Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Live Loudly

Trying to find fabric to make a ten year old boy a quilt is easier said than done!  Four fabric stores later trying to find 14 fat quarters and almost all of the fat quarters I bought had polka dots on them!  I made Live Loudly for the first time three years ago for my own son.  Instead of trying to find a quilt pattern again, I went with this one.
Zach's Live Loudly Quilt
Its an easy, peasey pattern and perfect for a boy if you get the right colours.

This time around, I wanted to go with red, black and white.  That wasn't looking quite right to me, so I added in shades of grey as well.
Sewing my strips

Sashings and first border finished
and finally
This quilt will be going down to Iowa, USA.  And I was beyond thrilled to find the red, white and black Canadian flag.  Like I mentioned before, this pattern called for 14 fat quarters.  I ended up buying 19 to diversify the colours and patterns.  So with my left overs, I had enough to make a matching baby quilt for his baby brother.

Crappy color in this photo
I started to cut the scraps in lengths of 4.5, 6.5 and 8.5 and widths from 2 inches up to 4.5 inches.  After cutting, arranging and sewing this quilt together, I ended up with five or so of the 4.5 inch pieces and 1 of the 6.5 inch pieces left over. Perfect!  I have to add a border now and I am having trouble deciding what colour to go with.  Maybe a thin black first border and a thicker red second border.  Of course, I'll need so hunt down more fabric!

Today we have a special lunch with a fellow guild member.  More on that next time!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Miss Lacie's Promise...

is a pattern designed by Border Creek Station in Ontario, Canada.  I made it for my aunt and uncle in trade for stained glass that they made for my new house.

The trade was this above for this (plus another two that I haven't shown)

Fellow guild member Terry did a gorgeous job on the quilting

Its now onto a new pattern with this gorgeous fabric

Ladies' Album by Barbara Brackman
It's all cut and ready to be sewn into Birds Eye by Miss Rosie.  Its a quilt that I have wanted to make for a couple of years now.

And lastly, I was able to attend an art show tour and see the wonderfully talented and inspirational work of Irene Roy.

Every surface in Irene's house was covered with one of her beautiful gems.

I loved this Dresden Fan

Irene's basement

Irene's living room

And my very favourite
I didn't take photos of all her quilts.  It was such an inspiring exhibit.  Thank you, Irene.

Our guild has again set our day to quilt as Thursday.  I've updated our calendar so all quilting days as well as our retreat is listed here for the year.