Sunday, December 4, 2016

Rising Star Quilt

I love my job and the company I work for, I am so lucky to have met so many great people and life long friends through work. One of those friends announced they were expecting a baby. I love anything "baby" and was over the moon when hearing this news.

... and so the quilting began. I have about a gazillion quilts I want to do and have them stowed away for the right time. I am sure every quilter can relate to the "wish list" of quilts they want to create.

I had a jelly roll and did not know what to do with it (very normal for me, I tend to purchase any jelly roll that spikes my interest... no matter if I have a project or not.) When I stumbled upon the tutorial from Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Company I knew this lost jelly roll would now find a home.

I think my motto should be KISS "Keep it Simple Silly". The reason being: keeping it simple is the main criteria I use when selecting a quilt project. This quilt definitely upheld the KISS motto, seriously check out the tutorial to see for yourself how simple it was. Rising Star - Tutorial

*Drum Roll* Here is the final product and the introduction of the CUTEST baby ever !!!
 
Ashton Matteo Drapeau
I have to say that the name for this quilt is very fitting as Ashton is a rising star.
  

 
 



Until Next Time
-The Youngest-
 
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

We're hitched!

We planned this last summer, but kept "Mum" when the Youngest and her love announced their wedding to be! They deserve all the excitement and planning! We're much too old for all of that! We are so happy that all that excitement is left with The Youngest and my future son-in-law!

The Youngest had her bachelorette planned, then the date got changed [to the day before our nuptials!] We were sad that The Youngest and my oldest daughter and her son [our grandson] couldn't make it but the rest of  our kids and their partners did! Despite it all we really did have a perfect day!

Chef and I wanted to focus on our promises to each other. We both love the mountains and try to get there when we can. We found an absolutely breathtaking spot in Canmore, Alberta at Quarry Lake.


Our elopement was simple and relaxed! My best friend, a retired judge, was there to marry us! We will remember it forever and have a very special day in our hearts!


How could we NOT have a quilt with us? LOL... This is the quilt that my lovely husband encouraged me to finish when he gifted me with my Baby Lock shortly after we met! This is one of the "fun" photo's! We had such a great time on "our" day!

Now on to the next wedding for The Youngest! Jamaica here we come!!

Happy Quilting from Quilting Momma LEIB!
xoxoxo

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Therapy...the way I like it!

 


It's like he's hanging on for dear life!What better way to do therapy than quilting!

It's been a year since my surgery and I am back at it. Albeit, not in huge chunks of time, but smaller bits -- spread out over days, weeks and months! The biggest challenge I have now is furry lips!

Seriously! How can you resist a guy like this?

I tell him to move and he looks at me like this!

"What?"

"I'm not in your way honest!"


I am sure that he wants to make sure that I am doing all this right!

It's very sloooooooooooooow stitching. My bad hand is flat, which is a great thing! I just have to guide the fabric around and stitch the outside.

I could feel him purr while he was resting on my arm.

He finally gets off me and just lays next to me as close as possible so that he can touch me a bit.

Yes.....that's the same piece I am working on! Trust me, I'm stitching super slow!


I love this little beaver! There's a raccoon, fox, rabbit, owl, bear to name a few!

I signed up for a Craftsy Class called "Fusible Applique Made Easy" by Wendi Gratz.

I LOVE it! She is such a great instructor and this little quilt is so adorable with the cartoon outlining. Very simple and perfect for this project!


It has really given me a chance to try out some fusible's that I was a little apprehensive about. I feel more confident now that I have had this class and Wendi Gratz makes all of it so simple that any beginner can tackle this class!

Even if you are well-seasoned, you can try out all those fancy stitches to decorate these little woodland wonders!

You can't see it too well in these photo's, but all the squares are pre-quilted. It allowed me to practice my free-motion stitching [which again I need more practice with!] That again, is something that Wendi will walk you through in the class!

I love how the blocks are turning out!

The best thing is that it's already quilted, so it should be a quick job to put together!





This quilt is for our family doctor who is having her first baby! I was so excited for her! She has been key to helping me get back to quilting, so I think it couldn't be better timing to show her how happy I am for the new arrival!

I'll post the whole quilt once I have it completed!

Happy trails everyone!



