Sunday, 30 September 2012

Farmer's Wife Blocks 94, 95 & 96

This weeks blocks are Tall Pine Tree, Temperance Tree and Tulip.

I took this picture this morning, so it is obviously close to home.

As I mentioned in my last post, I am taking a class on Photo Shop Elements.  The picture above is a result of using a few things I learned this week.  Below is the original picture.

I lightened the foreground, darkened the river and mountains and then cropped the picture. I'm tickled pink (it is after all run for the cure day.)

This picture is at Riverside Park here in Kamloops.  I wanted to get a picture of the gardens, but when I got there I just couldn't resist the river view.  The dog was just an added bonus!

Have a great day everyone.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Another Friday Giveaway

Last weeks winner of the Chez Moi fat quarters is Cal.  I'm awaiting her address so I can send them off to her.  Before we get to this weeks giveaway, I'll show you what I have been up to.

This is another Bali Pop quilt.  It used the new Macaron Bali Pop.  The pattern is All Stacked Up by Cindy McCracken.  The pattern uses 50 strips and since there is only 40 strips in a bali pop, I had to add in a little extra fabric.  The pattern was quick and easy to make up.  Last time I showed a quilt Sylvia mentioned that she really likes to see the quilting.  So this next picture is for Sylvia.

I kept the quilting simple since the fabrics are so bold.  A simple heart shaped leaf in light blue thread compliments the fabrics, without taking over.

This weeks hexagon is one of my favourites.  I just love the secondary pattern of the light green around the cup of coffee.

Now for the giveaway!

This week I have four fat quarters of Batiks.   To enter let me know if you have ever taken an online class, and if so what it was.  I am currently taking a class on using photo shop elements for quilters.  So far I am loving it.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Farmer's Wife Blocks 97, 98 & 99

Waste Not, Waterwheel and W.C.T.U. decided that they needed to get out and get a little sunshine.

The weather here in Kamloops has been phenomenal.  It is currently 22 C with glorious sunshine.  The highs this last week have been close to 30, what more can a Postie ask for? The tomatoes are ripening on the vine and life without a kitchen (we are in the middle of renos) is wonderful.

Now, back to the blocks.  Obviously they are close to Kamloops and at a lake.  Have you figured out where?

They are at Lac le Jeune.  A great spot for a picnic lunch or if you have more time, a wonderful spot to go camping.  I here the fishing is good, not that Doug and Andrew caught anything while we were there! Better luck next time.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Friday, 21 September 2012

Coquette by Chez Moi as a Giveaway!

Last week I asked you to comment on who your favourite fabric designer was.  I received a lot of wonderful comments, with the winning comment being lucky number 13, Linda.  You should have received an email by now asking for your address, so I can ship your prize off to you.

Now, for this weeks giveaway.  First up I have to show you a couple of quilts made from Coquette by Chez Moi.

This quilt I made as a little girl quilt.  The colours are so bright and fun, and when you put them next to white, they just pop!

This next quilt was made by Noeline, and is for her spare bedroom. The pattern is from one of the Snibbles books.  She is going to decorate the room around this quilt.  I can't wait to see it done.

For this weeks giveaway I have six fat quarters of Coquette by Chez Moi.  Leave me a comment as to what project you think this fabric would be perfect for.

And of course, I can't let the week go by without showing you my hexagon!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Another challenge

A wonderful friend of mine invited me to join in on a challenge that involves 4 1/2" finished blocks.  Now for those of you that whine about the 6" farmer's wife blocks, check these babies out.  They are a lot of fun and yes, a little challenging to complete.  I have to make four a month, so I think I can keep up.

If you check out last Fridays's post you will see that my giveaway is some Faded Memories fabric.  From the same line I made an apron from this tutorial.  It is a great pattern because the two side flaps hang free so that you have something to wipe your hands on.  A must when I'm cooking.

Now doesn't this fabric look delicious.  I received it in the mail today from Fabricworm.  It was a giveaway from Laura who blogs here.  Laura has a great sense of humour and I love following her blog.

Speaking of giveaways, a great blog to follow is The One Stop Giveaway Shop.  You will find an assortment of giveaways listed and you never know, you just might win something!

Have a great day!

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Farmer's Wife blocks 69 & 70

Okay, I'm sure I can stump most of you with this weeks picture.  A hint, it's within 10 km of my house!

Practical Orchard and Prairie Queen went for a little walk with my daughter and I.

