Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Triangle Exchange

I finally have started the tree of life quilt using the friendship triangle exchange triangles! Here is one block done. Twelve to go! I always try to make one complete block before starting...just to make sure.

After this was done I got started making the trunk sections.

Just one thing about this method of making 1/2 square is not my favourite way to make them. (It is a good way for an exchange with friends though) They are ok but they are all not exact. Just small variations in cutting and sewing makes them all slightly different sizes. It is still easy to make them all fit together but I prefer sewing together slightly larger triangles, pressing the seam open and trimming to size. Then they are exact.

And I finally got the socks off my knitting needles. They fit wonderfully and the wool is so soft.

The pattern is from the book Sock Innovation and the pattern is Wanida. The wool is Lorna's Laces.

And finally I am slowly making progress on my big stitched churn dash quilt. I am almost done the centre. I will soon be doing the outside edges. So close! I am so excited but I know from experience the edge always takes longer than you think it will. I'll have some pictures the next time I post.

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ode to Spring

For many months my snowman wall hanging has been adorning the kitchen wall but it was time to tempt spring into the great white north! I made this little quilt this week while dreaming of warmer weather!

This is what I am hoping will go away...
 the snow piled up at the front of the house (we don't use that door!).

I tried a new batting in it too. It is Quilter's Dream Blend and it's a 70% cotton, 30% poly batting. It washed up nice and squishy just like a cotton batting does and it machine quilted nice. It seems to be heavier than Hobbs but lighter than Warm and Natural. I like it!

I usually do dark borders but with this little quilt I did it a bit different than the usual. At first I wasn't sure about the light borders but they have grown on me and now I really like them!

My next project is a quilt using the triangle exchange squares. Here they all are with the papers off!

I hope to get the rest of the pieces cut out this week and maybe get it started by the weekend.

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

One quilt done!

I finished binding the quilt I wanted for my bed. Two more quilts to go! This one is a history of my 20 years of quilting so every time I look at it I think...'I used that fabric in a quilt I made for ...' I realized I have made A LOT of quilts for people I care about.

I am enjoying the memories!

And to feed my current sock knitting addiction, I started a new pair of socks.

I'll give all the details and a better picture when I am done the pair!

This weekend I am hoping to finish a little spring quilt in the hopes that it will please the weather gods and spring will make it's way here!

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Lot of Binding!

I usually quilt my own quilts but with this backlog I sent these ones out. I just picked them up this week so now I have to bind them....that is a lot of binding!

The nine patch on the bottom is first because it is going onto my bed right away! 

I had better go get my needle and thread...

Happy Stitching!