Sunday, 12 February 2017

UFO's and FO's

 Ok, my excuse for not blogging #639.........the light has not been great for photos and I haven't finished anything...........hmmm, maybe some of that is actually true.

 My quilt guild UFO from December, waiting to be quilted 

My UFO for January, top in finished! Heart blocks were made for me back in 2003.

The word, before squaring up, all the words actually, were made from 1.5" squares. Thank goodness for a good audio book while I worked on these. 
This makes 5 tops waiting to be quilted, me thinks that is what retreat in March will be all about for me!

These two of three blocks were purchased on our trip to Yellowknife about 4 years ago. Each one will be mounted on a 12x12" canvas to be hung on the wall. The top one has 77 pieces!
This is my February UFO.

Now for the FO's!

This shawl is by far the most challenging knit for me to date. It took me a month to figure it all out and get it knitted up. I am pretty darn pleased!

After all the Christmas sock knitting, I took all the leftovers and used them up on some fun mismatched socks for me! 

Some yoga socks requested by a niece, should be arriving in Australia soon. 

A third pair of socks in the works for 2017, my first pair working toe up, will post a picture when they are done, if the second one is better than the first! 
Also have a cowl in the works for myself , it is the year to knit for me.

My personal challenge for 2017, to work more on my painting skills, this is from a recent acrylic painting class, not bad for a rank beginnner!

Have a great week everyone, looks like we may actually be above freezing for the next week or two, despite the sloppy melting mess it is a welcome change. 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

All the Quilty Things

The time between Christmas and early January tend to be quiet (and oh so cold!) here, so I have found lots of time to finish some really fun projects.
I love to make bags, they are so much faster than making a full quilt and so rewarding in the end!

I bought this amazing print at Katja's last year and it took some time to find just the right bag to use it on, but I settled on this Noodlebhead Super Tote pattern
We are headed to New York for a week's vacation in March so I was really motivated to get to it.

I love how it turned out and don't want to use it now in case it gets dirty!

A few of my quilt friends have bags like this, and it's a shape and size I don't have. It is like a gorgeous grocery bag that is big and open and great for toting show & tell items and UFO's to our sew days. It is from a recent magazine that I can't put a name to at the moment.

The bag above was made from the left over FQ's from making these two lovely hexie pillows. It's a Tula Pink fabric I just love.

These two bags are the two sizes of the Retreat bag, a free pattern download at Emmaline Bags.
I highly recommend her pattern and her amazing bag hardware. They have added some great finishing touches to my bags. 
The bag above is Tula Pink and Kaffe Fassett fabric.
The larger one below is two Kaffe fabrics.
All bold, bright and beautiful, exactly how I like it.

And two more Tula hexie pillows. To hubby's dismay, all four pillows now live on our bed.

I have one more bag all cut out to make, then it is time to get to some UFO's. I hope I can get as many done this year as last.

Have a great quilty day!

Linking up today with:

Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy New Year!

And Merry Christmas

I am back after another extended absence, but life comes first, right?

I have been busy so I will be back with all the quilty things I have been up to, but today is all about all the Christmas gifts.

 It really was all about the mittens!

 Mittens for a young college friend, and a second pair I didn't get photographed went to her brother's girlfriend.

In the end I made three pairs of these cute owl mitts

Two pairs of Bella mitts for my two besties.

Hedgehog mitts for Thistle's "mom"

 These two quilts were made for my daughters from the one super large quilt pattern "Knick Knack" by Buggybarn

My oldest and her BF sporting their new hats. The BF has a young daughter who ended up with the dog quilt on her bed. 

Four pairs of these socks were made, I finally have a pair for me on the needles!

 Super Fun "rock 'em" socks in the Hat Trick Canuck colourway for my hockey loving sister.

A cute poncho for the young lady with the dog quilt on her bed. The purple is much more vibrant in person.

And the adult version for my younger daughter.

I am kicking off the New Year with the motto:

I choose happiness and health!
On that note I will sign off as my trainer will be here any minute to kick off the healthy part!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Never not Quilting (or knitting)

I am always working away at one project or another, but at this time of the  year, there are more than I few I can't share yet!

I bought some fun cotton/linen fabrics while I was at Knit City last month, and got to making up these knitting project bags. Already filled with "me" projects for when my Christmas projects are all completed. 

