fabric used:                60.5 yards 

To Do

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is hosting “To Do” every week.

The To Do list from last week ago:

  1. Work on and Finish a UFO (a wallet) not DONE
  2. Work on Melodic Mystery Quilt – and fix all the mistakes! not DONE
  3. Make December Spicy BOM √   DONE
  4. Web Spicy BOM √   DONE
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

This week’s list:

  1. Work on and Finish a UFO (a wallet)
  2. Work on Melodic Mystery Quilt – and fix all the mistakes!
  3. Finish Clue #1 Chilhowie
  4. Quilt Spicy BOM
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

Design Wall

Donna, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

Piecing:

  1. Melodic Mystery Quilt: November clue is done … but I still haven’t fixed my previous mistakes. It’s not too late for you to start … the clues are at Meadow Mist Designs.
  2. Chilhowie – Clue #1 in progress
  3. Extra fabric from Citified

Quilting:

Spicy BOM is waiting!

Upcoming Blog Hop

Creatin’ in the Sticks: Sew It – Show It: Shades of Blue (January)

Island Batik‘s December’s Lone Star Blog Hop

Shades of Blue

Coming in 2023!

I’ve had a few emails … and yes, Some blogging friends and I will be hosting a Stay at Home Round Robin, starting mid January!

AND … to help you reduce your UFOs, there will be the PHD in 2023!

More info on both these events to come in December!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

Linking to:

What to make with a 2 1/2″ strip pack?

I received a 2.5″ strip pack from Island Batik awhile back … It’s such a beautiful collection … and I debated long and hard about what to make with it! It’s so pretty with the purples, oranges, golds, neutrals and blues!

I decided to go with a simple partial log cabin. The hardest part was deciding where each block should go!

Here are some close-ups of the graffiti quilting! I really enjoy quilting whatever I feel like! It’s so much fun! And, to be totally honest, it’s perfect when the quilt front is busy! And, it’s fast! I used Aurifil thread for the quilting and Hobbs 80/20 is in the middle!

This week’s class

This week, at Essem, I taught how to use an Easy Angle Ruler to make this quilt: (same block, different layouts.)

The ladies made a great start on their quilts! The quilts are going to be so different and each will be stunning!

A New Start #1

Have you ever made a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt? I’ve made several in the past! But for the last few years, I haven’t made one. However, that is going to change this year! I’m going to make the Chilhowie mystery quilt! The first clue came out today and you can access it HERE.

I just might have enough Island Batik scraps to make this quilt! Are you going to join me in making this?

This quilt finishes at 78″ x 78″. If you don’t want to make one that big, just make half of the units that Bonnie suggests.

A New Start #2

Helen Godden, an excellent quilter and teacher is offering a FREE Christmas sew-a-long. If you want to improve your free motion quilting and only spend a few minutes each day – this is a project for YOU! You can access the pattern HERE. Then, starting Dec. 1, watch a daily youtube video on how to quilt it!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Linking to:

Fall 2022 Scrappy Mystery Quilt: Clue #6

This is a super simple mystery quilt! It is my own design. I designed it for the Boundary Bay Quilt Guild, but I’m going to be sharing it with YOU as well!

There will be 8 clues. This quilt will finish at 43″ x 53″ … unless you decide to make it bigger or smaller.

Clue #6

The Schedule

  • Oct 18: Clue #1: Fabric Requirements and Cutting HERE
  • Oct 25: Clue #2: HERE
  • Nov 1: Clue #3 HERE
  • Nov 8: Clue #4 HERE
  • Nov 15: Clue #5 This Post
  • Nov 22: Clue #6
  • Nov 29: Clue #7
  • Dec 6: Clue #8
  • Dec 13: Mystery Quilt Parade

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Sunday Summation: Nov. 20 ’22

Spicy BOM

Patterns by Jen has hosted a Spicy BOM this year. November’s Spice is Cloves. The block on the left is November’s block – with alterations … The photo on the right is all of the blocks so far this year. You can get November’s block FREE – for the rest of the month … HERE. I’ve used scraps of Island Batik fabrics to make these blocks … that’s why some of the pieces are pieced together!

