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Works in Progress Wednesday #7

New Projects: As I mentioned last week, no new projects until I finish a few. With all these great quilt-alongs popping up across the blogosphere though, it's really hard!

Completed Projects:
One Thing One Week Challenge with Amy's Creative Side - finished!

Current Projects:
Bottled Rainbows (2) - Patrick and I have done two of his blocks -- the dark and light purple. We are both loving this project! It's wonderful just spending some quiet time with him, talking about shapes, colours, school, life. Every day, he's asking if we're going to do more. Yay!

Project Y - This week, the top went from this... to this...

Colour me happy!

Micah's Growth Chart - No progress.

On Hold: Landscape quilt
10X Leaves Fibonacci's Not Random
Red and Tan Amish Wedding Ring
Stained Glass Lillies
Christmas tree skirt
Tangled Garden Red and Tan Bargello in the Round 2
Spiral/Spring seta colour
UFOs that may one day get finished, but really who knows?
Converging Stars
Chop Suey Wedding quilt

Chilling in Chile!

It was so blessedly hot yesterday that I was actually missing a bit o' winter. With a few hours to go travelling last night, why not go somewhere where it is a little chillier right now? So Chile it was, or Republic of Chile as it is officially called. According to the Weather Network, it was a cool 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) in Santiago, the capital of Chile. Perfect.

A few interesting things about Chile - it is one of two countries in South America that do not border Brazil (Ecuador is the other one). And it claims a good chunk of Antarctica, although all claims are apparently suspended under the Antartica Treaty. Also, Easter Island is one of its main tourist attractions.

On to the quilting blogs with Quilting Bloggers. Yay! Chile is largely a Spanish speaking country so most of the blogs were in Spanish. I speak English and French so this was interesting. Thankfully a few of the sites had a translate button - love it!

Cats, appliqué and embroidery were some of…

Project Y Top is Finished

I had a few uninterrupted hours to quilt this weekend so I was able to finish the Project Y top (really must think of a name). Even with the sketches, I ended up playing around with the fabrics and the layout on my design wall. In the end, I found that I liked the Modified Radiating Outward layout best. It felt bolder and the piecing was simpler and cleaner than the Radiating Outward layout. The photo below makes the colours look much brighter than they are in real life. I'm very pleased so far with how this is turning out.

Now for the backing. Since there isn't anything else similar in my stash, I'll be trying to use up as many of the scraps from the front as possible.

One Thing One Week Challenge Done

Nailed it! ;) Okay, well, I didn't give myself too big a challenge this week, being the last week of school and all. That said, I did finish the last of three lunch bags for my sons' teachers. The teachers seemed to really appreciate them so Yay! These bags were made using Ayumi Mills's lunch bag tutorial at Pink Penguin. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow and I'm quite happy at how the bags turned out. I think that I'll be making more of these...

Works in Progress Wednesday #6

Happy Wednesday!

New Projects:
One Thing One Week Challenge - Yes, I signed up for the One Thing One Week Challenge with Amy's Creative Side. I started the lunch bag for my son's teacher Monday night, but need to finish it before Thursday (last day of school) so that is my One Thing.

No more though, too many projects on the go! But I really do want to do a Canada Day banner similar to Riel's at the Q and the U and Canada Day is coming up so there might be one more. But no more after that until I finish more projects!

Completed Projects: Nada
Current Projects:
Bottled Rainbows (2) - I pieced the Patrick's blocks this week. We're going to do quilt-as-you-go on these ones. I've never done quilt-as-you-go before so I'm keen to learn this technique, as well as the ticker tape technique. Daniel has chosen his backings, which coordinate with his block colours so we will hopefully have a bit of a bottled rainbow on the back as well. Patrick finishes school on Thursda…

Visiting Kenya

Karibu (Welcome)! Let's go to Kenya today. Before we get into all the beautiful quilting going on there though, I need to get a better picture of the country. I'm embarrassed to admit this, but up until last year, I always thought Kenya was in West Africa where Mali is, but it is actually on the equator in East Africa. I made a quick stop at Wikipedia to find out more about Kenya. It is on the Indian Ocean and bordered by Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania. Its capital city is Nairobi and it has numerous wildlife reserves containing thousands of animal species. According to Wikipedia, it covers 580,000 km2 (a little bigger than France) and has a population of nearly 39 million residents.
I learned that Kenya's population has rapidly increased over the past several decades, and as a result, about 73% of Kenyans are under 30.In fact, in the last 80 years, Kenya's population has grown from 2.9 million to 37 million! I also learned that it's quite a diverse …

Always Learning

I love it when I learn a neat trick that simplifies a quilting technique, don't you? I found a couple recently that I thought I'd share here.

