Block 9

Block 9 of Hugs and Kisses already!  Time flies.  This block is fairly simple so you will have it completed in no time.  Then just 2 more blocks to go…and the cornerstones…and the borders.  Well, still a fair bit to do, but the end is in sight.

If you are doing the Block-of-the-Month, this is what your block will look like.

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I am working on the same quilt but in browns and pinks.  It is amazing how different the blocks look just by using different fabrics.  The brown and pink version has a bit of an antique feel to it.  I love them both!

Since I am using a background that I can see through, I am not tracing the pattern onto the background.  I am simply placing the pattern on a light box, and pinning the background to the pattern.  Once the pieces are prepped, I am  gluing them onto the background.

First, I made the bias stems, using a Clover 1/4″ bias maker, and glued the bias strips in place.  Next I added the leaves.  Make sure that the tip of each leaf just barely touches the stem.

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Next I added the centre scalloped flower and BAM!  I was finished.  Well, of course, I still need to stitch the pieces down:)

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When I finish stitching my blocks, I wash each block in the sink. I use hot water and a bit of mild soap.  This step gets rid of the starch and glue that I use.  Also, if you do happen to use a marking pen to trace the pattern, this process will eliminate all traces of the marking pen. Note: the photos below show a previously stitched block.

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Once the block has finished soaking for about half an hour (or longer if you happen to forget about it), I rinse it in clear water.  Then I press (don’t squeeze) the excess water out  and lay it flat on a thick towel to dry.  Easy Peasy!

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I have 1 spot left in the upcoming Applique Retreat happening on Oct. 22-24 at Fireside Retreat in Orillia.  This is the project we will be working on.  Looks complicated. but it really isn’t…trust me:)  Click here for details.

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Also, there is still a few spots in the workshop I am teaching in Powassan this coming weekend (Oct. 13). It is the perfect block for beginners. I will presenting a trunk show the night before where I will be showing many of my quilts.  I am so excited and I hope you can join us.  Click here for details. 

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Meanwhile, I am working away on the two I Spy quilts I am making for my granddaughters.  I hand pieced the quilts using the Smitten pattern.  I love hand piecing, so these were the perfect projects to work on over the past year.  Another couple of evening of hand quilting, and I will be finished.  Well, except for the binding and, of course, labels.

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Til next time…

Kerry

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Come join me!

In my last post I shared dates for the 3rd Applique Retreat at Fireside Retreat in Orillia.  I have 2 spots left and I would love to have you join us.  We will be working on the Calla block, which I taught at the Academy of Applique 2 years ago. Here are the details:

As promised in my last post, here are the dates for the upcoming Applique Retreat.  The  Retreat will be held Monday October 22 through to Wednesday October 24.  The project I have picked for this Retreat is “Crazy for Callas”, a class I taught at the Academy in 2017.  I teach the Prepared Edge method and I am so excited about this method that I want to share it with the world!  So easy and stress-free. This wall hanging has a few tricks that I would love to share, like how to get those super sharp points!  The cost is $400 for 3 days of teaching, your accommodation, your meals, and your pattern kit for the wallhanging!  If you would like to sign up, please email me at burke.kerry@ymail.com

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In other exciting news, I will be doing a Trunk show of most of my quilts on Friday, October 12 in Powassan, Ontario.  And the following day,  I will also be doing a one-day class.  As you can see, it is going to be a very exciting weekend! The project I have chose is the Chickadee.  It is the perfect block to learn the Prepared Edge method of applique.  I hope you will join us!  Here are the details:Quilt Show poster.jpg

Til next time….

Kerry

Block 10 (not 9)

Well, my daughter’s wedding was a complete success this past weekend, in spite of the slight drizzle….okay…it was a downpour.  Thank goodness we had many tents set up, so we stayed completely dry.  There was a lot of hairspray involved in the preparation!  It was an awesome day:)IMG_4607.JPGIMG_4605.JPG

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Okay so in about 4 hours, Paul and I are boarding a plane and our 2 week vacation in the Yukon will begin.  I am sending out the Block-of-the-months a little early so as not to hold you back from starting September’s block.  Due to my lack of organizational skills, I prepped Block 10 instead of Block 9, so that is the block I am sending.  I will send Block 9 next month:)

I got this far before I realized I hadn’t taken any pictures, but by now I am sure you don’t need my help.

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This is the last of the brown polka-dot.  So sad.

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Yummy!

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So, of course, if you are doing the BOM, your block will look like this.  So summery!

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Okay, so before I go (I still need to pack!), the catalogue for classes for the Academy of Applique will be online on Labour Day weekend.  Barbara Blanton tells us that the majority of classes fill in the first couple of days.  So keep an eye open for that.

