I don’t make resolutions … they never work for me. However, I do make PLANS. Plans can be changed … in my mind, resolutions are sort-of set in stone and unchangeable.
My plans for 2020 include:
OK … OK … I know you’re wondering, why so many Baby Quilts? The quilt guild I belong to makes baby quilts for several different charities. I have TONS of fabric and it’s fun to make small quilts. Usually they are pretty quick to make. Occasionally, I practice a different free motion motif on them, sometimes it’s just straight stitching. Anything goes.
YES!!! I have completed my PHD in 2019!!!!
Emily, from The Darling Dogwood, also completed her PHD in 2019. YAY, Emily!!!
I haven’t heard from the others, so am not sure if anyone else has completed their PHD in 2019. Continue reading
Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs is having a Best of 2019 Linky Party!
It’s HARD to choose just one quilt that is my favourite for this year! SEW … as you can see, I chose 8 of them. I finished many many more, but these 8 are my favourite! Well, there’s probably a few more that are also my favourite … but I figured I needed to limit the number!
You can see the original posts for the quilts by clicking on the quilt name. All but the first quilt, Good Fortune, used Island Batik Fabrics (you can see all the Island Batik quilts HERE.) Good Fortune was made from my stash and was a Bonnie Hunter mystery. All of the quilts used Hobbs batting … 80/20 or wool … Aurifil thread was used in each project. Each quilt was quilted on my domestic sewing machine – Janome 8900.
I have no finishes this Friday, but the quilt below is ready to be quilted. I used the left-over fabric from a baby quilt I started in November. I was able to cut most of the 5″ squares from the left-overs … I was a few squares shor … mostly because I cut some at 4.5″ instead of 5″ 😦 … sew … I took the pieces that were too small and pieced a bunch of them together and then cut those pieces 5″ square. It will work. This is a pattern where you sew the blocks straight, do a few big cuts, rearrange the big cuts and you have a quilt that is on point. Missouri Star has a YouTube Video that shows basically how to make this. It’s pretty easy!
This quilt will also be donated to the guild.
This is the quilt that had the left-overs that I used for the above quilt. There were 2 fat quarters that I did not use in the original quilt … one was a mini panel with the blocks of animals and the other was the white /with leaves that is on the outside of the quilt … it was a perfect place to use these fabrics up!
I’m not sure when I made this stained glass quilt … sometime between 2008 and 2012 is my guess. I just went and had a look … there is NO LABEL on it!!! What was I thinking? I made it after taking a class at Wineberry Fabrics when they had a brick and mortar store. They’ve been gone for quite a few years now.
Anyhow … I wish you all a very
These are the 3 baby quilts that were started this fall. They were all donated to the guild. And they were fun to do. The one in the middle and the one on the right had flannel on both sides. I learned that it is difficult to FMQ a 2-sided flannel quilt. When I tackled the pink one, I just did straight lines with my walking foot. The quilt didn’t stretch as much and it was way easier to do! The one on the left had quilting cotton on the top with flannel on the back. It was very easy to free-motion quilt the wavy lines. Continue reading
This has been a year of growth for me as a quilter. Becoming an Island Batik Ambassador has been a highlight of my year! Thanks to the monthly challenges, I stepped outside my comfort zone and made things that I NEVER would have. As well, a short photography class helped me go beyond my “quilt on a clothesline” photos!
Island Batik provided all of the fabrics for the quilts and projects this year. My heart is over-filled with gratefullness for their generousity and that of the co-sponsers (Aurifil, Hobbs batting & Accuquilt). I was totally spoiled this year by being an Island Batik Ambassador!
I am also grateful to my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors! They offered a ton of support and encouragement. Not to mention the plethora of ideas that flowed … it’s been a fun year!
The first challenge for the year was to make a mini. I wasn’t sure what to do … My love of fall colours and the desire to make something I would use, lead me to make this Suduko mini quilt. For more details, go HERE.
What happens when you have beautiful fabric, an idea and EQ7? Stars on Ice became the reality of that dream. See HERE.
All ambassadors received an Accuquilt cutter and dies. I used the 8″ cube dies to make this beautiful baby quilt. See HERE.
Me? Make a modern quilt??? Find out more about how it came about HERE.
This table runner was made for a Blog Hop celebrating the book “Christmas RAPPing” by Margaret Brewster Willingham and Nan Baker. You can see the blog post HERE.
We were challenged to try a new technique … sew, I used one of Angela Walters quilting tutorial series and this table runner was born. See HERE.
This little zipper pouch was made with my embroidery machine, using an AnitaGoodesign pattern. For more details see this POST.
I do not do Artsy-Fartsy … I’m a more traditional quilter. However, this project was enlightening. I remembered how to do some simple embroidery stitches … and with it being “Artsy-Fartsy” I didn’t need to worry about it being exact. You can read about it HERE. This bag was made for travelling and I used it on my month long trip to Europe & Africa.
One of my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors organized a group of us to make Quilts of Valour out of a wonderful line of fabric called “Freedom.” It had lots of red, white & blue fabric. Since I was making one for a Canadian veteran, I just wanted to use the red and white. I did have to dip into the blue fabric for a few squares (scattered randomly) and the binding. It is my own pattern. Read more about it HERE.
