Friday, May 22, 2015

Owl be seeing you Kid

One of my colleagues had a grandson born a month ago.  The wives of the chaplains and me held a baby shower.  I only go to these things to have some baby time.  Newborns are so wonderful and little Robert is no exception. What a sweetie.

His mom, likes owls and when I heard that I went on the hunt for some owl fabric.  I had some at home in BC but it doesn't do me much good 3000 km away. I found some that had some nice boy colors in it and went to town.

The back

The quilt has some solid prints in soft moss green and teal, along with some other prints to make it interesting.  The quilt is made of rectangles and is set on the diagonal.  Easy peasy to put together.  I think I wasted more time trying to figure out what color to place where.

The front
The pattern has come from a recent Fresh Quilts magazine except on their version they put on an applique  fox which was pretty cute. I did not have enough time to applique a owl so I just left it off, but the overall look is good. And for extra good measure I used the left over owl fabric on the back. 

I have just enough scraps to make a scrappy 3"block baby quilt.  The rate I am needing baby quilts, this bunch of left overs might save my bacon!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

May Joy do. good stitches blocks

This month for the bee blocks, Tanya wanted a very simple bow tie block.  I had forgotten how effective and simple bow tie blocks are.  They are a great way to use up scraps in your bins too.  No wonder some of those quilty forbearers made bow tie quilts with their bits and pieces of fabric.

My blocks are pretty much solid with a low volume background.  Since I was having so much fun making these blocks, not to mention using up fabric, I made three of these instead of the normal two blocks.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Wilmington Floral Quilt

As you can see I have the quilt laid out and now it is time to sew it.  I really like how it has come together with the soft cream Mikado print that has a subtle gold line in it and the black, grey and cream prints.  While the pattern is a bit piecing intense, it is straight line sewing and easy enough to make but a little boring.

Once the center is together, then it is time to add borders. Two solid borders and then one scrappy border using the  remaining left over pieces of fabric.  All in all it is a very attractive quilt top and I am very pleased with it.  Now to think about how to quilt it!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Joy bee quilt progress

A few months ago I asked the members of the Joy do good stitches bee group to make a two blocks for me that would become a very pretty quilt top. They sent me their offerings but I was still short four blocks to make a fairly good size quilt. So I took my left over fabrics and made six more blocks to add to the pile.  Since I played at this I did not rush making the blocks.

But now all the blocks are done and it laid out on the design board and I am ready to sew it.  It is so pretty, the colors of blue, turquoise,pink and purple with pops of beige, and grey.

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.