Friday, 27 May 2016

My Pet Hamster quilt finishes



Just in time to pay tribute to the Royals newest family member.....
It's the My Pet Hamster quilt.

I was beyond happy to put the final stitch in the binding of this playful finish on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, when I returned to work on the Super Mini quilt the next day....




My iron died a horrible death. Alas, I tried everything. Took it apart and redid the wiring. But it was all to no avail. Now what????!!!!!! ACKKKKK!




The fabrics are all from Northcott Fabrics' Artisan Spirit Ambience collections and the solids are from their Color Works collection. The background and the backing are the same print in two different colourways. I am truly smitten with the Ambience collection, love how the prints all coordinate together from one colourway to another, and how the prints can tend to read like a solid. You see, I have a lot of trouble coordinating prints and tend to stick to solids because of it.





This photo below is on my front yard, which is now looking a lot more like winter is finally over. I have been taking photos of my finishes hanging from the tree house lately because these quilts are too long to get a full front shot on the old hay wagon. But the lighting is poor beneath the tree. These photos below give a truer sense of the colours of the fabrics. 






The edge to edge horizontal quilting was done using my signature wavy lines. I chose a variegated green from Superior Threads for the top and Omni in light gray for the bottom. I am so pleased with the brightness and shine of that green on top! I was tempted to use my favourite blue variegated thread, but was afraid of running out as that spool is low.









The My Pet Hamster pattern provides instructions for making six different quilt sizes and two different block sizes. The full size hamster blocks finish at 10" wide by 9" tall and the half size blocks finish at 5" wide by 4.5" tall. A 14" by 13" mini quilt can be made using one full size block or by using 4 half size blocks. Using the full size blocks, you can also make:

Crib Quilt using 11 full size blocks finishes at 38" x 46"
Lap Quilt using 28 full size blocks finishes at 62" x 68"
Twin Quilt using 38 full size blocks finishes at 62" x 90"
Full Quilt using 53 full size blocks finishes at 86" x 90"

My Pet Hamster is a 7 page pdf quilt pattern and is a modern minimalist design made using traditional piecing methods. No templates. No paper piecing. Only simple straight line sewing and diagonal seams. Easy to follow instructions are provided for every step of the way!


My Pet Hamster Crib quilt finishes at 38" x 46"





"My Pet Hamster" Lap Size finished at approximately 62" x 68"
and was the 95th use of my 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.






The MY PET HAMSTER pattern is now available here in my shop.

I am offering 25% OFF everything until the end of May.
Minimum $10 purchase.

Use coupon code MAY25







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Thursday, 26 May 2016

More Mini Mini Quilt Mania

I warned you....
These little mini mini creations are addicting!!!

On Tuesday I told you about the fantastic #MMminimini challenge hosted by Make Modern MagazineYou can read all about the details here. The challenge runs until June 20th.

I had so much fun making the first wee little mini mini quilt.
And now I think I'm hooked!




This Raccoon mini mini quilt was quilted in organic wavy lines. And finished my binding by machine. This time I remembered to add some corner tabs on the back for hanging. But could not find any Popsicle sticks to show you how they would be perfect for placing in the tabs.





But Mr. Raccoon wasn't the only one on the assembly line....




There was also a My Pet Hamster block in the works!





It's becoming more and more apparent that I am a very slow learner. The black eyes for both of these blocks are not doing a thing for me. Contrast, contrast, contrast! Maybe I will listen for next time. Maybe not. For this mini mini quilt I did some random straight lines. After quilting, I trimmed them down and they each measure exactly 6" square when finished.






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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Let's Bee Social #126

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!

I must admit. I'm pretty lucky to have you for a friend.

Last week we had a brand new blogger join us for the Let's Bee Social linky party. I sent out the word to a few of my regulars around here, asking if they would offer her a warm welcome. You guys are like gold. The bestest quilting buds out there. THANK YOU all for taking the time to stop by Jen's blog at A Dream And A Stitch. Your visit and words of kindness shared in the comments make me very happy. And it is quite clear to me that I have some pretty amazing friends out there - in this great big global world of the online quilting community - of which I am so proud to be a part of. Thank you!

I started working on a new project.....





You know those little exercise wheels found in the cages of the hamsters in the pet store?





Well I don't have one of those... But I was certainly spinning around in my sewing room this week! This is My Pet Hamster in progress.





My Pet Hamster is another new pattern I've been working on. There are 4 different styles of Hamster blocks and 2 different sizes. The big Hamster blocks are 10" wide by 9" tall and the Baby Hamster blocks are half sized blocks that finish at 5" wide by 4.5" tall.

And the pattern also includes instructions for 6 different quilt sizes in all!





Just like with my Raccoon quilt pattern, I am making the Baby Hamster blocks into a mini wall quilt to match the big quilt. These little chubby cheeked critters make me smile!





No. These are not paper pieced.
The wee ones are a little challenging, but doable.




Hoping to share the finishes in a post on Friday when I will share all the details.

Meanwhile the My Pet Hamster pattern has been added to my shop.

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