Saturday, 20 December 2014

TLP Finale Winners!

So exciting! I got right out of bed this morning so that I could let Mr. Random Number Generator do his thing... The winners of our Library Project Grand Finale are...
Draw 1 -  $50 gift card from Fat Quarter Shop
WINNER: Jeanette from Stamp Stitch Create

Draw 2 -  $75 gift card from Mad About Patchwork
WINNER: Linda from Scrapmaster
How tickled am I that Mr. Generator has a thing for my local MMQG Mates :)

Thank you again to my sponsors and to all of the quilters who quilted along this year!
Happy Holidays

Friday, 12 December 2014

The Library Project Finale!

It is time for us to wrap up our Library Project. Twelve months and countless books later, here we are at the end of the year.

Looking back I ended up completing three of my five original picks:

Not too bad at all. Now mind you there has been a lot of other sewing going on and let's be honest, Volume took me practically all year to actually finish! But overall I am pretty happy with this little project. It has certainly made me take stock of what is on my shelves and I still have quite a long list of projects I would like to do from my library :)

But my favorite part of this year? Seeing folks link up each month and following along on your library projects. I cannot thank you all enough for Quilting Along with me. What a blast!

Of course this grand finale cannot be grand without thanking my very generous sponsors! Thank you so much for all of your support. The incentive of amazing prizes has made this project all that more successful!

Now on to the fun stuff. What's a party without prezzies? I have two prizes to offer for the Grand Finale. That's right, we will have two winners!

Draw 1 -  $50 gift card from Fat Quarter Shop

Draw 2 -  $75 gift card from Mad About Patchwork

So how can you win?
All year long I have been keeping track of how many months each participant has linked up with their projects. Every month you linked up (and I will include your December link up) will count as one chance to win the Grand Prizes e.g. if you linked up six times this year you will have six chances to win! (I have included the list below of participants and their eligible entries at the end of this post for your information)

Link up below for one more chance to win! The Linky will be open until December 19th and I will announce the winners on the 20th.

Thank you again for joining me on my Library Project. Next year my goal is to do far less, in fact no organized QALs, Bees, Swaps etc. unless it has to do with  MMQG. Kicking it old school and keeping it simple with plans to sew for fun instead of deadlines :)

Happy Holidays!

Name Blog Number of Entries
Abby colorbar quilts 5
Allison sew into my20s 1
Carole fresh off the frame 6
Conni my creative side 6
Dominique running thimble 1
Emma emmas daze 2
Heather blips drips strips 1
Jeanette jeanette-stamping obsession 7
Jennifer quarter inch from the edge 10
Jess one English teacher 2
Jessica blue owl quilting 1
Karen squirrel focus 2
Katie karma willow designs 4
Kimberly robot mom sews 2
Leigh Anne ellas cottage 2
Linda scrap master 9
Nesta ella and nesta 2
Rebecca ocean blue textile studio 1
Robin robin sue quilts 3
Ruth  ben and charlys corner 6
Ruth  gmaruth 2
Sarah berry barn designs 2
Tina seaside-stitches 1
Vicki a quilters mission 1
Julia just a beginner quilter 8
Anja anja qilts 8

Monday, 8 December 2014

Broken Bars: A Finish

Ta Da! One more Christmas prezzie struck off the list!

I talked about making this blue and orange lovely last week here. A few of you asked me to show you how I joined my Quilt As You Go rows and finished off the quilt. So here we go. First, I kept all of the rows labeled so that I kept my random scrappy business all straight (I know, pretty anal for random scrappy!).

Once I had all four rows done and trimmed I started joining them together. Simply put the right sides together and sew! Now if you are trying to apply QAYG to a project where seams need to match then you will likely have to stick to a 1/4" seam, which is fine, but in my case, nothing really had to line up and I was ok with losing an inch or so off of the length so I gave myself a 1/2" seam.

Having a 1/2" seam makes the next step a little easier. Using a hot steamy iron, iron open the seams. This helps reduce any bulk you have.

Here is the joined top laid out and getting a backing fitted up.

Once you have the top all ready and your backing all set ( I made a pieced backing, all from my stash I might add :)) baste using your preferred method - I am hooked on spray baste currently.

