Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Birthday present for Paul

I am fairly confident, make that positive that our son Paul does not read my blog. So I am posting a photo of the quilt he is getting for his birthday. We are going to his place for a dinner out and we can give it to him after dinner. This pattern is called Log Cabin Rendition and was a test quilt I did for The Quilt Pattern Magazine. The pattern appeared in their July 2014 edition.
I really need to attack the scrap heap as it is totally out of control. I hate to make resolutions I can't keep so I will state that it needs to be done and I am putting it on my TO DO list but it may not completely disappear. All best wishes for a peaceful Christmas season with safe travels for those who travel. Piecefully, Joanne

Friday, December 19, 2014

Oh Scrap!

Cynthia over at Quilting is more fun than Housework (here) is starting a new Linky party in January called Oh Scrap! The Linky party will happen Sunday afternoon. Readers are invited to share Scrap projects that are in the works or finished. Full details are posted on the blog today. She has created a button for the party and if I could figure out or remember how to post it on my side bar I would but here is the image she has created. While you are visiting her blog you may wish to check out her
Scrap Quilt series from this year. There have been some terrific posts. So plan to join the fun in 2015.

Piecefully, Joanne

Thursday, December 18, 2014

There are some days when.....

I wish I had a long arm machine or that I had the money to pay a long arm quilter. This week has had several of those days. My son hinted that he needed a replacement quilt for his bed. It is now quilted and the binding attached. I will get to sit under it for a couple of days hand sewing the binding in place. Then it will have its photo taken before it heads to its new home. Piecefully, Joanne

Friday, December 12, 2014

Crazy Busy, how does it happen?

I completed these test blocks earlier this week. They are for Juliet at The Tartan Kiwi (here). The pattern is now available in her Craftsy shop and the link is available on her home page. The blocks are 7" x 14" finished. If you have a chess player in the family these would make a portion of a lovely gift. I asked if she would be doing any more of the players and she indicated it would depend on whether there was any demand.
I finished the test for a mystery quilt that will be featured over four issues in The Quilt Pattern Magazine. That one I cannot show you but I will say that DH thought it was spectacular. I used a colourway that I don't normally use and find it is a challenge to get outside my comfort zone but I too was happy with the result.
After more than 10 years of regular use DS's bed quilt wore out. He asked his Dad if there was any chance his Mom (me) would be making him a new quilt for his birthday. So you now know what is up next on my list. It is queen size and I am working on pinning it for quilting.
Scrapbag quilters have finished for this calendar year. I am on for the January project. I have picked the pattern just need to fine tune my instructions and make the kits. That doesn't have to be done until the end of January so it is definitely on the back burner.
As the expression goes I need to Stay Calm and Quilt On. Piecefully, Joanne