Fox Quilt

My little sister Clarissa’s totem is the silver fox and when I found this grey fabric with little swirls in it, I knew it was and still is perfect. It was my first attempt at Applique with a sewing machine! I had no idea that maybe choosing a thread that fits the background or the colour of the object would have been better, I chose pink. It didn’t turn out super perfect but I still love that little fox.

Then I gathered pink/red and black fabric from my small stash that I had at that time. My stash has grown since then but back thenI still had to order fabric for a project.

I did not want this to turn into black and pink only so I added a bit of soft teal to it.

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Clarissa told me that she puts it on her bed every day and when we went to Germany the last time I could see that it as true :-) Magically it also fits exactly onto her bed even though I had not exactly measured the whole quilt when I made it. I am bad that way!

Big hug to my little sis! We miss you and hope to see you soon!

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Irish Theme at the Modern Quilt Gilde

This was quite some time ago but I finally found a minute or two to upload pictures and write something. The summer has been somewhat crazy in a good and bad way. Today we are expecting 32C in Edmonton so I like to look at pictures in which I am wearing a hoodie :-). I am not complaining but my body is not made for 32C. I am perfectly happy when the temperature is around 20C.

Back to the topic at hand. We had picked the Irish Theme at our Modern Quilt Gild Meeting and this is what I made. I found this wonderful and cute little bag online on the Spoonful of Sugar  website and I loved it. I made one trial bag that got immediately snatched away by my daughter. I later found it stuffed to the brim with My Little Pony items. I am ok with that because it gets used.

See the little tag in rainbow colours? Yes. It is the end of the rainbow and inside the bag I hid some gold coins aka chocolate coins.

The recipient loved it by the way.

The mug rug itself was inspired by Jacquelynene Steves and I could not stop making them. I made Valentine versions in red and cream. I gave several away…and forgot to take pictures of course. Some days I am glad that my head is attached to my shoulders….

 

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On my way to the Gild Meeting already running late my husband shot one more picture. Birdie playing in the background with the trial bag and wearing a ponytail. A rare occassion and worth a picture.

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Ta-ra..I am on the hunt for the gold pot at the end of the rainbow. See you soon.

 

Mug Rugs

I am either waaaaay behind or waaay early- I let you decide. These are the mug rugs I made for Valentine’s Day. One in small and one slightly bigger. It was nice to finally use my red fabric haha.

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What I am working on

I have a couple….ok..various…ok ok a lot of things that I started. There are days when I have hardly time to go into my sewing room and sew and there are days when I do have time. So I started a couple of quilt tops and for the busy days I started some smaller projects. I made a handful of Easter baskets that I still have to show and upload the pictures. I also have 3 quilt tops I am working on for my little Bird. This one will very likely be mine :-)

The Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild had a swap last time and the theme was “Irish”.  What could be closer than the Irish Chain for a Quilt? I knew I would never get this done, basted and quilted in a month. I made a triangle pouch and a mug rug in white, green and orange. The pictures are on my husband’s Iphone and I will try and download them for the next update.

Here is the first layout of the cut out blocks which still need to be sown together. Then I have to decide if I want borders around it, which colour to chose or should I use triangles? So many decissions to make. I wanted to make the quilt top one block wider but ran out of fabric. I had chosen a fabric that is called “Once upon a time” in white and green instead of going for the traditional solid white. Now I am paying the price. Let’s see if I can still make it work.

 

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Ronny Comic’s Quilt

It took me almost a year to finish this quilt. Not because it is so very difficult but more because I started it and then did’t quite like it. I had to open seams and was too lazy to actually do it so I put it away for a while. Then I wanted to do a course at the Sparrow Studioz in Edmonton and I needed to finish a quilt. Perfect timing! I had to finish it for the longarm quilting course.

The night before the course….

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I had a blast and love the fact that I don’t have to baste my quilt-whoo hoo! Our instructors were super helpful and very nice. Now I know that I don’t have to be intimidated by the big machines. They picked a really easy design the loops and it fit my theme perfectly. I also love the red thread that we picked- I call it the Superman Red! Here is a picture so that you can see the thread.

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I have Superman, Batman, Star Treck and The Marvel Avengers in the mix and it worked out pretty well.

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I actually wanted the backing to be just one fabric. I had picked the dark blue fabric wiht the comic “bubbles” but what I had not taken into account was that I added the triangle border to the quilt. I ran out of fabric!!! It was Friday 11:30am and I had to pick up Birdie at 2:30pm. I did’t have much time to drive to the store and get more fabric. To make matters worse was that the fabric was no longer in stock. I couldn’t find a fabric that really matched either. I hung my head and was close to do something completely different. I picked a blue plaid fabric and drove home. Almost there I decided to check in on the other store in Millwoods that was about to close down their business and was super lucky. I found the fabric for the sides (barb wire, funny “manly slogans” etc.) that was part of the same fabric line. YAY. Day saved I raced home to finish the back.

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The quilting gives the Dude a really muscular look, don’t you think? My hubby likes his new Quilt and Birdie wanted to know who the grumpy blue guy was, haha.

