Friday, December 10, 2010

Make a Boob

Make a Boob is a project about breast cancer. Click here and then you too can make a Boob!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I need this vacation....

I have had a very stressfull week and a half at work, to the point where I wasn't sleeping and I was snapping at everyone.... government audits will do that to you! However, my part in the audit is now over so I can relax, just in time for our (somewhat) annual trip to Las Vegas. Hubby and I are leaving tomorrow morning for 5 glorious days with no work and no teenagers! WooHoo!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What's on my design wall.....







This little darling will be MINE. It will NOT be given away. Of course, since the fabric actually says "Make Quilts", I can't think of too many people that would want it!



I don't have a pattern, I'm using the book Nine Patch Pizzaz . Although the book says 'finished in a day.....ROTFL...... she obviously hasn't met me!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Baby Quilt



This is the baby quilt I finished quilting this weekend. You can click on the pictures to make them bigger. The dark picture shows (sort of) my lame attempt at "Less Stress Feathers" (book by Jodi Robinson). Oh well, they could be worse.... I think.....


SportsFan and I went to the Leafs game last night and had a blast. A little disappointed they didn't win in overtime, but it was still a good game.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Go Leafs Go!!!!

SportsFan and I are going to the Leafs game tonight...WooHoo! We won the tickets in a charity raffle (which is pretty freakin' amazing, since Leafs tickets are the Holy Grail of sporting events...) and then of course, hockey is a pretty big deal in our house!

On the quilting front.... I have pictures!!!! This is the coffee quilt I have been making for my friend Sue. I still have to add a 2 inch border (the fabric is coffee beans, too cute) and then I'm going to add a plain red six inch border.



Friday, October 15, 2010

Working away...

I've been very industrious lately! I've almost finished the Coffee Quilt for Sue, I'm quilting a baby quilt for another friend of the girls, and I've started working on a quilt for myself (finally). If only I could find that darn camera......

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

No Name post....

I've run out of ideas for post titles.....

As you can see I've been slacking again on my blog, probably because I ran out of mojo for quilting. BUT... I did start a new quilt this weekend, it's called Double-Double and it incorporates coffee themed fabrics. (Canadians will know that when you order a double-double, you get a coffee with double cream and double sugar.....) It's for my friend Sue, who may be a little over-dependent on her Tim Horton's coffee fix....

Tomorrow night I have a friend coming over looking for help with her first quilt. She signed up for a 'beginning' quilting course, but after she bought all the supplies, the LQS told her that she had to have all of her rotary cut pieces cut out before class starts. Well, gee, what part of beginner did they not understand? Since she just bought the rotary cutter and mat (from them!), she certainly doesn't know how to use it yet!. Obviously the LQS definition of 'beginner' isn't the same as her idea of 'beginner'. She does know how to sew, so I think she'll catch on quick once I show her how to use the rotary cutter.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I'm back .....

Wow, I was gone longer than I thought. And I have no idea why, I certainly haven't been busy. Now that September is here I'm planning on getting in gear again, since I only managed to finish one quilt all summer.

But things have been changing around the Metcalfe house:

MaterialGirl finished college three weeks ago and is now knee-deep into job interviews.

UniversityGirl is back in Ottawa for her third year of university.

And SportsFan just started his LAST year of high school AND got his driver's license! He was late getting the driver's license thanks to a stirke by the driver license testing facility last year. It meant he had to wait an extra four months..... we were not amused! (When you live in the country, everyone counts down the months and days until they can drive!)

Once again my camera is missing (MaterialGirl, where did you put it????), but as soon as I find it I will post a picture of the BACK of Matt's quilt..... it turned out amazing with the Graffiti fabric.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Matt's Quilt





I finished piecing the top for Matt's quilt.

It took me almost a year because after I cut it out, and sorted the pieces into ziplock bags, I promptly lost it. Yup, I searched the whole house and couldn't find it anywhere.

Six months later I decided to heck with it, I would start a new one for him, so I ordered some really nice graffiti print fabric to make it with. Small problem.... the fabric was so nice and the print so large that I couldn't figure out how to cut it up and make it look good in a quilt. So it hung on my design wall while I pondered.....

Two months go by andI'm still doing the 'stand and stare' thing! BUT, lo and behold!!!! I found the original quilt pieces! Duh, they were at the office, where I occasionally spend time piecing (in the winter when we're slow... ). It solved my problem for the graffiti fabric... instead of cutting it up, I am now going to use it for the back of the quilt.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Bad Blogger.....

