Wednesday, 18 November 2015

A Christmas Project Inspired by FarmGirl Vintage, By Lori Holt

There is something so exciting about learning something new! It's actually quite exhilarating... the process can be daunting, frustrating, all-consuming but once you reach the goal it's like a weight has been lifted and a sense of happiness washes over. I write a blog to share but along the journey I have discovered that it takes up quite a bit of time. I am not a perfectionist but I do have standards and I like to be "in the know" of what is around me. That is probably why I like technology. It is all around us and I want to be a part of it. I have been working at my blog look and functionality for quite a few months now; taking time (some days quite a bit of time) trying to learn ways to make it look pretty and professional. I can honestly say that NOW I am happy with it. That doesn't mean I won't go and tweak this and that but I am now happy with how it works and looks. Cyberspace provides unlimited amounts of information but eventually I need to stop and just let it be for a while. That being said, other than my blog, here is my latest project:

I have been completely and utterly inspired by this book with all of the instagram and blog posts dedicated to the beauty within it:

Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet has created patterns and quilts that call to me... I love her cute patterns, her fabric choices and the beautiful quilt blocks she has created.  I want to make each and every one of her quilt blocks

I just finished this Christmas wall-hanging which included her 6" simple star block within my own design.

I used black and white stripe binding because I love that look.

Right now I am getting ready for a small handmade craft fair in my local community.  I make homemade jam that I will sell but I will also have some Christmas table toppers for sale.  This is a first for me!

Monday, 9 November 2015

My Quilt Block Design is Featured in the Quilter's Planner 2016

This is kinda cool... the quilt block I designed in the summer for Fabri-Quilt's new line of fabric (visit my blog post here to see my block called Square Sky) is featured in this beautiful Quilter's Planner.

 Here is the link to purchase the Quilter's Planner.

I am proud that they liked my quilt block... I received so many positive comments about my clean and simple design.
Congratulations to Stephanie of The Late Night Quilter for her gorgeous work and for creating a planner that is perfect for any quilter!

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Labour of... well... Love

I know every quilter has that project that takes a long time.  Probably in reality this one of mine didn't take that long but when it is made as a commission project, it did take too long.  I have to admit, I wasn't crazy about the fabric initially but definitely grew to love it:

The quilt pattern proved to be a challenge as well because I used a pattern from Camilla Roskelley's Simply Retro (which is an absolutely beautiful book of quilt patterns) but I had to tweak it to fit the look we were going for and therefore I felt I wasn't piecing the blocks together as efficiently as I could have.  This is mostly due to my lack of experience...

BUT in the end...

I think it turned out pretty darn good!  I am very proud of this quilt!