Friday, June 8, 2018

Works in Progress.

I have so many works in progress.  I thought I would share 3 English Paper Piecing projects with you today.  I am sad to say that I have been working on this Christmas Diamond Hexagon quilt for a number of years now.  I think this might just be the year that it gets done.  I have made 3 new blocks this week.  If I can keep this momentum going, I should have it done by Christmas.

This is an EPP'd quilt made with jewel shapes.  Two jewel pieces make a heart.  One row the hearts are up and the next row the hearts are down.  They interlock beautifully.  This is going to be a sort of a lap size quilt.  The fabrics are all florals.  

This is a new project which I have just started.   It is a sew along and can be found on Instagram under #kingfisherquiltalong
Do look it up!  You might just find yourself starting a new project too.  I had, as a scrap management method made hundreds of 1/2 inch hexagons and just kept throwing them into a shoebox.  My shoebox of basted hexies is about 3/4 full.  Finally I have the perfect project to put these tiny treasures to good use.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Have a lovely weekend.  I wish you lots of sewing hours.

Love
Chantal

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Diamond Railfence Completed!

A few years ago I stitched up this pretty railfence using Petal by Aneela Hoey.  I love the color combinations in this collection of prints.  I think the pattern is from the Missouri Star Quilt Company and is one of Jenny Doan's Friday video tutorials.  


After quilting I auditioned MANY fabrics for the binding and finally settled on a flange binding.  I love how this navy and white stripe frames the quilt.  The contrast of the soft pink just works so well.


As there is yellow in this quilt, I decided to go with a yellow backing.  Yellow is one of my favorite colors and I use it often.  It is a ray of sunshine and a happy color in my mind.  I quilted this top very densely on my domestic sewing machine.  About 10" into the quilting I did seriously wonder what I was thinking.  I went through many bobbins of thread.  I do love the texture though.


You can see the diamonds nicely in this photo.  


I am super happy to have ticked a UFO off the list of many quilt tops waiting to be quilted.  Now to find the next one to quilt.  

Thank you for visiting.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Progress on Hexie Temperature Quilt

I have been stitching a temperature quilt along with Sarah of Sarahdidit.blogspot.com .  We started on 1 June 2017.  I have had so much fun working on these flowers for my temperature garden.

They work up really quickly.  Each rosette has seven hexagons which represents one week.  I decided to turn them into flowers because I have a quilt which is made from rosettes appliqu├ęd to a background.  I needed something different.  A stem and two leaves set on point made the quilt blocks look totally different.  This is really a fun project and you can start one any time if you want to.  It is never too late to join in the quilty fun!

Thank you for visiting.
Love
Chantal

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Christmas Tumblers - A Finish!

In the lead up to Christmas, what could be more fun than working on a Christmas quilt.  I have been buying Christmas fabric for many years and have made many different projects from them.  I am always left with some fabric at the end of a project.  My collection of Christmas fabric is fairly substantial and fairly old.  So I decided to make a tumbler quilt to show off all the oldies but goodies and also to get some of them out of the stash.

I wanted this quilt to be used and not so precious that I felt sorry for it.  I want it to be snuggled under on a cold winters night, not up on a shelf somewhere.  


I cut 5" strips from yardage and used the tumbler template from the MSQC.  It was so much fun visiting with and cutting some of these old fabrics.  There may or may not be a few crunchy fabrics in there that were bought before I was aware of quilt store quality fabric as opposed to other stores fabrics.    I stitched them all together in rows of 20 tumblers and there are 17 rows.  Next I did an overall meander because the fabrics are busy.  I am so thrilled with this quilt.  As it happens I only made a small dent in the fabric and ended up cutting so many tumblers that I have decided to make the kids a Christmas quilt too.

I had to include a pic of my sweet lap sitter kitty, keeping me company in the evenings while I hand stitch.  

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Love
Chantal 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Kaleidoscope! A Finish!

When I went on retreat in July, Kaleidoscope by Lellaboutique was one of the classes we could take.  The lovely Vanessa Goertzen herself taught the class.  It is a really fun pattern to make.

The pattern uses 2.5" strips so I had picked a jelly roll to take to retreat with me.  As I started making the quilt blocks I noticed that they were not laying flat and were pulling awkwardly.  After a bit of troubleshooting I found the jellyroll strips, much to my annoyance were 1/8" shy of 2.5".  Well, I had to abandon it and since I was not at home where I could shop in my stash, decided to make it a two color quilt.  I found a sweet little flower print which reads almost as a solid.  It worked out perfectly.

There is a tiny yellow flower in the print which inspired me to choose a yellow binding to help those flowers pop.  I am so pleased that I did!

What to do with those wide, solid borders?  I knew feathers would be gorgeous.  I was scared to try them in such a visible large space.  I gritted my teeth, put on my big girl panties and got stuck in.  I am so happy I did.  Feathers are really forgiving and so much fun to make.  This quilt delights me.  

Had a good 6 to 7" of snow yesterday.  It was early evening when I got done with my snow shoveling chores.  The light was so pretty and it was still snowing a bit.  

Thank you for visiting.  Have a wonderful day.
Love
Chantal

Thursday, October 26, 2017

This And That!

I finished a project that I started in the summer.   This delightful pattern is one of the 5 Fat Quarter patterns published by Jedicraftgirl and Gigisthimble this year.  I loved the patriotic pineapples and simply had to make one.  I made a table runner using the same pattern.  

I finish a top, make the binding and get the backing sorted out and then I hang it on a hanger in the "to be quilted" pile.  Sometimes this leads to quilt tops not being quilted for ages.  I really wanted to get this one quilted as I had the perfect place to hang it.  So, it jumped ahead in the queue!  

My dear friend Joy and I attended Stitchfest Tx this July.  We give each other a gift every day of the retreat.  This sweet kit is one of my lovely gifts and I felt like a quick project one afternoon and decided this would be perfect.  Isn't it sweet?

Sarah over at Sarah Did It! is hosting a temperature afghan sew along.  I am still playing catch up because I was late to the party, but here is my end of August block.

I write the date and the average temperature for the week on the stem.  

Meanwhile, fall is sort of happening outside.  These Maples border our property and are dressed in their fall finest.  So pretty.

I have a lily which seems to be a bit confused about the seasons.  I'll take it though as there are not too many flowers around at the moment.  

I hope you are all having a wonderful week and getting some sewing done.  

Love
Chantal

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hexie Temperature Quilt!

started a hexagon temperature quilt in the summer of this year.  I wanted to join in the fun but have so many UFO'S that I did not start at the same time as everyone else.  I did write down the temperatures......just in case, and am I glad I did.  I have recently finished the top of a plain hexie rosette quilt so I knew I wanted to do something different with my rosettes.  I decided on on point flowers.  

I am using grey neutral fabrics for the background blocks which I randomly decided would be cut at 8.5".

I am also writing the date of the flower on the stem along with the average temperature for the week in parenthesis.  

Of course I am playing catch-up on this project, but I am thoroughly enjoying the process of making cute flowers.  
Thank you for visiting.

Love
Chantal