The Mystery Quilt has started!

This is a super simple mystery quilt! It is my own design. I designed it for the Boundary Bay Quilt Guild, but I’m going to be sharing it with YOU as well!

This quilt will finish at 43″ x 53″

There are 8 clues. They will all come out on Tuesdays, starting October 18.

  • Oct 18: Clue #1: Fabric Requirements and Cutting HERE
  • Oct 25: Clue #2 HERE
  • Nov 1: Clue #3 HERE
  • Nov 8: Clue #4 This Post
  • Nov 15: Clue #5
  • Nov 22: Clue #6
  • Nov 29: Clue #7
  • Dec 6: Clue #8
  • Dec 13: Mystery Quilt Parade

New Classes

I will be teaching several classes at Essem in November. You can register for them HERE. This week it will be learning to use an Easy Angle Ruler for perfect Half-Square Triangles and making a scrappy quilt.

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

Lots of stitching in the past week!

  • January – October: 258 / 303
  • Nov:  20 /20
  • Total:  278 / 324
  • Percentage = 85% 

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

I finished the little zipper pouches for the Music Blog Hop. They used 1.5 yards of fabric. The travel post quilt used 1.5 yards as well.

But I did go shopping. A fabric store that is closing had wide back fabric for $10/m. I couldn’t resist! I bought 21 meters! That’s gonna hurt my numbers – but at that price, I just HAD to!

  • Fabric Used since the last report    yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       87.5 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:  21 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:    44.5 yards 
  • Net Fabric used:                43 yards 

To Do

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is hosting “To Do” every week.

The To Do list from several weeks ago:

  1. Work on and Finish a UFO (a wallet)not DONE
  2. Make the project for the Music Blog Hop √   DONE
  3. Quilt the IB December project√   DONE
  4. Work on Melodic Mystery Quilt – and fix all the mistakes! November donemistakes not fixed
  5. Finish IB November project √   DONE – and blog post HERE.
  6. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE
  7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

This week’s list:

  1. Work on and Finish a UFO (a wallet)
  2. Work on Melodic Mystery Quilt – and fix all the mistakes!
  3. Make December Spicy BOM
  4. Web Spicy BOM
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

Design Wall

Donna, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

Piecing:

  1. Melodic Mystery Quilt: November clue is done … but I still haven’t fixed my previous mistakes. It’s not too late if you want to start this mystery … the clues are at Meadow Mist Designs.
  2. Spicy BOM: Dec block
  3. Spicy BOM: web all the blocks into a top
  4. UFO – wallet

Quilting:

None in progress

Upcoming Blog Hop

Creatin’ in the Sticks: Sew It – Show It: Shades of Blue (January)

Island Batik‘s December’s Lone Star Blog Hop

Shades of Blue

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

Linking to:

A Trunk Show and Teaching

This week I taught “Travel Posts” to 2 lovely talented quilters! Travel Posts is in the book Color Block Quilt Making by Elizabeth Chappell. It’s a great book and if you’re looking for quick and easy patterns – this book is for you! Essem may have this book in stock.

This is the quilt I made for the class sample. Simina helped pick out the fabrics: the coloured portions are grunge.

Anyhow, the class participants came very prepared and had their fabric all cut and labelled and were ready to roll! They finished the tops in class! Aren’t they great?

Here’s the 2nd one I did using Island Batik fabrics from the “Mystery Collection” and Island Batik solid grey.

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Music Blog Hop

Carla, from Creatin’ in the Sticks, has organized this great blog hop! Do you love music? I certainly do! I’ve played the piano for years and the oboe and bassoon in high school. Although, I must admit that I haven’t played much in the last few years.

However, I have sewn and I have a few pieces (yes, just a few … not even a dozen) of fabric with music on it!

I decided to use some scraps of 2 similar fabrics and make some zipper pouches. I also used scraps of Hobbs 80/20 batting! The larger pouches are 9-10″ x 11″ and the smaller ones are roughly 4″ x 5.” When I was finished with these, I found that I only had a 2″ x 4″ scrap of fabric left! It was a great feeling to have used up all of this fabric!

