Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sneak Peek #5 and Facebook!

I finished the Step 5 border for the mystery yesterday and thought you might like a little sneaky peek. I will give you a heads up on this one, there are 48 blocks in step 5.

After discussing it with the ladies at my guild, we decided together that they would like to have 2 months to work on this one. So, on Thursday night May 2nd, I'll post step 5 and you'll have 2 months to complete it and to catch up on the previous steps if you happen to be lagging behind. I'm quite pleased with step 5, and looking forward to sharing it with you.

I've been busy working on the nine patch project too. Last year our guild did a nine patch exchange, which lasted for the whole year. And we are supposed to have the quilts ready to share with the group on Thursday night. Like always, I have to put a rush on to get mine ready lol. It won't be finished, it probably won't have borders, but I'm hoping all of the blocks will be sewn in.

And lastly, Facebook. I have a Facebook page for my quilts and the quilts of some of my friends. We display the quilts that we've made that we want to sell. I offered a give away for a small wall hanging when we reached 200 likes which happened this week. If you're on Facebook, please check out my page at Quilts by Darlene and Friends. I'm not sure this link will work probably, so if not, just do a search in Facebook for Quilts by Darlene and Friends. "Like" the page to get in on the next draw. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Friendship Quilt

I'm home from my little vacation last week. Myself, my mom, my sister and my aunt travelled to visit another aunt and her family in Ontario. We had an awesome time! So many laughs! So many crazy pictures! So many memories!

I had the pleasure of visiting one quilt shop in Uxbridge, The Quilter's Cupboard. What a beautiful shop it was and very friendly staff. I was surprised and thrilled to learn that one or two of them have been following my blog and checking out the mystery quilt progress.

When we were making up beds one day during the visit, I noticed this old Friendship Quilt.

I spread it out on the floor and realized that it was a quilt that belonged to someone in our family at some point. The blocks are signed by my mom, both of her sisters, her brother, several other members of the family, neighbours and a few whose names we didn't recognize.

We assumed it had belonged to my grandmother but at closer look, I think that she has her block signed as Sister Dorothy, so I'm thinking it must have belonged to one of her siblings. Two of the blocks are signed Mother Wright and Mother Shortliffe, so it shouldn't be too difficult to figure out which sibling it belonged to. Hopefully my mom will know.

I love it, and when my aunt that we were visiting realized how much it meant to me, she told me I could have it. I was thrilled but had to leave it there until another time when someone is travelling with a car rather than flying, we just didn't have space for it. Next summer, hopefully a cousin will be down this way for a family reunion and they'll bring it to me then. Most of the blocks have a year along with the signature but we can't figure out what the year represents. We do know they're not a birth date and not a marriage date so that's a bit of a puzzle.

One of the blocks was signed by a neighbour of mine Clara, and I'm hoping she'll be able to spread a little more light on it for us.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Nellie's Nine Patch

I finally got a little quilt done for the Simply Charming challenge being hosted by Kathy at Kindred Quilts and Darlene at Quilting Daze. I ordered the book when they issued the challenge at the first of the year with great intentions of staying up to date and on time with them, and sadly with the very first challenge, I'm behind. But better late than never right!

So I chose Nellie's Nine Patch for my first project. I decided to go square rather than the rectangle that is shown in the book. I'm so pleased with it. Now to get it quilted, hard to say when that might happen.

Just to let you all know, I'm going to be away from a week from this Monday the 8th til the 16th. Visiting family in Ontario. So if you have any questions about the mystery quilt, I'll try to get to my email, but can't make any promises.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Mystery Quilt Step #4

Here we are at step 4 already! Now in my opinion, this is one of the easiest steps throughout the whole process. Just a couple of simple techniques! And it’s only going on the ends of the quilt, the top and bottom, so that we add a little more length. So....easy techniques, a little piano key border and half square triangles. I’m adding an abbreviation this time in the instructions to make a bit less typing for me. This “HST” is short for half square triangle.

For the piano keys, cut:

10 strips (all from dark or med/dark fabrics) 1 1/2” x 16” 

Stitch them together, side by side. Press all seam allowances in one direction.

Counter cut these units into 4 - 3 1/2” sections. These sections should measure 3 1/2” x 10 1/2”. Set these aside.

For the HSTs, cut:

20 squares (all from dark or med/dark fabrics) 3 7/8”

Pair the 20 squares into 10 sets. 

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of one of the squares in each set. 

Stitch the two squares right sides together by stitching 1/4” on either side of the drawn line. 

Chain stitch these to speed things up a bit. 

Cut directly on the diagonal line. 

Press the seam allowances towards the darker of the two triangles. This will result in 20 HSTs. At this point, they should measure 3 1/2”. You may need to square them up to that measurement.

Arrange 10 of the HSTs in one long strip. Stitch them together. Repeat with the other 10 HSTs. 

On either end of the HST strips attach one of the piano key units that you made earlier. Repeat with the other two units.

Your completed border strip should measure 3 1/2” x 50 1/2”. Attach to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press the seam allowances toward the border.

There you have it! At this point, the quilt should measure 50 1/2" x 60 1/2"

Monday, April 1, 2013

Kaaren's New Freebie

If you'd like to make a really beautiful new spring quilt for yourself head on over to Kaaren's blog, the Painted Quilt! She is offering a new design. It's a beauty! It has all of her favourites, redwork embroidery, wool appliqué and piecing. She's giving us the instructions in rows, so today, row #1 is available! Check it out here!