Mostly because I haven't done anything worth blogging about, and I didn't think you'd be interested in listening to me whine about the heat and humidity.....

I did finally find all the pieces to Matt's quilt, so I've been slowly working on it. Next time I work on it I'll take some pictures. Until then, try and stay cool (that's what I'll be doing!).

Monday, June 28, 2010

Procrastination is my middle name......

However I managed to finish the babyquilt JUST in time for the shower.... Here's the Mom-to-be with both of my girls and the quilt:












It's the first baby shower that I've been to in a really long time. Of course, now that the girls and their friends are 'young adults', I'm sure there will be many more to come!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Change in plans....

I decided not to do Amanda Jean's quilt along, after all. I looked at the fabric that I was planning to use, and the prints are way too large for the pattern she is making. Oh well, maybe next time.

Instead I decided to make this quilt: Big & Bold. The fabric is from Connecting threads. Originally I was going to give it to Meagan's friend Matt, but the colours are much too feminine for a guy. (The colours in my picture aren't very accurate, most of the fabrics are very PURPLE.... when I ordered the kit, I thought the colours were BLUE)
It went together very quickly, I just need to add the pieced border. It looks kind of Blahh right now, but it will look better after it's quilted. Since the blocks are nice and big, I'm going to use the large print fabrics with this pattern. It still won't be for Matt, though, my large print fabric is VERY girly! It's called Olive Rose . Poor Matt, it could be another year before he finally gets his own quilt!
I finished quilting the Leftover Pizazz quilt, so I have one Summer Goal complete!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Summer Goals

I realized this morning that I may be falling behind a **wee** bit with my quilting goals.... time to sit up and pay attention!

This is the list of things I have either started, or want to start:

1. Quilting the 'Leftover Pizzaz' quilt (almost done.... need to finish!)

2. Baby Quilt (Winsome Baby pattern I started AGES ago)

3. Snowball and Nine patch Quilt Along (I'm actually doing pretty good with this one, I'm supposed to have thirty blocks done, I haven't counted but I'm pretty sure I'm close. I will count tonight)

4. Friendship HST's (haven't started yet, but I did order the HST paper..... should be here early next week)

5. I need to start the quilt for Matt, Meagan's friend. I promised him a quilt over a year ago.....

6. I really, really want to do the quilt along with AmandaJean of Crazy Mom Quilts . Yes, I know I shouldn't be starting anything new, *but* ..... I already have the fabric in my stash..... who am I kidding? You know I'm going to do it anyways!


OK, so my goals for June are to FINISH #1 , #2 and #4, to start #5 and #6, and to keep working on #3.

Wish me luck.... I'm probably going to need it!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Still here....

Not much quilting going on right now because I've been waiting for my 120" zippers to be delivered. I finished the 'Leftover Pizzaz' top, but I'm not going to quilt it until I make some zippered leaders for my quilting machine. Pinning takes too long, and I would like to be able to remove a quilt if I need to, without having to re-pin it when I put it back on.

The zippers showed up yesterday, now I just have to make the leaders. I picked up the fabric this morning, so hopefully I can get them made ASAP!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Stepping outside the box....
























I finished quilting the 'African Pizazz' quilt. I really like how it turned out. I did beadboard on the outside border, swirls on the inner border and I used my circle groovy boards on the large squares. For the rest, I did an all over meander, because the fabric is so busy you can hardly see it.

The reason I call it stepping outside of the box, is because I've never done the first three types of quilting before. In fact, I've had the groovy board from Handiquilter for two years and this is the first time I've ever used it. The swirls pattern is from a tutorial on Carlas's Feathered Fibres website.

Of course, if I was brutally honest, I would mention that some of the lines in the beadboard aren't straight, the swirls aren't even close to consistant, and I let the groovy board slide a couple of times so the circles aren't always even....
But hey, from about three feet away.... It looks GREAT!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Arghhh.....