We are somewhere in Kamloops, I'll give you that much.

My blocks are sitting on a big eye.....

That is carved into a clay bank, along with a few other images.

This is the view looking across the South Thompson River.

We are on the Jack Gregson Trail that runs along the river.  Thanks to the Wednesday Morning Walkers who told me about this trail, and explained to me how to get there.  LOL.  Thanks to Leslie for going with me, and only giving out a little scream when a snake crossed our path.

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Friday Giveaway

Last Fridays winner of the batik fat quarters is Carol, who by the way, is also a knitter.  Sorry if you didn't win, maybe you will have better luck this week!  Before we get to the giveaway, I want to share with you a quilt I was working on this week.

This is a sweet sampler that a friend of mine pieced, and asked me to quilt.  You all know by know how in love I am with Angela Walters quilt style, so just in case you haven't seen enough, here are a few more quilting close ups.

The last block is three dimensional.  Just too adorable.  I wanted to make it look like the blocks and cornerstones were floating on a sea of white.  It is going to be really hard to give this one back to it's owner.

And of course, I can't forget to show you this weeks hexagon.

I just could not resist this dinosaur batik for the centre.  Check out Carla's blog for the same hexagon made with the most adorable bird fabric!

Now for the giveaway.  This week I have eight fat quarters of Moda fabric.  It is an older line by three sisters called Faded Memories.  To enter for the draw next friday, leave me a comment telling me who your favourite fabric designer is.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Farmer's Wife Block 67 & 68

Pine Tree and Postage stamp are the last of the blocks that went on vacation with Doug and I.

This picture isn't very much help figuring out where they are.  Isn't that the whole idea, to stump you now and then.

This picture should give it away to anyone who has traveled Highway 1 across the prairies.  We are in Moosejaw Saskatchewan and this is Mac the Moose.

On the way to Moosejaw we stopped at Dog River (real name Roleau, Saskatchewan.)

For all Corner Gas fans, here is the corner that the tv show was filmed at.  It is now a tourist attraction selling souvenirs.  It was on the must see list for our holiday.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Strip Therapy Finish and Friday Giveaway

This is the quilt that I had started from a Bali Pop called Parfait (to be released in October) and the Strip Therapy 9 book.  I love how it turned out!

Now, on to why you are all really here.  A giveaway.  Before I get to todays giveaway, I want to share with you the winner of last weeks giveaway.  The winner is BB Butts Diapers.  You can find her blog here.  For this week's giveaway, I have some more batik fabric.  

Eight fat quarters of batik.  I am seriously destashing, and these have got to go.  For a chance to win leave me a comment telling which is your favourite blog to visit is, other than mine of course.  lol.  

This week I reached 200 followers.  Wahooooooo! To celebrate I am sending three fat quarters of batiks to follower #200 which is legato1958.  She blogs over at

One more little picture and I'm out of here!

This weeks hexagon, done in batiks of course.  I promise, soon I will post a picture of a quilt not made of batiks.

Monday, 3 September 2012

And the winner is.....

Sheila, who was one of the last quilters to enter my draw for a Bali pop.  You can check our Sheila's blog here.

I borrowed a couple of pictures from her blog.  This is a beautiful scenery picture of the coast of Nova Scotia.

And this is a picture of what Sheila is currently working on.

Don't forget to enter my draw for Some Over the Rainbow Batik charm packs.  Check last Fridays post to find out how to enter.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Farmer's Wife Blocks 100, 101 & 102

For those of you that are new to my blog, welcome to the adventures of my Farmer's Wife Blocks.  Each week they have a photo taken somewhere in the world.  Try to guess where, before you scroll to far.  They have been to the Great Wall of China, around the tip of South America and in my very own back yard.  You just never know where they might be next.

This weeks blocks are Weather Vane, Wedding Ring and Whirlpool.

They are hanging out at a very windy corner.  It is known in Canada as the windiest corner in the country!

Every Canadian should of gotten this, or at least those that knew I went to Winnipeg on holidays.  lol.  And yes, it was very windy when I was trying to get these pictures.  I had tape everywhere trying to get the blocks to hold still.

A few more pictures of the sights in Winnipeg.  The first is the Legislature building where we went on a great tour of the building.  The second picture is St. Boniface Cathedral.  The outer wall has been left standing after a fire and a new church has been built behind it.  Out side the church wall is the grave of Louis Riel, a famous Metis leader in the early years of Canada.