Sunday, June 3, 2018

Quilt Con in Vancouver

A quick view at Quilt Con in Vancouver BC.  It doesn't do the show justice, but it was just too amazing to not share some of it. Please excuse the fact that I don't have names in the pictures but to all those fantastic artists who had work in the show, I bow to your absolute genius talent.  You inspire me to try harder in both my quilting and my painting.  And for that I thank you.

Another Goal Coming up

I'm keeping up with this challenge, it really motivates me.  I put down what I need to do, complete it before the end of the month, post about it, then miss updating the group. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!


But in reality is that the point?  No, it's to go through my UFOs and to get my sewing room down to a manageable size, and to challenge myself to keep on quilting with such a busy schedule.  So I am doing well with that.  So I keep doing what's working....  Here's my next goal.....


This ones been on the list forever, and it's one that needs to be completed before the end of June because I"m bring it to California to give it to an Aunt of mine.  The quilt is completed, it's a King size quilt. It's all together, and this picture is a little old.  I have more than 1/2 of the quilt done with little tiny squares, but I still have about 20 square blocks to quilt.  So that's what I'm working on, quilting them.  I have set a goal of 5 squares a week, to quilt (when you do that you usually do more....) or about a bobbin each time (keep quilting until the bobbin runs out).  So it's doable, just tiring on the arms because I'm doing it on my domestic machine (a small one).   Going to have trouble with this as well because I'm a teacher, it's the end of the school year and in high school that means commencement, graduation, awards night, all things after school, and it takes time (not to mention computers coming in, finals with your budget, finals with your students.....  the list can go on and on but I won't).  So it will be good luck to me to get this done, but now I don't have a choice.  Hooking up to One Monthly goal at Elm Street Quilts

Here's another shot of the quilt (Pattern by Zen Chic)


Update for American Patchwork and Quilting Challenge

New drawing this month, and it's number 11.  It's a Missourri Quilt Company quilt.  The one I am very interested in doing this one


This one needs 1 roll 11/2" white strips - includes inner border
1 roll 21/2" print strips
3 packages of 21/2" squares
- 84 count
OUTER BORDER is 1 3/4 yards
BINDING is 3/4 yard
BACKING is 71/2 yards - vertical seam
for a 80 x 80 quilt


or

 This one needs 1¾ yards dark solid fabric
1¾ yards light solid fabric
BINDING:  ¾ yard
BACKING:  3¼ yards - horizontal seam(s)
This one is smaller.

This one will satisfy my #11.  But I am also trying to complete my #11 which is the table runner for a very good friend of mine, Anna.  So I'll try to do both this month as well as my UFO challenge.

So far I've done two on this list, one I give away and one that's hanging in my condo, so I'm pleased.  See below for all the ones I said I would complete in 2018.  Those in yellow are the quilts that should be completed.


THE TWENTY EIGHTEEN



PROJECT
STATUS BEFORE
STATUS AFTER
1Pat Sloans BOM
Have about 55 to go out of 100.  Need to step it up

2Black and white squares
For my aunt.  Just quilting left on a king size quilt.  ½ done

3Sewing BOM
Am currently 2 blocks behind but doing very well on this challenge

4Quilt Doddle BOM
Currently caught up with all the months except for the new one that came out yesterday.

5Bird Runner
Have all material but not cut

6 Green Wool flowers
All put together need to quilt borders and quilt squares
7Triangles in old fashion
Got all material but thats it

8 Black & White modern
Paper pieced, have material, need to start squares.  Only have 3 squares out of 100 started.

9Table runner for Anna
Have most done, adding because its too small, then need to quilt it.

10Monas quilt
All material there.  Flowers, purple and green with butterflies on it.

11aMissouri quilt
Have Cake material, need to complete rest.  It's the choice for June

 l2  Barn door to complete
One done. Other pieces all over need to put together

AllPeopleQuilt.com/resolution

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Catch up Saturday

As school starts to come to a close, with so much to do, my craving to sew gets stronger and stronger, a craving that has to be satisfied.  Because I've been so busy, I have gotten behind on some of my BOMs.  Friday was all about going through applications for students who have applied for scholarships, That took from 3:00 till 6:15.  But it's done.  Not including the the three hours of review before the meeting.  That left me exhausted on Friday night, and no time for sewing.

