Monday, 20 June 2016

Modern Block Monday - Triangles

Happy Monday, all! I got to check out Quilt Canada 2016 in Toronto on Friday, which was awesome, but I'll tell you more about that in a future post. Today, I want to play a little catch up on my Bee Sewcial blocks. For April's Bee Sewcial theme, Marci (@marci_girl) from Marci Girl Designs picked repeating triangles in blues. Mmm!

Block 1 that I made for her:

Check out that improv Y-seam. Bam!

Block 2 for Marci:

She seemed to really like them so Phew! :)

To see the blocks my beemates did (very much worth doing!), check out #BeeSewcial on Instagram. If you'd like to follow along with this bee, tag your blocks to #inspiredbybeesewcial. The more, the merrier!

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Anniversary Giveaway Winner and Quadruple Maple Leaf Blocks

And we have a winner for my 5 year blogiversary giveaway! Congratulations to # 119 Lori. Please send me your snail mail address and I'll get this out to you asap. Again, thank you to all who have supported and encouraged me over the past five years. I've loved meeting people through the blog and this great online community. Hugs to you all!

On the subject of giving, you've probably heard about the fires in Fort MacMurray, AB. Crazy! Well, Stacey from SLOstudio started up a great collection of Maple Leaf Blocks to make quilts for the folks in Fort MacMurray who lost their homes and have been displaced. She put together a tutorial that I used to make these blocks:

I'll be sewing up some of the collected blocks into tops this summer. If you'd like to see all the great blocks submitted so far, check out the #quiltsforfortmac or Katy @lethargiclass's feed on Instagram. So many fabulous blocks are making their way in. Thank you everyone who has donated them! 

I thought those blocks were it for me until I saw this Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild Facebook post. Challenge accepted. But I thought "More." First it was going to be a triple, but then I figured out that I can do a quad, which would finish at 81". Yeah!

The minis finish at 3":

Doubles finish at 9":

Triples finish at 27":

Triple Maple Leaf block #1 #quiltsforfortmac #mapleleafblocks @slostudio @lethargiclass @madaboutpatchwork


One more layer to go!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Anniversary Giveaway!

Last week was my 5 year blogging anniversary. It's been 5 great years getting to share my passion for quilting with all of you. It's been 5 wonderful years of hearing your feedback and encouragement. Thank you for keeping me inspired and motivated!

What better way to celebrate than to have a giveaway!

We have some black and white fat quarters, a fat quarter of my latest favourite Art Gallery Steps Above Prism print, some black and white thread and this adorable tin.

To win this giveaway, just leave a comment telling me what your favourite colour combo is these days. Followers get a bonus entry -- just leave a comment telling me how you follow (via Bloglovin', Instagram, Feedly, etc.). For another bonus entry, follow me on InstagramFacebook or Twitter and leave me a comment saying so. 

No reply bloggers, please leave your email address in your comment, otherwise I'll need to pick someone else.

This giveaway is open until Sunday, May 29th at 8 p.m. EST. The winner will be chosen via Ms. Random Number Generator and announced on May 30th. Good luck!

Thursday, 19 May 2016

TGIFF! - Badges, Badges Everywhere...

Welcome to TGIFF! You know the phrase about the cobbler’s children having no shoes? Well, my kids’ feel that way when it comes to sewing Beaver/Cub/Scout badges on their uniforms or camp blankets. I am also a Beaver leader so you would think that I’d be all over sewing them on in a timely manner. Alas, they usually have to bug me to sew them on. Now, I think it’s about time my oldest starts sewing his own badges on, so we’ll be working on that.

In the meantime, all three kids have collected a surprising number of badges and crests from their Scouting and sport activities. I have a camp wrap that I sewed my crests and badges on 5 years ago. I’ve had camp blankets purchased for the boys for a few years, but have the badges made it on to the blankets? No. Quilter/leader’s children. Sigh.

Except this week, there was progress! This is Daniel’s new camp blanket.

The other day, he laid out his badges with a few guiding tips from me and I sewed them on. 

I used a zipper foot and moved my needle all the way to the right so that I could sew just along the edge of the badges. The key to not going crazy on matching thread to the different badges? Monofilament thread on the top and a matching thread to the blanket underneath. :)

He’s pretty happy with it and there’s lots of room left for more badges and crests. I’m freaking thrilled that his blanket is off my to-do list! Now just two camp blankets to go and to add on the new badges to my own wrap.

P.S. This week is my 5 year anniversary for the blog! Woo hoo! Stay tuned for a giveaway announcement this weekend...

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