Friday, February 17, 2017

Hexagons!

I started making this quilt and teaching it at my then LQS when The New Hexagon book by Katja Marek was published.  I then moved to another state and the project ground to a halt before I finished it.  One of my friends took over teaching the class for me and then I found out her project had stalled too.

We decided to motivate one another by challenging each other to make one hexagon every two weeks.  

Magic happens when you are accountable to somebody for progress reports!  

I daresay we are having fun and exceeding our one hexie per two week production schedule.  In fact, we are cruising along and have made good progress.

These are just a few of my recent makes and I am in love with the project again.

I am linking up with Sarah at http://sarahdidit.blogspot.com
She hosts Help for Hexie-aholics.  Check out her lovely hexie project.
Happy Sewing.

Love
Chantal

Monday, February 13, 2017

Bits of This and That!

I have been sewing all over the place this week.  It is largely due to me avoiding sewing the borders onto En Provence! Firstly I made a Valentine wall hanging for my middle son and his wife who moved this weekend into a new (to them) house.  The wall hanging will be delivered today which is just perfect.  Oh, the half a doily in the picture went with the wall hanging  to add some Valentine cheer to their new place.

My eldest son and his wife requested another microwave bowl from me.  I made them one as a stocking stuffer for Christmas and they love it so much and asked me to make them another one.  That makes my heart so glad!

Then, on Saturday, I forced myself to attach those borders to En Provence and get it up off the floor.  I am happy to say that I achieved the goal and it wasn't so bad.  It is a huge quilt and requires lots of crawling around on the floor and pinning!  I even have the backing for this project and am so thrilled that I have completed the top.  It is in the queue for quilting now.

Missouri Star Quilt Company did a tutorial on these cat blocks and of course I just had to start one for myself.  I have been working on them for a couple of weeks now and I had ten left to make as of yesterday.  It was snowing all day so I finished the blocks and have laid them out.  I will probably put this top together today.  

I have also been looking at my two very large scrap bags and decided to do some scrap management. I will do a post about this later in the week.  
I hope you are all warm and cozy with all this snow flying around and busy quilting.  
Thank you for stopping by.

Love
Chantal

Monday, February 6, 2017

A Valentines Cushion!

I love seasonal sewing.  It adds a bit of change to the regular decor of a home. You know what they say about change!  That it is as good as a holiday!  So I decided to do a bit of Valentine sewing.  

I bought "Sealed with a Kiss" fabric last year and never got around to making anything with it.  Just a charm pack and some cute background fabric.  I made some simple hearts.

Sashed them with cute background and added a border.  

Auditioning the binding fabric was so difficult.  I wanted to go with traditional pinks or reds but this blue kept calling to me.  I sent my friend a picture of the cushion top and a few binding fabrics and she also chose the blue.  I am glad I went with it.  It looks so fresh and sweet.  

I hope you are getting a chance to sew on some fun holiday projects.  Have a great week!

Love
Chantal

Saturday, February 4, 2017

En Provence and Hearts!

Whoot whoot, En Provence is nearly a top!  I only need to attach the borders to the mothership.  I am so pleased with this quilt.  I can't tell you how many hours went into making it but it was a LOT! I might get those borders attached today and then I can get it up off the floor and lay out Allietare!  Yes friends, this is the year to finish all those Bonnie Hunter mystery quilts.  I am not allowed to start another one unless I finish Allietare and Celtic Solstice.  Both of them are really close to being completed tops. 

I was feeling a bit tired of En Provence so I quickly made a Valentine project.  This is a throw size quilt.  Every month for this year alittlebitbiased.blogspot.com and her friend jedicraftgirl.com are putting together a free pattern using 5 fat quarters and some background yardage.  The quilts are throw size and are really cute.  I used to buy fat quarters just because I liked them and they were largely without purpose.  Well, I am going to be choosing five every month and using them up into these wonderful patterns.  I can't wait to quilt my cute valentines throw.

Here is my latest HST block from Lisa Bongean's sew along.  I'm making a blue and neutral quilt.  

It has been busy in the sewing room and I feel like I am making some progress.  Hopefully you are too.  Thank you for stopping by.  

Love
Chantal

Thursday, January 26, 2017

En Provence progress!

I saw that block six was up on Lisa Bongean's website yesterday, so I quickly got stuck in and pieced it.  I am really enjoying making these little blocks.

It is almost February - the month of LOVE, so I decided to crochet a few hearts to hang on my holiday tree.  Yup, I could not put that last little tree away so I have dubbed it the "seasonal tree".  It is full of hearts and adds a little sparkle to the dark winter nights.  

Look at En Provence!  I am beyond excited with the progress here.  Half the quilt is pieced.  The rows are made but not put together.  Today I will be working on some more rows.  I am excited to get this quilt put together.

Happy stitching and thank you for visiting.
Love
Chantal

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sew Along!

Lisa Bongean is hosting a sew Along of 16 half triangle square blocks.  I love half triangle squares.  So, I decided to follow along. 

I apologize for neglecting to rotate these images before posting them.  I am making a blue and neutral quilt (because I love two color quilts and I don't have one with blue and neutral)

I am using triangle paper to piece the blocks.  Lisa Bongean sells papers that fit on charm squares.  You get 8 blocks out of one sheet.  So two sheets of triangle paper for one block.  They work up in no time at all.

Here is the latest one and again, sorry for not rotating the photo.  I wish it was easy to do on Blogger.  

I can't wait for the next block.   You can find the patterns at lisabongean.com

Have a lovely day.

Love
Chantal

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