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Fall 2022 Scrappy Mystery Quilt: Clue #5

This is a super simple mystery quilt! It is my own design. I designed it for the Boundary Bay Quilt Guild, but I’m going to be sharing it with YOU as well!

There will be 8 clues. This quilt will finish at 43″ x 53″ … unless you decide to make it bigger or smaller.

Clue #5

The Schedule & Links to Previous Clues

  • Oct 18: Clue #1: Fabric Requirements and Cutting HERE
  • Oct 25: Clue #2: HERE
  • Nov 1: Clue #3: HERE
  • Nov 8: Clue #4: HERE
  • Nov 15: Clue #5
  • Nov 22: Clue #6
  • Nov 29: Clue #7
  • Dec 6: Clue #8
  • Dec 13: Mystery Quilt Parade

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Sunday Summation: Nov. 13 ’22

A New Project!

Oh ya!!! I started ANOTHER new project. When my cousin, Connie and I were shopping at the Cloth Shop, we saw these super nifty bowls. I fell in love!!! However, they did not have the pattern in stock. But a couple of weeks later, I was at Chitterchatter fabrics and they had the pattern. Of course I had to buy it! There are 7 different sizes included in the pattern. The pattern is “Goodness Bowl” by Jean Paccagnan. There is even a great youtube video to go with the pattern! And BONUS: Jean Paccagnan is a local designer!!!

I know it’s English Paper Piecing, but if I only sew for about 10 minutes a day, I’ll eventually get it done!

I decided to use some beautiful blue scraps of Island Batik fabric.

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Creative Christmas Stockings

The first thing I did for this stocking challenge was to find a stocking pattern. I printed it out and I didn’t like I. My husband adjusted it, making the toes larger and I liked it way better!

For my first stocking, I cut out 2 pieces of Hobbs Batting 80/20 and drew lines on it to guide me as I did the striped quilt as you go. I used 2″ strips of each fabric. Prairie Spirit Alpacas/Wool pressing mat made everything lie perfectly flat!

I needed to be careful to ensure that I covered the batting with the fabrics … Jack the ripper came out to play here …

The stockings needed to be trimmed. I used the 1/4” mark on my ruler and worked around my template. (Yes, I used the page from a large calendar for my pattern!)

The 2nd stocking was a crazy patch that I attempted to do as a quilt as you go – but I had drawn too many intersecting lines to make it work … so it became an improvised crazy patch stocking.

I used “Pinecone – Dark Teal” and the red is #121913380 from Season Splendor (Fall/Winter 2019 collection) for the stockings and “Coconut” for the snowflakes. The snowflakes were cut with Accuquilt dies that I borrowed from our guild’s die collection.

Appliqueing the snowflake and marking the stocking for the crazy quilting.

Aurifil Thread # 2021 (Natural White) was used for the applique process. #2692 (Black) was used for quilting, assembly and the hanging tabs.

I wanted a little flange on the cuff – so the red was cut at 1 1/4” and the green at 3.” This made it possible to fold it 3/4” of the green to the inside so that the lining didn’t show. I used Island Batik solid white fabric for the lining.

Here’s the first 2 stockings hanging on my design wall.

I think the stockings look a little more Christmasy pinned to the wood pile! The third stocking is for our grand-dog, Daphne! The larger stockings are 21″ long and Daphne’s is 17″ long.

Thank you!

Disclosure: The fabrics, batting, thread and needles were generously supplied by the following companies: Thank you, Island Batik,  Aurifil Thread,  Hobbs Batting,  Schmetz Needles, Prairie Spirit Alpacas & Accuquilt!!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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Fall 2022 Scrappy Mystery Quilt: Clue #4

This is a super simple mystery quilt! It is my own design. I designed it for the Boundary Bay Quilt Guild, but I’m going to be sharing it with YOU as well!

There will be 8 clues. This quilt will finish at 43″ x 53″ … unless you decide to make it bigger or smaller.

