Little Ruby, and Courtyard Tiles

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The name Ruby is one of my favorites. But, that isn’t surprising to me because one of my favorite people ever was named Ruby. My Grandmother. So, when Bonnie & Camille released the Little Ruby collection, naturally I was drawn to it. The colors and patterns go so well together.

I held on to this fat quarter bundle for a long time, for me anyways, waiting for just the right pattern. When I saw Courtyard Tiles, I knew it was the one. This pattern cuts quickly, pieces quickly, and looks very much like curved piecing, something I haven’t attempted since the Meadow quilt.  http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.ca/2014/10/courtyard-tiles-pattern-is-finished.html

I’m pleased with how well this one has come together so far, and how the pattern leaves very usable scraps. Lots of 2.5 inch strips remain, and I will probably use those for a scrappy border. I’ve even held onto a baggie of teeny tiny triangle scraps thinking I may attempt my first mini quilt. I guess I just can’t bear the thought of wasting any of Ruby. ❤

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Tula Pink Cloudy Days – Part 1

If you’re familiar with Tula Pink fabric, you know how gorgeous it is. If you’re not familiar with it, you should take a look. Her prints are rich, bright, and bold. My first dive into her lines was the result of a great deal from a member of my guild, and that left me  hooked. Her fabrics are so beautiful, and were so far out of my comfort zone, but now, I find myself pulled to each line she releases.

I also picked up a copy of one of her books (Quilts From the House of Tula Pinkhttp://www.tulapink.com/quilts-from-the-house-of-tula-pink/ )  , and tried one of the patterns in it – Cloudy Days. I buy my fabric mostly in fat quarters, and while I loved this quilt, the large size rain drops were not fat quarter friendly. I had a bit of yardage from one of the prints in her line, Chipper, and did manage to squeeze out one large, but the remainder were a mix of medium and small drops. I still love it. Not sure how I’m going to quilt this one, but I think I’ll give free motion quilting another shot on it.

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Sparkle Quilt 2, and an Instagram repost from MSQC! :)

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My ego may never need stroking again. To top this amazing week off, Missouri Star Quilt Company reposted my photo of my finished Sparkle quilt. If you’ve read this blog at all, you’ll quickly see how often I use their patterns. The tutorials that Jenny puts out have been so inspirational for me. I find them so well done and reachable for a newbie like myself. I am literally fan girling here over her (or their Instagram person ) reposting my photo. *sigh* Amazing.

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Sparkle Quilt

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So, by now it’s pretty clear that as a beginner quilter, one of my favorite resources are Misourri Star Quilt Company tutorials. Well, here’s another example of why.

One of MSQC’s recent tutorials on YouTube was for the Sparkle Quilt ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHaT-ZXDm-c )  . It immediately caught my eye, and I had just the fabrics in my stash to use for it. But, I’m reversing the prints. I had a big roll of mostly low volume prints from Out of Hand (best modern fabric shop in Calgary), and knew I had to use it. I paired it with some teal polka dot fabric, and actually managed to get a start on it.

Here’s what I have so far. It won’t be done for a while, thanks to some amazing weather and fun beach days with the kids. We are so loving being in Nova Scotia for the Summer.


  

Mandala Quilt. Man, I like this one.

I think I have now got more projects on the go than I can reasonably finish. At least this Summer. However, this one came together so quickly and easily that I had to see it to the finish line asap.

If you haven’t seen any of the Violet Craft patterns before, take a look. http://www.violetcraft.com/  They’re beautiful and really well written. I have bought a few more of her paper piecing patterns and am really looking forward to getting started on them. This one is the Violet Craft Mandala Quilt. http://www.violetcraft.com/pdf/the-mandala-quilt-pdf-pattern photo 1man2photo 1 (2)man3photo 3thumbnail_photo%205[1]thumbnail_photo%203[1]thumbnail_photo%204[1]thumbnail_photo%201[2]

The Mandala is a great way to use up some stash or favorite fabrics. I’ve already started a second one, again, using all different colourways etc. I’ve searched #mandalaquilt on Instagram, and founds lots of examples, and the ones with matchy fabrics are just as stunning.

I think this one, with all it’s flaws (operator errors), will be hung on the wall. This new house is huge and we have empty walls just crying for some love.

For now, it’s back to the pool. Enough typing on my phone. Back to Summer with the kids. ❤

Lizzy House, and the Meadow Quilt Part 1

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Where do I start? I was browsing Pinterest one night, and a particular quilt caught my eye. Like, really caught it. I had to make it. Immediately. It spoke to me on many levels and was just so beautiful. After days of looking for the pattern, I asked the lovely ladies of my guild ( http://calgarymqg.blogspot.ca/  )  on our FB page if anyone knew where to buy the Lizzy House  (http://www.lizzyhouse.com/ )   “Meadow” pattern.

