Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Keep on truckin...almost caught up!

We're getting there folks. Thanks for hanging in there. Very soon the blog version of me is going to catch up to the real me. But first, Baby Quilts! I have made two wee quilts over the last few months.

This Square in Square Baby is a Beginners Quilting Class Sample for Patch Halifax. I can't wait to start teaching this pattern.

This year is turning out to be the year of the square in square blocks. Like 2015 was the year of the HST. Funny how these things happen. The pic below is a square in square top ready for chain piecing that I just put on the design board tonight. This quilt will be donated with other MMQG Quilts to our local childrens Hospital the IWK.

The other Baby was this Citrus and Mint custom order. You can get this sweet and quick pattern for free over at Craft Buds.

I had fun doing a little shopping for this project. My customer really liked the palette in the pattern so I needed to add some mint and citrus to the stash. I kept it small, really working hard at keeping to my Year of the Stash Goals.

I did straight line quilting on this, but had fun going diagonally and with a few lines together. Oh sweet Janome and Aurifil, you truly do have a great relationship.

For the back I found this dreamy brushed cotton orange / citrus brushed cotton with origami animals. Ridiculously sweet and soft like flannel. I love when you find the perfect back. 

I would definitely make this pattern again. Cool effect with the circles. Not too small. And really fast to piece. Win Win!

The third Baby i did was a gift for new we lad in our family. I made a Star Bright Quilt. Loved the blues pulled out of the Charley Harper chickadee fabric.

So, I think that's it for the baby quilt update! Next time...Minis and odds and sods. I leave you with this image.

I finally picked up everything that was on the floor in my sewing room. Sorted by project and ended up with many piles, but at least visible in order of priority. I felt immediately better. Are you an organized freak like me, or do you thrive in chaos? Let your freak flag fly!


Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Is there such a thing as too many pillows?

That is a long title, but a good question I think. However I know the answer - No! Bring on the pillows! These wee works of art are great instant gratification projects that allow me to try new techniques, mix up colors and patterns, use UFOs and wipe out some WiPs. Oh and did I mention that the darned things will also be making a seniors day? They are like the unicorn of quilted things.

Seriously, all of this has been happening over the last few months as I have been stitching away on pillows!

First I NEED to tell you about #87pillows. This initiative is the brainchild of my friend and fellow MMQG Executive Member Jeanette at Stamp Stitch Create. The idea was simple, make a pillow for each resident of a local Long Term Care Facility. The particular facility is Maplestone Enhanced Care in Halifax and the administration there are quite excited to see all of the pillows!

The Hexi pillow was an abandoned piece of EPP that got used up. The Kisses Block was an orphan block that I repurposed and used to practice FMQ.
The modern drunkards path pillow was a trial in working with curves. And I tired to create a rainbow effect with some Anna Maria Horner fabric. One worked, one failed, I'm ok with it. Also practice circular quilting with my walking foot.
So I have been having fun making pillows to donate to this initiative. I have a personal connection to Long Term Care as I sent the first six years of my very early career working in nursing homes. I have seen some of the happiest and saddest moments during my time working in these residents homes, and I know these pillows will bring a ray of sunshine to everyone!

I made five pillows so far to donate, these four and this Hazel Hedgehog I finished a couple of months ago. We are pretty excited to see the final count of #87pillows at the June MMQG meeting. We are getting really close! If you want to get involved there is still time! You can make a pillow, or donate forms / fabric. Forms should be a minimum of 14" Square. You can connect with Jeannette for more details.

I also have been making pillows for gifts. A Hazel Hedgehog and an Initial "H" for some special ladies in my life. (the fancy fox is the same guy in the earlier pictures. He gets around).

So that's that catch up on the pillow situation. Next time...baby quilts! I know. Deep breaths.
See Ya!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

... and then I retreated

After those five mega quilts, I needed a break! So with some amazing work from our executive, the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild headed out on their very first retreat. Two full days, two full nights of unadulterated sewing, eating, sipping, talking and laughing. It was SO FUN! You can find many more pis of the weekend over at the MMQG blog, so I'll just share a couple here. So much quilty goodness...

My personalized flare button that Miss Purple Boots & Pigtails made for each of us as her swag bag contribution. LOVE!

A highlight of the weekend was the swag bags. People signed up to be part and contributed an item to the swag bag. Some made handmade items, some gave notions and fabric. And the candy...I can't even.  I made some lip balm key rings. A great scrap buster and doesn't take oodles of time. I used this tutorial.

But look at the swag!

I have never gone on a retreat before so I really wasn't sure what to expect. I knew I could fill one full day, but was not sure if I would get bored with projects etc. So what to bring?? In the end I decided that in the spirit of the Year of The Stash I would bring my pile of WiPs and tackle them!

In the end, I took 12 WiPs. At unpacking I had 3 finished, significantly furthered 4 others and donated 1. That leaves a lot less to do!!! A couple of my favorites from the weekend... I finally finished the top on this green goodness

 And, I finished a little geometric sewing machine to add to my Mini wall.

OMG, I am busting at the seams again just thinking about that great weekend. Time to plan for next year!

Have you retreated? What's your favorite / least favorite part?


