Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Peace

Peace

I named this quilt Peace, as that was what I was thinking about while I made her. Peace in more of a personal peace and quiet, calm and restful sort of way. She was made from Kona cottons and Essex linen borders and binding. After a wash and dry she is about 44" square.

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I am entering Peace into the Original Design category of Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival. This pattern is called Consider and it is my newest quilting pattern. I am hoping it will be ready for sale in a couple of weeks or so. It is inspired by the work of Josef Albers like my pattern Canvas was.

Peace

I wanted to play with a new to me kind of matchstick quilting. So instead of the mostly straight lines I often use, I made the lines noticeably wavy, sort of like wind, water or woodgrain.

Peace

I used 100% cotton thread in both the needle and bobbin. I hand guided, free motion quilted these lines on my Millenium longarm quilting machine. From time to time I changed to another thread colour.

Peace

The texture on this quilt is fantastic after a wash and a dry. The quilt is full of movement, like a calm, warm summer breeze or gentle waves at the beach.

Peace

This quilting could be easily done on a regular machine as well as the long arm and on my regular machine I would probably use a walking foot. As shown in the picture above, I would draw a line about an inch or so out from the last quilted bit and then fill it in.

Peace

It's a little easier to see the quilting method in these next few before the wash photos. While I filled in that inch or so of unquilted area, I would follow the top and bottom lines of the space, without worrying if the lines were even or terribly neat or if they crossed in the tight areas. Sometimes I would loop back and forth in a wide gap making a shape much like an onion.

Peace

If I felt there was too wide a gap between two areas, I just quilted another line into that area. You can see that there were areas where the thread built up and then some wider spaces which create so much of the texture.

Peace

As no part of any quilting line has to be any exact place, it means that most any wobble just fits right in. The more that is quilted the more any wiggles or wobbles disappear. Truly, this is very easy to achieve and looks so much more difficult than it is. But patience is important, there are a lot of lines.

Peace

That photo above is also before the wash. Although you can see the quilting lines a bit more than after the wash and dry, for me the design process is not completed until that final texture the wash gives is added - you can compare this picture to the ones at the top of the post.

Peace - back

Here is the back. I am growing very fond of backs with large pieces of some favourite fabrics.

Peace

One last picture with the wind catching the quilt. I am off to enjoy all the fantastic quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival and I hope you will be too.

Best,

Leanne

ps. My giveaway of the she can quilt blogger's bundle sponsored by Fabric Spark is still open, go here to enter if you have not yet done so.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Scraptastic Tuesday - last day to link up this month

Flying Square block

Today for Scraptastic Tuesday I am so excited to show you my start of the sampler that Nicky, my scraptastic partner from Mrs. Sew and Sow, is sharing for Scraptastic Tuesday. As I love everything Nicky makes, and she is including all the instructions, I had to join in. I am going to use just my Liberty scraps and Kona Snow. That purple Flying Square block is 15".

Flying Square block

The orange Flying Square is 10". These two blocks have a partial seam and I did what Nicky said and it was easy. Once these were done I totally took her advice when she said:  say after me 'Partial seams are easy - I don't know what the fuss is about!'  It's totally true.

Two by two block

This sort of pinwheel block Nicky called a two by two block and it is 9" square. You can see my approach already. Each block will have some of the Kona Snow in it and each one will be mostly one colour or at least warm colours or cool colours. I am hopeful that this will result in a sampler quilt that is very scrappy but yet is a little more tame that a total riot of colours.

Rail fence block

And the Rail Fence is an 8" block. I still have the Suzanna block from Nicky's last week's instructions to make and all of the first week's blocks too, but I am excited to have had time to make this many blocks already.

My Liberty scraps

I continue to struggle with scrap organization. I had bits of Liberty fabric tucked everywhere in my sewing spaces, so I found a bin and put them all in it. Even this little bit of organization made it easier to make these scrappy blocks. I am going to look for a bin with a lid (or the lid to this one) as it is better to keep the dust out of the scraps.