I found out pretty quickly that there is no pattern. Cue the waterworks. The only way to make a Meadow quilt is to attend a class on it taught by Lizzy, or have her come to you and teach a group. Well, cue more waterworks upon finding out that Lizzy was planning on retiring the pattern and taking a much deserved break. The odds were not in our favor.

QuiltCon, and some determined ladies in my guild, who also had this on their quilty bucket list, made contact with Lizzy. Just a few short weeks later, Lizzy was coming to Calgary. Dreams come true much? Yes.

Lizzy came to Calgary to the Threaducation Centre (amazing place by the way  http://www.threaducationcentre.com/ ), and taught three full days of Meadow classes. I believe I heard one person even flew in from New Zealand just to take it.

Lizzy is funny, real, and was incredibly open with everyone in attendance. The day was awesome, as were the ladies attending. All in all, it was such a great experience. I now understand why the pattern is passed on in the traditional hands on way, and I couldn’t agree more. It was a gift, and I will treasure it.  I’m so grateful that the stars aligned, and this was able to take place. I’ve been suffering with debilitating pregnancy related nausea on and off for the last month, and literally prayed to be well enough to attend this class. If you ever have the chance to attend one of Lizzy’s classes – take it! You will be so glad you did.

Please, be forgiving of my photos. I have never been strict with myself about seam allowances, but they’re very important with this quilt. I have a long way to go, and spent yesterday completing a 9 block version for a baby quilt. I’m happy to report that being careful about the  basics have paid off, and each block was better than the last. So, don’t let my crooked lines etc. be any indication of the Meadow quilt. Lizzy’s technique is flawless, my skills on the other hand, have a way to go. But, making a beauty like this sure makes the trip enjoyable.

 

 

Lucky Penny, Completed.

While the quilt itself is pretty quick to put together, it’s amazing how three kids and a full-time job can hamper progress.

This was my first quilt using Fireside as a backing, and it will definitely not be my last. It’s soft like minky, but not nearly so stretchy, making it great to work with. It was also my first attempt at adding lace to a quilt, and I’m not mad at it, but I had hoped it would have kept its shape a little better than it did. Not sure if I’ll use it again.

As per usual, my free motion quilting skills are so beginner, and it shows. Oh well, they say newborns can’t really see much at first, so here’s hoping that’s true.

Lucky Penny, Lucky Indeed!

Ever since the Missouri Star Quilt Company (https://www.missouriquiltco.com/ )   came out with their “Block” magazine ( https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/magazine ), I have been a faithful buyer. A local quilt shop here in Calgary, Along Came Quilting ( alongcamequilting.com )  , offers subscriptions, delivered to the store at a fantastic price. They also carry the MSQC line of templates etc. Each issue is as good as a full quilting book, at a fraction of the cost. They are very beginner friendly, and really well written. As a bonus, a lot of the patterns found in “Block” have tutorial videos on the MSQC YouTube channel.

This pattern, Lucky Penny ( https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/21422/msqc/-/lucky-penny-quilt-pattern ), caught my eye as soon as I saw it. I’ve now, finally, started to attempt it.

I’m impressed at how quickly it’s come together. All three kids have been sick this past week, and as a result, yesterday was the first chance I’ve had to sit at the sewing table.

So happy to say that they’re all on the mend, and now keeping me from sewing thanks to requests for playing. Such a relief, and I’m thrilled to oblige them.

This is the progress I managed to make last evening after they were all snuggled in to sleep though. It will be a baby quilt for Little Miss #4 coming this Spring, and is my first attempt at using Fireside as a backing.

I’m loving this ‘Free Spirit’ fabric.


  
  

Learning My ABC’s Part 2

These alphabet blocks from Moda came together so well. The kids had a blast spelling stuff with the blocks and playing hopscotch on them, I hope they like the finished quilts as much. Please see my previous post on this for links. 🙂

I highly recommend doing two of these quilts (or more) at a time. I made two this round, and may attempt three at a time the next go ’round. I figured if I was going to take the time to cut and piece 26 different blocks, I may as well do two of each, and I’m glad I did.

My oldest picked flannel zebra print backings for these, and they’re pretty wild. 😉


  
  
  

Learning My ABC’s

Middle Little is the most energetic creature I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Her thirst for knowledge is the only thing that rivals her energy level. She’s been wanting to learn to sew (sit on my lap while I sew) for ages, so this weekend, she did.

We found the perfect project, an alphabet quilt using the free patterns from the Spell it With Moda Blog Hop from a few years ago.  http://blog.modafabrics.com/2014/02/spell-it-with-fabric-setting-directions/

It took a lot of hunting and gathering to get all the patterns, but each and every blog the hop brought me to was impressive, and I would recommend it to everyone.

With three girls, and another on the way in the Spring, I’m hoping to finish four of these.

Here’s the start of two. I used jelly rolls for the letters, and yardage for the background. They come together really quickly and the kids already love playing with the blocks.