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June 21st, 2018 - Machine Embroidery Applique

I have never done this type of embroidery before. I bought an applique pattern off Etsy from The Applique Place and then watched a how-to video from YouTube. I really had no clue how they did this but now I know. So very cool!

Now that was a really simple, not complicated like I was envisioning. Who knew! I can’t wait to do some more and see how they look. I think I even have some applique embroidery designs that I was nervous to try out. Look out world, more to come!

June 14th, 2018 - Binding Love

I just love this new to me method of binding.

 

I made a 2″ binding. Sew it on the back and then use the #71 foot on my Bernina 450

 

 

 

 

Then stitched it down on the front. This foot guides the binding to the right spot, just covering your stitching.

 

 

 

 

And in no time at all, the binding is sewn down, all neat and tidy. This was my 6th quilt using this method. I finished the binding on 3 quilts in less than 4 hours.

 

 

 

And today, I gave Lindsay her birthday quilt about 8 months late. But you know what they say. Better late then not at all! The munchkins and their cat gave it their seal of approval.

 

 

See you all later.

June 10th, 2018 - Canadian Summer Quilt Along 2018

Canadian Summer Quilt Along Badge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It starts tomorrow! Check it out at  Canadian Summer Quilt Along.  Anita LaHAy from Daydreams of Quilts put out a request for 12 blocks for this idea she had for a quilt along. ‘What Canada means to you’ was the theme. I can’t believe the blocks. Gorgeous!

Every week a new block comes out on Monday with bonus blocks on some Thursdays. And you don’t have to be Canadian to participate. Plus there are prizes too! Check it out here.

My block comes out in August.

Get your needles ready and your machines fired up for this epic event!

June 10th, 2018 - More Fabric

There is never the right fabric in my stash. I want to make a quilt for a friend who is into biking and I can’t believe that I don’t have any bicycle fabric in my stash. So I went shopping and found the perfect guy bike fabric. Plus I needed to get a fat quarter pack for my contribution to the 2018 Canadian Quilt Along. I didn’t even count that in my stash because it’s already mailed out.

Now isn’t that the perfect fabric? And a nice flannel backing too. Plus I bought a lot of grey fabric at the shop hop that will go great with this one.Once I finish my quilt top in greys, this will be the next one up. Of course, neither of these quilts are on my list of quilts to make but will be added on the Tops to Quilt list.

 

 

Here are this weeks numbers.

Fabric used this week: 8.17 yds

Fabric used YTD: 104.55 yds

Fabric added this week: 5.42 yds

Fabric added YTD: 139.31 yds

Net fabric busted: -34.76 yds

I also made 2 Necessary Clutch Wallets (NCW) this week. I have so many fabric combinations that I could possibly make that it’s slightly overwhelming. Too bad one wallet uses only about 1 yard of fabric.

 

The black and silver NCW is listed on my etsy store, TheQuiltingJunkie.

 

 

 

This one I made for a friend. She helped make it too which is a good thing seeing as I sewed the main piece and thought something was wrong with it. I even topstitched it too. Then I realized I forgot to sew the flap on. What a dough head! Too much talking going on! Anyway my friend unpicked that mistake and then I sewed it back together the right way.

 

 

On the 15 Minutes to Stitch front, I sewed for a total of 22 hours this week. Some days, I don’t get to sew at all but I certainly make up for it on the days I do sew.

I’m linking up with Donna at QuiltPaintCreate for the stash report and Kate at Life in Pieces for the 15 Minutes to Sew.

 

June 4th, 2018 - The Stash

So much for trying to use up my stash. I was looking for a particular grey and guess what? I don’t have any. So the shop hop was going on in my area and I went on it.

 

 

 

 

Many yards and yards of fabric later, I found the perfect fabric.

It’s a gradiated fabric,  Sound in the Woods, by Robert Kaufman. I just love it! First I made some pillowcases and they look great against the wall in my room.  Well, then I had to design a quilt that would showcase the colour differences in the fabric. Hmmm…. time to fire up EQ7 again.

 

 

Nice and easy pattern, just the right size for my bed. I’m really just learning how to use EQ7 and while it’s not all the hard, it’s not all that easy either. Lots to remember.

 

 

Needless to say, the stash took a hit. Too bad that I found this fabric at the last store on the shop hop. Here are my numbers.

Fabric used this year: 96.38 yds

Fabric added this year: 133.89 yds

Net fabric busted: -37.51 yds

So, I still have to cut out the quilt and I did get backing for it also. Maybe this week I will get some major sewing done. I never seem to have time to do what I want. Sounds like I’m whining but I’m not. Just a busy life.

But I did get to sew a bit this week. My friend was gone and I used her long arm to quilt a few quilts. Three of my own and one for my sister. No pics, next post. I did manage to sew for 19 hours this past week.  That incudes long arm time too.

I’m linking up to quiltpaintcreate for the stash report and Life In Pieces for 15 Minutes to Sew.

Have a great day!

