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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Frogs - I love Frogs - Nature's Great Friend

A quilting extravaganza was organized through our Guild.  Each of us received a fat quarter of fabric to build on and create a small quilt to give to our community quilts.

I obviously recieved the fat quarter of frogs and I was off to create.  I fussy cut the frogs and build a type of frame around them in various Kona solids. and then added some sashing and built a little quilt.

I tried to get a little picture of each type or group of frogs and then as mentioned frame around each one.

It really was a lot of fun.   It's a little hard to see the top of the quilt, as I have a design wall that runs through a corner in my laundry room...yikes a girl has to make due with what she has.

It is now quilted and handed in for delivery.
Hope you like it.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Spiralling Under Control

Hello Everyone, it's a raining Saturday and what a great opportunity to get something that's been ignored for a while finished.

In Summary:  This started when I took a mini-workshop, "Spiralling Under Control" from the Langley Quilters Guild wherein I am a member.

This class was taught by Jean Jones who helped us conquer our fears of free-style piecing and create a simple place mat.

         Okay, I goofed up and my piece started out with the large square and really was not very representative of a place mat  and so it sat in my UFO basket.  Hmm  something I'd finish another day I told myself.

I picked it up last Tuesday, and decided I'd take it to the  Sit'n Stitch last Wednesday at our Guild.  This particular Sit'n Stitch by the way was going from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm  (12 hours YAHOO, I am in!!!!)  I was determined this was something I was going to get finished and this gave me plenty of time to do so.

Okay I got the top finished by adding the 2 small squares and turned it from a place mat to a small table runner for my kitchen table.  

While watching it rain outside from my sewing room window today, I quilted it, nothing fancy, as I do not possess these skills, but just a simple stitch in the ditch.  

I did totally forgot about setting aside the correct amount of strips for the binding, which I am sure is some type of quilting boo boo, but I did it.   In order to complete the binding I had to use a little bit of the solids to make enough to go around the complete piece. 

I did not even have enough of the one solid colour to add, so I had to add bits of each to make it fit. 

I am happy with it for sure, and the best part for me is that I can take it from my UFO (un-finished object) basket and make it a finished project I can use.  YAHOO! 

Jean, thanks for the lesson.   Hope you all like it.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

October MUG RUG Exchange

I plan on taking part in the October Mug Rug Exchange for the FVMQG (Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild) next week.   This is the mug rug i have completed to participate.

I fell in love with this panel and fussy cut out this portion of the cock-eyed goofy crazy witch with her trusted friend the cat (notice he only has one eye too).  He is keeping guard, while she cooks and stirs her witches brew for Halloween!

 I had a great time making this for the exchange and look forward to taking part in the exchange.

Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow to all you Canadians eh!. Happy Columbus Day for everyone in the USA, and of course Happy Halloween to us all (I know it's early but this fabric surely got me in the mood to make more Halloween stuff to have hanging up).


Saturday, 6 October 2012

Paper Piecing 101 Class with Sonja from Artisania

Paper Piecing 101 - The Fox and Gnome Tote Bag

I signed up and took a class today from  FVMQG -  Paper piecing 101 being taught by Sonja Callaghan from Artisania.  Sonja is a published pattern designer. Check out her website for an update on what she is up to.  I call her the paper piecing guru, she demystifies paper piecing so you will fall in love with it too.  Yikes she's good and a great teacher also.

We all worked very intensely and seriously at this paper piecing stuff which does require concentration and patience, but with each piece it gets easier and easier.

By the end of the class most of us had finished various blocks relating to our totes.

I was too excited and had to get home and retire after dinner for the evening in my sewing room to finish the tote.
The back side of the bag

I used the same fabric for the lining as I did on the front of the bag.  I fell in love with these large dots of various colors.

The front of my bag

Thanks again Sonja for teaching us some tips and tricks on paper piecing.  I had great fun.

My bag is done and I can now use it!  Yahoo!  I am excited about this as I love bags and totes.

Hope you all like it too.