Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My First 1st

It has been an amazing weekend! My "Colors for Craig Street Cats" won a 1st place ribbon in its category. I was truly surprised. Even though I thought the quilt turned out lovely, there were sooo many beautiful quilts in the show with impeccable workmanship. I want to thank everyone for their lovely comments on the quilt from previous posts. A couple of times I felt a little discouraged and the comments pulled me through! Lynne from Craig Street Cats came by to see their quilt and she was very pleased. She's very anxious to get the raffle fundraiser going. This winter has been absolutely brutal on the animals outside. I believe it's the coldest winter in almost 100 years. Her vet bills from the frostbite cases alone have been overwhelming.

Now that my frantic rush to meet the deadline for the show is over, I think I have quilt withdrawal! Once I get the house back in order I think I will work on the projects I started in the Elaine Quehl workshops. The first is a raw edge applique poppy, and the second class was on Liberated Radial Piecing. My radial burst is 1/3 done:
I never usually finish my projects from workshops. I bring fabrics that are not my favorites because I find that once I understand the direction the techniques can take you my choices are all wrong anyway. This time I am pleasantly surprised and may actually finish my sample.

I did do some shopping at the show too :)
I haven't been big into threads, but this year I want to do a lot more free motion quilting so I bought some Bottom Line, Masterpiece and a beautiful grey/taupe 40wt variegated King Tut. Hamels is my favorite online store, and they didn't disappoint with their booth at the show. Each of those little packages contain 10 fat 1/8ths of batiks and were less than $10. I also bought a fat quarter bundle of Little Black Dress 2, a grey bundle and a brown bundle from various vendors.

All in all it was a fun weekend. Now I think I need to do some serious cleaning, before the dust bunnies attack me!!!
 
will be linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and WIP Wednesday at the Needle and Thread Network. Check out what everyone else is working on!


Happy Stitching
corina

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Gradation Puzzle Top Done!!!

The top is done!! Tomorrow sandwich and quilt, Monday binding, Tuesday label and clean up any threads and Wednesday drop it off for the upcoming show.
To get the whole quilt in the picture  I have to take it at an angle so it looks a little skewed. Now I need a little coffee break, them am going to work on my birch trees for our quilt show charity auction.

will be linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and WIP Wednesday at the Needle and Thread Network. Check out what everyone else is working on!

Happy Stitching
corina

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Giant Jigsaw Puzzle!

I'm working on the gradation of colors. With over 230 fabrics cut up I thought it would go up on the design wall fairly quickly. Not! Transitioning from the aqua to the yellow/oranges is proving to be quite a challenge. Even though it is taking much longer than I expected, I love doing it. It's like doing a giant jigsaw puzzle without the picture on the box for reference!
I think it will all come together quite nicely when the black pinwheels are added. I have to start sewing it today. Did I mention it is entered in our quilt show and has to be finished by next Wednesday!!?!!

I will be linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and WIP Wednesday at the Needle and Thread Network. Check out what everyone else is working on!

Happy Stitching
corina

Monday, March 10, 2014

206 Batiks

I just finished cutting strips off 206 batiks. Each strip was cut into rectangles. Here they are all arranged according to color.


 Why so many rectangles? I am making a queen sized version of the lap quilt below for a very special group as a thank you.
Craig Street Cats, in Winnipeg, Manitoba is a cat rescue and feral colony management program. When a feral cat showed up on my doorstep one -30 degree winter morning I was at a loss what to do. They helped immensely and now my feral, though still wild and unapproachable, has a much better life with lots of food, water and a heated shelter. The quilt will be raffled off to raise funds for the group.

Since I had ironed and straightened all the fabrics I figured I would make it worth my while, and cut an additional 2 1/2" strip and a 3" strip. The 3" size comes in handy when you need to make 1/2 square triangles. I'm going to try and remember to do this every time I cut up a fabric. It's so handy to have the strips on hand when you want to make a scrappy quilt.

I only need 600 rectangles for the quilt, but cut out at least double that amount as I don't know how many of each fabric I will need to transition from one color to the next. I'm guessing there will be enough left over to make yet another one! For now though, I should get sewing. I've got to get this quilt done in the next two weeks because I've entered it into Quilt Reflections 2014 (March 28-30 in Winnipeg). Seems I like to work under pressure!!!

I will be linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and WIP Wednesday at the Needle and Thread Network. Check out what everyone else is working on!

Happy Stitching
corina

ps If you have some of  this fabric or know where to get it please let me know!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Help! Do You have this Fabric??

I am desperately trying to find 1/2 meter or more/less of this batik!!
 I don't know the manufacturer, the line etc. Have been searching hundreds of different ways online to no avail. Does anyone know who made this fabric, or perhaps you have it in your stash and would be willing to sell/trade for it?

Any help would be appreciated!
Happy Stitching
corina

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Forest is coming together

My forest of birch trees is coming together! I painted a few of the trunks, added borders and am now ready to start quilting. The photo was taken at a wonky angle. Will take some better ones once the quilting is done.
I'm linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and WIP Wednesday at the Needle and Thread Network. Check out what everyone else is working on!

Happy Stitching
corina