30 November 2016

Let's Bee Social #153

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!

It's the last day of November.
So that means it is only one more month until..... 

Canada's BIG Birthday! 


Canada 150th Anniversary - Lap 66" x 66"

Canada 150th Anniversary - Baby 40" x 50"


Canada will be turning 150 years old in 2017.
And I have a plan for both a baby and lap quilt design.
The pattern is written and it's testing time!









For this project I will be revisiting my MOD Bear Paw and the Forest Friends quilt designs. This time the Bear, which is the same size it was in the earlier design, will be in two versions - a Polar Bear and a Black or Brown Bear. And each will be hanging out with it's food of choice. Those wee seal pups and their big black eyes are so adorable! And the salmon look so fresh! The Loon and the Canadian Goose are new too!


The Canadian Beaver that is center stage in this design was used in the Forest Friends quilt, but this time I have doubled the size of that block. It now measures a whopping 18" x 26". Looking forward to showing off my great big beaver!



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What have you been working on?




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28 November 2016

Sew Fresh Quilt Bee - November Link Up

It's time for the first Sew Fresh Quilt Bee linky party!



I am really having a wonderful time working on these Bee Blocks!




I don't usually sew without a plan already laid out. But I am finding this improv style of piecing to be nice and relaxing. Not a whole lot of though or planning going on here. I am keeping my charm squares whole and am piecing in a wonky slab block style.




First I found some scraps in prints and solids that went with the colours found in the charm squares. Then I added a slanty bit to the side of each charm and trimmed them top and bottom in preparation for the next scrap.




Then I added a bit more, in no set order. Each time trimming before adding a little more. If my scraps weren't wide enough, I would piece them together. Then I trim the block to 12 and a half inches square.
Here are my first three blocks that I showed you earlier this month.



So that brings my total to 11 finished blocks. I have 21 more charms to go, for a total of 32.






Are you joining me for the Sew Fresh Quilt Bee?!!!

I'm happy to have you join the hive! To read all about the Sew Fresh Quilt Bee click here.


I am partnering with Rita of Fabric Please! for this very worthwhile cause.






If you would like to participate,
PLEASE BEE A HONEY
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26 November 2016

MOD Bear Paw QAL - Linky Party!

Welcome to the MOD Bear Paw QAL Linky Party! We've been working so hard on our Bear Paw blocks and am so happy to see the works of those who have quilted along. Some people have shared photos of their quilts by email. And lots of you have been sharing your progress on instagram using the #MODbearpawQAL hashtag. Some have made a block or two. Some have made the full quilt.




If you are late to the party, the MOD Bear Paw quilt along page that includes all the information you will need and a weekly schedule, can be found by clicking on the Quilt Alongs link found just below the blog header.


We've been working hard on making our Bear Paw blocks since September 3rd. Through this experience, I have met some of the most wonderful, friendly and amazingly talented and creative people from all over the world. Thank you, each of your for making this quilt along a success!!!!


NOW...
Today is the start of the Show Us Your MOD Bear Paw Linky Party!

Please link up your finishes here. And then do visit some or all of the other linkers! It has been so much fun to work together on these projects!

Whether you made the entire quilt....
or just a block....

Write up a blog post or link up your flickr or instagram photos and...

Show Us Your MOD Bear Paw quilts!








Even if you don't have a finish to share yet, it will be fun to see what everyone has to share. And the linky party will be NEVER ENDING.  So you can link up whenever you are finished!

Please feel free to share via social media!  And add the hashtag #MODbearpawQAL

And add any progress pictures to the Sew Fresh Quilts Flickr group here!



A quilt along is always more fun than quilting alone.
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It is not necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate.  But if you would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern, MOD Bear Paw is available for purchase and includes complete cutting instructions and a detailed guide to finishing the entire quilt in any of the four different sizes listed.  The pattern is available in my pattern store here.







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25 November 2016

Black Birds {Redo x2}


This is the third time I have made this Black Bird quilt design. You can read about the first quilt here and the second quilt here. I had listed my first Black Bird baby quilt in my Etsy shop and it sold at the end of June. I made the second Black Bird quilt to help promote the pattern. Although I did not list it for sale, I did have someone make a request to purchase the quilt. So I now had the pleasure of making this quilt once again!

Here below you can see that the second quilt had a nice variety of blacks and grays for the crows and this one featured a blue bird....


This time I chose a lot of darker fabrics - no grays - and then found a nice red plaid for the interloper....



