Kaffe – y shot cotton Chevrons

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Looking forward to visiting my sweet nephew today and owner of this quilt I made in 2009.  Thanks to a friend for helping me recover a photo of it.  I am also taking down a store sample I made for In the Beginning in 2004 of a phoenix that I am giving to my brother, maybe I will edit with the cell phone later today all crafty-like.

Blueberries for Sal

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For another new baby born last week. I was inspired to make this for the QNL Magazine Traditional to Modern contest but didn’t finish quilting in time to enter it.fortunately it is also a binary quilt, so I may borrow it back for the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Binary Challenge.  So at least I finished in time for that.  Quilt time is scarce these days but I am happy.

Charity for Calgary

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I made my #justoneslab block for Alberta disaster recovery and I’m mailing it (typical for me) at the absolute last minute! Cheryl Arkison organized it based on a block from her “Sunday Morning Quilts” book. I loved this book and it was really fun to improvise this block. Thank you Naptimequilter for organizing such a fun charity project!

I had to include this irresistable “Goodnight Moon” fabric. This book had special meaning in our house because my partner and I memorized it to recite to our oldest daughter when we were trying to transition her to her own room. I hope it helps someone transitioning in Canada.

Madrona Road Finish and Start

Snip Stitch Sew!I really do work much better with deadlines than I used to. When my beloved Pfaff started to heat up 2 weeks ago I immediately realized that my delays in the Madrona Road Challenge were about to cause me to fail: the post-Christmas backlog of machine servicing put “Pam’s” return date at February 6th. A full two weeks without a machine, and its not like I have the spares I used to! Fortunately my friend Toni rescued me, but I wasn’t going to machine quilt with the Threadbanger, so I hand-quilted my sewing machine cover (ironic isn’t it, I just wanted a pretty one) for the Michael Miller sponsored Modern Quilt Guild Challenge. And I even borrowed a camera and did the photo shoot on my mom’s quilt while it was still daylight on January 31st…this is progress!
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I am thinking of putting a little eyelet in the “needle” eye at the top of this cover so my upright thread spool can poke through.

And the best part is, I got a call on February 1st that Pam was ready to come home, so now I have a proper picture with the cover over the hard plastic case instead of the Girl Guide Cookie box I used in the other photo.
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I was so happy to have the machine, that I started the second Madrona Road top that I just completed this morning. I’ve been wanting to piece consumate V’s for a while, and this is the first improvisationl block I’ve done that didn’t leave me having to work out any math halfway through piecing the top. Although I did have to supplement the original 1.5 yards of the Kaffe Fassett shot cotton background with an additional 15 inches for the interstitial blocks. If I can baste it after my trip to the gym (I finally joined a gym and have discovered that half a workout can be done while reading a kindle – so I already look forward to 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading on the elliptical!), I’m hoping to be quilting the day away with a view of the Superbowl and not one but two lap quilts to run Pam all over.

Moving and revisiting

I am about to start up a whole new WordPress blog with readership greater than one and a focus on my pursuit of my secondary education certification.  However, here is some past work that never got posted here but might be representative of my quilting and crafting.  We just moved to East Van and I was so proud of myself for getting rid of over half of my stashed fabrics and UFOs but that just seems to mean I can’t wait to start sewing again.  And of course, now that I’m busy back at school I am also starting to think about teaching a class or two at this awesome new place I found that is in walking distance of our new apartment!

They are especially interested in machine quilting and quilt construction, AND they have a “modern quilt guild” of about 50 members that meets once a month.  It may be small and sporadic compared with Quilter’s Anonymous but I’d welcome anything at this point that seems to suit my style and isn’t all about knitting!  So without further ado, here’s a few samples of the last 10 years of quilts that I just happened to properly archive. Hopefully I’ll uncover more soon. I have been terrible about documenting my works.

Drunkard Path variation of my own design

Moons For Zoe 2002 - Drunkard Path variation of my own design approximately 24x40 inches

In the corner of this quilt which I both hand and machine-pieced in an effort to discover which was the best way to sew curves on 3 inch Drunkard path blocks (hand is a little better, but most of these were actually machine-pieced), is an experimental paper-pieced sunshine with rays, I enjoy paper-piecing but a lot of the pattern reversals make it hard to anticipate the size of patches needed and wasting even small selveges drove me crazy. If you are going to paper piece, be prepared for a lot of snipping and don’t skimp on seam allowances!

“Piece O’ Kaffe” – I made this quilt as a less stash-intensive variation of a large taupe bedquilt I made for my sister, and inspired by Japanese taupe quilts (where did I file that photo, I wonder?). I also love the fabric and design choices in Piece O’ Cake applique quilt designs – I really loved how this turned out. It was an in-store sample at In The Beginnging Fabrics in 2004 and was entirely sewn on a Viking Designer 1. And of course, showcasing one of my favorite fabric designers, Kaffe Fasset. The quilting is a large all-over stipple borrowed from an In the Beginning fabric used in the background.

Piece O Cake Applique pattern adapted to my own design, with Kaffe Fassett fabrics and embroidery design.Made from NIblet's internet 9-patch swap

Chloe’s quilt was the second baby quilt I made and machine quilted on my grandmother’s Singer Touch n Sew, which I finally sold last week on craigslist because I couldn’t justify moving 4 machines into our new apartment. But it proves that with a little preparation and patience you can machine quilt on nearly any machine. I also found a happy new owner for my great-grandmother’s White treadle machine, congratulations Jade, let me know if you ever do any quilting with it!