One Seam Flying Geese?
I came across this very cool new way to do Flying Geese with only one seam. This is from The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, but it is available on You Tube. Definitely in the right direction for me!

If you have any problems with the embedded video, check out the video directly on You Tube.

Tumbling Blocks - No Y-seams?
The thought of Y-seams has kept me from doing any Tumbling Blocks quilts, but when I found this video, well, I guess I'll have no more excuses. Straight seams only are used in this neat way of doing 3D Tumbling Blocks. Love it!

If you have any problems with the embedded video, check out the video directly on You Tube.

From Headbanging to Threadbanging
This is a clip from ThreadBanger, the home for people who want to make their own style. They feature DIY projects and tips for every…

From Light to Dark And Back Again is Finished

Yay! Last Friday morning, it occurred to me that I'd like to have some handwork for the weekend (something to do during our Garage Sale and watching TV in the evening). I whipped through the housework as fast as I could  so I could finish freemotion quilting (FMQ) From Light to Dark and Back Again and get the binding on Friday afternoon. I would have gladly skipped the housework, but my in-laws were coming for the weekend and well, did I mention that I have three small boys? Like my boys, the house needs to be tamed on occasion. It was the fastest houseclean I've ever done. Nothing like a little quilting incentive. ;)

Anyways, as I'd mentioned in a previous post, I was struggling with the straight lines and corners of the Echo Maze design (from Leah Day's site). Something finally clicked though and I finished quilting it in just over an hour! I think it was the "muscle memory" that kicked in and it actually became fun. The binding was on 30 minutes later and …

Works in Progress Wednesday #5

I can't believe it's already Wednesday again. I'm feeling very inspired by my virtual trips to Finland and Thailand so I've added a few projects to my Bucket List and links to my list of Favourite Blogs. So much beautiful work out there in the blogosphere!

New Projects:
Bottled Rainbow - It's off the Bucket List! I pieced the blocks and showed them to the boys. As predicted, son #1 now wants to do one too. Yay! So that's actually two (or three, depending on how you look at it) quilts off the bucket list (Bottled Rainbow and twin-sized quilts for the boys' beds). Good thing I bought 1/2 meters. Not enough white though -- oh darn, I guess I'll have to go to the fabric store again. What a pain! ;)

Completed Projects: From Light to Dark and Back Again - Just need to get the label on it, but otherwise this puppy is done! Once I get the label on, I'll take more pictures and do a post. Woo Hoo! Here's a sneak peak of the back:

Current Projects:

Project Y - …

A Taste of Thailand

I had so much fun "travelling" to Finland last week that I've decided to do more of that kind of travelling. It's certainly easier on the bank account. It's been cool here the past couple of days, which has put me in the mood for Thai Green Chicken Curry (one of my comfort foods). And that made me curious about quilters in Thailand. See, everything comes back to quilting. So last night, when the munchkins went to bed and Chuck was otherwise occupied with some hockey thing called Game 6 on TV ;), I made myself a big cup of tea and went a-travelling to Thailand. 

Have I mentioned how much I love that the Quilting Gallery has a list of quilting blogs available by country? So fun!  

So what did I find? Well, first I found Bangkok Mom who professes to be lazy and showed her sewing room to prove it. I don't buy it though, because then I found her Cathedral window project, and her beautiful baby quilt. In my book, anyone who takes on a …

Fun Film Clips for a Lazy Sunday

The film "Quilt" by Gayle Thomas was made in 1996, but only recently became available on the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada's website. The NFB says, "A tribute to the unique and long-established art form of patchwork quilting, this abstract animated film uses computer and experimental techniques to choreograph quilt motifs and designs to music."

I find it inspiring every time I see it so I thought I'd share it on my blog. Fun music, great colour, endless possibilities! Enjoy!

If you have any problems viewing the embedded video, here is the link to the Quilt video on the NFB site.

And this next one is just pure nostalgic indulgence on my part. It has nothing to do with quilting, but I loved catching this on TV when I was a kid. A little Log Driver's Waltz, anyone?

According to the NFB, "This lighthearted, animated short is based on the song "The Log Driver's Waltz" by Wade Hemsworth. Easily one of the most often-requested films i…

Jumping on the Bottled Rainbows Bandwagon

I do love a good bandwagon and I've been eyeing the Bottled Rainbows quilt along for some time now. I know that I probably won't make much of a dent in my stash of scraps (there are just so many!), but I just love the colours and I'm eager to try the ticker tape technique. I've managed to convince my four year old that he wants this to be the next quilt that "he" works on. Win-win, don't you think?

