playing with fabric

That’s always fun, isn’t it.  Well for me anyway.  I am hosting a round robin at my quilt guild and need to figure out a palette for my starting block.

A round robin is  way of making a quilt where one person makes the starting(often centre) block and then it is passed to another person to add another block, strip or border.  This continues for as many people as designated in the guidelines and at the end the first person ends up with a finished quilt top that has been worked on by themselves and 5 other quilters( in my plan).  This can be a fun way to challenge yourself, working on something for somebody else, to follow their work, and to learn to let go of your own block and trust that others will do great things.  I chose to do an anonymous swap, which adds to the fun (I think).

I am a little nervous to be in charge of this, but really wanted to be in a round robin, and nobody else seemed to be starting one in our guild, except in one satellite group that did one last year.

I have spent time reading up on how to run these and hope I can get it running smooth and successful.  If I have at least 6 people participating, then we are good to go.  But if needed I will step in and do a 2nd one or pick up if somebody has drop out. Hopefully that won’t happen as I have broken down everything pretty clearly, including the 1 year commitment, making a contribution every 2 months.

And the anonymous bags will come with a label so that each quilter can put their name on the final label.  And look what I found the other day at Bib n’ Tucker


Absolutely perfect for modern quilt round robin labels! I was so excited.

So now to decide on my colour scheme.

Option #1, calm and refreshing blue and green


Option #2, lovely, crazy, a bit busy, rainbows


My concern about the rainbows is that not everybody is a rainbow purist like me, which as I look at 2 of these fabrics, they aren’t true rainbows, so I might take them away.  And I have been saving the horse fabrics for something particular, with some other coordinating turquoise horse fabric from the same line.  Don’t know what that project is, but it makes me hesitate in cutting into it.

Option #3, or maybe I will go with pink and green


Decisions, decisions.  Hmm, I will sleep on that one.

And then I need to come up with block lotto for February.  I have an idea, but have to test the pattern in my head on actual fabric.  Sometimes my ideas work out, sometimes they just don’t:)

Oh, here is my son’s Storm Trooper quilt.  Not fully quilted, but getting there.


even the cat had to get in on the photo shoot!

It’s time for my sewing machine to go in for regular yearly service, so I will take a sewing break this week.

I was reading on another blog (sorry can’t remember which one) about Griddles.  Gotta get me a book of those.  Part grown-up colouring book, part colour by number, and looks like an embroidery pattern. Done by Lorraine Holnback Brodek, an former needlecraft designer.

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To me this looks awesome.  Lots of potential there.

Have a fun week ahead in however you can find your colour.




It’s the spice, right?  And variety goes hand in hand with balance.  Sounds good to me.

I used to do many different crafty things…basket weaving, crocheting, beaded jewelry, stained glass, sewing, embroidery, painting, and Christmas crafting of all kinds.  Then I learned to quilt.  I still did most of the other stuff, but found I was feeling like I never had quite enough time for any one thing.  And I wanted to get better at quilting and that takes time.  I decided to pare down my other craft materials and cut out some altogether so that I could spend more time doing the main thing that I was steadily becoming obsessed with.  It was kind of freeing to have some of those craft things gone.  I still love to make, but don’t feel “obligated” to work with, say, beads, as they are all gone from my house.  I use that word, cause that’s how my brain works.

But sometimes it is good for your brain to do something else.  And it is good to go out with the girls and get away from the house and family sometimes.  So we went to Paint Nite.  You go to a bar/pub and eat, drink and paint.  An artist instructs you step by step to all make the same painting.


It was actually amazing to see the different peacocks that came out of this.  Mine was pretty true to the original ( cause I like to follow directions and rules), but many people altered the colours or perspective, or made an amazingly realistic bird.

It was fun to be creative in a way I haven’t been in a long time, but make it social, and not too brain draining.