Also, in my last blog post, I gave dates for the third upcoming Applique Retreat.  Check out the details here.

I would love to have you come and join us.  If you are looking to get away for a couple of days and just applique the day away, this retreat is for you!

Til next time…

Kerry

New Dates for Applique Retreat!

As promised in my last post, here are the dates for the upcoming Applique Retreat.  The  Retreat will be held Monday October 22 through to Wednesday October 24.  The project I have picked for this Retreat is “Crazy for Callas”, a class I taught at the Academy in 2017.  I teach the Prepared Edge method and I am so excited about this method that I want to share it with the world!  So easy and stress-free. This wall hanging has a few tricks that I would love to share, like how to get those super sharp points!

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The Retreat will be held at Fireside Retreat in Orillia, an awesome facility dedicated to quilting retreats of all kinds. The cost for the Retreat is $400.00, which includes your accommodation and your meals starting with lunch on Monday and ending with brunch on Wednesday.  The cost also includes your kit for the project, Crazy for Callas.  If you are interested in coming, please contact me at burke.kerry@ymail.com.  Space is limited to 7 students, so please don’t wait too long to decide!

Til next time…

Kerry

Block 8 and other fun stuff!

It’s finally here!  The class catalogue for the Academy of Applique is online and ready for you to drool over.  I am absolutely thrilled with the selection of classes (something for everyone and I do mean everyone).  Also very humbled to be among the amazing teachers.  If you have ever thought about going to the Academy and you haven’t, now is the chance to learn everything you need to know about applique.  Not only to learn, but to be surrounded by other stitchers who not only understand your obsession, they encourage it.

Imagine our delight (and mild shock) when 5 of our family members decided that 2018 was the year to tie the knot.  That is right…5 wedding this year.  Two nephews, one niece and two of our daughters.  4 destination weddings and one backyard wedding.  At the end of August, our daughter, Courtney will marry the love of her life in their backyard.  So, of course, the preparations are underway.  I am using my applique skills to do a few alterations to Courtney’s dress.Kerry pics August 2018 184.JPG

Helping choose tulle for the veil was a challenge because, to me, all tulle looks very similar!  But this one has some bling, so that is the one we chose. Thankfully, my friend, Kathy W.  will be working her awesome magic and making the veil for Courtney.Kerry pics August 2018 245.JPG

In the meantime, I am working on my Hugs and Kisses blocks.  The easy blocks are a welcome distraction for all the other things I am supposed to be doing:)

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This block has a nifty trick I would like to share.  To the untrained eye, the yellow scalloped flower appears to be made of  8 pieces.  But you know me by now, and you know I am not going to do that amount of extra work!IMG_4293.JPG

I took a Sharpie and connected the pieces on the paper pattern.  So now I have one complete unit to prep.  Since you will be cutting into the Blue flower piece, you will need to make a new template for it.  IMG_4295.JPG

Note:  I am working on a different colourway, but this is actually the yellow piece.  Those inside points don’t have to be perfect.  Keep watching!Kerry pics August 2018 306.JPG

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Put one on top of the other, and then the magic happens!  Won’t your quilting friends be impressed with you?Kerry pics August 2018 308.JPGKerry pics August 2018 312.JPG

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I took the time to fussy cut the brown centres.  Love the effect!Kerry pics August 2018 336.JPG

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I love it when quilt blocks start to take on a life of their own.IMG_4291.JPG

Paul and I leave for 2 weeks in the Yukon at the end of August (after Courtney’s wedding, of course).  On our way home, we will be stopping in Calgary…for Sean and Jen’s wedding!  I am trying desperately to get both I Spy quilts finished before we go.  Grace’s quilt is completely finished.  Ellie’s is ready to be basted and quilted.  I am basting this afternoon!  Bruin and I auditioned a few bindings.  Kerry pics August 2018 382.JPG

Bruin actually preferred the blue stripe.  Kerry pics August 2018 393.JPG

I was pretty sure I would have enough fabric and this 3″ piece is all I have left.  Thank you, Quilt Gods!Kerry pics August 2018 400.JPG

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I made these 2 quilts as part of a stitch-along at Simcoe Sew and Quilt in Barrie.  The pattern is Smitten, which I hand-pieced (not EPP) and hand-quilted.  Old school.013.JPG

That is all for now…I will start blogging more regularly….I promise.  I have 2 Applique Retreats booked.. One for the Fall of 2018 and the Spring of 2019 at Fireside Retreat in Orillia.  I will post those dates very soon!  Go check out the class catalogue!

Til next time…

Kerry

 

 

 

Block 7 and other fun stuff!