So I'm in, but I'll need to do some work fast to catch up to the group because they started in February! I bought the remaining fabric that I need yesterday. It's washed, ironed and ready to cut. Yay!

So I Went to Finland Last Night

When I started my blog, one thing I hadn't really thought of was that people from far away countries might come and visit my blog to see what I do. Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised, but I was pretty amazed when I saw that there were people from Israel, Finland, Slovakia, and Germany, as well as folks from Canada and the U.S. who found my blog. So cool!

I love travelling. With three little kids and one income at the moment, travelling is definitely on the back burner. But last night I decided to chuck it all and go travelling! I checked out Quilting Bloggers and browsed their country listing. Hmm, where to go tonight? Finland! Now, I don't speak Finnish, but quilting is a universal language, no?

I'll apologize ahead of time for all the links, but I wouldn't feel right posting their photos without the bloggers permission. And really, you want to come with me, don't you?

Well, I was not disappointed with Finland! A number of the blogs were either bilingual…

Works in Progress Wednesday #4

Good quilting week! I'm rejigging my categories below because I realized that some of my "On Hold" projects may actually be on hold permanently. They would probably be better categorized as Unfinished Objects (UFOs) -- sad, but true. I may take them off eventually, but I'll keep them there for now because I do sometimes go back to an old project.

New Projects:
Project Y - Earlier this week, I blogged about a new project using some Kaffe Fassett I had bought. I finished some of the squares yesterday and I'm loving them so far, especially how the stripes make the blocks look much more complex than they actually are. The stripes are a little tricky to line up, but I'm doing my best to not care about that and just let it be scrappy and free form.

The best surprise was that the largest square in the photo above is actually made up of the 'remnants' of the 'real' squares. I'm going to use the remnant blocks on the back of the quilt so I use up …

Lunch Bags for Teachers

Saturday night, while Chuck watched the Stanley Cup finals, I took the opportunity to finish up a small project. Yes, I'm probably the only Canadian not watching the finals. I really wish the Canucks well, but I'm going to take advantage of the quilting time.

Lee from Freshly Pieced recently blogged about making some lunch bags as teacher gifts with her new line of fabric. I loved that idea and the fabric she designed. Since her fabric isn't available yet, I checked around my stash and found some fun fabrics to use. I used the same Lunch bag tutorial Lee used; the fabulous design by Ayumi from the Pink Penguin. It was an easy, straightforward project. And this is what came of it.

I still want to do two more, but need to go pick up more stabilizer first. One of the two will use these fabrics:

Yay, one project completed this week!

New Project - Stripey, Concentric Squares on Point Surrounded...or Project Y

A few months ago, I bought some of this Kaffe Fassett striped fabric. I don't know the name (not on the selvage, nor can I find it online easily -- grrr!), but here it is:

I just loved the colours in the fabric and thought it would be great in a concentric square block quilt or in something similar to this Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy's Hankerchief Corners quilt.

I naively thought I'd be able to find some compatible colours in my stash, but that was not the case. There is absolutely nothing similar in either colour or hand of the fabric. So that poor stripe sat alone in my stash, feeling different and alone (though not unloved). Yesterday, I went back to the store to find some fabric for another project, when I saw some of the rest of the Kaffe line. Just had to pick up some friends for my lonely stripe!

Now, I don't have nearly enough variety to do the hankerchief corners, so I will do something different. Here's my sketch -- very rough at the moment, but it&#…

Works in Progress Wednesday #3

Finished Projects: 3 Wee Spy Quilts - Done! Two are for friends in the States who recently adopted two girls from Africa. I included a couple of U.S.A. squares for their quilts. I hope the girls will like the bright colours. I'm also hoping that I'll get to meet the girls when their parents come up for their annual cottage vacation in Westport. The third one is for friends here in Ottawa who had a baby girl. Hopefully, I'll get to meet her this weekend and give her the quilt in person. Her older sister has one too.

I've made 36 of these over the last six years for my kids and my friends' babies. Each one has a different border, backing, and matching bag, as well as a different arrangement of the squares. As quilts go, this is a pretty quick and easy quilt to put together and it's durable. I include a little card that gives the parents' some ideas of what they can do with it beyond just using it as a playmat/quilt. We play I Spy with ours, of course, but we al…