Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Christmas Dresden Plate Pillow

Christmas Dresden Plate Pillow

Overcome with the urge to create something Christmassy, and quilty... (because frankly, much of thinking about other aspects of Christmas is far too overwhelming right now)... this Dresden Plate Pillow was created.

  Christmas Dresden Plate Pillow

I used up a bunch of scraps from making the quilt you see behind the pillow a couple of years ago, and some table runners for family members last year. The scraps are pretty much all from Basic Grey's lines Blitzen and Fruitcake.

Hand Quilting the Dresden Plate Christmas Pillow

I hand quilted it with my favourite Aurifil thread in a nice heavy 12 wt. A thoroughly enjoyable experience, as always.

Dresden Plate Christmas Pillow

After it has a little wash, I'm sure it will fit the pillow form nicely, right?

So.... are you Christmas quilting?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Giveaway Winner!

My first giveaway is now over, so I got to figure out how to make one of these nifty random number generators for the first time.  It tells me that comment number 55 is the winner of the Les Amis fat quarter bundle!

So the winner is Angela Smith!!  I will be contacting Angela and getting her bundle to her from Double Decker Fabric.  Thanks everyone for entering and for visiting Double Decker Fabric online!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Little Triangle Baby Quilt

I had some trouble with photographing this's minus 30 Celsius outside, so the one photo I got that is actually in focus is angled.  I promise, the quilt is square!  Oh well, I was feeling the need to share so this is what you get!

Triangle Baby Quilt

I made this with a variety of triangles, obviously, and varying shades of aqua, Kona solids as a background. Clever observers may recognize this quilt as being inspired by an Anthropologie quilt that made the rounds in blogland a bit ago.

Triangle Baby Quilt

I really do want to be original some day. But for now, as I said above, this is what you get!  The binding, since we are looking at it, is an Anna Maria Horner print...

Triangle Baby Quilt

The backing is my favourite! Anna Maria Horner VOILE! It is so very, very soft and snuggly. And so pretty too!

Triangle Baby Quilt

I quilted it in straight lines on my machine with pale gray Aurifil in 50 wt.  It finishes at about 35" by 41" and the batting is Warm & Natural.

Triangle Baby Quilt

So there it is! Have to run and put another log in the woodstove!  And wrap up in a quilt.  And make some tea... hope it's warmer where you are, but maybe not.  It *is* rather cozy in here :)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Yay! A Giveaway!

Hello friends! A couple months ago, I stumbled upon a Pinterest board by fellow Canadian Sheryl Sylvester at Thread Riding Hood. She listed a plethora of CANADIAN online quilt shops, several of which I was familiar with, several which were new to me, and a couple of those which really stood out. Double Decker Fabric was one of them.

With Dorienne's carefully curated collection of super fun and modern prints, there is something for everyone - whether you are a quilter or a sewist who sticks to home decor, children's projects, bags or clothes, there are some really cute fabrics you need to check out at Double Decker.

And my Canadian friends in particular understand, we really would rather spend our money on fabric than on postage from the US.  Dorienne's flat rate is 5 bucks anywhere in Canada.  FREE if you order $100.

Ok. Let's talk about the fabric. I am particularly fond of these geeky, but very trendy prints from Riley Blake's Geekly Chic line:

Mixtape!! And these glasses!!

Dorienne also carries 100% organic fabrics by the wonderful Birch designers (who we also know as Fabricworm! One of the first places I ever ordered modern fabric!) Aren't these elephants adorable?

She also has solids!! There is more in the store to look at, but let's not get too distracted because... 

I am very excited to announce my very first GIVEAWAY, right here on my little blog! Dorienne of Double Decker Fabric is offering this lovely fat quarter bundle of fabrics from the Les Amis Line by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics.  Don't you love those little forest foxes and owls?


The bundle includes one fat quarter each (as shown above) of: 

Forest Friends 
Faux Bois 
Socks the Fox
and Turtle Parade 

To win, all you have to do is comment on this post and you will be entered in the giveaway. You can click over and like Double Decker Fabric on Facebook, too! There's no extra entry for that, but I know Dorienne would appreciate it if you stopped by.

The giveaway will close at 12 midnight Mountain Time on Saturday, November 24, 2013.  Thanks for visiting and entering!

Edited to add:  Please be sure you are not a no-reply person on Blogger,  or there will be no way for me to contact you if you win!  Right now there are 7 people entered who are no-reply, meaning I do not have your email address to contact you :(   Click on the button below to learn more:

Edited: November 24, 2013 midnight  
COMMENTS CLOSED - Thanks for entering!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I Survived! (and I Quilted!)

Hey there!  It's been quiet from me for a bit.  I was single mothering for almost 10 days while all the mature male members of my collection were away to Orlando.  My older sons are very talented Minecraft artists and went (with my husband as chaperone) to Minecon, a Minecraft convention/trade show.  And took in the fun sights of Florida, too!

I stayed home with the younger boys and tried to keep my head above water by quilting late into the night.  Wait, I do that anyways.  Well, it was harder this time!

I finished this:

American Jane Snowball 9 Patch Quilt

American Jane Snowball 9 Patch Quilt

American Jane Snowball 9 Patch Quilt

There are a few things going on in this quilt that I shall comment on.  One, I machine quilted most of it with Aurifil 50 wt, in beige on the bottom (bobbin) and ivory on the top.  Then I hand quilted the "snowballs" around the insides (roughtly 1/4 inch in) with various colours of heavier Aurifil and DMC threads (8 and 12 wts).

You know how when you quilt something different on the border than you do in the middle, there is a reckoning that has to happen between the two motifs where they meet?  Well, my motifs were weird about it.  I did straight lines following the diagonal in the middle and then a cross hatch following the plaid on the border.  Sometimes I ended up sewing over the same lines twice and sometimes I left a blank spot on the back of that border/middle seam line.  It just depended on what my crazy brain was doing and where I thought it made sense to sew.  Well... on the back it looked weird.  So my solution was to go over the whole thing with a thick decorative machine stitch that looks like a blanket stitch.  You can see it in this picture: 

American Jane Snowball 9 Patch Quilt

The quilt came out to 54" by 71".   All the fabrics are American Jane, from the lines ABC 123 and School Days.  I should mention that I used an Ikea sheet on the back of this one as well.

And the other thing I did was to attempt some swirly, whirly loops on this quilt here.  Slow, slow going as this one is making me pull my shoulders up to my ears and I need to take frequent breaks to un-knot.   But I'm learning, so "yay!".

Quilting on Flora Quilt
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