Monday, April 20, 2015

April Joy Bee Block

This month Rebecca asked for the snails trail block.  It is an old block but one that is easy to put together and can take on some secondary patterns.  I did my blocks out of cream and turquoise and dark pink as Rebecca wanted a girly quilt.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Etno Blog Hop

 Welcome to my blog and the Pat Bravo Etno blog tour. My name is Lara and I have been quilting and sewing for more than 20 years. In all that time I have never had an opportunity until now to participate in a blog tour. Needless to say, I am very excited to participate in Pat's Etno blog tour with a wonderful bunch of creative women. If you have not had the opportunity to check out the rest of the stops on the tour, I would suggest you visit Debbie from A Quilters Table.  She is just a short ferry ride from my Vancouver Island location and makes the most wonderful quilts. Now on to what I made for the tour.

Stitched Anthomania Deep
 As I am comfortable with both mediums of stitching,  I offered to make a garment from the fabric line and Pat sent me this lovely knit Stitched Anthomania Deep.  If you have not had a chance to use any of the knits from the Art Gallery, you will not be disappointed.  The fabric washes up  beautifully, is soft to the touch and very appealing. The weave is such that you do not have to worry about fraying or losing its shape.

You can see from the photo above the Stitched Anthomania deep is a detailed print, that has quite a few colors in it.  Its perfect for my friend, Faith who was willing to model for the photos and you can see that we chose a few different tops to dress it up or down depending on your preference or event. The skirt is a simple circle skirt with a gathered waist band.  I used McCalls 6994 if you want to make your own version. From layout to last stitch took about three hours, and that was because I had to ruffle the netting.

Skirt close up

Since Faith is very tall and I did not have enough fabric to make the skirt longer, I added a soft net band to the bottom.  I had no issues in adding a polyester to the cotton knit, they paired beautifully. Even better for Faith is when it comes to washing - just toss it in, dry on low.  No pressing needed. Perfect for every teenage girl. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you back again soon. Don't forget to check out Isabel's blog tomorrow to see what she made for Pat Bravo's Etno blog tour.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

California Girl Deux

One of my colleagues has been trying to get pregnant and finally they are!!! Yeah. So happy for them. Anticipating this event I was digging in the box of fabric that I had shipped to Petawawa and found a pack of fat quarters from the Fat Quarter Shop.  The line was called California Girl and is a soft pretty floral line that I added some fabrics to which expanded its diversity.

 I chose a simple pattern from Sue Pfau's book called Sweet Jane. Ironically enough her pattern uses the same fabric. No, not much a coincidence.  I don't often copy the pattern designers fabric choices but this suited the quilt so well it was a no brainer.

It came together very quickly on a Sat afternoon when it was snowing out.  I actually had enough left over that I made a second which is perfect if they have twins.  Now I have no idea if they are having one or two or if it will be a boy or girl.  It really doesn't matter to me because I will have another excuse to buy some more fabric to make boy quilts.  I have been eyeballing the Military Max fabric from Riley Blake.

Living on a army base, all I would have to do is give one quilt to any lady with baby and be hit up with orders for something similar!  Maybe that is not such a good idea, I could find myself with no time to do my projects. 


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Gelato Quilt top

I had purchased some Tonga treat a few years ago and have been working my way though them. With one pack of Gelato colorway I made a runner and of course since I had left overs decided instead of tossing them out, I would make up the blocks and see what to do with them.

Well they hung on my wall, looking pretty and sparkling in color tones the way balis do and I was lured into buying more of the fabric and making a larger quilt from it. I did pretty good in starting, cut the contrast fabric using a new fabric as what I used for the original blocks was long gone.  I sew at least 59 squares making the quick HST's and then I moved on the another quilt that had higher priority.

Sadly I have very little to show for my work. Lets face it squares sewn in a square shape look pretty boring when photographed. So I will lure you with the temptation of coming back in a few weeks to take a look at how I am progressing.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Chevron Remix

You may recall this quilt that I made in the fall as a Christmas present for one of my colleagues kids.

Since I had some left over HST's, I decided to keep them instead of tossing them and make a small baby quilt.  I had the rows sewn back in January but like normal was distracted by other quilts so put it aside until the other day.

Eventually the quilt came to the top of the pile and I laided it out on the flannel, played around with it and started sewing. I got the top all done and even added borders when I noticed that the one corner did not go diagonally like the rest of the quilt top.

What to do?  My friend Darlene would rip it out and fix it. Another quilter I know would say nothing is perfect, it adds character and leave it.

What do you think?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

We Three Pillowcases

At the beginning of January I picked up some pillowcase kits at my LQS. I found Olaf and Angry Birds and the Frozen Sisters. The pattern that was used was the burrito method or roll up method that you can find at Missouri Quilt Co ontheir tutorials. 

I must say it is easier to watch the tutorial that try to follow what is typed into words in the packets instruction. Either that or I was having a challenging day when it came to pattern instruction interpretation. This will now be the standard way that I make pillowcases.


Monday, March 23, 2015

March Joy blocks

This month at my quilt bee Carla asked that we make churndash blocks for her.  She was kind enough to say that she did not have a color or style in mind either.  As long as they are 12' that was all that matters.

Pretty good deal to me.  So I dug into my scraps and played with a few options and came up with these babies.