Bloglines is down, so I can't visit any of the blogs I read regularily..... down right depressing...... I miss reading everyone's blog. *sigh*

Monday, April 19, 2010

Weekend Quilting







I actually managed to get in some major quilting time on the weekend.... I finished the piecing for my friend Carol's 'African Pizzazz' quilt. (No, the borders aren't really that wavy...) Originally I was going to use red for the small border, but I couldn't find a border fabric that went with it. Instead I used the chocolate and lighter browns. Now I just have to quilt it, and if you follow my blog regularily, you'll know that it can take me anywhere from a week to a couple of months!




I also I took the left over nine patches and put together a 'Leftovers' quilt for me. I still have enough fabric to make a third quilt, but I'm sure that won't happen anytime soon.....

Monday, April 12, 2010

Pluggin' Away....

Still working on the Pizzazz quilt. DH made me a design wall so I can play with the arrangement of blocks. We bought 2 sheets of 4X8 foot, 1" styrofoam and cut them down so that together they equal a 6 foot square (8 feet would have been too big to store for me). He taped them together and I covered it in flannel. it will fold closed where it is taped for storage. Fabricland was out of plain white flannel, so the background has pink hearts and flowers on it!











Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Latest Quilt





My 'African Pizzazz' quilt is coming along.... except for the kitten, who likes to help by either a) lying on top of it (that's her in the top corner of the first picture) or b) running across the blocks at full speed and scattering them across the room! Eventually we get to c) = the kitten locked in the bathroom until I'm finished playing with the arrangement.

I'm not happy with the final arrangement yet, I think it has too many colours and doesn't 'blend' enough. So I'm going to make more of the gold colour nine patches and remove some of the other blocks.

I'm also going to include a red two inch border and the mixed animal print (see last post) as a six inch border.

I'm doubtful that it will happen this week, between Wednesday night dinner, Thursday night quilt meeting, MaterialGirl's birthday and Easter weekend, things are going to be pretty hectic around my house!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Nine Patch Pizzazz






I bought a new quilt book last week, 'Nine Patch Pizzazz'. It has some really great quilts in it, they are all based on working with a 'focus fabric' and nine patch squares.




I started a quilt for a friend, who has a family room with an 'African theme'. These are some of the fabrics that I'm using. I started making nine patches this weekend.




















This is only a portion of the fabric that I have collected for this quilt. I started buying fabric last April when I was in the US for a quilt retreat. Since then I have picked up fabric almost everytime I go to a new quilt shop or a quilt show. Hmmm, I need to rethink how I purchase fabric.... I have enough 'animal print/african theme' fabric to make at least ***three*** quilts! LOL!!!!!

Another Little Quilt Swap 4

Kate North is running a fourth round of her quilt swap, you can check it out here . It's a nice, stress free swap, because you don't officially sign up until your quilt is finished.... so if you end up that you didn't have time to complete a quilt, no one is disappointed (except maybe you....). I didn't participate in round three because it was restricted to Art Quilts, but this time she is taking Traditional quilts, too.

I have participated in the past, and I enjoy not just making a quilt, but receiving a beautiful little quilt made by someone else.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Keeping Up....


I finished my six snowball & nine-patch blocks for March. Not much else going on right now. Some quilting, and a little bit of knitting.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Not much new here....

Hubby and I went to Mexico last week for a last minute vacation, but my son managed to give me the stomach flu before we left! I spent the first two days in the room. Thankfully, the resort had room service. The rest of the week was really nice, food was good, and the weather was great.

Now it's back to work, gearing up for our busy season.

Nothing new on the quilting side of things. I started a baby quilt, but I must not be paying attention properly, because I seem to be spending more time with the seam ripper than the sewing machine.

In between piecing and quilting lately, I've been knitting slippers. I don't knit very often, but once in a while the mood strikes me and I knit something small, just enough to get it out of my system!

I'll post some pictures later.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Pictures

This is my nephew's quilt "Big Sky Country". I didn't do a very good job with the pictures, you can't see the quilting. I did a large meander on the outside border, continuous curves on the QST's, and I outlined and thread painted the picture sections. I'm SO glad it's finally finished!
















These are my ninepatch and snowball blocks for Jan and Feb:

Monday, March 1, 2010

We now return to regularily scheduled programming:

Canada finished up the Olympics with a bang.... Men's Hockey Gold Medal! It was pretty loud in the Metcalfe house last night. UniversityGirl even managed to hit the street party in Ottawa to celebrate (oh, to be young....)

I love watching the Olympics, but now we can get back to (and catch up on) everyday life: quilting and housework to be specific.

