Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Year in Review Part 3

Another mini quilt from the Kim Diehl Simple Whatnots Club One. The simple four patches are appealing to me.
A little hand stitching from a book by Gail Pan called Patchwork Loves Embroidery. I really enjoy the hand embroidery. Haven't decided yet what project these blocks will become. I was thinking of somehow incorporating them in a hexagon quilt.
Another picture from the summer, Boo Boo sitting on the front stairs. He sits out front and greets anyone walking by on the sidewalk.
Stitched and framed for fall. A little freebie project I finished. I couldn't find the original site for this pattern but you will find a link on this Pinterest page to a blog with the imagine that can be printed.
Layer cake quilt using Bonnie and Cammille fabrics called Hello Darling. Fresh and pretty colours in this quilt. Soon to be machine quilted, so I'll post more on this quilt.
The Bunnyhill Christmas Wheels quilt finished and on the wall for 2015. I bought the kit for this quilt which included a jelly roll and charm pack of Bunnyhill Designs fabric. It was very disappointing to discover the red fabric bled badly in this line. I did use colour catchers (3 sheets I believe) which wasn't enough. After my disaster by friend used the whole box of colour catchers with good success. I was able to get most of the pink colour out of the white using Oxiclean but unfortunately I think the red faded a bit.
A mini using Snowmen and snow flake buttons. A kit I bought at Folktales Quilt Shop open house in Dec. If you are in the area this shop is full of many surprises.
Lula is looking annoyed at getting her picture taken. So that's it for 2015 in review. Many more pictures can be seen on Threadtales Instagram site. Or the blue button at the top left corner of this blog.

Happy New Year and I'll see you in 2016.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Year In Review Part 2

I'm back as promised with more highlights of 2015. I think this quilt by Laundry Basket Quilts is my biggest accomplishment for the year. The blocks are pieced using templates, the applique is machine stitched and I did a all over heavy quilting design of leaves and flowers. I'm so pleased with how this one turned out.
My favourite picture of Fonz on a hot summer day. He is my daughters dog.
Fat Quarter Shop BOM still in progress. It's using a fabric line by Laundry Basket Quilts called Snowbird. It's a very pretty line with a variety of blues.
My Cotton and Steel quilt using the Quick Curve Ruler. I first made the pinwheel blocks and then used the QCR to cut and make the blocks. It's more of a wallhanging size quilt. I used a lot of different Cotton and Steel fabric in this quilt. The machine quilting is freemotion.

Just a reminder to check out Instagram for more pictures. My Instagram page is called Threadtales. I'm going to try and do another post before the end of the year, this will finish up the highlights.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Year In Review Part 1

Where have I been this year? Well truth be told, I discovered Instagram! What can I say, Instagram made me lazy. It's so simple, just take picture, say a couple of words and share, it all takes less than 30 seconds to post about my projects. I was hooked instantly on the ease of posting. Well that's pretty much my only excuse, being lazy, I had good intentions for blogging but life happens and I never got around to it. I hope to make next year a bit different and do more posting here.

I'm going to share a few highlights from 2015 in a couple posts. It's taking me a bit to remember how to use blogger. Forgive me, I will do my best to work through how to post again.

I started the year with making a heart quilt, which I really love and enjoyed every minute of making (see previous post). Next came the jelly roll quilt. This is a free pattern on Moda Bake shop, check out the website, I think it's called Simply Woven Quilt. I did a modern machine quilting of lines going back and forth. This was a first for me. It was inspired by the book Little Bits Quilting Bee by Kathreen Ricketson. She passed away tragically on a family trip, her story is very touching. She did this method of machine quilting in her book.

The Fat Quarter Mystery BOM Quilt blocks are still a work in progress. I hope in 2016 this will become a finished quilt. I have all the blocks ready, now need to start on the finishing layout, which involves a pieced border and I wanted to make it a little bigger which complicates getting it finished.
A little mini quilt using some 1 1/2" brights strips. I did some big stitch quilting in red around the blocks. A fun little project.
The Blue button at the top left corner on my blog will take you to my Instagram site, lots more pictures to see there. Also I will be back here soon with more highlights of 2015.

Happy Quilting!