Now take the whole kit and caboodle back to the sewing machine and quilt across the seams where the rows were joined, again this will keep your bulk down. Now I was doing random wavy lines on this quilt, so I kept that up when I sewed over the seams, I just kept my wavy line tight and made sure I had good coverage over the seams. If you were not doing wavy lines, you could stitch in the ditch, or even sew a line on each side of the seam. Whatever floats your boat! Once all of the seams were done, I also added two additional quilting lines to each row. This basically means that the backing is joined to the front in approximately six inch intervals. More than enough to keep everything together.

Bind 'er up like you always would. As my guild mate Crystal says "Machine binding for the win!" and you are done! One fabulous QYAG quilt ready to put under the tree.

The quilt ended up being approximately 70 x 85, a nice cuddly size for a 12 year old who is already as tall as his Auntie!

One of my photo assistants. If it is on the ground, Orangie must get on it.

We have entered the time of short days around here in Nova Scotia. The days where getting decent quilt pictures is practically a miracle. So you can all expect lots of pics from the yard!

My other assistant, Charlie. He just ran around for 10 minutes like the devil was chasing him.
He needed a rest

Well, I hope you get a chance to incorporate more QAYG into your quilty journey. I have another project all lined up and ready to go :) Now, I must get going and head over to Sew Mama Sew. It's Great Big Giveaway Day. A great day to check out new blogs and maybe win some stuff!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

WiP Wednesday: The One with Ridiculously Self Imposed Holiday Deadlines

December is here. Have you all of a sudden decided that you need all of your Holiday gifts to be handmade? If the answer is yes, I want you to know that you are not alone. I am one of your people.

Among other things, I don't have the strength to revisit my other crazy ideas right now, I decided last week that I needed to make my 12-year-old nephew a quilt for Christmas. It started with this fabric pull from my stash. I love that he and I share the same favorite color - Blue! And I added some hits of orange. Just for fun.

Following this YouTube Tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company I cut and stitched a lot of strips.

Thank goodness I had a Maritime Modern Quilt Guild Sew In to go to this past Saturday. A solid day of sewing was just what I needed to get this project kicked into gear.

When I got home I promptly threw the blocks up on the design wall and officially fell in love! Scrappy, scrappy goodness I tell you!

Tonight as I started putting the rows together I had a deep conversation with myself. It went like this "Self, you are going to friggin hate stuffing this big quilt through your little machine. Do not try to quilt this all in one piece". After I congratulated myself on being so clever, I promptly deiced that this had officially turned unto a Quilt As You Go item!

I ended up with four rows for the quilt top. I laid those out and cut strips of batting to match, leaving a good inch on all sides. Off to the machine I went, and that long strip was so much easier to maneuver than a whole quilt.

I am going with Walking Foot wavy lines again. Since I did these lines on Volume, I am a tad obsessed. These lines are a lot less dense than my previous attempt, I like it.

Once the quilting was done, I trimmed up the batting. Three more strips to go!

So, that's my bit of crazy for today. Stick around, there is lots more to come!
Are you one of my people? Do you all of a sudden have cravings to make your Christmas gifts? Tell me everything!

Linking up with
Lee at Freshly Pieced  for WiP Wednesday
The Needle & Thread Network for WiP Wednesday
Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Something Is Missing...

Anyone else miss the Linky Party for the Library Project for November? I did!

Dear lord I seriously just forgot, and I NEVER forget (or I try not to). Not even my super-duper organizational skills seemed to help me this month. I am a Project Manager by day people, this is just downright embarrassing.

So, without ongoing groveling, I am just going to say that I am so sorry to the regular participants of The Library Project for missing this month.

On to the positive! This means that our December wrap up of TLP will be extra special. And by that I mean more prizes! We will have two draws:

Draw 1 -  $50 gift card from Fat Quarter Shop

Draw 2 -  $75 gift card from Mad About Patchwork

So how can you win?
All year long I have been keeping track of how many months each participant has linked up with their projects. For every month you linked up (and I will include your December link up) this will count towards one chance to win the Grand Prizes e.g. if you linked up six times this year you will have six chances to win!

So, hopefully all of this good news can help you to forgive my forgetfulness this month!

The December Link Up will open on December 12th and will close on December 19th. For our final link up I think it might be fun to look back on what you have finished or worked on in relation to TLP throughout the year, or you can just tell us about what you have still going on.

Forever yours, Miss Forgetful

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Welcome to the Maritimes!

