Friday, July 30, 2010

BOM newbie

Just a quick note. I just, like just, signed up for my first Block of the Month. It is the Jan Patek "2010 Mystery Quilt" . I am starting half way through the year so the first several blocks are not a mystery but I am definitely excited. There is an American Flag in the quilt that I will probably alter to make it Canadian.... otherwise that would be a little odd.

My first quilt- complete!

Three months later and countless mistakes, my first official quilt is done! Earlier I had just completed the quilt top but I finished the quilting and binding. I did the double-fold binding by hand, similar to applique. I used brown thread for some of the quilting but I preferred the cream thread better.

Picture quality is just OK-had to use my iPhone.
I also just purchased Confections by Robert Kaufman from Fat Quarter Shop. I just love the cute cupcakes and polka dots. I have no idea what I am going to make with this yet- perhaps oven mitts or a lunch kit.


Friday, July 16, 2010

Vegas Spoils!

I just got back from Las Vegas early this morning, about 1:30 am to be exact. Even though I am a tad tired-the trip was awesome. The weather was clear, sunny and 40+ °C. But that didn’t stop me from dragging my boyfriend to a few quilt shops around town. Two of the stores were close enough to taxi however; it makes more sense to rent a car. This gives you adequate trunk storage for all your purchases. I visited the following three quilting shops:

Christmas Goose

The Fabric Boutique


Based on website alone, Christmas Goose (CG) and Quiltique would have been my favorite but after visiting all three, they were all good with pros & cons to each.

Christmas Goose- was the closest to our hotel (The Orleans’ Hotel and Casino) and the ladies working were very friendly. The store was clean, well organized and had a lot of cutesy items. I bought a kit based on the pattern Girl's Best Friend Lap Quilt by Ellen Replogle (book: Laps from Fats for Family & Friends) and a couple small notions. The only con for me was that they carried a lot of wool products which really isn’t my thing.

Fabric Boutique- I’ll have to admit, based on the website, I didn’t have high hopes for this store. But I was so wrong. This was an amazing little store with up-to-date designer fabrics. Every month they have a special; July was 20% off any “blue” fabric. I bought a FQ from the entire line of Blush by Basic Grey for Moda along with enough fabric to make backing, binding and background for the pattern Split Medallion by MARIN & COLUSA . The only downside was that they didn’t have a lot of kits-which I am a huge fan of.

Quiltique- was the furthest but it had the largest selection of fabrics and kits. I loved this store; everything but one cranky sales lady. I bought a Quilt Journal (to keep track of my projects), patterns, a few FQ’s and Another Brick in the Wall by Carolina Patchworks kit. Almost every sample quilt on the wall could be purchased as a kit with identical fabric. There were tons of antiques and nic-nacs around the store that were for sale too. They also have a huge back section that is 50% off fabrics (greats for backings).

Friday, July 2, 2010

Jan Patek- Favorite Things Quilt

I just started the Jan Patek- Favorite Things quilt kit.

I bought the kit at Traditional Pastimes (Calgary, AB) and I decided that I am going to make it for my mom for Christmas. When I purchased the kit, the sales lady asked "Have you ever appliqued before?"... I said "Nope, but might as well start with something I like!". I purchased the books Learn To Applique by Better Homes and Gardens and The Quilting Answer Book by Barbara Weiland Talbert to get me going. And with guidance from my mom and my boyfriend's mom, I have a good start.

I finished block one the other day (I am a little slow but I got it done!). I have just started on the pumpkin blocks, and as soon as I get them done, I will post photos.


Another project I have been working on (my first full size pieced quilt) is a version of Yellow Brick Road Pattern with Apple by Timeless Treasures. Here is a picture of when I had just done the borders. I have just finished quilting it -I had a few minor mistakes where my needle would jump on a thick seam. I am not sure how to avoid this? Any ideas?


My first blog!

Hi there,

This is my very first blog and so far, it seems pretty easy... just type and post. I am a newbie quilter, just started in March of this year. My mom bought me a refurbished Janome MC for my birthday. I live in a tiny two-bedroom apartment, so my sewing room is really my kitchen (thank god I have an ottoman for a table in the living room). I don't mind my setup and I am sure most beginner quilters don't have a huge, stocked sewing room to start out with. Over time, and with added experience, I will graduate to my very own sewing room complete with a brand new sewing machine. My first project was a half-sqaure triangle table topper. It went alright except I totally botched the binding. My second project was another table topper but with "Tiny Squares". This one went much better, and my quilting job had improved significantly from the first. Once I finished this project, I was hooked.