Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Hearts Everywhere!

There are many different versions of hearts showing up all over Instagram. Seeing them got me in the mood to make a little heart quilt. This heart pattern is in the Vintage Farm Girl book, I'm making the larger size heart, I think it finishes at 4". My Farm Girl Vintage quilt is on hold until I get more of the Moda dot background. It's been ordered, hope it won't be long now.
My Hello Darling layer cake quilt in Bonnie and Camille fabrics is quilted and washed. I love the crinkled looked of a freshly washed quilt. I used Essex white linen in this quilt, the linen frays a bit when piecing but it's manageable.
A new kit arrived this week. This is from Yellowfarmhouse and will make the Winter Blessings wallhanging. Look at the sweet little rusty snowflake.

Happy Quilting.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Farm Girl Vintage

I used the "Spell it with Fabric" pattern by Moda to make the letters in the Farm Girl Vintage quilt. Since the letters are different size than the blocks I'm still working on the layout and fitting everything together. I'm enjoying playing around with the pretty colours in these blocks. More to come on this quilt.
A little stitchery from Plum Cute Designs for Buttermilk Basin Christmas blog hop. The mitten stitchery is a free pattern and the frame I ordered from her website.
Another redwork stitchery I did before Christmas. I thought the frame was a prefect way to display this piece. The "Snow" pattern is a older one from Crabapple Hill Studio, I love her designs.

I'm still working on getting familiar with how blogspot works and seem to have lost the link to INSTAGRAM. For now here is a link to my page called Threadtales.

See you next week.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Happy New Year

My first little finish of 2016 is this small wool piece by Buttermilk Basin. I've had the kit for over a year and decided I needed something that would be quick to finish. I might frame this or make a pillow. A sweet little project to sit and stitch on New Years Day.
A Woodland Christmas by Bunnyhill Designs is still in the works, this is block 9 of 10. The end is not far off. I'm so happy with how this is turning out. I'm using freezer paper and starch method. And I'm so looking forward to having it completed.

I'm putting the binding on my layer cake quilt. The fabrics are cheery and I'm using a black and white with words on the fabric to bind it.

Enjoy your week.

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!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jan Finishes

This is my second little quilt finish of the Simple Whatnots Club 1. Didn't sign up for Club 2 because I still have four little quilt patterns to do from the first club. I've got one started and hope to have it finished next month.
The Candy Hearts quilt was quick and I'm thrilled to have a heart quilt ready for Feb. I'm also happy to say at least 98% of this fabric came from my stash. #sewmystash2015challenge1 #sewmystash2015
The pattern is from Emily Anns Kloset on Etsy.
I've had this idea for a while and found the inspiration to get this done. The vinyl is heavy enough to give the bag good stability. The bird fabric worked out well for this bag.

Happy Quilting!