And it helped to break up the days of sewing tiny squares.  I worked hard all weekend and got the Storm trooper quilt top together.  Although now seeing the photo, I realize I have missed a whole row of white squares on one side to frame it on all sides.  Better add that.  And I didn’t realize that the medium grey was too dark, and the light grey too light.  Too late to change it now, and it is because I wanted to use fabric I had, and not go buy more.  I think the effect is still pretty good though.


I don’t think the 8 year old will complain or criticize:)

Now I have this week to baste and quilt, in between 4 work days, a Parent Advisory Council meeting, an MQG executive meeting.  Well that’s variety in my week!  Needs to be done for Saturday morning for little M’s big 8th birthday.  And I only have part of the quilting planned.  Hmm.

Hope you have a great week. Threats of snow hereabouts, so we shall see what comes.



getting started

I have spent a LOT of time lately cutting 2.5″ squares and the other day started putting the 786 squares together for M’s upcoming 8th birthday present.

This is the plan:

Strormtrooper pixel art - Stickaz:

Star Wars StormTrooper for those who don’t recognize it.  This is a Perler bead design I found on Pinterest.

I ran out of the dark grey, so have added a darker grey for even more colour transition.  Here they are, ready to go…


the only squares missing are the 99 4.5″ white squares to fill out the background.

Each evening I pin squares together until I run out of pins,

dsc03815 following my plan, section by section.


I started by just using shades of pencil but found I needed more distinction so pulled out random coloured pencil crayons.  This has the added bonus that at a glance M would not realize what this is a picture of!  So I plug along, pinning late in the evening, sewing the next day, pinning the next evening.  It’s coming along well.

from here


to here.


It just takes time.  I am tempted to get more pins, but I really don’t need more except for something like this.

This is where I would put in a photo of my pin filled rainbow pin cushion, but I don’t have a photo of it. hmm, must take one, once it has it’s pins again. You can see a glance of it in a photo a few above, but it is so much nicer when my older son has arranged all the pins in their colour matching pie piece.  He has said more than once ” mom, can’t you put them back in their proper places so that I don’t have to keep organizing them”.  He’s awesome!

So the deadline for this quilt it January 13th so I better stop typing and get sewing while I have a few free hours alone at home.  Enjoy the end of your week.


delayed projects

Doing my entry for Quiltcon was fun and exciting, but didn’t leave room for many other projects that were building up in my sewing area. One project was some infinity scarves.  A friend and I were at the fabric store in September and there was some nice drapey fabric that was on sale, really cheap.  And I am always the one to step up for more projects, I chimed in ” with a meter of that I could sew a nice infinity scarf”.  I made myself one a few years ago.

Well I decided it was long past time to do this “quick ” project.

slippery fabric needs many pins


I double folder and pressed and pinned the cut sides of the meter of fabric, then double folded the ends together.  And Voila.


Originally my friend bought 2 meters so that I could make 2 scarves.  One for her and one for me as payment for making the other.  But then she decided that her mom would love one too, so she’s baking me a pecan pie instead.  Pretty good deal, I think.  She is a great baker.

And now I feel like going to the fabric store and looking for other soft drapey fabric to make another infinity scarf for myself.  But there are WAY too many other sewing projects to do before Christmas.

And M’s 8th birthday quilt.  I love quilts and love to make them, wrap up in them, and gift them.  But deep down I know that a person CAN have too many quilts.  I made baby quilts for both my boys, and decided that at age 4 they could use something bigger and more age appropriate.  That set a precedent of every 4 years( in my logical brain).  So at 8, I made a pixilated dragon for my oldest.


Well, M turns 8 in January, and I have narrowed it down to 2 subjects: a storm trooper(from star wars), or just pixilated sports.

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or something along this line.  Still not sure.  hmm. I really like the storm trooper, but when I have asked round about questions about redecorating his room, M says sports theme. I think I will think about this one after Christmas.
Good luck with your Christmas preparations.  I am looking forward to having a sew date with 2 friends on Friday.  Not sure what I will sew, but I am sure I will find something.