Tuesday, 4 October 2016

2016 FAL - Q3 Finishes

Just like the song - two out of three ain't bad.

I started this Xmas Table Topper in November, 2015 as part of the One Block Wonder QAL  with Sandy at upstairshobbyroom.blogspot.ca

You can read about this topper here

I didn't notice the fly when I took this picture.  He is not part of this topper, lol

 I used a small saucer to mark the centre and quilted following the marks.

I used freezer paper cut outs for the trees and the stars. 

One day I may learn how to free motion but for now I use what I can work with.

Linking up withe Leanne at shecanquilt

Friday, 30 September 2016

2016 FAL - Q3 - Finishes

I finished the table runner from the October One Block Wonder hosted by Sandy over at

UpstairsHobbyRoom here.

You can read about the runner and place mats here

 Unfinished table runner and finished place mats.

Finished table runner.

Linking up with Leanne here

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Q3 Finish Along 2016 - Proposed Finishes

 2016 FAL

This list roll overs from Q2.

1. Table Runner - October One Block Wonder.  Needs quilting and binding.  Finished the placements in Q1.

   Your can read about it here

2. Christmas Table Runner - November One Block Wonder.  Needs quilting and binding.

   You can read about it here

3. Elephant Parade - needs quilting and binding.


   You can read about it here
Linking up with Leanne here

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Q2 Finish-A-Long 2016 Finishes

2016 FAL

Q2 Finish-A-Long 2016 Proposed Finishes  here

I managed to get one quilt finished.  I signed up for a lot of QALs and have done a lot of sewing but not much finishing.

I finished Tied up in Chains.  This was a mystery quilt pattern designed by Ingrid Machtemes - Owner - Quiltessential Co.St. Albert, Alberta.

Started in 2014 and finished in 2016.  The top was finished for two years but not quilted.

See the original blog post here

Binding preparation:

I did a two colour binding to give a break from the border.

This quilt was given to Grace at the show held by the coffee ladies.  Grace is a very lovely young lady who is getting married in July.  She is the live in care giver to a neighbour.  The idea of a shower was emailed around and I suggested to the coffee group that if they paid for the quilting, I would provide the quilt top, batting and backing.  They agreed and I took the quilt to my longarmer.  

Here are a couple of pictures of Grace with her quilt.

Love the smile.  She was so very pleased and so was I.  It's a great feeling when your work is truly appreciated.

Tied up in Chains, lol.

The coffee ladies or as one member calls us.  "The Coffee Posse"

Linking up with Leanne here

I just noticed that there is no way to post comments.  I upgraded to Windows 10 - mistake.

Please email any comments to:  ioleen.kimmel@gmail.com

Thank you and hopefully I can fix this. 

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Can you have enough pin cushions??

Scraptastic Tuesday

Not much has been done with my scraps as of late.  Have been busy finishing up a quilt for a bridal shower (more on that in a later post).

I did manage to get two pin cushions done.

The one on the left is made for scraps from the jelly roll quilts that were made at the guild's November retreat. 

You can see a picture that quilt here

The one on the right is a Wonder Cushion. It was made from scraps in my bin for various sizes and colours. It is not just just pins as you can see.  It will also hold some wonder clips.

It was made using a pattern from Squeeze Quilts.

You can find the free tutorial here

Linking up with Leanne here

Monday, 18 April 2016

Scraptastic Tuesday

Scraptastic Tuesday 

My blogger friend Pam sent out a request for a chain made from scraps measuring 1 1/2" wide by no more than 4 1/2" long.

These chains will be pieced together to make quilts for charity.

I cut up scraps 1 1/2" by various lengths and sewed them together as a leader ender project.  I ended up with a chain that was approximately 208" long, give or take an inch.

Here is a picture

Pam lives in the US so I included a few chocolate bars that you can only buy in Canada.  She was quite happy with her package.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Q2 Finish Along 2016 - Proposed Finishes

 2016 FAL

This list is a combination of roll overs from Q1 and some new ones.

As I mentioned in Q1 my UFO list was very long so I only posted what I was hoping to get done.  I did manage to get 4 out of 6 done. Patting myself on the back!!!

The first 2 items on my list are roll overs and the rest of new additions.

