Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mystery Quilt - Reveal

What an excellent way to spend a Saturday. I am always elated when I get to spend my day dedicated to sewing. Even better when you get to do this in the company of others.

Our Mystery quilt day went from 9AM- 5PM. The MQ was put on by one of our local guilds and  was held at our local town museum. For those who joined us from the city some were shocked we even had a museum ha ha. Honestly whats a hometown without a little museum =D

I can sum up the day into a few words ... Laughter ... Coffee ... and Surprise.


B all set up and ready to put the pedal to the metal!



Me putting the finishing touches on my set up.
I think I brought my entire sewing room with me!



Mom and C attentively listening to the 1st set of instructions.



We had 11 great ladies creating quilts and 5 eager pressers.





AND WERE OFF ... LISTENING TO THE HUM OF THE MACHINES 


Okay so we all figured there would be some sort of 4 patch... but the colour combination? 
This wasn't entirely what I expected. I assumed 2 Blue & 2 Orange 
Back to the drawing board to come up with a new guess.





FIRST BLOCKS


The Youngest 
(mine)



B's 
(♥ the colours)



 Quilting Momma's 
 (what an impact)






Sashing, Sashing and more Sashing



All the ladies sewing away, trying to get their sashing done.

I felt like we were in a race. This was one of the last steps before we got to lay out the pattern. 
We were so close to reaching the precipice of completion.
The anticipation was really building now.














We made it ... the final blocks were getting chain pieced together !!!

NOW TO LAYOUT THE QUILT









I have to say right now, the 4 of us ladies tried to guess the pattern based off of the cutting instructions and all of us were 100% wrong!!! This was truly a surprise.

That border ... WOW




 "Simply Cool" by Pleasant Valley Creations
...
Mystery Quilt Pattern


We got to see the finished quilt up close.
This was Michelle's quilt, she was one of the organizers of the MQ!







 MYSTERY QUILT REVEAL



The Youngest 



Quilting Momma's 



 C's



B's





I had a blast creating this Mystery Quilt. I am overjoyed that I was able to participate and cannot thank the Guild enough for putting on this event. 

What a huge amount of work it is for them; planning, organizing, PRESSING!
The amount of pressing is unfathomable, there is no way we could have gotten anywhere close to finishing without those pressers.  THANK YOU...THANK YOU...THANK YOU  

My husband even told me when I got home that this was one of his favourite quilts I have made. 
Kudos ladies, we have another winner of quilt on our hands.



 Until Next Time
- They Youngest-


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mystery Quilt - Sneak Peek

This weekend coming up a few of us ladies are participating in a sew day where we will be putting together a Mystery Quilt.

Two of the ladies participating are new to quilting and joined us for our Irish Chain Class a few months back. One is my Moms good friend C and the other is my best Friend B


Check us out below after a long day of cutting fabric for the Mystery Quilt 



What is a Mystery Quilt you ask, well its actually a great idea. You simply create a series of quilt blocks without knowing what the final pattern will be. The fantastic ladies running the Mystery Quilt day lead you though the instructions and techniques needed to make the Mystery Quilt. They are also an excellent resource and help when it comes to making your fabric selections.

Trust me its harder than you would think to pick fabrics when you don't know what the final quilt will look like, especially for a "Type A" person like myself.  All in all I am so happy with my final fabric selections. (Thanks Michelle for all the help!)




MYSTERY QUILT - FABRIC SELECTIONS

Quilt #1  [The Youngest] 


 Quilt #2 [B's Selection] 


Quilt #3  [C's Selection] 


Quilt #4  [Quilting Momma


"Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise."
Julia Cameron



Until Next Time
- The Youngest -

Monday, April 3, 2017

Snowflake Applique

I must have a short attention span because I have to constantly switch up my projects and take on more and more and more.

My WIPs (work in progress) are getting a bit out of hand. Does anyone else have this problem? This was my latest WIP however I have motored along and got this one completed.

I love looking at Pinterest and getting new ideas and I came along a picture of a very simple snowflake design. These days I am determined to only use my stash! So I dug through my messy fabric stash drawer seeing if I had any fabric that would work for the "Snowflake".

Fast forward through all the digging and it turns out I was in luck. I had all the right fabric colours, turns out most of the fabric I picked was from Fridays Off. Now all I needed was some guidance from my all knowing "Mom". I have never attempted applique before and you know "Mom knows best".




I was drawn to this pattern for its simple yet impactful design.
Plus I have been wanting to use my new orange peel template.  
  









After a long sew day at Moms 
(me sewing & mom teaching - she is still recovering from her 2nd hand surgery)
I had the top completed in no time. I have no idea why I never attempted applique before.

My amazing Husband was gracious enough to hold up the quilt top for me =D





Next was the basting. My mom read about a new technique called board basting and she thought I would be the perfect student to test it out.

It worked perfect and I easily basted the entire quilt MYSELF - yay! Usually it helps with a second set of hands for basting but seeing that my Mom is out of commission I was out of luck.

I was flying solo, and it worked out fine.



 Usually I have my quilts professionally machine quilted but it was decided that I should do this one from start to finish. I am a BIG NEWBIE when it comes to machine quilting and was laughing uncontrollably and at the same time thinking "What have I done" HAHA 



HOWEVER in the end I think the quilting actually looks really great.
Why oh Why must I second guess myself.








This quilts new home will be for an adorable baby boy who was born in January. A blue snowflake quilt for a beautiful winter baby.


Until next time
- The Youngest-



Monday, March 27, 2017

The Youngest is now a MRS.

I guess it's about time I announce that the Fiance & I have made it official.
We are now Husband and Wife.

We could not be any happier!
Our wedding day was everything we imagined and more.

A day full of Joy, Laughter and a few happy tears. 
We are excited for the future and all the adventures we will have as 
Husband & Wife ... but most importantly as Best Friends.