Clue #4

The Schedule

  • Oct 18: Clue #1: Fabric Requirements and Cutting HERE
  • Oct 25: Clue #2: HERE
  • Nov 1: Clue #3 HERE
  • Nov 8: Clue #4
  • Nov 15: Clue #5
  • Nov 22: Clue #6
  • Nov 29: Clue #7
  • Dec 6: Clue #8
  • Dec 13: Mystery Quilt Parade

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Sunday Summation: November 6 ’22

A Finish!

My ironing board cover was a disaster! So many dark marks … I was going to change it before I took it to the retreat a few weeks ago … I’m glad I didn’t, because it gained an iron imprint!

So, I took 2 layers of Hobbs 80/20 batting and some fabric from my stash and made a new cover! It’s so nice and clean, I almost hate to use it!

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Fall 2022 Scrappy Mystery Quilt: Clue #3

This is a super simple mystery quilt! It is my own design. I designed it for the Boundary Bay Quilt Guild, but I’m going to be sharing it with YOU as well!

There will be 8 clues. This quilt will finish at 43″ x 53″ … unless you decide to make it bigger or smaller.

Clue #3

The Schedule

  • Oct 18: Clue #1: Fabric Requirements and Cutting HERE
  • Oct 25: Clue #2: HERE
  • Nov 1: Clue #3
  • Nov 8: Clue #4
  • Nov 15: Clue #5
  • Nov 22: Clue #6
  • Nov 29: Clue #7
  • Dec 6: Clue #8
  • Dec 13: Mystery Quilt Parade

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

PHD in 2022: October Report

Happy Halloween

These are pumpkins that my niece, Ashley and Rob carved! They have a new puppy – so the dog fit in quite well! LOL!

October’s Accomplishments!

Well, I didn’t finish ANY UFOs this month. None, Nada, not a one … hmmm … I think I said that last month!

I did finish 3 new starts …

  • The Candles that I started in January (see details HERE)
  • Winter Branches Table Runner (see details HERE)
  • 3 Buckets (see details HERE)

I have 2 more UFOs to finish before the end of the year and 2 new starts … for me, I think it’s doable! I hope!

The Tally Sheets

Here is an Excel File for you to use (if you want). PHD Tally 2022- with formulas

My Task sheet has not changed … And here is the link where you can find the colourful Task Sheet at Ms P Designs.

The Linky Party

Show us your PHD in 2022 Progress!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
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Favourite Finish of the Month

It’s hard for me to choose my favourite finish of the month. There is the byAnnie “A Place for Everything” bag and the Heart quilt made for the Breast Cancer Awareness Blog Hop. Both are made with Island Batik fabrics! For more info on these projects see HERE and HERE. Check out Meadow Mist Designs for more “Favourite Finishes”.

DrEAMI

DrEAMI stands for Drop Everything And Make It. I dropped everything to make these baskets … I needed a gift for the retreat … but I made 3 baskets … They were fun to make and I used up fabric that I had bought to make them!

Fabric Draw

OK … WAY back in September, when I posted my Island Batik project, (using Studio 180 rulers), I offered fabric to a Canadian reader … The fabric was set aside … as was the list … I had a lot going on at the time, emergency eye surgery plus other stuff (that’s my excuse & I’m sticking to it!)

Today, I remembered and the number generator chose #5. Sandra K. has been sent and email and the fabric will soon be on it’s way to her house! Congratulations, Sandra!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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Have you cleaned your Wheels?

What? What wheels? Do sewing machines have wheels?

I know you’re asking!

If you’ve ever sewn with me or taken a class from me, or followed my blog for awhile, you KNOW that I will often tell you to clean the lint from your bobbin case! If there’s a problem, it’s one of the first things you should do. Get rid of the lint!

But wheels?

Yup, wheels!

Years ago, I bought a rolling chair from a quilt store that was closing … the other day, my husband was sitting in the chair and realized that the wheels were not moving smoothly! I think I never noticed it because I’m too busy sewing or quilting.

He took the chair out to the garage and called me in to take a look at the wheels. Look at all the thread!

Well, I helped to pull some of the threads out … using a seam ripper and tweezers. Hubby ended up taking some of the wheels apart to get thread that was in the shaft (?) … I think that’s what he called it. He said if I talk about it on my blog to tell you that if it’s really bad – it might be worth just buying new wheels.