 

 

 

May 6th, 2018 - The Stash and Time To Sew

Well, here I am, back again. I guess I’m just not a regular blogging kind of person. I read blogs daily but I’m not really into posting daily or even weekly.

So my stash has taken a major hit. I went to a quilt shop with my sister looking for a particular fabric and ended up buying some plain white batik and a raspberry Toscana from Northcott. And then the wallet making bug hit me. I just love the Necessary Clutch Wallet from Emmaline Bags. I ordered the pattern a while ago and then was on the search for the hardware at various quilt shops. I had some cork that I bought at Bittersweet in Pinconning MI and Delphine’s in Gaylord MI.  I ended up ordering the hardware right from Emmaline Bags. And then there’s the stabilizers needed. I can’t believe how much money Fabricland here in Windsor wants for that stuff. Actually I can’t believe how much they charge for all their stuff. It’s like a Joann store in the States but much more expensive. More expensive than a quilt shop too! I bought a little bit of stabilizer then went to Joann and bought 2 bolts of it for a fraction of the price. Lucky I live in a border town and it takes about 40 minutes to get to a Joann store. Here are my numbers for the last 3 weeks.

Fabric used these weeks: 5.91 yds

Fabric used YTD: 86 yds

Fabric added these weeks: 15.2 yds

Fabric added YTD: 91.11 yds

Net fabric busted: –5.11 yds

I signed up to create a block for a Canadian Quilt Along. It’s due mid-May and even though I already have the block designed, I needed to get it into EQ7. I don’t know how to use the program at all but I did a crash course, design as you go. Lots of cursing involved! Anyway, it’s done, saved to a PDF and ready to be emailed to the host. I don’t think this software is user friendly and I don’t know how all these people even figure it out. I usually just use a piece of paper, draw it out, add sashing, add borders and then assemble. I’m pretty good at figuring out sizes and such, even remembering the seam allowance when adding borders. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks. Now I’d like to learn how to add a pieced border in EQ7 as I’ve seen a few really intricate ones.

As for my 15 Minutes to Sew, let’s say I sew a lot. I average at least 22 hours per week.  Sometimes I’m not actually sewing but like last week, working on EQ7 or helping other people sew at my house. I don’t count reading blogs or computer time even though my computer is in my sewing room.

April 15-21: 16 hours

April 22-28: 18 hours

April 29-May 5: 27 hours

I’m linking up with Kate at Life In Pieces for 15 Minutes to Sew and  Donna at qiultpaintcreate for the Stash Report. Have a great week and enjoy this beautiful weather. I think spring is finally here!

April 15th, 2018 - Spring?

How about this wacky weather! My sister came for a visit last Saturday and was supposed to go home today but is stuck here until the weather improves. Not that it’s all that bad here in Windsor, just rain right now, but Northern Michigan is a mess. I bet most of Michigan is closed due to inclement weather. At least she’s getting in a really long visit with family and friends.

Now about that stash. We went on a mission yesterday to see if we could find a Kona solid called snow. It’s not white but slightly off with a hint of yellow in it. No one here carries Kona, mostly Northcott solids and I certainly don’t buy that colour, only white because that goes with black the best, so she couldn’t shop my stash. Anyway, I ended up buying more fabric. Some white batik from Cantik and raspberry Toscanna from Northcott and I just love the colour. I will be sure to prewash that before I use it. Here are my numbers and I’m still in the good. Whew!

Fabric used this week: 2.46 yds

Fabric used YTD: 80.09 yds

Fabric added this week: 5.77 yds

Fabric added YTD: 75.91 yds

Net fabric busted: 4.18 yds

As for the amount of time spent in the sewing room, I’m here for hours most days but I’m not working on my stuff but helping my sister get many of her UFOs done. I think we finished 4 already and will probably finish a few more before she gets to go home. That’s okay because I will be cutting out fabric for stuff for my Etsy shop. I’ve collected most of the materials to make a load of items to sell. Wallets, bags, little quilts and the like. So my time spent sewing has been a lot less than normal.

April 1-7 2018: 11 hours

April 8-14 2018: 19.5 hours

It’s still a far amount of time and I’m very fortunate that I’m retired and can spend all this time down here, sewing away in my space with the diffuser misting out Peace and Harmony and my music playing in the background.

I’m linking up with Donna at QuiltPaintCreate for the stash report and Kate at Life In Pieces for 15 Minutes to Sew.  I hope everyone has a great week and spring gets here someday. Tomorrow would be nice!

April 1st, 2018 - Happy Easter

Happy Easter! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. But this weather here is something else. I can remember being a kid and getting the new Easter outfit that did not involve a winter coat. Today, here in Windsor ON, it’s a bit brisk. It was 32 when I went out this morning and now at 1:42 it’s 37. Certainly doesn’t feel like the first day of April. Can I put the snow shovels away yet?

On to the fabric department. I didn’t post last week because ……. That’s a who knows why, what was I doing, can’t remember anyway. At least I wasn’t shopping for fabric. But I did cut up a lot of fabric for backings. Here are my numbers.

