Oh dear – so my goal of blogging regularly has been shot to hell. Gotta step up my game, so might as well go big or go home! And by that I mean that I just self-published my first quilt pattern!
The Kindred Quilt was the first quilt pattern that I ever designed. It was originally only supposed to be for me but I wanted to share her with the world. Please be kind! She’s a 63″ x 72″ throw quilt, using only HST’s and a few solid blocks. Super simple, super easy and a great quilt to tackle if you’re a beginner wanting to try out a HST pattern with some interesting internal shapes. Because its my first self-published pattern, and I’m still working out all the kinks and specifics (don’t worry – the pattern is correct, I just mean all the fine print, etc. associated with pattern writing) it will be listed for $5.00 (CAN).
I would love to know what you think! Please leave a comment, and please be gentle. To purchase the quilt, please go here!
Weird post title, I know. But I am excited to write this post even though I can’t divulge any of the finer details just yet. A few months ago I wrote about my creative resolutions for the year. While I’m in-process with a few of my resolutions, I’m happy to announce that resolution #4 has been achieved!
Update time! We’re currently on day 10 of the #100days100blocks2017 challenge on Instagram! Lots of participants had started making collages to show their first 9 blocks so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon. Its nice to see the first batch of blocks together and get a feel for how they’re all jiving. Also, nice to be able to evaluate if you’ve got a good colour/tonal balance (if you’ve got a specific palette and that’s what you’re going for!)
Committing to a long-term project scares the crap out of me. Honestly. Not in the sense of being actually afraid of doing it, but knowing me, I’ll get it started and then get bored along the way. Tula Pink’s City Sampler book has been on my shelf for what feels like a long time. I’ve tagged a few pages of blocks that I liked, but haven’t used it for anything other than a bedside table decoration. So when Angie from Gnome Angel announced a second #100Days100Blocks quilt-along I was instantly on board.
I feel as though this quilt has been in-process forever. But the end is near and I can’t be more excited! Last week I dropped my full-sized majestic pineapple quilt off to Sharyn at Huntley Quilting Studio (inside Mad About Patchwork) to be long-armed. I chose a basic meander/stipple pattern for a nice flowing all-over quilted effect. I think its a nice balance between the angles of the pattern pieces and the flowing quilting.
Last night I finally got the time to trim and sew the binding on. Normally this is the point in a project where I just want to get it finished, so I’d machine finish the binding, but since I’ll be taking a LOT of photos of this quilt, I’ve decided to spend the time and hand-bind it properly. I’m hoping it’ll only take me a few hours, and there are a few new Netflix movies that I actually want to pay attention to, so it’ll be the perfect time to finish it!
I’ve got a few other process photos on Instagram if you wanted to check them out. Once the quilt is photographed I plan on submitting the pattern to quilting magazines (one of my 2017 crafty resolutions) – wish me luck!
Earlier this year I signed up for a mini-mini swap through the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild. We would be making mini-mini (under 48″ diameter) quilts and swapping with the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild! We were asked to fill out a questionnaire and our answers, likes, dislikes, etc. would be given to someone in Vancouver; but we were given a different name than the person making our quilt. Scouring Instagram for clues and trying to find the person we were quilting for was fun, except if the person has no social media presence at ALL! 🙂
Just an update to my previous post. Above is a snapshot I posted on Instagram of my progress on my mini-Majestic Pineapple. As mentioned before, I’m creating this for the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild’s Essex Linen mini quilt challenge. It is also a mini version test of the large throw-sized quilt pattern I’m currently working on. I’ve done some hand stitching on this version because I wanted to incorporate some texture against the solid colours but will probably end up doing an all-over or section specific quilting on the full-sized because I’ll be using multiple prints in yellows and greens. I’ll be sure to post updates on the full-sized as they come along!
I know tons of creative people who doodle, sketch or draw during the day. I’m one of those people; currently in front of me at my desk are 2 small sketch books, 1 large sketch book, 2 graph pads and 2 watercolour pads. I’ve also got two pencil cases full of the myriad of black ink pens, pencils and other mark-making tools that are standard to graphic designers, or at least the ones I know. But unlike most, I find myself doodling in relation to my quilty obsession.
To say that I’ve got a thing for girly prints is an understatement. Specific girly prints to be exact, and not the kind with tons of flowers or swirls or glitter splattered all over the fabric. And the fact that I’ve got two daughters doesn’t help with my collection of feminine based fabrics. So when I get the opportunity to work with neutral or typically “boy” based colours, I get very excited!
One of my bucket list items is to one day (and by one day I mean it will probably only happen once I retire!) own a long-arm quilting machine. But until then I must resort to either quilting my own quilts or sending them out to be long-armed. Fortunately Sharon from Quilting Stitches let me learn how to use her machine while quilting an all-over design on a patchwork quilt I had been working on for my daughter.
Sharon runs her quilting business in the back studio of Mad About Patchwork, my favourite local fabric shop. I brought in my quilt top and backing and purchased the batting once I had arrived. Sharon showed me how to set up the frame, choose the pattern, and run the machine.
Other than keeping an eye on the edges of the quilt, when sewing a pre-programmed pattern, it is quite easy! Makes me want one of my own… mind you I’d have to win the lottery. And then quit my job so I can stay at home and sew all day. And then build an addition on my house with a huge sewing room to fit the massive long-arm frame I would want. Yep, a girls gotta dream!