Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Gifted Quilts, part 1

A week or so ago we went to visit my in-laws, who live near Sudbury, in Northern Ontario. It was the first time all six of us went together and also the first time I had been in 3 years. I decided some quilts for gifts were in order!

 The quilt I'm showing you today was for my father-in-law. My husbands mom has recently been moved to a nursing home, so they each got their own quilt. His quilt is very similar to this quilt that I made a couple of years ago. I had all of the blocks sitting around for about 3 years and finally got around to piecing them together.

 A friend of mine recently bought a long arm quilting machine and this was quilted on her longarm using a pantograph. I'm not sure I could ever go back to pin basting again :)

 Here are the pictures! My husband was a good sport and helped me take pictures at the French River on our way up North. We were both a little embarrassed, but I kinda love the pictures we got!










A close up of the quilting.



And the backing, a thrifted sheet.



Thanks for stopping by!
 Bethany

Friday, December 28, 2012

I'm Still Here! Quilts of 2012

Hey! I'm thinking about giving this blog a proper go. Anyone still out there? As 2012 comes to a close, I'm seeing some year in review posts and thought I'd do one of my own! First up - my Giant Starflower Quilt inspired by this quilt by Jeni of In Color Order.
It was started in 2011 but not completed until February of 2012. It was given to one of my sisters. Made completely of vintage sheets. Second - A quilt for my niece Olivia, finished in April (I think!) and mailed to it's new home in Florida. I tried to keep it simple to showcase some of my favourite prints, but to be honest, it didn't turn out quite as I'd hoped. I still like it though!
Third - A quilt that traveled all the way to Russia. My husband spent 2 weeks there this past summer to help with construction on a church and this was for the Brubacher's. They are missionaries in Russia and it was such a privelege to be able to make this for them. It features some of my most favourite fabrics :)
Fourth - A quilt for my Dad and step-mom Karen. This quilt was for their 25th wedding anniversary, which we celebrated with them in Myrtle Beach!
Fifth (and last!) - A quilt for my great Aunt Marg, who was in a very serious car accident in October. She spent about 5 weeks in hospital and still has a lot of hard work ahead of her. Hopefully this quilt brings her some comfort!
(Made using this tutorial from the Missouri Quilt Co.) I've been busy being creative in other ways in the last year too, but that will have to wait for another post! A belated Merry Christmas to all! Bethany

Monday, April 23, 2012

Design Wall Monday

I started a new quilt on the weekend. My mom is working on these blocks in purples and pinks and I just fell in love! These blocks finish at 7.5 inches. I'm planning on a lap size quilt so I'll need sixty or seventy more :)
I'm linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times today! Happy Monday! Bethany

Monday, January 30, 2012

Learning to Crochet

I came across a link to Craftyminx's Crochet School a few months ago, but with Christmas coming and my baby deciding to start nursing 2 or 3 times a night after sleeping through the night for months, I just didn't have the energy to contemplate starting something new. But I have been wanting to try crocheting for a while now, particularly because it's so portable. So I bookmarked it and started watching the videos a few weeks ago.

These are really great videos! She is very thorough, and if you don't understand something you just watch it again! So far I've watched all the videos up to "Granny Squares". I got sidetracked by a yarn sale and bought some yarn to make dish cloths. Not very glamorous, I know, but I thought they would be perfect for practicing on before I jump into something bigger. So far I am really loving the repetitive nature of crocheting. It's very soothing and relaxing. I doubt it will ever replace sewing, but it is a very nice addition!

Here are a few pictures. Please don't look to closely!


This is my sample swatch. Starting with single crochet all the way to treble crochet.




This is my crocheting in the round.




And this is my first dish cloth. Next time I'll make it a wider because once washed, it shrunk a little. Either way, it works great!




Do any of you crochet? Do you have any advice (or great links!) for me?

Happy Groundhog Day!

Bethany

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Little Shopping

Last weekend, I did a little cross-border shopping. I hadn't been fabric shopping in the States for a long time and everything pointed to it being the perfect time to go. I had a 50% off coupon that expired that weekend, Kona cotton solids were on sale, batting was on sale, and fabric I had been wanting for quite a while was on sale too(all at Joann's Fabric). Not to mention that my mom was able to come and make the hour and 40 minute trip to my grandma's (who lives about 10 minutes from the border) much more enjoyable. It was also one of the last free Saturday's I would have until after Christmas.

My mom stayed and visited with my grandma, while Evie and I went shopping! Unfortunately, it took about 50 minutes to cross over to Port Huron :( Thankfully, coming back went much quicker, only about 10 minutes!

Here's what I bought!


I've been wanting some of Denyse Schmidt's fabrics since they came out. They're a little more traditional looking than my usual taste, but there is just something I love about them. I tend to buy larger scale prints (for making purses) but lately I've really been drawn to quilting. I really love the small scale of some of these prints. This line is only available at Joann's, so I couldn't order online from my usual sources. Plus, they were 30% off. Score!




I bought quarter yard cuts of most of them, except the top two on the left. I bought 2 yards of the green floral for a backing (or most of a backing) and 1 yard of the blue/green dots for binding. I have no definite plans for them yet, I'm just happy to look at them :)


Kona cottons were 40% off, so I stocked up. This first pile are to match some fabric I won online (oh, I should totally post about that!).







And this group is to make some patchwork potholders for Christmas gifts. This photo doesn't do the colours justice. In real life they look so pretty together.






I also stopped at Mary Maxim's because I had a 50% off coupon. I need to recover our high chair and they sell laminated cotton and oilcloth there. I picked this fun bike print by Michael Miller. They had a couple really pretty floral fabrics (an Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett) but I decided to go with something that would go with my kitchen and be a little more gender neutral. I love the bikes!






Mary Maxim also had buy 3, get 1 free fat quarters. But by the time I got to my grandma's I was missing one :( I checked my receipt and I was actually charged for all four. Turns out that wasn't such a good deal after all :( I need to be more careful! But I still ended up with a few cute fat quarters for my stash.





I also bought 10 yards of fusible fleece and 3 yards or Warm and White batting. All in all, it was a very successful shopping trip. I also did some shopping at Target. I ♥ Target :)


Have a great weekend!
Bethany


P.S. My baby turned six months old on Wednesday. And my husband turned 38. And it was our ninth wedding anniversary. (Happy Anniversary Baby!). Here's a picture of my big girl.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Quilting Suggestions?




I just finished basting this quilt top and now I feel sort of stuck. I can't decide how to quilt it. I initially thought about straight line quilting it, but the blocks are pretty big (about 15") so I'd have to do more than just echo quilting the seams. Maybe a design? Random lines?

Or maybe free motion quilting? All I've ever done is a meander/stipple. I thought about loops, but then I'm not sure if I should do them randomly, from side to side, from the centre out? Ack, decisions! I'm usually pretty decisive, but not this time :)

Any and all suggestions would be welcome!

Thanks and have a fabulous weekend!
Bethany

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First Day of School

Here are a few pictures of our first day of school yesterday.


It was chilly again this year, so jackets were a must!





First day of SK (Senior Kindergarten).





First day of Grade One *tear*.




Being silly with Daddy :)







Just a little bus this year :)




They were both a little nervous but they came home super happy and could not wait to go back today! Hard to believe that next year three will get on the bus :)

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