Creative Stitches and Crafting Alive Show

This past Friday, a friend and I attended the Creative Stitches and Crafting Alive Show.

This year, the show featured Modern Quilting.  The Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild had an excellent display of Modern quilts.  The members of this guild are full of enthusiasm and were on site to share their knowledge of the Modern Quilting movement.  Giveaways at the FVMQC booth included packs of 2.5″ squares of Modern fabrics like this and some cute buttons.  The button I picked says, I’m here for S.E.X. Stash Enhancing eXperience.  Apparently, this was their most popular button.Giveaway from FVMQG Booth-Optimized

Many of the vendors at the show were featuring the Modern Quilt movement in the products that they were featuring for sale.  I believe I have been bitten by the Modern Quilt bug because this tower of 23 fat quarters–Dots by Riley Blake Designs–was calling to me.  The stack of fat quarters on the right is from Thimbleberries’ Flashback line.  These fabrics will be added to a project that I have been collecting fabrics for–a log cabin quilt featuring Thimbleberries Vintage Stitches line.  The yellow/orage batik will be added to the collection of fabrics I have collected to make a landscape quilt featuring Arches National Park.Purchases from Hamel's at Sewing and Craft Show_March 2014 (1)-Optimized Purchases from Hamel's at Sewing and Craft Show_March 2014 (2)-OptimizedI also picked up some spools of thread for my long arm, some threads for a redwork project that I want to start and some fusible webbing for my Sashiko project.  That metal tin with the clear top is for holding your ball of perle cotton to keep it from rolling away on you when working on your redwork project.
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These are fabric purchases from another vendor.  The ruler was on sale for $1.99–which is a great score since it was regularly priced $19.99!  The black and white fat quarters will be added to the black and white stash awaiting a future black and white quilt.  The stack of fabrics on the right–are 1/2 yard each of Road 15 by Sweetwater for Moda (Main Street and City Park Pickle) plus a 1/2 yard of Kona cream, and 3 fat quarters of coordinating Kona solids and a fat quarter of Road 15 coordinate–Vine Street Pickle.  This pack was a great value at $19.99 and will be the beginning of another Modern Quilt.  The brown batiks in the front are for that Arches National Park landscape project.
DSC_0534-Optimized DSC_0535-OptimizedSo once I get some of my UFO’s under control, I can dabble a bit in the Modern Quilt movement!


“Fast Food” Table Runner for Easter

I have been slowly working on a stack of UFO’s that need to be quilted.  This weekend’s finish was this Easter table runner.  The pattern is a Terry Atkinson design called, Fast Food.  The pattern is very simple–making use of a stripe that does all the work.

This table topper has been sitting for at least 2 years waiting for me to have the opportunity to quilt it. The Quilt Show was broadcasting their shows for free this weekend.  So while Ricky and Alex talked; I quilted.

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This is a close up of the fabrics and the quilting.  I quilted in the ditch around the blocks and then went up and down each yellow stripe.  I love the dense quilting!Fast Food Easter Table Runner_Atkinson Designs_March 23, 2014 (4)-Optimized


Random Reflections – The Start of a New Quilt

This morning, Quilters Newsletter Magazine’s Facebook post stated that, “March is National Quilt Month! It’s the perfect time to start a new project, or maybe finish one of those UFOs (or PIGS – Projects in Grocery Sacks – as Lori would call them).”

So in keeping with National Quilt Month, I did start a new project yesterday.  The pattern is called Random Reflections and is by KarrieLyne from Freckled Whimsy.  The pattern is available on the Moda Bake Shop site and is free for the downloading.  This quilt should finish approximately 60″ x 60″ and will be perfect as a lap quilt.

I picked this pattern because the darker strips resemble books on a shelf.  This quilt is for someone who loves to read and who has included books as decorations in her wedding planned for later this year.

2014_Feb 28_Random Reflections for Lindsay_started Feb 28, 2014-OptimizedAll fabrics in this quilt are from my stash.  So although I promised myself I wasn’t going to start anything new until my stack of flimsies was done, I can rationalize starting this new project because at least I was not out there buying new fabric to add to the stash.  …somewhat of a compromise.  :)


Finished UFO’s – Table Runner and Bed Quilt

The table runner that I started on January 2, 2012 is finally finished.  Sometimes it is not just the larger and more complex projects that sit as UFO’s for a very long time.

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Here I am at our Guild meting last night showing my completed table runner.Show and Share - February 19, 2014 (15)

We have a UFO Completion Contest at our Quilt Guild this year.  Although I took this completed table runner for show and tell last night, it doesn’t count towards the UFO Completion Contest as your UFO has to be from before 2012.  Because I started this project on January 2, 2012, I am just outside the time period for the contest.

I did show another project at Guild this month that does qualify for the UFO Completion Contest though.  I finally took “Plum Dotty” for show and tell at the Guild.  Plum Dotty was finished to the partial flimsy stage on July 5, 2011.  I say partial flimsy stage because after I had this one together, I put it on the bed and decided that it needed some more blocks to make it wider.  Adding just a few more blocks to make it wider proved to be a challenge because I had run out of the black and white and white and black dot fabrics.  After getting some help from a friend in Oregon who helped source out more fabric for me, I was able to add the extra blocks.  The quilt top then sat for a long time until I had time to quilt and bind it.  I finished Plum Dotty on September 12, 2013, just in time to show at the Fall Fair in our town on September 13 and 14, 2013.

Here is Plum Dotty on the bed.  This is a perfect quilt for winter – not only does it brighten the room at an often dreary time of year, but it is heavy with the extra foundation for the blocks and the flannel back.

2013_Sep 12_Plum Dotty_Finished-OptimizedHere I am at our Guild meeting last night talking about Plum Dotty during Show and Share.


Show and Share - February 19, 2014 (17)I wish I could say that finishing these two projects has caught me up to date with my UFO’s, but sadly it barely scratches the surface.