Sunday, 1 May 2016

I did it!

Um...yeah...been away for a bit. Good news is, while I have not been writing about it, I have been sewing up a storm. Need to get back here to tell you all about my adventures over the last while. I will spend the next few posts getting caught up. I have missed writing. And of course you have missed me! Clearly my modesty has not decreased.

Lets work our way from back to front shall we? You may remember that back in January I set a lofty goal to finish five queens sized custom order quilts by March 31st. I did it!

After some machine mishaps, tender fingers from way too much basting, and the odd swear word and self loathing for taking on such a project I finished with five days to spare.

Made from old sheets, these quilts turned out to be the softest bits of summery goodness. I can just picture cuddling under one of them on  a summer porch.

Here are a few shots of them on the line. Simple patchwork was the order of the day, and some minimal straight line quilting for the delicate fabric. Simple, simple, simple. I love it! And good news, my customer loved them too!

I ended up having enough flannel sheets in the pile to cover all of the backs. So the only new material included in the quilts is batting and binding.

I'm not going to lie, I was happy to see the tail end of these babies as they went to their forever homes. But I am glad that I had the opportunity to make them, as they will continue to pass on memories and hopefully make some new ones. Its fun to be a party of that.

Finishing this project was huge! It also meant on could move on to more projects... Stay tuned for more catching up!

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Blogging and prezzies for friends

Social Media just reminded me that four years ago today I blogged for the very first time. Wow, where does the time go?! This blog started out as an electronic journal. It was taking the place of the binder that I kept pics of my finished quilts in. Over the years it grew in llinky parties, prizes, etc all the things we try to do to get readers. Its fun having readers! I love you guys! I have met so many great people here. Learned so much.

No, I am not stopping blogging, but I think I am going to pare down a lot. It will be once again more about a journal, where hopefully, when you have some time you may want to drop in and see what's up. Now I am still my crazy picture taking self so Instagram has really become one of my fave places to hang out. So if you'd like to stay in touch with me there come find me @adejklenck

So, anyway, on to quilts! I made this mini quilt this week as a gift for my bestie Barb. We celebrated her retirement this weekend and I felt she needed a little reminder to get in the sewing studio!

This is the Geometric Sewing Machine pattern from Quiet Play. I love her patterns and man I could paper piece all day long! For this special project I cut into my hoarded stack of Alison Glass Handcrafted. It's the Year of the Stash people! I am having fun using my stash.

Here is Barb and I at the party. I think she liked it :)

I really enjoyed making this little one. I think I am going to make one for myself as well. I am finding mini quilts a great way to display that precious fabric that I get nervous about never seeing again if I use it. Gulp!

How do you use those precious bits? Or are you still hoarding. Fess Up! There is no judgement here!
See you soon

This Project was on my Q1 Finishes List for the 2016 Finish-A-Long

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Stashin' it

Its been a month or so since I pledge my allegiance to the fabric gods and swore to make 2016 the Year of the Stash. I'm doing pretty well. I have been busy making since this pledge and have been hitting the stash religiously. I made this mini quilt for the Mighty Lucky Quilt Club Bias Tape Applique Challenge.

I finally used my coveted Octopus fabric and made myself an infinity scarf.

I cut into my coveted Abacus and made the starter block for my Travelling Quilt Canada Project.

I've gotten this baby quilt flimsy together. Ready for basting!

And I've got some projects in the hopper

Now some things did come into the stash this month. So we should really talk about that. I think I have covered my butt from all angles. Let's see.

I subscribe to a monthly Kona club with Candy Coated Quilts. Five curated Konas that have really been the source of lots of inspiration. Not giving that up so we might as well add that to the manifesto as an "allowed". I was behind on seeing Mrs Candy Coated so three months of Kona goodness came home. Also I received that wee bundle of Blueberry Park as a gift. Gifts clearly don't count! Then I was in Frenchy's (our local infamous used clothing store) and found a great mens shirt which was the perfect Low Volume print and a duvet cover which will work great as a quilt back (queen Size) - all for $4.50. Win!

Now that glorious piece of Melody Miller pink goodness...I bought it people. One meter. For no reason other than I HAD to have it. I felt guilty for a second, but then I got over it. It's awesomeness wins.

So, I am feeling pretty good about this month. I am having fun sewing from my stash. I am discovering things I forgot I have, cutting up things I have been "saving for something good" and feeling creative!

How are you doing with your stash? And if you are buying fabric I want to hear about that too! I can live vicariously!

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Star Bright: a finish

Dropping in for a quick finish this week! Star Bright...

This baby quilt will be the next beginners class offered at my LQS Patch Halifax. I like it so much I have made another one to gift! The free pattern is from Swim Bike Quilt. You should totally go check out the Patterns Page on this blog, lots of good stuff! 

Simple design, but the fabrics make it all pop.

We were out for a trip to a great Vintage Store, the Reclaimed Cottage, this past weekend, the "stuff" outside waiting for some love begged to be photographed with this great little flimsy. Check out that bed!

So that's my big show for this week. I'm off! People to see, things to do, fabric to cut and sew back together. Linking up with TGIFF! because mama needs to celebrate some Friday action!