Check out Craftsy! It's the best bargain for classes and you can view the lessons over and over again! Which in this day and age is pretty spectacular!

Here is the final project! I am dropping it off with my doctor on Wednesday! I hope she loves it as much as I do!


Happy Quilting Everyone!
Margo

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Dog Gone Cute - Topper

I believe I started this back in November 2015. I stumbled upon the Dog Gone Cute blog hop from Sew Fresh Quilts and it was too cute to pass up.
 
I have never done a blog hop and this actually was the 1st I have even heard of such a thing. It was too much commitment then what I was ready for so I decided to purchase the pattern and slowly pluck away at it in my own time.

This was the first time I really stepped out of my comfort zone and tackled something so intricate ... well intricate for me. I have read all your blogs don't worry I have seen what intricate really is (there are some amazingly talented quilters our there)

Check out the Dog Gone Cute link up party to see all the other fantastic completed projects. Dog Gone Cute - Link up party blog post - By Sew Fresh Quilts


 
The above picture was all it took to get me hooked. It draws you in with all its cuteness.
I love Lorna's Sew Fresh Quilts blog her creativity is inspiring. When I tell people I am a quilter a majority of the people assume I make boring "grandma" quilts. As I am just learning most of my quilts thus far have been quite simple however I would never say they are boring.
You can create amazing things out of fabric. After tackling the Dog Gone Cute quilt I am revitalized and willing to take on more daring and shall I say "slightly" more challenging projects. With some coaching & moral support from my Mother of course. 
I have decided that since I have put so much work into this quilt I will be keeping it for myself. There are so many options for backing I will be taking my time selecting the perfect one, possibly a cute modern print. Enough with my rambling check out my Dong Gone Cute topper.
 
 
If you would like to purchase this Dog Gone Cute pattern or persuse more adorable patterns from Sew Fresh Quilts you can click this link to the Sew Fresh Quilts Etsy shop.
 
 
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Until next time
-The Youngest-

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Impulse purchase - Winter Themed Table Runner

Guilty as charged I am an impulse buyer, especially when it comes to fabric that catches my eye. Last year we went to the Heritage Park Quilt Festival where they always have huge tents setup on the grounds with all the new bits and bobbles.

As we were wandering through the vast tents we come up to a display with all these cute mini charm packs. Lately I have been sewing things that use smaller and smaller pieces, so naturally these tiny squares grabbed my attention. On this display they had a bright table runner, very summery.

The next 30 minutes was spent going through all the charm packs to find the perfect ones. My mom selected one with some nice oranges (true to her she went right for the bright ones). I settled on a  winter themed charm pack.






I always head to my Moms with a small tote of all my WIPs, and when I get there I grab the first thing in the tote that strikes my fancy. On this particular day it was the winter themed mini charm packs.

My Mom had already made her table runner months prior so she already knew all the tips &tricks to make this in a jiffy. I beleive I finished the whole thing in one day, binding included.

We spray basted the top and used some left over black script fabric for the back. This was my second time doing the quilting. This was made worlds easier by my Moms amazing sewing machine. I chose to do a nice wave pattern running lengthwise.




I would definitely make this table runner again, it was very simple and most importantly QUICK. This would be a great project for quilting beginners - Highly recommended.


[PICTURE OF FINISHED TABLE RUNNER TO BE ADDED - ACCIDENTALLY DELETED IT OOPS]


Hope you enjoy the final product as much as I do.
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Until Next time
-The Youngest-


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Highland Dance - Sword Bag

This next project was a bit of an experiment. A good friend of mine asked if I could make a Bag for her daughters Highland Dance practice swords. This was a first, I think I can safely say that I have never made a sword bag before.

 
 
As usual  Tigger always comes to help. He was my cheerleader for this project.
He even came over to hold my hand while I was sewing!


The instructions were pretty simple. The bag had to hold the swords and close that was it ☺ Alright I think I can handle that. I went through my stash and found some fabric I thought would work well and still look relatively cute. The last thing I wanted was this bag to look like a mish-mash of left over fabric.
 
 
I ended up using the black script fabric from the quilt I made my mom and the flannel tartan fabric I had from the Christmas infinity scarfs. Also my Mom was kind enough to gift me some muslin fabric for the lining.

