Saturday, March 31, 2007

another tuck

This is the third high tech tuck I've finished. I think this is my favourite especially in vertical rather than landscape orientation. Reminds me of a Carribean holiday!

I think the next tuck I make will be on a different scale. I have a fabric with large swirls of orange & greens that I want to use. After that I am all tuckered out!

Friday, March 30, 2007

class tote

This tote goes with me to any quilt related function. Classes being taken or taught. Usually crammed full of supplies. It is harder packing for a quilting class than a vacation. It has a wonderful section that zippers open with elastic loops for threads & pens & seam rippers & all those bits we need. I've yet to use it that way. I'm a tosser- in it goes but one day I'll be that organized!!
It is from a free pattern on Embroidery library projects.

I always get compliments when I use it.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

fabric book part 1

I participated in a round robin fabric book with some lovely women from a group called Fabric-olics. I'm so glad I have photos of the pages I made & sent along.
The first one I received was from Lenna. Lenna has a wonderful website full of art & personal stories. The theme of her book was My Secret Lake in the shape of the lake where she & her husband now make their home. Lenna hosts and participates in many round robins & exchanges. She is making a quiltie a week for this entire year for herself and her husband.
My page for Lenna's book has a cover of vellum through which you can see the fish in the lake. Rainbow trout of course because I have one of my Dad's mounted fish watching over me everyday in my sewing room.

The rainbow trout fish are embellished with metallic thread sewn on from the bobbin and the back is some more funky fish.

Monday, March 26, 2007

sunset background

all ready for hand stitching. This is a piece of the wool felt from the scarf I'm making. Little bits of wool roving and silk felted down. I forgot how luxurious silk rovings are. Some of the yarns ready to stitch a sunset. Or it could be a sunrise!

Friday, March 23, 2007

its a charming life

all thing small have taken over the swapping community. Inchies from paper and fabric charms. I need to get mine out soon. used the new toy to felt some yarns & wool roving to felt.Then free motion machine embroidery with variegated thread. The leaves are from felted organza then ironed to flatten.
The charms are about 1" wide & 1 &1/2" long with an eyelet. theme was Mother Nature & colours were blue,greens &sepia.


what is it about variegated stuff - thread, floss ,yarn that is so attractive?
these are DMC embroidery floss I bought at Michael's to do some hand work when I will be separated from my beloved sewing machine! I haven't done cross-stitch in years. I still have 2 beautiful roosters done languishing in the UFO box.
Its been eons since I've done any work by hand. I even resist finishing bindings by hand. I am interested in the following TAST has generated and my favourite magazine is Stitch by the Embroiderers' Guild in the UK. I recently saw it at a Chapters store but I get it when I'm in Northern Ireland because a special lady gets the magazine for me the day it hits the bookstores.
So its time I actually did some handwork again.
I'm thinking of something like this. the background is felted and then has stitching. I'll keep ya posted!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Northcott Quilting Marathon

Northcott fabrics has supported breast cancer research and support systems for many years. This year over 3000 blocks were submitted. The president of Twisted Stitcher's Guild won an honourable mention in applique & is going for the win this year. Some of those blocks are in 2 beautiful quilt tops at Quilter's Cupboard in Uxbridge. They will be sandwiched & up in frames for hand quilting March 30 & 31. There are similar Marathons those days at many quilt shops around the country so check it out. The sameprogram in running in 2007.

Monday, March 12, 2007

a new quilt shop

You know you are a true fabric-olic when going to a new quilt store is more exciting than going to a great mall. Cock-a-doodle quilts is not very far from Yorkdale and is next door to The Door Store and Elte.
It is a very nice store, nice variety of fabric- reasonable priced, books, some threads, bright spaceous classroom and friendly staff. My favourite part was what was missing-the crowded feeling of many quilt stores. I liked that there was space to breath and view the fabrics from a reasonable distance.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

another one bites the dust

yup another UFO is done! I can't get over how fast machine quilting goes once the right needle, thread, tension etc is sorted out!
A little wallhanging from a pattern by Mary Sorensen.

Monday, March 05, 2007


I haven't really played with my new machine that much. Here is my first real attempt at a scarf. The base in 100% wool felt. It is absolutely divine to feel and costs about 10 times more than the poly stuff. I rescued one of the scarf kits for myself and along with dyed wool from Wales have started machine needle felting. You can see on the blue felt the tiny bits of yarn that have been punched through to the back.
I've separated sections of the wool to spread out over the yarns. I'm happy with the start but need to 'take it to the next level'.

the rest of the blocks

These blocks whipped together in no time at all. and the variety is great.
You know when the cutting and sewing are accurate when the little slivers of colour on the seams are all the same. not bad Eh?!
I found a few playmates in the stash. The small print will probably end up as binding.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

large scale fabric

I love that large scale fabrics are now readily available but it can be hard to decide what to do with them.Weekes Ringle discusses these challenges on Whipup. I bought what seems like miles but is about 5 metres of this floral for under $10. It has wonderful dusty greyed colours that I don't usually buy.
I did the Stack'n Whack technique like everyone else a few years back. It lingers in the UFO category. A much easier way is to cut 4 repeats of the fabric, stack and cut into square blocks.You still get lots of variety and options and wonderful movement in the blocks at a fraction of the work. This fabric has repeat of just under 24". My cut blocks are 5 & 1/2" square, making the pieced block 10 & 1/2" unfinished. I love the blocks. Some have more ground fabric that cuts the busyiness. I am going to look for a grey mustardy yellow for setting corners and one of the other colours for sashing. The conventional borders would be the uncut fabric but I want something in the same colour family but from a different line of fabric.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

another high teck tucks

a second sample to show the guild next week. The first one is here. I'll be teaching this twice, once at a quilt shop and then to the guild. The border fabric is slightly different than the tuck fabric- I used inadventently used it for something else. The bind is the same as the background. THe binding is done completely by machine but I think I may go back to a hand sewn binding - give the best finished binding IMHO.

Friday, March 02, 2007

blocks are done

the other half of the blocks are done, pressed & auditioning for placement. I like the movement in the quilt now with the squares going in both directions. I will have to go shopping for border fabrics & will probably get one of the large scale floral prints for the back.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

half time stretch

Is there anything better than waving a flag of pieced blocks on the way to the ironing board?
Yup! getting those freshly pressed blocks up on the design wall to get a feel for what the finished quilt will look like!
Half of the blocks using the Moda squares.The other half will face the opposite diection. I love this fabric!