Friday, 31 July 2015

It Just Came to Me...

I had the urge to put something together really quick.  When I go through my projects and fabric, this fabric always jumps out at me.  It is so pretty.

I bought it as a kit for a "quilt-as-you-go" table-runner but once I started it, I quickly lost interest in the pattern.

I decided to create one quilt block, quilt and bind it so it becomes a table-topper or wall hanging.  My grandmother-in-law has an upcoming birthday and she has always been very interested in my quilting as she has always been an avid sewer (okay... not sure how to spell that or if it is even a word) herself.

I absolutely LOVE how it turned out... all done in an hour or so.

Sometimes abandoning a project just makes better sense then to have it lingering around.  Pretty fabric needs to be used and I much prefer this to what it was supposed to become.  My only regret is that I don't have more of this fabric so I can make something else.  

Today I am sharing my finish with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.  

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Fabri-Quilt New Blog Hop 2015

I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience as part of the New Quilt Bloggers 2015 which has just recently ended but many of the participants, including myself, just want to keep it going... blog hopping around and learning new things and making some quilt-blogger friends along the way.  Well it's going to continue with this next experience:

2015 Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop

Each participant will be receiving new fabric to then design and create a quilt block.  Like I have said before, I want to push myself out of my comfort zone so I hopped on board with this experience.  I am always taking patterns and tweaking them a bit or I will create a whole quilt design for myself so designing a quilt block shouldn't be too far of a stretch but the exciting (and nerve-wracking) part is creating a tutorial for the whole world to see!  Wish me luck!  It's all hush-hush right now but stay tuned!

Today I am linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts... because it's been a while!

Monday, 20 July 2015

New Quilt Bloggers 2015 - More About Me

Hi there!  Welcome to my "second" blog... The Farmhouse Quilter.  By second, I  mean that I also write another, Glenroy Farm Family Chronicles, which I write to capture my family's life and experiences.  I have to admit, I haven't been keeping up with it as much as I should but every so often I throw in some recent photos to share.  I like to write and I want to remember EVERYTHING so one day I decided to throw caution to the wind and record my thoughts online so that when my husband and I are older, we can pull out our ipads (tee hee) and read about the amazing life we have had.  This past year, I decided to create another blog devoted to my quilting passion.  I want to share and learn and the best part of my quilt blogging so far is this group:  New Quilt Bloggers 2015 .

2015 New Quilt Bloggers Group

More About Me:

My name is Deb.  I am in my late 30s.  40 is fast approaching but honestly I don't care very much.  I try hard to live my life with few regrets and take each day with great appreciation.  Whoa that sounds heavy but I am trying to live an intentional life.

My husband and I have been married for almost 13 years and have three amazing children:  a daughter who just turned 11, a son who is 8, and a daughter who is 6 years old.  We live on a farm in eastern Ontario, running a large family business (with other family members) growing and selling fruits and vegetables locally (McGregor's Produce).  I work part time for our business as the staff manager and marketing manager. I also have a small jam-making business. I started off as a teacher after I finished university but once we started our family we decided it would be really good if I could stay home and look after them and work more and more with our family business.  As the kids grew, so did my responsibilities with our business and the rest is history.  I am thankful every day that we can do what we want - that is what living the dream is all about!

When I was 7 months pregnant with my second child (Alex) I decided to learn to quilt (what was I thinking??).  Over the years I would dabble in sewing, my mom would let me use her machine for little projects I would make and I remember making my first quilt in high school for an assignment.  I don't exactly know why I wanted to learn to quilt 9 years ago but I have always been a lover of all things creative and I would consider myself crafty.

Let's get back to my passion for quilting.  I took a class from an amazing woman who is highly respected in the local quilting community.  She taught me the basics of quilting but also was very strict on technique.  As a result, I can do binding with the best of them and know exactly how to get my points to line up.  Once I had that class under my belt, away I went and 9 years later I am still surprising myself with how confident I am with new quilting projects.  My husband bought me my first sewing machine, a lovely dependable Kenmore but a few years ago I invested in a quilting machine and she is one of my best friends, my Pfaff Expression 2.0.  We have laughed together, cried together...

How about a look at some of my favourite projects:

I have made many baby quilts and this is one of them, which I made quite a few years ago.
 My oldest daughter is inspecting it to make sure it is cuddly enough.

I dabble in making clothing (of which I find very difficult).
This is a pillowcase dress.

I have also made quite a few rag quilts.  I made this one for my brother and sister-in-law.
They experienced a house fire so I made this as a housewarming gift for when they rebuilt their home.

I love sewing bags.   I have made this pattern over and over again.

I made this table runner for my mother-in-law a few years ago.  This project was a turning
point for me as I realized I was capable of more than I thought - small pieces with precise points!

This was a special project.  My husband's cousin passed away in a very tragic accident.
He had a wife and two young daughters.  I made this quilt for them in pretty pastel pink colours
 - girly colours for a girly house!

I made this quilt for our youngest daughter last fall for her 6th birthday.

I love doing applique and I found this pattern in a local quilt shop.  I decided against
buying the kit and to try to do some stash-busting.  I was very happy with how it turned out.
The backing is scottish plaid so I have it turned over for the rest of the year (we are a half-scottish family).

This quilt was one of the easiest quilts to make but it turned out so beautiful.
I made this for a new nephew when he was born this past winter and then borrowed it back
for my local quilt guild's show in early June.

This is my very first commissioned quilt and I almost didn't send it away...
I pieced and quilted the whole thing!

This little project was fun.  The guild that I am a member of hosted a orphan block swap.
I got the centre block and matching fabric and created this little table runner
What am I up to now?

Quite a lot actually.  Among all of the work for our farm business and having three kids at home with me for the summer... I have a few quilting projects on the go!  I actually have three more commissioned  quilts to make, a quilt for my daughter to finish, and so many more projects I WANT to make.  This fall I have plans to make my way through the book from Shea Henderson, The School Of Sewing and possibly host a small group of sewing friends to go along with me.
Some day I want to teach quilting and sewing classes and I would love to make more quilts to sell. Let's just say I want to fund my quilting habit!

Quilting Tips:
Buy good quality fabric.  It makes a world of difference for how easy the projects goes.  I have learned this lessons a few times.
One of my favourite tips:  Quilt with wine!  I saw this title on a quilting magazine once and just had to buy it!  It took me a long time to figure out how to free-motion quilt but one of my favourite things to do is to have a glass of wine (or two) as I am quilting.  Actually, just plain being relaxed is the key!

Blogging Tip:
I am very new to the world of blogging.  I feel like I have so much to learn but one thing I have learned is to do baby steps when creating and improving your blog.  The templates are good for starting out but changing things within your blog a little at a time is less daunting than making your blog perfect right from the start.

I am so appreciative to our our hosts for this experience - I have learned so much and don't really want it to end!

My Hive Momma:
Stephanie at The Late Night Quilter
and our Hive

New Blogger Series

 Our Other Hosts:
Yvonne at Quilt Jet Girl
Cheryl at Meadowmist Designs
Terri Ann at Childlike Fascination

I am sending a big shout-out to my hive-mates also posting this week:
Margo at Shadowlanequilts and Crafts
Josie at Avocado Quilts
Emma at My Handmade Home Journey

Well I'm off!  It's crazy hot and humid here so we are heading to the pool at my inlaw's this afternoon.  Thank goodness for air-conditioning in my home because I have two birthday cakes to make first.