This Saturday was my catch up day.  I went out with a friend, had a great day around Fort Langley.  It's north of Langley, right by the Fraser River (which by the way is now receding, thank goodness.).

There was a fort at one time (there is still a walk to the area) but they moved it in the town, and you can pay to enter it, it's huge.  It shows realistically what living in the fort was like.  It's well worth the trip for that alone.  But there is so much more to do, including tons of antiques at a warehouse right in town.  Check it out.  I was there from 11:30 - 3:30, and so busy, you need two days to see it all.

Here are some shots that show you the CN station you can walk through as well as the main town.

They do a lot of filming in this area for small town shots.

Back to my catch up day.

When I got home, my husband had done almost all of our cooking.  I just had one more thing to do.  Then he made me a hamburger.  It was wonderful.  We sat, had a few drinks, and then my husband went to listen to music, which I stated to sew.  Here are the results of that sewing.

Sewology BOM.  Two more completed, but I am still one behind.  Can you tell what they are?
Needle and cutter.  There are some mistakes with the cutter, but so many pieces, it was scary.
Ruler.
The Quilt Doogle BOM.   All caught up.

The very last one, snowman and his dog.  I got buttons for the carrot noses.

And then to really go forward, I made the next three pieced blocks so all I need is to do the applique.  As usual, Quilt Doodles's Snow Much Fun Block of the Month is so much fun, join us.  You can get the patterns on Cratsy, or Etsy (yes you have to pay, but it's minimal).  

The final quilt will look like the picture below.  It's a scrappy look, which you can make scrappy.  All pieces are cut out ahead of time and each month you do the applique.  It's not hard, it's rather fun, and I use my button stitch on the machine to attach the applique.  Three more to go, and then the borders.  I'm very excited to see the final, and to add all my buttons to all the appliques, making it unique.

Well, that was it, that seems like enough.  I have more to do (one more Sewology) and I need to catch up on my other 2nd Quarter listings.  Have a great sewing week.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Missed a quilt.....

I forgot to blog about a quilt that I finished about two weeks ago and have already shown my quilt.  It was touch and go to finish this one.  I got the pattern and material in 2015 from a shop that was suppose to teach me how to do the wool (I just loved the pattern), and they closed.  A wonderful shop in Fort Langley.  It seems all the small quilt stores are closing, and that's too bad.  Quilting hopefully is not a dead art.  With Quilt Con coming here in Vancouver it will  certainly revive the art otherwise.  

Anyways, here's the one that I was missing, and this is on my 2018 Finish list (#1 on the list) and also on my American Patchwork and Quilting List.  I need to catch up on that one, as well as keep up with a quilt a month on the 2018 list.  But I love a challenge.  So without further waiting here's the quilt for my cousin Garette and his wife Carol.  



They will have to pick it up at my Aunt's house in Manitoba.  My cousin lives in Ohio, and it's too expensive to mail such a heavy quilt (wool on top and flannel underneath).  Carol wanted a traditional quilt and it's for their cabin (if you call a house in the woods a cabin - sorry Carol) in Oregon.  So it will be chilly at night there, this should work.  And if not, they can hang it on a wall, because it's huge.  It's approximately 70" by 85".  I machine quilted it all myself, and all those green squares are 2 1/2 inches each.  Took a long time to go around each one to make the quilt hang flat.  But worth it.  It got "Ohhhh" and "Ahhhhhs" at the  Fraser Valley Quilting Guild Meeting Show and Tell, which always makes you feel great considering all the talent there.  The pattern is by Sara Tuttle and Sandra Brawner.  If' you are interested in the pattern you can get it at Amazon.com   It is hard to get now, even on Etsy.  

I love wool and hand stitching it.  The project is great for the car (most were done going to baseball games in Seattle so that was 2 hours there for stitching).  How about you?  