Fabric used this week: 14.06 yds

Fabric used YTD: 77.63 yds

fabric added this week: 0 yds

Fabric added YTD: 70.14 yds

Net fabric busted: 7.49 yds  Oh Yeah! Back in the black again!!

I didn’t even sew that much in the last 2 weeks. I clocked 11.5 hours and 19 hours.  Now to get back in the groove again.

I’m linking up with Donna at QuiltPaintCreate and Kate at Life In Pieces.

Have a great week!

March 18th, 2018 - Nothing New

Happy International Quilting Day, a day late! Just a quick post. I got my sewing machine back. From being deemed “not worth fixing”  with the repairs being around $1000- US and “you should just buy a new one”,  my machine was up and running for the tune of $200- Canadian. I think I’m going to email Bernina about that store’s manner of doing business. On the other hand, the shop where I got my machine fixed was amazing. The store owner was so great about the whole machine thing. I would recommend Hyggeligt Fabrics in St Mary’s ON to everyone. And it’s a real cute shop too. Loads of Kaffe Fassett and Liberty of London  fabrics. Plus Bernina machines that are now on my wish list.

When I got home on Friday evening with my machine, I set it up and started on a quilt top that I’m kind of in a hurry to get done. I stayed up until 4:45 am and finished the top. And my machine was stitching away, working just fine! Today, I’m heading over to my friend’s house to put it on the longarm and get it done.

Now for some numbers.

Fabric used this week: 21:45 yards there’s 5 backs in there

Fabric used YTD: 63.57 yards

Fabric added this week: 0 yards

Fabric added YTD: 70.14 yards

Net fabric busted: -6.57 yards

Next week, that negative number better be in the positives as I will be making more backs and doing some quilting on my machine. And the number of hours quilting will be amazing too. Last week I managed to sew for 27.5 hours. I made 2 quilt tops and added borders to a table runner/wall hanging in that time. I will post pictures when I’m done quilting these items.

I’m linking up with Kate at Life in Pieces for 15 Minutes to Stitch and Donna at QuiltPaintCreate for my stash busting report. Enjoy your week!

March 11th, 2018 - More Fabric

 

Last weekend I went to a retreat in Charlevoix, MI and it was a load of fun. People, sewing and food. What more could a girl ask for! We just missed a snow storm on the way out of Windsor on Thursday and the weather was perfect for the rest of the weekend. You never know when some snow is going to mess up your weekend plans. This is the view of Round Lake off the balcony.

 

 

On the way up, we stopped at Delphine’s in Gaylord. What a beautiful shop! Loads of different fabrics. All I bough was a piece of cork and this Dumb Dots fabric. Silly name but it’s perfect for a project I have in mind.

 

Anyway, I really didn’t get that much sewing done. My younger sister, Connie, decided she wants to learn how to quilt and came to the retreat. I cut out a jelly roll quilt for her and she did a fantastic job for a newbie. Most of the terminology she is familiar with from listening to me and my other sister, Annette, talk about quilting. One more border to go and she has a top done. Then to show her the actual quilting process.

I put sashing and cornerstones on an old BOM but miscalculated the fabric and didn’t even have enough to finish it. That was Friday. On Saturday, I pieced together a Simply Squares body and didn’t bring any borders. so that was half done. Then I started putting the borders on an old stitchery project and called it quits. I finished it up at home on Monday.

 

 

On the fabric front, I visited Hearts to Holly in Charlevoix Mi, my favourite quilt shop, and made a few purchases. Just a few, 25 yards is a few, right? I needed white on white, I have none. And I just needed some Pete the Cat fabric for my grandson.

 

 

And then the next day, I went back for a spool of thread and bought some rainbow fish fabric. It’s very sparkly and I thought it was perfect! for what? Logan, my granddaughter will love it!  So I bought some.

 

 

 

Look at these numbers. I better do something or else.

Fabric used in the last 2 weeks: 15.15 yards

Fabric used YTD: 42.12 yards

Fabric added in the last 2 weeks: 27 yards

Fabric added YTD: 70.14 yards

Net fabric busted: -28.02 yards

On Friday, I finished Piece, Love and Applique by LizzieBCreat8ive designs. Cute pattern and it used over 14 yards of fabric. lots of applique and piecing. Now to figure out how to quilt it. The store sample was quilted with these flowers in the borders and that it what attracted me to the quilt in the first place. Apparently the woman who quilted it no longer does quilting for others. What a shame, it was really beautiful!

 

On the 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge, I’ve been pretty busy. he week of Feb 25 to Mar 3, I stitched 37 hours. Almost a full time job. But I was at the retreat so there were long hours involved. last week, I stitched 25 hours, my part time job. I probably stitch around 4-5 hours every day. And that doesn’t count computer time either, even though it’s usually quilt related.

Linking up with Donna at QuiltPaintCreate and Kate at Life in Pieces. See you next time.