Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Rosette 7

It's the first of July!  Happy Canada Day and happy Rosette 7!



Most of this Rosette was pieced on my last camping trip.  I used a little bit of the linen for the yellow and the outside rabbits.  I wanted to change the colours up a bit, and the linens fit in nicely.


The centre block is not the same as Katja's.  I received an earlier version with this centre.  It was then changed and I already had this one made, so I left it.



Rosette 8 is in the works.  I have changed the centre on this one as well, so don't think I'm giving you any hints!  I just had to use a little of the soon to be released Cotton + Steel.  The Sloths are adorable and I had to work them in.


As you are reading this, I'm away camping again.  This is my survival kit.  Three bindings, a couple of books, and some hand piecing that I've started using the hexagons from Katja's book. More on that later.




I wanted to share this video that is perfect for celebrating Canada Day!  Canadian EH!



Friday, 26 June 2015

Style and Swing


I am so in love with this book!!!!  Style and Swing by Susan Dunlop is my go to book right now. I've made just a "few" bags in the last couple of weeks.


A little bit of "INK" by Zen Chic, came home from Spring Market with a friend. I've been putting it to good use.  I made the "Groovy Satchel" with every intention of giving it to my friend.  Well, I fell so in love with the fabric that I had used for the flap, that I couldn't give it away.  I just had to keep it for myself.


So, I had to make another one.  I think my friend loves hers as much as I love mine.


And then because I just couldn't help myself, I went out to Katja's and picked up this Linen from a Sweetwater line.  I had repurposed the hardware from a purse I had picked up at a thrift store, so the strap is a little narrower than the pattern.  I also decided to put a zippered pocket in the lining so I'll have a safe place for my keys.  The pattern is the "Pleated Shoulder Bag."

You can check out my purses at Katja's, and pick up the book while you are there. You won't be sorry!

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Friday, 19 June 2015

Just A Few Sampler Quilts

Lately it seems I'm finishing up a lot of Sampler Quilts for my friends.


First up is Christina's Modern Sampler quilt made from my quilt-a-long.  It will be given as a wedding gift this weekend.




Love the monogram block in the centre of the quilt.  I'm sure the new bride and groom will love this quilt.


Betty's quilt is also from the Modern Sampler Quilt-A-Long.  More traditional fabric makes for a lovely quilt.


What fun I had playing with this one!


Evelyn's Farmer's Wife is a beautifully pieced quilt.  She said she used the templates from the book to make the blocks.  I admire her patience.  A year to piece, but so worth the effort.




I have been working on a few projects of my own, but have to save the finishes till the fabric is closer to release date.  Oh so hard to do!


I have a little of the soon to be released Cotton + Steel in my possession, and am using these cute little Sloths in my next Rosette.


This handy "Seeyourstuff" bag is all loaded up to take camping this weekend.  We are going to a fishing lake, and since I don't fish, I plan on doing a little sewing.  Inside the bag is a little Zen Chic fabric that will be release this summer.  "Paper" and "For You."  A great combination that I can't wait to get sewing.

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Friday, 5 June 2015

The New Hexagon Millefiore Rosette # 6

It's June, so it must be time for Rosette # 6.


I finally made a Rosette from the black and white Cotton + Steel!  The typewriter print was screaming to be used so I changed the centre hexagon to accommodate it.  On to the next Rosette.  I do love being a pattern tester and working a little ahead.

Last weekend I was teaching my Lone Star class at Katja's.



Monday night I received this picture of Monette's star together already.  Love those blue batiks with just a touch of purple.


I quilted this adorable quilt for Sylvia!  Wavy lines, swirls and ferns.  So much fun.

New fabrics have arrived via Spring Market.  Yet to be released fabrics.  Yummy!




Ink and Paper are in the house.  What will they become?  Hmmmmmmm!  Stay tuned to find out.

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Friday, 29 May 2015

A Week Away

Last week Doug and I escaped on a little hot springs tour.  Canyon, Nakusp and Ainsworth. Great fun!  I did manage to get a little stitching done while traveling.


I finished the binding on this one.  Paulette had given a talk at Rivervalley Quilt Guild on making Shadow Box quilts.  I decided it was the perfect pattern for the Kate Spain line "Canyon."  I will get a better picture of the actual fabric later.


I did get Rosette 6 finished, but you will have to wait till June 1 to see it.  Don't you just love my lime green camping chair?  Perfect for stitching in.


This is the view at Roseberry of the Slocan Lake.  So calm and peaceful.


I made it home in time to make the Postie Wednesday Walk.  We hiked up Battle Bluff to the Cairn.   It's great to look through the signature book and see who else has been there.  A friend had been up there a couple of days earlier and came across a rattlesnake so we were a little cautious.

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Friday, 15 May 2015

A Quilt, a Bag and a Hike

What did you do this week?  I finished up a quilt, a bag and a hike.  Fabulous week by all accounts.


I couldn't resist hanging the bag in my Azalea.  The bag is from the book "Style and Swing" by Susan Dunlop.  I want to make every bag in the book, she makes it look so easy.  I used a little Jane Sassaman fabric to make the " Trendy Hipster Bag".



In the book it says to use fusible fleece behind the magnetic snap.  I fused two pieces of batting fused together and then put a small piece of plastic canvas on before the final metal tab was added.  I don't remember whose blog I got the plastic canvas idea from but I think it adds a lot of strength.  I worry about the snap pulling through the fabric.


One more shot of the bag at Katja's Shoppe, with the fabrics to the bottom left of the picture.  And what is it hanging next to?


The quilt that I dropped at the shoppe earlier in the week.  It is made from "Reel Time" by Zen Chic for Moda.  I put the pattern somewhere safe so I could give appropriate credit to the designer.  Unfortunately I don't remember where that is.  Katja does sell it at the store so you can always find it there.



This weeks Wednesday walk welcomed our newest Retiree to the group.  We walked to the "Trolls."  It wasn't a long walk but as always, stunning scenery. We were on the look out for Rattlesnakes, as we here they are out early this year.  Luckily, no sightings.

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Friday, 8 May 2015

Lone Star Class Review

This spring I taught my Lone Star Class to a group of wonderful women who belong to the Sagebrush Quilters' Guild.  A few of them are now finished so I wanted to take today to share them with you.



This is Pat's Quilt.  The orange background is stunning!


Noeline went with batiks.  Fabulous!




Sandy downsized the blocks a little.  She is doing a great job with her quilting.  I'm know it will be beautifully finished!




I made a second quilt adding a little Cotton + Steel in for the purple pieces.


Speaking of Cotton + Steel.  Here is Melody and Alexia from Cotton + Steel, with my Rosette #5.  They were visiting Trendtex Fabrics in Coquitlam this past weekend. The quilt behind them is also a Cotton + Steel quilt that I made for Trendtex.  I feel very honoured that they posed with my rosette.


While my rosette was in Coquitlam, I was in Penticton teaching.  While wondering the farmer's market, I came upon the quilted car advertising the quilt show this weekend.  If you are in the area, stop by.

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