This was made for a blog hop. The line is “Soil & Seeds.” I loved the line and wanted to be able to showcase each fabric. This quilt was perfect for that. For more details, see HERE.
This quilt used the Accuquilt Die “Cleopatra’s Fan.” It was an intimidating block for me to make: it had CURVED piecing. However, I did learn that with the die, the pieces are cut perfectly and sewing the curves was not all that difficult. It was fun to design the butterfly. Except for the antenna, the butterfly was cut with the Accuquilt 8 ” Cube dies. You can read about the post HERE.
These little pin cushions were made with the “mistake” blocks from making the Christmas Rapping table runner (May). I think they are so stinking cute! And a fantastic way to use up those orphan blocks. For more details see HERE.
Nothing says “October” to me more than pumpkins. I had some great orange fabric, a great background fabric, my embroidery machine and this table runner fell into place. For more details, see HERE.
I needed new clothes … I had an ancient T-shirt pattern, I had this beautiful rayon fabric … SEW this top, which fits me perfectly, was made! Check it out HERE.
We needed to use our favourite tool. My favourite is the Tri-rec ruler … and the Shape-cut ruler … and … a zillion other tools that are necessary for my quilt making … Visit THIS BLOG POST to see a video on how I used these tools.
I forgot to take pictures as I was making this quilt. And it can easily be made with the Accuquilt Go, 8″ Cube dies. See HEREand HEREI love how this quilt used the same fabrics as the quilt above, but with a white background instead of black. It certainly gives the quilts a very different look!
Many fellow Ambassadors made various “Funky Friends” for quilt market. After my trip to Africa, I just HAD to make the Rhino! See this POST for more details.
This quilt pattern has always spoken “3D” to me. It was the obvious choice for a quilt! See HERE for more details!
I needed to make sewing machine covers for all of my machines. I used the extra fabric from the 3D quilt to make this serger cover. To find out how I did it, go HERE.
You can call it a squirrel, you can call it a DrEAMI, but I’m calling it DONE. Check out the details HERE.
Alice was fun to make! See this POST for more details!
Frolic: Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery … Part 1, 2, & 3 are done …. waiting for Part 4. So far, I’m following Bonnie’s colours!
Some of you ask, “what is a PHD?” … you know it’s got to have something to do with quilting, but usually a PHD refers to an academic degree.
PHD, in quilting terms, stands for Project Half Done. Well, it doesn’t necessarily have to be HALF done … it can be started and then put aside. Many quilters know these as UFOs: UnFinished Objects.
Do you have a zillion UFOs hanging over your head? All those projects that you want to get done, but they don’t get done?
And do you start a zillion projects each year, that adds to your ever growing UFO list?
Then you need to join me for PHD in 2020!
I started this quilt while at a workshop with Bonnie Hunter at Camp Arnold in 2015. I’ve been working on it pretty steady for the last few months. I made it bigger than the pattern … it is 89″ x 89″
I did graffiti quilting, using Aurifil #2000 and just over 9 bobbins! It took me quite a while to quilt it! I used Hobbs 80/20 for batting! I’m almost through the roll that I bought a year ago!
This is my 13th UFO for this year! Now, as soon as I get 3 little baby quilts completed, I will have acheived my PHD in 2019!
I’ve been asked if I’m going to do the PHD in 2020 … The answer is YES YES YES!!!
I have a ton of UFOs still left to do – so, I’m going to continue doing this. It certainly helps me to complete old UFOs and with finishing all the new starts, I don’t add to my UFO list. Win-win, wouldn’t you say? I’ll be posting more about this in the near future! In the meantime, gather up your UFOs and be ready to join in the fun!
3D Challenge #1 is HERE. 3D Challenge #2 is HERE.
This is Alice the Alpaca … 3D Challenge #3 …
I posted about Challenge # 1 HERE.
Island Batik did not say we needed to do 2 challenges this month … this was my choice. Especially since this project is also 3D. And, since I need to make sewing machine covers, this just made sense to me!
I’ve been dreaming, drooling, admiring and wanting to make this cute table topper from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting!
And I needed a new table runner for my coffee table … it was time for the pumpkins to be retired for the year. What’s a gal to do … it was obvious … it started easily with pulling fabric … and then it sat for a day … and then I started to make the first cut … and then the second cut … and before I knew it, it was almost done … SEW then I had to finish! And finish I did!
The Boundary Bay Quilt Guild gives numerous baby quilts away to various charities in the lower mainland.
The co-ordinators of the program had a Baby Quilt Making Day. You come and make … guess what – a baby quilt! There are kits you can choose from, tons of fabric to make up a kit of your own, or you can bring fabric from home.
I choose to make a quilt from my stash … I’m on a mission to decrease my stash – one yard at a time – so it was the obvious choice.
My only regret about baby quilt making day is that it was held on Nov. 30. Which, according to my own rules for PHD in 2019, this quilt must be finished before Dec. 31 for me to recieve my own PHD in 2019!
Here’s a slide show of everyone at the Baby Quilt Making day:
When this challenge was first mentioned, it sort-of indicated that it was to be something 3D … so I got to thinking … bags, sewing machine covers … oh the possibilities. Then, in late September, a quilt was indicated. Something with a 3D effect. I knew exactly which quilt to make and which fabric to use!! Continue reading