It is really fun to make the same quilt more than once because it gives me a chance to change things up. And to try out some ideas that I passed on during the first making. For this one I added more red to match that plaid love bird. The backing is a geometric print in red. And the red plaid was used in the making of the flanged binding.






Just like in the original Black Birds quilt, for the quilting, I used a variegated King Tut in Rosetta Stone thread from Superior Threads, used previously on those American Eagle and Canadian Beaver cushions. And then chose a black polyester thread for the backing.

 





Here you can see the details of the backing and flanged binding. If you are looking to add a little pop of colour to your next binding, you can find the tutorial here.



The Black Birds pattern is listed for sale in my pattern shop here.






The "Black Birds" baby quilt finished at 40" x 46"
and was the 14th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.




Come for the show!
Where: The Oakville Sewing Centre located at 488 Speers Road, Oakville, ON
When: Saturday, November 26, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $25 plus HST (includes $10 voucher toward the purchase a quilt pattern)

Hope to see you there!





Linking up to Finish it up Friday with 

Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts






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23 November 2016

Let's Bee Social #152

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!

I made it! The past two weeks were jam packed with shows and workshops. But I strategically scheduled an early leave for my show in Orillia. I have been in touch with Sue for a while now. She has been purchasing my patterns to carry in her shop that is located very close to Orillia, in Severn, Ontario. Here are a few photos from my time spent shopping at Thimbles & Things.




You know I'm going to be a sucker for a print with birds or animals. How could I resist? 



1 meter of Winter Birds by Northcott Fabrics 

2 meters of Woodland Winter by Northcott Fabrics 

3 meters of O Canada by Northcott Fabrics


It was so nice to be able to browse in Sue's quilt shop. I rarely get a chance to look for fabric in real life - and mostly purchase through online shops. And this place had a lot of quilt related stuff to see. Not just fabric. There are threads, rulers and notions. And the largest selection of patterns and books I have ever seen! They also have a workshop set up for classes. And they provide longarm quilting, too. AND they are also Pfaff retailer. If you can't make it up to see her in person, you can do a virtual shop here at Thimbles & Things.








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21 November 2016

Dog Gone Cute - Paw Print bonus border blocks

"Dog Gone Cute" quilt with Paw Print borders finishes at 74" x 74"


Last week I ran a workshop for the Dufferin Piecemakers near Orangeville. One of the participants, Lynda chose the Dog Gone Cute pattern to work on that day. You can see her sweet dog blocks here. She expressed an interest in having a paw print block to add to the border. So today I am sharing the Paw Print bonus border block instructions for the Dog Gone Cute quilt along.

These instructions are for the Large Block quilt. My original Dog Gone Cute quilt can be seen hereIf you would like to make a Dog Gone Cute quilt, this is a free quilt. The instructions can be found by clicking on the Quilt Alongs tab beneath my blog header.

The original cutting instructions call for strips to be cut for the sashing and borders. If you want to add the Paw Print Border Blocks, use these instructions instead:

From the Background, you will need:
(2) strips at 10.5" x 74.5”
(2) strips at 10.5" x 38.5”
(3) strips at 2.5" x 54.5”

To make the Paw Print Border Blocks as shown in the photo at the beginning of this post, also cut the amounts given in this chart.




Step 1: Sew 2 of the Black B strips between the Background C and * strips. Trim the end of the strip set and then crosscut into 8 @ 1.5" wide units.






Step 2: Sew the Background D strips between the 2 remaining Black B strips. Trim the end of the strip set and then crosscut into 8 @ 1.5" wide units.





Step 3: Place the Background A squares on the corners of the Black E rectangles, with right sides facing together. Sew along the diagonal as shown in red. Trim the seam to 1/4" and press open. Sew the Background F rectangles on each side of the unit. Make 8.






Step 4: Sew the units made in the previous steps together as shown. Make 8.





Step 5: Sew a Background G rectangle on opposing sides of the paw units. Sew the units into a column as shown. Make 2.







Step 6: Sew a Background 10.5” x 38.5” on the bottom of the Paw Print Border Block. Make 2.







Step 7: Sew the Paw Print Borders to the sides of the quilt center. Then sew the Background 10.5” x 74.5” borders on the top and bottom to complete your quilt.



I hope you enjoyed this Paw Print tutorial and if you make a Dog Gone Cute quilt, please use the #DogGoneCuteQAL hashtag when sharing on social media!







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