I better pick up the pace if I plan to finish this project in my lifetime. Five blocks a year isn't going to work!

I picked up more Tula Pink on my summer vacation. Pillow top kit from Expressions in Fibre in Sechelt BC

There was enough to make two pillow tops, plus I bought a green/blue TP FQ bundle and more of that yummy BG fabic to make a few more. 

I made up some receiving blankets and a raggy quilt for our newest tiny Syrian/Canadian babe

And my Weasley jumpers on the library tree!

The tree won Best Theme Tree and was live auctioned at the Gala on Saturday night, but I haven't heard yet what is was sold for or who now owns it.

Linking up as I try to do on Wednesdays with

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Eight is Enough

I finally finished eight tiny Weasley sweaters for the library to hang on their Harry Potter themed tree at the Festival of Trees in a few weeks. I wanted to do a few more but in the end eight was enough.

Our guild hung the annual show in the art gallery at the library last week and once again it looks wonderful. The following two shots are of our Boreal forest themed project. At the end of the month all these wall hangings will be donated and hang in the library's children's area. 

This Stellar Jay was made by Sarah from a photograph and it is totally amazing! The wings and tail are 3D.

I am so totally pleased to have my Hex-a-thon quilt finally finished and quilted so beautifully by Carole. I am pretty proud of all that hand piecing. 

My Oh Canada top is all pieced and I cannot wait to see it quilted in the New Year. It started out as one of my UFO challenges and quickly became a full sized quilt. It is totally from scraps and my stash, but amazingly enough, my scrap bins did not appear any emptier!

I can't wait to start celebrating Canada's 150th birthday next year!

Linking up with:

Thanks for stopping by, I would love to hear from you!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Work in Progress Wednesday

Once again life trumps blog......but that doesn't mean I haven't been working on "stuff"!

Here are my mini Weasley sweaters. I am hoping to make 8-12 all together and will donate them to our local library to help decorate their entry in the Festival of Trees. I can generally complete one per evening, but Ron's initial didn't quite get completed last night. I had to add something to relate their size to, they are pretty tiny!

Also recently completed this fun hat, I love colourwork!

THIS long time (4 years I think) WIP, is nearing completion! I just got it back from my lovely quilter Carole on Saturday. Just needs it's binding and label to be ready to hang in our quilt show next month.
This is from Katja's original Block-Athon before her book was published. It isn't even on her site anymore! The blocks are English Paper Pieced by Hand.

As well, this lovely loon just needs it's label stitched down. It will also hang in the quilt show as part of our guild's boreal forest project. After the show they will be donated to the library's children's section. The pattern was taken from a portion of "A Day at the Lake" applique quilt. Also a pattern I don't think is available any more.

And my most active WIP at the moment is my "Oh Canada" quilt. My goal is the have it all pieced by year's end. Have not yet decided whether I will quilt is myself as I think it is going to be quite large.
This is just a sampling of the 15 of the blocks made so far. Need 9 more and a few more colour ways.

 Sorry the photo is not better quality but it was a dull grey morning this morning. 

Thanks as always for visiting and I enjoy comments!

Linking up with:

Friday, 16 September 2016

Friday Finishes

Celebrating 5 years of blogging, 250th post and 20 page views short of 60,000!
Thank you to all my readers, faithful long timers and newbies!

I have been wanting to share this finish with you since April when I finished the top at retreat.

Bella Luna is a kit I bought at Satin Moon in Victoria a few years ago, I had it all cut out and then got bogged down by all the work of the curves. Once I picked it back up, figured out the recipient, it was full steam ahead, I had a deadline now.

My wonderful friend Carole did an amazing job of quilting it, this Elder Moon is a scaled down version of a print I have by Roy Henry Vicars.

The recipient was quite surprised,

and moved to tears, as I predicted she would be.

This is my sister, Theresa, really happy she had a big birthday this year!!

I know I have shown this one before, but it is now in the hands of the newlyweds, awaiting some cooler weather so they can snuggle under it.

What's Up?
A free pattern from somewhere I can't remember!!

This was just finished this week and as soon as I can find a box it is on it's way to Utah for a new great-nephew, whose birth is any minute now!!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

Have a great weekend!