Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Flag Day and a Patriotic Finish!

I planned to blog today after a long absence.  I spent most of May away from home.  I thought it was totally wonderful that today is Flag Day too.  I finished this quilt within hours of my trip so I had no time to show it off. 

I made this quilt using a Missouri Star Quilt Company Pattern and some patriotic fabric.  The negative space is big and gave me the chance to do some fancy custom quilting.  (I have not yet removed the blue marking pen marks, so if you see them, they will be coming out)

I am so happy with how the quilt turned out.  I thought I would catch the fag waving in this photo to commemorate flag day.  

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. 

Love
Chantal

Friday, April 21, 2017

POTC Blocks and a Custom Quilting Job!

I have been having so much fun with the POTC blocks again.  I guess if a project languishes in a box for long enough, it becomes new again when revisited.

I did start making a second POTC project using more modern fabrics.  

This has to be one of my favorites.  Careful fussy cutting takes almost as long to do as stitching the block together.  The colors in this one just pop.

Reproduction fabrics for this one.

I have finally basted a top together with its backing and batting and have started quilting it.  This project will take a few weeks as I am custom quilting the large negative spaces.  I also have to mark the block with a ruler to get the spacings right for the different "rows" of quilting.  I am really enjoying this project.  I get about three blocks done per day.  It is a good project for listening to Audiobooks.

TGIF!  I wish you a wonderful weekend and thank you for visiting my blog.

Love
Chantal

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tiny Dresdens

I signed up for this cute BOM program at what used to be my local quilt store.   I started making this one just before Christmas and then things got busy and it just lay on the sewing table.  A few days ago I was bound and determined to find the bottom of my sewing table and came across this project.  I thought it was ridiculous that it was just laying there, so I picked it up and finished it.  I was so thrilled with the outcome I thought I would do "April" and at least have the correct month hanging up for a while.

Here it is on the wire frame.  It is such a cute little hanging.  The umbrella is a half a dresden plate.

Well that was fun and quick.  I thought I would then start "May" since I am going to be doing a bit of traveling during May for graduations and to meet my first grand baby.  So BAM, May is done.  I have actually started working on June too.  These cute little hangings measure 6 x 8 inches.  

It is so much fun to tackle small projects among all the big quilts and slow stitching paper piecing.  

I wish you a happy day and thank you for stopping by to visit my blog.  

Love
Chantal

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

POTC Blocks and a Tulip!

I really am enjoying making these POTC blocks again.  I love the fussy cutting process.

In fact, I am loving them so much that I decided to start a Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses quilt for myself using more modern fabrics (i.e. no reproductions)

Such lovely gentle colors in this block.

Alewivesfabrics.com has a new kit every Sunday which included 4 fat quarters and 100 1" honeycombs.  I bought two of the kits on Friday and this super cute package arrived yesterday.  They are in Maine - my next door neighbors!  I am so happy I found them as they have great fabrics and their customer service is really good.

I made this tulip block and decided to make it into a Spring Wall Hanging.  

I did big stitch quilting and French Knots on the tulip.  The rest I machine quilted.  It was fun to make and I like the spring-like colors!  If only Spring would find us!

That's it from me for today.  I am headed on up to the sewing room as it is rainy and gray today.

Have a good day.

Love
Chantal

Sunday, April 2, 2017

This and That!

I have been doing a bunch of sewing and finishing little to show.  I did however make a pincushion which is so very cute.  You know when you see something and just have to drop everything else you are working on to make it?  Well that happened with this cute little guy.  The pattern is available at whileshenaps.com.  Thank you for the lovely pattern!  It was so much fun to make.  The shell is English Paper Pieced.  


Look at his cute little tail!

A fussy cut bird to keep him company!  All the fabrics came from my scrap stash.  I am truly not sure how I am going to be able to stick pins into him.  Such a fun afternoon make.

An old project becomes new again.  I have not touched my POTC project in more than two years.  I took it out the other day to look at the blocks that I have completed and got inspired to work on it again.  So I made this block!

And this one....

Yesterday was the 1st of April and this happened in New Hampshire.  It snowed the whole Friday and Saturday.  Yesterday afternoon the hubster and I had to do ALOT of shoveling.  

After all that work I felt like pancakes drowned in Maple Syrup made up the road from where we live.  So good with fresh strawberries and a bit of cream.  Sure hit the spot.

I hope you are getting some stitching done.
Thank you for visiting.
Love
Chantal

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Knitted Cushion Cover!

I really like the look of knitted Cushion covers.  I decided to knit one as I had a pillow form lying around without a cover.  I used I Love This Yarn in Linen from Hobby Lobby. 

I knitted a long strip and then folded it and stitched up the sides.  The buttons are natural wooden buttons made by my son.  I am happy with how the cover turned out.  I might have to make another one!!!

I finished the third temperature afghan and am waiting for the weather to co-operate for a photo shoot.

I thank you for visiting and hope you are having a lovely day.

Love
Chantal.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Temperature Afghan Number 2!

I finished the second afghan on Tuesday evening.  My previous post is about the first one completed.

This afghan measured the temperatures of Allen, Texas.  You can see how much hotter this area is.  Many more reds and oranges.  The border colors are hotter too.  I like the energy of this afghan.

Beautiful hexies.

I am working on finishing the third afghan at the moment.  I am stitching on the half-hexes up the sides and then will start on the borders.  Hope to have it done on Friday.

Thank you for stopping by.

Love
Chantal

Monday, February 27, 2017

Temperature Afghan!

On the 6th of July I started crocheting this temperature afghan.  I finished it yesterday.

I made a scale of yarn from warmer colors to cooler colors.  I am also making a temperature afghan for my two married kids.  So this equates to 3 hexagons per day from 6th of July until now.  Yes, it was a lot of work.  I had to be so good with keeping record of the temperatures.  I am so impressed with myself that I did not get miles behind on this project.  

O lovely hexies!

I had a bit of help last night doing the final round of the border.  Somebody came to lie on my afghan, on my lap!   That put a bit of a spoke in the progress works.  But isn't he adorable?  

I am so thrilled with this afghan and will post pictures of the other two as I finish them.  That should happen this week!  Oh, I forgot to mention that my afghan measured temperatures in Chester, New Hampshire!  Just in case you were wondering.  
Have a lovely day.

Love
Chantal

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