Well hello there! If you are dropping by from Blogathon Canada, or dropping in just because, I am so glad to meet you!

I just love this Blogathon put on by Sew Sisters. I was one of the Maritime Hosts last year and I met so many wonderful quilty people!

I am not going to keep you here too long, since I know you have a  lot of hopping to do. Quick tibits about me: I am the founder of the Maritime Modern Quit Guild and have been quilting for eighteen years. I'm a self-proclaimed fabric-aholic, wife, mother of three fur-babies, a project manager, a bookworm, a foodie, a righty, a quilting teacher and a fan of to do lists.

And here are some of my creations... obligatory eye candy!

Now it's time for you to check out some other amazing bloggers in the Maritimes! First you must go visit the two Linda's - our fearless hosts at Scrapmaster and Stitch Lines. And then if that wasn't enough, there are so many more!

Sew Karen-ly Created
Sheila's Quilt World
Anja Quilts
On the Tide
Barb Robson
Maritime Modern Quilt Guild
Mahone Bay Quilt Guild
Twistfully Yours
A Quarter Inch from the Edge
The Running Thimble
Jada's Quilting Adventures
Candy Coated Quilts
The Cuddle Quilter

Have fun and I hope to see you around again!
Happy Quilting

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Putting Some Swag in Your Holidays: A Flag Bunting Tutorial

Back in September Sew Sisters invited me to take the Kona Club Challenge! And what a good time I had. The challenge was to make something out of four Fat Quarters. Four FQs of Kona, which is what you would receive each month in the mail as part of their Kona Club. I made flag bunting and now (a bit late) I would like to share the tutorial with you here. I am breaking out these directions to make some Holiday-ee bunting for the house. Now is the time!

Supplies Needed
  • Four Fat Quarters of Kona Cotton (or any other fabric of choice!)
  • Thread – something that matches your fabrics
  • A package of Extra Wide Double Fold Bias tape – totaling 3 yards. (you can make your own of course, but I wanted to make this project as quick and easy as possible)
  • The regular stuff – scissors, pins, ruler, rotary cutter and mat, your sewing machine!

Kona Sky, Zucchini, Spring and Lapis were the July inspiration for Kona Club Members

I love that each FQ came with it's own label!

For each flag you need a rectangle measuring 6” x 7”. To get the most out of your FQ, start by folding the FQ selvedge to selvedge and cut three 6” strips.
 Then sub-cut the 6” strips into 7” rectangles.

Your will get 9 rectangles from each FQ.  You’ll need 2- 6″x7″ pieces per flag. This means that you will have one orphan rectangle from each FQ, but have no fear, you end up with 4 orphans, so put them together to make two flags. In the end, you will have 18 completed Flags.  
Now to cut your triangle, simply fold one piece of fabric in half so that it measures 6″x3.5″. Using your ruler, cut across from one corner to the other.

This turns your rectangles into triangles and each side of the triangle will measure approximately 7″. Cut all flag pieces this way.

Making the Flags
Take two triangles and put them together. If you were using a print, you would want to make sure you had right sides together.  
Take them to your machine and sew two sides of the flags with a ¼” seam. It does not matter which two sides you sew since they are all the same size!

 Once the triangle is together cut the pointy tip off making sure not to cut your thread. This will help you get a sharper point when you turn the flag right sides out.

Turn your flag inside out and use any tool you have on hand to push the point out. Some folks swear by chopsticks for this, I used the eraser end of a pencil - it was what I had on hand!
Once your flag is flipped inside out, give it a press with your iron and trim off the little excess fabric from the seams at the top.

Repeat this process, making your 18 flags – you will have four of each color and two with the orphans flags

Turn Your Flags into a Banner
Get out your Bias Tape! Starting 5″ from the end of your bias tape, starting pinning the top {raw} edge of each flag  inside the crease in the bias tape and pin in place. Each flag should be about 1/2″ apart from each other so that it leaves you 5″ of bias tape extra on the other side so you can tie the banner up.

Once you have all of your flags pinned in place, take the whole banner to your sewing machine and sew across the edge of the bias tape to close it and secure each flag in place.
And Voila! You are done. Take your fancy new Flag Bunting hang it up and enjoy!

I hope you has as much fun making these flags as I did. Now to pick out some suitable tacky Christmas fabric...