Friday, 15 August 2014

Inspired by…...

My friends!  Recently I quilted quilts, for two different friends.  I loved them both and decided I had to make a quilt combining the two.

My first inspiration was the colours in this quilt.

This was a baby quilt of Kathy's that I had quilted with hearts.

The next quilt was my inspiration for a pattern.

I loved the big bright chunks of fabric in Joanne's quilt.

I quilted this one with large daisies to mimic the flowers in some of the prints.

So my quilt was "Inspired by" my friends.

The picture was taken indoors and doesn't really do the colours justice.

The real fun was in the quilting.  Lots of space to play, so play I did!

Linking up with Finish it up Friday!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The End of the Hexie Trip.

All good things must come to an end.  The Hexies and I are home after another prairie adventure.

Our last stop in Winnipeg was at Grand Beach.  Sandcastles were under construction for a competition the following weekend.  It was a Humid 30 degrees so the beach began to fill up quickly.

We headed west and ended up at Gull Lake for an evening.  A delightful little prairie town celebrating the combination of farming and oil.

As great as the holiday was, I couldn't stop smiling when we came to the mountains and back into BC. Nothing quite like the feeling of home!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Hexing at Birds Hill

We made it to Winnipeg!

This little match hexie is hanging around the fire pit at our campsite in Birds Hill Park.

This is the same campsite we stayed in two years ago.  Great park just a few minutes out of town.  The bugs aren't as bad as we thought they might me considering the flooding in the area recently.  The screen tent is up just in case!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Cat's In The Rye

Through Regina, on to Brandon and then and overnight in Carberry.  Where is Carberry you ask.  It's a small town about an hour and a half west of Winnipeg.  Lovely little town with a great golf course that has camping.  Finding the campsite was a happy accident.  We were looking for another that was advertised on the highway, and happened on this one instead.

My little cat hexie couldn't wait to play in the field of Rye.   I did have to ask what grain this was, as I really didn't have a clue.  

We did have a rabbit visit our campsite, but I didn't get my camera out in time.  We watched the golfers driving by on their golf carts and enjoyed a little quiet time.  

Friday, 1 August 2014

Hexing Around Swift Current

This sweet little Hexie is hanging around our camper trailer at Swift Current.  We had a great pull through campsite just across the highway from town.  Since we didn't want to unhook the trailer, we walked into town to Starbucks.

For those that think Saskatchewan is flat, this picture shows the rolling landscape of the Prairies.  A grain elevator with a big Canadian flag says it all.

What happens to old farm equipment in Swift Current?  Well, it becomes flower beds.  LOL! Love this idea.

Obviously this picture was taken while rolling down the highway.  The amount of marsh land aways amazes me.

Next stop, Manitoba!

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Hexing Along At Lake Louise

Doug and I are on a road trip to Winnipeg.  For a road trip this long, I need to take a little hand work to do.

This little cutie was finished sitting at the campsite, after our hike up to Six Glacier Plains.

This Tea House sits at the 5.4 km. point of the hike.  The supplies are helicoptered in a couple of times a year.  The staff work five on, two off and have to hike in carrying the fresh supplies. Talk about a tough commute!

Another 1.3 km up the trail to the lookout.

The first picture is looking at the glacier in the pass.  The second is looking back towards Lake Louis and the Chateau which was the starting point of the hike.

A fabulous day meeting lots of wonderful people on the trail, trading stories and taking pictures for each other.  Thanks to a couple from California that took this picture for me!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Canadian Flag Quilt #3

This quilt is my favourite of the three quilts!

It was also the easiest to make!

I started with four 20" squares.  Slashed them in half on the diagonal.

Cut four 5" strips of white.  Sewed a strip to one half of a square, allowing a few inches on either end to hang over.

Sewed the other half of the square to the opposite side of the white strip, making sure it was centred to the first half.

Trimmed to approximately 23" square.   Repeat with the other three squares.

I then used 5" strips of white to make a diagonal and vertical line, piecing as needed.  I used the maple leaf pattern from the July 1st quilt, enlarged by 120 percent, for the appliqu├ęd Maple Leaf.

I quilted veins in the Maple Leaf, swirls in the white and a loopy meander in the blue flag fabric.

These three quilts definitely challenged my ability to use fabric efficiently.  I hope you enjoyed the series.

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