Sunday, April 26, 2015

An Antique Beauty…

After Sandi ( from Shhdesigns Blog) read my post yesterday, she thought she would way in, take the initiative and share pictures of her antique quilt…I’m sure Sandi thought I needed a wee nudge to get me to start this new quilt…SO she sent me pictures of her antique quilt to give me that final SHOVE to start this Dresden Kissing Daisy Quilt…. (for lack of a better name?) IMG_2698

And what a quilt she is!! This is an antique beauty that Sandi found in her travels…if you read Sandi’s blog (and you should!) then you know that she finds and rescues quilts all the time!  This one is breathtaking!  Absolutely magnificent!  I love the cheddar background and the scrap happy fabrics that the quilter used …and then for the icing on the cake, she tied the whole quilt together with the solid turquoise centres…

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and matching WIDE turquoise binding!  PERFECT!  The quilter left the quilt in the zigzag shape and bound it with an extra wide binding…2 1/2” on each side…more like a border than a binding and then she hand quilted the whole shebang…she even quilted the binding! 

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LOVE*LOVE*LOVE this quilt!!  Yup, this was the quilt that broke this quilter’s back…I immediately rushed out to Staples so that I could photocopy the Paper Piecing pattern… which I downloaded from HERE!

Thanks Sandi, I needed that…I think!! 

NOW what fabrics to use?  Definitely scrappy…but what background?  I love the cheddar but I have NOTHING in my house that is orange…nothing!  I think it’s time to trash the Stash and see what I can pull!!

Have a Sunny Sunday and Happy Stitching!~P

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Deja Vu?

Have you ever had a quilt stuck in your brain…?  You love it, it has a ‘Deja Vu’ feeling about it, you KNOW that you have seen it in a magazine or a book?  Maybe in real life?  You know that you might already have the pattern…??

I had all those feelings after Claire sent me this picture…one of many that I showed yesterday.

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Slowly I whittled away at my brain…and came up with this…

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I saw this quilt at Road to California…very similar!  I loved it…It’s called ‘Vintage Spin’ by Kathy Doughty (Material Obsession author).  I think to make this block you start the block off like a Dresden plate and then cut the Dresden circles into squares.  Kind of a waste of fabric…but these blocks are so pretty…and I don’t own Kathy’s newest book..yet!

I kept looking…I found this in my ‘yet to be filed’ pile of pulled out patterns from old magazine patterns…BINGO!!  Come to mama!

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This pattern is bang on!

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And it’s a paper pieced pattern!  YIPPEEEEEE!!  I’m in LOVE!!

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This pattern is called ‘Catena’ and it can be found in Quilters Newsletter Dec/Jan 2013!  Look no further!

Except when it rains out here on the West Coast of Canada it POURS!!  Because LOOK at what I found tidying up my magazines…after some ‘crazy lady’ messed them up!  (Check out the left hand bottom corner…yup…this pattern is turning up EVERYWHERE!!)

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This one is made using templates…ugh! 

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I rarely have any satisfying results with THESE…(said with disgust!)

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It is pretty though….

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But what’s THIS?  (Note to self…always read the fine print!!)

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It’s a WEB BONUS to Paper Pieced lovers!!  Did you hear THAT music??  So I went on line and found THIS!  Which means YOU can go there too…

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…and download your own pattern to make this wonderful quilt!!  Just go HERE!!  And the good news is, the designer of this quilt is Victoria Findlay Wolfe…fellow blogger over at…15 Minutes of Play!  Hey, do you think if we spend 15 Minutes everyday on this quilt it would end up looking like this…??  It’s worth a try!  Go NOW and download your PP templates…grab some fabric and get cracking!  You know you wanna…:o)

Have a Super Saturday and Happy Quilting!~P

Friday, April 24, 2015

Claire’s Field Trip…

Claire went on a Field Trip this week with a few of her quilting friends…to a Museum in Sidney (a small seaside town just outside of Victoria on Vancouver Island).  Being a retired Kindergarten Teacher, Claire has been on her fair share of field trips and a lot of those trips involved going to museums…But finally Claire went on one that she could REALLY enjoy and appreciate…Sidney had a little mini quilt show in the basement of their old post office (which is now a Museum).  It was hosted by a group of quilters called ‘Loose Threads SEW-ciety’ (got to love their name!)!

Check out what Claire saw on her field trip…magnificent QUILTS!  Some new…like this beauty!  Would you believe that all of these shapes have been machine appliqued onto the background!!

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You can make out the wee zigzags on each shape…

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Look at this wee scrappy pineapple quilt…see the red middle triangle…it was only 1/4” wide!

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Now for some of the older quilts owned by these quilters..they were under glass…

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I REALLY want to make one of these!!

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And how sweet is this house quilt…LOVE IT!

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If you live in the area and would like to attend this quilt show, you can get the information HERE!

Don’t you love this old grocery ‘check-list’!

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Now this is what I call a FIELD TRIP…and there was no little Johnny hanging from the quilt rods, no little Robby using a quilt to wipe his runny nose, no pushing, no shoving, no whining at the water fountain…no late bus…but yes, I have to say there was drooling, lots of DROOLING…and I confess that a lot of that drooling came from ME…LOVE that vintage whirly quilt, the clam shell quilt, the house quilt, the apple core…and so on…and so on….  Such scrappy happy goodness! 

Hey, Claire…ain’t retirement grand!  And no that’s not a questions!  It’s a FACT!

Have a FUN Friday and Happy Stitching!~P