It's interesting how much I love the historic and incredibly beautiful Liberty prints. They are a cotton lawn, so thinner and tightly woven. I found a new sharp and thinner needle for my sewing machine which helped to piece them nicely. These fabrics are a sharp contrast to the modern fabrics which I also love. Despite being certain I am a modern quilter, clearly there is a big corner of my heart reserved for these fabrics and a more traditional styled quilt made with them too.

I am still working on cutting strips for the blended scraps blocks and my scrappy X blocks, and I hope to have more progress on them to share with you next week as well as more Liberty sampler blocks.



Today (up until midnight at my house which is MST) is the last day to link a post or picture about your scrap projects, or ideas for using or organizing or working with scraps - go here to do that if you have not yet, one link per person please. We will be draw winners randomly for the fantastic prizes from our generous sponsors tomorrow and announce them on Thursday.
The next monthly Scraptastic Tuesday link up will be the second Tuesday of November which is Remembrance Day, November 11. From now on the link will be open for just a week, so you will need to be a bit more organized if you are playing along, and I sure hope you are as I still have mountains of scraps to use and will be at this for a long while.

Best,

Leanne

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fabric Spark - a sponsored giveaway of the she can quilt fabric bundle

she can quilt bloggers bundle - Fabric Spark

Daryl from Fabric Spark invited me to pick a blogger's bundle and she has one just like that photo above for me to give away to one of you. It took me a long time to decide on the bundle I wanted to work with because Fabric Spark has such a beautiful collection of fabrics available. I have to say that I am totally in love with the she can quilt bundle, which you can find in the shop here.

she can quilt bloggers bundle - Fabric Spark

Fabric Spark is an online fabric shop which the lovely Daryl started this year. She is based in Toronto with this primarily online shop although she is venturing out to events like CreativFestival as well.

Fabric Spark carries a carefully curated selection of modern quilting cottons which work beautifully together. You will not see all the fabrics in a single designer's fabric line, but instead Daryl has a beautifully balanced selection of some of the best fabrics from several designers. 

she can quilt bloggers bundle - Fabric Spark

I had the pleasure of meeting Daryl last week when I was in Toronto and was able to pick up my bundle at the same time. I might have also ordered some additional fabrics and packed an extra large suitcase too. Daryl is lovely, excited about fabric, sewing and quilting, and just so easy to get to know. I am looking forward to the next time we are in the same city for another visit.

she can quilt bloggers bundle - Fabric Spark

I will be cutting these fabrics up soon - I have two quilts planned using them, stay tuned.

In the meantime, here is how you can enter to win the giveaway. I will randomly draw from the comments on this post after 6 pm Friday night - Halloween - and announce the winner then or on Saturday morning.

To enter:

1. Leave me a comment. Please take a look at Fabric Spark - click here - and let me know in your comment what fabric you especially love there. If you want, you can join the Fabric Spark mailing list, just scroll to the bottom of the opening page.

2. If you are a follower of mine, feel free to leave a second comment letting me know where you do that and how.

Please, please make sure that your comment is connected to your email or leave your email for me in the comment. Just being part of Google + does not mean I get access to your email. I am willing to search a bit to find the winner, but you need to have some kind of breadcrumbs to allow me to do that. If I cannot find you, I will immediately draw again.

Good luck and thank you to Fabric Spark for such fantastic give away! As usual, I will not reply to comments on the draw but I do read and enjoy them all.

Best,

Leanne

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - All the Colours

All the Colours

If you are new, welcome. I am entering my quilt All the Colours into the Modern Quilts Category of Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival.

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I have recently shown All the Colours off here, so you may have seen her before and heard her story. She was made using the Chess on the Steps pattern my friend Krista - Poppyprint - designed for the Modern Quilt Guild Pattern of the Month, go here to see Krista's fantastic version, do, I will wait. My quilt is about 43" square after a good wash and dry.

All the Colours

When the pattern was released, I had a charm package of Michael Miller solids sitting on my sewing table. I had been given this beautiful set of fabrics at the MQG's Sewdown Nashville so I decided to use them for the pattern. Krista has shared the fastest, fun improv technique. In no time I used up all the charm squares and had the middle section all done.