Monday, May 21, 2018

Busy Sunday

Actually it's been a busy weekend, but what else is new about that!!!!  One good thing about being ADHD I get a lot done.  For those of you that don't really know what ADHD is it's Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder which affects children and teens and can continue into adulthood.  Usually it's hereditary.  My father was like that and so was my older brother.  ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed disorder of children. People with ADHD can be hyperactive and unable control their impulses'm honest to being blunt, and talk really fast, to the point of missing words.  Knowing me is knowing how to fill in the blanks when talking to me  :)   Luckily I have great friends.  I do get side tracked easily, and can't read a book but I can read 3 books at a time and not mix them up and I can't do a repetitive pattern but I can do more than one quilt with each having a repetitive pattern, so I don't get bored easily, and YES I get  bored really easily, thus the trouble paying attention. 

So why am I telling you this?  Because one of the quilts I just finished was a repetitive pattern and it did take me a long time finishing it for that simple fact, and the fact that it was fussy.  But it was so fun, and it's gorgeous so I'm trying another one.  I got the pattern from Sew Kind of Wonderful.  They have two books out, and you can get them at their blog or at Amazon.ca.  The book I used was One Wonderful Curve.  You can see the pattern at this link.    I used all types of greens, anything in my stash, and some in my cut up pile.  But the background is the grunge material that I love so much.  I believe I used two gunge greens as well.  The results is the picture.  Both are completed.  You can open them up.  They cover a 54 inch door.  So instead of getting a barn door constructed to cover the door, I've put up a curtain rod right across the wall, and make quilts that are the length of the door, and are 26" across which covers the door, and a bit more.  This is the second barn door that I made.  The first was my Canada 150 created by Shania Sunga Designs.   
Sorry about the bad picture.  But here it is up.  Next time it's up, I'll take a better picture


This one is good


Now, that's not the only one I completed.  As I said I hate doing the same thing over and over again, so I built another one at the same time.  See below:

A poppy caught in the sunlight.  This pattern was created by Elaine Quehl.  She also dyed the fabric and sold it as a kit.  It's 27" by 24".   You can follow her blog at http://elainequehl.blogspot.ca- her work is amazing. 
So here is the place of honor where it hangs, perfect!!!



I've also completed a couple more of my BOMs but that's for another time to show you.  That's two down from my 2018 Finish list (2nd quarter)  - #3 and #12.  Also one down from my American Patchwork Quilting list.  And my OMG (One Monthly Goal) from Elm Street Quilts is now completed!!!  That's great!!!  Three goals in one strike!!


Things are going well, and I'm very happy with the results this weekend.  I even got another painting almost completed.  Take a look.  When it's completed I'm going to make a pattern of it as well. I still need to fill in the vase, and have some sugar coming out of the bowl.  Maybe fix the plate as well.  Who knows, I did this in two nights, 



 How was your long weekend?  Do any sewing?


Monday, May 7, 2018

American Patchwork & Quilting List UFO Challenge

 UPDATED!

Joining another group that I was part of previously.   I make a list, filling out their form (see below), they call a number once a month, and you try to keep up.  So, because I started this month, I need to start work on their last one which for May the number 6 was drawn.  that means you do what you listed in section 6 - the Green Wool Flowers.  Everything in yellow is what I also need to catch up on.  After next weekend I'll say a status for each one so I can do more than one.  Some are partly done.  It motivated me last year, lets hope it does it again this year.

Come join, their is a facebook group that is supportive as well in this endeavor.



THE TWENTY EIGHTEEN



PROJECT
STATUS BEFORE
STATUS AFTER
1Pat Sloans BOM
Have about 55 to go out of 100.  Need to step it up

2Black and white squares
For my aunt.  Just quilting left on a king size quilt.  ½ done

3Sewing BOM
Am currently 3 blocks behind

4Quilt Doddle BOM
Currently 2 blocks behind

5Bird Runner
Have all material but not cut

6 Green Wool flowers
All put together need to quilt borders and quilt squares
7Triangles in old fashion
Got all material but thats it

8 Black & White modern
Paper pieced, have material, need to start squares.  Only have 3 squares out of 100 started.

9Table runner for Anna
Have most done, adding because its too small, then need to quilt it.

10Monas quilt
All material there.  Flowers, purple and green with butterflies on it.

11aMassoori quilt
Have Cake material, need to complete rest.

 l2  Barn door to complete
One done. Other pieces all over need to put together

AllPeopleQuilt.com/resolution

Quilt Con in Vancouver