1. Table Runner - October One Block Wonder.  Needs quilting and binding.  Finished the placements in Q1.

   Your can read about it here

2. Christmas Table Runner - November One Block Wonder.  Needs quilting and binding.

   You can read about it here

3. Elephant Parade - needs quilting and binding.


   You can read about it here

4. 2014 Mystery Quilt - needs quilting and binding.

You can read about it here

Linking up with Leanne here

Sunday, 3 April 2016

March One Block Wonder

Here is my March block.

I used fabric from the bundle I won in December.  Colour Weave by P & B Textiles is wonderful to work with.  The colours are beautiful. Picture does not do this fabric justice.  Sorry!!!

I am going to finish this with a 2 inch white border and the binding will be made using all colours in the blocks.  I will do the binding using a 1 1/2" (all colours) and a 1 3/4" black so that the black will show as a small piping.  I love using this method of binding.  You sew it to the back of the quilt and stitch in the ditch between the accent fabric (black) and the main fabric (all colours).  This is a quick and easy finish.  It does take a bit of time to make the binding but no hand sewing so that is a time saver.

I am thinking that the hint of black against the white will turn out amazing.

Linking up with Sandy here

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Block 2 - Orange Quilt

Here is the second block for my Orange Quilt.

You can read about block 1 here

I am thinking, once blocks are all done, I might use a medium grey as sashing.

Linking up with Caroline as SewCanShe here

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Scrappy Mini Table Topper

 Scraptastic Tuesday

I started this mini a week or so ago.  Not doing too much sewing these days.  I had cataract surgery on my right eye so I have glasses with prescription left lens and right lens clear glass.

This Mini was made with scraps from the October One Block Wonder.  You can read about it here.

I made two lengths using QAYG and joined them using the joining strip method I learned at a workshop with Marianne from The Quilting Edge.  You can visit her blog here.

Linking up with Leanne at She Can Quilt

Saturday, 30 January 2016

January Block

Here is my January block for One Block Wonder.

I am not sure if I will be putting the black as a border.  If I do I may just make it 1/2".  I may also add a orange border.  Will be doing some playing around later today.

Linking up with One Block Wonder-January

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

First attempt at improv

Here is my first attempt at improv.  As I really didn't know what I was doing, this was made from my scraps.  The borders are from left over jelly roll strips.

It is straight line quilted in different widths using my quarter inch foot as well as my open toed foot.

I enjoyed the process of making this and hope to make more.

Linking up with Leanne here

Thursday, 7 January 2016

The Start of my Orange Quilt.

I've joined another block of the month with Caroline over at SewCanShe you can visit her here

Here is the first block - the Bow Tie Block.

My plan is to make all blocks using orange and white Kona.  Going to try QAYG (quilt as you go) and use grey strips for joining.  

Linking up with SewCanShe.

Happy Quilting.

Proposed finishes for Q1 of 2016 Finish A Long

 I wrote down all my UFO's and the list was very long so I trimmed it back to the following. 

 This is what I hope to accomplish in the Q1.

 With fingers crossed I post the following list.

 1.  Bird House Door Hanging - needs binding and a sleeve.
 2.  Table Runner - October BOM with Sandy here needs quilting, binding.

 3.  Table Runner - November BOM with Sandy here needs quilting, binding.

 4.  Place mats to go with #2 - needs borders, quilting, binding.

 5.  Charity quilt - Polka Dots. - needs binding.

 6.  Charity quilt - from the EMQG Fall Retreat - needs binding.

You can view a picture of number 1 on my Instagram page - here

I do not have pictures of the charity quilts.  A member of the EMQG is doing the quilting and I will be getting the quilts back at the January 13th meeting.

This is my first year doing a Finish A Long.  It is time to not just make tops but to finish some as well. 

Happy Quilting!!!



Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Year of the Stash - 2016

This manifesto will start as soon as I spend the credit I have at my LQS.

This may happen today or tomorrow.

1.  I will try to use fabric from my stash (will try hard) in all new projects and UFO's.

 2.  For every month that I do not purchase fabric I will set aside $20.00.

 3.  If out of town, I will limit my purchases to fabric that jumps out at me.

 4.  I will treat myself on my Birthday to at least a fat quarter.

 5.  I will buy fabric, if none in my stash, for a request from the Birthday Bonus Club.

This is going to be a challenge but I'm going to give it my best - wish me luck.

Linking up with Jenn here