All the Colours

Despite my desire to use all the colours, I am not very comfortable with quilts which are totally scrappy or totally a riot of colours. So I grouped the colours by warn and cool. This is not something I made up, I first saw the impact of this technique in Malka Dubrawsky's quilt book Fresh Quilting - I'm not sure she invented it either but she is the person I learned it from. Just this small colour sort makes this quilt so much calmer to me.

All the Colours

I wanted this quilt to be for one of the new babies arriving in my family. So I picked out some larger pieces of Kona Solids that were on my shelf and added them on, carrying on with the court house steps concept that Krista used in the pattern.

All the Colours

When I started quilting this quilt, I thought I would practice swirls and such but almost immediately I decided that was not what I felt like doing that day. Instead of tearing out the bits I had done, I just transitioned to wavy then to straightish lines. When I got the other end I reversed the process and ended with more swirly bits.

All the Colours - dragonfly detail

I included a dragonfly - which is a motif that Jamie Wallen taught me at the American Quilter's Society show in Grand Rapids. These are surprisingly easy and fun to quilt.

All the Colours - back

I picked the back before I knew the gender of the baby.

All the Colours

This photo gives you a bit of scale, taken in the stairwell at my office building. All these photos are after the wash and dry, which really brings out the crinkle and pushes the lightly variegated King Tut cotton thread into the folds.

All the Colours

I bound her with a black sketch fabric, which I think works very well with all the colours.

All the Colours

I am not sure which way up I like better, this way or the yellow on top as in the first photo. It does not really matter, it is for a baby, not a wall.

Krista's Chess on the Steps pattern is currently only available to Modern Quilt Members - you can join a local MQG or join as an individual member. All the MQG Pattern of the Months have been wonderful, but I have to say this one is my favourite so far.

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I am finishing another quilt today for my second entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival and hope to share her soon. If you have not yet entered, you have until October 31, so pick a quilt and do enter. Also, this festival has so many inspiring quilts and their stories, it is a great place to go for inspiration and to learn about other quilters.

Best,

Leanne

Friday, October 24, 2014

If you were shopping... #12



Welcome to if you're shopping.... On Fridays I will share with you the news from my sponsors, in case you want to do a little shopping, or even window shopping, this weekend.


You'll find Daryl and all the beautiful Fabric Spark fabric and some beautiful yarn too at the CreativFestival in Toronto this weekend. Head over to booth 525 to meet her in person.


Look at those adorable Kokeshi Rainbow lanterns over at Fluffy Sheep Quilting, they are just so cute! Seriously, I am caving in fast.


Becca from  Sew me a Song is off at Quilt Market and to celebrate she has a flat rate shipping special through Monday October 27. All orders will ship for $2.50 in the US, $9.00 in Canada and $12.00 everywhere else - no coupon is required, the discount will be applied at checkout. That bundle is Kerry's Suzuko Koseki bundle, I know that Becca will be picking out more fabrics like those beauties at market.


This week's beautiful Monday Mosaic bundle over at  Mad about Patchwork is called City Slicker and it is 20% off this week.



I'm eyeing that Moonshine Meadow bundle over at Sew Sisters - it's the one I got to give away the other week, and I might need one for me too! They have most of the fabrics from the whole line still in stock. You will also find Sew Sisters at the Toronto CreativFestival, if you are able to go this weekend.



The Fat Quarter Shop is having a Halloween Fabric sale, it's a good time to stock up for next year too. These folks are also at Quilt Market and will be posting updates all weekend on all their social media sites.


Massdrop has big boxes of pink Wonder Clips for a great price. This drop is limited to 300 orders, so don't delay.


At  Green Fairy Quilts you will find fat quarter bundles at 30 - 50% off with free shipping in the USA.





Over at Oakshott Fabrics you can get these Fat Eights mini packs of the beautiful Colourshott fabrics. These are perfect for a project or maybe they need to be on your Christmas list - for a quilting friend or maybe for you!

Enjoy your weekend!

Best,

Leanne