 
I ended up placing two grommets on underside of the tartan and used a "Robert Kaufman" ribbon which I found in my Moms craft drawer for the drawstring closure. While digging though my Moms craft drawer I came across all these great beads. I threaded a Groovy peace sign bead onto the drawstring to add a little flare.
 

Then lastly with my Moms advice the carrying strap was attached. The strap was a little long at first but with quick thinking that extra length was turned into a handy hook to hang the sword bag by.

To make sure the bag and its strap worked I give it a little test drive☺



 
Until next time
- The Youngest-
 
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East Coast Quilt - WIP

Here is a project I have had hidden in my drawer for sometime. I think it goes back to 2011- 2012.
 
I have quite a few friends from the east coast and they always had these amazing quilts with hand drawn pictures of things that reminded them of home. I have always admired the hard work and thought it took to draw out all the pictures. Being one who likes a challenge I thought I would try my hand at creating one of these East Coast Quilts.
 
Sadly I was not blessed with the ability to draw, the extent of my drawing skills is limited to stick men. I cannot take credit for the designs below. I found east coast inspired pictures online and used them as my template for the blocks. I taped the outline of the pictures to the window and placed my blank block over top. I then traced the picture with a fine pencil and coloured it in as saw fit with crayons.
 
To set the newly coloured block I placed a scarp piece on fabric over top the block and heat set the crayon design with the iron. The excess wax from the crayons transferred to the scarp piece of fabric and I was left with a nicely set picture block.
 
Below are some of the blocks I have done to date. I think they look half decent! When they are all sewn together with a nice tartan fabric in between I think it look great.
 
The quilt will be comprised of (12) 12" x 12" blocks - (3) across (4) down with tartan fabric for the sashing and borders.
 
I have (9) blocks down and only 3 more to go. So close to the finish line ... with that said it may take a couple more years ha-ha.

 

 







Until next time
-The Youngest -
 
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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Blog Rejuvenation

We've took the plunge and decided to spice things up and give the blog a facelift. We are testing out the new layout and design. Took some time to bring it all together, but overall we are pleased with the end result.


Stay tuned ... who knows we may switch it up again.
Let us know what you think of our newly rejuvenated blog

- The Youngest -

Friday, March 11, 2016

Fabric love and Quilting Momma's update




 
Back in February, when I was still majorly depressed about my difficulty sewing -- lookie what arrived in the mail. Being limited in using my hands, I would enter a few giveaways and I fell in love with this adorable line!

Can you believe it! I won this fat quarter bundle of Flying Colors by Momo!

The fabric is just adorable! It brought me back to when I was pregnant with my oldest and her dad and I were wallpapering the nursery! At that time we almost got a divorce fighting over putting up wallpaper while I was on a chair 9+ months pregnant trying to hang it! Lo and behold we got the wallpaper up on the one wall! It was beautiful! It wasn't until the week later when I was showing off the nursery to my sister. She asked me, "Why are the rainbows upside down?" GASP! They were! The fabric is an exact replica of those rainbows with the exception that the wallpaper background was yellow instead of the blue!

You can take a look at the fat quarter bundle here. I think this is going to make a perfect lap-quilt for my oldest -- she can then have the rainbows any which way she wants!

On the homefront -- I am healing, albeit a bit slow. I am able to do a bit of stitching, as tolerated [which isn't much]. I am wearing splints on both hands now as my dominant right hand has been overworked! Tomorrow I see a neurologist to see what we can do about pain control. In June, I will be going for an MRI for the surgery hand as I still continue  have pain. I am hoping to head back to work in the next couple of weeks {crossing my fingers and praying!}. I work for an amazing company that is helping me come back without causing further damage. I have had a rehab specialist, a kinesiologist, hand specialist, surgeon, family doctor, and of course equipment set up to help. Thankfully for Canada, I am able to have all this. Without it, I honestly don't know what I would do.




 The plastic on top of the thumb is to hold my thumb in a place where I don't hyper-extend it.



My new nifty keyboard! The components are meant to be in odd positions, including hanging off a bit off the tray. They are very solid and heavy and will not be moving. The ergonomic specialist set this up for me last week.

