Friday, 31 October 2014

The purple streak continues . . .

Last post I was mentioning the abundance of purple . . . and it continues.  A few weeks ago we had the most stunning sun rise . . . pinks and purples!

Marlene has been a quilting maniac over the summer!  I think she's on a mission to diminish her fabric stash (haha - we all know that that never happens!) - here are three of her projects from over the summer.

Colourful Stars Quilt - Hearts in Bloom panto; Glide thread; Hobbs Heirloom Wool batting

Vintage Roses Quilt - Ribbons and Roses panto; Glide thread; Hobbs Heirloom Wool Batting

Embroidered Butterfly Quilt - Freehand Butterfly Wings; Glide Thread; Hobbs Heirloom Wool Batting

I am excited about making "string quilts" from my bins of leftovers!  Here's a photo of my first one - it has a very autumn feel about it, doesn't it. 

Yikes - heres' where I started!

String quilt in progress . . .

hmmm . . . similar colours!  This photo is from Los Alamos in Sonora, Mexico.

These last two pictures are an example of how beautiful the tamarack(larch) trees are when the needles are turning colour in the fall . . . taken at Kimberley, BC in October, 2014.

Happy Halloween from the Little House!

Friday, 3 October 2014

a bit of this and that . . .

Whew - September was a whirlwind month!  We had a wedding in the family, a freak September snowstorm - just before the OUTSIDE wedding, and just a lot of activity at the Little House.

Before I show you some quilting - have a look at some of the pictures I took in September -  now these pictures are in chronological order - so you can see what we've been putting up with!

..... enough said about that!

on to quilting stuff . . .

Purples and pinks must be in this month - Alice and Jean both made quilts with these colours. 
Alice's quilt is a Chevron style for her granddaughter.  Hobbs 80/20 batting; Glide thread; Fluffy Clouds panto

Alice's Chevron Quilt

Alice's quilt - flannel backing

Pillow Sham

Alice also quilted up a couple of Christmas table runners.  Alice gave me enough backing for all these projects so I could load the backing and do all these quilts with just one loading - Thanks, Alice!

Alice's friend, Jean, is fairly new to quilting.  Here's her quilt - she chose the same Fluffy Clouds panto, Glide Thread; Quilter's Dream Cotton batting.


Jean's quilt

Jean's quilt - flannel backing

I also put together a quilt for my son that I'd had on my list for a while.  This pattern is "Power of  Four" by Tony Jacobson.  It was featured in Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine (June 2013).  In my ongoing effort to reduce my stash of fabrics (right!!) I used some of the leftover pieces to make some blocks to piece into the backing.  Hobbs 80/20 batting, Glide thread, Bauhaus panto from Urban Elementz.

It was a perfect choice for this quilt - what do you think?

Power of Four

Power of Four - Bauhaus panto

Power of Four - backing close up Bauhaus panto

Power of Four - pieced backing

I've had this panel hanging around the Little House for a while - and I wanted to try the Animal Crackers panto on it . . . very cute!  Hobbs 80/20 batting; Glide Thread; Animal Crackers panto

Zoo time panel

Backing - Animal Crackers panto

One more picture to show you how I'm doing on my Metro Rings by Sew Kind of Wonderful . . . I have stalled, as you can see, but need to get back at it.  What I do know is the more of these blocks I do, the better they get. 

Metro Rings - half way there

 Like most quilters I know, I've got more than one project on the go . . . I've discovered "String Quilts" . . .  that's for next time!

 I think that's enough for one post - until next time - enjoy the fall weather from the Little House.

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