Friday, 19 August 2016

Hello

Well, hello there everyone.  Hope you are all enjoying the last of summer.  It is the season that seems to pass so quickly.  So much to do, so little time.


I did manage to get another row done on my Row by Row.  This one is from Katja's.  Yes, I do know that one of the windows is crooked.  Lol.  And it is staying that way!  I didn't notice till I was top stitching the fusible and it was to late to do anything about it.


The quilting on this 100 block quilt was a lot of fun.  It's owner should be by shortly to pick it up.


And.....my latest obsession is weaving fabric.  I have been drooling over my Instagram feed for months, and finally decided to jump in.  More to come on this.

Till next time, enjoy life!

Friday, 12 August 2016

Jasper National Park

Did you know that if you buy a yearly pass to the Canadian National Parks, you get an additional year free?  What a great deal.  Doug and I did just that on our trip to Jasper National Park. Obviously the National Park System will be on our radar when planning next year's camping season.

We encountered a variety of weather on this trip.


We were expecting rain when we headed out for a hike above Maligne Lake.  We weren't disappointed!  A short cloudburst turned the trail into a creek.  We were prepared so we carried on.


Next up was The Valley of Five Lakes.  An easy 4.5 km. hike with amazing views.  A slightly overcast day made for a great reflection from the lake.


We had to go to Miette Hot Springs.  A great price of only $6 each once you have your park pass.  A cooler slightly overcast day was perfect for a hot spring.


Our last hike was in the Tonquin Valley.  We only encountered one other couple on the trail. They said they had hiked out from the cabin (14 km) and we were only the second group they had met.  Lovely to have the valley almost to yourself.  The trail was one of the best we have been on for ease of hiking with gentle slopes and well maintained trail.  We will be back.

I had a few quilts waiting for my attention upon my return home.


Sylvia's Lemonade quilt was fun to play with.


I was anxious to get to this quilt for Sylvia.  It is for her husband who is so wonderfully supportive of her quilting.  Each fabric represents a memory they share of their years together.  It is a real treasure and I was honoured to be able to quilt it for her.  Sylvia had encouraged me to write the tutorial for this block which is available here.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Self Binding Lap Blanket

Barb has come up with the perfect solution to making a quick project through the busy sumner.


We have all seen the self binding baby blanket.  Why not use the same technique for a cozy lap Blanket?  The rule for the blanket is no seams that can fray.  Barb appliquéd the deer onto the fabric for the top and then sewed the fabric to a complimentary Fireside fabric and now she has a blanket perfect to cuddle under.

Of course I had to go home and try this!

Fabric requirements - 1.5 m of cotton fabric for the top (60")
                                    2 m of Fireside (80" polyester microfibre fabric)
                                    Applique fabric and steam-a-seam 2
                                   
Cut the Fireside 8 1/2" bigger than the top fabric, on all four sides.  Appliqué desired design to top fabric.
Lay out your fabrics with the Fireside right side up and top fabric right side down.  Centre the top fabric on the fireside.



Fold the Fireside up so that you can pin right sides together with the top fabric.  Pin the corner at the 1/2" mark.  Pin all the way around making sure the extra fabric in the corners does not get caught in the pins.



Start sewing on a long side using a 1/2" seam. Tuck all the extra backing fabric towards the centre. Sew up to the pin at the corner and backstitch.


Pull the extra corner fabric out of the way, turn the blanket and start sewing at the corner Secure your stitches.   Stitch around leaving 8" open for turning.



To finish the corners fold the blanket at a 45 degree angle and pull the extra Fireside fabric out as shown.  Cut 1/2" from the corner sewing making sure the ruler is perpendicular to the edge of the Fireside..



Sew the 1/2" seam securing it at both ends.  Grade the outside tip slightly.  Repeat for all corners.


Turn the blanket right side out through opening and lay out checking to see you have the same amount of binding all the way around.  Pin the opening closed as well as pin the seam in place all the way around the blanket.  The seam allowance should be towards the fireside.


Stitch the seam all the way around the blanket.  I used a straight seam 1/16" in and a second seam at 1/4".  You may use a decorative stitch if you prefer.


My blanket used a single piece of Erin Michael's "Alpine" for the top and Chocolate Fireside for the back.  I can't wait to take it on my next camping trip.



Not one to stop at one, I had to make another.  I had this panel in my stash to make a quilt for my Grandson.  I turned it into a blanket in under an hour.  He loves it!