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My Little Pony Pennant

Oh ya, I forgot about that one- I made this pennant for Birdie’s last birthday. I am not sure what possessed me but I decided to make her a My Little Pony Pennant using felt and then sewing them onto some fabric. Needless to say it took forever! The last night before Birdie’s actual birthday Hubby got the glue gun out and helped me because he saw the expression on my face and listened to me muttering…..safe sign that I was about to lose it :-)

Hi Ponies….

Applejack

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Twilight Sparkle:

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Rainbow Dash:

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Rarity:

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I also tried to find fabric that would correspond with their cutie mark or their abilities. Yes, definitely a dash of grandeur there… So I added some apples, balloons, butterflies, rainbow unicorns and purple and white stripes- you get the drift.

Happy Birthday, Birdie. I don’t think I will do that again haha.

Brookie’s Bear Quilt

Ach ja, da war ja noch einer, den ich Anfang letzen Jahres fertiggestellt hatte.

Meine Freundin Brookie hat mir erzaehlt, dass ihr Totem der Baer ist und ob ich ihr nicht einen Quilt machen koennte. Da ich aber noch nicht wirklich viel Erfahrung im Quilten hatte, habe ich mich fuer einfachere Muster entschieden. Wer Brookie kennt, der weiss, dass man sie nicht in “Schubladen stecken” kann. Das wollte ich irgendwie mit diesem Quilt zeigen, daher die unterschiedlichen Muster fuer jeden Bereich des Quilts. Ausserdem wollte ich keine Teddybaerversion produzieren, die einen niedlichen Baeren zeigt. Teddybaeren sind suess, aber fuer mein Projekt musste ich mit etwas anderem daherkommen. Also habe ich einen Baeren in die Mitte gesetzt, der ein bisschen wilder aussieht und in seinem natuerlichen Element ist. Eigentlich wollte ich ihn huebsch auf den Stoff applizieren, aber es sah wuest aus. Leicht veraergert bin ich mit der Maschine wild hin und hergefahren. Zu meiner grossen Ueberraschung hat mir das Endergebnis richtig gut gefallen. Es war ein grummeliger und zotteliger Baer und so sollte er auch sein.

Danach habe ich versucht Wasser/Fluss, Wald, freien Himmel, Sterne und Aurora Borealis nachzustellen. Ich hatte auf jeden Fall viel Spass damit und fand es erstaunlich befriedigend alle Regeln zu brechen und mich an kein Muster zu halten. Ich wusste ausserdem, dass ich klaeglich an komplizierten und filigranen Mustern scheitern wuerde. Ich wusste, dass ich dafuer noch nicht bereit war. Irgendwann mal, aber nicht zu dem Zeitpunkt.

Brookie liebt Ihren Baer-Quilt.

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Ich habe Ewigkeiten gebraucht, um den richtigen Stoff fuer die Rueckseite zu bekommen und habe noch meine “Fehlkaeufe” im Schrank liegen. Keine Sorge, sie werden noch verbraucht werden. Hier habe ich einen blauen Baerentatzenstoff gewaehlt. Natuerlich hatte ich mich beim Kauf vertan und nicht genug Stoff uebrig. Also habe ich kurzerhand einen zweiten Stoff dazwischengenaeht, der aus Loewen und Tigern bestand. Der Totem ihres Mannes ist ein Bergloewe und das war “as close as it gets”. Fuer den Rand habe ich einfach meine Stoffreste zusammengenaeht und so das Buendchen hergestellt. Ich muss sagen, dass ich stolz bin auf diesen Quilt.

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Brookie is a friend of mine who is interested in Shamanisimn and her totem is the Bear. I decided to make her a quilt with a bear in it. At that point I had very limited experiences in quilting and knew I would have to stick to the easier patterns.

If you know Brookie, then you know that you cannot stick her in categories and “label” who she is. She is unique and I am very glad to know her and call her my friend. Somehow I wanted to translate that into quilting. I knew this would allow me to break every rule but still create a typical quilting product. First decission was to pick a motif that was not a cuddly teddybear in pink or babyblue. They are cute but that is not what I wanted. Instead I picked a somewhat more natural looking bear. I appliqued him onto some unbleached cotton and created negative space. I like it that way. My stitching is horrible and I was soo angry with myself when I was done. So angry in fact that I went around and around the bear like a mad woman. To my utter surprise I liked it. He is grumpy and wild. Love it. (Hey Brookie, you are not grumpy but this bear had to be :-) ).

Then I wanted to put him into an “Alberta background” so I started with the water/river, added the forest, the sky, the stars and Aurora Borealis. I had so much fun creating this quilt because I could work in stages, not having to worry too much about seam allowances and trimming blocks to a certain size. I went crazy and wild quilting-wise :-) and it was a great experience.

The backing is a flanelette showing a blue background with bear paw prints. Since I didnt really meassure anything I was short and had to add a strip in the middle. It shows Lions and Tiger which I thougth fit because her husband’s totem is the mountain lion and this is as close as it gets.

Brookie says she loves this Quilt.


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