Monday, January 23, 2017

Working on 52 hexies!

I taught the 52 hexies at my LQS and everything was moving along well until we moved to another state.  The project got shelved.  A sweet friend of mine took over teaching the class and then her project ground to a halt too.

So we decided to work on our project together by making a block every two weeks until we are done.

She is further along than I am so I am playing a bit of catchup.  Look at this block!  24 Pieces!  It took me a few hours to piece it together.

So then I jumped ahead a bit in numerical order to find this glorious 5 Piece block!  

Thanks Ellyn for putting a spark under me and getting the momentum going on this lovely project.  Sometimes accountability is just what one needs.  Tell somebody about your sewing goals.  It might just give you the nudge you were looking for.  
Happy quilting.

Love
Chantal

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Christmas Placemats!

I used a jelly roll of Garland by Cotton and Steel to make these placemats.

I selected 4 strips and stitched them together into a strip set.

Then I took a 60 degree triangle ruler and cut wedges from the strip set.  You get enough wedges from one strip set to make a placemat.  (6)

I love how they all turned out so differently.  I made six!  I had used some of the strips to make the tree cushion covers that I made this Christmas.  The size of the placemats is perfect.  I like them so much that I am going to make another set of six for our ever growing family.  

We had such a lovely snow event a couple of days ago.  It is like a winter wonderland here in our neck of the woods!  
Thank you for stopping by and I wish you all a Happy New Year filled with blessings of health and happiness.  Lots of sewing time too of course!
Love
Chantal

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A Christmas Tree Quilt Finish!

I have finally quilted what might just be the oldest item on my UFO list.  I have been wanting to learn how to quilt feathers in forever!  I decided that I was prepared to sacrifice this top in case the feathers did not turn out well. 
I am happy to say it was not a sacrifice.  It took me four weeks and many hours of quilting to get this one done as it is quilted within an inch of it's life.


I used a tartan plaid fabric for the borders which I really like.

The lighting was perfect to show off the quilting.  I think I have mastered feathers and I certainly will be doing them again in future quilt projects.

I have been working on many Christmas gifts.  Hence the radio silence from me.  Most everything is secret!!!!
I hope you are all having fun making "secret" sewing projects for loved ones.  

Love
Chantal

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Temperature Afghan Progress.

I started making a temperature afghan for two of my children and myself in July of this year.  We all live in different parts of the country.  It has been an interesting exercise.  This is the afghan for Texas.

Here is New Hampshire.  Look how much cooler the colors are.

Here is California.  Just cruising along in the 70's.  

I am happy to say that I am completely up to date with all three afghans.  I don't think my kids read my blog - this is a present for next Christmas.  That will give me time to make all the half-hexies and do the border.  

Thank you for visiting.
Love
Chantal

Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Cheerful HST Finish!

We have had quiet a bit of rain recently which makes taking good pictures nigh impossible.   You don't want to put your lovely finish down in this!  


So I apologize for the tacky pictures taken in my sewing room.  These HST's were off cuts from a large quilt that I have made.  With my inability to throw out even small scraps I made this wall hanging/ table runner.  

It is densely quilted with pebbles and figure 8's.  I am thrilled with the yellow binding.  Very cheerful and bright.

Thank you for visiting.
Love
Chantal

Monday, October 31, 2016

A Pink Piggy!

Guess why I knitted a pink Piggy!

That's right!  I'm going to be a GRANDMA for the first time!  My eldest son and his sweet wife are expecting a baby in April of next year.  

I can barely contain my excitement.  Of course I have started making baby things.  I think this baby is a girl.  If not, well pigs are pink!  I will be making more farmyard animals.  This was so fun.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Love
Chantal

Thursday, October 27, 2016

A Nine Patch Finish!

I really like nine patches.  They are so simple but remind me of a more traditional patchwork time.  I finally got to baste and quilt this lovely.  It has been in the top queue waiting it's turn.

I used two stencil blocks in the turquoise grunge blocks.  I meander quilted the nine patches.  The background Moda Solid Butter on the nine patches served as my inspiration for thread color choice.  

Here you can see more quilting detail.

The binding is the turquoise grunge.  The backing is an ivory grunge.  The leaves have succumbed to the howling wind which we have had for the past few days.  But at least there is a little bit of color to be seen.  

Thank you for stopping by to visit. 

Love
Chantal