Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hunter Star; A Fat Quarter Shop, Classic and Vintage QAL

The newest Classic and Vintage Quilt Along being offered by the Fat Quarter Shop is the Hunter Star block. Several participants have made a block and several others have made a functional quilt. This particular pattern has been designed to be done "scrappy". My favourite way of working. I have made this block before with specialty rulers but never just by piecing so I was anxious to see how it would turn out.
I selected a light textured grey for my background colour and a textured red for my accent.

I was really pleased with how this turned out. Pressing directions are provided that result in all kinds of nesting situations and that helps with making nice crisp intersections. In fact I was so happy with this that I made another red block and two black blocks.
With some insulated batting such as thermolam this will make a nice table topper for my daughter who has a black dining room table. Stop on over to the Fat Quarter Shop blog (here) to view the helpful video or to purchase your pattern. Piecefully, Joanne

Thursday, February 1, 2018

I have never met a blue I didn't like



As we head into the shortest month of the year we only have 28 days to enjoy our blue blocks this month. For some that will just not be enough. I hope you got a chance to make at least Jen's blocks if not some of the other blocks that the Blog Hop crew is offering. I am on the hop to support and enjoy Jen who is a talented, young hard working individual. And I would like to see her succeed.
Again this month I made one 12" block and one 6" block. They went together quickly and help reinforce the importance of value in a block. Karen Combs was the first designer I heard say "Value does the work and colour gets the credit". So true.
Before you leave your reds behind in a safe place so you can find them in December when it is assembly time, think about cutting one 2 1/2" strip the Width of Fabric. You may want a scrappy binding when all is said and done. Have a great February. We have a couple of birthdays this month as well as a non-birthday. My hubby is now much younger than I am.
And one last important note be certain to visit the other bloggers on the hop. Several of the designers are offering alternative blocks. Dionne's applique bear last month was a delight. Here is the list. 
And of course Jen from PatternsbyJen(here)


Piecefully, Joanne

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Using my scraps for pattern testing

This table topper made hardly a dint in the blues. The logs are cut much smaller than I normally cut for scrap storage. My normal cuts are 5", 2 1/2" and 1 1/2". I leave those in strips and box similar colours together. I had to use untrimmed chunks for this assignment. The pattern is called Log cabin Twist and this is just one of a few variations illustrated in the pattern.
Over this past month I have been trying to tidy up a little as the sewing room has managed to get out of control. I am inching closer to some level of organization. But it is an ongoing battle.
Piecefully, Joanne
Linking with Cynthia for Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More fun than Housework (here)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Clementine Quilt Along Started Thursday This Week

Once again the Fat Quarter Shop has organized a charity focussed Quilt Along. The quilt is called Clementine and the feature fabric is Mama's Cottage by April Rosenthal.
The kits were a little late in shipping and mine have to cross the border so as a result I was a little late starting. 
The block for Month One is called Watermelon Wheel.  Each month we will be making a large (20" block) and a small (12" block). The fabric selected for the kits was Mama's Cottage by April Rosenthal, a delightful breath of fresh air for we sun and warmth starved Ontario residents.
There are bloggers and designers from many locations participating in this Quilt Along. To obtain your own copy of the pattern the Fat Quarter Shop requests a voluntary donation to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. The pattern itself is crisply written and well illustrated.
This is the list of participating bloggers. Please try to visit a few as even though we are all doing the same thing it will have little variations here and there. 
*April of April Rosenthal (@amrosenthal)
Bonnie of Sunset Family Living (@sunsetfamilyliving)
Cara of That Crafty Cara (@thatcraftycara)
Carrie of Moda Cutting Table (@modafabrics)
Denise of Pieced Brain (@piecedbrain)
Elise of Elise and Emelie (@eliseandemelie)
Gina of Carpe Quiltin (@gina_tell_carpequiltin)
Heather of A Creative Pursuit (@acreativemama)
Hilary of By Hilary Jordan (@byhilaryjordan)
Jan of Cocoa Quilts (@cocoaquilts)
Jen of Heritage Threads (@heritage.threads)
Joanne of Quilts by Joanne (@turtlequilterjo)
Kairle of Kairle Oaks Handcrafted Goodness (@kairleoaks)
Kendra of Good Starter (@good_starter)
Kristen of 3 in the Nest (@threeinthenestraleigh)
Kristina of Center Street Quilts (@centerstreetquilts)
Leah of Ponderings from My Heart (@ponderingsfrommyheart)
Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff (@mellierc)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Pat of Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
Pat B. of Life in the Scrapatch (@scrapatches)
Patty of Elm Street Quilts (@elmstreetquilts)
Rebecca of One Wee Bird (@oneweebird)
Sarah of 123 Quilt (@123quilt)
Seema of SSK Craft Shop (@sskcraftshop)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Stephanie of Quilt 'n Party (@quiltnparty)
Tanya of Tanya Quilts in CO (@tanyaquiltsinco)
Teresa of Aurea's Kitchen (@aureaskitchen)
Vickie of Crocheting Vixen (@crochetingvixen)