Here’s a picture of all the thread … and some wool that came out of the wheels. I know I’ve never had wool scraps in my sewing room, so some of it must have gotten twisted around before I even bought the chair.

My wheels are now clean and oiled and my chair rolls very easily!

So, my Friday Finish (with the help of my husband!) is clean wheels!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail :

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Fall 2022 Scrappy Mystery Quilt: Clue #2

This is a super simple mystery quilt! It is my own design. I designed it for the Boundary Bay Quilt Guild, but I’m going to be sharing it with YOU as well!

There will be 8 clues. This quilt will finish at 43″ x 53″ … unless you decide to make it bigger or smaller.

Clue #2

The Schedule

  • Oct 18: Clue #1: Fabric Requirements and Cutting HERE
  • Oct 25: Clue #2
  • Nov 1: Clue #3
  • Nov 8: Clue #4
  • Nov 15: Clue #5
  • Nov 22: Clue #6
  • Nov 29: Clue #7
  • Dec 6: Clue #8
  • Dec 13: Mystery Quilt Parade

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Monday Moments: October 24 ’22

I finished a project that I started in January … playing with Inktense pencils. I did the quilting while at the retreat last week. Once I was home, I found the perfect dark green fabric for the binding. This project was a free-motion quilt-along by Helen Godden. The design is free and there are youtube tutorials to guide the quilting. You can access the free design HERE. (Christmas 2019)

My quilting is nowhere near perfect, but I find doing these little projects certainly helps my quilting and I learn lots as I do the projects.

I used Black Aurifil thread and red, green and yellow Glide thread. Hobbs 80/20 batting is in the center.

The Mystery has started!

This is a super simple mystery quilt! It is my own design. I designed it for the Boundary Bay Quilt Guild, but I’m going to be sharing it with YOU as well!

This quilt will finish at 43″ x 53″

There will be 8 clues. They will all come out on Tuesdays, starting October 18.

  • Oct 18: Clue #1: Fabric Requirements and Cutting HERE
  • Oct 25: Clue #2
  • Nov 1: Clue #3
  • Nov 8: Clue #4
  • Nov 15: Clue #5
  • Nov 22: Clue #6
  • Nov 29: Clue #7
  • Dec 6: Clue #8
  • Dec 13: Mystery Quilt Parade

New Classes

I will be teaching several classes at Essem in November. You can register for them HERE.

Stitching Time

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

Lots of stitching in the past week!

  • January – September: 234 / 272
  • Oct :  24 / 24
  • Total:  252 / 297
  • Percentage = 84% 

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

But, I was at a retreat last week … and The Steam Trunk Craftworks had a pop-up shop … I absolutely NEEDED fabric … so 2 yards just happened to come home with me! Along with some snowflake buttons and tassels. Well, I only needed the white with the blue dots … but the other fabric is so pretty, I couldn’t resist!

However, the project I finished this week (see the top picture) used 1 yard of fabric.

  • Fabric Used since the last report   1  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       84 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   2 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:    22 yards 
  • Net Fabric used:                62 yards 

To Do

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is hosting “To Do” every week.

The To Do list from last week:

  1. Winter Branches table runner – MUST do √   DONE and delivered to Essem
  2. Work on and Finish a UFO not DONE I worked on my wallet at the retreat, but I needed eyeglass screwdriver to attach the thing-a-ma-jig …
  3. Quilt the Fall Mystery Quilt not DONE
  4. Work on Melodic Mystery Quilt! √   DONE
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

This week’s list:

  1. Work on and Finish a UFO (a wallet)
  2. Quilt the Fall Mystery Quilt
  3. Work on Melodic Mystery Quilt – and fix all the mistakes!
  4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

Design Wall

Donna, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

Piecing:

  1. Melodic Mystery Quilt: I was working on this at the retreat … I was very tired and made a ton of mistakes … I need to fix those and finish the September clue! It’s not too late for you to start … the clues are at Meadow Mist Designs.
  2. Spicy BOM: Nov & Dec blocks

Quilting:

Fall Mystery Quilt

Upcoming Blog Hop

Creatin’ in the Sticks: Music Blog hop

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail :

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