Posts Tagged ‘Judy Laquidara’

Our weatherman says the UK is suffering the fiercest winter we’ve had in 30 years.  I believe it.  We’ve had snow on the ground since December 17, with more snow falling several times a week, and it’s only now starting to thaw.

Our front hall is always freezing cold.  It has a metal door (those are magnets stuck on) and double-paned glass, but in weather like this, it’s just not enough insulation.  I don’t know why, but it took me all these years to finally think of a solution!  😉

This beautiful fabric is a perfect match to the Amethyst Cream paint in our hall.  It’s called Almost Paradise Batiks and was designed by Ro Gregg for Northcott Fabrics.  I don’t know how old it is — it’s been in my stash for many years.

I made one panel the width of fabric and lined it with plain cream-coloured muslin.  To save time, I machine stitched the hem.  This is more of a utility curtain than for beauty, although I did want it to look nice.

I made it long enough to cover the mail slot since cold air can blow through there, too.

And here it is, all finished!  It’s attached with velcro strips at the top of the door and the top of the curtain so it can be removed in the daytime and nice weather.

I used three yards of fabric for this project — 54 inches each of print and lining.

The postman also brought me one last package of fabric that I had mail-ordered two weeks ago — 2 yards of cream background for the Challenge quilt I am working on.  That brings my totals for Week 3 to:

Bought this week:  2 yards
Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
Used this week:  3 yards
Used (net):  -6.75 yards

To see how others are doing with their Stash Reports, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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Here’s my fabric for the “Too Good to Cut” Challenge, which starts today.  This is “Kaleidoscope,” the Hoffman Challenge Fabric from the 1997 competition.

I’ve been collecting companion fabrics for many years.

I wanted a pattern to showcase the multi-colour print of the focus fabric, with coordinating accent points, and I’ve decided that Judy Laquidara’s Bears in the Farmhouse pattern will be perfect.

I made this pattern last year, and at first I didn’t want to make the same pattern again so soon.  But…I realised that of all the patterns I looked at, it had to be this one.  It called to me, and I can visualise it finished in my mind.  Yes, this is definitely the one.

Here is the quilt top I made last year from this pattern.  My version is called “Bears in the Art Museum” because my focus fabric is a design based on the art work of Paul Klee.

When this pattern is made up in all the shades of “Kaleidoscope,” it’s going to look like a totally different quilt.    I hope it’s going to be perfect!  My hands will be shaking when I start cutting out the pieces.

If you’d like to join us, please leave a comment, and I’ll add your link to my blogroll under “Challenge Participants.”

Happy Quilting!  And most of all, Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

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I am now officially moved back into my sewing room after not having the use of it for a while this year.  My design wall has a new home, too, and it has grown to fit the new larger space.  It’s now half of a folded tablecloth, instead of a quarter!  😉

Sewing room1

This used to be our garage, and my husband had it converted for me a few years ago.   The room itself is 9 x 12 ft, and there is a 9 x 5 ft box room at one end.  No windows in there, so that is where my fabric stash lives, safely away from sunshine and dust.

At the front of the main room is a lovely large window, and there stands my Lillian.  She is a Singer VS2 (vibrating shuttle) treadle sewing machine, manufactured in 1888, and she sews a beautiful stitch.  I use her sometimes to piece blocks and make small projects like pillowcases.

Sewing room2

I found lots more UFOs when I was re-organising.

Sewing room UFO1

I’m glad I had the presence of mind to label these pieces.  Otherwise I might never have figured out where they are supposed to go now!

Sewing room UFO4

I found these colourful blocks and thought they would look cheerful and nice on display.  It’s great having a permanent design wall now — it’s very inspirational to see the blocks from a new perspective and also fun to use them for decorating!  😉

Sewing room UFO2

Here’s a larger group:

Sewing room UFO3

The fabric scraps from this project were used to make a very special quilt…

2Quilt for Nigel

for my little dog, Nigel.  🙂

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

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A finish, a finish, I finally have a finish!   🙂

Here is my version of  “Freeze Frame”, a Quilt for an Hour pattern designed by Judy Laquidara.

Freeze Frame Complete

Here’s a better look at some of the fabrics used in the quilt.

Freeze Frame fabrics

I am estimating that I used 7 yards of fabric for this quilt top, calculating from the fabric requirements given in the pattern and counting the fat quarters that I used for the squares.

I loved making this quilt, and I am already thinking of another version in other colours!

My Stash Report totals for Week 45 are:

  • Bought this week:  0
  • Used this week:  7 yards
  • Bought Year-to-Date:  24.875
  • Used Year-to-Date:  92.375
  • Net Used:  67.5 yards

To see Stash Reports by other quilters and to find the pattern for “Freeze Frame”, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Sewing!

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In the Spring, I started a little Ice Cream wall hanging as part of a design challenge on someone’s blog.  I have lost the original instructions, but I think we were limited to two colours and a background with some embellishment.  I made a little drawing on my computer of what I thought the tiny quilt would look like:

ice cream socialI got six blocks made, and then one thing or another came up, and I didn’t finish the project in time for the deadline.  Today I’ve been looking at those blocks and wondering what I could do with them now.