Friday, 15 July 2016

The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar

It's here!  Katja's perpetual calendar has finally made it to store shelves.


Last year Katja put the call out to her friends to help with the piecing of the 366 blocks in the calendar.  Sonja (Katja's Mom) pieced over 75 per cent of the hexagons.  I pieced a few, as well as many other local quilters.  It was a large project on everyone's part and we are all proud of how it all came together.  Congratulations to Katja for another beautiful project.


I never tire of EPP!  This is the hexagon for July 15.  The "Hey Dot" fabric by Zen Chic was calling me to make this little hexie.  The scissors are the perfect centre.

 
I did get one row of my Row by Row blocks done.  Dancing Quilts in 100 Mile House B.C. designed this one.  It was my favourite of all that I have collected so far, so I indulged myself and did it first.



I have been struggling with the swirl feather for a while, trying to get the rhythm going.  Threaded Quilting recently put out a You Tube video available here.  She did a great job of breaking it down and with a little practice, I'm finally happy with the design.

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Friday, 8 July 2016

Friday Again!

Wow, time sure flies.  It feels like it was just Christmas and here it is July already.

Today's first quilt is a fun project that a friend and I made together.


We were lucky to pick up a set of the "Me + You" pre-cut hexagons at Spring Market.  We started sewing them together as whole hexagons and weren't feeling the love.  So.... We slashed them in half, added a sashing and mixed them up a little.  In the end, we both fell in love with the quilt.  What better way to spend a day than with a friend creating something unique.

A did have a little finish of my own.


It is a Cotton + Steel bag for my Millefiore quilt to travel in up to the Sun Peaks quilt show.  The show is July 18 -20 starting at 11 am each day.  If you get a chance pop up the hill and check it out.  Millie will be there along with some fabulous quilts made by local quilters.

Doug and I have been away for a week camping in the Trail area.  We found a lovely campsite in Beaver Creek overlooking the Columbia River.  We toured through the area and discovered a few interesting sites.


I love seeing wildlife and the area did not disappoint.  Lots of deer and this scraggly little bear.



Rossland is a biker's delight.  This globe is made from bike wheels, sprockets and assorted rings.  It sits right beside the bike store which is one of the friendliest stores I've ever been in. They explained all the nearby trails so I dropped Doug off at one of them and he road down to our campsite.  He was thrilled!


I did find time to do a little EPP.


Can't show you what, as it is a secret.  More to come soon.


All holidays come to an end, so back to the grind in Kamloops.  It was a tough night last night, watching a little baseball under the lights.  If you have free time this weekend check out the KIBT tournament at Norbrock stadium.  I'm not sure who won the game between Kamloops and Burnaby last night.  We left at ten and a friend texted me at midnight, they were in the top of the thirteenth and it was still tied.  I was tempted to text her at six this morning and ask the result, but I thought that might be a little mean.  

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Friday, 24 June 2016

Cotton + Steel Part 3 and......

First up is the last in the series of Cotton + Steel quilts.


This quilt uses all the fabrics from both Trinkets and Rotary Club, including the double gauze and lawn fabric.  Everything went together beautifully.


The label on the backing of Fireside.  I love the way Fireside makes the quilts feel, and the way it shows off my quilting.


Next up is a quilt pieced by Gail that I quilted and bound.  This is one of many that will be going up to Fort Mac for the victims of the wildfire!   Gail's piecing of the disappearing four patch block was so precise.  A real treat to finish.


Next up is a quilt pieced by Evelyn.  Tiny little three and four in blocks that were also precisely pieced.  I admire her patience.


The poly batting REALLY shows off my quilting.  Love it!

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Friday, 17 June 2016

Cotton + Steel Part 2


First up is this adorable baby quilt made from "From Porto with Love."  Whimsical prints that are perfect for a child's quilt.  The pattern is from Debbie at A Quilter's Table.  Click here for the link. Check out her other tutorials available here.


I am trying real hard to put labels on the quilts I make.  All the C + S quilts were in my car on the way to be mailed, when I clicked this pic which shows the label and a bit of the quilting.  It is just so hard as time passes to remember all the details.  Is that a sign I'm getting old?  Couldn't be!


This is assorted C + S leftovers from all the other quilts  The pattern is from Scrap-Basket strips and squares.  I used cottons, double gauze, rayon and lawn and they all played nice together.


I'm heading out camping so my go to paper piecing kit is ready to go.   Nothing like EPP by the fire.

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