My surgery hand [left] is still troubling me. The base of my thumb is drawing into my palm, but splinting and exercises are sure to continue to help [I am hoping!] Otherwise, my left [with the ring] is looking really great!

Happy Quilting and making all!
You have to do double for now until I can join you!
Margo!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Presents Given and Received

Today's Blog post is dedicated to Gifted Quilts

Quilt # 1 - Mom's Creation  

 1st up is my Mom's quilt. This quilt has been a labour of love for her. More labour than love ha-ha. I say more labour as it took her over a year to complete as a result of her hand surgery. This Scrappy half square triangle quilt is for my moms best friend the retired judge. This year she is celebrating her 70th BirthdayA big driver for my mom to have this quilt completed.

Lucky for my Mom she had the top ready to go before her surgery. All that was left to do was the machine quilting and binding. I shouldn't say "all that was left" because the end sometimes is the hardest and most tedious part. She is more adventurous than me and usually machine quilts the top herself however in lieu of her hand not doing so well I dropped it off to be quilted for her.

Once she got it back from being machine quilted it took her over a week to do the binding, little bits at a time. Usually she can have the binding done in no time .... I know this because I used to always pawn off my quilts on her to bind (still not my favorite part). The funniest part is that even with my mom basically using one hand to do the binding it still looks professional and with invisible stitches. HA mine look more like a kids 1st sewing project.

HOPEFULLY next up for Mom is a Wedding Quilt for her FAVORITE DAUGHTER
(PS. I can write favorite daughter cause I am writing this blog post =P )

Below is my moms Scrappy Half Triangle Quilt Enjoy!  



 

 What a great pattern, has such dimension. Almost looks 3D.


This back brings a modern twist, very versatile. Would look great on a bed with the back being displayed.


A hot new trend is the word print fabric ... I am jumping on the train for that trend. I can not get enough of the word/script/newsprint fabric. I am always drawn to it in the fabric stores.




The first look when she opened her gift
She looks thrilled! 
Mom says sorry it's so blurry!

Mom's best friend and then Mom - they both look pretty happy!
 I think she likes it!

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Quilt # 2- The Youngests Creation 
2nd is my latest quilt. This quilt started out as a kit my Mom bought me about 5-6 years ago. I have been slowly picking away at it. I started putting it together 2 years ago at one of the quilting retreats.

With this quilt I had to use You Tube a little as the instructions that came with the quilt were basically in another language. This was the first time I have ever attempted a Y seam. My mom "seams" (ha-ha sewing joke) to think that me doing Y seams is impressive. Honestly I did not find them very difficult, I had a couple seam ripper moments but that is normal in any project. You Tube really was a big help.

This pattern made small windmills however I decided not to match up the fabric to form noticeable windmills. The reasoning was that I did not like the look of the defined windmills. When it was all laid out the windmills ended up very asymmetrical and not evenly distributed. I just felt that it would look better more evenly distributed. If you look close you can still make out Red and Black windmills. They are still there just less defined. All in all I like how this quilt turned out.




Since this blog post is all about "gifted" quilts I should probably tell you where this quilts new home is. I decided since my Mom was so impressed with my Y seams that I would finish this quilt and give it to her for Christmas.

I played a little trick on my Mom to throw her off. I am a big supporter and volunteer for the United Way and my original plan was to complete this quilt for our 2015 campaign and have it  raffled off. HOWEVER ... time managed to get away from me and I was no where close to having it completed in time for the end of the campaign. So I decided to complete it for Christmas and present it to my Mom. (I knew she would love and cherish it)

The funny part is I never let mom in on the little fact that I was no longer doing the quilt for United Way. She would ask me how the quilts coming along and when can she buy raffle tickets. I may have even told her at one point I got her raffle tickets and not to worry. (a little white lie, but I think it was necessary).


Check out the great quilted swirls. Really adds depth - and possibly a little bit of the twilight zone.



 So I am told this quilt will be living on the living room wall in Mom and Chef's house. That makes me a tad bit nervous, reasoning being now people will REALLY be looking at it. Hopefully no quilt police come around! They might just get kindly kicked out of the house ha-ha Just Joking.




And so concludes our lil' gifted quilt post.
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Until next time

 - The Youngest -