Block 7…we are over the halfway mark!  I love the way these blocks are coming together.  The pattern for this quilt is called “Hugs and Kisses”, designed by Sue Garman.  If you are part of this BOM that started 7 months ago, your quilt is going to look like this.  I am making the blocks again, but in a different colourway (pinks and browns).  I think I am going to do something a little different for the sashings and I may not add the swags, but then again, maybe I will.  So much fun planning a quilt as you go, getting a feel for what the quilt needs.

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There has been some excitement at our house.  It’s been well over a year since we lost our Jenny.  I swore I would never get another dog…and then this happened!

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We adopted Kira and Chiqui from Dog Tales in King City near Toronto.  Their ages are estimated at about 2-4 years old and they come from Miami.  Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary is an amazing place to visit, even if you are not looking for a dog.  Check out their website here.   I must say both Kira and Chiqui are fitting into our family quite nicely.

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And, yes…Bruin approves!  Bruin won’t admit it yet, but he loves the company.  Notice the quilt blocks?

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So this months block is super simple, well, really, all of the blocks are simple.  Nothing wrong with simple:)

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Hubby and I are going to the Yukon for 2 weeks in late August, so the last 2 blocks are prepped but not stitched.  I am saving some stitching so that I have something to do while we are on vacation.  Sounds crazy I know, but most quilters can relate.

I will be teaching 2 classes at the upcoming Academy of Applique in early March 2019.  I cannot say enough about the Academy and I hope you will consider joining us next year.  I’d love to show you my class samples that I am working on, but we are sworn to secrecy until the Class Catalogue comes out on Saturday, August 4.  Registration opens up on Labor Day, September 3 at 12 noon.  Mark your calendars!  Yesterday I spent the day making freezer paper templates so that I can start prepping one of the Academy projects today.

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In my spare time, I am still working away on the “I Spy quilts” I am making for our 2 granddaughters.  The pattern is Smitten by Jen Kingwell and instead of doing English Paper Piecing, I chose to piece by hand.  To say I am now obsessed with handpiecing is an understatement.

Every year my friend Kathy W. and I buy a piece of fabric and split it in half.  Some years it’s a whole bolt that we split and sometimes it is just a couple of meters.  The white fabric with the coloured dots at the top of this photo and the left side is the challenge fabric from a few years ago.  To he honest, some years we buy the fabric and don’t do anything with it (we like to say our ideas are still “percolating”) but I am determined to use up every inch of this fabric on these I Spy quilts.

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So I am just quilting 1/4″ away from each seam.  I started out marking each stitching line, but not I am just eyeballing it  But I am marking the diagonal lines I am quilting in the side triangles.  So much fun!

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Til next time…

Kerry

 

Hugs and Kisses – Block 6

It’s June already!  Can that be right?  Block 6 was a delight to make.  I love it because it looks rather complicated, but it honestly consists of mainly circles, and a few curvy flowers, just for fun.  The block has a few different sizes of circles so it is a really good practice blocks.  I always say “to get really good at something you have to do it a lot of times!”  Or…Practice makes perfect!

So Block 6 starts with some tiny stems and some large flower.  I know I have shown this tip before, but I think it bears repeating.  I use only 1 template that I have photocopied onto freezer paper…so no tracing.  I prep the largest outer shape and then remove the freezer paper.

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Next, I cut off that outer section, and I am left with my next shape to prep.  Once you prep the large circle, trim that section off and prep the next section…and so on.

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I thought the block was looking a little dark so I thought I would spice it up with some light pink circles.

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Next, I added the brown leaves and called it a day!  I am thrilled with the way these blocks are coming together:)

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If you are part of the Hugs and Kisses BOM, this is what your block will look like.

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I am still working away on two “I Spy quilts” for my two granddaughters.  These quilts have proven to be so much fun.  Finding the perfect fabrics has given me an excuse to go fabric shopping for fabrics that I wouldn’t normally buy.

I have been searching high and low for an astronaut fabric (one of the granddaughters wants to be an astronaut when she grows up lol).  I finally found this adorable fabric and the astronauts actually glow in the dark.  Life is good!

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I just knew I had to fussy cut those cute astronauts…

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So darn cute!  I am hand piecing these blocks (not English paper piecing) and I am quite amazed how quickly they are coming together.

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Since I am making two of these quilts, I fast tracked one so I could get on to hand quilting it.  I am quilting 1/4″ inside each shape.  So far, so good!

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I was thrilled, thrilled, thrilled to have my “Friends of Baltimore Squared” win a Judge’s Choice Ribbon at Quilt Canada 2018, recently held in Vancouver, BC.  You can click here to see all the winning quilts.  I am sure you will agree with me when I say that every year the quilts get more sophisticated, original and breathtaking.  So glad we have Quilt Canada to show the world that quilting is alive and well!

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Til next time…

Kerry