Thursday, 16 July 2015

A Destash Treasure and A Challenge

So just last night I wrote about destashing and my eveing at the MMQG Desatsh Yardsale. Not soon after the post hit the web-waves my guild mates reminded me that I forgot one other piece of fabric that I took home that night...the ducks

Yes my friends, that is a duck fabric panel. We had a lot (like pee your pants alot) of laughs over this little gem. But I think I felt the ducks were being dissed, they needed some love. So I vowed to take it it, give it a home and turn it into something.... Mock me if you will but it will be amazing. Well it will be something...

So this post is for my guild mates - especially Dominuqe The Running Thimble, whose house this came from!
Can't you just wait to see what it will become?


Wednesday, 15 July 2015

To Stash or Destash? That is the question

Last week my sweet guild, Maritime Modern Quilt Guild, had a fun summer meeting. We had a Destash Yard Sale. The destash your stash, bring said destashed items to the meeting, put a bowl of loonies out for change and other guild members shop! Some of us made a few bucks and some of us spent a few (or many!).

My Yard sale Table

Based on the questions and comments floating around amongst my guild buddies leading up to the sale it became clear to me that not only are we fond of our stashes, we REALLY do not want to give them up! Oh the precious fabric...

When I started to think about destashing I got kind of excited! I mean, I don't LOVE every single piece of fabric in my stash do I?  And let's face it, I could likely sew out of my stash for a couple of years without buying anything. So I could afford to lose a few things right?!

I was brutal! You see, my stash now filled (and by filled I mean tops did not fit) twenty-four boxes and a my scrap drawer was busting - in fact I could no longer close the drawer and it had become a cat bed on many an occasion.

Not being able to close my scrap drawer did not concern Penny at all

So when I left for the sale my scrap drawer was reduced to this and I had four empty fabric boxes. I felt lighter, I felt accomplished, I felt friggin fabulous!

And I didn't buy anything at the sale either. Now that I had gone through my stash I felt like I didn't really need or want - that's right people I said "I did not want" any more fabric right at that moment. In fact the only thing I came home from the sale with was this

Empty boxes, a couple of left over books and one piece of fabric that no one wanted and it turned out I still loved and could not part with. Now I did not sell every bit, but what didn't sell I already knew that I would be giving to a quilty friend who is trying to build her own stash.

But I could tell by the anxiety ridden social media comments that not everyone feels the same about a good clean out. That for many folks the fabric is our family, no matter what. It must stay with us, we must love it and stitch it, or maybe just pet it.

Now let's be real... I still have TWENTY boxes of fabric. So I am by no means judging those who do not want to let things go, but what is it about fabric that keeps us so connected to it? Is it the color, the design, the silky feel of the cotton? Does each piece evoke some memory? Maybe it is combination of all of that.

I'm not sure of the answer to all of these question, but I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Do you hold tight to you fabric babies, do you only buy what you need and keep your stash small, or do you like a good destash?

And if your answer is - I keep it all and will likely be featured on a fabric inspired  episode of  "Hoarding Buried Alive"...would that be such a bad way to go?

Thanks for dropping by and reading my ramble.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

TGIFF! The Pillow Edition

Well hello! So nice to see you, or if you are a new visitor...Welcome! I am so pleased to be hosting TGIFF! this week because I actually finished something! It is small something, but it still counts right?

This wee finish started off with a swap call. My sweet Maritime Modern Quilt Guild is swapping pillows with the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild. Can I tell you how fun it is to participate in these types of swaps? I just love seeing what folks come up with.

Anywho, I knew right away that I was in the mood for some Paper Piecing and I just love the Block Rock'n Free PP Block Series that Julie did over at 627Handworks. But first things first was the fabric pull. I wanted text and solids and low and behold I opened my Kona box and found my May Kona Club Picks from Aimee at Candy Coated Quilts. Aimee and her husband have started a Kona Club for our MMQG members and their picks are just perfect! I cannot tell you what the text print is, completely forget, but for the back I went with some Essex Linen.

The Block Rock'n pattern I chose was Icky Thump. I have had this pattern earmarked for quite some time, so glad to get at it! Here is one piece of puzzle. Sweet!

And the finished Product! I had a VERY hard time separating myself from this pillow. I love the pop of color, the text, everything! I kept to simple straight line quilting and that totally worked too. I hope my swap mate in Edmonton will love it as much as I do.

In other pillow finish news - I have somehow gotten myself into a little niche of making Flag pillows. I guess the Union Jacks and Canadian Pillows got folks ideas flowing. So this month I also finished two custom orders:

USA and Acadian Flags

Scotland and Barbados

These flag pillow are fun to make!

So that's me for this TGIFF! Now it's time to see what YOU have been up to... Link up those fabulous finishes here and don't forget to tour the other finishes and spread the comment love!

