Friday, 28 August 2015

Kaleidoscope Ruler Meets Zen Chic


Zen Chic "For You" is finally available in local quilt shops.  Yahoo.  I've made more than a few quilts from the fabric, and I love it all.  This quilt uses the Marti Michell Kaleidoscope ruler.  I've used the ruler many times and I still love the results.


The background fabric is from a roll of fat eights available at Katja's.  The quilting is a variation on the orange peel design, stretched a little to overlap.

The Zen Chic trunk show featuring "For You", "Paper" and "Ink" is currently at Katja's shop.  If you are in the area you must stop by and see it!  Amazing.  When it leaves on September 8, the trunk show will be traveling to Summerland and you can see it at Cherry Tree Quilts.

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

"So Change It"

Katja has her 16th Anniversary challenge quilts up in the store, ready for your vote.  Drop in if you get a chance and vote for your favourite.











Very creative quilters in Kamloops!  I'm not sure if I can pick a favourite.


The fabric that had to be included in the challenge was unique, to say the least.  Everyone put their own twist on the "so change it" challenge.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Flying Away

This quilt was a challenge I gave myself.  Work flying geese blocks into a colour play quilt, and then come up with a different way to quilt each block.  I had read an article about three different ways to quilt a flying goose.  Surely I could think of more than three ways.


I snapped this picture on the way home from our latest holiday to Whistler.


The colours all play nicely together.  My Moda scrap bin came in really handy with this one.


The binding was finished one evening sitting in the camper.  The finished quilt will go into my trunk show for the machine quilting class.  Yes, I did come up with twenty different ways to quilt a flying goose.



While in Whistler we travelled to the top of both Whistler and Backcomb.  I've heard that we should all try to do one thing a day that scares us.  Well, the open chair lift to the top of Whistler had me a little scared.  All went well and we had a delightful walk around the back of the mountain back down to the Gondola.  The views were stunning but with the smoke in the air the pictures just don't turn out as nice as I would like.

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday!

Saturday, 1 August 2015

The New Hexagon Millefiore Rosette 8

Yes, Rosette 8 is done and stitched into place!!!!!


It is the rosette in the bottom left corner.  I forgot to take a picture before I stitched it in place.  Oh well.  I'm loving my quilt so far.  Only four more months to go.


This shows the rosettes in their entirety.  I love them all, but the upper left rosette is my current favourite.


I had taken it to Katja's to pin on the wall to get a good picture.  While I was waiting for a friend to arrive I started pulling the papers out of the centre.  I have a few more to pull yet, but I'll worry about them when all the rosettes are done.

I'm heading to my Cotton + Steel bucket right now to start the next one.  Deadlines are looming and this has to be pieced and quilted by mid October.  Yikes, Katja and I had better both get moving!  LOL!!!!!!

I hope you are having a lovely summer weekend.  Those of you that have a long weekend, stay safe and enjoy!

Friday, 31 July 2015

A Little of This, a Little of That!

My cool quilting room was very enticing this week.  I managed to get a lot of quilting done as a result.





I finished quilting this little beauty.  Donna did a fabulous job of the embroidery and piecing.  It was a joy to work on.


Next up was fun fabric to play with.  Jennifer will be ready for Christmas in plenty of time.


Barbara's little quilt just screamed to have funky daisies on it.

I did manage to finish a couple of tops that I had been procrastinating on.  I'll post pics when they are quilted.  I found a little time to quilt one of my tops that was in danger of being put in the "unfinished basket."  We are heading out camping again soon so I'll have time to finish up the binding.  I fit in a little hand stitching as well on my New Hexagon Millefiore quilt.  Rosettes one through eight are together.  Woohoo!

Linking up with Finish it up Friday.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Quilting and Hiking

The summer is flying by, where does the time go?  I did manage a finish of my own recently.


This is Katja's pattern for machine piecing hexagons.  I used "Mixology" fabric.  I will be teaching this class in the fall.  Hope to see you there.


I quilted this darling little quilt for Monette.  Another amazing friend and quilter that I have met through my local guild. 

Next up, some pictures from a few of the hikes I've been on lately.


This is me at Mount Edith Cavell in Jasper park.  This was the July 1st trip, and there was still a little snow at the top of the hike.  When we were back to the parking lot we were advised that we were lucky the trail was open.  It had been closed the day before because a Grizzly was in the area.  Yikes!


This is along the trail on Mount Robson.  We will be going back there shortly.  Doug and I are planing to take a few friends with us, fly to the top and hike down.  Weather permitting of course. I can hardly wait!


A little closer to home, this is on the way to the Trolls, just off of Red Lake Road in Kamloops.  A couple of weeks before there had been some flash flooding and this is one of many grooves in the hillside.  


I finally made it to Vancouver Island to visit Harvey in Comox.  This was taken during our hike in Cumberland.  We had done twelve km on Mount Washington, so he took it easy on me and we only did 8 km in Cumberland.  A lot of trails were close because of the extreme dry conditions in the area. A few of you have known Harvey growing up.  He isn't the skinny little man you remember.  

Linking up with Finish it up Friday.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Spring 2015 Cotton + Steel

Yes, it is finally being shipped to stores! I am so excited I can hardly contain myself.  There are a few pieces from the line that I just have to have a little more of.  I worked with a fat quarter pack brought back from Spring Market to make this quilt.


Blanche is giving it the once over!  The pattern is "Boomerang" by Crazy Old Ladies.  There was a picture on Instagram of the Michael Miller booth at Market, with a quilt made from this pattern. Of course I had to hunt the pattern down and use it for this Cotton + Steel quilt.  The top and bottom is supposed to be the irregular snap of the design.  I decided it was to much work to bind that shape, so I filled it i with the background fabric for a straight edge.  It is a great pattern to showcase a fabric.


I kept the quilting very simple on this one.  Wavy lines and I was done!