Yard sale finds and summer sewing

>> Sunday, July 8, 2018

Summer has definitely arrived! I'm sewing a lot of different things that I can't show you yet, but I promise I will in the next few months.

Instead, I can show you some of my fun finds at my neighbour's yard sale :)

tin of embroidery floss and yarn crafts

I found a small tin of stuff and decided to take it. Glad I did! 

anchor embroidery floss

I'm pretty thrilled with this collection of bright anchor embroidery floss. It almost makes me want to stitch again. I used to try and do a stitching project in the summer - like this one - but this year I have projects that need to get done instead. The hoop is beautiful wood; it's stamped "made in Japan" and would be really pretty as a frame. I couldn't remember the name of aida cloth, my mind kept thinking cross-stitch background fabric for almost a week! 

plastic craft tools

I'm not sure what these are - do you know? There was some yarn wrapped on what look like pom pom makers, but I'm not sure what these are for.
Leave me a comment if you know! Thanks!!

santa cup fabric display

I also had to get this guy! He's helping me keep my Cotton and Steel holiday fat quarters together. Looks like he has room for more ;)

christmas bowl empty aurifil thread spools

This container came with the Santa mug. Maybe they are cream and sugar, but they are pretty big! I decided to put my slow growing collection of empty Aurifil thread spools in it for now. We'll see if I get more creative closer to the holidays - it would make a cute pincushion (but then I'd have to ask Santa for a lot more pins!)

And while I'm working at keeping my deadlines lots of new sewalongs and projects have popped up! Instead of jumping in I went back to my started projects and decided to get back at my On Ringo Lake quilt.

leader ender project brown flying geese

I'm working on the brown flying geese using the no waste flying geese method. (I shared a post about this method here.) I'm doing this as my leader/ender instead of the really fun one that Bonnie just started! Ah! I might sneak it in later, or do it later when it makes sense for me :)

Hope your summer is off to a sewing start! 

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Happy Canada Day!

>> Sunday, July 1, 2018

My 150 Canadian Women quilt top is hoping THIS is the year it gets quilted.

red and white small patchwork block quilt Kat Tucker project

Blocks that I finished from Kat Tucker's 150 Canadian Women blocks from last year. Blocks are still available through her site Next Step Quilt Designs.

150 Canadian women quilt top

Wishing you a peaceful weekend.

With Joy,

Sarah V.


All Churned Up! A graduation quilt

>> Thursday, June 28, 2018

This week is the last week of school where I live. My daughter graduated from high school this year. She went to high school out of town and we relied heavily on one of her closest friend's family to help us get through four years of after school theatre club and winter weather. Of course a quilt for her friend was in order!

I used two older lines of fabric designed by Janet Clare to make this twin sized version of my Churn, Baby, Churn baby quilt pattern. I wanted the quilt to remind the graduate of the northern lakes and landscapes she will leave when she goes off to university with the hopes of keeping home close to her heart.

What I really like about the finish is that the curved quilting I did really helps show off the churn dashes.

And that I got it done on time!

I made a pattern supplement to go with my Churn, Baby, Churn that gives the fabric requirements and a few tips on making this larger sized quilt. I made this one using a layer cake and some two different pieces of yardage because I didn't have enough of the one. 

I'll be including a link to it in my next newsletter and getting it linked up here on the blog soon too.

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Here's to summer!

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Churn Dash Batik Cushion Covers

>> Monday, June 25, 2018

Still busy here quilting. Last week of school. Online course done. Report cards done. Time for summer quilting deadlines and some sun!

I designed these two churn dash cushion covers for QUILTsocial.com.

You can find the free tutorials starting at this post.

Making a batik statement with a quilted cushion cover

The fabrics are batiks again - I am completely enjoying working with batik prints. I knew I would ;)

These cushions are made with Ketan batiks - the tone on tone blenders - from Banyan batiks and the prints are from the Mary line that is new in stores this month. A different colour palette for me, but I really like it. Not surprisingly, the pinks and rusts look good with my blue carpet!

I will be back sooner than later. Promise!

With Joy,

Sarah V


Civil War Roosting Round Robin update

>> Wednesday, April 4, 2018

My Civil War fabrics Roosting Round Robin guild challenge quilt has been waiting patiently for me to get back to it all of March. 

civil war fabrics on point quilt blocks 2.5 inch sashing strips

This is how it was looking at the end of February. I have kept the on point setting which is necessary because of my first block, the Tree of  Life. The round challenge for March was applique.

modern round robin applique strip pieced signature

Here is my modern round robin with it's applique row. I strip pieced the different fabrics I'm using and then cut my initials and the date out from the strips and appliqued them on. 
This quilt is huge, by the way! I needed to wait until it was hung up on the wall at my guild meeting to be able to take a photo of it. As a complete aside, I know what I'm doing for the next row on this one thanks to flipping to the next month on my quilt calendar. (The art of the Quilt)

brown winged bird yellow applique hand quilt block

I decided to do a signature block of sorts on the civil war round robin quilt too. In this case I was inspired by a block from Cheri Payne's free quilt from last year, but the blocks finish at 10 inches. The applique hand was too small to look good on my 12 inch block and I didn't want to add a lot of stuff to fill in the background - so I traced my own hand!
Then I used some of the original applique pieces included on the block including this little bird. I love both of these prints, but the wing gets lost against the brown body of the bird.

red winged bird applique

I changed to the wing print to red instead and I love it!
One more thing to point out here: remember I'm only using yardage of the background prints and the rest are 2 1/2" strips. The hand is made of three strips sewn together and if you look close, the seam lines look like the lines on gloves. Pretty neat effect :)

machine applique stitched hand

I stitched around all the applique with the same brown thread by machine using a very small blanket stitch. 

on point block setting

This is where I'll leave things today. Here are the five blocks with some sashing. You can see I've worked on creating some quarter dresdens - they were actually my first failed attempt at an applique block as I made them to big for a 12" block.

Since I took this photo there have been some major design adjustments - perhaps the more math-inclined of you can already spy an issue? I didn't until it was time to start sewing the rows together!

Stay tuned - this one's a work in progress :)

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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