Many thanks to M-R of Quilt Matters and Laura of Quokka Quilts for creating TGIFF! It certainly keeps me focused on getting those UFOs done!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

TGIFF! Don't Miss It!

I am so happy that this week I will be hosting Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday!

Get those finishes ready ladies and gents, and drop back in on Friday to link up and get inspired!

See you at the party!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Chevron Love

Since the whales left me I have been working away on my next class sample for Patch Halifax.

I do love the Plus quilt, but was looking forward to a new pattern! And, if you can believe it, this is my first ever chevron quilt and it was always on my to do list. So I started of course making HSTs. I got to try out this new ruler, pretty sweet.

Having all the lines marked I was set for a day of sewing at my Guild's Sew In. My kit, ready to go.

I got then all trimmed up and the first part of the top done! Good sewing day! And GREAT company!

Today I wasted no time in finishing the top

Piecing a back and making some binding

And then of course, quilting and binding. Can I just say that my new Janome is what I always thought home quilting could be like. There is just so much room, the stitch is lovely, it's quiet and fast. I actually looked forward to quilting today. That almost NEVER happens!

And then we had a finished quilt! I love the colors that Chris chose for this class sample. They ended up so happy and sunny together. The perfect thing for a start of summer class.

Didn't expect that Purple did ya? Me neither but it totally works!

Well, this was a fun little lovely to make. I wonder who will come and learn to make it with me?

Thursday, 21 May 2015

A Finish. True Story.

That's right folks, I have actually sewn something together! It feels good. My sewing mojo has been on hiatus lately, and I'm pretty annoyed that it did not take me with it. But I still have quite a few deadlines. So while I don't really feel like it, I am still hitting the machine on occasion.

But I must say that this little whale of a finish has made my quilty mojo shine just a bit brighter.

This is of course Preppy The Whale from Elizabeth Hartman. The woman is a genius really.

um yeah - I call this SUPER-CRINKLE.
Kona, wave stitch on the new Bernina, a good wash and voila! SUPER-CRINKLE

I must admit that I tried to somehow make fewer whales for a baby version of this quilt. I played with the sashing (making it bigger), but in the end made the number of whales the pattern called for and ended up with a BIG baby quilt. Ah well, I still love it and the wee babe will be able to grow into it.

You see, this quilt is on it's way to Ottawa for the first grandbaby of a colleague. And so, not only because they are whales, but also because its forever home would be inland, I thought this quilt needed to go to the ocean for it's photo shoot.

I happened to be on a trip again to Nova Scotia's South Shore, so to Yarmouth the whales swam. To the Cape Forchu Lighthouse to hang out. Oh I had so many plans for lighthouse/ ocean pics. And I will say that I got a few good ones. But I had BIG plans! And then, well, there were some flip flops, some sunset dampened spring grass, and a slight hill. The rest involved me crawling to my car thinking "why is quilting so dangerous?!"

So even though I have a bit of a limp, which frankly makes cocktail spilling more of a reality, I am really happy still with the photo-finish for these adorable whales. I kind of want to make some for myself now...

Have you tried any of Elizabeth Hartman's animal patterns? Having now done Hazel Hedgehog and these whales, I can say they are great patterns. I mean there are some friggin baby small pieces to deal with in some spots, but it all works!

Anywho, this post / pics have got me all inspired again. Maybe I will go up to my room and touch some fabric. Gotta get ready for Saturday's Sew In with MMQG! I know I will find inspiration there.

I am linking up with TGIFF! this week - because I actually finished something! Woot Woot!

Monday, 18 May 2015

A Winner!

Did you think I forgot you? Well I kind of did:( I have been very busy partying. That seems like a good excuse as any:) I was partying to celebrate a milestone Birthday. It starts with an F and sounds like quarty.

Anywho, without further ado...the winner of the Fat Quarter Bundle from the Meet Maritime Modern Blog Hop is...

Lucky #17 from Random generator Guy. (I have yet to figure out how to paste a picture of the number generator in the blog - tutorials welcome!)

17. Heather J6 May 2015 at 15:51
What a story photographing your quilts! I had to he opportunity to test a pattern for a NZ blogger and I chose to do the king size. What I failed to consider was how to photograph this on my own! So I clamped the quilt top to the balcony railing and took a ladder out to the back yard to take the photos to have a front facing view in addition to some with it on my bed.

So here is a funny and yet delightful twist.... this comment was left at the beginning of a wonderful conversation between Heather and I about MMQG. An Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild Member, Heather now lives in PEI and is missing her people. So Heather is not only the newest member of MMQG, but also our PEI Leader! Soon there will be a chapter of MMQG on the Island. Look out Maritimes...we are growing!

So I think Random Generator Guy is telling me something... good things are happening for MMQG!

Congratulations Heather! Fabric winnings coming you way!