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Sunday, 21 March 2021

Spring Promise

The old saying of "time flies when you are having fun" is certainly true in my case.  When I have my head down designing and sewing, little else gets attended to.  (like blogging...or housework!) 

I've really been concentrating on new designs lately, and have well over a dozen sketched out.  Not all of those will come to fruition of course;  some will get added to the "what was I thinking??" pile.  Others are just snippets of ideas...things that might work for a border, or as a secondary block, but not be the star of the quilt.  Those go into a vault for when an idea is needed.  

This week with the approach of spring, it was time to sew a new runner - a quick and simple one. It features a central appliqued blocks flanked on each end by checkerboard patchwork.  The petal elements are arranged in a circle.  

I have found the easiest way to get a perfect circle is to fold the fabric into quarters, and press it lightly to mark the lines.  Then I rifle through all the pot lids in the kitchen to find one the size of my circle.  I trace around this with a Hera marker, so that I have no marks to remove afterwards.
As you can see, it leaves nice registration marks in the fabric, which come out with a quick press once the elements are added.

I decided to use 50 weight thread to do the blanket stitch around the edges.  

The end panels are quilted in diagonal lines using a walking foot.  The fun begins with the centre block, where feathery shapes are free motion quilted.
The feathers almost look like butterflies. (Happy accident!)
The pattern is available from my website and you can follow the links there for printed or downloadable versions. As always, I am grateful for the sharp eyes of Cheryl Coville of Grandma Coco Designs for her help in checking the instructions.
I've also done up thread sets with spring colours of Aurifil 50 weight which you can find here


The pictures are a wee bit pale because our weather was anything but spring-like for the photo shoot. (it was snowing!) However...we do have the promise of spring. :)


Monday, 8 February 2021

February Snow

 Nova Scotia had a dusting of snow overnight (we understand between 30-45+ cm, but no official word on how much our area received. We know Polly was greeted with a nice wall of snow at the back door.

Here are the steps from the bottom.

With Polly's guidance we made short work of clearing the drive.


Luckily, we have no need to be in the backyard for anything other than to make snow angels. (Polly does not like doing those.)


Tuesday, 2 February 2021

One Bite At A Time

The Aurifil Color Builders  program has launched, and the block for January is a Sumatran Elephant.  I couldn't wait to tear into my beautiful little box of threads!

This month includes 3 greys: 2600 Dove, 2610 Light Blue Grey, and 5004 Grey Smoke.  I chose similar shades from my stash of  batiks.  I particularly like that one in the middle, from Island Batik.  It looks very elephanty to me.  I also chose violet as an accent colour, and blue for the background.

The foundation patterns for this program are designed by Cassandra Beaver; the detail is fabulous. The colours have nice contrast and work well in the pattern.  When I began, I thought that light grey section below was his trunk, but soon realized it was the other end of the elephant! (The foundations arrive reversed.)
I am as yet undecided as to whether I will quilt and bind this as a stand-alone mini-quilt (it's 16" square), or quilt each of the blocks and join them as a quilt-as-you-go at the end of the year.  My other option of course, is simply to join all the blocks when they are complete and quilt them traditionally.  We'll see.

In addition to the foundation-pieced pattern, there is also an embroidery design sent each month. I don't have an embroidery machine, so I will be doing mine free-hand free motion on my domestic sewing machine.  It should prove interesting. These patterns are exclusive to Aurifil Colour Builders 2021.  If you would like to join in, you may do so at any time.  I've ordered extras, which you can find here. We ship across Canada.  More details on the program may be found on the Aurifil website.




Sunday, 24 January 2021

Roxi's Rhythmic

This has got to be one of the best versions of "Rhythmic" I've seen!
Roxi Miner, from western Canada, has chosen a vibrant palette which is perfect for this design. The bold colours with high contrast really add spin.  I love it, and it looks great on her table.

Roxi has made Rhythmic several times, giving them all away. Her latest version she is keeping for herself.   She has been very generous in sharing pictures of her gorgeous work, and I have posted the below shots before.


The pattern for Rhythmic is available on my website as a mailout , or here as an instant download.  Below is my original version, shown hanging at Paducah...

...and in the Hands All Around Exhibit at International Quilt Festival:

 Thanks so much for sharing, Roxi.  I can't wait to see the next one! :)

Friday, 22 January 2021

Aurifil Thread Case Special

Our thread store has recently received a LARGE order from Aurifil; we are (literally!) stocked to the ceiling with thread! 

As usual, the ever-vigilant Polly was on the job to inspect the packages. (There might just be some Catnip-19 in there...)

In total, the boxes weighed a little over 32 lbs.  If you consider how light a single spool of thread is, you can appreciate this is a LOT of thread!  We are really doing our best to stay ahead of any hold-ups that may occur due to the on-going pandemic.  We do not want our sewing interrupted! One of the things we were able to secure was another carton of the thread + case specials which were so popular awhile back. 

These are a terrific deal, with a spool of 50 weight 2024 Mako cotton thread plus a reusable storage case which holds 12 large spools, both for just $19.99.  As you know, the thread sells on its own for $14.99 and the cases are $12.99 so it’s a great price, and good time to stock up.  These sold out very quickly last time we had them.

We also ordered in a couple of extra Colour Builders sets for January in case you missed out on joining earlier. This is a fabulous monthly subscription from Aurifil which highlights the plight of endangered species world wide.  In addition to the thread, subscribers receive exclusive embroidery and foundation piecing patterns each month, the latter being designed by the talented Cassandra Beaver.

Our collections have been replenished, including a brand new one from Edyta Sitar called  "Secret Stash". 

You can order these items from the website https://sew-karen-ly-created.square.site  We deliver across Canada, and offer local contact-less pickup.