Both blocks together for a hint of scale. I know for most of the people who visit my blog from time to time these are huge blocks. But change is good. Piecefully, Joanne

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Welcome to my Stop on the Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog Hop

Sugar and Spice
Bloomer Buddies
I was able to finish these two outfits for the Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog Hop. I can't begin to tell you just how much fun I had working on these two little outfits. The Sugar and Spice outfit on the left comes with a dress pattern and what I call a pinafore. Some would call it a sleeveless dress. The instructions were so clear and I really liked the way they came with their own checklist to help you keep track of where you were. (Especially handy for people who get many interruptions while sewing). I added the scarf because the doll owner's Grandma,  who has a far better developed fashion sense than I do, suggested it would be a good accessory. The Grandma also told me that pink was a favourite colour so I made the Bloomer Buddies dress in a pink stripe with a plain pink yoke.
Both patterns require some basic sewing skills but the size makes them much easier to sew than Barbie clothes.

Here I am with the happy recipient. Ivy loaned me her doll so I could tell if the clothes fit and in return she now has two new outfits for her doll. I helped her with the velcro on one and she was good to go on the velcro with the second one. Note that we are all wearing glasses. I was surprised but pleased to see glasses on Ivy's doll. Accessories for dolls have changed in the past 30+ years since I had anyone around me who played with dolls. Ivy has been wearing glasses since she was an infant.
I would love to make more of these outfits and if Ivy's reaction was any indication they would be popular.
Thank you for dropping by my stop on the Blog Hop. If you want to see and/or purchase these or other designs made by Oh Sew Kat you can visit her blog at  https://ohsewkat.wordpress.com/
If you have not had a chance to visit some of the other blog stops here is an updated list.
January 15th: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
January 16th: Seams Sew Lo
January 18th: Sew Haute Blog
January 19th: Seams Like Style
January 22nd: Elli & Nels
January 23rd: Quilts by Joanne
January 24th: Granma Texas Sews
January 25th: Stitched by Jennie
January 26th: Sewing with D
January 29th: Our Play Place
January 31st: Hazelnut Handmade
February 1st: Dear Daydream

Piecefully, Joanne

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Oh Scrap! I am still at it

Who said Waste Triangles are garbage? Not I for sure. This small quilt is 29" square. Each Half Square Triangle finishes at 1 1/8". I was at two retreats last fall and at both of them friends were throwing away their Waste Triangles. I couldn't let that happen. So they would bring them to me in installments and one just stuffed her's in a baggie and dropped the baggie off. I had a lot of fun playing with them and trying to make them into something useful. with the borders on them they are now big enough for the small Project Linus quilts.
As to what else I have been doing. It is a lot of secret sewing. that phrase used to drive me nuts but I totally understand it now.
Piecefully, Joanne
Linking up with Cynthia at Quilting is More fun than Housework (here) and later in the week with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts (here)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Starting today An 18" Doll Clothing Blog Tour


Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo
Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo. 

My day is next week. I had a lot of fun making some doll clothes. A definite change of pace. Check out some of the other participants over the next little while.


Welcome to the Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo!!  Oh Sew Kat has so many doll clothes options. 
We are so excited about the Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo!  Please check out all the wonderful blogs on this tour below:
  1. January 15th: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. January 16th: Seams Sew Lo
  3. January 17th: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
  4. January 18th: Sew Haute Blog
  5. January 19th: Seams Like Style
  6. January 22nd: Elli & Nels
  7. January 23rd: Quilts by Joanne
  8. January 24th: Granma Texas Sews
  9. January 25th: Stitched by Jennie
  10. January 26th: Sewing with D
  11. January 29th: Our Play Place
  12. January 30th: Cross Stitches Custom Clothing
  13. January 31st: Hazelnut Handmade
  14. February 1st: Daydream Sewing and Design