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51  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Art Abandoned quilt on: April 07, 2014 01:35:23 PM
On Facebook there is a group that does art abandonment. I joined a while ago and have littered town with little paintings and embroideries but on a weekend full of finishes and a new spring cleaning in the sewing room. I finished this smallish lap quilt. And decided to drop it in the park.

At 11 am I left this here.

When I drove past again at 3:10 it was gone.
52  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / batik charms to random act of kindness on: April 07, 2014 01:28:54 PM
Yesterday I woke up with an old friends name dancing in my head.

 I had made this quilt top from some won batiks charm packs. I used a new technique and it didn't turn out exactly as I envisioned. But when plan a fell thru I figured I'd finish this one off. And drop it in her mailbox. I can't wait to hear what she thinks.

53  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Three years in the making! Black White and Wonky! on: April 07, 2014 01:11:10 PM
I made this top the first week of January 2011. I finished it this weekend. Smiley .Even tho it is  a little big for a couch quilt i am using it as such cause i LOVE it!

54  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / ottawa senators quilt on: March 23, 2014 07:54:46 PM
My bot is a huge senators fan. I suppose I will just be happy he's not a leafs fan.

When we were in ottawa about four years ago we found a cool senators branded flannel that he said. "You could make an awesome quilt out of"
Fast forward a bunch of years, a couple moves, and me making a billion other NHL pixel quilts and his thirteenth birthday rolls around. For the kid who asked for nothing, who has planned to donate a third of his birthday cash to the humane society, and put a third into his education fund. I pushed thru six weeks of headaches to finish this in time.

And when he opened it. He hugged it. Smiley
55  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Six Baby Quilts January 2014 on: January 28, 2014 06:57:54 AM
I usually try to keep three or four pre-made kicking around. Friends come to me on pretty short notice looking for a shower gift. I should be good a little while now. Cheesy
attic windows space

attic windows Alice In Wonderland

rainbow zigzag

blue bears neutral critters
pirate bay

All have flannel backs. In complimentary or contrasting fabrics. Machine quilted and bound.
56  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / daily reflection 2013 4pm on: January 20, 2014 01:56:56 PM
Last year I stumbled across this post. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417653.0#axzz2qsTeZEof

And i was intrigued. To see if i could stick with something. Everyday. For one whole year. 

And i can say. Absolutely I can. And absolutely I did.  Grin

Every day at 4pm. I checked the sky, matched the colour and dashed it on the calendar in my sewing room. I broke up the year with a 'seasonal' break colour. I'm really pleased.

Some highlights of the year.

The dark blue. We were on our way home from the UK to CAN. At 4pm in both time zones.

The three strange days of misty weird fog while we were in vacation at the beach in June.

And the backing. Cause I love it!

It surprised me how much blue there was. Tho. Not in the last two months of the year. Smiley and I've already started this year's daily. It's a different idea and execution.
57  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / my 'maid of honour' got married quilt on: January 15, 2014 06:49:36 PM
My oldest and dearest friend, the man who stood up for me and owned the title of maid of honour when I got married, found his own lady love. Since they live thousands of kilometers away I have yet to have the pleasure of meeting her. When he first told me of his engagement. He expressed concern that her 'clean modern Scandinavian ' decorating style and his 'bachelor cabin the woods' style would be hard to blend...


. This side is Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter. I'd say that fits one bill.

And for him. I found a basic plaid flannel in greys and blacks.

I got it in the mail yesterday. Hopefully. It will keep them warm during long winter nights. For years to come.
58  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Lily's quilt. aka. passing down the skills on: January 02, 2014 07:47:05 PM
An old friend and her daughter (Cool and I were bugging about today. I had to pick up a backing fabric so we wandered off to the fabric store. Little one decided she wanted to make a quilt of her favourite things. At the store she picked the Canadian fabric (they are dual citizens currently living in the us) and the ombre teal used on the side borders.

When we got back here she sketched out her plan, I handed over the sharpie fabric paint pens and cut the 8" white blocks. The list of her favourite things include.
Me, my best friend, Butthead (her cat), mom, hearts, Canada, Dr. Seuss, and her iPad. The Butthead pic just slays me.

 While her mom and I made apple cider caramels she created her masterpieces. Then. To the sewing machine. We went over pinning and why we do it. I showed her how to use the quarter inch foot. And let her rip. Then we learned pressing seams and pinning again. And we found a kid who LOVES the iron. Even though it did get a burn in. In really no time she had this top together.
I personally was impressed at how long this was able to maintain her attention. I guess I'm used to boys. Smiley
She picked a green frog flannel from my stash for the back. And while they went off for dinner I basted and quilted and bound it. Ready for pick up tomorrow.

And an in progress shot ...

*mods...if the presence of Butthead warrants a mature tag please apply or let me know ASAP. thanks.*
59  Category Challenges / Quilting: Challenge Entries / quilt your happiness. Paint box. on: October 21, 2013 08:25:11 PM
Colours. Simple patterns. Easy quilting. Something to wrap around a lap at an arena. This quilts my happiness.

When I quilt I like colour. Lots of colour. Random chaos of colour. That makes me happy.

 Some of these blocks were made by craftsters all over the world. And that makes me happy.

And the softness of the flannel on the back. That makes me happy.

And having another finish. That makes me happy.

60  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Life in triangles quilt. on: September 29, 2013 11:59:31 AM
Where to start this quilt's story.

How about months ago. I started setting 'absolute love favourite favourite' fat quarters in a pile. For a quilt for me... Someday.   But i have been crazy busy with commissions.

Last Saturday afternoon a scary tweet crossed my feed. The local police posted a missing report of a old friend. Someone i saw around town, but hadn't really caught up with in a while. Saturday evening, reports came in he had been located. Sunday morning's press release was "deceased, no foul play suspected". Sadness abounds.

In my process of processing this early death I found myself  unable to get to the commissions I have half done and knew I had to make myself something  that I would love. To add some warmth and beauty to the world. As Chris had done.

I started cutting with no really plan. And had always sworn I would never make another equilateral triangle quilt. But.  Never swear to yourself. Smiley over the week between the visitation and reconnecting with dozens if people I hadn't seen in years, between beers and tears and the funeral, I poked away.

I had some problems with this one. But it's like life.

It has a chaos in order if you know where to look, sometimes you lose a point or two and you end up with unexpected wrinkles. But it makes me happy to look at it. And after a week like this. Sometimes the small smiles mean the most. RIP Chris.

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