Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Blogathon Canada

Hello Everyone stopping in from the Blogathon Canada blog tour and Freshly Pieced's Work in Progress Wednesday.

My name is Leatina and I live in Calgary with my fiancé GeoDad, and kids Monkey (2 and half years old) and (LB 14 months old). I started quilting when I was pregnant with Monkey, prior to that I had been super busy working in camp situations and found that I was suddenly at home ALL the time with not much going on. Since having the kids we have moved from Whitehorse down to Calgary to be closer to family, after moving to Calgary I found a job working part time at a local quilt shop, which is pretty fun.

Over the summer I made a large throw quilt as a wedding gift for my brother, it took a ton of time and it is the quilt I the most proud of. All the background is heavily quilted with organic straight lines to give it a woodgrain vibe (my brother lays hardwood for a living) and the circles are definitely my sister-in-law's style. The pattern is from Cynthia at Ahhh Quilting.



My taste in quilts is definitely leaning towards the modern, but I love the complexity of some traditional blocks. Which brings me to my current WIPs:

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt:
I have been stalled on this for over month while I have been working on baby quilt in super slow motion, but I really do plan to get back to soon. I am loving working with the yellow-pink-orange color scheme and I think this is destined to be a twin size quilt for Monkey.

EPP Hexagon Project: 
I won't elaborate on this today, as I did a big post on it last week. But here are the quick stats and a few photos. 364 colored hexagons, basted and sewn into flowers. 1100 white-on-white hexagons basted. 3 rows sewn together, and a layout that is totally not a traditional Grandmother's Garden.



Some have called me crazy, I call it persistent and determined (~1000 white-on-white hexies in  storage). 
My Oink-a-Doodle Moo baby quilt:
I am making this for my best friend who is expecting her first child in January, the fabric was passed along to me from a co-worker who had already made 3 quilts with it. I added a bit, in the way of sashing and a little extra of some of the fabrics. Right now I am quilting it, but its not going very quick. Monkey doesn't mind hanging out while I piece quilts because she can sit next to me at my desk, but once I'm quilting there isn't room for her.
Just stitching in the ditch so far. Not sure what else I might add to it.



Other odds and ends: 
I have small problem, I have too many ideas and not enough time to figure them out. I have been doing a bit of pattern drafting in AutoCad360 (which is free online autocad and I am a big fan so far). It doesn't have all the functions that a full version of AutoCad does, but it is working for me right now. I have visions of a math quilt with blocks like this:
My first attempt at paper piecing, and I did it all with random bits of jelly roll strips. 

So maybe once I get done the baby quilt, and finish Christmas presents for my niece and kids, and hem some curtain panels (ugh, hemming is no fun, but my living room would look so much better). Maybe then I will get back to the Farmer's Wife Quilt and continue doing drafting... maybe I will get organized and make my first pattern to share with others in the new year. 

Feel free to poke around my blog to see what else I have done. Thanks so much for stopping by on the Alberta portion of the blog tour. 

Happy Wednesday! 

GeoMama








21 comments:

  1. i am in love with the circle quilt...i love circles

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    1. Thank you. The pattern is at http://ahhhquilting.blogspot.ca/p/free-patterns.html if you want to do one yourself.

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  2. 1000 basted hexies!!! WOW!!!
    That is really something!
    Thanks for linking up to Blogathon Canada and for the mention!
    Carol

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    1. Thanks for hosting the Blogathon. It has been fun.

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  3. Lovely work--the circle quilt is really beautiful and I hope your brother appreciated the work that went into it!

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  4. Loved the EPP Hexagon Project!!! Beautiful!!!

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  5. Wow, the brown and green circles quilt is gorgeous! I'm also a fan of the math quilt block idea, look forward to seeing how that develops.

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  6. I love how you incorporated something for each person in the wedding quilt. It is lovely. I am in love with modern, but also still like it all. (What I don't like to do, I like to look at.) I think your color scheme moves Farmer's Wife closer to modern--your setting decisions can move it more. My big challenge for myself is to make modern quilts with vintage fabrics.

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    1. Oo, I love the idea of modern quilts made with vintage fabrics.

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  7. Holy crap look at all of those Hexies! I jaust did my first EPP project and it was only a pillow! You are amazing! Visiting from Blogathon Canada, a host on the East Coast :)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. After the first few I thought I would stop at enough for a pillow too.

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  8. Hi Leatina, I am visiting via Blogathon. I love the hardwood & circles quilt! so fun.

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  9. Absolutely love the quilt you made your brother!!

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  10. Great assortment of project styles and colours. I haven't been biten by the hexie but. I've done a few blocks for samplers and feel that's enough for me. But there are other quilt bugs out there.

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  11. Love the circle quilt.
    Barb@Witsend

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