Playing with Curves

On a week night? Yup, but don’t worry, I’ll still be in bed by 9:00.

Radiating outwards

I am having so much fun learning how to use my new Quick Curves Ruler, I couldn’t wait for the weekend to try it out! It’s super easy to use, easy to sew and easy to press the seams flat without any excess fabric.

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I think there are a lot of possibilities with this ruler, it’s just a matter of experimenting. Can’t wait for the weekend, just two more sleeps!

Honing My Skills

In the world of sewing, piecing seems like a relatively simple thing to do. Cut squares, sew straight lines. After all, when you’ve set in sleeves or sewn a collar onto a shirt, straight line sewing is child’s play.

Well, yes and no. If you’ve ever sewn a loooong straight line, you’ll soon discover that maybe it’s not so easy. Matching intersections? Again, not as easy as it seems. This weekend I did a lot of sewing short straight lines, ripping out seams and resewing short straight lines, sometimes three times! And it was always the most important seam, the one smack dab in the middle of a block!

Yesterday’s half square triangle optical illusion block was supposed to be the block pictured below in Ruby and turquoise. I recreated the block in the “traditional” way and I made sure that the scalloped fabric was all going in the same direction. I had a devil of a time trying to get the seams perfect, some just fell into place and others just wouldn’t cooperate but came close. Can you tell they’re the same pattern?

 

Awhile back I purchased the Houndstooth  Heritage pattern by Mary Lane Brown. It’s a bit of a puzzle because the pattern doesn’t really become visible until you have four blocks completed. I just wanted to try the block to see how it came together and since I don’t have any black in my stash and very little white, I thought I’d try turquoise and some Joel Dewberry.

It was a fun block to make, they’re relatively large but would still take a goodly amount of time to complete as there’s a lot of piecing involved. I quilted it echoing the pattern which wasn’t easy because some of those angles are tight, I had to use a fast fade marker to get it right.

Although the houndstooth will become a cushion cover, that’s the only item I came close to finishing, I still have to sew the backing and binding on. My task this week is to make a list of things I want to try and goals I want to accomplish for next weekend and stick to it!

Were you able to complete anything this weekend?

Sew Happy Geek

Pinwheel Oops!

What a fun and happy mistake!

Pinwheel

Pinwheel Mistake

This is the paper pieced pinwheel block I mentioned yesterday using Kona Ash, Coal and a Little Apples jelly roll. Because the pieces are symmetrical and I wasn’t paying attention, I reversed the greys on one of the points but I think it’s kinda funky and I like the effect! Imagine an entire quilt of pinwheel blocks with just one block reversed.

Paper piecing gives you nice crisp lines and with the right fabrics, you can achieve a modern look. I think I might try more today using Joel Dewberry or Patricia Bravo fabrics. My biggest complaint about paper piecing is the fabric waste, which seems to be massive. Jelly rolls worked really well with both my paper pieced blocks but you would need to use a jelly roll of one solid colour, or didn’t mind having different colours and prints in each block. Small prints and solids seem to work best as many of the pieces are small and thin.

If you’re interested in taking Wendy Butler Burns’ free motion quilting class, it’s currently on sale for 50% off. I learned a lot from this course, from all of them actually, and the best part is that they never expire, you can watch them whenever you want. The next class I’m going to sign up for is Quilting Quickly II, I’m just waiting for it to go on sale too.

More Applique and Free Motion Quilting

I finished this little pillow top this morning.

Bird perched on milkweed

My stitching is getting a little better, I used Tula Pink for the flowers and Joel Dewberry for the bird. While I was quilting yesterday evening, DH brought me some New Year’s Eve snacks.

New Year's Eve Snacks!

Today I’m going to start working on this tree, I may omit the bird.

Tree Sketch

TGIFF!

The phenomenally talented and fellow Canadian M-R from Quilt Matters asked me awhile ago if I’d be interested in hosting an episode of TGIFF and of course I said yes! It’s the first time I’d been asked to participate in anything quilty since I started this blog and was/am honored! Since that invitation, I’ve started a new job which has been keeping me running from 7:00 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. which makes for a long, exhausting day albeit very rewarding. The first week was rough but three weeks later, I’m really starting to enjoy myself despite the hefty work load.

Wing Study in Pastille Pillow Cover

Two weeks ago I started making a pillow cover for my Mom for Xmas. I sent a photo to my sister and she immediately claimed it as her own. Not only that but she wants a second (pillow cover) AND a sofa throw! Recognize the fabrics? Taking center stage is Paula Prass’ Wing Study in Pastille, the chocolate brown border is part of a linen curtain from Ikea and the perfectly matching green is, of course, is Wood Grain in Dill by Joel Dewberry.

Paula Prass, Ikea & Joel Dewberry

The second pillow cover utilizes Joel Dewberry’s Herringbone in Pond which matches the blue in the crown above the bird’s head perfectly! I did a little hand stitching around the birds, don’t know if it makes much difference but I enjoyed the practice.

Link up those fabulous finishes here and don’t forget to tour the other finishes and spread the comment love! Please include a link and/or button for TGIFF! (it’s just over there in the right hand sidebar) so your visitors can see other fab finishes.


By the way, I don’t know why the link icon displays 0 links in collection as we now have 14 fabulous finishes!

Bravo Blocks & Botanika Pillows

I had some lovely sewing time to myself this weekend and was able to get some projects started.

Botanika & Aviary 2

I had a lot of fun working on these pillow covers using Paula Prass’ Wing Study in Pastille and Joel Dewberry’s Woodgrain in dill, the dill really picks up the green in the bird, a nice combination, IMO.

Paula Prass' Wing Study & Joel Dewberry's Herringbone

Another awesome combination is Paula Prass’ Wing Study in Pastille & Joel Dewberry’s Herringbone in Pond, it’s an exact match for the blue in the bird’s crown. The brown I’m using in these pillows was actually linen curtains from our bedroom. There wasn’t anything wrong with them, we just wanted a change in decor.

I was also able to make a few block using my beloved Patricia Bravo collection. I really fell in love with this Brick Wall quilt by Shape Moth, who entered it in the Celebrate Color party. The blocks are very simple but I love the results. I’ll be using the ever popular Kona Ash for my sashing and will attempt to QAYG. They kinda look like placemats laid out in this photo, hmmm…

Bravo Blocks

There’s no rush for me to finish this quilt as it’s just to snuggle in and watch tv.

Wile I was sewing today, I watched the pilot episode of the X Files on NetFlix. I was a huge fan of the show in it’s hey-day but had never seen the first episode. Agent Scullie’s first outfit was hideous, an oversized suit, big and baggy, ug! Funny.  😀

Off to Germany

This Dresden Plate table runner if off to Germany tomorrow, for my Mother-in-Law’s birthday. It’ll arrive about a week late, I hope she doesn’t mind. Her livingroom is painted pink and Moda’s Dogwood Trail fabric reminded me of her.

The backing fabric is from Kitty Yoshida’s City Girl and the binding is Joel Dewberry. I used stabilizer for the Kona yellow centres and they’re a bit stiff, I hope they soften up in the wash!