Tuesday, 31 December 2013

A Peak at Plans for a New Project for the New Year.

I have chosen my next project to work on. It is a project I have been collecting fabric for and it has taken me awhile to gather what I needed. I loved the look of this quilt as soon as I saw it. I will put my own spin on the project and use my own fabric selections. This quilt will take me out of my comfort zone without a specific pattern to follow. I will be using a slice and insert method much like what Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen did in their book Quilting Modern.

My text fabric collection, mostly FQ's.
I have been saving this magazine since 2011 to make this quilt. I guess I wasn't ready to work outside the box!
I really like the bag on the front cover too.
I'll post pictures as I get going and let you see my progress. Before I can start this project, I will have to complete my Pigeon quilt. I took it off the frame when I was working on my DWR challenge quilt, Paper and Flowers.

 It seems I had measured my batting and backing incorrectly so I have to fix that then put it back on the frame and finish the quilting. I also un-sewed some work I wasn't satisfied with, so that has to be done as well.
This is the second time I've made a mistake on measuring, boy, I'm going to have to watch this carefully in the future.
In the mean time I hope everyone has a Happy New Year's Eve and a healthy and happy 2014!

Thursday, 26 December 2013

A Mix of Old and New

Mum's teak table set we are now using.
Sharon made Christmas dinner for Mum and I. It was scrumptious! We started with carrot soup then we had salmon and a cauliflower and rice gratin as well as beets and green beans. I am in charge of custard for Mum and Sharon's Christmas pudding. I eat it with shortbread.

We set the table with my Grandparents china and our imitation Depression glass wear. I am looking for tea cups to go with the china. We found egg cups awhile ago so I think I can find more cups, we only have 2. :( We added snowflake vases and small ornaments we found at Loblaw's.
Poppy (Australian Shepard)  and Tinker (Morkie)

Mum took Tinker back when we dropped her home Christmas night because the ice is cleared near her apartment. The ladies missed Tinker so they will be happy to see her in the halls. Poppy misses Tinker and spent much of today looking for her and moping.

Beautiful but worrisome.

On the ice storm front, we are doing well. We had a few flickers today and we are watching our tree in the backyard as snow piles on top of the ice. At night the temperature is low enough that we have heard the ice cracking. It scared us at first, we thought the house was being hit by something or the roof was falling off, but the ice must be freezing up after warming up during the day. Of course the dogs have to bark and protect us. LOL We have friends in Scarborough without power still. They are moving in with family.

 I have lost my sewing mojo, as well, I don't want to use my machines until the power settles down. I am fighting off a small cold and just don't feel creative. I bought some pantographs when they were on sale so I want to try them out before I go back to work. I'm going to take it one day at a time. I'm having coffee with friends tomorrow so that will be a nice change. Keep checking in I might get creative yet. Tee Hee.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Ice Storm and Lack of Power

Warning - photo heavy!

After I finished my DWR quilt I took a little break from quilting. It's always a little disappointing when the contest is over and,   "sigh"    you didn't win anything. :( 

Oh well! I participated in a couple of blog hops but left my sewing machine alone. I was lucky and won a fat quarter bundle of Kona solids from Dizzy Quilts, the fabric arrived and it is beautiful and it came from a shop I had visited on one of my bus shop hops! (Sew Sisters)
The last 2 weeks before Christmas break are crazy at school and the traffic has been annoying, with several 2 to 2 1/2 hour treks to work because of weather or accidents on the 401, which effects all roads as drivers change to their alternate routes.

We were given an unpaid day off on Friday (a political issue with the Ministry) and then an ice storm hit most of Southern Ontario!

First storm!
The bench at Mum's place

Bush outside our house.

Rose of Sharon buds outside our house.
Second Storm!
Lake Ontario and a park with tree damage.

Large number of branches on ground.
Large trees lost branches.

Branches just seemed to slice off.

More damage.
Our back porch, lovely icicles.

Our Rose of Sharon bush completely squashed by the ice. It was as tall as the lamp post.

Perhaps this should say free ice take all you want!

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Whew!! I Made it With 37 Minutes to Spare

Depending which section of the challenge you look at I have a day and 37 minutes or 37 minutes. So I had better type fast. It is 11:30ish at night in Oshawa and the lighting is really bad in my house so bare/bear with me.

I finished my Double Wedding Ring and I have decided it will go in the Modern section due to the way I quilted it and the incomplete pattern of the design. You'll see what I mean in a sec.

My design before I started.

First Wedding Anniversary is paper so I bought fabric that looked like paper to me. It is from the Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman. It was lovely to work with, very soft. Okay so its late I have to get my beauty sleep. I'll take better pictures outside if it is sunny tomorrow but here's what I could get tonight.  I had to wait until work today! Presenting,

True colours of the quilt laying on my Longarm frame.

Paper and Flowers 
Designed by Barb West 
Quilted by Barb West
65" square

The partial centers of the DWR on the sides of the design.
This shows the piano key type border too.

Some close ups of the quilting. I think I need a new camera or daylight bulbs in my light fixtures.

The lines in the blank section. random collection of straight lines.

You can see where the straight lines stop and the DWR design begins.

The quilting in the center of the DWR.

I used my 2" circle ruler to create these mini DWRs.
Here's a beauty shot to leave you with. Believe it or not these bright/new photos where all taken with my iPhone 5. I am impressed. I also wanted to share my Amaryllis with you. Thanks for coming back to look at the updated photos. Much better and they make my quilt look like it does in real life.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

I'm Almost Ready for the DWR Challenge

Nothing like leaving everything until the last minute!

Now I do have my excuses, work, dental surgery, work, exhaustion... I have 2 days 11 hours and 45 minutes kinda, sorta!!!

Oh And the last minute decision to add borders, which meant I had to enlarge the backing as well. Yikes!

I have the quilt loaded on my frame.

I have stitched in the ditch around each of the circles. 

My new oval and circle rulers.

I have measured enough batting this time.

I still need to decide if this quilt is traditional or modern.

On the floor of my Library.

I still need to quilt the fancy stitches, let's face it I have to finalize what I'm going to stitch. I started the border pattern.

Sorry bad lighting and no enhancing will make this clear. :(
I will need to add my border (okay cut and get my strips ready while I'm sleeping) and my label. No Problem I can do this.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Measure Twice, Cut Once

My father used to say that every time he was helping me make something. I can hear him in my head when I measure fabric and anything that needs an accurate measurement. So why have I come up short with batting while quilting on my frame?  Twice?

I'm at least 4 inches short!!!
Oh well. I've been having fun quilting my pigeon quilt. I've made roads, clouds. thought bubbles, trees, and flowers. I've been having some thread shredding issues while making the grass so I had to stop to see if there were and sharp pieces on the guides that the thread goes through, that's when I noticed the batting shortage. Argh!

The road the Pigeon is standing on waiting for the bus.

The flowers and grass along the road.

Thought bubble above the Pigeon's head. I will sew a small bead on for the dot on the i.

I used a chalk pencil to write first then traced over it with the machine.
Once in a while you have to go back and look at your successes when you get frustrated, and I have to remember I finished a UFO (Keep Calm quilt) fixed the batting shortage (Twisted Kitty) and made the warmest quilt ever using minkie (Hallowe'en quilt). This is the most productive I've been in a while, especially while working.

This is hanging up at work in my Library.

This will go to a little girl one day.
This is on my chair and I use it almost every night to snuggle under, unless the dog gets up on my lap.

Thanks to the people who left me comments of encouragement to get these quilts done.