Showing posts from December, 2012

Colour My World Green

This is it! The last day of the Colour My World Challenge. I want to say a huge thank you to Ginette, MC and Janine for participating and inspiring me to keep going with this challenge. I had a great time learning and experimenting with a different colour each month, but the highlight for me was seeing what each of you did each month. I've also really appreciated all the words of encouragement and support that you awesome readers have given me and the participants throughout the year so thank you too!

For my green challenge, I decided to combine a couple of the techniques I learned from Heather Lair this summer for making a pine tree. Here is my green challenge.

I used the same torn-strip appliqué method as the wee landscape, but used it to make a fur fir tree. For the quilting, I did the 1/4" improv straightline quilting that I also learned from Heather and did with Heathia.
As with the other challenges, it is 14.5" square, with a zigzag finish. I'm not thrilled wit…

An HBC Point Blanket Quilt Of Your Own

As I was reviewing my list of goals for 2012 the other day, I realized that I never finished sharing my Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) Point Blanket Quilt instructions. Whoops!

So without further ado, here are the complete instructions for my Canadiana quilt that I made with the traditional HBC point blanket design on the front and my 'party on the back' layout for the back. If you want to make a more true HBC point blanket quilt, just make a second top.

This will make a 90" by 90" quilt.

Fabric Requirements (NB: These are generous fabric requirements. I did not want a seam in the stripes and I knew I'd be using the colour stripes on the back too so I bought the stripe fabric for the width of the quilt): 3 - 2.5 meters (3 yards) of off-white cotton, totalling at 7.5 meters (9 yards total) of off-white cotton2.5 meters (3 yards) indigo cotton2.5 meters (3 yards) yellow cotton2.5 meters (3 yards) red cotton2.5 meters (3 yards) green cottonCutting Directions: 1. Fold…

TGIFF! - A Little Something For The Bling

We had a truly wonderful Christmas, for which I'm so thankful! Although it's only been a week, it feels like ages since I got to do some sewing. I made a few handmade gifts this year that I couldn't share until now. I made a few of these little travel jewellery pouches using this tutorial

It's a great tutorial and I'd do it again. One thing I did differently than the tutorial is that I topstitched both the outer circle and the inner circle, which I find gives it a nice finished edge. Next time, I'd start the buttonhole for the cord at 1.25" from the edge, rather than 1.5" as the tutorial recommends. I'd also make the buttonhole a little smaller. I love how they turned out and I'm happy to say that they were well-received. I may just have to make one of these for myself!
Just getting in under the wire to link up with TGIFF! this week, which is with Shanna @ Sparrow in Flight.

Joyeux Noël!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, all! From my family to you and yours, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate it.

I came across this fabulous version of O Holy Night by Amos the Transparent (Ottawa-based band even!) the other day that I just have to share with you. It's not on iTunes, but the link has a free download. Enjoy and all the best!

Thursday Randomness

Like many folks during the holiday season, I've been doing a lot of baking. I have a number of must-makes each year - Chocolate peanut butter balls (two batches of this one because the first never makes it to Christmas), fudgey chocolate oatmeal squares, Agnes bars, cranberry and white chocolate chip cookies, gingerbread cookies, and sugar cookies -- but I like try one or two new ones each year.

I think I found a new family favourite this year through Pinterest. It's called Chocolate Saltine Toffee, but I've also heard it referred to as Christmas Crack or Toffee Bark. It is quick and easy to make (I'm all about the easy baking!), and best of all, delicious.

Other Pinterest finds that got kidlet-thumbs up include Chicken Gloria, World's Best Chicken (I wouldn't say world's best, but it's good), Chocolate Cobbler (it did not look appetizing coming out of the oven, but it tasted great), and Baked Apple Pie Egg Rolls.

Speaking of kidlets, we went to get the…

Works in Progress Wednesday - December 19, 2012

Ah, my last WIP post of 2012!

New Projects:

Pillowcases for Newtown: Like many people, I'm having a hard time dealing with what happened in Newtown. I've read news articles, but haven't watched much of the TV coverage. I just can't. I'm trying to keep busy and positive for my kids, but I bawled during their Christmas concert yesterday.