I did manage to finish the binding on my nephew's quilt. Yeah!!!! Quilt finish #2 for 2010.


I also finished my 6 snowball and ninepatch blocks for February (Good thing, since it is now officially March and I have 6 more to do).


MaterialGirl borrowed the camera, so I will have to wait to post pictures. I also started a baby quilt yesterday, it's from the 'Winsome Baby' pattern by Nancy Halverson.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sidetracked......















By the Olympics! I did manage to get most of my nephew's quilt done on the weekend, but then I started watching the Olympics, and even though I only have maybe a half an hour of quilting left to do, I can't seem to tear myself away from the TV! I am going to force myself to finish it tonight so that I can work on the binding in front of the TV.


GO CANADA!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

January Blocks

I finally made six blocks for January for Regina's Snowball Quilt Along. Now I have until the end of February to make six of the nine patch blocks, only I decided to use Jen's pattern for a Tenessee Waltz quilt and make 54-40 or fight blocks instead.












They'll be a little more work, but since I very seldom work with complicated blocks, it will be a step out of the box for me.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Isn't it PURDY?








Well, the top is done, now I need to put it on the frame and quilt it. I do really like this one, it turned out nice, even after all the fuss and frustration. Hopefully the different sized borders aren't too noticeable.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Quilting Instructions....

Place one hand on each side of head..... grasp hair firmly.....PULL!

Yes, I spent the weekend working on my nephew's quilt and it was one frustration after another. First, I couldn't find it. Huh? I know I left it on my quilt holder???? Took 2 days but we finally realized it was downstairs folded up with all the spare blankets that were used on New Year's Eve (UniversityGirl had a party and at least 20 of her 'nearest and dearest' spent the night). Since we ran out of blankets, somebody decided to use an almost finished quilt top! Couldn't have been very warm!

After a much needed ironing, I proceeded to add the last border of quarter square triangles.... or not. The horizontal rows fit perfectly, but when I tried to add the vertical row, my row of squares were 2 inches too short!!!! TWO INCHES? That's ridiculous, I've been out before, but never even close to that much!

And of course it doesn't help when DH is watching me try to fit it together and teasing me about my math skills! For the record, dear, all I did was follow the pattern, I am not taking the blame for this one!

So with much cursing under my breath (well, out loud, actually) I shortened two of the horizontal borders until it measured the right size. I attached one side last night and HOPEFULLY (cross my fingers) I will get the last one attached tonight.

And I refuse to take a picture of the beast until it is all together.

Monday, January 11, 2010

2 Finishes already.....










A quilted calendar holder for my newly painted orange kitchen.










The pattern was from the Jan/Feb issue of Quiltmaker magazine ( a Christmas gift from my sister). I didn't add the prairie points like the pattern called for, I think the voile I chose wasn't sheer enough, and the praire points were WAY too bright for the rest of the block. But I like it anyways.









The 2nd finish isn't a quilt, it's a zebra print, fake fur blanket for MaterialGirl's room. I used red flannel for the backing and sewed the two pieces wrong sides together. Then I turned it right sides out and sewed all around the edges to keep them from rolling. Not something I would make for myself, but she's happy with it!
I'm not counting the blanket as a quilting finish, but it still feels good to accomplish something!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Goals for the year and other stuff......

I don't normally make resolutions or set goals, but I think a little push in the right direction is needed:

Quilting Goals - 12 quilts, totally finished for the year. That's one per month, should be doable. To make it easier (I need all the help I can get) I'm counting all finishes, UFO's, WIP, anything completely finished counts!

Weight - Uh Oh..... Ok, so I've been whining about my weight for a while now, so this is the year I actually have to do something about. The goal is to lose 24lbs over ONE YEAR. Translation: 2 lbs per month. Sounds easy, right..... hahaha..... No, seriously..... 2 lbs per month! First thing I'm doing is cutting out French Vanilla cappacino's from Tim Hortons!

Blogging - this one isn't complicated: Blog regularily! Jeez, I'm bad for not blogging on a regular basis, but this year I am going to be better!

On the quilty front I started a quilted calendar holder for my kitchen. It's a shadow trapunto design, and last night I finished all of the applique for it. If MaterialGirl ever returns my camera, I will post a picture.

I was thinking about doing a Stash Report, but who am I kidding? I'll leave that one for next year (I'm not at the point yet where I really want to know!).