Ice Cream1

Aha!  I could set the Ice Cream Cones like Crossed Canoes!  And I could use some other ice cream colours to make enough blocks for a lap-sized quilt…

Ice Cream2

and add some embroidery and maybe some little buttons to look like sprinkles.

What fun!  The planning is almost the best part of quilting!  🙂

To see what others have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

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What a shock when I realised this morning that there are only 8 weeks of Stash Reports left this year.  There are still so many unfinished projects on my To Do list for 2009!  I felt a surge of panic — because, silly me, I am always setting unrealistic goals for myself.

Then I took a deep breath and remembered that it’s not The End Of The World if I don’t get every single thing finished.  I’ll just do the best I can and try to remember that quilting is a hobby for me, and it’s supposed to be fun!

This week I have continued to work on “Freeze Frame,” Judy Laquidara’s Quilt for an Hour project.  I am about halfway through Hour 11.  The last step is Hour 12, so the finish line is in sight!  🙂

Freeze Frame 11

I haven’t finished anything this week, and I haven’t bought any fabric this week, so my totals remain:

  • Bought this week:  0
  • Used this week:  0
  • Bought Year-to-Date:  24.875
  • Used Year-to-Date:  85.375
  • Net Used:  60.5 yards

Please visit Judy’s blog to see how others are doing with their Stashbusting this week.

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Judy Laquidara has posted the fabric requirements this morning for her new Quilt for an Hour project called “Morning Splash.”

Fortune is smiling on me today because I was able to find these fabrics in my stash, and they will be perfect for this project!

Giddy dots2

The polka dots are a collection of half-yard cuts from the “Giddy Dots” line by Michael Miller.   I also had sufficient yardage of the black, purple, gold and white fabrics called for in the pattern.

I haven’t forgotten about my previous Quilt for an Hour project, “Freeze Frame” — it’s still in progress, and I work on it every day.

Freeze Frame progress

Both of these quilts are going to be Christmas presents, and working on them in this very organised QFAH way means they might actually be finished on time!  At least the tops will be finished, and I’ll do my best on the quilting.

For more information on both of these lovely free quilt patterns, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

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Still working on Judy’s “Freeze Frame” Quilt for an Hour project, trying to finish up before the next project starts next week!

These are the blocks for the borders.  One border stitched on, three more to go!  The colours look a bit Christmas-y in the photo, but they are actually forest green and rust.

Design Wall QFAH

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After making 31 blocks, I ran out of the original brightly-coloured fabrics for my sister-in-law’s Roman Stripes lap quilt.  I need 80 blocks for this quilt.   I no longer have any of the selvedge edges to see who the fabric maker is, and since this UFO is about 10 years old, I doubt this fabric would still be available, anyway.

After rummaging around in my fabric cupboard, I was able to come up with some similar colours which I think will do nicely in this quilt.   When the top is assembled and the blocks are mixed up in random order, I am hoping the differences will look like a deliberate design element.  Fingers crossed!

The top three rows are the original fabrics; the five blocks in the bottom two rows are the “new” fabrics.

Design wall Roman

To see what others have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

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I have half a dozen active projects on the go right now.  So what did I do this week?  I worked on something else.  Of course.  😉

At the supermarket, there was a basket full of fleece throws in bright colours for £2 each.  What a bargain!  I had to have a green one.  It’s a happy colour.  And when I saw it, I remembered a colourful UFO that I started several years ago.

When I got home, I hunted in all my boxes, baskets and cupboards until I found it.  It’s a pattern by M’Liss Rae Hawley called “Woven Ribbons” from her book, Fat Quarter Quilts.  The pattern was for a baby quilt, and I changed the borders and enlarged it to make it suitable for an older child.


I stitched it down to the fleece throw without batting and made a snuggly quiltlet for my little girl.   It’s not really quilted —  more like top-stitched.  I used some YLI quilting cotton in variegated crayon colours that was left over from my daughter’s birthday quilt (featured in the banner above).


And, because I am determined to use up as much as possible from my entire sewing stash, I bound it with some purple bias tape I’ve had for a long time.  The price tag on the package says “Cloth World,” so you know it’s been around for a while.  😉  I used Judy Laquidara’s method of machine finishing the binding, which worked a treat.


My daughter is happy because she has something new.  I am happy to have a quick finish!  I’ve finished a UFO and now I can count it in my Stash Report.  It’s also given me a sense of accomplishment and re-charged my batteries to keep going on the other projects I have in the works.  🙂

This quilt top used approximately 1-3/4 yards.  I’m not counting the fleece since it was purchased as a finished item rather than yard goods.  My totals for this week are:

  • Bought  0
  • Used  1.75 yards
  • Year to Date Bought  24.875 yards
  • Year to Date Used  81.75

Happy Sewing!

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