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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Friday, 10 June 2016

Cotton + Steel Spring 2016 Part 1

The first two quilts from the Spring collection are large plus block quilts, pieced by Barbara and quilted by me.


This collection is Raindrop by Rashida Coleman-Hale.  I love the big text print that says "Rain rain go away."


Print Shop by Alexia Abegg was used for the second quilt.  The cat and dog faces in the grey and green fabrics are my favourite from this line.


This is a finish for by friend Sonja, a master quilter.  The entire quilt was had pieced and hand quilted, using my pattern "Birds in Grandmother's garden."


Sonja was pretty excited to be putting the last few stitches in while visiting out at Katja's. Congratulations on the beautiful finish.

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Friday, 3 June 2016

Touch A Star from Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares




I finished up this quilt before I headed off to Spring Market.  I am really trying to put labels on my quilts.  I have made so many it is getting difficult to remember all the details.


The pattern is Touch a Star, for Kim Brackett's newest book.  This book lives up to the reputation of all her previous books.  Fabulous!  I've made two of the patterns from the book and plan on making a few more.


Return from market means work to do.  This is the start of a quilt from Zen Chic's newest line.


And this is the end of two weeks work, one week before and one week after Market.  A few quick pictures to be taken, and then off to Trend-Tex to ship out to their Reps to take on the road.  A challenge that I am glad is completed.  I'll be showing better pics of the quilts closer to the release dates for the fabrics.

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Friday, 27 May 2016

Spring Market 2016

This year I decided it would be fun to take a road trip to Salt Lake City.  But first, I needed a new bag!


I had received the Spring 2016 Cotton + Steel fabrics prior to leaving so that I could start making samples for Trend-Tex.  The cat linen was so cute, I just had to make myself a market bag.  Here my little Kitty Bag is hanging out in the Cotton + Steel booth.  A quick pic and we were on our way.


The Convention Centre had windows looking down on the market floor.  This was taken just prior to the doors opening.


The first day is always the School House Series.  One of my favourites was Eleanor Burns and her antique quilts.  She is always entertaining.



While in the Martingale booth I spied Katja's new calendar, to be released in July.  This was my favourite page as both sides are hexagons that I pieced for the calendar.  Great to see it in print.


The Riley Blake booth featured many quilts to do with colouring.  This one was my favourite as it was pieced by Kelli, who is hosting the Mine Craft Quilt-along on her blog.


Tula Pink's booth is always bright and cheerful.


Noeline and I had fun in the Aussie Isle having our picture taken with "Sheila".  We were hanging out with Lynette Anderson, a wonderful teacher, designer and supplier of Tim Tams!

The last stop on our road trip was listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Sunday morning. Beautiful!  We hit the road and after traveling 3300 km. we arrived back in Kamloops. Thanks to Noeline for being such a fabulous road trip companion.

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Friday, 13 May 2016

Alaskan Cruise

I returned last Sunday from an incredible Alaskan Cruise on the Noordam.  The cruise was organized by Rhonda at Marlin Travel.  Katja and I were both teaching to fifty-three happy quilters.


We departed Vancouver and sailed north to Juneau.  The first full day at sea was Katja's class.


Jo-Ann, who had never English Paper Pieced before, finished her project before the cruise ended.



The Mug Rug Challenge was put up and everyone who stopped by our room to visit, was invited to vote.  Judy's work of art won by a narrow margin.  So many talented women in one room.


Busy, busy, busy!!!


The second full day at sea, was my Mariner's Star class.  The fabric provided was "For You" by Zen Chic.  There were a few finished tops before we left the ship.



Beauty abounded.  I didn't rise in time for a sunrise, but the top photo is still showing a little colour in the clouds over the wake of the boat.  The Glacier Bay stop displayed the majesty of nature.


Of course we had time for a little fun on shore.  Jo-Ann is spotting Katja for a few crunches!


This picture was taken at Skagway.  Great friends on a great hike along the shore.


Starved for internet service, Katja and I were catching up outside the quilt store in Ketchikan when a GOOD friend gave us some old school technology to see us through the rest of the trip.


On the last day we held a Jelly Roll Race.  Twelve women took part.  Most said they didn't need a helper, but it was great to see as the race went on, everyone pitched in to help wrangle the 1600 inches of fabric.  Lots of laughs, great prizes provided by Trend-Tex Fabrics, and all finished a quilt top in sixty-five minutes or less.

Thanks to all the women who came on this Grand Adventure with Katja and I!  I hope you all had as much fun as I did.

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Friday, 29 April 2016

A Lovely Batch of Quilts


It feels so good to have a few quick finishes to give away to the local Elizabeth Fry Society.






Fun quilts for the women and children who live in the local residential units working towards a new start to their lives.



The tops for these two were donated by Deborah.  A lot of the backing and batting was donated by Trendtex fabric.  Thanks to all (you know who you are) that make it possible to give quilts to such a great local charity.

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