So I'm making pillowcases. It's not much, but it's something I can do since I can't vote to change the gun laws in the States (yes, I know it's more than just about guns, but had he not had such ready access to so many guns, many more of those children and teachers would still be alive) or improve mental health services there.

If you'd also like to make pillowcases for the survivors and the other children in Newtown, here's the tutorial I used and here's where I'm sending mine:

Quilters Corner 312 Danbury Rd. New Milford, CT USA 06776 
Here are the pillowcases I made -- hopefully they will help give …

Colour My World Green

We are in the home stretch of the Colour My World Challenge,  people! We've made it through 11 colours so far -- some fun and some, well, not so fun (I'm talking to you, Orange). We're going to end on a fun one, I think. Green!

And guess what? Emerald is Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2013. It's like I'd planned it or something. ;) Pantone calls Emerald, "Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony." {Edited} Generation Q Magazine has an article today on Emerald -- check it out!

According to Sensational Color, "green occupies more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye than most colors, and is second only to blue as a favorite color. The natural greens, from forest to lime, are seen as tranquil and refreshing, with a natural balance of cool and warm (blue and yellow) undertones." Green comes between blue and yellow on the colour wheel and in the light spectrum. G…

Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Giveaway Winner

Thank you all for entering my giveaway and for sharing your favourite quilting books. Thanks to your suggestions, I have some great ideas for Santa. :) A big, happy welcome to those of you who decided to follow along -- I always have fun with my projects...whether they are going well or not-so-well. :)

With so many participants all across the world, it rarely happens that I know the giveaway winner personally so I was excited when I went to see Mr. Random Number Generator's selection of #15...Heather J! Heather J is a member of my quilt guild. Woo hoo! Congrats, Heather! 
15. Heather J9 December, 2012 6:55 PM I am a follower. :) 16. Heather J9 December, 2012 6:56 PM I enjoyed Material Obsession and I do like the Elm Creek series.
There will be another giveaway soon for My Memories software so stay tuned!

TGIFF! - Jelly Belly

Welcome to TGIFF!

My finish for this week is Jelly Belly. As I mentioned last week, this was made with a jelly roll, as well as some white from my stash.

For the quilting, I did loopy loos of different sizes. Once again, I found it more challenging to do larger quilting motifs than small ones -- I definitely need more practice! In the white strips, I did some loop twists (?) and in the triangles, I alternated with some designs that give it an art deco feel. I'm sure someone has named these designs, but I don't know the names.

When it came to choosing the binding, I realized that I had a bit of a problem. When I picked out the whites for the front and the back, they looked like they matched (it was night). In the bright light of day, I realized that they were not similar enough. Whoops!

I had hoped to use white, with the remaining triangle scraps, but it was clear that whichever white I used, it would look off on the other side. One option I thought of what to do scrappy using…

Simply Solids {A Modern Bee}

Calling all Canadians, there is a new bee in town and we need more members!

It’s a 12-month commitment starting February 1st, 2013 and all skill  levels are welcome! Are you up for it?

This is actually a worldwide bee but each region has a group of 12. Currently, Canada only has 5 members. Shipping would be within Canada only (unless there aren’t enough members) and you can either send out fabric to your members or stash bust so no one has to go shopping. For more details, visit Sew at Home Mummy.

I think it will be lots of fun so come join us!

Works in Progress Wednesday - 12-12-12

Ah, there's nothing like WIP Wednesday to hold one accountable, eh? It's been three or four weeks so it seems like a lot.

There's still time to enter my Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party giveaway, if you haven't had a chance.

New Projects:
Su{Brrr}nova: I've always loved this Supernova quilt by Lee at Freshly Pieced and now I'm making my own! First block here, three more blocks here, and below are a few more. Thanks to Pam from Mad About Patchwork for some more Snowflakes in Red, I was able to finish the centre block. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Pam! Now, just two more blocks to do!

Jelly Belly: Top and backing are done and ready to be basted.

Completed Projects:

Paint Chip Placemats: First handmade gift done!

Commissioned quilt: I finished the Wee Spy quilt for my friend's cousin and it's currently wending its way through the postal system to its new, adorable owner. I'm thinking that she'll have a lot of fun doing tummy time on this quilt. I'…