Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Pets on Quilts - Update - Time to vote

Voting ends Saturday August 24th!

Time for some shameless promotion! Contest has closed to entries and now it's time to vote!

And our Stella is #49 LOL

Here's the link:

 pets on quilts
on www.lilypadquilting.blogspot.ca I knew I had to write this blog and submit an entry. I'm a quilter and I love cats (and dogs too, of course)
I quilt a lot for family and friends and I make cozy cat quilts for friends of @StellaMaybel

This is Stella "helping" me with a quilting project .

Do you think she did a great job? I was pleased with the result. Couldn't have done it without her!

Maybel did add her personal touch as well, but she doesn't want to any credit.

Stella is also helping me
with a "Cars" quilt

Now back to the cat quilts:
Meet Mr. Diesel, Don and Molly 
 These lucky friends of Stella and Maybel are loving their cat quilts from www.etsy.com/shop/pieceandtranquilty

Now I hesitate to use the term life changing but Don used to sleep on the tea towel directly behind him on the bed. You just know his awesome novelty themed cat quilt has improved his lifestyle.

Finally, just try to imagine this cutie lying directly on the carpet. What a sad picture that must have made. Oh, and that cat quilt coordinates nicely with the staff's wall to wall!

There are some great sponsors and prizes for this contest and an opportunity to get extra entries by checking out this link: 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

You Show Me Yours I'll Show You Mine

I read with interest The Sassy Quilter's blog about her fabric stash. It's linked to this blog
by Sarah@SarahQuilts 

So I thought I would share my stash and sewing room too!
When I retired earlier this year I bought two white cabinets on sale at Canadian Tire and, as you can see this one is just about bursting. I actually have a pile of fat quarters in the washing machine at this moment. I hope I can squeeze them in!
The top shelf is mostly cat novelty prints for my Etsy shop cat quilts www.Etsy.com/shop/pieceandtranquilty
The bottom shelf is miscellaneous novelty prints for kids ISpy quilts.
And the rest is mostly fat quarters and quilt backings.
Oh, and that multi-coloured drawer unit? It holds precuts and charm squares and has scissors, pens and rulers on top.

Then we have cabinet #2, filled with projects in progress and UFO's:

That's it for the stash. Here are a couple of photos of the rest of my sewing room which used to be a bedroom:

Sewing and ironing area conveniently placed.
Cutting and sewing stations with a cat napping spot right in the middle! Lots of lighting as you can see. Working for years in a fluorescent lit office has me hooked on bright lighting.
And finally a temporary design wall with latest project. I'm still trying to come up with an idea for a permanent design wall. No walls left in this room.....hmmm, maybe the other spare room?

Anyway, that's my space. Go ahead and show yours to Sarah and The Sassy Quilter. We'd all love to see where you work!

Saturday, 3 August 2013

UFO #2 Part deux - Just Finish It!

UFO #2 is completed, labeled and delivered to it's new home. It is now known as "Belinda's Buds" after a very special cat that once belonged to a very special family. This quilt took a long time to complete mainly due to lack of time (okay, procrastination!) but it was also due to some doubts and insecurities. Why do we let these feelings slow us down? The final result was surprisingly satisfying.

Moral of the story? Just finish it!

So, as promised, a photo of the finished quilt:

And a couple of detail shots:

So, on to UFO #3 of 13......well I do have a couple of other priorities this week, and next week is busy......  Fall is closing in, can I finish them all this summer? How many UFO's do you have? Do you have a completion plan? I would love to hear your UFO stories.